Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

When You're in a Tangled Web, Part 3 of 3 (Making the Best of a Bad Decision)

January 28, 2016

King Asa was faithful to God, except at the end of his life. Sadly, his finish line was marred by the consequences of a bad choice. What can we learn from one man’s failure? Can we conclude the race of life well? 

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At the end of his reign, King Asa’s long faithfulness to God crumbled. He bribed a nearby King with the temple’s gold and silver. Politics can corrupt the best of men, and Asa was no exception.  
January 27, 2016
All the webs we weave through deception entangle us in unintended consequences. One good king of God’s people found this out the hard way, and he failed near the finish line, leaving Israel in a state of war. 
January 26, 2016
Jonah ran from God’s command to preach in Nineveh. But he could not outrun God, who appointed some “persuaders” to change Jonah’s mind: a great fish, a plant, a worm, and a scorching east wind.
January 25, 2016
Jonah was told by God to preach to people he did not like. His attempt to flee brought him face to face with the God of second chances, the God whose will would ultimately be done. 
January 22, 2016
God gave a command to a prophet, and the prophet took an amazing journey to avoid that obligation. Jonah was told to preach to the people of Nineveh, but he refused. We can learn a lot by considering God’s response to Jonah’s obstinance.  
January 21, 2016
King David made an impulsive choice regarding Bathsheba, and a pregnancy resulted. Then, he orchestrated a 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.   
January 20, 2016
King David committed adultery with the wife of one of his military officers. To hide his role in the pregnancy which followed, David decided that the officer would be intentionally left to die in battle. Sin was leading to more sin.  
January 19, 2016
A mistake in the moral arena has long-term consequences. King David sinned with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. A story he hoped would stay private became very public, leading to serious trouble.
January 18, 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.   
January 15, 2016
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
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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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