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March 28, 2016

Who Saw That Coming?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”…

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”

Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

John 20: 1-2, 6-8, 11-16 (ESV)

Listen to this familiar verse from John 3:16— “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

And then the verse after that, which we don’t hear quoted as much—verse 17:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

There it is. That’s why Jesus came, and went to the cross and rose again.

But who saw any of that coming? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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March 21, 2016

Drop Anchor—In Easter

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them,

Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

Luke 24: 1-9 (ESV)

Some months before the Chicago Fire of 1871, a wealthy Chicago businessman and attorney by the name of Horatio G. Spafford had invested heavily in real estate on the shores of Lake Michigan. All of his holdings were completely wiped out by that fire. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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March 14, 2016

Heading to the Finish

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’”

Matthew 21: 8-9 (NIV)

We all have those days, and I as I remember the moment a few years ago, I was having one of those days. I almost didn’t go to the kids’ house that night—but decided to stop in quickly to say hello to their guests. It’s a good thing I did.

A God thing.

When I arrived, I quietly went up the staircase to the upstairs area where I could hear sounds of tiny voices. My granddaughters—always a safe and welcome place, I must have thought, especially when having one of those days.

As I peered over the upstairs railing trying to surprise my two granddaughters and their friends, my elder granddaughter, Hannah’s dear friend, Sydney, saw me first. With a huge smile lighting her face, she bounded over to hug me. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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March 7, 2016

That’s Okay, Right?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah…“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people…I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Jeremiah 31: 31, 33-34

I remember a few years ago, when we were in North Carolina with our children. It was early in the morning, and I was up early as I normally am. Despite an occasional coughing spell I could hear in the bedroom nearby, my granddaughter Hannah continued to sleep.

Looking in the bedroom at her, I could see her surrounded by at least three of her precious baby dolls and some other stuffed toy friends who were her last playmates from the night before. She would awaken in a moment, I remember thinking, fully equipped to teach this sometimes slow-to-learn, but always ready, pupil of hers about the abundant blessings of God in every day of our lives. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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