THE OZARK LETTER
A Publication of the Mid-Missouri Church of God
Lake of the Ozarks Volume X, Issue 1 JANUARY, 2007
JANUARY GREETINGS: And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like
one of these. Matthew 6: 28-29
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 Annual Super Sabbath celebration, sponsored by the church at Elston, will be on January 6th, 2007. Services
begin at 10:00AM with song services, special music, scripture reading, and speaker ‘Art Fulcher’
from Jefferson 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. Please note that
MMCG will not have services at Versailles on this date, as most will be attending the Super Sabbath.
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! For more information or directions, call (573) 498-3775 or (573) 496-
The following is from MISSED OPPORTUNITIES by Corrie ten Boom –
” Missed opportunities!
It is good to regret missed opportunities, but quite wrong to be miserable about them. You cannot look back across
your past life without seeing things to regret. That is as it should be. But we have to draw a subtle distinction
between a legitimate regret and a wrong condition of heart. Give God your “if onlies.”
Think of those laborers in the vineyard in the parable which Jesus told in Matthew 20:1-16. They all received the
same wages, although some had worked the whole day and some had worked for only an hour. Compare that to a
person’s life. Some people enter the Kingdom right at the end of their lives. They may regret all those years when
they were not serving Christ. But the important thing is that they are in the Kingdom. The thing that matters first of
all, if you are a Christian, is not what you once were but what you are now.
Lord Jesus, I give my ‘if onlies’ to You. Make me a faithful laborer here and now.”
It is the beginning of a New Year and what better time to put those ‘if onlies’ behind us and go forward as faithful
laborers for the Lord. csh>>>>>>>>>>>>
Submitted by Rory Ries
We are instructed in several places not to worship God like the world worships their gods (Deut. 12:1-4,
Deut. 12:30-32, Deut. 4:23-24, Deut. 6:13-14). We are told to love God with all our heart, soul, and
mind. The Eternal is a jealous God and He wants our total attention and devotion. He demands it from
us (Ex. 20: 3-6).
God doesn’t even want us uttering names of other gods and their names are not to be upon our lips.
Some may think these instructions were meant only for Israel, yet we know anyone who says they
believe in Christ must obey what he says and what the Eternal says (I John 2:3-6). Israel was sent into
captivity for not obeying the Eternal (Deut. 28:64). Today, it is the same consequence if one refuses to
obey the Eternal, those who practice lawlessness will not inherit the Kingdom (Rev. 22:15).
Elijah faced the same problem with people following other gods (1 Kings 18:1-40). He asked the people,
“How long will you falter between two opinions?” Opinions here means divided in mind. Elijah also says,
“If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him. Baal was a Phoenician god that was worshipped
by those who were living in the area surrounding Israel. Unfortunately, some of the Israelites were
following the worship of Baal.
The people made a sacrifice to Baal and nothing happened and then Elijah made a sacrifice to the
Eternal and the Eternal consumed the sacrifice and everything around it. The people who witnessed this
awesome act fell on their faces and cried out, “The Eternal, He is God! The Eternal, He is God! Then the
prophets of Baal were executed.
The Eternal does not change (Mal. 3:6). His instructions on how we are to worship Him and praise Him
are the same today as they were thousands of years ago. He still demands our total love and attention.
A lawyer came up to Christ and asked him which is the greatest commandment and Christ said, “You
shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first
and great commandment (Matt.22:37-38).”
This means we obey God and follow His instructions if we truly love Him (1 John 5:3). We do not seek
after worldly practices and how the world worships their gods. Another individual came to Christ and
asked him how he could have eternal life. What did Christ say? He said if you want to enter into eternal
life keep the commandments. That means all Ten Commandments. You cannot keep just one or nine,
you have to keep all Ten Commandments (Matt. 19:16-17).
Christ also warned many who followed him to beware of the commandments and traditions of men
(Matt.15:8-9). He says if you follow these worldly practices and forms of worship it is all for nothing.
When you keep man-made holidays and worship God according to man made traditions and rules it is
all for nothing. Christ said it is all in vain which means it amounts to nothing. It also means it is empty.
God will not honor any other form of worship other than what He has created and put in place. He is a
jealous God and He expects us to respect Him and what He says. Why wouldn’t the creation listen to
the One who has created it? That is easy enough to answer, because man is born hostile towards God
(Rom. 8:7). Enmity simply means hostile. We are born with a carnal mind which Paul says is hostile
towards God. We want to do things our way and we think we know what is best.
God says the opposite. He says don’t lean upon your own understanding (Prov. 3:5). He also says the
heart is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jer. 17:9). That is why the Eternal is writing His Law upon our
hearts today and giving us a soft and teachable heart, not a heart of stone. Our part is to know what His
will is and to be obedient to His will (John 7:16-18). Then we can discern what is of God and what is of
Paul says to come out from among them, speaking of the world (2 Cor. 6:14-18). We are to be separate
from the world and the worldly practices. We are to keep ourselves from touching anything that is
unclean which means any form of worship that is an abomination to the Eternal. Paul says we are not to
fellowship with those who practice lawlessness nor are we to partake of their heathen practices. The
word unbeliever means heathen and unrighteousness means lawlessness. Why does he say that?
God knows if we seek after the worldly gods and their practices we will soon become ensnared in sin.
This includes observing the Sabbath Day on Sunday because it was initially a day set apart for sun
worship. Sun worship goes back to the days of Babylon and still exists today. God hates it just like He
hates man made feast days (Isa. 1:14). Man’s practices and forms of worship are an abomination to the
Eternal. We are to come out of those practices and avoid them at all costs.
As God calls an individual to Christ He leads that individual into the truth (John 6:44). The one who is
being called is then led to repentance which means going a different way. That different way is coming
out of the world and leaving the practices behind. The Holy Spirit is then given to us and we follow
Christ through the Holy Spirit (Heb 6:1-3). We then start to worship the Eternal according to His laws
God’s instructions and laws will lead to blessings while the traditions of men will lead to misery and
suffering. The worldly ways also lead to death, but he who does the will of the Father abides forever (1
John 2:15-17). John says to love not the world, because the world is made up of the lust of the flesh,
lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. We are to come out of her.
John also wrote, “Come out of her my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her
plagues (Rev. 18:4).” This religious system that is already in place is corrupt. It will demand all men to
worship and bow down to this religious system. Those who refuse will be put to death. The world is
deceived and will continue to be deceived by following great signs and wonders (Rev. 12:9). The world
is following and will continue to follow a lie (2 Thess. 2:5-12). That great lie is living without the Law.
Paul wrote that the mystery of lawlessness or torah-less-ness is already at work and it will continue until
David wrote about how wonderful and how great the Law is (Ps. 119). God’s laws and statutes were put
in place for our benefit. Great peace comes from keeping and loving the Law. We get to develop a
healthy relationship with our Father and His Son by keeping the Law. The Law brings blessings and we
bear good fruit through obedience to the Father.
God says, “Come now and let us reason together (Isa. 1:18-20).” He is willing to forgive and His love
abounds without measure. We have to be willing to listen and respond. God also says, “If you are willing
and obedient you shall eat the good of the land.” That means both physical and spiritual food. Leave the
world and it’s traditions behind and join in the plentiful feasts that lie in waiting just for you.
Come, Lord Jesus!
From Lenny Cacchio’s Sabbath Morning Companion
“How Long, O Lord, Holy and True?” – (Revelation 6:9)
In The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (Bridges-Logos Publishers, copyright 1997), Harold J. Chadwick states that
there were more Christians martyred in the 20th century than in all previous centuries combined (p 323). Such a
statement is not at all outlandish if one thinks of the millions murdered by Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, and even
right now in places like Africa, Pakistan, Indonesia, China, and other darkened corners of the world.
It should also remind us to be thankful we live in a land that guarantees religious freedom. Because we have been
honored with the blessings of liberty, we have little appreciation for the tribulation that much of the world,
including our brethren abroad, must endure. I could recall heart-wrenching stories from the aforementioned book,
which relates not only the biographies as presented by Foxe in his original volume some 500 years ago, but also
modern martyrs from our own place in time. But I shall leave it to you to search out the book and leave your tears
on its pages. Instead, I wish to relate my reaction to something related.
Generally speaking, I have a pretty good life. I work hard, I play hard, have a good family, and enjoy nice things. I
would really like to live to be an old man and see grandkids grow up. I really don’t want to see Jesus Christ return
and spoil all my fun.
But then I read a small portion of the sixth chapter of the Book of Revelation, and I get a glimpse of a very special
group of people. “I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the
testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You
judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’” (Revelation 6:9-10).
The scripture is clear. The souls of those who have been slain are patiently resting and waiting for the time of
God’s judgment. Is it right to ask them to wait even longer just for my convenience?
As we sit and feast in this amazingly protected and fat land, millions suffer daily for the beliefs that perhaps we
take too casually. But God through the course of the ages has witnessed untold brutality upon his children, and the
smell of their blood and burning flesh demands his justice. One day he will say, “Enough!”, and all such brutality
Meanwhile, strengthened is my gratitude for the undeserved blessings we all have and the freedoms to worship my
Creator. And strengthened also is my prayer on behalf of those under the altar: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
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!