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March 31, 2014

Now

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90: 12

Now.

In this world, that’s about all the time we have for certain.

Now.

Consider this for a moment: During our time here in this world, will we have tomorrow? Maybe. But, maybe not.

Will we have at least one more hour from now? Maybe. But, maybe not.

One more minute from now? You get the point.

Can we go back and redo a few things from yesterday? Oh, if only wishing made it so.

None of us are promised one moment beyond now. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:18 am
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March 24, 2014

Choose Joy

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

We also have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5: 3-4 (NCV)

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

Romans 5: 3-5 (The Message)

You have got to be kidding!”

There have been many moments in my life, when that is exactly what I felt like saying to the Apostle Paul concerning what he wrote in those passages above in the book of Romans.

Joy in our troubles!” That’s not my first instinct for a response.

Shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with our troubles!” Really? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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March 17, 2014

To Consider, To Do

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Attributed-Edmund Burke, British House of Commons

The passing of another night had done nothing to minimize the influence of those words. I heard that quote again the other night and it has swirled in the unused spaces of my brain ever since. It was all too sobering. It seemed all too discomforting.

I wondered as I posted our American flag this morning if simply hanging our nation’s symbol of all we stand for, and can be in the world, was enough to move me past the point of “doing nothing.” Of course, I knew better. But hanging the flag was after all a statement of what I believed. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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March 10, 2014

The Roads Before Us

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

This is what the Lord says: ‘Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, Godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.’”

Jeremiah 6:16 (NLT)

The words of a dear friend, from his book The Road to Somewhere, published in 2003, were floating through my thoughts as I sat here waiting for another day to stretch out before me. In his book, New York Times best-selling author, James Dodson, paints the experiences from a once-in-a-lifetime odyssey which he and his young son took together through some of the great cities and small towns of Europe. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:56 am
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March 3, 2014

The Father’s Love—Enough to Share

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided the property between them…[and] the younger son…set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living…and he began to be in need…He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating…

When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will…go back to my father and say…‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him….[and] said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe…put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf…Let’s have a feast and celebrate.’” Luke 15: 11-24 (NIV)

It’s a long verse but a short story. I suspect that Jesus was smiling as He told it—knowing the punch line that was coming. You have to admit He really had a way with parables—our Jesus.

A way to make a point with His tone, expression and words that would last longer than that younger son’s inheritance. And the central moment of this parable is a theme that is woven throughout the Old and New Testaments—from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. Simply and clearly a poignant reminder of God’s continual presence in our lives and His never-ending love for us—no matter what pigpens we find ourselves wallowing in. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:10 am
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