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Jesus,Preacher's and Me

Updated on October 1, 2014

3 Day High

A few weeks ago my Pastor and good friend, Joe Wilson called me and asked me if I would go with him and two others from our church to a Pastor's convention. I told Joe I would speak with my wife about it.

My head was reeling. Ask any of the individuals in my past and they would laugh at the notion of Froggy going to a Pastor's convention. I had been to prison two times. I lived a life that sure didn't have God involved in it.

You know, ever since Jonathan's death I have taken a very hard look at the way I have lived. Yea, I had gotten away from the stuff that would send me to prison; I did take Jesus as my personal Savior some years earlier, but I didn't live the life. By the way, for you that don't know who Jonathan is, he Is my 23 month old grandson who, I feel, was murdered,

I started visiting churches and I knew I was home at First Freewill Baptist here in Lebanon, Missouri. Our church has been exactly that, a home.

I told Joe yes, I'll go to the convention. Heck, my wife was so proud I thought her head would explode.

I got back today from this convention and I just have to share some of the experience.

It was held at Cross Pointe Camp and Retreat Center in Rocky Mount, Missouri. It's right on the Lake of the Ozarks. Check out the pictures of it below and the website below that.

Cross Pointe Camp and Retreat

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The featured speaker this year was Joe Grizzle of CrossPointe Church in Norman, Oklahoma.

Joe was a grade A+++ speaker. He kept my attention which can be a difficult chore at times. I learned some great stuff from Joe.

They have a large church with a great website. I am putting the link below. Listen to one of Joe's sermons and listen to some wisdom.

Other Pastor's

There were quite a few Pastor's there and I wish I could list them all. These men of God accepted me just as if I was another Pastor. I was treated not like a lower class citizen as I have felt in some places.

I have found some of these men's websites and such. If you want to know more about Jesus and His love take a look at these guys.

The first picture is Reverend Gary Fry. He is the executive director of Missouri State Association of Freewill Baptists.

Gary has been a great friend through the tragedy that happened to our family. He too, faced a major tragedy recently in the passing on of his wife. Gary has been an excellent mentor for me on how to face life's obstacles.

There were a few missionaries there too. The stories of Panama and Cuba and such are so interesting.

I want to thank Jesus for putting all of these people in my life. As I said before, I wish I could list all of them, but I just don't have all that info. Take a look at these blogs and such.

Thanks to all the people there and the caretakers of the camp for making this a great learning experience.

© G.L. Boudonck

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Associate Pastor Mitchell CooperPastor Joe WilsonPastor Travis WatkinsStan and Linda Bunch--missionariesDr Alton Loveless
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Associate Pastor Mitchell Cooper
Pastor Joe Wilson
Pastor Joe Wilson
Pastor Travis Watkins
Pastor Travis Watkins
Stan and Linda Bunch--missionaries
Stan and Linda Bunch--missionaries
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© 2009 Greg Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      9 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks Lake Ozark Rentals--May God bless you!

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      Lake Ozark Rentals 

      9 years ago

      Yet another very touching story. Thank you for the good reading and keep your head high!

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      Michael D.  

      9 years ago

      I have known Gary for a VERY long time. He was the pastor at First Free Will in Mountain Grove. I attended there when I was little. Cynthia was a great loss not only for Gary but for a lot of people. Gary may have lost his wife, and we a long lost friend, but Heaven gained a GREAT PERSON!

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      9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Thanks for the info. God bless.


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