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November 28, 2016

Recognize the Moment

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.”

John 1: 10 (NIV)

So, how was the day for you?

Memorable, satisfying, exciting, perhaps even the best ever?

Warm, cozy and welcoming? Friendly conversations and reflections with family and friends gathered all around?

Perhaps to some degree you even experienced a slight sense of emptiness for those who were no longer there, or couldn’t be there. Maybe there was a twinge of anxiety about the uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring.

So, how was the day for you? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 21, 2016

Paint It with Thanksgiving

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4: 11-13 (NLT)

It may be that the mood of the day is being painted still by the memory of that man holding a sign on the street corner. Maybe by the headlines in the day’s papers about the continuing problems in the Middle East, still paints life at times as a picture of little more to cling to than despair. Maybe the mood of the day for some is painted by the lingering concerns about our economy and their families. Or maybe it’s just the seemingly insurmountable mountain sitting just outside your front door.

And yet it’s Thanksgiving week. And as we enter this most distinctive of American holiday seasons, I can’t help but believe that no matter where we find ourselves, our country, and world, a mood of honest reflection will serve to remind us of moments of thankfulness and a reason for hope. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 14, 2016

Hope Anew—That Still Small Voice

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But [Elijah] himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again…

[And then, refreshed, he went to a cave and the Lord came to him and asked why he was there, and Elijah answered that the king and his wife Jezebel were after him to kill him].

Then [the Lord] said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.”

And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

Fall continues to peek through in the temperatures, the changing leaves, and now in Christmas decorations being displayed in store after store. Veterans Day has just passed where we paused to remember those brave and sacrificial patriots upon whose shoulders we stand today—in freedom. And in the aftermath of recent elections, there is an excitement of hope in many hearts as the future of our nation and world takes on a new direction.

It has happened before. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 7, 2016

Worthy?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Proverbs 29:18a (KJV)

The weekend cold front had ushered in some winds which were now whipping our American flag around its staff where I had just posted it on our home. As I returned from my usual mission to retrieve the morning newspaper I stopped to untangle it from its temporary imprisonment. In gratitude, it seemed, our flag billowed majestically, with the stars and stripes waving over the rest of my journey back into the house.

My thoughts drifted to the words of a dear friend recounting her trip to Washington, D.C., and the day she stood in a gentle rain before the memorial remembering the 58,209 who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The rain drops mixed with her tears as others cascaded over the names etched on the granite walls of that solemn memorial.

My thoughts returned to a remembrance of our own tears years earlier during our visit to the Vietnam War Memorial, as Lynda and I found the name of a high school classmate etched upon that sacred wall. I remembered also the sense of pride we felt as later we listened to the curator in the National Archives point out the fingerprint which could be seen on the Declaration of Independence, no doubt placed there as a valiant patriot leaned down to fervently pen his name, knowing that by signing that noble document he was putting his life and all he held dear on the line for the freedom and ideals we cherish and enjoy today. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 31, 2016

Time Out!

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29: 11 (NIV)

Time out!”

The memory is still as vivid today as when it occurred. Our ace pitcher—“One-eyed Jack”—was pitching a no-hitter for us in the United States Air Force fast-pitch softball base championships.

Master Sergeant, Jack Orvin, had lost an eye early in his Air Force career, yet in addition to being able to do his job in the U.S. Air Force, he could still pitch a softball at speeds in excess of one-hundred miles an hour. His nickname—“One-eyed Jack”—was always a nice reminder to hitters on opposing teams that they might not want to get too comfortable in the batter’s box. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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