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Show Me

By Don Loftis | 05.31.17

Though the phrase has never been formally adopted by the legislature, Missouri is typically known as “The Show Me State”.  The phrase came from a speech in 1899 by U.S. Congressman Willard Vandiver.  During a speech in Philadelphia he said, “I come from a state that raises corn, cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me.  I am from Missouri — you have got to show me.”   Having missed Jesus’ first post-resurrection appearance to His apostles, Thomas declared, “Unless I see in His hands the imprints of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails and put my hand in His side, I will not believe” (John 20:25).  Later, Jesus provided just the requested evidence, and Thomas declared, “My Lord and my God.”   Looking [...]

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Have You Heard The Warning?

By Don Loftis | 05.24.17

Recently a young girl sitting on a rock wall at a Canadian harbor was pulled into the water by an agitated sea lion.  Though neither the girl nor the man who jumped in to rescue her were injured, the harbor officials were quick to point out that the family had ignored the posted warning to not feed the sea lions.  Experts think the sea lion associated the girl’s dress hanging over the edge of the wall with food.   We are inundated every day with warnings.  Medically, we are warned of the dangers of obesity and inactivity.  Tobacco products carry warning labels, and every drug (no matter its track record) has to list all of its potential side effects.  Safety experts warn of dangers associated with cell phones, unused seat belts, venetian blind cords and [...]

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Expanding Our Vision

By Don Loftis | 05.10.17

  I want you to imagine that you have just received an amazing job offer from a competing company several states away.  As you sit and ponder whether to accept the offer, several concerns flood your mind.  Initially stunned and overwhelmed, you begin to feel excited and confident about this promotion.  Then, you pause to wonder how your spouse will respond to moving?  How will your children feel about leaving their friends?  Who will step up and watch out for your aging parents?  Who will handle the car pool?   Each of these responses raises a valid concern or opportunity that needs to be addressed.  However, there are some other issues that are often never faced.  How would this change affect your relationship with God?  Is there a group to worship with?  Where would you [...]

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What Would You Do?

By Don Loftis | 05.03.17

A recent YouTube video made me reassess how I look at other people.  The plot was simple.  A young boy pretended to be homeless on a busy street in New York.  It was five degrees, and he was dressed in a T-shirt with no shoes.  For part of the two hour, privately recorded experiment, he wrapped himself in a large trash bag for warmth.  Other than a couple of folks who dropped some money in his cup, no one did anything to help, until a man who was also homeless came and gave him the coat off his back and some food as well.  What would you have done?   I am reminded that in Jesus’ famous parable of the Good Samaritan, there were three types of people who came across that lone Jericho-bound traveler.  [...]

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