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November 12, 2018

Never Forget

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land…” Ezekiel 22:30 (NIV)

It couldn’t be indifference, could it?

But I can’t help but wonder what it is.

We can never forget.

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, where we paused to recognize those who stood in the gap for us. So many of our churches took a moment to recognize their service and sacrifice. But I don’t understand how some of our churches still don’t pause to recognize our veterans, or even acknowledge that as a nation we set that day aside to remember, to recognize, to thank them once again.

Certainly, it can’t be indifference, can it? They care, don’t they? Surely they must understand that it might be viewed by some as a snub, not worthy of them, and certainly not worthy of the veterans. Certainly they see that, don’t they? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 5, 2018

Veterans—Proud to Remember

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Yet you risked everything here. Why? We look at you and somehow we know the answer.

It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love…

You all knew that some things are worth dying for.”

President Ronald Reagan—June 6, 1984 in Normandy, France

On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of D-Day

As a nation, our thanks will be expressed this coming Sunday, when we will pause to honor those who have served to defend our country in the Armed Forces of the United States of America—our Veterans.

I wonder if our expression of thanks to them should be offered every day.

It wasn’t until a dinner one evening about ten years after my discharge from the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War that I remember hearing the words “thank you.” Instead, up until that moment, those who had served during that time were often made to feel less than appreciated and were often ridiculed for their service.

At the conclusion of his remarks, the speaker that evening—himself a retired and wounded Marine—asked all the veterans to stand and be recognized. He began first with WW I, then WW II, then the Korean War, and, finally with the last war at that time, the Vietnam War. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 29, 2018

There is an Absolute Truth

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:32 (NKJV)

It was an unusual ending to a great game. As a matter of fact, it was apparently the first time a Major League Baseball World Series game had ended with an obstruction call. Not too hard to believe since that situation seldom arises at that level of play.

In the Official Rules of Major League Baseball, Section 2.00, Definition of Terms, the applicable definition is:

“Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner.”

And when it occurs, the basic application of Rule 7.06 requires that the runner be awarded the base he would have reached if, in the umpire’s judgment, there had been no obstruction.

In the bottom of the ninth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series, with the score knotted at 4 to 4, the Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalmacchia threw wide of third baseman Will Middlebrooks, in an attempt to throw out St. Louis Cardinals’ runner Allen Craig, who was trying to advance from second base to third base.

While the ball rolled past third base into the left field foul area, Craig attempted to get up and run to home plate to score what would be the game-winning run. Instead it appeared he was tripped by the raised leg of Red Sox third-baseman Middlebrooks who was lying face down at third base. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 22, 2018

A Tradition in a Tradition

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.”

2 Thessalonians 2:14-15 (ESV)

Well here we are again—cooler weather and all—entering into one of the great classical traditions in all of sports. It’s World Series time, where a lifetime of memories are made for baseball fans—younger and older and like you and me.

The World Series, beginning again tomorrow, when the Los Angeles Dodgers, National League Champions square off against the American League Champion, the Boston Red Sox.

A grand tradition where unexpected moments will be added to special memories—both on and off the fields where the games will be played. One such moment I’ve shared before—a reminder to us of the importance of relationships, and traditions, in our journey.

It was October, 1967, and the Boston Red Sox were set to square off in game one of the World Series against Bob Gibson and the powerful St. Louis Cardinals. Lynda and I had been married a few months earlier in June, enjoying a brief four day honeymoon trip along US Highway 17 from Florida back to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, where I was stationed in the United States Air Force. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 15, 2018

Time Out!

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29: 11 (NIV)

Time out!”

The memory is still as vivid today as when it occurred. Our ace pitcher—“One-eyed Jack”—was pitching a no-hitter for us in the United States Air Force fast-pitch softball championships.

Master Sergeant, Jack Orvin, had lost an eye early in his Air Force career, yet in addition to being able to do his job in the Air Force, he could still pitch a softball at speeds in excess of one-hundred miles an hour. His nickname—One-eyed Jack—was always a nice reminder to hitters on opposing teams that they might not want to get too comfortable in the batter’s box.

During a strategy meeting on the mound in the sixth inning of the semi-final game of the championship playoffs, our catcher happened to mention to those of us gathered that Jack was pitching a no-hitter—with one inning yet to go. Superstition has it that the sure way to break up—or jinx—a no-hitter is to mention it while it’s in progress. The antidote to break the jinx—is to “knock on wood” somewhere, quickly and before the next pitch. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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