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February 13, 2017

Don’t Blink

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.’”

James 4: 14-15 (NLT)

Whether we have realized it yet or not, our time here on earth is limited. No matter how uneasy that might make us feel, it’s an absolute fact.

No matter who you are, how young or how old, what measure of success, fame, or power by worldly standards you have attained, or wherever you live—mortality is the great leveler for us all. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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February 6, 2017

A Hand-Lifter Extraordinaire

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.”

So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up.

So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.

Exodus 17: 8-13 (NLT)

Friends and family, and people reflecting on their time with him, knew that’s what he was—a hand-lifter. We lost him from within our midst on February 2, 2017 to his eternal resting place. He reminded us what was most important in life—to lift and love those around you without fanfare or expecting any credit or recognition. Many of you don’t know him, but maybe someone like him.

That was our friend—Perry C. McGriff, Jr.

When we come upon this moment in scripture as recorded in the passage in Exodus above, Moses had been running on adrenaline for some time. Although he always felt ill-equipped to do what God had called him to do, he had taken on the responsibilities God set before him and led the Israelite people out of the slavery they experienced in Egypt. Across the Red Sea through the power of God, into the Desert of Shur, to Elim, and into the Desert of Sin by way of the less traveled “Way of the Sea” along the expanses of the Red Sea, Moses led his people. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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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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