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Don’t Sell Other People’s Stuff

By Don Loftis | 09.19.18

Matthew and Maria Colonna-Emmanual discovered a rusted metal box in their shrubbery.  Thinking it was an old cable box, they simply opened it out of curiosity.  However, they discovered that it contained $52,000 in cash, as well as several pieces of jewelry.  Since the box contained the name of the original owner, they tracked them down and returned the lost box.  The original owners were quite thankful but equally amazed that the couple returned it.  When asked why they didn’t keep it, Maria quickly responded, “It wasn’t ours.”   There are at least two ways we can take and use what doesn’t belong to us.  Many people steal items and sell them to a pawn shop or list them on e-Bay.  The process may not even be as scandalous as breaking and entering a home.   [...]

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Do You Know Your Score?

By Don Loftis | 09.12.18

I don’t know if any one else uses it, but I subscribe (free) to Credit Karma to help me keep tabs on my finances.  Every month it lists all my accounts, so I can easily see if anyone has stolen my identity.  It also posts my credit score as reported by two of the three major reporting bureaus.  This index gives me a regular evaluation of my financial health.   Credit scores are useful, if a person is buying a house or car.  The better the score, the lower the interest rate that will be charged, because you are viewed as less of a risk.  However, there is a much more important “score” — the one that reflects our spiritual health and offers a glimpse into our relationship with God.   I don’t know how [...]

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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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