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Who Am I?

By Don Loftis | 03.28.18

We often associate lost identity with some form of dementia.  However, many in the prime of their lives need to ask the very personal question, “Who am I?”.  C.S. Lewis was aware of this struggle when he wrote, “You don’t have a soul, you are a soul.  You have a body.”   Too often we focus on the pursuit of worldly things.  We invest in our careers and hobbies.  We define success by the size of our houses and the security of our retirement account.  We spend money on attractive clothes, cosmetic surgery and high powered vitamins.  God gave us our bodies, and we should care for them and use them to glorify the Lord (I Cor. 6:19-20), but there is something more important.   Jesus told a story about a man whose farming operation [...]

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Get Ready For The Harvest

By Don Loftis | 03.21.18

While the disciples had journeyed on into town seeking food, Jesus spent time talking with a woman at a well.  After she left and the disciples returned, Jesus said, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’?  Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” (John 4:35).  The key to Jesus’ challenge lies in two often overlooked facts.   First, this is set in Samaria.  As the following verses reveal, these half breed Jews who were so hated by their southern neighbors were ready to embrace Jesus.  The Pharisees rejected Jesus, but these religious rejects responded.  Is it possible that we fail to see the harvest, because we prejudge some based on race or dress, and limit [...]

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Asking The Right Questions

By Don Loftis | 03.14.18

Children have a way of asking tough questions.  Their difficulty often lies in our inability to understand exactly what they are seeking.  Is it information or merely reassurance?  The actual question deals with abstract concepts that they will not be able to understand.   Recently, All Pro Dad contributor, BJ Foster, shared the four toughest questions kids ask. His list included: (1) “Where do babies come from?” (2) “Why are some people mean?”  (3) “Why don’t we have (fill in the blank) that my friend’s family has?”  (4) “What’s a war?”  If you were ever asked one of these, how would you respond?   One night in Philippi, a jailor was awakened to an event that felt like an earthquake. He observed that all the cell doors were open and assumed that the prisoners had [...]

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I Hope You Have A Good Reason For Being Here

By Don Loftis | 03.07.18

While I was preaching in Indianapolis, I came out of our building one morning only to discover a man in my car. Without much thought I inquired, “What are you doing in there?” As he jumped out of the car and started to leave, he simply said, “Oh, nothing.”   How would you respond if someone were to come up to you this Sunday and asked, “What are you doing here?” Honesty might demand some to reply, “Just showing off my new dress,” or “hoping to close that business deal,” or, like my coin thief in Indy, “Oh nothing.” You might think of more, but I know at least five good reasons for each of us being present this Sunday at 9:00:   TO WORSHIP GOD — We honor Him by our presence and the [...]

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