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May 21, 2018

Have We Forgotten?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“If you meet me and forget me you have lost nothing, but if you meet Jesus Christ and forget Him, you have lost everything.” Anonymous.

The question haunted me as the morning unfolded anticipating our precious daughter-in-law Amy’s birthday in two days, on May 23, and also just a week from the remembrances of Memorial Day we will pause for as a nation. Special moments, but they caused me to wonder even more.

Have we forgotten?

I wondered about that as my eyes fell on the words “Est. 1636” embroidered on a tee-shirt I pulled out to wear which our son Nathan had brought to me a few years ago from a Cambridge reunion with his Harvard Law School classmates. Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, my son’s alma mater, Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original Harvard Student Handbook, rule number one was that students seeking entrance must first know Latin and Greek so that they could study the Scriptures, and to—

Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies, is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”

Couldn’t possibly forget such heritage which is such a foundational element of this great nation, could we? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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May 14, 2018

Like the Love of God

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And she [Hannah] made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and…As she was praying to the Lord, Eli [the priest] watched her.

And in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.  

When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh…[and] they brought the boy to Eli. “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. ‘I am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.’ And they worshiped the Lord there.

I Samuel 1: 11, 12, 20, 24a, 25-28 (NLT)

Yesterday we remembered and honored those Mothers and Grandmothers, and those who stood in their place for some of us, on a day we set aside called Mother’s Day.

The roles which mothers, who are after God’s own heart, play are often played out quietly, and go unnoticed to the rest of the world, involve unparalleled sacrifice which changes the world and the lives within it, and always honors and glorifies God.

The story depicted in the passage above is a wonderful story which the writer of the book of 1 Samuel shares with us right out of the box. It’s the story of a gentle and gracious woman who is suffering from a stigma which in those days rivaled adultery in the eyes of the general populace—childlessness. Hannah, the first of two wives of Elkanah was without child, while Peninnah, the second wife, had given birth to several children with Elkanah. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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May 7, 2018

The Wonder and Potential of You

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5 (NLT)

St. Augustine of Hippo wrote—

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

Interesting, though, that such an ongoing human tendency which St. Augustine addressed—missing the wonder which is all around us and within us—doesn’t seem to affect our children or grandchildren. Little ones, who with eyes wide open, explore not only the wonders of God’s creation all around them but also the wonder of God’s creation which is who they are.

Until, dare I say, they grow older like some of us, and we’ve had a chance to throw enough cold water on their little minds and hearts to get them to start viewing the world with a bit of skepticism—and missing all of God’s wonder within the world—like the rest of us older, and supposedly wiser ones do. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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April 30, 2018

“White Outs” Insurance

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?

The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?…

For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary.

He will place me out of reach on a high rock…

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.

Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

Psalm 27: 1, 5, 14 (NLT)

So let’s see—what is in front of you today?

Experience any “white outs” yet today?

Here we are together—beginning yet another day, another week. And if we’re honest with each other and ourselves, we might remember that when our feet hit the floor this morning, there was a bit of anxiety in our hearts mixed in with another day of expectations of things we had planned and hadn’t planned, but which may occur anyway.

So, again, what’s in front of you today? There is a part of us that believes we would like to know, regardless of what is before us, how the day will come out. Maybe we have a game tonight we’re playing in or coaching. Maybe we have a manuscript, paper or a project that is due, a test we have to take. Perhaps it’s some family stuff that we don’t know how to deal with. (more…)

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

Faith—Moving to Believable

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

I wonder at times why I am surprised.

It seems so obvious this morning as the sun once again comes up outside my window and the soft cool breezes float through the trees below—how can we not have faith enough to believe in the unbelievable?

When we take in all of God’s creation in the world around us—how does it not become clear to us that with God, what seems unbelievable becomes believable?

Paul’s encouragement to us in his letter to the Philippians always seems an appropriate follow-up to me to the verse from the writer of Hebrews above. From the man who endured much for the Hope he held in his heart, he shares this as a good place to start all of the mornings of all our days—

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3: 13b-14 (NIV)

So as our day begins, I wonder if we have that kind of faith in God that believes in the unbelievable, even though we can’t see what is coming around the bend of all of our tomorrows. I wonder if we have that kind of God-inspired faith that causes us to press on in the face of disappointments, setbacks and heartaches. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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