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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

When You Make a Foolish Vow, Part 4 of 4 (Making the Best of a Bad Decision)

January 15, 2016

Israel was deceived by the Gibeonites, and Israel vowed not to destroy them. They honored that vow, and as a result, the Gibeonites served Israel for centuries. God can make lemonade from the lemons life brings us from time to time.   

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What should you do when you have been tricked into giving your word? That was the problem Joshua faced with the Gibeonites. His response is a model for how we should react when we find out we have made a reckless promise.  
January 14, 2016
In the Old Testament, Joshua made a foolish vow. Vows should never be made lightly, especially marriage vows. What we promise to do, we should carry out, as far as it rests with us.
January 13, 2016
Failing to keep promises is a signal that we’re deficient in character. God says, “It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.” Let’s look at the importance of keeping our word, for it is a measure of personal integrity.
January 12, 2016
God judged Israel severely 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. Blessing can still come to us even after we choose “second best.”
January 11, 2016
The Israelites did not believe, when they heard the report of the spies sent to check out the land. As a result, God said they would all die in the desert except for Joshua and Caleb. But there was mercy and grace mixed with this judgment.
January 8, 2016
All of us make some bad decisions. The challenge is what to do about them. Is there hope for all of us who have made wrong choices? Let’s learn some lessons from the people of Israel during the conquest of Canaan.
January 7, 2016
When Adam and Eve sinned, the paradise of Eden turned sour, and man’s fate was sealed. Life would be hard. Were it not for the grace of a redeeming God, there would have been no hope for our rebellious race.
January 6, 2016
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 clothing God provided. 
January 5, 2016
The devil deceived the first woman, and the first man followed suit. We’ve all been listening to the voice of the great liar Satan, from the beginning. The results have been catastrophic, and the long-term consequences of believing his lie are still felt today.
January 4, 2016
What do you do when you’ve made a bad call, and you have to live with it? The Bible has many examples of this. But how do we make the best of a bad decision? There is hope for us, even if we’ve really messed things up.   
January 1, 2016
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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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