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January 31, 2011

Hang On

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…


“After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him, but Saul [Paul] learned of their plan.  Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him.  But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.               Acts 9: 23-25 (NIV)


His friends came to him in the middle of the night.  They had heard of the plans to destroy him.  (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 3:09 pm
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January 24, 2011

Values Point the Way

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…


It was another one of those endearing memory-making moments for me, as I listened unnoticed from my office not too long ago, to Lynda’s soft voice and our Granddaughter Hannah’s probing utterances for clarification as the story her Mimi was reading to her began to unfold…


Alice was startled to see the Cheshire Cat sitting in a tree just ahead of her. 

The Cat grinned when it saw Alice, but did nothing more.

“Cheshire Cat,” Alice began timidly, “would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to go,” the Cat replied.

“I don’t much care where…” began Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

                                                                                Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 12:24 pm
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January 17, 2011

Reason to Do It Again!

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…


But this precious treasure (Jesus Christ)—this light and power that now shine within us—is held in a perishable container, that is, in our weak bodies.  Everyone can see that the glorious power within must be from God and is not our own.

We are hard pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken.  We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. 

We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. 

We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. 

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (The Living Bible)


As I sit here this morning reflecting on those words inspired by God and penned by the Apostle Paul, I can’t help but wonder if Paul wrote them with the world of sports anywhere on his radar screen—if he had that interest or associations at all.  Never was there a verse more fitting for all the moments of ups and downs, highs and lows experienced within the world of sports, as those words from Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:57 pm
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January 10, 2011

Just In Case

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…


“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Robert Brault


I don’t ever put Christmas music away and very far from reach, because every now and then during the year, I find myself dragging it out again to play while driving in the car or working in the office.  I have those moments throughout the year when in dealing with whatever there is going on in my life, (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 3:32 pm
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January 3, 2011

He Knows the Plans

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)


            Late this past Saturday night I began once again to watch my favorite of all movies—“It’s a Wonderful Life”—in preparation for Lynda’s birthday the next day—yesterday.  Then I got up early yesterday morning to finish watching it, in time to hear Angel 2nd Class, Clarence Oddbody, also George Bailey’s guardian Angel, say to George as he sat in the snow in a moment of deep despair:


“Each man’s life touches so many other lives.  When he isn’t around it leaves an awful hole doesn’t it?  You see, George, you really have had a wonderful life.  Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?” (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:25 pm
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