THE OZARK LETTER
A Publication of the Mid-Missouri Church of God
Lake of the Ozarks Volume X, Issue 3
MARCH GREETINGS: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
This newsletter is usually written at least a month in advance; therefore, it was actually January when
this was written – snow and ice covered the ground in our neighborhood. We were without power for 12
hours and many friends and family south of us toward Camdenton and Springfield, MO have been
without power for 12 days with no indication of when the power will get restored. What I am suggesting
is that I now must put myself in the mode of looking forward to spring and needless to say, I am looking
forward to spring! The thoughts of the redbud trees and the dogwood trees blooming are a part of what
gets me through the winter. As a youngster, the only good thing about winter was the possibility of
“snow days” and “no school!!” Today, I look at winter differently and actually do look forward to it;
seeing the trees without their leaves gives you a different perspective of that tree and a beautiful snow is
a photographer’s challenge.
By the time you read this, we will have had the dedication of the building at Eldon. Currently, there is a
Bible study every Thursday at 6:30pm held in the basement of the building at 602 East North Street,
Eldon, MO. We are studying the book of Philippians. Passover services will be held at the Versailles
location. You can call one of the numbers at the bottom of this newsletter to check about the time of
Passover services, First Day of Unleavened Bread and the Last Day of Unleavened Bread. I am
uncertain when we will get established at the Eldon location; therefore, if you plan to attend with us you
might want to check about starting service time and location.
“The Church in Elston will be combining services with Mid-Missouri Church of God. We very much
covet your prayers that all our efforts will be done to the glory of God. We are currently talking abut
many changes and challenges for both groups in this coming together. One of which may be the
combining of newsletters.” (taken from the Elston Newsletter) Therefore, look for some changes in the
near future. By the way, we are open to suggestions for the newsletter. What would you like to see in the
Just a reminder – daylight savings time (spring forward one hour) begins on Sunday, March 11. Don’t
forget to reset your clocks. Of course if you are one of those who have an atomic clock you don’t have
to worry about resetting clocks. Well, I understand now, that the new starting date for daylight savings
time might be a problem for some computers, clocks, etc. That’s what happens when someone has a
“good” idea, but fails to discuss it with all those “in the know”. We will see…… Anyway, to be on the
safe side, reset your clocks.
The following is from a newspaper article and is called Why go to Church? A church-goer wrote a letter
to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. “I’ve
gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for
the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors
are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”
This started a real controversy in the “letters to the editor” section, much to the delight of the editor. It
went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the
life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this…they all
nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these
meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would
be spiritually dead today.” 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 was taken from the Internet and received from Larry and Colette St.Clair of Springfield,
A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of
hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They
didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he
strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he
He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside
was a beautiful, precious stone! Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each
contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he
Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay
balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he
could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!
It’s like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay
vessel. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount
it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or
wealthy but we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person. There is a treasure
in each one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that
person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine
May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships
because the gems were hidden in bits of clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them.
I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have with each of you. Thank you for looking beyond my
clay vessel. >>>>>>
By Cindy Amick and published in the ACTS Magazine, December, 2006 issue
As we go from day to day living our lives, we are bombarded with choices. Never before in history have
we had such a plethora of information, movies, computers, activities, or travel to choose from.
Regardless of our life circumstances, we are told that we can be anyone or anything we want to be. The
Marines’ logo “BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE!” rings in our ears. Now the cacophony of television, e-
mail, Vision PC phones, instant computer access to anything, bombards our senses and creates a
distraction, especially if we are not solidly grounded in the Word of God. How shall we stand in these
last days? What does God require from us? How is the world we now live in different than in times past?
Though we may acknowledge intellectually that we are living in the “end time”, we might not be living
as if it were so. We know that one day God will perform His strange act and destroy this sinful world
with fire. God will create a new heaven and a new earth without sin, pain, suffering, tears, death, or
dying. We all know this because the Bible is very clear about it, but when we are crushed by problems
all around us, can we live for God in this world where sin “doth so easily beset us”? It is so easy to get
discouraged when blatant evil is unpunished, when the lines between good and evil are becoming more
blurred every day, when secret sin is so seductive, and when it is easier to be tolerant than different. We
have not experienced much persecution in this country as true Christians are experiencing in other
nations. Technology has given us greater opportunities to sin than ever before, but God Himself has not
changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever; He is a holy, righteous, jealous, and sovereign
God. Our first priority should be to prepare our hearts, to decide, to CHOOSE daily a spiritual life with
As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
But we must be honest and open with God, especially in our thought life. He knows what we are
thinking inside at all times anyway. Be not deceived; God is not mocked. So how can we think good
thoughts? Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are
honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these
For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. In this world we shall have
tribulation, but Jesus lifts us to a higher plane, gives us a reason to get up in the morning.
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:12).
Thinking good thoughts is great, but what about actual obedience to God? God desires not lip service,
but obedience of the heart. We must OBEY God.
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)
Whenever God’s Holy Spirit reveals anything to us as we study His Word, we have a choice to accept it
or reject it.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the
flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1).
If we love Jesus, we love His law of love and that means loving as He did, hate the sin, love the sinner.
We can only do this by the grace of God.
“For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do (Romans 7:19).
Part of obedience is confessing God as our Savior to others, “Whosoever shall confess me before men,
him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: but he that denieth me before men shall
be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12: 8, 9).
Jesus practiced forgiveness freely, and gave of Himself to anyone who came to Him with a humble
sincere heart. This is love – that we walk after His commandments, live as He lived, forgive as He
forgave, and become holy as He was holy. God commands us to be holy, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1
(This is confidence that if we ask for any thing according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that
He hears us, we know that we have the petitions that we desire from Him (see Philippians 4:6).
What is the conclusion of this discourse? Herein lies wisdom: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole
matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring
every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil?
(Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14).
Let us run our race by rejoicing evermore, praying without ceasing, in everything giving thanks, for this
is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Guard your hearts and minds from evil thoughts. Flee
temptation. This is my desire for all of us, that we may have clean minds and purer hearts.
MID-MISSOURI CHURCH OF GOD
Lake of the Ozarks, PO Box 92, Eldon, MO 65026. Phone: 573-392-6677 or 573-392-1232; Email:
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. 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!