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August 25, 2014

A Bow to Possibility

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The Lord has made everything for His own purposes.” Proverbs 16: 4 (NLT)

If the story is true as it has been passed down throughout history, the twentieth President of the United States of America would have been a very busy man during the last few weeks.

Weeks during which children of all ages all across this nation continue their return to classrooms to begin yet another year of formal education—private, public and home-school—hopefully tapping into all their potential as they are equipped with the academic tools, accurate historical perspectives, and spiritual groundings they will need to live the lives of success and significance they were created to live by the God who loves them.

As the story goes, President James Garfield had what many viewed as a most unusual habit. For whenever he was approached by a little child while out walking, he would take a moment to bow his head to the child in a show of great respect and dignity. And in that gesture, the President, who served for only eight months in that office before falling to an assassin’s bullet, was treating that child similar to a head of state or a foreign dignitary. (more…)

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August 18, 2014

The Still Small Voice of Direction

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.” 1Kings 19:11-12 (NLT)

So how do we do it?

We may not be there now, but we know we are going to find ourselves once again faced with a decision like Elijah was, which we can’t seem to make. Maybe later today, maybe tomorrow or the next day. It’s inevitable. And where we can’t seem to decide. We get a lot of input from others, but we’re still not sure. Which is the right way to go? How will we know?

The answer is—the same way you have done it before in your quietest and best moments. In those quiet times where, whether you knew it or not, you spent time with, and heard from the God who created you. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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August 11, 2014

To pass by—or not to pass by

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20: 25-18 (NIV)

In last week’s “thoughts” we looked at Dr. Martin Luther King’s words in his last speech ever given—“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.”

In that moment, Dr. King shared his views about Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan, who stopped to help a man in need on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. The next day Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, and passed on to be with his heavenly Father who guided him.

Dr. King’s legacy and life reminds me of the life of another—a dear friend of mine and many—who also passed on to be with his Heavenly father on April 20, 2010. A friend whose impact remains today—Keli Scott McGregor. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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August 4, 2014

What if I don’t help?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.”

You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor.”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho…”

Luke 10: 27 NIV)

On April 3, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered what would turn out to be his last speech, most familiarly known by the name “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” The next day, Thursday, April 4, 1968, he was assassinated.

At the time Dr. King was in Memphis, Tennessee to address what was happening with the Memphis Sanitation Strike. As he spoke he continued to call for an end to the injustice which was being done to the black race in general, and in particular, on behalf of the thirteen hundred sanitation workers on strike against the City of Memphis, seeking better pay and working conditions.

As always, he called upon everyone to step up and come out to support their brothers and sisters, whether they were directly affected or not, and to always do so non-violently. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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July 28, 2014

An Attitude of Christ

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2: 5 (NLT)

The memories flooded through the quiet of my thoughts this morning as I swung the kitchen cabinet door open to reveal the assortment of coffee mugs standing ready for use.

Memories of travels and friendships, family trips, and various challenges poured through my mind, as I read words like: Kapalua, Beaver Creek, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Harvard Law School, Super Bowl XXXVII, Augusta National, and a couple with pictures of our beautiful granddaughters wrapped around the sides.

They were all moments indelibly etched in my heart and drawn out from the now fading inscriptions on the mugs. But there was one that seemed as bright and beautiful as the day it first graced our collection many years ago, and which once again reminded me as I started my day that— (more…)

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