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Don’t Walk Away From The Real Thing

By Don Loftis | 06.20.18

It is always easier to start something than to complete it.  Diets, Bible reading plans, marathons, and college degrees are all examples.  It has been said that anyone can get married, but staying married a lifetime is quite an accomplishment.   After 65 years of marriage an elderly man was asked what the secret was to their successful marriage.  He said, “You know there were some really tough times along the way.  A couple of times the easy thing would have been to quit.  But every time I looked into her eyes, I knew she was the real thing.  She was the one that I loved.”   During Jesus’ ministry there were many who followed Him.  Some among the crowds must have been curiosity seekers and others hoping to witness or experience a miracle.  After [...]

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Changing The World

By Don Loftis | 06.13.18

Sometime ago, I was visiting with a mother whose children were playing in a different area of the house.  As we were talking, I heard this familiar dialog: “Quit,” … “Give it back.” … “I had it first!” … “No, I did!” … “Stop!!!”  Mom, in a very firm tone, said, “Children, play nicely.”  Amazingly, the fuss was over and peace prevailed — for a while.   Kindness in our treatment of others is an essential element in building good relationships at every age.  The Bible speaks clearly: “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32).  “Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Col. 3:12).  “Love is patient, love is kind” (I Cor. 13:4).  Yet, having read these (and [...]

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Whose Fault Was It?

By Don Loftis | 06.06.18

A number of years ago, noted radio commentator Paul Harvey told the strange story of Eric Edmonds.  This Virginian suffered from severe obesity and consulted with a surgeon, who surgically stapled Eric’s stomach to limit the quantity of food he could eat.  However, on the second day after surgery he found a refrigerator in the hospital and ate so much food, that he tore the staples loose.  A few weeks later, Eric sued the hospital for having a refrigerator that was unlocked.   Eric copied a pattern of blaming others that went on often in the Old Testament.  Adam sinned and told the Lord that it was because of the woman that had been given to him (Gen. 3:12).  When Moses discovered the golden calf that his brother had made, Aaron said, “You know the [...]

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