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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

The Manger and the Sword, Part 3 of 3 (Single Sermon)

December 25, 2013
The days before Christmas are busy with those last dashes to the mall. For merchants, it is another frenzy of selling. But there were no malls in Bethlehem; no lights, no friends.  Indeed, Christmas had a humble beginning.

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December 25th was not Jesus’ actual birthday, but it is the date set aside long ago for us to honor that birth. For Mary His mother, that birth began a long period of pain and sorrow, a personal toll we seldom consider during this time of year. 
December 24, 2013
In a few days we will celebrate the central event in human history, the coming of Jesus to live among us. But while Christians now enjoy the benefits of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection, there was one person who felt great pain when He came.
December 23, 2013
We can be so deep in bondage to sin that we don’t even realize it. That’s why we need the truth to set us free. Jesus not only knows the truth, He is the truth, and He wants to set you free from slavery to sin. That’s the great liberation we all need, made possible only because God the Father sent the gift of His Son into the world. 
December 20, 2013
Real freedom is not doing whatever you want, whenever you want. Rather, it’s doing the will of God. That’s freedom without regrets. To run life’s race, we need to know where we’re going. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Freedom starts with truth, and truth is embodied in Jesus Christ. At Christmas we remember that Truth was born into the world, and that Truth can set us free.
December 19, 2013
When Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free,” He made possible the ultimate kind of freedom. True freedom has its roots in truth, and Christ said “I am the truth.” For all among us trapped in addictions and oppression, Christ’s gift of liberty is ours to take.  
December 18, 2013
The prophet Isaiah wrote, “The Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor…to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners.” Today, we’ll learn about the last of four great gifts God gave us in sending His Son to earth so long ago.   
December 17, 2013
At Christmas, we recall the light shining over Bethlehem and the birth of the One who brings light into our lives. The prophet Isaiah wrote “arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” He looked forward to the coming of Jesus, and we can now look back to that wondrous day when He was born into this world. 
December 16, 2013
The skies over Bethlehem had never before radiated this much glory. Massed angels brought the light of the noonday sun. As shepherds cowered in fear, the angels announced the light of the world. These days, darkness is everywhere, and that darkness seems to be increasing. 
December 13, 2013
God loved all of mankind enough to send the greatest gift of all. As we run the last mile of the Christmas race, let’s not forget the gift of God’s Son, without Whom there would be no Christmas. That gift was the ultimate expression of love: the best God could offer to an undeserving human race.  
December 12, 2013
We expend a lot of energy buying Christmas presents with traffic and parking hassles, and braving those big shopping crowds all for the joy of seeing a loved one open a gift.  God wants us to open His gift of love just as badly as we want our kids to open theirs.  That gift was offered first as a baby, but ultimately on a cross, that we might be reconciled to the Father.   
December 11, 2013
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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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