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July 29, 2013

Bruised and Healed

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.”

Isaiah 42:3 (NIV)

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle.”

Matthew 12: 20 (NLT)

There has always been a childlike appeal for me with all of them. A fascination, if you will, in the characters which A.A. Milne parades across the pages of his books about the loveable little bear, Winnie the Pooh, and his eclectic group of equally loveable colleagues living in that magical land called the Hundred-Acre Wood.

And as I sit here waiting for the day to unfold into a week of what I have learned will be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and also while waiting for our two Granddaughters to return from a trip with their mom and dad to Virginia, I think I have finally figured out why those characters hold such a fascination for me. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:52 am
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July 22, 2013

A Perspective of Hope

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4: 8-9 (NLT)

I wonder what Phil Mickelson was thinking yesterday during the course of his final round over the links in Muirfield, Scotland which secured The (British) Open Golf Championship for him.

I suspect it wasn’t thoughts of disaster or demise as he began his round five strokes off the lead. If thoughts such as that began to creep into the perspective of his next shot, or his approach to the next hole, I suspect he or his beloved caddy, Jim “Bones” Mackay, would have quickly replaced them with positive and can-do thoughts coming from years of training and playing which had prepared him for this moment. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:27 am
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July 15, 2013


Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:20-21 (ESV)

He sent me a couple of pictures recently. He is now a Captain in the United States Air Force, and member of the crew of an AWACS plane flying regularly above this country, and over other more troubled parts of our world, maintaining surveillance with an eye toward security.

The contribution he is making, and the legacy he is leaving began long before this moment. When my Godson Kevin James Fletcher was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, his contribution took on new direction and impetus. It continues to this day as he lives the legacy he is leaving through his work, with his family and friends, and in his journey in this world. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 10:09 am
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July 8, 2013


Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

[Jesus] said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these…’ And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.”

Mark 10: 14, 16

It’s dark outside. “Actually…” as my granddaughter Hannah would begin a sentence when she is about to make a gentle correction with something I just said or which she heard—”it is pitch black outside this morning”—as I sit here this morning reflecting on the events of the next few days which will encompass the celebration of Hannah’s fourteenth birthday. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:25 am
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July 1, 2013

America—A Moment to Remember and Return

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The Lord to Solomon: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

He couldn’t have known the significance it would have in our Nation’s history. Yet something within him called for the inscription.

When the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1751 ordered that a new bell be cast for the State House, he directed that a Bible verse be inscribed on the bell. The verse he chose was from Leviticus, Chapter 25, verse 10, which read:

Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land

unto all the Inhabitants thereof.”


Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:50 am
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