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November 26, 2012

A Season—How it Was Meant to Be

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

A Thanksgiving gathering as it was meant to be. With our family gathered together, temperatures in the fifties, a fire in the fireplace, the sky just as blue as it should be, and a table full of food for which to also be thankful. And then lifting prayers to the Creator of it all, in the mountains, with our granddaughters’ only additional wish—that it would snow.

How was Thanksgiving for you? Was it as it was meant to be? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 11:02 am
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November 19, 2012

Paint It with Thanksgiving

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4: 11-13 (NLT)

It may be that the mood of the day is being painted still by the memory of that man holding a sign on the street corner. Maybe by the headlines in today’s paper about Hamas rockets aimed for Jerusalem seems to paint life at times as a picture of little more to cling to than despair. Maybe the mood of the day for some is painted by the lingering confusion and rubble from the storm that hit the eastern United States recently. Or maybe it’s just the seemingly insurmountable mountain sitting just outside your front door. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:42 am
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November 12, 2012

The Still Small Voice Remains

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But [Elijah] himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again…

[And then, refreshed, he went to a cave and the Lord came to him and asked why he was there, and Elijah answered that the king and his wife Jezebel were after him to kill him].

Then [the Lord] said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.”

And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake;and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

Fall continues to peek through in the temperatures, the changing leaves, and now in Christmas decorations being displayed in store after store. Veterans Day is upon us as we pause to remember those brave and sacrificial patriots upon whose shoulders we stand today—in freedom. And as it is so often in the aftermath of elections, uncertainty in our culture continues to reign as to the state and direction of the future of our nation and world. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:40 am
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November 5, 2012

Burn the Boats

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.’”

Luke 9: 23-24 (NIV)

I heard a dear friend share a story yesterday that may be part legend and part truth—but no matter which carries the day, it is something worth embracing as we begin the day together.

It seems that when Hernando Cortez (de Monroy y Pizarro) landed in Mexico in 1519 it was with the view toward conquering and claiming the land for Spain. Hernando Cortez was a Spanish Conquistador who led that expedition which in fact ultimately caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of mainland Mexico under the rule of Spain in the early sixteenth century. Cortés was part of the generation of Spanish colonizers that began the first phase of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:28 am
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