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The Shore of Grace

13 Dec

All ships that land at the shore of grace weigh anchor from the port of sin… God didn’t overlook your sins, lest he endorse them. He didn’t punish you, lest he destroy you. He instead found a way to punish the sin and preserve the sinner. Jesus took your punishment. And God gave you credit for Jesus’ perfection… As long as the cross is God’s gift to the world, it will touch you but not change you. Precious as it is to proclaim, “Christ died for the world,” even sweeter it is to whisper, “Christ died for me.”

Max_LucadoMax Lucado

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine, Thomas Nelson, 2012, 35-6.

Chinese Righteousness

8 Nov

In the Chinese language the word for righteousness is a combination of two characters, the figure of a lamb and a person. The lamb is on top, covering the person. Whenever God looks down at you, this is what he sees: the perfect Lamb of God covering you.

Max_LucadoMax Lucado

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine, Thomas Nelson, 2012, 23.

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Magnum Opus

16 Sep

Waiting in Galilee.

23 Aug

On-and-off salvation never appears in the Bible. Salvation is not a repeated phenomenon. Scripture contains no example of a person who was saved, then lost, then resaved, then lost again… Trust God’s hold on you more than your hold on God… “All of you will stumble,” Jesus told them. Fall away. Turn away. Run away. Their promises would melt like wax on a summer sidewalk. Jesus’ promise, however, would stay firm. “But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee” (Mat 26:32). Translation? Your fall will be great, but my grace will be greater. Stumble, I will catch you. Scatter, I will gather you. Turn from me, I will turn toward you. You will find me waiting for you in Galilee.

 
Max_LucadoMax Lucado

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine, Thomas Nelson, 2012, 133-5.

Heaven’s Sweeper

19 Jul

Grace is everything Jesus. Grace lives because he does, works because he works, and matters because he matters. He placed a term limit on sin and danced a victory jig in a graveyard. To be saved by grace is to be saved by him – not by an idea, doctrine, creed, or church membership, but by Jesus himself, who will sweep into heaven anyone who so much as gives him the nod.

 
Max_LucadoMax Lucado

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine, Thomas Nelson, 2012, 10.

Entrance Requirements

31 May

Yet for all the talk about being good, still no one can answer the fundamental question: What level of good is good enough? Bizarre. At stake is our eternal destination, yet we are more confident about lasagna recipes than the entrance requirements for heaven. God has a better idea: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Eph 2:8). We contribute nothing. Zilch. As opposed to the merit badge of the Scout, salvation of the soul is unearned. A gift. Our merits merit nothing. God’s work merits everything.

Max_LucadoMax Lucado

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine, Thomas Nelson, 2012, 47.

 

Woos and Ones

18 Feb

For many years I missed this truth. I believed all the other prepositions: Christ for me, with me, ahead of me. And I knew I was working beside Christ, under Christ, with Christ. But I never imagined that Christ was in me. I can’t blame my deficiency on Scripture. Paul refers to this union 216 times. John mentions it 26. They describe a Christ who not only woos us to himself but “ones” us to himself.

Max Lucado

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine, Thomas Nelson, 2012, 9.

Whitewater Grace

1 Feb

Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace? God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret-riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid-to-die to ready-to-fly. Grace is the voice that calls us to change and gives us the power to pull it off.

Max Lucado

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine, Thomas Nelson, 2012, 8.

God’s Best Idea

21 Dec

Grace is God’s best idea. His decision to ravage a people by love, to rescue passionately, and to restore justly – what rivals it? Of all his wondrous works, grace, in my estimation, is the magnum opus.

Max Lucado

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine, Thomas Nelson, 2012, xiii.

The Gift is the Giver

23 Nov

“There has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). An angel spoke these words. Shepherds heard them first. But what the angel said to them, God says to anyone who will listen. “There has been born for you…” Jesus is the gift. He himself is the treasure. Grace is precious because he is. Grace changes lives because he does. Grace secures us because he will. The gift is the Giver. To discover grace is to discover God’s utter devotion to you, his stubborn resolve to give you a cleansing, healing, purging love that lifts the wounded back to their feet. Does he stand high on a hill and bid you climb out of the valley? No. He bungees down and carries you out.

Max Lucado

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine, Thomas Nelson, 2012, 150.

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