Happiness happens when we give it away. Be the family member who offers to wash the dishes after dinner. Be the colleague who serves the staff by arriving on time for each meeting and listening attentively. Be the church member who supports the pastor with prayer and notes of encouragement. Be the neighbor who mows the grass of the elderly couple.  Can you imagine the joy-giving benefits of these decisions? Contrast the situation of Moe and Joe. Moe expects everyone to serve him. The moment he awakens he thinks, Is someone going to bring me coffee? He leaves the house … Read More

“One of my favorite people in the world is Bob Russell. After serving the Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky for 40 years, he continues to minister to people around the world with his unending encouragement and wisdom.He recently posted an article about China, reminding us to pray for that wonderful country. With his permission I am re-posting it here.” Pray for the Persecuted Church in China Written on March 31, 2019 by Bob Russell Thirteen years ago I visited Beijing, China with eleven other Christian leaders from across America. Our purpose was to petition the Chinese government to curtail … Read More

Never lose hope? Never be fainthearted? Never feel overwhelmed? Never get sucked into the sewer of despair? For our friends and neighbors in the flooding Midwest that is a tall order. Can you imagine in your own life when no day is lost to anguish? No decision is driven by fear?  This is God’s will for you and me. He wants us to “abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NKJV). Abound. What an extraordinary verb to use with “hope.” For about half an hour last week, the sky became a waterfall. I had to pull … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

(Note from Max: Last month on December 13, 2018, I participated in the GC2 Summit on Responding to Sexual Harassment held at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. What follows is an adapted version of my comments). My name is on the list of grateful participants in today’s conference. I, too, am a survivor. I was sexually abused by a member of our community when I was 12-years of age. Being here, reminds me of the great healing the Lord has done in my soul. Listening to the presentations today has alerted me to the occasions in which I have underestimated … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

We banter the word “hope” about carelessly. We hope the Red Sox will win the world series. We hope the store will stay open late. But the hope of Christmas is a greater hope. The message of Christmas is simply this: a good God is up to good things in our world. It often feels impossible to remember in the chaos of our world. Christ came! 
In spite of sin and scandal, Christ came.
 In spite of racism and sexism, Christ came. Though the people forgot God, Christ came. 
In spite of hopelessness, Christ came. In spite of, and out of, … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

My daughter, Andrea, has some great thoughts on the meaning of waiting in the importance of Advent. Thought you would enjoy this guest blog– I spoke at my church the first Sunday of Advent. We’re following the narrative lectionary for the season and that Sunday’s passage was from Habakkuk. I had never read Habakkuk, and I was struck by the prophet’s candor before God—”How long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?” (1:2)—and his honesty when looking at the desolate landscape around him—”Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines” (3:17). … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

The widest river in the world is not the Mississippi, Amazon, or Nile. The widest river on earth is a body of water called If Only. Throngs of people stand on its banks and cast longing eyes over the waters. They long to cross but can’t seem to find the ferry. They are convinced the If Only River separates them from the good life. If only I were thinner, I’d have the good life. If only I were richer, I’d have the good life. If only the kids would come. If only the kids were gone. If only I could … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

(photo Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) The news of yet another shooting leaves us stunned. Violence, it seems, has taken up residence down the street and we are left unnerved, undone and insecure. An uneasiness sits over our country like a midnight fog. We hear of opioid abuse, increasing numbers of suicides and this, a former Marine turned gunman kills 12 people in bar rampage. What are we to do? We feel like locking our doors and never entering society again. But it is time for us to do just the opposite. It’s time for us to reach out to one … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Click here to read Chapter One:  “God’s Great and Precious Promises”   It’s a shaky world out there.  But Let’s be what we were made to be– People of the Promise. Keep this declaration handy. Say it out loud. Fill your lungs with air and your heart with hope.; and let the devil himself hear you declared your belief in God’s goodness. We are building our lives on the promises of God! Because his Word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable. We do not stand on the problems of life or the pain in life We stand on the great and … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

We saw the storm coming. While it was still days away, the predictions chilled our spines and jolted our complacency. “It’s a monster!” “Disaster is not only at our doorstep, it’s coming in!” Now it arrives and will it be as vast and terrible as advertised? It promises to pounce, then sit and sit upon vast swaths of our coastland – drenching, driving, and destroying so much of what we love. Many on the East Coast are fleeing the flooding. And as images of destruction begin to roll across our screens, we are all tempted to worry, wonder and fret. … Read More