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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One day a toddler exclaimed to his mother "I love you."  The mother was curious about what makes a 3-year old tick, so she asked him why he loved her.  He answered, "Because you play cars with me."  When she asked if there was any other reason, he said, "Nope.  That's it."  

When you begin to think about the response of that toddler, it causes one to stop and begin to think about the way we relate to God.  Do we love and trust Him just because of what He does for us?  What about when the blessings disappear?

Job had to answer these questions when catastrophes claimed his children and demolished his entire estate.  His wife advised him: "Curse God and die."  Instead, Job asked, "Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?"  Job struggled after his tragedy --- he became angry with his friends and questioned God.  Still, he vowed, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him."  

Job's affection for his heavenly Father didn't depend on a tidy solution to his problems.  Rather, he loved and trusted God because of all that He is.  Job said, "God is wise in heart and mighty in strength." 

Our love for God must not be based solely on His blessings but because of who He is.

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