Monday, September 28, 2015


DEXTER, MO. – Living Water Worship Center (LWWC) will be hosting the Shine Effect at the October 7th Celebrate Recovery meeting. The Shine Effect is an energetic 3 piece Christian rock band from Jacksboro, TN striving to serve God and minister to others through music. The band consists of Josh Roberts (vocals/guitar), wife Christa Roberts (drums), and brother Ben Roberts (bass/vocals).

The band released their first full length self-recorded album “The Life. The Hope. The Journey.” in May 2011 and since then they have played over 400 concerts with many great bands. In March of 2013, The Shine Effect released their new 6 song album “With Open Eyes” which was recorded at The Sound Lair in Knoxville, TN. As of January 2015, The Shine Effect started playing acoustic concerts as well!

The Shine Effect gets their name from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:14-16. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The Shine Effect has taken this verse to heart and tries to truly be that shining light in a dark world. Their passion is to encourage the church and reach out to the lost through music and love, while making many new friends along the way!

They have performed at over 60 Celebrate Recovery gatherings and Bryan Gentry the Stoddard County Celebrate Recover director said, “We are really excited to have the Shine Effect coming to our Celebrate Recovery meeting and want to invite anyone who needs God’s redemption along with those struggling with addictions as well as our young people in the Stoddard County region to come and hear their redeeming message in music.” 

Who: The Shine Effect
What: Celebrate Recovery
When: Wednesday October 7th at 6:30 pm
Where:  Living Water Worship Center 18094 Hwy 25 Bloomfield, MO  63841

Info: Bryan Gentry at 573-820-3284 or

Friday, September 4, 2015


Forever-Why You Can't Live Without It

DEXTER, MO- The Sweet Prospect General Baptist Church young adult Sunday school class will be starting a new study titled, Forever, why you can’t live without it.  

In this new study Paul David Tripp will answer questions such as: 

Why is it so hard for us to be satisfied? What do so many of our marriages struggle? Why do we have such a hard time getting along with family and friends? Why are we in so much debt? Why do we stand in front of full closets and say we have nothing to wear?  Why do we look into fully stocked refrigerators and say we have nothing to eat? Why do so many of us spend more than we earn? Why do we struggle with envy? Why do people disappoint us so much? Why does life in the here and now never seem to deliver what we hoped it would? Where do you go to find answers to questions like this? What helps you understand life?  

Tripp says, "We are all looking for meaning and purpose in our life. No matter who you are, where you are, and how old you are, you long for the perfect world and struggle with the fact that the address where you live is anything but perfect."

In Tripp’s video and book he points out that we can find the answer to these questions by focusing on eternity or forever. The class will study and explore the possibility that maybe this present life is not a destination, but a preparation for our final destination.  Young Adult class leader Rod Jetton said, “We will consider that how we live our lives has real consequences in the next. We will learn that God created us to live forever and that we can't make sense out of our present life without considering eternity.”  

Pastor Ray Rowland mentioned, "The first class will start this Sunday at 9:45.  A light breakfast with donuts, coffee and orange juice will be available.  We also have children's classes for those who have kids." There is a $10.00 charge for the class to help defray the costs of books and videos.  If you cannot attend the first week don't worry, this is a study you can drop into anytime and not miss a beat.

It is a ten week study and each Sunday participants will watch a short video then join a group discussion on the key points.  During the week students will also be reading the book, "Forever, Why you can't live without it." 

Jetton added, "I've enjoyed reading the book, and watching the videos.  It really helped me reflect on my life and what is really important.  I'm looking forward to going through the class with others were we can talk about life's big issues and encourage one another."

Sweet Prospect is located at 1201 E. Elk St. in Dexter across from Tyson.  The class starts at 9:45 am on Sunday Morning's before their worship service at 11:00 am.  The "young" adult class is for married couples or singles ages 20 to 50.  For more information call, text or email Rod Jetton at 573-225-4444 or               

Jetton concluded, "If you are looking to join others who are searching for the right answers to the big questions in life while trying to make a positive difference, then I hope you will consider attending our class.  We are far from perfect, but we are a small and friendly bunch that cares greatly for one another."  


Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Here is a link to a story on the upcoming prayer conference.  It is exciting to have three different churches from different denominations working together to advance God's kingdom.

Praying is such an important task for the church.  To often we sit around and complain about America and how bad things are, but the Bible tells us that God is moved to action when his disciples pray. It's time for us to stop complaining and start praying for those in our community who need Christ!

Click here for the SEMO Times story  

Saturday, May 9, 2015


If you are a boy ages 6 to 18 then grab your camping gear and get ready to head into the great outdoors.  The Sweet Prospect Boy's Camping trip is coming up on May 15th at Sam A. Baker State Park.  This event is open to all boys at Sweet Prospect along with their fathers and grandfathers.  Each boy can also invite a friend to attend.

The church is paying for food and campsite fees, but asked each boy to help with costs by bringing $7.00. The boys may bring an additional $5 for spending money in the camp store if they choose.

The boys will be preparing and cooking their own food over a campfire.  On Friday night we will be having one of the outdoor classics in campers stew.  The boys will take hamburger and cut up potatoes, carrots and onions then wrap it in a foil pack to cook in the coals.  For dessert they will hollow out an orange then fill it with cake mix, wrap it in foil and place it in the coals to bake.  The next morning we will cook eggs and sausage in a skillet, while each boy puts a cinnamon roll on a stick and slowly bakes it over the fire. Lunch will be the easiest meal as the boys grill basic hamburgers and hot dogs.

Gear List  
We will be cooking more than hotdogs!
Ä Flashlight
Ä Sleeping bag & pillow
Ä Hiking shoes, tennis shoes will work
Ä Gloves
Ä Canteen
Ä Pocket Knife, Fishing Pole & tackle box
Ä 1 change of clothes & swimsuit
Ä Coat or Sweatshirt
Ä Tent if you have one
Ä $7 entry & $5 for spending money

· Leave at 4:00 pm from Church
· Arrive at Camp by 5:00 pm -fishing after setting up camp
View from top of bluff
· Cook supper at 7:00 pmCampers Stew & Orange Cake
· Devotion, games & storytelling until 12:00 ams'mores
· Rise and shine 6:00 am
· Breakfast 7:00 amEggs, Sausage & Cinnamon rolls on a stick
· Hike Mudlick trail at 8:00 am 
· Fishing after hike
· Lunch at 11:00 am –Hamburgers and Hot dogs
· Clean up camp and head for home 1:00 pm
· Arrive @ Dexter 2:00 pm
· Parents pick up boys at Church

The beautiful St. Francois River running along Sam A Baker State Park makes it a relaxing place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Our Saturday morning hike on Mudlick trail will take us to the top of the bluffs high above the river overlooking the beauty of the Ozark foothills. The boys will have to decide if they are up for the longer 8 mile loop or if the want to take the shortcut and only go for 3 miles.

We will have some time to fish and swim in the river
Be sure and bring your tackle box & fishing pole, but remember to get your fishing licenses if your over 16.  The St. Francois River is know for it's small mouth and google eye fishing.  Shoot, if the boys do good enough we might even be able to fry some fish with our hamburgers and hot dogs! 

We do need to know who is going by May 13th so we can have enough food for everyone.  Please let Rod know at church or you can call or email him at the address below.   

This campout will be tons of fun for the boys and offer a great time of fellowship for the adults as we thank God and enjoy the outdoors He created.  If you have any questions call Rod Jetton at 573-225-4444 or email at    

     We will be at campsites 16 & 17 which are down by the river.

Do you think these boys can handle the long hike?


Friday, May 1, 2015


Ed praying for Pastors in Poland
On Mat 23rd and 24th Ed Kleiman, of Small Cloud Ministries will be leading a prayer conference at Sweet Prospect Baptist Church in Dexter, Missouri.  

Ed, a Messianic Jew, grew up in St. Louis "worshipping & serving the god in the mirror" as he refers to it. From the age of sixteen to forty one he offered up daily sacrifices to this god; of drugs, alcohol, and sexual immorality. Then God granted him repentance (Acts 11:18), and God's gift of eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8), on October 23rd, 1994.

After attending Covenant Theological Seminary Ed preached for the first time on November 16th, 1997. In 1999 he began preaching at Sunshine Mission, a homeless shelter in St. Louis.  During his 16 years of ministry at the Mission God has granted new life to some of the most down-&-out, through their trust and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. In 2000, Ed became part of, and now serves full time with the mission’s organization, International Messengers.

Ed has ministered to thousands of people here in America and all over the world by leading prayer initiatives and teaching on prayer. Before they head to places in Poland, Hungary, Romania, the United States, Germany, Slovakia, and the Ukraine, Ed trains new missionary students at the Training Center for International Messengers in Libby, Montana. In addition to his teaching and preaching here in America Ed has gone on several mission trips to teach and minister to missionary’s and lay leaders in other cities in Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia. 

Like all great historical revivals in the past, Ed believes prayer continues to be a crucial, and still often missing element. Since 1999 the Lord has been using Ed to preach on the importance of the local church, God's design for the family, especially the role of men, the call for missions, while always emphasizing the power, priority, and purposes of prayer. Ed will be teaching Christians how to add zeal to their Christian life and transform their prayers into a powerful force that brings down God's grace on Dexter, Missouri. 

Pastor Ray Rowland added, "We are grateful the Lord has allowed Ed Kleiman to lead a prayer conference in Dexter, Missouri and want to extend an invitation to other Christians in our community.  Our church will host a breakfast and 2 hour prayer and teaching session starting at 8:00 am on Saturday with an evening session starting at 7:00 pm that night.  Then Ed will deliver the Sunday message on the 24th titled 'Our Hearts Desire & Prayer'.” 

Ed stressed the following about prayer, "FrancisSchaeffer said, 'If we are a community built on

prayer, and we're not a praying people, then this is the end of the world.' Well, this may not be the end of the world but most of us can clearly see that the church is not having the impact on the culture it should. I believe Francis Schaeffer was right. The presence and power of God is not manifestly dwelling among His people, and we are not seeing the Lord work simply because we are not asking, seeking, and knocking in prayer (Matthew 7:7). Yet, I have seen the Lord work powerfully in response to the faithful prayers of His believing children. I have seen it in different parts of this country, and in many other parts of the world." 

"Please pray for Ed’s visit to Dexter and ask God to move mightily so that Christians will begin to pray for the lost in our community. The Lord has used Ed’s ministry to rekindle a passion for Jesus Christ in many churches throughout the United States, we ask you to join us in thanking God for what He will do during this prayer conference, concluded Sweet Prospect prayer coordinator Rod Jetton.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Phil Dawson of the Dexter Gideon Camp was at 
Sweet Prospect General Baptist Church explaining how
 the International Gideons spread God's Word around the world. 

DEXTER, MO- Phil Dawson is a long time member of the Dexter Gideon camp and attended Sweet Prospect General Baptist church last Sunday where he explained how the Gideons passed out over 85 million copies of the Bible in 2014.

He shared testimonies of serverl people who had become Christians after receiving their copy of God's word.  Phil talked about work by Gideons all over the world, but he also covered the efforts being make right here in Stoddard County.  

The Gideons place bibles in all the local hotels, nursing homes, medical clinics and first responder offices.  He reported that over 200 bibles were handed out in the Stoddard County jail resulting in many decisions for Christ.  Additionally, Gideons have handed out almost 300 bibles at the monthly Smiles of Hope free dental clinic at the Lighthouse Church on Hwy. 25.

Mr. Dawson said, "It takes $1.25 to print a New Testament and change a life, or $5.00  to print a hotel Bible." He closed by asking the members to consider making a donation to help purchase bibles.  
As Mr. Dawson was leaving a member of the congregation stood and shared a personal testimony.  He recounted how five years earlier he was in the Stoddard County jail when the Gideons came by singing praise songs, praying with prisoners and handing out bibles.  He said he rededicated his life to Christ that night and was so thankful for that Bible and what the Gideons did for him.

Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through sharing personally and by providing Bibles and New Testaments. While they are known worldwide for their work with hotels, they predominantly share Scriptures in schools and colleges, prisons and jails, hospitals, and medical offices. To date, they have placed 1.9 billion Scriptures and are on their way to a 2 billion goal.