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Information on the biblical understanding of suffering and why God allows suffering in our lives.

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Praise Continually | What’s God Saying Through Natural Disasters? #2

Do you believe accidents are outside the providence of God? Pastor Lutzer discusses the mystery of the will of God in light of natural disasters—gleaning wisdom from the book of Job. In today’s episode, Pastor shares the testimony of a modern-day “Job”—a true story of a Christian couple thrown into unspeakable grief and how they offered up praise to God through it all. Originally Published: Jan 25, 2021 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 … Read More >

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The Attributes of God | Week 46: Omnipotent

Where is God amidst storms, disasters, and catastrophes? If God is all-powerful then why do these tragic events occur? “The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”- Nahum 1:3 Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google Play On our Facebook page On our YouTube channel Click here to receive your own set of Attributes of God cards … Read More >

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Five Lessons Hurricane Harvey Teaches Us

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 … Read More >

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Day 1 – The Sorrow of Jesus

Today’s Reading: Mark 14:32-34Today’s Reference: Hebrews 2:17 “Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” Here in Gethsemane, we have the gift of seeing Jesus’ humanity most clearly. He was “greatly distressed and troubled,” going through emotional turbulence so painful He couldn’t even stand up under it. He knew He was about to have the full wrath of God unleashed upon Him because of your sin and mine. Completely sinless Himself, … Read More >

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Learn To Trust | What’s God Saying Through Natural Disasters? #3

When we are hit with a crisis, it can turn our lives upside down. Suddenly we discover that the things we prioritize under normal circumstances have no real value in the light of eternity. Pastor Lutzer explores how God can use crises to get His message across to us and to help us see what lasts. Originally Published: Feb 1, 2021 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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5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer | Pandemics, Plagues, and Natural Disasters Part 13

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?” 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.” … Read More >

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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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Day 2 – The Plea of Jesus

Today’s Reading: Mark 14:35-36Today’s Reference: Hebrews 12:1b-2 “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  The Jews and Romans crucified Jesus. He laid down His life for our sin. But ultimately, God was responsible for the death of Jesus. God could have sent legions of angels to “remove the cup” and rescue Jesus—but both Father and Son knew … Read More >

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