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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves, Part 1 of 4

March 20, 2012
“God helps those who help themselves…” This is a phrase a lot of people mistakenly think is in the Bible. Certainly we need to take the initiative in many areas of life. But when it comes to the vital issue of salvation, it is crucial to understand what God really says. The Gospel proclaims that we cannot help ourselves. Only Jesus can save us.

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Americans value their heritage. It is a heritage that makes possible “the pursuit of happiness” — a pursuit God approves of. Sadly, many think pursuing happiness means not pursuing the will of God, that these two things are mutually exclusive. Let’s explore some questions about this common misconception.
March 19, 2012
Lasting financial gain is often short-circuited by an investor’s desires to fast profits. The same is true in life. Going for immediate pleasures can short-circuit our potential to enjoy the overwhelming pleasures of God — pleasures that can last a lifetime. In today’s message, Pastor Lutzer will give us some good reasons why we should think long-term.
March 16, 2012
Somehow a lot of believers have the impression that pleasure and God’s will are mutually incompatible. The good news is that God wants you to experience pleasure. The bad news is that a lot of us do not know what real pleasures are. Those who think that sinking in sin will open pleasure’s doors have no clue what satisfaction is. God wants to give true satisfaction to His children.
March 15, 2012
We have all seen those cartoons where the devil whispers into one ear, and an angel whispers into the other. The implication is that choosing sin means happiness, and saying “no” means a humdrum existence. The devil whispers the lie that when we follow the Lord, we kiss all our fun goodbye. Today we will combat another lie about God that you might already believe.
March 14, 2012
The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult issue facing theologians. God could prevent evil, yet He doesn’t. So since He is in charge, the wars and suffering around us must be a part of His plan for the world. For some, this creates a dilemma they cannot resolve. Are you among those who feel this way?
March 13, 2012
For centuries we have all wrestled with the problem of evil in the world. If God is in charge, why is there so much suffering? And if He is in control, was the fall of humanity something God intended in the first place? Today we are heading into some really deep waters. Grab that life preserver and get ready to swim.
March 12, 2012
Most of us are preoccupied with the here and now. But let’s take a moment to stop and see God as He really is and ask ourselves, “Did the Fall ruin God’s plans?” The answer is “no,” because nothing can ruin God’s plans. In today’s message, we’ll explore the implications for you and for me.
March 9, 2012
Consider the possibility that the fall of mankind was planned from the beginning. Is it even possible that God wanted Eve to pick that fatal fruit from the tree in the Garden of Eden? Join us today on a mind-expanding journey into God’s intentions for the newly created human race — a journey that may not go where you think.
March 8, 2012
If God does not know our future decisions, all of us running life’s race are in big trouble. However, God does know our future, despite some modern trends in theological thought, and Pastor Lutzer will show us how we can be sure of that.
March 7, 2012
Does God know what you are going to do tomorrow? Incredibly, some theologians are say, “no way.” But is that true? Pastor Lutzer brings this theological debate down to the basics so we all can be assured that God knows where we are in the race of life.
March 6, 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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