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February 24, 2014


Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on his law he meditates day and night.”

Psalm 1: 1-2 (ESV)

Here’s what I remember. Some of you will remember too, unless you’d rather not date yourselves.

But there was a time when we celebrated the birthdays of both Presidents Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky, and George Washington, born February 22, 1732 in Pope’s Creek, Virginia.

Today, instead, we designate a federal holiday called President’s Day, this year designated as February 17, 2014, to acknowledge both men. A day where those men are honored by too few, commercialized by retails sales specials, leaving all too little known by the general populace about those two grand namesakes of our country. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:11 am
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February 17, 2014

He Understands

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT)

So, how is the day going for you? What was on your mind as you woke up this morning? Did you wake with some concerns, a bit of expectancy, a bit of uncertainty? Maybe you had some excitement about some plans that were about to unfold, or some doubt about something coming up later in the week and how it may unfold?

Whatever it was, here’s what you and I need to remember. Here’s what you and I need to remember and believe. Jesus knows how we feel. He lived among as a man. He understands where we are and what we’re going through. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:43 am
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February 10, 2014

A Personal Moment—from Yesterday

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Draw me close to You, Never let me go.

I lay it all down again,

To hear you say that I’m your friend.”

“Draw Me Close,” Katinas

It was a long night that last night before he was born the next morning.

We had dinner with Lynda’s Mom and Dad, and then spent some time with long-time high school friends, who also were the best man and maid-of-honor in our wedding, and our soon-to-be-born child’s Godparents. And who today remain two of our dearest friends. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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February 3, 2014


Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Later Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Lake of Galilee. This is how it happened:

A group of us were there—Simon Peter, Thomas, “The Twin,” Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, my brother James and I[a] and two other disciples.

Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”

We’ll come too,” we all said. We did, but caught nothing all night. At dawn we saw a man standing on the beach but couldn’t see who he was.

He called, “Any fish, boys?” “No,” we replied.

Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get plenty of them!” So we did, and couldn’t draw in the net because of the weight of the fish, there were so many!

Then I said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” At that, Simon Peter put on his tunic (for he was stripped to the waist) and jumped into the water and swam ashore.

The rest of us stayed in the boat and pulled the loaded net to the beach, about 300 feet away. When we got there, we saw that a fire was kindled and fish were frying over it, and there was bread.

Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. So Simon Peter went out and dragged the net ashore. By his count there were 153 large fish; and yet the net hadn’t torn.

Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said; and none of us dared ask him if he really was the Lord, for we were quite sure of it.”

John 21: 1- 12 (TLB)

There they were—a few of Christ’s disciples—gathering again on the shoreline to return to the career pursuit they had before they had met Christ. It had been an incredible, eventful and, in many ways, a life-changing three years following Him. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:38 am
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