THE OZARK LETTER
A Publication of the Mid-Missouri Church of God
Lake of the Ozarks Volume X, Issue 2 FEBRUARY, 2007
FEBRUARY GREETINGS: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according
to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for
ever and ever! Amen. – Ephesians 3:2-21(NIV)
The Annual Super Sabbath celebration, sponsored by the church at Elston, and held on January 6th, 2007 at
Wardsville, MO was truly a blessing. Art Fulcher, of Jefferson City, provided the message – always inspiring. There
was special music provided by the New Beginning, JoAnne Fulcher, and others. About 90 people were in attendance.
We saw some new faces, some faces that we’ve seen in the previous years and then we missed some faces of some of
the “regulars”. In the afternoon, there was a sharing of prayer requests and blessings received. Various groups were
represented. You might want to mark your calendar for next year, 2008 – the first Sabbath in January.
Mid-Missouri Church of God will have an open house and blessing and dedication of the building at 602 East North
Street, Eldon, MO, tentatively, on Sabbath, February 24, 2007. There will be coffee at 11:00a.m. Services will start at
11:30a.m. There will be a potluck after the services. You are welcome to come and share this blessing with us. Please
keep us in your prayers as we still have many challenges before us. CSH>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
2007 HOLY DAY CALENDAR:
April 2 – Passover (observed the evening before, April 1/SUN, after sundown)
April 2 (MON) – Night to Be Much Remembered
April 3/9 (TUES/MON) – Days of Unleavened Bread
May 27 – Pentecost (SUN)
Sep 13 – Feast of Trumpets (THURS)
September 22 – Day of Atonement (SABBATH)
September 27/October 3 – Feast of Tabernacles (THURS/WED)
October 4 – Eighth Day Festival (THURS)
The following is from Leon Sexton’s November, 2006 Legacy Institute Newsletter: “Around the entire world
people are becoming increasingly selfish and greedy. Accumulation of wealth and physical possessions is number one
for many. Many never stop to think about the way they get it. Our ethical and moral standards are quickly eroding on a
global scale. It is becoming less and less of a problem if others are trampled, used and abused to get what is wanted.
Leaders can be the biggest culprits. And others follow their lead.
The world is getting increasingly materialistic. Materialism invades and infects all aspects of our society. It doesn’t
matter whether that society is American or Thai. It is all around us. All of us are bombarded daily by messages saying
that we do not have enough. We MUST get more and more! We DESERVE more and more! We OWE IT to ourselves
to get more and more! We will NOT BE ACCEPTED unless we wear the latest fashions and drive the newest model of
car. It is a never ending message that permeates ALL media and how we judge success and acceptance in our societies.
It is all a LIE fostered upon us by the Father of Lies!
We each need to re-evaluate our goals in life and our responsibilities to others less fortunate. We each need to ask God
to help us get in line with His Way of GIVE and not Satan’s way of GREED.” >>>>>
The following is from the American Decency Association and was suggested by Diane Whaley
Encouraging Christians to Guard Their Hearts
We ask three questions of Steve Ensley, executive director of American Family Online, regarding the hazards of My
Question 1 –
The Internet is a powerful tool having many benefits. However, Christians need to be discerning as to how they use it
and what they use. One concern that has become very alarming is MySpace.com. Are you concerned about
MySpace.com and if so why?
I’m not sure there are words that are strong enough to express my concerns about MySpace.com, but maybe some
examples of what is on the very front page today will say it better. Immediately on the front page, which cannot be
avoided if you go to MySpace.com, is an interview with Marilyn Manson making him out to be a cult hero. Also on
the front page is a large block ad for My Chemical Romance and the Black Parade whose lyrics are extremely vulgar
and dark. And then to demonstrate complete lack of content control, there is a link on the front page to 41,246 new
videos uploaded (just today) that have not been monitored or screened and an extremely large number of those videos
contain everything from vulgarity to pornography. Should we be concerned? Absolutely! These are just a few of the
millions of items on My Space.com that conflict with our Christian values. MySpace is a hookup site. It is designed to
get your children or spouse hooked up with every kind of person and their immoral behavior. There is no material that
they find unacceptable. It would be safer to have your children or spouse go live in a prison than to spend time surfing
Some would say there are positives to MySpace. Are there positives and if so is it fair to just simply say avoid
MySpace.com at all costs.
I know people say this, I actually hear that from Christian groups, but I would like to answer that with a word picture.
For those of you reading this, go into your kitchen and get a nice cool glass of water, but before you drink it, go out
into the back yard and get a tablespoon full of dirt and pour it into your glass of water. Then go ahead and drink and
enjoy! By this time some of you think my mind is one fry short of a Happy Meal. But that is exactly the logic when
someone says there is good stuff on MySpace. That glass of water with the dirt still had good water in it. …. The water
is not evil or bad, it has not changed its properties, but the dirt is bad and it will make you sick! Unfortunately you
cannot drink the good water without drinking the dirt. They cannot be separated! The same exact thing is true for
MySpace on a spiritual level. There may be some good things on MySpace, but you cannot get to the good stuff
without being exposed to the stuff that will make you sick (sin sick). There is no redeeming value to MySpace, it is an
out of control unmonitored monument to our fallen culture. In addition, every time your child or spouse visits
MySpace, that visit generates advertising traffic for MySpace which keeps them going. In other words, every Christian
who goes to MySpace is helping financially to provide the immoral and destructive material.
Question 3 –
Are there several scriptures that would particularly give counsel regarding whether or not to use MySpace.com?
Answer –I think the best scripture regarding this comes from the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:13, Luke 11:4). When
Jesus was asked by His disciples about how to pray, He gave them the Lord’s Prayer. In that prayer Jesus makes a very
special, very direct and very clear request of God the Father. His request is “Lead us not into temptation”! Now, that is
not just a few words that Jesus added to His most important prayer just for filler. He put those in the Lord’s Prayer for
a reason. Jesus knows that it is much easier to flee or avoid temptation than to resist temptation and once those images
or thoughts are in our mind they cannot be erased! We have actually had Christian families stop using our filter
because their son or daughter threw a fit when they could not get to MySpace. If we really believe in the Lord’s
Prayer, then no amount of temporary conflict should prevail against doing the right thing! Run, flee for your life
against that temptation on MySpace. Don’t be the next victim! >>>>>>>>
Time To Be The Church
By Pastor Gilford T. Monrose (to read the complete article see the ACTS Magazine, June, 2006 issue)
Today, humans have acquired more knowledge than any other time in history. Science and medicines are going places
never before imagined. We have bigger jets and cruise liners, faster computers, and helpful drugs for certain diseases
are being discovered everyday. Daniel envisioned a time when knowledge would increase (See Daniel 12:4). We have
evidence today of our successes in these and many other areas. We have improved on just about every area of life.
Every year Forbes magazine publishes a list of the richest people in the world. This list continues to grow longer and
longer. More people can afford vacations, purchase houses, and buy brand new cars. Some car dealerships will have
cars for sale that can be purchased with zero percent down. Life, overall, seems comfortable for most Americans.
When life is good, most people tend to forget about church…well, until something happens that turns their lives upside
Personal or National tragedy (and especially since 9/11) seems to cause a major shift in people’s assessment of church.
It is a time when people flock to churches in droves. There is just something about churches that society finds
comforting in times of tragedy and hardship.
This always fascinated me because the media and general public embrace church or the idea of church, during a time
of crisis, but in time of peace and prosperity, the church seems to become irrelevant again. Regardless of this double
standard, the church keeps people grounded, flushing out the burden of life by providing a bedrock of faith and
answers to humanity’s deepest needs.
The role of the modern church in the life of the 21st century believer is critical because it fills a void only the church
can. Church is where people should go if they are in need of a “spiritual fix.” The church is really a hospital for sinners
and not an exclusive club for saints.
So why would someone want to attend church? Regardless of what is said about churches, people expect that their life
problems can be addressed in some fashion or form. With all the weight and pressures of their world weighing down
on their minds, people expect the church to provide Bible-based answers that no other institution can provide.
Over the past 10 years, mega churches have been sprouting up across America and the world. Most of these mega
churches are lead by visionaries, business-minded, and charismatic leaders. Just about all of these mega churches
broadcast their services over major television networks, Internet and satellite radio. Many non-Christians and
Christians view these programs and sometimes develop certain perceptions about church – whether good or bad.
If someone would visit most of the churches in America, they will come to realize that the 100-voice choir and 10
piece Praise and Worship band does not exist. Is this what people want from a church? What do people want from
churches? Church is more than just entertainment, having large numbers of people attending services, or hearing
messages of empowerment from the pulpit, that makes one feel good. Church is the lifeline of any society. Church is a
unique place that should instill change in people’s lives. So what do people need from church?
People need to have their spiritual, emotional and physical needs met. We are living in a crazy world today. II Timothy
3:1 helps me put this in perspective, “but know this, that in the last days perilous times will come” (KJV). I’ll take the
liberty to say that perilous times are here. More and more children are growing up in broken homes, unemployment is
on the rise, and Christians are sinking deeper into debt like never before. Many churchgoers are struggling to make
ends meet in their everyday lives, and we feel the pinch of reality just like everyone else. Believers are not exempt
from trials of the world. We are living in perilous and drastic times.
Whatever the situation, there is a Bible-based solution and counsel for each and every problem. Every church should
have access to resources needful to guide an individual in the proper direction, along with God’s Word. The church
should always strive to meet the needs of men and women as it brings the good news of the salvation message of Jesus
Christ. The church truly is about people.
One of the greatest lessons of meeting the people’s need was demonstrated when the Messiah fed the 4,000 (Mark 8:1-
9). Jesus showed by His deeds the church’s purpose and function. He gave us the blueprint for successfully meeting
the needs of the hearers. Before Jesus gave His sermon, He fed the “church comers.” They came to hear the Messiah,
and after feeding them with physical food He then gave them spiritual food for the soul. Both their physical and
spiritual needs were met. This is the classical Jesus.
Churches are a public service to the surrounding communities. They provide just about everything. In the summer of
2005, our church covered a 15-block radius around the church by going door-to-door, introducing ourselves as the
“community church.” It was amazing and at the same time shocking to see how many people knew about our church
and how many didn’t know of our church existence – even though we have been in the neighborhood for the past 35
years! We had an older woman who visited our church recently and said that for 25 years she has lived in the
community and walked pass our church and never once took notice of our edifice. One would believe that we have a
small building, but our church is a huge 4-story brick building that takes up 2 lots and is by far the tallest building on
our block. Can you see the egg on my face? I’m thinking to myself that maybe this lady just needs a new pair of
glasses. However, the key to this issue still remains…churches must be obvious within their communities.
Over the past few years, I’ve been thinking seriously about the future of our church. We are living in a critical time
never before experienced in the history of humankind, and the church must respond to a human’s deepest needs. One
question keeps coming to mind: “Who will be the next generation of leaders in our church throughout the
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!