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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Family Feuds: Seeing God in Injustice #3 of 4

June 2, 2009
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 years of hatred in mere moments. That's what happened when Joseph forgave his jealous brothers for selling him as a slave. Today: one of the most unforgettable episodes in all the Bible.

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"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 if he'd ever see daylight again. Anyone in this predicament feels a burning sense of injustice. What would you do if caught in this kind of family feud with no apparent way out?
June 1, 2009
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, some feuds go on for generations. Conflict becomes a way of life. Unless the cycle is broken, hatred can consume blood relatives. Is there a way out?
May 29, 2009
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 before facing his older brother. Today: lessons from Genesis chapter 33 on putting an end to warfare within the family.
May 28, 2009
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 ties with those causing our conflict. 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.
May 27, 2009
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 any family, conflict was almost inevitable. Jacob the younger connived the birthright of Esau the elder, and the lifelong battle began. Today: lessons from the family of Isaac.
May 26, 2009
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 behavior. They're like Cain of old, who had no sorrow for killing Abel, but was quite worried that someone might kill him. Today: understanding the mind of the self-absorbed.
May 25, 2009
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 Abel's sacrifice, and rejected Cain's, deep seeds of jealousy were sown, later reaped in a harvest of vengeance and murder. Today: more on the tragic life of Cain, who typifies many who feel rejected.
May 22, 2009
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 whether their victims are in pain or not. Destroyers are nothing new...in fact, the first destroyer was born into mankind's first family. Today: we'll learn what motivates destroyers.
May 21, 2009
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 likely. Today: join us for an eye-opening look into the unintended consequences of harboring an offense rather than seeking reconciliation.
May 20, 2009
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 does us wrong, we can lose our focus on everything except the rage we feel within. Today: more lessons on the roots of rage, and how to handle it.
May 19, 2009
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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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