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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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I Hope You Have A Good Reason For Being Here

By Don Loftis | 03.07.18

While I was preaching in Indianapolis, I came out of our building one morning only to discover a man in my car. Without much thought I inquired, “What are you doing in there?” As he jumped out of the car and started to leave, he simply said, “Oh, nothing.”   How would you respond if someone were to come up to you this Sunday and asked, “What are you doing here?” Honesty might demand some to reply, “Just showing off my new dress,” or “hoping to close that business deal,” or, like my coin thief in Indy, “Oh nothing.” You might think of more, but I know at least five good reasons for each of us being present this Sunday at 9:00:   TO WORSHIP GOD — We honor Him by our presence and the [...]

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Making It Personal

By Don Loftis | 02.28.18

In 2002 Cynthia Hyland decided to go skydiving for the first time.  The jump began with a certified instructor on each side of her, holding onto her jump suit.  However, about half way down, they encountered a problem that sent all of them into an uncontrolled dive.  Cynthia panicked and could not find her ripcord.  One of her instructors, nicknamed Bobo, managed to reach her in time to pull her cord, but could not get in position to pull his own.  He died saving her.   Her response to realizing what happened was predictable.  Her tears of gratitude and sense of accountability were overwhelming.  She attended this “stranger’s” funeral, met his family, offered to help babysit his young children.  Any request the family had made would have been tackled to the best of Cynthia’s ability. [...]

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The Components Of Conversion

By Don Loftis | 02.21.18

About 2570 an Egyptian named Hemiunu was given the task of building an elaborate tomb for one of the Pharaohs.  The result was the majestic Pyramid of Giza.  Covering 13 acres of land, it rose to a height of 481 feet.  Slave labor connected over two million stone blocks averaging 5000 pounds each to complete one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.   Ron Walters recently commented that the construction of the pyramid and the conversion of a sinner involve the same four components: design, substance, energy and time.  In spiritual conversion there is the eternal design of God’s grace, presented in the substance of Scripture, nurtured by the energy of loving teachers, over a varying period of time.   We may witness a person’s baptism and forget all the things that led [...]

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We Care

By Don Loftis | 02.14.18

The doctor told his patient that he was fifty pounds overweight, and the patient replied, “I don’t care.”  A friend asked his coworker, if he was going to watch the playoff game, but he was told, “I don’t care much for hockey or sports in general.”  The pollster asked, “Who are you going to vote for,” only to be told, “I couldn’t care less.”  All of these responses reveal an attitude of apathy and disinterest.  Such attitudes will not result in any constructive or lasting action.   Genuine concern for others is necessary for us to be interested in feeding the hungry, comforting the grieving, or getting involved in disaster relief efforts.  Calloused hearts rarely give generously of their money or their time.   For 40 years, Larry West has been associated with the We [...]

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Have You Weighed The Kids?

By Don Loftis | 02.07.18

When the Communist government took over control of China, they ordered all Christian missionaries out of the country.  Soldiers came to one home and told the couple that they had two hours to pack up their belongings, and they would be escorted to the train station to be deported.  Additionally they were told that what they took away could not exceed 200 pounds.  It was a busy and agonizing two hours, as they weighed items and argued about what to keep and what to leave.   Right on schedule the soldiers returned, asking if they were ready.  The couple commented about how hard it had been to choose what to take, but they were right at 200 pounds.  The soldier in charge looked at the stack of boxes then asked, “Did you weigh your kids?  [...]

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