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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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Even when we don't sense God's presence, His loving care is all around us.

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Those who seek Him will praise the Lord.  Let your heart live forever!
Psalm 22:26 

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Gifts

Jesus asked, “If you hardhearted, sinful men know how to give good gifts to your children, won’t your Father in heaven even more certainly give good gifts to those who ask him for them?” (Matt. 7:11 TLB).

We find ourselves just thirteen days from Christmas. The next two weeks will find many of us in a hectic pace to buy gifts for everyone on our list. Some gifts we give out of obligation, but mostly we will be giving gifts to those we love to bring them joy.

Max Lucado says we are at our best when we are giving. In fact, we are most like God when we are giving:

“Have you ever wondered why God gives so much? We could exist on far less. He could have left the world flat and gray; we wouldn’t have known the difference. But he didn’t.

He splashed orange in the sunrise and cast the sky in blue. And if you love to see geese as they gather, chances are you’ll see that too.

Did he have to make the squirrel’s tail furry? Was he obliged to make the birds sing? And the funny way that chickens scurry or the majesty of thunder when it rings?

Why give a flower fragrance? Why give food its taste? Could it be he loves to see that look upon your face?

If we give gifts to show our love, how much more would he? If we—speckled with foibles and greed—love to give gifts, how much more does God, pure and perfect God, enjoy giving gifts to us? God’s gifts shed light on God’s heart, God’s good and generous heart. Every gift reveals God’s love…but no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the cross. They came, not wrapped in paper, but in passion. Not placed around a tree, but a cross. And not covered with ribbons, but sprinkled with blood.”

As you do your shopping this week, don’t forget to ponder the gifts God has given. Take time to recognize the gifts He gives every day. And take time to thank Him for those gifts.  It will help take the stress out of your extra long to-do list.

“Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light.” (James 1:17 MSG).