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June 18, 2018

God—He’s Been There

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.

We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.

And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.

He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

Isaiah 53: 3-5 (NLT)

Every morning after a game, an event, a recital, a test, a contest or spelling bee, a big business presentation, whatever—win or lose, success or not—we get up the next morning and begin to plan for the next one. Or that really is what we should do.

No matter what happened before—big win, great results, crushing defeat or failure—the fact is that it’s over, we can’t change it, and we have to get ready for what’s coming next, or what we want to come next.

Not to sound too simplistic, but that is just the way it will be for every day of our lives. Because we will experience big wins and great moments, and we make huge mistakes and suffer heart-wrenching losses. We will experience deep joys, and suffer crippling disappointments. And we will have a choice—to move on, or not.

And in that moment it may help us, if we remember the truth which the Apostle Paul—inspired by God—shared in Romans 8:28 when he forecasts for all time this promise from God—

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.”

Of course, that promise doesn’t mean that everything will work out exactly as we hope it will. But instead it means that God has promised to work everything we go through into His plan for us—a plan for good. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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June 11, 2018

In the Beginning—God

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

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

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” I Corinthians 13: 12 (NIV)

We’ve all had those questions before. You know, the ones you can’t answer or don’t want to think about, so you try to deflect or dismiss them with a quick and easy answer. Maybe an answer that is 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, 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 try to get some things right.

A dear friend asked my thoughts on a question with spiritual threads and it reminded me of a question from our younger granddaughter Ellie a few years ago. Her question seemed to come from out of nowhere. We weren’t talking about anything related to what she asked. Occasionally she’d sing out a few “Alleluias” for no apparent reason—except to bring a warm smile to our faces and hearts.

We were just hanging out in the kitchen laughing and doing things you do when blessed with a visit by precious granddaughters. And then Ellie—then four-years-old—hung her haunting question in the air. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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June 4, 2018

Love for a Bride. Love of a Bride

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives.”

Ephesians 5: 25-28 (The Message)

Yesterday, Lynda and I celebrated our fifty-first wedding anniversary. If you will permit, I’d like to take a moment today of personal reflection.

In the morning yesterday, we said goodbye to a friend who had stayed the night before with us, we attended church, went out for lunch and shared a sandwich, returned home for the afternoon, and then attended the University of Florida regional baseball game.

Fifty-one years.

Lynda likes to remind everyone again that she was much younger than me when we were married—despite the fact that we were in the same class in high school together. But she seems to pull it off.

I like to share with everyone who expresses joy for us, and at times surprise (I think their surprise comes as a result of their knowing me) at our grand accomplishment of longevity together—that every day that Lynda lets me back in the house, well it’s a good day for me. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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May 28, 2018

Memorial Day—Our Call to Duty

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12: 48b (NIV)

It’s Memorial Day. I remembered that there had seemed to be more flags being flown in the past on this day, and other national holidays. But not today.

I wonder how it begins. Indifference, that is. I wonder if we begin to learn it as children from our parents or other adults. I wonder how we could recognize its stealthy approach.

Indifference is too often missed for its true nature—the entry point on the slippery slope causing us to set aside our personal and moral responsibility toward others, toward this nation, and toward the One who is our Lord and Savior. Indifference is the enemy of duty—a duty divinely set within us to be all we are created to be for others, for this nation and those who have gone before us, and for this world.

Because when indifference deftly creeps into the day-to-day life of a parent— children learn they are not valued. When it settles into the easy chairs of our marriage—couples grow cold and empty. When indifference infects the hearts of our young—they lose their sense of wonder and hope for becoming all they were created to be.

But days like today—Memorial Day—should remind us that we, as a nation, have always risen to stem the tide of indifference which moves us away from all we were founded upon. Days like today should move us toward duty, and back toward who we are as a nation, taking responsibility for our nation, standing for our nation, voting for the leaders of our nation—stepping up, no matter the choices before you and embracing the duty which is a hallmark of each citizen of this great nation.

And on this Memorial Day, I pray that we will never forget the lives of those who did embrace their duty for the nation they loved, and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live today.

Patriots, who often came back from their willing duty in pieces, boxes, on stretchers and crutches, forever scarred and crippled, and whose bodies now lie beneath row after row of white crosses in the sacred grounds of Arlington National Cemetery and in thousands of cemeteries across this country and world. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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May 21, 2018

Have We Forgotten?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“If you meet me and forget me you have lost nothing, but if you meet Jesus Christ and forget Him, you have lost everything.” Anonymous.

The question haunted me as the morning unfolded anticipating our precious daughter-in-law Amy’s birthday in two days, on May 23, and also just a week from the remembrances of Memorial Day we will pause for as a nation. Special moments, but they caused me to wonder even more.

Have we forgotten?

I wondered about that as my eyes fell on the words “Est. 1636” embroidered on a tee-shirt I pulled out to wear which our son Nathan had brought to me a few years ago from a Cambridge reunion with his Harvard Law School classmates. Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, my son’s alma mater, Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original Harvard Student Handbook, rule number one was that students seeking entrance must first know Latin and Greek so that they could study the Scriptures, and to—

Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies, is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”

Couldn’t possibly forget such heritage which is such a foundational element of this great nation, could we? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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