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July 25, 2016

Again—No Regrets

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause!”

2 Timothy 4: 6-8 (The Message)

No regrets.

Our elder granddaughter, Hannah, must have been disappointed that time a few years ago when we didn’t attend her piano recital.

She and Ellie Kate, our younger granddaughter, knew that her Mimi and Gran always tried to come to everything they were involved in. The problem was we didn’t know about her recital. Yet, even if she had known that we didn’t know of her recital, we ached for the unnecessary disappointment she must have felt as she waited her turn to perform—and couldn’t see us there. I was crushed.

We’re running out of moments, my friends.

No regrets. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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July 18, 2016

Now What?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Luke 12: 48b (NIV)

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.”

Reverend Billy Graham

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

Attributed-Edmund Burke, British House of Commons

And then—Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Now what?

Yet another moment of evil to be added to a growing list of terror: Nice and Paris, France; Dallas, TX; Orlando, FL; Brussels; Bristol, TN; Columbus, OH; San Bernardino, CA; Ft. Hood; September 11; and so many others.

Some time ago, in the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve the right to choose—free will. To choose to draw near to Him, to love and follow Him, or not. He could have done it differently, not provided free will, and demanded and directed Adam and Eve, and all of us who would follow, to love Him and to follow Him. But He wanted us to choose to love Him, and therefore free will and the power to choose was born. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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July 11, 2016

Painting the Blank Pages

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

Hebrews 11:1

As I entered my upstairs office recently where I spend a good bit of time, and which my granddaughters call “Granddaddy’s and our office,” I reflected again on the paintings my granddaughters had done through the past years on the easel in that room, which is always up and awaiting their return.

One painting is fastened on the face of the easel. Three hang proudly across the mantle of the fireplace facing my desk, a number hang on the side of the fireplace, one is framed and hangs on the wall, and many others are kept in a neat stack on a cabinet in an alcove off the study.

It has been a while since my granddaughters and I have thumbed through all the paintings they have done. The last time we did, they recalled proudly every stroke, splash, dash, and dot of paint they had made on those initially blank pages.

They had seen something there, which they would not have seen on the pages in a coloring book. They had seen something on those blank pages from the nooks and crannies of their imaginations. Something fresh had made its way from the recesses of those intimate places that is their being, and through their tiny fingers to the paint-laden bristles of a brush and onto a blank sheet of paper, where they began to tell those around them something of who they were, what they valued, and what they believed. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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July 4, 2016

The Torch of Liberty—They Paid the Price

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

In the name of God, Amen. We…[h]aving undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith…a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do, by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together…”

The Mayflower Compact, November 11, 1620

As I returned with the morning newspaper, I could see our American flag now posted where it belongs in the holder on the front of our house, continue to wave in the morning breezes. It seemed to be saluting the celebration of the birthday of this great Nation today.

The celebration of a Nation founded and established by many who held a deep faith and belief that they were acting in concert with God. And as The Mayflower Compact sets out above—as the governing document of the first settlement of Pilgrims in this great land—this Nation also was an offering and opportunity for the advancement of the Christian faith, rooted in the Judeo-Christian heritage of this country. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
Filed under: Thoughts
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