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January 30, 2017

A Pretty Neat God!

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. 13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself…18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

Luke 15: 12-13, 17-19, 20 (NLT)

To this day, I can remember my Dad sitting in the stands as the game was about to begin. I was playing Little League Baseball in New Haven, Connecticut as a ten-year-old on the ten to twelve year old team.

I can still see him sitting there as I took ground balls at third base in our pre-game infield warmups. I knew exactly where he was sitting when I came up to bat each time, and took my position at third-base each inning throughout the entire game. It is forever burned in my memory—but not for the best of reasons.

I remember it because it was the only game I can remember him coming to that year, and it was the last game he came to watch me play for any year afterward through my high school playing days and beyond. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 23, 2017

Dreams of a Great Nation

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

People don’t run out of dreams…they run out of time.” The Eagles

The sun will begin to rise outside my window in just a moment.

And with it, the darkness of the night will turn to light across our nation and not just for some, but for all of us.

No matter how we cast our votes in the recent Presidential election, tomorrow is a day for all of us who love this great land. No matter the position on the issues that you, or I, or others may hold that are in alignment or not with the man who was sworn into office on Friday, January 20, 2017, and has now assumed the office of President—tomorrow and each day thereafter is a day for all of us.

Tomorrow is a day for you and for me. Tomorrow is a day for children of all ages everywhere who have stood on a playground somewhere and dreamed dreams for their lives and longed for the opportunity to be whatever they held in their hearts at that moment. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 16, 2017

What Will You Do?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I know that it’s all too obvious—the morning sunshine breaking though the darkness of the night always bringing a new day for each of us. It’s a simple action of the sun God threw into the sky, rising again and then again—breaking through the dark silence of each night, and having the remarkable effect of reminding us that no matter what yesterday was like—today is a brand new day.

But it’s not just a new day, but a new day full of brand new opportunities. And tomorrow will be the same, and day after day, sunrise after sunrise, thereafter. Pretty simple really.

With that assurance, though, the question before us becomes—what will we do with it? What will we do with each brand new day and the opportunities which each new day presents?

And the answer depends upon us, as it always has and always will. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 9, 2017

Hang On for the Opening

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him, but Saul [Paul] learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

Acts 9: 23-25 (NIV)

His friends came to him in the middle of the night. They had heard of the plans to destroy him. They had heard the vitriolic rhetoric from the leaders of the day. They read the headlines of the Jerusalem Crier, the local tabloid of the day, calling for Paul’s elimination. They could hear the very stones in the street crying out in tones both unkind and damning.

The Apostle Paul was just three years on the job, yet it seemed as though his demise was imminent. Times were tough; the leaders of the day were after him and no matter where he seemed to turn he found himself facing struggles and troubles. And now it seemed as though the end was near—he was at the end of his options. But then his friends—concerned about what may happen to him—came to him in the middle of the night and lowered him in a basket to his safety through an opening in the wall, bypassing the city gate where the people were waiting to capture and execute him. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 2, 2017

Happy New Year—Happy Birthday

Happy New Year—Happy Birthday

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

I have come that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly.”

John 10:10 (NKJV)

I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to believe that another year is in the record books, as I find myself sitting here being welcomed by the sunrise into the first Monday morning of a brand new year—2017. I wonder if growing older has anything to do with it, or is it that being busier tends to blur the lines of each passing day, month and year. Or maybe I’m just not paying attention. I hope that’s not the case.

I wonder if this is the year I will do the things I have long felt I should do?

It’s a brand new year—2017—and it’s Lynda’s birthday. My bride.

As I sit here, I remember a few years ago starting the New Year together on her birthday by watching the movie—“An American Tail.” Some of you will remember it, others of you will need to make it a part of your journey. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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