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April 27, 2015

Tin Cup Timid or Bold Faith

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”…

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Mark 10: 46-52 (NIV)

Each day, Bartimeaus would rise, put on his beggar’s cloak, pick up his tin beggar’s cup and once again head for the streets of Jericho. He would spend his day sitting alongside the street crying “Alms for the blind,” as the crowds passed by his way.

His definition of a good day was a tin cup full of coins. Just getting through the day sometimes was good enough. As we’ll see, this was to be a day where Baritmeaus learned that God was more than a God of “good enough!”

Today, Bartimaeus was expecting good results from the large crowd of returning pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem for the Passover. Jericho was also known for its fairly wealthy inhabitants, making begging a bit more productive. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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April 20, 2015

Significance or Success

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.”

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (NLT)

Then I took a good look at everything I’d done, looked at all the sweat and hard work. But when I looked, I saw nothing but smoke. Smoke and spitting into the wind. There was nothing to any of it. Nothing.”

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (The Message)

There he is, Solomon—supposedly the richest, wisest, smartest, most influential man in all the world—at that time. And by today’s standards he probably would be also.

And yet he gets to the end of his life and says—

Then I took a good look at everything I’d done, looked at all the sweat and hard work. But when I looked, I saw nothing but smoke. Smoke and spitting into the wind. There was nothing to any of it. Nothing.”

Here’s what he’s saying—the “success” that society talks about, that guided him, by which he measured who he was, resides in the things of the world and in the things we do and achieve, in the stuff we acquire. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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April 13, 2015

Whatever Faith You Have

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”

 The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!”

Luke 17:5-6 (NLT)

Thomas: “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my fingers [there] and my hand into His side, I will never believe…”

Lord: “He said to Thomas “Put your finger here, and see my hands and put out your hand and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”

John 20: 25-27 (ESV)

From that first passage above and that moment with his twelve Apostles, we see that the Lord asked them, as He asks us, to have faith.

Faith in His promises.

Faith in what He says and does and what He did through Christ.

Faith that He has a plan and purpose for everything in your life and mine.

Faith in everything He says.

Faith in Him.

Faith in all of that, at all times—even when we don’t know how. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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April 6, 2015

Easter Truth—Daily Freedom

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!”

John 20: 13-16 (NIV)

If you hold onto my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8: 31-32 (NIV)

If she wasn’t the fastest runner on her team I’d be surprised. She’s also an extraordinary athlete, with innate skills, aptitude, strength and flexibility to be able to perform at remarkable levels within a short period.

My elder Granddaughter Hannah is also a truth-teller.

It was probably her speed and trying to hit the corner of the bag just right, to get a good push-off to the next base, which caused the confluence of these traits to bubble up into a crisis of conscience a few years ago during her softball game. Attempting to score on another teammate’s hit, Hannah rounded third heading for home and eventually scored. The umpire and the other team’s third-baseman both said she touched third base.

But she knew differently. And so she went to her “safe-and-wise-place” for help. She knew that there the whole matter would be made right. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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March 30, 2015

Power Through the Clouds

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.”

Luke 24: 1-3 (NLT)

It was about fifteen years ago now, that I traveled to Scotland for a week of golf on some of the historic courses of the game. What made the trip especially memorable for me was that I took it with my precious son, Nathan, as the two of us joined seven other father-son pairings. Throughout the week we traveled the Scottish countryside and played courses across Scotland, including where golf began at the famous Old course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

While in St. Andrews, Nathan, being who he is, arranged a memorable moment for both of us as he walked us one evening out on the beach nestled between the first fairway of the Old Course and the body of water called the Firth of Forth. Nathan informed me that we were standing on a stretch of beach where some scenes from one of my favorite movies of all time “Chariots of Fire,” were filmed. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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