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Lucado (When Christ Comes; Facing Your Giants ) digs deeply into one of the most famous and oft-quoted passages of the Bible-John 3:16. First situating it in its biblical context as part of Jesus's conversation with Nicodemus, Lucado then dissects the 26-word promise phrase by phrase, picking out key theological ideas that provide hope to Christians. What does it mean that God "so loved the world"- What must we do to gain everlasting life- Using his trademark folksy style, Lucado employs great stories and real-life illustrations to drive home points about God's love, justice and determination to save. The chapter on hell (pinging off the phrase "shall not perish") is alone worth the price of admission; it's uncharacteristically hard-hitting for Lucado, with the beloved pastor drawing a line in the sand for evangelicals who might be tempted to believe in universal salvation or who imagine hell as a mere metaphor. That chapter, in fact, could and should be further developed in a book of its own. Some of Lucado's points in this book are devastatingly insightful, others only gimmicky or superficial; still, the book is an excellent entry into the popular Texas writer's body of work. It's short, marvelously accessible and followed by a 40-day Bible study on the life of Jesus (excerpted from Lucado's prior books).
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Great book for leading a small group study. The video has short chaptersPublished 1 month ago by Lynn Partington
Simple, on point filled with encouraging yet accurate biblical related scripture that anyone from a so called baby Christian to a biblical theologian will enjoy reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve Siracusa
Max Lucado wrote this bible study, he is always great. The books and your delivery were excellent.Published 4 months ago by Mike Landers
this book was so interesting I could hardly put it down. When it was necessary to do so, I could not wait to get back to it.Published 5 months ago by Fern oconnell
Amazing book - Max Lucado analyzes one scripture into multi- faceted pearls of wisdom.Published 6 months ago by Patricia Ysac
"3:16 - The Numbers of Hope" is another outstanding book by Max Lucado. The chapters in the book all focus on John 3:16 and yet they are all described differently; the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by brenda robinson