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Thankyou LORD

Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at 4:13 PM

Thankyou Lord for your great Creation. Thankyou for the air we breathe, the water which cleanses and quenches our thirst. Thankyou for the beauty of mountains, deserts, forests, and the countryside of southeast Missouri! Thankyou for the land upon which we live which yields plants for our health and hunger. Thankyou for the Sun which gives us warmth and light and which helps the plants to grow. Thankyou for the Moon and other celestial bodies which give us light at night and which show your handiwork. Thankyou Lord for the animal life from amoeba and protozoa to the huge whales and elephants Oh the wonders of your great Creation!

Thankyou Lord for humankind! Thankyou for the gift of Life, the gift of Liberty, and the gift of Happiness! Thankyou Lord, for making us different, yet making us equal!

Thankyou Lord for your plan of Salvation revealed to us in your Word! Thankyou for sending your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, God in flesh, who took on all our sorrows, discomforts and afflictions! Thankyou Jesus Christ for accepting crucifixion, for dying on that Old Rugged Cross, for giving yourself for my sins and the sins of every human being on this earth! Thankyou for shedding your blood for us on Calvary! Thnkyou for giving defeating death, hell and the grave by rolling the stone away from th tomb and coming back to life! Thankyou for giving us the hope of a future resurrection! Thankyou for a salvation that not not only makes us children of God by regeneration and adoption and gives us eternal life and gives us forgiveness for our sins, but also a salvation that cleanses the heart from ALL inbred sin in one moment through the experience of Sanctification!

Thankyou Lord for you will in my life. Thankyou for calling me to preach. Thankyou for giving me the greatest friend I'll ever have on this earth, my wife Sue! Thankyou for giving me a daughter and son-in-law, a son and daughter-in-law, and five gorgeous grandchildren! Thankyou Lord for parents still living and for my siblings.

Thankyou Lord for the church we've attended here in Dexter these past 15 yrs. Thankyou for my church family which extends across the Country and even in other countries, but also my worldwide Christian family which transcends race, color, nationality, culture, class, and gender. Thankyou Lord for my pastor and his wife and soon to be born baby boy. Thankyou for those who attend our little church. Thankyou for our Sunday School and our ministry at Central Gardens. Thankyou Lord for ALL the church related blessing!

Thankyou Lord for a house to live in, clothes on our backs, a car to drive, and for food on our table. Thankyou Lord for supplying ALL our needs according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Thankyou Lord for health and for healing which is in the atonement.

Thankyou Lord for individuals and organizations stnading for what is right and good and and against what is wicked and evil. Thankyou Lord for our great country and for our freedoms. Thankyou for our state. Thankyou Lord for those who give their lives and who pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our freedoms alive. Thankyou Lord for our community of Dexter and Stoddard County. Thankyou Lord for our schools and churches. Thankyou Lord for our neighbors and those good folks living in our town and county. Thankyou Lord for our Stoddard County EMS, fire departments, and first responders and for all those involved in emergency and medical services who protect our lives and property. Thankyou Lord for our good County Sheriff, Carl Heffner and Sheriff Department, our police Department and for all those involved in law enforcement who protect our safety and laws.

Thankyou Lord for a job so that I can provide for my family. Thankyou Lord for a job so I can support our church and individuals and organizations doing what is good for the sake of others.

Oh God, In Everything, I give you Thanks! May I never forget to give you thanks for All your answered prayers, for your love and mercy and grace! THANKYOU LORD!

Richard D. Swift

505 Hickory Hills Dr.

Dexter MO 63841

573-625-9535



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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.