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Max Lucado, 3:16 - The 3:16 Challenge

A twenty-six-word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with life, and urging us to do the same. "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."

God so loved this world? Heartbreakers, hope-snatchers, and dream-dousers prowl this orb. Dictators rage. Abusers inflict. reverends think they deserve the title. But God loves. And he loves the world so much he gave his: Declarations? Rules? Dicta? Edicts?

No. the heart-stilling, mind-bending, deal-making-or-breaking claim of John 3:16 is this: God gave his son . . . his only son. Not abstract ideas but a flesh-wrapped divinity. Why? So that whoever believes in him shall not perish.

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