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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Uneventful Beginnings...

Little did Winston Churchill realize on May 10, 1939 that he had a date with destiny.  On this particular morning London awoke to the news of a German offensive.  Holland and Belgium had been invaded.  It would not be long before France would be trodden under by the rapidly advancing Nazi army. 

At 6:00 a.m. he received a message to come to the royal palace.  There the King asked him to mobilize the government against Hitler.  By the end of that day Churchill had accepted a position he would hold for the duration of the war, one that would secure him a place of honor in history.

In his journal he records his feelings of that fateful night.  Toward the end of that particular entry these are the words that he wrote, “I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and this trial.”

As we discovered in our study last week, Esther must have had similar feelings when she heard the words of Mordecai, “For such a time as this.” (4:14).  Like Churchill, Esther’s whole life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial. 

Esther had yet to realize the incredible way God was going to work in her life.  When she crawled out of bed that morning with messed up hair and morning breath, she had no idea that she would be selected to enter a beauty pageant and the prize would be the queen’s throne of the Medo-Persian Empire. 

"Let the king give her royal position to another." (Esther 1:19)  As far as God’s providence was concerned, this was the most important part of the king’s edict.  That phrase prepared the way for Esther.  And it illustrates the truth of Proverbs 21:1, “The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."  In this great chapter of faith you see ordinary men and women who believed God in extraordinary ways.  An examination of their lives reveal that, like Esther's, much of it was spent in uneventful times.  Yet from Abraham dwelling in tents to David tending sheep, God providentially worked to write amazing endings to the stories of their lives.

And God wants to do the same with your life. 

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