Max Lucado, Christian Author

History is not an endless succession of meaningless circles, but a directed movement toward a great event. God has a timeline. And, because of Bethlehem, we know where we stand on it. The next great event is the Second Coming. There will be a sudden, personal, visible, bodily return of Christ. Jesus said: “I will come again” (Jn. 14:3). The author of Hebrews declared: “Christ will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting on him” (Heb. 9:28). As Christ came, he will come. But he won’t come as he came. … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

“Thanks.” Just the word lifts the spirit. “Thanks” proclaims, “I’m not disadvantaged, disabled, victimized, scandalized, forgotten, or ignored. I am blessed.” To say “thanks” is to celebrate a gift, to see miracles in the midst of pain. My young friend Rebecca does. Twelve-year-old Rebecca has spent the last four years in pain. “On a scale of one to ten,” the doctor explained, “she is a twelve every day.” Rebecca’s pancreas has shut down. After a dozen operations and changes in medication, no solution is in sight. Pretty tough challenge. But Rebecca is a tough kid. She has fudge-brown hair, eyes … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Max Lucado invites you to PRAY We are unaccustomed to such images: Health workers clad in head-to-toe protective gear. Emergency response teams loading and unloading patients into awaiting ambulances. A journalist kneeling in the desert wearing an orange jump suit and somber face. Standing over him, a man in a mask wielding a blade; then using it to do the unthinkable. Ebola. ISIS. World plague? Barbarism? Are we living in a science fiction novel? Parents want to protect their kids. Hospitals want to help the sick. The world seems on edge. We feel helpless. Is there anything we can do? Absolutely! … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

It was a wonderful thing to sleep in my own bed last night after 12 days of travel. This “Before Amen” book tour took me from Florida to New York City and half a dozen stops in between. I spoke at several churches, engaged in many conversations, and walked away with a distinct impression. We are scared. We can hardly process the images we see on the screen. Beheadings?! Epidemic?! Global plague?! Is this the Middle Ages? A science fiction novel? In addition to these bizarre events, we have the “common” ones of economic uncertainty and a seemingly deadlocked political … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Some people “get” prayer. They inhale heaven and exhale God. They retreat to prayer mountains and prayer events. They would rather pray than sleep. Why is it that I tend to sleep when I pray? My mind wanders. My thoughts zig, then zag, then zig again. Distractions swarm like gnats on a summer night. Prayer giant? Hardly. Prayer wimp? Admittedly. But, I am happy to add, I am a recovering prayer wimp. I discovered a few things about prayer that invigorated my prayer life. Here’s one: All the prayers of the Bible can be condensed into a single prayer.  And … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

A few months ago I wrote an article for CaringBridge.org, a group dedicated to providing encouragement for those enduring life’s challenges.  I want to share it with you in hopes it might be a blessing to you as well. —Max   As a pastor for more than three decades, I’ve heard more than a few stories of heartache and hurt. Health scares, financial woes, relationship valleys: everyone I know is going through a hard time to some extent, and probably everyone you know is as well. So what should we do when people share their turbulent times with us? Here are … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

I wrote this prayer for my daughter’s wedding.  Please receive it as a prayer for you marriage as well. —Max A WEDDING PRAYER   Would you take these two, of dust and bone, Born of flesh, then you, Would you make them one? Would you speak again The words you spoke When Adam slept And Eve awoke? Would you let your wine Replace our water. And look with grace On this son, this daughter? Oh Lord of Eden In your majesty Create again Your tapestry One heart Where there were two. This is the prayer We lift to you. by … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Hear the words of King David, “Where can I go to get away from your Spirit? Where can I run from you? If I go up to the heavens, you are there.  If I lie down in the grave, you are there.  If I rise with the sun in the east and settle in the west beyond the sea, even there you would guide me” (Psalm 139:7-10). Yet when God entered time and became a man, he who was boundless became bound.  Imprisoned in flesh. Restricted by weary-prone muscles and eyelids. For more than three decades, his once limitless reach … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

It all happened in a moment, a most remarkable moment. As moments go, that one appeared no different than any other.  If you could somehow pick it up off the timeline and examine it, it would look exactly like the ones that have passed while you have  read these words.  It came and it went.  It was preceded and succeeded by others just like it.  It was one of the countless moments that have marked time since eternity became measurable. But in reality, that particular moment was like none other.  For through that segment of time a spectacular thing occurred. … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him. (Ps. 92:12-15 NIV) I have been given a rare gift:  a free Sunday morning.  I have eagerly chosen to spend it in attendance at the Stone Briar Community Church in Frisco, Texas.  I have come to hear the … Read More