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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

What Man Thinks Of The Cross #1 of 3

October 10, 2008
To many people the cross is a piece of jewelry, or what's atop a church steeple. Most people don't see it as it really is... the centerpiece of history and the core of God's redemptive agenda. In recent days on Running to Win we've been exploring God's view of the cross, but today we'll focus on man's viewpoint. As we'll soon see, the contrast is startling.

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If something is important to God, it had better be important to us. And the one thing central in God's agenda is the cross. What happened on the cross of Christ was not just another static moment in time. As we read the pages of scripture, we find that the cross existed in God's mind from the beginning, and will exist in the endless future yet to be.
October 9, 2008
In one sense, the cross of Christ was just ordinary wood, used for six hours to kill a man. Ultimately, it was much more. That cross was in God's mind from eternity past. Its benefits extend to eternity yet to be. It is history's great intersection: the place of God's greatest expression of love to fallen mankind. Today: more about "What God Thinks of the Cross."
October 8, 2008
The cross of Christ is the centerpiece of our faith, and the means by which forgiveness comes. It's in the cross that we glory. As we run life's race, our eyes are often drawn to secondary things such as political advantage. In the final analysis, we need to have a clear view of how important the cross really is. Today, we'll learn what God the Father thinks of His Son's cross.
October 7, 2008
Is it ever right to do what is wrong? Can believers ever disobey their government? And where do we draw the line on what is right? Believers have a dual allegiance: they must obey both God and country. Sometimes, these two mandates collide, leaving us facing some tough decisions. Today: you'll hear some guidance on keeping both allegiances in balance.
October 6, 2008
You've heard it said that oil and water don't mix. They're too different...they cannot work together. It's just like the cross and the flag. We who run life's race need to learn this lesson well: those who mix the cross and any nation's flag do a disservice to both. And for believers, keeping them distinct is the only way to fulfill our prime mission as ambassadors for Christ to a needy world.
October 3, 2008
We've all heard the call: "Let's take America back!" Some would have us make political salvation our prime religious objective. It may be that some of us as runners in life's race have found a serious detour. There's danger around the bend if we don't get back on the main road. Today: avoiding the temptation to put the cross and the flag on the same level.
October 2, 2008
The red, white, and blue...we Americans treasure our flag for what it represents. But some think the flag is as important as the cross. When it comes to being citizens of both heaven and earth, believers running the race of life need to keep first things first. Stand by for some flying sparks, as Pastor Erwin Lutzer takes aim at those who equate Old Glory with the one place of true Glory.
October 1, 2008
There's a great battle going on... a battle that will not cease until the end of this age. It's the clash of cross and culture. As runners in the race of life, believers need to understand the nature of this conflict. As citizens of both heaven and earth, we have obligations to both, obligations we must keep distinct, especially at election time. Today: we'll try to sort it all out.
September 30, 2008
When culture says one thing, but God says another, whose voice do you heed? There's a great temptation to avoid the conflict. But the cross of Christ is inherently in conflict with our culture...especially these days, as much of the media flaunt immoral behavior as normal. Politicians vie for position on issues the Bible settled long ago. Thankfully, the cross can do what politics can't.
September 29, 2008
In November, Americans will face a stark choice at the polling booth. The issues are clear and the future is at stake. Many Christians active in politics find themselves increasingly at odds with the culture. That's because the cross of Christ is inherently at odds with our culture. Today we begin a series on Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't.
September 26, 2008
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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.

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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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