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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God our Refuge

Day 10 - God our Refuge

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27a

God is our shelter, our retreat. He is our refuge from the storms that rage in this life. He is unchangeable and ever-present.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

“The word refuge may be translated "mansion," or "abiding-place," which gives the thought that God is our abode, our home….And so our hearts find rest in God, when, wearied with life's conflict, we turn to Him, and our soul dwells at ease….Home, too, is the place of our truest and purest happiness: and it is in God that our hearts find their deepest delight. We have joy in Him which far surpasses all other joy.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by. Psalm 57:1

Do you know Him as your Refuge?  Dwell on this aspect of His character until you find yourself turning first to Him as your refuge, rather than to man-made solutions.


The Lord our Shepherd

Day 9 - Jehovah-Raah – The Lord my Shepherd

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23)

Jehovah-Raah is our tender shepherd, a sweet companion who will walk with us through this life. Because God became flesh and walked among us, we have a Shepherd who knows our pain – not by theory but by brutal, experience. 

Because the Lord is our shepherd, we will lack no good thing. He will provide a sweet place of rest, a place to pull away from the stresses of life. 

Whatever you face today, remember that you walk by the side of the Shepherd, and He is committed to your care.


30 Day Journey...Week 2

I hope you joined us last week in considering some of the attributes of God. I hope considering them helped you worship Him in new ways.  We will continue on our 30 day worship journey this week

Day 8 Jehovah-Shammah - The Lord is There

"The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits.  "And the name of the city from that time on will be:  The LORD is There ."
  Ezekiel 48:35

God revealed to Ezekiel that the name of the New Jerusalem would be Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is there.

God has promised His presence among His people from the beginning,

"See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” Exodus 23:20

The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Exodus 33:14. 

Moses reminds the children of Israel of God’s presence as they are about to enter the Promised Land. 
Because he loved your forefathers and chose their descendants after them, he brought you out of
Egypt by his presence and his great strength. Deuteronomy 4:37

Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

God is here.  He has promised never to leave us.  So the next time we feel all alone, remember who He is and praise Him as the Eternal God who is here.


Day 7 - The Lord our righteousness

Jehovah-Tsidkenu (tsid-kay'-noo) – The Lord our righteousness

In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness. Jeremiah 23:6

The background here is tragic.  Josiah had instituted reforms and revival had come, but wickedness was still deeply entrenched.  And spiritual leaders had lied to the people and scattered the people of God.  But in Jeremiah 23:5-6 God promises a better day is coming.  This is a prophecy of the coming Messiah. 

God is righteous. He demands righteousness in us. And He tells us that what He requires of us, He becomes to us. 

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians. 5:21

And in Him we are declared to be righteous. 1 Corinthians 1:30

We have no right to stand before God, but Jesus stands before the Father and He accepts Jesus’ righteousness as if it were ours. The catch is that you have to accept it. It is not forced on anyone. We all continue to have a free will and God desires that our relationship with him is given freely from our heart with love.

Satan wins many victories when we do not realize that our God is The Lord Our Righteousness. 

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Isaiah 61:10


Day 6 - God my Banner

Day 6 Jehovah-Nissi ---- God, my Banner or God my Standard of Victory 

After Israel’s victory over the Amalekites, we are told - “And Moses built an altar and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi [The Lord is My Banner]."  Exodus. 17:15

A banner, in ancient times, was usually a bare pole with a bright shining ornament which glittered in the sun.  The word banner means to glisten.  It was a signal to God’s people to rally to Him.  It stood for His cause, His battle.  It was a sign of deliverance, of salvation.  It represented victory.

So the next time you are in heated spiritual warfare, remember that God is Jehovah Nissi. He is The Eternal God, your Banner of Victory.  We can praise Him, that He always gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

But you have raised a banner for those who fear you—a rallying point in the face of attack. Psalm 60:4 NLT