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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Prepare Yourself

This week on “Reaching Your World,” hear how Luis Palau developed a passion to see others come to know Christ. He will explain how you too, can be prepared to lead a person into a relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Confronting Sin Friday, May 17, 2019

Not too long ago I met with a group of men. We regularly gather to discuss life and struggles and victories. During our conversation, I could sense that Sam felt unnerved and uncomfortable. We had discussed pornography for a few moments but then moved on to other topics. But I sensed that Sam was disappointed we had moved on so quickly. Though it’s a hard topic, and not a fun one to discuss, I think Sam recognized an opportunity to come clean. Something was weighing on him. Yet, the rest of us guys didn’t address it. We let the conversation progress and eventually went our separate ways.

As I drove home I wondered about Sam. I wondered about our discussion. Why don’t we talk about the things that really haunt us? Why do we encourage one another to keep sin in the closet by not bringing things out in the open? We keep darkness in our lives behind closed doors. It convicted me. The Bible tells us to walk in the light as Jesus is in the light. And yet we often keep things hidden in shadowy corners.

If we want to truly reach our world, we can’t have things hiding in the shadows. We need to bring light to all areas of our lives. Let’s make a resolution to not fail one another by allowing sin to lurk. 

This is Andrew Palau.

Have the Answers Thursday, May 16, 2019

One of my very first experiences of public speaking was at a street meeting. Those types of meetings can fizzle fast if they’re not kept lively. I was nervous and had prepared for days. I was worried I would not be able to keep the crowd’s attention. A close friend and I really started enjoying these meetings, however. Although we saw few conversions, I began to learn the basics of evangelism. We ran into everything: laughter, scorn, questions that required quick answers, questions that required diplomacy, you name it. One thing our church elders burned into our minds was that we had the truth. Let people argue and heckle all they want. Truth is truth.

We stood on the truth just like Jesus. Jesus Himself was questioned frequently. In Matthew 19 it says, “Some Pharisees came to him to test him.” The religious leaders wanted to trick Him but Jesus knew the word of God better than they. He was able to see through their trickery. He answered them not only from the word of God but also with the living revelation He got from His Father.

As we follow Christ’s footsteps and share the Good News, let’s be prepared to answer questions. Let’s have answers ready for the questions people will ask. But more importantly let’s be guided by the Holy Spirit as we answer their questions patiently and lovingly.

This is Luis Palau.

Be able to Lead Wednesday, May 15, 2019

I heard of a small group that would practice leading each other to Christ. Everyone in the group was well along in their walks with Christ. But they recognized the difficulty in starting a conversation with people, especially strangers. So they decided to practice on themselves. Someone in the group would be the person sharing Christ and another would listen and ask questions. They would practice starting conversations and leading people through a prayer of salvation. This exercise helped the group feel better prepared to go out and share.

Jesus modeled evangelism to His disciples and then sent them out. He knew how to lead conversations. I remember the story of Zacchaeus climbing a tree to see Jesus when He visited. Jesus looked up and called Zacchaeus out, telling him He would be going to his house that day.

If Jesus can start a conversation with a strange man in a tree I think we can start them with the people in our world. Practice what you might say in a conversation about Christ and be prepared to lead someone into a relationship with the Lord Jesus. If you need more help, let us know.  We’ll send you basic, simple, biblical material to do it.

This is Luis Palau.

Know the Scriptures Tuesday, May 14, 2019

When I first started evangelizing through television, it was exhausting and invigorating. Answering callers’ questions live over television required the ability to think biblically under pressure. Thankfully the Lord graciously gave me the gift to think fast on my feet. But this also required me to rapidly recall scriptures. I always enjoyed studying the Bible, but now I was forced to go at it with a vengeance. I had to store up God’s revealed answers in the Bible for the many problems represented by callers from all walks of life.

Leading people into a relationship with Jesus Christ requires knowledge of scripture whether you are on television or not. Jesus says, “I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.” As Jesus shared words from His Father, so we too need to share scripture from our heavenly Father.

We can prepare to reach people in our world by studying and memorizing the scriptures that answer their questions. A great way to start is by studying the book of John. Knowing many passages in the word of God by heart gives us a tool – God’s tool - to use as we share the good news. Jesus shared God’s words when reaching those in His world; let’s do the same in ours.

This is Luis Palau.

Get His Heart Monday, May 13, 2019

The Lord placed a desire in my heart when I was young to reach the masses with the Good News and I deeply dreamt of it. The Lord’s heart pulsed through my veins for all the people I wanted to reach during my first campaign. I knew it was on His heart and thus it was also on mine. Christ’s passion to see people come to know Him was being developed through me and it was so exciting.

We need to listen and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in reaching our world.  The Bible says, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways…” This Psalm of David – number 51 - is a perfect example of asking for God’s heart in reaching those in our world.

If we have not developed a heart to see others come to know Christ but would like to have this passion, let’s ask Christ for it. Let’s pray that Christ gives us a clear vision of the person we should share our faith with. And then pray that we will have the courage and desire to lead them to Jesus Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

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Dream Great Dreams

Dream Great Dreams

Do you have dreams of what you would like to accomplish for God?  Then you would be encouraged by reading Luis Palau’s booklet, “Dream Great Dreams.” 

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Reaching Your World: Next Week

Cultivating a Heart of Compassion

On “Reaching your World” this week, Luis Palau reminds us that personal evangelism is built on relationships.  Jesus Christ modeled for us a heart of compassion, and wants to develop that in each of His followers.

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