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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Trusting God When The Wells Are Dry, Part 2 of 4

January 7, 2013

Is it ever right to lie to avoid a greater evil? That’s a choice one man faced who feared his wife would be taken from him. Abram would later become Abraham, but before God changed his name, Abram tried to escape famine by taking his family to Egypt. Genesis 12 tells the story of attempted deceit and its aftermath. For a time, the lie actually worked.  

References: Genesis 12

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When God wants to deepen our spiritual maturity, He sometimes takes away all the comforts we’re used to. We may have to move when our jobs fall apart. Some of us are told that we have only months to live. However, God can lead His people into the wilderness for their greater good and for His greater glory. After all, that’s what happened to Abraham.  
January 4, 2013
A storm is coming, the storm of God’s judgment on America. We may be at the tipping point where judgment is inevitable. So how should we prepare for the tough times that loom on the horizon? Today we’ll learn from the book of Jeremiah as the prophet of Israel faces a rough ride along with those God is judging.  
January 3, 2013
When God chooses to judge a nation, He has several methods at His disposal. One of method is economic collapse: when all of the debt comes crashing down. Society itself may break down if hyperinflation ruins our currencies. God can allow human greed to cause massive suffering. Today we will look more on how God can exact judgment on nations. 
January 2, 2013
Decades of excess and living beyond our means have brought us to a time of economic crisis. Both believers and unbelievers have to live through the same conditions. Just as judgment fell on the whole of ancient Israel for idolatry during the time of Jeremiah, we too may face a time of judgment. In today’s message, let’s look at ourselves as if we’re living in the times of Jeremiah. 
January 1, 2013
The days ahead may well be days of less money, fewer options, higher prices, and more uncertainty. For many, the comforts we have known may fade away into a tougher reality — no job, no insurance, perhaps a foreclosed home. How do we handle deprivation when all we have known is abundance? Today, we begin a series to prepare us for “such a time as this.”
December 31, 2012
Your church needs you out on life’s racetrack, running alongside the other members to get the job done together. The challenge for the new year is “get involved.” That’s what Esther did at a crucial point in the history of the Jewish people. She got involved even at great personal risk, as we should in order to face the daunting challenges of 2013.
December 28, 2012
Most of our choices do not affect world history. But sometimes, God puts us in situations where they can, and do. To save her people from extinction, Esther faced the risk of execution to beg the king of Persia to rescind a royal edict. She did not try to “pass the buck.” She knew that at that key moment, “the buck stopped here.”
December 27, 2012
At year-end, we are all conscious of passing time. We wish we had more time, but the sand keeps running through the hourglass. At crucial times, great leaders arise — often from common roots. They find themselves at the vortexes of history, and are called upon to make momentous choices. Today we learn about one such leader, a woman named Esther.
December 26, 2012
At last the race to the stores is over. Today the kids attack their presents with a gleam in their eyes. For most of us, Christmas morning is a happy time as our families gather in the safety of our homes. But as you enjoy this day, take a few minutes and consider Christmas from a different viewpoint, from a place far away and a time long, long ago.
December 25, 2012
Many believers gather on Christmas Eve to sing carols and rejoice in the hope that another Christmas brings. For most of us, Christmas Eve is a time for family as the kids await the joys of opening presents. In the midst of all this, take a few minutes and consider Christmas from a different viewpoint, from a place far away and a time long, long ago.
December 24, 2012
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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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