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February 26, 2018

Our Diamond Mine

 Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.”

Philippians 4: 11-13 (TLB)

In his book, Acres of Diamonds, Russell Cromwell tells the story of a man named Ali Hafed, a farmer who had lived on his farm for years with his wife and children. He had health and peace and was content with his life. Until one day a priest visited and talked of “diamonds” sparkling like a million suns, the most beautiful things in all the world.

And Ali Hafed became discontented with what he had and sold his farm, left his wife and children with a friend and set out to find diamonds. For then, he thought, he would be rich, and then he would be happy, then he would be content with his life.

He searched the world over, looking for white sands and tall mountains, but found no diamonds. Until one day, broken, destitute, unable to see his family again, in a fit of utter despair and discontent with his life, he threw himself into the sea and died. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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February 19, 2018

The Secret

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Psalm 23 (ESV)

Notice the first five words of this Psalm—“The Lord is my Shepherd…”

I can’t begin to count all the times I have written those words from the first part of verse one of the 23rd Psalm, on the top of a notepad as I was beginning a meeting. Or wrote them down again in the midst of some disagreement or difficulty which may have occurred during the meeting, or began reciting them aloud to myself in the face of some uncertainty rising up, or bad news I had received. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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February 12, 2018

At Your Darkest

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 (TLB)

It happens in the most unlikely of places and ways. God shows up.

God shows up and demonstrates to us that He is always at work for you and for me, and finds ways every moment of every day to lift and encourage us. All it usually requires on our part is to look for Him.

A few days ago was no exception.

I was checking out of “Bed Bath and Beyond,” with all due diligence completing a list of errands Lynda had asked me to do for us. As I put the item I was buying onto the checkout counter, I could see that the young lady who was helping me checkout, had a tattoo on the underside of her left arm, which mentioned Romans, but I couldn’t make out the verse referred to from the book of Romans. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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February 5, 2018

On This Day—For This Time

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa for [the Jews’] destruction, that he might show it to Esther…and command her to go to the king to beg his favor and plead with him on behalf of her people…Then Esther [said]…’that if any man or woman goes to the king…without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death…But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days.’

And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. Then Mordecai [said] to Esther, ‘Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’”  Esther 4: 8, 10-14 (ESV)

One day more in this New Year.

One day more in our journey together.

Try this question on for today and all the other days we may have on earth—

What will we do with today? And with tomorrow? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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