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I Take It From His Hand

By Pastor Lutzer

Some time ago, someone handed me a poem which was a great blessing to me personally, and I have shared it in some messages I have preached recently. Since it has been a great encouragement to me and to others, I’m passing it along to you. Read it carefully, reflect on its theology, so that those trials which come our way will be more easily accepted. After all, our trials do pass through the hands of our heavenly Father.

 

I TAKE IT FROM HIS HAND
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 I will not take that bitter thrust which rent my heart today ...

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Five Lessons Hurricane Harvey Teaches Us

By Pastor Lutzer

Five Lessons Hurricane Harvey Teaches Us

Did God have anything to do with the monstrous storm that wreaked havoc in Texas for several days? Some will argue that God was simply an interested observer; after all, the laws of nature rule in this fallen world.

But intuitively people know that God was in charge. I’m sure that even those who had not prayed in years called on God in their distress, asking Him to control their circumstances. And, of course, as believers we know that God was not just an interested bystander.

The book of Job is instructive here. God ...

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Charlottesville, Neo-Nazis, and Violence

By Pastor Lutzer

By now all of us have heard the tragic news of what took place over the weekend in Charlottesville. Unfortunately, this event will no doubt fuel racial hatred that will continue to spill over in the days and weeks to come. The fact that the president belatedly called out the neo-Nazis and white supremacists has sparked further anger and heated debate.

Let there be no mistake. Neo-Nazis are an evil fringe movement that extols the atrocities of Adolf Hitler; they would take delight if Jews were again sent to the gas chambers, and they see the white race as Hitler saw ...

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Trump, Terrorism, and Islam

By Pastor Lutzer

Several days ago President Trump encouraged Muslim nations to “drive out the extremists. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land and…drive them out of this Earth.”

If only that were possible! But the problem is that terrorists cannot be identified in some obvious way so that they can be “driven out.” Yes, in the case of ISIS, such terrorist armies can be routed and hopefully killed. But many extremists simply emerge undetected out of a sincere commitment to the Islamic faith; their motivation stems ...

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"The Bible Answer Man" Turns East: An Unlikely Conversion

By Pastor Lutzer

It seems somewhat ironic that in the year that we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a leading Protestant would reject the central tenet of the Reformation, Sola Scriptura, and join the Eastern Orthodox Church. Hank Hanegraaff, known to millions through his radio program, The Bible Answer Man, converted to Eastern Orthodoxy on Sunday, April 9, 2017 in the Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I cannot say that I know Hank personally, though I have met him casually many times and appeared on his radio show perhaps 20 years ago. At that time I ...

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The Role of the Church in a Trump Administration

By Pastor Lutzer

After the inauguration America is going to need the church more than ever! The election is long past, but the divisions remain—and some of these divisions exist within our churches. Which leads us to a pressing question: How can we as evangelicals be unified and have a credible witness to the Gospel before the watching world? I would like to share three key steps that I think will start us in the right direction.


1. Listen Without Judging

“… be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger…” – James 1:19

Have a conversation with someone who voted ...

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The One Resolution We Should Make—and Keep!

By Pastor Lutzer

As we enter 2017, millions of us will be making New Year’s resolutions that we will probably break before the end of January. Some promise themselves to lose weight, to exercise more, or to break a stubborn habit. Others, weary of broken promises, won’t make any resolutions at all.

But there is one resolution we all should make: that we will not begin a single day in the New Year without giving ourselves to God, meditating on one chapter of God’s Word, and praying “Father, glorify yourself in my life today at my expense.” For years I’ve been praying ...

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Our Visit to Utah

By Pastor Lutzer

This fall, Rebecca and I visited Salt Lake City to help promote KUTR, a Christian radio station that is broadcasting the gospel in Utah. We were gratified to learn that among their lineup of programs was Running to Win. We were told that many Mormons listen to the station in privacy, afraid of being accused of apostasy.

While there, we met several men and women who had been converted to Christ out of the Mormon faith, and who shared with us their experience of being a part of this cultic religion. We discovered that polygamy is still practiced more widely ...

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Goodbye, Rob Sherman - My Friendship with a Departed Atheist

By Pastor Lutzer

I considered the well-known atheist Rob Sherman a friend. We had lunch together several times, and I invited him to a debate here at The Moody Church in April of 2011, which can be viewed here. Regardless of who “won” the debate, I am more concerned about the eternal destiny of my friend.

On Saturday December 10, I was saddened to learn that Rob had been killed in a single-engine plane accident in Marengo, a distant Chicago suburb. Rob, a passionate pilot, was flying the plane when it crashed.

I enjoyed my friendship with Rob. He was personable and respectful ...

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A Tribute to Cliff Barrows (1923-2016)

By Pastor Lutzer

Growing up on a farm in Canada, my boyhood hero was Billy Graham, and along with him his beloved song leader Cliff Barrows. I admired Cliff from afar, but in recent years I got to know him personally and we developed a warm friendship. He and his wife Ann listened to Running to Win faithfully every morning. I found him to be humble, approachable and an encouragement to everyone he met. A few years ago he invited me to speak at his seniors retreat at the Billy Graham Cove in Asheville, North Carolina. With his eyesight now dim, the songs ...

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