Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

The Purpose of It All #1 of 3

February 25, 2009
Hidden in the councils of heaven are the answers to the heartfelt cries of millions of people who simply want to know "why?" As we run the race of life, we encounter troubles we can't explain...and circumstances we can't possibly deserve. We seek a reason for our pain, and perhaps only eternity will reveal those answers we crave.

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On the ground, we see stalks of corn. But from the air, we see a patchwork quilt of farmland. It's all in the perspective. In the race of life, we can't see what lies ahead. No crystal ball can reveal what tomorrow holds. Like Job, we must learn to place our trust in the One Who holds the future: the One Who is painting the great picture we will one day be able to see.
February 24, 2009
When He speaks, all other voices are silenced. All creation pauses to listen. When God speaks, the skies thunder. We can know that our running of life's race has a purpose, even when we suffer along the way. Job learned this from the Voice in the whirlwind. If you're going through unspeakable pain today, listen with us to that Voice, and listen to what God is saying.
February 23, 2009
When we face severe trials, we ask "Why?" We may never know the answer. But for a suffering Job of old, the answer was dramatic. We who run life's race serve a God Whose purposes are often hidden from us. We're called to trust His heart even when we can't understand His actions. Today's broadcast will teach us that God transcends our limited viewpoint of His will.
February 20, 2009
In many ways, God is hidden to us. We cannot fathom His purposes. Still, we persevere in faith, knowing He's active. Runners in life's race must learn that God is too big for anyone to comprehend. A man named Job was sorely tested by God, and then found some wisdom by discussing his plight with a young man named Elihu. Consider this: is God big enough to superintend your suffering?
February 19, 2009
Trying to understand the ways of God is like swimming across the Atlantic Ocean...too much water, and not enough time. Runners in life's race know that God cannot be contained in our finite comprehension. Job learned this through a difficult test of faith, because suffering teaches lessons that leisure can never teach. For an enlarged view of God, stay with us.
February 18, 2009
Tough questions must be faced. Questions like "where was God in the Holocaust?" And, "Why is the economy unraveling?" Runners in life's race need to know that these kinds of questions can be faced, and have been faced, yet, there are mysteries we cannot fathom and may never fathom. Every generation needs to learn some key lessons anew, and today, it's our turn.
February 17, 2009
An Olympic gold medal winner rightly enjoys his fame and achievement...for a time. But one day, he'll face another goal. And that's answering the ultimate question: "When I die, what happens?" As we'll see today a man named Job pursued this question, and found an answer: an answer that helps us handle the pains of this life as we await the life to come. Stay with us.
February 16, 2009
For a thoughtful runner, life's ultimate question is not "will I win this race?" but rather, "when I die, will I live again?" That's the provocative question Job raised several thousand years ago. And that question still haunts men and women today. Surely this brief life is not all there is? Something deep down inside cries out for a sense of long-term meaning.
February 13, 2009
When a thief steals what you own, you feel violated. When circumstances develop that ruin your future, you feel angry. Something within us demands an answer when we're the victims of economic collapse or the slander of others. Today, through the life of Job, we'll explore the heavenly reasons for our earthly misfortunes, and how Jesus would answer Job's painful cries.
February 12, 2009
When the going gets tough, we all long for the good old days. But the track only goes forward...we have no choice but to run. Life: it takes its toll on all of us, especially in times of crisis and upheaval. Emotional and physical suffering plays a key part in developing our character, a lesson learned well by Job. If you're facing today more than you can bear, please stay with us.
February 11, 2009
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The Drama of Redemption
Have you ever tried to put a puzzle together without looking at the picture on the box? These messages will help you see the big picture of the puzzle we call the Bible, with the Bible's 66 books being the puzzle's pieces. As we survey key events throughout the Old and New Testaments, we'll better understand the story of redemption as revealed to us in the Scriptures. The series culminates in an overview of the vital but often misunderstood book of Revelation as we together look forward to Christ's return. Click below to receive this CD series 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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