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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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Fear of the Coming Winter

1/23/2019
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In Luke 12:19-20, the rich man said to himself, “‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years.’” “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.’” The rich fool went to the wrong person— he went to himself. And he asked the wrong question— What shall I do? His error was that his plans did not include God. Jesus didn’t criticize the man’s affluence. He criticized the man’s arrogance. Accumulation of wealth is a popular defense against fear. We...

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Fear of Violence

1/22/2019
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Good people aren’t exempt from violence. We aren’t insulated. But neither are we intimidated. In Matthew 10:28 Jesus says, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” Jesus had just told the disciples to expect scourging, trials, death, hatred, and persecution. To their credit, none defected. Psalm 118:6 declares, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Satan unleashed his meanest demons on God’s Son. Yet the devil of death could not destroy the...

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Fear of Worst-Case Scenarios

1/21/2019
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What’s your worst fear? Jesus did more than speak about fear. He faced it. In Mark 14:35-36, Jesus prayed in Gethsemane’s garden, “‘Abba, Father,’ everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.’” The cup equaled Jesus’ worst-case scenario– to be the recipient of God’s wrath and to experience isolation from his Father. And what Jesus did with his fear shows us what to do with ours. He prayed! He even requested the...

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Keep Your Gaze on Jesus

1/18/2019
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Peter said, “‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ So Jesus said, ‘Come.’” For a few heart-stilling moments described in Matthew 14, Peter did the impossible. He defied every law of gravity and nature. Then he shifted his attention away from Jesus, and he sank like a brick. Give the storm waters more attention than the Storm Walker, and get ready to do the same. We can’t choose whether or not storms come. But we can choose where we stare during a storm. Do whatever it...

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Seeing Jesus in the Storm

1/17/2019
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Peter and his fellow storm riders knew they were in trouble. According to Matthew 14:24, “But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.” About 4:00 a.m. the unspeakable happened. They spotted someone walking on the water. “‘A ghost!’ they said, crying out in terror.” They didn’t expect Jesus to come to them this way. Neither do we. We expect to find Jesus in morning devotionals, church suppers, and meditation. We never expect to see him in a...

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God’s Heart for Hurting Parents

1/16/2019
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Jairus heard two voices and had to choose which one to heed. The first from the servants in Luke 8:49, “Your daughter is dead.” The second from Jesus in verse 50, “Don’t be afraid.” We need to know what Jesus will do when we entrust our kids to him. In the story of Jairus, Jesus united the household. In verse 51 “he let only Peter, John, James, and the girl’s father and mother go inside with him.” Next, he banished unbelief…the scoffers. “He put them all outside, took her by the hand and...

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Entrust Your Kids to Christ

1/15/2019
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Fear turns some parents into paranoid prison guards who monitor every minute, check the background of every friend. A family with no breathing room suffocates a child. On the other hand, fear can also create permissive parents. Fearing that their child will feel too confined or fenced in, they are high on hugs and low on discipline. They don’t realize that appropriate discipline is an expression of love. Permissive parents. Paranoid parents. How can we avoid the extremes? We pray. Jesus’ big...

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Are You Afraid You Won’t Protect Your Kids?

1/14/2019
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Parenting comes loaded with fears. Dangers buzz in the background. No parent can sit still while his or her child suffers. Luke Chapter 8 tells us that Jairus couldn’t. “Then a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come home with him. His only daughter, who was about twelve years old, was dying” (vs. 40-42). Jesus heeded his fears…he still does. Jesus heeds the concerns in the parent’s heart. After all, our kids were his kids...

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Worry Stoppers to Bring Peace

1/11/2019
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Here are eight worry-stoppers, found in the letters of the word P-E-A-C-E-F-U-L. Pray, first. “Casting the whole of your care upon Him …” Easy, now. “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Act on it. Be a doer, not a stewer. Compile a worry list. Keep a list of things that trouble you. How many have turned into a reality? Evaluate your worry categories. Pray specifically about them. Focus on today. God meets daily needs daily. Unleash a worry army. Ask a few loved ones to pray with...

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Five Loaves, Two Fish, …and Jesus

1/10/2019
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In Matthew 6:25 Jesus says, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough.” On one occasion, Jesus had taken the disciples on a retreat. Then came the hungry crowd and the disciples issued a command to Jesus. “Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus issued an assignment to them, “You give them something to eat.” Do you suppose Jesus was hoping someone would count all the possibilities? We have “five...

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Free Indeed!

1/9/2019
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Do you know God’s grace? Then you can live boldly, live robustly. Nothing fosters courage like a clear grasp of grace. And nothing fosters fear like an ignorance of mercy. May I speak candidly? If you haven’t accepted God’s forgiveness, you are doomed to fear. Only God’s grace can remove it. Have you accepted the forgiveness of Christ? If not, do so. Your prayer can be as simple as this: Dear Father, I need forgiveness. I admit that I have turned away from you. Please forgive me. I place my...

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Fear of Disappointing God

1/8/2019
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“A person can request forgiveness only so many times,” contends our common sense. If the devil can convince us that God’s grace has limited funds, we’ll draw the logical conclusion. The account is empty; we have no access to God. “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.” Jesus spoke these words to a paraplegic in Matthew 9:2. Jesus was thinking about our deepest problem– sin. He was considering our deepest fear– the fear of failing God. God keeps no list of our wrongs. His love casts out...

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Fifth Sparrows

1/7/2019
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Do we matter? We fear we don’t. In Luke 12:6, Jesus says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.” One penny would buy two sparrows. Two pennies, however, would buy five. The seller threw in the fifth for free. Society has its share of fifth sparrows: indistinct souls who feel dispensable, disposable, worth little. It’s time to deal with the fear of not mattering, the fear of insignificance. Why does God love you so much? You are his idea....

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We Can Fear Less Tomorrow

1/4/2019
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In Matthew 8:26, Jesus asks, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” That’s a good question. Sometimes fear is healthy. It can keep a child from running across a busy road. It’s the appropriate reaction to a burning building or a growling dog. Fear itself is not a sin. But it can lead to sin. If we medicate fear with angry outbursts, sullen withdrawals, or viselike control, we exclude God from the solution. Fear may fill our world, but it doesn’t have to fill our hearts. It will always...

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Fear Can Cause Us to Worship Safety

1/3/2019
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When fear shapes our lives, safety becomes our god. We worship the risk-free life. The fear-filled cannot love deeply because love is risky. They cannot give to the poor because benevolence has no guarantee of return. The fear-filled cannot dream wildly. What if their dreams fail? No wonder Jesus wages such a war against fear. In Matthew 8:26, “Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves, and it became completely calm.” The sea becomes as still as a frozen lake, and the...

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The Effects of Fear

1/2/2019
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Christ-followers contract malaria, bury children, and battle addictions. And, as a result, we face fears. It’s not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm— an unstirred Christ. Matthew 8:24 says, “Jesus was sleeping.” Now there’s a scene. The disciples scream, yet Jesus dreams. “Do you not care that we are perishing?” Fear corrodes our confidence in God’s goodness. It unleashes a swarm of anger-stirring doubts. Fear creates a form of spiritual amnesia. It...

Possible Life Without Fear

1/1/2019
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In Matthew 8:26, Jesus asks his disciples, “Why are you afraid?” At first we wonder if he’s serious. But he’s dead earnest. Here is how Matthew remembered the trip: “Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake so that waves covered the boat.” This story sends the not-so-subtle and not-too-popular reminder that getting on board with Christ can mean getting soaked with Christ. Disciples can expect rough seas and stout winds. Jesus said, “In this...

A Request Jesus Loves

12/31/2018
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Most of us had a hard time learning to tie our shoes! Tightening shoes by wrapping strings together? Nothing easy about that. Who came up with the idea of shoes anyway? My friend Roy used to sit on a park bench watching kids gather and play at the bus stop. One day a little fellow struggled to board the bus—frantically trying to disentangle a knotted shoestring. He grew more anxious by the moment. And all of a sudden it was too late. The bus door closed. With tear-filled eyes he looked at...

Change the Way You Sing

12/28/2018
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2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “We all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness. . .” As we behold him, we become like him. It’s a principle I experienced first-hand when an opera singer visited our church. You wouldn’t have known by his appearance. But you could by his voice. He tried to contain himself, but how can a tuba hide in a room of piccolos? I was startled…inspired…emboldened by his volume! I lifted mine. Did I sing better? No, but did I...

The Reward of Christianity is Christ

12/27/2018
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Do you visit the Grand Canyon for the T-shirt or the snow globe? No. The reward of the Grand Canyon is the Grand Canyon! It’s the wide-eyed realization you’re part of something ancient, splendid, powerful and greater than you! The cache of Christianity is Christ! Not money in the bank or a car in the garage or a better self-image. The Fort Knox of faith is Christ. It is fellowship with Him. It’s walking with Him and pondering Him. It’s the heart-stopping realization that in Him you’re part...