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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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620 Godin Avenue | Dupo, IL 62239

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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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Thursday
Jul072016

Welcome To All!

A beautifying project on the main road of a small town prompted the demolition of a church built in the 1930s.  Although the windows of the empty church had been removed, the doors remained in place for several days, even as bulldozers began knocking down walls.  Each set of doors around the church building held a message written in giant fluorescent-orange block letters: KEEP OUT!

Unfortunately, some churches whose doors are open convey that same message to visitors whose appearance doesn't measure up to their standards.  No fluorescent, giant-size letters needed.  With a single disapproving glance, some people communicate: "You're Not Welcome Here!"

How people look on the outside, of course, is not an indicator of what is in their hearts.  God's focus is on the inner life of people.  He looks far below the surface of someone's appearance and that's what He desires for us to do as well.  He also knows the hearts of those who appear to be "righteous" but are "full of hypocrisy" on the inside. 

God's message of welcome, which we are to show to others, is clear.  He says to all who seek Him: "Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters" (Isaiah 55:1)

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