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.

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 Our Fears

A mother asked her 5-year old son to go to the pantry to get her a can of tomato soup.  But he refused and protested.  "It's dark in there."  Mon assured Johnny, "It's okay.  Don't be afraid, Jesus is in there."  So Johnny opened the door slowly and seeing that it was dark, shouted, "Jesus, can you hand me a can of tomato soup?" 

This humorous story of Johnny's fear reminds me of Gideon.  The Lord appeared to Gideon, calling him a "mighty man of valor" (Judges 6:12) and then telling him to deliver Israel out of Midian's hand.  But Gideon's fear reply was "My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house" (Judges 6:15).  Even after the Lord told Gideon that with His help he would defeat the Midianites, he was still afraid.  Then Gideon asked the Lord for signs to confirm God's will and empowerment.  So, why did the Lord address fearful Gideon as a mighty man of valor?"  Because of who Gideon would one day become with the Lord's help.

We too may doubt our own abilities and potential.  But let us never doubt what God can do with us when we trust and obey Him.  Gideon's God is the same God who will help us accomplish all that He asks us to do.

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