Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

God Doesn't Know Our Future Decisions, Part 1 of 4

March 2, 2012
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.

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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.”
March 1, 2012
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.
February 29, 2012
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.
February 28, 2012
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.
February 27, 2012
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.
February 24, 2012
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.
February 23, 2012
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.
February 22, 2012
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.
February 21, 2012
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.
February 20, 2012
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.
February 17, 2012
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The King Is Coming
The end is near. These words can be a wake-up call or a comfort. While acknowledging that what is yet to come for the world is beyond the scope of our finite minds, Pastor Erwin Lutzer reminds us that we have not been left completely in the dark. The King Is Coming has been written precisely to aid your personal examination of Scripture’s prophecies. Saturated with both humility and a sense of urgency, this book not only provides answers for those questioning what happens next, but also empowerment to live accordingly in the here and now. 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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