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Mitch White is a retired ordained minister of 38 years, having served churches in Texas, Oklahoma and Florida and now residing in North Carolina. Areas of ministry oversight included worship, teaching, Christian education and administration. He's a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, a father of two adult married children, an avid amateur photographer and lover of the outdoors and nature. He currently offers support to his octogenarian Mom as caretaker / caregiver which he considers his greatest ministry to date.

What To “Be”

Romans 12:12 (NIV)

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

The scripture is so good at targeting areas in our life, enabling us to accurately evaluate how we are doing and how we can improve.

Romans 12:12 tells us  three things we should “BE”.  There is a dynamic in them.  That is, the degree to which we improve in one, the others are facilitated and thus we improve practically and incrementally in the other two.

Joy is an essential God-breathed virtue birthed by hope, the certainty that we have about our day and future because He has promised to take care of us, even when everything in our world is saying otherwise.

Patience is “supplied” by hope and joy.   As we go through life, we can find our energies running low, waiting for Our Father to intervene.  The Psalmist in his weariness asks God, “How long, O LORD?”  Another place he says, “Hear my cry…don’t delay….”  Or, I would say it this way, “LORD, could you hurry a little?  These times we are tempted to wander off the path, looking for another “source”, when there is only One.   Isaiah reminds us that those who wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength…they shall run and not be weary, walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31  He is always our first choice for every need, Who “commands our strength”, making endurance / patience possible in us.

Faithfulness is the attribute of staying true and not quitting, no matter what.  This is especially critical in our prayer lives.  Luke 18, Jesus tells a few stories for his disciples to hear so that they might “always pray and not faint (give up).”

These three virtues, we should have, and “excel still more” in.  And it seems the “dynamic” works like this: joy is the “soil” for patience to emerge and grow; patience the soil for faithfulness; as our faithfulness grows, so goes our joy, and so on, perpetually.

How do we measure up to this three-question test?  Be honest with Him…He knows us through and through.  Acknowledge where you struggle and cry out for His help…and HE will!

Psalm 86:16  (NASB)
Turn to me, and be gracious to me;
Oh grant Your strength to Your servant,
And save the son of Your handmaid.
Show me a sign for good…,
Because You, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Psalm 25  (KJV)
25 Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, I trust in Thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

Part 2 of this study will explore more about “how to” give way and let these virtues flourish.  The answer is in Romans 12:1, 2.

Let Him prove Himself, and you will find these qualities yours and increasing; your life will be as He intends.  He will get His glory, and you will know the fulfillment for which HE created you.

Oh, to excel still more, I am,


Our Strength

Psalm 68:18-20, 28, 35 (NASB)
19  Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,
The God who is our salvation.  Selah.
20  God is to us a God of deliverances;
And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.

28  Your God has commanded your strength;
Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted on our behalf.
35  O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary.
The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people.
Blessed be God!

I continually find that life is much bigger than I am.  I can find myself overwhelmed by the concerns and demands that can come.  It is to easy to linger in the context of fear, doubt and weariness.

I always am reminded and find comfort in the Truth (His Word)that God, my Heavenly Father is with me, for me, and most importantly in me, to work around me, always being my best Solution for every deficiency I have; every need I have.

There is much comfort in knowing HE is always there and I can never ask for too much or too often.

 Psalm 71:3  Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come;
You have given commandment to save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.

Insert your needs and concerns into these unfailing Words from God, and find the supply, wisdom, help and peace He always gives.

“The God of all comfort” is near,


The Greatest Teacher

Psalm 119:33 (NASB)
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall observe it to the end.

The most transformational, defining moments of my life have been when the LORD has reached down, enlightened and taught me.  All the great teachers I’ve been privileged to hear, and my best times of study and seeking don’t compare.  Those defining times with Him have always been the most memorable and they’ve moved me forward in His purposes in and around me.

The Psalmist most notably cries out for God’s personal, private instruction as the life changing impetus he needs to keep moving godward.

Psalm 119:17-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Deal bountifully with Your servant,
That I may live and keep Your word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Your law.

Psalm 119:33-34 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall observe it to the end.
Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law
And keep it with all my heart.

Psalm 119:65-68 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
You have dealt well with Your servant,
O Lord, according to Your word.
Teach me good discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Your commandments.
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
You are good and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.

Thomas a’ Kempis, in his noted work “The Imitation of Christ” writes: “Oh Lord, with the Prophet Samuel I humbly and earnestly beg, ‘Speak Lord, for your servant listens….’  I am your servant; grant me understanding that I may know your testimonies…Incline my heart to Your words.  Lord, who inspires and enlightens the Prophets, let not Moses or any of the Prophets speak to me but rather YOU speak.  YOU alone can instruct me without their aid, but without You, they can do nothing.

The Prophets can preach the word, but they cannot bestow the Spirit.  They speak most eloquently, but if You are silent, they cannot fire the heart.  They instruct in letter, but You open the understanding.  They set forth mysteries, but You reveal the meaning of all secrets.  They teach Your commandments, but You help us observe them.  They point the way, but You grant us strength to follow it.  Their action is external; You instruct and enlighten the heart.  They water… but You make fruitful.  They proclaim…but You impart understanding to the mind.

Therefore, let not Moses speak to me, (or any other) but You, oh Lord my God, the Everlasting Truth, lest I die and bear no fruit if I am warned in word, and not kindled in heart; lest it turn to my condemnation, if I hear Your word, but not obey it;  know it, but do not love it; believe it but do not keep it….  YOU have the words of eternal life.  Speak to me, comfort my soul: order my life to YOUR praise, glory and eternal honor.”

May HE indeed increasingly grant us all of His Spirit, Who has promised to personally “guide us into all Truth“…for His words are truth indeed.



Plainly Spoken…

I’m certainly no theologian. But because of the “business” I’ve been in for several decades, it has been incumbent upon me be somewhat of a dilettante in it. I’ve attempted to explore some of the mysteries of the scriptures and understand the difficult passages there.

It’s not the hard to understand or disputed passages that concern me.   Rather, it’s the ones that are plainly stated..

You see, it’s the very clear imperatives that measure every life, the criteria that all are evaluated by.  They keep me humbled, expose my deficiencies and ask the highest of me, for HIM and for others.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 (NASB)

16 Rejoice always;
17 Pray without ceasing;
18 In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in       Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit;

Here are a simple few of them, in my words: Always praise and have joy; Always pray and never quit; Always, in everything, have a gratitude attitude; AND NEVER hinder or squelch the work of the Spirit of God in or around you.

Pretty simple…plainly spoken… easy to understand and talk about…DIFFICULT to live. Probably, it’s just me that struggles with the basics…manifesting essential and validating virtues that should always be seen in the life of a believer…the convincing proofs of HIS presence in me, that require no words to defend or prove.

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NASB)

3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

Not only does Jesus ask these things of me, but HE gives me all I need to pull it off. 2 Peter 1:3a reminds me HE’s provided everything I need for life and godliness. How great is that!!? He tells me what I need to BE, and has provided the necessary resources to DO it. Phew!! So good to hear because I’m thoroughly convinced I don’t have the ability, and that,  proven by my many failures. So, what’s MY problem?

Well, the hymn writer said of himself: “…Prone to wander, Lord I feel it.  Prone to leave the God I love.  Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it, seal it for your courts above.”  (Come Thou Fount, verse 3)

Yep! That’s me. But I’m learning how to “write checks” out of that resource He’s given; I am aware that becoming like Him (godliness) is a process. But I’m such a slow learner, a bit more recalcitrant than I want to admit, and humiliated by it; incorrigible….  Despite this, I’m finding HIS Life-force is at work and greater than my “less thans”.  He’s letting me see that I am being changed.  His compelling “energy”  is indeed getting eternal things done in me…so exhilarating,  humbling.  Amazed by His kindness and enduring love, I continue to be.

I’m convinced He is able to change any leopard’s spots, even mine; in spite me, this dark world and our enemy, the devil. Need not succumb…but will continue to aspire…stretch toward the upward call of Jesus Christ in every thing. Even though I struggle consistently living the fundamentals, and chagrined to admit it, I know this acknowledgement is the wide door to His Kingdom (“…Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God….”  Matthew 5), His rule and reign in me. Agreeing with God concerning my condition and predispositions, He forgives AND keeps on cleansing me from all sin (1 John 1:9). And one day, HE will “… Present me blameless in His presence, spirit, soul and body…my, our glorious hope!!

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NASB)

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

How about you…if you haven’t, won’t you join me and millions of others in this divine spiritual rehab, relentlessly amazed at His ability to change our lives, to restore us to His intended functions that have been marred by the damage sin brings, and all this, for His glory here, now and in the life to come. You’ll never regret it. Being changed,

I am,

Mitch White

The LORD, My Keeper, Part II

The LORD, My Keeper  Part II…

So, what does HE know that uniquely qualifies Him to be my keeper?

“My wrongs are not hidden from You.” Psalm 69:5,6
“All My desire is before You.” Psalm 38:9
“All my adversaries are before You” Psalm 69:19b
“My times are in Your hands” Psalm 31:15
“You know the path I walk.” Psalm 142:3
And, as Psalm 139 declares, He knows when I sit, stand, when I lie down, every thought, even before a word is on my tongue. Wow, wouldn’t our intelligence agencies love to have that kind of “technology”. If they could, terrorism and many other dark things emanating from the hearts of humanity could be averted.

But, being rightly related to Holy God makes this kind of personal oversight and security available to us in this life… the kind of help to “Keep Us”, even from the sinister strategies and “covert” plots of our enemy, the devil, who is the father of terror, the author of fear.  The LORD has even dispatched HIS “helpers”, Special Ops, to a staging area near us, our own personal, spiritual CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit), if you will.

Psalm 34:7 (NASB)
7  The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.

Don’t miss the privilege / opportunity of such loving, divine, sovereign care…belonging to all who are HIS via the Saving Life of Jesus Christ.  In Him…

Be Blessed,



The LORD, My Keeper

Psalm 121:5-8 (NASB)

5 The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
8 The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

For those who are believers and followers of Jesus Christ, the LORD has promised to “keep” us in this life. HE is uniquely qualified and alone possesses the critical capabilities to do so. He knows everything there is to know about us. Because this is true, He is able to design and carry out the strategies that “keep”.

Psalm 139:1-6 (NASB)
God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.

1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.

2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.

3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.

5 You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

HE is “intimately acquainted” with all of me / us and that information should blow our minds, even as it did King David in verse 6. To think that He is acquainted with me, an infintessimaly small speck in the context of an infintessimaly big universe, IS mind boggling. The Hebrew word translated “acquainted” in verse 3 is “sakan”, literally meaning “acquainted, knowledgeable to the degree that HE can be of great benefit to us”. (Source: Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, 5532, NASB)

So, what does He know?

That is for “Part Two” coming soon.  But do read and meditate on these passages over and over.   Let God’s Spirit cause this truth to penetrate your soul.  Take comfort that the most significant personality in the universe knows you, loves you infinitely and is ready to care for you perfectly.  Such peace, rest and quietness this brings, and all of it a gift through the person of Jesus Christ.  Savor, and be forever blessed.




Humility’s Reward

Proverbs 22:4 (NASB)
4 The reward of humility and the fear (reverence) of the Lord are riches, honor and life.

Isaiah 33:5-6 (NASB)
5 The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high;
He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
6 And He will be the stability of your times,
A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge;
The fear of the Lord is his treasure.

James 4:6-7 (NASB)
6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

So what does all of this fearing God and humility add up to?  To regard, seek, love and obey Him above all else, versus pride and rebellion which resists Him and all His higher purposes.  This command, invitation to regard Him is motivated by His unfailing love; His desire that we know “success” and provision as He defines it in this life.

1 John 2 warns us to not love the world or anything in it.  Jesus gave  the foremost command, that being, to Love God above everything.  (Jas. 4:6-7)  This is uncompromised, unmitigated allegiance, giving Him the “space” in us that He rightfully owns by virtue of creation, formation, sustention, salvation….

James 4:4-6  (NASB)
4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? 6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

These verses need little to no commentary.  His very best comes via fearing (reverencing), loving and acknowledging Him above all in this life, in everything we are and do.  In spite of the many voices that suggest  otherwise, seek HIM first.  Oh that we would indeed “humble ourselves under His mighty hand”. Reverencing HIM is His treasure, the way to the stability we need; access to all the saving helps, wisdom and knowledge, making us equal to everything that life can bring.  We’re invited to test Him in this.  He is true (faithful) , and we will never be disappointed.

After (in pursuit) Him, I am,


Guard Your Heart!

“In the best utopia, I must be prepared for the moral fall of any man in any position at any moment; especially for my fall from my position at this moment.”   Chesterton on Orthodoxy

Be careful when you stand, lest you fall.  (1 Corinthians 10:12)

Guard your heart for from it flow the issues of life.  (Proverbs 4:22)

“Hold me back from presumptuous sins…” (Psalm 19:12)

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness….

2 Peter 3:17 (NASB)

“Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is…. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse in us until we try to fight it; and Christ, because He was the only one who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means.

No one knows how bad they are until they have tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people don’t know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie….

One who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. This is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness…they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.

You know the strength of an opposing army by fighting it, not surrender…the strength of wind by walking in it, not lying down.”

C. S. Lewis

May these profound tidbits cause us to run to Jesus Christ and the all-sufficiency (El Shaddai, God Almighty, the All Sufficient One) of His saving Life, finding in Him ALONE the Sovereign saving and keeping power to stay in His life giving path, finishing well and fulfilling His purposes in, through and around us.

Faithful is He who calls us, Who will also bring it to pass.

(I Thessalonians 5:24)




Living thankful lives doesn’t come natural. Gratuitous living and giving is not easily found or attained. There’s very little “thank you” in the world. As a matter of fact it seems that a spirit of entitlement is increasingly more prevalent.

Raising children, we find that gratitude must be taught. All Moms and Dads know this. How many times did you say to your children after some kind thing was done for them, “Now what do you say?” The answer was to be “Thank you”. In time, my children got it and are “thank you” people today…for which I am indebted to God, who made it so.

The scriptures are clear that being thankful is a virtue.  Our fallen nature makes it reflexive to be otherwise.  But scripture goes on to tell us that those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, having His overcoming Life within, can, and should be characterized by thankfulness and gratitude…at all times, and remarkably so, when things are not going very well, from our view. Thankfulness seems to be one of the convincing proofs, irrefutable evidences that He, God, is in us…proof that a genuine Dynamic is active, producing observable results not commonly observed elsewhere.

If my facts are right, the Apostle Paul  mentions thanksgiving 26 times. He indicates it is to be present in every redeemed life.  If not, it is a diagnostic that tells us His Saving Life is being hindered.

In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul tells us we are to “…Always give thanks….”  I’ve struggled with this personally.  But as time progresses and He becomes freer to be Himself in me, gratitude is increasingly on my lips, and most importantly, when I am facing difficulties.  What a demonstration of trust in HIM  who has promised to be “the stability of our times”, always.

I enjoy photography.  Recently, in spite of being very careful, I dropped my best camera and favorite lens on the asphalt…yes, there was a crowd around to see me in that humiliating moment.  What seemed to naturally and immediately come from my lips was “…Well thank you Lord…this will not ruin my day….”  Did I really say that?  Yes, and no one was more surprised than I.  Instantly, I felt HIS pleasure because He was able to express Himself in me in a supernatural way.  Sometime, I’ll tell “the rest of the story”, the outcome of this seemingly catastrophic event, which very soon, was revealed to be a path to  a supernatural event for me and others.

Believe me, I’ve not arrived at all, but I’m so humbled to see that God is able to achieve the impossible and in increasingly so, even in one like me.

If you are not a believer / follower of Jesus Christ, I highly commend Him to you. (The Four Spiritual Laws) He is able…to do all He’s promised to rehabilitate our fallen, corrupted souls (our minds, wills and emotions), restore us to His God-designed and intended function and purposes.  And, as that begins to emerge from us, we will be amazed to find and know we are fulfilling the reason we live, move and have our existence…and regardless of our profession or place in life, we will have found “the vestibule of Heaven” our greatest fulfillment, satisfaction and empowerment to be Light in our sphere of influence.

Finally, becoming more like Him, I am,




Import Before Export

I love taking pictures.  It’s fun sharing them via a couple of applications. But before I can share them (export) I must first import something worthy of showing.  This is true for life. Before I have anything to say, or anything to “display” there must first be something of significance and truth in me.  Before I can help someone, somehow, I must first have resources at my disposal that enables and qualifies me to do so.

There are other illustrations that drive home my point. How can I teach unless I have become a teacher…how can I plumb unless I have become a plumber… how can I build unless I have become a builder? But most importantly, how can I do the work and ministry of Jesus Christ until I become a spiritually equipped and empowered follower? How can I export spiritual life and works unless He has first imported His Life, abilities and resources? The answer is, obvious, I can’t. Oh, I might be busy doing religious things, working in a number of ways for a “good” cause.  But honestly evaluating over time, showing little to no true success, meaningful lasting results as measured by God’s criteria.

We don’t have to be perfect to partner in God’s work.  If that were required, none of us would be qualified to join Him.  But, flawed as we may be, if we are Godward people, intent on being His servants in everything, He is pleased to give us “eternal stuff” to Do and the ability to Be, facilitating it.  Nothing could be more humbling nor exhilarating.

The Christian denomination I belong to prides itself to some degree on how much they are doing. They are a very busy group.  But, as the stats are browsed, little of lasting value is being accomplished. It seems that we may actually be losing the “war”.   We only have to compare divorce stats in our culture vs those in the church…sadly, not much difference.  We’re languishing…busy doing, I think we have forgotten how to BE, first, before we DO.   Attempting to export before we import.  God didn’t make us human DOings, but rather human BEings. We must “be” before we can “do”. We must become the genuine article; undeniably,  the authentic, real people we claim to be, first…then the irrefutable proofs and evidences characteristic and normal for Jesus followers will be easily seen.  What we are will ring “true”, even without words.

In spite of all our preaching, productions, programs, buildings, marketing and prowess, ad nauseam, we are failing. What’s really needed is a transforming spiritual revival that only God Himself can bring, and with it, the – validating virtues and power the indwelling God-Life manifests.  That should be the norm, in us and through us, not the exception.

Somehow, if Our God would “rend the heavens and come down“, bring us back to God-Life again, we’d find we don’t need the many things we’ve borrowed from the world system and its “tools” (Isaiah, the prophet, refers to these things as “strong horses”   Isaiah 31:1, 3).  He would be our strong horse, busy doing the work through those who have finally BECOME, suitable vessels, conduits for His Life flow.  Psalm 127:1

I think the words of St. Francis of Assisi say it well:  “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel…and if necessary, use words.”  Exemplary lives lived are the most powerful evangelistic tool…God-life on display.   When, via our lives, “HE is lifted up, HE will draw mankind to Himself.”

Please forgive if  sound like I’m “preaching to the choir”.   I guess I am.  But first, this preaching is at me, for I’ve been a director of that “choir” for some time.  The scriptures tell us that “…It is time for judgement to begin at the House of God….”  1 Peter 4:17  What better place for it to start and especially with the leaders in that house.  I am the chief sinner in all of this.  I have served churches for nearly 40 years.  As I look back, I’m ashamed.  It may sound like I’m pointing a finger out there.  If that is the case, then know there are three pointing back at me, and justly so.

But, I am alive today, as you are, if you are reading this.  I, you, have this opportunity to BE, so that we can DO as HE intends, giving Him the honor HE deserves, fulfilling His purposes in our sphere of influence, our destiny in this dark world, drawing humanity to HIM.  Psalm 67:1-2

Psalm 139:23-24 (NASB)
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

May HE increase in all of us,