Max Lucado, Christian Author

Sometimes we just run out of hope. When we do, where can we turn?  Hebrews 6:19-20 says,  “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” The anchor has one purpose—to steady the boat.  You and I need a good anchor.  Why?  Because you have a valuable vessel—your soul.  When God breathed into Adam, he gave him more than oxygen, he gave him a soul.  The anchor for the soul is set, not on a boat or person or possession, but … Listen Now

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Salvation, from beginning to end, is a work of our Father.  God doesn’t stand on a mountain and tell us to climb it and find him.  He comes down into our dark valley and finds us.  He doesn’t offer to complete the work if we will start it.  He does all the work, from beginning to end.  He washes our sins without our help. What a gift God has given you.  Your salvation is guaranteed.  Your name is written in the only book that matters. This is the message of God, the promise of grace.  Grace is entirely God’s.  No … Listen Now

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Are you in the midst of a storm?  The followers of Jesus were.  And through the midst of the storm, He came.  Matthew 14:25-26 says, “Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him they were terrified.  ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear.”  Jesus turned the water into a walkway.  His followers called him a ghost, but Jesus still came. Jesus was not distracted from his mission.  After Jesus stilled the storm, the disciples worshipped him.  “Truly you are the Son of God,” they said.  With a stilled … Listen Now

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Jesus is the sinless and perfect high priest.  When he speaks, all of heaven listens! Hebrews 7:25 promises, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Unshakable hope is the firstborn offspring of this promise.  We’d prefer to have every question answered, but Jesus has, instead, told us this much:  “I will pray for you through the storm.” Are those prayers answered?  Of course.  You might disagree.  If Jesus was praying, why did the storm even happen at all?  Well, that storm-free life will be inaugurated in … Listen Now

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Lingering among the unspoken expectations of many Christian hearts is this:  Now that I belong to God, I get a pass on the tribulations of life.  Others face storms.  I live to help them.  But face my own?  No way. Jesus, however, assures us,  “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).  But ponder this promise:  In the midst of your storm Jesus is interceding for you, calling out to your heavenly Father, urging the help of the Holy Spirit. When Stephen was about to be martyred for his faith, he “gazed steadily into heaven and saw Jesus standing in … Listen Now

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Some people will stand before God on the judgement day who didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him.  They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand. They spent a lifetime dishonoring God and hurting his people. They mocked his name and made life miserable for their neighbors. Even our judicial system forces no defense on the accused. The defendant is offered an advocate, but if he chooses to stand before the judge alone, the system permits it.  So does God.  He offers his Son … Listen Now

Max Lucado, Christian Author

The Bible says God will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and He will expose the motives of the heart.  “At that time each will receive their praise from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5).  On the last day, God will walk you through your life day by day, moment by moment, issuing commendation after commendation.  You greeted the new student in your class.  Fine job.  You forgave your brother, encouraged your neighbor. . .I’m so proud of you. The Bible says, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as … Listen Now

Max Lucado, Christian Author

When did you learn the words—it’s not fair?  What deed exposed you to the imbalanced scales of life?  Have you ever prayed the psalmist’s prayer:  “O Lord, how long will you look on?” (Psalm 35:17).  When did you first ask the prophet’s question:  “Why does the way of  the wicked prosper?” (Jeremiah 12:1).  Why indeed? God’s answer is direct– Not long! Scripture reveals a somber promise. “For God has set a day when he will judge the world” (Acts 17:31).  Every flip of the calendar brings us closer to the day when God will judge all evil.  The Judgment Day … Listen Now

Max Lucado, Christian Author

I purchased a new cartridge for my printer, but until I removed the thin strip of tape covering the outlet of the cartridge, there was plenty of ink but no impression could be made on the page. Is there anything in your life that needs to be removed?  We can grieve the Spirit with our rebellion and disobedience. We can even quench the Spirit by having no regard for God’s teaching.  The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20, “never damp the fire of the Spirit, and never despise what is spoken in the name of the Lord.” Are you feeding … Listen Now

Max Lucado, Christian Author

Ephesians 4:3 says to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”  The Holy Spirit of God is the mother hen, urging the church to gather together in safety!  We’re never told to create unity but rather to keep the unity the Spirit provides. Harmony is always an option, because the Spirit is always present.  Gone is the excuse, “I just can’t work alongside so-and-so.”  Maybe you can’t, but the Spirit within you can!  To say otherwise is to say that the Holy Spirit cannot do what he longs to do. “We were all … Listen Now