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Taking Grace For Granted

By Don Loftis | 08.29.18

A Canadian lady took to Facebook to express her anger towards friends and family whom she felt had ruined her wedding.  It seems she had set in motion an elaborate wedding that was going to cost in excess of $46,000 (USD), but she had no money to pay for it.  Her solution was to include a line in her wedding invitations that those attending would be asked to make a $1500 donation at the door for the privilege of witnessing the exchange of vows.  She called off the wedding and blasted her cheap and thoughtless friends, when no one accepted the invite.   Depending on your mood, the story likely leaves you amused, amazed or appalled.  How can people be so presumptuous and demanding?  Yet, sometimes we treat God that way.  We “make deals” with [...]

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How Do We Praise God?

By Don Loftis | 08.22.18

The book of Psalms is a collection of poetic writings, mostly from David.  They explore a variety of emotions that are encountered throughout our lives and especially our lives as they intersect with God.  The last verse (150:6) states, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.  Praise the LORD.”  Our lives should continually offer praise to God.  How do we do that?   Most obviously, our worship is a form of praise.  We sing “How Great Thou Art,” and we pray “Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be Thy name.”  The term “worship” is derived from a root that means “worth-ship.”  Worship, public or private, is a declaration of God’s greatness and His goodness.   Since we are instructed to make our bodies a living sacrifice to the Lord (Rom. 12:1), the lives [...]

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Don’t Forget To Check In

By Don Loftis | 08.15.18

Many of us remember 50 years ago, when most telephone calls beyond 20 miles were long distance, and you had to pay extra money for each one based on the number of minutes you talked.  My mother and her mom had a system to avoid charges.  My mom would call at 10:00 every night.  She would let the phone ring twice and hang up; it simply meant that everything was OK.  If she had bigger news, she would let it continue to ring, and my grandmother would answer.   Our prayer life ought to share some resemblance to that “ancient” practice.  There are times we need extensive and lengthy conversations with the Lord.  We must not short cut prayer, when we are facing a relationship crisis or the devil is working overtime with temptations.  Seasons [...]

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The Danger Of Aggressive Behavior

By Don Loftis | 08.08.18

Last weekend a brawl was caught on film at the New Red Apple Nails Salon in Brooklyn, NY.  A customer refused to pay $5.00 for the stylist’s work on her eyebrows.  The ensuing verbal altercation led to pushing, punching, and chair tossing.  The customer’s grandmother was hit by a broom and sprayed with finger nail polish remover.  The store is still closed, while other patrons protest outside the facility, desiring that it be permanently closed.   We are amazed at how such a turmoil could take place in a salon.  Yet, it happens every day on the highways, as angry motorists rage at those with whom they share the road.  It happens at ballgames, as parents assail umpires or coaches.  It happens in domestic disputes over trivial issues that sometimes cannot even be accurately recalled. [...]

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To Change Or Not To Change

By Don Loftis | 08.01.18

There is no denying that we live in a time of transition.  We are bombarded with changes in politics, transportation, medicine, technology, and religion.  These may make us uneasy, or even fearful, but the reality is that change is inevitable.  Some will prove to be good and others bad, but change is the one consistent part of every generation and every culture.   Because we know that Jesus is unchanging (Heb. 13:8), and that our faith was once and for all delivered to us (Jude 1:3), we are very cautious about religious change.  The Bible informs us in three places to not add to or take away from God’s message.  We must be committed to preach and defend an unchanging message.   Yet, we do need to remember that there was a time in the [...]

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