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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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Words of Power

10/18/2019
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When we stand at the altar of Christ on the final day, we will appreciate the influence of those who stepped out and spoke up to help us. You can do this. Do not shrink back. Step out and speak up. After all, you are an ambassador for Christ. Can the ambassador stay silent? You are a coheir with Christ. Can the heir remain silent while blessings are available? Of course not. After Jesus admonished Martha, he did the unthinkable. He went to the tomb, wept for his friend, and then shouted for...

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The Path of Faith

10/17/2019
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The faith-filled prayer is a prayer of admonishment. The prayer of faith invites God to be God, to be sovereign over a tumultuous time. Dennis McDonald models this type of admonishment. He was our church’s hospital chaplain for many years. I was always struck by the transformation that came over him as he began to minister. When he entered the hospital room, he went straight to work. Dennis would anoint the sick person with oil and pray, “Lord, this is your servant, whom you love and whom we...

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Words of Hope and Prayers of Faith

10/16/2019
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I recently met a ten-year-old boy by the name of Joshua. His mother explained that Joshua’s father was no longer a part of the boy’s life. I squatted down eye level with Joshua and I asked, “Do you know the story of your namesake?” He nodded. “You will do what he did,” I admonished. “You will bring down Jericho’s walls and pray prayers of great faith.” He wasn’t quite sure how to respond. But his mom? She was wiping away tears. Strugglers don’t need our opinions. They don’t need our...

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Unsheathe God’s Sword

10/15/2019
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“His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what” (Hebrews 4:12–13 MSG). Unsheathe God’s sword, the Word of God, and brandish its glimmering blade in the face of evil. When you read or quote a scripture in the face of pain or doubt or evil, you activate a weapon of the Spirit. Say… I know a verse in the Bible that...

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Speak Up

10/14/2019
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Not only did Jesus not make it to the deathbed of Lazarus, he didn’t make it to the burial. He was four days late. Martha was forthright. “Lord, if only you had been here my brother would not have died” (John 11:21). Martha was to Jesus what your hurting friend is to you. How can we respond when our friend is undone? Here is what Jesus did. He looked Martha in the face and said these starchy words: “I am the resurrection and the life. . . . Do you believe this?” (vv. 25–26). The Bible’s word...

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Peace in the Middle East

10/11/2019
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Brian Reed served in a military unit in Baghdad, Iraq, in the fall of 2003. He and his unit went on regular street patrols to protect neighborhoods and build peace. It was often a thankless, fruitless assignment. Brian said his unit battled low morale daily. An exception came in the form of a church service his men stumbled upon. It was filled with Arabic-speaking Coptic Christians who invited the soldiers to partake in the Lord’s Supper with them. Brian wrote, “Celebrating the Lord’s Supper...

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Love the Sinner

10/10/2019
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The catchphrase “hate the sin and love the sinner” fits nicely on a bumper sticker, but how do we embed the principle in our hearts? Maybe these ideas will help. Reserve judgment. Let every person you meet be a new person in your mind. None of this labeling or preconceived notions. Listening is a healing balm for raw emotions. Happiness happens, not by fixing people, but by accepting people and entrusting them into the care of God. Jesus did this. Resist the urge to shout. It’s better to...

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Grace, Truth, and Acceptance

10/9/2019
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How does Jesus receive us? I know how he treated me. I was a twenty-year-old troublemaker on a downhill path. Though I’d made a commitment to Christ a decade earlier, you wouldn’t have known it by the way I lived. Finally I came to Jesus, and he welcomed me back. Please note– he did not accept my behavior but he accepted me, his wayward child. He said, “Come back. I’ll clean you up.” He was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Not just grace, but also truth. Not just truth, but also grace....

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Responding to Your Opposite You

10/8/2019
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Matthew was an apostle, a gospel writer. But before he was Matthew he was Levi, a Jew who worked for the Roman IRS. As long as Rome got its part, the tax collectors could take as much as they wanted. They got rich by making people poor. One of the most difficult relationship questions is “What do we do with a Levi?” Your Levi is the person with whom you fundamentally disagree. You follow different value systems. Your Levi is your “opposite you.” What if your “opposite you” is your boss? Your...

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A Model of Servanthood

10/7/2019
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In the hallway of my memory hangs a photograph. It’s a picture of two people— a man and a woman in the seventh decade of life. The man lies in a hospital bed in the living room, not in a hospital room. His body, for all practical purposes, is useless. Muscles have been ravaged by ALS. And even though his body is ineffective, his eyes scan the room for his partner, a woman whose age is concealed by her youthful vigor. She willingly goes about taking care of her husband. With unswerving...

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It’s Your Serve

10/4/2019
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“And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:27–28). Jesus came to serve. Suppose you took that role. Be the family member who offers to wash the dishes after dinner. Be the neighbor who mows the grass of the elderly people. Find happiness in serving others. Doing good does the doer good. What would happen if everyone took on the role of a servant? How...

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Jesus Served His Disciples

10/3/2019
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The disciples were on the Sea of Galilee when they heard Jesus call out from the shore. When they reached the beach, they saw the most extraordinary sight. Jesus was cooking! He told them, “Come and eat breakfast” (John 21:12). Shouldn’t the roles be reversed? Jesus had just ripped the gates of hell off their hinges. He’d made a deposit of grace that forever offsets our debt of sin. He, the unrivaled Commander of the Universe, wore the apron? Even more, he has yet to remove it. He promises a...

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Quiet Servants

10/2/2019
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“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Quiet servants. The supporting cast of the kingdom of God. They seek to do what is right. They cook dinners. They visit the sick. It was the servant spirit of Mary that led God to select her to be the mother of Jesus. She was simple. She said, “I am the servant of the Lord. Let this happen to me as you say” (Luke 1:38). When God wants...

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Happiness in Intercessory Ministry

10/1/2019
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Nothing activates happiness like intercessory ministry. The scripture says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1). So you come, not as a stranger, but as an heir to the promise. You are his ambassador. “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf to be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Our King will listen to our request. After all, you are...

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Prayer is All You Need

9/30/2019
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We have the opportunity to offer heartfelt prayers for every person we see. The attendant at the grocery store. The nurse in the doctor’s office. You don’t have to tell them of your intercessory prayer. When we seek to bless others through prayer, we are blessed. Studies draw causal links between prayer and faith and health and happiness. The act of praying for others has a boomerang effect. It allows us to shift the burden we carry for others to the shoulders of God. Don’t grow angry at the...

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The Power Posture

9/27/2019
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Someone you know is under attack. Your neighbor is depressed. Your sibling is off track. Your child is facing an uphill challenge. You may not know what to say. You may not have resources to help. But you have this– you have prayer. According to this promise your prayers prompt the response of God in the lives of those you love. James 5:16 says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” When we pray for one another, we enter God’s workshop, we...

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The Greatest Greeting in History

9/26/2019
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Researchers at Pennsylvania State University concluded that “huggers are happier.” Another study linked hugging with a diminished rate of sickness. So greet people for your sake and experience the joy of showing people that they matter. And greet people for their sake. What is small to you may be huge to them. Most of all, greet one another for Jesus’ sake. He said, “In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). By the way, the...

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The Fine Art of Saying “Hello”

9/25/2019
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“Greet one another with a holy kiss.” Paul gave these instructions to the Romans and repeated them to other churches. Twice to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 16:20 and 2 Cor. 13:12); and then to the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 5:26). Peter flew the friendliness flag as well in his first epistle (1 Peter 5:14) when he said, “Greet one another with a kiss of love.” We tend to overlook these passages. Why the big deal? Why should we be careful to greet one another? The answer is out of respect. Respect is...

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Joy in the Success of Others

9/24/2019
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We are not God’s gift to humanity. God can use each of us, but he doesn’t need any of us. We are valuable but not indispensable. You love. But who loved you first? You serve. But who served the most? What are you doing for God that God could not do alone? How wise of us to remember Paul’s antidote to joy-sucking self-promotion. “With humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself” (Philippians 2:3). Here is a helpful exercise that can turn your focus off...

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Ministry Vs. Vain Ambition

9/23/2019
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“Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me!” (Luke 10:40). Of all the ironies. Martha was in the presence of the Prince of Peace, yet she was the picture of stress. Martha’s downfall was not her work or request; it was her motivation. Rather than making a meal for Jesus, it seems she was trying to make a big deal about her service. Might there be a bit of Martha within us? What begins as a desire to serve Christ...

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