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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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December 26, 2016

Simply Follow the Light

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

When [the three wise men] heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.

And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. “

Matthew 2: 9-11 (NKJV)

This year just our younger granddaughter, Ellie Kate, was able to go with us. Keeping the tradition, usually with both of our precious granddaughters, last weekend we attended the annual Christmas musical presentation at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida. This was the ninth year in a row we were able to attend,

What I am about to share occurred during the first pageant we attended together, and became one of those unexpected moments of life-changing clarity. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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December 19, 2016

A Needed Reminder, 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 days ago. I watched my favorite movie of all time—“It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Despite having seen it at least a hundred times and preparing to watch it this week on DVD, 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. It is a reminder that many of us need. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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