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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | The Hope of Heaven

One of the motivating forces of Luis Palau’s life has been the assurance of eternal life in Heaven. On “Reaching Your World” this week Luis shares the wonderful truths that have spurred him on to tell the Good News of Jesus to millions of people.  These same truths are now sustaining him as he goes through cancer treatment. 

My Father's Picture Friday, April 20, 2018

I’ll never forget the time my daughter Sadie saw a picture of my dad when he was my age. She pointed to the picture and said, “Look Daddy! That’s you!” “No, actually that’s my daddy.” I said. And I tried to explain to her that my dad, Grandpa, was actually at one time my age, as a younger man. But Sadie wouldn’t believe it. And you know, this got me thinking: I felt really proud to be mistaken for my dad. He is a godly man filled with humility, and he has taught me more about a relationship with Jesus than anyone I know.

In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” In other words, we are to follow the example of godly men and women before us, and we are to set good examples for our children. Not just examples of how to behave or treat others, but how to have a vibrant relationship with Jesus.

This week, you can reach your world by imitating the godly men and women in your life.  They did it – you can do it.  And it’s all the Holy Spirit anyway. Model for your children what it means to love Jesus. Their lives will be eternally impacted by your love of Christ.

This is Andrew Palau.

Joyful Hope Thursday, April 19, 2018

My friend Joe has a son named Peter. When Peter was about seven years old, his family moved from Michigan to Florida. Peter was not happy about the move, since it meant leaving behind Mr. Whittle. Mr. Whittle was one of Peter’s best friends, even though the age difference between them was about eighty years! One morning, the family received a phone call saying Mr. Whittle was dying of cancer. When Peter heard the news, he ran to his room. Joe thought Peter must be really broken up, but soon Peter returned with a piece of paper – and a request. “Dad,” he asked, “would you send this to Mr. Whittle?” Joe said sure, but asked if he could read the letter first. Peter said okay. Moments later, big tears flowed from my friend’s eyes as he read the carefully scrawled note: “Dear Mr. Whittle, I hear that you are going to heaven. Isn’t that great? Your friend, Peter.”

Most of us would have said, how sad that Mr. Whittle is going to die. But that boy Peter knew the truth: he knew Mr. Whittle knew Jesus and was on his way to heaven. The Bible says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (I Cor. 2:9). We don’t know what heaven will be like, but we know it’s going to be a beautiful and supremely joyful place. This is the hope we have as followers of Jesus. This is the hope we must share with those around us so we can reach our world.

This is Luis Palau.

Glorious Hope Wednesday, April 18, 2018

About twenty-five years ago, doctors discovered a massive tumor growing on my mother’s liver. They looked at the X-rays, shook their heads, and said, “There is nothing we can do. All we can give you is pain killers.” Despite the diagnosis, Mom remained at peace with the Lord. She knew that a glorious future awaited her in heaven.

As she neared the end, I remember thinking, Soon, I will fly to Orange County, California. A casket will lie in front of us, and we’ll bury it in the Southern California dirt. But we will not be burying my mom. We will bury her body, her temporary home. By the time I get there, my mother will be with Jesus. And she will be happy and whole.

At her funeral on December 27, 1993, I told the mourners that I had spoken with my mom shortly before she died. She could hardly talk, but she managed to say how much she loved the Lord and how assured she was of eternal life. She knew at the moment she stopped breathing here on earth, she would be welcomed to her heavenly home.

As I deal with my own medical diagnosis, I can understand the hope she expressed. The reason we have hope, the reason we do not despair no matter what comes, is that God has given us “hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Heb. 6:19). What a glorious hope! Let us live in that hope and share it with those around us, for the sake of this world and eternity.              

This is Luis Palau. 

Hope in Uncertainty Tuesday, April 17, 2018

As you may know, I was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. I am at peace, for this is not the first scary medical diagnosis my family has experienced. Many years ago, my wife Pat had a similar frightening medical challenge, and she showed me the awesome power of hope based on Jesus Christ.

One day, Pat came to me and said, “I think I’ve got a lump.” Sure enough, I felt the lump. We scheduled an appointment with specialists immediately. I prayed that the lump would be benign, but it was malignant. The specialists scheduled her for surgery the following Sunday and told her to prepare herself for extended rounds of chemotherapy for two years.

After we returned home from getting the diagnosis, I went to the basement and began to weep. As I cried, I heard the piano upstairs begin to play. I listened as my wife, in a clear, soft voice, began singing her favorite old hymns. And I thought, What a time to sing! How amazing that a Christian can hear terrible news and her first response is to sing old hymns, to declare the hope that rests in Christ alone. She was echoing the Psalmist, who cried: “May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you” (Psalm 33:22). How marvelous, how brave, how faithful!

I remember my wife’s godly example as I approach this next season of my life. Let us all demonstrate such hope in Jesus during uncertain times.

This is Luis Palau.

The Beauty of Heaven Monday, April 16, 2018

Over 30 years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just seventy-three seconds after takeoff. I’ll never forget seeing the stunned faces of those watching at Cape Canaveral, including the parents of teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe. The next day, USA Today printed a photo of First Lady Nancy Reagan, watching horrified as the disaster unfolded.

In the midst of that tragedy, the relatives of one astronaut had a special consolation. Mission specialist Ron McNair believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, and just before he boarded the shuttle, he told his family, “Jesus and I will be going up together.” A shocked nation saw the moment that Ron kept on going up to heaven.

Ron always knew that one day, his “eyes [would] see the king in his beauty” (Isaiah 33:17). Ron’s day happened to be in January 1986, but none of us know how much time we have left on this earth. I have been reminded of this with my recent cancer diagnosis, and while I love spreading the good news of Jesus on this earth, I am excited to meet Jesus face to face. I cannot wait to see Jesus as he really is. I cannot even imagine how beautiful He will be.

Because of my excitement to see Jesus, I cannot help but invite others to join me and Ron in heaven for eternity. Won’t you also invite those you love to accept the beautiful gift of heaven, which is the gift of God through Jesus Christ our Lord? Do it!  You’ll never regret it.

This is Luis Palau.

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Reaching Your World: Next Week

Choosing Hope Over Positive Thinking

There is a world of difference between hope and positive thinking.  On “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis highlights some of the differences, pointing out that hope is courageous and unquenchable.  It is based on the character of God.  It is not something we have to drum up on our own. 

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