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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

America's Best Preacher

Reader’s Digest named Christian author Max Lucado “America’s Best Preacher”.

From airlines to ice cream shops, from pies to pet products and preachers – the Reader’s Digest listed the “America Best” in 100 categories. The issue hit the newsstands on April 19th.

The editors of Readers’ Digest said they talked to hundreds of experts and ordinary folks to select the best in each category. The Reader’s Digest editor in chief Jackie Leo said in a news release that the aim is to highlight hidden treasures, great products, cool trends and inspiring stories that show what’s extraordinary about America.

Max Lucado has published more than 50 inspirational books. He has been in pulpit minister at Oaks Hills Church since 1988.

Max Lucado once said in an article that he used to be louder and rougher on people than he is now. “Now I realize how much God has forgiven me.”

I like Max Lucado’s books for his very powerful and encouraging messages. Enjoy and ponder on some of the words from his book, When God Whispers Your Name –

It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming….

In a few moments, the day well arrive …

For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demand. It is now I must make a choice…


I CHOOSE LOVE…
No occasion justifies hatred;

no injustice warrants bitterness.
I choose love.
Today I will love God and what God loves.

I CHOOSE JOY…
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance.

I will refuse the temptation to be cynical…
the tool of the lazy thinker.
I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings,
created by God.
I will refuse to see any problem as
anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I CHOOSE PEACE…
I will live forgiven.

I will forgive so that I may live.

I CHOOSE PATIENCE…
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world.

Instead of cursing the one who takes my place,
I'll invite him to do so.
Rather than complain that the wait is too long,
I will thank God for a momentto pray.
Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments,
I will face them with joy and courage.

I CHOOSE KINDNESS…
I will be kind to the poor,

for they are alone.
I will be kind to the rich, for they are afraid.
And kind tothe unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I CHOOSE GOODNESS…
I will go without a dollar

before I take a dishonest one.
I will be overlooked
before I will boast. I
will confess before I will accuse.
I choose goodness.

I CHOOSE FAITHFULNESS…
Today I will keep my promises.

My debtors will not regret their trust.
My associateswill not question my word.
My wife will not question my love.
And my children will never fear
that their father will not come home.

I CHOOSE GENTLENESS…
Nothing is won by force.

I choose to be gentle.
If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise.
If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer.
If I make a demand, may it only be of myself.

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