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The Boy and the Ocean: A reading by author, Max Lucado

Just how wide, how deep, and how big is the love of God really?

See for yourself in this heart-warming story about a boy, his parents, and the wonder of creation.

From the vast reaches of the ocean to the towering heights of the mountains, Max Lucado takes children on a journey of discovery and thanksgiving as he shows how creation expresses the unmatched love of the Creator.

Watch and listen as Max reads The Boy and the Ocean.

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New from Max Lucado: “The Boy and the Ocean”

“God’s love is like the ocean, my little boy,” she said. “It’s always here. It’s always deep. It never ends. God’s love is special.”

Just how wide, how deep, and how big is the love of God really? See for yourself in this heart-warming story about a boy, his parents, and the wonder of creation. From the vast reaches of the ocean to the towering heights of the mountains, Max Lucado takes us on a journey of discovery and thanksgiving as he shows us how creation expresses the unmatched love of the Creator. Filled with beautiful illustrations, this charming tale teaches about the God whose love never ends, and will remain a favorite among families for years to come.

To download an excerpt, click here.

March 20, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Children,Fiction,The Love of God | Author: Lindsay Tully @ 8:00 am | 0 Comments »

Behind the Book: Phil Ryken Talks About “Loving the Way Jesus Loves”

Phil Ryken gives readers a behind the scenes perspective on the art and content development of his recent book, Loving the Way Jesus Loves:

Learn more about the Lovetown PA Project, Loving the Way Jesus Loves, or download a sample chapter.

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April 18, 2012 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Arts & Literature,Book News,Loving Others,News & Announcements,The Love of God,Video,Video | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 12:30 pm | 0 Comments »

The Measure of God’s Love (Toward Those Worse Off Than Frogs)

Excerpt from Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper

The measure of God’s love for us is shown by two things. One is the degree of his sacrifice in saving us from the penalty of our sin. The other is the degree of unworthiness that we had when he saved us.

We can hear the measure of his sacrifice in the words, “He gave his only son” (John 3:16). We also hear it in the word Christ. This is a name based on the Greek title Christos, or “Anointed One,” or “Messiah.” It is a term of great dignity. The Messiah was to be the King of Israel. He would conquer the Romans and bring peace and security to Israel. Thus the person whom God sent to save sinners was his own divine Son, his only Son, and the Anointed King of Israel—indeed the king of the world (Isaiah 9:6-7).

When we add to this consideration the horrific death by crucifixion that Christ endured, it becomes clear that the sacrifice the Father and the Son made was indescribably great—even infinite, when you consider the distance between the divine and the human. But God chose to make this sacrifice to save us.

The measure of his love for us increases still more when we consider our unworthiness. “Perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7-8). We deserved divine punishment, not divine sacrifice.

I have heard it said, “God didn’t die for frogs. So he was responding to our value as humans.” This turns grace on its head. We are worse off than frogs. They have not sinned. They have not rebelled and treated God with the contempt of being inconsequential in their lives. God did not have to die for frogs. They aren’t bad enough. We are. Our debt is so great, only a divine sacrifice could pay it.

There is only one explanation for God’s sacrifice for us. It is not us. It is “the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). It is all free. It is not a response to our worth. It is the overflow of his infinite worth. In fact, that is what divine love is in the end: a passion to enthrall undeserving sinners, at great cost, with what will make us supremely happy forever, namely, his infinite beauty.

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Struggling in Sanctification

“One reason we don’t grow in ordinary, grateful obedience as we should is that we’ve got amnesia; we’ve forgotten that we are cleansed from our sins. In other words, ongoing failure in our growth is the direct result of failing to remember God’s love for us in the gospel. If we fail to remember our justification, redemption, and reconciliation, we’ll struggle in our sanctification. In other words, remembering, revisiting, and rediscovering the reality of our justification every day is the hard work we’re called to do if we’re going to grow.”—Elyse Fitzpatrick, Because He Loves Me

June 30, 2011 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Justification,Life & Doctrine,Sanctification,The Christian Life,The Love of God | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 8:26 am | 0 Comments »