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October 20, 2014

Always Doing Better

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12: 1-2 (NIV)

Fall has now officially arrived. You can feel it in the air.

The autumnal equinox officially began and marked the beginning of the fall season one month ago for the Northern Hemisphere on September 22, 2014 at 10:29 P.M. EDT.

We began to notice a drop in temperatures around the nation while the hours of daylight in each day started to decline. The signs of fall were noticeably all around us. Leaves began to change from green to glorious breath-taking unimaginable colors in various places around the country. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 13, 2014

Impact & 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 he probably would be by today standards—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.”

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (The Message) (more…)

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October 6, 2014

Turning toward More

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided the property between them… [and] the younger son…set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living…and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating…

When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say…‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’

And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”

Luke 15: 11-20 (NIV)

A dear friend of mine, and of many of us, is having hip replacement surgery early this morning, probably lasting all morning. His name is Clint Hurdle. The doctor performing the surgery is Dr. Nick Sotereanos. I would ask you to pray for Clint and his doctor this morning, for Clint’s good healing, and for his family.

There are many neat things about our friend, one of which is that he is humble enough to personally understand and connect with today’s “early morning thoughts.”

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The scripture above is a big message in a short story. I suspect that Jesus was smiling as He told it—even though the story didn’t seem to have much to smile about for a while—just knowing the punch line that was coming. (more…)

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September 29, 2014

I Don’t Know

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 (NIV)

We’ve all experienced those types of questions before. You know, the ones you can’t answer or don’t want to think about, so you try to dismiss them with a quick and easy answer. Maybe an answer just acceptable enough to deflect the question so the conversation can move on to something else.

But you can’t dismiss a Grandchild’s question. Oh, I suppose you could for a while, but you really shouldn’t—never, ever. And if the truth be told, the same applies to your child—it’s just that with a Grandchild you’ve been given that second chance to get some things right.

Well, our younger Granddaughter Ellie Kate’s question seemed to come from out of nowhere. We weren’t talking about anything related to what she all-of-a-sudden came up with to ask me. (more…)

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September 22, 2014

Power on Board

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Late that day he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.” They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”

Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”

They were in absolute awe, staggered. “Who is this, anyway?” they asked. “Wind and sea at his beck and call!”

Mark 4: 35-41 (The Message)

Before that scene on the sea set out above and recorded in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus had been with His apostles for a while. They had heard Him teaching, speaking, confronting the Pharisees and other religious leaders of the day who challenged Him and were afraid of who He was.

And the apostles and many others had seen Him perform miracle after miracle. They had witnessed Him heal a leper on the side of the road, heal the Apostle Peter’s mother-in-law from a fever, and cast out demons (of illness, disease, depression, bad behavior) from many people who came to him asking for His help. They watched as a Roman Centurion came humbly to Him asking Jesus to heal a paralyzed servant. They watched as He raised a widow’s son to life, and listened to Him teach thousands on a hillside and in other settings. (more…)

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