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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Heavenly Country

Often times when I used to ride horses I had the opportunity to ride in some beautiful scenery in south central Missouri.  We often would ride in the Mark Twain National Forest.  Interesting thing about riding the horses would just amble along not really paying much attention to anything until he put in the direction of the trailers and began to head home.  They were ready to god and often seemed the pace would pick up.  They could hardly wait to get unsaddle and brush and fed.  They knew they were headed home.

As Christians, our true home is heaven.  Yet sometimes our desires tether us to the here and now.  We enjoy God's good gifts --- marriage, children grandchildren, travel, careers, friends.  At the same time the Bible challenges us to focus on "things above" (Colossians 3:1-2).  Things above may include the unseen benefits of heaven: God's enduring presence (Revelation 22:3-5), unending rest (Hebrews 4:9), and an everlasting inheritance (1 Peter 1:4). 

Recently I read, "Believers desire the heavenly inheritance; and the stronger the faith is, the more fervent the desire."  Several Old Testament believers mentioned in Hebrews 11 had strong faith in God that enabled them to embrace His promises before receiving them (Hebrews 13).  Once such promise was heaven.  If we too put our faith in God, He will give us a desire for that "heavenly country" (Hebrews 13:16) and will loosen our grip on this world.

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