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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Jesus, Our Example

We each draw a different image of Jesus from the scripture accounts we read.  On “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis will challenge you to look at Jesus with fresh eyes.  We can learn from the way Jesus interacted with those He met. 

A Unique Friendship Friday, September 22, 2017

When times are uncertain, many of us turn to trusted friends. God created us to be in relationship, so friends can be incredibly important. But the ultimate friend – the One who can never let us down, and the One who is always dependable - is Jesus Himself.

The Bible says we were created to be in relationship with Him. And Jesus sees us as a friend, too. The Bible says in John 15:15, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Just like the friends we can see and talk to here on Earth, Jesus wants to be in communication with us. This happens through prayer – speaking to Him, and reading His Word – hearing from Him. It happens by remembering that He is with you always, in all circumstances.

As you go through your week, I hope you will devote more time to cultivating your relationship with Jesus. He is there. He is with you now, your ultimate Friend and Savior, Jesus.

This is Andrew Palau.

Lots of Ways Thursday, September 21, 2017

When is the last time you read the Gospels? If you really pay attention to the inspired accounts by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, you discover that nearly every time Jesus talks with someone, He uses a new approach. Why is that? Because each individual starts at a different place, with different beliefs and misconceptions, with different hang-ups and sins, with different needs and circumstances, and with different kinds of relationships with God and others.

Almost every individual “heard” and responded to Jesus and His message in different ways. Some, like Nathanael, Zacchaeus, and Mary Magdalene, were saved almost instantly. Still others, including Jesus’ own brothers, didn’t believe He was the Son of God until after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Whether short or long, every dialogue and conversion looked and sounded different from the others. No two individuals, including brothers Peter and Andrew, had the same experience, let alone the same story. The implications are pretty staggering.
 

I’m so glad that you and I can use any of 105 ways to present the life-changing Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Like Jesus, let’s look for new opportunities today.

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus Died for Each of Us Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I’m so thankful that the essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has never changed. Its transforming power is unabated after two thousand years. Then again, the way followers of Jesus Christ live out and experience that life-giving power varies from place to place, and from person to person. We see this in Jesus’ own ministry.

On the cross, Jesus died for the sins of the whole world.  We must remember, though, that He died for your sins and mine in particular.  Each single individual is someone Jesus knew from before the foundation of the earth. Each person is someone Jesus not only knew, but also walked alongside, and invited into relationship with Him.

Who were these individuals? For one, a thief. Dying on a cross next to Jesus, the thief recognized who Jesus was and is. He recognized his own guilt and shame and powerlessness. And, finally, he cried out to Jesus, trusted in Him, and entered paradise with Jesus that very day.

True, that thief didn’t know much, but he embraced the essence of the Gospel. He surrendered to Jesus Christ, and received eternal life—just as Jesus knew he would do—in the nick of time. Nothing is more thrilling than that!

This is Luis Palau.

Time to Stop Wincing Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This past week a Christian university student remarked, “I’ve been reading the Gospel of Luke, and I keep wincing at how Jesus comes across in story after story.” After talking with thousands of followers of Jesus Christ, I think many are uncomfortable with some of the Gospels. Not because the vast majority doesn’t believe what Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wrote. But uncomfortable because of what Matthew and the others tell us what Jesus had to say and what He actually did.

First, many people feel the way Jesus talks with the crowds is all wrong. Second, many dislike how little we know about the three and a half years that Jesus walked, talked, and lived with the twelve disciples.

Worst of all, some aren’t comfortable with the way Jesus interacts with specific individuals. In their hearts, they’re thinking: Jesus, you’re doing it all wrong. Tell your story, explain the Gospel as clearly as possible. Jesus, they say, You were starting to get the hang of it with Nicodemus, but what a disaster when you talked with the Samaritan woman.

Imagine thinking like that, but sadly many do. It’s time to stop wincing, however, and let Jesus correct us—not the other way around.                       

This is Luis Palau.

Seeing Jesus Anew Monday, September 18, 2017

While reading the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, have you ever winced over the hard sayings of Jesus, maybe even shaken your head, when Jesus isn’t “nice”? Ever wonder if maybe, just maybe, we might be missing the point of the stories that make us cringe? Then again, if we are willing to reconsider what we (think we) know about Jesus, we might actually enjoy reading the Gospels for a change. 

So, are you willing to consider seeing Jesus afresh? Fully God and fully man. Absolutely true to Scripture. The very definition of loving with all His heart, soul, strength, and mind. The One, the Only and Eternal Son, who sees you and rejoices.

Imagine using our God-given sanctified imaginations so you and I can enter more fully into each Jesus story. Imagine anew His love for men and women and youth of any and all ages, races, religions, classes, citizenships, and national origins.

What if you were standing with Mary Magdalene outside the empty tomb that first resurrection morning? What if Jesus called your name? In that moment, what would you know and feel? More of the grace and love of Jesus than you’ve ever experienced before? Maybe. Just maybe!

This is Luis Palau.

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The Glorious Message

The Glorious Message

The greatest news in the world is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  In Luis Palau’s CD, "The Glorious Message," he urges us to proclaim it boldly. 

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