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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Family Feuds: Seeing God in Injustice, Part 4 of 4

February 20, 2013

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.

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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. 
February 19, 2013
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?
February 18, 2013
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?  
February 15, 2013
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.
February 14, 2013
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.
February 13, 2013
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.
February 12, 2013
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.
February 11, 2013
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. 
February 8, 2013
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.
February 7, 2013
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.
February 6, 2013
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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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