Max Lucado 3:16 – The Numbers of Hope: September 27, 2016

Dick and Rick [Hoyt] race a lot….  Team Hoyt loves races.  But only half of Team Hoyt can run….  At [Rick’s] birth in 1962, the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, starving oxygen from his brain….  Doctors gave no hope for his development.  Dick and his wife, Judy, disagreed [and] enrolled him in public school.  He graduated.  He entered college and graduated again.  But Rick wanted to run.  At age fifteen, he asked his dad if they could enter a five-mile benefit race.  Dick was not a runner, but he was a father, so he loaded his son in a three-wheeled wheelchair, and off they went….  Other than a willing heart, [Rick makes] no contribution to the effort.  Rick depends entirely on the strength of his dad.  God wants you to do the same.

Max Lucado

Max Lucado 3:16 – The Numbers of Hope: September 26, 2016

Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.  Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2 Corinthians 3:4-6

Max Lucado 3:16 – The Numbers of Hope: September 25, 2016

Godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.  It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance.  For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Max Lucado

Max Lucado 3:16 – The Numbers of Hope: September 24, 2016

You take…steps of trust daily, even hourly.  You believe the chair will support you, so you set your weight on it.  You believe water will hydrate you, so you swallow it.  You trust the work of the light switch, so you flip it.  You have faith the door knob will work, so you turn it.  You regularly trust power you cannot see to do a work you cannot accomplish.  Jesus invites you to do the same with him.

Max Lucado

Max Lucado 3:16 – The Numbers of Hope: September 23, 2016

In our hearts we felt the sentence of death.  But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.  He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.  On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.

2 Corinthians 1:9-10