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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

When You Make a Foolish Vow #4 of 4

November 19, 2010
When you find out that you’ve been duped by someone, and made a promise to them you should never have made, what do you do? Israel was deceived by the Gibeonites, and vowed to not destroy them. They honored that vow. As a result, the Gibeonites served Israel for centuries. Today: how God can make lemonade out of the lemons life brings us from time to time.

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“…shame on you, if you fool me once, shame on me if you fool me twice, should've known better but I didn't, and I can't go back….” That’s the songwriter’s take on broken vows. What to do when you’ve been taken in was the problem Joshua faced with the Gibeonites. His response is a model for how we should react when we find out we’ve been had by making a reckless promise.
November 18, 2010
As far as God is concerned, making a vow is serious business.  He expects us to keep our promises. In the Old Testament, Joshua made a foolish vow that had what we call today “national security implications.” Today: a look at why vows should not ever be made lightly, especially marriage vows. For more on the importance of doing what we promise to do, stay with us.
November 17, 2010
Here’s a question: are you a person of integrity? And that means: can people count on you to do what you say you’re going to do? Failing to keep promises marks any of us as deficient in character. God says, “It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.” Today: we take a look at the importance of keeping our word: a measure of personal integrity.
November 16, 2010
The results of bad choices can last a lifetime, or even longer. Our offspring might bear the burden of our bad decisions. Israel was severely judged for their unbelief at Kadesh in the desert. All would die except two men. But God did not abandon his people for making a poor choice. Today: how blessing can come to us even after we choose “second best.”
November 15, 2010
When you make a bad choice, often you must live with the consequences. But even then, you need not lose all hope. The Israelites chose to not believe the report of spies sent to check out the land. As a result, God said they would all die in the desert except for Joshua and Caleb. Tough consequences. But there was mercy and grace mixed with this judgment. Today we will see it.
November 12, 2010
Why do we make poor choices? There are many reasons. Sometimes we sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate. Whatever the reason, all of us make some bad decisions. The challenge then is what to do about them. Our current series brings hope to those of us who’ve made choices we’d give anything to make again. Today: lessons from the people of Israel during the conquest of Canaan.
November 11, 2010
When you hear the word “Eden,” you think of an idyllic paradise with no worries: the ideal place to live a carefree life. But the real Eden didn’t stand a chance. When Adam and Eve sinned, paradise turned sour, and man’s fate was sealed. Life would be hard, and were it not for the grace of a redeeming God, there would have been no hope for our rebellious race.
November 10, 2010
In a perfect place, two people made a decision that would bring calamity to billions of people yet to be born. Adam and Eve had no excuse. Their sin brought immediate judgment, but it also brought mercy. God put in motion a plan to redeem mankind from the curse of sin, a plan signified by the first human clothing made of fig leaves. Today: we look at what that means.
November 9, 2010
Being deceived: believing what isn’t true, or, believing in what agrees with your desires, despite the facts. The first woman was deceived by the devil, and the first man followed suit. We humans have listened to the voice of the great liar from the very beginning. The results? Catastrophic. Today: more on the long-term consequences of believing a lie.
November 8, 2010
Hindsight is 20-20. Anyone can see the results of a choice after it’s made. It’s tougher to predict the future. What do you do when you’ve made a bad call, and have to live with it? The Bible has many examples of this, and today we begin a series on Making the Best of a Bad Decision. We will learn that there is hope, even if we have really messed things up.
November 5, 2010
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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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