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Tract: 3:16 The Numbers of Hope (Pack of 25)
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Based on the book 3:16, best-selling author Max Lucado reveals the concept of God's love as shown in John 3:16.

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A twenty-six-word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with life, and urging us to do the same. Brief enough to write on a napkin or memorize in a moment, yet solid enough to weather two thousand years of storms and questions. If you know nothing of the Bible, start here. If you know everything in the Bible, return here. We all need the reminder. The heart of the human problem is the heart of the human. And God’s treatment is prescribed in John 3:16.

He loves.
He gave.
We believe.
We live.

He loves.

God loves you because he chooses to do so. “God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important… He did it out of sheer love…” (Deut. 7:7-8, MSG). God’s love for you depends on his goodness, not yours. And since he is totally good, you are absolutely loved. You don’t need to win his love, you already have it. And since you can’t win it, you can’t lose it. He will love you forever. You may step outside of his will, but never his love. Mark it down. He loves you. So much, in fact, that…

He gave.

He gave his one and only Son. Jesus is God’s “one and only.” He is unlike any other person in history. Every quality we attribute to God, we can give to Jesus. Jesus has an eternal life span, unending wisdom, and tireless energy. Most of all, Jesus is sinless. When he lived on the earth, he never sinned. “He never did one thing wrong. Not once said anything amiss” (1 Peter 2:22, MSG).

We, on the other hand, do wrong things daily. We stretch the truth. We hurt people. We take advantage of the weak and disrespect our family. What should God do? He has made his position clear. “Anyone whose life is not holy will never see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14, NCV). Where does that leave us?

It leaves us depending on the 3:16 promise. “God… gave his one and only son…” Though sinless, Jesus took our sin. God placed our sin on his Son and punished it. When Jesus died on the cross, he died for us in our place. Our response to this great gift is simple…

We believe.

We trust Jesus to do what we can’t. We don’t trust our own efforts to save us. We can’t save ourselves. We don’t place our trust in other people to save us. We believe in him.

We take similar steps of trust daily, even hourly. Believing the chair will support us, we set our weight on it. Believing water will hydrate, we drink it. Trusting the work of the light switch, we flip it. We have faith in the doorknob, so we turn it. We trust power we cannot see to do work we can’t accomplish. Jesus invites us to do the same with him. And when we do, when we believe…

We live.

God gives us brand-new life. He gives us joy in this life and the promise of eternal life with him. We have joy because we have his Spirit living within us. Little by little his Spirit changes us to be more like Jesus. No guilt in life, no fear of death, he gives life, now.

And life for eternity. In Heaven you will be you at your best. No anger or sadness, tears or trouble. Never weary, selfish, or defeated. Clear mind, tireless muscles, unhindered joy. And, most of all, God! “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and the knowledge of God” (Romans 11:33, ESV). Heaven is a perfect place of perfected people with our perfect Lord.

He loves.
He gave.
We believe.
We live.

Would you like to accept the 3:16 promise? You can. Tell God you accept him.

“Father, I believe you love me. You gave your one and only Son so I can live forever with you. Apart from you, I die. With you, I live. I choose life. I choose you.”

Jesus awaits your prayer. Believe in him and you will…

Not…

Perish…

You will have life, eternal life, forever.



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Max Lucado
Max Lucado has the heart of a pastor and the pen of a poet. He is a preacher who writes and a writer who preaches, though none would call him preachy. This unique combination of gifts led Christianity Today to label him "America's Pastor," but he prefers to go by "Max" and leave the titles behind.

Since 1985 this Texas pastor has taken pen to paper, sharing his heart and his stories with readers around the globe. And readers have responded, snapping up more than 50 million copies of his 60 plus titles during the last two decades.

Every year, Max's books are consistently among the best selling and most well-reviewed books in the industry. He is the first and only author to win the ECPA Christian Book of the Year award three times (1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name). And his name has become a fixture on national bestseller lists-a Max Lucado title has appeared on the CBA hardcover bestseller list every month for more than a dozen years. Also in 2008, Max Lucado's 3:16 The Numbers of Hope was awarded Outreach Magazine's Resource of the Year as well as the Retailer's Choice Book of the Year in the Christian Living category. His works regularly appear on the Publishers Weekly religion bestseller lists and have graced the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists more than once.

Max Lucado is one of the rare authors who can craft memorable books for readers of all ages, races and creeds. He has written bestselling books for both children and adults, from illustrated storybooks to nonfiction and biblical commentary. Though he is known best for his nonfiction books for adults, Max won Campus Life magazine's "favorite author" designation so consistently that the category was deleted for many years from the teen reader's annual awards.

Max's gift of turning a phrase has turned into one of Hallmark's most popular branded greeting cards lines, selling 6 million cards in just three years. His word and stories have been repackaged in just about every format imaginable, including DVDs, CD-ROMs, music CDs, apparel, giftware, calendars, study Bibles and even plush products. And his books have been translated into more than 28 languages worldwide.

Yet all these books and products find their wellspring in a single source: the pulpit at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. All Max's books for adults have been birthed as sermons for the congregation at Oak Hills Church-perhaps one of the reasons Readers Digest dubbed him "America's Best Preacher" in 2005.

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Product Details

Product #: 656027

Status: Current Title

Date Published: 02 Jan 2008

ISBN-13: 9781682160039

Publisher: Good News Publishers- Crossway Books

Subjects: Bibles - English Standard Version / New Testament & Portions / Tracts - Easter

Category: Books - Tracts & Booklets

Weight: 130 g

Size: 13.7 x 8.9 cm