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Social Media: Where Anger is Disguised as Justice

By Erwin W. Lutzer

I am grieved at the way in which social media is being used (or rather misused) in today’s overheated and angry culture. Christians are falling into the snare of sniping at each other in ungodly ways, all “for the sake of truth.” I am reminded of Paul’s words in Galatians, “….through love serve one another … But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” (Galatians 5:13b, 15). Yes, we now have a platform where we can, if we wish, bite and devour others.

A friend of ...

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Israel, the Land, the People and the Future

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Recently, we returned from our tour to Israel with both exhilaration and sadness. Exhilaration, because God granted us the marvelous experience of reliving biblical events and walking quite literally “where Jesus walked.” What can compare to crossing Galilee on a boat and contemplating the ministry of Jesus, or visiting where He prayed at Gethsemane? But we also left with sadness because there are so many people in that storied land who do not know the Savior and simply do not understand “the day of their visitation.”

 

Se of Galilee

Pastor and Rebecca Lutzer on the Sea of Galilee


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A Tribute to Billy Graham

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Billy Graham died this morning, February 21, 2018, and I must add my voice to the many tributes that are pouring in from all over the world. It is difficult to convey in words what this man has meant in my life.

It all began in a farmhouse in Southern Saskatchewan, Canada when I was 12 years old.

“Who is Billy Graham?” I asked my sister Esther when she came into my bedroom to tell me that we were going to go to see a film that starred Billy Graham.

“He’s an evangelist in the United States and when ...

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Who Created God?

By Erwin W. Lutzer

As a boy I was taught that God created the world, but I would look at the stars and wonder, who created God? I was told that God was not created; He existed from all eternity. I’ve pondered that idea many times throughout the years, but I find myself on the edge of a great mystery.

So as best we can, let’s discuss: Who created God?

Some people use this question as an argument for atheism. Here’s the argument: Creationists say that the cosmos is so complex it must have been created by God, but if that’s true, it must ...

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Standing on God's Promises in the New Year

By Erwin W. Lutzer

This is Pastor Lutzer, wishing you a very blessed New Year.

We don’t know what 2018 is going to hold, but this much I know (and I’m sure that you are assured of it as well), and that is, we are going to live our lives dependent upon the promises of God.

When I was a boy growing up, we used to sing the song Standing on the Promises. Well, that’s where I want to stand this year; and I hope that that’s where you want to stand! Because it’s the promises of God that can take us all the ...

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Merry Christmas from Pastor Lutzer!

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Hi, Pastor Lutzer here wishing you a very blessed Christmas.

Let us remind ourselves that Jesus Christ came into a very dangerous world. And our world is dangerous. It’s dangerous internationally; it’s dangerous even domestically as we think of the tensions that we have in our nation today. And if you live in Chicago, you would even say it is dangerous locally, because of all of the violence that is going on. But remember, Jesus calls us also to live in a dangerous world; to represent Him; to give, even as we have been given to, thanks to our wonderful ...

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In Loving Memory of R.C. Sproul: A Tribute

By Erwin W. Lutzer

If you have never heard of R.C. Sproul, let me introduce him to you. He was a man who loved the Gospel, always expounding on the fact that we are not saved by our own righteousness but by the imputed righteousness of Another. He spent his life writing, teaching, and defending the wonder of God’s plan of redemption and its implications for living. He died on December 14, 2017 at the age of 78.

I first heard about R.C. when he became a mentor to Chuck Colson after Colson’s conversion. More importantly, I had read his book The ...

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Happy Birthday to the Reformation

By Erwin W. Lutzer

The Protestant Reformation is 500 years old today!

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. He didn’t know he was beginning a movement that would still be celebrated 500 years later. Like a man who pulled a stone out of a mountain and began an avalanche, this simple act exposing some of the abuses of the church began a chain of events that has affected us all, whether Protestant or Catholic.

These theses were originally written in Latin but were quickly translated into German, and thanks to ...

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I Take It From His Hand

By Erwin W. 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
author unknown

 I will not take that bitter thrust which rent my heart today ...

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Five Lessons Hurricane Harvey Teaches Us

By Erwin W. 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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