If God can make a prince out of a prisoner, don’t you think he can make something good out of your struggle? Lucado, Max (2013-09-10). God Will Carry You Through (p. 99). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. PSALM 37: 5 NKJV Life comes at us with a fury of flying fists— right hook of rejection, sucker punch of loss. Enemies hit below the belt. Calamities cause us to stagger. It’s a slugfest out there. Some… Continue reading Max Lucado
God took this mess and made it into something good? And wouldn’t you think he can do the same with yours? Tally up the pain of your past. Betrayals plus anger plus tragedies. Poorly parented? Wrongly accused? Inappropriately touched? Oh, how onerous life can be. Yet, consider this question: Is the God of Joseph still… Continue reading Max Lucado
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. * In my distress, I said, “God cannot see me!” But you heard my prayer when I cried out to you for help. * “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”… Continue reading
This season in which you find yourself may puzzle you, but it does not bewilder God. Lucado, Max (2013-09-10). God Will Carry You Through (p. 82). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
“My Father is always at his work,” Jesus said (John 5: 17 NIV). God never twiddles his thumbs. He never stops. He takes no vacations. He rested on the seventh day of creation but got back to work on the eighth and hasn’t stopped since. Just because you are idle, don’t assume God is. Lucado,… Continue reading you are secure in God’s hands
STAY FOCUSED ON GODBe still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46: 10 NKJV) reads the sign on God’s waiting room wall. You can be glad because God is good. You can be still because he is active. You can rest because he is busy. . . . To wait, biblically speaking, is not… Continue reading STAY FOCUSED ON GOD
You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. Don’t be foolish or naive. But don’t despair either. With God’s help, you will get through this. Lucado, Max (2013-09-10). God Will Carry You Through (Kindle Locations 72-78). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
On-and-off salvation never appears in the Bible. Salvation is not a repeated phenomenon. Scripture contains no example of a person who was saved, then lost, then resaved, then lost again. Where there is no assurance of salvation, there is no peace. No peace means no joy. No joy results in fear-based lives. Is this the… Continue reading Grace is forever!
To live as God’s child is to know, at this very instant, that you are loved by your Maker not because you try to please him and succeed, or fail to please him and apologize, but because he wants to be your Father. Nothing more. All your efforts to win his affection are unnecessary. All… Continue reading Know that you are loved!
MY CHILD, I WANT YOU IN MY NEW KINGDOM. I HAVE SWEPT AWAY YOUR OFFENSES LIKE THE MORNING CLOUDS,YOUR SINS LIKE THE MORNING MIST. I HAVE REDEEMED YOU. THE TRANSACTION IS SEALED; THE MATTER IS SETTLED. I, GOD, HAVE MADE MY CHOICE. I CHOOSE YOU TO BE PART OF MY FOREVER FAMILY. Lucado, Max (2012-09-11).… Continue reading Grace = Mephibosheth
Jesus Brings Salvation to Zacchaeus’s Home (180) 1Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. + 2Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4So… Continue reading God’s grace cascades!
A thorn in the flesh. Such vivid imagery. The sharp end of a thorn pierces the soft skin of life and lodges beneath the surface. Every step is a reminder of the thorn in the flesh. The cancer in the body. The sorrow in the heart. The child in the rehab center. The red ink… Continue reading God’s grace is sustaining!
GRACE ON THE FRINGE Christ . . . didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway.… Continue reading grace = redemption
forgiveness forgive Sequence matters. Jesus washes first; we wash next. He demonstrates; we follow. He uses the towel then extends it to us, saying, “Now you do it. Walk across the floor of your upper room, and wash the feet of your Judas.” So go ahead. Get your feet wet. Remove your socks and… Continue reading grace = forgiveness
John 8: 10-12 grace = pardon
All Like Sheep.
There was not one person who considered him too holy,too divine, or too celestial to touch. There was not oneperson who was reluctant to approach him for fear of being rejected.God Came Near Max Lucado p. 176
You see, he didn't have to go. He had a choice. He Could have stayed.He could have kept his mouth shut. He could have ignored the callor at least postponed itGod Came Near Max Lucado p. 175
After a nation of chosen ones had stripped him naked and ripped his incarnated flesh, he still died for them. And even today, after billions have chosen to prostitute themselves before the pimps of power, fame, and wealth, he still waits for them. It is inexplicable. It doesn't have a drop of logic or a… Continue reading
God goes to those who have time to hear him-so this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.God Came Near Max Lucado p. 165
Should a man see only popularity, he becomes a mirror, reflecting whatever needs to be reflected to gain acceptance.God Came Near Max Lucado p.95
You can almost see the tools of the trade in his words as he spoke. You can see the trueness of a plumb line as he called for moral standards. You can hear the whistle of the plane as he pleads for religion to shave away unnecessary traditions. You can picture the snugness of a… Continue reading
This is no run-of-the-mill messiah. His story was extraordinary. He called himself divine, yet allowed a minimum-wage Roman soldier to drive a nail into his wrist. He demanded purity, yet stood for the rights of a repentant whore. He called men to march, yet refused to allow them to call him King. He sent men… Continue reading
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A Greenhouse of Prayer · Max Lucado
UNIQUELY EQUIPPEDPastor and writer Max Lucado says God created us all with the ability to make a difference for Him. Figuring out our unique gifting takes a couple of steps."We all have the ability to speak the language of somebody," Max says, using the takeaway principle from Acts 2. "The language of the poor. The… Continue reading