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June 29, 2015


Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1

It’s a morning to get the dipstick out and check the level of your faith.

Looking outside through the front windows, it seemed a bit overcast, a bit cloudy and gray, with not much breeze and a little rainy and muggy. It’s not what I had hoped for. Not really what you would want if you were looking for a little pick-me-up to start the day.

Our children and our two Granddaughters are all elsewhere. Not what Lynda and I were looking forward to today, and the reason I’m on a search for a pick-me-up. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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June 22, 2015

Once Again—Something to Consider, To Do

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Attributed-Edmund Burke, British House of Commons

The passing of another night had done nothing to minimize the influence of those words. I heard that quote again the other night and it has swirled in the unused spaces of my brain ever since.

It was all too sobering. All too discomforting. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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June 15, 2015

Who Will We Serve?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?…And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?…

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Matthew 6: 24-25, 27, 31, 33 (ESV)

The question presents the age-old tension we experience between trusting in God’s love, in His presence and caring in our lives, versus our concern for what will happen, which leads to trusting in ourselves. Our concern and worrying about what will occur and what the future may bring.

So the question—Who will we serve? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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June 8, 2015

The Horse May Talk

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience… (while remembering this assurance)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?… 

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8: 24-25, 35, 37-39 (ESV) 

So which one of you knows what in the world is going to happen the rest of this year? How about tomorrow, next week or even next month? We keep pressing, pushing, and more, but we still wonder in the face of the uncertainty of tomorrow, whether things we hope for will work out or not.

There are answers—we just don’t see them yet. And because we believe that God is bigger than it all—we feel, or it is suggested by others, that we have to leave room in the midst of the wondering and uncertainty—that He will work it all out for our good, do something more. But when? Although, maybe there is a lot going on which we don’t yet see the fruit from.

One of the Federal Judges I clerked for told a story of a man who was caught stealing in a far-off kingdom. As he was brought before the king to answer for his crime, he was informed that the penalty for stealing is death. Despite the stress of the inevitable, the man seemed relatively calm. He knew that the king had a beloved, prized horse that was treated like a member of the family, and the thief planned on playing a hunch. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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June 1, 2015


Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

One day an expert on Moses’ laws came to test Jesus’ orthodoxy by asking him this question: “Teacher, what does a man need to do to live forever in heaven?”

Jesus replied, “What does Moses’ law say about it?”

It says,” he replied, “that you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind. And you must love your neighbor just as much as you love yourself.”

Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you shall live!”

The man wanted to justify his lack of love for some kinds of people, so he asked, “Which neighbors?”

Jesus replied with an illustration: “A Jew going on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money, and beat him up and left him lying half dead beside the road.

By chance a Jewish priest came along; and when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Jewish Temple-assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but then went on.

But a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw him, he felt deep pity. Kneeling beside him the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his donkey and walked along beside him till they came to an inn, where he nursed him through the night.  The next day he handed the innkeeper two twenty-dollar bills and told him to take care of the man. ‘If his bill runs higher than that,’ he said, ‘I’ll pay the difference the next time I am here.’

Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the bandits’ victim?”

The man replied, “The one who showed him some pity.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

Luke 10: 25-37 (TLB)

We could stop there for today—just leave today at the lesson Jesus taught above in the familiar story of the Good Samaritan. We could stop there as the lesson for each of us on how we should use the platforms of influence and opportunity we have. 

But I heard another story the other day I also wanted to share with you this morning. A story of a man who I don’t know whether he read Jesus’ lesson in Luke 10 or not, but lived it out to the very end. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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