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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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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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Friday
Jun032016

Two Tales Of One City

The book of Jonah has the makings of a great movie plot.  It contains a runaway prophet, a terrible storm at sea, the prophet swallowed by a great fish, God sparing the prophet's life, and the repentance of a pagan city.

But Jonah's sequel --- the book of Nahum --- might not be so popular.  Nahum ministered in Nineveh just as Jonah had, but about 100 years later.  This time, the Ninevites had no interest in repentance.  Because of this, Nahum condemns Nineveh and proclaims judgment on the people.

To unrepentant Nineveh, the prophet preached "The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked" (Nahum 1:3).  But Nahum also had a message of mercy.  To comfort the people of Judah, he proclaimed: "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him" (Nahum 1:7).

We see in the stories of Jonah and Nahum that with every new generation comes the necessity of an individual response to God.  No one's spiritual life can be handed off to another; we must each choose to serve the Lord from our own heart.  God's message is as fresh today as it was hundreds of years ago; judgment for the unrepentant but mercy for the repentant.  How will you respond?

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