Hair transplants, surgery, color in a bottle. All to hide
what everyone already knows—we’re getting older.
If you ever want to stall a conversation at a party just say, “How’re you
feeling about your approaching death?” It won’t put much life into the
I have a friend who has cancer. He’s in remission. A nurse unaware of
his condition was asking a question for his medical record. “Are you
presently ill?” “Well yes, I have cancer,” he said. She looked at
him and asked, “Are you terminal?” He responded, “Yes, aren’t we all?”
You’d think we weren’t, the way the subject is kept hush-hush. Jesus does His
best work at such moments. Just when the truth about life sinks in, His truth
starts to surface.
The next time you find yourself facing the undeniables of life, whisper His
name. He is nearer than you think!
Insensitivity makes a wound that heals slowly!
Words like, “Whoa–she’s put on some weight!” Or a question carelessly asked,
“Trish, is it true you and Brian are separated?”
If you were to tell the one who threw these thoughtless darts about the pain
they caused, the response would be, “Oh, but I had no intention. . . it was just
a slip of the tongue.” No one’s at fault. No harm done.
But as the innocent attackers go on their way excusing themselves, a wounded
soul is left in the dust. God says, “He who guards his lips guards his
life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin” (Proverbs 13:3).
The message is clear. Excuses are shallow when they come from those who
claim to be followers and imitators of God. Insensitive slurs may be
accidental—but they’re not excusable!
I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. Heb 8:12 NIV
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Rom 8:1 NIV).
"[God] justifies those who have faith in Jesus" (Rom 3:26 NIV).
For those in Christ, these promises are not only a source of joy. They are also the foundations of true courage. You are guaranteed that your sins will be filtered through, hidden in, and screened out by the sacrifice of Jesus. When God looks at you, he doesn't see you; he sees the One who surrounds you. That means that failure is not a concern for you. Your victory is secure. How could you not be courageous?
The Applause of Heaven (by: Max Lucado)
We love because God first loved us. 1 Jn 4:19
Untethered by time, he sees us all. From the backwoods of Virginia to the business district of London; from the Vikings to the astronauts, from the cave-dwellers to the kings. From the hut-builders to the finger-pointers to the rock-stackers, he sees us. Vagabonds and ragamuffins all, he saw us before we were born.
And he loves what he sees. Flooded by emotion. Overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, "You are my child. I love you dearly. I'm aware that someday you'll turn from me and walk away. But I want you to know, I've already provided you a way back."
In the Grip of Grace (by: Max Lucado)
Reliable! Liable means responsible. Re means over and over again.
I’m wondering if someone’s listening who’s a saint of re-liability? If you are, I can’t resist the chance to say two things. The first? Thank you!
Thank you teachers for the countless Sunday school lessons prepared and delivered with tenderness. Thank you senior saints for a generation of prayer. Thank you missionaries for your bravery in sharing the timeless truth. Thank you preachers. You thought we weren’t listening, but we were.
Thanks to all of you who practice on Monday what you hear on Sunday. It’s on the back of your fidelity that the Gospel rides. You are reliable! You get the job done.
I said I had two things to say. What’s the second? Keep pitching! Your Hall of Fame award is just around the corner.
Pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. Php 4:6
Heaven knows no difference between Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon. God longs to speak as clearly in the workplace as he does in the sanctuary. He longs to be worshiped when we sit at the dinner table and not just when we come to his communion table. You may go days without thinking of him, but there's never a moment when he's not thinking of you.
Knowing this, we understand Paul's rigorous goal: "We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ" (2Co 10:5 ). We can fathom why he urges us to "pray without ceasing" (1Th 5:17 ), "be constant in prayer" (Rom 12:12 ) … and "let heaven fill your thoughts" (Col 4:2 TLB).
The Great House of God (Max Lucado)
He remembered us when we were in trouble. His love continues forever. Psalm 136:23
God chose to reveal himself through a human body.
The tongue that called forth the dead was a human one. The hand that touched the leper had dirt under its nails. The feet upon which the woman wept were callused and dusty. And his tears … oh, don't miss the tears … they came from a heart as broken as yours or mine ever has been.
So, people came to him. My, how they came to him! They came at night; they touched him as he walked down the street; they followed him around the sea; they invited him into their homes and placed their children at his feet. Why? Because he refused to be a statue in a cathedral or a priest in an elevated pulpit. He chose instead to be a touchable, approachable, reachable Jesus.
God Came Near (Max Lucado)
God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day, and he will not be slow to answer them. Luke 18:7
Why does God wait until the money is gone? Why does he wait until the sickness has lingered? Why does he choose to wait until the other side of the grave to answer the prayers for healing?
I don't know. I only know his timing is always right. I can only say he will do what is best…
Though you hear nothing, he is speaking. Though you see nothing, he is acting. With God there are no accidents. Every incident is intended to bring us closer to him.
A Gentle Thunder (Max Lucado)
This body that dies must clothe itself with something that can never die. 1Co 15:53
[Does] Jesus care what clothes we wear?
Apparently so. In fact, the Bible tells us exactly the wardrobe God desires.
"But clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and forget about satisfying your sinful self" (Rom 13:14 ).
"You were all baptized into Christ, and so you were all clothed with Christ. This means that you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal 3:26-27 ).
This clothing has nothing to do with dresses and jeans and suits. God's concern is with our spiritual garment. He offers a heavenly robe that only heaven can see and only heaven can give. Listen to the words of Isaiah: "The LORD makes me very happy; all that I am rejoices in my God. He has covered me with clothes of salvation and wrapped me with a coat of goodness"(Isa 61:10 ).
When Christ Comes (Max Lucado)
All you who put your hope in the LORD be strong and brave. Psa 31:24
A legend from India tells about a mouse who was terrified of cats until a magician agreed to transform him into a cat. That resolved his fear … until he met a dog, so the magician changed him into a dog. The mouse-turned-cat-turned-dog was content until he met a tiger—so, once again, the magician changed him into what he feared. But when the tiger came complaining that he had met a hunter, the magician refused to help. "I will make you into a mouse again, for though you have the body of a tiger, you still have the heart of a mouse."
Sound familiar? How many people do you know who have built a formidable exterior, only to tremble inside with fear? … We face our fears with force … or … we stockpile wealth. We seek security in things. We cultivate fame and seek status.
But do these approaches work?
Courage is an outgrowth of who we are. Exterior supports may temporarily sustain, but only inward character creates courage.
The Applause of Heaven (Max Lucado)