The prayer initiative began as a grassroots movement in 1990 when a small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together to seek God. It has since grown into an international phenomenon, giving young people the opportunity to express their Christian faith. Now each year, more than 3 million students from all the world participate. Students in more than 60 countries take part, including Canada, Korea, Japan, Turkey, Ivory Coast, and USA.
Max Lucado has spent the last 40 years telling the story of God’s grace in books, in pulpits, on broadcasts, on music tours…every chance he gets. Max’s message of God’s unfathomable grace has resonated with people around the world for the past 30 years, making Max one of the world’s most popular authors, selling nearly 100 million copies and occupying spots on every major national bestseller list.
His writing is translated into more than 54 languages, and has been featured in countless national media outlets. Max was dubbed “America’s Pastor” by Christianity Today, Reader’s Digest called him “The Best Preacher in America,” and The New York Times named him one of the most influential leaders in social media. In addition to books, Max’s writing has been shaped into an additional 20 million products sold, including videos, devotionals, songs, plush toys, greeting cards, booklets, Bible studies, commentaries, and theatrically-released movies.
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One of the greatest joys of living the Bible is when we get to share the truth of God with others. See this sermon for an example of taking the truths of a gospel passage and applying those truths to real life. In this case, “From Chaos to Calm,” applying truths of Jesus calming the Sea of Galilee and then liberating a man dominated by evil.
Do you feel harried and empty, driven by unrelenting ambition to accomplish something big and meaningful? What are the obstacles that keep us from flourishing in our spiritual lives? What’s the secret to a robust inner spiritual life? What is our soul and how do we care for it?
Editor’s Note: This post is taken from Andy Stanley’s (@AndyStanley) new bookIrresistible: Reclaiming The New That Jesus Unleashed For The World (Zondervan, 2018), in which Andy answers such questions as: What did first century Christians know that we don’t?, What made their faith so compelling, resilient, and ultimately, irresistible?, and Why is today’s church so resistible? He shows how distortions of the gospel result in an anemic version of Christianity that undermines evangelistic effectiveness. And he challenges Christians to read the Bible differently.
The basis for Christian behavior is the sacrificial love of Jesus. We love because God the Father through Christ the Son has loved us.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh, rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13
There’s that way of love thing again. And again he tips his hat as to where he got this all-encompassing idea. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command:
“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
Managing time and money well requires thinking differently. Sometimes the cherished ideals of others seep into what we think our finances and romance should look like. We need a new lens on old expectations and conventional wisdom. If we’re to lead our lives well, we may even need to break with tradition.
Have you ever heard someone say, “You don’t have to interpret the Bible; just read it and do what it says.” Maybe you’ve even said this yourself.
Usually, such a remark reflects a protest against the “professional” scholar, pastor, teacher, or Sunday school teacher, who by “interpreting” seems to be taking the Bible away from the common person. It’s their way of saying that the Bible is not an obscure book. “After all,” it’s argued, “the problem with too many preachers and teachers is that they dig around so much they tend to muddy the waters. What was clear to us when we read it isn’t so clear anymore.”
Be sure to sign up for An Encouraging Word from Max Lucado! It collects the best of Max’s insightful writing and sends you a brief, uplifting devotional message once a week. You’ll receive encouragement from Max to help you deal with life’s challenges—and you’ll be inspired to trust Jesus to guide you through each day. Sign up now! ...
Max Lucado has spent the last 40 years telling the story of God’s grace in books, in pulpits, on broadcasts, on music tours…every chance he gets. Max’s message of God’s unfathomable grace has resonated with people around the world for the past 30 years, making Max one of the world’s most p...
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. -John 1:1-6 (ESV)
Unshakable Hope #4 If you would like to read and follow along in the book, Unshakable Hope click here: bit.ly/2xzNRc3 ------------------------------------- Opening question: Do you ever feel powerless? God's promise: "When a believing person prays, great things happen." (James 5:16) You are never without hope because you are never without prayer! ...
VERSE OF THE DAY: Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you— The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. - Joel 2:23 (NKJV) www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joel+2%3A23&...