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Fri, 28 Nov 2014

Christ the Son, Part 1 of 3 (Christ Before Bethlehem)

At the mall we are assailed by lights, trees, tinsel, ornaments, and all sorts of holiday cheer. What you will not find there is much reference to the Christ whose coming is the reason for the season.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014

Just One in a Crowd, Part 3 of 3 (Thanksgiving)

During the days of Jesus, ten lepers were miraculously healed. But only one bothered to thank the one who had healed him. Is it any different today? Thanklessness is a sign of a heart that does not know the God who sustains us every minute.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014

Just One in a Crowd, Part 2 of 3 (Thanksgiving)

At Thanksgiving, everybody goes back home to loved ones for that turkey dinner. Some of us give thanks for God's provision. When ten lepers were healed by Jesus, only one bothered to say thanks. Are you among the nine, or are you the one?

Tue, 25 Nov 2014

Just One in a Crowd, Part 1 of 3 (Thanksgiving)

Our forefathers knew Who brought them across the sea to a new homeland, and to Whom they owed thanks. Do we also have thankful hearts?

Mon, 24 Nov 2014

Miles Apart in the Same House, Part 4 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

Many marriages begin happily, but then descend into conflict as husband and wife display the latent rebellion that has marked every human since that first couple. Today we will learn how to apply God's solution to man's deepest problem and heal broken relationships.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

Miles Apart in the Same House, Part 3 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

Adam and Eve tossed paradise aside when they disobeyed God. Like them, we manipulate each other to meet our own needs, not realizing that meeting our mate's needs is the real key to marital happiness.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

Miles Apart in the Same House, Part 2 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

When the family unit breaks down, culture itself breaks down. Communication failures affect nearly every marriage at one time or another, and this began quite early in history. In fact, we have record of it in the Garden of Eden.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Miles Apart in the Same House, Part 1 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

The family is an endangered species. Fractured, stressed, broken, dysfunctional, these words describe a crisis in society's most basic unit. This crisis begins when marriages fail.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

The Goal is Holiness, Not Happiness, Part 4 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

In marriage, two people have to care for each other. This combats our inherent selfishness. In many ways, marriage is a crucible in which character is forged, where happiness is found in pleasing your mate, not yourself.

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

The Goal is Holiness, Not Happiness, Part 3 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

Those who think marriage is a magic door to happiness should note that half of all marriages fail today. God intended marriage to develop character, and a hard heart can break the bonds between a couple if one will not repent.

Fri, 14 Nov 2014

The Goal is Holiness, Not Happiness, Part 2 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

On their wedding day, few starry-eyed couples realize the searchlight that their marriage will be in revealing the character flaws they both have. Being happy is not the purpose of marriage as far as God is concerned.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

The Goal is Holiness, Not Happiness, Part 1 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

There is good evidence in the Bible that marriage is more about developing character than insuring a lifetime of bliss. When the rough spots come, and they will, what are couples to take from those experiences?

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Those Vows Mean Something, Part 4 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

The purpose of the marriage vow is to make an exclusive commitment to your spouse. If that commitment is not kept, you destroy the trust that a working marriage requires.

Tue, 11 Nov 2014

Those Vows Mean Something, Part 3 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

The Bible tells us how to make marriages last, and in this message, we will see why living a life of love, purity and honor is the only way this can happen.

Mon, 10 Nov 2014

Those Vows Mean Something, Part 2 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

In marriage, conflicts arise, and the temptation to split up is often great. What is the glue that can bind two people together when the romantic luster fades? Keeping our commitments can save our marriages and our families.

Fri, 07 Nov 2014

Those Vows Mean Something, Part 1 of 4 (Til Death Do Us Part)

When marriages break up, many have prenuptial agreements to split up their belongings. Few take seriously the covenants they enter into. This message will go back to the basics of why marriage in God's eyes is a lifetime deal.

Thu, 06 Nov 2014

Building a Lasting Marriage, Part 3 of 3 (Til Death Do Us Part)

While there were differences between Wanda and Gustav Lutzer, they were never irreconcilable. Their marriage lasted 76 years, when Gustav passed away at age 106. In this message Dr. Erwin Lutzer, their fifth child, tells of their commitment.

Wed, 05 Nov 2014

Building a Lasting Marriage, Part 2 of 3 (Til Death Do Us Part)

Gustav and Wanda Lutzer celebrated 76 years of marriage in Canada. Their fifth child was Dr. Erwin Lutzer, who is telling their story on Running to Win. He lists five principles that kept his parents together through thick and thin.

Tue, 04 Nov 2014

Building a Lasting Marriage, Part 1 of 3 (Til Death Do Us Part)

What keeps a couple together 76 years, surviving war, emigration, deprivation, and material want? This message will tell the story of the parents of Dr. Erwin Lutzer, and why their marriage lasted so long.

Mon, 03 Nov 2014

The Cross:Our Challenge Before a Watching World, Part 4 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

Jesus said, "I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit." Indeed we must bear fruit, or else the cross will be of no effect. It is not what we say or who we vote for; it is what we do.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

The Cross:Our Challenge Before a Watching World, Part 3 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

Jesus renounced His privileges and humbled Himself to the point of permitting His own death. Unless we do the same, we will never reach the lost.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014

The Cross:Our Challenge Before a Watching World, Part 2 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

While on earth, Jesus chose to contain His glory and limit His options. And that is the key to how we can bring His message to lost mankind. As we learn why the cross can do what politics cannot, today we will find out how to effectively take the cross into the world.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014

The Cross:Our Challenge Before a Watching World, Part 1 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

There is a basic problem in evangelism: the world thinks the cross we preach about is foolish, but to us, it is the power of God. How do we bring the message of the cross to a rejecting world?

Tue, 28 Oct 2014

The Cross:The Basis for Morality, Part 4 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

Today's common philosophy is, "if it feels good, do it." But believers know that the cross is a potent reminder of the price of wrong moral choices. Today Pastor Lutzer further explains why the cross is the only basis for morality.

Mon, 27 Oct 2014

The Cross:The Basis for Morality, Part 3 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

Americans are adrift in a sea of moral relativism. We need a moral compass. The cross of Christ is that compass, and the church must live by the cross if our culture is to survive.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

The Cross:The Basis for Morality, Part 2 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

What happens when moral standards are set by the will of the majority? It becomes "okay" to kill a baby right before birth, but it is murder to kill one after birth. Confusion reigns and the price tag is devastating.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

The Cross:The Basis for Morality, Part 1 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

A culture that rejects Christ is a culture that makes its own standard for moral choices. This moral standard influences our votes which determine our nation's destiny. So where does true morality come from?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

The Cross:The Basis for Reconciliation, Part 4 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

One day there will be no more racial or ethnic divisions. One day, redeemed humanity will glory only in the cross. Saints from every nation will exalt the Lamb of God. The good news? It is possible for the church to mirror that future reality today.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014

The Cross:The Basis for Reconciliation, Part 3 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

Many who seek justice call for "a level playing field" of opportunity. There is one place where the field is level, and that is at the foot of the cross of Christ. This cross is the only basis for reconciling people of different backgrounds.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

The Cross:The Basis for Reconciliation, Part 2 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

In places like the Middle East, it takes a common denominator to overcome the chaos of "us versus them." Negotiations and dialog are not enough. The cross of Christ is the only unifying link that can ever work.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

The Cross:The Basis for Reconciliation, Part 1 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

Many of today's conflicts stem from deep-rooted racial or ethnic strife. It seems there is no human solution, but there is a divine solution. There is a place of common ground for those who cannot stand the sight of each other.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

The Cross:The Suffering of God, Part 3 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

On the day that Jesus died just outside of Jerusalem, many people passed by, as many do even today, without realizing the eternal consequences of what was happening on that cruel Roman cross.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

The Cross:The Suffering of God, Part 2 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

We can only run the race of life toward heaven because Jesus hung on a cross to bear the penalty for our rebellion. Today, we again take a look at the profound mystery of this ultimate sacrifice.

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

The Cross:The Suffering of God, Part 1 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

Let us never forget that mercy is not getting what you deserve. God was not obligated to save any of us, and yet He has. Today we begin to glimpse how far God went to provide redemption for a lost mankind.

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

What Man Thinks of the Cross, Part 3 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

Paul wrote: "The preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness, but to us...it is the power of God." So how do you effectively take that cross to those who think it is foolish?

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

What Man Thinks of the Cross, Part 2 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

These days, polling data is king. In the mainstream media, truth seems to lie with the majority opinion. And so we are analyzing what people believe about the cross of Christ.

Thu, 09 Oct 2014

What Man Thinks of the Cross, Part 1 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

The cross is the centerpiece of history and the core of God's redemptive agenda. We have been exploring God's view of the cross, but today we will focus on man's viewpoint. As we will soon see, the contrast is startling.

Wed, 08 Oct 2014

What God Thinks of the Cross, Part 3 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

What happened on the cross of Christ was not just another static moment in time. In the Bible, we find that the cross existed in God's mind from the beginning, and will exist in the endless future.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014

What God Thinks of the Cross, Part 2 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

The cross of Jesus was in God's mind from eternity past. Its benefits extend to eternity future. It is history's great intersection; the place where God expressed His love to fallen mankind most clearly.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014

What God Thinks of the Cross, Part 1 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

It is in the cross that we glory. But our eyes are often drawn to secondary things such as political advantage. That is why we need to have a clear view of how important the cross really is. Today we will learn what God the Father thinks of His Son's cross.

Fri, 03 Oct 2014

The Cross and the Flag, Part 4 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

Believers have a dual allegiance; we must obey both God and country. Sometimes these two mandates collide, leaving us to face some tough decisions. This message shares some guidance on keeping both allegiances in balance.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014

The Cross and the Flag, Part 3 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

We need to learn one lesson well. Those who mix the cross and any nation's flag do a disservice to both. For believers, keeping them distinct is the only way to fulfill our prime mission as ambassadors for Christ to a needy world.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014

The Cross and the Flag, Part 2 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

We have all heard the call: "Let's take America back!" Some would have us make political salvation our prime religious objective. We must avoid the temptation to put the cross and the flag on the same level.

Tue, 30 Sep 2014

The Cross and the Flag, Part 1 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

When it comes to being citizens of both heaven and earth, believers running the race of life need to keep first things first. Stand by for some flying sparks, as Erwin Lutzer takes aim at those who equate Old Glory with the one place of true glory.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

The Clash of Cross and Culture , Part 3 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

As runners in life's race, believers need to understand the clash of cross and culture. As citizens of both heaven and earth, we have obligations to both, obligations we must keep distinct, especially at election time.

Fri, 26 Sep 2014

The Clash of Cross and Culture , Part 2 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

The cross of Christ is inherently in conflict with our culture, especially when the media flaunts immorality as normal. Politicians vie for position on issues the Bible settled long ago. Thankfully, the cross can do what politics can't.

Thu, 25 Sep 2014

The Clash of Cross and Culture , Part 1 of 3 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)

Many Christians active in politics find themselves increasingly at odds with the culture. That is because the cross of Christ is inherently at odds with the culture. Today we begin a series on Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't.

Wed, 24 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Glorification, Part 4 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

We cannot comprehend the transformation that awaits us. With glorified bodies, we will see all of creation reborn in a cosmic chorus of praise. The transcendent finale to the symphony of God's glory is the end of time, and the beginning of a radiant eternity.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Glorification, Part 3 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

One day, the chaos of earthquakes and tsumanis will be no more. All of creation will resound with the glory of God, free from the curse of the fall that left creation groaning, waiting for its rebirth. God will reign supreme over a new earth.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Glorification, Part 2 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

Our sins slow us down in the race of life. But for believers, sin will be no more in the eternity yet to be. With nothing between us and God, our joy will be boundless.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Glorification, Part 1 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

Believers know they will be raised at the return of Jesus, and that all who have ever believed will reign with Him for the ages to come. Today we will take a look at the end game of the glory of God.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Death, Part 3 of 3 (Nothing Else Matters)

Believers have a realistic view both of life, and its conclusion. They know that God has for them a life that never ends. We are to glorify God, whether by life or by death.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Death, Part 2 of 3 (Nothing Else Matters)

Those who say there is no God have little hope on their deathbed. But those who believe in Jesus know that their times of death are in God's hands.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Death, Part 1 of 3 (Nothing Else Matters)

Believers count on a life beyond this life. Meanwhile, we live to bring glory to God. Whether our days are many or few, all of us will die. We want to live in such a way that, when life is over, God receives glory.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014

How the Glory of God Changes Us, Part 3 of 3 (Nothing Else Matters)

Through the Holy Spirit, a believer embarks on a journey that ends in being like Christ: transformed from the inside out by the glory of God. This is how beholding God leads to our becoming like God.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014

How the Glory of God Changes Us, Part 2 of 3 (Nothing Else Matters)

In the Old Testament, God's glory was only seen by a few. Moses saw it, crying out to see more. But Paul wrote that "when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed." Now we can behold and be changed by the glory of God.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014

How the Glory of God Changes Us, Part 1 of 3 (Nothing Else Matters)

"And we with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another." How that change occurs depends on believers renouncing sin in their lives.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Suffering, Part 4 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

The trials of Job would make many of us give up. Ten of his children were killed and his wife said "curse God and die." But Job persisted until he could say to God, "I had heard of You, but now my eyes have seen you."

Tue, 09 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Suffering, Part 3 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

Believers know that God has a purpose in their suffering, a purpose we cannot fathom while in the deep valley. We must realize that the ultimate good of God's glory far outweighs the pain we encounter along the way.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Suffering, Part 2 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

Suffering teaches lessons that an easy life can never teach. Job's terrible trials brought him face to face with God. Today we take a look at the life of the Apostle Paul, a man with a God-given thorn in the flesh.

Fri, 05 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Suffering, Part 1 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

Sooner or later, we all experience suffering. But believers have the promise that suffering for the sake of Jesus will be rewarded. Nothing else matters but the glory of God, especially when we are in pain.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Sexuality, Part 4 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

Corinth was a moral cesspool, its pagan temple filled with prostitutes. The church there was plagued with sexual sins, including incest. As a result, we have very clear teaching on how a Christian should live sexually so as to glorify God.

Wed, 03 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Sexuality, Part 3 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

One way for believers to handle the temptation of sex outside of marriage is to realize that God sees all. God Himself is a witness to all that believers do since they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Sexuality, Part 2 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

Sex creates very deep bonds between people. It joins them metaphysically, whether married or not. For believers, that joining affects their relationships with Christ.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014

God's Glory in Our Sexuality, Part 1 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

First Corinthians was written to a church with serious moral issues. Today we will go there to see our sexuality through the prism of the glory of God.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Lifestyle, Part 4 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

Accepting a job beneath your qualifications is humbling. At some point, any job beats no job. With God's glory as your focus, we can let Him orchestrate your promotions as well as demotions.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Lifestyle, Part 3 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

The money you make at your job will come and go. But the imprint you leave on your co-workers will last far beyond your lifetime. We must make the glory of God our focus for all of life.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Lifestyle, Part 2 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

Work gives life a sense of direction and allows us to provide for our families. Work is one part of life needing an objective toward which to move. Today we will discuss five principles on how the glory of God can help us make sense of every area of life.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Lifestyle, Part 1 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

With unemployment rising, many take jobs beneath their skill levels. As we learn to do with less, the American lifestyle is becoming an endangered species. When we focus on the glory of God it helps us weather economic storms.

Mon, 25 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Witness, Part 4 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

Paul likens believers to clay pots that contain a treasure; that treasure is the glory of God. That treasure gives us the strength to endure tough times, and even suffering for the gospel.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Witness, Part 3 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

"The light of the gospel of the glory of Christ" - that's what Paul says the devil blinds people from seeing. This message discusses more on why God's glory in redemption is indeed "Amazing Grace."

Thu, 21 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Witness, Part 2 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

In the ages past, God designed a plan of redemption for a mankind He knew would rebel against Him. That intricate plan was worked out over thousands of years, culminating in the sacrifice of Jesus on a Roman cross.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Witness, Part 1 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

God desires and deserves our adoration. This desire is at the core of God's plan of redemption which He designed long ago. Bringing many sons and daughters to glory was His intention, even though He knew mankind would fall in the Garden of Eden.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Church, Part 3 of 3 (Nothing Else Matters)

The presence of God can be very strong in a local church. The Holy Spirit can move mightily in a gathering of God's people, and that is why believers should not forsake the assembling of themselves together.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Church, Part 2 of 3 (Nothing Else Matters)

With Jesus as its cornerstone, the church has a rock-solid foundation. As believers, we are part of that building, since we are called "living stones" by the Apostle Peter. This message will describe our part in that divine structure.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Church, Part 1 of 3 (Nothing Else Matters)

Believers attend church to meet God and to glorify Him. We gather to express to God His worth to us. That's what the word "worship" is all about.

Thu, 14 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Worship, Part 4 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

Believers running the race of life need a sharp focus on that race. Having that focus clears out a lot of life's cobwebs. If our objective is the glory of God, our daily decisions get easier, our time is better used, and our joy is greatly increased.

Wed, 13 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Worship, Part 3 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

God's glory is easy to lose sight of. All it takes is one small sin. In Moses' day, the glory of God would come and go. In the end, it departed, as the sins of Israel caused God to draw back His favor. Could this be true even today?

Tue, 12 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Worship, Part 2 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

One day, believers will walk the streets of the New Jerusalem. Our sole focus will be the praise and worship of Almighty God. If this is true, why is God's glory not our focus now?

Mon, 11 Aug 2014

God's Glory in Our Worship, Part 1 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)

As we mature in the faith, we come to realize more and more that it is not about us. It is about God, whose glory fills the heavens. When we see our lives as part of a much larger plan, we understand that enhancing God's glory is the bottom line.

Fri, 08 Aug 2014

Come and See His Empty Tomb, Part 2 of 2 (Come and See Jesus)

The Apostle Paul said Jesus was "declared to be the Son of God with power, by the resurrection from the dead." If we trust Christ, the empty tomb in Jerusalem is a promise that the tombs you and I shall occupy will one day be empty as well.

Thu, 07 Aug 2014

Come and See His Empty Tomb, Part 1 of 2 (Come and See Jesus)

Death is everyone's unavoidable fate, the legacy of the first sin committed by Adam and Eve. But believers cling to the promise of Jesus, "I am the resurrection and the life...he that believes in me, though he may die, he shall live."

Wed, 06 Aug 2014

Come and See His Agony, Part 3 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Believers' aspirations must pass through God's hands. Jesus faced untold agony in Gethsemane. Knowing what awaited Him, and praying until His blood hit the ground, He said to His Father, "Not my will, but Thine be done."

Tue, 05 Aug 2014

Come and See His Agony, Part 2 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Some Christians believe the walk of faith should bring them happiness and prosperity. Yet Jesus' own walk included suffering. To walk where Jesus walked means walking in Gethsemane. Here, a decision was reached that made salvation possible.

Mon, 04 Aug 2014

Come and See His Agony, Part 1 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Some Christians believe the walk of faith should bring them happiness and prosperity. Yet Jesus' own walk included suffering. To walk where Jesus walked means walking in Gethsemane. Here, a decision was reached that made salvation possible.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014

Come and See His Transfiguration, Part 3 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Every day a thousand distractions call out, "listen to me." But there is only one voice that really matters. When Jesus was transfigured, God spoke from within a cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son, listen to Him."

Thu, 31 Jul 2014

Come and See His Transfiguration, Part 2 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Atop a high mountain, a glorified Jesus appeared along with Moses and Elijah in the presence of Peter, James and John. This message will demonstrate the significance of those who gathered on that momentous day.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014

Come and See His Transfiguration, Part 1 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

On a high mountain, Jesus gave three disciples a blinding vision of the future. Moses and Elijah appeared with Him, symbolizing Jesus as fulfilling both the law and the prophets. The experience was so powerful that, years later, Peter wrote of it as being "on the Holy Mountain."

Tue, 29 Jul 2014

Come and See His Enemies, Part 3 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Can Satan bind a child of God? Can a Christian sell his or her soul to the devil? This message will deliver some frank talk about the limits God has set on Satan's domain and why the victory of Christ is complete, as we'll learn from Matthew 12.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

Come and See His Enemies, Part 2 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Many wonder if they have committed the unpardonable sin that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 12. In this message we will study the meaning of the unpardonable sin in its larger context.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Come and See His Enemies, Part 1 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons using Satan's power. Jesus replied, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." That reasoning left them speechless, and they plotted to destroy Him.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014

Come and See His Miracles, Part 3 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Long ago, people connected sickness with personal sin. Jesus used that common perception in healing a paralyzed man, beginning by forgiving his sins, and thus infuriating some nearby scribes.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

Come and See His Miracles, Part 2 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Four men wanted to help a sick man get well. Their determination was noted by Jesus, even though they broke through a man's roof to get the job done. When we cannot help ourselves, God provides others who can bear our burdens.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

Come and See His Miracles, Part 1 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

C.S. Lewis defined a miracle as "an interference with nature by a supernatural power." The miracles of Jesus were clear, public, long-lasting, and not in dispute. They testify to His being the Son of God and were performed not to amaze, but rather to teach.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

Come and See His Disciples, Part 3 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

The Sea of Galilee was home base for the first disciples of Jesus. So when their new master told them where to toss their nets, it took unusual grace to do as they were asked. Their obedience was rewarded when those full nets almost broke.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014

Come and See His Disciples, Part 2 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

When Jesus called Simon and Andrew, He said they would become fishers of men. A higher calling meant leaving their boats behind. Do we hear the higher calling of Christ? Are we willing to pay the price to follow it?

Thu, 17 Jul 2014

Come and See His Disciples, Part 1 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

To those who became His disciples, the call of Jesus was clear and unambiguous. Their response was to immediately leave their nets behind. Are we as quick to heed the call of Christ?

Wed, 16 Jul 2014

Come and See His Temptation, Part 3 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Some of us want comfort and happiness more than we want the will of God. By denying Himself for 40 days in the wilderness, Jesus showed us that there is a higher purpose in life than feeling good and getting what we want.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014

Come and See His Temptation, Part 2 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Jesus had not eaten for 40 days when Satan said, "Make these stones into bread." Temptations ask us to fulfill legitimate desires in a way that God does not intend.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014

Come and See His Temptation, Part 1 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

In a barren wilderness, Jesus was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan. Weakened by hunger and thirst, the Son of God faced Satan and taught us how to face him ourselves.

Fri, 11 Jul 2014

Come and See His Baptism, Part 3 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

When Jesus sought out John to be baptized in the river Jordan, He was creating a picture for all who would follow Him, a public display of our belief in a life after death.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014

Come and See His Baptism, Part 2 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

Many people go to the river Jordan to be baptized where their Lord was baptized. They want to identify themselves with Jesus, who submitted to baptism "to fulfill all righteousness."

Wed, 09 Jul 2014

Come and See His Baptism, Part 1 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)

God's approval of Jesus was clear when a voice thundered from heaven, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." This took place when Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan.

Tue, 08 Jul 2014

Believing in the Harvest, Part 3 of 3 (Investing for Eternity)

When you give to your church, do you wish you could attach strings to your dollars, and control where they go? Letting God supervise the use of the money we give creates a strong base for the many outreaches that our churches accomplish.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014

Believing in the Harvest, Part 2 of 3 (Investing for Eternity)

Some people dislike the time for offerings in a church service. They may give grudgingly, so as not to appear cheap in the eyes of others. Why do you contribute? The Bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. What kind of giver are you?

Fri, 04 Jul 2014

Believing in the Harvest, Part 1 of 3 (Investing for Eternity)

Planting a few seeds will result in a small harvest. Planting generously will result in a much greater harvest. The law of sowing and reaping not only applies to farming, but also to investing in God's work.

Thu, 03 Jul 2014

Invest With Your ROI in Mind, Part 4 of 4 (Investing for Eternity)

How we handle money says a lot about who we are. The economy may be down, but God is still faithful. He will honor our choice to put resources where "moth and rust cannot corrupt."

Wed, 02 Jul 2014

Invest With Your ROI in Mind, Part 3 of 4 (Investing for Eternity)

In Luke 16, Jesus teaches us the importance of investing for eternity. We need to use worldly wealth in a way that brings eternal dividends.

Tue, 01 Jul 2014

Invest With Your ROI in Mind, Part 2 of 4 (Investing for Eternity)

Some people hold on to their money until their knuckles turn white. True financial freedom only comes from knowing that we are merely managers of God's wealth - and investing in His Kingdom brings a return beyond imagination.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014

Invest with Your ROI in Mind, Part 1 (Investing for Eternity)

Even in times of downturn, the principle of return on investment, or ROI, remains crucial. It is no less crucial when investing in the Kingdom of God. In this message, Pastor Lutzer shares some lessons on investing the money we have - money that actually belongs to someone else.

Fri, 27 Jun 2014

When Giving Less is More, Part 4 (Investing for Eternity)

The widow who put two mites in the temple treasury could not imagine the ultimate interest her gift would draw in the bank of heaven. But God knew, and no He will reward her for the faith it took to give all she had. How much faith do we have in these uncertain times?

Thu, 26 Jun 2014

When Giving Less is More, Part 3 (Investing for Eternity)

Wealthy givers are vital in getting major kingdom projects paid for. Still, it was a giver with limited resources that caught the eye of Jesus in the temple courts. A poor widow's selfless choice to give is now well known by millions who have learned from her example.

Wed, 25 Jun 2014

When Giving Less is More, Part 2 (Investing for Eternity)

Our financial dealings are never private in the eyes of God. He knows our needs as well as our resources. He knows what we give and what we withhold. He is watching as the offering plate goes by, even when the economy is tanking.

Tue, 24 Jun 2014

When Giving Less is More, Part 1 (Investing for Eternity)

At fundraising time, God's attention may well go to that person with only five dollars to their name. That gift might mean much more to the Lord than the five thousand dollars given by a rich man.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014

Worship That God Accepts, Part 4 (Investing for Eternity)

When Egypt let Israel go, they loaded the Israelites up with all they needed. They would later find out why; God wanted them to learn how to give. This story from Exodus shows us that giving is worship.

Fri, 20 Jun 2014

Worship That God Accepts, Part 3 (Investing for Eternity)

Why do you give to your church? While the check may pass through the church's books, the real receiver of anything we give is God Himself. The Old Testament is filled with lessons on how God views giving and why His viewpoint should become ours.

Thu, 19 Jun 2014

Worship That God Accepts, Part 2 (Investing for Eternity)

The local church is a great resource in times of economic hardship. Here you can network with others and help meet needs. Today, we will learn more about how ancient Israel came together when a tabernacle needed to be built and resources needed to be pooled.

Wed, 18 Jun 2014

Worship That God Accepts, Part 1 (Investing for Eternity)

In a downturn, money is on everyone's mind. Job losses are mounting, and foreclosures haunt many neighborhoods. So what does God say about money, when it seems the future is getting bleaker all the time?

Tue, 17 Jun 2014

D.L. Moody: An Unlikely Servant, Part 3 (150th Anniversary)

These days, success often requires a good education. To D.L. Moody, the mark of success was the hand of God on his life. Though he could neither spell nor speak eloquently, God chose to use him in mighty ways, just as He can use you and me in our day.

Mon, 16 Jun 2014

D.L. Moody: An Unlikely Servant, Part 2 (150th Anniversary)

God called Dwight Lyman Moody out of a successful sales business and made of him a torch that lit the world. Untold millions have felt the legacy of his life through his preaching, his schools and this church, which he founded 150 years ago this year.

Fri, 13 Jun 2014

D.L. Moody: An Unlikely Servant, Part 1 (150th Anniversary)

What kind of a man does God use? Is He limited to the well-educated? Those with the right connections? Or could it be that His most choice servants are those whose lives are wholly dedicated to Him?

Thu, 12 Jun 2014

What Do These Stones Mean? Part 3 (150th Anniversary)

At any given moment, we may not know what God is up to. When a prayer is not answered as we would like, God may always has a higher purpose in mind. Yet one thing we do know - just as God was with Joshua, so He is with us today. His faithfulness never changes.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014

What Do These Stones Mean? Part 2 (150th Anniversary)

The Liberty Bell reminds Americans of their independence from Great Britain. For the people of Israel, stones by the Jordan River reminded them of God's faithfulness at key points in their history.

Tue, 10 Jun 2014

What Do These Stones Mean? Part 1 (150th Anniversary)

We call great moments in life "milestones." They mark out significant times and cause us to remember them. This year, The Moody Church marks a major milestone as we celebrate our 150th anniversary.

Mon, 09 Jun 2014

A Faith That Endures, Part 3 (A Faith That Survives the Fire)

We can be sure that our faith will always lead to ultimate victory, even if we never see the rewards of that faith while still in this life. That was true for many of the heroes of faith in the Bible. One such hero was Abraham.

Fri, 06 Jun 2014

A Faith That Endures, Part 2 (A Faith That Survives the Fire)

The heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 include ordinary people like you and I. They believed God despite not seeing immediate responses to their prayers. We, too, can exhibit their kind of faith, by believing God no matter what.

Thu, 05 Jun 2014

A Faith That Endures, Part 1 (A Faith That Survives the Fire)

Some wonder what good it is to have faith in God when He never seems to answer their prayers. Many lose what faith they had and give up on God altogether. In this message, Pastor Lutzer takes a look at the heroes of faith who believed God no matter what.

Wed, 04 Jun 2014

A Faith That Risks, Part 3 (A Faith That Survives the Fire)

The rewards of our faith are not primarily found in this life. In the life to come, God bestows rewards for faithfulness. Like the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11, we need to set our sights on heaven, realizing that, then, this life's pain will be worth it all.

Tue, 03 Jun 2014

A Faith That Risks, Part 2 (A Faith That Survives the Fire)

When our faith in God is genuine, it causes us to make choices in God's favor. We willingly take the risk of alienating those around us when we choose God's way over that of the world. That's what Moses did, as we read in Hebrews 11.

Mon, 02 Jun 2014

A Faith That Risks, Part 1 (A Faith That Survives the Fire)

Some people claim to have faith, yet their lives show little evidence of it. Others are willing to take risks to live out their faith. Today, we focus on this kind of faith, the kind that will survive when times of testing come.

Fri, 30 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Death, Part 3 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Before Jesus raised Lazarus, He waited four days before displaying His power in calling his friend from the grave. Jesus specializes in giving new life to those dead in their sins and separated from God.

Thu, 29 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Death, Part 2 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Jesus used miracles to teach lessons. Perhaps His greatest lesson involved Lazarus. First, He allowed a sick friend to die. Then, He raised him from the dead to show that He is indeed "the resurrection and the life."

Wed, 28 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Death, Part 1 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Our greatest fear is death, and our greatest pain is when loved ones die. A friend's death caused Jesus to weep. In a display of power and glory that shook creation, Jesus cried out, "Lazarus, come forth!"

Tue, 27 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Future Judgment, Part 4 of 4 (7 Convincing Miracles)

One thing we can learn from the healing of a man born blind is that God's purpose is bigger than we can imagine. Through this miracle, Jesus brought spiritual sight to the spiritually blind, and blindness to those who thought they could see.

Mon, 26 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Future Judgment, Part 3 of 4 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Jesus healed a blind man's eyes. His works of healing were complete. "Once I was blind, but now I can see." Can the same be said for the miracles of televangelists?

Fri, 23 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Future Judgment, Part 2 of 4 (7 Convincing Miracles)

People should have rejoiced - a man born blind received his sight. Yet this miracle caused more controversy than celebration. Human nature was on display, and a great miracle divided people into factions based on their preconceptions.

Thu, 22 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Future Judgment, Part 1 of 4 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Why does God allow some people to be born with severe disabilities? Some who face the race of life do so without sight, without working limbs or with other impairments.

Wed, 21 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Nature, Part 3 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Do severe trials mean you are out of God's will? Not always. Jesus sent the disciples onto a storm-tossed sea. God uses storms to mold our character, leading us into the tempest to teach what cannot be taught in comfort.

Tue, 20 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Nature, Part 2 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Sudden squalls often hit the Sea of Galilee. Life is like that. One day, all is well. Then, a terrible accident occurs. We can rest on the One who can either calm the storm or calm His fretful children.

Mon, 19 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Nature, Part 1 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Jesus overruled the laws of nature when walking on water and when commanding a storm to cease. If you had been in that boat, what would your reaction have been?

Fri, 16 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Our Daily Bread, Part 4 of 4 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Jesus fed the 5,000 by the Sea of Galilee to underscore a desperate need: He is the eternal Bread that can feed their souls. We, too, need to seek Him, and not mere miracles. Our real hunger is to know God, and Jesus delights in meeting that need.

Thu, 15 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Our Daily Bread, Part 3 of 4 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Food never tastes as good as it does when you are really hungry. When Jesus fed the 5,000, He referred to Himself as the Bread of Life, encouraging the spiritually hungry to believe in Him.

Wed, 14 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Our Daily Bread, Part 2 of 4 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Many books have been written about the feeding of the 5,000 near the shore of the Sea of Galilee. This miracle should convince everyone that Jesus is Lord. Are you convinced?

Tue, 13 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Our Daily Bread, Part 1 of 4 (7 Convincing Miracles)

In life there are typically "no free lunches." However, this day was different, and the news of an incredible miracle spread like wildfire. This is the story of 5,000 people, multiplied loaves and fishes, and what it means to us.

Mon, 12 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Our Impossibilities, Part 3 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Jesus tied obedience to receiving a miracle. "Get up and walk!" He told a paralyzed man. Many desire a miracle more than they desire to be obedient to the God who can grant the miracle.

Fri, 09 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Our Impossibilities, Part 2 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

You are lame for thirty-eight years. You want healing. Then a man says, "get up and walk." He is asking the impossible. Today we will see how Jesus can do the impossible in your life, and why we have a very real part to play in seeing the impossible come to pass.

Thu, 08 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Our Impossibilities, Part 1 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

As runners in life's race, we may face impossible situations. That is, unless the Lord of the impossible does a miracle. The Bible teaches that all things are possible with God. In this message, Jesus does the impossible.

Wed, 07 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Time and Distance, Part 3 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Soldiers in war know all about foxhole conversions. That's crisis faith: crying out to God when there is no other choice. The miracles of Jesus teach us to move past crisis faith.

Tue, 06 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Time and Distance, Part 2 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Soldiers in war know all about foxhole conversions. That's crisis faith: crying out to God when there is no other choice. The miracles of Jesus teach us to move past crisis faith.

Mon, 05 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of Time and Distance, Part 1 of 3 (7 Convincing Miracles)

Many wanting miracles travel to shrines. For Jesus, however, miracles transcended time and space. He spoke and it was done, whether right in front of Him or fifty miles away.

Fri, 02 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of the Marriage Supper, Part 3 of 3 (Seven Convincing Miracles

Thu, 01 May 2014

Jesus, Lord of the Marriage Supper, Part 2 of 3 (Seven Convincing Miracles

Wed, 30 Apr 2014

Jesus, Lord of the Marriage Supper, Part 1 of 3 (Seven Convincing Miracles

It was a small wedding in a small town. When the wine ran out, Jesus emerged from anonymity by performing His first public miracle. That day, gallons of water were turned into the sweetest of wines.

Tue, 29 Apr 2014

When You Need a Miracle, Part 4 of 4 (Seven Convincing Miracles)

No human decision can create a new heart in a sinner. The One who bestows new hearts is God, and when He does, the result is nothing less than a miracle.

Mon, 28 Apr 2014

When You Need a Miracle, Part 3 of 4 (Seven Convincing Miracles)

What is the greatest miracle that has ever taken place? As Pastor Lutzer explains it, God's greatest miracle was becoming a man, as expressed in the John 1:14.

Fri, 25 Apr 2014

When You Need a Miracle, Part 2 of 4 (Seven Convincing Miracles)

Are miracles just something we can't yet explain? No, miracles are God's undeniable interventions in the world. In this series, Pastor Lutzer addresses the what, the when, and the why of miracles.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014

When You Need a Miracle, Part 1 of 4 (Seven Convincing Miracles)

When all your options are gone, what do you pray for? At some point we have all hoped for a miracle. But what are they really? And do we see them today?

Wed, 23 Apr 2014

Back in Heaven Where He Belongs, Part 3 of 3 (Single Sermon)

In Israel, you can stand on the very mount from which Jesus Christ ascended to His Father in heaven. Prophecies foretell His return to that very Mount of Olives to establish His kingdom. This message focuses on how Jesus is ruling in heaven even now.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014

Back in Heaven Where He Belongs, Part 2 of 3 (Single Sermon)

For 40 days the resurrected Jesus walked the roads of Israel. But then the time came for a journey into the sky. Angels attended as Jesus rose into the air until the clouds took him out of sight.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014

Back in Heaven Where He Belongs, Part 1 of 3 (Single Sermon)

The scene at the Mount of Olives was unforgettable; Jesus rose into the sky and out of sight. His ascension marked the beginning of a new ministry: interceding for His people at God's right hand.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Affections, Part 3 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

Believers are commanded to love God supremely and cast off every weight and sin that besets them. Then they can run life's race at top speed, knowing that the goal line will bring them face to face with the God they love.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Affections, Part 2 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

Believers are to give God first place in their lives, running life's race for no other reason than to express their love for Him. In fact, we are commanded to love God supremely - everything else takes second place.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Affections, Part 1 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

Believers are to run life's race for Christ, who taught us to love God with all our being as the first and greatest commandment.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Finances, Part 3 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

When a man or woman believes in Christ, many deep-seated desires begin to change. We learn to become givers rather than takers. God wants us to see our money as a trust to manage, not a possession to squander.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Finances, Part 2 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

Believers in the race of life need to come to grips with money. Many of us grip our pocketbooks until our knuckles turn white. But God wants to show us the joy of generosity.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Finances, Part 1 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

Christians running the race of life frequently get tripped up by matters of money. Whose money is it really? Is it mine to do with as I please, or am I just taking care of it for someone else? Christ had much to say about money, which we will learn about shortly.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Talents, Part 3 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

For every Olympic track star, there are thousands of runners who will never make the team. Yet that is no reason to give up. Many believers with few talents approach life with a clenched fist rather than an open hand.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Talents, Part 2 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

Although we are not equal in abilities, we are equal in our obligation to use our abilities wisely. In Bible times, a talent was a large sum of money. Today it signifies any giftedness. Either way, the parable of the talents shows us how to manage what we have well.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Talents, Part 1 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

We are all given gifts and abilities. It is not about how many we have, but how we use them that determines the outcome of our lives. Rather than complain about what we don't have, let's focus today on how to best use what we've been given.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Time, Part 3 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

As believers, how we use our time determines our effectiveness for God. At the end of this life, we will be judged by our deeds, deeds that took place as the clock ticked off the minutes, days, and years.

Fri, 04 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Time, Part 2 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

For the Christian, time is a vital, non-renewable resource. Like a coin, it can only be spent once. Why not invest the next fifteen minutes learning how to best use your time?

Thu, 03 Apr 2014

Christ, the Lord of Our Time, Part 1 of 3 (The Joy of Generosity)

When running life's race, the clock is relentless. Once gone, time cannot be reclaimed. The Bible teaches believers to be "redeeming the time, for the days are evil." Time must be used wisely every day.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014

You Are Assured of Triumph, Part 2 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

"For without faith it is impossible to please God...." By faith we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God, not even death. The Christian knows that the worst life has to offer is but a steppingstone to glory.

Tue, 01 Apr 2014

You Are Assured of Triumph, Part 2 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

Romans 8 contains some of the greatest words ever penned. Paul says that nothing in all creation will ever separate believers in Jesus from the love of God.

Mon, 31 Mar 2014

You Are Assured of Triumph, Part 1 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

They are among the most soaring words ever penned, the Apostle Paul's conclusion to Romans chapter eight. He lists all the things that cannot separate us from the love of God. If you are treading some deep water right now, you have come to the right place.

Fri, 28 Mar 2014

You Own a Certificate of Acquittal, Part 4 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

For centuries, sins were covered temporarily by blood sacrifices in the temple. When Jesus died, those sins were taken away forever. Believers are acquitted from a sentence they should rightfully bear.

Thu, 27 Mar 2014

You Own a Certificate of Acquittal, Part 3 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

As a monk, Martin Luther would go to confession for hours at a time, trying to be sure that every sin would be forgiven. Confession is fine, but that next sin lies in wait just around the corner.

Wed, 26 Mar 2014

You Own a Certificate of Acquittal, Part 2 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

"Will the defendant please rise?" Your guilt seems sure. But then the court confirms that the sentence has been carried out by another person on your behalf. In Romans 8:33, Paul asks "Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God that justifies."

Tue, 25 Mar 2014

You Own a Certificate of Acquittal, Part 1 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

A death-row inmate faces a grim prospect, with nowhere to turn. But sometimes, if new evidence is discovered, a governor will set him free. We all deserve a spiritual death-row sentence. In this message we will discuss another gift God has given those who trust Christ.

Mon, 24 Mar 2014

You're About to Inherit It All, Part 4 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

Humans are capable of awful things. The long history of war, oppression and greed proves that. We would never turn from sin were it not for the grace of God. Redemption is entirely God's idea, and God's children inherit the riches of that redemption.

Fri, 21 Mar 2014

You're About to Inherit It All, Part 3 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

When Christians read the Bible, they find a vast horde of blessings that they will inherit as children of God. Our outlook on life becomes an up-look when we realize what is ahead.

Thu, 20 Mar 2014

You're About to Inherit It All, Part 2 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

"If God be for us, who can be against us?" Is this true? Some say they have been abandoned by God. How do we reconcile this biblical promise with the reality of tough personal situations?

Wed, 19 Mar 2014

You're About to Inherit It All, Part 1 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

How would you react if you inherited a million dollars? Disbelief? Sure, but reality would sink in when you got the check. If you are a believer, you have a check waiting for you at the bank of heaven. And it is for far more than a mere million.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014

You've Been Chosen Forever, Part 4 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

None of us chose to be born. Being born into God's family is no different. God makes sure we are spiritually born, and then provides the resources we need to grow as His children.

Mon, 17 Mar 2014

You've Been Chosen Forever, Part 3 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

Those who believe in Jesus and have found new life all share a common reality; they were chosen by God in eternity past. If life now seems uncertain, know that your future is as secure as the God who will make sure you get there.

Fri, 14 Mar 2014

You've Been Chosen Forever, Part 2 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

Comprehending God's purpose in salvation is mind-expanding. In the majestic eighth chapter of Romans, this salvation is at the core of Paul's teaching. In this message we will take a clear look at what, for many, is a hard-to-understand part of the Christian faith.

Thu, 13 Mar 2014

You've Been Chosen Forever, Part 1 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

As we believers mature in the faith, we come to realize that salvation is not so much a result of our seeking God as it is the result of God choosing us first. If God had not done this, none of us would ever have chosen Him.

Wed, 12 Mar 2014

You're Sure He's Working For Your Good, Part 3 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

God works in the lives of His people to bring about good, even when what's happening is bad. Through the eye of faith, we who know Him can be sure that a better day is coming, and we can live triumphantly no matter what comes our way.

Tue, 11 Mar 2014

You're Sure He's Working For Your Good, Part 2 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

"All things work together for good to them who love God..." does this include tragedy and disasters? In this message we will discuss some ways God uses life's rough spots to fashion in us the character He desires to see.

Mon, 10 Mar 2014

You're Sure He's Working For Your Good, Part 1 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

Only a Christian can be certain that all of life is heading toward a future glory. That is why believers know that all things, even the bad things, work together for good for those who love God.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014

You Have Hope in Suffering, Part 3 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

Christians get socked by life's reversals like anyone else. But there is a crucial difference. Believers know they have a permanent home where no foreclosure is possible and where all suffering will end. Pastor Lutzer tells us why we never groan alone during trials.

Thu, 06 Mar 2014

You Have Hope in Suffering, Part 2 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

As believers, we long to be free of the limitations and pains of this body. Suffering is a lot easier to bear when we have hope for a future day when all suffering will cease. That is the hope Paul speaks of in the marvelous eighth chapter of Romans.

Wed, 05 Mar 2014

You Have Hope in Suffering, Part 1 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

It's tough to be optimistic when slogging through hard times. Some try to grin and bear it; others crack under the pressure. But Christians can have a different perspective: awaiting a future glory that makes our present suffering infinitesimal in comparison.

Tue, 04 Mar 2014

You Will Sit Next to the King, Part 4 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

"The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then...joint heirs with Christ." Romans 8 gives believers the riches of heaven despite being unworthy sinners. God invites us into the throne room to partake of His bounty.

Mon, 03 Mar 2014

You Will Sit Next to the King, Part 3 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

Do you think life is tough for you? Just wait. Do you think you have always gotten the short end of life's stick? Just wait. As a member of the body of Christ, your inheritance is earning interest right now in the bank of heaven, and one day you will make a withdrawal.

Fri, 28 Feb 2014

You Will Sit Next to the King, Part 2 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

When Christians are born into God's family, they find God very approachable. From Romans 8 we learn that the Holy Spirit births in them the desire for intimacy with God, in fact, even the desire to call Him "daddy." Can you call God "Papa?"

Thu, 27 Feb 2014

You Will Sit Next to the King, Part 1 of 4 (Children of an Awesome God)

What if you got a letter saying that someone died, leaving you ten million dollars? As a child of God, you are an heir to a fortune and do not know it. In Romans, we read: "We are children of God, and if children, then heirs, joint heirs with Christ."

Wed, 26 Feb 2014

You Have a Divine Calling, Part 3 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

Many people try to satisfy themselves with things that only make finding satisfaction more elusive. But the believer in Christ has a new life with new desires.

Tue, 25 Feb 2014

You Have a Divine Calling, Part 2 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

As believers in Christ, we have a future beyond the reach of the bill collector, beyond the reach of our failures and sins. Our future is safe in the hands of God who guarantees that for believers, there is no condemnation in the life to come.

Mon, 24 Feb 2014

You Have a Divine Calling, Part 1 of 3 (Children of an Awesome God)

Where is your security found? If you know Christ, your bank deposits are safe, where "moth and rust cannot corrupt." That bank is not of this world, and, as a child of God, neither are you.

Fri, 21 Feb 2014

Playing for Keeps, Part 4 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Keeping marriages together is the key to keeping society from crumbling. The family is in big trouble, and it is up to believers in Christ to demonstrate marital and family wholeness. Listening to each other is vital if a couple is to stay under the same roof.

Thu, 20 Feb 2014

Playing for Keeps, Part 3 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Today you will hear teaching on marriage that could help you come back from the brink, principles to guide you as you navigate what may seem to be impossible waters. Your marriage can be put back together.

Wed, 19 Feb 2014

Playing for Keeps, Part 2 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Over fifty percent of marriages are on the rocks, leaving a trail of sorrow, bitterness and wounded relationships. The Word of God has much to say about making marriage work, and Pastor Lutzer shares some clear guidelines that might make a crucial difference in your marriage.

Tue, 18 Feb 2014

Playing for Keeps, Part 1 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

If the family is the bedrock of society, it stands to reason that stable marriages are the bedrock of the family. That is why divorce is so damaging. In divorce, there are no winners.

Mon, 17 Feb 2014

The Power of Praying Parents, Part 4 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

The parable of the prodigal son has inspired many books. We can be sure that the father who waited for his son was a praying parent. Nothing else would have brought this son home.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014

The Power of Praying Parents, Part 3 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Only God can count the tears of parents whose kids have gone to the far country. Like the prodigal son in the Bible, their kids chose a path destined for failure. But there is great power in persistent prayer, and our God is a God who answers prayer.

Thu, 13 Feb 2014

The Power of Praying Parents, Part 2 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

How badly do you want God to answer your prayers for a child in trouble? In Matthew chapter fifteen, Jesus is amazed by the faith of a Canaanite woman with a demon-possessed daughter, and He heals the child. Is our faith as great?

Wed, 12 Feb 2014

The Power of Praying Parents, Part 1 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Despite our best efforts, sometimes kids go astray, even Christian kids. Anguished parents cry out to God for a solution - and that is exactly what God wants us to do.

Tue, 11 Feb 2014

The Hurt and Healing of Abuse, Part 4 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Victims of abuse often see the with rage at their abusers. Their sense of violation cries out for revenge. But these victims abuse themselves further if they fail to forgive those who have wronged them.

Mon, 10 Feb 2014

The Hurt and Healing of Abuse, Part 3 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

The devil wants to destroy the family, especially the father. When abuse takes place, abuse of any kind, a father faces severe judgment from God. Step one in coming clean is to acknowledge that the abuse is real.

Fri, 07 Feb 2014

The Hurt and Healing of Abuse, Part 2 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Abuse takes many forms, all of which are destructive in a family. This abuse is nothing new. King Saul of Israel is a textbook case of an abuser, a man consumed with jealousy.

Thu, 06 Feb 2014

The Hurt and Healing of Abuse, Part 1 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

The dark secret in all too many families is abuse. It takes several forms: verbal, physical, and sexual. The hurt caused by abuse is incalculable, both to the abused as well as the abuser.

Wed, 05 Feb 2014

The Enemy Inside Your Home, Part 3 of 3 (Fighting for Your Family)

Recently, a hospital became the first to offer treatment for internet addiction. Maybe someday they will do the same for television addiction. Pastor Lutzer looks at some principles to help your family avoid media addiction and reset their focus on God.

Tue, 04 Feb 2014

The Enemy Inside Your Home, Part 2 of 3 (Fighting for Your Family)

Staring at the television or computer screen has quickly replaced sitting around the dinner table as a family. Technology, though valuable, is a tool of the enemy to addict all of us and steal time better used for each other and for God.

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

The Enemy Inside Your Home, Part 1 of 3 (Fighting for Your Family)

There is danger in your house. With the click of a mouse, you and your family can access internet pornography on demand. Protecting your family from the evils of a technology we all need is a daunting task.

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

Children, God's Special Gift, Part 4 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Grace is God's unmerited favor toward us. As parents, we need a lot of grace to survive the trying years of raising kids. Today we talk about how the grace of God can overcome our imperfections as moms and dads, and work in the lives of our precious children, despite us.

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

Children, God's Special Gift, Part 3 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Children are a wonderful blessing, but they can also be an immense challenge. Some kids are obedient and cooperative; others do their own thing no matter what mom and dad say. Today we navigate the uncertain waters of child-rearing.

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

Children, God's Special Gift, Part 2 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

"What you do is so loud I can't hear what you say." A lot of kids think that way when mom and dad tell them what to do. Leading by example is the best way to raise children who walk with God.

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

Children, God's Special Gift, Part 1 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

They call it "the urge to merge." Marriage is where God blesses couples with children. The Bible calls children "a heritage of the Lord" and the fruit of the womb "a reward." Learn the most important thing Christian parents can do for their precious kids.

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

Till Debt Do Us Part, Part 4 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

It may be a paradox, but one of the best ways to get money to release its hold on us is to release some of that money to others. Being generous can help kill the virus called greed.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

Till Debt Do Us Part, Part 3 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

For too many Christians, dependence on God has morphed into dependence on a credit card. Why go without when it's so easy to just charge it? Why pray about a need when you can just go buy what you want?

Thu, 23 Jan 2014

Till Debt Do Us Part, Part 2 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

No matter how much money we have, we always seem to need more. We forget that lottery winners often end up bankrupt. Getting control of our love of money is our target as we analyze how misusing money can destroy our families.

Wed, 22 Jan 2014

Till Debt Do Us Part, Part 1 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Society says getting into debt is normal. If your credit card is not maxed out, you are considered abnormal. As people feel they have to live beyond their means, debt is destroying all too many marriages and families. What is the answer?

Tue, 21 Jan 2014

What Marriage Is and Isn't, Part 4 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

The central component of marriage is "leaving and cleaving." After the "I do's," we leave our parents' authority and live with our mates in a new home without the meddling of relatives. Otherwise, our marriage can be in great danger.

Mon, 20 Jan 2014

What Marriage Is and Isn't, Part 3 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Buyer's remorse is something we all deal with. We all wonder if that appliance we bought was really the best choice. When it comes to marriage, there is no place for buyer's remorse. We have to let go of what might have been and honor the commitment we've made, as the vow says, "for better or for worse."

Fri, 17 Jan 2014

What Marriage Is and Isn't, Part 2 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

When two people consider marriage, they're often in a fog of being in love. Faults in the other party are overlooked. It is only after the rice is thrown that reality sets in. Today we review more misconceptions about marriage and how to make it work God's way.

Thu, 16 Jan 2014

What Marriage Is and Isn't, Part 1 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

A family should be a source of support and safety. Some families hide dark secrets of shame, as dads have not been the kind of fathers their wives and kids deserve. Hear why it is necessary to forgive your father so that, with God's help, you can live your life in freedom.

Wed, 15 Jan 2014

Dads in Charge, Part 4 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

A family should be a source of support and safety. Some families hide dark secrets of shame, as dads have not been the kind of fathers their wives and kids deserve. Hear why it is necessary to forgive your father so that, with God's help, you can live your life in freedom.

Tue, 14 Jan 2014

Dads in Charge, Part 3 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Rising crime and divorce rates bear sad testimony to families with poor male role models or none at all. It is vital that dads lead their families in the right direction. The next generation depends on it, and right now the outlook is grim.

Mon, 13 Jan 2014

Dads in Charge, Part 2 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Our first father Adam failed in Eden because of his passivity. From his story we learn the role a husband should play.

Fri, 10 Jan 2014

Dads in Charge, Part 1 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Society confuses the natural roles of men and women. Many people want men to feel that it is wrong to be masculine. The result is that families have either weak husbands or no husbands at all.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014

A Mother's High Calling, Part 4 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Our culture tries to convince women that putting "homemaker" on a resume does not cut it. But no job is as tough as being a mother, especially for a single mom. Today we learn what the church should do to help these women.

Wed, 08 Jan 2014

A Mother's High Calling, Part 3 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

There is no better role model for motherhood than Mary, who struggled as a single mom with several children, including her firstborn: Jesus, the Son of God. Her calling as a mom shows us how crucial motherhood is.

Tue, 07 Jan 2014

A Mother's High Calling, Part 2 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

Motherhood is never easy. But for one woman, it was almost unbearable. Mary had to watch her firstborn son die on a cross after raising him from infancy. Mary can teach today's moms what devotion and commitment are all about.

Mon, 06 Jan 2014

A Mother's High Calling, Part 1 of 4 (Fighting for Your Family)

No position has more potential to influence the future than that of being a mother. Today we discuss how crucial it is to fight for traditional motherhood.

Fri, 03 Jan 2014

Rebuilding the Foundations, Part 3 of 3 (Fighting for Your Family)

The enemies of the heterosexual family invariably deny the fundamental differences between the genders. This makes it easier for "Heather" to have "two mommies." Yet the Bible teaches that kids need both moms and dads.

Thu, 02 Jan 2014

Rebuilding the Foundations, Part 2 of 3 (Fighting for Your Family)

The foundation of any society is the family, because families produce the next generation. Making marriage work lies at the bedrock, and this requires understanding the roles and responsibilities of husband and wife.

Wed, 01 Jan 2014

Rebuilding the Foundations, Part 1 of 3 (Fighting for Your Family)

The Psalmist cried out, "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (11:3). The family is under attack by the devil and his political cohorts, all determined to destroy marriage, your kids, and the moral values taught in the Scriptures.

Tue, 31 Dec 2013

God, the Supreme Court, and the Unthinkable, Part 4 of 4 (Single Sermon)

Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Politics won't change men's hearts, even for those who pushed through recent court decisions undermining marriage. Following Jesus by living a Cross-centered life is the key.

Mon, 30 Dec 2013

God, the Supreme Court, and the Unthinkable, Part 3 of 4 (Single Sermon)

It's unthinkable that two plus two could ever equal five. But more unthinkable are recent Supreme Court decisions in America, The Defense of Marriage Act? Unconstitutional. California's Proposition 8 prohibiting gay marriage? Again, unconstitutional. Powerful politics from small sectors of society are determining our nation's future.

Fri, 27 Dec 2013

God, the Supreme Court, and the Unthinkable, Part 2 of 4 (Single Sermon)

Every major policy shift from government leaves a trail of implications, some for good, but sadly, many for evil. The US Supreme court has bowed to interest groups and found gay marriage as valid as heterosexual marriage. The damage this will do to the youth of America is a story yet untold.

Thu, 26 Dec 2013

God, the Supreme Court, and the Unthinkable, Part 1 of 4 (Single Sermon)

The U.S. Supreme Court chambers are adorned with a large display of the Ten Commandments. Recent decisions of the Supreme Court contradict the standards listed in those commands. The long road to American ruin is not only here, we are nearing its end.

Wed, 25 Dec 2013

The Manger and the Sword, Part 3 of 3 (Single Sermon)

The days before Christmas are busy with those last dashes to the mall. For merchants, it is another frenzy of selling. But there were no malls in Bethlehem; no lights, no friends. Indeed, Christmas had a humble beginning.

Tue, 24 Dec 2013

The Manger and the Sword, Part 2 of 3 (Single Sermon)

December 25th was not Jesus' actual birthday, but it is the date set aside long ago for us to honor that birth. For Mary His mother, that birth began a long period of pain and sorrow, a personal toll we seldom consider during this time of year.

Mon, 23 Dec 2013

The Manger and the Sword, Part 1 of 3 (Single Sermon)

In a few days we will celebrate the central event in human history, the coming of Jesus to live among us. But while Christians now enjoy the benefits of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection, there was one person who felt great pain when He came.

Fri, 20 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Liberty, Part 3 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

We can be so deep in bondage to sin that we don't even realize it. That's why we need the truth to set us free. Jesus not only knows the truth, He is the truth, and He wants to set you free from slavery to sin. That's the great liberation we all need, made possible only because God the Father sent the gift of His Son into the world.

Thu, 19 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Liberty, Part 2 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

Real freedom is not doing whatever you want, whenever you want. Rather, it's doing the will of God. That's freedom without regrets. To run life's race, we need to know where we're going. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Freedom starts with truth, and truth is embodied in Jesus Christ. At Christmas we remember that Truth was born into the world, and that Truth can set us free.

Wed, 18 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Light, Part 3 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

When Jesus said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free," He made possible the ultimate kind of freedom. True freedom has its roots in truth, and Christ said "I am the truth." For all among us trapped in addictions and oppression, Christ's gift of liberty is ours to take.

Tue, 17 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Light, Part 3 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

The prophet Isaiah wrote, "The Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor...to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners." Today, we'll learn about the last of four great gifts God gave us in sending His Son to earth so long ago.

Mon, 16 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Light, Part 2 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

At Christmas, we recall the light shining over Bethlehem and the birth of the One who brings light into our lives. The prophet Isaiah wrote "arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you." He looked forward to the coming of Jesus, and we can now look back to that wondrous day when He was born into this world.

Fri, 13 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Light, Part 1 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

The skies over Bethlehem had never before radiated this much glory. Massed angels brought the light of the noonday sun. As shepherds cowered in fear, the angels announced the light of the world. These days, darkness is everywhere, and that darkness seems to be increasing.

Thu, 12 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Love, Part 3 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

God loved all of mankind enough to send the greatest gift of all. As we run the last mile of the Christmas race, let's not forget the gift of God's Son, without Whom there would be no Christmas. That gift was the ultimate expression of love: the best God could offer to an undeserving human race.

Wed, 11 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Love, Part 2 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

We expend a lot of energy buying Christmas presents with traffic and parking hassles, and braving those big shopping crowds all for the joy of seeing a loved one open a gift. God wants us to open His gift of love just as badly as we want our kids to open theirs. That gift was offered first as a baby, but ultimately on a cross, that we might be reconciled to the Father.

Tue, 10 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Love, Part 1 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

Two weeks before Christmas, many are rushing around trying to find final gifts for their loved ones. As Christmas Day draws near, let's pause to consider the great gift we ourselves have been given: the gift of God's Son. That gift comes in several parts, and today we'll learn about another aspect of the Father's incredible gift to the world.

Mon, 09 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Life, Part 3 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

As a Christian, do you share your faith? We who have eternal life often forget the emptiness in those who don't. Christmas is the ideal time to slow down life's race long enough to share Christ with friends who need Him. Just as Jesus was born into the world, He wants to be born into the hearts of all who will receive Him.

Fri, 06 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Life, Part 2 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

Will the real Jesus please stand up? Many people are confused at Christmas as to who Jesus really was and really is. The real Jesus gives eternal life, and only a spiritual connection with Him can impart that life to us. People search for meaning in all kinds of places, but all of them lead to a dead end except Jesus.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013

Christ the Gift of Life, Part 1 of 3 (Christ God's Gift at Christmas)

In this season of giving and receiving gifts, we must remember that God is the ultimate gift-giver. As James says, He "gives to all liberally and without reproach." This Christmas, we'll find that in sending His Son to earth, God gave us four great gifts.

Wed, 04 Dec 2013

Just Let God Lead, Part 3 of 3 (Single Sermon)

Many people are fearful for what tomorrow may bring. Dark days loom on the horizon, and uncertainty is spreading. Finding the will of God is a lifelong quest, and we need to seek Him first before the details of life come into focus. When they do, we'll know that we've found the right road.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013

Just Let God Lead, Part 2 of 3 (Single Sermon)

Is the will of God elusive? Does He make it hard to find? As the future unfolds, what lies ahead in the plan of God? Take it one step at a time. God's will is not a sudden blast of heavenly light. Rather it's a series of small events that, over time, will ultimately take us where He wants us to go.

Mon, 02 Dec 2013

Just Let God Lead, Part 1 of 3 (Single Sermon)

The days ahead have no written history. It is like blank parchment. What happens in the future is known but to God. That's why it makes a lot of sense to allow God to order our steps in the weeks and months ahead. Today, as uncertainty continues to mount, you'll learn how to let God call the shots of your life. And no one can do it better.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013

For Such a Time as This, Part 3 of 3 (Single Sermon)

Your church needs you. It needs you out on life's racetrack, running alongside the other members to get the job done together. At times of deepening crisis, our challenge is to "get involved." That's what Esther did at a crucial point in the history of the Jewish people. She got involved even at great personal risk, as must we to face daunting challenges in the days ahead.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013

For Such a Time as This, Part 2 of 3 (Single Sermon)

Most of our choices don't affect world history. But sometimes God puts us in situations where they can - and do. To save her people from extinction, Esther faced possible execution to beg the king of Persia to rescind a royal edict. She did not try to "pass the buck." She knew that, at that key moment, "the buck stopped here."

Wed, 27 Nov 2013

For Such a Time as This, Part 1 of 3 (Single Sermon)

As months go by, we are all conscious of the passing of time. We wish we had more time, but the sand keeps running through the hourglass. At crucial times, great leaders arise, often from common roots. They find themselves at the vortexes of history, and are called upon to make momentous choices. Today we learn about one such leader, a woman named Esther.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013

Miles Apart in the Same House, Part 4 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

Sin is at the core of all marriage problems. In our self-focus, we often do not love our mates as we should. Many marriages begin happily but quickly descend into conflict. This is when husband and wife display the latent rebellion that characterizes every human since the first couple. Today we will learn how to apply God's solution to man's deepest problem and heal broken relationships.

Mon, 25 Nov 2013

Miles Apart in the Same House, Part 3 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

Adam and Eve had it made in the Garden of Eden. But they tossed paradise aside, as each of us would have, when they disobeyed God. Like them, we find ways to manipulate each other to meet our own needs, not realizing that meeting our mate's needs is the real key to marital happiness. Feelings of rejection set in, as Adam and Eve's story repeats again and again down through history.

Fri, 22 Nov 2013

Miles Apart in the Same House, Part 2 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

Despite counseling, divorce marks the end of half of American marriages, leaving behind incalculable damage. When the family unit breaks down, culture itself breaks down. Communication breakdowns affect nearly every marriage at one time or another, and this began quite early in history - all the way back to the Garden of Eden.

Thu, 21 Nov 2013

Miles Apart in the Same House, Part 1 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

The family is an endangered species. The very definition of the family is being torn apart. Fractured, broken, stressed, and dysfunctional are words that can be used to describe this most basic unit of society. It begins when marriages fail. Today we will take a candid look at the causes of these failures.

Wed, 20 Nov 2013

The Goal is Holiness, Not Happiness, Part 4 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

Left to ourselves, we're basically narcissistic. We would much rather meet our own needs than meet the needs of others. In matrimony, two people have to care for each other. This combats the inherent selfishness we all share. In many ways, marriage is a crucible in which character is forged and where happiness is found in pleasing your mate, not yourself.

Tue, 19 Nov 2013

The Goal is Holiness, Not Happiness, Part 3 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

Anyone who thinks that marriage is the magic door to happiness might want to note that half of all marriages fail today. The resulting carnage of divorce and shattered families leaves a trail of dysfunction for generations. God intended marriage to develop character, not just fulfill sensual desire. Those who opt out of their marriages miss many rewards.

Mon, 18 Nov 2013

The Goal is Holiness, Not Happiness, Part 2 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

When she comes down the aisle, she is the picture of perfection. He is Prince Charming in a black tuxedo. On their wedding day, few starry-eyed couples realize the searchlight that their marriage will be in revealing the character flaws they both have. Today we will discuss in more detail that happiness is not the main purpose of marriage.

Fri, 15 Nov 2013

The Goal is Holiness, Not Happiness, Part 1 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

Is marriage the way to happiness? There is good evidence in the Bible that marriage is designed more to develop character than to ensure a lifetime of bliss. When the rough times come - and they will - what are couples to learn from those experiences?

Thu, 14 Nov 2013

Those Vows Mean Something, Part 4 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

The central idea of the marriage vow is to commit completely and exclusively to your spouse. To violate this destroys the trust that a working marriage requires, as well as violating the commands of the God who designed marriage in the first place.

Wed, 13 Nov 2013

Those Vows Mean Something, Part 3 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

Many marriages are on shaky ground. Some see their mates like car models; trade them in when a better one comes along. The underlying issue is covetousness, wanting what you do not have. The Bible has clear directions for making marriages last, and today we will see why living a life of love, purity and honor is the only way to ensure a long and satisfying marriage.

Tue, 12 Nov 2013

Those Vows Mean Something, Part 2 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

When a young couple stands at the altar, all is love, and the wedding vows come easily. It is later that reality sets in. Inevitable conflicts arise, and the temptation to split up is great. What is the glue that can bind two people together when the romance fades? Today we will discuss the power of commitment, and why keeping our commitments can save our marriages and our families.

Mon, 11 Nov 2013

Those Vows Mean Something, Part 1 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

In the old days, it was said, "his word is as good as his bond." A handshake and a promise was all it took to seal the deal. These days, when a marriage breaks up, we have prenuptial agreements to divvy up the loot. Few take seriously the covenant they enter into when they tie the knot and exchange the rings. Today, Pastor Lutzer explains why marriage, in God's eyes, is a lifetime deal no matter what.

Fri, 08 Nov 2013

Building a Lasting Marriage, Part 3 of 3 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

Commitment is a fast-fading part of modern marriage, where "irreconcilable differences" mean divorce is around the corner. While there were differences between Wanda and Gustav Lutzer, they were never irreconcilable. Their marriage lasted 76 years, when Gustav passed away at age 106. On today's broadcast, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, their fifth child, will tell of their commitment.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013

Building a Lasting Marriage, Part 2 of 3 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

Even among Christians, a marriage today has 50-50 odds of succeeding. Couples often split up when the going gets tough. Wanda and Gustav Lutzer bucked the trend by celebrating 76 years of marriage. Their fifth child is Dr. Erwin Lutzer, who tells their story on today's program, listing five principles that kept his parents together through thick and thin.

Wed, 06 Nov 2013

Building a Lasting Marriage, Part 1 of 3 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

What keeps a couple together for 76 years, surviving war, emigration, deprivation, and material want? Today, you will hear about some national news in Canada: the story of the parents of Dr. Erwin Lutzer, and why their marriage lasted so long. Get set for a heartwarming and challenging broadcast.

Tue, 05 Nov 2013

The High Cost of Sexual Purity, Part 4 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

In the ongoing battle for our hearts, the bad guys seem to be winning. The media and our computers are paving the way. Every one of us is susceptible to moral sin. Since all of us have access to the internet, we are more susceptible than ever. Our entire culture is sinking into a pit of moral decay. The issue is serious and demands a radical solution.

Mon, 04 Nov 2013

The High Cost of Sexual Purity, Part 3 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

The Biblical standard for sexual morality is very high, so high that many people think it is unattainable. The Sermon on the Mount gives us the ideal in morality: a deep, heartfelt desire to do the will of God and to renounce sin. The bottom line? None of us can keep this standard on our own. We need the kind of help Jesus provides as our Savior and Redeemer.

Fri, 01 Nov 2013

The High Cost of Sexual Purity, Part 2 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

Addictions are devastating. They distort personalities, ruin family relationships, and put people in defense mode. People with addictions usually insist that they have no addiction. They ignore attempts to help them. Today we will look at more of the characteristics of an addict to help us understand how addiction begins, and, how its curse can be lifted.

Thu, 31 Oct 2013

The High Cost of Sexual Purity, Past 1 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

The internet offers pornography to anyone who wants to access it. This inflames desires and leads to sex addiction. That is a good reason why the Bible tells us to guard our hearts. Today, we probe the mind of an addict to see what leads a person there, and what steps we should take to be free of an addiction fueled by the easy availability of images on our computers.

Wed, 30 Oct 2013

Discernment, Discipline and Discipleship, Part 3 of 3 (Guard Your Heart)

It all begins with the click of a mouse and the flame of sexual desire is fanned. Each believer has a choice to make. The Bible tells us to "touch not the unclean thing." We need to make choices that honor God, and where that mouse pointer goes is a choice we have to make every day.

Tue, 29 Oct 2013

Discernment, Discipline and Discipleship, Part 2 of 3 (Guard Your Heart)

When you have two oxen pulling a plow, you need both to work together. Otherwise, you cannot plow in a straight line. That is why the Bible says "don't be unequally yoked together" in any binding relationships. There is a need for separation from the world, a separation that keeps us from being contaminated.

Mon, 28 Oct 2013

Discernment, Discipline and Discipleship Part 1 of 3 (Guard Your Heart)

There is no doubt. It's a mess out there. The moral impurity in the media and on the internet is destroying a whole generation. Christians are torn. Either abandon a technology they can't live without and become so isolated from culture as to have no impact on it at all, or, risk exposure to violence and sexual images on the internet while trying to engage the world they live in.

Fri, 25 Oct 2013

What Grace Teaches Us, Part 4 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

The grace of God is His unmerited favor, His bestowal of mercy on those who don't deserve it. That includes all of us. No matter how far we have fallen, there is help and hope if we come to God in honest repentance, seeking His forgiveness and healing. Many who have been in deep moral sin now have this hope. Today, you will hear a testimony of one man who found that God's grace was enough.

Thu, 24 Oct 2013

What Grace Teaches Us, Part 3 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

Many believers find themselves bound in moral sins--sins made easy by the internet's anonymous access to pornography. So what will motivate any of us to point that mouse somewhere else in our private moments? Today we'll look at the one bottom-line reality that will convince us to make right moral choices instead of following the slippery slope into sexual sin.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013

What Grace Teaches Us, Part 2 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

Despite their best intentions, even Christians fall into sin. It's easy with today's media technology. When we fall, we're tempted to give up, to let the world have its way. But the Bible offers a different path, the path of grace, the path God has provided for restoration and forgiveness, the path to wholeness and usefulness in His kingdom.

Tue, 22 Oct 2013

What Grace Teaches Us, Part 1 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

Christians, like everyone else, are drowning in a sea of moral impurity. It's hard to use a computer without being exposed to it. Social pressure makes people text all day long. Social media is replacing real face-to-face communication. Our addiction to technology and the rapid breakdown in morality go hand in hand. Today, we will learn how the grace of God gives us a way out of this chaos.

Mon, 21 Oct 2013

Loving the World, Loving God, Part 4 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

The Bible gives us a stark choice: either we love God or we love a world-system opposed to all He stands for. Breaking free from the culture's grip takes more than theory. It takes clear action-steps we can implement. Today, Pastor Lutzer gives us another action step to help us guard our hearts from what surrounds us--the evil now almost omnipresent in contemporary media.

Fri, 18 Oct 2013

Loving the World, Loving God, Part 3 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

It's clear from the Bible that we face an either/or: either we love God or we love the world and its corrupt values. With technology now almost omnipresent, how should a believer renounce loving the world? Should we unplug from the internet permanently? Should we toss out our television sets? Today, another positive action step we can take in the ongoing battle for our hearts and minds.

Thu, 17 Oct 2013

Loving the World, Loving God, Part 2 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

In a world saturated in moral impurity, it's hard to be unaffected. Your computer gives you email, but also easy access to evil. So do we toss out our PC's, iPads, and smart phones? Is there a way to find a workable balance that protects us from sin but enables us in our daily lives? Today we'll learn a few lessons from a book written long before word processing.

Wed, 16 Oct 2013

Loving the World, Loving God, Part 1 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

We have all had bad dreams. How freeing it is to wake up and realize that the horror we had been through was not real. Demonic powers use the internet's ready access to evil lure computer users into bondage. Pastor Lutzer had a dream that he was in bondage, with no means of escape. His experience assured him that all of us must be very careful in our use of technology.

Tue, 15 Oct 2013

The Seductive Power of Desire, Part 3 of 3 (Guard Your Heart)

We have all had bad dreams. How freeing it is to wake up and realize that the horror we had been through was not real. Demonic powers use the internet's ready access to evil lure computer users into bondage. Pastor Lutzer had a dream that he was in bondage, with no means of escape. His experience assured him that all of us must be very careful in our use of technology.

Mon, 14 Oct 2013

The Seductive Power of Desire, Part 2 of 3 (Guard Your Heart)

In any battle, there can be no victory without a good strategy. This is really true in the war between the media and our hearts. Pastor Lutzer is giving us proactive steps we can take to break the stranglehold the media has on us. Today, we find three such steps in the fourth chapter of the book of James, steps we must take if we want to be free from the seductive siren call of the internet.

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

The Seductive Power of Desire, Part 1 of 3 (Guard Your Heart)

Every fisherman knows that a fish cannot resist a worm on a hook. That tempting morsel brings the fish to his own doom. Just so, all of us have worms on hooks we find hard to resist. Desire, especially sexual desire, can lure us to do things we know are wrong. Our hearts can be swayed away from God unless we take steps to prevent it.

Thu, 10 Oct 2013

The Battle for Your Heart, Part 4 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

Imagine yourself in a boat that is safe and dry. Across the pond another boat is leaking and sinking. You may think you are okay. In contrast to this, in terms of moral temptation, we are all in the same boat. Whether in the church or not, all of us as humans are prone to moral sins, and the media makes such sinning easy.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013

The Battle for Your Heart, Part 3 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

Jeremiah the prophet surveyed the wickedness of his day and lamented, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick, who can understand it?" In this internet age it's no surprise that immorality is rampant, since we are predisposed to evil in the first place. How should Christians protect themselves from the media onslaught shouting from their computers and TV screens?

Tue, 08 Oct 2013

The Battle for Your Heart, Part 2 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

Never before has the believer in Christ faced the onslaught of moral temptation that faces everyone who clicks with a mouse. The Word of God is replete with warnings to avoid places that put us at risk of moral failure. In times past, that meant "don't buy a pornographic magazine." Now it means "don't go to an explicit website." The forces of evil want your heart, and today, we learn more about this battle.

Mon, 07 Oct 2013

The Battle for Your Heart Part, 1 of 4 (Guard Your Heart)

It has been said that America will fall, not by the guns of its enemies, but by the moral rot of its citizens. The media is one reason why. The more "online" we become, the more exposed we are to powerful forces determined to make us addicts to moral perversity and the occult. The danger is very real and the evidence is everywhere.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013

An Extraordinary Return, Part 3 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

A runner knows that the pain he feels will cease when the race is over. The hurt will not last forever. This gives him hope. A Christian knows that the pain of this life will end when Christ returns to Earth. That certainty enables us to withstand persecution, deprivation, and even death itself.

Thu, 03 Oct 2013

An Extraordinary Return, Part 2 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

For believers in the race of life, the ultimate goal line is still ahead. When Christ returns, all our labors will end. The hope of Christ's return has motivated Christians for two thousand years. And that return in power is nearer now than ever. Only a few saw Jesus rise into heaven, but every eye will see Him when He returns.

Wed, 02 Oct 2013

An Extraordinary Return, Part 1 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

There is coming a day for believers in which the race of this life will end. No more running, no more track, no more labor. That day is the bright hope for Christians: the day Jesus returns. That day will be like no other day before or since. And because the Scriptures cannot be broken, that promised day is an absolute certainty.

Tue, 01 Oct 2013

An Extraordinary Ascension, Part 3 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

One thing runners need is power--physical power and mental power--in order to give a race all they have. The disciples of Christ got a foretaste of His power when they saw Him ascend into heaven. As a cloud hid His rising form from view, attending angels reminded them that Jesus would one day return in great power and majesty.

Mon, 30 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Ascension, Part 2 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

When Jesus ascended into heaven, He went to prepare a place for us. And though only a few saw Jesus rise into the sky, the entire world will see Him return.

Fri, 27 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Ascension, Part 1 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

The ascension of Jesus was a movement from the visible to the invisible, the material to the immaterial, and from the finite to the eternal. It was the key to founding the church--the body of Christ.

Thu, 26 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Resurrection, Part 3 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

Of all the religious founders who've ever lived, only One is still living. Only One has opened the door to heaven. Jesus is alive and sitting at the right hand of God the Father, waiting to return in glory to this Earth.

Wed, 25 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Resurrection, Part 2 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

Why do Christians believe in the resurrection of Christ? Looking at the evidence, it's overwhelmingly in favor of the resurrection.

Tue, 24 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Resurrection, Part 1 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

Kingdoms, emperors, and skeptics are born and die--yet Christ still lives. And His resurrection guarantees that one day, those who have put their trust in Him will also rise again.

Mon, 23 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Death, Part 3 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

The love of God was put on display when Jesus went to the cross to die for our sins. His sacrifice was visible that day in Jerusalem, and it's visible, even now, to those who trust Him for the salvation His death purchased.

Fri, 20 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Death, Part 2 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

Salvation from beginning to end is of the Lord, and the cross is the defining moment, not just for Jesus, but for the entire human race.

Thu, 19 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Death, Part 1 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

The only way God could possibly associate with sinful humans and retain His integrity and holiness was to have a plan of salvation that could be achieved without human involvement. This plan required a perfect, sinless sacrifice: Jesus Christ. God the Son sacrificed Himself to God the Father in order to bridge the infinite gap between unrighteous man and a holy God.

Wed, 18 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Authority, Part 3 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

Genuine authority flows from within, no matter who you are. Jesus Christ had a unique authority, an authority still felt today, two thousand years since He walked on Earth. How does He still command such devotion?

Tue, 17 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Authority, Part 2 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

Jesus Christ is the final and most complete revelation from God. Period. He claimed exclusivity: that He was the only way to God, which is understandable because He is God.

Mon, 16 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Authority, Part 1 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

When you size up any group of people, it's usually pretty easy to tell who's in charge--there's something intangible about real leaders that make them recognizable as leaders. In all of history, no one has ever projected authority like Jesus did. People were either drawn to Him, or they wanted to kill Him. For anyone confronting the real Jesus, there was, and still is, no middle ground.

Fri, 13 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Life, Part 4 of 4 (Christ Among Other Gods)

All of us will have an eternal home. And our relationship with Christ, whether we accept Him or not, will determine where those future ages will be spent. He made claims no other man has ever made--and backed them up with incontrovertible miracles.

Thu, 12 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Life, Part 3 of 4 (Christ Among Other Gods)

Not all miracles are of God. Satan too can perform miracles. Real miracles include raising the dead, and calming a storm, feeding thousands with just a couple of fish and some bread--the kind of miracles Jesus did to validate that He was not only fully human, He was also fully God.

Wed, 11 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Life, Part 2 of 4 (Christ Among Other Gods)

Jesus made fantastic claims while He was on Earth. So in order to back His claims, He had to do miracles. No matter how much you research the "historical" Jesus--trying to make Him a mere man--you still end up staring at a miraculous Christ.

Tue, 10 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Life, Part 1 of 4 (Christ Among Other Gods)

Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and died a perfect sacrifice. Not even His enemies could point to a single character flaw. He is worthy of our absolute obedience because He is the only mediator between God and humanity.

Mon, 09 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Birth, Part 3 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

A true Savior has to be sinless if He's to be a sacrifice for our sins. Christ was sinless, something no other prophet or guru has ever claimed. And since sinful men and women bear sinful children, Christ's birth had to be different.

Fri, 06 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Birth, Part 2 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

There are many things that set Christ apart from all others who claim to point the way to God. But why was it necessary for Jesus to be sinless--to be born of a virgin? Find out more in today's message.

Thu, 05 Sep 2013

An Extraordinary Birth, Part 1 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

Everyone loves a good rags-to-riches story. But when the Son of God took on human flesh, His story went from riches-to-rags. The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem fulfilled countless prophecies and drew the attention of legions of angels. There's a good reason why our calendars pivot from B.C. to A.D. at the time of His birth.

Wed, 04 Sep 2013

The Icon of Tolerance, Part 3 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

Though everyone is entitled to their own opinions, they are not entitled to their own truth. Truth can be known and it is never inconsistent or contradictory. Jesus said that He Himself was the Truth - and if He is the Truth, He is the Truth for everyone.

Tue, 03 Sep 2013

The Icon of Tolerance, Part 2 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

These days, some say God is okay...maybe. But Jesus? No, He's definitely off-limits for public events even in a "tolerant" society. The one who said He was the truth is still dividing humanity.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013

The Icon of Tolerance, Part 1 of 3 (Christ Among Other Gods)

In today's society, tolerance takes even the most absurd contradictory ideas and makes them look as if they are special, unique, and rich. But if you say you have found truth, suddenly there is intolerance.

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

The Gift of Spiritual Fruit, Part 4 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

There's no magic to living the Christian life. Walking in the Spirit is a daily commitment to obey the Lord and say no to the flesh. The Apostle Paul talks about this in terms of sowing and reaping. The appetite we feed will be the appetite that's dominant in our lives. Let's take a final look at the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

Thu, 29 Aug 2013

The Gift of Spiritual Fruit, Part 3 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

It's easy to display the Spirit's fruit when all's right with the world. It's much tougher when life takes a hard turn. Often the most radiant believers are the ones who suffer the most. The Holy Spirit shines through the lives of many whose road has been hard. In today's message, Pastor Lutzer takes another look at the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

Wed, 28 Aug 2013

The Gift of Spiritual Fruit, Part 2 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Christians have an inner conflict. They are fighting against the desires of the flesh that are against the desires of the Holy Spirit. So as we learn to walk in the Spirit, following the prompts given to us by God, we'll not give in to the desires of the flesh.

Tue, 27 Aug 2013

The Gift of Spiritual Fruit, Part 1 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

When a Christian is walking in the Spirit, their everyday life is marked by visible evidence of the presence of God: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. These are the fruits of the Spirit and they're in stark contrast to the behavior of many who don't know God. In today's message, we'll see the difference between the works of the flesh and the works of the Spirit.

Mon, 26 Aug 2013

The Gift of Service, Part 4 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

There are all kinds of people in the body of Christ with all kinds of strengths and all kinds of weaknesses--and all kinds of needs to be met. That's why the Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts on those who believe: to help each other. The gifts are as diverse as those who receive them. And, each one is critical if the body is to function as God intends.

Fri, 23 Aug 2013

The Gift of Service, Part 3 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Some believers are reluctant to focus on the Holy Spirit because they think it means having to speak in tongues. This gift of the Spirit was prevalent at the birth of the church, and today its resurgence causes some to wonder if what we see now is the same thing that happened long ago. In today's message, Pastor Lutzer takes a careful look into the Bible for clarity on what tongues are and what they're not.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013

The Gift of Service, Part 2 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Every believer has a gift they can use to serve the body of Christ. Some teach, some exhort, some serve, some manage. Our gifts may vary, but the Holy Spirit bestows at least one gift on each of God's people. In today's message, Pastor Lutzer will help us discern what our gift is.

Wed, 21 Aug 2013

The Gift of Service, Part 1 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Every Christian is indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Every believer is part of the Body of Christ: the Church. We're created to function within the Body, and God, through His Holy Spirit, has given all of us gifts in order to do so.

Tue, 20 Aug 2013

The Gift of Sensitivity, Part 3 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

When the Spirit has His way in a Christian's life, their consciences become more tuned in to right and wrong. The process of becoming Christ-like involves a growing sensitivity to the Holy Spirit who wants to create in us the character of Jesus, so that sins that seemed insignificant suddenly seem big, and our desire to please God means more to us that pleasing ourselves.

Mon, 19 Aug 2013

The Gift of Sensitivity, Part 2 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

The Bible tells us that the devil loves to instigate anger because it's destructive. We're told to not give the devil an opportunity. But did you know that the Holy Spirit can help us when anger seems the only alternative? In today's message, learn more about becoming sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Fri, 16 Aug 2013

The Gift of Sensitivity, Part 1 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

The Holy Spirit is very sensitive, that's why He is usually depicted as a gentle dove. He will not force Himself upon us so we must become attuned to Him so that we don't grieve Him. Because when we grieve the Spirit of God, it makes it difficult for Him to bless us.

Thu, 15 Aug 2013

The Gift of Security, Part 3 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Believers in Christ are sealed by the Holy Spirit, and that seal is a down-payment on the eternal life yet to come. As God's property, we're on the road toward a future kingdom, and the Holy Spirit makes this real to all who are born again. But don't assume that you have the seal of the Spirit. Make sure that you do. Today's message tells you how you can be sure.

Wed, 14 Aug 2013

The Gift of Security, Part 2 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

As believers in Christ, we know we're in God's hands and that we'll make it to the very end. God has sealed us with the Holy Spirit, and He's the only one who can break that seal. So though life may be hard, there are no permanent tragedies. We belong to the Almighty, and we belong to Him forever.

Tue, 13 Aug 2013

The Gift of Security, Part 1 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

When you get a letter in the mail, you're always troubled when the envelope is not sealed. Sealed envelopes give us a certainty that whatever's inside is genuine, and permanent. So what does it mean to be sealed by the Holy Spirit?

Mon, 12 Aug 2013

The Gift of Purity, Part 4 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Moral purity is not easy, especially since our tendency (and our culture) tells us to gratify our desires. People will defend poor moral choices with a thousand excuses. But believers in Christ have the Holy Spirit, and if we follow His leading, He'll convict us when our thoughts turn where they shouldn't.

Fri, 09 Aug 2013

The Gift of Purity, Part 3 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

God sees every motivation and watches every act. This should help us keep intimacy where God intended it, and flee from any situation that might tempt us to defile our bodies. Our bodies, after all, are the temples of God's Holy Spirit.

Thu, 08 Aug 2013

The Gift of Purity, Part 2 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Paul told the Corinthians, in no uncertain terms: you're not free to live however you want. Your body is for the Lord, not for immorality. In today's message, Pastor Lutzer expounds on Paul's words.

Wed, 07 Aug 2013

The Gift of Purity, Part 1 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

As our culture becomes more saturated with "guiltless" immorality, it becomes harder to live a pure life. The Apostle Paul faced similar circumstances with the Corinthians who justified their ways, much as today's society does. Let's look at how Paul handled it.

Tue, 06 Aug 2013

The Gift of Conviction, Part 3 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. In today's message, we'll take a closer look at just how the Spirit actually does this.

Mon, 05 Aug 2013

The Gift of Conviction, Part 2 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

The Holy Spirit has come to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. When God uses this conviction to save someone, it's a huge work. God spiritually regenerates a person, and that is a miracle only He can perform.

Fri, 02 Aug 2013

The Gift of Conviction, Part 1 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

When we don't acknowledge God; when we don't worship God; when we don't love the Lord with all of our hearts, minds and souls, we are living in sin. And the Holy Spirit has come to convict us of this sin, and of the danger facing us if we continue down that path.

Thu, 01 Aug 2013

The Gift of Community, Part 4 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was a revolutionary moment. The newborn church was now alive and well, and those in Jerusalem couldn't help but notice the profound love these disciples shared. This new community was quickly making a mark on its culture, drawing many, and repelling others.

Wed, 31 Jul 2013

The Gift of Community, Part 3 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

The Holy Spirit binds believers together. Even when meeting someone you don't know, there's an intangible sense of fellowship when that person is a brother or sister in Christ. That sense of community is another evidence of the reality of the Holy Spirit.

Tue, 30 Jul 2013

The Gift of Community, Part 2 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

By looking at the early church, Pastor Lutzer shows us how, through the Holy Spirit, the Christians lived and spread the good news of the Gospel. Through the unity they all shared in the Spirit, there was a connectedness that gave them power. Their holy living caused the world to feel uncomfortable, and we would do well to follow their example.

Mon, 29 Jul 2013

The Gift of Community, Part 1 of 4 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

It's unfortunate that one of the most blessed teachings about the Holy Spirit has been a source of confusion for many people. The baptism of the Holy Spirit places all who believe in Jesus into a new community: a fellowship of those indwelt by the Spirit as evidence of their new birth in Christ. Some see the baptism as a special anointing whose mark is speaking in tongues--but what does the Bible say?

Fri, 26 Jul 2013

The Gift of Fulfillment, Part 3 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Through Jesus, the Living Water cleanses us, regenerates us, gives us a new nature, and empowers us. We can be at peace and have the assurance that we belong to God forever.

Thu, 25 Jul 2013

The Gift of Fulfillment, Part 2 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Jesus stood on a feast day and cried out to the crowd that those who believed in Him would experience rivers of living water in their souls. He didn't offer us a recipe. He offered a relationship--He offered Himself. That's an amazing invitation, one everyone should heed.

Wed, 24 Jul 2013

The Gift of Fulfillment, Part 1 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

What water is to the body, the Holy Spirit is to our soul. Things of this world can't fill the emptiness we feel. We are actually seeking something beyond this world. And Jesus said that if anyone is thirsty, they should come to Him.

Tue, 23 Jul 2013

The Gift of Companionship, Part 3 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

How gracious Jesus was to promise a companion who would be closer to us than even He was while on Earth. With the Holy Spirit as our permanent companion, our past has been forgiven and cleansed and our future is sealed, so there's nothing to fear in the present.

Mon, 22 Jul 2013

The Gift of Companionship, Part 2 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

The Holy Spirit is not only with us, He is in us. When we sin, He is grieved. When we think that no one cares, He comforts us. When we can't pray because our circumstances are so dark, He prays on our behalf.

Fri, 19 Jul 2013

The Gift of Companionship, Part 1 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Jesus promised His disciples a companion who would be with them after He was gone. That companion was the Holy Spirit, and He's still doing for today's disciples what He did for the original twelve so long ago. So when you think that no one cares, the Holy Spirit is with you for fellowship and companionship. He will not leave you.

Thu, 18 Jul 2013

Naming the Spirit, Part 3 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

For those who have believed in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is in them and beside them as a helper, comforter and teacher. He's here to birth holiness in us and to keep us on a trajectory towards holiness. So if we let the Spirit have His way, He'll consume everything in our lives that isn't holy. He will purify us.

Wed, 17 Jul 2013

Naming the Spirit, Part 2 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Who is the Holy Spirit? To put it simply, the Holy Spirit is a person. He's not an "influence." He has all of the attributes of personality. He has intellect. He has emotions. He has a will. He also has all of the attributes of deity. He is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.

Tue, 16 Jul 2013

Naming the Spirit, Part 1 of 3 (When the Spirit Has His Way)

Today we begin a series that explores basic doctrine about the Holy Spirit--doctrine that has suffered at the hands of extremists who associate the work of the Spirit with various manifestations.

Mon, 15 Jul 2013

A Bad Man Made Good, Part 4 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Some philosophers see both good and evil in human nature. For them, the side that wins is determined by our environment. As much as we'd like to take credit for being basically nice people, only the new life implanted by God in the new birth can take a bad man and make him good.

Fri, 12 Jul 2013

A Bad Man Made Good, Part 3 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

If you think your sins are too big or too many, think about the Apostle Paul. He persecuted Christians--even to their deaths. But God changed his heart and his desires, and he became the author of a good chunk of the New Testament. His love for God, for Christ, and for God's Word is on every page he wrote.

Thu, 11 Jul 2013

A Bad Man Made Good, Part 2 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

We are all sinners, yet we can be made good. Our desires can change, but they can only be changed by God. You need a love for Him, His word, and a love for others. You need a sense of brokenness and humility. These can only be implanted into your heart by God.

Wed, 10 Jul 2013

A Bad Man Made Good, Part 1 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Can a bad man be made good? First, we need to define who is "bad." According to the Bible, we are all bad. When it comes to sin, we all have a pre-existing condition. We're all desire driven and accustomed to evil.

Tue, 09 Jul 2013

The Healing Power of the Light, Part 4 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

In order to come clean and walk in the true light, confession and restoration must be as wide as the offense--both with God and with others. Are you going to receive God's full blessing or not?

Mon, 08 Jul 2013

The Healing Power of the Light, Part 3 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

If you want to walk in the true light, you have to agree with God on everything. You have to come clean not just with God, but with others as well.

Fri, 05 Jul 2013

The Healing Power of the Light, Part 2 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

We like to think of ourselves as basically good people who make mistakes, not as sinners desperately needing the grace of God. But if you don't see yourself as a sinner, you don't see a need for redemption.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013

The Healing Power of the Light, Part 1 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Throughout the Bible we see the contrast of darkness and light--darkness is sin, and light is God. Those who walk in darkness rationalize their sin, learn to manage their guilt, and even believe that they're walking in the light. They not only lie to others, they are deceiving themselves and even lying to God.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013

Let Me Control Your Life, Part 3 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Pastor Lutzer shows us that we have our own kingdoms--career, money, even our giftedness --and how we can easily fall into the same snare as Saul did. By comparing David's reaction to Saul's attacks, we also learn what we can do to keep from sinning.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013

Let Me Control Your Life, Part 2 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Trying to hold on to his kingdom by destroying those around him, King Saul gives us a good example of how an obsession with control can become evil.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013

Let Me Control Your Life, Part 1 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Control lies at the heart of sin. We're all born controllers. But when does wanting to control something become, not just a sin, but evil?

Fri, 28 Jun 2013

Pathways to Addiction, Part 3 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Jesus can deliver you from any addiction. God wants to deliver us from sin. He sent His Son to die so that we could experience freedom from sin. The transformation occurs when our love for Christ is greater than our love of sin. When we humbly submit to the will of God, He will begin to change our desires until eventually seeking and loving God is more important than seeking our next "fix."

Thu, 27 Jun 2013

Pathways to Addiction, Part 2 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Addictions will always trip us up in the race of life. Once caught in the trap, many people find themselves unable to break free. In today's message you'll hear how to take the first steps toward freedom and the real life God wants you to experience.

Wed, 26 Jun 2013

Pathways to Addiction, Part 1 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

An addiction is the blinding self-absorption of sin. It doesn't matter what the sin is, and you just can't tuck it away somewhere. It needs to be dealt with because a sin can progress into an addiction. It will become your master, and you'll be its slave. Listen today as Pastor Lutzer explains how freedom is attainable.

Tue, 25 Jun 2013

The Father's Voice, Part 3 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

In God we can find the fatherhood that all of us need whether we've come from a good home or a bad home. When we trust Christ as our Savior, God adopts us. We are His sons and daughters and we can say, "I am loved by God as much as He loves His Son, Jesus."

Mon, 24 Jun 2013

The Father's Voice, Part 2 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

When you come from a home without a good father, or from a home with no father at all, life can be tough--very tough. Sown in you may be seeds of future conflict. But those seeds need not germinate if we understand the fatherhood of God. Today, you'll hear teaching that might be the key to opening a prison door in your life.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013

The Father's Voice, Part 1 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

One person is the key to how you relate to life and to life's stressful situations. That person is your dad. We may not even realize the deep impact left by our fathers. Much of our inner pain can be traced to how we relate to our dads. Join us as we look at why your father is so important in your life.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013

The Roots of Rage, Part 4 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Uncontrollable anger is a problem of the spirit, only solvable in the spiritual realm. The way to overcome it begins with admitting our problem, rejoicing in God's acceptance and then forgiving others.

Wed, 19 Jun 2013

The Roots of Rage, Part 3 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Some people think you can get rid of anger by hitting something inanimate and "letting off steam." The trouble, however, is that this doesn't work. We need to turn to the Bible to not only pinpoint the source of rage but also to help us handle it.

Tue, 18 Jun 2013

The Roots of Rage, Part 2 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Rage can be hidden below a person's calm exterior. It can burst forth at any time. Join us as we uncover the unpleasant truth about the roots of rage that lie within each of our hearts.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013

The Roots of Rage, Part 1 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Everyone has been mad or angry at some point in their lives. Though it's okay to be angry, the Bible warns us not to sin when we're angered. When anger turns into rage--that's when the line has been crossed. In today's message we'll look at the source of this destructive emotion.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013

The Curse and Cure of Shame, Part 4 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

We all know about the curse of shame: the guilt, the heavy emotional load. But what about the cure? In today's message, you'll hear powerful teaching on how to get rid of shame for good and live in the freedom of having a clear conscience.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013

The Curse and Cure of Shame, Part 3 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

If shame isn't dealt with, it can lead to paranoia and excessive perfectionism, or it can leave a person as nothing but a doormat for others. But God has a cure for shame. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus "endured the cross, scorning its shame..." or, put another way, "try to destroy Me if you can!"

Wed, 12 Jun 2013

The Curse and Cure of Shame, Part 2 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Shame was not part of the original creation. It was only after Adam and Eve took that bite that shame fell upon mankind. And now it's such a painful emotion, people will do anything to avoid it. But God does have a cure for it!

Tue, 11 Jun 2013

The Curse and Cure of Shame, Part 1 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Shame is the feeling that we've radically disappointed ourselves, our friends and God. In today's message we're going to explore its origins, then discover God's answer to the curse of shame.

Fri, 07 Jun 2013

Deceived and Loving It, Part 2 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Self-deception is taking what God has said and redefining it so that we can live out the sinful desires of our hearts. In today's message hear Pastor Lutzer on facing the reality of our condition.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013

Deceived and Loving It, Part 1 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

We're far from being the inherently good people that our culture says we are. In fact, apart from certain restraints, we're capable of unspeakable evil. In today's message, we continue on our journey of self-discovery.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013

Lost in a House of Mirrors, Part 3 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

In order to keep from falling into denial and even deception, we need to use the Word of God as our mirror. That's where we should go to find out who we are. Unlike a fun house mirror that distorts reality, the Word of God is unbent and will help us find a sense of identity.

Tue, 04 Jun 2013

Lost in a House of Mirrors, Part 2 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

Self-perception lies at the core of who we are and the way we behave. We look for mirrors on our walls to show us what we want to see. The result is self-delusion--and one answer as to why good people do bad things.

Mon, 03 Jun 2013

Lost in a House of Mirrors, Part 1 of 3 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

The first mirror that reflects who we are is our parents. Teachers, coaches and the culture can influence us as well. And what they reflect back builds (or destroys) our perception of ourselves. Even at an early age, children discover that they can be one person on the outside and someone completely different inside. And that young, impressionable identity will determine our behavior: what we do and how we live.

Fri, 31 May 2013

A Glimpse into Heaven, Part 4 of 4 (The Invisible World)

All of this life is a preparation for the one to come. For the believer, this finite life will give way to an eternal one, and what God has prepared for those who have trusted Christ is beyond imagination. Not only will sorrows and pain cease, but we'll experience "joy inexpressible and full of glory." This message gives us a last look at perhaps the most important part of the invisible world: a place called heaven.

Thu, 30 May 2013

A Glimpse into Heaven, Part 3 of 4 (The Invisible World)

Hollywood depicts heaven as pearly gates, clouds, harps, and wings everywhere, all on streets of gold. The impression is one of a resort, where you can have a good time. But the Bible's picture of heaven is much richer. Here, the people of God will worship the One most worthy to be worshipped, and enjoy His presence forever.

Wed, 29 May 2013

A Glimpse into Heaven, Part 2 of 4 (The Invisible World)

There are many palaces around the world that have ornate throne rooms for their royalty. Revelation 4 gives us a look into God's throne room and what a room it is! The symbolic language can only give us a hint of the majesty of that most holy place--the place in the invisible world we most want to see.

Tue, 28 May 2013

A Glimpse into Heaven, Part 1 of 4 (The Invisible World)

We can't see the life to come as clearly as we see what's around us. But the Bible does give some tantalizing views of what's ahead for a child of God. Once we have a grasp of the wonders that await us, making it through this life gets a lot easier. In today's message, we peer across the great divide into the ultimate destiny for all who trust Christ.

Mon, 27 May 2013

Jesus, the Devil, and You, Part 4 of 4 (The Invisible World)

An angel declared that Jesus would "save His people from their sins." Since we can't save ourselves, that's really good news. If God didn't reach out to us, we'd never find Him on our own. In Zechariah 3, the angel of the Lord spoke of clean garments for the high priest, foreshadowing the robe of Christ's righteousness that admits us into heaven.

Fri, 24 May 2013

Jesus, the Devil, and You, Part 3 of 4 (The Invisible World)

One of Satan's favorite tactics is to whisper to Christians, "See, you sinned! You're not worthy to get into heaven!" The truth Satan hides when he does this is that believers don't stand on their own records. They stand on the merits of Jesus. This allows us to deal with the guilt that often paralyzes us. Knowing our place in Christ means we can tell Satan to get lost.

Thu, 23 May 2013

Jesus, the Devil, and You, Part 2 of 4 (The Invisible World)

When angels appear in the Bible, it's often to bring a message from God. An angel told Mary that she would bear the Christ child. Angels spoke in the Old Testament as well. In today's message, we'll look at the crucial message that was brought by an angel in Zechariah 3.

Wed, 22 May 2013

Jesus, the Devil, and You, Part 1 of 4 (The Invisible World)

A hymn-writer penned these words: "...clothed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne." The Bible tells us that when we become believers in Christ, we're given new spiritual clothing. The righteousness of Jesus is wrapped around us, making us worthy to stand before a holy God. In today's message, we'll see an Old Testament preview of this wonderful truth.

Tue, 21 May 2013

Angels, God's Invisible Agents, Part 4 of 4 (The Invisible World)

Just because something is invisible doesn't mean it's not there. The air we breathe is invisible, and it's real. Angels are normally invisible as they do God's work on behalf of the redeemed. But sometimes, God lets us see them, as when Elisha confronted an enemy king's men. On today's message, we'll learn more about angels: the work they do, and what it means as we live in the visible world.

Mon, 20 May 2013

Angels, God's Invisible Agents, Part 3 of 4 (The Invisible World)

Scientists theorize that there are many dimensions of time and space, and that we on Earth are limited to just one of them. They say, we could see a parallel universe right next to our own if only we could adjust our "sensors" for them. It's similar in the world of the spirit. In a dimension we can't normally see is the army of God ready to serve at a moment's notice.

Fri, 17 May 2013

Angels, God's Invisible Agents, Part 2 of 4 (The Invisible World)

Normally, angels are God's invisible agents. They do their work unseen by those of us here on Earth, but on occasion they can be seen, as in the case of Elisha in the Old Testament. Here we get a glimpse of the mighty army of protection God has at His disposal when He chooses to defend even one of His children against harm.

Thu, 16 May 2013

Angels, God's Invisible Agents, Part 1 of 4 (The Invisible World)

The Greek word for "angel" means "messenger." Angels took God's messages to many throughout the Bible. Normally we can't see angels, but they are there, doing the bidding of God by ministering to the people of God. In this message, we'll learn about a major part of the invisible world: God's invisible agents.

Wed, 15 May 2013

Motivated by the Invisible World, Part 3 of 3 (The Invisible World)

Two kingdoms. Two kings. Two value-systems. Two pathways. Two ultimate destinations. In Philippians 3, Paul tells of those who are enemies of the cross of Christ, and how we can discern who is in God's kingdom, and who is in the world's kingdom led by Satan. In today's message, we'll learn how believers should be motivated to make a difference while they're still in this world.

Tue, 14 May 2013

Motivated by the Invisible World, Part 2 of 3 (The Invisible World)

Believers in Christ live in two worlds. Augustine called these worlds the City of God and the City of Man. They have opposing values and opposing purposes. As Christians, we need to bridge the gap between these two worlds so that people can see the power of God and its focus in the cross of Jesus.

Mon, 13 May 2013

Motivated by the Invisible World, Part 1 of 3 (The Invisible World)

Christians live in two worlds: the visible one of everyday life, and the invisible world of the spirit. These two worlds are often in conflict, and so our journey through life isn't always easy. Making it through that journey requires the motivation to endure it, but where do we find that motivation?

Fri, 10 May 2013

Power from the Dark Side Part 4 of 4 (The Invisible World)

At times, the powers of Satan seem overwhelming. Evil-doers prosper; good people suffer. It's good to remember that the ultimate victory belongs to Jesus and to His people. In this message, we'll draw from the miracles done by the Apostle Paul at Ephesus, where sorcerers burned their demonic writings as the power of the Holy Spirit fell on the crowd.

Thu, 09 May 2013

Power from the Dark Side Part 3 of 4 (The Invisible World)

In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the King of Rohan has an aide always whispering cunning words of evil in his ear. His name is GrÝma Wormtongue. In this mythical world, he fed the king lies. But false prophets are prevalent in the real world as well. These agents of the devil spread falsehoods about God to a gullible public. In today's message, learn more characteristics of false prophets.

Wed, 08 May 2013

Power from the Dark Side Part 2 of 4 (The Invisible World)

We all know that miracles can happen through the power of God, but did you know that Satan can perform miracles, too? It's vital to discern whose power is on display when something supernatural happens. In today's message, we'll take a look back to the days of the Apostle Paul, when God did mighty miracles through His servant. And we'll learn what set these miracles apart from those demons performed.

Tue, 07 May 2013

Power from the Dark Side Part 1 of 4 (The Invisible World)

Some call it "black magic." But it's really Satan. He gives spiritual power to deceived people--and it is not a power for good. Through Satanic rituals, sorcery, charms, and other means, the devil enslaves his victims in a world of false religion, a world of evil, and a world of bondage.

Mon, 06 May 2013

Knowledge from the Dark Side, Part 4 of 4 (The Invisible World)

Some people think the Bible is full of "thou shalt nots..." They have no use for a book that limits their freedoms in any way. But the problem is some "freedoms" are really chains of slavery. That's the case for any means of seeking knowledge from the dark side, from Satan and his demons in the guise of mediums. Learn why God forbids this activity, and what can happen when we disobey.

Fri, 03 May 2013

Knowledge from the Dark Side, Part 3 of 4 (The Invisible World)

Books that always seem to be popular are those that tell of near-death experiences, and the wonderful heaven that awaits us all. But the problem with most of them is that the books don't mention any need for faith in Christ as the means to get there. The devil is deceiving multitudes into thinking that there's no need to fear death; all will be okay.

Thu, 02 May 2013

Knowledge from the Dark Side, Part 2 of 4 (The Invisible World)

God's word is very clear: we're not to consult mediums or fortune-tellers for guidance of any kind. But King Saul did so anyway to help him fight the Philistines. The knowledge he gained came from the dark side of the invisible world, and God was not pleased.

Wed, 01 May 2013

Knowledge from the Dark Side, Part 1 of 4 (The Invisible World)

In eternity past, a civil war took place in heaven. Some of God's angels rebelled, and a great darkness began. Satan and his forces were cast to Earth where, to this day, they're at war with the people of God. They're always seeking to destroy what God is building. Sometimes, through divination, demons seek to lure people into their trap. In today's message learn Satan's methods and our best defense.

Tue, 30 Apr 2013

Finding God in the Wasteland, Part 3 of 3 (The Invisible World)

God does not limit Himself to church buildings when He wishes to speak to His children. A man named Jacob found that out when God came to him when he was sleeping on the ground using a rock for a pillow. In a dream, he learned of God's plans for him and his nation. That place became sacred and Jacob called it "the gate of heaven." Today: how each of us can meet God in the very same way.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013

Finding God in the Wasteland, Part 2 of 3 (The Invisible World)

You might remember a Sunday School song called, "We are Climbing Jacob's Ladder." So, what's that ladder all about? Jacob had a dream in which angels were ascending and descending a ladder that went from Earth to Heaven. Today, we'll find out what that ladder means, and how God used that imagery to bridge the gap between our visible world and His invisible one.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013

Finding God in the Wasteland, Part 1 of 3 (The Invisible World)

We live in a visible world, but around us is an equally real invisible world. Sometimes the two intersect very tangibly. God may intervene supernaturally when we least expect it. That happened many times in both the Old and New Testaments. In today's message, God speaks to a man in a dream, and reveals that man's future destiny. This divine intersection is often called "Jacob's ladder."

Thu, 25 Apr 2013

Living in Two Worlds, Part 3 of 3 (The Invisible World)

The Bible tells of a life beyond this life--a life where all the wrongs of this world are made right. That world is, for now, part of an invisible world: the world of the spirit, the world of heaven and hell, God, angels and demons. Christians have to live in both worlds, and it's our job to get ready for the world to come.

Wed, 24 Apr 2013

Living in Two Worlds, Part 2 of 3 (The Invisible World)

The invisible world. Paul calls it "an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison." A world we cannot yet see that awaits all who believe in Christ. In this message, learn more on how superior that world is when compared to any trial we could ever experience in this world.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013

Living in Two Worlds, Part 1 of 3 (The Invisible World)

Our eyes can only process a narrow range of the energy called light. We can't see infrared or ultraviolet. Many things are very real, even though we can't see them. Life on Earth is not limited to what our five senses can detect. There's an entire world out there that exists in the realm of the spirit. Today: a series begins that tells about that invisible world and how we relate to it.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Hearts, Part 3 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

It might be said that the church in America has never been as rich in wealth, while at the same time as poor in spiritual power. This indictment was handed down by Jesus to the ancient church at Laodicea. He may have had our day in mind when He said, "Because you say I'm rich...you don't know that you are wretched, miserable, blind and naked." So what remedy did He give them?

Fri, 19 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Hearts, Part 2 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

No one likes lukewarm food or beverages. Hot or cold is much better. Jesus said as much when evaluating the lukewarm Laodicean church in Revelation 3. But His tough love included a gracious offer--a way for them to regain their lost fervor. His rebuke and chastening would lead to renewal and power for them, and even for us.

Thu, 18 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Hearts, Part 1 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

Some Bible scholars see a progression as Jesus evaluates seven successive churches in the book of Revelation. They see the passing of history, with each church representing an era of time. If this is the case, we may be living in the last era--part of a church Jesus says He will spew out of his mouth. Is your church spiritually hot, or, like the one at Laodicea, merely lukewarm?

Wed, 17 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Vision, Part 3 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

When churches check themselves against those listed in Revelation 2 and 3, there's one church they want to be like. The church at Philadelphia earned high marks from Jesus for its faithfulness and its vision. They persevered, they kept His Word, and they never denied His name. Take a look at the importance of vision, and going through the open doors Jesus sets before us.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Vision, Part 2 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

In what is now Turkey, the ancient church at Philadelphia earned a commendation from Jesus for its faithfulness to His name. In today's world, faithful churches are growing even in hostile places--churches about which Jesus says, "I've set before you an open door, and no one can shut it." Some even come to faith in Christ through dreams which lead them to seek out God's Word.

Mon, 15 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Vision, Part 1 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

Every Christian longs to hear "well done" when they stand before Jesus on Judgment day. The same applies to the local church. Jesus addressed seven churches in the book of Revelation, and often, His words were sharp. But there was one church that received a glowing review. Today, we'll see why this church was praised, and how churches today can hear those same words of commendation from the Lord.

Fri, 12 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Reality, Part 3 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

In the final analysis, it won't matter whether you were rich or poor, famous or unknown. Only one thing will matter: whether you were an overcomer. Jesus makes that clear in His analysis of seven churches in the book of Revelation. Those who overcome will be given white garments because Jesus will declare them worthy.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Reality, Part 2 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

Jesus is quite clear about his expectations for every local church. "Be watchful...hold fast what you've heard...repent...or else I will come upon you as a thief..." Though He said these words to an ancient church, could He be saying them to your church or mine?

Wed, 10 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Reality, Part 1 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

Self-delusion is easy. The addict says, "I can quit anytime," and believes it. Some churches think all is well because great numbers convince them God is doing a mighty work. Today, we'll visit an ancient church that Jesus proclaimed to be dead, even though it thought it was alive. Want a reality check for your church? Stay with us.

Tue, 09 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Holiness, Part 3 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

The eyes of the risen Jesus are like a flame of fire. They see through our excuses and identify those who have "overcome." Jesus mentions overcomers many times during his evaluations of seven ancient churches in the book of Revelation. Who they are and what they have overcome is our focus on today's broadcast.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Holiness, Part 2 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

It takes a lot of gall to celebrate sin and encourage it within the church, and yet this is exactly what happened at Thyatira. Jesus singled it out for words of judgment in the book of Revelation. It had a false prophetess who advocated sexual immorality and idolatry. Today's false prophets say they hear directly from God, but let's hear what Jesus thinks.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Holiness, Part 1 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

Mention "holiness" to many people, and they immediately envision someone locked up in a monastery or perhaps a convent, but holiness really means being "set apart" or separated from sin and unto God. This standard is not an option for God's children--He expects us to live pure lives. One of the seven churches Jesus addressed in Revelation was targeted for its failure to be holy.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Teaching, Part 3 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

Jesus commended churches that held fast to truth. In Revelation, He addressed seven local churches and in His letter to Pergamum, He spoke of those who "overcome." So, who are the overcomers? Can you and I be overcomers and receive the promises only overcomers can claim?

Wed, 03 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Teaching, Part 2 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

Teachers play a crucial role in the formation of our youth. In the same way, Bible teachers have enormous influence on members of a church. False doctrines can be easily spread. In today's message, Jesus tells an ancient church to reject the teachings He hates.

Tue, 02 Apr 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Teaching, Part 1 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

From the earliest days of the church, there has been a battle to protect the truth from an onslaught of false teaching. In the book of Revelation, Jesus singled out the church at Pergamum (in what is now Turkey). In the strongest terms, he decried their willingness to adopt false teachings advocating immorality. Could this happen today?

Fri, 29 Mar 2013

Resurrected Dreams #2 of 3 (Single Sermon)

At Emmaus, the resurrected Jesus walked with disciples so dejected, so sorrowful that they did not even recognize Him. But their hearts were warmed by this passerby. Inviting Him to dinner, they found themselves face to face with the One they loved, but never really understood.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013

Resurrected Dreams #1 of 3 (Single Sermon)

The resurrection of Jesus revived the dreams of His disciples. In today's message, Pastor Lutzer will explain how it can also revive our dreams.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013

The High Cost of Lost Opportunities #3 of 3 (Single Sermon)

When Jesus cursed a fig tree for not bearing fruit, He was telling us that His followers need to bear fruit He could approve. Today, some lessons we can take home from a very serious event in the life of Jesus right before His own death.

Tue, 26 Mar 2013

The High Cost of Lost Opportunities #2 of 3 (Single Sermon)

Jesus cursing a fig tree isn't something we normally think about during Holy Week. But in today's message, Pastor Lutzer shows how bearing fruit is important to God, and was a lesson Jesus taught His disciples just one day after riding into Jerusalem.

Mon, 25 Mar 2013

The High Cost of Lost Opportunities #1 of 3 (Single Sermon)

The triumphal entry of Christ was both a joyous and a solemn occasion. In today's message, Pastor Lutzer gives us a crucial lesson that Jesus taught in connection with His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Suffering #3 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

In the church of Jesus, persecution is assured, and there is no "Get Out of Jail Free" card. In fact, Jesus urges us to be faithful unto death, that we might obtain the crown of life. It's not a promise of health and wealth, but it is a promise of eventual triumph.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Suffering #2 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

Is there anything you would give your life for? The early followers of Jesus often became martyrs. The word martyr simply means "witness." Even today, in many places, being a witness for Christ can cost you your life. Jesus knows every time one of His followers makes the supreme sacrifice, and today, He commends a church willing to follow Him even to death.

Wed, 20 Mar 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Suffering #1 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

We don't know a lot about the New Testament church at Smyrna in what is now modern Turkey. There's no record of its founding. But what we do know speaks volumes about the opinion Jesus had of this church, and the opinion He has of some of our churches today. Few of us face the persecution inflicted on His followers in Smyrna. What would happen if we did?

Tue, 19 Mar 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Love #3 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

Jesus has clear expectations of His followers and of His church. It's our job to make sure He's pleased. His words to seven churches in Revelation describe conditions that we face today. And the response Jesus wanted to see from the churches of the past is the response He desires from us today: repentance and resumption of doing the works He approves.

Mon, 18 Mar 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Love #2 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

"I have good news, and I have bad news." We've all heard this phrase before. Jesus had "news" for seven churches in the early chapters of the book of Revelation. For the first church, His message was a mix of good and bad. He gave the good news first, but then expressed His judgment on a matter He felt was crucial.

Fri, 15 Mar 2013

When Jesus Observes Our Love #1 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

New Christians often have a radiant love for Jesus. Sadly, as time passes, that love sometimes cools. In the first century AD, Ephesus was a major city along the coast of what is now Turkey. Jesus commended the Ephesian church, but then chastised them for leaving their first love. What would He say about your church?

Thu, 14 Mar 2013

A Vision of Jesus #3 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

We learn from the book of Philippians that God has highly exalted Jesus, giving Him the name which is above every name. That same exalted Jesus fills the book of Revelation--a Jesus with hair as white as snow and eyes of flaming fire. In John's vision of Jesus, he falls before Him as one dead. Jesus then details His judgments on seven churches of that day.

Wed, 13 Mar 2013

A Vision of Jesus #2 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

Have you ever wondered what Jesus looks like? Famous paintings give the impression of a man with long hair and a kind face, but the Jesus of artwork is a far cry from the Jesus of Revelation--a Christ with eyes of flaming fire. His words thundered to seven churches of the first century: words that thunder as we imagine His opinion of our churches today.

Tue, 12 Mar 2013

A Vision of Jesus #1 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

The Bible ends with the book of Revelation and a glimpse into the future. Here we see Christ in glory, the Lord of His church. Seven churches in what is now Turkey received a personal word from Jesus. These words tell us what He thought of those churches and, by implication, what He thinks of our churches today. His words sometimes commend, and sometimes sting.

Mon, 11 Mar 2013

Getting Over It #3 of 3 (When You've Been Wronged)

We're all born with a propensity to sin and a desire to seek revenge whenever we're attacked, but vengeance is not something we have a right to. The Bible declares that "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord." So, how do we adjust our instincts to agree with the Scriptures?

Fri, 08 Mar 2013

Getting Over It #2 of 3 (When You've Been Wronged)

When someone attacks us, we want to attack back. But the Bible says, "Bless those who persecute you: bless and do not curse." Today, some hard lessons on resolving conflict, and getting over past injustices.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013

Getting Over It #1 of 3 (When You've Been Wronged)

Despite best efforts, some people refuse reconciliation, and hang on to their hurts until their knuckles turn white. Letting go of past injustice seems, for many, to be the ultimate insult. After all, those injustices give people their reason to go on fighting. Today: a call to give up the hurts that are held dear and be healed of anger.

Wed, 06 Mar 2013

The High Cost of Reconciliations #4 of 4

"Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven," Jesus said. This verse from Matthew 18has been controversial for centuries. Today, Pastor Lutzer will explain what this Scripture means,and how it relates to the task we all have of seeking reconciliation.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013

The High Cost of Reconciliations #3 of 4

It's never easy to confront a sinning Christian, so Jesus gave us teaching on how and when to dothe necessary task of bringing that brother back to repentance and fellowship. Today we'll lookat the end game of reconciliation: what to do when nothing else works.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013

The High Cost of Reconciliations #2 of 4 (When You've Been Wronged)

People will stay divided until someone takes action: the action Jesus spoke of when He said, "Go to your brother." We can go alone, or when appropriate, take others with us, but we must go if the cycle of mistrust is to be broken.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013

The High Cost of Reconciliations #1 of 4 (When You've Been Wronged)

It can take years to form the deep divisions that keep families and former friends apart. And it may take just as long to heal those wounds. Today we'll learn the steps to take to seek and find real reconciliation from the teachings of Jesus.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013

Christians in the Courtroom, Part 3 of 3

Jesus never complained when He suffered. So why do we haul fellow believers into court when we think we've been cheated? Maybe it's because we think we can get justice from unbelieving judges. In reality, God wants us to get our justice from His hand. It's better to suffer a wrong than to tarnish the name of Jesus in a court of law.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013

Christians in the Courtroom, Part 2 of 3

Making sure you get justice is a big deal in the world's value system. That's why so many people file lawsuits. When Christians absorb the world's values, they file lawsuits along with everybody else. The Bible tells us that such actions defame the cause of Christ. Today: a call for believers to act like believers and let God be their final bar of justice.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013

Christians in the Courtroom, Part 1 of 3

It's almost fashionable to sue someone these days. Court dockets are overflowing as people demand payback for injustice. Sadly, too many of these cases involve Christians, in violation of the New Testament. The Apostle Paul has some pointed words for those of us who'd like nothing better than to stick it to a fellow believer in court. Today, some counter-cultural teaching.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013

Dodging Spears, Part 3 of 3

When you're under constant attack, you cry out for God to intervene. When God deposed King Saul, David was anointed to be king of Israel. And Saul didn't go quietly--he pursued David for ten years. So, what lessons was God teaching David--and us?

Fri, 22 Feb 2013

Dodging Spears, Part 2 of 3

Saul didn't like it when God removed him as Israel's king. He spent ten years trying to kill his replacement: David. And like David, some of us have been on the receiving end of spears thrown by those who hate us. Today we'll look at some of the techniques people use to destroy those they despise--and how believers should respond when they're attacked.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013

Dodging Spears, Part 1 of 3

Spear throwers. Some may call them destroyers. They're self-absorbed and they're out to make sure they look better than anyone else--and they will hurt people to keep appearances up. There are many people who are under constant attack by these destroyers. What drives these "spear throwers?" And how do we, as believers, handle long-running attacks from others? Today, we'll look at David and Saul for a biblical approach on what to do when reconciliation is not possible.

Wed, 20 Feb 2013

Family Feuds: Seeing God in Injustice, Part 4 of 4

The best part about a feud is when it ends--when forgiveness terminates the acrimony and hatred. The Bible's account of Joseph and his estranged family points the way for those of us trapped in family feuds.

Tue, 19 Feb 2013

Family Feuds: Seeing God in Injustice, Part 3 of 4

Family feuds can last for centuries. Generation after generation nurse old grudges that keep people apart. But the cycle can be broken. Forgiving others dissolves years of hatred in mere moments. That's what happened when Joseph forgave his brothers for selling him as a slave. Join us today for one of the most unforgettable episodes in all of the Bible.

Mon, 18 Feb 2013

Family Feuds: Seeing God in Injustice, Part 2 of 4

Falsely accused of rape, Joseph found himself rotting in a dungeon, wondering if he'd ever see daylight again. While in prison, he helps a cupbearer who then forgets about Joseph's plight. Injustice followed him wherever he went, but he didn't give up hope. And he didn't give in to bitterness. What would you do if caught in this kind of family feud with no apparent way out?

Fri, 15 Feb 2013

Family Feuds: Seeing God in Injustice, Part 1 of 4

Families can be torn apart by feuds. Whether due to real or imagined hurt, some feuds go on for generations and conflict becomes a way of life. Unless the cycle is broken, hatred can consume blood relatives. So, is there a way out?

Thu, 14 Feb 2013

Brothers at War, Part 3 of 3

Using the story of Jacob and Esau, Pastor Lutzer shows us that family divisions can be devastating and last for decades. We see how Jacob spent most of his life manipulating events to get what God had already promised--the older would serve the younger. But after Jacob confessed that he was a "cheater," God renamed him Israel. Sometimes God needs to humble us and bring us to a point of great need in order to reconcile us to Himself--and to others.

Wed, 13 Feb 2013

Brothers at War, Part 2 of 3

It would be nice if all disputes could be resolved and all conflicts reconciled. But that's not always possible, and in some cases, resolution is not an option. Sometimes we have to shut the door and set the deadbolt. Today: guidance from the life of Jacob on when and where to bar the gate.

Tue, 12 Feb 2013

Brothers at War, Part 1 of 3

Jacob and Esau are classic examples of how different two siblings can be. Conflict was almost inevitable. Jacob (the younger brother) conspired to get the birthright of Esau (the elder brother), and the lifelong battle began. Today, we learn some lessons from the family of Isaac.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013

The Challenge of Raising Cain, Part 3 of 3

We all recoil from stories of killers who slay without conscience or remorse, and then complain if they're not treated properly. In their minds is a double standard of behavior. They're like Cain who had no sorrow for killing Abel, but was quite worried that someone might kill him. In today's message: understanding the mind of the self-absorbed.

Fri, 08 Feb 2013

The Challenge of Raising Cain, Part 2 of 3

Cain allowed his anger, envy, and jealousy to override the counsel given to him, personally, by God--and killed his brother Abel. Sin can be that powerful. Today: more on the tragic life of Cain, who typifies many who feel rejected.

Thu, 07 Feb 2013

The Challenge of Raising Cain, Part 1 of 3

Sin is crouching at the door. It's ready to destroy you. But imagine getting a one-on-one counseling session with God. Who could give you better advice? Today: we'll learn what motivates someone like Cain who killed his brother, Abel.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013

The Blinding Power of an Offense, Part 3 of 3

It's impossible to predict all the effects of being offended. When we react to an offense, some collateral damage is likely. This message gives us an eye-opening look into the unintended consequences of harboring an offense rather than seeking reconciliation.

Tue, 05 Feb 2013

The Blinding Power of an Offense, Part 2 of 3

All of us have been offended at one time or another. But has that offense become an idol to us? Are we blind to our own faults? Do we desire vengeance? Does that offense come up in every conversation--do you see it everywhere you turn? Most importantly, has God been put on the shelf until you can take care of the situation? Today, more lessons on the roots of rage, and how to handle it.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013

The Blinding Power of an Offense, Part 1 of 3

It's instinctive to recoil from pain, whether it's physical or emotional. But some pain in life is inevitable. And when others cause our conflicts, it's hard to escape that pain. Something inside each of us cries out for justice. Today, we're beginning a series to help us deal with the wrongs that others inflict.

Fri, 01 Feb 2013

Developing a Support System, Part 3 of 3

To endure times of hardship, we need to have a support system in place. We need to be in the Word of God. We need to spend time in the presence of God. And we need to be in fellowship with the people of God. With these in place, God can revive our souls even in the middle of a dry and dusty land.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013

Developing a Support System, Part 2 of 3

When times are good, it's not hard to go it alone. But when calamity strikes, you need a support system around you. The prophet Jeremiah compares this to being like a tree next to a stream, drawing nourishment that can survive a drought. Believers facing a tough future need each other more than ever. This means connecting with fellow believers so that we all can bear fruit.

Wed, 30 Jan 2013

Developing a Support System, Part 1 of 3

There comes a time in the decline of a nation when God will no longer delay judgment. At that time, things get really bad. America may be at that point, and believers are caught up with everyone else when economic and social calamity strikes. How should believers act and live when the really hard times come? Today we will get some guidance from an Old Testament prophet who saw times like ours coming.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013

Faith at the Breaking Point, Part 4

The Great Tribulation can be traced to the rage of Satan who wants one last chance to wreak havoc before facing doom--one last chance to shake his fist at God and the people of God; one last chance to get people to worship him instead of God; and one last chance to destroy the faith of those still alive who believe in Jesus. Today we will learn how to overcome our mortal enemy the devil.

Mon, 28 Jan 2013

Faith at the Breaking Point, Part 3 of 4

In Revelation 13, the future Antichrist's power is on display, and slaughtering Christians is what he's doing. The Antichrist is known as the beast. He forces the whole world to worship him by using military and economic pressure. Without his mark, no one can buy or sell. Could any of us maintain our faith in Jesus during a time like this, when not worshiping the beast means death?

Fri, 25 Jan 2013

Faith at the Breaking Point, Part 2 of 4

In the Bible, the end-game for planet Earth is not a "tiptoe through the tulips." Rather, it's unimaginable war: a future Antichrist will arise and deceive the world into worshipping him. Anyone living at this time will face almost certain death unless they comply. Even now, believers face execution in many parts of the world. Could your faith survive in the face of oppression like this?

Thu, 24 Jan 2013

Faith at the Breaking Point, Part 1 of 4

According to an article in Newsweek magazine, Christians are being murdered for their faith from one end of the Muslim world to the other and yet the mainstream media remains quiet. Like it was in ancient Rome, there is a war on to destroy the faith of believers in Christ, and this war is coming to our own shores. We must ask ourselves what it would take for us to deny our faith.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013

Preparing for the Day of Calamity, Part 3

It's easy to get anxious about the declining state of culture, and the sense that economic collapse is around the corner. How should believers approach living in a world that is on the edge of calamity? James' words two thousand years ago are as relevant now as they were then. The bottom line: "Be patient, for the Lord is coming."

Tue, 22 Jan 2013

Preparing for the Day of Calamity, Part 2 of 3

Many people stash away cash in case the day of calamity comes. But what if your money's of no value on that day? To trust in riches is to trust in a vapor that passes away. James talks a great deal about economic justice for the poor, telling us that one day, our gold and silver will not buy anything. Today we'll learn some stark lessons for a future that may be just around the corner.

Mon, 21 Jan 2013

Preparing for the Day of Calamity, Part 1 of 3

Many people watch the stock market like a hawk. Some get nervous when the price of gold drops. Money is something we all need, but one day the money we crave will be no more. One day, all transient things that give us security will vanish, and that is the day of final judgment. Then, what we are on the inside will be all that matters

Fri, 18 Jan 2013

The Desert, The Devil, and You, Part 4

The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword. It's powerful, and when we quote it, the devil is sent running. No temptation comes to us that we cannot handle. The devil's attempts to pull us off the track will fail if we are diligent to meditate in and memorize God's Word. Today we will look at some final lessons we can apply from understanding how the Son of God dealt with our common enemy.

Thu, 17 Jan 2013

The Desert, The Devil, and You, Part 3 of 4

Sometimes we're tempted to take the easy way out of a trial, even though we know that the easy way is not God's way. A hungry and thirsty Jesus was offered all the kingdoms of the world if only He would worship Satan. We too sometimes see a quick solution to our crisis, and are tempted to dishonor God to meet legitimate needs.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013

The Desert, The Devil, and You, Part 2 of 4

At a point of great physical weakness in the desert, Jesus encountered Satan, who tempted Him to fall down in worship. Satan tempts all of God's children, to get them to veer off the path God has set before them. The devil tries to trap us into thinking that sin is appealing and that its consequences are manageable.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013

The Desert, The Devil, and You, Part 1 of 4

Sometimes we find ourselves going directly from times of great blessing to times of great trial. That's what happened to Jesus. He was led by God into the wilderness and found Himself tempted to sin by the devil. Hungry and thirsty, He was very vulnerable, but fought off Satan using solely the Word of God

Mon, 14 Jan 2013

Empty Stomachs, Empty Arms, Part 3

Wherever you look, mass media is always saying that having more is what life is all about--more money, a bigger house, and more luxurious vacations. Paradoxically, having less can actually be a greater blessing. Having less means depending on and reaching out to those around you because you have to. Family and community mean much more when tough times come. As you face your tough times, take some lessons from the life of a woman in the Old Testament.

Fri, 11 Jan 2013

Empty Stomachs, Empty Arms, Part 2 of 3

The story of Ruth and Naomi is heart wrenching. Faced with calamity, Ruth begs Naomi to let her stay with her. The hard times of life can either make us bitter or they can lead us to reach out to others. Naomi and daughter-in-law Ruth traveled to Bethlehem, where a man named Boaz cared for Ruth and ultimately married her. Today we will learn more lessons from a woman of great faith.

Thu, 10 Jan 2013

Empty Stomachs, Empty Arms, Part 1 of 3

It's been said that if all the tears people ever cried could be gathered up, they would fill an ocean. Sorrow comes to all of us. Life has joys, but some think that joy is all life should have. But it's through tears that we learn to depend on God for every breath, every bite of food, and every dollar in our wallets. Today we will focus on a story of famine and crisis, and how God met a woman's needs.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013

Trusting God When The Wells Are Dry, Part 4 of 4

When tough times come, we're all in the same boat, but not everyone reacts in the same way. How we react is crucial. Maintaining our trust in God's provision is vital when we undergo the tests of famine and deprivation. Some fail the test, and try to avoid God's intended pathway. God can be trusted, even when things look bleak. Today, Pastor Lutzer will remind us what to do in times of crisis.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013

Trusting God When The Wells Are Dry, Part 3 of 4

When tough times come, God shakes us up to make sure we remember who our real provider is. He can sustain us through adversity when we accept the limitations that adversity brings. Downsizing may not be fun, but it may be necessary when the money dries up. But through this, God works to develop our characters. Today we will study some key principles to hang onto when your crisis comes.

Mon, 07 Jan 2013

Trusting God When The Wells Are Dry, Part 2 of 4

Is it ever right to lie to avoid a greater evil? That's a choice one man faced who feared his wife would be taken from him. Abram would later become Abraham, but before God changed his name, Abram tried to escape famine by taking his family to Egypt. Genesis 12 tells the story of attempted deceit and its aftermath. For a time, the lie actually worked.

Fri, 04 Jan 2013

Trusting God When The Wells Are Dry, Part 1 of 4

When God wants to deepen our spiritual maturity, He sometimes takes away all the comforts we're used to. We may have to move when our jobs fall apart. Some of us are told that we have only months to live. However, God can lead His people into the wilderness for their greater good and for His greater glory. After all, that's what happened to Abraham.

Thu, 03 Jan 2013

We Have No Map for This Territory, Part 4

A storm is coming, the storm of God's judgment on America. We may be at the tipping point where judgment is inevitable. So how should we prepare for the tough times that loom on the horizon? Today we'll learn from the book of Jeremiah as the prophet of Israel faces a rough ride along with those God is judging.

Mon, 31 Dec 2012

We Have No Map for This Territory, Part 1 of 4

The days ahead may well be days of less money, fewer options, higher prices, and more uncertainty. For many, the comforts we have known may fade away into a tougher reality -- no job, no insurance, perhaps a foreclosed home. How do we handle deprivation when all we have known is abundance? Today, we begin a series to prepare us for "such a time as this."

Fri, 28 Dec 2012

For Such a Time as This, Part 3 of 3

Your church needs you out on life's racetrack, running alongside the other members to get the job done together. The challenge for the new year is "get involved." That's what Esther did at a crucial point in the history of the Jewish people. She got involved even at great personal risk, as we should in order to face the daunting challenges of 2013.

Thu, 27 Dec 2012

For Such a Time as This, Part 2 of 3

Most of our choices do not affect world history. But sometimes, God puts us in situations where they can, and do. To save her people from extinction, Esther faced the risk of execution to beg the king of Persia to rescind a royal edict. She did not try to "pass the buck." She knew that at that key moment, "the buck stopped here."

Wed, 26 Dec 2012

For Such a Time as This, Part 1 of 3

At year-end, we are all conscious of passing time. We wish we had more time, but the sand keeps running through the hourglass. At crucial times, great leaders arise -- often from common roots. They find themselves at the vortexes of history, and are called upon to make momentous choices. Today we learn about one such leader, a woman named Esther.

Tue, 25 Dec 2012

Lots of Space, But No Room, Part 2 of 2

At last the race to the stores is over. Today the kids attack their presents with a gleam in their eyes. For most of us, Christmas morning is a happy time as our families gather in the safety of our homes. But as you enjoy this day, take a few minutes and consider Christmas from a different viewpoint, from a place far away and a time long, long ago.

Mon, 24 Dec 2012

Lots of Space, But No Room, Part 1 of 2

Many believers gather on Christmas Eve to sing carols and rejoice in the hope that another Christmas brings. For most of us, Christmas Eve is a time for family as the kids await the joys of opening presents. In the midst of all this, take a few minutes and consider Christmas from a different viewpoint, from a place far away and a time long, long ago.

Fri, 21 Dec 2012

The Manger and the Sword, Part 3 of 3

The days before Christmas. For buyers it means last dashes to the mall. For merchants it means another frenzy of selling. But there were no malls in Bethlehem -- no lights, no friends. Indeed, Christmas had a humble beginning. This is a special edition of Running to Win, helping us understand what the real cost of Christmas was, especially for Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Thu, 20 Dec 2012

The Manger and the Sword, Part 2 of 3

December 25 was not Jesus' actual birthday, but it is the date set aside long ago for us to honor that birth. For Mary, His mother, that birth began a long period of pain and sorrow, a personal toll we seldom consider. This is a special edition of Running to Win, helping us understand the real cost of Christmas.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012

The Manger and the Sword, Part 1 of 3

In a few days we will celebrate the central event in human history, the coming of Jesus to live among us. But while Christians now enjoy the benefits of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection, there was one person who felt great pain when He came. This is a special edition of Running to Win, helping us understand the real cost of Christmas.

Tue, 18 Dec 2012

Finding Community in Mission, Part 3 of 3

Army life requires discipline, focus, dedication, and a commitment to serve. As believers in Christ, "We're in the army now." Civilian life is over. It is time to make some adjustments, assess our gifts, find our places in God's army, wear His spiritual armor, and proclaim His life-giving message. Today, we are going on a mission, and we invite you to join us.

Mon, 17 Dec 2012

Finding Community in Mission, Part 2 of 3

Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months...Paul taught believers to "redeem the time, because the days are evil." Let's get out of bed and hit the track today as life presents both obligations and opportunities to use our time wisely. Let's buy back those wasted minutes by being aware of what's going on around us -- and there's a lot going on!

Fri, 14 Dec 2012

Finding Community in Mission, Part 1 of 3

We need sleep to strengthen us for the day to come. When the sun rises each morning, it's time to wake up and get to work. The race of life begins anew, the clock is advancing, and as Paul says, "our salvation is nearer than when we first believed." Indeed, as this age draws to a close, the clock is ticking faster than ever.

Thu, 13 Dec 2012

Finding Community in Suffering, Part 3 of 3

William Booth founded the Salvation Army. Nearing death, his last message to an annual conference came in a telegram. It contained only one word: "others." What will your epitaph be as you near your finish line? Today we'll discuss what it means to find true community by sharing the pain of those around us.

Wed, 12 Dec 2012

Finding Community in Suffering, Part 2 of 3

Healing the complex hurts of those around us is a lot easier when we observe a few key teachings from the book of Romans. Paul knew that life would be hard. He taught that the body of Christ -- the church -- can be a place of healing for those in emotional pain.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012

Finding Community in Suffering, Part 1 of 3

Would you believe that many of the problems that people go to psychiatrists for could be resolved much more easily in a church? As we'll learn in a moment, involvement in a local church might be the cheapest medicine you could ever take -- help and support when you need it most. In today's message, find out how the body of Christ provides healing for even the deepest wounds.

Fri, 07 Dec 2012

Finding Community in Fellowship, Part 2 of 3

As God's community, the church should display God's character in the lives of His children to the eyes of a watching world. Let us pause in our races of life and listen to some teaching on character and how we are to relate to one another in the body of Christ. Make no mistake, those on the outside can tell how we treat each other on the inside.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012

Finding Community in Fellowship, Part 1 of 3

Are we on this planet just to take up space, eat, and die? No, we're here to make a difference in the lives of others. Some people want to live their spiritual lives within the four walls of their church. But others sense God's call to display His love outside the four walls -- to show the love which Jesus said would cause people to be convicted of their sin. Do you sense this call?

Wed, 05 Dec 2012

Finding Community in Service, Part 3 of 3

Our bodies have many parts and so does the body of Christ -- the church with its members -- each one different, each with a spiritual gift. The race of life is most productive when everyone fulfills their God-given role. And Romans 12 lists the spiritual gifts God gives to make fulfilling that role a joy, not a burden.

Tue, 04 Dec 2012

Finding Community in Service, Part 2 of 3

None of us handles loneliness well. We're designed to be with others. And the church is where God wants us to find community. Getting along with others requires us not to think too highly of ourselves. The Apostle Paul will help us see ourselves realistically so that we can fit in with others as God intends.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012

Finding Community in Service, Part 1 of 3

Everyone has the desire for community: to be able to share the joys and sorrows of life with others. The race of life is a lot easier with others running with you. Today, we begin a series that explains why the local church is the place where those needs can best be met.

Fri, 30 Nov 2012

Rescued from Habitual Sin, Part 3 of 3

Temptations to sin do not stop the moment a person becomes a Christian. In fact, they may become even greater. The enemy of our souls will do anything to keep us mired in the sins we used to commit. Jesus sets us free from the compulsion to sin, but we must be diligent to avoid situations that might cause us to fall back into old patterns of behavior. Today, a final look at overcoming daily sins.

Tue, 27 Nov 2012

Rescued from Self-Obsession, Part 4 of 4

As wonderful as God's grace is, and the forgiveness He grants to those who believe in Jesus, it is easily misunderstood. Some may think that once they have believed, they can live as they like -- enjoy the pleasures of sin now plus have the assurance of heaven later. This may be the ultimate form of delusional self-obsession. Today, we will discuss why these people may not be Christians at all.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012

Rescued from Self-Obsession, Part 3 of 4

It is natural to be selfish. It is natural to put yourself first, and to make yourself look good. All of this is natural, just as it is also natural to sin, to disobey God in ways both big and small. Until we are redeemed by faith in Jesus, we will never be free of our obligation to sin. But once that transaction takes place, we are set free from our old master to serve Christ.

Fri, 23 Nov 2012

Rescued from Self-Obsession, Part 2 of 4

At first glance, the deal seems almost too good to be true. God forgives us, and then we can live as we like. At least that's one take on the abundant grace of God, but it's not the take a true believer would have. Romans 6 tells us why a person given the gift of righteousness by God would never sin just to see more grace abound in his life.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012

Rescued from Self-Obsession, Part 1 of 4

Built into every one of us is a tendency to focus on self. We see life through the lens of "how does this affect me?" After the first murder, Cain had no remorse for killing Abel. Rather, he bemoaned his fate of being forced to become a restless wanderer. Today we will take a look at how self-focus is shared by all of us, and how we can only get our eyes off of ourselves through the redemption Jesus provides.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012

Rescued from Eternal Death, Part 3 of 3

Romans 5 contains the most thrilling news any sinner could ever hear: God's grace is enough. Once we understand our helplessness and guilt, once we see we have no way to cleanse ourselves, only then can we comprehend the grace of God in bestowing forgiveness on those who believe in Jesus.

Tue, 20 Nov 2012

Rescued from Eternal Death, Part 2 of 3

The greatest contrast in the New Testament is between Adam and Jesus. Both men died, but only One gives life. Sin entered the world through Adam, but righteousness came through Jesus Christ. Thanks to Jesus, there is a way to recover from the damage Adam did. Today, more on how a death sentence was carried out on the Son of God, saving us from that awful penalty.

Mon, 19 Nov 2012

Rescued from Eternal Death, Part 1 of 3

In the garden of Eden, an infection entered the human race. That infection has since spread to every last one of us. The infection is sin, which means "missing the mark" of God's standards. Whether we commit small sins or big sins, the outcome is the same: an eternity of separation from God. Today we will look at a short history of sin, and what God did to save us from its penalty.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012

Rescued from Hopelessness, Part 4 of 4

If life became unliveable and you felt suicidal, the one thing that might keep you alive is the thought that someone loves you. To be hopeless is to see nothing but darkness at the end of the tunnel. But God pours out His love in our hearts once we believe in His Son. Then we have a hope that can outshine any pain life can deliver.

Thu, 15 Nov 2012

Rescued from Hopelessness, Part 3 of 4

There is more to being saved than most people realize. It involves being given a series of wonderful gifts from the hand of God. Those gifts include the trials we experience -- trials that produce perseverance, character, and hope -- all wrapped up in the love of God poured out in our hearts. Today, the basis for the hope of the Christian -- the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf.

Wed, 14 Nov 2012

Rescued from Hopelessness, Part 2 of 4

Two obvious opposites are war and peace. When someone is at war with himself or others, he can have no personal peace. And when one is still under sin's penalty, they're at war with God. Thankfully, Romans 5 says that those justified by faith have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This peace is just the first of many gifts all wrapped up in being justified by faith.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012

Rescued from Hopelessness, Part 1 of 4

Recently, almost 37,000 Americans saw no way out of their misery and committed suicide. These people had one thing in common: they'd lost all hope that things could get better. They saw ending life as their only alternative. One of the great blessings God confers on those who believe in Jesus is hope -- a hope that Paul says "does not disappoint."

Mon, 12 Nov 2012

Rescued from Misplaced Faith, Part 3 of 3

How important is our faith? It's a very big deal to God, as we read in Genesis 15:6, "Abraham believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness." This concept, amplified by Paul in the book of Romans, tells us how to be declared righteous by a holy God. What is more, Abraham's faith kept him going up the hill to Mount Moriah with his son Isaac.

Fri, 09 Nov 2012

Rescued from Misplaced Faith, Part 2 of 3

Many people have gone through religious rituals that they believe made them Christians. Are these people misguided? When Paul wrote to the Romans, he gave conclusive evidence that no ritual can confer salvation. He let his Jewish readers know that their father Abraham was not justified through circumcision. Today, more on why believing in rituals is to have misplaced faith.

Thu, 08 Nov 2012

Rescued from Misplaced Faith, Part 1 of 3

Think of this, the value of placing your faith in something is all about the object of your faith, and not about the faith itself. You can believe that an idol is God, but that does not change the fact that the idol is made of stone. Faith in the wrong place is worse than no faith at all because it creates false confidence. And when it comes to salvation, the last thing we need is false confidence.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012

Rescued from Despair, Part 4 of 4

As a youth, Martin Luther was terrified of a holy God. He entered a German monastery to try to gain God's approval, but only after reading the book of Romans did he understand this: God's favor and forgiveness are freely granted to those who believe in His Son. Faith, not good works, is the key that opens heaven's door. Today we will hear the lessons we can learn from one man's journey to faith.

Tue, 06 Nov 2012

Rescued from Despair, Part 3 of 4

Like barnacles on a boat, traditions had attached themselves to the Christian faith for well over a thousand years. It took a man like Martin Luther to free the church from darkness. Luther found salvation by reading the book of Romans, and used his newfound faith to change the church's course toward a biblical understanding of salvation. He rediscovered the meaning of grace, justification, and faith.

Mon, 05 Nov 2012

Rescued from Despair, Part 2 of 4

When Martin Luther comprehended the meaning behind "justification by faith" in the book of Romans, he unleashed a religious firestorm, his actions led to a great Reformation -- a breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church -- that altered the landscape of Europe. Long-held tradition gave way to a resurgence of faith in the Word of God, a faith possessed by every believer, not just the priesthood.

Fri, 02 Nov 2012

Rescued from Despair, Part 1 of 4

The book of Romans has played a major role in world history. By reading its pages a man came to faith in Christ -- a man whose actions began a tidal wave of spiritual power across Europe and the entire world. His name was Martin Luther, and today we will begin tracing his story -- the story of a man desperate to know how he could be right before a holy God.

Thu, 01 Nov 2012

Rescued from God's Righteous Wrath, Part 3 of 3

Fact: all of us are sinners. Fact: all of us are under condemnation. Fact: no one can save themselves. Fact: God did something about this. Fact: God's justice was satisfied in the death of His only Son. Fact: God's mercy flows freely to all who believe in Jesus. Fact: those who believe in Jesus are as righteous as Jesus. Fact: you can believe and be saved.

Wed, 31 Oct 2012

Rescued from God's Righteous Wrath, Part 2 of 3

If you want to stretch your mind as well as your heart, set aside the time it takes to read the book of Romans. Paul's reasoning is complex, but clear. He proves that all of us are under a just condemnation for sin, but that all who believe in Jesus are rescued from that condemnation and given a robe of righteousness by God Himself. This is the best news anyone has ever heard.

Tue, 30 Oct 2012

Rescued from God's Rignteous Wrath, Part 1 of 3

The Apostle Paul was trained in the Law. His writings reveal a mind keen enough to argue before the Supreme Court. In Romans 3, he builds a case for the revolutionary idea that God demands perfect righteousness from us. God then supplies what He demands by conferring the righteousness of Jesus on those who believe. This process is called justification.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012

Rescued from the Folly of Self-Salvation, Part 3 of 3

No matter how much we try to improve ourselves through education and cultural sensitivity, it's never going to be enough, the best we can do will never please God, who sees every act of human goodness as a filthy rag, especially when compared to His own righteousness. That's why through the gospel He confers His own righteousness on those who believe in His Son. Now that's truly "amazing grace."

Fri, 26 Oct 2012

Rescued from the Folly of Self-Salvation, Part 2 of 3

Humans are a mixed bag -- some of our impulses are truly generous, but others are based purely on self-interest. The Apostle Paul shows us the truth about the human heart in Romans 3 and it's not a pretty picture. Quoting from the Psalms, Paul leaves us tried, convicted, sentenced, and in desperate need of a hand from heaven to raise us from our inherent sinfulness.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012

Rescued from the Folly of Self-Salvation, Part 1 of 3

It's clear the Apostle Paul knew nothing of "political correctness," because some of what he wrote was quite unpopular. He catalogs the depth of human depravity in Romans 3, a list many would argue with, but an accurate list nonetheless. As we read it, we see our true condition and why we're in such desperate need of the grace of God as revealed in Jesus.

Wed, 24 Oct 2012

Rescued from Dangerous Rationalizations, Part 3 of 3

Some people will tell a falsehood, saying to themselves, "it's only a little white lie." To God, it's a sin, and sin is never a good idea, no matter what good we think may come from it. As we continue to journey through Romans 3, we lose the hypocrisy, take off the mask, and become real people -- really clean from the inside out.

Tue, 23 Oct 2012

Rescued from Dangerous Rationalizations, Part 2 of 3

In defending the gospel to his Jewish readers, Paul wrote of their lack of faith, as compared to God's faithfulness. In Romans, he affirmed that faithfulness in the strongest terms. Some see the promises of God to Israel as having been transferred to the church since Israel was unfaithful. Today: a resounding declaration that God is by no means finished with Israel as a nation.

Mon, 22 Oct 2012

Rescued from Dangerous Rationalizations, Part 1 of 3

Football players call it "putting on their game face" -- projecting an air of invincibility whether or not they feel that way. To some degree, everyone projects an outward appearance that may not square with inner reality. With regard to salvation, it's easy to make yourself and others believe that all is well when it's not.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012

Rescued from Religious Self-Deception, Part 4 of 4

When carpenters renovate a house, it's common to do some demolition before they can begin the new construction. In the process, they can uncover hidden water damage that has festered for years. Cleaning out the rot must be done first, then the new work can start. In Romans 2, Paul details the hidden rot of sin that infects everyone, and the self-deceptions people use to keep up their outward appearances.

Thu, 18 Oct 2012

Rescued from Religious Self-Deception, Part 3 of 4

When we adopt an aura of religious respectability, it's amazing what dark secrets lie beneath the surface where no one can see. Many of us do exactly what we accuse others of doing. We deceive ourselves and say God makes an exception for us, but not for them. Paul excoriated the Jewish religious elite for causing God's name to be blasphemed.

Wed, 17 Oct 2012

Rescued from Religious Self-Deception, Part 2 of 4

Investors like getting a tip from someone on the inside track -- someone who can give them an edge. It's like the religious elite who thought their status gave them a sure shot at God's favor when it came time for God to judge them. Paul demolishes that kind of self-deception in Romans 2. God does not show favoritism.

Tue, 16 Oct 2012

Rescued from Religious Self-Deception, Part 1 of 4

Religion can prevent people from understanding the truth about themselves. Religion can breed the pride that says "I'm okay." In Romans 2, Paul addresses the religious elite of his day, and shows them how ceremony had insulated them from God's analysis of their hearts. Self-deception is especially deep when expressed in religious terms.

Mon, 15 Oct 2012

Rescued from Moral Self-Deceptions, Part 4 of 4

Those who push the gay lifestyle are successful in making their voices heard loudly in the public media. If you believe sex belongs between a husband and wife, you're deemed "out of step." But God's standard for moral behavior revealed in Romans 1 is in crystal clear detail. Today we'll discuss the massive moral deception that is gripping society -- and what God expects from those who call themselves Christians.

Fri, 12 Oct 2012

Rescued from Moral Self-Deceptions, Part 3 of 4

You can have your own opinion, but you can't have your own truth. Truth is absolute and applies to everybody. In Romans 1, Paul reveals that mankind suppresses the truth, darkening their minds and committing moral perversion, all the while believing that they're more enlightened than those who came before them.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012

Rescued from Moral Self-Deceptions, Part 2 of 4

When a man rejects God as Creator, he believes that random molecules just happened to turn themselves into life. He frees himself from accountability to God by declaring that he's nothing but chemicals that, by chance, became a human being. Atheistic Darwinism gives cover for those who want no part of a God who demands moral behavior. This is the condition of man we see in Romans 1.

Wed, 10 Oct 2012

Rescued from Moral Self-Deceptions, Part 1 of 4

Reading the book of Romans is like shining a light into a dark closet. In its pages we see ourselves as we really are. We find that apart from God's grace, we are capable of awful things. In fact, we are morally bankrupt compared to the God who created us. Today we'll probe the darkness of the human heart, and witness the amazing light God sheds into those hearts that come to believe in Jesus.

Tue, 09 Oct 2012

Rescued by a Hand from Heaven, Part 3 of 3

When a man is clinging to a life preserver, his sense of self-sufficiency is severely challenged. He knows he needs help. But in today's culture, many people get offended if you tell them there is nothing they can do to make themselves look good before a holy God. The gospel tells us how God set out to rescue from spiritual death those that believe in His Son.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012

Rescued by a Hand from Heaven, Part 2 of 3

The word "gospel" simply means "good news." When a sinner understands his or her condition, that's good news because it means they realize they need help. God set a rescue plan in motion long before any of us were born -- a plan to redeem mankind was built into creation itself. The monumental scale of what the gospel is all about is revealed in the book of Romans.

Fri, 05 Oct 2012

Rescued by a Hand from Heaven, Part 1 of 3

When you're tossed overboard into a stormy sea, the most important thing on your mind is getting rescued. It's a case of life or death. Humanity is drowning in the stormy sea of sin, and even though most don't realize it, they're headed for an eternal death. Sinners can't save themselves, so God has given us a rescue plan from heaven.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012

The Power of the Bible, Part 3 of 3

There are a lot of reasons why you can trust the Bible -- historical, prophetic, scientific -- but there's one reason that tops the list. The power and ability of the Bible to change lives is why it's always a best-seller. Today we take a personal look at what its power can do in your life, and in mine.

Wed, 03 Oct 2012

The Power of the Bible, Part 2 of 3

The Bible has left its mark on millions -- societies transformed, relationships healed, truth understood. With a track record like that, and the fact that is it God's written revelation, it's a book that can be trusted. This message will show us what that means for you.

Tue, 02 Oct 2012

The Power of the Bible, Part 1 of 3

What do you trust in? Your government? Your savings account? The future? When you come right down to it, there's little we can trust in. But there is good news because there's one Author we can trust with our eternal destinies. God is the Author and the book is the Bible -- the written revelation of God to mankind. If you'd like to hear what its power can do, stay with us.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012

The Canon of the Bible, Part 3 of 3

To many people, the Bible is nothing more than something you put your hand on to be sworn into office. Beyond that, it's just Jewish myths and moral teaching. However, the sixty-six books that make up our Bible contain powerful, life-changing truths, thanks to the God who made sure we're reading what He intended us to read.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012

The Canon of the Bible, Part 2 of 3

If you trust your eternal destiny to the writings in an ancient book, it's reasonable to ask if that book is trustworthy. In the case of the Bible, the answer is "yes," especially in terms of which writings made it into the book -- a set of documents we call the Canon of Scripture.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012

The Canon of the Bible, Part 1 of 3

If the Bible was written by some 40 authors over a period of 1,600 years, the book we hold today had to have a serious editor. Where did the Bible come from? Who picked what writings got in, and which were rejected? The bottom line is that God superintended the Bible's contents.

Wed, 26 Sep 2012

Creation and the Bible, Part 3 of 3

Our minds can't grasp the immensity of the universe, let alone explain where it came from. Creation displays the glory of God. And the Bible's simple, profound account of creation stands unchallenged as the only rational explanation for it all. Today we'll continue our discussion on why creation validates the truth of the Bible.

Tue, 25 Sep 2012

Creation and the Bible, Part 2 of 3

Despite the evidence, most scientists reject a Divine Hand in creation because that Divine Hand would hold them morally accountable. As one scientist said, "We can't let God get a foot in the door." Well, His foot is not only in the door, He created the door. Today we will see why creation shouts the truth of the Bible.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012

Creation and the Bible, Part 1 of 3

Thanks to the space program, astronomers know a great deal about what is "out there." But they can't tell us how it all got there. The tough thing for scientists is facing the question of Ultimate Cause. Only by revelation can we touch the infinite and learn the answer. Today the Bible sheds light on how it all came to be.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012

The Christ of the Bible, Part 4 of 4

Would Jesus knowingly tell a lie? Even the most liberal theologian or scholar would have trouble saying "yes" to that question. So when Jesus repeatedly affirms the accuracy of the Old Testament Scriptures, we either believe Him, or reject what He says and the Bible He quotes.

Thu, 20 Sep 2012

The Christ of the Bible, Part 3 of 4

Time and again, Jesus referred to Old Testament events as historical facts. If you believe Him, you must believe the Old Testament. Many who doubt the Scriptures need to deal with the Christ who had no doubts about them. Let's talk more about the Christ who believed what the Scriptures said.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012

The Christ of the Bible, Part 2 of 4

Although modern scholars try to demean Jesus, few say He was a bad man. Most look to Him as at least a good moral teacher. And so to scholars we say that Christ's opinion of the Bible should be at least worth considering. Today we'll study how Jesus treated the Scriptures, and how we should too.

Tue, 18 Sep 2012

The Christ of the Bible, Part 1 of 4

Major newsmagazines report that Jesus only said 18% of what the Bible says He said. Their conclusion: no miracles, just a man. But the Christ of the Bible is a far-different figure. He changes hearts and lives -- as millions can attest. In today's message we'll learn why the Bible's picture of Christ validates its truth and authority.

Mon, 17 Sep 2012

The Predictions of the Bible, Part 4 of 4

Most so-called prophets bathe their predictions in mystery and allegory. Few give the names of specific places and people as the Bible does. Nostradamus never predicted the death of a great city the way the Bible tells of ancient Tyre's judgment. Today we'll study why fulfilled prophecy means you can trust that the Bible is true -- down to the smallest detail.

Fri, 14 Sep 2012

The Predictions of the Bible, Part 3 of 4

In clear language, the Bible predicts what will happen hundreds of years before events take place. This is fulfilled prophecy -- and fulfilled prophecy is a powerful reason for trusting the Bible to be true and authoritative. Today we'll hear more examples of how predicted events came to be fact.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012

The Predictions of the Bible, Part 2 of 4

In a day of terabytes in processing power, finding hidden codes in the Bible may seem timely. But is this how God validates His word? Pastor Lutzer takes a common-sense approach to the Bible Code issue, and calls us to return to the plain words of God-inspired Scripture.

Wed, 12 Sep 2012

The Predictions of the Bible, Part 1 of 4

One of the key reasons for trusting the Bible is its accuracy in predicting the future. Its prophecies have been fulfilled again and again. Yet some point to a Bible "code" as evidence of hidden revelation. Today: the "Bible Code" analyzed, and why it's not needed to prove the Bible's divine origin.

Tue, 11 Sep 2012

The Reliability of the Bible, Part 3 of 3

Is the Bible historically accurate? Lots of scholars say "no," even when new findings prove otherwise. The bottom line is that you can trust this book. Running life's race demands a trustworthy guidebook. Today, we will explore why the Bible is reliable in both historical and in spiritual truth.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012

The Reliability of the Bible, Part 2 of 3

Lots of scholars take pot shots at the Bible, claiming it's not historically accurate. The trouble is, mounting evidence proves otherwise. All it takes is a trip to Israel to verify the uncanny precision of the Bible's geographical references. The more the Bible is attacked, the better it looks.

Fri, 07 Sep 2012

The Reliability of the Bible, Part 1 of 3

Most of us believe what we read in the newspaper. After all, no critical scholars hold seminars to debunk the New York Times. Though they are slow to attack a well-known newspaper, critics are quick to debunk the Bible. And since the Bible is under perennial attack for its accuracy, just how reliable is it? Can it stand up to its critics?

Thu, 06 Sep 2012

The Claims of the Bible, Part 3 of 3

We've had the Bible on the witness stand for a few days, and it's told us over 1,500 times that the Word of the Lord was communicated through its authors. These men spoke with a single voice, although they wrote over a 1,600-year span of time. We now have a choice: either this book is true, or it is the biggest lie ever perpetrated. Which is it?

Wed, 05 Sep 2012

The Claims of the Bible, Part 2 of 3

To gather evidence, courts take testimony from witnesses. To evaluate the claims of the Bible, we'll put it on the witness stand. As the cross-examination begins, we find a book that claims to speak for God. In fact, it claims God spoke through its authors. Today we will look at the claims the Bible makes for itself.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012

The Claims of the Bible, Part 1 of 3

The Bible was written by 40 authors over a period of 1,600 years -- still you can see a clear unity despite the diversity of its authors. And this book makes some remarkable claims for itself. Today, we'll pause in the race of life long enough to put the Bible on the witness stand and hear its own testimony.

Mon, 03 Sep 2012

When God Speaks, Part 3 of 3

The Bible stands up to even the most intense scrutiny. If you're seeking the truth with an open, honest and humble heart, you will find it in the Bible. As we run the race of life, we are confronted by doubters who point to apparent errors or contradictions in the Bible as a reason not to believe. Beginning today, Pastor Lutzer takes a look at some of these "errors" and gives us some explanations.

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

7 Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible

Sometimes in a business deal, the negotiations come down to one choice -- you either take it or leave it. As a guidebook for the race of life, we must either take the Bible as it is, or reject it outright. Picking only the parts you like will not do.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012

7 Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible

Beneath the shifting sands of our culture there's a bedrock that is immovable and unchangeable. That bedrock is the Bible. The Bible gives direction to those running life's race, not just for this life, but for the life to come. Beginning today, we'll study why you can trust this book with your life.

Wed, 29 Aug 2012

The Motivation of Love, Part 4 of 4

As the songwriter penned, "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing." And its greatest splendors are found in 1 Corinthians 13. Real love seeks the good of others first, and our personal benefit last. This is a far cry from the way people are attracted to each other these days. But as Christians, we are held to a higher standard. We are called to love others as Christ has.

Tue, 28 Aug 2012

The Motivation of Love, Part 3 of 4

From time to time the issue of spiritual gifts has divided believers. Speaking in tongues has long caused contention. The Apostle Paul put that issue to rest a long time ago in his writings to the church at Corinth. He taught that there is something that far transcends all spiritual gifts -- and that something is love.

Mon, 27 Aug 2012

The Motivation of Love, Part 2 of 4

These days, the problem with the word "love" is one of definition. People "love" their cars, and "love" new fashions. But millennia ago, the Apostle Paul wrote the ultimate essay on love. After studying 1 Corinthians 13, there's no doubt as to what real love is, and what it isn't. Today we will study more details on God's view of love -- the love He shows us, and the love we are to show to others.

Fri, 24 Aug 2012

The Motivation of Love, Part 1 of 4

The world has little interest in the doctrines of Christianity. But it takes notice when believers love one another. As someone has said, our lives are the books that people read every day. Those outside the church are drawn to experience the love that believers share. Today we'll take a look at why we do what we do, and what our underlying motive must be if we are to reach the lost.

Thu, 23 Aug 2012

Finding Your Priorities, Part 3 of 3

In the body of Christ, the strong help the weak, and the healthy help the ailing. No one has to face life's tough times alone. As each member of the body first submits to God and then serves others, the whole body thrives. In today's message, Pastor Lutzer provides some tips on how to support each other in times of need.

Wed, 22 Aug 2012

Finding Your Priorities, Part 2 of 3

Christians are commanded to present their bodies as living sacrifices acceptable to God. This isn't easy. The pressure is on -- from within and without -- for us to do anything but be living sacrifices. In other words, we want to get off the altar and "do our own thing." Today: some practical help on how to get back on the altar and stay there.

Tue, 21 Aug 2012

Finding Your Priorities, Part 1 of 3

Each of us makes choices every day -- how to use our time, talents, and treasure, and on setting priorities. As members of the body of Christ we have a mission to fulfill, so a disciplined use of our resources is key to getting God's work done. Today we will look at how to determine our priorities and how to live by them.

Mon, 20 Aug 2012

Finding Your Place, Part 3 of 3

The word "diversity" scares some people. They'd rather spend time with like-minded people than embrace those they consider different. But in the body of Christ, there is great diversity. And each believer has a unique contribution to make to the growth of Christ's kingdom on Earth.

Fri, 17 Aug 2012

Finding Your Place, Part 2 of 3

For some reason, we tend to think that God is somewhere "up there" looking down to see how His children are doing. But the New Testament paints a different picture in which God sees believers as part of Christ's body -- the church -- in a union with Him as intimate as the connection between the parts of a human body. As Christians running the race of life, we don't run alone. We share the actual life of God Himself.

Thu, 16 Aug 2012

Finding Your Place, Part 1 of 3

There's something inside each of us that makes us want to belong and be connected with others in something bigger than ourselves. As Christians, we are blessed to be part of an invisible assembly -- the worldwide body of Christ that transcends denominational barriers. Let's explore why it's so vital that we understand the body of Christ and our part in it.

Wed, 15 Aug 2012

Unwrapping Your Gift, Part 4 of 4

No self-respecting kid would leave a Christmas present unwrapped. And in the same way, no believer should leave their spiritual gift unwrapped. Each Christian has been entrusted with a unique spiritual capability. Without its use, the body of Christ is incomplete. Today we'll learn some details on the three different kinds of gifts the Spirit gives to believers.

Tue, 14 Aug 2012

Unwrapping Your Gift, Part 3 of 4

The employees of a well-run company know their abilities as well as the roles they play in making that company profitable. They know that "doing your own thing" is the last way to succeed in any group endeavor. In the body of Christ, believers need each other in the common task of ministry, all serving by using their unique spiritual gifts.

Mon, 13 Aug 2012

Unwrapping Your Gift, Part 2 of 4

When you take apart an old alarm clock you'll see an amazing array of gears working together to make sure you wake up on time. If any gear gets out of place, the whole thing grinds to a halt. It's similar in the local church. If people aren't serving where God wants them to serve, the whole ministry is shortchanged. Today's message will help us learn what spiritual gifts are and why it's vital that we find which gifts we have.

Fri, 10 Aug 2012

Unwrapping Your Gift, Part 1 of 4

Ever feel like a square peg in a round hole? Try as you might, you never seem to fit in. Happily, there's a solution. God has a place of service for every Christian, and a spiritual gift every Christian can use to benefit others. And if we fail to use our gifts, the body of Christ suffers. Today, we'll explore how to identify our gifts, and how to put them to work.

Thu, 09 Aug 2012

The King Invites Us to Reign with Him, Part 4 of 4

Ever wonder what heaven will be like? The best description we have is that of the Holy City -- the New Jerusalem. In this glorious, gigantic city, the saints will enjoy equality. We'll be in perfect health, serving God together, all in the blaze of "no more night," and all of this into "the ages of the ages." Today we will take a final look at the believer's eternal home, and a look at who gets to live there.

Wed, 08 Aug 2012

The King Invites Us to Reign with Him, Part 3 of 4

Revelation 21 unveils the wonders of our future eternal home in the New Jerusalem -- the Holy City. Those who believed in Jesus will find an eternity of service awaiting them when they arrive in this gigantic city. Today we'll look at what life will be like, as the redeemed of all ages fellowship in the blaze of the light of God Himself.

Tue, 07 Aug 2012

The King Invites Us to Reign with Him, Part 2 of 4

Imagine an endless eternity in the presence of God Almighty. No sin, just the light of holiness. The Jewish temple had a Holy of Holies where God dwelt. In eternity, the Holy City is that Holy of Holies. No priest will be needed to mediate our access because Jesus is our High Priest. Today: more on the wonders of Revelation 21 and the believer's eternal home.

Mon, 06 Aug 2012

The King Invites Us to Reign with Him, Part 1 of 4

After the Millenial reign of Jesus, heaven literally comes down to Earth in the form of the New Jerusalem. This spectacular city will be the eternal home of the redeemed of all the ages. This is what Jesus referred to when He said "in My Father's house are many dwelling places." The Holy City is beyond imagination, but in today's message we'll make an attempt to grasp its wonder.

Fri, 03 Aug 2012

The King Judges Unbelievers, Part 3 of 3

The judgment for all who never believed in Jesus is both awful and eternal. We can't even conceive of what Hell would be like. So how do we avoid this irreversible sentence? The answer is found in the most famous verse in the Bible: John 3:16. We appeal to all who listen to take advantage of God's plan of salvation.

Thu, 02 Aug 2012

The King Judges Unbelievers, Part 2 of 3

It's not easy to grapple with the reality of an eternal hell. The idea of hell is repugnant. But the Bible teaches that there is an ultimate lake of fire. When all is said and done, we either believe what the Bible says, or we reject it to our own peril. Let's learn about the basis of judgment for those who never heard the gospel, and for those who did.

Wed, 01 Aug 2012

The King Judges Unbelievers, Part 1 of 3

Revelation 20:15 states, "And if anyone's name was not found in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." The idea of a final judgment offends many people. They can't conceive of a God who would send anyone to a fiery hell. In today's message, we'll take a sobering look at what the Bible teaches about the final destiny of those who didn't believe in Jesus for salvation.

Tue, 31 Jul 2012

The King Reigns in His Kingdom, Part 3 of 3

After a thousand years of peace on Earth, you'd think everyone would be happy. Unfortunately, that isn't the case. As the Millenium wraps up, there's a final rebellion, and a final battle to quell it. It's then that Satan finally gets what he deserves -- an infinite sentence in a lake of fire. Today we'll learn how things will end as history terminates and eternity begins.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012

The King Reigns in His Kingdom, Part 2 of 3

One reason for world peace during the coming Millennial kingdom? Our arch-enemy, Satan, will be locked up the whole time. Revelation 20 details the devil's incarceration. With Satan's mischief under wraps, the redeemed that enter this wondrous time find that even nature has changed -- the lion will dwell with the lamb. Today we'll study a literal thousand-year reign of Jesus.

Fri, 27 Jul 2012

The King Reigns in His Kingdom, Part 1 of 3

"Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." That is the Millennium -- a thousand years of enforced peace on Earth under the rule of Jesus Christ. Long prophesied, this utopia will be centered in Jerusalem. What the U.N. could never do, Jesus will do. Today, we'll learn what the Millennium is and why it's coming.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012

The King Returns to Conquer, Part 4 of 4

When Jesus Christ returns in glory, Revelation 19 says He'll do so riding on a white horse. With Him will be the armies of heaven, set to destroy all who oppose Him. He'll reign with a rod of iron, treading the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of almighty God. No negotiations. No peace talks. Just total destruction, and the onset of His kingdom on Earth.

Wed, 25 Jul 2012

The King Returns to Conquer, Part 3 of 4

When history culminates in the return of Jesus, democracy will have run its course. He'll appear in glory, radiating absolute authority. And as He descends from heaven, He'll slay His enemies with a sharp sword, then set up a world government headquartered in Jerusalem. These future events, outlined in the Bible, will certainly come to pass.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012

The King Returns to Conquer, Part 2 of 4

In the movies, we've seen a lot of planets explode among other special effects. But we've never seen what's actually to come. The return of Jesus in glory will rivet the attention of every eye on Earth. Nothing else will matter. History will culminate in one spectacular appearance that will end millennia of wrongs, and usher in a thousand years of peace once all of Christ's enemies have been vanquished.

Mon, 23 Jul 2012

The King Returns to Conquer, Part 1 of 4

The great battle foretold in Ezekiel 38 and 39 will be epic both in its scale and its outcome. A huge army marches to destroy Israel. God defends His people with a supernatural series of events that leaves millions dead. Today we'll discuss how this vast army comes to die as a sovereign work of God.

Fri, 20 Jul 2012

The King Destroys Nations, Part 3 of 3

In the future, many nations will join together to try and destroy Israel. The Bible says they'll be led by a nation from the north. Ezekiel prophesies this attempt, and foretells that it'll be neutralized by God who arises to defend His people. This great battle will prepare Israel for the climactic events leading to the return of Jesus to Earth.

Thu, 19 Jul 2012

The King Destroys Nations, Part 2 of 3

In numerous prophecies, God promises to defend Israel when it's under attack. Take Ezekiel 38 where we read of a coalition of nations marching to destroy Israel. Despite an overwhelming superiority of force, this attack is terminated by the hand of God. Today we'll look at an amazing Bible prophecy and how it will come to pass.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012

The King Destroys Nations, Part 1 of 3

According to Jesus, the last half of the great tribulation will bring judgment never before seen on planet Earth -- a combination of judgments so severe that, unless their duration was shortened, no one would be left alive. Today we will learn how the tribulation will end, and the Millenium begin, as Jesus returns to conquer and to reign.

Tue, 17 Jul 2012

The King Judges Those Left Behind, Part 4 of 4

God is long-suffering -- He withholds His righteous judgment for a long time. But not forever. During the Great Tribulation, God's judgment falls on the people of Earth. Despite the wrath they'll face, the majority of mankind will refuse to repent. Jesus spoke in some detail about this time in Matthew 24. Let's learn what's ahead for a world that has rejected Jesus.

Mon, 16 Jul 2012

The King Judges Those Left Behind, Part 3 of 4

In Matthew 24, Jesus spells out what will happen as history draws to a close: the great tribulation, a time of judgment, will precede His glorious return to earth. He spoke of signs to indicate that His coming was near, and we see many of those signs emerging in our day. Let's look at a key chapter on the return of the King to Earth.

Fri, 13 Jul 2012

The King Judges Those Left Behind, Part 2 of 4

As history careens toward its conclusion, there's a time coming known as the Great Tribulation. The whole world will see suffering like never before. Jesus and the Old Testament prophets, spoke of this time when the judgment of God will rain down on the earth, causing people to beg the mountains to fall on them.

Thu, 12 Jul 2012

The King Judges Those Left Behind, Part 1 of 4

The future Antichrist is called the "beast" in Revelation 13 -- an apt name for a man claiming to be God. He'll have fearsome power and influence. But that power will wither into nothingness when he's confronted by Jesus when He returns to Earth. In today's messages, we'll learn some lessons about the coming Antichrist.

Wed, 11 Jul 2012

The King Tolerates His Rival, Part 3 of 3

In amazing detail, the Bible foretells the worldwide political scene into which Jesus will return. The world will be led by a ruler known as the anti-Christ who is under Satan's total control. This man represents the antithesis to Christ. And just like matter and anti-matter cannot co-exist, the anti-Christ will find himself vanquished by the Son of God.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012

The King Tolerates His Rival, Part 2 of 3

The Old Testament book of Daniel has amazing parallels to the New Testament book of Revelation. Daniel gives us a lot of information about the coming Antichrist -- a man who will deceive the world into believing he's God. Today, we learn something about the timeline of his short career as world ruler -- short because Jesus will terminate it when He returns.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012

The King Tolerates His Rival, Part 1 of 3

Scientists theorize the existence of anti-matter which releases unimaginable energy when it comes in contact with matter. The Bible tells about a future anti-Christ, but this isn't a theory. He'll be a great world leader who seeks and gets the worship of mankind. This evil being will be a rival to the real Christ, and his career will mimic that of Jesus, as he dies and is raised again.

Fri, 06 Jul 2012

The King Marries His Bride, Part 3 of 3

Many believers feel that drinking wine is wrong. Each Christian must have a clear conscience on whether or not to partake. But a day is coming when each Christian will partake. They'll drink the finest wine that has ever been made, and they will drink it with Jesus Himself -- the same Jesus who made wine for a wedding feast in Cana. The occasion? The Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Thu, 05 Jul 2012

The King Marries His Bride, Part 2 of 3

The marriage supper of the Lamb will be a dinner like no other. Sitting at that dinner table will be the redeemed of all ages: Old Testament prophets, New Testament apostles, and believers from the dawn of time. This feast will mark the culmination of the redemptive work of Christ. He welcomes all Christians to eat with Him in heaven. Today we'll continue our look at the ultimate wedding.

Wed, 04 Jul 2012

The King Marries His Bride, Part 1 of 3

In Greek, the word we translate "church" means "the called-out ones" -- a special group with a special destiny. In Revelation 19:9, a voice from the throne of God says "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!' And he said to me, 'These are the true sayings of God.'" This special group of the "called-out ones" have an engraved invitation to the greatest wedding feast of all time.

Tue, 03 Jul 2012

The King Judges Us, Part 4 of 4

There's a misconception that a Christian never has to face judgment since Jesus paid it all. But the New Testament teaches that though believers are shielded from the wrath of God, they will answer for the deeds done in the body. What is at stake is not judgment, but the degree of reward.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012

The King Judges Us, Part 3 of 4

Many believers go about their daily routines unaware that their every deed, good or bad, will be reviewed -- every argument, every unkind word, every impure motive. We will stand before Jesus to answer for how we lived our lives. This is the place where rewards are bestowed, and also, where the chaff of our lives is burned into powder. Today we will discuss more on the judgment of believers.

Fri, 29 Jun 2012

The King Judges Us, Part 2 of 4

High school and college students study all semester because they know a final exam awaits them at the end of the course. Most employees get reviewed every year to see if a pay raise is warranted. In all of life, a day of accountability is built into whatever we do. The same is true for a believer's appoinment at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Today: what that certain appointment will be like.

Thu, 28 Jun 2012

The King Judges Us, Part 1 of 4

The Bema seat was an elevated platform in ancient Corinth where the judges sat. Bema is the word that Paul uses when referring to the Judgment Seat of Christ. In Corinth, the Bema was outside and public -- and so may be a Christian's account at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Wed, 27 Jun 2012

The King Returns for Us, Part 3 of 3

The bodies of untold millions of believers in Jesus lie in graveyards all over Earth. One day, those graves will open and the dead in Christ will rise when Jesus returns. Those who are alive at the time of His coming will join them moments later. We'll discuss more about a future day when our bodies will be made immortal.

Tue, 26 Jun 2012

The King Returns for Us, Part 2 of 3

The hearts of the disciples were heavy on the night their Master told them of His impending death and resurrection. He told them that when He returned, He would receive them unto Himself, that where He was, they would be also. As the young church was forming, many were wondering when He would return. They didn't know that over two millennia would pass.

Mon, 25 Jun 2012

The King Returns for Us, Part 1 of 3

Somewhere there is a Doomsday clock that measures how close we are to annihilating ourselves. But what most people don't realize is that another clock is ticking, and one day, Jesus will return to Earth. Man's failed history will be wrapped up when the King of Kings takes charge. Today we lift our eyes to the horizon.

Fri, 22 Jun 2012

Getting Eternity Right, Part 4 of 4

Eons of time, the phrase, in the Greek language, means "into the ages of the ages." We invest heavily in the few years we have on Earth. But most of us invest very little in the life that follows. Jesus made it clear that we need to reset our priorities and live with the view of eternal life in front of us.

Thu, 21 Jun 2012

Getting Eternity Right, Part 3 of 4

The parables of Jesus cut to the deepest level of human motivation. In the story of the rich fool, greed was one issue, but covetousness was another. None of us is free from the grip of wanting more. If this sin blocks our view of what's really important, our very eternity is at stake. What we can take home from a parable is as meaningful today as it was when spoken two millennia ago.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012

Getting Eternity Right, Part 2 of 4

Most Americans have more stuff stashed in their garages and closets than they will ever use. Jesus told of a man who had too much stuff and needed bigger barns to hold it all. The man's error was assuming his stuff was all he needed. The man didn't realize that his deepest need was for something his barns could never hold.

Tue, 19 Jun 2012

Getting Eternity Right, Part 1 of 4

There is no U-Haul following your hearse to the cemetery. As the saying goes, "you can't take it with you." Jesus told a story about a man who had a lot, but wanted a lot more. It was this man who said "eat, drink and be merry." The parable is chilling, because that night his life was demanded of him. If there's one thing you want to get right, it's where you will spend eternity.

Mon, 18 Jun 2012

Getting Investments Right, Part 3 of 3

In a shaky market, people wonder where they can place money to get a decent return. These days, options are few. Jesus taught a lesson on ultimate investments in a parable recorded in Luke's gospel. He counsels believers to invest in God's kingdom, because only in eternity will the true interest rate be on display.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012

Getting Investments Right, Part 2 of 3

Common investment advice is to buy low and sell high. In other words, get as much financial return as possible. In good times, stocks and bonds run hot. In shaky times, silver and gold look safer. Jesus taught that the best possible return can only be gotten by investing our money for eternal dividends. Today we'll discuss the rationale behind the statement, "you can take it with you."

Thu, 14 Jun 2012

Getting Investments Right, Part 1 of 3

A wealthy man had a manager he decided to fire. Before he left, the manager cut some deals with his master's creditors. The deals were meant to curry favor so that the manager would have options once his job ended. Jesus made this scenario the subject of a parable about investments, and today, we'll decipher why Christ commended a man who acted improperly.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012

Getting Evangelism Right, Part 3 of 3

Jesus told a story of a great banquet where invited guests all had excuses for not attending. So the host changed his plans. He invited the poor, the crippled -- those who would never expect such a treat, and who could never repay him. This parable has parallels in how we approach telling people about the gospel, so let's explore how best to understand it.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012

Getting Evangelism Right, Part 2 of 3

When you get a letter from Queen Elizabeth inviting you to a royal event, it's expected that you'll show up. Jesus told of a banquet where a lot of people didn't show up. Their excuses didn't amuse the host, and so he scoured the countryside for people to dine at his table. This parable is a picture of the offer of the gospel to a lost mankind.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012

Getting Evangelism Right, Part 1 of 3

Some Christians view evangelism as a chore, with no clue as to how much God's heart is gladdened when they do it. Jesus told a parable about a man hosting a banquet. When the invited guests begged off, he found anyone he could to sit at his table. God seeks the lost just like this man sought people to feed. Today we'll look at an inspiring lesson on reaching people with the gospel.

Fri, 08 Jun 2012

Getting Faithfulness Right, Part 3 of 3

In a parable, Jesus told of the responses made by three servants when their master gave them money to invest. Two made substantial returns on the money and were rewarded. The third wrapped his in a piece of cloth and felt the wrath of his master. Today we'll study an interpretation of this parable that likens the money to the gospel, and how we spread that gospel to others.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012

Getting Faithfulness Right, Part 2 of 3

Some of us view courtroom scenes as entertainment. With so many of them on television these days, it's hard not to. But if you're in the dock, it's suddenly very real, especially when there's a lot at stake. One day, every believer will be on trial for their faithfulness to Christ. What we did with what we were given will be evaluated. Are you ready for your date in the courtroom of Jesus?

Wed, 06 Jun 2012

Getting Faithfulness Right, Part 1 of 3

Every employee is evaluated by his or her boss. Every CEO is being evaluated by his or her stockholders. How we handle today's small task affects whether or not we're given a larger task to perform and the rewards that go with it. Jesus taught a parable about faithfulness, and what the perils are for our lack of faithfulness. Today we'll discuss more spiritual lessons from the words of Jesus.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012

Getting Spiritual Warfare Right, Part 4 of 4

In the Civil War, the South wore gray and the North wore blue. No one was neutral about whose side they were on. In spiritual warfare, you are either in the kingdom of light or the kingdom of darkness. Jesus said "whoever does not gather with Me scatters." Today, another look at parables that help us fight the good fight during a time when Satan can still cause a lot of trouble.

Mon, 04 Jun 2012

Getting Spiritual Warfare Right, Part 3 of 4

Individualism is a mark of the American spirit. We like to "go it alone." This doesn't work in spiritual warfare. Jesus taught through the use of parables or stories. He told of a strong man, and man who was even stronger, whose help is crucial in defeating the merely "strong" man. Today we'll study more lessons on why we can't go it alone. We can only defeat Satan in the name and power of Jesus.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012

Getting Spiritual Warfare Right, Part 2 of 4

Talk about missing the point! Jesus casts out a demon, and His critics argue about how He cast it out. Nevermind that a man was freed from a lifetime of oppression. Then Jesus used the parable of a strong man to explain how we should fight battles in the spiritual realm. Let's discuss the story, and the lessons we can learn.

Thu, 31 May 2012

Getting Spiritual Warfare Right, Part 1 of 4

In the modern era, few seriously believe the idea of evil spirits inhabiting people. They call it mental illness. But demons are very real. Jesus drove demons out of many people, freeing them from self-destruction. There is an unseen spiritual realm -- a realm of conflict between the powers of darkness and the powers of light. Today we'll learn lessons from the Master Teacher on how to fight this battle.

Wed, 30 May 2012

Getting Rewards Right, Part 3 of 3

It's tough to let go of our inborn desire for fairness. "Why can't I have what the other guy has?" In God's Kingdom, it's different. He choose to give some of His children more than others -- more abilities, more money, and better health. When we realize that it's the Giver who makes the call, we've come a long way toward understanding how God rewards His people.

Tue, 29 May 2012

Getting Rewards Right, Part 2 of 3

Jesus told of a landowner who hired men to work in his vineyard. In this parable fairness is the issue. The pay was the same whether a man worked all day or just for the last hour. The bottom line is that the landowner can pay whatever he wants to pay, since each man got what was promised. Listen as Dr. Lutzer explains how this parable should be interpreted.

Mon, 28 May 2012

Getting Rewards Right, Part 1 of 3

If life were fair, everybody would have the same salary. Everybody would have the same kind of house. But life is not fair. Through a parable, Jesus taught His disciples about the rewards which are handed out in the Kindgom of God. At first glance, what He taught seems quite unfair. Let's look beneath the surface of the words of Jesus and see the life-changing truth that upends our innate sense of fairness.

Fri, 25 May 2012

Getting Parenting Right, Part 3 of 3

The story of the prodigal son is really the story of two prodigals. One left in rebellion, the other stayed in rebellion. The elder brother was angry that his father had mercy on his younger brother. Today we'll take another look into Jesus' parable which illustrates how the Father in heaven relates to His children, even when those children go astray.

Thu, 24 May 2012

Getting Parenting Right, Part 2 of 3

Perhaps no parable of Jesus has drawn as many tears as that of the prodigal son. That's because we are all prodigals. When the father greets and forgives his returning son, we see how much God desires to forgive His children and receive them back into fellowship. We understand our own tendency to wander, and we can rejoice that God wants us to return home.

Wed, 23 May 2012

Getting Parenting Right, Part 1 of 3

When the Bible tells a story, it always rings true to human experience. This is very clear in the story of the prodigal son. How should a parent react when a child goes his or her own way, knowing that the end game for that child will be sorrow? In yet another remarkable parable, we can learn some major spiritual truth about the Father and His treatment of us. This truth gives us a picture of the kind of parents we should be.

Tue, 22 May 2012

Getting Forgiveness Right, Part 3 of 3

One parable of Jesus has a dire warning for those who refuse to forgive others from the heart. These are some of Jesus' hardest words to process. Today we will take a careful look at what the Bible means when it says that God will not forgive us if we fail to forgive others. Take a moment to work through this crucial teaching with us.

Mon, 21 May 2012

Getting Forgiveness Right, Part 2 of 3

Being forgiven is not like receiving a get-out-of-jail-free card in Monopoly. Being forgiven puts you under obligation. In Matthew 18, Jesus taught that you must forgive others just as you have been forgiven. Today we will hear about the heart attitude we should have once we experience the forgiveness of God.

Fri, 18 May 2012

Getting Forgiveness Right, Part 1 of 3

When someone wrongs you, you may react with resentment. That resentment can lead to a wellspring of bitterness in your soul, and that bitterness can ruin your life. Jesus was clear about our need to forgive. In a parable from the book of Matthew, He outlined the key principles that should guide us as we wrestle with wrongs we have done, and with wrongs others have done to us.

Thu, 17 May 2012

Getting Prayer Right, Part 3 of 3

Fathers invariably respond to the requests of their kids. In a parable, Jesus says it is the same with God the Father. God is eager to answer the cries of His children. "Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find," He said. Today we will study the subject of prayer, which, for many, is a subject of mystery.

Wed, 16 May 2012

Getting Prayer Right, Part 2 of 3

To teach His disciples how God responds to our prayers, Jesus told a parable about a man who needed bread. The man went to a friend at midnight to get food and because of his boldness, he was given some. Jesus teach us to be bold when praying to the Father. He said, "Ask, and it will be given to you." We will probe the mystery of prayer in the simple words spoken by Jesus.

Tue, 15 May 2012

Getting Prayer Right, Part 1 of 3

For some, prayer is a mystery. Does God really listen? Does prayer make a difference in everday life? Jesus left us a pattern for prayer -- an outline of how we are to approach God. When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, He prayed what we call "The Lord's Prayer".

Mon, 14 May 2012

Getting Conversion Right, Part 4 of 4

Jesus taught that it takes several things to bring a person to faith in Christ. It takes seed -- the Word of God. It takes a sower -- a faithful believer communicating his or her faith. And it takes receptive soil -- something only God can provide. In today's message, Dr. Lutzer will summarize the great lessons Jesus gave us in this well-known parable.

Fri, 11 May 2012

Getting Conversion Right, Part 3 of 4

Not every word of witnessing results in someone's immediate conversion. The parable of the sower teaches us about different kinds of soil. When the seed of the Gospel is sown, it can land in receptive soil, or soil that won't allow the seed to germinate. Today we'll study more lessons on the good soil -- soil where it's accepted and grows.

Thu, 10 May 2012

Getting Conversion Right, Part 2 of 4

In a well-known parable, Jesus compared the spreading of the Gospel to the way a sower spreads seed on the ground. Believers realize that it's not their skill that brings people to Jesus. The grows if, and only if, God gives the increase -- just as Paul wrote to the Corinthian church. Let's take a closer look at the sower and the soils into which the seed is sown.

Wed, 09 May 2012

Getting Conversion Right, Part 1 of 4

Not everybody in the crowd understood Jesus when He taught. He used stories to teach -- stories we call parables. The parables used real-life situations to depict spiritual truth. The crowds heard illustrations of farmers, servants, prodigal sons, and those who tended to vineyards. Today we begin a series on ten of these parables, beginning with the sower and his seed.

Tue, 08 May 2012

The Nations in Prophecy, Part 3 of 3

Most people go about their everyday lives with no regard for the eternity they'll face as sheep or goats. When Jesus spoke of coming judgment in Matthew 25, He made it clear that there are only two destinies for any of us. Today we'll hear some concluding thoughts about the future and why today is the day to believe on Christ -- the only One who can save us.

Mon, 07 May 2012

The Nations in Prophecy, Part 2 of 3

Jesus once spoke of a coming judgment for the nations -- a judgment that is designed to separate the sheep from the goats. Today we'll try to understand what the prediction means in Matthew 25 in light of the rest of the New Testament.

Fri, 04 May 2012

The Nations in Prophecy, Part 1 of 3

On our plane of existence, things are a mess: terrorism, wars, nuclear threats, the Middle East in turmoil. Aren't you glad there's Someone in charge Who lives on another plane of existence? God hasn't left nations to their own devices. His unseen hand is guiding the forces of history toward its conclusion. Through the Bible's prophecy, we can understand the final chapter of the story.

Thu, 03 May 2012

God and the United States, Part 3 of 3

An Alabama courthouse. A granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments. A judge who believed they should stay there. The struggle over the public viewing of God's law led to Chief Justice Roy Moore being ousted from office. God is being systematically excluded from public life, and today we'll learn more about His judgment on America.

Wed, 02 May 2012

God and the United States, Part 2 of 3

Somewhere along the line, we got the idea that God's only desire for America is to bless her -- no matter what her people do. We need to understand that God judges the nations when they violate His commands. He judged His own nation, Israel, by using the armies of nearby pagan nations against it. Today Dr. Lutzer will share more details about God's purposes among the nations, and why we should not assume that if "you're okay, I'm okay."

Tue, 01 May 2012

God and the United States, Part 1 of 3

Many of us have the idea that God owes us a favor. After all, we're Americans, the defenders of democracy. But as we run the race of life, we should ask ourselves if God really owes us anything. After examining the evidence, we may just have to conclude that what He owes us is His judgment.

Mon, 30 Apr 2012

Understanding the Wrath of God, Part 3 of 3

The blessings of God are not constitutional rights. They are bestowed on people and nations that follow His commands. God's judgment on the nations takes many forms: natural disasters, the deprivation of personal freedoms, wars, and deafened ears toward God. Tune in today as we take a look at two final forms of judgment which are very evident in America today.

Fri, 27 Apr 2012

Understanding the Wrath of God, Part 2 of 3

When children disobey, parents discipline them in different ways. Likewise, when God judges a nation, He also has many ways of doing it. As events seem to be spinning out of control around us, let us review the means by which God may judge our nation in the days ahead.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012

Understanding the Wrath of God, Part 1 of 3

The Bible gives us words of encouragement as well as words of warning. It is our obligation to understand and heed both. Few of us would make the wrath of God our first choice for a Bible study. Yet God's prophets thundered the words of His judgment to the people of their day. God's warnings to the nations have not changed.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012

God's Judgment of the Nations, Part 4 of 4

The Old Testament prophets brought many messages of God's judgment on both men and nations -- messages we would not like to hear. Many of us would rather celebrate the positive than face up to the negative. We forget that the first public words of Jesus were "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Tune in today for a bottom-line analysis of what God's judgment on the nations means.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012

God's Judgment of the Nations, Part 3 of 4

When you hear about all the sins for which God judges nations, you get the uncomfortable feeling that your nation might be next. Unprincipled expansion, arrogance, and violence are national sins one, two, and three. America's guilt may be better described by sins four and five: indifference to God and the acceptance of witchcraft. Today we will take a look at the real prospect of God's present day hand of judgement.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012

God's Judgment of the Nations, Part 2 of 4

The Bible is a guidebook for living. In its pages we find what God wants us to do and what not to do. The same holds true for the nations. The Scriptures list at least seven sins for which God promises to hold nations accountable, sins that grow out of their leaders' desires for power and control.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012

God's Judgment of the Nations, Part 1 of 4

Sometimes it seems that the bad guys keep winning. Terrorism and mayhem are everywhere. Some ask, "Is God still in control?" We need to understand that justice delayed is not justice denied. There will be a day of reckoning for both men and nations. Today we will look at how God judges the nations who violate His commands.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012

God's Providence Among the Nations, Part 3 of 3

We have all seen bomb-laden terrorists waving their guns and shouting "death to America" on TV. How should we respond? Some cower in fear. Others brandish bigger weapons. But believers can have confidence that God is in charge even if another 9/11 happens. Should we defend the nation? You bet. Should we give in to fear? Not on your life.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012

God's Providence Among the Nations, Part 2 of 3

Some realities do not fit in finite minds. Men do what they choose. Yet God directs those choices to suit His purposes. As we wrestle with the mystery of God's hidden will, we must acknowledge His sovereign control of history. Sometimes He uses the bad guys to judge the good guys. Our task is to trust His purposes are right, no matter what.

Tue, 17 Apr 2012

God's Providence Among the Nations, Part 1 of 3

Some people think that random chance dictates what happens on planet earth. Either God is not involved or He is not interested. Believers running the race of life have a different perspective. The Bible reveals God as more than just interested in the human condition. He is the One who actively determines the fate of the nations. Today we will take a look at how God superintends history.

Mon, 16 Apr 2012

The Origin of the Nations, Part 3 of 3

Years ago, Alex Haley's Roots helped us understand the origins of the slave trade. Origins are very important. That is why God recorded the beginnings of human history in the book of Genesis. Here we find out where we came from as members of the nations of the world. Today we will do a wrap-up on how everyone can trace their roots back to the sons of Noah.

Fri, 13 Apr 2012

The Origin of the Nations, Part 2 of 3

There are literally thousands of languages spoken here on planet earth. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself where they all came from? At the very beginning, God saw to it that people would be divided into many geographical and ethnic groups. To achieve this, He caused the language of His people to divide.

Thu, 12 Apr 2012

The Origin of the Nations, Part 1 of 3

With hundreds of nations and billions of people, the earth of 2012 is a seething cauldron of unrest, warfare, and change. As things seem to be slipping out of control, we must remember that the God who created the nations is not asleep at the switch. He is moving the nations into position for the climax of this present age. Today we begin a series that outlines some of His purposes.

Wed, 11 Apr 2012

Jesus, the Triumphant Lord, Part 3 of 3

Although the church celebrates the resurrection of Jesus every year, in one sense it celebrates that great event every week. On the first day of the week His disciples found their crucified Lord very much alive. Every Sunday since, God's people have gathered to mark the raising of Jesus from the dead. He is indeed the Victor over the grave. Since we are His followers, we too shall have victory.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012

Jesus, the Triumphant Lord, Part 2 of 3

The resurrection of the dead at the end times is a huge concept. Imagine billions of graves springing open. This concept, though hard to imagine, is at the core of the gospel. Just as God raised Jesus, so believers too shall be raised with glorious new bodies fit for eternity. It is the real you that will once again live and move.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012

Jesus, the Triumphant Lord, Part 1 of 3

Many people have said things about Jesus, adding their biases to the biblical account of His life. But the most attested fact of ancient history is the bodily resurrection of Jesus from a cold tomb. It is that resurrection which gives us the promise of our own resurrection one day. God raised Him in power and He will raise all who believed in His Son while alive on this earth.

Fri, 06 Apr 2012

Jesus, the Servant King, Part 4 of 4

Who killed Jesus? The question is more complex than it first appears.The Romans carried out the crucifixion. But why? Jewish religious leaders wanted Jesus out of the way, but they had to entice the occupying Romans to do the deed. Because Jesus died for the sins of all mankind, in one sense all of us killed the Son of God. Today we look into a centuries-old question.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012

Jesus, the Servant King, Part 3 of 4

We have all said "no" when we should have said "yes." We all have missed opportunities. Once gone, those decisive moments cannot be regained. The people of Israel had a chance to embrace Jesus as their promised Messiah. Instead, they clamored for His execution. Jesus wept over Jerusalem because He knew that its destruction was certain. Today we will look at an important opportunity which Judas missed.

Wed, 04 Apr 2012

Jesus, the Servant King, Part 2 of 4

On the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem is a church called Dominus Flevit, which means "the tears of God." Near this spot, Jesus wept over a city which was soon to be destroyed. God would use the Romans to level the temple in judgment since the nation of Israel did not acknowledge the day of their visitation by the Son of God. In 70 AD, not one stone of the temple was left upon another.

Tue, 03 Apr 2012

Jesus, the Servant King, Part 1 of 4

On Palm Sunday we commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem just days before His trial and crucifixion. Even today, pilgrims to the Holy Land walk the road Jesus walked, imagining the momentous events which led to the sacrifice that makes salvation possible. Jesus entered Jerusalem as a king unlike any who had ever preceded Him.

Mon, 02 Apr 2012

Jesus, the Controversial Teacher, Part 3 of 3

Football players who put on their "game face" may not always reflect what they feel on the inside. Life is a lot easier if we reflect on the outside what we are on the inside. This was a central point of the famous Sermon on the Mount where Jesus explained in simple terms the kind of character that pleases God.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012

Jesus, the Controversial Teacher #2 of 3

The Beatitudes are the heart of the Sermon on the Mount. These eight statements sum up the kind of character God wants us to have. Eight times Jesus pronounces a blessing on those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, who are gentle, who hunger for righteousness, who are merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, and who endure persecution. Join us as we focus on these monumental words.

Thu, 29 Mar 2012

Jesus, the Controversial Teacher, Part 1 of 3

No one has ever spoken words of greater simplicity and power than those Jesus spoke in the Sermon on the Mount. Set against the backdrop of the Sea of Galilee, this sermon packs in more truth about the human heart than any ever preached before or since. As a master teacher, Jesus took aim at the inner man and left a mark that still reverberates two thousand years later.

Wed, 28 Mar 2012

Jesus, the Unexpected Revolutionary, Part 3 of 3

Many people have a "live and let live" approach to life -- "You do your thing, and I'll do mine." Jesus didn't share this approach. He spoke the truth, regardless of the consequences. When the honor of God was at stake, He was not above tossing the moneychangers out of the temple. He lived his life with passion and focus, and as His followers, so should we.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012

Jesus, the Unexpected Revolutionary, Part 2 of 3

Jesus had no fear of the authorities. Throwing money changers out of the temple proves that. And many of the things He said often angered the religious leaders in Jerusalem. In today's message, we'll take a vivid look at the Son of God confronting those who should have seen Him as Israel's great hope.

Mon, 26 Mar 2012

Jesus, the Unexpected Revolutionary, Part 1 of 3

Politicians do it, so do the media elite -- they spin the news to their point of view, making truth a casualty. Getting to the genuine Jesus is crucial, since He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes to the Father except through Him. Join us as we begin a series that looks at Jesus without the spin that distorts our understanding of the Son of God.

Fri, 23 Mar 2012

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves, Part 4 of 4

Once we realize how great our need is before God, we will quickly understand that we cannot somehow help ourselves get to heaven. Once our eyes are open to the truth, we will find that only God has the power to raise sinners from the dead and give them new life. In today's message, Pastor Lutzer will dispel a final myth about God.

Thu, 22 Mar 2012

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves, Part 3 of 4

All of the good deeds ever done in the world cannot erase the guilt of sin that even a single member of the human race bears before a holy God. The Bible says that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Only God's righteousness opens heaven's doors. That is why we are deceived if we believe that "God helps those who help themselves." Today we unmask a final lie about God.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves, Part 2 of 4

In one sense it is true that God helps those who help themselves, however, this saying does not apply to salvation. Only those who are helpless can avail themselves of a salvation only God can give. We cannot add anything to the work that has already been done to secure our eternal future.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves, Part 1 of 4

"God helps those who help themselves..." This is a phrase a lot of people mistakenly think is in the Bible. Certainly we need to take the initiative in many areas of life. But when it comes to the vital issue of salvation, it is crucial to understand what God really says. The Gospel proclaims that we cannot help ourselves. Only Jesus can save us.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012

We Must Choose Between God's Will and Our Happiness, Part 4 of 4

Americans value their heritage. It is a heritage that makes possible "the pursuit of happiness" -- a pursuit God approves of. Sadly, many think pursuing happiness means not pursuing the will of God, that these two things are mutually exclusive. Let's explore some questions about this common misconception.

Fri, 16 Mar 2012

We Must Choose Between God's Will and Our Happiness, Part 3 of 4

Lasting financial gain is often short-circuited by an investor's desires to fast profits. The same is true in life. Going for immediate pleasures can short-circuit our potential to enjoy the overwhelming pleasures of God -- pleasures that can last a lifetime. In today's message, Pastor Lutzer will give us some good reasons why we should think long-term.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012

We Must Choose Between God's Will and Our Happiness, Part 2 of 4

Somehow a lot of believers have the impression that pleasure and God's will are mutually incompatible. The good news is that God wants you to experience pleasure. The bad news is that a lot of us do not know what real pleasures are. Those who think that sinking in sin will open pleasure's doors have no clue what satisfaction is. God wants to give true satisfaction to His children.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012

We Must Choose Between God's Will and Our Happiness, Part 1 of 4

We have all seen those cartoons where the devil whispers into one ear, and an angel whispers into the other. The implication is that choosing sin means happiness, and saying "no" means a humdrum existence. The devil whispers the lie that when we follow the Lord, we kiss all our fun goodbye. Today we will combat another lie about God that you might already believe.

Tue, 13 Mar 2012

The Fall Ruined God's Plans, Part 4 of 4

The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult issue facing theologians. God could prevent evil, yet He doesn't. So since He is in charge, the wars and suffering around us must be a part of His plan for the world. For some, this creates a dilemma they cannot resolve. Are you among those who feel this way?

Mon, 12 Mar 2012

The Fall Ruined God's Plans, Part 3 of 4

For centuries we have all wrestled with the problem of evil in the world. If God is in charge, why is there so much suffering? And if He is in control, was the fall of humanity something God intended in the first place? Today we are heading into some really deep waters. Grab that life preserver and get ready to swim.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012

The Fall Ruined God's Plans, Part 2 of 4

Most of us are preoccupied with the here and now. But let's take a moment to stop and see God as He really is and ask ourselves, "Did the Fall ruin God's plans?" The answer is "no," because nothing can ruin God's plans. In today's message, we'll explore the implications for you and for me.

Thu, 08 Mar 2012

The Fall Ruined God's Plans, Part 1 of 4

Consider the possibility that the fall of mankind was planned from the beginning. Is it even possible that God wanted Eve to pick that fatal fruit from the tree in the Garden of Eden? Join us today on a mind-expanding journey into God's intentions for the newly created human race -- a journey that may not go where you think.

Wed, 07 Mar 2012

God Doesn't Know Our Future Decisions, Part 4 of 4

If God does not know our future decisions, all of us running life's race are in big trouble. However, God does know our future, despite some modern trends in theological thought, and Pastor Lutzer will show us how we can be sure of that.

Tue, 06 Mar 2012

God Doesn't Know Our Future Decisions, Part 3 of 4

Does God know what you are going to do tomorrow? Incredibly, some theologians are say, "no way." But is that true? Pastor Lutzer brings this theological debate down to the basics so we all can be assured that God knows where we are in the race of life.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012

God Doesn't Know Our Future Decisions, Part 2 of 4

Like any intellectual pursuit, theology has its fads, one of which is the idea that God does not know our decisions in advance. Going far beyond the classic debates between Calvinists and Arminians, some theologians now say that God has chosen to limit His omniscience so we can fully express our free wills. In today's message, Pastor Lutzer explains why this is not true.

Fri, 02 Mar 2012

God Doesn't Know Our Future Decisions, Part 1 of 4

Some theologians see our lives as a chessboard where our moves are countered by God's moves. These thinkers feel that God gives us complete free will, and then adapts Himself to our choices as we make them. To these theologians, the future for God is an unfinished novel. In today's message, Pastor Lutzer will show us the problems with this line of thinking.

Thu, 01 Mar 2012

God Is Not Responsible for Natural Disasters, Part 4 of 4

When it comes to natural disasters, what's easier to believe: are they products of blind chance? Or do they come from God? The clear choice is the latter. Only a God Who controls our circumstances is worthy of trust. In this message, Pastor Lutzer will share some final thoughts and questions about God's hand in what we call "natural disasters."

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

God Is Not Responsible for Natural Disasters, Part 3 of 4

Can you trust a God who hurls each lightning bolt to the earth during a thunderstorm's terrible fury? Well, the alternative is trusting a God who does not know where the lightning will hit. Today we probe the mystery of God's hand in natural disasters, and why you and I can trust the God who manages each of our personal calamities.

Tue, 28 Feb 2012

God Is Not Responsible for Natural Disasters, Part 2 of 4

It's a deep mystery. Why does God send torrential rains to flooded areas, yet allow parched ground to remain dry? The mystery deepens as we consider our frailty. When weather turns violent, we are reminded that God is all-powerful, and that our time is short. Today we will look at more on God's responsibility for "natural disasters" like the recent Asian tsunami.

Mon, 27 Feb 2012

God Is Not Responsible for Natural Disasters, Part 1 of 4

Over 150,000 died when a giant tsunami destroyed endless miles of Asian coastline. Is God involved in calamities like this, or do we turn to Mother Nature when we seek the cause? Today you will hear a strong affirmation that God, indeed, is the driving force behind nature, even in its most tragic moments.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012

God Saves Followers of Other Religions, Part 4 of 4

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, His last word to His followers was a commission to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The urgency of His words underscores the fact that He is the only way to God, and that no other religion can save people from certain judgment. For you and for me, and for all humanity, the stakes are high.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012

God Saves Followers of Other Religions, Part 3 of 4

In Bible times, all roads led to Rome. Some feel that all spiritual roads lead to heaven, even those that never intersect. Pause to consider the claim of Christ that He is the only way to God. Some say "this is unfair...anyone who is sincere in their belief deserves a shot at heaven." Today we will look at fairness -- from God's point of view.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012

God Saves Followers of Other Religions, Part 2 of 4

Does it make sense to say that all religions lead their followers to God? Well, it all depends on how you define "God". The true God is the one found in the Bible, and He has revealed the only means by which we can approach Him. In fact, He has something to say about any religion that does not meet His standards. Get set for some straight talk.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012

God Saves Followers of Other Religions, Part 1 of 4

Any marathon runner will tell you that there is only one goal line and only one route that gets you to that line as the winner. Even taking a shortcut, while believeing it's the correct way, will not get you a medal. Since rules are rules, you have to follow the track in order to win. Today we are going to explore a tough subject. The trip will not be easy, but we invite you along for the journey.

Mon, 20 Feb 2012

God Thinks Like We Do, Part 4 of 4

When we realize that God does not think like we do, we can begin to see Him as He is -- the God Who is in control. In the race of life, we must leave behind our preconceptions and allow our thinking to be transormed by God's revelation of Himself in the Bible. That revelation is all we need for this life and the life to come. Today: some final thoughts on how God thinks.

Fri, 17 Feb 2012

God Thinks Like We Do, Part 3 of 4

There are just two ways to approach an understanding of God: from the bottom up, or from the top down. Only one way works. Either you accept His written revelation, or you invent your own idols, because we all worship something. Today: more on coming to grips with the true God, and on coming to grips with the way He thinks.

Thu, 16 Feb 2012

God Thinks Like We Do, Part 2 of 4

The mind of man is very inventive when the true God gets in the way. Want your own God? Well, you can have one! The idea is not new. Pagan tribes worship wooden carvings, while modern man worships his stock portfolio. Both practices are idolatry, which is the rejection of the true God. Today we will learn why God will not tolerate less than first place in our lives.

Wed, 15 Feb 2012

God Thinks Like We Do, Part 1 of 4

Modern humanity believes so strongly in its own intelligience that people invent their own gods. As you run today's race of life, get ready for a paradigm shift. The Creator of the universe does not think like we do. He never has and He never will. This means that we need to get on His page, not the other way around.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012

God Has Personally Never Suffered, Part 3 of 3

Even those of us who live fast-paced lives should pause and ponder some mysteries. The suffering of God is one such mystery. In the wake of the terrible tsunami in Asia, we all struggle with the concept of human suffering. Today, we will try to understand the suffering of God, and why it brings meaning to our suffering as humans.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012

God Has Personally Never Suffered, Part 2 of 3

Some theologians hold that God is without passion, that He has no feelings and therefore, cannot personally suffer. While these theologians theorize, let us see what the Bible says, and find evidence that God indeed can suffer, and has suffered, and what all of that means to you and me. The implications are profound.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012

God Has Personally Never Suffered, Part 1 of 3

All of us are in a race to go somewhere or do something. Before you do, spend time to think some deep thoughts about God. Pause to ponder perhaps the deepest mystery of all. This profound mystery is the question of how God was affected by the sacrifice of His own Son. Was He passive or did He weep?

Thu, 09 Feb 2012

God Is More Tolerant than He Used to Be, Part 4 of 4

Many Christians say they love God, but how many say they fear Him? They have lost the sense of God's righteous justice. As a result, they live as they like, claiming that Jesus will forgive whatever they do. After all, what is grace for? Get set for some powerful words to those who take sin lightly.

Wed, 08 Feb 2012

God Is More Tolerant than He Used to Be, Part 3 of 4

For too many of us, very little is permanent. Fads come and go. We forget that God never changes. His love never changes. His justice never changes. His opinion of our sin never changes either. Today you'll hear more about the lie that God is more tolerant than He used to be -- a lie we must all renounce.

Tue, 07 Feb 2012

God Is More Tolerant than He Used to Be, Part 2 of 4

In the Old Testament, sin was judged quickly and harshly. Nowadays it seems that sin goes virtually unpunished. Why? The answer lies in the distinction between God's character and His administration of creation. Today we will learn why believing that God has changed is tantamount to believing a dangerous lie -- one you cannot afford to believe.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012

God Is More Tolerant than He Used to Be, Part 1 of 4

Since many believe man evolved, they also think God has evolved. No longer mean, He is now a gentler, kinder God. And that is lie number two in our series about God: the lie that God is more tolerant than He used to be. Get set, because today, another myth is going to be debunked.

Fri, 03 Feb 2012

Many Paths Lead into God's Presence, Part 4 of 4

For some reason, many of us would be more mindful of proper protocol in meeting the President than we would be in meeting God. We are learning that God can only be approached through the right mediator: and that mediator between God and man is Jesus Christ. Today Dr. Lutzer shares some final thoughts on the great lie that we can come to God in any way we want.

Thu, 02 Feb 2012

Many Paths Lead into God's Presence, Part 3 of 4

A lot of people think they can come to God any way they like, not realizing that He can only be approached in one way. Pause in your daily race of life and consider that your thoughts about God might be fundamentally wrong. Lay aside your preconceptions and listen to what God Himself says. We will learn how to find Him and why coming to God only happens through the right sacrifice.

Wed, 01 Feb 2012

Many Paths Lead into God's Presence, Part 2 of 4

It is popular to think that we can approach God on our own terms. It is said, "All roads lead to Rome." Although humans believe this, the Bible does not endorse it. In fact, it says quite the opposite. Far from offering a spiritual smorgasbord, the Bible insists that there is only one way to approach the Almighty. Before you buy into "pick your favorite God," listen to today's broadcast.

Tue, 31 Jan 2012

Many Paths Lead into God's Presence, Part 1 of 4

If you believe a lie long enough, for you it becomes the truth. Many of us harbor falsehoods that can send us to hell. Please stop in your race of life long enough to consider that you may be among those who believe wrongly about God. This is serious stuff, nothing is more important than what you believe about Him.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012

God, Yes, but Why Jesus? Part 2d of 4

Some see the gospel like the Augusta Golf Club, too exclusive. They would much rather have a menu of beliefs to choose from. "After all, you have your truth and I have mine," they say. Today, we will see that God only has one way to Himself, and it is a way He has designed. Our obligation is to believe what He has revealed about His Son, and thereby find eternal life.

Fri, 27 Jan 2012

God, Yes, but Why Jesus? Part 2c of 4

Not even the most egotistical guru has ever said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Only Jesus said that. Today: a challenge to those who say that Jesus was just another great teacher - the truth is that He is either a liar, a madman, or God in the flesh. There are no other alternatives. What do you think of Jesus?

Thu, 26 Jan 2012

God, Yes, but Why Jesus? Part 2b of 4

People accept the fact of only one speed of light, and only one moon around the earth. But only one way to God? Say that, and you are ignored at best, hated at worst. The claims of Jesus to be the exclusive path to eternal life force us to decide: do I go with my instincts, or do I go with Jesus?

Wed, 25 Jan 2012

God, Yes, but Why Jesus? Part 2a of 4

It is a force you cannot see, but you can certainly feel. It is everywhere, telling people what is okay for them to believe. That force is political correctness, and when it comes to the Christian faith, it is out in full strength. Today we focus on how we should witness in a day when people tolerate everything but the truth.

Tue, 24 Jan 2012

God, Yes, but Why Jesus? Part 1c of 3

For two thousand years people have been trying to figure out what to do with Jesus Christ. Like Pilate, many reject Him. But others heed His call to believe in Him as the only One who can save them from the sins that separate them from God. Today: more answers to the crucial question many ask: "God, Yes, but Why Jesus?"

Mon, 23 Jan 2012

God, Yes, but Why Jesus? Part 1b of 3

Some people think that since "all roads lead to Rome," all religions must lead to God. This is an enormous mistake. If your life was at stake in a hospital, you would want the truth about your condition. Your life is at stake, eternally, and finding the truth about your spiritual condition and its remedy has to be "job one." Today, we will learn more about why Jesus is the only road that leads to God.

Fri, 20 Jan 2012

God, Yes, but Why Jesus? Part 1a of 3

Tolerance is a big deal these days, and we are all for tolerance. But there is one thing many people cannot tolerate. You can believe anything you want, but you cannot say you have the truth without offending those around you. When you say that Jesus is the truth, people become unglued. We will now take a look at why Jesus is the only way to God, modern pundits notwithstanding.

Thu, 19 Jan 2012

Secret Serving, Part 3 of 3

"The word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword." That is especially true for the words of Jesus, Who knows us through and through. Today we are hearing His words on our motivations, as recorded in Matthew 6. Our job is letting in the light to scatter the darkness in our lives. Too many of us like that darkness.

Wed, 18 Jan 2012

Secret Serving, Part 2 of 3

Surgery is no fun. But the result can be restored health. Spiritual surgery is the same: not fun, but rewarding. Today we will have another session of motivation analysis, as we hear again the words of Jesus in Matthew 6. We will work on understanding and improving our attitudes for why we do what we do.

Tue, 17 Jan 2012

Secret Serving, Part 1 of 3

Good deeds can be seen. Motivations cannot. Why we do what we do is a key focus of Christ's teaching in Matthew 6. Here we experience some radical surgery as our motives are dissected. Why do we do what we do? For the praise of men? The Great Physician wants to get our service for Him back on track. Today: we go to the clinic to get Christ's diagnosis.

Mon, 16 Jan 2012

Secret Fasting, Part 3 of 3

For some Christians, fasting is about as popular as watching paint dry. Yet we cannot escape Christ's teaching. He assumed that we would fast, and confined His remarks to the "how and why," and not the "if." Foregoing food is a big paradigm shift. Today you are invited to listen for some final thoughts about the benefits and obligations of fasting.

Fri, 13 Jan 2012

Secret Fasting, Part 2 of 3

To stop eating for a time has some known health benefits. But in the Christian life, it also has great spiritual benefits. Fasting is not often talked about in a culture where what we usually want is fast food. Today, let us explore further the "why" and "how" of fasting, as Jesus taught in the gospel of Matthew 6.

Thu, 12 Jan 2012

Secret Fasting, Part 1 of 3

The holidays are a great time for food. Most of us really enjoy eating, but there are times in a Christian's life when eating should be the last thing on the agenda. Today, we will set aside that big luncheon we had planned on attending and remind ourselves of Christ's teaching on the benefits of fasting.

Wed, 11 Jan 2012

Secret Praying, Part 4 of 4

Many of us say grace together before eating a big meal. We are reminded of Who we have to thank for all that we have, so prayer is the vehicle that takes our thanks before His throne. Jesus also taught us to pray in secret, that we might be rewarded openly. Prayer is the means of maintaining close, personal contact with God.

Tue, 10 Jan 2012

Secret Praying, Part 3 of 4

We have all heard the Lord's Prayer, either set to music or recited in church. Jesus gave us these words as a pattern. He gave us this prayer to teach us how to pray. Today, we continue our look at the depth and breadth of meaning latent in these sacred words, and on the way we should each approach God with our petitions.

Mon, 09 Jan 2012

Secret Praying, Part 2 of 4

Sometimes Christians wonder if God is listening when they pray. We often repeat our requests, just to make sure He has heard us, but Jesus taught us that God is indeed listening, and in fact, knows what we need before we ask. This being the case, many wonder why we should even pray at all. Therefore, please join us today for more lessons in the school of secret prayer.

Fri, 06 Jan 2012

Secret Praying, Part 1 of 4

Every good athlete knows that success in front of the roaring crowd depends on those workouts done when no one is watching. In the race of life, success with God depends on time spent in secret with Him, time spent in the discipline of prayer. For many, prayer is mysterious, especially private prayer.

Thu, 05 Jan 2012

Secret Giving, Part 4 of 4

Even for a Christian, the old nature is a powerful enemy. In our sinful flesh we want to take the credit for giving a gift. Meanwhile, God wants us to give our gifts in secret, so only He knows who did what. That way we cannot flaunt our donations as badges of honor. We must learn to give to others so as to please God first and foremost.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012

Secret Giving, Part 3 of 4

"....the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil..." the Bible's words ring true even for Christians. Money can be our idol and we can be its worshippers. God wants to break money's stranglehold on our hearts, and the key is giving in secret. Today we will seek to find the right motives and methods to do just that.

Tue, 03 Jan 2012

Secret Giving, Part 2 of 4

There is one thing Jesus really disapproved of. He told His followers to not give money so as to be seen by others. God wants our giving to be a secret we keep with Him. After all, God, not the IRS, keeps the ultimate books. It is one thing to give when others can see your generosity. Today we will examine our motives for giving when no one is watching.

Mon, 02 Jan 2012

Secret Giving, Part 1 of 4

Good friends can keep secrets. In fact, one test of a relationship is how much you can trust someone to keep a confidence. Our ultimate confidence is in God, with Whom we can safely entrust any secret. In fact, there are four secrets He wants us to share with Him, with life-changing results.

Fri, 30 Dec 2011

Just Let God Lead, Part 3 of 3

Another year ends tomorrow night at the stroke of midnight. What does not end is God's plan for us in the new year. Finding the will of God is a lifelong quest, and we need to seek Him first before the details of life come into focus. And when they do, we'll know that we've found the right road. Today: some final thoughts for the last weekday of the year.

Thu, 29 Dec 2011

Just Let God Lead, Part 2 of 3

Is God's will elusive? Does He try to make it hard to find? As the new year dawns, what lies ahead in the plan of God? The best advice is to take one step at a time. As we are learning, God's will is a series of small events that ultimately take us where He wants us to go.

Wed, 28 Dec 2011

Just Let God Lead, Part 1 of 3

It is like blank parchment, a new year dawns with no written history. What happens next year is known only to God. That is why it makes a lot of sense to allow God to order our steps in the weeks and months ahead. Today, on the verge of another uncertain new year, you will learn how to let God call the shots of your life. And no one can do it better.

Tue, 27 Dec 2011

What Angels Celebrate, Part 3 of 3

All the presents are open, the wrappings discarded. Soon the tree comes down. But the wonder of Christmas goes on all year long. Believers running life's race know that God sent his only Son to live among us on that pivotal day in Bethlehem. A day marked by a chorus of jubilant angels.

Mon, 26 Dec 2011

What Angels Celebrate, Part 2 of 3

Christmas marks one of the most pivotal events in human history, the day the Son of God was born. That day was announced by angels. Angels are God's messengers, and the account in the book of Luke tells us that angels were instrumental in making Christ's birth known over the skies of Bethlehem. Royalty was coming into the world, a king who would live and die, and then rise again to return in glory.

Fri, 23 Dec 2011

What Angels Celebrate, Part 1 of 3

Many families gather at Christmas to read the Nativity story from Luke 2, a story marked by the supernatural work of angels. Angels had a joyous task 2,000 years ago, announcing the good news of the Savior's birth. The skies over Bethlehem were ablaze with light, as poor shepherds cowered in fear.

Thu, 22 Dec 2011

What Angels Know, Part 3 of 3

Modern thinking says angels are benevolent friends looking for ways to help us build our field of dreams. Real angels are far different. God's warriors do His bidding, protect His children, and fight demonic forces in unseen places. The angels always point us to God Himself. They understand what every believer must understand, that God is high and lifted up, seated on the throne of His glory.

Wed, 21 Dec 2011

What Angels Know, Part 2 of 3

Christmas is a great time for angels. You see them in department stores, on Christmas tree branches and on holiday greeting cards. But many people confuse demonic dalliances with real angelic visitations. Today's program will help you understand the difference, a difference that is more crucial than ever, as more and more people are being deceived.

Tue, 20 Dec 2011

What Angels Know, Part 1 of 3

Today, it is OK to believe in angels, especially the kind that make our dreams come true. But beware of these angels. Believers running life's race understand the difference between God's angels and Satan's fallen angels, who seek to deceive us any way they can. Today, we continue a study of angels, and we will move from what they do to what they know.

Mon, 19 Dec 2011

What Angels Do, Part 3 of 3

TV shows, books, and magazines all tell us that angels come to us in disguise to surprise us with wonderful experiences. But believers running life's race know that these "surprises" really come from fallen angels, or demons. Real angels do not have time to give us warm, fuzzy feelings. They have a job to do. They carrying out God's orders and serving as ministering spirits to God's people.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011

What Angels Do, Part 2 of 3

You can read lots of books about people's experiences with angelic beings. The problem is that some of those beings are not angels. Believers know that fallen angels, or demons, do Satan's bidding on planet earth. Real angels serve God, and God alone. We need to know the signs and discern the differences between these beings of darkness and light who inhabit a spiritual realm we cannot see.

Thu, 15 Dec 2011

What Angels Do, Part 1 of 3

Christmas will soon be here, and many of us have an angel on the top of our tree. Pop culture makes much of angels, but who are they? For believers running life's race, God has provided an unseen army of angels, powerful creatures whose duties go far beyond decorating trees. To help us understand who they are, Erwin Lutzer now brings a series called, "A Flurry of Wings."

Wed, 14 Dec 2011

Christ the Deliverer, Part 3 of 3

As the years roll by, one thing always seems to remain the same. This enduring circumstance is that people are always being killed in a war zone. The peace on earth spoken of in the Christmas story will not happen until Jesus sets up his kingdom on earth. He will deliver the whole world from the scourge of war, but when He first came to live among men, few people understood that.

Tue, 13 Dec 2011

Christ the Deliverer, Part 2 of 3

The people of Jesus' day were under the rule of the Roman Empire, eager for anyone to deliver them from Caesar's yoke. That is why some saw Jesus as the deliverer that had been foretold. They needed a leader to overthrow their oppressors. But Jesus had a larger deliverance to make, a deliverance from the power of sin.

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

Christ the Deliverer, Part 1 of 3

In a Nazareth synagogue, Jesus opened a scroll of Isaiah the prophet and began to read. A hush fell over the people. He read of good news for the poor, freedom for prisoners, sight for the blind, and liberty for the oppressed, ending by saying "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your ears." Only the Son of God could say that.

Fri, 09 Dec 2011

Christ the Servant, Part 3 of 3

These days, malls are crowded with bargain-hunters trying to find something for everybody on their Christmas gift list. Traditions have changed drastically from the time of Christ. Through His simple, uncluttered life, He taught us by example how to serve one another. Today we conclude our look at Christ the Servant as foreseen in the writings of Isaiah.

Fri, 09 Dec 2011

Christ the Servant #3 of 3

These days, malls are crowded with bargain-hunters trying to find something for everybody on their Christmas gift list. Traditions have changed drastically from the time of Christ. Through His simple, uncluttered life, He taught us by example how to serve one another. Today we conclude our look at Christ the Servant as foreseen in the writings of Isaiah.

Thu, 08 Dec 2011

Christ the Servant #2 of 3

It is not very often that a rich person voluntarily relinquishes his wealth for the sake of those who are less fortunate. Jesus came in poverty that we might be rich. In fact, according to the prophecies of Isaiah, He came as a servant. Today we continue our look at Christ the servant, the one whose life, death and resurrection make Christmas possible.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011

Christ the Servant #1 of 3

In general, kings do not do what servants do. They have a retinue of people whose sole job it is to serve the king. Jesus will return one day as King of Kings. But in His first coming He was a servant to the will of God, giving His life to save His people from their sins. Today we begin a look into three chapters of Isaiah, chapters that reveal what kind of servant Jesus was.

Tue, 06 Dec 2011

Christ the King #3 of 3

The Christmas season accelerates the pace of life. Housecleaning, planning for parties and gift-giving all keep us busy. Let us let Isaiah the prophet lift our spirits by reminding us of the future reign of Christ the King on this earth. Yes, the baby Jesus will be a baby no longer when a thousand-year reign of peace dispels the darkness of war and suffering.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011

Christ the King #2 of 3

Three men visited the young Jesus after His birth. We remember their famous trek by singing the carol, "We Three Kings." In ancient times, Kings had almost absolute power. A person's life or death was in a king's hand. Nowadays, presidents and congresses come and go. Today we will take a look forward to a time of a real king's rule, Jesus on this earth.

Fri, 02 Dec 2011

Christ the King #1 of 3

Americans have little use for kings. Kings have absolute rule, that is why we declared independence in 1776. Kings have a total claim on people's lives, time, and taxes. We are not used to that these days. We see kings as relics of a bygone era. But today we will see why Christ is the long foretold King of Kings, and what that title means.

Thu, 01 Dec 2011

Christ the Son #3 of 3

Only a few weeks to go, Christmas morning will mark the end of the annual race to the finish line.Then we can all rest, until we take back the presents we do not like and put away all those decorations for another year. Why not pause with us today as we consider the position God the Father has given Jesus His Son, the one for whom the holiday is named?

Wed, 30 Nov 2011

Christ the Son, Part 2 of 3

When light hits a diamond, the facets reflect brilliantly. We see flashes of color in the radiance of the pure white core. Like a diamond, the purity of Jesus radiates in many facets as we behold His glory. Isaiah gave us names to describe these characteristics in the ninth chapter of his prophecies. Today we take a look at the names ascribed to Christ, and what they mean.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

Christ the Son, Part 1 of 3

Merchants love Christmas because a huge portion of their annual sales are rung up when we buy gifts for each other. At the mall we are assailed by lights, trees, tinsel, ornaments, and all sorts of holiday cheer. What you will not find there is much reference to the Christ whose coming is the reason for the season.

Mon, 28 Nov 2011

The Future We Anticipate, Part 3 of 3

There is a time coming which could not be visualized even with the best high-tech computer graphics software ever devised. The return of Jesus to this earth will be the greatest event of all time for this poor planet's inhabitants. When He comes, He will take action. And those who have loved and served him will be raised from the dead to greet him.

Fri, 25 Nov 2011

The Future We Anticipate, Part 2 of 3

The big difference between those who know Christ and those who do not is that those who do have a glorious future ahead. Jesus will return one day to put an end to the evil running rampant on earth. At that time, those who died in the faith as well as living believers will receive glorious new bodies. Sorrow and pain will be left behind, and eternity will then unfold.

Thu, 24 Nov 2011

The Future We Anticipate, Part 1 of 3

We live in the now and we remember the past. What is yet to come is unknown to us, but we can know where we are headed. Christians do not need crystal balls to see into the future. The Bible gives tantalizing details about a heavenly kingdom beyond description, a New Jerusalem with streets of gold. Today we take a final look at "What We Believe", and a peek through the mists of time into the timelessness of eternity.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011

The Church We Love, Part 3 of 3

The relationship between Christ and His church is so intimate that only a wedding can picture it. One day, that wedding is coming. Jesus will be united with His church at a great marriage supper of the Lamb in heaven. What that will be like is the focus of today's broadcast, as Erwin Lutzer wraps up his study of the church as a key element of "What We Believe."

Tue, 22 Nov 2011

The Church We Love, Part 2 of 3

The church consists of all who have ever believed in Jesus and become members of His body here on earth. Local churches come in many flavors, but there is a universal church destined to be with Jesus in the ages yet to come. Its members are those who recognized their need for a Savior, and then sought to grow in grace and in the knowledge of God.

Mon, 21 Nov 2011

The Church We Love, Part 1 of 3

The Greek word is ekklesia, the "called-out ones." In English, the word is "church," and if you believe in Jesus, you are "called-out." You are called out to live separately from the values of our culture. That is tough to do, but when we forge links of fellowship and support in a local assembly, it becomes a lot easier. That is why God says, "Don't forsake assembling together."

Fri, 18 Nov 2011

The Devil We Abhor, Part 3 of 3

If you examine the evidence, it is clear the devil is having a field day. Evil is running rampant worldwide, but this dominion is only temporary. A day is coming when a long-delayed sentence of doom is to be carried out. Satan and his demons await eternal condemnation. Today we will hear about Satan's present activity, and then his ultimate end.

Thu, 17 Nov 2011

The Devil We Abhor, Part 2 of 3

Some religions have two equal and opposing forces in control of the universe. Christianity is not among them. God is in total control, even over anything our enemy Satan does here on earth. The devil's activities give believers a choice of whom to obey. Today we take a look at Satanic tactics, the way the enemy seeks to devour the children of God.

Wed, 16 Nov 2011

The Devil We Abhor, Part 1 of 3

If the devil tempted us in a red suit with horns and a pitchfork, we would laugh. But the real devil is clothed as an angel of light. Even Christians can be deceived and find themselves succumbing to temptation from the enemy of our souls. Satan wants you to think he does not exist. But the Bible tells us that he walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Tue, 15 Nov 2011

The Angels We Appreciate, Part 3 of 3

Angels often appeared in Bible times with words from God to His people, but angels also brought God's judgment. In doing God's bidding, angels have been charged with watching over believers. In this life we will never know how often they have protected us from harm. Someday we will know, and then we can express our appreciation.

Mon, 14 Nov 2011

The Angels We Appreciate, Part 2 of 3

You cannot see them, but they can see you. Angels are ministering spirits, sent to watch over those who believe in Jesus. Angels serve God. Organized in ranks, this myriad of beings do His bidding here on earth. The Bible records many supernatural events, and attributes those events to the work of angels on God's behalf.

Fri, 11 Nov 2011

The Angels We Appreciate, Part 1 of 3

Sci-Fi shows talk about a parallel universe that we cannot see. For the Christian, there really is a parallel universe, only it is not parallel. The world of the spirit exists right inside the real universe we can see. Millions of unseen angels exist, serving those who are the heirs of salvation.

Thu, 10 Nov 2011

The Gospel We Proclaim, Part 4 of 4

Taking a free gift goes against the grain for many people. They would rather earn what they receive, even if it is from God. When it comes to the gospel, no one can do anything to merit salvation. The salvation equation is not Jesus, plus my good deeds, or, plus my good intentions. Only what Jesus did is of value when God the Father bestows eternal life.

Wed, 09 Nov 2011

The Gospel We Proclaim, Part 3 of 4

The gospel of Christ simply means the good news about Jesus. The good news is His death on the cross that makes our forgiveness possible. It was the risen Christ who commissioned His people to, "go into all the world and make disciples." What is the best way to fulfill that Great Commission? Today we take a further look at how we can make the good news of the Gospel known to those whose eternity depends on hearing it.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011

The Gospel We Proclaim, Part 2 of 4

The most famous verse in the Bible is John 3:16, which says, "For God so loved the world...." Now that is motivation. The coming of Jesus as a sacrifice for sin made possible the redemption of a lost mankind, so that, as John 3:16 says, "whoever believes in Him might have everlasting life." God was motivated by love to offer his only Son, and that is good news.

Mon, 07 Nov 2011

The Gospel We Proclaim, Part 1 of 4

Turn on CNN, and what do you get? Politics, the economy, the war, for the most part, it is a lot of bad news. Now turn back the clock two thousand years. Even under Roman oppression, the early church reveled in some really good news. That news was the gospel: the message that Jesus came to seek and save sinners, and give them eternal life. That beats cable news any day.

Fri, 04 Nov 2011

The Sin We Rationalize, Part 4 of 4

The problem of evil has vexed philosophers since the beginning. The answer that works is not a popular one. The Bible declares that all of humanity is dead in sin, and only the intervention of God can change that proclivity to sin. That is the good news of the gospel, a remedy has been found that can turn a sinner into a saint.

Thu, 03 Nov 2011

The Sin We Rationalize, Part 3 of 4

An inherent sickness has stricken the human race. It cannot be denied. Crowded prisons testify to the reality of sin. Those prisons are full of people born in sin, born with a propensity to do wrong. As Paul says, we are all "by nature children of wrath." In our study of key doctrines, we are coming to grips with, "The Sin We Rationalize."

Wed, 02 Nov 2011

The Sin We Rationalize, Part 2 of 4

God specializes in bringing the dead back to life. He did it for Jesus, and he will do it for everyone who believes in him. The Bible says that, "the soul that sins shall die." Sin is an affront to the holiness of God. Sin leaves us dead, unable to connect with God. The answer? God's redeeming power through the sacrifice of His Son.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011

The Sin We Rationalize, Part 1 of 4

When you read the Bible, one thing you quickly realize is that God is not tolerant of something called sin. What is sin? It means missing the mark God has set for our behavior. Sadly, many people trivialize sin, even believers. But sin is so serious that God sent his only Son to die as a sacrifice to pay the penalty that ultimate justice demands. Today: a look at sin.

Mon, 31 Oct 2011

The Spirit We Embrace, Part 4 of 4

One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to convict believers of their sins. Our job then is to "cleanse the temple." This is because the Bible teaches that the Spirit dwells in us, and our bodies become His temples. Today we will look at a lesson on keeping a clean house for the Holy Spirit to live in and to enjoy. When this occurs He will have freedom to work in and through our lives.

Fri, 28 Oct 2011

The Spirit We Embrace, Part 3 of 4

Why do people tell fibs? This is not the time or place to answer that, but the acronym "FIBS" is helpful for today's program. We're studying the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian, and "FIBS" provides a way to remember His four key ministries. Today, Erwin Lutzer will tell us what they are, and the difference they should make in your life.

Thu, 27 Oct 2011

The Spirit We Embrace, Part 2 of 4

When Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples, he said that the Spirit would soon be "in them." The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit indwells each believer. The Spirit is as close to us as it is possible to get, so close that Paul gave us an unusual analogy to describe that oneness in 1 Corinthians 6.

Wed, 26 Oct 2011

The Spirit We Embrace, Part 1 of 4

Some philosophers acknowledge there must be a God to create all we see, but they say He is distant and not involved with us. But the Bible reveals that God works by the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who believe, providing day-by-day guidance, comfort, wisdom and insight for even the smallest detail of life. Who, or what, is the Holy Spirit?

Tue, 25 Oct 2011

The Son We Follow, Part 3 of 3

The death of Jesus on a Roman cross has been interpreted in many ways. Some see it as a sad end to a good life. But the Bible tells us that His death was a sacrifice that took the penalty for the sins of the whole world. His obedience in submitting to that death caused God the Father to exalt him to the place that, one day, every tongue will shout, "He is Lord."

Mon, 24 Oct 2011

The Son We Follow, Part 2 of 3

John's gospel ends with the reason why it was written, that its readers might believe that Jesus is the Son of God and, that believing, they might have life through His name. Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah, the anointed One foretold by the prophets. To understand who Jesus is puts you at the gates of eternal life.

Fri, 21 Oct 2011

The Son We Follow, Part 1 of 3

God is so vast and incomprehensible that unless He took direct action, we'd never understand Him in a meaningful sense. He took that action two thousand years ago when Jesus Christ appeared on earth. The Bible reveals that Jesus is the Son of God, and that all the fullness of God dwells in Him. Now, to see what God is all about, all we need do is look at Jesus. In this message, we will take that look, a look at "The Son We Follow."

Thu, 20 Oct 2011

The Father We Worship, Part 3 of 3

What activity of the Father best describes Him? Is it His vast creation? Many would say it's His redemptive intent. In his series on "What We Believe", Erwin Lutzer is describing "The Father We Worship." The Father has absolute authority blended with immeasurable power. His purposes cannot be thwarted. Those purposes include the plan of redemption He designed and is carrying out.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011

The Father We Worship, Part 2 of 3

How can one describe God? How can one describe anything infinite? The best we can do is to list His attributes. In his series on "What We Believe", Erwin Lutzer is describing "The Father We Worship." These attributes open a door of understanding, a door that lets us catch a glimpse of His greatness as well as His grace.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011

The Father We Worship, Part 1 of 3

Some religions have millions of deities. The Christian faith is based on the self-revelation of a single, omnipotent God. Jesus taught us to call him "Our Father." In the Bible, God has many names, but only one character, a character of absolute holiness combined with infinite power, love, and justice. We will come to grips with "The Father We Worship" in lesson number two of "What We Believe."

Mon, 17 Oct 2011

The Book We Trust, Part 3 of 3

The Bible we have is in our hands because many who've gone before us gave their lives so that we could read it. In past centuries, intense persecution followed those who valued the Bible above church tradition. Long the world's best-seller, the Bible commands an allegiance no other book has ever commanded. Some have been martyred for their stand that the Bible alone is the rule of faith.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011

The Book We Trust, Part 2 of 3

You are being chased by wolves toward a gorge. A fragile rope bridge spans the gulf. Do you take it, or face the wolves? Dramatic, yes. But this is the bottom line when it comes to the Bible: at some point, your doubts have to give way to faith that it is what it says it is: the Word of God, and the only book that can take you across the gorge of death into eternity. Today: find out why you can trust the Bible.

Thu, 13 Oct 2011

The Book We Trust, Part 1 of 3

What are your core beliefs? And how deeply do you believe them? For Christians, the Bible is at the center of what we believe. Some question the Bible's origins and its authority. Can we rely on this ancient book? Today, we begin a new series on the key doctrines that define what Christianity is all about and why it is totally rational to believe them.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011

God's Glory and Our Glorification, Part 4 of 4

In this life, we cannot comprehend the transformation that awaits us at the resurrection. It will be a moment of pure glory. Not only do we receive glorified bodies, but all of creation is transformed in a cosmic chorus shouting glory to the God who redeemed us. This message focuses on the transcendant finale to the symphony of God's glory: the end of time, and the beginning of a radiant eternity.

Tue, 11 Oct 2011

God's Glory and Our Glorification, Part 3 of 4

Out there, it's a dog-eat-dog world. Survival of the fittest. Weeds grow, animals fight it out for food and water. But one day, the chaos of earthquakes and tsumanis will be no more. One day, all of creation will resound with the glory of God, free from the curse of the fall that left creation groaning and travailing, waiting for its rebirth. God will reign supreme over a new earth.

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

God's Glory and Our Glorification, Part 2 of 4

At best, life on earth is a mixed bag. We are all dogged by temptation, and our sins slow us in the race of life. But for believers, sin will be no more in the eternity yet to be. With perfect bodies, pain will be no more. With nothing between us and God, our joy will be boundless.

Fri, 07 Oct 2011

God's Glory and Our Glorification, Part 1 of 4

Some believe life is no more than a random confluence of chemicals and that, when life ends, we all just cease to exist. Believers have a more glorious future. They know their bodies will be raised at the return of Jesus, and that all who have ever believed will reign with Him for the ages to come. Which outcome seems more appealing to you?

Thu, 06 Oct 2011

God's Glory in Our Death, Part 3 of 3

All the money in the world won't keep you alive when it's your turn to die. All people can do with it is buy you a fancier casket. It's folly to live as though life never ends. Believers have a realistic view both of life, and its conclusion. They know that God has for them a life that never ends. We're to glorify God, whether by life or by death.

Wed, 05 Oct 2011

God's Glory in Our Death, Part 2 of 3

Those who think there's no God, and that life is the product of random chance, have little hope when it comes to their own death. But those who believe in Jesus know that their times, and their times of death, are in God's hands. Even at that supreme moment, they know they can bring glory to the God who redeemed them.

Tue, 04 Oct 2011

God's Glory in Our Death, Part 1 of 3

Even if we get "a new lease on life," that lease will one day expire. We are all on borrowed time: soon, life will end. Believers who know the promises of God count on a life beyond this life. Meanwhile, we live to bring glory to God. Whether our days are many or few, all of us will pass from this life. This message will teach us the how and why of living life in such a way that, when it's over, God receives glory.

Mon, 03 Oct 2011

How the Glory of God Changes Us, Part 3 of 3

Human nature is a tough thing to change. We develop habits that can be almost impossible to break. But there is one route to transformation. When the Spirit of God indwells a believer, he or she embarks on a journey whose end is being like Christ: transformed from the inside out by the glory of God. This is how a sinner can become a saint and how beholding God leads to our becoming like God.

Fri, 30 Sep 2011

How the Glory of God Changes Us #2 of 3

In the Old Testament, God's glory was only seen by a few. Moses saw it, crying out to see more. We have been redeemed into a the new covenant and under this new promise we can see God's glory. At one point Israel had hard hearts, and Moses had to wear a veil to block God's glory. But Paul wrote that "when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed." Now we can behold, and be changed by, the glory of God.

Thu, 29 Sep 2011

How the Glory of God Changes Us #1 of 3

When Moses came down from the mountain, he had to veil his face. God's glory was making it light up like the sun. Believers share this hope: "And we with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another." Today: how we can be transformed into God's image when we abandon the hold sin has on our lives.

Wed, 28 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Suffering #4 of 4

Job underwent trials that would heavily challenge any of us. Still, he had faith in the ultimate purposes of God. His wife said "curse God and die." But Job persisted until he could say to God, "I had heard of You, but now my eyes have seen you." Despite ten dead children and pain hard to imagine. All of these trials were approved by God. How can we be triumphant in suffering?

Tue, 27 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Suffering #3 of 4

Life is no bed of roses. Sooner or later, everybody has pain, or loses a loved one and all of us face the end of life. Believers know that God has a purpose in their suffering, a purpose they cannot fathom while going through the deep valley. We must realize that the ultimate good of God's glory far outweighs the trials we encounter along the way.

Mon, 26 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Suffering #2 of 4

Suffering teaches lessons that an easy life could never teach. Many Bible characters were molded by the sufferings they endured. Job learned about his inner self when terrible sufferings brought him face to face with God. Today's message will look into the life of the Apostle Paul, a man with a God-given thorn in the flesh.

Fri, 23 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Suffering #1 of 4

Hurting is part of life. Ask anyone in a cancer ward, facing a painful end of life with an incurable tumor. No one is exempt from suffering. Sooner or later, we all experience it. But believers have the promise that suffering for the sake of Jesus will be rewarded.

Thu, 22 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Sexuality #4 of 4

We have two letters from the Apostle Paul to the church at Corinth in what is now Greece. Corinth was a moral cesspool. Its pagan temple was filled with prostitutes. The young church there was plagued with sexual sins including incest. As a result, we have very clear teaching on how a Christian should live sexually so as to glorify God.

Wed, 21 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Sexuality #3 of 4

It is said that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," as if moral choices have no consequences. The truth is: that's a lie. One way for believers to handle the temptation of sex outside marriage is to realize Who they take with them to bed. God Himself is a witness to all they do there since they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

Tue, 20 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Sexuality #2 of 4

People who misuse sex find the damage extending to every corner of their lives. It's all part of how sex was designed. Sex creates very deep bonds between people, deeper than they realize. It joins people metaphysically, whether married or not. For believers, that joining affects their relationships with Christ.

Mon, 19 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Sexuality #1 of 4

Signs of the times: members of Congress are forced to resign when their sexual indiscretions come to light on the internet. Everyone deals with sex, everyone is a sexual being. No area of life is more challenging for a believer. First Corinthians was written to a church with serious moral issues.

Fri, 16 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Lifestyle #4 of 4

In times of economic downturn, many take jobs beneath their skills and education. Would this be hard for you? Letting go of pride and accepting where you are as God's place for you is humbling. At some point, any job beats no job. We must come to grips with God's glory, and let Him orchestrate your promotions as well as demotions.

Thu, 15 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Lifestyle #3 of 4

The money you make at your job will come and go. But the imprint you leave on your co-workers can last far beyond your lifetime. Our work is just one component of our lifestyles, the way we live life before those around us. Today we will hear more of Erwin Lutzer's five principles on how to make the glory of God your focus for all of life.

Wed, 14 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Lifestyle #2 of 4

For all who bemoan having to get up and go to work every day, there are many who only wish they had a job to go to. Work gives life a sense of direction and helps us provide for our families. Work is but one area of life in which we need an objective toward which to move.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Worship #1 of 2

When economic hard times hit, people lose jobs, homes, and self-respect. Even those still employed feel the heat. For companies to survive, fewer people work harder. Many take jobs beneath their skill levels. As we learn to do with less, the American lifestyle is increasingly an endangered species.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Witness #4 of 4

From the outside, a clay pot looks unremarkable. But it is what is inside that counts. The vessel is just a vessel. Paul likens believers to clay pots, pots that contain the treasure of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. That treasure gives us the strength to endure tough times, and even suffering for the gospel.

Fri, 09 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Witness #3 of 4

A man blind from birth can only guess at what it might be like to be able to see. Light has little meaning to one in darkness. "The light of the gospel of the glory of Christ..." that's what Paul says the devil blinds people from seeing. It is a light God wants to shine on all who receive the redemption He offers through His Son.

Thu, 08 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Witness #2 of 4

It's hard for finite beings to comprehend anything infinite. We have no frame of reference for understanding eternity. In the ages past, God designed a plan of redemption for a mankind that He knew would rebel against Him. That intricate plan was worked out over thousands of years, culminating in the sacrifice of Jesus on a Roman cross.

Wed, 07 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Witness #1 of 4

God wants all of His creation to glorify Him. After all, no one is more worthy than He to receive glory. At the core of God desiring glory is the plan of redemption He designed long before humanity came into being. Bringing many sons and daughters to glory was His intention, even though He knew mankind would fall in the Garden of Eden.

Tue, 06 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Church #3 of 3

In Moses' day, God was present in the Shekinah glory, a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. In our day, the presence of God can be very strong in a local church. The Holy Spirit can move mightily in a gathering of God's people. It is our delight to seek and experience the presence of God.

Mon, 05 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Church #2 of 3

Buildings do not last long with poor foundations. Sinking sand has sunk more than one house not built on a rock. Since Jesus is the church's cornerstone, the church has a rock-solid foundation. As believers, we are part of that building. We are called "living stones" by the Apostle Peter.

Fri, 02 Sep 2011

God's Glory in Our Church #1 of 3

Why do you go to church? To visit with friends? To hear inspiring music? To be seen by others whose opinion you value? We believers need a better reason for attending church. And that reason is to meet God, and further extend and extol His glory. We gather to express to God His worth to us. That is what worship is all about.

Wed, 31 Aug 2011

God's Glory In Our Worship #3 of 4

Moses had the privilege of meeting God atop Mount Sinai. It was he who said, "I beseech Thee, O Lord, show me thy glory." It is easy to lose sight of God's glory. All it takes is one small sin. In Moses' day, the glory of God would come and go. In the end, it departed, never to return, as the sins of Israel caused God to draw back His favor. Could this be true even today?

Tue, 30 Aug 2011

God's Glory In Our Worship #2 of 4

One day, believers will walk the streets of the New Jerusalem. Our sole focus will be the praise and worship of Almighty God. Gone will be the cares of our former lives. In the ages yet to come, we will learn more and more about the God whose glories we will never fully comprehend. If this is true, is it not reasonable that God's glory should be our focus even now?

Mon, 29 Aug 2011

God's Glory In Our Worship #1 of 4

Why does an Olympic track star run? To win a gold medal. What motivates us as believers to run the race of life? As we mature in the faith, we come to realize more and more that it is not about us. It is about God, whose glory fills the earth and the heavens. When we see our lives as part of a much larger plan, we realize that enhancing God's glory is the bottom line.

Fri, 26 Aug 2011

The Legacy Of One Life #2 of 2

One day there will be no more races. The winners will be rewarded, the track left behind. But until then, we must run. Believers who run life's race know that their goal is Jesus, Who is the Author and Finisher of their Faith. Peter knew and believed this. His life's legacy still bears fruit as you and I continue in the faith he defended.

Thu, 25 Aug 2011

The Legacy Of One Life #1 of 2

Even if you have gotten "a new lease on life," that lease will one day expire. What kind of legacy will you leave behind? Paul could say, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." And before his death, the Apostle Peter stirred up his readers toward fruitful growth in the faith. Today, we assess the impact of Peter's life on those he knew, and on all the generations to follow.

Wed, 24 Aug 2011

Freedom In Prison #3 of 3

Whether during war or peace, Christians know that God is in charge. Nothing men can do to us bypasses His approval. Peter's race of life was interrupted by some jail time, until God's angel got him back on track. His job was not yet finished and the executioner would have to wait. Today we learn more about God's protection of His own.

Tue, 23 Aug 2011

Freedom In Prison #2 of 3

Great runners may feel invincible. While earthly victories come and go, there is a sense in which believers are invincible. Peter knew that his race of life would not end by execution in a jail cell. But when the angel opened the prison doors, the young church could not believe Peter was really, miraculously free. Then again, would we have thought any differently?

Mon, 22 Aug 2011

Freedom In Prison #1 of 3

As Christians mature, they realize that there is Someone carefully orchestrating the symphony of their lives. As we run life's race, we know that God is going before us to make sure the track is just the way He wants it. That is what happened for the Apostle Peter, and that is also what happens for you and me. Today we will hear the story of a time when Peter goes to prison.

Fri, 19 Aug 2011

The Shadow Of Peter #3 of 3

You may think no one cares how you live. But the reality is that you are leaving a long legacy for others to follow. Long ago the Apostle Peter left a mark so powerful that even his shadow caused the sick to be healed. Today Erwin Lutzer will talk about the effect you and I have on the lives of others, and why we must live in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thu, 18 Aug 2011

The Shadow Of Peter #2 of 3

The great Olympic runner Eric Liddel said, "When I run, I feel His pleasure," a sentiment every believer should share. Like the Apostle Peter long ago, we who run the race of life run to feel God's pleasure, pursuing the goal of Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Peter's final days of ministry were run at full speed in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Wed, 17 Aug 2011

The Shadow Of Peter #1 of 3

Those who say "I can't change" need to look at Peter, a man Jesus changed from timid fisherman to bold proclaimer. His transformation was so complete that his mere presence caused the sick to be healed. For all who feel their lives are at a dead end, Peter stands as evidence that Jesus Christ can make them new from the inside out.

Tue, 16 Aug 2011

The New Peter #3 of 3

When a runner seems to have superhuman endurance, those in the stands may wonder: "Is he taking any prohibited drugs?" But those who saw the Apostle Peter run his race of life saw a man totally renovated, changed from the inside out, without steroids. Peter the fisherman was now a bold preacher. The difference is the Holy Spirit, and He can remake you too.

Mon, 15 Aug 2011

The New Peter #2 of 3

Weary runners sometimes get a second wind, a source of fresh power as they face another lap on that racetrack. For believers in the race of life, that second wind is the power of the Holy Spirit, who bears witness to Christ. The Apostle Peter felt that spiritual wind rush through his life, remaking him from the inside out. No person close to him could miss the change.

Fri, 12 Aug 2011

The New Peter #1 of 3

The change in Peter from fisherman to fearless preacher is a testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit to remake a man. In the spirit's power, we can run life's race to please Jesus, Who is the Author and Finisher of our Faith. We can run that race like Peter did, sure of our eternal destiny, and endued with power from on high to do the Master's will.

Thu, 11 Aug 2011

From Regret To Restoration #3 of 3

When Peter denied Christ, he was not likewise denied by Jesus. Rather, he was gently asked, "do you love Me?" Believers in life's race know that if they fall, Christ will pick them up. He is in the business of restoring the fallen and setting them back on their feet. Do you feel you have wandered too far to ever come home again? Peter did, and maybe you do too.

Wed, 10 Aug 2011

From Regret To Restoration #2 of 3

Sometimes we fail so deeply that the race of life seems to come to a complete halt. Drowning in shame, we just want to quit. As other runners pass by, all we can see is a black hole of regret. That's where Jesus found Peter after he vehemently denied even knowing Jesus. In His grace, the Master reached out to restore His servant. He can reach out to you.

Tue, 09 Aug 2011

From Regret To Restoration #1 of 3

When a runner loses a crucial race, quitting may be a temptation. A good coach helps you pick up the pieces and run again. Believers in life's race run toward our goal: Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith. Like all of us, Peter faltered as he ran. He faltered to the point of amassing a load of guilt too deep for words. Today we will learn how Christ restored a man consumed with regret.

Mon, 08 Aug 2011

Living Clean In A Dirty World #3 of 3

The world is no friend to the Christian who wants to live a holy life. No matter what we do, some dirt clings to our feet. Believers in the race of life share a daily need to be cleansed by Christ. He desires fellowship with us, fellowship that is broken when we sin. Jesus modeled His teaching by taking a basin and a towel to wash His disciples' feet.

Fri, 05 Aug 2011

Living Clean In A Dirty World #2 of 3

A basin and a towel are the real symbols of the Christian faith. As Christains we wash each other's feet, and then run life's race. When Jesus washed Peter's feet, the conflict within Peter was palpable. He had a visceral reaction as His Master knelt before him. But servant leadership was on display, and we, like Peter, must heed this poigant demonstration in how to serve.

Thu, 04 Aug 2011

Living Clean In A Dirty World #1 of 3

When professional runners hear the pistol shot, they are off in a cloud of dust. That dust gets into everything. Just as athletes need to clean their shoes, believers in life's race know they need daily cleansing to please Jesus, the Author and Finisher of their Faith. That is a lesson Peter learned long ago when his Master and Lord washed his feet.

Wed, 03 Aug 2011

Togetherness With Christ #3 of 3

It has been said that death and taxes are the only two certainties in life. Believers know that there are more than these two temporary dilemmas. We all have financial obligations, and we will all face the end of this life. In Matthew 17, Peter learned a lifelong lesson from a coin in a fish's mouth. This passage reveals the heart of our Father. Believers know that Jesus will be there to meet our needs.

Tue, 02 Aug 2011

Togetherness With Christ #2 of 3

Object lessons are powerful lessons. Jesus used them many times to communicate vital truth to His disciples. In Matthew 17, Peter learned a lifelong lesson from a coin in a fish's mouth. This lesson revealed to him the source of our provision. Our provider is not distant from our everyday needs. As we too learn that lesson, we will realize how close Christ wants to be to every one of His people.

Mon, 01 Aug 2011

Togetherness With Christ #1 of 3

Many people think Christianity is fine for the life to come, but what about the here and now? How do we respond to everyday issues? Jesus knows full well the race of life we all run. He knows our weaknesses, and He knows what we need. He's aware of the demands each day brings. Through this message, we will join Peter in learning a lesson from a coin in a fish's mouth.

Fri, 29 Jul 2011

The Cost Of Avoiding The Cross #3 of 3

No one likes the idea of suffering, especially those accustomed to a comfortable lifestyle. And so we avoid the cross. But just as Jesus had to bear His cross on the way to Calvary, He says to each believer: "take up your cross, and follow Me." Had Peter actually dissuaded Jesus from that awful fate, the salvation of mankind would never have been possible.

Thu, 28 Jul 2011

The Cost Of Avoiding The Cross #2 of 3

Sometimes our best intentions can lead us astray. Peter could not imagine His master nailed to a cross, and told Him so. But Matthew 16 records a stern rebuke from Jesus to Peter: "Get thee behind me, Satan!" Jesus knew that the cross was His destiny, and would not allow anything to stand between Him and the death God had planned from eternity.

Wed, 27 Jul 2011

The Cost Of Avoiding The Cross #1 of 3

The cinder racetrack stretches before you. At the sound of the gun you muster all your effort and leap from the blocks. We run life's race to please Jesus, Who is the Author and Finisher of our Faith. Sometimes though, like Peter, we resist God's leading. That resistance comes with a high price. Today we learn about "The Cost of Avoiding the Cross."

Tue, 26 Jul 2011

Nowhere Else To Go #3 of 3

From TV, radio, print, movies, and the internet, a thousand conflicting voices all beckon to us, saying, "follow me." But Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice, and follow Me." Like Peter of old, we need to realize that the voice of Jesus stands alone as speaking revealed truth. This message will call us to sift through the clutter of voices demanding your allegiance, and listen to the one voice that really matters.

Mon, 25 Jul 2011

Nowhere Else To Go #2 of 3

These days, it is fashionable to think of truth as a personal possession: you can have your truth, and I can have my truth. Then we hit the jarring claim of Jesus: "I am the truth." As believers, we need to run life's race conscious that truth is something absolute, not relative, and that truth can be known, not merely guessed at. Today's message will move us from understanding truth as opinion to truth as a person.

Fri, 22 Jul 2011

Nowhere Else To Go #1 of 3

Experienced runners stay focused: they know that the only destination that matters is the goal line at the end of the race. Many inviting rabbit-trails try to pull us off the main track. But believers know not to be sidelined by lesser matters. This message will focus on a defining moment for one great believer of old; an moment that set his aim at the goal line, and nowhere else.

Thu, 21 Jul 2011

The Keys To The Kingdom #3 of 3

The Bible pictures the life of faith as a race course, with believers running down the track, heading for the goal line. Peter's race of life really took off when, in Matthew 16, it was revealed to him that Jesus was the Son of the living God. The same can be true for you and me. Following the crowd is not enough. Like Peter, we must answer "What do you think of Christ?"

Wed, 20 Jul 2011

The Keys To The Kingdom #2 of 3

Believers know that Christ is the Messiah, but most non-believers are uninterested. Ever wonder what makes the difference? In Matthew 16, Peter is in Caesarea Philipppi. Here he declares that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Peter did not say this because he was intelligent or wise. There was another reason.

Tue, 19 Jul 2011

The Keys To The Kingdom #1 of 3

When you buy a house, you get the keys at the real estate closing. Keys signify the right and authority to open the door. One day in northern Israel, in a place called Caesarea Philippi, Peter found himself entrusted with some serious keys, keys handed to him by none other than Jesus Christ.

Mon, 18 Jul 2011

While Walking On Water, I Sank #3 of 3

We do not learn life's real lessons from a textbook. The lessons that stick are the ones we learn through experience. Peter's stroll on the high seas taught him lessons he would never forget: lessons about the power of God as revealed in Jesus, his new master. And today, we will take home some ways you and I can profit from Peter's unnerving experience.

Fri, 15 Jul 2011

While Walking On Water, I Sank #2 of 3

When you first gaze upon Israel's famous Sea of Galilee, you are impressed with its utter tranquility and peacefulness. But violent winds can arise in a few moments, turning tranquility into terror. On this canvas, the Bible paints a vivid picture of faith coming alive in the midst of upheaval all around.

Thu, 14 Jul 2011

While Walking On Water, I Sank #1 of 3

From childhood, we all know that heavy objects sink in water. So if someone told you to walk on water, how would you react? One thing Peter and the disciples learned quickly was that Jesus was no ordinary "someone." Christ had command over the laws of nature. This power had never been seen before, and it seemed impossible.

Wed, 13 Jul 2011

Following The Right Leader #3 of 3

Despite circumstances or what seems logical, at some point every believer must learn to obey God, no matter what. Peter's journey of faith began when Jesus told him, a fisherman, how to fish. The resulting catch proved that obedience to Jesus was the key. Peter would soon learn that Jesus' power to save men is as total as His power to draw fish into a net.

Tue, 12 Jul 2011

Following The Right Leader #2 of 3

In the army, you learn to follow orders, even when those orders seem illogical. In battle, the chain of command is vital. Sometimes in the race of life we are called to do things that seem, at first, to not make sense. We must do things our experience has not prepared us for. Peter, the veteran fisherman, found himself obeying Christ's unorthodox fishing directive with surprising results.

Mon, 11 Jul 2011

Following The Right Leader #1 of 3

When you run a race, one thing is critical. You have to keep your eye on who is out in front, the runner who is setting the pace. As believers, we run life's race to please Jesus, Who sets the pace as the Author and Finisher of our faith. He's the leader we're eager to follow. Today: Peter will learn a great lesson from his new Leader, a lesson on trusting beyond his own experience.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011

Renamed By Christ #3 of 3

Before Peter became a great apostle, he was a simple fisherman. When Christ calls his children, that person's life is forever transformed. We run life's race to please Jesus, Who is the Author and Perfector of our faith. Jesus called Peter from his life by the sea to a life he could never have imagined. For his new task, Peter had to accept a new name from his new Master.

Thu, 07 Jul 2011

Renamed By Christ #2 of 3

The Bible describes the life of faith as a race course, with believers running down the track, heading for the goal line. Their focus is on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of their Faith. He awaits them at the goal line of eternal life, with rewards for their faithfulness. As we run today, we will learn more about the life of the Apostle Peter, a champion of faith.

Wed, 06 Jul 2011

Renamed By Christ #1 of 3

The cinder track stretches before you. You know you have to run like there is no tomorrow. This could be your final sprint. The Bible tells us to run life's race to glorify and please Jesus, Who is the Author and Finisher of our faith. Today we will begin a series on the life of a man who ran his race just like that, a man whose life still towers as a champion for the gospel.

Tue, 05 Jul 2011

When A Nation Forgets God #3 of 3

As the light of freedom begins to darken in America, we might become anxious. But, for a moment, consider the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote books of the Bible, while chained to a prison guard. What was his crime? Perhaps the current equivalent is “hate speech.” Erwin Lutzer shares his final thoughts on what we as believers should do when our nation as a whole is leaving God out of its national life.

Mon, 04 Jul 2011

When A Nation Forgets God #2 of 3

Tyranny sets in fast when those who lead a nation stop acknowledging their accountability to a higher power. When the U.S. government makes itself the standard by which laws are to be judged, we get laws that contravene not just the Constitution, but also, common sense. Erwin Lutzer explaines why America is fast approaching a cliff of despotism; freedom rapidly being extinguished by those in power.

Fri, 01 Jul 2011

When A Nation Forgets God #1 of 3

As America prepares to celebrate another Independence Day, it’s worth asking if we are a nation living in bondage as opposed to freedom. Our failing moral climate is evidence of a nationwide rebellion against God. We are at war with the God who gave this nation liberty in the first place. Signs of decline are all around us. Erwin Lutzer gives a timely look at America as a nation that is rapidly forgetting God.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011

When We Wait For God #3 of 3

Whether rich or poor, all of us are equal in one key area. No one has more than twenty-four hours in any given day. Making our time count means spending some of that time in the presence of God. Through prayer we can receive guidance and develop our faith. Then we can navigate the unknowns of life with the One Who knows the end from the beginning.

Wed, 29 Jun 2011

When We Wait For God #2 of 3

Waiting for God….it goes against our instincts. When something needs to be done, most of us want to jump in and do it. But waiting for His timing guarantees that things happen at the right time. Waiting for God means investing time every day in prayer: seeking His face, and seeking His direction. Today: how David survived the decade between becoming King and actually being King.

Tue, 28 Jun 2011

When We Wait For God #1 of 3

These are days of instantancy. This includes instant coffee, instant internet, instant news. But lots of things in life are not instant. Patience is only developed when that patience is tried. Whether it’s long lines at the grocery or long waits for answered prayer, God uses the unplanned “waits” in our lives to mold our character. Today: we’ll listen to David as he deals with how to handle those times of waiting.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011

When We Are Forgiven #3 of 3

When we conceal sin, we pay a heavy price. The weight of guilt can be crushing, and finding forgiveness is crucial. David expressed his journey toward finding forgiveness in Psalm 32. The process involves total honesty with God and with those we have offended. Today we will look at experiencing the freedom that comes in making things right with both God and man.

Fri, 24 Jun 2011

When We Are Forgiven #2 of 3

It’s the height of folly to think we can hide our sins from God. His gaze can penetrate any attempt to conceal the truth. That’s what David found out, and wrote about in Psalm 32. Caught red-handed in great sin, David came clean before God and man. Today: what it takes to be fully forgiven and restored with the God who can see everything we do.

Thu, 23 Jun 2011

When We Are Forgiven #1 of 3

Deep down, everyone knows that they fall short of moral perfection, and those who have done great wrong really know it. God put a conscience in each one of us, and violating that conscience exacts a high price. Sin has both immediate and long-term consequences, and only being fully forgiven of sin removes the oppression of self-condemnation that wrongdoers feel.

Wed, 22 Jun 2011

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #4 of 4

Anyone can rejoice when good things happen, but answer this: can you praise God while lying near death in a hospital? There are many lessons for us in the writings of King David in Psalm 23. One lesson is this: the Good Shepherd is just as with us in bad times as He is in good times. Today: a final look at the Lord as our Shepherd, not just David’s shepherd.

Tue, 21 Jun 2011

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #3 of 4

Though named as King, David was pursued by a jealous King Saul for ten long years, forced to hide in caves. While under pursuit, David developed a faith in God’s purposes that enabled him to write “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” How many of us face our trials with that kind of confidence? Today: more lessons from the most beloved Psalm.

Mon, 20 Jun 2011

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #2 of 4

When you were a kid facing a spanking, remember when Dad used to say, “This will hurt me more than it will hurt you….?” Few kids believe that, but loving fathers know that correction now avoids tragedy in later life. Just so, our heavenly Father will inflict short term pain for long term gain. Today: how a shepherd handles rebellious sheep.

Fri, 17 Jun 2011

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #1 of 4

When God wanted us to understand how He cares for us, He gave us the picture of a shepherd tending his flock. Shepherds…they do much more than guide their sheep to sources of food and water. They take a personal interest in every sheep, providing correction to insure that animal’s well-being. Today: we’re going to look into the writings of David, the shepherd turned king.

Thu, 16 Jun 2011

When The Son Is Crowned #3 of 3

Like mice in a maze, today’s power brokers run around, certain that they hold in their hands the destiny of the world. They have no clue that far beyond their machinations lies a God who is the real power broker. In a future day, there will be one king and only one king on this earth, and his name is Jesus. No more “politics as usual”…the kingdom will have arrived.

Wed, 15 Jun 2011

When The Son Is Crowned #2 of 3

These days, conspiracies are all the rage. Politicians speak of vast conspiracies to undermine their points of view. But the real conspiracy is that of the nations of the world in revolt against God. Psalm 2 tells us that God sits in heaven, laughing at man’s attempt to remove him from society. Today: join us for more assurance that everything remains under God’s control.

Tue, 14 Jun 2011

When The Son Is Crowned #1 of 3

Everywhere you look, the Christian faith is under attack. Governments cater to radical Muslims, but Christians are fair game. It seems the world has gone topsy-turvy, and many ask the question, “Is God really in charge?” Today, Erwin Lutzer traces some blatant attacks on Christians, but then takes us to the Bible for the assurance that, despite all we see around us, God is still in control.

Mon, 13 Jun 2011

The Eleventh Commandment #3 of 3

The race of life is hard when our labors are not fueled by the love of God. That’s why Jesus gave His great commandment. Loving God with all our hearts, and our neighbors as ourselves, fulfills the law and pleases our Creator. Obeying this commandment means obeying all ten of the ones God wrote on tablets of stone to give to Moses so long ago.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011

The Eleventh Commandment #2 of 3

The words of Jesus are simple, yet penetrating. The command to “Love your neighbor as yourself” is one such challenge. Winners in life’s race learn to obey the greatest commandment: loving God, and loving our neighbors. This takes supernatural power, since our natural inclination is to love only ourselves. Today, more on the lifelong process of learning to love God and others.

Thu, 09 Jun 2011

The Eleventh Commandment #1 of 3

The Decalogue: literally, “ten words.” Written by God on tablets of stone, the Ten Commandments defined proper behavior. Those who win in the race of life not only follow these ten laws, but on a higher plane, they follow an eleventh. Today: we start the final lesson in our study of the Ten Commandments by learning how Jesus summed them all up. Stay with us.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011

The Sin Nobody Sees #3 of 3

Did you know that wanting what someone else has is idolatry? In God’s view, you might as well bow down before a false deity. Those who win in the race of life obey God’s commandment against covetousness, relying on God to meet their needs as He sees fit. For true winners, the allure of what others have will fade into the assurance of God’s provision.

Tue, 07 Jun 2011

The Sin Nobody Sees #2 of 3

It lies hidden, a smoldering flame beneath the surface. The sin nobody sees can light fires of lasting conflict. Winners in life’s race disavow covetousness. They know that longing for what others have is a recipe for ongoing discontent. God’s tenth and final commandment makes it clear that we are not to covet.

Mon, 06 Jun 2011

The Sin Nobody Sees #1 of 3

There’s something in all of us that wants what someone else has. We never seem to have enough, and many of us want it all. Winners in life’s race don’t carry their belongings across the finish line. No U-Haul will follow your hearse. Coveting: that’s what God addressed in the last of the Ten Commandments, and coveting is our focus on today’s broadcast.

Fri, 03 Jun 2011

To Tell The Truth #3 of 3

We know it the minute we do it. Lying causes our consciences to twinge with pain. And lying leads to more lies. You can’t win in the race of life when you don’t tell the truth. God made it plain in Commandment number nine: do not bear false witness. Whether it’s a “little white lie” or a real whopper, any falsehood breaks this commandment.

Thu, 02 Jun 2011

To Tell The Truth #2 of 3

In a list of seven things God hates, the writer of Proverbs lists lying - twice. That’s top billing for a sin we all commit. Winning the race of life requires honesty. As we explore the ninth of the Ten Commandments, we’ll see why this sin is so prevalent, and so destructive. Imagine you’re in court. Will you swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Wed, 01 Jun 2011

To Tell The Truth #1 of 3

For some reason, we humans make a distinction between big lies and little lies. To us, telling a “white lie” is OK. Believers running the race of life need to tell the truth if they want to win. Lying violates prime directive number nine in God’s book, and losing that lying tongue is where we’re headed on today’s broadcast.

Tue, 31 May 2011

Playing By The Rules #3 of 3

Few of us would commit adultery, fewer still would kill, but most of us would be caught red handed if confronted about stealing something. Those who want to be victorious runners in life’s race need to lose the baggage of guilt they carry from thefts, both large and small. That’s how far we’ve come in our study of the eighth commandment. Today: some closing thoughts on stealing.

Mon, 30 May 2011

Playing By The Rules #2 of 3

Whether it’s blue collar or white collar, the bottom line is that stealing from your company means you’re wearing a guilty collar. Whether we steal office supplies, or an employer’s time, stealing violates a prime directive from God. The eighth commandment tells us to respect the property rights of others. God takes note when we fail to do so. Today: more about this eighth commandment.

Fri, 27 May 2011

Playing By The Rules #1 of 3

Most people say “What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is yours.” But then there are those who say “what’s yours is mine.” It’s more than bank robberies and burglary. People steal from their employers with hardly a second thought. We seem to forget that stealing any private property violates one of the Ten Commandments. And that’s our focus on today’s Running to Win.

Thu, 26 May 2011

Living With Your Passions #3 of 3

It’s dangerous to get too close to a fire. And, to get too close to a possible sexual sin. The price is too high. That’s why the seventh commandment teaches us to avoid all forms of sexual sin. That means faithfulness to the wife or husband God gives us. The result: a life free from the entanglements that can stop us in our tracks.

Wed, 25 May 2011

Living With Your Passions #2 of 3

It’s like throwing kerosene on a fire. Sexual temptation grabs tightly and won’t let go. Fighting it takes commitment. Most of us have lifetime mates with whom to enjoy sexual intimacy. But straying from that mate is a deadly sin, expressly forbidden by one of the Ten Commandments. Today: we learn about the high price of adultery.

Tue, 24 May 2011

Living With Your Passions #1 of 3

Each of us has a strong desire for intimacy. But keeping our sex drives under control is one of our biggest challenges. Runners in the race of the Christian life know that sex in it’s proper place is a great gift, while passions out of control can ruin one’s future. That’s why God gave us commandment number seven. It’s still in force, even in a sex-mad culture.

Mon, 23 May 2011

Honor Your Father And Mother #3 of 3

Keeping the Ten Commandments is a lifelong process. So honoring your father and your mother do not stop when you leave home. God’s plan for a stable society involves each of us caring for our children, and then our parents as they age. The result will be a tight family bonds that stand the stress of time. Today: a final look at one of the Ten Commandments, one designed for our good.

Fri, 20 May 2011

Honor Your Father And Mother #2 of 3

There is a connection: learning how to submit to your parents when you’re young makes it easier to submit to God when you’re old. Those who run life’s race know that the track is smoother when things are right with mom and dad. Good relationships mean happiness...bad ones bring sorrow. Today: more teaching on God’s command designed to insure stable homes and well-adjusted families.

Thu, 19 May 2011

Honor Your Father And Mother #1 of 3

American families are breaking apart faster than they are being formed. Even families still together feel the strain. Millenia ago, God gave us the Ten Commandments as a blueprint for living. Our failure to follow commandment number six is a big reason for the dismal state many families find themselves in. Today: the key to having happy and stable families.

Wed, 18 May 2011

The Value Of Life #3 of 3

God says human life is so sacred that if innocent life is taken, the perpetrator must die. It’s not a matter for debate. As Creator, God sets the rules. He decreed that murder violates one of His prime commandments and must be repaid accordingly. And since our justice system often fails to do this, life loses the value God has placed upon it.

Tue, 17 May 2011

The Value Of Life #2 of 3

There’s something final about murder. Taking a life means there’s no way back. God views murder very seriously. At the bedrock of the Law of God is the prohibition against taking innocent life. Yet hundreds of people are killed every year in each of our major cities. Life is cheap, and gets cheaper when convicted killers never pay the price God commanded.

Mon, 16 May 2011

The Value Of Life #1 of 3

There’s one sure way to stop someone else from running life’s race. And that’s to do what we see on TV countless times every night. Murder: it’s now so common that we aren’t fazed by it much anymore. But the taking of innocent life breaks one of the cardinal commandments of God. And since Roe versus Wade, that commandment has been broken untold millions of times.

Fri, 13 May 2011

What Sunday Should Mean To You #3 of 3

The principle of resting one day in seven is as old as creation and as foundational as the fourth of the Ten Commandments. We, like athletes, need rest, and God commanded that we should take that rest every week. The question is, should it be on Saturday or Sunday? And do the regulations of the Jewish Sabbath carry over to Sunday?

Thu, 12 May 2011

What Sunday Should Mean To You #2 of 3

Every athlete knows that the body cannot be run indefinitely. We labor, and then we rest. That’s how we’re designed. God made it clear that all of us need to observe a day of rest. The concept is so important that he made it into one of the Ten Commandments. Now, Sunday is just another day to shop, work, or be on the move: not a day for reflection, meditation and prayer.

Wed, 11 May 2011

What Sunday Should Mean To You #1 of 3

A century ago, British Olympian Eric Liddell shocked the world by refusing to run on Sunday. The royal family was furious. Eric was made famous in the movie “Chariots of Fire,” holding fast to his conviction that the Lord’s Day was sacred, and not to be used for sport. These days, many of us look forward to Sunday football games. Have we gone off track?

Tue, 10 May 2011

The Misuse Of God's Name #3 of 3

When someone sues you for slander, you might be fined for defaming a good name. But what’s the penalty for slandering God? The commandment to not take His name in vain goes to the core of His nature, and to the heart of respecting Him as Creator. Today: some pointed lessons we can take home from another of the Ten Commandments.

Mon, 09 May 2011

The Misuse Of God's Name #2 of 3

When famous celebrities’ names are dragged into the mud, they sue for slander. They know the value of a good name. But those who worry about their names are often careless in how they use God’s name. Whether by intention or not, the Lord’s name is misused millions of time every day. Still, God holds His name in such high regard that He made a commandment that it not be taken in vain.

Fri, 06 May 2011

The Misuse Of God's Name #1 of 3

Many Olympic stars hope to make names for themselves with their gold medals. A winning name can mean a lot of money. Runners in the race of the Christian life know that God’s name is holy, and is not to be misused by swearing, cursing, or improper oath-taking. Keeping His name set apart was so important to God that He wrote a command about it with His finger on a tablet of stone.

Thu, 05 May 2011

Ensnared By Images #3 of 3

Idol worship: for many in ancient times, it’s carved figures of wood or stone. The modern equivalent: TV images, money, success. Runners in the race of the Christian life need to know that God’s prohibition of graven images was for our own good as well as for His glory. Any image of God becomes an idol, and God is dead-set against idolatry. How serious is this? Stay with us.

Wed, 04 May 2011

Ensnared By Images #2 of 3

God said, “I am the Lord, that is My name. My glory I will not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” No ambiguity there. It’s clear that God will not tolerate the worship of images. But does that mean crosses, crucifixes, or icons? Some people find these objects very meaningful. Do they violate God’s commandment?

Tue, 03 May 2011

Ensnared By Images #1 of 3

We humans like pictures. We all have them in our wallets, on our walls, on our computer screens. But is a picture ever wrong? Runners in the race of life need to understand God’s commands that prohibit images meant to represent Him. People disobey this commandment daily, giving their worship to a vast array of idols, carvings, pictures, and icons. Why is this wrong?

Mon, 02 May 2011

In Competition With God #3 of 3

It’s in the nature of man to worship something, even deities made of wood and stone, or, money, technology, and power. But God makes it clear that we humans have a Creator Who will not tolerate any idols, even ourselves. Today: more about why a jealous God’s first commandment requires that nothing replace Him in our allegiance.

Fri, 29 Apr 2011

In Competition With God #2 of 3

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” That’s a rule God has laid down for every man, woman, and child on earth. God rightfully demands our full allegiance and focus. “No competition is allowed,” according to the first of the Ten Commandments. Yet people today worship almost anything except the true God who made them, and the result is moral chaos.

Thu, 28 Apr 2011

In Competition With God #1 of 3

On the racetrack, competition is everything. You run to beat your opponents, and to break records others have set before you. There’s one area in which God tolerates no competition. He wants to be supreme in our lives, and He made that clear by writing on a tablet of stone the first of the Ten Commandments. It’s commandment number one for a reason.

Wed, 27 Apr 2011

Thunder From Sinai #3 of 3

We know the laws of nature don’t change, the speed of light is fixed. But we forget the reality of a moral law just as certain. Running life’s race successfully means following God’s moral laws, as laid out in The Ten Commandments, a code given to Moses that reveals first God’s holiness, and then our need for His grace.

Tue, 26 Apr 2011

Thunder From Sinai #2 of 3

According to the law of gravity, when you drop a stone, it falls to the ground. On this earth, that law is immutable. Those who run life’s race know that God’s moral law has the same force. The commandments He gave to Moses define His character, and His expectations of our behavior. Today we will learn that God’s moral law shows us who we really are.

Mon, 25 Apr 2011

Thunder From Sinai #1 of 3

Athletes know that fixed principles govern their success. Follow them, and you can win. Ignore them, and you will lose. The great moral code God gave to Moses contains principles governing our relationships with God and with each other. That code shows us who we are, and more importantly, who God is. Today, we begin a series on The Ten Commandments.

Fri, 22 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Death #3 of 3

When Jesus was preparing to raise Lazarus from the grave, He wanted there to be no mistake that Lazarus was indeed dead. That’s why He waited four days before displaying His power and glory in calling Lazarus from the grave. Jesus specializes in giving new life to those dead in their sins and separated from God. Today: why you and I should believe.

Thu, 21 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Death #2 of 3

Jesus used miracles to teach lessons to those around Him. Perhaps His greatest lesson involved a man named Lazarus. First, He allowed His sick friend to die. Then He raised Lazarus from the dead to show that He is indeed “the resurrection and the life.” And without that kind of life, there really is no living at all.

Wed, 20 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Death #1 of 3

Our greatest fear is death. Our greatest pain is when loved ones die. A friend’s death caused Jesus to weep. In a display of power and glory that shook creation, Jesus cried out “Lazarus, come forth!” Today: we’ll see why the risen Christ is the Lord of Death and how He holds the keys of life and death for everyone who has ever lived.

Tue, 19 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Future Judgment #4 of 4

One thing we can learn from the healing of a man born blind is that God has a bigger purpose in mind than we can imagine. Jesus used this healing as evidence of a larger mission: to bring spiritual sight to the spiritually blind, and blindness to those who think they can see. Today: the lessons we can take home from a dramatic story of supernatural power.

Mon, 18 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Future Judgment #3 of 4

Jesus healed a blind man’s eyes. Many today yearn for healing as well, and turn to faith-healers for deliverance. The healing works of Christ were complete. “Once I was blind, but now I can see.” Can the same be said for the miracles of modern-day televangelists? Today: lessons from the Great Physician on miracles of healing. Please stay with us.

Fri, 15 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Future Judgment #2 of 4

People should have rejoiced: a blind man received his sight. Yet this miracle caused more controversy than celebration. The compassion of Christ on a disabled man led to a big squabble among local religious leaders. Today: human nature is on display….rather than uniting them, this great miracle divided people into factions based on their preconceptions. Stay with us.

Thu, 14 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Future Judgment #1 of 4

One of the toughest questions we can ask is: why does God allow some people to be born with severe disabilities? Most of us run life’s race with little or no disability. But others have to run that race without sight, without working limbs, or with other impairments. Today: we will hear one reason why this happens, taken from the lips of Jesus Himself.

Wed, 13 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Nature #3 of 3

Do severe trials mean you’ve left the will of God? Not always. Jesus sent His disciples onto a storm-tossed sea. God uses storms to mold our character, and our job is to hold on to our faith in Christ no matter what. Sometimes, God leads His people into the tempest to teach them what cannot be taught in comfort. Today: lessons from some wind-whipped water.

Tue, 12 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Nature #2 of 3

Sudden squalls often hit the Sea of Galilee. One minute it’s calm: the next, a storm is tossing you out of your boat. Life is like that. One day, all is well. The next a terrible accident, a sudden death, financial catastrophe. Today we learn a few lessons from the one person Who can either calm the storm, or, calm His fretful children.

Mon, 11 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Nature #1 of 3

Most of us believe in the unchanging laws of nature: light things float, heavy things sink. But that is not always true. To calm His disciples’ fears, Jesus decided to overrule the usual laws of nature. He walked on water, and later commanded a storm to cease. If you’d been in that boat, what would your reaction have been?

Fri, 08 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Our Daily Bread #4 of 4

The kinds of miracles most of us want are only temporary ones. If we’re healed of cancer, we will still die one day. Jesus fed the 5,000 by the Sea of Galilee to underscore their desperate need of Him as the eternal Bread that can feed their souls. We, too, need to seek Him, and not only His miracles. Our real hunger is to know God, and Jesus delights in meeting that need.

Thu, 07 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Our Daily Bread #3 of 4

Food never tastes as good as it does when you’re really hungry. Jesus knew this when He miraculously fed the 5,000. He later spoke to the crowd about Himself as the Bread of Life, encouraging the spiritually hungry to believe in Him. Today: why we need eternal bread, and where to find it: from the same hands that multiplied the loaves and fishes.

Wed, 06 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Our Daily Bread #2 of 4

As huge crowds began to follow Jesus, He did a great miracle which showed both His power and His compassion. Many books have been written about the feeding of the 5,000 near the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Today: why this miracle should convince everyone that Jesus is Lord.

Tue, 05 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Our Daily Bread #1 of 4

The early miracles of Jesus were private. Later, they became public. One day, over 5,000 were fed from a boy’s lunch. Generally in life there are no free lunches. But this day was different, and the news of this incredible miracle spread like wildfire. Today: the story of multiplied loaves and fishes, and what it means to us.

Mon, 04 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Our Impossibilities #3 of 3

It’s interesting how Jesus tied obedience to receiving a miracle. “Get up and walk!” He told the paralyzed man. In most cases, the miracle happened as the needy person obeyed. Perhaps many of us desire a miracle more than we desire to be obedient to the God who can grant the miracle. Today we learn a few lessons from a healing at the Pool of Bethesda.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Our Impossibilities #2 of 3

If you were lame for thirty-eight years, you’d do anything to be healed. But if a man says “get up and walk,” you might just stare. When Jesus did miracles, He sometimes asked the impossible. Today: how Jesus can do the impossible in your life, and mine, and why we have a very real part to play in seeing the impossible come to pass. Stay with us.

Thu, 31 Mar 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Our Impossibilities #1 of 3

If you have a great need, and you’ve had it for a long time, you may have given up all hope that your need will ever be met. As runners in life’s race, we may face impossible situations. That is, unless the Lord of the impossible does a miracle. The Bible teaches that all things are possible with God. And today: we’ll see Jesus do the impossible.

Wed, 30 Mar 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Time and Distance #3 of 3

In times of crisis, we cry out to God….like the man in Jesus’ day who saw his crisis faith become contagious faith. Jesus did many miracles to display His glory and encourage our belief. We too can have contagious faith, faith that takes Christ at His word. Today: lessons we can learn from a long-distance healing 2,000 years ago.

Tue, 29 Mar 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Time and Distance #2 of 3

Soldiers in war know all about foxhole conversions. That’s crisis faith: you cry out to God when there’s no other choice. The miracles of Jesus teach us to move beyond crisis faith. He wants us to trust Him no matter what. Today: a man whose faith soared: a man who believed what Jesus said without any immediate evidence.

Mon, 28 Mar 2011

Jesus, Lord Of Time and Distance #1 of 3

Many people who seek miracles today travel to shrines or large public meetings. In Jesus’ day, that wasn’t necessary. His miracles transcended time and space. He spoke, and it was done, whether right in front of Him or fifty miles away. Today: the power and glory of miracles done at a distance.

Fri, 25 Mar 2011

Jesus, Lord Of The Marriage Supper #3 of 3

We’ve all heard the expression “good things come to them that wait.” That was never more true than it was at a simple Jewish wedding. When Jesus turned water into wine as the wedding party was nearing its end, he took the least and made it into the best. Today: more about Christ’s first miracle at Cana, one of many proving He was and is the Son of God.

Thu, 24 Mar 2011

Jesus, Lord Of The Marriage Supper #2 of 3

It is not every day that water is turned into the finest wine. Word soon spread that Jesus was no ordinary man. Jesus specializes in turning the common into the uncommon: water into wine, and sinners into saints. Today: more about a miracle at a wedding feast in Cana, and why the day of miracles is far from over.

Wed, 23 Mar 2011

Jesus, Lord Of The Marriage Supper #1 of 3

It was a small wedding in a small town. When the wine ran out, a typical wedding quickly became very untypical. Jesus emerged as a wedding guest, from anonymity, by performing His first public miracle. That day, gallons of water were turned into the sweetest of wines. Veteran tasters there rated the result: “wow.”

Tue, 22 Mar 2011

When You Need A Miracle #4 of 4

People who say they’ve made a decision for Christ may not realize that, in reality, God made a decision first. No human decision can create a new heart in a sinner. The one who bestows new hearts is God, and when He does, the result is nothing less than a miracle. Today: why the new birth is God reaching down, not man reaching up.

Mon, 21 Mar 2011

When You Need A Miracle #3 of 4

What do you think is the greatest miracle that has ever taken place? God creating a trillion stars? Or billions of living things? No, as Erwin Lutzer explains it, God’s greatest miracle was in becoming man as expressed in the gospel of John chapter one 1 verse 14. Today: why that miracle reigns supreme.

Fri, 18 Mar 2011

When You Need A Miracle #2 of 4

If you showed a cave man a jet plane, he would think he had seen a miracle. Are miracles just something that we can’t yet explain? No, miracles are God’s undeniable interventions in the world, interventions in unexpected ways. In our current series, we’re going to learn the what, the when and the why of miracles.

Thu, 17 Mar 2011

When You Need A Miracle #1 of 4

When all your options are gone, when there is no other way, when your back is against the wall, what do you pray for? A miracle. All of us have hoped for one at one time or another. What are miracles? And do we see them today? Erwin Lutzer gives an eye-opening look at the real deal on miracles.

Wed, 16 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Affections #3 of 3

To win a major race, runners lose extra weight. They cast off everything that might slow them down on their way to victory. Believers are commanded to love God supremely, and cast off every weight and sin that besets them. Then, they can run life’s race at top speed, knowing that the goal line will bring them face to face with the God they love.

Tue, 15 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Affections #2 of 3

First place, the thought of winning a race drives athletes to excel….to give their all to cross the goal line first. Believers are to give God first place in their lives, running life’s race for no other reason than to express their love for Him. In fact, we’re commanded to love God supremely: everything else is to take second place.

Mon, 14 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Affections #1 of 3

At the racetrack, a runner is driven by the thought of victory. The race is worth all the effort when the prize awaits at the end. Believers are to run life’s race for Christ, who taught us to love God with all our being as the first and greatest commandment. Now that’s a tall order, one we’ll explore today on our broadcast.

Fri, 11 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Finances #3 of 3

When a man or woman is converted to Christ, many deep-seated desires change. We become givers rather than takers and God’s desire is that we see our money as a trust to manage, not a possession to squander. Running life’s race successfully has a financial component: a component we’ll summarize on today’s broadcast.

Thu, 10 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Finances #2 of 3

Money. You can’t live without it, and sometimes you can’t live with it. Believers in the race of life need to come to grips with money. And that means discerning God’s intentions for our pocketbooks. Many of us grip those pocketbooks until our knuckles turn white. But God wants us to discover the joy of generosity, and that’s our focus on today’s broadcast.

Wed, 09 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Finances #1 of 3

“The love of money is the root of all evil.” Christians running the race of life frequently get tripped up by matters of money. And those issues revolve around ownership. Whose money is it really? Is it mine to do with as I please, or am I just taking care of it for someone else? Christ had much to say about money: words we will hear shortly.

Tue, 08 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Talents #3 of 3

Not all of us can win the hundred-meter dash. But all of us can run to the best of our ability. That’s all a coach can expect. For every track star in the Olympics, there are thousands of runners who will never make the team. But that’s no reason to give up. Many believers with few talents approach life with a clenched fist rather than an open hand.

Mon, 07 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Talents #2 of 3

Remember high school gym class? Perhaps you never did well in those track events, but the coach kept urging you to do your best. Although we are not equal in abilities, we are equal in our obligation to use our abilities for God wisely. In Bible times, a talent was a large sum of money. Today it signifies an ability. Either way, the parable of the talents shows us how to manage what we’ve got.

Fri, 04 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Talents #1 of 3

We’re not all made the same. Some are more talented than others. But all believers run life’s race toward a heavenly goal. We are all given gifts and abilities. But it’s how we use them, not how many we’ve got, that determines the outcome of our race. Rather than complain about what we don’t have, let’s focus today on how to best use what we have been given.

Thu, 03 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Time #3 of 3

At the race track, coaches watch athletes with stopwatches in hand. Because for a runner, time is how victory is measured. The same is true for Christians in life’s race. How we use our time determines our effectiveness for God. At the end of this life, we’ll be judged on our deeds...deeds that took place as the clock ticked off the minutes, days, and years.

Wed, 02 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Time #2 of 3

Track and field athletes get very familiar with the stopwatch. Their training is a regimen to improve their times, until they win. For the Christian, time is a vital, non-renewable resource. Like a coin, it can only be spent once. How we spend it requires wisdom from God. Why not invest the next fifteen minutes learning how to best use your time?

Tue, 01 Mar 2011

Christ, The Lord Of Our Time #1 of 3

In a race, no time can be wasted. Runners pace themselves, knowing that winners only win by a fraction of a second. For Christians running the race of life, the clock is also relentless. Once gone, time cannot be reclaimed. The Bible teaches believers to be “redeeming the time, for the days are evil.” Time must be used wisely every day.

Mon, 28 Feb 2011

The New Testament Part 2 #4 of 4

At the end of all things is a man on a white horse. It’s said he is faithful and true; with justice he judges. Jesus is the one on that white horse. When the last chapter of planet earth is written, it will be about Him. Today we learn of the end of all things, and the beginning of all things new. Today: the end of the Drama of Redemption and the beginning of eternity.

Fri, 25 Feb 2011

The New Testament Part 2 #3 of 4

All great dramas build toward a conclusion. The drama of redemption began in Eden and ends with new heavens and a new earth. All the plot elements are wrapped up in a glorious resolution: the enemies of Christ are vanquished, the rebellious are judged, and the redeemed find themselves on streets of gold in the New Jerusalem. Today: we are nearing the finale to the grand plan God set in motion before the world began.

Thu, 24 Feb 2011

The New Testament Part 2 #2 of 4

The book of Revelation uses apocalyptic language, vivid metaphors about things normal language can’t express. Until we enter eternity, this book is our best hope of grasping the wonders of what lies ahead. It completes both the New Testament and is the closing act of God’s great Drama of Redemption. Today: join us for more of our look into the future at the climax of history.

Wed, 23 Feb 2011

The New Testament Part 2 #1 of 4

There is one book in the Bible that guarantees a blessing to all who read it. It’s the very last book: the Book of Revelation. Written in apocalyptic language rich in symbolism, Revelation portrays the future yet to be, including the glorious return of Jesus, the resurrection of the dead, the judgments, the Millenial reign, and then, the eternity which follows.

Tue, 22 Feb 2011

The New Testament Part 1 #3 of 3

After Israel’s last prophet faded from the scene, it got real quiet for 400 years in terms of direct revelation. Some at the time might have asked if God intended to carry out His redemptive plan. But the timing was impeccable, as a young baby was born, ushering in a new age of spiritual revelation. That new age brought us a New Testament, the book we are flying through right now.

Mon, 21 Feb 2011

The New Testament Part 1 #2 of 3

If the drama of redemption were a play, it would have two acts, set in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The central theme - the bringing together of God and man through a sacrifice atoning for the sins that separated the two. In the Old Testament, that was done using animals at the Temple in Jerusalem. The New Testament reveals the real sacrifice that takes away sin.

Fri, 18 Feb 2011

The New Testament Part 1 #1 of 3

In the drama of redemption, the Old Testament is a grand prologue. In the New Testament, the great transaction takes place. A sacrifice for the sins of all mankind is offered on a cross outside the city of Jerusalem. Jesus gives his life not far from where Abraham almost offered his son Isaac. No playwright could dream of a story so bold, so loving, and so wonderful.

Thu, 17 Feb 2011

The Old Testament Part 2 #3 of 3

Behind all the history we read about in the Bible lies the purpose of God: to provide redemption for those that believe. The nation Israel had one reason for being: to bring forth a Messiah who would first die as a sacrifice for sin, and later be raised to return one day as king over all the earth. He will rule from Jerusalem, site of the temple sacrifices that pointed to His ultimate sacrifice.

Wed, 16 Feb 2011

The Old Testament Part 2 #2 of 3

Times of blessing, times of disobedience, times of judgment; Israel went through many such cyles in its long history. After seventy years of captivity, the people were allowed to return home. And that’s where we’ll pick up the story in today’s edition of The Drama of Redemption: the unfolding saga of how God made salvation possible through a people, a Messiah, and a great sacrifice.

Tue, 15 Feb 2011

The Old Testament Part 2 #1 of 3

It is the kind of stuff that fascinates us when we watch The History Channel. It is the story of the nation of Israel. The Old Testament is many things: prophecy, history, law, and wisdom literature such as Psalms and Proverbs. Today we’re continuing our jet-plane flyover of the Old Testament, and we’ll focus on the time period when Israel was taken into capitivity: its temple destroyed.

Mon, 14 Feb 2011

The Old Testament Part 1 #4 of 4

Nations rise and fall over high taxes. Ancient Israel split in two when Solomon’s son Rehoboam jacked up the rates. Ten tribes revolted and Jeroboam became their king, ruling in the north. In the south, two tribes formed a separate kingdom of Judah. What all this means in the great Drama of Redemption is our focus on today’s fast-moving edition of Running to Win.

Fri, 11 Feb 2011

The Old Testament Part 1 #3 of 4

When people pick up the Bible for the first time, it can be a daunting experience. The big question is: "where do I begin?” If you want a big-picture view of the whole Bible, you’ve come to the right place. We’re exploring The Drama of Redemption, giving a quick overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Today: more of the Old Testament will fly past us, so listen closely.

Thu, 10 Feb 2011

The Old Testament Part 1 #2 of 4

Theologians like big words, like “proto-evangelium,” which means “first gospel,” found in Genesis 3:15. Redemption did not begin when Jesus appeared on earth. God’s gracious plan of salvation is evident even in the Garden of Eden. This famous verse depicts a promised redeemer who would one day crush Satan’s head. Today: more of the Drama of Redemption.

Wed, 09 Feb 2011

The Old Testament Part 1 #1 of 4

Imagine the earth as a grand stage. Here, a great drama is continually being played out. But this play is for real. The sins of mankind separated us from our Creator. But God was not content to let his finest creation die with no hope. He set in motion a plan to redeem those that believe in the value of a great sacrifice: that of Jesus on the cross.

Tue, 08 Feb 2011

When Loyalties Collide #3 of 3

We can still enjoy July 4th, but for many Christians, the liberties we celebrate are now being sharply curtailed. Under pressure from agenda-driven groups, what was once free speech is now a federal crime. In the public schools, tax money is used to indoctrinate our kids in the homosexual lifestyle. Is there a time to stand up and say “no?” Erwin Lutzer says “yes.”

Mon, 07 Feb 2011

When Loyalties Collide #2 of 3

Someone has said that nothing is certain except death and taxes.  Throughout all of history, governments have been taking your money. In Jesus’ day, tax collectors were despised. After all, they took Jewish cash and gave it to the hated Roman occupiers. The wisdom of Jesus was never more clear than when he answered the question of who owes what to whom.

Fri, 04 Feb 2011

When Loyalties Collide #1 of 3

For a long time, Christians could comfortably wave the American flag, since their values were represented in “Old Glory….” Now the government is repressing the freedoms Christians once had, favoring the agendas of those desiring same–sex marriage and unrestricted abortion. When the red, white and blue no longer blends with the cross of Christ, what do believers do?

Thu, 03 Feb 2011

When Personalities Collide #3 of 3

When cars collide, the tangled wreckage can soon be cleared. But when people collide, the wreckage can be life-long. The story of mankind is a saga of conflict, and only a supernatural intervention of God can heal the wounds we inflict on each other. Today, Erwin Lutzer tells how one man resolved a lifetime of hatred within his own family.

Wed, 02 Feb 2011

When Personalities Collide #2 of 3

Like snowflakes, no two people are alike. Our differences bring great variety, but they can also plant seeds of conflict. Each of us is wired from birth to put self first. Only the spirit of God can smooth the rough edges and help us extend ourselves in blessing to others. Today, Erwin Lutzer tells the story of a cab driver with a horrid past, a man who needed a friend.

Wed, 01 Feb 2011

When Personalities Collide #1 of 3

As someone once said, “The church is wonderful….I love the church...itrsquo;s the people in the church that I just can’t stand” Well, we are not in the Garden of Eden anymore. Frictions can occur even between believers, as disagreements and personal agendas rise to the surface. Today, Erwin Lutzer exposes a not-so-secret secret: Christians do not always get along.

Mon, 31 Jan 2011

When Beliefs Collide #3 of 3

It’s like going to an ice cream shop. If you’re looking for what church to attend, there are lots of flavors available. LiteralIy hundreds of denominations and internal sub-denominations reflect often contradictory versions of the Christian faith. Today, Erwin Lutzer helps us sort through the complexity and key in on what really matters when selecting a local assembly of believers to join.

Fri, 28 Jan 2011

When Beliefs Collide #2 of 3

It’s like going to an ice cream shop. If you’re looking for what church to attend, there are lots of flavors available. LiteralIy hundreds of denominations and internal sub-denominations reflect often contradictory versions of the Christian faith. Today, Erwin Lutzer helps us sort through the complexity and key in on what really matters when selecting a local assembly of believers to join.

Thu, 27 Jan 2011

When Beliefs Collide #1 of 3

Some critics of Christianity look at its thousands of denominations and splinter groups that call themselves Christian and they wonder “where is the unity is that Jesus talked about.” There’s no doubt that opinions and Bible interpretations vary widely. So how should a believer handle the fact that the faith is represented in so many different ways?

Wed, 26 Jan 2011

When Religions Collide #4 of 4

Persecution of Christians is on the way up in America, giving today’s believers a taste of what the early church had to face. The word of God gives clear direction on how Christians should to respond to an antagonistic culture. It also tells us how not to respond. Today, Erwin Lutzer summarizes how to live in a godly way in an increasingly godless society.

Tue, 25 Jan 2011

When Religions Collide #3 of 4

There’s no doubt: Christians are under attack. The media and current culture combine to belittle those with faith in Jesus. So how should genuine believers react? Nowadays it seems easier to keep a low profile, go quietly to church, and not make a fuss. But this is hardly obeying the Great Commission. Today: another look at the conflicts inherent in being a child of God these days.

Mon, 24 Jan 2011

When Religions Collide #2 of 4

Many Americans wonder why our troops are dying in Afghanistan. They say there’s nothing over there worth dying for. There was a time when there were things worth dying for, times like the middle ages, when corrupt religion was confronted by true believers who often paid with their lives. Conflict is inevitable, as much as we would like to “just get along,” there come times when we cannot.

Fri, 21 Jan 2011

When Religions Collide #1 of 4

America has been called a melting pot of cultures and races, for sure, and these days, it’s a melting pot for religions. Trouble is, varying religions don’t melt together very well. Despite America’s Judeo-Christian roots, it’s now necessary to censor the Ten Commandments even when they hang over courtroom benches. Today: a story of conflict, and how to handle it.

Thu, 20 Jan 2011

Death To Self-Justification #4 of 4

The hymnwriter penned these words: “let your heart be broken for a world in need.” Friend, is your heart broken? Jonah preached in Ninevah only after God had to literally drag him there. Was his heart ever broken by that which breaks the heart of God? Today: final lessons we can take home from the story of a disobedient prophet.

Wed, 19 Jan 2011

Death To Self-Justification #3 of 4

Creature comforts: we all love them. If it’s hot outside, we crank up the air conditioner. If it’s cold, we turn up the heat. Some people feel that their well-being is a constitutional right. They feel we deserve all the best life can provide. Jonah’s experience with a shady plant in the desert teaches us this: there are more important things than how we feel. Today: let’s get our priorities straight.

Tue, 18 Jan 2011

Death To Self-Justification #2 of 4

One lesson we learn from the story of Jonah is that God is as concerned with our motivations as He is with our actions. After Jonah preached, he got angry and depressed. Then God sent a sequence of events into Jonah’s life to teach his wayward prophet some pointed object lessons. Today: the story of a plant, a worm, and a scorching east wind.

Mon, 17 Jan 2011

Death To Self-Justification #1 of 4

When someone you know is having a pity party, it’s no fun. It’s usually not a party anybody really wants to attend. Jonah finally obeyed God, but took no joy in the revival that followed his preaching in Ninevah. His self-focus prevented him from seeing the big picture. Instead, he sat down, asking God that he might die. Pity party indeed!

Fri, 14 Jan 2011

Death To Self-Interest #3 of 3

Some of God’s servants have to go to school: and that’s the school of hard knocks before they learn to obey God from the heart. And some never learn. Jonah went to Ninevah, but only after some tough correction from the Lord. Still, his heart was hard; he had no real concern for the people of a great pagan city. So, are we serving God for the right reasons?

Thu, 13 Jan 2011

Death To Self-Interest #2 of 3

Many of us have dogs who won’t do what they’re told. Only when put on a leash will they go where we want them to go. But then the dog puts out his paws and puts on the brakes, trying to avoid the inevitable until we pull hard enough to get the point across. Jonah finally preached to the Ninevites, but only through clenched teeth. Do we ever fight God this way?

Wed, 12 Jan 2011

Death To Self-Interest #1 of 3

Everybody has an agenda these days, especially politicians. “Looking out for number one:” hey, that’s a national pastime. God wants His servants focused on God’s agenda, and not their own. It’s taken some extraordinary measures to get Jonah back on the road to Ninevah, but now he’s going, in body if not in heart. Today: Jonah’s lessons continue, as do ours.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011

Death To Self-Reliance #4 of 4

When things are going well, people have little sense of a need for God. It’s the tough times that show us our true condition. Sometimes, circumstances overwhelm us, forcing us to turn to God for a way out. Jonah was certainly overwhelmed in the belly of a great fish. For Jonah, that experience truly marked his “Death to Self-Reliance.” Perhaps the same result lies ahead for you and me.

Mon, 10 Jan 2011

Death To Self-Reliance #3 of 4

Have circumstances ever brought you to the end of your rope? They did for Jonah, who found himself in the belly of a fish. God has amazing ways of getting us to say yes. He does not make us puppets; rather, He arranges conditions so that we will choose to do His will. Sometimes those conditions can be tough, and they stay that way until we submit to God’s authority.

Fri, 07 Jan 2011

Death To Self-Reliance #2 of 4

It’s common to hear people explain the gospel as if being saved is a decision a sinner can make whenever he or she chooses. But the story of Jonah provides clear evidence that God is the one making the choices. God appointed a fish to swallow the prophet…later, He appointed a scorching east wind. Today: let’s find out who’s really in charge, and whose purposes cannot be thwarted.

Jan 6, 2011

Death To Self-Reliance #1 of 4

When God wants to get the attention of one of His servants who's not listening, He has numerous creative options available. In the case of Jonah, God took extreme measures. The belly of a great fis...

Jan 5, 2011

Death To Self-Will #3 of 3

For some, finding God's will is the illusive dream. Never sure of what that will is, they end up doing their own thing. On the other hand, Jonah knew with precision what God's will was. And yet he ...

Jan 4, 2011

Death To Self-Will #2 of 3

Running away from the will of God is not a good idea. The problem is: God knows where you're going even before you do. Jonah was determined to avoid doing a distasteful job: preaching to a pagan ci...

Jan 3, 2011

Death To Self-Will #1 of 3

"That guy? He's as stubborn as a mule." That's how we describe a man who won't listen to reason, no matter what we say or do. God has many ways of getting us to say yes, even when we're digging in ...

Dec 31, 2010

For Such a Time as This #3 of 3

Your church needs you...it needs you out on life's racetrack, running alongside the other members to get the job done together. The challenge for the new year is "get involved." That's what Esther di...

Dec 30, 2010

For Such a Time as This #2 of 3

Most of our choices don't affect world history. But sometimes God puts us in situations where they can, and do. To save her people from extinction, Esther faced possible execution to beg the king o...

Dec 29, 2010

For Such a Time as This #1 of 3

At year-end, we're all conscious of the passing of time. We wish we had more, but the sand keeps running through the hourglass. At crucial times, great leaders arise, often from common roots. They ...

Dec 28, 2010

The Manger and the Sword #3 of 3

The week after Christmas: another dash to the mall exchanging gifts for better gifts. But there were no malls in Bethlehem long ago; no lights, no friends. Indeed, Christmas had a humble beginning....

Dec 27, 2010

The Manger and the Sword #2 of 3

December 25 was not Jesus' actual birthday, but it's the date set aside long ago for us to honor that birth. For Mary His mother, that birth began a long period of pain and sorrow, a personal toll ...

Dec 24, 2010

The Manger and the Sword #1 of 3

Tomorrow we celebrate the central event in human history...the coming of Jesus Christ to live among us. But while Christians can now enjoy the benefits of the Savior's birth, life, death and resurr...

Dec 23, 2010

Christ the Gift of Liberty #4 of 4

We can be so deep in bondage to sin that we don't even realize it.  That's why we need the truth to set us free. Jesus not only knows the truth, He is the truth, and He wants to set you free from b...

Dec 22, 2010

Christ the Gift of Liberty #3 of 4

Real freedom is not doing whatever you want, whenever you want. Rather, it's doing the will of God. That's freedom without regrets. To run life's race, we need to know where we're going, and Jesus ...

Dec 21, 2010

Christ the Gift of Liberty #2 of 4

When Jesus said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free," He made possible the ultimate kind of freedom. All real freedom has its roots in truth, and Christ said "I am the trut...

Dec 20, 2010

Christ the Gift of Liberty #1 of 4

The prophet Isaiah wrote, "The Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor...to bind up the brokenhearted to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners." ...

Dec 17, 2010

Christ the Gift of Light #2 of 2

At Christmas, we recall the light shining over Bethlehem, and the birth of the One who brings light into our lives. The prophet Isaiah wrote "arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of...

Dec 16, 2010

Christ the Gift of Light #1 of 2

The skies over Bethlehem had never before radiated this much glory.  Massed angels brought the light of the noonday sun. As shepherds cowered in fear, the angels announced the light of the world. T...

Dec 15, 2010

Christ the Gift of Love #3 of 3

Parents love their children. Pastors love their congregations. But God loved all mankind enough to send a great gift. As we run the last mile of the Christmas race, let's not forget the gift of God...

Dec 14, 2010

Christ the Gift of Love #2 of 3

We expend a lot of energy buying Christmas presents...with traffic and parking hassles, and braving those big shopping crowds, all for the joy of seeing a loved one open a gift. God wants us to ope...

Dec 13, 2010

Christ the Gift of Love #1 of 3

Just twelve days; only twelve days left to cruise the malls in hope of finding something for that special someone. As your race to the stores nears the goal line, let's pause to consider the great ...

Dec 10, 2010

Christ the Gift of Life #3 of 3

If you're a Christian, do you share your faith? We who have eternal life often forget the emptiness in those who don't. Christmas is the ideal time to slow down life's race long enough to share Chr...

Dec 9, 2010

Christ the Gift of Life #2 of 3

Will the real Jesus please stand up? Many people are confused at Christmas as to who Jesus really was, and really is. The real Jesus gives eternal life, and only a spiritual connection with Him can...

Dec 8, 2010

Christ the Gift of Life #1 of 3

Christmas fits right in with a "gimme" lifestyle: you know, "gimme this, gimme that." Kids like lights, but they love gifts. Fortunately, God is a gift-giver. As James says, He "gives to all libera...

Dec 7, 2010

When We Have Hurt Others #3 of 3

A bad choice can ruin your life, or the life of someone else. If that happens, you may ask yourself: am I out of options? The Apostle Paul did some terrible things before his Damascus Road experien...

Dec 6, 2010

When We Have Hurt Others #2 of 3

When our bad choices result in harm to others, it may be only later that we realize what we've done. Then, what do we do? The Apostle Paul had persecuted the new church with zeal. He watched with g...

Dec 3, 2010

When We Have Hurt Others #1 of 3

Sometimes our bad choices only affect us personally. But more often, they impact the lives of those around us. Bad decisions bring with them bad consequences, often in the lives of those close to u...

Dec 2, 2010

When You're in a Tangled Web #3 of 3

The Bible warns us to guard our hearts, lest we turn away from the counsel of God. It's very easy to rely on our own instincts. King Asa was faithful to God, except at the end of his life. Sadly, h...

Dec 1, 2010

When You're in a Tangled Web #2 of 3

Jeremiah wrote, "The heart is deceitful above all things. Who can understand it?" Yes, why fail at the finish line? At the end, King Asa's long faithfulness to God crumbled. He chose to bribe a nea...

Nov 30, 2010

When You're in a Tangled Web #1 of 3

"....what a tangled web we weave when first we purpose to deceive...." Many people fear their secrets will one day be revealed. The webs we weave through deception entangle us with unintended consequen...

Nov 29, 2010

When You Run From Responsibility #3 of 3

God has many ways to persuade us to do what He wants done. For the prophet Jonah, it involved his environment. Jonah ran from God's command to preach in Ninevah. But he could not outrun the long re...

Nov 26, 2010

When You Run From Responsibility #2 of 3

When we come to a fork in the road, we have two choices. If we choose the wrong fork, we have to face the consequences. That's what happened to Jonah, told by God to preach to people he did not lik...

Nov 25, 2010

When You Run From Responsibility #1 of 3

Obligations...we all have them. Some are like millstones around our necks, and we'd do anything to be free of the pressure. Today: a story of an obligation God gave to a prophet, and his amazing jour...

Nov 24, 2010

When You Make a Selfish Choice #3 of 3

Choices made in a moment can have repercussions that last for generations. That's what happened to Israel's King David. He made an impulsive choice regarding Bathsheba, and a pregnancy resulted. Th...

Nov 23, 2010

When You Make a Selfish Choice #2 of 3

Collateral damage: that's a military euphemism used to describe unintended civilian casualties of war. King David committed adultery with the wife of one of his military officers. To hide her pregn...

Nov 22, 2010

When You Make a Selfish Choice #1 of 3

The flames of sexual desire can be fanned in an instant. If we're not on our guard, any of us can make the mistake of a lifetime. A mistake in the moral area has long term consequences. King David ...

Nov 19, 2010

When You Make a Foolish Vow #4 of 4

When you find out that you've been duped by someone, and made a promise to them you should never have made, what do you do? Israel was deceived by the Gibeonites, and vowed to not destroy them. The...

Nov 18, 2010

When You Make a Foolish Vow #3 of 4

 "...shame on you, if you fool me once, shame on me if you fool me twice, should've known better but I didn't, and I can't go back...." That's the songwriter's take on broken vows. What to do when you'...

Nov 17, 2010

When You Make a Foolish Vow #2 of 4

As far as God is concerned, making a vow is serious business.  He expects us to keep our promises. In the Old Testament, Joshua made a foolish vow that had what we call today "national security imp...

Nov 16, 2010

When You Make a Foolish Vow #1 of 4

Here's a question: are you a person of integrity? And that means: can people count on you to do what you say you're going to do? Failing to keep promises marks any of us as deficient in character. ...

Nov 15, 2010

When You Choose Second Best #3 of 3

The results of bad choices can last a lifetime, or even longer. Our offspring might bear the burden of our bad decisions. Israel was severely judged for their unbelief at Kadesh in the desert. All ...

Nov 12, 2010

When You Choose Second Best #2 of 3

When you make a bad choice, often you must live with the consequences. But even then, you need not lose all hope. The Israelites chose to not believe the report of spies sent to check out the land....

Nov 11, 2010

When You Choose Second Best #1 of 3

Why do we make poor choices? There are many reasons. Sometimes we sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate. Whatever the reason, all of us make some bad decisions. The challenge then i...

Nov 10, 2010

The Worst Decision Ever Made #4 of 4

When you hear the word "Eden," you think of an idyllic paradise with no worries: the ideal place to live a carefree life. But the real Eden didn't stand a chance. When Adam and Eve sinned, paradise...

Nov 9, 2010

The Worst Decision Ever Made #3 of 4

In a perfect place, two people made a decision that would bring calamity to billions of people yet to be born. Adam and Eve had no excuse. Their sin brought immediate judgment, but it also brought ...

Nov 8, 2010

The Worst Decision Ever Made #2 of 4

Being deceived: believing what isn't true, or, believing in what agrees with your desires, despite the facts. The first woman was deceived by the devil, and the first man followed suit. We humans h...

Nov 5, 2010

The Worst Decision Ever Made #1 of 4

Hindsight is 20-20. Anyone can see the results of a choice after it's made. It's tougher to predict the future. What do you do when you've made a bad call, and have to live with it? The Bible has m...

Nov 4, 2010

Making a Difference Where You Live #3 of 3

Most people enjoy the internet, especially those who filter out immoral websites. But a danger lies behind that screen. It's all too easy to get lost in the web's infinite links, and forget that ou...

Nov 3, 2010

Making a Difference Where You Live #2 of 3

As individuals, we can't change the whole world. But we can change ourselves, and our kids, and thereby make a difference. The family is on life support these days, and it's up to us as Christians ...

Nov 2, 2010

Making a Difference Where You Live #1 of 3

Like paper boats on a raging sea, many Christians feel swept along by the rising tide of filth in a decaying culture. As sexual predators seek to devour your kids, you need resources to defend thos...

Nov 1, 2010

Countering the Culture #3 of 3

Christian parents face a daily and deadly war: the culture they live in wants to destroy the morality of their children. A solid defense against the liberal social agenda begins with some definite ...

Oct 29, 2010

Countering the Culture #2 of 3

It is no longer a "Leave It to Beaver" world. Today's TV families often have destructive lifestyles endorsed by the culture. It is high time for parents to take action, and the action begins at hom...

Oct 28, 2010

Countering the Culture #1 of 3

There is a costly war in Afghanistan. But there is a bigger war going on in our culture, with many more casualties. There are forces active today that want to destroy your kids and redefine marriag...

Oct 27, 2010

Your Family: Root, Stem and Branches #4 of 4

Like water to a thirsty man, the grace of God can flow like a river to heal families torn by strife and bitterness. If your family is in trouble, it's not too late to cleanse the wounds, and let he...

Oct 26, 2010

Your Family: Root, Stem and Branches #3 of 4

Bitterness can last a long time. Once begun, it can infect others, causing generations to hate future generations. King David let bad situations fester in his family until the poison burst out in c...

Oct 25, 2010

Your Family: Root, Stem and Branches #2 of 4

"Do as I say, not as I do." Some parents try valiantly to raise their kids to behave better than they do. Good luck. Families are systems. Like chains, they break at the weakest link. And when that...

Oct 22, 2010

Your Family: Root, Stem and Branches #1 of 4

As the wise proverb tells us, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Israel's King David was a great leader, a noted military commander, a "man ...

Oct 21, 2010

A Destructive Secret #4 of 4

Like facing the mess after a hurricane, the road for a child recovering from abuse within a family is a daunting task. Help is vital and is coming your way on today's broadcast. Too many families a...

Oct 20, 2010

A Destructive Secret #3 of 4

The depth of sin to which people can sink is beyond fathoming. Sexual abuse in a religious home? Yes: it happens. The family is in trouble. Both external influences and our internal bent toward sin...

Oct 19, 2010

A Destructive Secret #2 of 4

Why would a man ever abuse his own wife? How could someone knowingly and intentionally scar a son or daughter for life? The root causes can be complex, as can be the ways the abuser goes about carr...

Oct 18, 2010

A Destructive Secret #1 of 4

There's a cancer eating away at all too many families, something kept carefully hidden to avoid shame and public disgrace. To an alarming degree, abuse in all its forms: sexual, psychological, and ...

Oct 15, 2010

A Father's Long Shadow #4 of 4

Some of us had bad fathers. But unless we are reconciled with them, we won't be able to stop the cycle of family breakdown. When it comes to family life, the Bible shows us both the good and the ba...

Oct 14, 2010

A Father's Long Shadow #3 of 4

It is a jungle out there, and it is getting worse. Between the wasteland of TV and decaying morality, our kids are in more danger than ever. Ancient fortresses had walls, gates, and guards. It is h...

Oct 13, 2010

A Father's Long Shadow #2 of 4

There is one nut that is very tough to crack: the sullen attitude of a rebellious child. It is dad who is the key to cracking it. Much of the anguish in today's families can be traced to fractured ...

Oct 12, 2010

A Father's Long Shadow #1 of 4

There is one man whose imprint on our lives can never be erased. Even from the grave we feel the impact of our fathers. We all know that fathers are normally the family breadwinners. But in the Bib...

Oct 11, 2010

The Mystique of Motherhood #3 of 3

In the media, Super-Mom is usually a mother run ragged dragging her kids to activities seven days a week. But the real "super-mom" is a woman who draws strength from the Lord, and lives a life of f...

Oct 8, 2010

The Mystique of Motherhood #2 of 3

Go to a supermarket and check out the magazine counter. There you will see the qualities the world thinks makes the perfect woman. They have perfect hair, perfect complexions, and probably, several...

Oct 7, 2010

The Mystique of Motherhood #1 of 3

While our culture urges women to break through the glass ceiling, only women can bear children, and thus preserve our future. That's why motherhood is so key to a nation's survival. The Bible exalt...

Oct 6, 2010

Miles Apart in the Same House #3 of 3

Despite counseling services, divorce marks the end of half of American marriages, leaving incalculable damage. When the family unit breaks down, culture itself breaks down. Single-parent homes face...

Oct 5, 2010

Miles Apart in the Same House #2 of 3

Adam and Eve had it made back in the Garden of Eden. But they tossed paradise aside when they disobeyed God. Many marriages begin happily, but quickly descend into conflict as husband and wife disp...

Oct 4, 2010

Miles Apart in the Same House #1 of 3

Endangered species: some activists get very concerned about the fate of the snail darter or perhaps the spotted owl. But the real endangered species is the family. Fractured, broken, stressed, dysf...

Oct 1, 2010

The Light Shines on Rome #3 of 3

It is one thing to have strong faith in God when the sun is shining and all is well with the world. It is quite another when storms come. Storms teach lessons that calm seas can never teach. A boat...

Sep 30, 2010

The Light Shines on Rome #2 of 3

Landlubbers will never know the terror that being caught in a storm at sea can create. The deep is about to become your grave. Paul was on a ship taking him to Rome. Being sure he would get there, ...

Sep 29, 2010

The Light Shines on Rome #1 of 3

Mature Christians know God's will is not a flower-strewn pathway. Often, storms arise that threaten to throw us off-course. Paul was determined to go to Rome, knowing it would be a one-way trip. He...

Sep 28, 2010

The Light Shines on a King #4 of 4

When the Holy Spirit knocks at the heart's door, some people believe. Others reject outright. Still others procrastinate. Governor Felix had put Paul off until what he called "a more convenient tim...

Sep 27, 2010

The Light Shines on a King #3 of 4

One never knows what a day may bring forth. Locked up for two years, Paul suddenly faces a Roman King. What would he say? He was on his way to Rome, knowing he faced almost certain death there. But...

Sep 24, 2010

The Light Shines on a King #2 of 4

Paul knew the end game: almost certain death in Rome. But not before he brought the gospel to as many people as possible. The gospel is making its way into the culture of Rome as prisoner Paul is b...

Sep 23, 2010

The Light Shines on a King #1 of 4

What do you do with a political football like Paul? Various Roman leaders punted his case back and forth for two years. Accused of sedition, the Jews wanted him dead. Paul had appealed to Caesar, a...

Sep 22, 2010

The Light Shines on a Governor #4 of 4

Many people can't bear to face who they really are. For them, being convicted of sin is an offense, and must be avoided. The Apostle Paul was taken from a Caesarea prison cell and brought before th...

Sep 21, 2010

The Light Shines on a Governor #3 of 4

Felix was a Roman governor in Caesarea, Rome's headquarters in what is now Israel. His job today? Facing Paul. The Apostle Paul ended up being more than just a criminal defendant. Felix and his wif...

Sep 20, 2010

The Light Shines on a Governor #2 of 4

Divine appointments: those times when God arranges for people to hear the gospel and gives them a chance to respond. Felix was a Roman governor whose home base was Caesarea, a city on the Mediterra...

Sep 17, 2010

The Light Shines on a Governor #1 of 4

Caesarea lies along the northern shore of Israel facing the Mediterranean. This was the site of a famous confrontation. Paul the Apostle had appealed to Caesar in his conflict with Jewish authorit...

Sep 16, 2010

The Light Shines in Jerusalem #3 of 3

It takes passion to win a major race. An athlete trains, sheds unneeded weight, and prepares to face his challengers. Taking the gospel to a resistant culture is no different. Without a passion for...

Sep 15, 2010

The Light Shines in Jerusalem #2 of 3

The gospel brings liberty to a culture that has long been bound in tradition. This new liberty is sometimes a problem. Jewish customs were a big deal in Jerusalem, and some new believers there insi...

Sep 14, 2010

The Light Shines in Jerusalem #1 of 3

What's your passion? For some, it is making money. For others, it is their art. For Paul, it was the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul rejected the counsel of his peers and went back to Jeru...

Sep 13, 2010

The Light Shines on Idols #4 of 4

Some feel that anything goes when it comes to attracting people to attend church. Is this what Jesus would like? Jesus dictated seven evaluations of churches now lost to history, all located in wha...

Sep 10, 2010

The Light Shines on Idols #3 of 4

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." Indeed, wherever the gospel has gone, light has burst forth into the culture. But sometimes the light is extinguished. Recently, Erwin Lutzer toured the s...

Sep 9, 2010

The Light Shines on Idols #2 of 4

The locals had a good thing going, a famous pagan temple, and a good business making souvenir idols for visitors. Ephesus had silversmiths who sold shrines to the goddess Artemis. When Paul showed ...

Sep 8, 2010

The Light Shines on Idols #1 of 4

The last book of the New Testament is Revelation. Early in this book, Jesus dictates letters to seven local churches. One of them was in Ephesus, a city of ruins in modern-day Turkey. Paul brought ...

Sep 7, 2010

The Light Shines in Corinth #4 of 4

Christianity is strongest when it is persecuted. If you believe Jesus is worth dying for, your faith will withstand the test. But when oppression comes, local churches can be vanquished. Many churc...

Sep 6, 2010

The Light Shines in Corinth #3 of 4

Often a great way to present the gospel is to just live it out before your co-workers. That is what Paul did. While living in Corinth, he plied his trade of tentmaking, and taught in the local syna...

Sep 3, 2010

The Light Shines in Corinth #2 of 4

Imagine you are a missionary, and you have been sent to a city where the gospel has never been heard. How would you begin? One thing is clear: a wishy-washy message would not get you far. What you ...

Sep 2, 2010

The Light Shines in Corinth #1 of 4

If you want to visit a place where the Apostle Paul was known to have preached, go to Greece and visit modern-day Corinth. Ask for directions to the ancient original city, and you will find an amaz...

Sep 1, 2010

The Light Shines on Mars Hill #3 of 3

The gospel began in Israel, but quickly spread as the Apostles fanned out with their Master's message of redemption. Paul became the Apostle to the Gentiles, and moved aggressively to cities in Gre...

Aug 31, 2010

The Light Shines on Mars Hill #2 of 3

When we witness to people about Jesus, how do we relate to them? Paul taught us how to do it in Acts chapter 17. The Apostle quickly found out where they were coming from, and focused his message o...

Aug 30, 2010

The Light Shines on Mars Hill #1 of 3

The Hill of Ares in Athens is a mound of granite facing the famous Acropolis with its temples to pagan gods. At this hill, Paul the Apostle presented the gospel with power to a group of philosopher...

Aug 27, 2010

The Light Shines in a Prison #4 of 4

Acts 16:31 is a well-known verse in which Paul answers a jailer's question: "How can I be saved?" "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household." Some see in this ...

Aug 26, 2010

The Light Shines in a Prison #3 of 4

Jailers know that locks usually stay locked. But when Paul and Silas were sprung from prison, one jailer learned otherwise. The explosive power of the gospel was beginning to be felt in the world o...

Aug 25, 2010

The Light Shines in a Prison #2 of 4

The Apostle Paul received a vision calling him to preach in Macedonia, and immediately he set out to obey that vision. With him were Silas and Timothy, and their first stop was at Philippi. The pow...

Aug 24, 2010

The Light Shines in a Prison #1 of 4

Sometimes we think the gospel is a matter of persuading people to consider Christ. Today, we'll find it's much more. The Bible calls the gospel "the power of God." That word "power" in Greek is the...

Aug 23, 2010

The Discipline of Servanthood #3 of 3

There's more to life than grabbing all the gusto you can. When he obeyed God, the Apostle Paul found himself in prison. For believers on the racetrack of life, there is no guarantee of a bed of eas...

Aug 20, 2010

The Discipline of Servanthood #2 of 3

Being a winning athlete means getting knocked around a lot. Most sports take quite a physical toll on those who strive for victory. It's no different in the race of life. It's only through some har...

Aug 19, 2010

The Discipline of Servanthood #1 of 3

Many American Christians want what everybody else wants, success and security. Few want to take a towel to wash someone's feet. Being a servant goes against our grain. But, in God's eyes, it's the ...

Aug 18, 2010

The Discipline of Prayer and Fasting #3 of 3

Facing a delicious turkey dinner, the last thing you'd think about is fasting. But there are times when fasting is what we must do. Sometimes we find ourselves in spiritual warfare, and only throug...

Aug 17, 2010

The Discipline of Prayer and Fasting #2 of 3

There are times to feast, holiday times, times of celebration. But in the plan of God, there are also times to fast. Some of the tough laps in life's race require the spiritual discipline of fastin...

Aug 16, 2010

The Discipline of Prayer and Fasting #1 of 3

Many of us don't think twice about grabbing a Big Mac, large fries and a Coke at lunchtime. After all, when hungry, eat! But in God's rules for the race of life, there are times to bypass the Golde...

Aug 13, 2010

The Discipline of Generosity #4 of 4

Old, cranky Ebenezer Scrooge is literature's ultimate miser. But from God's perspective, how many of us are any better? The love of money can ruin our race of life. Knowing how to be generous frees...

Aug 12, 2010

The Discipline of Generosity #3 of 4

For some in America, it's totally acceptable to pursue money. Sports and media figures exemplify the accumulation of material wealth. But money can weigh us down in the race of life. Worse, it can ...

Aug 11, 2010

The Discipline of Generosity #2 of 4

Money.....a sensitive subject for those believers who've adopted the world's ethic that accumulating wealth is an end in itself. In the race of life, God wants us to discipline ourselves in many wa...

Aug 10, 2010

The Discipline of Generosity #1 of 4

You can tell where a Christian's values lie by examining his or her giving. One hallmark of a true believer is generosity. It's a touchy subject, but we're not afraid to hit the nail on the head as...

Aug 9, 2010

The Discipline of Meditation #3 of 3

As a military man, Joshua knew how to wage war. But as a man of God, he needed quiet time to gain strength for the battle. For Joshua, and for us, meditation in the word of God builds faith. Medita...

Aug 6, 2010

The Discipline of Meditation #2 of 3

At times during the race of life, the winds of change swirl, almost blowing us off the track. We need stability. Meditation in the word of God provides that still point in a turning world. Today we...

Aug 5, 2010

The Discipline of Meditation #1 of 3

Mention "meditation" to some and they envision an Eastern mystic sitting in a lotus position. But real meditation is far different. Running the race of life requires inner strength, strength forged...

Aug 4, 2010

The Discipline of Worship #3 of 3

A lazy athlete is a losing athlete. Only disciplined athletes win. The same is true for any of us running the race of life. The disciplines that bring us victory include the discipline of worship: ...

Aug 3, 2010

The Discipline of Worship #2 of 3

A woman sat near an ancient well, face to face with Jesus. Their discussion turned from physical water to spiritual water, and her journey in the race of life was changed forever as she learned the...

Aug 2, 2010

The Discipline of Worship #1 of 3

The winning athlete is invariably the one who understands discipline, taking the right steps to insure victory. Just as it takes discipline to win at the track, you can be sure it takes discipline ...

Jul 30, 2010

Believing in the Harvest #3 of 3

When you give to support your local church, do you wish you could attach strings to your dollars, and control where they go? Some would rather give to high visibility ministries than to help provid...

Jul 29, 2010

Believing in the Harvest #2 of 3

Do you enjoy every chance to put something in the offering plate at church? Some people find offering time troubling. They may give, but only grudgingly, or, to not appear cheap in the eyes of ot...

Jul 28, 2010

Believing in the Harvest #1 of 3

Some laws are built into the fabric of creation. One is the law of sowing and reaping, well known to all who plant crops. Sow sparingly, and that is all you will reap. Sow generously, and you will ...

Jul 27, 2010

Invest With Your ROI in Mind #4 of 4

How we handle money says an awful lot about who we are. Some of us hoard it, others gladly invest it in God's work. Sure, the economy may be down. But God is still faithful, and He will honor our c...

Jul 26, 2010

Invest With Your ROI in Mind #3 of 4

Many point to high-risk investments gone sour that led to the severe downturn in the US and even global economies. Our becoming shrewd managers of money was the point of a parable of Jesus in Luke ...

Jul 23, 2010

Invest With Your ROI in Mind #2 of 4

Egypt buried its Pharaohs with incredible wealth. It was assumed that they'd need it in the life to come. Are we like this? Some people hold on to their money until their knuckles turn white. It's ...

Jul 22, 2010

Invest With Your ROI in Mind #1 of 4

It's just common sense: no one takes a risk in the stock market unless they think the risk is worth the potential gain. Even in times of downturn, the principle of return on investment, or ROI, rem...

Jul 21, 2010

When Giving Less Is More #4 of 4

Interest rates are time-dependent. The longer your money earns interest, the more it compounds. The widow who put two mites in the temple treasury could not imagine the ultimate sum her gift would ...

Jul 20, 2010

When Giving Less Is More #3 of 4

"What difference would my dime make, when those around me are tossing in twenty dollar bills?" Ever feel this way at offering time? Rich givers are vital in getting major kingdom projects paid for...

Jul 19, 2010

When Giving Less Is More #2 of 4

The right to privacy is held dear by many people, especially people who want their financial dealings kept secret.But there is no privacy from the eyes of God. He knows our needs, and, our resource...

Jul 16, 2010

When Giving Less Is More #1 of 4

When fundraising time rolls around at your church, attention often goes to those who can give large sums toward a project. But God's attention may well go to that person who only has five dollars t...

Jul 15, 2010

Worship That God Accepts #4 of 4

Some Christians are blessed with amazing financial resources. What they may not realize is why God allowed them to have so much. When Egypt let Israel go, they loaded them up with all they needed....

Jul 14, 2010

Worship That God Accepts #3 of 4

Why do you give to your church or to other ministries? Let's not make the mistake of thinking that they are the recipients of your money. While the check may pass through their books, the real re...

Jul 13, 2010

Worship That God Accepts #2 of 4

The local church is a great resource in times of economic hardship. Here you can network with others, and help meet needs. Also, it's here that we can learn the lessons God wants to teach us about ...

Jul 12, 2010

Worship That God Accepts #1 of 4

How is the economy? In one sense, the economy is very personal. It's what you have versus what you need, or think you need. In a period of recession, money is on everyone's mind. Job losses are mou...

Jul 9, 2010

The Battle For America's Youth #3 of 3

Is your son or daughter addicted to the internet? He or she may be the unwitting victim of those who seek to ensnare your kids. Chat groups and other web sites lure teens into dangerous relationshi...

Jul 8, 2010

The Battle For America's Youth #2 of 3

It's not in the news or in the mainstream media, but there is a battle going on that demands our full attention, and full commitment. Your teenagers are in the crosshairs as powerful forces seek th...

Jul 7, 2010

The Battle For America's Youth #1 of 3

Independence Day reminds us that America won its freedom. But some in America today are still locked in chains. America's youth are being targeted by powerful forces bent on their destruction throu...

Jul 6, 2010

Judging Character #3 of 3

On a national election day, character takes first place in the minds of many voters as they choose who will serve in Congress. However, promises made are promises easily broken, since a politician'...

Jul 5, 2010

Judging Character #2 of 3

It is said that the first casualty of war is the truth. That might also apply to politics, where truth is in short supply. A person of integrity runs life's race without lying, and without ever str...

Jul 2, 2010

Judging Character #1 of 3

It is in great demand, but in short supply. It's easy to spot, but hard to find. That rare "something" is integrity. Like having a sure footing when you run, having integrity means that all is well...

Jul 1, 2010

Judging Conduct #3 of 3

If another Christian accuses you of poor behavior because you do things he won't do, it is good to remember this: Life is a race.  Helping a brother or sister stay on track is more important than f...

Jun 30, 2010

Judging Conduct #2 of 3

Think about this: is it ever OK for one Christian's personal conviction to become another Christian's rule of behavior? Running life's race is easier when we're guided by principles rather than rul...

Jun 29, 2010

Judging Conduct #1 of 3

Some Christians have strong rules of behavior: no movies, no dancing, and so on. Others have no rules. Who's right? Many running life's race are tripped up by the conduct of believers around them, ...

Jun 28, 2010

Judging Neo-Paganism #3 of 3

People are fascinated by stories of the supernatural: tales of spirits, ghosts, unseen powers, and how to obtain them. There's major money to be made in writing stories like these, as evidenced by ...

Jun 25, 2010

Judging Neo-Paganism #2 of 3

Satan's power is very real. His forces are quick to take advantage when we fail to guard the doorways of our lives. As we run the race of life, there is an unseen spirit world running as well. Demo...

Jun 24, 2010

Judging Neo-Paganism #1 of 3

TV and the movies treat the supernatural as a world of fantasy. We don't take the occult seriously, since it entertains us. But demonic influence is very real, it's enshrined in modern philosophies...

Jun 23, 2010

Judging Appearances #4 of 4

When you see your body as your own property, you do with it as you please, even damaging it just to be accepted by others. But when you see your body as God's property, everything changes. Gone is ...

Jun 22, 2010

Judging Appearances #3 of 4

Some people spend thousands of dollars and endure multiple plastic surgeries to improve their looks, and enhance their self-images. In the race of life, many people don't accept themselves as clay ...

Jun 21, 2010

Judging Appearances #2 of 4

From the day of our birth, each of us is conditioned to value physical appearance as the great "gold coin of human worth." Let's face it: cute babies get photographed, attractive girls get dates, g...

Jun 18, 2010

Judging Appearances #1 of 4

One look at the glamour on TV and it's clear: life at its best is reserved for "beautiful people"....people unlike you or me. The price tags have been switched, and now many assess their value based ...

Jun 17, 2010

Judging Entertainment #4 of 4

Hollywood has successfully infiltrated the hearts and minds of untold millions of people through TV, movies, and pop music. Many believers have stumbled in the race of life as they have taken in va...

Jun 16, 2010

Judging Entertainment #3 of 4

At no time in history has the entertainment culture invaded the church more than it has today. How should a Christian respond? The world is heading into a deeper moral chasm with almost every new f...

Jun 15, 2010

Judging Entertainment #2 of 4

No one hears the church's outcry on the filth seen on TV and the movies, since the church is watching like everybody else. As the entertainment industry sinks to baser levels every day, more people...

Jun 14, 2010

Judging Entertainment #1 of 4

It's amazing -- you can scan over a hundred channels of cable TV and then realize that there's nothing on worth watching. Entertainment has sunk to new lows.  To a large degree, movies, music and T...

Jun 11, 2010

Judging Miracles #3 of 3

Moses turned the Nile into blood. Pharaoh's magicians did the same. Satan often duplicates the miracles of God. As we run life's race, how can we discern where a miracle comes from? And if it does ...

Jun 10, 2010

Judging Miracles #2 of 3

Signs and wonders always attract attention. But few take notice when a man or woman finds salvation through Christ. Where is God's power most clearly seen? In a healed tumor, or in a life changed f...

Jun 9, 2010

Judging Miracles #1 of 3

In some cities, you can attend a miracle healing service almost any night, or see one on cable TV during the day. Miracles seem to be everywhere. Almost everybody wants one. Whose heart isn't moved...

Jun 8, 2010

Judging False Prophets #4 of 4

A common theme in cults is the cult leader's total control of his people. False prophets need that sense of power. Unfortunately, false prophets inhabit the church as well as cults. As we run the r...

Jun 7, 2010

Judging False Prophets #3 of 4

"All that glitters is not gold." That's especially true of false teaching. Our task is to discern the genuine article. We need to avoid the rabbit-trails of error as we run the race of life. That m...

Jun 4, 2010

Judging False Prophets #2 of 4

In both Testaments, the Bible has a lot to say about false prophets. Most of it is bad news for prophet and follower alike. Modern-day false prophets promise blessing without repentance, and prospe...

Jun 3, 2010

Judging False Prophets #1 of 4

In a time when people won't endure sound doctrine, it's no great surprise to see so many false prophets on the airwaves. Television: it sells people what they want to buy. Some programmers use it t...

Jun 2, 2010

Judging Doctrine #3 of 3

There is no doctrine more important than the doctrine of salvation. Without it, we face a cold, dark, eternity. There is no room for error or opinion when your soul is at stake. What you and I need...

Jun 1, 2010

Judging Doctrine #2 of 3

Sound doctrine is what we need. Sadly, it's in short supply from many modern-day prophets on religious television. Confusion over doctrine throws many people off the track in the race of life. They...

May 31, 2010

Judging Doctrine #1 of 3

If you watch enough religious cable TV, you'll be totally confused about which doctrines are true and which are false. In the marketplace of religious ideas, packaging and glitz often carry more we...

May 28, 2010

Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged #3 of 3

Cultural distinctives...music styles...food...we're quick to judge one another on matters that are not central to our faith. The race of life is tough enough without being called to task by another...

May 27, 2010

Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged #2 of 3

When finding fault in others, our vision is 20/20. It quickly becomes 20/200 when focusing on our own faults. Jesus taught us to not judge a small splinter in someone else's eye without first remov...

May 26, 2010

Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged #1 of 3

Turn on cable TV, and you'll see a variety of religious experiences. Are they all valid? And, is it even OK to ask? The wise believer runs what he or she sees through a filter of discernment, since...

May 25, 2010

The Future Is Here #4 of 4

May 24, 2010

The Future Is Here #3 of 4

It's easy to fit in, to follow the crowd, to blend with the trend, to accept whatever we encounter without question. But we're called to run life's race, not in the well-worn ruts, but on the high ...

May 24, 2010

The Future Is Here #2 of 4

The Bible says, "Don't let the world press you into its mold." Yet that's exactly what has happened in church after church. The world is happy to accommodate various viewpoints, as long as none cla...

May 24, 2010

The Future Is Here #1 of 4

Years ago, people could see a big difference between the world and the church. Sadly, that difference is fast disappearing. Now, we're in the fast lane with everybody else, racing to acquire more g...

May 24, 2010

You Are Assured of Triumph #3 of 3

"For without faith it is impossible to please God...." This Bible verse is the key to seeing victory when all seems lost. Living in triumph means knowing that nothing can separate you from the love...

May 24, 2010

You Are Assured of Triumph #2 of 3

Romans chapter eight ranks in the pantheon of the greatest words ever penned. The chapter ends in utter triumph. Paul declares that nothing in all creation will ever separate believers in Jesus fro...

May 24, 2010

You Are Assured of Triumph #1 of 3

They're among the most soaring words ever penned...the words the Apostle Paul used to conclude Romans chapter eight. Here he lists all the things that cannot separate us from the love of God. If yo...

May 24, 2010

You Own a Certificate of Acquittal #4 of 4

For centuries, the sins of Israel were covered temporarily by blood sacrifices in the temple at Jerusalem. This was a picture of a future sacrifice, one that would take away sin forever. That sacr...

May 24, 2010

You Own a Certificate of Acquittal #3 of 4

As a monk, Martin Luther would go to confession for hours at a time, trying to be sure his every sin would be forgiven. Did this guarantee him a place in heaven? No, it did not. Certainty only cam...

May 24, 2010

You Own a Certificate of Acquittal #2 of 4

"Will the defendant please rise?" The courtroom is hushed as the judge reads the indictment. Your guilt seems sure. But then a court official steps forward with a certificate of acquittal: a docume...

May 24, 2010

You Own a Certificate of Acquittal #1 of 4

A death-row inmate faces a grim prospect. His date with execution will soon arrive. He's got nowhere to turn. But sometimes, a governor will commute the sentence, or set him free if new evidence is...

May 24, 2010

You're About to Inherit it All #4 of 4

We humans are capable of some pretty awful things. The long history of war, oppression and greed proves that. Being basically selfish, we'd never turn from sin were it not for the grace of God bein...

May 24, 2010

You're About to Inherit It All #3 of 4

In the movie "National Treasure," explorers find a vast horde of gold and jewels after tracking clues to its whereabouts. When Christians explore the Bible, they find a vast horde: blessings that t...

May 24, 2010

You're About to Inherit It All #2 of 4

"If God be for us, who can be against us?" Paul's great question in Romans chapter eight is one we must answer. Some point to circumstances and say they've been abandoned by God. How do we reconcil...

May 24, 2010

You're About to Inherit It All #1 of 4

How would you react if a lawyer called, saying you'd just inherited a million dollars from a distant relative? Disbelief? Sure, but later, reality would sink in when the check was placed in your sh...

May 11, 2010

You Own a Certificate of Acquittal #1 of 4

A death-row inmate faces a grim prospect. His date with execution will soon arrive. He's got nowhere to turn. But sometimes, a governor will commute the sentence, or set him free if new evidence is...

May 10, 2010

You're About to Inherit it All #4 of 4

We humans are capable of some pretty awful things. The long history of war, oppression and greed proves that. Being basically selfish, we'd never turn from sin were it not for the grace of God bein...

May 7, 2010

You're About to Inherit It All #3 of 4

In the movie "National Treasure," explorers find a vast horde of gold and jewels after tracking clues to its whereabouts. When Christians explore the Bible, they find a vast horde: blessings that t...

May 6, 2010

You're About to Inherit It All #2 of 4

"If God be for us, who can be against us?" Paul's great question in Romans chapter eight is one we must answer. Some point to circumstances and say they've been abandoned by God. How do we reconcil...

May 5, 2010

You're About to Inherit It All #1 of 4

How would you react if a lawyer called, saying you'd just inherited a million dollars from a distant relative? Disbelief? Sure, but later, reality would sink in when the check was placed in your sh...

May 5, 2010

You've Been Chosen Forever #4of 4

None of us chose to be born to our parents. It would be folly to think we could've had a say in coming into this world. The birth process into God's family is no different. Peter says, "as newborn ...

May 5, 2010

You've Been Chosen Forever #3 of 4

Those who believe in Jesus and have found new life all share a common reality: they were chosen by God in eternity past. Before they were born, God knew they would share in His eternal kingdom. Thi...

May 5, 2010

You've Been Chosen Forever #2 of 4

Trying to understand fully the mind of God is a bit like taking a drink from a firehose. There's way too much for us to grasp. Comprehending His purposes in the crucial area of personal salvation...

May 5, 2010

You've Been Chosen Forever #1 of 4

These days, seeker-friendly churches are everywhere. We assume people will seek God, if we make them comfortable. As a believer matures in the faith, he or she comes to realize that salvation is ...

May 5, 2010

You're Sure He's Working For Your Good #3 of 3

Some people face adversity with a dour disposition. "What next," they say. Such people don't see a larger Hand at work. The hand of God moves in the lives of His people to bring about good even ...

May 5, 2010

You're Sure He's Working For Your Good #2 of 3

"All things work together for good to them who love God..." does this promise include tragedy and disasters? It's easy to see God's hand when blessings are flowing, it's tougher when all we sense...

Apr 26, 2010

You're Sure He's Working For Your Good #1 of 3

Some call them delusional. They gaze in wonder at believers who accept even tragedy as part of a greater good. Only a Christian can be certain that all of life is heading toward a future glory. ...

Apr 23, 2010

You Have Hope in Suffering #3 of 3

When the economy worsens, many find themselves suffering for the first time. No job, foreclosure, fear for the future. Christians get socked by life's reversals like anyone else. But there is a ...

Apr 22, 2010

You Have Hope in Suffering #2 of 3

Someone once said, "Once you're 60, if it doesn't hurt, it doesn't work." Well, as we believers age, we long for heaven. We long to be free of the limitations of this body, and from the pain we o...

Apr 21, 2010

You Have Hope in Suffering #1 of 3

The rain falls on the just and the unjust, as humans, none of us escapes times of pain, sorrow, or deprivation. It's tough to be optimistic when slogging through life's tough times. Some people t...

Apr 20, 2010

You Will Sit Next to the King #4of 4

"The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs. joint heirs with Christ." That's the teaching of Romans chapter 8, a promise for believers of be...

Apr 19, 2010

You Will Sit Next to the King #3 of 4

The Bible says, "Eye hath not seen the things God has prepared for those that love Him." Believer: just wait. Think life's tough for you? Just wait. Think people treat you poorly? Just wait. T...

Apr 16, 2010

You Will Sit Next to the King #2 of 4

When a child is fearful, his first instinct is to run into the arms of his parents. There's safety and comfort in the family. Christians are born into God's family, and they don't find God unappr...

Apr 15, 2010

You Will Sit Next to the King #1 of 4

How would you feel if you got a letter saying that an unknown benefactor had died, leaving you ten million dollars? You check, and find you're an heir to a fortune, and didn't know it. An heir is...

Apr 14, 2010

You Have a Divine Calling #3 of 3

Most people are stuck in a rut, trying to satisfy themselves with things that only make finding satisfaction more elusive. But the believer in Christ has a whole new life, a life with new desires:...

Apr 13, 2010

You Have a Divine Calling #2 of 3

There aren't many things anyone can be sure of anymore. But despite the economy, we can be certain of one thing. If we are believers in Christ, we have a future beyond the reach of the bill colle...

Apr 12, 2010

You Have a Divine Calling #1 of 3

The economy might soon tank, stocks might plummet, foreclosures might rise. So where is your security found? If you know Christ as savior, your bank deposits are safe, perfectly safe, where "moth...

Apr 9, 2010

When a Nation Forgets God Interview #5

Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." God gave this command to parents, not governments. Throughout history, tyrants have alwa...

Apr 8, 2010

When a Nation Forgets God Interview #4

There's a cardinal rule for all who seek to oppress a people: control the flow of information that the people receive. In the past, that meant turning newspapers into government mouthpieces. Now ...

Apr 7, 2010

When a Nation Forgets God Interview #3

Dictators know that imposing laws is step one in achieving absolute power. Control the laws, and you control the people. Laws provide the framework for arrest and prosecution, they instill in peo...

Apr 6, 2010

When a Nation Forgets God Interview #2

U.S. unemployment: close to 10 percent. Add those who've given up looking for work and the real rate approaches 20 percent. American voters know one thing: if they don't have jobs, they have an e...

Apr 5, 2010

When a Nation Forgets God Interview #1

Psalm 33:12 says "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." What about a nation whose God is no longer the Lord? History is replete with nations abandoning God and suffering the inevitable co...

Apr 2, 2010

A Cry of Submission #3 of 3

When Jesus died on Calvary, He wasn't the victim, He was the Victor. He said His last words, and then dismissed His spirit. Jesus was in charge then, and now. Ascended on high, He intercedes for...

Apr 1, 2010

A Cry of Submission #2 of 3

When Jesus died on the cross, He knew the Father had everything in perfect control. Even His enemies were in God's hands. As we face death, we learn from Jesus that in that supreme moment, trust ...

Mar 31, 2010

A Cry of Submission #1 of 3

No doubt most people live for the here and now. They'll do anything to avoid thinking about their future date with death. Certainly, Jesus taught us how to live. But He also taught us how to die...

Mar 30, 2010

A Cry of Victory #3 of 3

When Jesus said "It is finished," He was proclaiming victory from a place of apparent defeat, dying on a Roman cross. He paid the penalty for the sin of mankind, and we who believe can stand befor...

Mar 29, 2010

A Cry of Victory #2 of 3

Many people think they somehow have to earn their way into heaven. They don't realize how much that would cost. The penalty for sin has to be paid before anyone can enter God's holy presence. Wh...

Mar 26, 2010

A Cry of Victory #1 of 3

It's a great joy to burn a mortgage. The bill is paid in full. The house is now yours...no one else can lay claim to it. When Jesus cried out, "It is finished," He was declaring the debt of sin ...

Mar 25, 2010

A Cry of Suffering #3 of 3

It's a great paradox. The one Who said "I thirst" from the cross is the one Who says "if any man thirst, let Him come to Me." He paid the price that lets sinful man drink from the fountains of ete...

Mar 24, 2010

A Cry of Suffering #2 of 3

The crucifixion of Christ was not an accident of history. The painful details of that awful day were foretold in Scripture. When Jesus said, "I thirst," He fulfilled the words of Psalm 69. In fa...

Mar 23, 2010

A Cry of Suffering #1 of 3

In just two words, Jesus proves His humanity as He hangs on the cross. Two words prove His sufferings were real. We hear Him say, "I thirst," not understanding how painful that thirst had to be. ...

Mar 22, 2010

A Cry of Anguish #3 of 3

In this life, we will never understand the sufferings of Christ on Calvary, nor His pain when the Father forsook Him there. We hear Him say, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?" but we can'...

Mar 19, 2010

A Cry of Anguish #2 of 3

There are many mysteries in the Bible: mysteries we can never fully understand. One of them was uttered by Jesus on the cross; "My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?" God turns His back on Hi...

Mar 18, 2010

A Cry of Anguish #1 of 3

Could more heart-rending words ever be spoken than these from the cross: "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?" Jesus was abandoned by God the Father as the price of sin was paid in full. In...

Mar 17, 2010

A Cry of Compassion #3 of 3

With His life, Jesus taught us how to live. In His death, He taught us how to sacrifice: others first, ourselves last. As Jesus committed His mother into John's care, He commissions us to care fo...

Mar 16, 2010

A Cry of Compassion #2 of 3

On the cross, Jesus committed His mother into the care of His disciple John. Even near death, He thought of others. Today we're considering the third saying of the crucified Christ: a cry of comp...

Mar 15, 2010

A Cry of Compassion #1 of 3

The pain Christ bore on the cross for you and me was immense. But there was someone else at that cross whose heart was breaking. As life slipped from His body, Jesus spoke to His mother, and gave...

Mar 12, 2010

A Cry of Assurance #3 of 3

They say there are no atheists in foxholes. When death is close, people know they need to be ready to face their Creator. While on His cross, Jesus granted forgiveness to a dying thief on a nearb...

Mar 11, 2010

A Cry of Assurance #2 of 3

There are seven sayings of Jesus on the cross...each laden with meaning, each opening a window into the heart of Christ. To a dying thief Jesus gave a cry of assurance: "Today you will be with Me ...

Mar 10, 2010

A Cry of Assurance #1 of 3

If anyone ever needed assurance of salvation, it was the thief on the cross next to that of Jesus. Death was just minutes away. To this new believer Jesus uttered: "Today you will be with Me in P...

Mar 9, 2010

A Cry for Pardon #3 of 3

Jesus said "Father, forgive them" as He was being crucified. Some wonder: does this mean that everyone, everywhere is forgiven? We know from the Bible that the death of Christ on the cross provid...

Mar 8, 2010

A Cry for Pardon #2 of 3

On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times, and last words are important words. Today we'll hear "A Cry for Pardon." Under extreme duress, Jesus asks God to forgive His enemies. Ponder this question:...

Mar 5, 2010

A Cry for Pardon #1 of 3

"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." While dying, Jesus asks God to pardon His enemies. Extending forgiveness to someone who offends you is one thing. But forgiving ...

Mar 4, 2010

His Wounds, Our Healing #4 of 4

Hidden in the counsels of God are all the reasons why He sent Jesus to the cross. Christ's wounds paid a great debt, and the Bible associates those wounds with our healing in Isaiah chapter 53. S...

Mar 3, 2010

His Wounds, Our Healing #3 of 4

Jesus suffered untold pain on the cross. His blood flowed for you and me, from wounds bearing witness of love. His wounds and His death marked the bill of sin "paid in full" for all who would belie...

Mar 2, 2010

His Wounds, Our Healing #2 of 4

Isaiah declared, "He was wounded for our transgressions..." Indeed, Jesus was mortally wounded on the cross. The Bible reveals this truth: although these wounds were inflicted by Roman soldiers an...

Mar 1, 2010

His Wounds, Our Healing #1 of 4

The cross of Christ is history's central event. That amazing sacrifice is what makes salvation possible. We will never plumb the depths of God's love as shown on that fateful day. But we must co...

Feb 26, 2010

Come and See His Empty Tomb #2 of 2

The Apostle Paul said that Jesus was "declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead." If we trust Christ for salvation, that empty tomb in Jerusalem is a promise that t...

Feb 25, 2010

Come and See His Empty Tomb #1 of 2

Every day the newspapers carry fresh obituaries...reminding us that one day our names will appear there as well. Death is everyone's unavoidable fate, the legacy of the first sin committed by Adam...

Feb 24, 2010

Come and See His Agony #3 of 3

Self-determination is thought of as a great American distinctive. We're free to pursue our dreams, wherever they may lead. But believers' dreams must pass through God's hands. Jesus faced untold...

Feb 23, 2010

Come and See His Agony #2 of 3

It is still a peaceful setting, as pilgrims meditate on the great transaction that took place in this ancient garden. Gethsemane lies on the Mount of Olives facing the Old City of Jerusalem. Here...

Feb 22, 2010

Come and See His Agony #1 of 3

For some reason, many Christians believe their walk of faith should take them toward happiness, fulfillment, and prosperity. But the real legacy we inherit from our Master includes suffering. To w...

Feb 19, 2010

Come and See His Transfiguration #3 of 3

Every day a thousand voices call out, saying "listen to me." TV, radio, internet media: they all want our ear. But only one voice is really important. When Jesus was gloriously transfigured on t...

Feb 18, 2010

Come and See His Transfiguration #2 of 3

Small group meetings are very meaningful. But a long time ago there was one small group meeting that has no equal. Atop a high mountain, a glorified Jesus appeared along with Moses and Elijah in ...

Feb 17, 2010

Come and See His Transfiguration #1 of 3

It was on a high place, perhaps Israel's Mount Tabor. Jesus gave three disciples a blinding vision of the future. Here, Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ, symbolizing Jesus as the fulfillment...

Feb 16, 2010

Come and See His Enemies #3 of 3

Some believers feel they have ruined their Christian lives by making agreements with Satan. Is this really possible? Can Satan bind a child of God? Can a Christian sell his or her soul to the de...

Feb 15, 2010

Come and See His Enemies #2 of 3

Throughout the centuries, Christians have debated the meaning of the unpardonable sin Jesus spoke of in Matthew chapter 12. Many wonder if they have ever committed this sin, a sin for which no for...

Feb 12, 2010

Come and See His Enemies #1 of 3

When you've set out to attack someone verbally, and then find yourself out-reasoned, all you may have left is pure rage. That was the case when the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons us...

Feb 11, 2010

Come and See His Miracles #3 of 3

In Old Testament times, people connected sickness with personal sin. We now know this connection is not always accurate. But Jesus used that common perception in healing a paralyzed man, beginnin...

Feb 10, 2010

Come and See His Miracles #2 of 3

There are times when you really need friends, especially at crisis points when we're powerless to solve our own problems. Four men wanted to help a sick man get well. Their determination to get t...

Feb 9, 2010

Come and See His Miracles #1 of 3

What exactly is a miracle? C.S. Lewis defined it as "an interference with nature by a supernatural power." The miracles of Jesus were clear, public, long-lasting, and not in dispute, even by His ...

Feb 8, 2010

Come and See His Disciples #3 of 3

The Sea of Galilee was home base for the disciples Jesus first called. No doubt about it, they knew fishing very well. So when their new master told them where to toss their nets, it took unusual...

Feb 5, 2010

Come and See His Disciples #2 of 3

Many people work their entire lives, hoping that someday they'll have a higher calling than the drudgery of a daily job. When Jesus called Simon and Andrew away from their fishing nets, He said th...

Feb 4, 2010

Come and See His Disciples #1 of 3

Would you leave a lifetime job and head into the financial unknown if a man walked up to you and said, "Come and follow Me?" To those who became His disciples, the call of Jesus was clear and unam...

Feb 3, 2010

Come and See His Temptation #3 of 3

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," people say. Many of us seek immediate gain rather than long-term benefit. Some of us want our comforts and happiness more than we want to do the wil...

Feb 2, 2010

Come and See His Temptation #2 of 3

During Hurricane Katrina, many people stole food in their distress. Illegal? Yes. But OK under the circumstances? These situations are tougher in real life than they are in theory. Jesus had n...

Feb 1, 2010

Come and See His Temptation #1 of 3

When you travel east from Jerusalem, you find yourself in a barren wilderness. Rocks are everywhere, water is scarce. Here, Jesus was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan. Weakened by hunger ...

Jan 29, 2010

Come and See His Baptism #3 of 3

When Jesus sought out John to be baptized in the river Jordan, He was creating a picture for all who would follow Him... That picture was one that predicted His coming atoning death and God's powe...

Jan 28, 2010

Come and See His Baptism #2 of 3

Even today, many people go to the river Jordan to be baptized where their Lord was baptized. Why do they go? They want to identify themselves as fully as possible with Jesus, who submitted to bap...

Jan 27, 2010

Come and See His Baptism #1 of 3

Without political power or military assets, Jesus altered the direction of history, pleasing God by living a perfect life... God's approval was clear when a voice thundered from heaven, "This is m...

Jan 26, 2010

Miles Apart in the Same House #4 of 4

At the core of marriage problems: the issue of sin. In our self-focus, we often don't love our mates as we should... Many marriages begin happily, but then descend into conflict as husband and wi...

Jan 25, 2010

Miles Apart in the Same House #3 of 4

Adam and Eve had it good...real good...back in the Garden of Eden. But they tossed paradise aside when they disobeyed God... Like them, we find ways to manipulate each other to meet our own needs...

Jan 22, 2010

Miles Apart in the Same House #2 of 4

Despite counseling, divorce marks the end of half of American marriages, leaving behind incalculable damage... When the family unit breaks down, culture itself breaks down. Communication breakdow...

Jan 21, 2010

Miles Apart in the Same House #1 of 4

Endangered species: some environmental activists fret about the fate of the snail darter, or, perhaps the spotted owl... But the real endangered species is the family. Fractured, broken, stressed...

Jan 20, 2010

The Goal Is Holiness, Not Happiness #4 of 4

Left to ourselves, we're basically narcissistic. We'd much rather meet our own needs than meet the needs of others. Enter marriage. In matrimony, two people have to care for each other. This co...

Jan 19, 2010

The Goal Is Holiness, Not Happiness #3 of 4

Anyone who thinks that marriage is the magic door to happiness might want to note that fully half of all marriages fail today... The resulting carnage of divorce and shattered families leaves a tr...

Jan 18, 2010

The Goal Is Holiness, Not Happiness #2 of 4

When she comes down the aisle, she's the picture of perfection. And he's Prince Charming in a black tuxedo... On their wedding day, few starry-eyed couples realize the searchlight that their marr...

Jan 15, 2010

The Goal Is Holiness, Not Happiness #1 of 4

Walk down the aisle, say "I do," cut the cake, toss the bouquet. Marriage: it's the way to happiness...or, is it? There's good evidence in the Bible that marriage is designed more to develop char...

Jan 14, 2010

Those Vows Mean Something #4 of 4

The central idea of the marriage vow is this: you and your mate pledge that sexual activity is restricted to the two of you... No old flames...no flings...no other partners. To violate this destr...

Jan 13, 2010

Those Vows Mean Something #3 of 4

Many marriages are on shaky ground. Some see their mates like car models...trade them in when a better one comes along... The underlying issue is covetousness...wanting what you don't have. The ...

Jan 12, 2010

Those Vows Mean Something #2 of 4

When a young couple stands at the altar, all is love, and the wedding vows come easily. It's later that reality sets in... Inevitable conflicts arise...the temptation to split up is great. What ...

Jan 11, 2010

Those Vows Mean Something #1 of 4

In the old days, it was said, "his word is as good as his bond." A handshake and a promise was all it took to seal the deal. These days, when a marriage breaks up, we have pre-nuptual agreements ...

Jan 8, 2010

Building a Lasting Marriage #3 of 3

Commitment: a fast-fading part of modern marriage, where "irreconcilable differences" mean divorce is around the corner... While there were differences between Wanda and Gustav Lutzer, they were n...

Jan 7, 2010

Building a Lasting Marriage #2 of 3

Even among Christians, a marriage today has 50-50 odds of succeeding. Now, it's "split up" when the going gets tough. Wanda and Gustav Lutzer bucked the trend by celebrating 76 years of marriage ...

Jan 6, 2010

Building a Lasting Marriage #1 of 3

What keeps a couple together for 76 years, surviving war, emigration, deprivation, and material want? Today, you'll hear about some national news in Canada: the story of the parents of Dr. Erwin L...

Jan 5, 2010

The Triumph of the Gospel #3 of 3

The church is under attack from all sides. In some cultures, Christians lose their lives for believing in Jesus. The Bible does not promise us a rose garden in this life. But it does assure us o...

Jan 4, 2010

The Triumph of the Gospel #2 of 3

Sometimes we Christians think times are tough. But they never get as tough as they were for Jesus when He faced the cross... No one was ever brought from such depths and raised to such glory as J...

Jan 1, 2010

The Triumph of the Gospel #1 of 3

The way things are going these days, it may seem like the church is losing ground to an advancing culture of paganism... It may appear like we're heading toward defeat. But in reality, the power ...

Dec 31, 2009

Life in the Penalty Box #4 of 4

It would be a long journey from tending sheep in the desert to commanding Egypt's pharaoh, "Let my people go." Moses was molded by God through four decades in a desert to ultimately lead Israel ou...

Dec 30, 2009

Life in the Penalty Box #3 of 3

If life was a bed of roses, we'd never appreciate how good roses smell. For Moses, the desert gave him that appreciation.... Herding sheep was Moses' lot for 40 years, a time during which God was...

Dec 29, 2009

Life in the Penalty Box #2 of 4

In a failing economy, some executives find themselves waiting on tables at restaurants. They've got a friend in Moses.... For Moses, the economy failed when he fled the court of Pharaoh after mur...

Dec 28, 2009

Life in the Penalty Box #1 of 4

Most of us know Moses parted the Red Sea as Egypt's Pharaoh "let his people go." Lesser known is how Moses got there.... The race of life for Moses led him through valleys as well as mountains. ...

Dec 25, 2009

Christ the Deliverer #3 of 3

Christmas Day: a welcome break from the hectic days that are finally over. Spend some time now remembering Jesus.... The "peace on earth" spoken of in the Christmas story will not happen until Je...

Dec 24, 2009

Christ the Deliverer #2 of 3

The Jews of Jesus' day were enslaved by the Roman Empire, eager for anyone to deliver them from Caesar's yoke.... That's why some saw in Jesus the deliverer that had been foretold. They wanted a ...

Dec 23, 2009

Christ the Deliverer #1 of 3

In a Nazareth synagogue, Jesus opened a scroll of Isaiah the prophet and began to read. A hush fell over the audience.... He read of good news for the poor, freedom for prisoners, sight for the b...

Dec 22, 2009

Christ the Servant #3 of 3

Parking lots at the mall: they're full, even when the economy is bad. After all, it's Christmas...we've got to finish shopping... It's all so far from the way things were at the time of Christ. ...

Dec 21, 2009

Christ the Servant #2 of 3

At Christmas, we share the joys of gift-giving and togetherness with family, "making merry," all because of Jesus. Jesus came in poverty that we might be rich. In fact, according to the prophecie...

Dec 18, 2009

Christ the Servant #1 of 3

In general, kings do not perform the role of servants. They have a retinue of people whose sole job it is to serve the king. Jesus will return one day as King of Kings. However, in His first com...

Dec 17, 2009

Christ the King #3 of 3

Many people find Christmas discouraging. Perhaps they have no one to celebrate with...no one to give them a gift.... Let's let Isaiah the prophet lift our spirits by reminding us of the future re...

Dec 16, 2009

Christ the King #2 of 3

Three wise men visited the young Jesus after His birth. We recall their famous trek when we sing the carol "We Three Kings." Kings in ancient times had almost absolute power. A person's life or ...

Dec 15, 2009

Christ the King #1 of 3

Americans have little use for kings. Kings have absolute rule...that's why we declared independence in 1776. Kings have a total claim on their subjects' lives, time, and taxes. We're not used to...

Dec 14, 2009

Christ the Son #3 of 3

Only a week and a half to go...Christmas morning will mark the end of the annual race to the finish line. Then we can rest...until we take back the presents we don't like and put away all those de...

Dec 11, 2009

Christ the Son #2 of 3

When light hits a diamond, the facets reflect brilliantly. We see flashes of color in the radiance of the pure white core.... Like a diamond, the purity of Jesus radiates in many facets as we beho...

Dec 10, 2009

Christ the Son #1 of 3

Merchants: they're into gift-giving, and they all love Christmas. They depend on it for a huge portion of their annual sales. At the mall we're assailed by lights, trees, tinsel, ornaments, and a...

Dec 9, 2009

Lots of Space But No Room #2 of 2

Well, there's only about two weeks of shopping till Christmas, and most of us just hope there's enough time left to get everything done.... If our broadcast finds you making plans to race to the s...

Dec 8, 2009

Lots of Space But No Room #1 of 2

As Christmas approaches, all of us start running like never before. For many, Christmas has become a race of its own.... Buy those presents, decorate that tree, put those cards in the mail. And ...

Dec 7, 2009

The Fingerprints of God #4 of 4

Evolution is, at best, an attempt to evade God's authority over what He's made. That attempt will always fail.... Once the arguments are over, one simple fact remains: there must have been a begi...

Dec 4, 2009

The Fingerprints of God #3 of 4

Evolutionists give the impression that the war is over...Christians should "just get over it." "No way," says Erwin Lutzer.... The teachings of Darwin have corroded the underlying fabric of soci...

Dec 3, 2009

The Fingerprints of God #2 of 4

Some people scan the Bible looking for Jurassic Park. Finding no dinosaurs there, they wonder how those bones fit in.... Today, answers to many questions about how the fossil record fits in with ...

Dec 2, 2009

The Fingerprints of God #1 of 4

The scientific method involves experimentation and the validation of results. When it comes to creation, this won't work.... There's no way to re-enact the moment of creation. Science must give ...

Dec 1, 2009

God's First Couple #3 of 3

Here's a question: when you look in the mirror, do you see the image of God? Now, some of us might, if we did some careful grooming.... All kidding aside, despite all of our shortcomings, God made...

Nov 30, 2009

God's First Couple #2 of 3

Talk about a big assigment: Adam and Eve were given the job of identifying and naming all the animals in Eden... God put His First Couple in charge of the lesser life forms on the earth. Darwin'...

Nov 27, 2009

God's First Couple #1 of 3

For Darwin's followers, there was no Eden. Primitive man rose up by pure chance from the primieval slime, and, here we are. The Bible gives an account with no chances. God hand-made the first h...

Nov 26, 2009

God's Great Universe #4 of 4

Only a scientist with his head fogged by evolution could fail to be amazed at the intricacy of life on earth... The more we probe distant stars, the ocean depths, and the screens of electron micr...

Nov 25, 2009

God's Great Universe #3 of 4

Evolution's biggest problem? The first millisecond of the Big Bang. How did anything come out of absolutely nothing? For most under evolution's sway, the evidence and facts do not matter. Thei...

Nov 24, 2009

God's Great Universe #2 of 4

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." These ten words begin the Bible's book of Genesis... These ten words are the topic sentence for God's great paragraph of creation. Wh...

Nov 23, 2009

God's Great Universe #1 of 4

Evolutionists have a tough sell. It's one thing to say life developed by chance. It's another to say how it all started... Untold quadrillions of stars, planets and galaxies all argue that a De...

Nov 20, 2009

The Tale of Two Graves #4 of 4

North and south are diametrically opposed, as are zero and infinity. The same is true for evolution and creation... You simply can't have it both ways. Compromise may work in Congress, but not i...

Nov 19, 2009

The Tale of Two Graves #3 of 4

Square pegs don't fit in round holes, and evolution and creation cannot both be true. Some Christians have tried to bridge the gap... Bowing to the influence of Charles Darwin, some argue for th...

Nov 18, 2009

The Tale of Two Graves #2 of 4

In war, killing civilians is called collateral damage. Our culture is reeling from the collateral damage done by Charles Darwin... Taken to its logical conclusion, Darwin's evolution sees humans...

Nov 17, 2009

The Tale of Two Graves #1 of 4

Charles Darwin made history with On the Origin of Species. This book helped launch evolution on its way... The battle lines are drawn. Christians believe in a Creator God. Evolutionists believ...

Nov 16, 2009

Occultism: Not Superstitions, But Deceptions #4

Being stuck in the occult is like being stuck in the mud. You may need some help to get free...help that God provides... There is a way out of the bondage of Satanic influence, a bondage that's ...

Nov 13, 2009

Occultism: Not Superstitions, But Deceptions #3

Like the serpent that beguiled Eve, the devil's substitutes for God look good...very good. That's why the occult is so popular..... ....but the occult's teachings are the doctrines of demons...d...

Nov 12, 2009

Occultism: Not Superstitions, But Deceptions #2

Satan has many disguises, and he'll do anything to draw our attention away from God. That's why the occult is so prevalent. These days, many people believe more in ghosts than in the living God....

Nov 11, 2009

Occultism: Not Superstitions, But Deceptions #1

The occult: more than Ouija boards. It's the kids who shoot up high schools, and each other. It's a trap we must avoid..... Our culture is tuned to the frequency of occult phenomena like never...

Nov 10, 2009

Pleasure: Life on Empty #3 of 3

We've got a hundred cable channels, 22 theater screens, DVDs, the Internet, and Facebook. Hey...who needs more? Today's Christians are awash in a sea of pleasures. We've got time for our plasm...

Nov 9, 2009

Pleasure: Life on Empty #2 of 3

Our culture says, "If it feels good, do it." So...does having a desire mean it's always OK to satisfy it? .......no...you can't yell "fire" in a crowded theater because you feel like it. While...

Nov 6, 2009

Pleasure: Life on Empty #1 of 3

The TV commercial once said: "You only go around once in life. Grab all the gusto you can." That's not a bad idea. .......but the gusto you should grab is probably not what most people have in...

Nov 5, 2009

Sexual Freedom: The Poisoned Oasis #4 of 4

No one involved in sexual promiscuity really wants to be there. They are trapped, looking desperately for a way out.... It's said that all of Satan's apples have worms...and too many Christians ...

Nov 4, 2009

Sexual Freedom: The Poisoned Oasis #3 of 4

If we could see the scars we'll bear when we break God's laws on sexual behavior, we'd never break them in the first place...... .......God designed our greatest sexual fulfillment to be in a cov...

Nov 3, 2009

Sexual Freedom: The Poisoned Oasis #2 of 4

God intended marriage to be permanent. But our culture says marriages can be broken when a better deal comes along...... .......however, that better deal carries with it some heavy baggage: the ...

Nov 2, 2009

Sexual Freedom: The Poisoned Oasis #1 of 4

Watch prime-time TV for two hours. You'll conclude that extramarital sex and divorce are choices we can freely make...... .......yes, we're free all right...free to ruin our lives and ruin the l...

Oct 30, 2009

Pornography: The Soul Defiled #4 of 4

Pornography: it's everywhere, perverting the right use of sex. Sadly, "everywhere" includes the computers of Christians, yet the Bible's commands to abstain from lust are still in force. Millions...

Oct 29, 2009

Pornography: The Soul Defiled #3 of 4

It used to be confined to back-alley theaters and musty bookshops. Now, pornography is yours at the click of a mouse and the internet can bring filth into the privacy of our own homes, as high-tec...

Oct 28, 2009

Pornography: The Soul Defiled #2 of 4

One of Satan's oldest tricks is getting us to satisfy legitimate desires outside of God's will. Eve ate forbidden fruit. And when we dabble in pornography the result is moral decay and destroyed ...

Oct 27, 2009

Pornography: The Soul Defiled #1 of 4

There's no denying it. At root, all of us are sexual creatures, with appetites given to us by God to be used as He intended. And since we all have sexual desires, it's easy to be trapped into sati...

Oct 26, 2009

Alcoholism: Quitting Tomorrow #4 of 4

One would think that committed Christians have little chance of becoming alcoholics. But the snare of drinking can tempt anyone. As one drink leads to another, a believer can become chemically de...

Oct 23, 2009

Alcoholism: Quitting Tomorrow #3 of 4

A drink: once in the bloodstream, alcohol messes with your mind and your judgment, and it loosens your moral anchor. Alcohol, in its various forms, is a trap baited with the promise of "the good l...

Oct 22, 2009

Alcoholism: Quitting Tomorrow #2 of 4

"Just one more"...most alcoholics say they can stop drinking whenever they want. Problem is, "whenever" never comes. Christians are not immune from the pull of alcohol, and the chance of a life r...

Oct 21, 2009

Alcoholism: Quitting Tomorrow #1 of 4

Drunk drivers...every day they kill more of our kids (FX: crash). Alcohol: it's the tolerated drug. Alcohol abuse is costing our society billions in lost productivity, lost relationships, and los...

Oct 20, 2009

Gambling: Don't Bet On It #4 of 4

Down deep, every gambler knows that the house always wins. Yet, like a drug, gambling turns dabblers into addicts. You can't walk the Las Vegas strip without noting the billions of dollars in shi...

Oct 19, 2009

Gambling: Don't Bet On It #3 of 4

Gamblers place their god of chance above the God of the Bible. They trust in dice, the slots, and the Powerball lottery, but God calls all of this idolatry...looking anywhere but to Him for our su...

Oct 16, 2009

Gambling: Don't Bet On It #2 of 4

The Bible says "work for a living, and trust God." The culture says "gamble for your big break, and trust yourself." Who's right? You've guessed it. God is right. Nearly every dollar gambled is...

Oct 15, 2009

Gambling: Don't Bet On It #1 of 4

Casinos know gambling is a lousy deal, except for them. They call it "gaming" instead. Whatever the label, it's bad news. From lottery tickets to video poker, gambling spells big trouble, taking...

Oct 14, 2009

Greed: The Heart Revealed #4 of 4

It's easy to spot greed in others. You can tell when people are lusting after money or other things, you see it in their faces. But the trouble is that often we can't see it in ourselves and that...

Oct 13, 2009

Greed: The Heart Revealed #3 of 4

Even in a tough economy, it seems the rich keep getting richer, building bigger barns to store all the stuff they're buying. Jesus says those who accumulate money and things might be in for a rude...

Oct 12, 2009

Greed: The Heart Revealed #2 of 4

I Timothy 6:10: "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith, in their greed." Paul goes on to say that the greedy "pierce themselves through w...

Oct 9, 2009

Greed: The Heart Revealed #1 of 4

In good or bad times, even committed Christians feel the tug of money. Greed lies like a serpent within us and is the first of the Seven Secret Snares that Erwin Lutzer is exposing during his curr...

Oct 8, 2009

Welcome To The War #3 of 3

"Not my fault!" These days it's common to blame everyone else for our conflicts...everyone except the sinner within. James tells Christians that conflicts come from inner desires at war with the p...

Oct 7, 2009

Welcome To The War #2 of 3

Tension...quarrels...fights...at one time or another, all of us find ourselves in conflict with someone else. It's no fun. Even Christians have a dark side...desires within that can snare us on th...

Oct 6, 2009

Welcome To The War #1 of 3

The track you're running on may look okay, but lurking ahead is a trap. One wrong step and you're on a side road...permanently. The world is no friend to the committed Christian. Temptations abou...

Oct 5, 2009

When The Answer Disappoints #3 of 3

The Christian life: joy, assurance, and deep satisfaction. But it's also a life of suffering. Can these co-exist? Today, we'll learn why faith always leads to ultimate victory, but may not change...

Oct 2, 2009

When The Answer Disappoints #2 of 3

We Americans have short attention spans. We're used to soundbite news, fast food, and immediate solutions to problems. However, many people pray for years, asking God for deliverance from appalli...

Oct 1, 2009

When The Answer Disappoints #1 of 3

All around us are people with long term health issues...issues that seem to have no resolution, short of divine healing. But when these people pray for healing, the answer appears to be an ongoing ...

Sep 30, 2009

When The Answer Is Denied #3 of 3

When Christians find themselves in a time of need, they naturally pray for God to provide. Sometimes the answer is "no...." How we then react is crucial. We must come to understand that even the...

Sep 29, 2009

When The Answer Is Denied #2 of 3

When we earnestly pray for something we believe to be in God's will, and find the answer to be "no," what do we do? First, remember that you're in good company. The Apostle Paul had a great need...

Sep 28, 2009

When The Answer Is Denied #1 of 3

It's tough taking "no" for an anwer. As children, we all felt those "no's," when our parents chose to deny our requests. As children of God, there are times when the answer to a prayer of ours is...

Sep 25, 2009

When The Answer Is Disaster #4 of 4

When it seems our nation is ripping away from its moorings, we as believers need to understand the prophet Habakkuk. This prophet lived in a time of turmoil not unlike our own. His small book in ...

Sep 24, 2009

When The Answer Is Disaster #3 of 4

Habakkuk the prophet might as well have been writing in our day. Many of his observations belong on the front page. It's easy to feel trapped with no way out. Evildoers are having a field day an...

Sep 23, 2009

When The Answer Is Disaster #2 of 4

America looks a lot like the Israel that Habakkuk the prophet had to deal with. Things are bad and getting worse. The prophet's dialogs with God reveal a man wrestling with how God could seemingl...

Sep 22, 2009

When The Answer Is Disaster #1 of 4

Our nation seems to be heading down a path toward more government control and less freedom. So, what should Christians do? It's not unlike the scenario painted by Habakkuk the prophet: things wer...

Sep 21, 2009

When The Answer Is Disguised #3 of 3

When God answers our prayers in ways we don't expect, He's reminding us that it's Him we really need, not the answers. Today, we're concluding a message on making sure our relationships with God a...

Sep 18, 2009

When The Answer Is Disguised #2 of 3

There's a process that takes place as we mature as Christians. Our prayers shift from asking for things, to asking for God. That's why some of our prayers are answered in ways that surprise us. ...

Sep 17, 2009

When The Answer Is Disguised #1 of 3

Sometimes, we ask God for things we clearly need. No answer is forthcoming. But then, out of left field, another answer comes our way. Prayer is something of a mystery. We're commanded to ask i...

Sep 16, 2009

When The Answer Is Delayed #4 of 4

Scan your cable TV box...sooner or later you'll land on a channel offering faith healing services. Watch out. All too many people bring high hopes to these kinds of meetings, only to leave disapp...

Sep 15, 2009

When The Answer Is Delayed #3 of 4

Most of us get antsy when having to wait more than five minutes at McDonald's. Oh, to be Abraham in the Old Testament. God gave this man promises that would not come to pass for hundreds of years...

Sep 14, 2009

When The Answer Is Delayed #2 of 4

Our lifespans are microscopic when measured against a vast eternity. God has a much longer timeframe. Abraham would never live to see the promises God made to him come to pass. In that light, wh...

Sep 11, 2009

When The Answer Is Delayed #1 of 4

We're truly creatures of time, and waiting means minutes, hours and days. But months and years? That's tough. When we pray for something, we hope for a quick response from God. But God has His ...

Sep 10, 2009

When The Promises Don't Work #3 of 3

Someone has said, "Pressure produces." It's when we're in the crucible of suffering that our characters are refined and our character is what God is interested in...even more than in answering our...

Sep 9, 2009

When The Promises Don't Work #2 of 3

When we pray, and the answers to our prayers don't come on our schedule, many of us lose heart. Does this happen to you? Perhaps we don't grasp the real reason for praying. The Bible tells us th...

Sep 8, 2009

When The Promises Don't Work #1 of 3

It happens again and again: a child at death's door...urgent prayer...the child dies anyway. Where was God? When prayer is not answered as we'd like, many simply give up and stop praying. We ma...

Sep 7, 2009

A Bad Man Made Good #4 of 4

Some philosophers see both good and evil in human nature. For them, the side that wins is determined by our environment. As much as we'd like to take credit for being basically nice people, only ...

Sep 4, 2009

A Bad Man Made Good #3 of 4

John Newton wrote about "Amazing Grace that saved a wretch like me." We like the song, but we're not so sure about that "wretch" part. Fact is, we can't win in life's race without agreeing with G...

Sep 3, 2009

A Bad Man Made Good #2 of 4

After the terrorist attack on 9-11, even liberal philosophers acknowledged the presence of evil in human nature. No one doubts it's there. The question is how to deal with it. Some say "seek enl...

Sep 2, 2009

A Bad Man Made Good #1 of 4

Many philosophers see a dual nature in mankind: good and evil coexisting, and fighting for ultimate control. The Bible paints a different picture: one of a basic depravity that can only be remedie...

Sep 1, 2009

The Healing Power Of The Light #4 of 4

Surgeons have to cut to heal. And coming clean with God may mean some pain. Making past wrongs right can't be avoided. Imagine running, free of a guilty conscience, heading full speed toward you...

Aug 31, 2009

The Healing Power Of The Light #3 of 4

Aug 28, 2009

The Healing Power Of The Light #2 of 4

We like to think of ourselves as basically good people who make mistakes, not as sinners desperately needing the grace of God. But to run life's race well, we need to acknowledge the truth about o...

Aug 27, 2009

The Healing Power Of The Light #1 of 4

Under cover of darkness, criminals steal and destroy. We speak of "bringing their deeds to light" as they face justice. The light cuts the darkness like a knife. It reveals our hearts the way th...

Aug 26, 2009

Let Me Control Your Life #3 of 3

Behind a fa├žade of spiritual leadership, prominent Christians can become control freaks, doing much damage to the kingdom. Like King Saul of old, these people forget that God is ultimately in char...

Aug 25, 2009

Let Me Control Your Life #2 of 3

Control freaks are obsessed with themselves. It's sad, but true: by subjugating others, they seek to elevate their own importance. At some point such people become evil, as did King Saul of Israe...

Aug 24, 2009

Let Me Control Your Life #1 of 3

Some people are consumed with their own importance...so much so that they seek to control the lives of those around them to prove it. Such behavior is destructive, and can ruin the race of life fo...

Aug 21, 2009

Pathways To Addiction #3 of 3

Addictive behavior's tangled web always starts with small steps that lead to bigger steps. Soon, the addict is trapped. But there is a way to rejoin the race of life: to stop the cycle of depende...

Aug 20, 2009

Pathways To Addiction #2 of 3

Some people are addicted to substances, others to destructive habits. But the one thing all addicts need is the way out. Addictions always hobble us in the race of life. Once caught in the trap,...

Aug 19, 2009

Pathways To Addiction #1 of 3

It's sad, but true: Christians are not immune to addictive behavior. Many are trapped in a web of deceit and bondage. Runners in life's race cannot win if they're caught up in addictions of any ki...

Aug 18, 2009

The Father's Voice #3 of 3

After the 9-11 attack on New York City, many Americans feared for their security, and hearts turned toward home. Every child craves the security of a father's embrace. What many Christians may no...

Aug 17, 2009

The Father's Voice #2 of 3

When you come from a home without a good father, or from a home with no father, life can be tough... very tough. Sown in you may be seeds of future conflict. But those seeds need not germinate if...

Aug 14, 2009

The Father's Voice #1 of 3

There's one person who's the key to how you relate to life and to life's stressful situations. That person is your dad. We who run the race of life may not even realize the deep impact left by ou...

Aug 13, 2009

The Roots Of Rage #4 of 4

Uncontrollable anger is not just excess hormones. It's a problem of the spirit, only solvable in the spiritual realm. Running life's race is hard enough without being sidelined by fits of rage. ...

Aug 12, 2009

The Roots Of Rage #3 of 4

Some people think you can get rid of anger by hitting something inanimate, and "letting off some steam." Trouble is: this doesn't work. Modern pop psychology is no match for the Bible in pinpoint...

Aug 11, 2009

The Roots Of Rage #2 of 4

It's like an iceberg. Hidden below many a person's calm surface is a huge mass of rage which can burst forth at any time. No one can win in the race of life when he or she is tripped up by fits o...

Aug 10, 2009

The Roots Of Rage #1 of 4

We've all seen it: people out of control with anger. They drive dangerously. They start fights. But where does this rage come from? Winning in life's race means getting rage under control. Tod...

Aug 7, 2009

The Curse and Cure Of Shame #4 of 4

We all know about the curse of shame: the guilt, the heavy emotional load. But what about the cure? Is there one? Yes, you can win in the race of life. You can win over shame. Today: you're a...

Aug 6, 2009

The Curse and Cure of Shame #3 of 4

We've all experienced the painful emotion of shame: either because we've done wrong, or, because wrongs have been done to us. And sadly, some homes are based on shame. Today, we'll learn about sh...

Aug 5, 2009

The Curse and Cure of Shame #2 of 4

One emotion entered the human race early. After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve felt powerful waves of shame. And when we sin, we too look for some way to cover ourselves...some way to a...

Aug 4, 2009

The Curse and Cure of Shame #1 of 4

It's a powerful and painful emotion. We've all felt it, but some have felt it so deeply that it threatens to destroy them. Shame: this emotion can be a curse. Today, we're going to explore its or...

Aug 3, 2009

Deceived and Loving It #3 of 3

Sad, but true: in our enlightened culture, we no longer repent of our sins. Instead, we've learned to manage them. We're so deceived; we think we're OK as long as we keep our sins in balance, lik...

Jul 31, 2009

Deceived and Loving It #2 of 3

Jul 30, 2009

Deceived and Loving It #1 of 3

Lost in mystery is why Eve took a bite from that prohibited tree in the Garden of Eden. Not lost in mystery is the fallout. As a race, we humans are deceived. We deceive ourselves, and we specia...

Jul 29, 2009

Lost in a House of Mirrors #3 of 3

From presidents to paupers, a common theme of the human race is self-deception. We lie, and what's more, we enjoy it. We're far from being the inherently good people our culture says we are. In ...

Jul 28, 2009

Lost in a House of Mirrors #2 of 3

Remember the fairy tale? A lady, hoping for a positive response, says "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" She wanted to hear what we want to hear: that we are really OK,...

Jul 27, 2009

Lost in a House of Mirrors #1 of 3

When Timothy McVeigh went to his execution, America was left wondering how a decorated war veteran could've done something so evil. Many ask why seemingly good people turn bad...people who, based ...

Jul 24, 2009

The Sword of the Spirit #3 of 3

Often, when we hear teaching, it all seems theoretical. The hard part is getting hold of ways to make it real in our lives. We've been learning about the armor of God for some time now on Running...

Jul 23, 2009

The Sword of the Spirit #2 of 3

The fight against the devil never stops. But Jesus showed us how to defeat him during a forty day fast in the desert. He did what he wants us to do: he used the word of God as an offensive weapon...

Jul 22, 2009

The Sword of the Spirit #1 of 3

There's no doubt: all who name the name of Christ are in a lifelong battle. We share an enemy who never gets tired. That's why we've been given the armor of God: five pieces for defense, and one ...

Jul 21, 2009

The Helmet of Salvation #4 of 4

The last thing the devil needs is a believer sure of his or her acceptance before God. Such a believer is a threat. When that believer wears God's armor, in particular, "The Helmet of Salvation,"...

Jul 20, 2009

The Helmet of Salvation #3 of 4

It's tough to not know who your parents are. Many kids are wounded for life by never knowing to whom they belong. It's also tough to grow in the Christian life without the assurance that you are ...

Jul 17, 2009

The Helmet of Salvation #2 of 4

Many are uncertain if their salvation is a sure thing. Some teach that salvation can be lost if we sin too great. It's tough to go into battle with the devil and not be sure you're on the winning...

Jul 16, 2009

The Helmet of Salvation #1 of 4

We've all heard the phrase, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste." It's also a terrible thing to let fall into Satan's influence. Someone else has said, "What you think, you are." It's vital to ...

Jul 15, 2009

The Shield of Faith #4 of 4

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." By faith we grasp the hand of God. Satan wants to disconnect us from our faith by bombarding us with doubts. The l...

Jul 14, 2009

The Shield of Faith #3 of 4

In The Lord of the Rings, the evil Grimmer Wormtongue whispers lies into the ears of the King of Rohan. He's just like Satan, who whispers lies into our ears. His goal: to make us ineffective as ...

Jul 13, 2009

The Shield of Faith #2 of 4

There are times in the life of every believer when things get so bad that we doubt God's care. That's when Satan strikes. Flaming arrows come our way challenging our faith, making us question if ...

Jul 10, 2009

The Shield of Faith #1 of 4

Flaming arrows...that's the image the Bible uses when describing the attacks of the devil on believers who want to live for God. There is a defense Christians can use to ward off Satan's fiery dar...

Jul 9, 2009

The Shoes of Peace #4 of 4

Some think peace is just the absence of conflict. But God can give us inner calm even when the world is topsy-turvy. Jesus knew His disciples would face extreme trials. Most would die as martyrs...

Jul 8, 2009

The Shoes of Peace #3 of 4

Taking the gospel of peace to a world under Satan's dominion: that's a sure way to find yourself immediately at war. The devil sets his sights on any believer obeying the command to take the gospe...

Jul 7, 2009

The Shoes of Peace #2 of 4

"Peace I leave with you...my peace I give unto you...." The words of Jesus are very dear when circumstances get tough. The peace of God is unlike any kind of peace we can get from the world. God...

Jul 6, 2009

The Shoes of Peace #1 of 4

Inner calm: it's great when everything around you is a swirl of conflict. In trying times, peace is what we need. And peace is much more than just a sense of well-being. Its basis is what Paul c...

Jul 3, 2009

The Breastplate of Righteousness #3 of 3

It's one thing to believe that the righteousness of Jesus can be credited to our account before a holy God. But it's another to put that knowledge to use when we find ourselves sinning every day. ...

Jul 2, 2009

The Breastplate of Righteousness #2 of 3

In some religions, the idea is: do as many good works as you can. At your judgment, you hope the good works outweigh the bad. Believers can rejoice that Jesus bestows His personal righteousness a...

Jul 1, 2009

The Breastplate of Righteousness #1 of 3

Inside, we all know that the slightest sin separates us from the white-hot purity of God. And we all commit sin. Satan the accuser points to us as Christians to say "Look at you. You sinned agai...

Jun 30, 2009

The Belt of Truth #3 of 3

Go to any bookstore. There you'll find a plethora of authors spewing outright lies about the God revealed in the Bible. Whether it's about witchcraft, New Age spirituality, or pseudo-science, the...

Jun 29, 2009

The Belt of Truth #2 of 3

It's as old as the Garden of Eden: Satan whispering lies into our ears, lies about the nature and character of God. We're all born with a propensity to believe those lies, lies that tell us that d...

Jun 26, 2009

The Belt of Truth #1 of 3

Like it or not, we're all in a spiritual war. We can either succumb to Satan's devices, or, wear God's armor and fight. The Apostle Paul revealed the weapons of the armor of God in the book of Ep...

Jun 25, 2009

The Cosmic Conflict #3 of 3

The peace of Eden's garden was shattered when sin entered the world. Down through the ages, the damage continues to mount. As believers in Jesus, our eyes have been opened to the reality of a spi...

Jun 24, 2009

The Cosmic Conflict #2 of 3

Our lives may seem peaceful, but always in the background is the sound of war. That's because there is a war going on. That war is in a place we cannot see. Demonic forces wage a battle against ...

Jun 23, 2009

The Cosmic Conflict #1 of 3

Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, terror attacks across the globe, war... it seems, is never far away. That's just on the plane of existence we can see. But beyond what our senses can discern i...

Jun 22, 2009

Getting Over It #3 of 3

The human condition: we're all born with a propensity to sin and a desire to seek revenge whenever we're attacked. But vengeance is not something we have a right to. The Bible declares that "Veng...

Jun 19, 2009

Getting Over It #2 of 3

Sometimes every instinct we have runs counter to what the Bible says to do. That's especially true of reconciliation. When someone attacks us, we want to attack back. But the Bible says, "Bless ...

Jun 18, 2009

Getting Over It #1 of 3

Despite our best efforts, some people will refuse reconciliation, and hang on to their hurts until their knuckles turn white. Letting go of past injustice seems, for many, to be the ultimate insul...

Jun 17, 2009

The High Cost of Reconciliation #4 of 4

"Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven," Jesus said. Is He saying that man can tell God what to do? This verse from Matthew 18 has been controversial for centuries. Today, Erwin Lut...

Jun 16, 2009

The High Cost of Reconciliation #3 of 4

What do you do when a fellow believer sins and will not repent? Jesus told us what to do: invoke church discipline. It's never easy to confront a sinning Christian, so Jesus gave us teaching on h...

Jun 15, 2009

The High Cost of Reconciliation #2 of 4

Someone said, "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." That's so true when it comes to reconciliation. People will stay divided until someone takes action: the action Jesus sp...

Jun 12, 2009

The High Cost of Reconciliation #1 of 4

No one ever said that reconciliation is easy. It can be very hard. But this is certain: reconciliation is necessary. It can take years to form the deep divisions that keep families and former fr...

Jun 11, 2009

Christians in the Courtroom #3 of 3

Jesus never complained when He suffered. So why do we haul fellow believers into court when we think we've been cheated? Maybe it's too many courtroom shows on TV. We think we can get justice fr...

Jun 10, 2009

Christians in the Courtroom #2 of 3

Making sure you get justice is a big deal in the world's value system. That's why so many people file lawsuits. When Christians absorb the world's values, they file lawsuits along with everybody ...

Jun 9, 2009

Christians in the Courtroom #1 of 3

It's almost fashionable to sue someone these days. Court dockets are full as people demand payback for injustice. Sadly, too many of these cases involve Christians, in clear violation of the New ...

Jun 8, 2009

Dodging Spears #3 of 3

"I just wish he'd stop it!" When you're under constant attack, you cry out for God to intervene, to end the long misery. When God deposed King Saul, David was anointed to be king of Israel. Well...

Jun 5, 2009

Dodging Spears #2 of 3

Saul did not like it when God removed him as Israel's king. He spent ten years trying to kill his replacement: David. Like David, some of us have been on the receiving end of spears thrown by tho...

Jun 4, 2009

Dodging Spears #1 of 3

"Someone's out to get me." That's what David must have thought as King Saul tried to kill him for ten long years. Many people are under constant attack by those who want to do them harm. What dr...

Jun 3, 2009

Family Feuds: Seeing God in Injustice #4 of 4

How many of us are old enough to remember the old TV comedy about the long-running feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys? Well, real-life feuds are anything but funny. The best part about a f...

Jun 2, 2009

Family Feuds: Seeing God in Injustice #3 of 4

Sometimes, family feuds run for centuries. Generations after generations nurse the old grudges that keep people apart. But the cycle can be broken. Forgiving others for great wrongs dissolves ye...

Jun 1, 2009

Family Feuds: Seeing God in Injustice #2 of 4

"With friends like you, who needs enemies?" Joseph got that feeling when a friend's broken promise left him in jail. Falsely accused of rape, Joseph found himself rotting in a dungeon, wondering i...

May 29, 2009

Family Feuds: Seeing God in Injustice #1 of 4

Families can be torn apart by feuds: long-running animosities usually caused by someone's past unjust actions. Whether due to some imagined or real hurt, or to an inheritance wrongly divided, som...

May 28, 2009

Brothers at War #3 of 3

Reconciliation between estranged brothers is very sweet. Jacob went out of his way to make things right with Esau. Having cheated Esau out of his birthright, Jacob had to greatly humble himself b...

May 27, 2009

Brothers at War #2 of 3

It would be nice if all disputes could be resolved, all conflicts reconciled. In the real world, that's not always possible. In some cases, resolution is not an option, and we have to cut all tie...

May 26, 2009

Brothers at War #1 of 3

Eliphaz told Job, "Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward." And trouble is what two brothers had. Jacob and Esau are classic examples of how different two children can be. Like in an...

May 25, 2009

The Challenge of Raising Cain #3 of 3

We all recoil from stories of killers who slay without conscience or remorse, and then complain if they're not treated properly. In their twisted minds, these people have a double standard of beha...

May 22, 2009

The Challenge of Raising Cain #2 of 3

Whether it's fair or not, most families have a favorite son or daughter. In the eyes of siblings, the favorite gets all the breaks. Cain thought Abel got all the breaks. When God approved of Abe...

May 21, 2009

The Challenge of Raising Cain #1 of 3

Ever met a destroyer...someone who can inflict tremendous hurt without feeling any guilt? Sadly, destroyers are everywhere. They're really tuned in to their own pain, but are incapable of caring...

May 20, 2009

The Blinding Power of an Offense #3 of 3

Trying to predict all the effects of being offended is like predicting where all the waves will go when you toss a rock into a pond. When we react to an offense, some collateral damage is very lik...

May 19, 2009

The Blinding Power of an Offense #2 of 3

In Spain, bullfighters wave red flags to get the bulls to charge, thus we say we're "seeing red" when really angry. And nothing gets us madder than being offended by another person. When someone ...

May 18, 2009

The Blinding Power of an Offense #1 of 3

It's instinctive to recoil from pain. Just watch what happens when you stick a friend with a pin. But then there's inner pain. Some conflict in life is inevitable, but when others cause our conf...

May 15, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Hearts #3 of 3

It may be that church in America has never been as rich in wealth, while at the same time as poor in spiritual power. This indictment was handed down by Jesus to the ancient church at Laodicea. H...

May 14, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Hearts #2 of 3

No one likes lukewarm food or drink. Hot or cold is much better. Jesus said as much when evaluating a local church. He had strong words for the lukewarm Laodicean church in Revelation chapter th...

May 13, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Hearts #1 of 3

Some Bible scholars see a progression as Jesus evaluates seven successive churches in the book of Revelation. They see the passing of history, with each church representing an era of time. If so,...

May 12, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Vision #3 of 3

When churches check themselves out against those listed in Revelation chapters two and three, there's one church they want to be like.... The church at Philadelphia earned high marks from Jesus fo...

May 12, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Vision #2 of 3

In what is now Turkey, the ancient church at Philadelphia earned the commendation of Jesus for its faithfulness to his name. And today, faithful churches are growing even in hostile places...churc...

May 8, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Vision #1 of 3

Every Christian longs to hear "well done" when he or she stands before Jesus one day. The same applies to the local church. Jesus addressed seven local churches in the book of Revelation. Often,...

May 7, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Reality #3 of 3

In the final analysis, it won't matter whether you were rich or poor, famous or unknown. Only one thing will matter...whether you as a believer were an overcomer. Jesus makes that clear in his an...

May 6, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Reality #2 of 3

Sober words...we'd rather hear happy words. But Jesus is quite clear about his expectations for every local church. "Be watchful...hold fast to what you've heard...repent...or else I will come up...

May 5, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Reality #1 of 3

Self-delusion: it's almost too easy. The drunk says "I can quit anytime." All too many do not see reality. Some churches think all is well. Great numbers convince them God is doing a mighty wor...

May 4, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Holiness #3 of 3

The eyes of the risen Jesus are like a flame of fire. They sift through our excuses to identify those who overcome. Jesus mentions overcomers many times during his evaluations of seven ancient ch...

May 1, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Holiness #2 of 3

It takes a lot of gall to celebrate sin and encourage it within the church. Yet this is exactly what happened at Thyatira. This church was one of seven singled out by Jesus for words of judgment ...

Apr 30, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Holiness #1 of 3

Mention "holiness" to many people, and they immediately envision someone locked up in a monastery or perhaps a convent. But holiness really means being set apart, or separated from sin and unto Go...

Apr 29, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Teaching #3 of 3

The church shines brightest when it's seen in dark places. Jesus commended local churches that held fast to truth. He addressed seven local churches in the book of Revelation, and spoke there of ...

Apr 28, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Teaching #2 of 3

In elementary school, teachers drive home the concepts of the ABC's, numbers, and how to read and write. Teachers play a crucial role in the formation of our youth. In the same way, Bible teacher...

Apr 27, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Teaching #1 of 3

From the earliest days of the church, a battle has raged: a battle to protect the truth from an onslaught of false teaching. In the book of Revelation, Jesus singled out the church at Pergamum in ...

Apr 24, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Suffering #3 of 3

In the game Monopoly, there's a "Get Out of Jail Free" card that let's you avoid the prison you probably deserve. But in the church of Jesus, persecution is assured, and there is no "Get Out of Ja...

Apr 23, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Suffering #2 of 3

Is there anything for which you would give your life? The early followers of Jesus often had to give theirs as martyrs. The word martyr simply means "witness." In many places, being a witness fo...

Apr 22, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Suffering #1 of 3

We don't know a lot about the New Testament church at Smyrna in what is now modern Turkey. There's no record of its founding. But what we do know speaks volumes about the opinion Jesus had of thi...

Apr 21, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Love #3 of 3

Jesus has clear expectations of his followers, and of his local churches. It's our job to make sure He's pleased. His words to seven churches in Revelation describe conditions no different than t...

Apr 20, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Love #2 of 3

"I have good news, and I have bad news." We've all heard this before, wondering which news it's better to hear first. Jesus had words for seven churches in the early chapters of the book of Revel...

Apr 17, 2009

When Jesus Observes Our Love #1 of 3

New Christians often have a radiant love for Jesus. Sadly, as time passes, that love sometimes cools. In the first century AD, Ephesus was a major city along the coast of what is now Turkey. Act...

Apr 16, 2009

A Vision of Jesus #3 of 3

We learn from the book of Philippians that God has highly exalted Jesus, giving him the name which is above every name. That exalted Jesus fills the pages of the book of Revelation, a Jesus with h...

Apr 15, 2009

A Vision of Jesus #2 of 3

Ever wondered what Jesus looks like? Famous paintings give the impression of a man with long hair and a kind face. But the Jesus of artwork is a far cry from the Jesus of Revelation, a Christ wit...

Apr 14, 2009

A Vision of Jesus #1 of 3

The Bible ends with the book of Revelation: a glimpse into the future. Here we see Christ in glory, the Lord of his church. Seven local churches in what is now Turkey each received a personal wor...

Apr 13, 2009

Resurrected Dreams #3 of 3

There is no way to measure the joy of some heartbroken disciples when the risen Christ revealed Himself at Emmaus. Their shattered dreams were brought back to life in an instant. And a living Jes...

Apr 10, 2009

Resurrected Dreams #2 of 3

At Emmaus, the resurrected Jesus walked with disciples so dejected, so sorrowful that they did not even recognize Him. Their dreams shattered, they only sought escape from their pain. But their h...

Apr 9, 2009

Resurrected Dreams #1 of 3

Early on, the disciples of Jesus argued over who would sit with Him in the kingdom. But when Jesus died, their dreams died. Their best-laid plans were in ruins. For some, the best thing to do see...

Apr 8, 2009

The High Cost of Lost Opportunities #3 of 3

When Jesus cursed a fig tree for not bearing fruit, He was telling us that His followers had better bear fruit He could approve. As the poet wrote, "Only one life, 'twill soon be past...only what'...

Apr 7, 2009

The High Cost of Lost Opportunities #2 of 3

When we think of Palm Sunday, we think of adoring crowds cheering a King. We don't tend to think of a cursed fig tree. But just one day after riding into Jerusalem, Jesus did indeed curse a fig t...

Apr 6, 2009

The High Cost of Lost Opportunities #1 of 3

We read the ads in the paper: "sale ends Tuesday." But we know there will soon be another sale, and so we're really not impressed. But some opportunities really do have a limited time window. Je...

Apr 3, 2009

An Extraordinary Return #3 of 3

A runner knows that the pain he feels will cease when the race is over. The hurt will not last forever. This gives him hope. A Christian knows that the pain of this life will end when Christ ret...

Apr 2, 2009

An Extraordinary Return #2 of 3

For believers in the race of life, the ultimate goal line is still ahead. When Christ returns, all our labors will end. The hope of Christ's return has motivated Christians for two thousand years...

Apr 1, 2009

An Extraordinary Return #1 of 3

There is coming a day for believers in which the race of this life will end. No more running, no more track, no more labor. That day is the bright hope for Christians...the day Jesus returns. That...

Mar 31, 2009

An Extraordinary Ascension #3 of 3

Mar 30, 2009

An Extraordinary Ascension #2 of 3

One thing runners need is power...physical power, mental power, and a power in spirit to give the race all they have. The disciples of Christ got a foretaste of His power when they saw Him ascend ...

Mar 27, 2009

An Extraordinary Ascension #1 of 3

Believers who run the race of the Christian life don't run alone. Christ ascended to bring many sons and daughters to glory. His ascension was "step one" in creating the church...the body of Chri...

Mar 26, 2009

An Extraordinary Resurrection #3 of 3

He came as a babe in poverty. He left earth in triumphant glory. And His departure foretells the power of His return. We who run the race of the Christian life know that Jesus is sitting even no...

Mar 25, 2009

An Extraordinary Resurrection #2 of 3

Of all the religious founders who've ever lived, only one is still living. Only one has opened the door to heaven. We who run the race of the Christian life owe everything to a risen Christ. His...

Mar 24, 2009

An Extraordinary Resurrection #1 of 3

We all know the Olympic games began in ancient Greece. We know that they involved runners, and races. But how do we know that? Because historical writings tell us so. The same is true of Jesus ...

Mar 23, 2009

An Extraordinary Death #3 of 3

If there's one thing ancient Rome was good at, it was executions. They had a perfect record: no one they killed ever lived again. That is, until Jesus made the comeback of all time. When God rai...

Mar 21, 2009

An Extraordinary Death #2 of 3

In The Passion of the Christ, millions worldwide saw the brutal price paid by an innocent man to purchase salvation. The film's critics focused on who got blamed for killing Jesus. But believers u...

Mar 19, 2009

An Extraordinary Death #1 of 3

For athletes, the greatest moments of life are defined by victories in the arena, at the playing field or on the racetrack. But Christ's defining moment was a cruel death on the cross. For those ...

Mar 18, 2009

An Extraordinary Authority #3 of 3

Some athletes loom larger than life. Their personas transcend their sports prowess, and make them cultural icons. Genuine authority flows from within, no matter who you are. Jesus Christ had a u...

Mar 17, 2009

An Extraordinary Authority #2 of 3

Some celebrity athletes talk big, but when their performance lags behind their egos, they're not taken seriously anymore. Real authority flows from who you are, not how loud you can talk. Jesus C...

Mar 16, 2009

An Extraordinary Authority #1 of 3

When you size up any group of people, it's easy to tell who's in charge...there's something intangible about real leaders. In all of history, no one has ever projected the authority that Jesus had...

Mar 13, 2009

An Extraordinary Life #4 of 4

In an Olympic race, you either win, or lose. Coming in fourth is like bringing up the rear. The same is true in the spiritual realm. All of us are either winning or losing eternally. And our re...

Mar 12, 2009

An Extraordinary Life #3 of 4

People once thought that running a four-minute mile would take a miracle. Well, one day, someone did it, it's no longer a miracle. Real miracles include raising the dead, and feeding the five tho...

Mar 11, 2009

An Extraordinary Life #2 of 4

We all cheer when an athlete suffers a serious injury, and later, gets back in the game. That's called a "miracle comeback." But for real miracles, we need to look to Jesus Christ, who demonstrat...

Mar 10, 2009

An Extraordinary Life #1 of 4

He never wrote a book, never owned a home, He never traveled extensively. Still today, He's the centerpiece of the human race. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and died a perfect sacrifice. Not...

Mar 9, 2009

An Extraordinary Birth #3 of 3

An Olympic track judge has to be above reproach. Otherwise, no one would trust him to adjudicate a gold medal race. In matters of faith, a Savior has to be sinless to be a sacrifice for our sins....

Mar 6, 2009

An Extraordinary Birth #2 of 3

There are many things that set Christ apart from all others who claim to point the way to God. His supernatural birth, for one. Jesus was fully human, but had no earthly father. Born to a young J...

Mar 5, 2009

An Extraordinary Birth #1 of 3

Everyone likes a story of rags-to-riches. But for Jesus, taking on human flesh means His story is riches to rags. The Son of God's arrival in Bethlehem fulfilled countless prophecies and drew the ...

Mar 4, 2009

The Icon of Tolerance #3 of 3

You can't take home Olympic gold without conforming to the rules of the race. Only one route leads to the finish line. And you can't get to heaven by picking out your own religion as you might pi...

Mar 3, 2009

The Icon of Tolerance #2 of 3

When Rick Warren was announced as one praying at President Obama's inauguration, an immediate and shrill cry arose. "What if he invokes the name of Jesus?" That was the great fear among the enlig...

Mar 2, 2009

The Icon of Tolerance #1 of 3

Tell an Olympic runner that "it doesn't matter which track you race on, all are equally good," and he'll think you came from Mars. He knows the winner only gets the gold medal at the track that co...

Feb 27, 2009

The Purpose of It All #3 of 3

Job learned a great lesson in his unspeakable time of suffering. And to be able to face the unknowns of life, so must we. Victorious runners in life's race know that they are clay in the Potter's...

Feb 26, 2009

The Purpose of It All #2 of 3

Behind the seeming randomness of the calamities that befall us lies the purpose of God. Only heaven may reveal that. It all comes down to this: as we run the race of life, we must learn to trust ...

Feb 25, 2009

The Purpose of It All #1 of 3

Hidden in the councils of heaven are the answers to the heartfelt cries of millions of people who simply want to know "why?" As we run the race of life, we encounter troubles we can't explain...an...

Feb 24, 2009

When God Comes #3 of 3

On the ground, we see stalks of corn. But from the air, we see a patchwork quilt of farmland. It's all in the perspective. In the race of life, we can't see what lies ahead. No crystal ball can...

Feb 23, 2009

When God Comes #2 of 3

When He speaks, all other voices are silenced. All creation pauses to listen. When God speaks, the skies thunder. We can know that our running of life's race has a purpose, even when we suffer a...

Feb 20, 2009

When God Comes #1 of 3

When we face severe trials, we ask "Why?" We may never know the answer. But for a suffering Job of old, the answer was dramatic. We who run life's race serve a God Whose purposes are often hidden...

Feb 19, 2009

Words of Wisdom From a Young Man #3 of 3

In many ways, God is hidden to us. We cannot fathom His purposes. Still, we persevere in faith, knowing He's active. Runners in life's race must learn that God is too big for anyone to comprehen...

Feb 18, 2009

Words of Wisdom From a Young Man #2 of 3

Trying to understand the ways of God is like swimming across the Atlantic Ocean...too much water, and not enough time. Runners in life's race know that God cannot be contained in our finite compre...

Feb 17, 2009

Words of Wisdom From a Young Man #1 of 3

Tough questions must be faced. Questions like "where was God in the Holocaust?" And, "Why is the economy unraveling?" Runners in life's race need to know that these kinds of questions can be face...

Feb 16, 2009

Jesus! Please Answer Job! #3 of 3

An Olympic gold winner rightly enjoys his fame and achievement...for a time. But one day, he'll face another goal. And that's answering the ultimate question: "When I die, what happens?" As we'l...

Feb 13, 2009

Jesus! Please Answer Job! #2 of 3

For a thoughtful runner, life's ultimate question is not "will I win this race?" but rather, "when I die, will I live again?" That's the provocative question Job raised several thousand years ago....

Feb 12, 2009

Jesus! Please Answer Job! #1 of 3

When a thief steals what you own, you feel violated. When circumstances develop that ruin your future, you feel angry. Something within us demands an answer when we're the victims of economic col...

Feb 11, 2009

The Sighs of a Suffering Soul #3 of 3

When the going gets tough, we all long for the good old days. But the track only goes forward...we have no choice but to run. Life: it takes its toll on all of us, especially in times of crisis an...

Feb 10, 2009

The Sighs of a Suffering Soul #2 of 3

Your company: bankrupt. Your pension and health benefits: gone. Your state of mind: panic. What do you do? Suffering: you can't separate it from the human experience. Some people seem to glide...

Feb 9, 2009

The Sighs of a Suffering Soul #1 of 3

We've all seen Olympic track stars who fall...faces torn by anger and grief. Suffering: it's tough on national TV. It's tough anytime. Each of us either has experienced, or will experience some ...

Feb 6, 2009

When Comfort is Discomfort #4 of 4

When a runner trips and falls, the competitors run on by. Until the coach arrives, he or she bears the pain of defeat alone. During his severe trials, Job of old underwent great pain, yet he foun...

Feb 5, 2009

When Comfort is Discomfort #3 of 4

What are friends for? Hopefully, to be there when you need them. Otherwise, you run life's race as if you're the only one on the track. When you're hit with bad news you can scarcely absorb, a f...

Feb 4, 2009

When Comfort is Discomfort #2 of 4

Human reason: it can only go so far in exploring life's deep issues like "why are we here?," and "why is there suffering?" And when three men pool their ignorance to help a friend in distress, the...

Feb 3, 2009

When Comfort is Discomfort #1 of 4

Friends...we all need them during life's hard times. But sometimes, well-meaning friends can do more harm than good. Today we'll meet some men who tried to help a suffering Job. Truly, with frie...

Feb 2, 2009

God, I've Lost Everything! #3 of 3

Our sense of justice is assaulted when bad things happen to good people. Our instincts say just the opposite should take place. The book of Job was written to help us understand why the righteous...

Jan 30, 2009

God, I've Lost Everything! #2 of 3

There are far worse things to lose than one's possessions. Even Job's great faith wilted when he lost his health. First you lose your savings, then your job, then your children. Finally, you lea...

Jan 29, 2009

God, I've Lost Everything! #1 of 3

A hurricane destroys a coastal town. Cancer strikes a promising athlete. Bad things happen to good people, and we ask "Why?" Life's race can take tragic turns. Your retirement savings are vapor...

Jan 28, 2009

God, Why Me? #3 of 3

When all is going well, believers have little sense of their need for God. But when calamity strikes, they'll tell a different story. When the economy fractures and your job is lost, finding the ...

Jan 27, 2009

God, Why Me? #2 of 3

Your son's on his bike. A distracted driver slams on the brakes...but too late to prevent your son's death. You cry out "why?" Life's race can be hard when the "whys" have no answer. Years can ...

Jan 26, 2009

God, Why Me? #1 of 3

A gymnast trains for years, performing flawlessly in practice. But at the Olympics she falls from the balance beam, crying "Why?" "Why" is the word that haunts us when things go seemingly wrong. ...

Jan 23, 2009

Oprah, Miracles, and the New Earth Interview

The Bible says that Satan can appear as an angel of light. Indeed, many follow demons when they think they're following God. History will climax in a great struggle of good and evil. The outcome...

Jan 22, 2009

Oprah, Miracles, and the New Earth Pt. 2 #3 of 3

These days, people are very eager to believe in change. "Don't mind the details," they say, "just give me change." In the end times, change will come in the person the Bible calls the Antichrist,...

Jan 21, 2009

Oprah, Miracles, and the New Earth Pt. 2 #2 of 3

The ultimate future for the believer is indeed glorious, but not before the darkest period in world history has taken place. The Bible says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith ...

Jan 20, 2009

Oprah, Miracles, and the New Earth Pt. 2 #1 of 3

What does the future hold? Most prognosticators can't look very far into the unknown. At best, they can only guess. But the Bible gives some clues as to what will happen in what are called "the ...

Jan 19, 2009

Oprah, Miracles, and the New Earth Pt. 1 #4 of 4

With the willing help of the media in America, an unseen Pied Piper of Hamlin is leading millions into a false hope...a hope that they can fashion their own destinies, empower their own choices, an...

Jan 16, 2009

Oprah, Miracles, and the New Earth Pt. 1 #3 of 4

When people are dazzled by miracles, they'll believe almost anything. Modern-day miracle workers take fast advantage of that. You can even buy a book called A Course in Miracles. And since only ...

Jan 15, 2009

Oprah, Miracles, and the New Earth Pt. 1 #2 of 4

It's blatant, it's in your face, it's out there for all to see. Open rebellion against the God of the Bible is now the style of our day. Be redefining God in its own image, our culture has taken ...

Jan 14, 2009

Oprah, Miracles, and the New Earth Pt. 1 #1 of 4

"Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?"In court, truth is important. The Bible teaches that in the end times, truth will give way to a lie....

Jan 13, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 2 #4 of 4

In the race of life, what's your goal? Wealth? Power? Position? Or is it to hear "well done" from Jesus at the finish line? Many Americans treasure their freedom because it means they can do w...

Jan 12, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 2 #3 of 4

Is God on America's side? We all thought so when the twin towers were destroyed. Off we went to fight the war on terror. Years later, the war is ongoing. The economy is teetering on the brink. ...

Jan 12, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 2 #2 of 4

When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai, one thing's for sure: He was not making the "Ten Suggestions." All too often we take the Bible's teachings as optional. We pick and cho...

Jan 12, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 2 #1 of 4

The separation of Church and State: a premise not found in the Constitution or in the Declaration of Independence. It's referred to in the writings of Thomas Jefferson, and has been given a level ...

Jan 12, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 1 #3 of 3

"Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man sows, that will he reap." That goes for nations, as well. The United States has known blessing from the hand of God that few nations in h...

Jan 12, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 1 #2 of 3

An economy in free-fall...home values plummeting...jobs disappearing...are these normal cycles which will soon turn around? Or, are these evidence that America is fading from its past glories as G...

Jan 12, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 1 #1 of 3

Soon we'll see the dawn of a new administration in Washington. Enormous challenges face our new President and his staff. An economy in collapse, a war on two fronts and an increasing sense that t...

Jan 12, 2009

Desiring God #2 of 2

When King David was on the run from his enemies, he learned to place his hope in God...in fact, to thirst for the living God. Few among us are as thirsty for God as David was. Too many things fil...

Jan 12, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 2 #3 of 4

Is God on America's side? We all thought so when the twin towers were destroyed. Off we went to fight the war on terror. Years later, the war is ongoing. The economy is teetering on the brink. ...

Jan 9, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 2 #2 of 4

When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai, one thing's for sure: He was not making the "Ten Suggestions." All too often we take the Bible's teachings as optional. We pick and cho...

Jan 8, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 2 #1 of 4

The separation of Church and State: a premise not found in the Constitution or in the Declaration of Independence. It's referred to in the writings of Thomas Jefferson, and has been given a level ...

Jan 7, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 1 #3 of 3

"Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man sows, that will he reap." That goes for nations, as well. The United States has known blessing from the hand of God that few nations in h...

Jan 6, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 1 #2 of 3

An economy in free-fall...home values plummeting...jobs disappearing...are these normal cycles which will soon turn around? Or, are these evidence that America is fading from its past glories as G...

Jan 5, 2009

Is God on America's Side? Pt. 1 #1 of 3

Soon we'll see the dawn of a new administration in Washington. Enormous challenges face our new President and his staff. An economy in collapse, a war on two fronts and an increasing sense that t...

Jan 2, 2009

Desiring God #2 of 2

When King David was on the run from his enemies, he learned to place his hope in God...in fact, to thirst for the living God. Few among us are as thirsty for God as David was. Too many things fil...

Jan 1, 2009

Desiring God #1 of 2

Do you long for God? King David did. For most of us, having all we need means we have little reason to seek God. But David was a hunted man, chased among the rocks of the desert, a man who knew ...

Dec 31, 2008

The Man Who Cradled God in His Arms #3 of 3

The baby's birth would both divide and unite, and Simeon knew it. Holding Christ in his arms, he beheld the face of God. Today is New Year's Eve. As we measure time, another year is dawning. We ...

Dec 30, 2008

The Man Who Cradled God in His Arms #2 of 3

It was a moment of destiny. In Jerusalem's temple, Simeon holds the baby Jesus, and his life would never be the same. Now, some two thousand years later, we need to recognize what Simeon recogniz...

Dec 29, 2008

The Man Who Cradled God in His Arms #1 of 3

Shortly after the birth of Christ, an old man had the experience of a lifetime. A young couple brought to him the infant Son of God. We who run life's race can scarcely imagine what went through ...

Dec 26, 2008

Lots of Space, But No Room #2 of 2

Well, time to head back to the mall...to grab those after-Christmas bargains, and return those clothes that just don't fit. If our broadcast finds you making plans to race to the store, remember t...

Dec 25, 2008

Lots of Space, But No Room #1 of 2

At last the race to the stores is over. Today the kids attack their presents with that annual gleam in their eyes. For most of us, Christmas morning is a happy time as our families gather in the s...

Dec 24, 2008

The Manger and the Sword #3 of 3

The day before Christmas and that last dash to the mall: for merchants, another frenzy of selling. But there were no malls in Bethlehem long ago; no lights, no friends. Indeed, Christmas had a hu...

Dec 23, 2008

The Manger and the Sword #2 of 3

December 25 was not Jesus' actual birthday, but it's the date set aside long ago for us to honor that birth. For Mary His mother, that birth began a long period of pain and sorrow, a personal toll...

Dec 22, 2008

The Manger and the Sword #1 of 3

In three days we'll celebrate the central event in human history...the coming of Jesus Christ to live among us. But while Christians now enjoy the benefits of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurre...

Dec 19, 2008

Images of Jesus in Revelation #3 of 3

One thing about the Bible: it does not mince words. Its authors do not sugar-coat the truth, even when that truth is unpleasant. When John wrote Revelation under the inspiration of the Holy Spiri...

Dec 18, 2008

Images of Jesus in Revelation #2 of 3

Like brilliant facets of a diamond, there are many sides to Jesus Christ. He's both a loving teacher and a stern judge. His authority over every one who has ever lived is absolute, for He holds t...

Dec 17, 2008

Images of Jesus in Revelation #1 of 3

There's a stark contrast between the Jesus of the manger and the Jesus who will one day return in great power and glory. The eyes of the baby Jesus twinkled in the pale moonlight. The eyes of the ...

Dec 16, 2008

The Jesus of the New Testament: God in the Flesh?

The real Jesus: He's much more than a good excuse to sell Christmas presents. He is the Lord of glory and the Lamb of God. And as that Lamb, He came to offer Himself as an atonement for the sins o...

Dec 15, 2008

The Jesus of the New Testament: God in the Flesh?

It's true: nothing has changed history on this planet more than the appearance of one solitary life: that of Jesus. With no media, no mass transit, no money, and few followers, how could one man h...

Dec 12, 2008

The Jesus of the New Testament: God in the Flesh?

Those who worry that Christmas loses its meaning in the annual mad dash to the department store have something worse to fear. That the real Christ of Christmas has been supplanted by false christs ...

Dec 11, 2008

Mormonism: Jesus, Lucifer's Brother? #3 of 3

We all remember Rodney King saying "Why can't we all just get along?" Many hope all denominations can one day unify. Problem is, unity without a common doctrinal basis is not real unity. There a...

Dec 10, 2008

Mormonism: Jesus, Lucifer's Brother? #2 of 3

Can a group that says Jesus is the brother of Satan claim to be Christian? There's one major religious denomination that does. Also, they teach that we can become gods just like Jesus did. Today...

Dec 9, 2008

Mormonism: Jesus, Lucifer's Brother? #1 of 3

Jesus made it very clear to His disciples that there would be many speaking in His name as the end of the age approached. These days, when you talk about Jesus with someone, you have to find out w...

Dec 8, 2008

The Jesus of the DaVinci Code #3 of 3

CBS tried to use bogus documents to influence a presidential election. Accuracy matters, documents must be verifiable. That's why Luke took such pains to investigate and record only what he could...

Dec 5, 2008

The Jesus of the DaVinci Code #2 of 3

Some time ago, The DaVinci Code novel and movie mixed fact and fiction in a masterful attempt to undermine the Christian faith. The Holy Grail was said to be the remains of Mary Magdalene, the wife...

Dec 4, 2008

The Jesus of the DaVinci Code #1 of 3

Some say truth is stranger than fiction. To Dan Brown, both were completely tangled in a mess called The DaVinci Code. With more factual holes than a piece of Swiss cheese, The DaVinci Code was a...

Dec 3, 2008

The Jesus of the Seminar: Away With the Manger? #3

Some scholars say that the Bibles' record of Christ's teachings is mostly an embellished myth from the imaginations of men. Let's take a break from the race of life and focus on this: if what Jesu...

Dec 2, 2008

The Jesus of the Seminar: Away With the Manger? #2

Where would life be without Post-It notes: those yellow squares that keep us on track with all the things we have to take care of? Reminders are good things, since by nature we tend to forget. Th...

Dec 1, 2008

The Jesus of the Seminar: Away With the Manger? #1

It's the height of intellectual arrogance: scholars around a table decide what sayings of Jesus they think are genuine. It's called the Jesus Seminar, where so-called experts try to demystify Jesu...

Nov 28, 2008

Let's Experience the Power of Prayer #3 of 3

Some Bible promises were for certain people, while others apply to all believers. Keeping this straight solves many problems. Just because Joshua prayed for the sun to stand still doesn't mean we ...

Nov 27, 2008

Let's Experience the Power of Prayer #2 of 3

Fireworks can briefly bring the light of the sun to the night sky. But when Joshua needed more daylight for battle, he just prayed. The Bible says the sun stood still in the Valley of Ajilon, as G...

Nov 26, 2008

Let's Experience the Power of Prayer #1 of 3

Many of us pray for little things, where there isn't much risk. Then there's Joshua, who prayed for big things...I mean really big things. He needed more daylight to defeat an enemy, so he asked ...

Nov 25, 2008

Let's Make the Best of a Bad Decision #3 of 3

God in His grace has a way of turning our lemons into lemonade. He can make good come even out of our bad decisions. Joshua cut a bad deal with the Gibeonites, but God used it for the long-term b...

Nov 24, 2008

Let's Make the Best of a Bad Decision #2 of 3

All of us have made promises we wish we didn't have to keep...promises made in haste, promises made without the Lord's counsel. But Joshua shows us what to do once we've made a promise: and that ...

Nov 21, 2008

Let's Make the Best of a Bad Decision #1 of 3

It happens to all of us. Despite our best intentions, we make poor decisions, and then have to live with the consequences. Part of running life's race is dealing with those bad decisions. Are yo...

Nov 20, 2008

Let's Calculate the Cost of Hidden Sin #3 of 3

It's sad, but it's true. Many believers attempt to manage their sins rather than to confess and forsake them. They think they can control their lives and keep a lid on the infection eating them u...

Nov 19, 2008

Let's Calculate the Cost of Hidden Sin #2 of 3

Every time you cheat or steal, remember the story of Achan. No sin remains undiscovered. God is watching. Many believers are tripped up in life's race by what they may think is only a little sin...

Nov 18, 2008

Let's Calculate the Cost of Hidden Sin #1 of 3

Spiritual mountaintops can be followed by deep valleys, especially when we allow sin to remain hidden in our lives. Joshua learned this the hard way after his humiliating defeat at Ai. After all...

Nov 17, 2008

Let the Walls Fall #3 of 3

The conquest of Jericho began with a miracle and ended with a slaughter. Every man, woman and child was put to death. No one doubts that God gave Israel a great victory at Jericho. But in hindsi...

Nov 14, 2008

Let the Walls Fall #2 of 3

Modern armies don't conduct warfare the way ancient Israel took Jericho. You don't march around and shout...you attack. But march and shout they did, because God's purpose was to prove to them th...

Nov 13, 2008

Let the Walls Fall #1 of 3

The enemy had it all: a walled city, superior arms. But Israel had God...Jericho didn't stand a chance. At Gilgal, God through Joshua prepared His people for a great day of victory yet to come. ...

Nov 12, 2008

Let's Get Ready for Battle #3 of 3

Some believers never run life's race. They sit by the side of the road, feeling left out of what God had for them. This is a mistake. Being morose is no fun. Our attitude makes a big difference...

Nov 11, 2008

Let's Get Ready for Battle #2 of 3

On the racetrack of life, many of us get weary, needing renewal during our desert times. Only then can we run again. We don't know what's ahead around the next bend in the road. But God does: He...

Nov 10, 2008

Let's Get Ready for Battle #1 of 3

Are you in the wilderness, spiritually? Has your vision of God dimmed? You need to stay tuned for a way out of the desert. Joshua needed a fresh cleansing from God, and a fresh vision of God, be...

Nov 7, 2008

Let's Revise Our Priorities #3 of 3

The race of life is a struggle from the first sprint to the last lap. Each of us needs the word of God for strength to face the battle. And that means meditation and study in the Scriptures each ...

Nov 6, 2008

Let's Revise Our Priorities #2 of 3

Most of us know that life's not a bed of roses. We face conflict and struggle every step of the way toward the goal line. Ancient Israel: they didn't find life a picnic either. Joshua's conquest...

Nov 5, 2008

Let's Revise Our Priorities #1 of 3

Any sprinter knows that getting a good jump off the starting blocks is key to winning a race. That's true in life as well. For believers on the racetrack of life, there is no substitute for a good...

Nov 4, 2008

The Cross: Our Challenge Before a Watching World 4

Jesus said, "I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in Me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit...." As we run the race of life, let's not forget that the world sees the fruit, not ...

Nov 3, 2008

The Cross: Our Challenge Before a Watching World 3

If you ask most Christians, "Do you want to be like Jesus?" they'd probably say "of course." Until they find out what that really means. Jesus renounced His privileges and humbled Himself to the...

Oct 31, 2008

The Cross: Our Challenge Before a Watching World 2

The blinding glory of God was encased in the human flesh of Jesus. But He chose to contain that glory and limit His options. And that emptying of Himself is the key to how we can bring His messag...

Oct 30, 2008

The Cross: Our Challenge Before a Watching World 1

There's a basic problem in evangelism: the world thinks the cross we preach about is foolish, but to us, it's the power of God. As we run the race of life as believers in Christ, how do we bring t...

Oct 29, 2008

The Cross: The Basis for Morality #4 of 4

There's a true story about a pilot who decided to not believe his instruments, and flew his plane over a thousand miles in the wrong direction. No frequent flyer miles here... that man had a compa...

Oct 28, 2008

The Cross: The Basis for Morality #3 of 4

Americans are adrift in a sea of moral relativism. These days, what's wrong is now right; what was right is now wrong. At a time of same-sex marriage and rampant abortion, we need a moral compass...

Oct 27, 2008

The Cross: The Basis for Morality #2 of 4

Moral schizophrenia: in our society it's OK to kill a baby right before birth, but it's murder to kill one after birth. That's what happens when moral choices are set by the will of the majority. ...

Oct 24, 2008

The Cross: The Basis for Morality #1 of 4

Without a ruler, you can't measure how long something is. And without some kind of moral compass, you can't tell right from wrong. And as we'll learn today, a culture that rejects Christ is a cul...

Oct 23, 2008

The Cross: The Basis for Reconciliation #4 of 4

One day there will be no more racial or ethnic divisions. One day, redeemed humanity will glory only in the cross...that's the picture the Bible paints in the book of Revelation. Their races of l...

Oct 22, 2008

The Cross: The Basis for Reconciliation #3 of 4

Many who seek racial justice call for "a level playing field" of equal opportunity. There is a place where the field is level... and that place is at the foot of the cross of Christ. True unity a...

Oct 21, 2008

The Cross: The Basis for Reconciliation #2 of 4

The tragedy of racial and ethnic violence is that it's not getting any better. Military and diplomatic efforts don't remove the hate. In places like the Middle East, it takes a common denominator ...

Oct 20, 2008

The Cross: The Basis for Reconciliation #1 of 4

Rwanda?Kosovo...the Gaza strip. Many of today's tragic conflicts stem from deep-rooted racial or ethnic strife. It seems there is no human solution to this dilemma.....but there is a divine solut...

Oct 17, 2008

The Cross: The Suffering of God #3 of 3

Outside of Jerusalem a transaction took place that shook the foundations of creation. Jesus, the Messiah, died. Then, as now, people passed by, not realizing the eternal consequences of what was ...

Oct 16, 2008

The Cross: The Suffering of God #2 of 3

There is a love so vast that it cannot be measured, much less comprehended. That love was displayed on a brutal cross. We can only run the race of life toward heaven because Jesus Christ hung on ...

Oct 15, 2008

The Cross: The Suffering of God #1 of 3

Buried in the depths of the purposes of God lies the answer to this question: why did God send His Son to the cross? As we run life's daily race, let's not forget that mercy is getting what you do...

Oct 14, 2008

What Man Thinks Of The Cross #3 of 3

Paul wrote: "The preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." This poses a difficult question, a question that lies at the ver...

Oct 13, 2008

What Man Thinks Of The Cross #2 of 3

Most people believe Jesus was a great teacher and a good example. But few really understand why He died on a cruel cross. These days, polling data is king. In the mainstream media, the truth see...

Oct 10, 2008

What Man Thinks Of The Cross #1 of 3

To many people the cross is a piece of jewelry, or what's atop a church steeple. Most people don't see it as it really is... the centerpiece of history and the core of God's redemptive agenda. In...

Oct 9, 2008

What God Thinks Of The Cross #3 of 3

If something is important to God, it had better be important to us. And the one thing central in God's agenda is the cross. What happened on the cross of Christ was not just another static moment...

Oct 8, 2008

What God Thinks Of The Cross #2 of 3

In one sense, the cross of Christ was just ordinary wood, used for six hours to kill a man. Ultimately, it was much more. That cross was in God's mind from eternity past. Its benefits extend to ...

Oct 7, 2008

What God Thinks Of The Cross #1 of 3

The cross of Christ is the centerpiece of our faith, and the means by which forgiveness comes. It's in the cross that we glory. As we run life's race, our eyes are often drawn to secondary things...

Oct 6, 2008

The Cross And The Flag #4 of 4

Is it ever right to do what is wrong? Can believers ever disobey their government? And where do we draw the line on what is right? Believers have a dual allegiance: they must obey both God and c...

Oct 3, 2008

The Cross And The Flag #3 of 4

You've heard it said that oil and water don't mix. They're too different...they cannot work together. It's just like the cross and the flag. We who run life's race need to learn this lesson well...

Oct 2, 2008

The Cross and the Flag #2 of 4

We've all heard the call: "Let's take America back!" Some would have us make political salvation our prime religious objective. It may be that some of us as runners in life's race have found a ser...

Oct 1, 2008

The Cross and the Flag #1 of 4

The red, white, and blue...we Americans treasure our flag for what it represents. But some think the flag is as important as the cross. When it comes to being citizens of both heaven and earth, b...

Sep 30, 2008

The Clash of Cross and Culture #3 of 3

There's a great battle going on... a battle that will not cease until the end of this age. It's the clash of cross and culture. As runners in the race of life, believers need to understand the na...

Sep 29, 2008

The Clash Of Cross And Culture #2 of 3

When culture says one thing, but God says another, whose voice do you heed? There's a great temptation to avoid the conflict. But the cross of Christ is inherently in conflict with our culture......

Sep 26, 2008

The Clash of Cross and Culture #1 of 3

In November, Americans will face a stark choice at the polling booth. The issues are clear and the future is at stake. Many Christians active in politics find themselves increasingly at odds with...

Sep 25, 2008

The Power of the Bible #3 of 3

There are a lot of reasons why you can trust the Bible, historical, prophetic, scientific, but there's one reason that tops the list. The power of the Bible to change lives is why this book is al...

Sep 24, 2008

The Power of the Bible #2 of 3

The Bible has left its mark on millions: societies transformed, relationships healed, truth understood. We who run the race of life can trust a book that has this kind of track record. The Bible...

Sep 23, 2008

The Power of the Bible #1 of 3

What do you trust in? Your government? Your savings account? The future? When you come right down to it, there is little we can trust in. But there is one book we can trust with our eternal d...

Sep 22, 2008

The Canon of the Bible #3 of 3

To many people, the Bible is something you put your hand on to be sworn into office. Beyond that, it's just Jewish myths and moral teaching. But the sixty-six books that make up our Bible contain...

Sep 19, 2008

The Canon of the Bible #1 of 3

If the Bible was written by some 40 authors over a period of 1,600 years, the book we hold today had to have a serious editor. Where did the Bible come from? Who picked what writings got in, and ...

Sep 19, 2008

The Canon of the Bible #2 of 3

If you trust your eternal destiny to the writings in an ancient book, it's reasonable to ask if that book is trustworthy. In the case of the Bible, the answer is "yes," especially in terms of whic...

Sep 17, 2008

Creation and the Bible #3 of 3

Our minds cannot grasp the immensity of the universe, let alone explain where it came from. Creation displays the glory of God and the Bible's simple, profound account of creation stands unchallen...

Sep 16, 2008

Creation and the Bible? #2 of 3

Despite the evidence, most scientists reject a Divine Hand in creation because that Divine Hand would hold them morally accountable. As one scientist said, "We can't let God get a foot in the door...

Sep 15, 2008

Creation and the Bible #1 of 3

Thanks to the space program, astronomers know a great deal about what is "out there." But they can't tell us how it all "got there." The tough thing for scientists is facing the question of Ultim...

Sep 12, 2008

The Christ of the Bible #4 of 4

Would Jesus knowingly tell a lie? Even the most liberal theologian or scholar would have trouble saying "yes" to that question. So when Jesus repeatedly affirms the accuracy of the Old Testament ...

Sep 11, 2008

The Christ of the Bible #3 of 4

Time and again, Jesus referred to Old Testament events as historical facts. If you believe Him, you must believe the Old Testament. Many who doubt the scriptures need to deal with the Christ who ...

Sep 10, 2008

The Christ of the Bible #2 of 4

Although modern scholars try to demean Jesus, few say He was a bad man. Most look to Him as at least a good moral teacher and so to scholars, Christ's opinion of the Bible should be at least worth...

Sep 9, 2008

The Christ of the Bible #1 of 4

Major news magazines report that Jesus only said 18 percent of what the Bible says He said. No miracles...just a man. The Christ of the Bible, though, is a far-different figure. The Christ of th...

Sep 8, 2008

The Predictions of the Bible #4 of 4

Most so-called prophets bathe their predictions in mystery and allegory. Few name names and places like the Bible does. Nostradamus never predicted the death of a great city the way the Bible tel...

Sep 5, 2008

The Predictions of the Bible #3 of 4

In clear language, the Bible predicts what will happen hundreds of years before events take place. This is fulfilled prophecy. Fulfilled prophecy is a powerful reason for trusting the Bible to be...

Sep 4, 2008

The Predictions of the Bible #2 of 4

In a day of gigabytes and processing power, finding hidden codes in the Bible may seem timely. But is this how God validates His word? Today: a common-sense approach to the Bible Code issue and a...

Sep 3, 2008

The Predictions of the Bible #1 of 4

One of the key reasons for trusting the Bible is its accuracy in predicting the future. Its prophecies have been fulfilled again and again. Yet some point to a Bible Code as evidence of hidden re...

Sep 2, 2008

The Reliability of the Bible #3 of 3

Is the Bible historically accurate? Lots of scholars say "no," until new findings prove otherwise. Bottom line: you can trust this book. Running life's race demands a trustworthy guidebook. Tod...

Sep 1, 2008

The Reliability of the Bible #2 of 3

Lots of scholars take pot shots at the Bible, claiming it's not historically accurate. The trouble is, mounting evidence proves otherwise. All it takes is a trip to Israel to verify the uncanny p...

Aug 29, 2008

The Reliability Of The Bible #1 of 3

Most of us believe what's in the newspaper. After all, no critical scholars hold seminars to debunk the New York Times. Though they're slow to attack a venerable newspaper, critics are quick to d...

Aug 28, 2008

The Claims Of The Bible #3 of 3

We've had the Bible on the witness stand for several days, and it's told us over 1500 times that the word of the Lord came through its authors... men who speak with a single voice even though they ...

Aug 27, 2008

The Claims Of The Bible #2 of 3

To gather evidence, courts take testimony from witnesses. To evaluate the claims of the Bible, let's put it on the witness stand. As the cross-examination begins, we find a book that claims to sp...

Aug 26, 2008

The Claims Of The Bible #1 of 3

The Bible was written by 40 authors over some 1600 years. But a clear unity marks the diversity of its origins. And this book makes some remarkable claims for itself. Today, let's pause in the r...

Aug 25, 2008

When God Speaks #3 of 3

Although intellectual doubts are legitimate, the Bible stands up to intense scrutiny. To an open mind, the Bible is true. As we run the race of life, we're confronted by doubters who point to err...

Aug 22, 2008

When God Speaks #2 of 3

Sometimes in a business deal, the negotiations are over. The terms are clear; your choice is simple: you either take it, or leave it. As a guidebook for the race of life, we must either take the ...

Aug 21, 2008

When God Speaks #1 of 3

Beneath the shifting sands of our culture lies a bedrock that is immovable and unchangeable. That bedrock is the Bible. The Bible gives direction to those running life's race...not just for this ...

Aug 20, 2008

The Battle For America's Youth #3 of 3

Is your son or daughter addicted to the internet? He or she may be the unwitting victim of those that seek to ensnare your kids. Chat groups and other web sites lure teenagers into dangerous rela...

Aug 19, 2008

The Battle For America's Youth #2 of 3

Holiday weekends invite us to relax. But there is a battle going on that demands our full attention, and full commitment. Your teenagers are in the crosshairs as powerful forces seek their destru...

Aug 18, 2008

The Battle For America's Youth #1 of 3

Independence Day reminds us that America won its freedom. But some in America today are locked in chains. America's youth are being targeted by powerful forces bent on their destruction through e...

Aug 15, 2008

That Must Come To Pass #3 of 3

If only we had eternal eyes, and could see the end from the beginning. The race of life we run would look far different. With eternal eyes we'd see all those things we could not change, but tried...

Aug 14, 2008

Things That Must Come To Pass #2 of 3

Consider certainties...in life there may be few, but in the plan of God there are some things that must happen. Every race must have a winner. Every word of scripture must be fulfilled. Indeed, ...

Aug 13, 2008

Things That Must Come To Pass #1 of 3

In every Olympic race, someone must win. Someone must take home the gold medal, the supreme emblem of victory. In running life's race we sometimes labor under the illusion that we can control all...

Aug 12, 2008

Things That Matter Most #3 of 3

Our eyes can only see light in a narrow spectrum. Beyond blue is ultraviolet, beyond red is infrared. There is much we do not see, and as we run life's race, it's good to get a new perspective. ...

Aug 11, 2008

Things That Matter Most #2 of 3

A face in the crowd, a passing worry, a minor ache...a runner can be easily sidetracked from focusing on the race at hand. All of us need to prioritize our thinking, not "major on the minors" when ...

Aug 8, 2008

Things That Matter Most #1 of 3

If you believe the media, what matters most is either who gets elected, who's caught up in the latest scandal, or who's going with who. In a hundred years, none of this will matter. Let's cut thr...

Aug 7, 2008

Looking Back To Planet Earth #3 of 3

One day the race of life will end: no more laps around the track, we'll finally be at rest from all our labors. But believers know that they must run that race while they can, because their goal i...

Aug 6, 2008

Looking Back To Planet Earth #2 of 3

Someone once said, "There is no substitute for victory." We all felt elation when Iraq's Saddam Hussein fell. But there are many battles to face in the race of life. One day they'll all be over...

Aug 5, 2008

Looking Back To Planet Earth #1 of 3

Sudden illness, a tragic death, a natural disaster, a job loss. Everyone who faces calamity asks "Why?" Our races of life are often marked by unexplained events. The eye of faith looks forward to...

Aug 4, 2008

The Final Battle #3 of 3

Whenever you worry about the way the world is going, you can find great comfort by reading the last chapter of the story. For believers in the race of life, there is a certain future which follows...

Aug 1, 2008

The Final Battle #2 of 3

The songwriter says, "I know Who holds the future." And since God holds that future, we can be sure it is in good hands. According to Bible prophecy, that future contains some dark days for plane...

Jul 31, 2008

The Final Battle #1 of 3

One day the race of life will end: no more trials, and no more opportunities to serve the Lord on this earth. One day the last lap will be run and the goal line will be crossed. The Bible gives u...

Jul 30, 2008

Souls In Conflict #3 of 3

We may never know in this life why we we are faced with a difficult test of character. But someday, it will all be clear. When God evaluates the way we ran the race of life, He will note every ti...

Jul 29, 2008

Souls In Conflict #2 of 3

When the hi-tech bubble burst, lots of people lost lots of money in the stock market. Then there is Job of old. Job lost more than his money. He lost everything he owned. He lost his ten childr...

Jul 28, 2008

Souls In Conflict #1 of 3

Why do bad things happen to good people? What is the point of being righteous if the righteous have to suffer? It seems that we who run life's race can sometimes only limp, kept on the sidelines ...

Jul 25, 2008

Dying A Winner #3 of 3

Jesus Christ did not die accidentally. Every detail of His sacrifice was predetermined before time began. God was not caught off guard. God was in control. And we who believe in Christ look to ...

Jul 24, 2008

Dying A Winner #2 of 3

There are no words to adequately portray what happened on a pivotal Friday in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. An innocent man was led to His death for crimes He did not commit. But behind the dra...

Jul 23, 2008

Dying A Winner #1 of 3

Every visible indication pointed to Jesus dying a loser, jeered at, beaten, and made to hang on a shameful cross. But God's purposes cannot be thwarted. All of Satan's forces could not prevent th...

Jul 22, 2008

God At War #3 of 3

The Bible tells believers that life is a race to be run, but it is no tiptoe through the tulips. Temptations lie everywhere. The enemy of our souls is God's mortal enemy as well. Although his do...

Jul 21, 2008

God At War #2 of 3

Sometimes we pause in the race of life to ask tough questions like, "Why does God let Satan cause so much destruction?" The Bible gives us insight in answering those tough questions. Today: a loo...

Jul 18, 2008

God At War #1 of 3

While we never take our theology from Hollywood, all of us know that there is a great struggle going on between good and evil. We see it in nations, and we see it within our own hearts. Will this...

Jul 17, 2008

The Casualty Of Mankind #3 of 3

God could have left mankind in the misery of rebellion, but chose to extend His grace by giving fallen man a Savior. Like a life-preserver to a drowning swimmer, there is a way of salvation from t...

Jul 16, 2008

The Casualty Of Mankind #2 of 3

They say that hindsight is 20-20. If only we could see the consequences of our choices before we make them: but we cannot. Neither could Satan, who made the biggest miscalculation of all time. L...

Jul 15, 2008

The Casualty Of Mankind #1 of 3

Rebellion: it is like a disease. We caught it from Satan, and now a drop of his rebellion is found in every human heart. His words to Eve aroused the same pride that caused his fall eons earlier....

Jul 14, 2008

Lucifer's Greatest Blunder #3 of 3

Some call it the law of unintended consequences. This is certain: one day, Satan will reap what he never intended to sow. His great gamble of turning traitor to God has resulted in devastation on...

Jul 11, 2008

Lucifer's Greatest Blunder #2 of 3

Nothing is worse for a track star than to slip and fall during a race. Your pride is probably more wounded than your body. Interestingly, it was pride that caused the greatest angel ever created ...

Jul 10, 2008

Lucifer's Greatest Blunder #1 of 3

Why would God's number one angel decide to turn traitor, knowing he could never defeat his all-powerful Creator? It is a mystery that Pastor Lutzer dares to probe, and a mystery that goes a long w...

Jul 9, 2008

When God Was Alone #3 of 3

Do you ever stop long enough to ask, "Why am I here? Where am I going? What is it all about, anyway?" If not, stop now. Take a break from the rat race to think about why you are running. For b...

Jul 8, 2008

When God Was Alone #2 of 3

Only when men took their first steps into space did we realize how little we are, and how big the universe really is. We sent our frail bodies roaring aloft in cylinders of metal to protect us fro...

Jul 7, 2008

When God Was Alone #1 of 3

Sometimes we cannot see the forest for the trees. Once in a while, it is good to pull back the lens and get a wide-angle view. For believers in the race of life, a good question might be, "Just w...

Jul 4, 2008

When God Doesn't Come Through #3 of 3

To many, God seems capricious. He heals some, but lets others die. Some get great wealth; others starve. Running life's race means understanding that faith in God lets God set the priorities. T...

Jul 3, 2008

When God Doesn't Come Through #2 of 3

Some people pray and God moves mightily. Others pray and God does not come to their aid. One might ask, "Why pray?" As we run the race of life we need to understand the nature of faith as "the s...

Jul 2, 2008

When God Doesn't Come Through #1of 3

How do you handle unanswered prayer? What do you do when it seems your requests to God keep bouncing off the ceiling? From time to time, all believers running life's race find themselves wonderin...

Jul 1, 2008

Taking Sin Seriously #3 of 3

Back when you were a child, it hurt when you did wrong and Dad spanked you as punishment. But at least you knew you had a Dad. When God disciplines a sinning child, it hurts as well. But we can ...

Jun 30, 2008

Taking Sin Seriously #2 of 3

Driving along the highway we often see warning signs. To disregard them puts us in real danger of accident and injury. The same is true in the race of life. God has warnings in scripture we'd bet...

Jun 27, 2008

Taking Sin Seriously #1 of 3

Not every Bible passage is meant to make us feel good. Some verses challenge our natural inclination to take the easy way. Join others on the race of life in taking stock of your spiritual condit...

Jun 26, 2008

It Is Finished #3 of 3

It is one thing to agree that the sacrifice of Christ was enough to pay for our sins. It is another to make that real in our lives. Today: join others running life's race in learning how the pric...

Jun 25, 2008

It Is Finished #2 of 3

When Jesus said "It is finished," He was declaring the awful price of sin paid in full, for all time, for all who believe. Those who run life's race dogged by guilt can know forgiveness and pardon...

Jun 24, 2008

It Is Finished #1 of 3

Ever been burdened by a crushing debt you could not pay? Now imagine the relief you would feel if someone else paid it for you. Think of your mortgage balance cancelled, your credit card statemen...

Jun 23, 2008

Good News For Tired Christians #3 of 3

To deserve a rest, we need to work hard enough to be tired. And to gain God's spiritual rest, we need to exercise our faith. Those tired from running life's race will appreciate the prospect of G...

Jun 20, 2008

Good News For Tired Christians #2 of 3

In all of life, there is a time for activity and a time for rest. Thankfully, that is also true in the spiritual realm. The Bible teaches that there is a rest for the people of God. But God's re...

Jun 19, 2008

Good News For Tired Christians #1 of 3

After a mile run, an athlete needs rest. So do we after a long day at work. What is good for the body is good for the soul. The author of Hebrews tells of a rest for the people of God. If you ar...

Jun 18, 2008

Living With Missed Opportunities #3 of 3

As we count them, there are small sins and big sins...but in God's sight, there is one biggest sin. It is unbelief. Unbelief keeps people from salvation, and unbelief keeps Christians from fruitf...

Jun 17, 2008

Living With Missed Opportunities #2 of 3

Some would teach that once we are saved, we are all set. God will bless us no matter what we do. After all, we are going to heaven. But when God detects a spirit of unbelief in His children, He ...

Jun 16, 2008

Living With Missed Opportunities #1 of 3

We would all agree that God is angry with the wicked. But think: does God ever get angry with Christians? The answer might surprise you. We who run life's race need to pause long enough to face th...

Jun 13, 2008

Someone Better Than Angels #3 of 3

When an angel appeared in Bible times, people would fall on their faces. But the angel was often quick to say "Do not worship me." We should do as the angels do, and worship the one they worship....

Jun 12, 2008

Someone Better Than Angels #2 of 3

Lots of people believe in angels. They think angels are heavenly friends sent to work out our earthly problems. Not so fast. The reality is that angels exist to do the will of God, and to exalt ...

Jun 11, 2008

Someone Better Than Angels #1 of 3

There is a New Testament book that takes us directly into heaven's throne room. Here we find what it means to "draw near to God." That book is the book of Hebrews, and today we begin a series tha...

Jun 10, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Affections #3 of 3

To win a major race, runners lose extra weight. They cast off everything that might slow them down on their way to victory. Believers are commanded to love God supremely, and cast off every weigh...

Jun 9, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Affections #2 of 3

First place...the thought of winning a race drives athletes to excel...to give their all to cross the goal line first. Believers are to give God first place in their lives, running life's race for...

Jun 6, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Affections #1 of 3

At the racetrack, a runner is driven by the thought of victory. The race is worth all the effort when the prize awaits at the end. Believers are to run life's race for Christ, who taught us to lo...

Jun 5, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Finances #3 of 3

When a man or woman is converted to Christ, many deep-seated desires change. We become givers rather than takers...and God's desire is that we see our money as a trust to manage, not a possession ...

Jun 4, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Finances #2 of 3

Money: You cannot live without it, and sometimes you cannot live with it. Believers in the race of life need to come to grips with money, and that means discerning God's intentions for our pocketb...

Jun 3, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Finances #1 of 3

"The love of money is the root of all evil." Christians running the race of life frequently get tripped up by matters of money. And those issues revolve around ownership. Whose money is it reall...

Jun 2, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Talents #3 of 3

Not all of us can win the hundred-meter dash. But all of us can run to the best of our ability. That is all a coach can expect. For every track star in the Olympics, there are ten thousand runne...

May 30, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Talents #2 of 3

Remember high school gym class? Perhaps you never did well in those track events, but the coach kept urging you to do your best. Although we are not equal in abilities, we are equal in our obliga...

May 29, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Talents #1 of 3

We are not all made the same. Some are more talented than others. But all believers run life's race toward a heavenly goal. We are all given gifts and abilities. But it is how we use them, not ...

May 28, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Time #3 of 3

At the race track, coaches watch their athletes, stopwatches in hand. Because for a runner, time is how victory is measured. The same is true for Christians in life's race. How we use our time d...

May 27, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Time #2 of 3

Track and field athletes get very familiar with the stopwatch. Their training is a regimen to improve their times, until they win. For the Christian, time is a vital, non-renewable resource. Lik...

May 26, 2008

Christ, The Lord Of Our Time #1 of 3

In a race, no time can be wasted. Runners pace themselves, knowing that winners only win by a fraction of a second. For Christians running life's race, the clock is also relentless. Once gone, t...

May 23, 2008

After You've Blown It -- Live Interview

Here is some good news: it is never too late. No matter how badly you have blown it, God wants you back. Do you believe this? Many people find themselves along the side of the road instead of ru...

May 22, 2008

When Others Won't Forgive You #4 of 4

It is a vicious cycle: human conflict tends to spawn more conflict. There is no end to "getting even" until someone gives up. One of the deepest ruts on the racetrack of life is carved out when y...

May 21, 2008

When Others Won't Forgive You #3 of 4

When you try to swat a bee, be sure he will try to sting you. And when you hurt other people, they may just try to hurt you back. One thing kids learn real quick is how to get even. Taking reven...

May 20, 2008

When Others Won't Forgive You #2 of 4

Someone has said, "I love the church?it is the people in it I cannot stand." Whenever people interact, people can have conflict. The Apostle Paul wrote, "If it is possible, as much as depends on ...

May 19, 2008

When Others Won't Forgive You #1 of 4

It seems that conflict is inevitable. Even if we do no wrong, someone out there is all set to do some wrong to us. Resolving the resulting conflicts can be as painful as it is necessary. We must...

May 16, 2008

Reconciling With Those You've Hurt #4 of 4

When we have been hurt, our first instinct is often to "get even." In one sense, there is a time and place for getting even. After we have sought reconciliation with someone we have hurt, there m...

May 15, 2008

Reconciling With Those You've Hurt #3 of 4

Americans look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday as a time of gathering with friends and relatives, a time of shared happiness. But many among us dread times like this because it means facing pe...

May 14, 2008

Reconciling With Those You've Hurt #2 of 4

"All the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put Humpty together again." There is truth even in fairy tales. Sin's consequences usually involve ruptured relationships. Sometimes we are...

May 13, 2008

Reconciling With Those You've Hurt #1 of 4

We can do a lot of damage when we sin. Even though forgiven, sin can leave some serious consequences in its wake. Handling the ongoing pain we have caused is a daunting, but necessary task. Toda...

May 12, 2008

So, You've Done It Again #4 of 4

It has been said that those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. That is also true when it comes to sin. Running the race of life is a lot easier when we avoid the ruts in...

May 9, 2008

So, You've Done It Again #3 of 4

There are certain laws built into the fabric of the universe...gravity...the speed of light...and the laws of sowing and reaping. You cannot avoid gravity, and you cannot change the speed of light...

May 8, 2008

So, You've Done It Again #2 of 4

In this age of instant gratification, it is tough to have to wait months for your flowers to grow up before they can bloom. Farmers understand this. They sow seeds in the spring and reap crops in...

May 7, 2008

So, You've Done It Again #1 of 4

Most of us are creatures of habit. It is easy to fall back into old patterns of sin, even after we have sought God's forgiveness. Often we get tripped up in the race of life by returning to the d...

May 6, 2008

What God Does With Forgiven Sin #3 of 3

The Old Testament gives us vivid word pictures of where forgiven sin ends up. Those images give us sinners real hope. We can run the race of life in freedom once we understand that, as far as God...

May 5, 2008

What God Does With Forgiven Sin #2 of 3

The Bible teaches that when God forgives our sins, He "remembers them no more." How can this be, since God knows everything? After great spiritual failures, we say with King David, "My sin is eve...

May 2, 2008

What God Does With Forgiven Sin #1 of 3

When we are faced with the long-term consequences of our sins, it can be hard to believe that God has really forgiven them. Many who struggle with guilt find it returning to haunt them even after ...

May 1, 2008

The Guilt You Can't Wish Away #4 of 4

Whether you know it or not, you have a mortal enemy. Satan is the great accuser, always making sure you feel guilty. He tries to do this even after we have sought God's forgiveness for our sins. ...

Apr 30, 2008

The Guilt You Can't Wish Away #3 of 4

Maybe you have embezzled funds, had an affair, abandoned your family, or even gotten away with committing a serious felony. Even though you have not been caught by the law, you have been caught by...

Apr 29, 2008

The Guilt You Can't Wish Away #2 of 4

No matter how dirty the landscape, a covering of fresh snow always makes the ugly beautiful. That is how God handles sin. We who run life's race beset by guilt need to know that God has provided ...

Apr 28, 2008

The Guilt You Can't Wish Away #1 of 4

Many people carry a paralyzing burden of guilt for past sins. What is worse, they see no way out of their predicaments. These people do not run in the race of life, they plod at best. Beset by t...

Apr 25, 2008

The Waiting Father #3 of 3

Some Christians never commit those really big sins. They just harbor resentment in their hearts when others are forgiven. The story of the prodigal son is also the story of the unforgiving brothe...

Apr 24, 2008

The Waiting Father #2 of 3

When we sin greatly, many of us flee from God, thinking there is no way we can ever get back into the Father's good graces. We run our races of life on tough terrain, finding out that sin takes us...

Apr 23, 2008

The Waiting Father #1 of 3

What do you do when your secret life is a secret no longer? What do you do when your well-managed cover story is shattered? As we run the race of life, let us not forget that every saint has a pa...

Apr 22, 2008

The Nations In Prophecy #3 of 3

Most people go about their everyday lives with no regard for the eternity they will face as either sheep or goats. When Jesus spoke of coming judgment in Matthew chapter 25, He made it clear that ...

Apr 21, 2008

The Nations In Prophecy #2 of 3

Jesus once spoke of a coming judgment of the nations, a judgment that is designed to separate the sheep from the goats. It is found in Matthew chapter 25, and this judgment is based on how well th...

Apr 18, 2008

The Nations In Prophecy #1 of 3

On our plane of existence things sure are a mess...terrorism, wars, nuclear threats, the Middle East in turmoil. Aren't you glad there is Someone in charge who lives on another plane of existence?...

Apr 17, 2008

God And The United States #3 of 3

An Alabama courthouse...a granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments...and a judge who believed they should stay there. The struggle over the public viewing of God's law to man led to Chi...

Apr 16, 2008

God And The United States #2 of 3

Somewhere, somehow, we got the idea that God's only desire for America is to bless her, no matter what her people do. We need to get real. God judges nations when they violate His commands. He j...

Apr 15, 2008

God And The United States #1 of 3

Somehow, many of us have the idea that God owes us His favor. After all, we are Americans, the defenders of democracy. As we run the race of life, let us ask ourselves if God owes us anything. A...

Apr 14, 2008

Understanding The Wrath Of God #3 of 3

The blessings of God are not constitutional rights. They are bestowed on people and nations that follows God's commands. God's judgment on nations takes many forms: natural disasters, the depriva...

Apr 11, 2008

Understanding The Wrath Of God #2 of 3

When our children disobey, we as parents have many creative ways of punishing them to try to prevent future disobedience. And when God judges a nation, He also has many ways of doing it. As event...

Apr 10, 2008

Understanding The Wrath Of God #1 of 3

The Bible gives us words of encouragement as well as words of warning. It is our obligation to understand and heed both. Few of us would make the wrath of God our first choice for a Bible study. ...

Apr 9, 2008

God's Judgment Of The Nations #4 of 4

The Old Testament prophets brought many messages of God's judgment on men and nations...messages we would rather not hear. Many of us would rather celebrate the positive than face up to the negati...

Apr 8, 2008

God's Judgment Of The Nations #3 of 4

When you hear about all the sins for which God judges nations, you get the uncomfortable feeling that your nation might be next. Unprincipled expansion, arrogance and violence are sins one, two an...

Apr 7, 2008

God's Judgment Of The Nations #2 of 4

The Bible is a guidebook for living. In its pages we find what God wants each of us to do, and what He says not to do. The same holds true for nations. The Scriptures list at least seven sins fo...

Apr 4, 2008

God's Judgment Of The Nations #1 of 4

Sometimes it seems that the bad guys keep winning. Terrorism and mayhem are everywhere. Some ask, "Is God still in control?" We need to understand that justice delayed is not justice denied. Th...

Apr 3, 2008

God's Providence Among The Nations #3 of 3

We have all seen bomb-laden terrorists waving their guns and shouting "death to America" on TV. How should we respond? Some cower in fear. Others brandish bigger weapons. But believers can have...

Apr 2, 2008

God's Providence Among The Nations #2 of 3

Some realities do not fit in finite minds. Men do what they choose. Yet God directs those choices to suit His purposes. As we wrestle with the mystery of God's hidden will, we must acknowledge H...

Apr 1, 2008

God's Providence Among The Nations #1 of 3

Some people think that random chance dictates what happens on planet earth. Either God is not involved, or He is not interested. Believers running the race of life have a different perspective. ...

Mar 31, 2008

The Origin Of The Nations #3 of 3

Years ago, Alex Haley's "Roots" helped us understand the origins of the slave trade. And origins are important. That is why God recorded the beginnings of human history in the book of Genesis. H...

Mar 28, 2008

The Origin Of The Nations #2 of 3

There are literally thousands of languages spoken here on planet earth. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself where they all came from? At the very beginning, God saw to it that people would be d...

Mar 27, 2008

The Origin Of The Nations #1 of 3

Hundreds of nations...billions of people. The earth of 2008 is a seething cauldron of unrest, warfare and change. As things seem to be slipping out of control, we must remember that the God who c...

Mar 26, 2008

Back In Heaven Where He Belongs #3 of 3

When you visit Israel, it is possible to stand on the very mount from which Jesus Christ ascended to His father in heaven. Prophecies foretell His return to that very Mount of Olives one day to se...

Mar 25, 2008

Back In Heaven Where He Belongs #2 of 3

For some 40 days the resurrected Jesus walked the roads of Israel, having fellowship with His beloved disciples. But then the time came for Him to make a journey into the sky. Angels were in atte...

Mar 24, 2008

Back In Heaven Where He Belongs #1 of 3

The Mount of Olives sight was unforgettable: the disciples saw Jesus rise into the sky until clouds blocked their view. The ascension of Jesus into heaven marked the end of His earthly ministry an...

Mar 21, 2008

The Lie That Jesus Escaped The Crucifixion

Live Interview Lots of people admire Jesus...and they admire many other gurus. They see Jesus as one road to God, but not the only one. Jesus said He was the waythe only way to God. Either thi...

Mar 20, 2008

The Lie That Jesus Has A Dark Secret

Live Interview Many people have skeletons in their closets: carefully hidden secrets no one can ever know, lest their reputations be ruined. Some today are saying that Jesus has a skeleton in His ...

Mar 19, 2008

The Lie That Jesus Became The Christ

Live Interview If the claims of Christ are true, then there is no other way to eternal life than through His sacrifice and salvation from sin. Many today cannot tolerate the exclusivity of Jesus' ...

Mar 18, 2008

The Lie That Jesus Is One Among Many

Live Interview Conspiracy theorists have taken to the internet like bees to a flower. Imagine any kind of wild scheme, and you will find it there. Those who want to revise history's view of Jesus...

Mar 17, 2008

The Lie That Judas Did Jesus A Favor

Live Interview The central focus of the Christian faith is the cross. Here Jesus paid the price for sin, opening the way to eternal life. But not all have that life. In fact, many are trying to ...

Mar 14, 2008

Why The Animosity Towards Jesus? -- Live Interview

In some cultures, offending a revered prophet is a sure way to lose your head. But no one complains if Jesus' name is reviled. Through lies and distortions, the Son of God is being repackaged. W...

Mar 13, 2008

Seeking The Lost #3 of 3

If you ever wanted to know how God feels when we turn to Him in repentance, take a long look at Luke chapter 15. All of us are prodigal sons, and our Father rejoices when we come back to Him. But...

Mar 12, 2008

Seeking The Lost #2 of 3

Jesus used simple parables to explain eternal truth. Though simple, these stories carry profound implications. In the gospel of Luke, He spoke of seeking a lost coin and compared it to seeking a ...

Mar 11, 2008

Seeking The Lost #1 of 3

Many runners seek fame, fortune, or the glory of Olympic gold. Christians running life's race have a different motive. Believers run to please Jesus, the "Author and Finisher" of their faith. Th...

Mar 10, 2008

Following Christ Into The Community #2 of 2

The race of life often takes Christians into the heart of town. And as believers follow Christ there, amazing things can happen. When Jesus comes to town, revival often follows. People are convi...

Mar 7, 2008

Following Christ Into The Community #1 of 2

As a believer, you run life's race on a track made just for you. Your road is not always easy, but it's end is sure. We get to the goal by faithfully following Christ, whose life was lived to min...

Mar 6, 2008

Following Christ Into The Desert #3 of 3

Many of the major figures in the Scriptures spent a lot of time in the desert. Here, God could get their full attention. The Apostle Paul and even Christ Himself found strength and direction in a...

Mar 5, 2008

Following Christ Into The Desert #2 of 3

If you think that trusting Christ guarantees that all of your pathways will be strewn with roses, you might want to think again. Many of Christ's paths were paths of suffering. If we are serious ...

Mar 4, 2008

Following Christ Into The Desert #1 of 3

Not all of life's roads take us through pleasant places. Sometimes the way leads into the desert, and there we must go. Believers follow Jesus, at His command. His road was never easy, and if we...

Mar 3, 2008

What Would Jesus Do? #3 of 3

Down through the centuries, faithful followers of Christ have sought to live as He would have them live...asking "What would Jesus do?" The Apostle Peter says, "Christ suffered for us, leaving us ...

Feb 29, 2008

What Would Jesus Do? #2 of 3

All of us do what we think is really important. For many, that means meeting our own needs first"looking out for number one." But Jesus was not like that. And if we did what Jesus would do, w...

Feb 28, 2008

What Would Jesus Do? #1 of 3

Many businesses analyze "what if" scenarios. But "what if" a believer, running life's race, really did what Jesus would do? That is what Charles Sheldon asked when writing the classic novel "In H...

Feb 27, 2008

When God Opens The Curtain For You #3 of 3

When it comes time to die, we are all first-timers. But we can look to the one Man who died, and lived again, to learn how to die. Two thieves died with Jesus, but their deaths were very differen...

Feb 26, 2008

When God Opens The Curtain For You #2 of 3

There is no federal government program, no insurance policy and no medical procedure that can prevent you and I from dying. For most of us, life seems too relentless to spend much time thinking ab...

Feb 25, 2008

When God Opens The Curtain For You #1 of 3

There is already set in the plan of God a time and place for you and I to die. We must trust Him with this awesome appointment. Even if we know where we are going, death can be a fearful prospect...

Feb 22, 2008

Can Modern Man Believe In Hell? #4 of 4

Our concept of justice is based on personal feelings, not on any absolute reference point. That is why hell seems unjust. But God has set the reference point for justice, and He has created hell ...

Feb 21, 2008

Can Modern Man Believe In Hell? #3 of 4

To most people, hell is just a swear word?after all, who really believes in demons, pitchforks, and hot licking flames? Modern misconceptions of hell have made it a myth to most people. But hell ...

Feb 20, 2008

Can Modern Man Believe In Hell? #2 of 4

Revelation chapter 20 paints a picture of a great crowd of those who are not redeemed, standing before a great white throne of judgment. And those before this throne all share a common destination...

Feb 19, 2008

Can Modern Man Believe In Hell? #1 of 4

The very word brings to mind hopelessness and torment. Hell: it is a place of judgment that few take seriously anymore. But that is a mistake. Hell is just as certain as heaven, and God makes it...

Feb 18, 2008

Living In The New Jerusalem #4 of 4

While heaven is a place of smiles, it is also a place of tears. There will be regrets to deal with, sorrows to work through. But as we understand His purposes more fully, God will wipe away those...

Feb 15, 2008

Living In The New Jerusalem #3 of 4

Most of us get bored quite easily, and we might wonder how we could possibly fill a heavenly eternity with something to do. Not to fear, God has plenty for us to do. In fact, we will never be abl...

Feb 14, 2008

Living In The New Jerusalem #2 of 4

Hollywood filmmakers help us imagine some pretty awesome places. But no video image could prepare you for the New Jerusalem. A 1,500-mile cube will house the redeemed for eternity, a place Jesus ...

Feb 13, 2008

Living In The New Jerusalem #1 of 4

Imagine the most wonderful place in all the universe. Then triple its wonder. It would still pale compared to heaven. One day a city will descend to the regions of earth, a New Jerusalem, resple...

Feb 12, 2008

Welcome! You Have Arrived! #3 of 3

For all of us, relationships are the most valuable things we have. We often wonder if those relationships will continue in heaven. What happens to a baby who dies at birth? What about aborted ba...

Feb 11, 2008

Welcome! You Have Arrived! #2 of 3

Once I reach heaven, will my body pass through solid matter? Will my scars be gone? And will I be recognized by others? As believers, we want to know what we will look like after crossing life's...

Feb 8, 2008

Welcome! You Have Arrived! #1 of 3

So what is it going to be like? Will heaven be like how all those movies show it? Clouds? Gates? Angels? Harps? Will there be a check-in desk? One day, believers running life's race will cro...

Feb 7, 2008

The Ascent Into Glory #3 of 3

Most of us have some fear of death. But the Bible paints some lovely pictures of what happens when a Christian dies. It is like folding your tent and leaving the campground. It is like weighing ...

Feb 6, 2008

The Ascent Into Glory #2 of 3

How long does it take to get from earth to heaven? When a Christian dies, is there a waiting period before entering eternal rest? Some say the soul sleeps until the last judgment. Dr. Lutzer say...

Feb 5, 2008

The Ascent Into Glory #1 of 3

At the end of the movie Star Wars, the heroes walk through a standing ovation to receive their rewards as thousands cheer. But that is not close to what it will be like when a Christian enters hea...

Feb 4, 2008

The Descent Into Gloom #4 of 4

The last thing we plan for is our own funeral. Even though death is more certain than taxes, many of us act like we will live forever. But Jesus told of a man in torment after death, a man who be...

Feb 1, 2008

The Descent Into Gloom #3 of 4

If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, turn to Luke chapter 16. Here you will find out what will happen to you when you die. A man cries in pain, begging to be able to contact his loved ones ...

Jan 31, 2008

The Descent Into Gloom #2 of 4

Most of us are too busy to think about our own deaths, but each of us has an appointment we cannot avoid. We must be ready. Runners in life's race know that one day the race will be over. Those ...

Jan 30, 2008

The Descent Into Gloom #1 of 4

It may surprise you to learn that no one is in hell today. Hell is empty, awaiting the arrival of another place called Hades. Hades is where unbelievers go when they die, and one day, Hades will ...

Jan 29, 2008

A Glimpse Behind The Curtain #4 of 4

For many, death is a fearful mystery. Some take comfort in reports of lights at the end of the tunnel...but those lights can be demonic. Taking the Bible at face value offers the truth about the ...

Jan 28, 2008

A Glimpse Behind The Curtain #3 of 4

Is there an explanation for the similarity of peoples' stories about near-death experiences? Dr. Lutzer says "yes." Those lights at the end of the tunnel may not be what they seem. As believers,...

Jan 25, 2008

A Glimpse Behind The Curtain #2 of 4

Some people who have been near death and back report a strange, inviting light beckoning them to cross through the door. But is that light what it seems to be? How seriously should we take the re...

Jan 24, 2008

A Glimpse Behind The Curtain #1 of 4

You never know when death will come, but what happens "One Minute After You Die?" Nothingness?...A strange light?...Another dimension?...Or eternity?

Jan 23, 2008

The Motivation Of Love #4 of 4

As the songwriter penned, "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing." And its greatest splendors are found in First Corinthians 13. Real love seeks the good of others first, and seeks our benefit last. T...

Jan 22, 2008

The Motivation Of Love #3 of 4

From time to time the issue of spiritual gifts has divided believers. Speaking in tongues has long caused contention. The Apostle Paul put that issue to rest a long time ago in his writings to th...

Jan 21, 2008

The Motivation Of Love #2 of 4

These days, the problem with the word "love" is one of definition...people "love" their cars and "love" new fashions. But millennia ago, the Apostle Paul wrote the ultimate essay on love. After y...

Jan 18, 2008

The Motivation Of Love #1 of 4

The world has little interest in the doctrines that Christians believe. But it takes notice when believers love one another. As someone has said, our lives are the books that people read every da...

Jan 17, 2008

Finding Your Priorities #3 of 3

In the body of Christ the strong help the weak, and the healthy help the ailing. No one has to face life's tough times alone. As each member of the body first submits to God and then serves other...

Jan 16, 2008

Finding Your Priorities #2 of 3

As Christians, we are commanded to present our bodies as living sacrifices acceptable to God. This is not easy to do. The pressure is on from within and without for us to do anything but be livin...

Jan 15, 2008

Finding Your Priorities #1 of 3

Each of us must contend with choices every day...choices on using our time, talents, and treasure, and on setting priorities. As members of the body of Christ we have a mission to fulfill, and a d...

Jan 14, 2008

Finding Your Place #3 of 3

The word diversity scares some people. They would rather spend time with those of like mind than embrace those they consider "different." In the body of Christ, there is great diversity. And the...

Jan 11, 2008

Finding Your Place #2 of 3

For some reason, we tend to think that God is somewhere "up there" looking down on His children to see how they are doing. But the New Testament paints a different pictureone in which God sees ...

Jan 10, 2008

Finding Your Place #1 of 3

There is something inside each of us that makes us want to belong...to be connected with others in something bigger than ourselves. As Christians running the race of life, we are blessed to be a p...

Jan 9, 2008

Unwrapping Your Gift #4 of 4

No self-respecting kid would leave a Christmas present unwrapped, and no believer should leave his or her spiritual gift unwrapped. Each Christian has been entrusted with a unique spiritual capabi...

Jan 8, 2008

Unwrapping Your Gift #3 of 4

The employees of a well-run company know their abilities as well as the roles they play in making that company profitable. They know that "doing your own thing" is the last way to succeed in any g...

Jan 7, 2008

Unwrapping Your Gift #2 of 4

When you take apart an old alarm clock you will see an amazing array of gears all working together to make sure you wake up on time. If any gear gets out of place, the whole thing grinds to a halt...

Jan 4, 2008

Unwrapping Your Gift #1 of 4

Ever feel like a square peg in a round hole? Try as you might, you do not seem to fit in with others. Happily, there is a solution. God has a place of service for every Christian, and a spiritua...

Jan 3, 2008

Living With Fear And Winning #3 of 3

Many long for the good old days...days without terror attacks and days when jobs were secure...but those days are gone. There is a way to handle our fears and run life's race in victory. Today, s...

Jan 2, 2008

Living With Fear And Winning #2 of 3

Years ago we heard, "These are the times that try men's souls." As conflict swirls around us, those times have returned. Our fears are very real, but there is a way to handle those fears without ...

Jan 1, 2008

Living With Fear And Winning #1 of 3

The war that never seems to end?terror threats?political intrigue?an uncertain economy?indeed, many are fearful. We cannot control our circumstances, but we can find refuge in the One who does con...

Dec 31, 2007

For Such A Time As This #3 of 3

Your church needs you...it needs you out on life's racetrack, running alongside the other members to get the job done together. The challenge for the new year is "get involved." That is what Esth...

Dec 28, 2007

For Such A Time As This #2 of 3

Most of our choices do not affect world history. But sometimes, God puts us in situations where they can, and do. To save her people from extinction, Esther faced the risk of execution to beg the...

Dec 27, 2007

For Such A Time As This #1 of 3

At year-end, we are all conscious of passing time. We wish we had more, but the sand keeps running through the hourglass. At crucial times, great leaders arise, often from common roots. They fin...

Dec 26, 2007

Lots Of Space, But No Room #2 of 2

So some of those presents were not quite right? Hey, no problem! It is the day after Christmas, let us all head to the mall. If our broadcast finds you making plans to race back to the store, re...

Dec 25, 2007

Lots Of Space, But No Room #1 of 2

For most kids, Christmas morning is paradise. Amid bright lights, they rip the wrappings off those priceless presents. Later, Mom and Dad pick up the mess as the kids run off with their new treas...

Dec 24, 2007

What Angels Celebrate #3 of 3

All the presents are wrapped...it is another Christmas. But our celebration is but a mere echo of a greater one long ago. Believers running life's race know that God sent His only Son to live amo...

Dec 21, 2007

What Angels Celebrate #2 of 3

Christmas marks a singular event in human history...the day the Son of God was born. That day was announced by angels. Angels are God's messengers, and the account in the book of Luke tells us th...

Dec 20, 2007

What Angels Celebrate #1 of 3

Many families gather at Christmas to read the Nativity story from Luke chapter 2...a story marked by the supernatural work of angels. Angels had a joyous task 2,000 years ago...announcing the Good...

Dec 19, 2007

What Angels Know #3 of 3

Modern thinking says angels are benevolent friends looking for ways to help us build our field of dreams. Real angels are far different. God's warriors do His bidding, protect His children, and f...

Dec 18, 2007

What Angels Know #2 of 3

Christmas is a great time for angels. You see them in department stores, on Christmas tree branches and on holiday greeting cards. But many people are confusing demonic dalliances with real angel...

Dec 17, 2007

What Angels Know #1 of 3

Today it is OK to believe in angels...especially the kind that make our dreams come true. But beware of these angels. Believers running life's race understand the difference between God's angels ...

Dec 14, 2007

What Angels Do #3 of 3

TV shows, books, and magazines all tell us that angels come to us in disguise to surprise us with wonderful experiences. But believers running life's race know that these "surprises" really come f...

Dec 13, 2007

What Angels Do #2 of 3

You can read lots of books about people's experiences with angelic beings. Problem is, some of those beings are no angels. Believers in life's race know that fallen angels, or demons, do Satan's ...

Dec 12, 2007

What Angels Do #1 of 3

Christmas will soon be here, and many of us have angels on the tops of our trees. Pop culture makes much of angels, but who are they? For believers running life's race, God has provided an unseen...

Dec 11, 2007

When We Wait For God #3 of 3

Whether rich or poor, all of us are equal in one key area. No one has more than twenty-four hours in any given day. Making our time count means spending some of that time in the presence of God. ...

Dec 10, 2007

When We Wait For God #2 of 3

Waiting for God...it goes against our instincts. When something needs to be done, most of us want to jump in and do it. But waiting for His timing guarantees that things happen at the right time....

Dec 7, 2007

When We Wait For God #1 of 3

These are days of "instant:" instant coffee, instant internet, instant news. But lots of things in life are not instant. Patience is only developed when that patience is tried. Whether it is lon...

Dec 6, 2007

When We Are Forgiven #3 of 3

When we conceal sin, we pay a heavy price. The weight of guilt can be crushing, and finding forgiveness is crucial. David expressed his journey toward finding forgiveness in Psalm 32. The proces...

Dec 6, 2007

When We Are Forgiven #2 of 3

It is the height of folly to think we can hide our sins from God. His gaze can penetrate any attempt to conceal the truth. That is what David found out, and wrote about in Psalm 32. Caught red-h...

Dec 6, 2007

When We Are Forgiven #1 of 3

Deep down, everyone knows that they fall short of moral perfection. And those who have done great wrong really know it. God has put a conscience within each of us, and violating that conscience e...

Dec 6, 2007

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #4 of 4

Anyone can rejoice when good things happen, but answer this: can you praise God while lying near death in a hospital? There are many lessons for us in the writings of King David in Psalm 23. One ...

Dec 6, 2007

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #3 of 4

Though named as King, David was pursued by a jealous King Saul for ten long years, forced to hide in caves. While under pursuit, David developed a faith in God's purposes that enabled him to write...

Dec 6, 2007

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #2 of 4

How many of us as kids awaiting punishment can remember our Dad saying "This will hurt me more than it will hurt you?" Few kids believe that, but loving fathers know that correction now avoids tra...

Dec 6, 2007

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #1 of 4

When God wanted us to understand how He cares for us, He gave us the picture of a shepherd tending his flock. Shepherds...they do much more than guide their sheep to sources of food and water. Th...

Dec 6, 2007

When We Are Forgiven #3 of 3

When we conceal sin, we pay a heavy price. The weight of guilt can be crushing, and finding forgiveness is crucial. David expressed his journey toward finding forgiveness in Psalm 32. The proces...

Dec 5, 2007

When We Are Forgiven #2 of 3

It is the height of folly to think we can hide our sins from God. His gaze can penetrate any attempt to conceal the truth. That is what David found out, and wrote about in Psalm 32. Caught red-h...

Dec 4, 2007

When We Are Forgiven #1 of 3

Deep down, everyone knows that they fall short of moral perfection. And those who have done great wrong really know it. God has put a conscience within each of us, and violating that conscience e...

Dec 3, 2007

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #4 of 4

Anyone can rejoice when good things happen, but answer this: can you praise God while lying near death in a hospital? There are many lessons for us in the writings of King David in Psalm 23. One ...

Nov 30, 2007

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #3 of 4

Though named as King, David was pursued by a jealous King Saul for ten long years, forced to hide in caves. While under pursuit, David developed a faith in God's purposes that enabled him to write...

Nov 29, 2007

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #2 of 4

How many of us as kids awaiting punishment can remember our Dad saying "This will hurt me more than it will hurt you?" Few kids believe that, but loving fathers know that correction now avoids tra...

Nov 28, 2007

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #1 of 4

When God wanted us to understand how He cares for us, He gave us the picture of a shepherd tending his flock. Shepherds...they do much more than guide their sheep to sources of food and water. Th...

Nov 28, 2007

When The Son Is Crowned #3 of 3

Like mice in a maze, today's power brokers run around, certain that they hold in their hands the destiny of the world. They have no clue that far beyond their machinations lies a God who is the re...

Nov 28, 2007

When The Son Is Crowned #2 of 3

These days, conspiracies are all the rage. Politicians speak of vast conspiracies to undermine their points of view. But the real conspiracy is that of the nations of the world in revolt against ...

Nov 28, 2007

When The Son Is Crowned #1 of 3

Everywhere you look, the Christian faith is under attack. Governments cater to radical Muslims, but Christians are fair game. It seems the world has gone topsy-turvy, and many ask the question, "...

Nov 28, 2007

Just One In A Crowd #3 of 3

For many families, Thanksgiving gets everybody involved. Mom cooks, Dad carves the turkey, and the kids set the table. In the days of Jesus, ten lepers were miraculously healed. But only one got...

Nov 28, 2007

Just One In A Crowd #2 of 3

This is supposed to be the busiest week for travel in the entire year. At Thanksgiving, everybody wants to go back home. We want that turkey dinner, and we want to share it with loved ones. Some...

Nov 28, 2007

Just One In A Crowd #1 of 3

It was Shakespeare who wrote, "How like a serpent's tooth is a thankless child." Indeed, ingratitude cuts like a knife. Our forefathers knew Who had brought them across the sea to a new homeland,...

Nov 28, 2007

When The Shepherd Takes Our Hand #1 of 4

When God wanted us to understand how He cares for us, He gave us the picture of a shepherd tending his flock. Shepherds...they do much more than guide their sheep to sources of food and water. Th...

Nov 27, 2007

When The Son Is Crowned #3 of 3

Like mice in a maze, today's power brokers run around, certain that they hold in their hands the destiny of the world. They have no clue that far beyond their machinations lies a God who is the re...

Nov 26, 2007

When The Son Is Crowned #2 of 3

These days, conspiracies are all the rage. Politicians speak of vast conspiracies to undermine their points of view. But the real conspiracy is that of the nations of the world in revolt against ...

Nov 23, 2007

When The Son Is Crowned #1 of 3

Everywhere you look, the Christian faith is under attack. Governments cater to radical Muslims, but Christians are fair game. It seems the world has gone topsy-turvy, and many ask the question, "...

Nov 22, 2007

Just One In A Crowd #3 of 3

For many families, Thanksgiving gets everybody involved. Mom cooks, Dad carves the turkey, and the kids set the table. In the days of Jesus, ten lepers were miraculously healed. But only one got...

Nov 21, 2007

Just One In A Crowd #2 of 3

This is supposed to be the busiest week for travel in the entire year. At Thanksgiving, everybody wants to go back home. We want that turkey dinner, and we want to share it with loved ones. Some...

Nov 21, 2007

Just One In A Crowd #1 of 3

It was Shakespeare who wrote, "How like a serpent's tooth is a thankless child." Indeed, ingratitude cuts like a knife. Our forefathers knew Who had brought them across the sea to a new homeland,...

Nov 19, 2007

When Loyalties Collide #3 of 3

We can still enjoy July 4 fireworks, but for many Christians, the liberties we celebrate are now being sharply curtailed. Under pressure from agenda-driven groups, what was once free speech is now...

Nov 16, 2007

When Loyalties Collide #2 of 3

Someone has said that nothing is certain except death and taxes. Throughout all of history, governments have been taking your money. In Jesus' day, tax collectors were despised. After all, they ...

Nov 15, 2007

When Loyalties Collide #1 of 3

For a long time, Christians could comfortably wave the American flag, since their values were represented in "Old Glory." Now the government is beginning to repress the freedoms Christians once ha...

Nov 14, 2007

When Personalities Collide #3 of 3

When cars collide, you get tangled wreckage that is soon cleared. But when people collide, the wreckage can be life-long. The story of mankind is a saga of conflict. Wars and oppression mark the...

Nov 14, 2007

When Personalities Collide #2 of 3

Like snowflakes, no two people are alike. Those differences bring great variety, but they can also plant seeds of conflict. Each of us is wired from birth to put self first. Only the Spirit of G...

Nov 14, 2007

When Personalities Collide #1 of 3

As someone has said, "The church is wonderful. I love the church, it is the people in the church that I cannot stand." Well, we are not in the Garden of Eden anymore. Frictions can occur even be...

Nov 14, 2007

When Beliefs Collide #3 of 3

Despite the wide variety of Christian denominations these days, you will find some common elements in them all. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are two sacraments all Christians observe in one way o...

Nov 14, 2007

When Beliefs Collide #2 of 3

It is like going to an ice cream shop. If you are looking for what church to attend, there are lots of flavors available. Thousands of denominations and internal sub-denominations reflect often c...

Nov 14, 2007

When Beliefs Collide #1 of 3

Some critics of Christianity look at its thousands of denominations and splinter groups that call themselves Christian and they wonder "where is the unity that Jesus talked about?" There is no dou...

Nov 14, 2007

When Religions Collide #4 of 4

Persecution of Christians is on the way up in America, giving today's believers a taste of what the early church had to face. The word of God gives clear direction on how Christians should to resp...

Nov 14, 2007

When Religions Collide #3 of 4

There is no doubt: Christians are under attack. The media and current culture combine to belittle those with faith in Jesus. So how should genuine believers react? Nowadays it seems easier to ke...

Nov 14, 2007

When Religions Collide #2 of 4

Many Americans are up in arms that our soldiers are dying in Iraq. They feel that there is nothing over there worth dying for. There was a time when there were things worth dying for...times like...

Nov 14, 2007

When Religions Collide #1 of 4

America has been called a melting pot...of cultures and races, for sure, and these days, it is a melting pot for religions. Trouble is, varying religions do not melt together very well. Despite A...

Nov 14, 2007

When Personalities Collide #3 of 3

When cars collide, you get tangled wreckage that is soon cleared. But when people collide, the wreckage can be life-long. The story of mankind is a saga of conflict. Wars and oppression mark the...

Nov 13, 2007

When Personalities Collide #2 of 3

Like snowflakes, no two people are alike. Those differences bring great variety, but they can also plant seeds of conflict. Each of us is wired from birth to put self first. Only the Spirit of G...

Nov 12, 2007

When Personalities Collide #1 of 3

As someone has said, "The church is wonderful. I love the church, it is the people in the church that I cannot stand." Well, we are not in the Garden of Eden anymore. Frictions can occur even be...

Nov 9, 2007

When Beliefs Collide #3 of 3

Despite the wide variety of Christian denominations these days, you will find some common elements in them all. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are two sacraments all Christians observe in one way o...

Nov 8, 2007

When Beliefs Collide #2 of 3

It is like going to an ice cream shop. If you are looking for what church to attend, there are lots of flavors available. Thousands of denominations and internal sub-denominations reflect often c...

Nov 7, 2007

When Beliefs Collide #1 of 3

Some critics of Christianity look at its thousands of denominations and splinter groups that call themselves Christian and they wonder "where is the unity that Jesus talked about?" There is no dou...

Nov 6, 2007

When Religions Collide #4 of 4

Persecution of Christians is on the way up in America, giving today's believers a taste of what the early church had to face. The word of God gives clear direction on how Christians should to resp...

Nov 5, 2007

When Religions Collide #3 of 4

There is no doubt: Christians are under attack. The media and current culture combine to belittle those with faith in Jesus. So how should genuine believers react? Nowadays it seems easier to ke...

Nov 2, 2007

When Religions Collide #2 of 4

Many Americans are up in arms that our soldiers are dying in Iraq. They feel that there is nothing over there worth dying for. There was a time when there were things worth dying for...times like...

Nov 2, 2007

When Religions Collide #1 of 4

America has been called a melting pot...of cultures and races, for sure, and these days, it is a melting pot for religions. Trouble is, varying religions do not melt together very well. Despite A...

Oct 31, 2007

He Owns Our Appointments #3 of 3

Think about this: what would happen if, every time we met someone, we treated the encounter as a divine appointment? It might change our whole approach to other people. God uses seemingly chance ...

Oct 30, 2007

He Owns Our Appointments #2 of 3

Ever wonder if your coming to faith in Christ was an accident, just coincidence, or maybe just a good choice on your part? Not a chance. "Salvation is of the Lord," the Bible says, and that inclu...

Oct 29, 2007

He Owns Our Appointments #1 of 3

These days, people look to their personal digital assistants, or PDAs, to find out what is next on their busy schedules. Keeping appointments is crucial for business success. But God has a heaven...

Oct 26, 2007

He Owns Our Future #2 of 2

While we focus everyday on the here and now, eternity awaits us. Those who know Christ have a glorious future ahead of them. The doorway to heaven is the death of the believer. When Stephen was ...

Oct 25, 2007

He Owns Our Future #1 of 2

Most people invest heavily in their futures. Savings accounts and retirement plans give us comfort for those "golden years." But wise believers know that the real future lies in the hands of God,...

Oct 24, 2007

He Owns Our Status #3 of 3

In seeking employees, interviewers look for the right education and experience. But for workers in the body of Christ, it is different. God's list of qualifications for kingdom jobs includes char...

Oct 23, 2007

He Owns Our Status #2 of 3

Filling jobs usually means resum├ęs, interviews and salary offers. But it is a very different story in the body of Christ. God has called each believer to a task in His kingdom, and the book of Ac...

Oct 22, 2007

He Owns Our Status #1 of 3

In our culture, reaching the top often means clawing your way past other people, doing whatever it takes to succeed. Things are different in God's kingdom. "The first shall be last, and the last ...

Oct 19, 2007

He Owns Our Reputation #3 of 3

In the body of Christ, personal sins cannot be swept under the rug indefinitely. Sooner or later, everyone feels their impact. We do affect each other, and that is one reason why Ananias and Sapp...

Oct 18, 2007

He Owns Our Reputation #2 of 3

As we all know, money and politics are closely related. People who support winning candidates expect something in return. Sadly, the same can be true in churches. Heavy contributors are often th...

Oct 17, 2007

He Owns Our Reputation #1 of 3

We would all save a lot of energy if who we seemed to be matched who we really were. In other words: no images to maintain. Most people worry about how they are perceived. So, they will smile on...

Oct 16, 2007

He Owns Our Money #3 of 3

Handling money well is a sign of spiritual maturity. The early church knew this, and we can learn from their example. In our current study we are learning about five laws of stewardship as seen i...

Oct 15, 2007

He Owns Our Money #2 of 3

The love of money is the root of all evil...yet in this world we cannot function without money. What is a Christian to do? If we recognize God's laws of stewardship, we can be freed from the down...

Oct 12, 2007

He Owns Our Money #1 of 3

Win a hundred million dollars in a lottery and you are an instant media star. These days, people dream of the big bucks...and they will lie, cheat, steal and kill to get those bucks. Yet once the...

Oct 11, 2007

He Owns Our Allegiances #3 of 3

When we hear of Christians persecuted for their faith, we often think of high profile people like preachers or missionaries. But a day is coming when ordinary believers will feel the heat as the ...

Oct 10, 2007

He Owns Our Allegiances #2 of 3

These days, almost everyone sues when their rights are violated. Everyone, that is, except true believers in Christ. In a day when pornographers have more legal protections than preachers, what d...

Oct 9, 2007

He Owns Our Allegiances #1 of 3

The rights of believers to exercise their religion in America are being slowly destroyed. Clearly, persecution is coming. What do we do when faced with tough choices...choices to obey God or man?...

Oct 8, 2007

He Owns Our Tongues #3 of 3

How often we have wished we could retract words we have spoken in haste or in anger, words that have wounded those around us. There is one gift of tongues all believers should have...the gift of a...

Oct 5, 2007

He Owns Our Tongues #2 of 3

The gift of tongues has been a battleground for a long time. Some say it proves you are filled with the Spirit, so you had better have it. To help clear up confusion, let us focus on what actually...

Oct 4, 2007

He Owns Our Tongues #1 of 3

It is said that "the pen is mightier than the sword." Yes, words are powerful, and when spoken, they can cut like swords. If we could rewind the tapes of our lives and hear all we have said, we w...

Oct 3, 2007

He Owns Our Hearts #3 of 3

As a runner heads into the last turn, sometimes his energy begins to run out. What he needs then is a source of power. Like a runner getting a second wind, we are not left to carry out the Great ...

Oct 2, 2007

He Owns Our Hearts #2 of 3

You always listen closely to someone's last words. The disciples certainly did before they saw Jesus rise into heaven. Like a runner in a race, Jesus passed the baton to those He trained to carry...

Oct 1, 2007

He Owns Our Hearts #1 of 3

The message is clear. Our culture and the media tell us to "look out for number one." And in a way, they are right. Running the race of life involves understanding who is in charge. Once we rea...

Sep 28, 2007

The Lie That God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

#4 of 4 Once we realize how great our need is before God, we will quickly forget thinking that we can somehow help ourselves get to heaven. Once our eyes are open to the truth, we will find that o...

Sep 27, 2007

The Lie That God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

#3 of 4 All the good deeds in the world cannot erase the guilt of sin that every member of the human raced bears before a holy God. The Bible says that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. ...

Sep 26, 2007

The Lie That God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

#2 of 4 In one sense it is true that God helps those who help themselves. But when it comes to salvation, that saying is a lie. Only those who are helpless can avail themselves of a salvation onl...

Sep 25, 2007

The Lie That God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

#1 of 4 There is a phrase a lot of people mistakenly think is found in the Bible. It is this: "God helps those who help themselves." Certainly we need to take the initiative in many areas of life...

Sep 24, 2007

The Lie That We Must Choose Between...

Pleasing God And Pleasing Ourselves #4 of 4 Americans value their heritage. It is one that makes possible "the pursuit of happiness..." a pursuit God approves of. Sadly, many think pursuing happi...

Sep 21, 2007

The Lie That We Must Choose Between...

Pleasing God And Pleasing Ourselves #3 of 4 It is true: long-term financial gain is often short-circuited by investor's desires to make short-term, fast profits. The same is true in life. Going f...

Sep 20, 2007

The Lie That We Must Choose Between...

Pleasing God And Pleasing Ourselves #2 of 4 Somehow a lot of believers have gotten the mistaken impression that pleasure and God's will are mutually incompatible. The good news is that God wants y...

Sep 19, 2007

The Lie That We Must Choose Between...

Pleasing God And Pleasing Ourselves #1 of 4 We have all seen those cartoons where someone is tempted: the devil whispers into one ear, and an angel whispers into the other. The implication is that...

Sep 18, 2007

The Lie That The Fall Of Adam Ruined God's Plans

#4 of 4 The problem of evil is perhaps the thorniest issue facing theologians. Clearly, God could prevent evil, but He does not. Since He is in charge, the wars and suffering around us must be a ...

Sep 17, 2007

The Lie That The Fall Of Adam Ruined God's Plans

#3 of 4 For centuries we have all wrestled with the problem of evil in the world. If God is in charge, why is there such suffering? And if He is in control, was the fall of humanity something God...

Sep 14, 2007

The Lie That The Fall Of Adam Ruined God's Plans

#2 of 4 Most of us are preoccupied with the here and now. But take a moment to look up, way up, and see God as He really is. We are running today's lap of life's race asking this question, "Did ...

Sep 13, 2007

The Lie That The Fall Of Adam Ruined God's Plans

#1 of 4 Get set for a tough lap in the race of life. Consider the possibility that the fall of mankind was planned from the beginning. Is it even possible that God wanted Eve to pick that fatal f...

Sep 12, 2007

The Lie That God Does Not Know...

Our Future Decisions #4 of 4 Some theological debates are too lofty to matter much where you and I live. That is not the case, though, with today's debate. If God does not know our future decisi...

Sep 11, 2007

The Lie That God Does Not Know...

Our Future Decisions #3 of 4 Does God know what you are going to do tomorrow? You might say "of course." But incredibly, some theologians are saying, "no way." As we run life's race, we need a ...

Sep 10, 2007

The Lie That God Does Not Know...

Our Future Decisions #2 of 4 Like any intellectual pursuit, theology has its fads, such as the idea that God does not know our decisions in advance. Going far beyond the classic debates between C...

Sep 7, 2007

The Lie That God Does Not Know...

Our Future Decisions #1 of 4 Some theologians see our lives as on a chessboard. We make a move, and then God responds with a countermove. These modern thinkers feel that God gives us totally fre...

Sep 6, 2007

The Lie That God...

Takes No Responsibility For Natural Disasters #4 of 4 So, what is easier to believe: seeing natural disasters as the products of blind chance, or seeing them as coming from God? The clear choice i...

Sep 5, 2007

The Lie That God...

Takes No Responsibility For Natural Disasters #3 of 4 Think about this: can you trust a God who hurls each lightning bolt to the earth during a thunderstorm's terrible fury? Well, the alternative ...

Sep 4, 2007

The Lie That God...

Takes No Responsibility For Natural Disasters #2 of 4 It is a deep mystery. Why does God send torrential rains to flooded areas, yet allow parched ground to remain dry? The mystery deepens as we...

Sep 4, 2007

The Lie That God...

Takes No Responsibility For Natural Disasters #1 of 4 Over 150,000 died when a giant tsunami destroyed endless miles of Asian coastline...a wall of killing water. Is God involved in calamities li...

Sep 4, 2007

The Lie That God Is Obligated...

To Save Followers Of Other Religions #2 of 4 Before Jesus rose into heaven, His last word to His followers was a commission to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. The urgency of His words un...

Sep 4, 2007

The Lie That God Is Obligated...

To Save Followers Of Other Religions #2 of 4 In Bible times, all roads led to Rome. Some feel that all spiritual roads lead to heaven, even those that never intersect. Pause in your race of life ...

Sep 4, 2007

The Lie That God Is Obligated...

To Save Followers Of Other Religions #2 of 4 Does it make sense to say that all religions lead their followers to God? Well, it all depends on how you define "God." The true God is the one found ...

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