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July 21, 2014

Planting Daffodils

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

James 4: 14 (NIV)

The place is located in Lake Arrowhead, California, not far from Laguna.

The way I heard the story, a daughter had always wanted her mother to see the spot where the daffodils were, but at least now before they were finished blooming for the year. Her mother was concerned about the drive to get there because of the fog and clouds along the way, but the daughter eventually prevailed assuring her mother that it would be a memory she’d never forget. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:11 am
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July 14, 2014

The Moments that are Left

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For the Lord God Almighty reigns.”

Revelation 19:6 (NIV)

With the one-hundred and forty-third British Open Golf Championship (The Open) about to tee off this week at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, it brings to mind an extraordinary moment borne out of the play in the 2009 British Open at the Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland.

To the casual observer it was just another golf tournament. But it was really so much more. It was an unbelievable moment in golfing lore, which served to point us outside of ourselves, remind us of things we yet want to do, and expand our vision of our lives beyond the obstacles into all the possibilities which remain. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:33 am
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July 7, 2014

Our Focus—Before it’s too late

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6: 33 (NIV)

One of my favorite stories is one I heard a number of years ago, and may have shared with you before—but it’s a message to cling to and keep fresh in our lives.

It’s the story of a father who after many missed moments, found out what was truly most important in life, and thankfully it was not too late.

For you see, he was a very successful businessman who finally found time one day from his busy schedule to take his twelve-year-old son fishing. An achiever and a very efficient one, this man considered leisure to be an extravagance. After a long day spent catching nothing, the pair returned home.

“Waste of time,” the man grumbled to his wife that night as they got ready for bed.

“Didn’t catch a thing all day—waste of time.” (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:38 am
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June 30, 2014

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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June 23, 2014

Really? Yes, Always!

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I Thessalonians 5:16-17 (NIV)

I probably feel the same as you do. Go back and read that scripture verse again.

The Apostle Paul wrote it. This is the same guy who persecuted followers of Christ until he had a “God-orchestrated-blinding-light-conversion experience” on the Damascus Road. Thereafter, Paul was imprisoned regularly, lashed five times and beaten with rods three times by his fellow Jews, stoned, shipwrecked three times, constantly on the move and in danger from rivers, bandits, friends who betrayed him, whether in the cities, the country or at sea, and usually was found hungry, thirsty, and without sleep.

And Paul’s advice to us:

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.”

I’m with you here—the man obviously has got to have a few screws loose. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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