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.
Dare to Pray Boldly
When Martin Luther’s co-worker became ill, the reformer prayed boldly for healing. “I besought the Almighty with great vigor,” he wrote. As John Wesley was crossing the Atlantic Ocean, contrary winds came up. And when he learned the winds were knocking the ship off course, he responded in prayer. “Almighty and everlasting God…command these winds and these waves that they obey thee, and take us speedily and safely to the haven whither we would go.” Boldness in prayer is an uncomfortable thought for many. Storming the heavens with prayers? God has invited us to pray as such! Scripture says, “So let … Listen Now
Grace Comes After Us
The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: Grace! Grace. We know the word. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Grace shares the church parsonage with its cousins: forgiveness, faith, and fellowship. But do we really understand it? We’ve settled for wimpy grace. It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn and fits nicely on a church sign. Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Softened by grace? God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. Grace comes … Listen Now
A Deep Breath
As God’s story becomes your story, you will make this wonderful discovery: you will graduate from this life into heaven. According to Ephesians 1:10, Jesus’ plan is to “gather together in one all things in Christ.” So God will reunite your body with your soul and create something unlike anything that you have ever seen—an eternal body. Consider Christ’s response to the suffering of a deaf mute. “He took him aside from the multitude,” the gospel says, “and put his fingers in his ears. He spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up into heaven, he sighed, and he said … Listen Now
Bringing Everyone In
People are prone to pecking orders. We love the high horse. They did in the first century. An impassable gulf yawned between Jews and Gentiles in the days of the early church. No Jew would have anything to do with a Gentile—they were unclean. Unless that Jew, of course, was Jesus. Suspicions of a new order began to surface because of his curious conversation with the Canaanite woman. Her daughter was dying, and her prayer was urgent. Yet her ancestry was Gentile. “I was only sent to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel,” Jesus told her. “That’s true,” she … Listen Now
How Much Justice Is Enough?
Picture your enemy tied to a whipping post. How many lashes? How much justice is enough? As your foe slumps to the ground you walk away. Are you happy now? But soon another memory will surface, another lash will be needed. When does it all stop? It stops when you take seriously the words of Jesus: “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15). You see, God will treat you the way you … Listen Now
Hallowed Be Your Name
Jesus taught us to pray with reverence when he modeled for us “Hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9). His phrase is a petition, not a proclamation. A request, not an announcement. “Be hallowed, Lord.” Do whatever it takes to be holy in my life. Exalt yourself. Glorify yourself. You be Lord, and I’ll be quiet. The psalm that says, “Be still and know that I am God” contains a command with a promise. The command? Be still, cover your mouth, bend your knees. The promise? You will know that I am God. In the midst of your family storms, and in this … Listen Now
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Thank you Max - I love your heart. God´s timing... and his plans, not mine.
I just lost my job this past Wednesday, and today’s message reminded and encouraged me that God is there for me and this too shall pass. I’ve always loved your books and now love hearing this great podcast!
My twelve year even enjoys listening to these. Wonderful truths- so succinct.