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

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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30 Day Worship Journey

I’m going to do something a little different on the blog for the month of November.  In his book, The Air I Breathe, Louie Giglio suggests taking a ‘thirty-day worship journey’, carving out a few quiet minutes every day for a month to consider one of God’s attributes. An attribute is simply something that ‘s true about God. A part of His character, a facet of his heart. One of His names. He suggests that you carry that characteristic of God with you all day long, meditating on it, be influenced by it and thanking God for it. After 30 days you will begin to discover the fullness of who He is.

I hope you'll join me as we consider one of God's attributes each day. Feel free to leave a comment if you'd like to share what a certain attribute means to you.

If we are created in the image of God, then our hope, our joy, our peace, our purpose, and our future lie in God alone.
Sheila Walsh

Day 1 - Jehovah Shalom – The God who brings peace to all things
Peace comes not from having a great army but from being obedient to a great God.  Gideon learned to trust Jehovah Shalom, the God of peace, when his 300 men went up against a well-equipped army of  120,000 Midianites.

It is the presence of God, not the absence of trouble, that brings peace.  When life gets too hectic and God’s voice is drowned out by all the noise, we lose touch with His presence and His peace. 

Think about Jehovah Shalom today, the God who brings peace and let His peace fill you.

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Circumstances have nothing to do with peace;
God’s presence does.





Wrapping up October

As October comes to an end I want to say thanks for all the cards, gifts and words of encouragement this month. I have appreciated each and every one.

I also want to say a big thanks to all those who helped with the Halloween event today.  It was a great night for the trick-or-treaters and we had quite a crowd. We cooked 1,000 hotdogs and bagged up 965 bags of candy. We were able to give away quite a few coats and blankets, and we had drawings for 25 Bibles. It was a great opportunity to reach out to the community and let them know we are here.

We've posted a couple pictures from the day and will be posting more in the next couple days.

On His journey,


Trials and Testing

We all experience times of trials and testing in life. The book of
1 Peter is a letter for people going through trials. It still speaks with power and relevance to us today. Consider these four
timeless truths:
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 Peter 1:6-7

~ Trials may vary, but you are valuable.  Whatever shape the trial may take, God will use it to refine us, to strengthen our faith, teaching us to depend on Him more. Trials fuel the furnace that God uses to reshape us from the inside out.

Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 1 Peter 2:18-20

~ Tests may seem unreasonable, but they have a reason. We must be open to what God wants to do in our lives. He allows testing for our instruction, but we must be attentive, teachable and alert to His presence.

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:12-13

 ~ Trials are inevitable. Peter reminds us that we should not be surprised when trials come our way. Suffering is a part of the human experience of living in a broken world. When we choose to live a life of faith, committed to Jesus Christ, we should expect to face attacks from the enemy. 

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9

~ Trials are temporary, not eternal. Peter reminds us to be self-controlled and alert to the enemy’s schemes. While suffering is painful and trials are difficult to endure, we have hope in Christ Jesus and the promise that our God always has the final word.

 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (v 10)

Find hope for your difficult days in the book of 1 Peter.

On His journey,

 Character cannot be developed in ease & quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

Faith is not a storm cellar to which men and women can flee for refuge from the storms of life. It is, instead an inner force that gives them the strength to face those storms and their consequences with serenity of spirit.
- Sam J. Ervin Jr.



Just for fun...

Beth thought we should introduce our other ‘kids’…the 4 legged ones.  After all, if you drop by the house the first greeting you hear will likely be theirs. But don’t worry, they will be ushered out the garage door so you won’t have to meet them up close and personal (unless you want to).

Meet Cash.  I agree, a rather strange name, but you can ask Emily about that one. Cash is our ‘granddog.’ He is Emily’s dog, and used to live on a farm close by her, but decided to periodically break through the invisible fence and chase bicyclers.  He has been with us for a little over a year. He has a VERY ‘unique’ personality and keeps us laughing.

Tobie is our 11 year old Akita. She might look a little scary, but she is a sweety (usually).  Tobie has arthritis in her back knees and was almost crippled when we left Ellis Grove. But she is getting around better here, and we believe the wood floors were her biggest problem.  When Cash originally moved in, Tobie was not happy about it at all and made it her mission in life to keep Cash intimidated and in his rightful place (low dog on the totem pole). But they are buddies now (usually).

Our introductions wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Jasmine.  She didn’t make the move with us…we lost her earlier this year to an autoimmune disorder. She ruled the roost for over 12 years and we still miss her. Any change in routine made her very nervous so she probably would not have handled the move well.
    So now you know the other half of the family. They look forward to meeting you sometime!


Your Choice...

Elisabeth Elliot in Keep A Quiet Heart wrote the following list:

Several Ways to Make Yourself Miserable 
1. Count your troubles, name them one by one--at the breakfast table, if anybody will listen, or as soon as possible thereafter.  
2.  Worry every day about something. Don't let yourself get out of practice. It won't add a cubit to your stature but it might burn a few calories.
3.  Pity yourself. If you do enough of this, nobody else will have to do it for you.
4.  Devise clever but decent ways to serve God and mammon. After all, a man's gotta live.
5.  Stay away from absolutes. It's what's right for you that matters. Be your own person and don't allow yourself to get hung up on what others expect of you.
6.  Make sure you get your rights. Never mind other people's. You have your life to live, they have theirs.
7.  Don't fall into any compassion traps--the sort of situation where people can walk all over you. If you get too involved in other people's troubles, you may neglect your own.
8.  Don't let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what's really relevant--things like TV and newspapers. Invisible things are eternal. You want to stick with the visible ones--they're where it's at now. 

We chuckle at the list, but be honest and ask yourself if some of the list applies to you. We are probably all guilty of making ourselves and those around us miserable by engaging in these attitudes.  Today make the choice to do the opposite and choose joy.  There may not be many things we can control in our day, but we always have a choice when it comes to our attitude.

Have a grace-filled day,

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18