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April 30, 2012

Stopping Your World

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” Psalm 37: 7a

A smile broke across my face yesterday evening around dinner time as I listened to Nathan’s recounting of our younger Granddaughter Ellie Kate’s making the case for staying overnight one more time with Mimi and Gran. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 2:14 pm
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April 23, 2012

Faith–Unbelievable to Believable

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
I wonder at times why I am surprised.
It seems so obvious this morning as the sun once again comes up outside my window and the soft cool breezes float through the trees below–how can we not have faith enough to believe in the unbelievable?
When we take in all of God’s creation in the world around us–how does it not become clear to us that with God, what seems unbelievable becomes believable? (more…)
Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 1:49 pm
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April 16, 2012

Stay Calm

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 (NLT)

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

I was preparing these thoughts to share with you this morning when I realized I may be the one who needs the reminder most of all.

In the midst of preparations for a number of major projects all coming to bloom within a few weeks of each other, beginning with this weekend—I found myself worried, a bit tense, unsure, although wanting to believe that God will provide the resources, wisdom and energy which is needed to carry the day. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 12:59 pm
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April 9, 2012

What Will You Change?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

What one thing in your life do you want to change?

I wonder if Louis Oosthuizen would say it would be to have won the Masters Golf Tournament yesterday. I wonder if Phil Mickelson would say it would have been to have hit a better tee shot on the par three-fourth hole yesterday at Augusta National Golf Club in the final round of the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 3:07 pm
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April 2, 2012

Celebrating–Burnt Knees, Gutters and All

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”…
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!”
John 20: 11-18 (NIV)

Both knees ended up burned–through my jeans–by the heat from the roof shingles.
And so, even though I would like to say that I felt hope when I awoke this morning, I really didn’t. Hope would have been appropriate as we begin to look ahead this week toward the events which will eventually lead to and surround the celebration of my risen Christ on Easter Sunday. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 2:46 pm
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