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December 26, 2011

The Richest Person in Town

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2: 10-14 (KJV)

It is as definite for me as Christmas itself. Every year—without fail. And always sometime before all the promise of Christmas morning breaks afresh and anew in our hearts. Making certain to watch the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

This year I watched it one evening two days before Christmas with some dear friends—his bride had seen it before, but he had never seen the movie from beginning to end. And then I watched it again on Christmas Eve.

Timeless. Priceless. Hopeful. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 2:19 pm
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December 19, 2011

Making Room

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2: 6-7 (NIV)

We made room for them that day. We always will.

Lynda announced that our two precious Granddaughters were coming to spend the day with us last week while their Mom and Dad went Christmas shopping. Now they could finish hanging ornaments on the Christmas tree which they had helped me pick out for our home last week, and they could help us decorate the house. In particular, they could place a few more manger scenes wherever they felt they should be. The timing of their visit was perfect—as time with them always is—but, as I was about to discover, for much more than the obvious. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 5:10 pm
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December 12, 2011

Joseph—The Home Stretch

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

…Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins’…

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded…”

Matthew 1:18-24 (NIV)

It had to be a life-changing experience for Joseph.

Surely it had to be strange.

From the little we know of Joseph, he seemed to be a good man, a righteous, law abiding, hardworking and compassionate man. He was pledged to Mary and under Jewish customs no intimate relations could take place between them until they were married. And then he finds out Mary is pregnant. He saw that he had two options to save his integrity—to publicly divorce her, or, to spare Mary that embarrassment, he could divorce her privately. But to have stayed with her now would have been an admission of guilt that he had caused her to become pregnant. And so he decided he would divorce her privately and quietly.

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Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 2:35 pm
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December 5, 2011

Santa Claus and Other Wonders

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’”

Luke 2: 10, 11 (NIV)

So when did you stop believing?

That reality check hit me again the other day as I was putting our youngest granddaughter Ellie Kate to bed. She loves to stay with us. As she was drifting off to sleep looking at the lighted Christmas tree and manger scene at the base of the tree in the room in our home which is set aside for her and her sister, Ellie Kate’s eyes fell again on the plastic lighted Santa that still shines for her and her sister, Hannah, as it did for her Daddy over forty years ago. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 11:34 am
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