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Max Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller's gift — a pastor's heart and a poet's pen. Max's message is simple: God loves you; let him. Max serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He preaches and writes to the hurting, the guilty, the lonely, the discouraged.

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Max Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller's gift — a pastor's heart and a poet's pen. Max's message is simple: God loves you; let him. Max serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He preaches and writes to the hurting, the guilty, the lonely, the discouraged.

    The Hope Diamond of the Bible

    The Hope Diamond of the Bible

    Jesus said,  “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Born again?  You must be kidding.  Put life in reverse?  We can’t be born again!  Oh but wouldn’t we like to?  A try-again.  A reload.  How can this be? Jesus answers in John 3:16, the hope diamond of the Bible. “For God so loved the word that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  A twenty-six word parade of hope!  If you know nothing in the Bible—start here.  If you know everything about the … Listen Now

    You Have All You Need

    You Have All You Need

    You have a Bible?  Read it!  When anxiety termites away at your peace, read Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Or perhaps laziness is knocking on your door.  Read Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.” Don’t make a decision, large or small, without sitting before God with an open Bible, open heart, open ears.  Philippians 2:13 says, “God is working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases Him.”  You have … Listen Now

    Take Good Counsel

    Take Good Counsel

    Hurting people hang with hurting people.  We love those who commiserate and avoid those who correct us.  Yet correction and direction are what we need. I discovered the importance of healthy counsel in a half-Ironman triathlon.  After the 1.2–mile swim and the 56–mile bike ride, I didn’t have much energy left for the 13.1–mile run.  Neither did the fellow jogging next to me.  I asked him how he was doing and soon regretted it.   He said, “This stinks. It’s the dumbest decision I’ve ever made.”  He had more complaints than a taxpayer at the IRS. My response to him?  … Listen Now

    Be Quick to Pray

    Be Quick to Pray

    How do you handle your tough times?  When you’re tired of trying, tired of forgiving, tired of hard weeks or hard-headed people how do you manage your dark days?  With a bottle of pills?  Alcohol?  A day at the spa?  Many opt for such treatments.  So many, in fact, we assume they reenergize the sad life.  But do they?  They numb the pain, but do they remove it? We, like sheep, follow each other off the ledge, falling headlong into bars and binges and beds. Is there a better solution?  Indeed there is.  Be quick to pray.  Talk to Christ … Listen Now

    Forgiveness Doesn’t Excuse

    Forgiveness Doesn’t Excuse

    It’s one thing to give grace to friends, but to give grace to those who give us grief?  Most of us find it hard to forgive.  Leave your enemies in God’s hands.  You’re not endorsing their misbehavior when you do.  You can hate what someone did without letting hatred consume you.  Forgiveness is not excusing — give grace, but if need be, keep your distance.  You can forgive the abusive husband without living with him.  Be quick to give mercy to the immoral pastor, but be slow to give him a pulpit.  Society can dispense grace and prison terms at … Listen Now

    Give Grace Freely

    Give Grace Freely

    Forgiveness is not foolishness.  Forgiveness, at its core, is choosing to see your offender with different eyes.  By the way, how can we grace-recipients do anything less?  Dare we ask God for grace when we refuse to give it?  This is a huge issue in Scripture.  Jesus was tough on sinners who refused to forgive other sinners. Remember his story in Matthew 18 about the servant freshly forgiven a debt of millions who refused to forgive a debt equal to a few dollars?  He stirred the wrath of God: “You evil servant!  I forgave you that tremendous debt.  Shouldn’t you have … Listen Now

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