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August 3, 2015

Starting Right

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” I Peter 5: 6-7

So how are you this morning, or whenever you picked this up to read?

How is your day going so far? How did it start out?

It seems that the start to a lot of things in life is important. Just ask a 100 meter dash sprinter.

And so through the years I have come to appreciate that the start to our day is pretty important.

Doctors and nutritionists have been telling us for years, trying their best to help us develop better health patterns, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So how many of you ate breakfast today? (more…)

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

Filling the Well

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 4: 8-9 (NIV)

What’s inside of you? How did it get there? How do you change what’s there?

Think about this for a moment—if you were watching yourself from afar go through the day, and knowing yourself as you probably do—wouldn’t you be able to predict what your reaction and response would be to the situations you would face during the day?

Would you be pleased by your reactions and responses you observed for the day? (more…)

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

Living up to the Messages

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Your life is an occasion—rise to it!” Mr. Magorian’s Wonder Emporium

Messages like that—well, you just want to replay them over and over. Maybe even wish you could go back in your own life, and begin again at some point—embracing that message for your life. Things might have been better—easier—more fun. But beginning on this beautiful new morning, messages like that are the messages we should want to convey to those around us—to our children who will take their cues as to their value and worth from you and from me—and to others we have an impact upon.

Messages like that—and others, both positive and negative—will set the course for the lives of those around you, including your children, your spouse, all those whom God has entrusted to your care. And sadly, we don’t often have the best example in our own lives from our own past, upon which to draw.

But here we are anyway, with new lives in front of us. What will we do with them? The same that was done to us…or better? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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July 13, 2015

In All Things, We Know

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8: 28 (NKJV)

Paul wrote that verse, inspired by the heart and mind of God.

Paul, the same guy who at one time was known as Saul and killed those who claimed a belief in and followed Christ.

Until his conversion experience, that is. Until that blinding-light experience which hit him on the Damascus Road—where he met God full in the face.

After that moment, and then as a new disciple of Christ, Paul’s life was something a bit more difficult than easy. Scripture accounts paint a journey of travels on behalf of Christ, where he was beaten, imprisoned, stoned, whipped, slandered, starved, and shipwrecked along with numerous other things of various levels of difficulty happening to him.

Not too fair, it would seem, simply for believing in and following Christ. Yet he never wavered in his belief and mission. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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July 6, 2015

America—Yet Another Moment to Remember and Return

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The Lord to Solomon: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

II Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

He couldn’t have known the significance it would have in our nation’s history. Yet something within spurred him to call for the inscription.

When the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1751 ordered that a new bell be cast for the State House, he directed that a Bible verse be inscribed on the bell. The verse he chose was Leviticus 25: 10, which read:

PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGOUT THE LAND

UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF.” (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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