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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Talking the Walk

Luis Palau is an evangelist, and the driving force of his life is his desire to tell others the Good News of Jesus Christ.  On “Reaching Your World” this week, Luis encourages us to do the same. 

Asking Jesus to Change your Story Friday, June 22, 2018

Everyone loves a good story. And everyone has a story. Everyone has a story worth telling. This is true no matter where you live.

My family intentionally made Portland, Oregon, our home many years ago. I love our city’s eccentric DNA. “Keep Portland Weird” isn’t just a catchy slogan. The city has several respected faith-based K-12 schools and universities.  However, a full ninety-nine percent of the students at not one but two of Portland’s independent colleges have self-described as atheists.
 To say the least, it’s not always easy to articulate one’s faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Yet I like what a good friend says: “He’s the best thing I’ve ever known.”

Imagine if Jesus spoke to someone you know or meet this week. No matter how eccentric he or she may be. How do you think that experience would impact that person’s story? Would they be willing to talk about it? If so, when?

Imagine if Jesus spoke to your next door neighbor. Is that even possible? If so, how would it change your neighbor’s story? And how would you ever find out?

Again, no matter where you live, everyone has a story worth telling. This week, ask someone to tell their story to you. And don’t be surprised if they bring up something Jesus told them. 

This is Andrew Palau.

Sharing Jesus Thursday, June 21, 2018

We hear lots of stories about people who strike up a conversation with a stranger on the bus, only to lead him or her to Christ before they reach their destination. Those are great stories, and God uses those random meetings to bring people into His family. The Christian who introduces that stranger to Jesus was prepared, like the Bible says, to answer anyone who asked them “for a reason for the hope that is in [them].” (1 Peter 3:15). The reason is Jesus, and we should always be ready to share our faith.

Most people who come to know Christ, though, do so through a relationship with a friend, a co-worker, a relative, or a neighbor who knows Christ. These relationships may take a long time to cultivate; we may plant a seed but God is the one who makes it grow. Day after day we show those around us God’s love, joy, and peace, and we wait for the day that seed grows into a tree that will bear fruit. Being patient is hard, but if we continue to “honor Christ the Lord as holy” in our hearts and if we are always prepared to explain our faith with “gentleness and respect,” as 1 Peter says, we trust that the Lord will use us to bring those around us to him.

The important part is to always be ready to share the joy we have in Christ, whether it is with a stranger or our longtime neighbor. We can be watching and waiting for an opportunity to be used by Jesus to bring others into His family.

This is Luis Palau.

Welcoming In Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Do you know the classic, famous movie It’s a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart? I know, I know. It’s an old Christmas movie, and it’s not even close to Christmastime. But I was just thinking about the end of that movie. If you haven’t seen it, I’ll just say that the main character George Bailey has a really rough time, realizes how wonderful life is, and rushes home to his family. He’s surprised to find his house full of people who love and care about him. The house is packed with people happy to see him. Every window just bursts with light against the dark sky.

There are so many people in the world who don’t have anyone to welcome them home. They feel lost and alone. Jesus calls us to welcome those people into our lives, just like He did. Jesus was so welcoming that people gossiped about it. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law used to grumble, “This man receives sinners and eats with them!” Eating with someone was a high honor, and Jesus gave that honor to sinners, people who were outcasts from polite society. Jesus is our example of hospitality. We can invite others to a good meal, and welcome them to a community that is warm and inviting against the cold outside world. They can feel the love of Jesus and the care of a Christ-centered family. Let’s show them what a wonderful life it is with Christ.                

This is Luis Palau.

Being Curious Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I once saw a puppy encounter a new toy for the first time. He ran to it, but then quickly jumped backwards, suddenly afraid of it. But he couldn’t help but be curious. He wanted to have the toy so badly. So he crept closer and closer. He was braver this time, and he finally grabbed it. That toy became one of his most treasured possessions. You couldn’t get it away from him.

The Irish novelist James Stephens once wrote, “Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” This doesn’t just apply to puppies and toys. It also applies to people. Sometimes it’s scary to talk to a new person. But if we use our curiosity and ask them meaningful questions about their story and their interests, we might find that we’re no longer afraid.

Interestingly, the Latin root of the word “curious” is cura, which means to care or heal. So, curiosity is tied with caring about someone. Philippians 2:3 & 4 says that we should be humble and put others above ourselves, valuing their interests instead of our own. That sounds like curiosity to me! When we care for others, ask them questions, and get to know them, we will also find ways to share our faith in Jesus Christ and our story with them. So, use your curiosity to get to know someone new today. That’s the first step to sharing the good news of Jesus with them.

This is Luis Palau.

Paying Attention Monday, June 18, 2018

Technology is amazing. None of us could ever have imagined twenty years ago that it would be possible to carry small computers in our pockets. But now, whenever I go to a public place, all I see are people looking down at their phones. People look down at their phones so much that I heard some chiropractors are getting rich fixing people’s sore necks and backs. A side effect of being so focused on technology is that people aren’t paying attention to what’s going on around them anymore. I’ve seen people almost get hit by cars or walk into light poles, because they weren’t aware of what was happening around them. Not to mention that no one even looks at the people around them.

Jesus always noticed people. Once when he was passing through Jericho, He looked up in a sycamore tree, and who did He see? Zacchaeus! He was desperate to see Jesus. Jesus not only knew Zacchaeus was there, He also knew that Zacchaeus needed to know His love. So he said, “Zacchaeus, come down! I’m coming to your house for dinner.” At the end of the night, Zacchaeus became a follower of Jesus, because Jesus’ purpose was to “seek and save the lost.” As followers of Jesus, that is our purpose too.

So, let’s look up from our phones, look around, and notice those who are desperate to know Jesus. We need to pay attention to those who need the precious love of Jesus, like we did in our day.

This is Luis Palau.

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This week on “Reaching your World with Luis Palau,” Luis shares stories of missionaries who were used by God in ways they could never have imagined.  Be inspired this week by the leaps of faith these heroes took as they shared the Good News. 

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