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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Friend of Sinners

Who are we to determine who is and isn’t deserving of grace? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis shares stories of biblical characters who were sinners yet friends of Jesus.

Throw a Party Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sometimes we Christians are too serious. We study theology. We pray. We go to church, work in the church, spend most of our time in church... These are good things, but I think Jesus wants us also to do more sometimes, don’t you? Whenever I read about the life of Jesus I notice how often He would stop to enjoy time with His friends. He would eat, drink and be merry. And people were drawn to Him. He would often attend parties with food, interesting characters, and I’m sure there was a lot of laughter too. The serious religious types didn’t like that Jesus was joining these parties and they criticized Him for it. But it was in those times of fellowship that many lives were changed. Jesus truly was the “friend of sinners” even though he was completely without sin. Ray Stedman often said, “Jesus, friend of sinners, foe of hypocrites.”

When’s the last time you enjoyed times with friends? Let alone non-Christian friends? Throw a party and invite all your neighbors. I’m not saying get drunk, but make good food, and be welcoming. You’ll be amazed at how having a little fun can be used of God to powerfully reach others with the Good News Gospel.

This is Luis Palau.

Calling by Name Monday, February 19, 2018

You know, people often think proclaiming Christ to big crowds, like I do, is impersonal. I’ve heard it many times - that addressing so many at one time couldn’t be effective. But, after all these years, I’m convinced God works through many different methods of evangelism. If we believe God is doing the saving, than who are we to tell Him how to do it? God personally knows and loves each one of us. Even in a large gathering God’s Holy Spirit is meeting each person individually that appears lost in the crowd.

In the book of Luke, we read the story of Zacchaeus - the hated tax collector. Jesus had yet to meet him, but when he did, Jesus called him by name. Jesus called out to him, shouting, “Zacchaeus,” After Zacchaeus dined with Jesus that night, he was a changed man.

Jesus didn’t say, “Hey you.” Jesus didn’t call out to everyone standing around. Jesus called out to Zacchaeus specifically. Aren’t you thankful we serve a God who calls each one of us by name? John chapter 10 affirms, “He calls his own by name.” And while we were sinners, just like Zacchaeus, he called us into new life. Share this glorious gift as you try to reach your world today – that the grace of God reaches every one of us.

This is Luis Palau.

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Eternal Perspective

Our days truly are a fleeting shadow as the Bible says, and we don’t know what tomorrow might bring. This week on Reaching Your World with Luis Palau learn how to set your mind on the things above and not on earthly things.