The Burden Bearer

Goody Two-Shoes

"Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?" (Psalm 73:13 NLT)I was a goody two-shoes, but for what?John Newbery published the story, “Goody Two-Shoes,” in London in 1765 and popularized the phrase. The story tells about an orphan...

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No Deposit, No Return

"He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us." (2 Corinthians 1:22 NLT)They lay alongside the roadside, waiting for a lawnmower to crush them or for some boy to pick...

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When God Requires the Hard Stuff

John 2:3, 7 "They have no more wine…Jesus told the servants, Fill the jars with water." (NLT)It was a tough move, but he had no choice. The call came at work; unless you can come up with several hundred dollars, your son will go to jail. John had wandered from the...

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Living With Uncertainty

“Are you going to heaven when you die?” I asked. “I hope so,” she replied. It wasn’t the answer I was looking for but it would have to do.My grandmother and I were taking an afternoon walk when I asked the question. I’m not sure what prompted me to ask-childhood...

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Lonely in the Crowd

I was surrounded by people but lonely and depressed.My family was turned upside down. A spouse walked away, a daughter left for college and a son moved in with his mom. Only the dog and I were left, and he just lay around and slept.But a loving church family adopted...

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Love Debt

There he was again. I saw him moving up quickly in my rearview mirror. A tail rider.People who ride my bumper set me on edge. I know the law of stopping and speed. One car length for every ten miles per hour I'm traveling, but some people don't honor it.Riding me on a...

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Mentor? Who, Me?

Walt Kowalski was a grumpy old man who didn’t care much for anybody.Clint Eastwood directed, produced and starred in Gran Torino, a movie detailing Walt’s life as a bitter recently widowed Korean War veteran. He didn’t like his family who was after his money, the...

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