Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

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

June 6, 2013

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.

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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.
June 5, 2013
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.
June 4, 2013
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.
June 3, 2013
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. 
May 31, 2013
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. 
May 30, 2013
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. 
May 29, 2013
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.  
May 28, 2013
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.
May 27, 2013
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. 
May 24, 2013
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.
May 23, 2013
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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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