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Pastor Dan Pope is a third generation Open Bible pastor with a passion for preaching and teaching God's word in a relevant way. Before coming to the Open Bible Church in Belvidere, Dan served as a youth and college pastor for nearly twenty years in Ottumwa, Iowa. In 2003 he and his wife Miriam founded a ministry for the teenage children of pastors and missionaries providing seminars and retreats at national conventions. Pope Family PictureDan spent the first six years of his life in Liberia Africa where his parents were missionaries and the rest of his childhood growing up in Jefferson, Iowa and Rockford, Illinois. He has a degree in Pastoral Ministries from New Hope Christian College in Eugene, Oregon. Dan and his wife Miriam have two children: Caelan and Rian. Together they are passionate about Jesus Christ, and their desire is to reach their community and world with the hope of Jesus. Over the years Dan has written numerous magazine articles and Dan and Miriam co-authored a book together called "Broken Healer" which was published in 2012. Find out more about Dan and Miriam at their website

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Posted: September 26, 2017

Title: Come as You Are

Most of us lose our way several times in life’s journey especially when things don’t turn out as we think they should. It discourages us and lest we forget, our default setting is sin, doubt and defeat (look at David). That’s why our faith isn’t based on feelings or circumstances. Jesus himself said, “In this life YOU WILL face many troubles…” We can known the Word exhaustively but if we don’t allow it to be “alive and active” in our lives impacting our beliefs and behavior (our choice) then again we always fall back to our default setting.

The thing we need to do most, spend time with God, the enemy guilts us into believing God doesn’t want anything to do with us and won’t forgive us so we isolate ourselves from Him. This is the critical point. Are we willing to come as we are and be real with God and ourselves. One thing the Church has done poorly over the centuries is not allowing people to be real. The Bible is all about human failure and our need for a Savior. Not rules over relationsip but a relationship in which the rules are there to guide us and keep us from being hopelessly lost.

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