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Don Coble

Army Lt. Col. Don Coble completed two tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded the Legion of Merit three times and the Bronze Star twice. After completing his military service in the early 1970s, Don served as a pastor for 10 years before founding Life Ablaze Ministries and speaking at churches, jails, and military installations across North America. He died in 2018 in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, three grown children, and several grandchildren.

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Softening a Crusty Heart

Lt. Colonel Don Coble was once a hardened military man who tried to escape his inner misery through overwork and alcoholism, and in the process made life agonizing for his family. Today, he offers encouragement as he describes how God changed his heart and transformed him into a new creation.