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Why Did God Make Me Disabled, Different, and Despondent?

Her name is Kourtney. I will tell her story in a moment. First, however, I’d like to explain some theological matters about God’s relationship to those who are born with a disability or with limited giftedness and a perceived lack of physical beauty. What is God’s involvement, if any, in the way each of us was formed, our appearance, or who we would strive to become? Many theologians seek to absolve God of all responsibility for the “mistakes of nature” by posing the argument that because of sin, nature is fallen. Therefore, God has a “hands off policy” about many … Read More >

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Sharing the Hope of Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year for most people, but certainly not for all. This is a very difficult time for those who are lonely, depressed, or who feel as if they are “on the outside looking in.” I’m thinking of those who are bereft of family; those who dread a family get-together when relatives are in the same room; those who have lost loved ones whom they especially miss at Christmas … The list of those who find Christmas a painful time of year is longer than most of us realize. So what do we do? We expand … Read More >

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Quiet Hour - Day 174

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour - June 23 As thy days, so shall thy strength be. —Deuteronomy 33:25 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. —Philippians 4:13 He will not impose upon you one needless burden. He will not exact more than He knows your strength will bear. He will ask no Peter to come to Him on the water, unless He impart at the same time strength and support on the unstable waves. He will not ask you to draw water if the well is too deep, or to withdraw the stone if too heavy. But neither … Read More >

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Quiet Hour - Day 132

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour - May 12 I know how to abound. —Philippians 4:12 It is a dangerous thing to be prosperous. The crucible of adversity is a less severe trial to the Christian than the refining-pot of prosperity. It needs more than human skill to carry the brimming cup of mortal joy with a steady hand; yet Paul had learned that skill, for he declares, “In all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry.” When we have much of God’s providential mercies it often happens that we have but little of God’s grace; satisfied … Read More >

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Quiet Hour - Day 111

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour - April 21 In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. —Philippians 4:6 The natural temptation with every difficulty is to plan for it, to put it out of the way yourself; but stop short with all your planning, your thinking, your worry, and talk to Him! “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.” You may not always be able to do this in a moment or two. Then keep on with supplication until you know He has it, and prayer becomes praise. … Read More >

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Give Thanks In Everything

If thanksgiving is God’s will for you, does that mean you should be grateful for difficult circumstances? Pastor Lutzer unpacks how you can truly give thanks…starting today! Don’t give thanks for everything but in everything.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 and we are going to find out exactly what God’s will really is. Sometimes we … Read More >

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The Only "Game" That Matters

Perhaps you, like me, were surprised at the final play of last Sunday’s Super bowl game. Pastor Bob Gunter convinced me to root for the Seahawks, and in the final seconds it appeared as if they would win. But they managed to snatch defeat out of the jaws of almost certain victory. (Even I know that when you are two feet from the goal line, you run the ball! ☺ A few days later someone sent me an email that put things in perspective: Those who lose a big game need not be defined by the loss. A score is … Read More >

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Quiet Hour - Day 202

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour - July 21 Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling: for it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. —Philippians 2:12, 13 What a staggering weight of thought is excited by these words! Stay, my soul, and wonder that the Eternal God should stoop to work within thy narrow limits. Is it not a marvel indeed, that He, whom the heavens cannot contain, and in whose sight they are not clean, should trouble Himself to work on such material, so unpromising, and amidst circumstances … Read More >

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Quiet Hour - Day 151

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour - May 31 Without me ye can do nothing. —John 15:5 I can do all things, through Christ which strengtheneth me. —Philippians 4:13 Apart from Him we can do nothing. Whilst we are abiding in Him nothing is impossible. The one purpose of our life should therefore be to remain in living and intense union with Christ, guarding against everything that would break it, employing every means of cementing and enlarging it. And just in proportion as we do so, we shall find His strength flowing into us for every possible emergency. We may not … Read More >

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Who Can We Call a Saint?

If you are a member of the Catholic Church you are welcome among us. About 20% of all of our members were raised in the Catholic Church.  However, the canonization of two popes this past week does give me an opportunity to point out one of several major differences between us and Roman Catholicism. The Bible clearly and repeatedly teaches that all believers in Christ are “saints” (1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 1:1; Philippians 1:1 etc). But in the early centuries when the idea arose that salvation was not a free gift given to those who believe the Gospel, but rather … Read More >

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