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January 25, 2016


Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Friendship is a sheltering tree; Oh, the joys…of friendship through my years.”

“Youth and Age (Poem)”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.”

1 Samuel 18: 4 (NIV)

And…Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.”

1 Samuel 23: 16 (NIV)

You may remember Keli McGregor.

I’ve mentioned him a number of times before. He was a dear and trusted friend who left us much too soon—at least that’s how it seemed to many of us.

Some of you may remember meeting and listening to him share with us at an Impact for Living Men’s Conference a few years ago at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida. I first met Keli McGregor at the University of Florida over twenty-five years ago. He was a former tight end in the National Football League, and then served as a graduate-assistant with head football coach, Galen Hall, at the University of Florida while obtaining his Master’s degree.

Keli became a dear friend—and then after earning his Masters, he went on to work with Coach Frank Broyles at the University of Arkansas as an assistant athletic director, where he spearheaded the building of their campus basketball facility named the Bud Walton Arena. He then returned home to Denver, working with the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, leading the construction of their new stadium, Coors Field. He was eventually named the Rockies’ President. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 18, 2016

Broader Themes—to Save the World

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”

“I Have a Dream”, Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963

As I sit here early this morning, except for the glow from the screen of my laptop, the room is dark. No light can be seen anywhere.

I know from my experiences of the past, that the darkness will be lifted for me and for all of us before too very long as the sun begins its rise across the landscape. We’ll awake to move through the usual themes of our days as we did the day before, and have done day-after-day in the past, and will into each of our tomorrows we are blessed to experience here on earth.

But as I sit here, I’m haunted by this vision I am having of the “dark rooms” around the world which will never see light. Where a darkness prevails which is so deep that not only from sunset to dawn, but from sunrise to dusk, it continues. Places where millions across this country and world will sit waiting for a light to penetrate, for relief to come, for help to reach out to them. “Rough places”, “crooked places” where the sunrise will bring no light for them, no change, and as a result—no hope. Places where it would seem that the glory of the Lord has yet to be revealed. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 11, 2016

Something to Believe In

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Luke 2: 1-14 (ESV)

Great story. Brings a tear to my eye every time I read or hear it read.

But do we really believe it? Our actions will be a dead give-away as to whether we do, or not.

Here we are two weeks on the other side of yet another Christmas celebration, and I wonder if we really know, and remember, where we have been.

We know that we tried during the busy season, amidst all the shopping for presents, and decorating and meals with family and friends, to make room for Him in our lives—and through that to begin to reclaim afresh and anew His peace for our lives. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 4, 2016

2016—Depth before Height

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Matthew 7: 24-27 (NIV)

A cold front is blowing across the nation even affecting our quiet southern space. As I remember it was the same thing that occurred last year. I wonder what it will be like one year from today.

The weather, that is, and the other things as well—the things we are all really thinking about that blow through our lives. I wonder what we will be looking back on as having occurred, when we look back this same time next year. It may depend on what we take from this past year as we head into 2016. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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