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April 14, 2014

Direct Dialing

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.”

Matthew 27: 50-52 (NIV)

Outside my upstairs window it is a beautiful morning.

The morning following what we recognized yesterday in the Christian church as Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday, of course, is that day which marks the entry of Christ into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, and the beginning of that last week of Christ’s life here among us on earth. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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April 7, 2014

Getting to Shore

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

By now it was dark…a strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough…they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on water…they were willing to take Him into the boat, and immediatelythe boat reached the shore where they were heading.”

John 6:17-21 (NIV)

As I sit here this morning, the sun has already come up.

Recent storms have calmed.

A peace has rolled in as I watch the sparkling drops of sunshine dance around the room. There seems to be more peace present now than existed through the unsettling occurrences storms of the recent past. Storms I had hoped not to have to face—at least not yet—which rose up before me. I was at times a bit adrift, and felt like I was being thrown up the side of one wave and down another, wave after wave. (more…)

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March 31, 2014

Now

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90: 12

Now.

In this world, that’s about all the time we have for certain.

Now.

Consider this for a moment: During our time here in this world, will we have tomorrow? Maybe. But, maybe not.

Will we have at least one more hour from now? Maybe. But, maybe not.

One more minute from now? You get the point.

Can we go back and redo a few things from yesterday? Oh, if only wishing made it so.

None of us are promised one moment beyond now. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:18 am
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March 24, 2014

Choose Joy

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

We also have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5: 3-4 (NCV)

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

Romans 5: 3-5 (The Message)

You have got to be kidding!”

There have been many moments in my life, when that is exactly what I felt like saying to the Apostle Paul concerning what he wrote in those passages above in the book of Romans.

Joy in our troubles!” That’s not my first instinct for a response.

Shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with our troubles!” Really? (more…)

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March 17, 2014

To Consider, To Do

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Attributed-Edmund Burke, British House of Commons

The passing of another night had done nothing to minimize the influence of those words. I heard that quote again the other night and it has swirled in the unused spaces of my brain ever since. It was all too sobering. It seemed all too discomforting.

I wondered as I posted our American flag this morning if simply hanging our nation’s symbol of all we stand for, and can be in the world, was enough to move me past the point of “doing nothing.” Of course, I knew better. But hanging the flag was after all a statement of what I believed. (more…)

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