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When Your Load Is Heavy


Jesus will help you carry the load.


Several items that are not too heavy - such as a brick or a ten pound dumbbell and an automobile jack.


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 [NIV]

How strong are you? Do you think you are pretty strong? How many of you think you could pick up this brick? How about a dumbbell like this one? Well, you must be pretty strong then. How many of you think you could pick up a car? Oh, you don't think you could pick up a car? Well, I think you could if you had some help. Here is something that would help you. It is an automobile jack. If you put this jack underneath the car and pump the handle, you can easily lift a car that weighs over 3,000 pounds! Yes, with the help of a jack, you can lift a car, but you couldn't do it alone, could you?

Some of you have some pretty heavy burdens to carry in life. Perhaps you have a physical handicap that makes your life difficult. Or, perhaps your father has lost his job and your family is having financial difficulties. Maybe someone in your family has cancer or some other serious illness and you are worried about them. You may be having a hard time making passing grades in school. I don't know what the burdens are that you have in your life, but I do know that there are some that you just can't handle by yourself. Well, guess what? You don't have to!

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." There is no reason for you to struggle with burdens that are too heavy for you. God's Word is full of promises to help us in times of trouble. Here are just a few: "Don't be afraid, I am with you." (Gen.26:24) "I'll give you strength." (Psalm 28:7) "I'm with you in times of trouble." (Psalm 34:6) These words of encouragement are just what we need to face the hard times that may come our way.

Does that mean that if we will ask him, God will take all of our troubles away? No, but he will help us. In fact, some of our struggles may help us to grow and become stronger. They may also help us to learn to trust in Jesus. But when the load is too heavy, he will help us to carry it -- and there is no burden that is too heavy for Jesus.

Dear Father, we are thankful that when we struggle under the load of life's burdens, you are there to help us carry the load. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.


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Too Late

"My homework is done. Can I watch TV now?" asked Lucas as he joined his parents in the living room. "What are you watching?" "A documentary about the Titanic," Mom replied. "Boooring. There's gotta be something better to watch than a documentary!" Lucas protested. "I think you'll find this one interesting," said Dad. "Do you know what the Titanic is?" "Sure--it's a big ship. They thought it was unsinkable, but it sank," Lucas replied. "What made them think it couldn't sink anyway?" "Let's watch the show and find out," said Mom. "Oh, all right," Lucas grumbled as he sprawled out on the floor. "But I know it'll be boring." Soon, however, he was caught up in the story of the Titanic. When the show was over, Lucas stood up and stretched. "They didn't even have enough lifeboats!" he exclaimed. "Wouldn't you think they'd at least have put more of those on board? I mean, when you're out at sea and your ship is sinking, it's too late to get them then!" Dad nodded. "It's so easy for us to see how foolish they were, but it occurs to me that we can be just as foolish. We might think we're 'unsinkable' too." "You mean some people think their boats won't sink?" asked Lucas in disbelief. "I'm not talking about boats. I'm thinking of people who figure there won't be any consequences for the wrong, sinful things they do," said Dad. "Perhaps they've heard that Jesus died to save them from sin, but they don't think they need to be saved. So they go about their lives thinking everything is fine, ignoring the fact that they're on a sinking ship. Their lives could end at any moment, and only Jesus can save them before it's too late." Lucas was quiet as he thought about his father's words. "I--I think I'm one of those people," he finally said. "I know about Jesus, but I've never trusted Him to save me. I don't want to be surprised like the people on the Titanic. I want Jesus to save me now!" His parents smiled. "Then let's pray with you," said Mom, "and you can put your trust in Him." Bethany R. Elms How About You? Do you know you're a sinner who needs to be saved? Have you put your trust in Jesus? It's something you need to think about now, because you never know how much time you have left before your life on earth ends. Don't wait to trust Him as your Savior. Do it today! (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.) Today's Key Verse: What is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. (NKJV) (James 4:14) Today's Key Thought: Trust Jesus to save you today

The Heliocentric Life

"Mom, which ball should I use for Pluto?" Jack asked as he looked at the different Styrofoam balls his mom had purchased at the craft store for his solar system project. "Pluto?" asked Jack's little sister, Janie. "Isn't that the dog we saw at Disney World?" Jack chuckled. "No, Pluto is in our solar system, which is part of the Milky Way." Janie scrunched up her nose in confusion. "The candy bar?" Mom smiled. "Janie, we live on planet Earth, which is one of the planets in our solar system. Solar refers to the sun, and our sun is one of billions of stars in our galaxy, which is called the Milky Way." "Ohhhhh," replied Janie, still not exactly sure what Mom was saying. Mom walked over to the kitchen table where Jack was working diligently on his project. When she glanced at his solar system replica, she looked puzzled. "I see that you have Earth in the center of the solar system." Mom paused to see if Jack would respond. "Yep. Earth is at the center, and everything revolves around us." "Well, you better check your book again. Look at paragraph three in your textbook." Mom pointed to paragraph three. "It says the solar system is heliocentric. Helio means "sun" and centric refers to the center. It means everything in the solar system revolves around the sun. The sun is at the center." "I know who you're talking about now!" exclaimed Janie, still trying to keep a pulse on the conversation. "Jesus!" "What?" Jack looked at his sister, confused. "Well, Jesus is the Son of God, and He should be at the center of our lives. It's all about Him," Janie said with confidence. Mom nodded. "You are absolutely right, Janie. Just like the sun is the center of our solar system, the Son of God should be at the center of our lives. He created us--and our solar system and galaxy and everything else there is--and He saved us so we could live with Him forever and show others His love. It's not about us--it's all about Him." Emily Rudolph How About You? Do you ever think the world revolves around you? Do you think your family or friends should only choose your dinner or movie option or go along with your idea for the day's plans? If you trust in Jesus, you're no longer the center of your own life--He is! Trust Him to help you do His will and show others His love. Today's Key Verse: For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible all things have been created through him and for him. (NIV) (Colossians 1:16) Today's Key Thought: Put Jesus at the center

The Lost Backpack

"Mom, do you know where my backpack is? I can't find it anywhere, and I have to leave for the bus soon," Kalie said as she frantically ran from room to room. "Where do you remember seeing it last?" Mom asked. Kalie stopped to think. "Oh no! I think I left it at Grandma's last night. What am I going to do? It has my homework in it that's due today!" "I guess we'll have to go get it and then I'll take you to school," Mom said as she grabbed her car keys. When they got to Grandma's house, Kalie knocked loudly, but there was no answer. "She's not answering the door, Mom," Kalie said, coming back to the car. "That's not like her. She's usually up by 6:00." Mom turned off the car and went and unlocked the door. "Help!" Grandma called. They ran to the kitchen, where Grandma had tripped and fallen and was not able to get up. Mom called for an ambulance, and soon Grandma was on her way to the hospital. When they got to the emergency room, Mom went back with Grandma while Kalie sat in the waiting room. Soon her dad joined her. "Have you heard anything yet?" Dad asked as he sat down next to her. "No, but Mom said she would come and tell me as soon as they knew something," Kalie said. Just then Mom walked out. "They're taking Grandma for X-rays right now. They think her hip may be broken, and she may need surgery." Tears pooled in Kalie's eyes. "What if Grandma is never able to walk again?" she asked as she began to cry. Mom gave her a hug. "I'm not sure what's going to happen. We just have to trust Jesus. He saved us and promises to work everything in our lives for good. For example, this morning He used your lost backpack to help us find Grandma when she needed us. No matter what happens with Grandma, we can trust Him to be with us and work it out." Kalie wiped her eyes. "Can we pray?" she asked. Her parents smiled and nodded, and as she prayed with her family, Kalie knew she could trust Jesus no matter what happened. Melissa Yeagle How About You? Do you know Jesus as your Savior? If you do, He is always with you and will help you with whatever you face. He doesn't promise that you won't go through difficulties or face problems in your life, but He does promise to help you through them and use them for good, even when you can't see how. Trust Him to work out everything for good. Today's Key Verse: We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (CSB) (Romans 8:28) Today's Key Thought: Trust Jesus in hard times

Moving Pains

Dante headed for his classroom at church. He was eager to see his friends once more, but he knew this would be a day of goodbyes. His heart felt heavy thinking about it. This was the last day he'd be with this class before his family moved to another town. After discussing the lesson, Mr. Rogers moved to stand next to Dante. "I think you all know that Dante will be moving next week. We're going to miss him," he said, looking around the room. "But remember that, even though it's sad to say goodbye, all those who know Jesus as their Savior will see each other again in heaven." Mr. Rogers looked from one student to another. "Wouldn't it be great to have a class reunion there? I'll be there, and I wonder--will all of you be there too?" It was quiet in the room for a moment, then Dante spoke up. "I will. I trust Jesus as my Savior, so I'll see you again in heaven." Mr. Rogers smiled and nodded as one kid after another said they trusted in Jesus and would someday be with Him in heaven. As the boys said goodbye at the end of the class period, Dante didn't feel quite so bad about leaving. I'll see these guys again someday, he thought with a smile. I forgot about that. I'll see Topher and Sanjay and Ethan and The smile left his face as the name of another boy came to mind. It was the name of one of his friends at school. Carter, he thought. I don't know whether Carter is a Christian. I've never asked him, and if he's not, I might never see him again after we move. I'm going to talk to him about it when I see him at school tomorrow. I want him to know Jesus and live with Him forever too! Dante left the class with a new determination to tell his friends about Jesus in the remaining days he would spend at his old school--and in the coming days when he would make friends at his new school as well. Ruth I. Jay How About You? Do you feel sad and lonely when a friend moves away? Do your friends know Jesus? You and your friends who are Christians can enjoy good times together now, and you can also look forward to being together with Jesus in heaven. But what about those who don't know Jesus? Will you--like the healed blind man in today's Bible reading--boldly tell them what Jesus has done in your life? Today's Key Verse: One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see. (NKJV) (John 9:25) Today's Key Thought: Tell what Jesus has done for you