THE OZARK LETTER
A Publication of the Mid-Missouri Church of God
Lake of the Ozarks Volume IX, Issue 11 NOVEMBER, 2006
Psalms 116:1-2 – I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath
inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.
On November 17, Clifford and Helen Pryor, members of MMCG will celebrate 50 years of marriage. Should
you want to send them a card, you can mail it to the MMCG post office box listed at the end of this newsletter
and we will see that it gets to them.
We hope that everyone had a safe and blessed Feast of Tabernacles. The fall colors in our area were
spectacular. Speaking for myself, we had a wonderful Feast at the Lake of the Ozarks and I really enjoyed the
visit to the Osage Beach Nursing Home. One of the highlights of the Feast was the baptism of Jay Collins,
several people were anointed, one child blessed – baby John Collins. It is such a pleasure to hear his baby voice
and he really seemed to enjoy the music; and to think that last year he was anointed while still inside the
womb. Jay gave a testimony about baby John’s heart problem and the surgery. Again this year, we were
blessed with many “helpers”. I won’t list them for fear of omitting someone, but you know who you are and do
not think that Mid-Missouri Church of God does not appreciate everything that you do. Without your help or
your attendance, there would be no need for us to sponsor a Feast. The Baymont informed us that they might
not have a conference room available for next year and they should know for sure by January. Please pray
about this as the Baymont has been very good to us and more than fair about the price of the conference rooms
– also, they are the only place in the Lake area with a conference room that is on level ground with level
Are we not blessed to live in the USA? After reading Leon Sexton’s September letter about the Legacy
Institute, any complaint that I might have is minor. Can you imagine hiding in the jungle and escaping with
only the clothes on your back and a few cooking utensils? Then surviving off what you can gather from the
jungle and what rice you can scavenge? The following is an excerpt from Mr. Sexton’s newsletter and one that
I will keep in mind the next time that I find myself complaining.
“Our Karen brethren understand what it means to escape from slavery or certain death to become sojourners in
a land not their own. They look forward to a new home, as should we all.
The Feast of Tabernacles should mean just as much to us as it does to our Karen brethren; or those brethren
who will be keeping the Feast in Burma, India or Africa. They all experience hardship and poverty. For them
the Feast is not just about the same luxuries we Westerners already enjoy – only more of them!
For them, the Feast is all about PEACE and SAFETY. It is about a time when they will have a real
HOMELAND and not fear for themselves and their children. It is all about God’s government – not some
repressive, military dictatorship that considers them little more than slaves. It is interesting to talk to our Karen
brothers and sisters who have been able to immigrate to America. They tell me that the thing they like the most
about their new lives is that they no longer have to live in fear.”
Let us count our blessings! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>csh
American Decency Update – Let us persevere in praying for others! (September, 2006)
Perseverance in prayer is of great importance. Our hearts are apt to become cool and indifferent and to think
that it is no use to draw near to God. Our hands soon hang down and our knees become faint. Satan is ever
laboring to draw us off from prayers and filling our minds with reasons why we may give them up. These
things are true with respect to all prayers, but they are especially true with intercessory prayers on behalf of
others. It is always far more meager than it ought to be. It is often attempted for a little while and then left off.
We see no immediate answer to our prayers. We see the persons for whose souls we pray going on still in sin.
We draw the conclusion that it is useless to pray for them and allow our intercession to come to an end. Thus
this woman (Matthew 15:21-28) prayed and did not give up in the face of great discouragement. At last she
went home rejoicing. Let us resolve by God’s grace to follow her example.
Do we pray for ourselves? Let us pray for others also. Let us beware of selfish prayers – prayers which are
wholly taken up with our own affairs and in which there is no place for other souls besides our own. Let us
name all we love before God continually. Let us pray for all – the worst, the hardest and the most unbelieving.
Let us continue praying for them year after year in spite of their continued unbelief. While we live, let us pray
for others. >>>>>>>>>
Would you agree that our salvation is not dependent upon people, but upon God? The following is
information taken from an article written by Brian Knowles and in The Sabbath Sentinel, November-
December, 2005 issue. The article is entitled “Father, God, Rock!
“In the past, church members were looking to leadership for guidance, and the leadership was in chaos. Some
members were losing faith; many were bolting from the Church. My feeling was that if I could convince
church members to build a solid one-on-one relationship with God, they’d be able to weather whatever
political storms came along at the level of leadership.
God is not a man. God is love. God is spirit. God transcends man in every possible way. God cannot be
reduced to a human level. To a great extent, he is beyond all comprehension – he is ineffable. All we can know
of God is what he has revealed of himself in the Bible, and what we can personally experience of him. If we
anthropomorphize God, we make him all too human. There is far more that we don’t know about God than that
For many Christians, it doesn’t take much to overthrow their faith. Given the right excuse, they can abandon
Christ in a heartbeat.
If we want to be blessed, we need to heed verse 7 of Jeremiah 17: “Blessed is he who trusts in the Lord, whose
trust is in the Lord alone”.
God, unlike man, never lets us down. He is rock solid – the same yesterday, today, and forever. God, speaking
of his servant David, said, “He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my
salvation” (Psalm 89:26).
The point of all this is: the key to our salvation is our one-on-one relationship with God in Christ. It does not
depend upon the vicissitudes of men. Men come and go. They gain power and lose it. All of them have feet of
clay. None is perfect. If we hitch our spiritual wagons to men, we’re doomed. If we hitch them to God, we are
assured of success.
A good leader, to be a good leader, must be selfless. His mind cannot be on his power over people, the size of
his following, the fullness of his coffers, the extent of his influence or how many people attended his feast site
vs. someone else’s. His focus must be on the spiritual well-being of the flock over which he has been given
charge. He must be motivated by love, care and compassion, not by money and power or personal security. To
teach, he must maintain personal intellectual integrity. He cannot compromise the truth in the name of church
politics or to curry favor. Most importantly, as Peter suggested, he must be willing to “walk the talk.” This is
the hardest qualification of all.
Our faith cannot depend on men. It must be built primarily on our relationship with God. The best way to do
that is through prayer: “intimate communication” with God. That’s how David did it, and for our inspiration,
God led him to record many of those prayers as psalms.
When we get to the point where we can enthusiastically say with Paul: “For I am persuaded, that neither death,
nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our
Lord” (Romans 8:38-39), then we will know that our faith is not dependent upon man, but upon God.
The Lord is our Father, our God, and our Rock. ” >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
A Church Full of Sinners
Submitted by Lenny Cacchio
September 8, 2006
She said she couldn’t be in our church because our church is full of sinners. Those weren’t her exact words, but
it was the subtext of her complaint. One member once stole something, she said. Another gossips. Another
has impure thoughts. People never listen when she tries to share her problems.
One by one she pulled from her gunnysack examples of how we each miss the mark. None of us could quite
jump high enough to touch the line on the wall that would make us acceptable in the sight of God and man.
She was right. It all sounded very much like our church. It probably sounds a lot like yours too.
I once had a man tell me that he long ago quit looking for the perfect church because if he joined it, it wouldn’t
be perfect anymore.
If we weren’t sinners, we wouldn’t need the church. Neither would we need Jesus Christ, who once famously
said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” It is no small comfort to me that the Man
who ate with publicans and sinners will come to our church services if we invite Him. In fact, He comes
precisely because we are publicans and sinners. This Master Physician, who comes to us because we are sick,
calls us to a life of wholeness and repentance, which I hope we are approaching day by day.
So when someone says to me that she can’t come to our church because we are a pack of sinners, I must admit
it’s true. Then I ask, “Won’t you join us?”>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird
names, and all are different colors….but they all exist very nicely in the same box.
You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
MID-MISSOURI CHURCH OF GOD
Lake of the Ozarks, PO Box 92, Eldon, MO 65026. Phone: 573-392-6677 or 573-392-1232; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.mmcg.org The Mid-Missouri Church of God (MMCG) holds Christian Sabbath services each Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
at 308 Fairground Road in Versailles, Missouri. This location is at the Village Park Senior Apartments building, two blocks south of
McDonald’s Restaurant. Please park in the northeast parking lot. Our green and gold signs indicate the entrance. Coffee is always
served for one half hour before and after services. A Bible Study is scheduled at 12:15pm before services on the third Sabbath of each
month. Potluck meals after services are planned for the fourth Sabbath of each month. It is best to call ahead and confirm times and
locations if you are traveling any distance to visit us (see phone numbers above). Occasionally we will cancel local services to attend
en masse elsewhere. Come and enjoy the fellowship!