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The gift for all people : thoughts on God's great grace
Lucado, Max.
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Sisters, Or. : Multnomah, [1999]

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135 pages ; 19 cm
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The Gift for All People is a celebration of God's gift of salvation wrapped in a collection of inspirational stories. These stories will help Christians comprehend and treasure the assurance of their salvation and will help non-Christians realize and embrace the gift of abundant, eternal life in Jesus Christ. The concluding story, written especially for this book, urges readers to give their lives to Jesus Christ and shows them how to do so. This book will provide Christians with a unique, warm, and attractive presentation of the gospel to give to non-Christian family or friends. More than anything, God wants you to be with Him. The God who designed your world, the God who placed you on the planet, simply wants you home with Him. And to bring you home, He offers you a gift...the gift of eternal salvation. My prayer is that through the pages of this book you'll see his gift like you've never seen it. If you've already accepted it, you'll thank Him again. And if you've never accepted it, I pray that you will. For it's the gift of a lifetime. A gift for all people.

Author Notes

Max Lucado (born January 11, 1955) is a best-selling Christian author, and Minister. He was educated at Abilene Christian University.

Lucado has been pastor of the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas, since 1988. He also hosts UpWords, a fifteen minute radio show that can be heard in thirty states.

Lucado has authored almost 100 books, three of which were listed as top ten books on the Christian Booksellers Association list. His book, When God Whispers Your Name, was the number one hardcover book for eight months. His book You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times made the New York Times bestseller list in September 2013. He made this bestseller list again in 2015 with his title Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe and again with Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now. His latest book is Because of Bethlehem Christmas Coloring Book: Love is born. Hope is here. Anxious for Nothing, published in September 2017, has become a Publishers Weekly bestseller . (Bowker Author Biography)



Chapter One IT BEGAN IN A MANGER I t all happened in a most remarkable moment ... a moment like no other. For through that segment of time a spectacular thing occurred.     God became a man. Divinity arrived. Heaven opened herself and placed her most precious one in a human womb.     The omnipotent, in one instant, became flesh and blood. The one who was larger than the universe became a microscopic embryo. And he who sustains the world with a word chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young girl.     God had come near.     He came, not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as one whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. Mary and Joseph were anything but royal. Yet heaven entrusted its greatest treasure to these simple parents. It began in a manger, this momentous moment in time. He looked anything but a king. His face, prunish and red. His cry, still the helpless and piercing cry of a dependent baby.     Majesty in the midst of the mundane. Holiness in the filth of sheep manure and sweat. This baby had overseen the universe. These rags keeping him warm were the robes of eternity. His golden throne room had been abandoned in favor of a dirty sheep pen. And worshiping angels had been replaced with kind but bewildered shepherds.     Curious, this royal throne room. No tapestries covering the windows. No velvet garments on the courtiers. No golden scepter or glittering crown. Curious, the sounds in the court. Cows munching, hooves crunching, a mother humming, a babe nursing.     It could have begun anywhere, the story of the king. But, curiously, it began in a manger. Step into the doorway, peek through the window.     He is here! A DAY FOR GOOD-BYE I t was time for Jesus to leave. The carpentry shop had been his home, his refuge. He had come to say good-bye, to smell the sawdust and lumber just one more time.     Life was peaceful here. Life was so safe. Here he had spent countless hours of contentment. On this dirt floor he had played as a toddler while his father worked. Here Joseph had taught him how to grip a hammer. And on this workbench he had built his first chair.     It was here that his human hands shaped the wood his divine hands had created. And it was here that his body matured while his spirit waited for the right moment, the right day.     And now that day had arrived.     I wonder if he wanted to stay.     I wonder because I know he had already read the last chapter. He knew that the feet that would step out of the safe shadow of the carpentry shop would not rest until they'd been pierced and placed on a Roman cross.     You see, he didn't have to go. He had a choice. He could have stayed. He could have ignored the call or at least postponed it. And had he chosen to stay, who would have known? Who would have blamed him?     He could have come back as a man in another era when society wasn't so volatile, when religion wasn't so stale, when people would listen better.     He could have come back when crosses were out of style.     But his heart wouldn't let him. If there was hesitation on the part of his humanity, it was overcome by the compassion of his divinity. His divinity heard the voices. His divinity heard the hopeless cries of the poor, the bitter accusations of the abandoned, the dangling despair of those who are trying to save themselves.     And his divinity saw the faces. Some wrinkled. Some weeping. Some hidden behind veils. Some obscured by fear. Some earnest with searching. Some blank with boredom. From the face of Adam to the face of the infant born somewhere in the world as you read these words, he saw them all.     And you can be sure of one thing. Among the voices that found their way into that carpentry shop in Nazareth was your voice. Your silent prayers uttered on tearstained pillows were heard before they were said. Your deepest questions about death and eternity were answered before they were asked. And your direst need, your need for a Savior, was met before you ever sinned.     And not only did he hear you, he saw you. He saw your face aglow the hour you first knew him. He saw your face in shame the hour you first fell. The same face that looked back at you from this morning's mirror, looked at him. And it was enough to kill him.     He left because of you.     He laid his security down with his hammer. He hung tranquillity on the peg with his nail apron. He closed the window shutters on the sunshine of his youth and locked the door on the comfort and ease of anonymity     Since he could bear your sins more easily than he could bear the thought of your hopelessness, he chose to leave.     It wasn't easy But it was love. Copyright © 1999 Max Lucado. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 11
The Gift of a Savior
1 It Began in A Mangerp. 21
2 A Day for Good-byep. 23
3 God in the Fleshp. 27
4 Compassionate Saviorp. 29
5 Jesns Knows How yon feelp. 33
6 Faith Beheld, Faith Blessedp. 37
7 The Great Exchangep. 41
8 Eves on the Saviorp. 45
9 Come and seep. 49
Ransom for Sinners
10 Road to Calvaryp. 55
11 The Fog of a Broken Heartp. 57
12 Partner in the Planp. 61
13 He saw youp. 65
14 Heaven's Silencep. 67
15 At any Costp. 71
16 Right of Richteous?p. 73
17 Heartbroken for youp. 75
18 "It is Finished!"p. 77
Bounteous Grace
19 Gracious Promisesp. 83
20 Pardon and Peacep. 85
21 Grasping Gracep. 87
22 Grace Meansp. 89
23 With Towel and Basinp. 93
24 Adoption of the Heartp. 95
25 The Source of Mv strengthp. 97
The Choice
26 The God who Invitesp. 103
27 Leaving the Porch Light onp. 107
28 Too Good to be True?p. 109
29 Who's to Choose?p. 113
30 Pursued by Godp. 117
31 A Demonstration of Devotionp. 121
32 Your Abba's Armsp. 125
33 God's Destiny for Your Lifep. 127
Referencesp. 137