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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | The Child of Christmas

On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week we will celebrate the most important feature of the Christmas season – the Christ Child.  Jesus came to our world as a baby and Christmas commemorates that birth.

Christmas is a World-changing Event Friday, December 14, 2018

A friend of mine, Pastor Rick McKinley, wrote a book titled Advent Conspiracy which is about the true meaning of Christmas.  In it he says, “The story of Christ’s birth is a story of promise, hope, and a revolutionary love.  So what happened?  What was once a time to celebrate the birth of a Savior has somehow turned into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists.  And when it’s all over, many of us are left with presents to return, looming debt,…and this empty feeling of missed purpose.  Is this what we really want out of Christmas?  What if Christmas became a world-changing event again?”

Let’s take up Rick’s challenge this season.  Do you think the lives of the shepherds of Bethlehem were ever the same again after their experience the night Jesus was born?  I doubt it!  They went all through the town telling everyone they could about what had happened.  Read about it in Luke chapter 2.  The Bible says they glorified and praised God for what they had seen and heard.  That’s the least we can do also. 

Why not invite your neighbors over for a Christmas get-together?  You can include them in your family’s Advent celebration, or have the kids act out the Christmas story.  Put out a nativity scene.  Kids love them, and when they visit your home and ask about it, you can tell them the account of Jesus’ birth.  Invite neighbors and friends to a concert or play at your church.  There are so many ways to share the Good News of Jesus Christ at this time of year.  Let’s take advantage of that.

This is Andrew Palau.

God's Greatest Gift Thursday, December 13, 2018

Where is the Christ Child in your Christmas? If you’re not sure, please know that this can be the most wonderful holiday you have ever known. If you receive the greatest gift of God—Jesus Christ—this Christmas will have true meaning for you forever. You will have peace with God and peace in your heart, a peace unlike any the world can offer.

The best way I know to put Christ back in your Christmas is to simply confess your sins to God, by faith trust that Jesus Christ’s death has paid for those sins, and receive His free gift of eternal life. If that’s your decision, then tell God now—silently if you wish—right where you are. You may wish to use this prayer. Let me help you.

Repeat after me: Heavenly Father, I want to celebrate the real Christmas. I believe Your Son, Jesus Christ, lived a perfect life and then died on the cross for my sins. I don’t completely understand it, but I accept it by faith. I want to be a child of Yours, too. Please come into my life, Lord Jesus. Because You have forgiven me, I want to follow You and obey You forever. Amen.

If you just prayed that prayer with me, congratulations! You have just received God’s greatest gift.

This is Luis Palau.

Christmas is really about Jesus Christ Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Did you know there are actually two Christmases? One is the Christmas of commercialism and overeating, overdrinking, and overspending. The other Christmas is one of love, joy, peace, and adoration of the One whose birthday we celebrate.

The real Christmas is a vivid demonstration of God’s love. In 1 John 4:9-10, the Bible says: "This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."

Jesus Christ was God’s love gift to the world. He came into the world, was born of a virgin, and lived among us humans. The Christ Child of that first Christmas is the One who, 30 years later, sacrificially died for the sins of the world on a cross, and who rose again on the third day by the power of God. That is why, as we read in Romans 6:23, "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

To experience and know God’s gift of eternal life, you must receive Jesus Christ. John 1:12 says: "To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." This privilege can be yours. Pray right now and receive God’s marvelous gift today.

This is Luis Palau.

Help Others See Christ in Christmas Tuesday, December 11, 2018

With Christmas in the air, I wonder: Where is the Child whose birthday we celebrate? During the first Christmas, angels visited shepherds with their flocks at night. At their command, the shepherds hurried back to Bethlehem to see the newborn babe, the Christ child, “the Savior of the world.” [Luke 2:8-20]

Today, if your friends and neighbors want to see Jesus, where would they find Him? Thankfully, there are a number of good answers.

You can invite them over to your festively-decorated home. You can take them a plate of delicious homemade holiday treats. You can buy extra tickets and invite them to go with you to a Christmas concert.

What else can you do? You can invite some of your church friends to come over and help you winsomely sing Christmas carols in front of each home in your neighborhood.

Or, you might do what two of my adventurous friends have done, and set up a “living room” of sorts in your driveway, complete with lamps, chairs, sofas, refreshment tables, and your favorite Christmas music. People may just flock over to join you.

This Christmas, pick one thing you can do to make it easier for your friends and neighbors to find Jesus.

This is Luis Palau.  

Where is the Child? Monday, December 10, 2018

Many years ago a wealthy family decided to have their newborn baby baptized in their enormous mansion. Dozens of guests were invited to the elaborate affair, and they all arrived dressed in the latest fashion. After depositing their elegant wraps on a bed in an upstairs room, the guests were entertained royally. Soon the time came for the main purpose of their gathering, the infant’s baptismal ceremony. But where was the child? No one seemed to know.

The child’s nanny ran upstairs, only to return with a desperate look on her face. Everyone searched frantically for the baby. Then, someone recalled seeing the child asleep on one of the beds. The baby was on a bed, all right—buried underneath a pile of coats, jackets and furs. The very object of that day’s celebration had been forgotten, neglected, and nearly smothered.

With Christmas in the air, I wonder: Where is the Child whose birthday we celebrate? During the first Christmas, “wise men from the East came looking for the Christ Child.” They came searching for the Savior of the world. [Matthew 2:1-11]

Today, if your neighbors wanted to search for Jesus, where would they find Him? One answer is in your festively decorated home. Invite them over. Let them see your faith on display.

This is Luis Palau.

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Where Is The Child?

Where is the Child?

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Reaching Your World: Next Week

Good Tidings of Great Joy

Christmas is a time of fun and celebration.  On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis reminds us of the beginning of it all, when angels visited earth to tell some shepherds on a hillside the great news that a Savior had been born. 

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