Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

When Jesus Observes Our Suffering #3 of 3

April 24, 2009
In the game Monopoly, there's a "Get Out of Jail Free" card that let's you avoid the prison you probably deserve. But in the church of Jesus, persecution is assured, and there is no "Get Out of Jail Free" card. In fact, Jesus urges us to be faithful unto death, that we might obtain the crown of life. It's not a promise of health and wealth, but it is a promise of eventual triumph.

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Is there anything for which you would give your life? The early followers of Jesus often had to give theirs as martyrs. The word martyr simply means "witness." In many places, being a witness for Christ can cost you your life. Jesus knows every time one of His followers makes the supreme sacrifice, and today, he commends a church willing to follow Him even to death.
April 23, 2009
We don't know a lot about the New Testament church at Smyrna in what is now modern Turkey. There's no record of its founding. But what we do know speaks volumes about the opinion Jesus had of this church, and the opinion he has of our churches today. Few of us face the persecution inflicted on the followers of Jesus at Smyrna. What would happen if we did?
April 22, 2009
Jesus has clear expectations of his followers, and of his local churches. It's our job to make sure He's pleased. His words to seven churches in Revelation describe conditions no different than those we face today. And the response Jesus wanted to see from them is the response he desires from us: repentance where necessary, and a resumption of doing the works he approves.
April 21, 2009
"I have good news, and I have bad news." We've all heard this before, wondering which news it's better to hear first. Jesus had words for seven churches in the early chapters of the book of Revelation. For the first church, his message was a mix of good and bad. He gave the good news first, but then expressed his judgment on a matter he felt was crucial.
April 20, 2009
New Christians often have a radiant love for Jesus. Sadly, as time passes, that love sometimes cools. In the first century AD, Ephesus was a major city along the coast of what is now Turkey. Acts 18 tells of Paul's founding of its local church. Later, Jesus commended the Ephesian church, but then chastised them for leaving their first love. What would he say about your church?
April 17, 2009
We learn from the book of Philippians that God has highly exalted Jesus, giving him the name which is above every name. That exalted Jesus fills the pages of the book of Revelation, a Jesus with hair as white as snow and eyes of flaming fire. In John's vision of Jesus, he falls before Him as one dead. Jesus then details his judgments on seven churches of that day.
April 16, 2009
Ever wondered what Jesus looks like? Famous paintings give the impression of a man with long hair and a kind face. But the Jesus of artwork is a far cry from the Jesus of Revelation, a Christ with eyes of flaming fire. His words thundered to seven churches of the first century: words that thunder today as we imagine his opinion of your church and mine.
April 15, 2009
The Bible ends with the book of Revelation: a glimpse into the future. Here we see Christ in glory, the Lord of his church. Seven local churches in what is now Turkey each received a personal word from Jesus. These words tell us what he thought of those churches, and, by implication, what he thinks of our churches today. His words will sometimes commend, and sometimes sting.
April 14, 2009
There is no way to measure the joy of some heartbroken 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 as well if you believe in Him. Today: how the resurrection of Jesus gives hope and meaning in the most dire of circumstances.
April 13, 2009
At Emmaus, the resurrected Jesus walked with disciples so dejected, so sorrowful that they did not even recognize Him. Their dreams shattered, they only sought escape from their pain. But their hearts were strangely warmed by this passerby. Inviting Him to dinner, they found themselves face to face with the One they loved, but never really understood.
April 10, 2009
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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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