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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Inviting Your Friends to Know Christ

Do you have a friend or family member who does not know Christ? Is there someone God has put on your heart, that you want to talk to? This week on "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau" Luis explains how we can share the Gospel to others in our life.

The Great Commission Friday, July 3, 2015

We’ve been talking this week about inviting our friends to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. But, maybe you’re having doubts. Maybe you’re thinking, “It’s just not the right time,” or “I don’t want to be pushy.” Then let me encourage you: The Lord can do amazing things when we obey His leading to share the Gospel with our neighbors.

I think of a young man named Carlos, who came to Christ during one of our festival youth nights in Mexico City. He was an atheist university student when one of his friends, a young woman, invited him to our evangelistic event. He was interested in her so, of course, he came along. He almost left the building when the crowd started singing Christian songs. And yet the truth of the Bible gripped his mind in such a dramatic way that, in one strike, the Holy Spirit swept him that very hour into the kingdom of God. Eventually, the Lord used Carlos to lead more than 120 other people to Christ while he finished his schooling!

Jesus commanded us: “Go, and make disciples of all nations…” Let’s just joyfully obey His command and invite our friends to know the Lord Jesus Christ. If they receive Christ, rejoice. If they reject the offer, you leave them with the Lord.

This is Luis Palau.

Make the Most of Every Opportunity Thursday, July 2, 2015

Are you waiting for the “right time” to share the Good News with a loved one? Don’t delay, because we never know when this life will end and eternity will begin. Near the end of our three-week festival in Managua, Nicaragua, a woman met me on my way into the stadium. With tears in her eyes, she gave me a big Latin hug and thanked me for presenting the Good News so clearly. She explained that her grandson, Danilo, age 10, had received the Lord two nights earlier.

She said, “The next morning, he was so happy. He told me, ‘Granny, I’ve got eternal life!’” But, the next day, tragedy struck. Danilo was out delivering newspapers on his bicycle, when he was hit by a truck and died on the spot. I was shaken by Danilo’s death, but the Lord used it for His Glory. That night, I shared Danilo’s story with some 30,000 people at the festival and many came to know Christ. We made a film out of Danilo’s story. Many thousands more have come to Christ because of the film. And Danilo, the sweet Nicaraguan boy, has been enjoying Jesus face to face for some 30 years now.

The Bible says, “Be very careful, then, how you live-- not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” That’s why now is the best time to give your friends a chance to hear the Good News, receive Jesus Christ into their hearts, and live their lives with Him and for Him.

This is Luis Palau.

Get to the Point Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I received Jesus Christ when I was twelve years old. I was at a Christian summer camp for boys. One rainy night, Frank Chandler, my counselor, sat me down and asked me about my expectations for eternity.

“If you died tonight,” Frank asked me, “would you go to heaven or hell?” I sat quietly for a moment, a bit taken aback, and then said, “I’m going to hell.” Needless to say, it didn’t take long for me to accept Jesus Christ into my heart that very night.

I think back on the night and my conversion often, especially when I hear people criticize this type of evangelism. We worry about not hurrying a person in his decision or not being too bold, and in some ways, I think it’s good to use common sense. But, I tell you, when the person is ready, just get to the point and help him or her settle the issue. Besides, God is the one doing the work, not us. Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him…” [John 6:44]

So don’t be afraid to deliberately reach out to your friends or share the Good News, even if they snicker. God will honor your desire to introduce your friends to His marvelous Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

The Hope of Heaven Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I sometimes host a live call-in television counseling program called NightTalk. One evening we were broadcasting live from San Antonio, Texas on Channel 35 when I received a call from a man named Alex.

Alex was a thirty-two-year-old man dying of AIDS. “I’m going through a living hell/a nightmare,” he said. Then, he broke into tears while on the air.

As tens of thousands of viewers watched, I had the privilege of counseling Alex and leading him to faith in Jesus Christ. Off the air, we got his address and phone number, then made sure he began receiving immediate, compassionate follow-up care as he began his new life and relationship with Jesus Christ. Before his death, six months later, how great it was to hear Alex express his assured hope of heaven! He knew his place in heaven was secure because Romans says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Do you know someone who desperately needs hope? Do you know someone perhaps with a terminal illness? Invite and guide them to find true and lasting hope in Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

This is Luis Palau.

The Power of Prayer Monday, June 29, 2015

Sometimes we Christians underestimate the power of prayer in evangelism. People say to me, “Sure, Luis, prayer is important. But, let’s get out there and do something for the Lord!” But, what many people don’t understand is: prayer is the very foundation for sharing the Good News, whether it’s with ten people or ten thousand.

I think about the impact of prayer in my own life. When I was a baby, my parents later told me they dedicated me to the Lord, praying, “Lord, here is Luis. He is Yours. Use him for Your glory so many may come to know You through him.” Since they had decided to keep this a secret between them and God, I didn’t know about their prayer for many years. Now, God has seen fit to use my life to declare the Good News to people all around the globe. In fact, right now, God has me in New York City! And if God can use a little boy from Argentina to reach nations and great cities, He can do the same life-transformation in you and your friends.

So, before you share the Good News, remember James 5:16, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Step 1: Pray. Step 2: Share. Share the life-changing Good News message with your friends and neighbors.

This is Luis Palau.