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Information on how we can be forgiven, why we should forgive others, and how forgiveness is different from reconciliation.

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5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer | Making the Best of a Bad Decision Part 2

These days we often talk about “pivoting” when the unexpected occurs. But is God subject to such a necessity? When He found Adam and Eve in the garden after their sin, did He have to pivot and rearrange His plans to account for it? In today’s episode, Pastor Lutzer discusses the implications of our limited control over circumstances in light of God’s limitless sovereignty.   Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google Podcasts On our Facebook page On our YouTube channel Transcript: Welcome to “5 Minutes … Read More >

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5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer | When You've Been Wronged Part 7

Today we continue the series, “When You’ve Been Wronged.” We’re looking at the life of Jacob—a biblical figure who, in many ways, made a mess of his life. God meets him, reaffirms his covenant with him and renames him Israel. Sometimes God needs to humble us and bring us to a point of great need in order to reconcile us to Himself—and to others.   Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google Podcasts On our Facebook page On our YouTube channel Transcript: Welcome to 5 minutes … Read More >

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5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer | When You've Been Wronged Part 5

Jacob lied and manipulated to get the things he wanted out of life, even the very thing God had already promised to him from the beginning when he said, “the older will serve the younger.” Jacob’s hastiness and deception left him fractured from his family and filled with fear. In the midst of his risky return journey to face his brother, he had an encounter with the God of his fathers who had not forgotten him.    Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google … Read More >

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5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer | When You've Been Wronged Part 2

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.    Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and  … Read More >

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Day 11 – Freedom in Forgiveness

Today’s Reading: Acts 3:11-26Today’s Reference: Matthew 5:44 “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Was this prayer answered? We must realize that this was not a blanket prayer for everyone involved in Christ’s crucifixion; not everyone who participated in this crime was forgiven. But Jesus foreknew that many of those who put Him to death would indeed later repent, and He prayed God would let His blood cover their sin. God forgives those who ask. Yes, the prayer was answered for … Read More >

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Managing Conflict in Marriage | Making The Best Of A Bad Decision #12 | Pastor Lutzer

Help, I married a sinner!” In the fourth of this mini-series (Eps. 138-142), Pastor Lutzer identifies 4 principles for managing conflict in a God-honoring marriage. When marriage differences and disappointments overwhelm you, 1.) Accept one another, 2.) Examine your heart, 3.) Own your own stuff, and 4.) Discover the freedom of forgiveness. Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google Podcasts On our Facebook page On our YouTube channel Transcript: Welcome to “5 Minutes with Pastor Lutzer.” I’m so glad that you joined us again today, as we … Read More >

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5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer | When You've Been Wronged Part 12

In this last episode of the series, “When You’ve Been Wronged,” we are considering “the why” behind Joseph’s seemingly astonishing decision to forgive. Why would he forgive his brothers after they had caused him so much turmoil? The answer is this: Joseph was able to step back and see the bigger picture. He knew that God had been there all along and that He was able to make every wrong right and orchestrate everything to His divine purposes. In this way, Joseph foreshadowed another to come, one who faced the greatest injustice imaginable and yet “entrusted Himself to Him who … Read More >

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5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer | When You've Been Wronged Part 6

God used circumstances in Jacob’s life to force him on a journey back home to reconcile with his estranged brother. He could no longer hide from his wrongdoings. On the way, he wrestles with God and is left in a dependent state. For the first time in Jacob’s life, he cannot rely on his own devices or schemes—and despite his fear, he has to reconcile with Esau God’s way. God has reconciled us to Himself, and He is the author of our reconciliation with each other.   Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 … Read More >

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5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer | When You've Been Wronged Part 3

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.”   Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and  … Read More >

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5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer | When You've Been Wronged Part 1

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.   Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google Podcasts On our Facebook page On our YouTube channel Transcript: Welcome to “5 Minutes with … Read More >

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