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By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
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Who Created God?

By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Day 9 – Father, Forgive

By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Today’s Reading: Luke 23:32-38
Today’s Reference: Luke 17:4 “If he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

How could He even say it? With nails piercing His hands and feet, hanging on the Cross with His lungs straining for air…how could that be the first thing that came to His mind? The Greek text implies He didn’t just say it once, He repeated it over and over. “Father, forgive them, forgive ...

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Day 8 – Those Who Mean Evil

By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Today’s Reading: Acts 2:22-24
Today’s Reference: Genesis 50:20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

 

Jesus’ trials were unjust, but they weren’t about to derail God’s plan. In fact, God used injustice to get Jesus crucified. Now, that’s not to say injustice is ever a good thing; indeed if we find it in ourselves, we must repent immediately. Like Judas, woe to those people who were Satan’s tools in the death of Christ!

But ...

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Day 7 – The Justice of Man

By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Today’s Reading: John 18:12 - 19:16
Today’s Reference: 1 Peter 2:23 “When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.”

Jesus had six trials before His Crucifixion, and not one of them was fair. Hired witnesses, violence, judges doing double-duty as prosecutors…never has the phrase “travesty of justice” been more true.

How did He respond? He knew He would never have a fair trial; a fair trial would never have condemned Him to death. But He was willing to trust ...

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Day 6 – The Most Spectacular Sin

By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Today’s Reading: Mark 14:41-46
Today’s Reference: Romans 8:1-2 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”

It was the most spectacular sin in history, betraying the Messiah to a cruel death. As we saw yesterday, Judas responded with worldly sorrow that led to death, both physical and everlasting. But could he have been forgiven if he’d taken his guilt to Jesus instead of to men? Yes.

Maybe there’s a sin ...

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Day 5 – Judas: Grieved to Death

By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Today’s Reading: Matthew 27:3-10
Today’s Reference: 2 Corinthians 7:10 “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”

Judas knew he’d done wrong—we always do, don’t we? So he brought the silver back to the chief priests and elders out of guilt. Notice that these men, who were so friendly when he could be of use to them, now said, “What’s that to us?” and sent him away still full of remorse.

Judas responded to his sorrow in the wrong way. If all we do with our sin ...

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Day 4 – Judas: Lover of Money

By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Today’s Reading: Matthew 26:6-16
Today’s Reference: Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the others, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Why did Judas betray Jesus? For three years he was a full-fledged disciple, doing miracles, preaching to the people. He appeared to love Jesus. He probably even thought he loved Jesus. But he loved money more, and when “crunch time” came, he chose his greater love…thirty pieces of silver. What a worthless exchange for ...

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Day 3 – The Submission of Jesus

By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Today’s Reading: Mark 14:35-36
Today's Reference: 1 Peter 4:13 “But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”

Humanly speaking, Jesus didn’t want to die on the Cross. Despite His fears, He still said to His Father, “Not what I will, but what You will.”

Sometimes we have to do the will of God whether we like it or not. We live in a society where “feeling bad” is a sin we must avoid at all costs. But Jesus shows us that’s not God’s ...

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For Us

By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Beginning March 7, join us for a series of 30 devotionals: For Us—Meditations at the Foot of the Cross.

“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins… If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”—1 Corinthians 15:17,19

That’s right, he said pitied. If Christ did not die on the Cross and rise again, we as Christians are in the sad position of being aware of the severity of our sin… and having no remedy for it ...

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October 1908 Heart to Heart Talk

By Pastor A.C. Dixon, D.D.

If you have ever climbed a high mountain, you remember that you started in the shadow of trees at the base, where there was little or no outlook. You could see a few hundred yards around you; but after a while you rose above the tops of the trees and looked out upon a beautiful landscape. As you climbed higher, the fields and the running streams appeared, but you could see only one-half of the horizon, the other half was shut off by the mountain. But when you reached the top, you found yourself in a great circular room, bounded ...

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August 1908 Heart to Heart Talk

By Pastor A.C. Dixon, D.D.

There is great danger that the good may exclude the best. If Satan can keep us so busy doing good that we neglect to pray, he is satisfied. He can counteract our good works, but he cannot counteract our prayers, for God works in answer to prayer. If a prayer meeting is filled with talk, though it be good talk, Satan is pleased. His birds of the air are ready to pick up the good seed and much of it falls on stony ground or among thorns to be choked, but when the hour is filled with genuine prayer, Satan ...

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