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March 25, 2013

Road to the Final Hope

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead.  A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him.  Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance…

The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God!Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!”  Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said, “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.”

John 12:1-3, 12-15 NLT

Millions of people this week are watching with anticipation as college basketball makes its annual pilgrimage to the Final Four. I’m one of them. And in the midst of the excitement of the NCAA tournament, one could almost forget that another road to something more “final” than any basketball game is occurring. I was almost one of them. The world tends to do that to us if we allow it. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 10:17 am
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March 18, 2013

A Story to Write—A Legacy to Live

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised…

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” Hebrews 10: 35-36, 39 (ESV)

There is no doubt in my mind that this morning is ushering in a brand new day. It always happens that way.

And as this morning breaks all around us once again, it does so, as it also always does, with the absolute promise of unlimited potential before us. And yet it also comes with the painful reminders of yesterday’s shortcomings and failings, and recent promises of potential lying yet unfulfilled behind us. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 1:28 pm
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March 11, 2013

Persevere

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”…

Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”

John 12: 12-13 & 27-28 (ESV)

So what do you do when you can’t do anymore?

How do you move forward when your legs are too tired to lift?

What’s next when you’ve fallen and failed yet again at something at which you thought you would be good? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:37 am
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March 4, 2013

No Fear—In the Potter’s Hands

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord; do not remember our sins forever.

Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.

Isaiah 64: 8-9 (NIV)

Ever stop to think that you are right where you are supposed to be? I mean right now, as you read these thoughts? I mean this very moment, right where you are supposed to be.

My guess is that you probably have not stopped much to think about that through the years. Most of us—myself included—spend so much of our time thinking about where we’ve been, or where we’re going, or looking at others wondering about what it might be like to be them, that we don’t spend much time thinking about the wonderful reality of being right where we are. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:30 am
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