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October 28, 2013

The Absolute Truth

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 (NKJV)

It was an unusual ending to a great game. As a matter of fact, it was apparently the first time a Major League Baseball World Series game had ended with an obstruction call. Not too hard to believe since that situation seldom arises at that level of play.

In the Official Rules of Major League Baseball, Section 2.00, Definition of Terms, the applicable definition is:

“Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner.”

And when it occurs, the basic application of Rule 7.06 requires that the runner be awarded the base he would have reached if, in the umpire’s judgment, there had been no obstruction. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:22 am
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October 21, 2013

A Fall Tradition

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.”

2 Thessalonians 2:14-15 (ESV)

Well here we are again—cooler weather and all—entering into one of the great classical traditions in all of sports.

It’s World Series time, where a lifetime of memories are made for baseball fans—younger and older and like you and me.

The World Series, beginning again in just a few days. A time of remembering, reflecting upon and comparing similar moments in the past, of every pitch, every at bat and hit, and every agonizing strikeout in a crucial moment, and every unbelievable game-saving play coming from out of nowhere. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:19 am
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October 14, 2013

God Alone

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Man’s despair is not the despair of God at all, but despair of all that is not God.

Beyond that certain despair lies Christian hope,

The certainty that God alone is enough for man.”

William McNamara

So how’s this Columbus Day Monday morning going for you?

From my perspective, things seem fine. My bride is getting ready for the day with a list of things to which she is looking forward. Our son is working on his next books, as he and his bride and girls return home. And Tulip, our rescue terrier is bounding around, without a care in the world, simply excited to see everyone she loves.

I can also tell you that the stock market is up and down, the government is in its usual state of not standing strong for what is right, families on every street are dealing with day-to-day disappointments, joys and struggles, and the Dodgers and Cardinals, Red Sox and Tigers are in the midst of playoffs for the National and American League championships, respectively, for a berth in the World Series. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:27 am
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October 7, 2013


Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“…and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”
Hebrews 12:1b-2a (NIV)

You can always feel it when it happens. Fall happened, and the signals are everywhere.

The breeze seems a bit more brisk and cool. Our American flag seems to billow with a bit more purpose from its post on the outside of our home.

Major League baseball playoffs are in the midst of their trek toward the fall classic of the World Series. And college football fanatics are hanging on to the hopes of championships even seeing the fallibility of their favorite teams.

This past weekend most of the top-ranked college football teams in the nation won. They showed up, kicked off, ran and passed the football up and down the field for three-plus hours—and won. And for many football fans of those teams their world was still in good shape. Their hopes for a national championship were still intact. Winning is the key, of course—and they won. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:05 am
Filed under: Thoughts
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