Thanks for stopping by.  I'm pastor of First Baptist Church in Dupo, IL.  You can visit the church website for information on the church: www.fbcdupo.org.  Here I hope to share some inspiration and perhaps a few tales from the winding road…this journey called life, where God can be seen in the moments of our day if we are looking for Him.  ~Roger~ 

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Thought for the Day

Even when we don't sense God's presence, His loving care is all around us.

Words to live by...

Those who seek Him will praise the Lord.  Let your heart live forever!
Psalm 22:26 

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We talk a lot these days about 'staying focused.' We apply it to just about every aspect of our lives.  I like what Max Lucado says about Christ's focus:

The heart of Christ was relentlessly focused on one task. The day he left the carpentry shop of Nazareth he had one ultimate aim--the cross of Calvary. He was so focused that his final words were, "It is finished" (John 19:30).

How could Jesus say he was finished? There were still the hungry to feed, the sick to heal, the untaught to instruct, and the unloved to love. How could he say he was finished? Simple. He had completed his designated task. His commission was fulfilled. The painter could set aside his brush, the sculptor lay down his chisel, the writer put away his pen. The job was done.

Wouldn't you love to be able to say the same? Wouldn't you love to look back on your life and know you had done what you were called to do?  (From Let the Journey Begin: God's Roadmap for New Beginnings)

Do you know what you are called to do?  Do you have a relentless focus?  One thing we are all called to do is proclaim God's praise and bring Him glory.  We were formed for the purpose of praising Him.

...I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,  the people I formed for myself  that they may proclaim my praise.  Isaiah 43:20-21

As we move into the Easter season, it is good to examine our focus and recommit to living our lives in praise to God  for the building up of the kingdom.


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