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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

When Jesus Observes Our Reality, Part 2 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

April 11, 2013

Jesus is quite clear about his expectations for every local church. “Be watchful…hold fast what you’ve heard…repent…or else I will come upon you as a thief…” Though He said these words to an ancient church, could He be saying them to your church or mine? 

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Self-delusion is easy. The addict says, “I can quit anytime,” and believes it. Some churches think all is well because great numbers convince them God is doing a mighty work. Today, we’ll visit an ancient church that Jesus proclaimed to be dead, even though it thought it was alive. Want a reality check for your church?  Stay with us.      
April 10, 2013
The eyes of the risen Jesus are like a flame of fire. They see through our excuses and identify those who have “overcome.” Jesus mentions overcomers many times during his evaluations of seven ancient churches in the book of Revelation. Who they are and what they have overcome is our focus on today’s broadcast. 
April 9, 2013
It takes a lot of gall to celebrate sin and encourage it within the church, and yet this is exactly what happened at Thyatira. Jesus singled it out 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, but let’s hear what Jesus thinks.   
April 8, 2013
Mention “holiness” to many people, and they immediately envision someone locked up in a monastery or perhaps a convent, but holiness really means being “set apart” or separated from sin and unto God. This standard is not an option for God’s children—He expects us to live pure lives. One of the seven churches Jesus addressed in Revelation was targeted for its failure to be holy.  
April 5, 2013
Jesus commended churches that held fast to truth. In Revelation, He addressed seven local churches and in His letter to Pergamum, He spoke of those who “overcome.”  So, who are the overcomers? Can you and I be overcomers and receive the promises only overcomers can claim? 
April 4, 2013
Teachers play a crucial role in the formation of our youth. In the same way, Bible teachers have enormous influence on members of a church. False doctrines can be easily spread. In today’s message, Jesus tells an ancient church to reject the teachings He hates.  
April 3, 2013
From the earliest days of the church, there has been a battle to protect the truth from an onslaught of false teaching. In the book of Revelation, Jesus singled out the church at Pergamum (in what is now Turkey). In the strongest terms, he decried their willingness to adopt false teachings advocating immorality. Could this happen today?
April 2, 2013
There is no way to measure the joy of the disciples when the risen Christ revealed Himself at Emmaus. Their shattered dreams were brought back to life in an instant. And a living Jesus can bring your dreams back to life if you believe in Him. Learn how the resurrection of Jesus gives hope and meaning even in the most dire of circumstances. 
April 1, 2013
At Emmaus, the resurrected Jesus walked with disciples so dejected, so sorrowful that they did not even recognize Him. But their hearts were warmed by this passerby. Inviting Him to dinner, they found themselves face to face with the One they loved, but never really understood.  
March 29, 2013
The resurrection of Jesus revived the dreams of His disciples. In today’s message, Pastor Lutzer will explain how it can also revive our dreams.
March 28, 2013
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Conflict in relationships is inevitable, but healing and reconciliation often is not. Time and again we've tried every option and failed, and all we are left with is a load of guilt and pain. Pastor Erwin Lutzer shows how the blessing the Lord gives to those who suffer unjustly is worth the pain involved. He also illustrates the need to leave our broken relationships in the hands of God and move forward in our lives toward freedom. 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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