THE OZARK LETTER
A Publication of the Mid-Missouri Church of God
Lake of the Ozarks Volume IX, Issue 8 SEPTEMBER 2006
Psalms 112:1 Praise ye the Lord, Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
Where does the time go!!!! Here we are into September and the young people are back in school. Hopefully, wherever you are, you have had
some rain and some cool weather. August in our neck of the woods was miserable and we wonder, how did we survive before air conditioners?
MMCG will be observing the Day of Atonement on Monday, October 2. After a message by Dannel Roberts, the group will break the fast at the
Pioneer Restaurant at Versailles, MO. In the past, we have had a catered meal there, but this year we will be ordering from their menu. Should
you plan to share the meal with us, please notify Connie Houston at 573-392-6677 or you can email to email@example.com by
September 30. I am sure that you have made your plans about where you plan to attend the Feast and that you are looking forward to hearing
some inspiring messages and being with old friends.
Those of you who live in the United States have already noticed that The Ozark Letter did not come to you in an envelope this month. If your
copy of the newsletter does not get to you “in one piece”, please let us know and we will go back to putting it in an envelope. It was a suggestion,
that we try it this way, and if successful, we will continue mailing the newsletter without an envelope. Just keep us informed.
One of the postcards that was returned indicating that they wanted to remain on the mailing list asked about submitting articles for The Ozark
Letter. If you have an article that you want to submit you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and please note in the subject line that it is
for The Ozark Letter or you can snail mail to Mid-Missouri Church of God, PO Box 92, Eldon, MO 65026. Articles submitted for inclusion in
this publication will be selected according to size and content, and will be subject to any necessary editing by the publishers.
2006 HOLY DAY CALENDAR
(All services will be held at the Mid-Missouri Church of God (MMCG) unless otherwise specified below. MMCG’s location is at the bottom of
the last page of this newsletter.
Sep 23, Saturday, 1:30pm – Feast of Trumpets – potluck after service
Oct 2, Monday, Day of Atonement – meal after the fast at the Pioneer Restaurant
Oct 7-13, Sat-Fri, Feast of Tabernacles (Baymont Inn, Lake Ozark, MO)
Oct 14, Saturday Eighth Day Festival ” ” ” ” ”
Overcoming the Fear of Change
(Submitted by Rory Ries, Festus, MO)
The world is held captive by the fear of change; enslaved by an emotion that is called fear. Many do not even recognize they are
living their lives in fear; yet, it is in all of us. Today, men fear serious relationships and commitments, especially marriage or hearing
the words that they are to become a father. Evidence shows most men will eventually run rather than take on the responsibility of
being a father.
Women will stay in an abusive relationship because of the fear of what may happen to them. They may fear the man will come after
them and things will be even worse or they may fear having to make it on their own with no money or support. That fear can be
devastating and leave a woman in a hopeless and helpless state of mind.
Changing a job, moving to a different city, graduating from school, can all cause a sense of fear. Why the fear? Simply put, it could
be just the fear of the unknown. Going to a place where you have never been before. One of the biggest fears is the fear of death
and everyone has experienced it at one time or another in their life. Until the person deals with the fact that all men will die, the fear
of death can be very devastating.
Turning one’s life over to Christ can be frightening too. It shouldn’t have to be that way but human nature is such that we just don’t
want to give up our power and control. Paul said, “the carnal mind is enmity against God (Rom. 8:7).” Enmity means hostile. We
see humans are basically born with this hostility towards God. The flesh walks against the spirit and the flesh cannot please God.
So when an individual comes to Christ they have to repent, become baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit through the laying on of
hands. Once they receive the Holy Spirit they walk in the spirit and not according to the flesh (Rom. 8:5).
Paul also says in Rom. 8:15, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear.” We don’t have to be afraid anymore, once
we turn our lives over to Christ, because He will take care of us. For some it may be a very difficult decision to make when they are
faced with giving up the flesh or walking a new life with their Lord and Savior (2 Cor. 5:17-19).
We can read in Hebrews that through death Christ overcame him who had the power of death, that is, the devil (Heb. 2:14-15). It
also says He came to release those who through fear of death, were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Fear can be a very
controlling emotion and it can cause us to freeze up and do nothing at all. Fear can cause us all to become very timid and that is
why Paul wrote to Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7).”
How many times has our fear stopped us in our tracks when we feel God is trying to move us in the direction He wants us to go.
Keeping the Sabbath is a good example. Human beings know the Sabbath is on the 7th day. Then why do so many professing
Christians ignore the fourth commandment (ex. 20:8)? Even the Catholic Church recognizes the Sabbath Day is Saturday not
Sunday. They just feel and believe they had the authority to change the day to Sunday.
Many fear that they will become outcasts if they go against what the world teaches. Their own families might turn on them (Matt.
10:37-38). Many have lost friends who want nothing to do with the individual that starts following Christ (Matt. 10:22). Those who
truly follow Christ are swimming upstream against what the world is teaching and we just don’t fit in anymore (1 John 1:6-7). The
world is passing away and you can come out of the world and abide in Christ forever (1 John 2:17).
God instructed Abram to pick up everything and move to the place He chose for Abram to live (Gen. 12:1-3). Abram did not fear
and he moved to Canaan. He was 75 years old. He didn’t stop and think about it nor did he sit down and write up a pro and con list
placing all the good things about moving on one side of his list and then writing down all the bad things about moving on the other
side of his list. He went into a land where he had never been before. “And he went out, not knowing where he was going (Heb.
This great nation in which we live in was founded by courageous men and women who probably had some fear, but they had more
faith. The Pilgrims came to this undiscovered land to worship God. Men and women explored and traveled a long distance hoping
to live their dreams. We are no different today exploring new ground and going places where we have never been before. God is
working a miracle through you everyday and He will take you to a greater level if you just let Him. We have to get out of the way and
let Christ work in us. Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phillip. 4:13).”
Don’t let fear overtake you and cause you to shrivel up and hide from the presence of God. Don’t let change paralyze you to where
you can’t move on with your life. Change is coming and it is a part of life. We don’t have to be afraid of stepping out into territories
that are unknown to us. Christ is not going to let us just sit and stagnate in one place. Have you ever heard that the only thing that is
certain, is change?
Christ and God the Father are always expecting growth and maturity from us. Eventually you will be taken to a place where no man
has ever gone! Once you become a spirit being the universe will be yours and God is waiting to give it all to you and anyone else
who desires to place their life in God’s most loving hands. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Making a Difference, Pray for the gift of George Bailey
(Submitted by Lenny Cacchio, 6-30-2006)
As I write this, I am two weeks removed from leaving an employer of 24 years for an opportunity elsewhere. The announcement of my departure
went out, and then came the phone calls and cards and face to face meetings. Only then did I understand the gift of George Bailey.
George Bailey was the Jimmy Stewart character in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Stewart played the frustrated building and loan manager
who wished he had never been born, until he was given a glimpse of what his corner of the world would have been without him.
I worked with some clients for more than two decades. During that time I walked with them through valleys and over mountaintops. I saw them
through weddings and divorces, widowhood and acceptance. I guided them through goal setting and goal reaching. I helped people dream and
helped those dreams become reality.
I eased their paths and helped them to see that financial wellbeing is not a goal in itself but a means to freedom. I held them steady through
trying financial times and through the emotions that accompany our major life events.
When caught in the middle of two decades of laying bricks one at time, we can fail to catch a glimpse of the building we are building. But the
personal notes of thanks, the tears of farewell, the disbelief that “you’re leaving me”, and the expressions of hope that I would continue to work
with them helped me to understand that the daily frustrations and often tedious work has borne some fruit. The odd thing about it was how I did
not see the fruit at the time, but only after the fact. The daily act of living obscured the big picture of life, and only after stepping back and
looking could I see that I had made a difference.
Well, George Bailey learned a lesson, that the lives he had touched with his own were better for it even if it was not apparent at the time. Elijah
didn’t know that four thousand of his countrymen were on the same side of the cultural divide as he in spite of his perception that he was all
Even the Apostle Paul needed to be brought back to the reality that what he was doing was making a difference. In the city of Corinth he
preached the gospel in the synagogue, but was so frustrated by the apparent lack of interest that he exclaimed, “Your blood be on your own
heads! I am clear of my responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” (Acts 18:6 NIV) Yet immediately after that outburst, we’re told
that he went “next door to the house of Titius Justus.” So in spite of Paul’s consternation, someone had responded to his preaching! And
immediately after that Crispus, who was the chief ruler of the synagogue, his whole household, and many others also believed and were
Paul’s frustrations with his apparent lack of fruit were more of a problem of perception than reality. Jesus Christ himself had to tell to Paul in a
vision to stay on in Corinth and to keep on working “because I have many people in this city.” (v9 – 10)
It’s easy to get frustrated with the nuts and bolts, but the world without you would be an incomplete place. You touch more lives than you know.
Whether you are trying to get the gospel to the world or just doing what you do to make a living, what you do makes a difference. Casting your
bread on the waters will always come back many fold. Some day you’ll know that what you do makes a difference. Just ask George
From his weekly devotional column, Sabbath Morning Companion, author Lenny Cacchio has assembled some of his favorite
essays into a new book of weekly readings. You will appreciate Lenny’s insightful and humorous writings about a wide range of
topics that affect our lives.
Fill out the short form below and mail to us and we will send you a copy of his book. If you would be willing to contribute to our
evangelism efforts, a contribution of $10 per copy would be greatly appreciated. Please make payable to:
Church of God Kansas City,
C/O Lenny Cacchio,
705 NE Bryant Drive,
Lees Summit, MO 64086
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MID-MISSOURI CHURCH OF GOD
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!