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January 15, 2018

Step Out

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Leap…the net will appear.” (Unknown)

A word of encouragement for each of you and for the music within you.

As I sat there looking within and waiting for the reality of a new day to arrive, I realized I have a sack-full-of-them. Dreams. That seems to happen a lot—that looking-within—in moments of quiet that you never have time to do in moments of activity.

Maybe that’s why we tend to stay so busy—it’s a hard thing to stop and look within. To be honest with what we see, and what we need to do and be about. Yet it’s those candid moments of introspection, and the commitment to do something about what we see, where the quality of our tomorrows begins to be defined.

I’ll bet you have your own sack-full of them as well. Dreams, that is. So what in the world are you and I waiting for? Why do we continue to just carry our sacks-full-of-dreams around with us? Perhaps we can take encouragement, inspiration and challenge to do something more with them than simply carry them, from this one life. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 8, 2018

Filling the Pages

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

If we discovered that we had only five minutes left to say all we wanted to say, every telephone would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that ‘they loved them.’”

Christopher Morley

This morning’s coffee was fairly ordinary—a dark roast favorite. Not the flavored kind I occasionally enjoy, and the aroma of which Lynda loves as it fills the kitchen with the scents of vanilla, hazelnut or southern pecan fragrances—“fru-fru” coffee my nephew calls them.

But this morning the coffee, although good, was fairly ordinary.

But there was nothing ordinary about the mug into which the coffee was poured. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 1, 2018

A Holy Boldness—Don’t Back Down

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29: 11 (NIV)

Here we go again—entering another brand new year, together.

We shared a lot of happy New Years together full of excitement and anticipation, but as we begin this year I sense that I am more excited than ever about all that is before us.

So, based upon God’s promise to us in the passage set out above from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, here’s what I propose we do together in this New Year of 2018—let’s commit to claim this year as the best there will ever be for whatever we think that we know is before us, and for whatever we don’t have a clue which might be before us. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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December 25, 2017

A Child is Born

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, 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, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2: 9-14 (NKJV)

Here we are once again. It’s Christmas.

A Child is born.

Around the world everywhere this morning, the sunlight will flicker across the eyelids of children of all ages as they awake. And they will awake excited. Their tiny voices will begin to ring throughout their homes, excited about what Santa Claus and others left the night before—packages, filled stockings, new toys and things to eat.

And our two granddaughters will awake in a moment filled with an excitement unmatched by all the other mornings in their lives. Which is how it should be for them, and for children everywhere like them, and for “children” like you and like me. And so we will read scriptures appropriate for the day, eat breakfast, and open presents nestled under and around the tree.

It will be a grand and wonderful morning.

A Child is born. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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December 18, 2017

A Needed Reminder, Once Again

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

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.”

Luke 2: 8-12 (ESV)

Well it happened again a few weeks ago. I watched my favorite movie of all time—“It’s a Wonderful Life.” Twice.

Despite having seen it at least a hundred times and preparing to watch it again this week, I sat there watching it to its glorious eye-moistening-end as all of those people whom George Bailey’s life had touched came to his aid during a time of trouble and need.

The movie never fails to remind me of what God was trying to tell us so many years ago when He sent His Son for you and for me. And it is a reminder I need. Regularly. It is a reminder that many of us need.

In the movie, George Bailey has lost $8,000 from the Bailey Building and Loan, and realizes that his life insurance proceeds would cover the loss—and so people would be better off if he were not there.

While thinking about jumping into the river, Clarence Odbody, Angel 2nd Class, who was sent from Heaven to help George, jumps into the river knowing George would jump in to save him—which he did. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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