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The Imperative Of Helping Each Other

By Don Loftis | 05.16.18

In 1990 twins, Abby and Brittany Hensel, were born.  While twins typically share a very close relationship, these two were incredibly close, as in conjoined.  They were connected from the shoulders down.  They had separate hearts, lungs, stomachs, and brains.  However they shared a liver, bladder and both small and large intestines.  They have very individualized tastes for food and clothing.  They can fly on a plane with one ticket, but require two passports, if they travel outside of the country.   The key to their success and happiness has been their ability to work together.  Abby controls the right arm and leg, while Brittany has sole control of the left side.  They have to work in tandem to walk or run.  They have to compromise regarding times to eat and sleep.  Their willingness to [...]

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New Relationship; New Behaviors

By Don Loftis | 05.09.18

On May 19 the long anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place at Windsor Castle.  For better than a year, the couple has been at the center of news reporters from the tabloids to CNN.  Royalty will do that.   When Meghan officially marries into the royal family, there are some new guidelines she must adhere to.  She cannot sign any autographs or have any personal presence on social media.  She must control her emotions — no public display of affection (kiss, hug or handholding) with Harry and no crying in public.  She cannot vote or express any partisan political view.  Meghan cannot accept money from any type of work, cannot privately play Monopoly, and is forbidden to join any church other than the Protestant Anglican Church.  In formal settings, she [...]

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We Never Walk Alone

By Don Loftis | 04.25.18

There is a Wisconsin city named Imalone.  No one knows for sure how it received this unusual name.  Possibly the founder had no close friends or moved there to escape problems elsewhere.  One theory suggests that a delivery man asked if anyone in the store knew the name of the little town, so he could put it on the invoice, and the clerk simply said, “I’m a lone.”   The reality is that many people in 2018 are alone.   Their loneliness may stem from the death of a close family member or an introverted personality that keeps them from initiating relationships.  They may be the victims of a crime, abuse, or rejection. In the midst of a big city or a crowded mall, they still feel alone.   As Christians, we receive the promise that [...]

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Don’t Stand Up Too Soon

By Don Loftis | 04.04.18

In 1957 Willie Shoemaker was one of the best young jockeys in the world of horse racing.  Having already won one Kentucky Derby, that year he was riding one of the favorites, Gallant Man.  He was leading the race until passing the sixteenth pole, he mistook it for the finish line.  Standing up in the stirrups for just a moment slowed the horse enough that Iron Liege defeated him by a nose.   The ability to finish strong is a virtue in school, business and sports.  There are times we must push through adversity and even failure in order to achieve real success.  The baseball pennant is not won in the first month of the season, but after all 162 games are played.   Even in living for the Lord, we can “stand up too [...]

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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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