Imagine getting a one-on-one counseling session with God. Who could give you better advice? Well, Cain allowed his anger, envy and jealousy to override the counsel given to him, personally, by God—and killed his brother Abel. He was so blind to his own sinful jealousy, all he could think about was avenging his wounded pride at any cost. Let's heed God's warning today that sin is crouching at the door.
Biblical forgiveness doesn't always make sense to us. According to our human reasoning, if we are wronged, we shouldn't have to let go of our anger until the other party makes it right. But when we look at Jesus we see another example. When wronged, He did not respond in kind but entrusted it to God. Let's take a look at this beautiful passage in 1 Peter together on today's episode of "5 Minutes with Pastor Lutzer."
All of us have been offended at one time or another but what does scripture say about clinging to an offense? When we become blind to our own faults and desire vengeance no matter the consequences, we're beginning to put the hurt of that offense above God in our lives. Join Pastor Lutzer as we again address the topic of "When You've Been Wronged," as we learn together that whatever we do not forgive, we pass on.
Are you ever overwhelmed with anger? Or perhaps you perpetually keep others at a safe distance, guarding yourself against any possible hurt. Join Pastor Lutzer as he begins a new mini-series, entitled, "When You've Been Wronged: Moving from Bitterness to Restoration." Let's be guided by God's transforming word as we navigate the hurt and bitterness that often exists in fallen human relationships.
Today, in the last episode of our series on the pandemic, Pastor Lutzer guides us through some of the most comforting passages in the Bible. We learn that Jesus says to us: "I am not only your refuge and strength, I am your forerunner through all suffering and uncertainty." He has been there before and He says to us, "Follow me."
How do we make sense of the suffering we experience and still cling to what we know of our merciful, loving God as presented in scripture? To Pastor Lutzer the answer is this: we live by promises, not by explanations. Join us for the second to the last episode of the series "Pandemics, Plagues, and Natural Disasters: What is God Saying to Us?"
During times of crisis, many may turn to atheism and renounce any underlying meaning to personal and communal suffering. What do you say in response? How do you reassure your own heart when doubts arise? In Pastor Lutzer's experience this is more often a matter of the heart than the head. Join us today as we take an honest look at these difficult truths together.
In today's episode of "5 Minutes with Pastor Lutzer," we look at two earthquakes described in scripture. One accompanies God's terrifying presence on Mount Sinai and the other, the completion of Christ's atoning work where the separation between God and His children is finally and forever overcome.
When we read passages like Revelation 20 our response should be an overwhelming desire to bring the hope of Christ to the lost. Let us not avoid the unpleasant warnings included in scripture but rather share them unflinchingly, always expounding on the importance of being found in Christ—free from condemnation and risen again to newness of life!
Who could have guessed, around this time last year, all that the future would hold? In much the same way, the events described in Revelation chapter 6 will come on a world unprepared. In this week's episode of "5 Minutes with Pastor Lutzer," Pastor again addresses the question of whether the pandemic is a direct result of God's judgment. We learn that nothing we see today compares to what is coming and the time is short to turn to Christ.