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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 January 5, 2021 Number 1 21 Ways To Grow As A Christian in 2021 Alan Judd I will not ask you to report your success or failure to keep the resolutions proposed in January 2020. However, since our calendars now show the commencement of another trip around the sun, I offer twenty-one suggestions to grow, deepen, and enhance your relationship with God in the next 365 days. Feel free to add others and give me your feedback on these I have provided. This list is not given to provide “box checkers” another way to boast about their superiority over others who are laxer. Instead, it is some practical items I will attempt to incorporate into my life, and I welcome you to join me and even to keep each other accountable if you wish to be that intense. So, give them a try and see if your faith grows. Don’t be discouraged when life happens, and you miss or overlook one of these. Discard any of these you may already excel in or determine you are unable to fulfill. However, it is my hope these are feasible and functional for those of us interested in growing, which is something the Bible teaches should interest all God’s children—Ephesians 4:15, 1 Thessalonians 3:12, Hebrews 6:1, 1 Peter 2:2, 2 Peter 3:18. 1. Read the Bible EVERY DAY! To be brutally honest, it shocks and saddens me more than I can express to know some Christians do not read from God’s Word daily. With this point and all the others that follow, I know some of the excuses likely to be offered. “I’m very busy with work, school, family, retirement, organizing my stamp collection, tending my rock garden, so and so forth, blah, blah, blah!” If these or any other similar excuse has been yours, please repeat out loud so you can hear it and invite someone else to listen as you say it so you can get their reaction—‘I am too busy __________________ (you fill in the blank with whatever you wish) to spend some time each day letting God speak to me by reading His Word. He who created the universe and everything in it, including me, who provides for my every need, and sent His son to die for me on the cross to save me from my sin, must understand I don’t have time to read the Bible each day.’ Did you read that out loud? Did it sound outrageous? Did the other person think it sounded preposterous? You should; they should, we all should! When we fail to take the time God gave us to hear/listen to Him daily, we are much busier and preoccupied than the Lord desires. Again, I know emergencies happen, sickness strikes, and life is chaotic. But could you read one chapter each day? Reading one chapter of the New Testament each day would mean you read it all the way through by September 17. Read two chapters daily, and you will finish on May 10. Read three chapters and be done on March 28. If you keep that pace up, you could read the entire New Testament through 4 days in 2021. 15, 30, or 45 minutes a day; maybe a whole hour? Hopefully, seeing this in black and white will cause you to see the urgency of reading the Bible daily! 2. Be Thankful EVERYDAY! We know the verses that direct us—Psalm 100:4, Luke 17:16, Colossians 3:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, and others. Research conducted by behavioral scientists confirms that people who express gratitude daily are the happiest and healthiest! THANK GOD! --article continued page 2-- ELDERS Mike Childers ............. 397-6453 Dennis Hallmark......... 255-5557 Mark Hitt .................... 322-0917 Bobby Lindley ............ 260-9193 DEACONS Wade Bryan ................ 419-5552 William Harris ............ 416-8149 Ricky Lindsey............. 255-8136 Jeff Mansel.................. 871-0357 Jimmy Spearman ........ 840-8957 Michael Wilson........... 891-0891 MINISTERS Barry Kennedy....(931)787-7108 Alex Blackwelder (731)879-9196 SECRETARY Renee Childers Office.......................... 842-6116 Fax .............................. 842-7091 E-MAIL eastmaincoc38804@gmail.com WEB PAGE eastmaincoc.com SUNDAY SERVICES Early worship...............8:30 a.m. Bible class................9:30 a.m. Main worship.............10:00 a.m. Bible class.............11:15 a.m. Singing or Devotional Last Sunday of the Month MID-WEEK SERVICES Wednesday Classes......7:00 p.m. 1606 East Main Street P. O. Box 1761 Tupelo, Mississippi 38802 “Thou shalt observe to do all that they inform thee” (Deut. 17:10)
  2. 2. --article continued from page 1— 3. Pray to God EVERYDAY! If 2020 taught us anything, it should be this: WE NEED GOD! Yes, He knows our needs before we ask—Matthew 6:8, but He still wants us to pray because He knows the benefit it brings to us when we pour out the cares and concerns of our hearts and minds. PRAY! (One excellent way to pray daily is to use the prayer list supplied weekly.) 4. Attend EVERY Assembly Time of Worship and Study! Hebrews 10:25 is still in the Bible. Yes, I understand what ‘Providentially Hindered’ might include to “excuse” a Christian from meeting with other Christians. But I know growth will never occur when we allow temporary things to keep us participating in occasions when we can focus and learn more about eternal matters! BE HERE EVERY TIME! {I will offer the remaining items on this list with minimal explanation.} 5. Write a card, send an email or text, or call one person who is sick weekly. 6. Write a card, send an email or text, or call one person who is bereaved weekly. (May also include those who have suffered other types of losses.) 7. Write a card, send an email or text, or call one person who is struggling spiritually. (May include those who request prayers or others you know.) 8. Write a card, send an email or text, or call an elder weekly expressing your gratitude for their leadership and watching for your soul. 9. Write a card, send an email or text, or call a deacon weekly expressing your appreciation for the ways they serve and minister. 10. Write a card, send an email or text, or call a Bible class teacher weekly, thanking them for their hard work in teaching your class, your child, others. 11. Write a card, send an email or text, or call weekly to a missionary. (This information can be found by calling the office.) 12. Write a card, send an email or text, or call weekly to one of the preaching schools we support, encouraging both teachers and those studying there. 13. Write a card, send an email or text, or call one person weekly who is lost. 14. Write a card, send an email or text, or call one person weekly who is erring. 15. Each week listen to a lesson PTP 365 or PTP CDs on a subject of your choosing. 16. Pick a book from the church library to read. (Monthly, quarterly, as time allows.) 17. Pick one Christian monthly (person/family) and try to get to know them better. 18. Do one act of kindness daily—open a door, compliment another, be nice to all! 19. Intentionally work on your anger, no matter your level of struggle with it! 20. Think of one person or family to invite to worship with you each month. 21. Discover the “One Thing” that keeps you from growing—Mark 10:21. Sympathy The East Main family lost two very special ladies last week. Our dear sister Evelyn Willis passed away on Dec. 28. Graveside services were held on Dec. 29 at Gilvo Cemetery in Mooreville. Please keep Kristie Webb, Chad Willis, Rhonda Pennington & the rest of the family in your prayers. Our dear sister Linda Hand passed away on Dec. 30. Graveside services were held on Jan. 2 at Gilvo Cemetery in Mooreville. Please keep Perry Hand, Amy Voyles, Heather DuBois & the rest of the family in your prayers. These two faithful active Christian ladies will be sorely missed here at East Main, but we know they have both received their reward! Our condolences also to Annie Martin in the loss of her cousin, Valley Gallop, to Covid on Dec. 23. Please keep Annie in your prayers. Baptism and Response Sister Barbara Wright was re-baptized Jan. 3, because she was having some doubts and concerns about her previous baptism. We are so happy for her. On Jan. 4, Kassi Kingsley confessed things amiss in her life and her desire to live pleasing to God. We also commend Kassi in her desire to live the way God would have her to live. Thank You Notes The family of Evelyn Willis would like to thank everyone for the calls, texts, cards, the kind words, flowers, food and most of all for the prayers. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. In Christian love, Chad, Renee, Rhonda, Kristie & our entire family John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading January 6.................................................Genesis 19-20 January 7.................................................Genesis 21-23 January 8.................................................Genesis 24-25 January 9.................................................Genesis 26-28 January 10...............................................Genesis 29-30 January 11...............................................Genesis 31-32 January 12...............................................Genesis 33-35 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Mike Ratliff (Jan. 6), Malachi Millard (Jan. 9), Barbara Bishop (Jan. 10), Annie Dilworth (Jan. 10), Callie Bennett (Jan. 11), Judy Jones (Jan. 11), Meredith Hitt (Jan. 12). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Ashley Davis underwent extensive surgery Jan. 4 for breast cancer. She is home now recuperating. Ricky Johnson was to undergo knee surgery Jan. 5. Jean Mounce will undergo surgery in Birmingham on Jan. 6 to reverse her ileostomy. Betty Kingsley continues in room 157 at the Gilmore Memorial Hosp. in Amory undergoing therapy following Covid. Sean Koehn has completed his radiation & chemo in TX and is home. Emily Williams’ grandmother, Sarah Kitchens, is in the Copiah Living Center undergoing therapy following hip surgery. Several of our number and their family members are fighting the coronavirus: Diane Dickerson, Dennis & Debbie Hallmark, Suzanne Long, Jason Dickinson’s parents (John Lee & Joyce Ann—in NMMC), Hallie & Dundee Donald, Tony Donald’s mother (Marie), Ethan Benefield, Mike Ratliff’s brother (Phil), Susan Reed’s daughter (Stephanie Fears), and Kim Johnson’s daughter (Lee Ann Houpt). On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Stella Pittman, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Tommy Goff, Mitch Mac-lean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob & Clara McClure EMYG News One of the worst feelings I have experienced in life is the feeling of getting caught. Often times, it was because I was doing something I knew I shouldn’t have been doing. As a child, it would have been far better for me to have gone to my parents when I did something wrong, rather than waiting, hoping, I wouldn’t get caught. Fortunately, my mother was intuitive and could tell when I was doing something that I shouldn’t have been doing and could help steer me back on the right course. Sometimes, I was sadder that I got caught, than the actual act I was involved with. As children of God, when we fail Him, do we feel remorse, or do we truly seek forgiveness? Today, we are going to look at two men who had the same opportunity to make things right. In Matthew 26, after Jesus meets with His disciples to institute the Passover Supper, Judas, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him (v.18). In John 18:3, we read that Judas found that opportunity. After some words were exchanged and an ear was cut off and reattached, the band of soldiers arrested and bound up Jesus. In Matthew 27, Judas changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood” (v.3). And after severe emotion and throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself (v.5). In Matthew 26, after Jesus meets with his disciples to institute the Passover Supper, He tells His disciples that they will fall away because of Him (v.30). Bold Peter makes his confession, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus replies, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” After Jesus was arrested by the band of soldiers and taken away, Peter was in the courtyard and was bombarded by three individuals that questioned Peter’s relationship to this man named, Jesus. As Peter denies Jesus for the third time, he remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly (v.75). Judas and Peter had the same opportunity to make right what was made wrong. Judas’s remorse led him to a tree to be killed. Peter also had a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt from denying Christ, but it did not consume Peter to the point of death. In fact, I believe that the denial incident taught and fueled Peter to be a better advocate for the cause of Christ. You and I are also guilty of sin and I fear we forget the pain it cases Christ. I challenge us to be people that when we fall short of His standard, we will pick ourselves up and resolve to make right what we have made wrong. God loves you and we love you. Have a great week. Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 a.m. Announcements..................................... Wade Bryan Bible Reading....................................... Kent Nichols Opening Prayer .............................Alex Blackwelder Lord’s Supper Mike Childers Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley Closing Prayer................................... Terry Kingsley Ushers ....................Dale Dulaney & Andy Baldwyn The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Bible Classes (streamed each week) Adult class................Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube) Adult class.......... Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube) College class.....Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Facebook) Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 12-30-20 ...................................................... * Sunday 1st Worship, 1-3-21 .............................................. Sunday Bible Class......................................................... * Sunday 2nd Worship........................................................ * Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $7,075 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item...............................Macaroni and cheese Services will be livestreamed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. if you do not feel comfortable attending in person. However, if you do feel comfortable meeting in person, we will have our 8:30 a.m. worship, our 10:00 a.m. worship and our 11:15 a.m. Bible class this Sunday, Jan. 10.

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