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Some Advice Before The Funeral

By Don Loftis | 11.29.17

Well known singer/song writer John (Couger) Mellencamp recently shared some thoughts about death in an AARP magazine article.  Now 65, he had this to say about the final chapters of his life: “I intend to make my ending good.  I’m hoping its one of those long, lingering deathbed conversions.  A lot of people go, ‘I hope I die quick.’   Not me.  I need to put things right.”   My immediate response is to think how dangerous that attitude is.  Many die without warning.  An accident, heart attack, or stroke can end a life in the blink of an eye.  Old age is not promised to anyone.  Recognizing that conversion to Christ is the most important event in a person’s entire life, why would it be put off?  How much eternal risk should a person take? [...]

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A Wedding Party Of One

By Don Loftis | 11.15.17

Have you heard of the new wedding fad known as “sologamy?”  It is a ceremony where an individual marries themselves.  It is a formal declaration that the individual loves himself (herself), and is quite satisfied in their singleness.  Ericka Anderson, who shared this event in the presence of friends and family, said, “It means you are enough, even if you are not partnered with someone else.”   Not surprisingly, businesses have marketed soligamy in a very profitable way.  An online site called imarriedme.com offers a kit to help people with the big event.  The gold version includes a 14 K gold ring to wear, a series of self-affirmation cards, vows, and full ceremony instructions for the bargain price of $230.   I certainly do not disparage singleness — the Scriptures view it as a special [...]

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May We Never Forget

By Don Loftis | 11.08.17

The battle for Bataan in the Philippines raged for three months in the early months of 1942.  After suffering defeat, many American and Filipino soldiers were subjected to a forced march in various stages that covered nearly 100 miles.  The extreme heat coupled with brutal mistreatment by the Japanese resulted in over 10,000 casualties with about 600 of these being Americans.   Each March, a commemorative 26.2 mile march is held at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.  A few survivors from the original march still attend, but only one still walks.  Last year at the age of 99, Ben Skardon walked 8.5 miles to honor his best friends who did not survive.  He says, “My debt to Henry Leitner and Otis Morgan is heavy.  It cannot be repaid.  People ask me. ‘How [...]

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A Genius Speaks

By Don Loftis | 11.01.17

Albert Einstein was a German born physicist who pioneered work in mathematics and relativity.  After immigrating to the United States, he taught at Princeton and helped develop the atomic bomb.  Estimates of this genius’ IQ range between 160 and 190.  Outside of science, he left a quote that is representative of its own wisdom.   As the story is told, he was on speaking tour in Japan in 1922, when a courier brought a message to his room.  Realizing that he had no money for a tip, he scribbled some life advice on a piece of hotel stationary and gave it to the young courier.  The note (which nearly a century later sold for over a million dollars) said:  “A quiet modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.” [...]

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