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

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

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen have a rule for relationships. “Don’t travel or dine alone with a person of the opposite sex who isn’t your spouse.” The Vice President sees this a healthy guardrail to protect him and his family from even the appearance of impropriety. He’s not the first to implement such a policy. Billy Graham did the same. I’ve known men and women of less status yet equal resolve who have made the same choice. One might think that the Vice President’s boundaries would be robustly and widely applauded. The #MeToo movement has called each … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Priests, pastors and pain; three words that shouldn’t share the same sentence. Priests, pastors and hope? Yes. Priests, pastors and healing? By all means. But to learn of scandals perpetrated beneath the steeple; deception in the church rather than instruction? It takes its toll on the heartiest of souls. The grand jury released a shocking report Tuesday that found over 300 Catholic priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused over 1,000 children over seven decades. And, as if that were not bad enough, the report found that church leaders covered up the sexual abuse – protecting the abusers instead of their victims. … Read More

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Amanda Todd became an unwitting spokesperson for despair at the age of fifteen after a predator had convinced her to pose topless for a photo, and then posted it online. With one keystroke, Amanda became a laughingstock. Already a fragile and private person, she retreated even further. She avoided friends, stayed home. Still, she couldn’t escape the texts, calls, and stares. She changed schools, but the mockery followed. She descended into drugs and alcohol, and began cutting herself. She attempted suicide. Finally, in an act of desperation, she posted a nine-minute video on YouTube. Using flash cards, she recounted her … Read More