A commercial once said: “You only go around once in life. Grab all the gusto you can.” This advice, of course, is foolish. In this message, we hear a challenge to a pleasure-mad culture that’s infecting the church: a challenge to reach for the real pleasures God offers.
God designed sex for a covenant marriage relationship, not for a succession of one-night stands. In this message we confront the allure of sexual affairs, which poison our souls and undermine our ability to make commitments. How can we be free from this sin?
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave some pointed teaching on morality, telling those in lust to pluck out their eyes. Jesus was showing the seriousness of sin. In this message, we investigate Matthew chapter five, and find some tough love from the Son of God.
Like quicksand, alcohol draws in its victims until they can no longer free themselves. The temptation to drink is best handled by never taking that first sip. In this message we learn why it’s almost impossible to say, “I’m quitting tomorrow.”
Alcohol is the tolerated drug, and alcohol abuse is costing our society billions in lost productivity, lost relationships, and lost lives. Too many Christians misuse what they feel is their freedom to drink by drinking one too many. In this message we learn the unvarnished truth about alcoholism.
People who watch lottery winners on TV often think their number will come up someday. So, they keep buying a few more tickets. However, gambling is a shortcut, bypassing honest labor. And for a Christian, it violates all God stands for.
From lottery tickets to riverboats, gambling spells big trouble. It takes money from those who can least afford it, those hoping for a “big break.” Some say they would never gamble. Yet the lure of fast cash leads many Christians into serious trouble.
Most of us have too much stuff. In our greed we look at our neighbors, note their possessions, and say, “I need everything they have.” Greed is insidious, and unless it’s put to death, it will choke the life out of a Christian.
Greed says, “I want more.” Greed is the first of the seven secret snares that Pastor Lutzer is exposing. It lies like a serpent within our souls, and it wants to destroy us. In this message we learn how to break the power of greed in our life.
Satan tries to derail our walk with God. He appeals to natural desires and gets us to fulfill them in destructive ways. In this message we learn more about a war from which there’s no escape until heaven, and we learn how a Christian can best defeat temptation.