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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Loving Your Neighbor

If you aspire to being a nice, Christian neighbor, Luis Palau says you aren’t setting your sights high enough.  On "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau" this week, he points out what Jesus wants us to be.

It's True, Jesus is the Answer Thursday, June 22, 2017

A few weeks after starting classes at Cal Poly, Jonathan asked his dad, my friend David, to fly down and spend a few days with him. One evening Jonathan asked if he could invite three or four of his new friends to go out for pizza with them. A Hindu student named Abhi and two other friends readily said yes.

After the pizzas were ordered, David turned to Abhi and asked, “So, what do you think about Christianity?” Abhi railed on and on about Christianity’s faults. Instead of correcting Abhi’s factual errors and misperceptions, David encouraged Abhi to keep talking. Then David started asking Jonathan’s other two friends what they thought about what Abhi was saying. It turned out the other students were shy but fairly strong Christians.

In the end, David didn’t address one of Abhi’s issues. Finally, Abhi started admitting he really didn’t know that much about Christianity, and he started asking questions. In response, David called it a night, encouraging Abhi to consider reading the Jesus story with any one of his three Christian friends. “Why call it a night?” you might ask. In this case, before anyone gave Abhi the “right” answers, he needed to start finding them in God’s Word while reading the Gospels and falling in love with the Savior personally. 

This is Luis Palau.

Don't Miss New Opportunities Wednesday, June 21, 2017

After graduating from high school, Shawna moved to Canada to attend Trinity Western University. Trinity had many English-language learners from China. Shawna applied to serve as a Resident Assistant, and that next autumn met some of her Chinese roommate’s friends.

These Chinese students weren’t atheists, per se. They simply had never heard of God, the Bible, or Jesus Christ. They knew nothing about Christianity.
Instead of teaching them a new vocabulary of Christian words, Shawna focused on fun and friendship. A few weeks after the start of the new school year, one of the Chinese girls asked her, “Would you teach me how to pray?” Shawna said yes and, after a few tries over several days, her friend started to get the hang of praying.  

Then Shawna’s friend asked a wonderful question. She asked, “Who hears my prayers?” Only then did Shawna begin to tell her the most basic and important facts about God.

Intuitively, led by the Holy Spirit, Shawna focused on her friend’s felt need--learning to pray--as the door through which she could come to learn about God, the Bible, and the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How might God use you to share the Good News today? Don’t miss the opportunities He brings your way.

This is Luis Palau.

Even on our Worst Days Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How good of a Christian do you have to be to lovingly point your neighbor to Jesus? Or, to put it another way, can you help lead someone to Jesus Christ on your worst day?

It was just another day for a mom with small children playing in the back yard. Renée managed to calmly put a naughty young child in a time out. Then to cool off she walked back into the house and closed the sturdy wooden back door a little too aggressively. Who doesn’t slam a door from time to time, right? Only this particular wooden door had a very old window that promptly broke into pieces. After getting over her initial embarrassment, Renée immediately thought of her new neighbor friend, Karen, whose husband, Ed, did home repairs.

Karen and Renée had become friends a few months earlier and had even started doing a Bible study together. Ed, however, was wary of people he didn’t know. Yet when asked, Ed was more than happy to come right over to fix the window. Once he got there, he relaxed, met the kids and teased them, and discovered they were actually quite a friendly family too. Out of a humbling, “worst day” experience came a “best neighbors” friendship, and a chance to share about Jesus Christ.  

The reality? On our worst days, we can go to our neighbors in weakness, ask them to serve us, and know that God has tremendous good in store for them and for us. 

This is Luis Palau.

Nice isn't Enough Monday, June 19, 2017

When it comes to reaching out to your neighbors, what’s your objective or goal? Do you aspire to be a “nice, loving Christian neighbor”? While “loving Christian” is essential, “nice” definitely is not a big enough word for what God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit had in mind for the 1st and 21st centuries.

Never give in to the lie that you can “nice” someone to faith in Jesus Christ. “Nice” is never enough. Besides, I live in Portland, Oregon, where almost everybody is nice. The truth is, some neighbors can “out-nice” me any given day of the week. The same may be true where you live.

Instead of trying to be just “nice,” focus on loving God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. Then, listen to your Maker inspire you with fresh opportunities and creative ways to love your neighbor as yourself. The reality is, sometimes trying to be “nice” stunts our imagination. It actually prevents us from befriending others and then explaining how they too can fall in love with Jesus.

After all, in their heart of hearts, almost every neighbor of ours wants to know God, even if they have no idea that God is the One that they’re looking for. Let’s help them connect the dots with the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding and lead them to Jesus Christ. 

This is Luis Palau.

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