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

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

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Thursday
May262016

A Debtor

As a young man, Robert Robinson (1735-1790) enjoyed getting into trouble with his friends, so the stories go.  At age 17, though, he heard a sermon by George Whitefield from Matthew 3:7, and realized his need for salvation in Christ.  The Lord changed Robinson's life, and he became a preacher.  He also wrote several hymns, including his best-known "Come Though Fount of Every Blessing."

When you think about God's amazing grace and the last stanza of that hymn: "O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be!"  The hymn brings to mind the apostle Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15: "The love of Christ compels [or constrains] us . . . that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again."

We can't earn God's love and grace.  But because He has lavished it on us, how can we help but love Him in return by living for Him.  To do that, we must draw near to Him, listening to His Word, serving Him, and obeying Him out of gratitude and love. 

As debtors, we are called to live each day for Jesus who gave Himself for us.

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