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If 9/11 are the numbers of terror and despair, then 3:16 are the numbers of hope. Best selling author Max Lucado leads readers through a word-by-word study of John 3:16, the passage that he calls the "Hope Diamond" of scripture.
When tragedy strikes, people desperately search for answers. On September 11, 2001, our Nation began that desperate search. There wasn't a city, a family, or a single person that survived unaffected by the horrific events of that infamous day. Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado points to the only real answer: Prayer. Derived from Max's prayer for the Nation in response to the attacks, "America Looks Up explores how we should pray in these uncertain and confusing days.
In this book, Max Lucado uses his imagination and scripture to tell the Christmas story from heaven's view with all of the spiritual warfare that might have occurred.
Have you been sipping out of a swamp? Drinking the deluge of life? There's stuff in that water that you were never meant to drink. Pills?They may numb the pain, but they can't heal a heart. Money? Sure, it can buy what your body needs for survival, but it can't supply what your soul needs. Religion? It may pacify, but it can never satisfy. The busyness of church may hide a thirst, but only Christ quenches it. Don't you long to flush out the fear... anxiety.. .guilt? You can. All are welcome. You don't have to be rich, religious, or successful; you simply need to follow the instructions on what-or better, who-to drink. Him. For the sake of those who need your love, hydrate your soul! Heed your thirst. Drink deeply and often. And out of you will flow rivers of living water. "Whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty. The water I give will become a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life." -JOHN 4:14
From the Book Jacket: JOSHUA, the black and white spotted lamb, longed to be like the other lambs. He wondered why he had to limp along with a crippled leg, instead of running and playing in the meadow. Because Joshua the lamb was different, he. often felt left out. Yet God had a very special plan for his life, as He does for all who feel alone. Joshua not only witnessed the greatest event in history, he was able to give the newborn King the one thing He needed most. Lucado was joined by his daughters to write his most touching children's story yet.
Giants. We must face them. Yet, we need not face them alone. This profound look at the life of David digs deeply into the defeats he suffered, and the victories he won, as he faced the giants in his life. When David focused on God, giants tumbled. But when David focused on giants, he stumbled. Goliaths still roam in our world. Debt. Disaster. Dialysis. Divorce. Deceit. Disease. Depression. These super-sized challenges swagger and strut into our lives, pilfering our sleep, embezzling our peace and robbing us of our joy. And while these giants try to dominate our lives, we know what to do! We've learned what David learned, and we do what David did. We become God focused. We pick up five stones. We make five decisions. And we take a swing.
We fear being sued, finishing last, going broke, the mole on the back, and the sound of the clock as it ticks us closer to the grave. Every season seems to bring fresh reasons for fear. And it feels dreadful. Fear sucks the life out of the soul, curls us into an embryonic state, and drains us dry of contentment. Wouldn't it be great to escape it? What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? According to Jesus, this is possible. The one statement he made more than any other was this: "Don't be afraid." In this book, Max Lucado invites you to consider Jesus' invitation to courage. Fear will always knock on your door. Just don't invite it in for dinner. And for heaven's sake, don't offer it a bed for the night. The promise of Christ and the contention of these pages are simple: we can fear less tomorrow than we do today.
It's Christmastime in the garden and Hermie and his friends are hustling and bustling to prepare for the big day. But more than anything, they all eagerly anticipate the crowning moment of the holiday season: the arrival of Grannypillar's scrumptious fruitcake. Suddenly Christmas is hijacked when Iggy and Ziggy Cockroach - the meanest, greediest bugs in the garden - steal Grannypillar's fruitcake. How will Christmas survive?! But deep in the hearts of the garden's youngest, the true meaning of Christmas shines. Hailey and Bailey, through an act of unheard generosity, together remind the garden that the celebration of Christmas is nothing about fruitcake, but about God's gift to us all, through His Son, Jesus.
The Gift for All People is a celebration of God's gift of salvation wrapped in a collection of inspirational stories. These stories will help Christians comprehend and treasure the assurance of their salvation and will help non-Christians realize and embrace the gift of abundant, eternal life in Jesus Christ. The concluding story, written especially for this book, urges readers to give their lives to Jesus Christ and shows them how to do so. This book will provide Christians with a unique, warm, and attractive presentation of the gospel to give to non-Christian family or friends.More than anything, God wants you to be with Him. The God who designed your world, the God who placed you on the planet, simply wants you home with Him. And to bring you home, He offers you a gift...the gift of eternal salvation. My prayer is that through the pages of this book you'll see his gift like you've never seen it. If you've already accepted it, you'll thank Him again. And if you've never accepted it, I pray that you will. For it's the gift of a lifetime. A gift for all people.From the Hardcover edition.
Though maintaining a consistent devotional life is not always easy, Max Lucado's best-selling Grace for the Moment, Volume 1 proved to 2,500,000 readers that they could have a daily quiet time! Now comes Grace for the Moment, Volume 2. This yearlong book features captivating daily devotionals that offer enough inspiration, power, and hope to carry you through the busiest of days. America's leading inspirational author again fills each day's reading with touching word pictures that offer guidelines for grace-filled living. Plus, striking full-color photos add to the beauty of this latest collection. Grace for the Moment, Volume 2 is yet another great way to encourage anyone to celebrate daily time with God. All it takes is a moment.
Max Lucado again encourages us to turn our hearts and minds to God. He uses Scripture to help us have hearts like Jesus.
Traces Jesus' life and how it relates to ours today
In Just Like Jesus the author talks about our relationship with Christ and how God longs for us to be more and more just like Jesus.
Ever wish you could sit down and chat with Max over a relaxing cup of coffee? Here's the next best thing! Warm thoughts and simple wisdom from Lucado's writings speak to your heart about the things that matter most---hope, love, faith, relationships---and encourage you to walk the path God has set before you.
Max Lucado now brings readers on a new journey where you'll come face to face with both the holy and human sides of Jesus. Through unforgettable stories and powerful truths, America's leading inspirational author drawsus to a Savior who is as approachable as a next-door neighbor, yet holy enough to save us.
Little Acorn was afraid. "Just be the tree God made you to be," said Mother Oak. It was hard for Little Acorn to believe he would ever be a big, strong oak tree. But as time passed he did grow into a big oak. Then one day he found that his strong branches were just right for a very special purpose. God has a special purpose for you, too. This heart-tugging tale urges you to pursue it. The Oak Inside the Acorn is the parable from Max's bestselling book Cure for the Common Life. Both books convey the same life-changing message: God made one version of you, so be the best you that you can be! Max Lucado is a minister who writes and a writer who preaches. He and his wife, Denalyn, serve the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. They have three grown daughters, Jenna, Andrea, and Sara; one son-in-law, Brett; and one sweet but lazy golden retriever, Molly. George Angelini has had his work appear in magazines such as Reader's Digest and Good Housekeeping and on book covers from major publishers. He has won awards from the New York Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Directors Club. Descriptions have been added for the illustrations.
How would you respond if you had watched Jesus die and rise again? Max Lucado brings to life the reaction of one of the Roman soldiers who was assigned to Golgotha and what he saw that resurrection morning while guarding Jesus' tomb. The soldier's search for answers about Jesus will resonate with children and adults alike. Lucado's story powerfully shows Christ's power to impact people's lives.
Pick Me! Pick Me! Little Ollie was certain that he really didn't matter. After all, he was the smallest of Too Smalls. And like all the Too Smalls of Stiltsville, he desperately wanted a pair of stilts. Surely that was what he needed to fit in, to be important. So every evening at six, he pleaded to get picked. Then, for some reason no one quite knows, Ollie was given a pair of stilts. But it wasn't as wonderful as he had expected. Birds used him for a perch. Why didn't he feel any better than he had before? Then a stumble, a tumble, and just like that Ollie was an outsider once again. That's when he met Jesus and discovered he had always mattered--he had always been loved. This comforting message from Max Lucado helps young and old alike understand that even if we are small, or don't feel like we fit in, we matter to the only One who matters.
Weary travelers. You've seen them- everything they own crammed into their luggage. Staggering through terminals and hotel lobbies with overstuffed suitcases, trunks, duffels and backpacks. Backs ache. Feet burn. Eyelids droop. We've all seen people like that. At times, we are people like that-if not with our physical luggage, then at least with our spiritual load. We all lug loads we were never intended to carry. Fear. Worry. Discontent. No wonder we get so weary. We're worn out from carrying that excess baggage. Wouldn't it be nice to lose some of those bags? That's the invitation of Max Lucado. With the twenty-third Psalm as our guide, let's release some of the burdens we were never intended to bear.
"Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. " - Psalm 103:2 The very breath that sustains you. The prosperity of our land. Both-and everything in between-are gifts from the same God. Remember Him. Andturnto Him in heartfelt prayer. America 's beloved author and 2005 National Day of Prayer spokesman, Max Lucado, issues a revolutionary call to return to the Source of our personal and national blessings. Max's teaching and storytelling skills engage and encourage your commitment to daily enter into the presence of the giver of all good things, your Father. Turnis striking a chord in hearts and souls across America -bringing, one by one, a nation back to the Foundation on which it was built. Turn back to Godhellip; Who daily sustains your very existence, and is the sole source of your every blessing. Who showers our country with grace, creating this nation for his name's sake. From your life to your land, his hand of mercy is upon you. It's time now toturnand ask, "What can I do for God?" He's waiting for you. He's waiting for America . Story Behind the Book Using fresh stories and original Bible teaching, 2005 National Day of Prayer spokesman Max Lucado joins seasoned author and pastor Brian Smith to call readers to a life of active prayer-guided dependence on God. The authors' compelling, compassionate approach will cultivate hearts that truly beat for God, moving the reader from "ought" to "want" in prayer and daily surrender to Him. Turnserves as a strategic tool, urging our nation toward spiritual renewal. From the Hardcover edition.
Through moving encounters with people of the Bible and gripping stories of people who live today, Lucado reveals the hope that is found in knowing that God knows Christians.
Max was interested in helping children understand their value-not from the world's perspective, but from God's. Wemmicksville is a land created by Eli, the "God" figure of the story. He creates each Wemmick in Wemmicksville uniquely, each with its own look and personality. Each story and video is a new adventure with the citizens of Wemmicksville. Punchinello is the central character, along with his friends Lucia, Splint, and Chip. When Punchinello strays from Eli, he begins to have problems. Only when Punchinello stays close to Eli does he clearly see how to walk through his life in Wemmicksville. In this heartwarming tale, Eli helps Punchinello understand how special he is-no matter what other Wemmicks may think. Children will learn a vital lesson-regardless of how the world sees them, God loves each of them just as they are.
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