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July 30, 2018

Our Contribution—Our Legacy

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:20-21 (ESV)

He is now a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force, standing in the gap for you and for me and our families defending our great nation.

The contribution he is making, and the legacy he is leaving began long before this moment. When my Godson Kevin James Fletcher was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, his contribution took on new direction and impetus. It continues to this day as he lives the legacy he is leaving through his work, with his family and friends, and in his journey in this world.

We may remember some of their names—Clark, Williams, Hall, Wilson, Harrison, Jefferson, and Hancock who—along with forty-nine others—signed The Declaration of Independence over two centuries ago. We should know them all—they deserve to be remembered for what they did for us more than just one time a year as we did a few weeks ago on Independence Day. They knew full well that as they signed that noble document it would mean the death penalty if they were captured by the British. They were not wild ruffians, but men of means, educated men, and men of profound faith and character who valued liberty more than they valued their own lives, and whose legacy has impacted the lives of so many in so many places since those moments of commitment years ago. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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July 23, 2018

An Ocean of Hope

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4: 8-9 (NLT)

I wonder what Francesco Molinari was thinking yesterday during the course of his final round over the links in Carnoustie, Scotland which secured his title as “Champion Golfer of the Year” in the 2018 (British) Open Golf Championship.

I suspect it wasn’t thoughts of disaster or demise as he began his round three strokes off the lead. If thoughts such as that began to creep into the perspective of his next shot, or his approach to the next hole, I suspect he or his caddy would have quickly replaced them with positive, can-do thoughts.

Here we are beginning another week, in the midst of yet another round of life. Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment—what is your vision and perspective of the week before you? Honestly. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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July 16, 2018

In All Things—What a Privilege

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8: 28 (NKJV)

Paul wrote that verse, inspired by the heart and mind of God.

Paul, the same guy who at one time was known as Saul and killed those who claimed a belief in and followed Christ.

Until his conversion experience, that is. Until that blinding-light experience which hit him on the Damascus Road—where he met God’s full force in the face.

After that encounter, and then as a new disciple of Christ, Paul’s life was something a bit more difficult than just easy. Scripture accounts paint a journey of travels on behalf of Christ, where Paul was beaten, imprisoned, stoned, whipped, slandered, starved, and shipwrecked along with numerous other things of various levels of difficulty happening to him.

Not too fair, it would seem, simply for believing in and following Christ.

But what a privilege.

And he never wavered in his belief and mission.

He continued to share with everyone he met words of hope, conviction, optimism and encouragement about what Christ had done—not only in his life, but in the lives of others—and what Christ would do for everyone. He was fulfilling God’s purpose for his life in some of the worst places, some of the toughest moments, and in some of the most difficult of circumstances and challenges. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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July 9, 2018

A Sacred Gift—Hannah

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”

Mark 10: 14-16 (NIV)

As we waited in our designated “waiting room”—I sensed a “Godly” urging to go downstairs to the labor and delivery area. It was off-limits to the public, even grandparents if you can believe that. Access was only through locked doors by code—or, as it would turn out, by Divine intervention.

And so I followed the urging of what had to be the Holy Spirit, went downstairs, and stood outside of the locked doors to the labor and delivery area. And then, “mysteriously” they swung wide-open (a nurse was leaving the area), allowing me to enter nearer to that sacred ground where our first grandchild was soon to be introduced to the world, and to us.

There I found myself, standing in that hallway approximately fifty feet away from the very delivery room—at the very time, as it turned out—that our precious first grandchild would enter the world.

And then I heard a baby’s cry—Hannah’s first cry.

And today is her birthday. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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July 2, 2018

Independence Day Dependence

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!

2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!

3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!

4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!

5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”

Psalm 150 (ESV)

You have heard them before, but as we approach our national Independence Day holiday of remembrance on July 4, it may do us all well to read them again—

When in the course of human events…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world…do…solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States;…”

And for support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

And then perhaps to re-read verse six of Psalm 150 with me—“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” In a way, those fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence did just that—they praised and honored God and what they believed He called them to do to establish this great nation. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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