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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Christ the Gift of Love #3 of 3

December 15, 2010
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’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. Today: more about this gift of love.

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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. Please stay with us.
December 14, 2010
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 gift we’ve 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. Please stay with us.
December 13, 2010
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 Christ with needy friends. Just as Jesus was born into the world, He wants to be born into the hearts of all who will receive Him. Today: you’ll hear more about Christ the Gift of Life.
December 10, 2010
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, and many of them lead to dead ends. Today: more about the gift of life, the life only possible through the one who said, “I am the life.”
December 9, 2010
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 liberally and without reproach.” This Christmas, we’ll find that in sending His Son to earth, God gave us four great gifts. Today: we’ll learn about gift number one. Please stay with us.
December 8, 2010
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 experience with Jesus. In writing to his son in the faith Timothy, Paul recounts his bad decisions, and then tells of the boundless grace of God, a grace that can bring good out of bad.
December 7, 2010
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 glee as Stephen was stoned to death. Then came his conversion on the Damascus Road. How he later came to grips with his actions is our focus on today’s broadcast. Stay with us.
December 6, 2010
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 us. How do we unravel the messes we make when not acting with God’s guidance? Or, messes we made before coming to Christ? Today: lessons from the Apostle Paul on handling messes like these.
December 3, 2010
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, his finish line was marred by the consequences of a bad choice. Today: lessons we can take home from one man’s failure to conclude his race of life well. Please stay with us.
December 2, 2010
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 nearby King with the temple’s gold and silver. Politics can corrupt the best of men, and Asa was no exception. Today: judgment falls for making a really bad deal.
December 1, 2010
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Living With Your Passions
In a hyper-sexualized culture, sex is either reduced to pleasure-seeking or conflated with our identity. But God designed us as sexual beings for emotional and spiritual intimacy whose highest calling is to worship Him. In this revised edition, Pastor Erwin Lutzer draws on forty years of ministry experience to present a rationale for sexual purity. He gives an honest answer to the sexual pressures we face like extramarital relationships, self-gratification, same-sex attraction, and more. As desire-driven creatures, we don't have to pursue happiness at the expense of character. With our identity grounded in Christ, we can live victoriously with our passions. Click below to receive this book for a gift of any amount or call Moody Church Media at 1.800.215.5001.

About Running To Win

Running the race of life is hard. But with the Bible front and center and a heart to encourage, Pastor Erwin Lutzer presents clear Bible teaching, helping you make it across the finish line. Since 2011, this 25-minute program has provided a Godward focus and features listeners’ questions.

About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years (1980-2016). He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (Now Trinity Law School).

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on two radio programs: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Running To Win broadcasts on a thousand outlets in the U.S. and across more than fifty countries in seven languages. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Pastor Lutzer is also a prolific author of over seventy books, including the bestselling We Will Not Be Silenced, One Minute After You Die, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Connect with Pastor Lutzer on X (@ErwinLutzer) or moodymedia.org.

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