How Children See Their Grandparents

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Now that I am a grandpa a friend sent these “wise” sayings of what children say to their grandparents.  I can’t wait till my grandson, Colt Rockhill can talk. I hope all the grandparents out there enjoy them. I thought they were priceless!

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1. When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, “I’m not sure.”

“Look in your underwear, Grandpa”, he advised .. . . “Mine says I’m 4 to 6.”

2.  My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday.  He asked me how old I was, and I told him, “80”.  My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, “Did you start at 1?”
3.  After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair.  As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin.  Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings.  As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice,
“Who was THAT?”

4.  A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like.  “We used to skate outside on a pond.  I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard.  We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”
The little girl was wide-eyed, taking all this in.  At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”

5.  My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?”  I mentally polished my halo and replied, “No, how are we alike?” “You’re both old,” he replied.

6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather’s word processor.  She told him she was writing a story.
“What’s it about?”, he asked.
“I don’t know”, she replied.  “I can’t read.”

7.  I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her.  I would point out something and ask what color it was.  She would tell me and was always correct.  It was fun for me, so I continued.  At last, she headed for the door, saying, “Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these colors yourself!”

8.  When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to avoid attracting pesky insects.  Still, a few fireflies followed us in.  Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, “It’s no use Grandpa.  Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.”

9. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she’d done many times before.  After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, “But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!”  I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye.
10.  A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, “Grandma, guess what?  We learned how to make babies today.”  The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool.  “That’s interesting.” she said . . . “How do you make babies?”
“It’s simple”, replied the girl.  “You just change ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es’.”

11.  Children’s Logic: “Give me a sentence about a public servant”, said a teacher.  The small boy wrote: “The fireman came down the ladder, pregnant.” The teacher took the lad aside to correct him.  “Don’t you know what pregnant means?”, she asked.
“Sure”, replied the young boy confidently.  ‘It means carrying a child.”

12.  A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog.  The children started discussing the dog’s duties.
“They use him to keep crowds back”, said one child.
“No”, said another.  “He’s just for good luck.”
A third child brought the argument to a close.  “You’re both wrong . . . They use the dogs”, she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrants.”

13.  A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived.  “Oh,” he said, “she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her.  Then, when we’re done having her visit, we take her back to the airport.”

14.  Grandpa is the smartest man on earth!  He teaches me good things, but I don’t get to see him enough to get as smart as him!

Pressures of Politics: A First Hand Account -ABC 30 St. Louis

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ABC 30

Here is a link to the interview I did with Aisha Khan from the Allman Report on KDNL ABC30, St. Louis. They asked me if I would share my thoughts about the pressure of politics in lieu of the resent deaths of Tom Schweich and Spence Jackson. 

It is hard to describe the conflict and combat in politics.  The fights between political parties and candidates are only the tip of the iceberg.  While party infighting is normally kept out of the public eye, it is a constant hazard to candidates in both parties.  The desire for power causes candidates, activist and donors to deploy ruthless tactics.  Backstabbing, betrayal and deception are often the norm in a world where the ends justify the means.  Once pride, arrogance and oversized egos are thrown into the mix of an anything goes, winner take all world…things get rough.  

The pursuit of power, or the effort to keep power, along with the need to take power from others in order to do “good” things, can be extremely hazardous to leaders and their supports.  It can change a caring, kindhearted person into a ruthless hunter.  Soon fear and paranoia set in and an unending tiresome fight is on.  

Rarely in the private sector is it like this.  In the business world companies pick up market share and they lose market share, but normally they can stay in business by finding new customers, cutting costs or improving services.  In politics, the winner is in control, running the show, making all the decision, while the loser is out of a job, unemployed following the rules their enemy just imposed.  

Unfortunately, I let the pressure and betrayal get to me.  I let power change me into somebody I didn’t want to be.  Not all politicians do this, but the higher you rise and the more power you have the harder it is to stay the same and not let it change you.  

I was only able to make a few comments in my interview, but I hope they shed some light on the pitfalls of power.   

Click here for interview
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Rod Jetton Is Sharing Testimony at the First Freewill Baptist Church Men’s Breakfast

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FFBCThe First Freewill Baptist Church in Farmington, Missouri has asked Rod Jetton to share his testimony at their men’s breakfast on February 7th.

Rod has an amazing testimony of God’s love as he enjoyed a meteoric rise from a young Marine officer to the second youngest House Speaker in Missouri state history. Rod was on the fast track to becoming Governor of Missouri, when his personal life exploded as he went through a very public and humiliating fall.

In his testimony Rod explains how his hypocritical lifestyle led to his downfall and he points out how pride, flattery, bitterness and paranoia can have terrible consequences for individuals and families.  Using personal examples, Rod will warn men about the dangers of letting success go to their heads as well as the destruction that follows when succumbing to pride and temptation.  Rod’s candid way of explaining his mistakes and pointing out the dangers of putting his career in front of his faith and family are of great benefit to anyone focused on accomplishing their goals.

He will be speaking  at the men’s breakfast February 7th, 8:00 am at First Freewill Baptist Church in Farmington, Missouri. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. followed by Rod’s testimony.  More info can be found by clicking here

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305 West Columbia

Farmington, MO 63640

Rod Jetton Is Sharing Testimony at the LWWC Celebrate Recovery New Year’s Eve Service

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Rod Jetton will be sharing his testimony of God’s love and forgiveness at the Living Waters Worship Center (LWWC) December 31st New Year’s Eve Celebrate Recovery service.

Rod enjoyed a  meteoric rise from a young Marine officer to the second youngest House Speaker in Missouri state history. He was on the fast track to becoming Governor of Missouri, when his personal life exploded as he went through a very public and humiliating fall.

In his testimony Rod explains how his drinking and hypocritical lifestyle led to his downfall.  He points out how pride, flattery, bitterness and paranoia can have terrible consequences for individuals and families.  Using personal examples, Rod warn’s others about the dangers of letting success go to their heads as well as the destruction that follows when succumbing to temptations or addictions.  Rod’s candid way of explaining his mistakes and pointing out the dangers of putting his career in front of his faith and family are of great benefit to anyone focused on accomplishing their goals.

He will be speaking December 31st, 7:00 p.m. at Living Waters Worship Center in Bloomfield, Missouri. This New Year’s eve service will include a time of worship and praise along with Rod’s testimony and refreshments, fellowship and fun. More info can be found by clicking here

LWWC’s ministry mission is to provide a church where the hurting, the depressed, the frustrated and confused can find unconditional love and acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness, guidance and encouragement.  It’s dream is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the residents of Stoddard County.  To that end LWWC started a Celebrate Recovery program to minister to those with hurts, hangups and habits as a ministry of their church.

Images-celebrate-recovery-logoCelebrate Recovery (CR) is a biblical and balanced program that helps anyone overcome their hurts, hang-ups, and habits. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory. CR takes a person through the basic 12-step recovery process and includes the Biblical principles taught by Jesus Christ that offer love and healing. Celebrate Recovery has helped thousands from all walks of faith recover from addictions and is now in over 20,000 churches worldwide!

 

Living Waters Worship Center
18094 State Hwy. 25
Bloomfield, MO 63825

MBCExtream offers LOGOS Bible Study Software 50% Off

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Below is a copy of the letter Pastor Brad wrote about the college he is starting for those entering the ministry.   He is opening up the initial course to any laypeople who teach a class in their church or just want to learn more about the Bible for their own knowledge.  I believe this is a unique opportunity.   We can sign up as a student for their first class and receive the 50% off the LOGOS software that preachers use when studding the bible.

The first class will be held Tuesday nights and be available via Skype for those not in the Branson area.  This class will be teaching students how to study their bible with the powerful LOGOS software.  I have already signed up and am very excited about how this software can help me better understand the scriptures.

The cost for the software is only $774 because of the 50% off student savings and it will give us access to many different commentaries,  spiritual books, and bibles.  If you are wanting to make your bible study time or class preparation time more productive while learning more about what the scriptures mean, then check out the details below.

 

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Dear Friend,

I am excited to offer an opportunity that you may be interested in. The College that I am starting (Midwest Bible College Extreme) is offering an introductory course that is named Introduction to Logos/Bible Study. This class will be available on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:10 pm starting September 9 and ending on December 15, here at the Sanctuary or online through Skype. Taking this course will open the Bible to you by learning to utilize LOGOS Bible Software to prepare lessons, sermons, or any in-depth Bible Study. This class is appropriate for anyone with a call to a preaching or teaching ministry or anyone who desires a deeper study of the Bible.

Below is a summary sheet of the volumes of resources that will be yours through the LOGOS software. Words are inadequate to express the opportunity this course will present. If you have ANY interest in pursuing this, you are invited to SEE LOGOS in action and decide if you want to invest your time and money to pursue this study. This presentation will be on Tuesday, August 26, at 6:30pm. Coffee and snacks will be served and we will have you out by 8. Your learning experience will be enhanced if you bring your IPad, Notebook, or laptop.

Please consider exploring this option. You place yourself under no obligation by attending and there will be no offering taken. You are our guest.

Contact me at 417-894-0103 (call or text) or at bradlombardi@yahoo.com or come in and see me for further questions or to confirm you are coming.

Thank you.

Brad Lombardi

Summary of Contents of LOGOS Gold Package

Datasets (15)

Bible Facts: Events
Bible Facts: People
Bible Facts: Places
Bible Facts: Things
Greek Pronunciation Addin with Erasmian & Modern Data Sets
New Testament Genre Coding
Phrase Concordance
Preaching Themes
Thematic Outlines
Timeline
Tooman Literary Genre Coding of the Old Testament
Clause Search
Referent Data
Reported Speech
Bible Sense Lexicon
Ancient Texts and Morphologies (27)
Church History (8)
Counseling (7)
Divorce and Remarriage: Biblical Principle and Pastoral Practice
Grief and Pain in the Plan of God: Christian Assurance and the Message of Lamentations
The Diamond Marriage: Have Ultimate Purpose in Your Marriage
The Family You Want: How to Establish an Authentic, Loving Home
Different by Design. Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, 2nd ed
Devotionals and Spiritual Formation (10)
English Bibles (17)
Exegesis and Interpretation (6)
Exegesis and Interpretation
Keys to the Bible’s Treasure
The Handbook to Bible Study
Starting New Testament Study: Learning and Doing
Bible Lessons International Collection (17 vols.)
Handbook for Hebrew Exegesis
History of InterpretationInterlinear Bibles (21)Lectionaries (10)Maps, Photos, and Media (30)Ministry (13)
Biblical Answers to Tough Questions
Christian Minister’s Manual
Christian Ministries and the Law: Revised Edition
Church Communications Handbook
Seven Myths About Small Groups: How to Keep from Falling into Common Traps
Small Group Idea Book
Small Group Leader’s Handbook: The Next Generation
The Big Book on Small Groups
Baker?s Dictionary of Practical Theology
The Star Book for Ministers
True Evangelism: Paul’s Presentation of the First Five Steps of the Soul-Winner in Romans
Church Administration: Effective Leadership for Ministry
Pastoral Visitation: A Pocket Manual
Original Language Grammars and Tools (19)Original Language Lexicons and Word Studies (21) (TDNT)Parallel Passages and Harmonies (12)Preaching and Teaching (33)Theology (12)

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