Max Lucado gearing up for release of ’Fearless’

Texas pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado is gearing up for the September release of “Fearless.” Playing off the title, Lucado urges readers to fear less and put their trust in God to help through life’s storms. Everyday Christian was provided with an advance copy of the book, which features Lucado addressing a number of common fears including the fear of overcoming challenges, the fear of death and the fear of being insignificant. Lucado held a recent town hall meeting, for which Everyday Christian submitted questions, where he also answered queries from an audience and social network participants. “There is a place for appropriate fear to alarm us of impending danger, but it’s the inappropriate treatment of fear that does damage to us,” he said. Part of that inappropriate treatment, Lucado argues, is when we have extreme reactions to fear one way or another. “One extreme is Chicken Little saying, ‘The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!’ We don’t freak out, nor do we take the approach of Pollyanna. … Somewhere between Chicken Little and Pollyanna is the sobered honest disciple of Christ who doesn’t freak out at the presence of problems and doesn’t lose faith when problems come.” He also pointed to Matthew 10:29-31 as evidence that people should understand they do indeed matter to God. “You look at the story of God that became a human being. He walked on the Earth and became one of us because he loves us. This perfect love that he knew came not just to save us from our sins and defeat our death, but to deliver us from this sense of, ‘I don’t have any purpose, I don’t have meaning, I don’t have any value.’” “He offers you this gift of salvation. You accept it. Once you accept it by faith, you may not know what changes are coming, you may not know what the future holds on this Earth, but you can know this. In heaven, God writes your name in a book, and it’s a book of life. … Of all the fears you have to live with, there’s one you don’t have to live with and that is the fear of eternity because God loves you too much to leave you in the shadow of death.” Lucado just returned from a promotional trip from Brazil where he and his wife Denalyn served as church planters in Rio de Janeiro in the 1980s. The book was published in Portugese in advance of the U.S. release as part of the trip. Link: Max Lucado town hall: http://townhall.maxlucado.com/

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Max Lucado gearing up for release of ’Fearless’

Texas pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado is gearing up for the September release of “Fearless.” Playing off the title, Lucado urges readers to fear less and put their trust in God to help through life’s storms. Everyday Christian was provided with an advance copy of the book, which features Lucado addressing a number of common fears including the fear of overcoming challenges, the fear of death and the fear of being insignificant. Lucado held a recent town hall meeting, for which Everyday Christian submitted questions, where he also answered queries from an audience and social network participants. “There is a place for appropriate fear to alarm us of impending danger, but it’s the inappropriate treatment of fear that does damage to us,” he said. Part of that inappropriate treatment, Lucado argues, is when we have extreme reactions to fear one way or another. “One extreme is Chicken Little saying, ‘The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!’ We don’t freak out, nor do we take the approach of Pollyanna. … Somewhere between Chicken Little and Pollyanna is the sobered honest disciple of Christ who doesn’t freak out at the presence of problems and doesn’t lose faith when problems come.” He also pointed to Matthew 10:29-31 as evidence that people should understand they do indeed matter to God. “You look at the story of God that became a human being. He walked on the Earth and became one of us because he loves us. This perfect love that he knew came not just to save us from our sins and defeat our death, but to deliver us from this sense of, ‘I don’t have any purpose, I don’t have meaning, I don’t have any value.’” “He offers you this gift of salvation. You accept it. Once you accept it by faith, you may not know what changes are coming, you may not know what the future holds on this Earth, but you can know this. In heaven, God writes your name in a book, and it’s a book of life. … Of all the fears you have to live with, there’s one you don’t have to live with and that is the fear of eternity because God loves you too much to leave you in the shadow of death.” Lucado just returned from a promotional trip from Brazil where he and his wife Denalyn served as church planters in Rio de Janeiro in the 1980s. The book was published in Portugese in advance of the U.S. release as part of the trip. Link: Max Lucado town hall: http://townhall.maxlucado.com/

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