thoughts by Max Lucado

God Will Stand with You

God Will Stand with You

Stand up for God, and he will stand with you. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon made an image of gold and ordered everyone to bow before it. Anyone who refused would be thrown into a blazing furnace. Three Jews refused—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—and they did not waver. Not only were they untouched by the flames, there was…

A Real Friend

A Real Friend

“A real friend will be more loyal than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (NCV) To others, Jesus was a miracle worker.  To others, Jesus was a master teacher.  To others, Jesus was the hope of Israel.  But to John, he was all of these and more.  To John, Jesus was a friend. You don’t abandon a…

Examine Me

Examine Me

“God, examine me and know my heart….Lead me on the road to everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NCV) You don’t have to be like the world to have an impact on the world. You don’t have to be like the crowd to change the crowd.  You don’t have to lower yourself down to their level to…

The God Who Feeds My Soul

The God Who Feeds My Soul

Can you see why Jesus called himself the Bread of Life? Bread is eaten daily. Some fruits are available only in season. Some drinks are made only at holidays. Not so with bread. And not so with Jesus. He should be brought to our table every day. We let him nourish our hearts, not just…

The Right Vision

The Right Vision

God, your rescuer, has the right vision. God, your rescuer, has the right vision. He also has the right direction. He made the boldest claim in the history of humanity when he declared, “I am the way” (John 14:6). People wondered if the claim was accurate. He answered their questions by cutting a path through the…

Assurance of Victory

Assurance of Victory

“This is the victory that conquers the world, OUR FAITH.”  1 John 5:4 (NCV) What is unique about the kingdom of God is that you are assured of victory. You have won!  You are assured that you will someday stand before the face of God and see the King of kings.  You are assured that…

Just Call Him Jesus

Just Call Him Jesus

God’s plan for humanity… God’s Plan for humanity….it was crafted in the halls of heaven and carried out on the plains of earth. Only holiness could have imagined it. Only divinity could have enacted it. Only righteousness could have endured it. When God chose to reveal himself, he did so through a human body. The…

Jesus Knows Just How You Feel

Jesus Knows Just How You Feel

“. . .he Himself has shared fully in all our experience of temptation, except that He never sinned.” The next time your world goes from calm to chaos—ponder this: Jesus knows how you feel. His eyes have grown weary. His heart has grown heavy. He knows how you feel. You’re no doubt convinced Jesus is…

An Undeserved Gift

An Undeserved Gift

“Many people received God’s gift of life by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:15 (NCV) We take our free gift of salvation and try to earn it or diagnose it or pay for it instead of simply saying “thank you” and accepting it. Ironic as it may appear, one of the…

Look Into God’s Face

Look Into God’s Face

Would you like to see God? Take a look at Jesus. Hebrews 1:3 says, “Jesus radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God.” In John 14:9 Jesus himself said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” Anyone who has seen me weep has seen the Father weep. Anyone who has seen…