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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Greener pastures?

If God wants you where you are right now, there are no greener pastures – there is no better place for you to be. You may be in a solitary place with God as your only companion. You may be on a journey to freedom from a besetting sin. You may be among the unemployed, or in a hospital bed. Wherever you are right now, Jesus knows your needs. And he has you right where he wants you. Trust his reputation for taking care of his sheep. Stormie Omartian

Do you find yourself struggling with your current situation?  Are you living in a state of discontent?  If you have been running from God and refusing to follow His will, then your place of discontentment is natural because you are rebelling against your heart’s natural desire to follow its Creator. 

If you have tried to follow God’s leading in your life and still find yourself disillusioned and unsatisfied, you need to recognize that our sinful nature will always tempt us to believe that there are greener pastures elsewhere. The motive of the sinful nature is always personal pleasure. The motive of our Lord is always to make us like Christ.  This will very often place us in situations that bring us very little personal pleasure.  Can you imagine how different Christ’s three year ministry on earth would have been if He had been all about His personal pleasure, instead of His Father’s glory?

Trust Christ’s reputation for taking care of His sheep. I can tell you from personal experience that He has not once failed to take care of me…even when I prefer my personal pleasure over His growing season.

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121

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