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November 30, 2015

A Christmas Note

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 (NIV)

It will forever be there, right next to me. It’s a note from my younger granddaughter, Ellie.

I move it around a bit so it doesn’t get knocked off the desk area when I’m writing. But never so far away that I can’t always reach it. And it’s always in plain sight so I can read the words she wrote in pencil that day over five years ago.

I wonder where the time has gone. And here we are at the end of another year, heading to the celebration of another Christmas season. And the journey of this year and of the life of Ellie and her older sister, leaves me wondering where the time has gone. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 23, 2015

For All His Blessings

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Each man’s life touches so many others…and when he’s not around…it leaves a terrible hole.”

It’s a Wonderful Life”

Do you ever stop to wonder “where it all went?”

Dawn is quiet as it begins to break bright, cold and sunny today as this week begins to unfold. Our uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving is knocking once again on the doors of our hearts and homes, and I’d be curious to know if some of you ever wonder—“where it all went?”

So many years of our life gone by—have we had any impact? The big dreams of our hearts so full of promise—have any been fulfilled? The great plans we had mapped out for our future—still rolled up in their original blueprints?

Sitting there with too many “If only I had” thoughts, and looking back on a road of disappointments, regrets, failures. Vague memories of world-conquering idealism from our youth cooled as impractical.

Wondering “where it all went.” (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 16, 2015

Your Holy Ground

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Matthew 28:19 (ESV)

I want us to think a bit this morning about a subject which each one of us has wrestled with, been confused and wondered about, even to the point that we’d probably rather not think about it. Especially, as the horrific events in Paris of a few days ago point to a world seemingly more violent, in despair and where evil is all too present.

The scriptures we read shed some light on finding what our purpose might be in this life, no matter what is happening around us, or maybe even more, because of that.

What is our purpose anyway? Why do I exist? Why am I here? What is the bottom-line measurement that determines the success of our lives?

Do me a favor, and respond on these statements for a moment— (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 9, 2015

A Last Cup of Coffee

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’  How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”

James 4: 13-14 (NLT)

The best that I can remember it was about 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, when Lynda reached me on my cell phone. I was heading to the church. Slowly her words began to tumble out, and numb my awareness of anything else around me.

A plane has crashed into one of the Towers of the World Trade Center…”

She called because she wanted me to know; reports weren’t yet sure whether it was accidental or intentional. We hurt and prayed together, and hung up. We would wait for further reports when they became available.

Minutes later she called again, and trembled with the words—

“…A second plane has just hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center…” (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 2, 2015

On the Altar

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac…and set out for the place…On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance…

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together [up the mountain]…Isaac…said…“The fire and the wood are here…but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide…” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him…

Abraham! Abraham!”

Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said, “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

Genesis 22: 1-12 (NIV)

If what I see outside my window this morning is any indication of what the day will be like—it’s fixing to be a beautiful day.

But then I read this verse and see that God is talking to me again about putting something on the altar.

It’s a great story if we could just leave it there—as a story—about a father and a son—Abraham and Isaac. But God never seems to do that—he just keeps tapping us on the shoulder until He really gets our attention, until things become uncomfortable. Until something seems to stick, until we change. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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