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When Minding Our Own Business Isn’t Enough

By Don Loftis | 07.11.18

It was fairly early on a Friday morning, as Simon was making his way toward Jerusalem.  He was minding his own business, likely headed for some special activity associated with the Passover Feast.  Maybe his mind was filled with memories of his distant African home in Cyrene (Libya) or worries about his two sons, Alexander and Rufus.   Whatever his thoughts were, he was just minding his own business, when his day and life were forever changed.  A soldier leading an execution party out of Jerusalem compelled him to carry the cross of a man named Jesus.  Luke’s account says they “seized” him, while Matthew and Mark state he was “pressed into service.”  Apparently Jesus was moving too slowly, and Simon’s assistance was needed.  Unknown at the time, Simon aided the Son of God; he [...]

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I Can’t Live Without It

By Don Loftis | 07.03.18

Jim Faughn recently brought to my attention a new widespread fear known as nomophobia.  Typical symptoms include dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, and accelerated heart rate.  If not addressed, it can lead to diminished concentration, moodiness, insomnia and relational isolation.   My online dictionary defines nomophobia as “the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power.”  In short, nomophobia is the fear of losing the ability to access instant information and communication.  Few of us would want to dispose of  our cell phones or e-mail, but this new fear is indicative of the addictive qualities many things possess.   I wonder if many people have a fear of [...]

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