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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.

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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.

Waves of Grace

31 Oct

Grace is simply another word for God’s tumbling, rumbling reservoir of strength and protection. It comes at us not occasionally or miserly but constantly and aggressively, wave upon wave. We’ve barely regained our balance from one breaker, and then, bam, here comes another. “Grace upon grace” (John 1:16). We dare to hang our hat and state our hope on the gladdest news of all: if God permits the challenge, he will provide the grace to meet it. We never exhaust his supply. “Stop asking so much! My grace reservoir is running dry.” Heaven knows no such words. God has enough grace to solve every dilemma you face, wipe every tear you cry, and answer every question you ask.

Max Lucado

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine, Thomas Nelson, 2012, 99.

The Curriculum of Grace

3 Jan

Major in the grace of God. Focus on the cross of Christ. Grow fluent in the language of redemption. Linger long at the foot of the cross. Immerse yourself in the curriculum of grace.

Max Lucado

Every Day Deserves a Chance, Thomas Nelson, 2007

God Wants You

24 Feb

Seems that God is looking more for ways to get us home than for ways to keep us out. I challenge you to find one soul who came to God seeking grace and did not find it. Search the pages. Read the stories. Envision the encounters. Find one person who came seeking a second chance and left with a stern lecture. I dare you. Search. You won’t find it.

Max Lucado

Article: Behind the Shower Curtain