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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Facing Goliath

Like David we face our Goliaths…the giants of disease, death, anxiety, deceit, failure, debt, stress, depression. Often we can’t change the circumstances but we can choose how we react to them.  In his book, Facing Your Giants, Max Lucado says to face giants by facing God first.

Focus on giants—you stumble.
Focus on God—your giants tumble.

Lucado considers why David took five stones into battle and suggests we have five stones to take into battle daily as we face our giants:

Use your five fingers to remind you of the five stones you need to face down your Goliath. Let your thumb remind you of ...
Goliath jogged David's memory. God had given him strength to wrestle a lion and strong-arm a bear. Wouldn't he do the same with the giant? "Remember His marvelous works which He has done" (1 Chron. 16:12). Write today's worries in sand. Chisel yesterday's victories in stone. Pick up the stone of the past. Then select ...
Note the valley between your thumb and finger. To pass from one to the next you must go through it. Let it remind you of David's descent. Before going high, David went low; before ascending to fight, David descended to prepare. Don't face your giant without first doing the same. Dedicate time to prayer.  "Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long" (Eph.
6:18 MSG). Pick up the stone of prayer. And don't neglect ...
Let your tallest finger remind you of your highest priority: God's reputation. David jealously guarded it. No one was going to defame his Lord. David saw Goliath as a chance for God to show off! Did David know he would exit the battle alive? No. But he was willing to give his life for the reputation of God. What if you saw your giant in the same manner? See your struggle as God's canvas. On it he will paint his multicolored supremacy. Announce God's name and then reach for ...
David ran, not away from, but toward his giant. Who bet on David? Who put money on the kid from
Bethlehem? Not the Philistines. Not the Hebrews. Not David's siblings or David's king. But God did. And since God did, and since David knew God did, the skinny runt became a blur of pumping knees and a swirling sling. He ran toward his giant. Do the same! Let your ring finger remind you to take up the stone of passion. One more stone, and finger, remains:
David didn't think one rock would do. He knew Goliath had four behemoth relatives. For all David knew, they'd come running over the hill to defend their kin. David was ready to empty the chamber if that's what it took.
Imitate him. Never give up. One prayer might not be enough. One apology might not do it. One day or month of resolve might not suffice. You may get knocked down a time or two ... but don't quit. Keep loading the rocks. Keep swinging the sling.


There is no doubt that you will face giants this week, perhaps only one but more likely several. If you focus on the giant you will stumble. Choose instead to focus on God and wait and see how He enables you to gain victory.  Make sure your pouch is ready with these five stones by starting your day focusing on God and His perfect provision.

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