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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | How did Jesus do it?

“Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” is all about how you personally can share the Good News of Jesus Christ with people around you.  All this week, Luis focuses on what Jesus did in His encounters with various people, and what we can learn from that. 

Preach the Gospel Friday, January 19, 2018

You are probably familiar with the words of Jesus in Mark 16:15. He told His disciples to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”  That may seem like an overwhelming, daunting task to you, but let’s personalize it by saying, “Go into all of yourworld and preach the gospel.”  In your sphere of influence there are undoubtedly many people who have not yet come to Jesus for salvation.  You can introduce Him to them. 

You notice that Jesus didn’t say that we should go into all the world and be a good example. He instructed us to “preach” - to use words in communicating the message He wants everyone to hear.  Of course, we must demonstrate, by our behavior, that we are Jesus followers, and then we have the right to speak the Gospel.  We don’t really have a choice between living the gospel and preaching the gospel.  We should do both.  It’s not either/or but both/and.

One circumstance that often gives us a wide-open door to share our faith is our response to difficulties and tragedies. When we can exhibit joy and trust in God when life throws us a curveball, that speaks volumes.  Many times, people will ask how we can face hard times with such calm and faith.  And there is the opportunity right there to “preach the good news” as Jesus told us to.

I urge you to overcome your fears and hesitations with God’s help, and share His good news with people in your world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Eating with "Sinners" Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sometimes it’s so easy to get excited about loving our neighbors that we slack off on loving God, sharing the Good News, or both. It’s even easier, however, to judge. Just ask Jesus.

In the Gospels we read: “Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Jesus to listen to Him.” The word “sinners” didn’t mean the same thing then that it does now. It covered an incredibly wide spectrum of people—from desperately poor prostitutes to ceremonially unclean farm hands. The Gospels make it clear that they came near Jesus, to listen to Him, frequently. Not just a rare day here or there.

So, on many occasions, religious leaders grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” What an indictment...as if this were somehow wrong or reprehensible.

Yes, it’s easy to judge. Remember the days when good Christians didn’t eat at pubs? Is it possible to take a good thing too far? Yes. Yet it can be entirely a good thing to eat, drink and be merry with our neighbors and friends. I hope you do it often. After all, one encounter with Jesus Christ is enough to change your friend, instantly, forever.

This is Luis Palau.

What do You Love Most? Wednesday, January 17, 2018

“What do you love most?” / It sounds like a nice question, right? Then again, it depends on your affections. Love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind? Love your neighbor well? All is fine.

Love to win the adoration of others? Love to accumulate power, romantic favors, and excessive riches? All is not fine.

Jesus couldn’t have been clearer: “You cannot serve God and wealth.” In the Bible, in Luke chapter 16, we read, “Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to [Jesus] and were scoffing at Him.” Jesus continues: “You try to justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.”

When it comes to our neighbors, some already have decided to oppose Jesus. Some, like Saul on the way to Damascus, are emotionally engaged. Others have hearts of stone. When they scoff, we can ask a single question to expose their folly.

The question again is this: / “What do you love most?” / You may not need to say anything else. Just let that question reverberate awhile. And let God do the rest.

This is Luis Palau.

Rescuing Jesus from "Nice" Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Now, as in the days of the apostles, it’s overridingly important for us to invite, to cajole, to jokingly tease someone until he or she says, “Yes, I’ll read the Jesus story with you.” When you sit down to do that, ask them to read a few verses aloud. Then ask them what they mean. When you get to something Jesus says or does, ask what they think. In particular, ask them this question: “Do you think Jesus is trying to be nice?” 
 

Of course not. Jesus doesn’t just “make nice.” That’s the whole point. Nice isn’t nice. Nice isn’t loving. It isn’t true. It’s the illegitimate child of Romanticism, which turned the meaning of the word on its head. “Nice” is a condescending, sarcastic way to say someone is naïve, ignorant, stupid.

So, keep asking, “Do you think Jesus is trying to be nice?” Keep pounding away at that question until they finally get it. Once we rescue Jesus from “nice,” He becomes real in their eyes. Only then can your friend make sense of Jesus’ life, teachings, miracles, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.

Right now, Jesus is praying for you to be way more than just a “nice” Christian...and praying for your friend to see Jesus Himself for who He truly is.

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus and Nicodemus Monday, January 15, 2018

Imagine using our God-given sanctified imaginations so you and I can enter more fully into each Jesus story. Don’t you think we would see a bigger vision of His love?

What if we were standing there in John chapter 3 when Nicodemus secretly meets with Jesus at night? I can imagine Nicodemus takes a deep breath and begins his oft-rehearsed speech. Don’t you want to lean in to hear what he says?

Suddenly, Jesus interrupts the esteemed religious leader. Back and forth the two men go at it. At every turn, Jesus drives the discussion exactly where He wants to go, verbally batting Nicodemus back and forth—first this way, then that. To Jesus, the master conversationalist, relationship and meaning triumph over social norms—every time. He interrupts. He puzzles. He changes the subject. He provokes. He monologues.

It’s all fair game toward one overriding mission. To shake Nicodemus to the core of his being. To inflict many a sleepless night. To haunt him with statements he never wanted to hear. And, ultimately, to win his heart.

Like Jesus, let’s not hesitate to turn conversations toward a person’s need for the eternal salvation that Jesus offers.

This is Luis Palau.

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On “Reaching Your World” this week, Luis Palau once again takes his messages directly from scripture.  Luis points out what we learn about reaching our world from some of Jesus’ parables, as well as other scriptural accounts. 

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