Max Lucado is one of the leading inspirational authors in the United States. His newest book, Glory Days, is based on the Old Testament book of Joshua. Glory Days explores the idea that, like the Israelites in the Old Testament, God has a promised land for all of us to conquer and inhabit.
In this discussion, Lucado shares ways that God's promises can encourage Christians through the unique challenges of parenthood.
You just became a grandfather for the first time. Congratulations! What kind of a grandparent do you hope to be? more >>
Are you one of the millions who feel constantly busy? Do you wake up thinking: I might as well stay in bed. There's no way I can get everything done!
Obviously that's not a good way to live. God would much rather see you relaxed and confident in Him, peaceful and fulfilling your purpose in life. So if you're in a habit of feeling anxious and overwhelmed, I want to help you fix that.
You may think time is the problem — that there just isn't enough of it. But God gives everyone the same amount. We all have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I guess that's God's way of saying that's all the time we need to live a well-balanced life with plenty of time for work, rest and play. more >>
I don't like to feel vulnerable. Hardly ever do I voluntarily step into situations where my expectations may not be met or my hopes let down. I know that many blessings — especially in the relational sense — can only been attained if you're willing to cross the bridge of vulnerability to get there. But generally, I haven't felt the blessings to be worth the risks.
Dating has been the sphere of life I've been most hesitant to enter into since becoming a Christian. Quick rewind — for those of you who don't know, I have experienced same sex attraction almost my entire life, and when the Lord saved me in 2010, my entire identity was wrapped up in these feelings. I was gay. Proudly. The very beginnings of my Christian life sparked while I was in a gay bar. In the days following the odd occurrence at the bar, I submitted my life to Jesus and have since striven to turn from sinful desire — including but not limited to my homosexual desires. However, not acting out on my same sex tendencies hasn't made them disappear. I do find myself increasingly interested in women as time rolls on, but my attraction to men is still present. It is a very real part of my life today.
Though I sometimes paint myself as an emotional Nazi who lives unaffected by this particular brokenness, the truth is that it frequently fills my heart with insecurities — especially when I think about dating and the possibility of marriage. I know I am redeemed and made new by the gospel, but I am not delusional. I have baggage. Yeah, yeah, I know, everyone has baggage. But the presence of homosexual desires presents unique struggles to a relationship dynamic. This is a weakness that only the strongest of women can handle. I know that finding a woman who has the strength to deal with both my history and my present struggles is like finding the tiniest needle in the most massive of haystacks — which is why I've always been reluctant to try. more >>
Two time Grammy Award-winner Lecrae wowed both the secular and Christian world in 2014 with his critically acclaimed studio album, Anomaly and now his upcoming book, Unashamed, is revealing some of the things he's had to put up with while on his journey to success.
The Reach Records founder took to Facebook on Wednesday to share an excerpt from Unashamed, which is set to release in May. The lone paragraph the rapper shared features his internal dialogue as he's being introduced by an industry executive:
"'I want you to meet Lecrae. He's a Christian rapper.' 'I know who you are,' they would respond with a patronizing smile. 'I'm familiar with your music.' The awkwardness would grow, and I could almost hear their thoughts: Can I cuss around him? He is about to preach at me, or judge me if I drink this whole bottle of Cristal and stumble out of here? Maybe they don't know if they can be fully themselves around me. Or perhaps they don't think they would like the content of my music or the assumptions behind my music or the worldview I hold. Regardless, they don't want to know more. From that point on, it felt awkward. It was like I was marked." more >>
Daughter of Grammy Award-winning producer Rodney Jerkins and actress Joy Enriquez, Heavenly Joy, is using her talent and charm to win over Christians' hearts and minds in her single "War."
"You can't have my family, my joy, my peace, my health, my worth and definitely not my Jesus! This means #WAR! My friends and I of all ages are ready for battle! Are you!?" the caption for the new Heavenly Joy video reads.
The new single "War" features pastor and musician Charles Jenkins. Throughout the tune Heavenly Joy can be heard passionately pleading the blood of Jesus to cover every lie of Satan. more >>
If you are someone with a lot of junk (like me!) who is trying to follow Jesus faithfully, you probably spend a lot of time focusing on self-discipline, putting sin to death, and training your heart to hate what God hates. And that's good!
I hear well-meaning people advise others to just focus on Jesus and not worry themselves over their sin. And while I appreciate part of what these folks are getting at — not obsessing over sin, but obsessing over Jesus — I don't think essentially ignoring sin is what Jesus wants his followers to do. He said things like, "Cut off your hand if it causes you to sin; pluck out your eye if it causes you to stumble." And Paul, full of the Holy Spirit, said things like, "I discipline my body and keep it under control."
It doesn't seem that God wants us to sit back passively and just wait on holiness to mystically happen. He commands us to cut, pluck, discipline — to do all that we must to "present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship," Romans 12:1. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to be at continual and aggressive war with our sinful desires. But I think it's important for people like you and me, who have lots of sin-killing work to do, to make sure we keep our eyes on the real prize as we wage this war. more >>