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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Secret Fasting, Part 3 of 3

January 16, 2012
For some Christians, fasting is about as popular as watching paint dry. Yet we cannot escape Christ’s teaching. He assumed that we would fast, and confined His remarks to the “how and why,” and not the “if.” Foregoing food is a big paradigm shift. Today you are invited to listen for some final thoughts about the benefits and obligations of fasting.

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To stop eating for a time has some known health benefits. But in the Christian life, it also has great spiritual benefits. Fasting is not often talked about in a culture where what we usually want is fast food. Today, let us explore further the “why” and “how” of fasting, as Jesus taught in the gospel of Matthew 6.
January 13, 2012
The holidays are a great time for food. Most of us really enjoy eating, but there are times in a Christian’s life when eating should be the last thing on the agenda. Today, we will set aside that big luncheon we had planned on attending and remind ourselves of Christ’s teaching on the benefits of fasting.
January 12, 2012
Many of us say grace together before eating a big meal. We are reminded of Who we have to thank for all that we have, so prayer is the vehicle that takes our thanks before His throne. Jesus also taught us to pray in secret, that we might be rewarded openly. Prayer is the means of maintaining close, personal contact with God.
January 11, 2012
We have all heard the Lord’s Prayer, either set to music or recited in church. Jesus gave us these words as a pattern. He gave us this prayer to teach us how to pray. Today, we continue our look at the depth and breadth of meaning latent in these sacred words, and on the way we should each approach God with our petitions.
January 10, 2012
Sometimes Christians wonder if God is listening when they pray. We often repeat our requests, just to make sure He has heard us, but Jesus taught us that God is indeed listening, and in fact, knows what we need before we ask. This being the case, many wonder why we should even pray at all. Therefore, please join us today for more lessons in the school of secret prayer.
January 9, 2012
Every good athlete knows that success in front of the roaring crowd depends on those workouts done when no one is watching. In the race of life, success with God depends on time spent in secret with Him, time spent in the discipline of prayer. For many, prayer is mysterious, especially private prayer.
January 6, 2012
Even for a Christian, the old nature is a powerful enemy. In our sinful flesh we want to take the credit for giving a gift. Meanwhile, God wants us to give our gifts in secret, so only He knows who did what. That way we cannot flaunt our donations as badges of honor. We must learn to give to others so as to please God first and foremost.
January 5, 2012
“….the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil...” the Bible’s words ring true even for Christians. Money can be our idol and we can be its worshippers. God wants to break money’s stranglehold on our hearts, and the key is giving in secret. Today we will seek to find the right motives and methods to do just that.
January 4, 2012
There is one thing Jesus really disapproved of. He told His followers to not give money so as to be seen by others. God wants our giving to be a secret we keep with Him. After all, God, not the IRS, keeps the ultimate books. It is one thing to give when others can see your generosity. Today we will examine our motives for giving when no one is watching.
January 3, 2012
Good friends can keep secrets. In fact, one test of a relationship is how much you can trust someone to keep a confidence. Our ultimate confidence is in God, with Whom we can safely entrust any secret. In fact, there are four secrets He wants us to share with Him, with life-changing results.
January 2, 2012
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Christians, Politics, And The Cross
We are living in a time when we desperately need to engage our culture with the only message that has any hope of transforming it. As Pastor Lutzer explores various approaches to the relationship between the state and the church, he reminds us that spiritual redemption, not political reformation, is at the heart of God’s agenda. Only the church, not a political party, can bear God’s message to a hurting world. Click below to receive this book for a gift of any amount or call Moody Church Media at 1.800.215.5001.

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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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