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Acting Like Jesus

By Don Loftis | 01.17.18

A man moved into a small town and noticed an elderly woman walking by the railroad tracks each morning.  He saw her pick objects up and place them in a large bag that she carried.  One day he asked the grocer what she was doing, and was told that she was picking up coal that fell out of the coal cars as they bounced along the track.  He was a new resident but boldly told the grocer that there was no such morning train.  The grocer’s reply revealed a true story of love: “I know.  The coal train stopped five years ago, but Mr. Simpson down at the hardware store knew she needed the coal, and that she would be too proud to ask for help.  So, every morning he takes a bag of coal [...]

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Honor To Whom Honor

By Don Loftis | 01.10.18

This past Sunday, due to health concerns, Jim Oliver stepped down from serving as an elder.  As Carl Johnson read Jim’s letter, which is reprinted inside this bulletin, he referenced Paul’s word in I Timothy 5:17 which were so fitting: “The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor.”   For nearly three decades Jim has faithfully served the Lord as he helped shepherd this congregation.  His deep love was evident in the classes he taught, the leadership he provided, and the service he offered.  Jim and Bitsy love the church here in Old Hickory, and in turn, the church here loves them.   Through the past 98 years, thirty different men have served the Old Hickory church as elders.  Each of them have used their talents to serve and their [...]

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People Watching

By Don Loftis | 01.03.18

Sitting in a coffee shop in Helen, Georgia, I spent part of my Saturday afternoon watching people walk down the sidewalks of this transplanted Bavarian village.  There were families, couples and singles.  Some came in to get something warm to drink; others just walked on by.  Two thoughts passed through my mind.   First, I realized that each of those people, (likely all tourists) had their own unique stories.  Some were celebrating; others were mourning.  Some were experiencing job issues or family problems.  For some 2017 had been a banner year; for others it had been a nightmare.  Every person possessed fears, secrets, dreams, and disappointments.  They were a microcosm of us all.   Secondly, I soberly acknowledged that each of these folks had an eternal soul.  Some, I suppose, were Christians.  Others might be [...]

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2018 — Happy New Year

By Don Loftis | 12.27.17

When I was a child, if I had seen a date like 2018, I would have viewed it as science fiction.  Time passes, and it is hard to believe that most of us have celebrated as many new years as we have.   At various stages, the Jews have honored four different dates as marking a new year of activity.  The most common is that of Rosh Hashanah which occurs in the fall — not the winter.  It was celebrated with the blowing of horns (Num. 29:1), and it served as the civil (legal) beginning of the year.  It celebrated God’s creation of Adam and Eve and was used to mark the beginnings of  Sabbath years and the year of Jubilee.  This date also provided the dividing line for the yearly tithe.   We use [...]

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He Will Never Leave

By Don Loftis | 12.13.17

Jack Casey worked for years as a paramedic, and one day he was called to the scene of a traffic accident.  A man was trapped in a pick-up that was completely upside down.  Making the rescue more dangerous and urgent was the reality that the gas tank was slowly leaking into the cab.  One spark could ignite everything and kill both of them.   Jack remembered as a child fearfully facing surgery,  and having a nurse promise to stay with him all the way through it.  True to her word, she was the first person he saw as he came out of the anesthetic in the recovery room.  At great risk, he stayed with the trapped man offering him both his rescue skill and his reassuring presence.  Later Jack simply said, “I couldn’t leave him.” [...]

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