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He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado
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Nov 22, 2010

it was amazing
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Read from April 10 to 19, 2012 , read count: 2

Today is Good Friday -- 4/18/2014 -- As a Christian, this is a book I read every "Good Friday" along with the DVD "The Passion of the Christ," an amazing film. If you watch the film, it will change the way you look at your faith.

This book was inspired by a Russian Christian who left a cross on Lucado's desk one Sunday with a note that said how his new faith in Jesus led him to retrieve the nails from an old abandoned Russian church and form those nails into a cross and around the cross he wove a crown of barbed wire -- which is image on the cover of the book.

This book by Max Lucado is, for me, the best book he has ever written. Fifteen chapters in easy, understandable language with memorable insight that reveals what He did for all of us. From the depth of Christ's torture, walk to the Cross, death and resurrection, He did it all for us. There is also a 15 part study guide in the back which is perfect for small group studies or solo study.

Chapter 13 "I can turn your tragedy into triumph." After Jesus death, John's friend and future were buried. But John didn't leave. why? Was he waiting for the resurrection? No. Was he expecting a Sunday surprise? No. Why was he here? Maybe he lingered because he loved Jesus. Jesus was more than the hope of Israel, or a master teacher, he was his friend. Did he understand Jesus? No. Was he glad Jesus did what he did? No. But did he leave Jesus? No. What if you were in John's position-- somewhere between yesterdays tragedy and tomorrows triumph. What would you do? Do you leave or linger?

Very early Sunday morning they discovered he was gone, only strips of linen cloth lying there. When John went in --< he saw and believed.> in Hebrew language this linen was not ripped off but still in their original state, undisturbed. The grave cloths still rolled and folded, how? God used sad burial wrappings not as a symbol of death but as symbol of his love.

Can God do something in your life? (based on Romans 8:28)--

In hospital stays, God works for the good.
In divorce papers, God works for the good.
In a prison term, God works for the good.
If God can change John's life through a tragedy,
could it be he will use a tragedy to change yours?
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