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Max Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller's gift — a pastor's heart and a poet's pen. Max's message is simple: God loves you; let him. Max serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He preaches and writes to the hurting, the guilty, the lonely, the discouraged.
||CleanWe Don’t Like to Wait||We don’t like to wait. We are the giddy-up generation. We frown at the person who takes eleven items into the ten-item express checkout. We drum our fingers while the microwave heats our coffee. Come on, come on. We don’t like to wait. But look around you. Do you realize where we sit? This planet is God’s waiting room. The young couple? Waiting to get pregnant. The guy with the briefcase? Waiting for work. Waiting on God to give, to help…waiting on God to come. The land of waiting. And you? Are you in God’s waiting room? You may be infertile or inactive, in limbo, in between jobs … Listen Now For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.||28 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Mess as Message||I like the conversation Bob Benson recounts in his book, See You at the House, about his friend who had a heart attack. For a while it seemed his friend wouldn’t make it. But he recovered. Months later Bob asked him, “Well, how did you like your heart attack?” “It scared me to death, almost,” his friend replied. “Would you do it again?” Bob asked. “No!” was the quick reply “Would you recommend it?” Bob continued. “Definitely not,” he answered. “Does your life mean more to you now that it did before?” Bob asked. “Well, yes,” his friend responded. “You and your wife always had a beautiful marriage, but … Listen Now For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.||27 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTests are Temporary||All tests are temporary, limited in duration. 1 Peter 1:6 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” Some tests end on earth, but all tests will end in heaven, right? In the meantime, let God train you. He watches the way you handle the little jobs. Jesus promised in Matthew 25:21, “If you are faithful over a few matters, I will set you over many.” Do you aspire to do great things? Excel in the small things. Don’t complain. Let others grumble. Not you. When you’re given a task, take … Listen Now For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.||26 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGod is at Work in Us||Howard Rutledge came to appreciate his time as a POW in Vietnam. He wrote, “After twenty-eight days of torture, I could remember I had children but not how many. I prayed for strength. During long periods of enforced reflection, it became so much easier to separate the important from the trivial. My hunger for spiritual food soon outdid my hunger for steak. It took prison to show me how empty life is without God. God is at work in each of us, whether we want it or not. He takes no pleasure in making life hard. Lamentations 3:33 says, “He takes no pleasure in making … Listen Now For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.||25 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLife is a Required Course||God can make something good out of your mess! The test you are experiencing will become your testimony. 2 Corinthians 1:4-5 says that God comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone who’s going through hard times so we can be there for that person, just as God was there for us. You didn’t sign up for this crash course in single parenting? No, but God enrolled you. He has taken the intended evil and rewoven it into this curriculum. Why? So you can teach others what He’s taught you. Rather than say, “God why?” ask … Listen Now For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.||22 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrust His Training||Each day has a pop quiz! And some seasons are like final exams. Brutal, sudden pitfalls of stress, sickness, or sadness. What is the purpose of the test? James 1:3-4 says, “For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.” Test, test, test! This chapter in your life may look like rehab, smell like unemployment, sound like a hospital, but you are in training. God hasn’t forgotten you—just the opposite. He has chosen to train you. Forget the notion that God doesn’t see … Listen Now For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.||21 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBehind Bars||In 1965 Howard Rutledge parachuted into North Vietnam and spent the next several years in a prison in Hanoi, locked in a filthy cell breathing stale, rotten air trying to keep his sanity. Few of us will ever face the conditions of a POW camp. Yet, to one degree or another, we all spend time behind bars. After half-a-century of marriage, my friend’s wife began to lose her memory. A young mother recently called who had just been diagnosed with Lupus. Why would God permit such imprisonment? To what purpose? Jeremiah 30:24 promises, “The Lord will not turn back until He has … Listen Now For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.||20 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo What Pleases God||Dad, would you intentionally break the arm of your child? Of course not. Such an action violates every fiber of your moral being. Yet if you engage in sexual activity outside your marriage, you’ll bring more pain into the life of your child than a broken bone. Mom, would you force your children to sleep outside on a cold night? By no means. Yet if you involve yourself in an affair, you’ll bring more darkness and chill into the lives of your children than a hundred winters. Actions have consequences. Make it your ‘rule of thumb’ to do what pleases God. Your classmates show you … Listen Now For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.||19 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon’t Fix Stupid With Stupid||One may give into temptation with this thought, No one will know. I won’t get caught. I’m only human. . . Don’t make matters worse by doing something you’ll regret. Years ago, a friend gave me this counsel: “Make a list of all the lives you would impact through your sexual immorality.” I did. Every so often I re-read it. Denalyn. My three daughters. My son-in-law. My yet-to-be-born grandchildren. Every person who’s ever read one of my books or heard my sermons. My publishing team. Our church staff. The list reminds me: one act of carnality is a poor exchange for a lifetime of lost legacy. You don’t fix … Listen Now For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.||18 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGod’s Presence||Depression can buckle the knees of the best of us, and a pastor’s wife is no exception. Years ago my wife Denalyn battled depression. Every day was gray. Her life was loud and busy—two kids in elementary school, a third in kindergarten, and a husband who didn’t know how to get off the airplane and stay home. The days took their toll. But Denalyn was never one to play games. On a given Sunday when the depression was suffocating, she armed herself with honesty and went to church. If people ask me how I’m doing, I’m going to tell them. She answered each, “How are … Listen Now For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.||15 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|