MID-MISSOURI CHURCH OF GOD
Lake of the Ozarks, PO Box 92, Eldon, MO 65026. Phone: 573-372-2632 or 573-372-3221 or 573-392-
6677; 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 old Good Shepherd nursing home, 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
THE OZARK LETTER
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JANUARY GREETINGS: There are 31 days in January and 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. Start
2006 right. Read one chapter per day for pithy principles of practical wisdom.
THE GOOD NEWS PRAISE REPORT — To glorify God and strengthen faith
Item: Last week an elder in eastern Missouri got a call from a woman who said she got up that morning
and prayed to God to let her hear someone preaching the truth about Christmas. When she was done
praying, she turned the radio on and started to go thru the stations, and she came across the elder’s
broadcast and heard him preaching the truth about the origins of Christmas.
She got so excited she prayed again, this time thanking God for the message, and then she called the toll
free number given on the program. She got to talk to the elder for awhile and she was just so thankful
and wanted him to thank the church for the program. She requested the pamphlet, “The Plain Truth
About Christmas.” He also plans to send her the pamphlet about the Holy Days and the biblical feasts of
the Lord. It is always exciting to hear these kinds of stories and just proves how awesome God really
is. This little program has affected many different people over the last 18 months.
(If you have a prayer answered or a blessing received that you would like to share, please submit it to
the Mid-Missouri Church of God –see address bottom of Page 8. Space may not permit publication of
all answered prayers in this newsletter, but all requests will be prayed to our Father God in the same
week received. To preserve privacy, names will be withheld for praise reports that are published in the
A SUPER SABBATH INVITATION FROM THE CHURCH AT ELSTON, MO
Join us in our Annual Super Sabbath celebration on January 7th, 2006. Services begin at 10:00AM with
song services, special music, scripture reading, and speaker Lenny Cacchio from Kansas City, MO.
Then in the afternoon: a potluck, and continued special music, singing, games, ice skating and MORE!
(Bring your specials!) Services will be held at the Wardsville Lions Club.
Feel free to bring food and/or refreshments for potluck or just bring your appetite and be prepared to
take in the spiritual food, potluck, fellowship and fun! There will be a Pass It On constituency meeting
following services. For more info call (573) 498-3775 or (573) 496-3203.
KANSAS CITY TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT RETREAT 2006
This year’s retreat will begin at 6:00pm on Friday, January 13, 2006 with dinner served between 6:00
and 7:00pm. The Retreat will be held in Booth Lodge of the Three Trails (Salvation Army) Camp and
Conference Center, 16200 East 40 Highway, Kansas City, Missouri. To reach the camp, take the Lee’s
Summit Road exit south from I-70 and then turn right on 40 Highway. The camp will be the first
driveway on your right. The cost will be $25.00 per person and all Church of God youth ages 12 and
older are welcome to attend.
Sabbath Services will be held at our local church hall (37th & Crysler, Independence, MO) with Bible
Study at 2:00pm and church services at 3:00pm. Dave Havir, pastor of the Church of God, Big Sandy,
Texas, will be the guest speaker. There will be a potluck meal following church.
Booth Lodge is a rustic building with housing upstairs in bedrooms that sleep three persons each. Beds,
linens, pillows, dressers, and clothes bar are provided. There are two bathrooms for women and two for
men. Meals and many activities take place downstairs in the Oak Room. Only clean meats are served;
vegetarian meals can be arranged with prior notice.
The conference center also has a gym for volleyball and basketball and a game room with pool, table
tennis and foosball. This year we will be going to Lunar Bowl for cosmic bowling on Saturday night.
We will also have arts and crafts, table games and other organized group activities. There are blocks of
free time where campers may chose which activity they prefer or just kick back and relax with friends.
Sunday night we will have the traditional pizza party and dance. All campers should be picked up by
noon on Monday, January 16, 2005. If you need to contact your son or daughter at the retreat call either
Diane Cacchio (816-519-9456) or Paula Frazee (816-560-8461). Some items you may want to remember
to bring include a watch, flashlight, Bible, extra towels (only 1 is provided), money for the arcade games
at the bowling alley and an extra cover or sleeping bag.
If you want to attend this year’s retreat, call Diane Cacchio or Paula Frazee and request an application.
The application needs to be completed and mailed with a check for $25 made out to Church of God,
Kansas City to Paula Frazee, 3201 North Union, Independence, MO 64050. The applications need to be
turned in by December 30, 2005. The back of the application lists areas of service that need volunteers
and also has a portion to be completed by the parent about emergency information, etc.
2006 HOLY DAY CALENDAR:
April 12 – Passover (observed the evening before, after sundown)
April 13-19 – Days of Unleavened Bread
June 4 – Pentecost
Sep 23 – Feast of Trumpets
October 2 – Day of Atonement
October 7-13 – Feast of Tabernacles
October 14 – Eighth Day Festival
NEW YEAR, OLD HABITS
“Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5)
It is a strange thing to have the new year begin in the dead of winter. Personally, I like the way the
ancients did it, who started their year in the spring. I realize our new year marks approximately the time
when the days start to lengthen and hence is the time of the renewal of the sun. But I don’t worship the
sun, and frankly I don’t feel renewed with sub-freezing temperatures and the sun setting at 4:30.
Give me spring when the sun starts to warm, when the grass turns green, when my vegetables start to
grow, and horsehide and wood make contact on the ball diamond. The ancients were right about the time
of new beginnings, and indeed the Hebrew calendar and the sacred year attendant to it begin just then.
Nevertheless it is nice to have a benchmark to look back at the past year’s foibles and triumphs and look
forward to the opportunities and challenges that stand before us. Like everyone else, I had my share of
blessings and trials during the past year, but it is the future to which we will direct our attention here.
The words of Paul ring in our benchmarks of time when he said, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord
beseech you to walk worthy of the calling in which you were called.” (Ephesians 4:1) Paul was a
prisoner of the Romans when he wrote those words, but like him, we are all prisoners in one sense –
prisoners of the Lord. Or rather, we should be. He will own us, but only if we let him. As his
“prisoners,” it behooves us to find out what our “calling” with God is, for each of us indeed has a special
calling. We were not created for the 24/7 world of bustle in which we find ourselves, where our service
to God is too often preempted by the demands of daily living.
The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years before entering the Promised Land, and it was
not because the way was long. They became sidetracked by the frustrations of daily living. They took
their eyes off God and focused on the physical limits of their being, and their desert wanderings were
forty years of trudging circles in the desert. That’s the way my life feels sometimes, and, no better than
the Israelites, I find myself grumbling about my daily predicaments instead of dreaming about what
After Joshua and the next generation of Israelites entered the Promised Land and conquered the giants
who stood in their way, Joshua arose before the people and recounted what had transpired during the
previous forty years and all that God had done for them. Then he issued them a challenge: “Choose for
yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the
other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my
house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
What is my calling? How can I best serve God? Those are the things to contemplate as we make things
new at the beginning of this year. Between now and the real new year that begins in the spring I commit
to finding the answers to those two questions.
Lenny Cacchio, Lee’s Summit, MO, 12-31-04
Often those who reject religious practices developed in the minds of men and practice obedience to God
are called legalists.
They get pegged for rejecting man-made days like Easter, Christmas and Halloween, and scorned for
observing God’s weekly and seven annual Sabbaths. The formula seems to boil down to man-made
religion equals good, while God commanded observances equals wrong.
Many believe that some of the Old Testament laws were once commanded but not any more. You see
this in arguments like, that’s Jewish, that’s done away with, we’re not under that old law, along with
others like, God understands me, or, I don’t think God would mind, and whatever else can be thrown
against the wall.
But knowledgeable sources from mainstream religions realize that they cannot back these arguments
from scripture. Authorization cannot be found for Christmas, Easter, Sunday keeping, heaven or hell
(the way it is commonly understood) nor a host of many other things that most people believe from the
Likewise you cannot find any proof that a foundational shift exists for doing away with God’s
Sabbaths. I mainly focus on God’s Sabbaths because this is where the battle line often gets drawn.
People simply do not want to follow God’s Holy Days but that is nothing new since a study of the Old
Testament reveals that the Israelites rarely kept the Sabbaths and referred to them as a burden too.
But what about this mentality that others use in referring to some as legalists, what is the truth behind it,
where does it come from? Well, in its plainest form a legalist is someone who believes that obedience to
the law is what makes one right before God.
It actually goes a little further to push God out of the way and focuses more on what the self can do.
This idea often garners additions and embellishes law to become really righteous. For example, the
Pharisees in Jesus time would have ritual washings that Christ saw as no profit toward salvation. These
things were not in the law, rather they were added. A book called the Mishna is full of added laws that
had to do with making one perfect under the law. This is a form of the letter of the law mentality that
led far from God.
I believe readers of the New Testament often miss a prime theme of how badly the apostle Paul was
hounded by these true legalists who were called the group of the circumcision. Paul had to constantly
preach that Christians were not legalists but those who were under grace.
But a grave mistake is often made when doing a casual read of these subjects; it is like throwing out the
baby with the bathwater in thinking the law is done away by grace. Just because Christ railed the
Pharisees for ritual washings or just because Christ berated their added laws or interpretations about
healing or eating field food on the Sabbath does not mean He threw out Gods laws. As Christ said, “Do
not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.”
But Christians are under grace and not the law. But how we understand this is key.
For example, let’s say you did something wrong on the job and got called into the bosses office. We’ll
say the wrong was such that it could cost you your job, cause financial hardships and make it hard to get
another job. The boss says that he wants to see you at 5:00 p.m. The minutes seem to go by like hours
and the hours like years as the time nears. When you finally go in to see the boss you find that he is
angry. He says you have cost the company and wants to hear your explanation. So you plead your case
explaining how you have been a loyal employee for the past 17 years and you beg for another chance
admitting your grievous mistake and for some miraculous reason he decides to let you off. (You should
note that it works this way in Christianity too. Christ taught, “I forgave you all that debt because you
But here’s the question, do you see any room in the above scenario that gives you reason to think you
can purposely commit the same offense without any impunity? Then why do some Christians believe
that because they are under grace that they can purposely disobey laws of God?
Another question to ask is, was the above employee under the law or under grace in the above scenario?
Why under grace of course, because the rules of employment would have gotten him canned just as
scripture says the letter of the law kills. This is why Christians need to be under grace. If the above
employee stated that he would live under the laws of employment there would be no room for mercy or
But if the employee is going to continue in employment for the future, he must act and behave as one
who will obey the company rules. Likewise a Christian must live as though the law will judge them.
This is why the Apostle Paul said, “Do we then overthrow the law by this faith?
By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.” So just because someone you have faith in is
graceful to you and lets you off the hook does not mean you are free to disobey again. On the contrary
scripture says “For if we sin willfully…Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be
thought worthy who has … insulted the Spirit of grace?”
Christ said, “not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law” (NASB) which includes the
Sabbaths. (Again, the Sabbaths are a central point of legalistic arguments.) But legitimate scholars
know that abolishing Sabbaths cannot be proved from scripture. They were and still are God’s laws.
And it can be shown that the New Testament Christians were keeping the Sabbaths.
But are we legalistic for keeping them? No. We do not look to the law in and of itself to save. We look
to the grace and mercies of Christ. Understand there is a big difference between keeping the law versus
being under the law. If the employee wanted to be judged under the laws of the company to despise his
boss he would have lost his job. But just because he was under grace does not mean he can purposely
trespass again, for what should the boss do then?
So this is how a Christian should look at the laws of God. That is, that they are there to be upheld; as
Paul said, “we uphold the law.” But when we stumble, we have a kind and merciful Advocate who
helps us when we repent, but not if we purposely disobey.
Christ kept the Sabbaths and so did the New Testament Christians after His death so I suppose to some
that should make them legalists too. But all these legalists know is that they have humbled themselves
for obedience to a graceful God whose Son they killed for prior disobedience. Those who point the
finger and disobey truly do not understand why Christ had to die.
You can learn about the true holidays from our website at www.cornerstone1.org
May God Bless you with truth.
In Christ’s service,
Glenn Williams , Cornerstone Evangelical Association, Downer’s Grove Illinois
THE HOSPITAL WINDOW
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed
for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only
window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end.
They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service,
where they had been on vacation.
Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by
describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed
began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the
activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children
sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view
of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in
exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque
One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man
couldn’t hear the band – he could see it. In his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it
with descriptive words. Days and weeks passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the
man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital
attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The
nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall. The man asked
the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things
outside this window
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.
She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”
Epilogue: There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared
grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.
If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy. “Today is a gift, that’s
why it is called the present.”
CHARLES SCHULTZ PHILOSOPHY — (from the Internet)
(The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. You don’t
have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you’ll get the point.)
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
How did you do? The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-
rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are
forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Easier? The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most
credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.
ARE YOUR $$ SUPPORTING THESE ADVERTISERS ON TV SHOWS? WHY?
“Advertiser lists for cultural rotting shows “Desperate Housewives”, “The War at Home”, “Family Guy”,
“American Dad” Who keeps showing up? (Yum Brands – KFC, Taco Bell), Burger King, Circuit City,
Ford, Subway, Dentyne, …
Advertiser list for Disney/ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” for Saturday, October 29, 2005 – a rerun from
October 23, 2005
Advertisers include: ALLtel, Best Buy, American Express, Procter & Gamble, Ford, General Motors,
Chrysler, Coke, Subway, KFC (Yum Brands), …
Advertiser list for Disney/ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” for Sunday, October 30, 2005 – a rerun from
season premiere from September 25, 2005
Advertisers include: KFC (Yum Brands), Coca Cola, Chrysler, Ford, Outback, Subway
Advertisers for Fox’s “War at Home” for October 30, 2005 – a rerun. Advertisers include: Taco Bell
(Yum Brands), Burger King and McDonalds, Dentyne and Circuit City …
Advertisers for Fox’s “American Dad” for October 30, 2005 – a rerun
Advertisers include: Burger King, Circuit City, Hall’s Cough Drops, Honda, Wrigley, Sprint …
Advertisers for Fox’s “Family Guy” for October 30, 2005 – a rerun
Advertisers include: KFC (Yum Brands), Burger King, Circuit City, Dentyne, Honda … ”
—-Source: www.americandecency.org, Nov 30, 2005
NOTICE: There will be no services held at the Mid-Missouri Church of God in Versailles on the
Sabbath of January 7, 2006. The majority of the membership will travel to Wardsville, MO that day to
attend the “Super Sabbath”. (See the announcement on Page 1.)