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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.

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.

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The Heart of the Human Problem

12/12/2018
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The sinful nature is the stubborn, self-centered attitude that says, “My way or the highway.” The sinful nature is all about self: pleasing self, promoting self, preserving self. I have a sin nature! So do you. Under the right circumstances you will do the wrong thing. You’ll try not to, but you will. You have a sin nature. You were born with it. The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart! Christmas commemorates the day and the way God saved us from ourselves. The angel...

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Would You Like to See God?

12/11/2018
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Would you like to see God? Take a look at Jesus! Hebrews 1:3 says, “Jesus radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God.” In John 14:9, Jesus himself said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” Anyone who has seen me weep has seen the Father weep. Anyone who has seen me laugh as seen the Father laugh. Anyone who has seen me determined has seen the Father determined. Everything changes when we see the face of God. He came with tears too. He knows the burden of a...

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Questions for Mary

12/10/2018
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A friend of mine asked her students to make a list of questions, they would like to ask Mary. Here are some responses: “What was Jesus’ first word?” “Did he ever get sick?” “Did Jesus ever misbehave?” They’re all legitimate questions. The fact that we can ask them raises a greater one. Why did God go so far? Why did He become a human being? A chief reason? He wants you to know that he gets you. The Bible says in the book of Hebrews, He understands how you feel and has faced what you face....

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Take a Look at Baby Jesus

12/7/2018
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If you want to see people on the edge of insanity, just watch the way families treat their babies at Christmastime! The poor child has no warning! Red furry stocking cap, goofy elfish shoes that curl at the toes. And the pictures we take! Baby snoozing under the tree. Baby on Santa’s lap. Santa with wet spot on lap. Is not Christmas the story of a baby? The moment that shaped all others? Mary’s eyes falling on the face of her just-born son. The first to whisper, “So this is what God looks...

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No Day Accidental or Incidental

12/6/2018
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No day is accidental or incidental. No acts are random or wasted. Look at Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem. A king ordered a census. Joseph was forced to travel. Mary, as round as a ladybug, bounced on a donkey’s back. The hotel was full. The hour was late. The event was one big hassle. Yet out of the hassle, hope was born. It still is. I don’t like hassles. But I love Christmas because it reminds us of the heart-shaping promises of Christmas. Long after the guests have left, and the carolers have...

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Immanuel, God with Us

12/5/2018
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In Matthew 1:23, God called himself, “Immanuel”—which means, God with us! Not just “God made us” or “God thinks about us.” Not just “God above us.” But God with us…God where we are. He breathed our air and walked this earth. God. . .with. . .us! Bethlehem was just the beginning. Jesus has promised a repeat performance. Bethlehem, Act Two. No silent night this time, however. The skies will open, trumpets will blast, and a new kingdom will begin. He will empty the tombs and melt the winter of...

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Christmas is About Jesus

12/4/2018
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My dad, a man of few words, told my brother and me, “Boys, Christmas is about Jesus!” In one of those bedtime, book-time moments, somewhere between the fairy tales and the monkey with the lunch pail, I thought about what he had said. I began asking the Christmas questions. And I’ve been asking them ever since! God knows what it’s like to be a human. When we talk to him about deadlines or tough times, he understands. He’s been there. He’s been here. Because of Bethlehem, we have a friend in...

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Let the Sleigh Bells Ring!

12/3/2018
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Let the sleigh bells ring! I love Christmas! Let the carolers sing. The more Santas the merrier. I don’t complain about the crowded shops. I don’t grumble at the jam-packed grocery store. Well—it’s Christmas. I love it because someone will ask the Christmas questions. What’s the big deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with me? The questioner may be a soldier stationed far from home. She may be a young mom who, for the first time, holds a child on...

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Stop Being Uneasy About Life

11/30/2018
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Worry has more questions than answers, more work than energy, and thinks often about giving up. Not enough time…luck…credit…wisdom…intelligence…we’re running out of everything it seems, and so we worry. But worry doesn’t work. You can dedicate a decade of anxious thoughts to the brevity of life, and not extend it by one minute. Worry accomplishes nothing. God doesn’t condemn legitimate concern for responsibilities but rather the continuous mind-set that dismisses God’s presence. Destructive...

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A Free Choice

11/29/2018
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We don’t like to talk about hell, do we? In intellectual circles the topic of hell is regarded as primitive and foolish. It’s not logical. A loving God wouldn’t send people to hell. So we dismiss it. The doctrine of hell, however, is not one developed by Paul, Peter, or John. It is taught primarily by Jesus himself. And to dismiss it is to dismiss the presence of a loving God and the privilege of a free choice. He leaves the choice to us. He invites us to love him. He urges us to love him....

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You Can’t Affect God’s Love

11/28/2018
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The supreme surprise of God’s love? It has nothing to do with you. Others love you because of you, because your dimples dip when you smile or your rhetoric charms when you flirt. Some people love you because of you. Not God. He loves you because he is He. He loves you because he decides to. Self-generated, uncaused, and spontaneous, his constant-level love depends on his choice to give it. Deuteronomy 7:7-8 says, “The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more...

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What to do With Worries

11/27/2018
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Romans 8:32 says, “God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did this, won’t he freely give us everything else?” Take your anxieties to the cross—literally. Next time you’re worried about your health or house or finances or flights, take a mental trip up the hill. Run your thumb over the tip of the spear. Balance a spike in the palm of your hand. Read the wooden sign written in your own language. And as you do, touch the velvet dirt, moist with the blood of God. Blood...

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Slow Down and Rest

11/26/2018
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God said, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work; you, nor your son, nor your daughter” (Exodus 20:9-10). God knows us so well. He can see the store owner thinking, Somebody needs to work that day. If I can’t, my son will. So God says, “Nor your son.” Then my daughter will, thinks the store owner. “Nor your daughter,” God has declared. No, God says, one day of the week you will say no to work and yes...

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God Became One of Us

11/23/2018
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For thousands of years, God gave us his voice. Prior to Bethlehem he gave us his messengers, his teachers, and his words. But in the manger, God gave us himself! Many people have trouble with such a teaching. Some teach that God is One who sends others—angels, prophets, books, but God is too holy to come to us himself. For God to touch the earth would be called a “shirk.” People who claim that God has touched the earth shirk God’s holiness; they make him gross. They blaspheme him....

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Why Did God Do What He Did?

11/22/2018
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Holiday travel. It isn’t easy. Then why do we do it? Why cram the trunks and endure the airports? You know the answer. We love to be with the ones we love. The four-year-old running up the sidewalk into the arms of Grandpa. The cup of coffee with Mom before the rest of the house awakes. That moment when, for a moment, everyone is quiet as we hold hands around the table and thank God for family and friends and pumpkin pie. We love to be with the ones we love. May I remind you? So does God....

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The Prison of Want

11/21/2018
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Are you in prison? You are if you feel better when you have more and worse when you have less. If your happiness comes from something you deposit, drive, drink, or digest, then face it—you are in prison, the prison of want. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you have a visitor. And your visitor has a message that can get you released. Make your way into the receiving room. Take your seat in the chair, and look across the table at the psalmist David. He motions for you to lean...

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Magnify Your Maker

11/20/2018
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God endows us with gifts so we can make him known. God endues the Olympian with speed, the salesman with savvy, the surgeon with skill. Why? The big answer is to make a big to-do out of God. Brandish him. Herald him Magnify your maker! Scripture says, “If anyone speaks let him speak the oracles of God; if anyone ministers, let him do so with the ability God supplies so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion for ever and ever....

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A Fountain of Love

11/19/2018
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You’ve had enough of human love…haven’t you? Enough tabloids telling you that true love is just a diet away. Enough mornings smelling like the mistakes you made while searching for love the night before. Don’t you need a fountain of love that won’t run dry? You’ll find one on a stone-cropped hill outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus hangs, cross-nailed and thorn-crowned. When you feel unloved, ascend this mount. Meditate long and hard on heaven’s love for you. Both eyes beaten shut,...

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Saying Yes to God’s Purpose

11/16/2018
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After Christ’s forty-day pause in the wilderness, the people of Capernaum tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent” (Luke 4:42-43). He resisted the undertow of the people by anchoring to the rock of his purpose; employing his uniqueness to make a big deal out of God everywhere he could. And aren’t you glad he did? Suppose he had heeded the crowd and set up camp in Capernaum,...

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A Plea for Mercy

11/15/2018
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What of those who die with no faith? My husband never prayed. My grandpa never worshiped. And, so we ask, “What about the one who never believed?” How do we know he or she didn’t? Who among us is privy to a person’s final thoughts? Who among us knows what transpires in those final moments? Are you sure no prayer was offered? A glimpse of eternity can bend the proudest knees. Could a person stare into the yawning canyon of death without whispering a plea for mercy? And could our God, who is...

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