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March 2, 2015

Nothing

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8: 31-39 (NIV)

So what is life like for you these days?

Up? A little down? Joyful? Some uncertainty looming? Anxious about something?

Whatever life is like at the moment, let me suggest that we reread those verses of scripture written by the Apostle Paul set out above. Maybe a few times each day. They contain some of the greatest assurances of hope, promise and comfort for us that there are. For me, those verses have been a continual reminder and source of strength through years of challenge, difficulty and disappointment, and in the things I, and those I love, face today. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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February 23, 2015

Hope!

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God…

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

Romans 5: 1-2, 5 (NIV)

It’s that feeling you had the instant your eyes opened today to let in the sunshine of a new morning. It’s the same feeling you have in that first instant each morning—almost every day of your life—before your mind starts down the list of the busyness and concerns of the day.

Hope!

It’s true. Think about it for a moment. In that first moment when your eyes slowly pop open.

Hope! It’s there! (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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February 16, 2015

Go the Distance-With Him

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return.”

II Timothy 4: 7-8 (NLT)

I have often dreamed of a far off place,

Where a hero’s welcome would be waiting for me,

Where the crowds will cheer when they see my face,

And a voice keeps saying this is where I’m meant to.”

Go the Distance”

(Hercules—Walt Disney Pictures)

It happened a few years ago. I saw that Ellie Kate was silently gasping for air—choking on a cracker which had lodged in her windpipe—after she bumped her head on the floor in an unceremonious conclusion to an attempt to do a cartwheel off the footstool she had been sitting on.

A few whacks with the palm of my hand on Ellie’s back while dangling her upside down from my arms dislodged the stuck cracker pieces, which led to the much-welcome sound of her crying into my shoulder.

I remember waiting anxiously throughout the early morning hours in an empty lobby of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa for the news of Ellie Kate’s birth.

Instead, the news which came was of a labored delivery and finally a Caesarean section resulting in our younger granddaughter being confined for five days in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at St Joseph’s.

Maybe that’s why today Ellie Kate does cartwheels off of footstools, scales the face of bookcases to sit on the top while the hard floor tile waits below, jumps from staircases into my arms. She’s a survivor. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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February 9, 2015

An Attitude of Victory

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you—

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Hebrews 12: 1-3 (NLT)

Here’s the question. What do we believe the race marked out for us looks like? What do you visualize it to be?

What do you believe it is—in the long term view of your life? What do you believe it is for this season of your life? For today?

What do you visualize it to look like?

What do you suppose my son Nathan—whose birthday we celebrate today—envisions it to look like? Happy Birthday, Nathan! (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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February 2, 2015

I Believe

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.

I believe that somewhere in the darkest night, a candle glows.

I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come to show the way.

I believe. I believe.”

(Graham, Shirl, Drake & Stillman)

The morning sunshine is coming in shortly, even though as I sit here I can see only darkness outside my upstairs windows. Experience tells me that I can believe that the morning light is about to break over the horizon.

How about you—do you believe that?

I didn’t see a lot of that “belief” the other day, as I was on some errands around town which Lynda had asked me to do. As I drove around and made my way to various stores around the mall, it became eerily apparent to me that I saw fewer smiles and heard less laughter among those I walked by or met on that journey than I had remembered from times in the recent past.

It was a bit like sitting in the darkness this morning. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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