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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

When You're in a Tangled Web #2 of 3

December 1, 2010
Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things. Who can understand it?” Yes, why fail at the finish line? At the end, King Asa’s long faithfulness to God crumbled. He chose to bribe a nearby King with the temple’s gold and silver. Politics can corrupt the best of men, and Asa was no exception. Today: judgment falls for making a really bad deal.

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“….what a tangled web we weave when first we purpose to deceive….” Many people fear their secrets will one day be revealed. The webs we weave through deception entangle us with unintended consequences. Today: a story from the Bible of a faithful king who failed near his finish line, leaving Israel in a state of war.
November 30, 2010
God has many ways to persuade us to do what He wants done. For the prophet Jonah, it involved his environment. Jonah ran from God’s command to preach in Ninevah. But he could not outrun the long reach of God, who appointed several “persuaders” to bring Jonah to a place of submission: a great fish, a plant, a worm, and today, a scorching east wind.
November 29, 2010
When we come to a fork in the road, we have two choices. If we choose the wrong fork, we have to face the consequences. That’s what happened to Jonah, told by God to preach to people he did not like. His attempt to flee brought him to face the God of the second chance, the God whose will would ultimately be done. Today: lessons we can apply when coming to our forks in the road.
November 26, 2010
Obligations…we all have them. Some are like millstones around our necks, and we’d do anything to be free of the pressure. Today: a story of an obligation God gave to a prophet, and his amazing journey to avoid that obligation. Jonah was told to go preach to the people of Ninevah, and everything in him said “no way.” The lessons for all of us will soon be clear, so stay tuned.
November 25, 2010
Choices made in a moment can have repercussions that last for generations. That’s what happened to Israel’s King David. He made an impulsive choice regarding Bathsheba, and a pregnancy resulted. This set in motion the inevitable cover-up, in which her husband was killed to hide the sin. For David, and for us, cover-ups don’t work. The outcome involved severe temporal judgment.
November 24, 2010
Collateral damage: that’s a military euphemism used to describe unintended civilian casualties of war. King David committed adultery with the wife of one of his military officers. To hide her pregnancy, David decided that some collateral damage was necessary, and Uriah the Hittite was left to die in battle on purpose. Today’s focus: the high price of sin.
November 23, 2010
The flames of sexual desire can be fanned in an instant. If we’re not on our guard, any of us can make the mistake of a lifetime. A mistake in the moral area has long term consequences. King David made a big mistake with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. A story he’d wished could stay private got public real fast, and a king of Israel was in serious trouble.
November 22, 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.
November 19, 2010
“…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
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The King Is Coming
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.

About Running To Win

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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