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October 26, 2015

Still Again

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.”

Mark 10: 16 (NIV)

The weather will be cool, perfect for the 111th Fall Classic, in the fifties in Kansas City, Missouri as the Royals host the New York Mets in the opening game of the World Series.

A lot has changed in baseball and our society since the first World Series was held in 1903, even though in the last few years you look around and wonder. But my bride will receive her yellow roses, as she has on the first day of the World Series since the first year of our marriage forty eight years ago in 1967.

A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting the Bush Presidential Library housed at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas. At the end of the tour, your pathway of departure carries you through a long arcade of timeless classical photographs memorializing some of the pre-eminent moments in history. There are photos depicting some of the vestiges of our shame of slavery and the selfless, courageous sacrifice of the movement to turn its ugly tide, the space shuttle Challenger’s last launch, and Neil Armstrong’s giant step for mankind. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 19, 2015

600 Lollipops

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5: 14-16 (ESV)

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28: 19-20 (ESV)

Among other things, she also packed six-hundred lollipops into her suitcase which she was going to check through to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Her face lit up when she was telling us about that the other night. She just couldn’t get all the little children off her mind she would be seeing soon, with all those lollipops, diapers and other needed supplies and surprises for them in tow. Her caring teacher’s heart shined through her countenance as she continued to share with us.

Our daughter-in-law, Amy, was heading to Haiti with a mission group organized by a long-time family friend of hers and her husband, also our son. Their target destination—three orphanages in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; orphanages which were caused into existence by the horrific earthquake of 2010. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:08 am
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October 12, 2015

Time Out!

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29: 11 (NIV)

Time out!”

The memory is still as vivid today as when it occurred. Our ace pitcher—“One-eyed Jack”—was pitching a no-hitter for us in the United States Air Force fast-pitch softball base championships.

Master Sergeant, Jack Orvin, had lost an eye early in his Air Force career, yet in addition to being able to do his job in the Air Force, he could still pitch a softball at speeds in excess of one-hundred miles an hour. His nickname—One-eyed Jack—was always a nice reminder to hitters on opposing teams that they might not want to get too comfortable in the batter’s box. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 5, 2015

The Example We Set

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV)

Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord… [And] as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24: 14-15 (ESV)

He was pretty clear with his words. Pretty calm and matter-of-fact about it.

I never curse at the players or coaches, or anywhere, for that matter,” he said. “I might be a bit sarcastic at times, but even then I realize I need to go back, apologize and ask forgiveness for that.” (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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