Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

The Goal is Holiness, Not Happiness, Part 4 of 4 ('Til Death Do Us Part)

November 20, 2013

Left to ourselves, we’re basically narcissistic. We would much rather meet our own needs than meet the needs of others. In matrimony, two people have to care for each other. This combats the inherent selfishness we all share. In many ways, marriage is a crucible in which character is forged and where happiness is found in pleasing your mate, not yourself.

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In a hyper-sexualized culture, sex is either reduced to pleasure-seeking or conflated with our identity. But God designed us as sexual beings for emotional and spiritual intimacy whose highest calling is to worship Him. In this revised edition, Pastor Erwin Lutzer draws on forty years of ministry experience to present a rationale for sexual purity. He gives an honest answer to the sexual pressures we face like extramarital relationships, self-gratification, same-sex attraction, and more. As desire-driven creatures, we don't have to pursue happiness at the expense of character. With our identity grounded in Christ, we can live victoriously with our passions. 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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Anyone who thinks that marriage is the magic door to happiness might want to note that half of all marriages fail today. The resulting carnage of divorce and shattered families leaves a trail of dysfunction for generations. God intended marriage to develop character, not just fulfill sensual desire. Those who opt out of their marriages miss many rewards.  
November 19, 2013
When she comes down the aisle, she is the picture of perfection. He is Prince Charming in a black tuxedo. On their wedding day, few starry-eyed couples realize the searchlight that their marriage will be in revealing the character flaws they both have.  Today we will discuss in more detail that happiness is not the main purpose of marriage.
November 18, 2013
Is marriage the way to happiness? There is good evidence in the Bible that marriage is designed more to develop character than to ensure a lifetime of bliss. When the rough times come – and they will – what are couples to learn from those experiences? 
November 15, 2013
The central idea of the marriage vow is to commit completely and exclusively to your spouse. To violate this destroys the trust that a working marriage requires, as well as violating the commands of the God who designed marriage in the first place. 
November 14, 2013
Many marriages are on shaky ground. Some see their mates like car models; trade them in when a better one comes along. The underlying issue is covetousness, wanting what you do not have. The Bible has clear directions for making marriages last, and today we will see why living a life of love, purity and honor is the only way to ensure a long and satisfying marriage.  
November 13, 2013
When a young couple stands at the altar, all is love, and the wedding vows come easily.  It is later that reality sets in. Inevitable conflicts arise, and the temptation to split up is great.  What is the glue that can bind two people together when the romance fades?  Today we will discuss the power of commitment, and why keeping our commitments can save our marriages and our families.
November 12, 2013
In the old days, it was said, “his word is as good as his bond.” A handshake and a promise was all it took to seal the deal. These days, when a marriage breaks up, we have prenuptial agreements to divvy up the loot.  Few take seriously the covenant they enter into when they tie the knot and exchange the rings. Today, Pastor Lutzer explains why marriage, in God’s eyes, is a lifetime deal no matter what.
November 11, 2013
Commitment is a fast-fading part of modern marriage, where “irreconcilable differences” mean divorce is around the corner. While there were differences between Wanda and Gustav Lutzer, they were never irreconcilable. Their marriage lasted 76 years, when Gustav passed away at age 106. On today’s broadcast, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, their fifth child, will tell of their commitment. 
November 8, 2013
Even among Christians, a marriage today has 50-50 odds of succeeding.  Couples often split up when the going gets tough. Wanda and Gustav Lutzer bucked the trend by celebrating 76 years of marriage. Their fifth child is Dr. Erwin Lutzer, who tells their story on today’s program, listing five principles that kept his parents together through thick and thin.   
November 7, 2013
What keeps a couple together for 76 years, surviving war, emigration, deprivation, and material want? Today, you will hear about some national news in Canada:  the story of the parents of Dr. Erwin Lutzer, and why their marriage lasted so long. Get set for a heartwarming and challenging broadcast. 
November 6, 2013
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Living With Your Passions
In a hyper-sexualized culture, sex is either reduced to pleasure-seeking or conflated with our identity. But God designed us as sexual beings for emotional and spiritual intimacy whose highest calling is to worship Him. In this revised edition, Pastor Erwin Lutzer draws on forty years of ministry experience to present a rationale for sexual purity. He gives an honest answer to the sexual pressures we face like extramarital relationships, self-gratification, same-sex attraction, and more. As desire-driven creatures, we don't have to pursue happiness at the expense of character. With our identity grounded in Christ, we can live victoriously with our passions. 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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