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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

The Word Of God Transforms Us, Part 2 of 2 (Changed By The Word)

November 17, 2021

When you mention “meditation” to some people, they envision an eastern mystic or a guru. But meditation in the Scriptures is entirely different, and it’s crucial for you to let the Word of God reprogram your mind in a godly, healthy direction. You might ask, “How do you meditate?” All that you need to do is to simply ask the text some questions that help you analyze and personalize the truth. In this message, you’ll utilize practical questions to ask of a text to help you internalize the Word of God.

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Meditation sometimes brings mysticism to mind. Biblically, however, meditation is not merely a calming exercise. It forms you to follow the path that God has for you. Psalm 1 speaks about two men, two paths, and two very different destinies. “Blessed is the man whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Meditation is how the Bible can renew our minds and cause us to live joyful, productive lives. In this message, you’ll receive steps towards the path of blessing.
November 16, 2021
Does going to church on Sunday morning feel rushed? How do you practically prepare before, during, and after the service? When you come to hear the Word of God, you are listening for your name. You are coming and you are saying, “Oh God, what do You have to say to me today?” If you come to it with pride or to merely listen, then you’ll go away without any transformation. In this message, you’ll take home more from church than you ever thought possible.
November 15, 2021
Have you listened to a sermon or read Scripture without your soul being stirred? When your heart doesn’t respond, how can you prevent self-deception? Receiving instruction from God’s Word helps you to hear from outside of yourself. You read it not only to learn, but also to find your life changed. The book of James admonishes us to “receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” In this message, you’ll learn how to do just that.
November 12, 2021
“Is God’s Word sufficient when I feel powerless or hopeless?” You might be facing difficulties that sap your joy. Only by focusing on the Word of God can you have lasting joy that the world can’t take away. In this message, you’ll realize the indispensable value of the Word. That’s why the Psalmist extolled the attributes of the Word of God: “The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.”
November 11, 2021
Do you ever wonder if there’s enough evidence to believe in God? In this message, you’ll think through the honest questions skeptics have about God’s Word. In Psalm 19, the descriptions of the Bible could also be used of God. That’s how you’ll plainly see evidence of God through His works in creation as well as in His Word.
November 10, 2021
Do you struggle to focus on prayer and Bible reading when you’re stressed or distracted by technology? Are you new to Bible reading or want to pass it on to your friends and family? In this message, you’ll learn how to take in the Word of God that nourishes us. Just like you need food and water, you need the Word of God daily. Despite your temptations and distractions, you can develop an appetite for the eternal Word of God.
November 9, 2021
Why haven’t you started reading the Bible? It could be that you have different beliefs, you’ve lapsed in the faith, or you’re a Christian struggling to see the relevance of the Bible. Despite its widespread influence, very few people read the Bible every day. In this message, you’ll encounter the reasons why people don’t open their Bibles as well as why it’s origin and purpose speak to you today. This book is far more than a collection of writings. It’s the revealed Word of God that transforms your life.
November 8, 2021
Faith sometimes changes your circumstances. Sometimes it doesn’t. Is it ok to have doubts and be disappointed with the answer? Faith always leads to ultimate victory, but it may not change your immediate struggles. By going through the “hall of faith” in Hebrews 11, you’ll resonate with these heroes, who sometimes saw miracles but also suffered and died without God’s immediate intervention. Even so, these heroes realized that they would ultimately and victoriously receive the fulfillment of God’s promises.
November 5, 2021
If you were to ask why so many Christians are cynical, they would tell you some story about how God did not intervene when they needed him. Many people have long-term health issues. When they pray for healing, the answer appears to be an ongoing “no.” Are you disappointed with God? In this message, you’ll receive four facts about faith in Hebrews 11. God does miracles for some people and not for others, and yet he expects us to go on believing anyway.
November 4, 2021
When you’re in need, you naturally pray for God to provide. Sometimes the answer is “no.” How you react to that kind of ongoing burden is crucial. In this message, you receive life- changing lessons as you bear that burden: 1.) With burdens come blessings. 2.) Burdens are specifically chosen for us. 3.) You can be changed forever if you listen carefully. You’ll discover that even the “no” answers are still answers from a gracious God.
November 3, 2021
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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.

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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