June Greetings: And he spake this parable unto them, saying; What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over niney and nine just persons, which need no repentance. (Luke 15:3-7)
A Publication of the Mid-Missouri Church of God
Volume XIII, Issue 6
The Ozark Newsletter
Lake of the Ozarks
2009 HOLY DAY CALENDAR
Sept. 19—Feast of Trumpets (Saturday)
Sept. 28—Day of Atonement (Monday)
Oct. 3-9—Feast of Tabernacles (Saturday-Friday)
Oct. 10—Eighth Day Festival (Saturday)
School’s Out!! Graduation is over!!! Summer is here!!! Vacation is in progress or in the planning stages and without a doubt, an exciting time for everyone. Flag Day is Sunday June 14th and Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st. We send wishes to fathers everywhere, that you’ll have a very Happy Father’s Day! The annual church picnic at the Gitthens will be after Sabbath services on June 27, 2009. Meat and paper products will be provided, but feel free to bring a covered side dish. Just a reminder that you can check our website (address shown at the bottom of this newsletter) for directions and you can check the calendar on the website for beginning service times and upcoming events. You can also check the last page of this newsletter for telephone contact numbers. Csh **********************************************************
The Answer is not in a Stimulus Package
By Bill Johnson
(Taken from the American Decency Association, April, 2009)
It seems every day there is a new headline bearing evidence of a deteriorating economy, the crumbling of Biblical morality, attacks upon the sanctity of life and marriage.
However, the answer is not in a stimulus package, hope does not come from a winning basketball team (as my alma mater the MSU Spartans were touted as for the troubled state of Michigan). Our hope and our salvation come only through the saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As David Robertson wrote in the August 2008 issue of Tabletalk magazine, “…Jesus is Lord and Savior. Everything comes under His lordship. There is no area of life that is not His. Therefore those who belong to Him, go on to live for Him in every area of life – in education, family, work, sport, politics, healthcare, social work, and entertainment.
“… we then go on to produce fruit. Christians are no utopians or religious moralists. We do no think that we can legislate to make people moral, or that there is some kind of religious band-aid that will soothe over the deep wounds in humanity. Neither are we pietists who retreat into our religious communes. We are salt and light in a world that is tasteless and dark. Because we have come to know the love of Christ, we cannot but reflect and share that love. The love of Christ constrains us. According to his secretary, Trauld Junge, Hitler despised the church because ‘only mankind and above all the church have made it their aims to keep alive the weak, those unfit to live, and people of an inferior kind.’ Exactly. The history of the Christian church is full of people who, having been ransomed, healed, restored, and forgiven, are then set free to serve the living God and do so by going on to keep alive the weak, heal the sick, fight injustice, feed the hungry, visit the prisoners and demonstrate in their life, words, and deeds the mercy and compassion of God.” [Taken from Tabletalk, August 2008, Ligonier Ministries]
We are to be salt and light. We are to be defenders of the weak, standard bearers of the Truth, pursuers of holiness.
The following are two examples of others who are standing for Truth. ( Both of these will have already taken place by the time you have received this newsletter, but they certainly are good examples for all Christians to follow. Csh)
Is Being Pro-Life Political?
After 25 years of participation, the Holland (MI) Tulip Time Board of Directors has decided to reject the float entered by Holland Right to Life for the 2009 Tulip Time parades. While the float has historically not mentioned the abortion issue, and has complied with other Tulip Time regulations, Tulip Time officials have decided that because Holland Right to Life advocates a position on a particular issue, they are no longer suitable participants for the parades.
While Tulip Time officials likely made their decision in an effort to stem controversy surrounding the abortion issue, their decision to selectively discriminate against Holland Right to Life is a poor reflection of the strongly pro-life community which has supported the Tulip Time festival for years.
Here’s how you can help: Contact Tulip Time Executive Director Tamra Bouman, and ask the Holland Right to Life’s float be allowed to lead the children’s parade (800-822-2770, ext 113). Also, pray that hearts would be changed, and that the message that all life has intrinsic value and worth would continue to go forward!
Catholic Notre Dame Dishonors the Sanctity of Life
The University of Notre Dame announced that it will award President Barack Obama an honorary law degree and that President Obama will give the principal address at the university’s May 17th commencement ceremony. President Obama supports abortion on demand, government funding of abortion, government funding of stem cell research that kills human embryos, legally granting same-sex unions all the rights and privileges of marriage, and repealing the Federal Defense of Marriage Act that protects states from being forced to recognize same-sex marriages contracted in other states.
Bishop D’Arcy has decided he will not attend the graduation, stating: “I wish no disrespect to our president, I pray for him and wish him well. …But a bishop must teach the Catholic faith ‘in season and out of season’ and he teaches not only by his words – but by his action. My decision is not an attack on anyone, but is in defense of the truth about human life.”
D’Arcy also stated that “the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for.”
May that be true for all believers.
How Can I Understand the Bible?
By John Drane
WHERE TO BEGIN
Good morning, I’d like to buy a Bible.
Certainly. Which version would you like?
Version? I though there was only one – I want the real one, of course!
If you’re not familiar with the Bible, you may be startled by the massive array of Bibles you can choose from. They come in all shapes and sizes, and the style of language used for the text varies from archaic to downright conversational. Some are complete Bibles, others are just a New Testament. Some books with “Bible” in the title are not the Bible text itself, but a simplified retelling.
To start reading the Bible, you need a good modern translation. There is no extra merit in having a translation that was done centuries ago – in fact, it’s likely that you’ll find it harder to understand.
Once you open it, remember that the Bible is a collection of separate books. You wouldn’t go to a library and start reading from one end of the shelves to the other. You would pick out the books that especially interest you.
In the same way, you will find it helpful to begin reading the Bible books that are easiest to grasp. The New Testament is probably the easiest place to start, especially one of the four Gospels. The longest of these – Luke – only takes a couple of hours to read, and it’s a logical story, coherently retold.
As you start to read other books, you will see that they are different types of writing. Some are poetry, for example. Like other types of poetry, the writer uses words to conjure up different pictures to express the meaning.
The letters present their own challenge. Paul’s letters were part of an ongoing correspondence between him and his readers. But we don’t know exactly what they wrote to him. There are places in the letters that feel a bit like listening to one side of a telephone conversation!
At other time, especially in the Old Testament, you may find yourself surrounded by unfamiliar names of people and places. Like any history book – or even a newspaper—it may take a bit of concentration to follow what is going on and remember who’s who.
At times like this, you may find it helpful to read some background books. There are a great many of these, ranging from long commentaries to short notes. They have a similar function to the features on major world events that newspapers sometimes produce: They fill in the background, and help you understand the on-the-spot reporting that makes the headlines. (to be continued)
MID-MISSOURI CHURCH OF GOD
PO Box 92, Eldon, MO 65026/mailing address. Actual physical address is: 602 East North Street. Phone: 573-392-1232 or 573-498-3775; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mmcg.org The Mid-Missouri Church of God (MMCG) holds Christian Sabbath services each Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at 602 East North Street, Eldon, MO… A Bible Study and song service is scheduled at 10:30am before Sabbath services. Potluck meals after services are planned for the fourth Sabbath of each month. A weekly Bible study is held each Thursday at 6:30pm. It is best to call ahead and confirm times if you are traveling any distance to visit us (see the phone numbers above). Occasionally we will cancel local services to attend en masse elsewhere. Come and enjoy the fellowship! Also, the first Wednesday of each month the ladies meet for a “get together” and you can contact Martha Roberts at 573-496-3202 or Charleen Gitthens at 573-392-5965 for location and time if you plan to attend. You can also check the events calendar on the website.