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September 24, 2012

A Last Moment in the Rain

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

This past week we marked the first day of fall. This morning the temperatures outside announced its coming. It’s a signal to me that it’s time to get the Christmas music out and begin to play it in the car and throughout the house.

My Bride of forty-five years loves it, of course, but believes that my wanting to start playing it so early in the year is a product of a missing gene in my DNA makeup. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 10:47 am
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September 17, 2012

Too Dang Hard?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand.

Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5: 14-16 (The Message)

As I sit here this morning, I know that the air outside is getting cooler and crisper but it doesn’t seem to be helping my perspective. As I sit here reading and re-reading those words above from Eugene Peterson’s The Message translation—I want to believe the message those words of Christ convey and I want to do it.

I mean being a light to the world. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:28 am
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September 10, 2012

Our Refuge and Hope

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress…

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46 (NIV)

As this cool fall morning begins to unfold, I find myself not surprisingly reflecting on yet another year removed from Tuesday, September 11, 2001, which we will remember tomorrow. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:26 am
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September 3, 2012

Obedience to Blessings

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father,the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey…And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you.

Exodus 3: 1-12

It’s coming to an end as we have known it. We all knew that one day it would. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:13 am
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