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May 18, 2015

Joy-filled Trust

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 (NIV)

As this newest morning of our lives rises over the horizon, the memory of a long-ago moment remains fresh on my mind, although it many years ago in the making.

Lynda and I were in North Carolina. I was in the midst of dealing with many issues from there, including some business issues involving our larger family circle.

I would have explained my manner and countenance as “focused”, “stoic”, “resolute”, and “determined.” Lynda hit the nail on the head, though, when she stood before me late one afternoon, after a particularly stressful day in dealing with all that was on my plate, and said…

You don’t seem to have any joy in your face anymore.” (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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May 11, 2015

In All Things—Good

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8:28 (NIV)

That verse of scripture is one which God has been hitting me over the head with recently. As a result, it has become a foundational promise for all my days. God has seen to that with the heavenly two-by-four He has been lovingly using to get my attention.

As you read and re-read that verse, it will probably become more and more apparent to you—as it did to me—that it is one we should want to claim for perspective and peace in our lives; and one which will provide assurance for every step and moment in our lives. (more…)

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May 4, 2015

Trust—Jump

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And He [Jesus] said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 18: 3 (NIV)

The morning’s breeze has ushered in a few days of what may be the last of the cooler spring-like temperatures for the year. Much different than the oppressive heat of a few weeks ago, and that which the summer will bring, reminding me of that of a few years ago which provided the backdrop for this scene of ever-present and total trust.

Standing at the edge of the pool, our youngest Granddaughter, Ellie Kate, time after time, wide-eyed and smiling, would issue fair warning to me with the words “Granddaddy, here I come!” Then leaning head-long into a graceful belly-flop she would break the surface of the water not too far from my awaiting arms. Deep-end, shallow-end—it didn’t matter; because she knew I was there. She was coming! (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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April 27, 2015

Tin Cup Timid or Bold Faith

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”…

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Mark 10: 46-52 (NIV)

Each day, Bartimeaus would rise, put on his beggar’s cloak, pick up his tin beggar’s cup and once again head for the streets of Jericho. He would spend his day sitting alongside the street crying “Alms for the blind,” as the crowds passed by his way.

His definition of a good day was a tin cup full of coins. Just getting through the day sometimes was good enough. As we’ll see, this was to be a day where Baritmeaus learned that God was more than a God of “good enough!”

Today, Bartimaeus was expecting good results from the large crowd of returning pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem for the Passover. Jericho was also known for its fairly wealthy inhabitants, making begging a bit more productive. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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April 20, 2015

Significance or Success

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.”

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (NLT)

Then I took a good look at everything I’d done, looked at all the sweat and hard work. But when I looked, I saw nothing but smoke. Smoke and spitting into the wind. There was nothing to any of it. Nothing.”

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (The Message)

There he is, Solomon—supposedly the richest, wisest, smartest, most influential man in all the world—at that time. And by today’s standards he probably would be also.

And yet he gets to the end of his life and says—

Then I took a good look at everything I’d done, looked at all the sweat and hard work. But when I looked, I saw nothing but smoke. Smoke and spitting into the wind. There was nothing to any of it. Nothing.”

Here’s what he’s saying—the “success” that society talks about, that guided him, by which he measured who he was, resides in the things of the world and in the things we do and achieve, in the stuff we acquire. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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