God loves those who need him most.
When the Lord Jesus comes ... all of the people who have believed with be amazed at Jesus.

2 THESSALONIANS 1:10

Amazed at Jesus ... Paul doesn't measure the joy of encountering the apostles or embracing our loved ones. If we will be amazed at these, which certainly we will, he does not say. What he does say is that we will be amazed at Jesus.

What we have only seen in our thoughts, we will see with our eyes ... What we've seen in a glimpse, we will then see in full view. And ... we will be amazed.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
"I am the voice of one calling out in the desert."

JOHN 1:23

John was a voice for Christ more than his voice. His life matched his words. When a person's ways and words are the same, the fusion is explosive. But when a person says one thing and lives another, the result is destructive. People will know we are Christians, not because we bear the name, but because we live the life.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
Whoever is wise will ... think about the love of the Lord.

PSALM 107:43

Aging? A necessary process to pass on to a better world.

Death? Merely a brief passage, a tunnel ...

Then next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the undeniables of life, don't cover them with a blanket, or ignore them with a nervous grin. Don't turn up the TV and pretend they aren't there. Instead, stand still, whisper God's name, and listen. He is nearer than you think.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross.

HEBREWS 12:2

Remember, heaven was not foreign to Jesus. He is the only person to live on earth after he had lived in heaven. He knew heaven before he came to earth. He knew what awaited him upon his return. And knowing what awaited him in heaven enabled him to bear the shame on earth.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
I gave you the work: to go and produce fruit, fruit that will last."

JOHN 15:16

A good gardener will do what it takes to help a vine bear fruit. What fruit does God want? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). These are the fruits of the Spirit. And this is what God longs to see in us. And like a careful gardener, he will clip and cut away anything that interferes.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
He forgives your sins - every one.

PSALM 103:3

It's against God's nature to remember forgiven sins.

He who is perfect love cannot hold grudges. If he does, then he isn't perfect love. And if he isn't perfect love, you might as well put this book down and go fishing, because both of us are chasing fairy tales.

But I believe in his loving forgetfulness. And I believe he has a graciously terrible memory.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
You thrill to God's Word, you chew on scripture day and night.

PSALM 1:1-2

The Bible is not a newspaper to be skimmed but rather a mine to be quarried.

Here is a practical point. Study the Bible a little at a time. God seems to send messages as he did his manna: one day's portion at a time. He provides "a command here, a command there. A rule here, a rule there. A little lesson here, a little lesson there." Choose depth over quality.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”

~Sir Winston Churchill
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

HEBREWS 13:8

The present-tense Christ. He never says, "I was." We do. We do because "we were." We were younger, faster, prettier. Prone to be people of the past tense, we reminisce. Not God. Unwavering in strength, he need never say, "I was." Heaven has no rearview mirrors.

Can God be more God? No. He does not change. He is the "I am" God. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you – they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”

~Bernice Johnson Reagon

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