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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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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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