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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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Monday
Jun132016

Your Spiritual Pipeline

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline stretches 800 miles through Alaska.  Because it was built through an earthquake zone, engineers had to be sure the pipe could withstand earth trauma.  They decided on a network of Teflon sliders designed to ease the shock when the ground moved below the pipes.  Engineers were delighted when the first big test came.  In 2002, an earthquake occurred causing the ground to move 18 feet to one side.  The Teflon sliders moved gently to accommodate the movement without any damage to the pipe.  The key was flexibility.  

The believer's spiritual pipeline to heaven is built upon firm trust in God.  But if we are inflexible in our expectations of how God should work, we can run into trouble.  In a crisis, we can make the mistake of shifting our focus from God to our painful circumstances.  Our prayer should be, "God, I don't understand why You have allowed this painful situation.  But I am trusting in Your ultimate deliverance despite all that's going on around me."  The psalmist expressed this so well when he wrote: "My soul trusts in You . . . until these calamities have passed by" (Psalm 57:1).

When the earth seems to move under us, let's be flexible in our expectations bur firmly confident in God's steadfast love and care.

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