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About the Author

More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

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(Go to the Right Bus.)

If the problem is sin and all have sinned, what can you do? Well, you can go to church, but that won't make you a Christian. Just like going to a rodeo doesn't make you a cowboy, going to church doesn't make you a Christian. You could work really hard to please God. You could do a lot of good stuff, give away a lot of things . . . the only problem with that is that you don't know how many good things you have to do. Or you could compare yourself with others: "I may be bad, but at least I'm better than Hitler." The problem with comparisons is that other people aren't the standard; God is!

So what are you going to do? If you aren't saved by going to church or doing good works or by comparing yourself to others, how are you saved? The answer is simple: Go to the right bus.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16, NIV).

Note what God did: " . . . He gave his only Son." This is how he dealt with your sin. Imagine it this way. Suppose you are found guilty of a crime. You are in a court-room in front of the judge, and he sentences you to death for your crime. His sentence is just. You are guilty, and the punishment for your crime is death. But suppose that the judge is your father. He knows the law; he knows that your crime demands a death. But he knows love; he knows that he loves you too much to let you die. So in a wonderful act of love, he stands and removes his robe and stands by your side and says, "I'm going to die in your place."

That is what God did for you. The wages of sin is death. Heaven's justice demands a death for your sin. Heaven's love, however, can't bear to see you die. So here is what God did. He stood and removed his heavenly robes. He came to earth to tell us that he would die for us. He would be our Savior. And that is what he did.

"God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering the forgiveness of sins . . . God put on him the wrong who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God" (2 Corinthians 5:21, MSG).

THE RESPONSE: TRUST

(Getting on the Right Bus)

What does God want you to do? He wants you to get on his bus. How is this done? Three simple steps: admit, agree, accept.

1. Admit that God has not been first place in your life, and ask him to forgive your sins. "If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong" (I John 1:9, NLT).

2. Agree that Jesus died to pay for your sins and that he rose from the dead and is alive today. "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9, NIV). "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name [Jesus] by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12, NIV).

3. Accept God's free gift of salvation. Don't try to earn it. "For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9, NIV).

"To all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them. All those who believe this are reborn!-not a physical rebirth-. . . but from the will of God" (John 1:12, 13, TLB).

Jesus says, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in. . ." (Revelation 3:20, NIV).

With all of my heart, I urge you to accept God's destiny for your life. I urge you to get on board with Christ. According to the Bible, "Jesus is the only one who can save people. His name is the only power in the world that has been given to save people. We must be saved through him" (Acts 4:12, NCV).

Would you let him save you? This is the most important decision you will ever make. Why don't you give your heart to him right now? Admit your need. Agree with his work. Accept his gift. Go to God in prayer and tell him, I am a sinner in need of grace. I believe that Jesus died for me on the cross. I accept your offer of salvation. It's a simple prayer with eternal results.


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  • File Size: 141 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 1, 2005)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2005
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MQNRCC
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In just under two decades of writing, Max Lucado has accomplished more than most writers hope for in a lifetime. Most of his books have appeared on one or more best seller lists, including those published by the "New York Times," "USA Today," "Publishers Weekly," and the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA). Aside from hardcover books, Lucado's writings have also been published as children's books, videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, music CDs, mass paperback booklets, apparel, giftware, bookmarks, calendars, study Bibles, workbooks, curricula, and plush products. In spring 2003, Hallmark/Dayspring Cards launched a new gift card line featuring excerpts from Lucado's writings--and has already sold more than one million cards.

All this success has drawn more than a little attention to a previously low-profile Texas author and minister. Lucado has been featured in a wide range of media, including "USA Today," "Larry King Live," and "NBC Nightly News." He has spoken at the National Prayer Breakfast before the President of the United States. He has traveled with internationally renowned musicians as a special speaker on their music tours, such as the highly successful "Come Together & Worship Tour" (sponsored by Chevrolet) with Grammy Award-winning artists Michael W. Smith and Third Day.

Journey to the Top
Lucado was born in 1955 in San Angelo, Texas, and raised in Andrews, Texas, the youngest of four children. His father was an Exxon oil field mechanic who, Lucado remembers, always smelled of grease cleaner. "It makes it easy for me to see a God who is loving and kind--because my dad was," he says. His mother was a nurse who grew up working in the cotton fields.

Lucado went through a period of rebellion against his parents' values and their God during his teens and into college. But it wasn't long before he found himself drawn back to his roots, back to God. He married, spent time serving as a missionary in Brazil, and returned to the States, where he began working as a church minister and writing on the side.

Secret to Success
From all accounts, Max Lucado is not a man consumed by sales, awards, and achievements. He often turns down media interviews since they impede on family and ministry commitments. He spends the bulk of his week serving as senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. And he is truly surprised by his own success--more impressed by his one-in-a-million wife and three amazing daughters than by his successful writing career.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2003
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I was browsing through a book store and saw this book. I have read other religious books trying to explain the reasoning of God but this one being so short, it caught my eye. I am not a professed believer- I am still compiling information- and this book was very compelling. Not only does it give the view of a believer for any type of reader but it adds examples and comparisions. It is a very quick read- one sitting-, is easy to understand, and is not offending. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for another view from either side :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mimi on February 8, 2005
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This book gave a scenario of a troubled relationship between a girl and her father, and related it to the troubled relationship that humans have with God. It helps the reader understand where God is coming from and what God is about and what we (as children of God) have a choice to do.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trilogy Poetry Review on May 7, 2006
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This is a wonderful book regarding one's faith and personal relationship with Christ. The story could be applied to many situations today, not just family relationships, but also to life in general. The examples used are very touching. The book is easily read and is very relaxing. It shows God's love for us and His blessing for us. I enjoyed reading every page. This is excellent!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2001
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Our pastor handed this book out to the entire congregation on Easter Sunday. Our challenge was to read it and to pass it on to someone else. This book is the perfect tool for witnessing. It is short and can be read in less than 30 minutes. I have been a christian for more than 14 years and I was surprised how much I learned. It really helped reaffirm my faith. It is a must read for christians and nonchristians alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Cowen on December 20, 2001
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Wow. He beautifully weaves in an updated "Prodigal Daughter" story along with the story of the Cross. "Jesus paid it all...all to Him we owe!" This will bring home the reality of His gift, of His suffering on the Cross, of His love for you...regardless of where you've been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By priusgirl13 on August 15, 2014
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I buy The Gospel of John booklets and these tracts from ama.zon.com. I tuck one of these into the booklet along with a gift card for fast food. These tracts are powerful. I give these items to homeless people. We are called to love God and to love one another. We are also called to tell others about the Good News. Are you fulfilling your Savior's command? You need not be rich nor brave, as I am neither. I'm just obedient and I let God do the rest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. DUROSE on January 7, 2005
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I just read this book last night and was touched. Lucado really presents the Gospel in a tangible way and details what Christ did for us, why He died for us, and then presents the reader with the invitation to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. It's a concise book, so it's a very quick read. It's a powerful book little book though.
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By Irene H. Carson on October 5, 2013
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Max Lucado's writing is down to earth. Especially in " He Did This Just For You " he lays forth the nature of sin and man's universal need for salvation. God's plan is revealed...He sent His Son to make atonement for the sins of all who will believe and accept the sacrificial death of Christ. Lucado likes to use threes in his writing: Admit that God has not been first in your life; Agree that Jesus died for you; Accept Gpd's free gift of salvation. And "These three steps are essential in your faith...Baptism, Bible reading, and belonging to church." The final words of this book - "But want to know the coolest thing about the One who gave up a crown of heaven for a crown of thorns? He did this Just for you" demonstrate Lucado's use of figurative language. This book is easy to read and could be read in the course of an hour. God so loved the world Join 3:16.
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