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Advent Starts Now

  • Tue, Dec 1, 2015

Christmas-Tree-Max-Lucado-UpWords®What Advent traditions mark this season for you?  As children, my sisters and I enjoyed those cardboard Advent calendars from the grocery store—you know, the kind where you eat one chocolate per day all December long.  I even got one this year to keep the nostalgia of childhood alive :-).

Last year, I started a new tradition when a friend presented me with a copy of Max Lucado's In the Manger: 25 Inspirational Selections for Advent.  So this morning, after chomping on a piece of chocolate, I dug into today's selection.

Max beautifully sets up the season with ...

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A Day With Max Lucado

  • Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Biola-Max-Lucado-Glory-Days-PrayerIt was 9:15 AM on October 7, 2015.  I joined a crowd of students walking to the Biola University gymnasium in La Mirada, CA.  Max Lucado would soon be addressing 800-900 students, staff, faculty, and guests.  This day had been on the calendar for months.  And now it was finally here.

After the privilege of serving Max's radio ministry for 15 months,
I would finally get to meet him!

I found my seat next to Jim Sanders.  When I looked to the left and saw Max sitting only two seats away, I thought, So this is how it ...

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Not Just a Hobby!

  • Tue, Sep 15, 2015


While most 18-year-olds are posting selfies and bingeing on Netflix, Hannah Leary is memorizing books of the Bible.  Not just verses, not just chapters, and not just a book or two—this National Bible Bee (NBB) competitor has committed 10 entire books of the Bible to memory!

In a recent World Magazine article, Hannah says of her six-year NBB involvement, "At first, yes, I was just reading theological words.  But then it started coming alive."

The other 359 students who make it to finals would probably say the same.  Even if they don't take home a prize, these young ...

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