Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

When Jesus Observes Our Hearts #3 of 3

May 15, 2009
It may be that church in America has never been as rich in wealth, while at the same time as poor in spiritual power. This indictment was handed down by Jesus to the ancient church at Laodicea. He may have had our day in mind when he said, "Because you say I'm rich...you don't know that you are wretched, miserable, blind and naked." What's his remedy?

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No one likes lukewarm food or drink. Hot or cold is much better. Jesus said as much when evaluating a local church. He had strong words for the lukewarm Laodicean church in Revelation chapter three. But his tough love included a gracious offer: a way for them to regain their lost fervor. His rebuke and chastening would lead to renewal and power...for them, and for us.
May 14, 2009
Some Bible scholars see a progression as Jesus evaluates seven successive churches in the book of Revelation. They see the passing of history, with each church representing an era of time. If so, we may be in the last era, part of a church Jesus says he will spew out of his mouth. Is your church spiritually hot, or, like the one at Laodicea, merely lukewarm?
May 13, 2009
When churches check themselves out against those listed in Revelation chapters two and three, there's one church they want to be like.... The church at Philadelphia earned high marks from Jesus for its faithfulness and its vision. They persevered, they kept his word, and they never denied his name. Today: a look at the importance of vision, and going through the open doors Jesus sets before us.
May 12, 2009
In what is now Turkey, the ancient church at Philadelphia earned the commendation of Jesus for its faithfulness to his name. And today, faithful churches are growing even in hostile places...churches about which Jesus says "I've set before you an open door, and no one can shut it." Some even come to faith in Christ through dreams which lead them to seek out God's word.
May 11, 2009
Every Christian longs to hear "well done" when he or she stands before Jesus one day. The same applies to the local church. Jesus addressed seven local churches in the book of Revelation. Often, his words were sharp. But to one church, they were glowing. Today, we'll see why this church was praised, and how churches today can hear those same words of commendation.
May 8, 2009
In the final analysis, it won't matter whether you were rich or poor, famous or unknown. Only one thing will matter...whether you as a believer were an overcomer. Jesus makes that clear in his analysis of seven local churches in the book of Revelation. Those who overcome will be given white garments, because Jesus will say they are worthy.
May 7, 2009
Sober words...we'd rather hear happy words. But Jesus is quite clear about His expectations for every local church. "Be watchful...hold fast to what you've heard...repent...or else I will come upon you as a thief..." These are the words of Jesus to an ancient church. Could he be saying them to your church, or mine? Today: facing up to our obligations as believers.
May 6, 2009
Self-delusion: it's almost too easy. The drunk says "I can quit anytime." All too many do not see reality. Some churches think all is well. Great numbers convince them God is doing a mighty work. Today, we'll visit an ancient church Jesus proclaimed to be dead, even though it thought it was alive. Want a reality check for your church? Stay with us.
May 5, 2009
The eyes of the risen Jesus are like a flame of fire. They sift through our excuses to identify those who overcome. Jesus mentions overcomers many times during his evaluations of seven ancient churches in the book of Revelation. What overcomers are, and what they are to overcome is our focus on today's broadcast. Do you want to be an overcomer? Stay with us.
May 4, 2009
It takes a lot of gall to celebrate sin and encourage it within the church. Yet this is exactly what happened at Thyatira. This church was one of seven singled out by Jesus for words of judgment in the book of Revelation. It had a false prophetess who advocated sexual immorality and idolatry. Today's false prophets say they hear directly from God. Now, let's hear what Jesus thinks.
May 1, 2009
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The end is near. These words can be a wake-up call or a comfort. While acknowledging that what is yet to come for the world is beyond the scope of our finite minds, Pastor Erwin Lutzer reminds us that we have not been left completely in the dark. The King Is Coming has been written precisely to aid your personal examination of Scripture’s prophecies. Saturated with both humility and a sense of urgency, this book not only provides answers for those questioning what happens next, but also empowerment to live accordingly in the here and now. 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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