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Series: Luis Palau | Life after Death

We all know that our lives here on earth will eventually end.  Death is inevitable.  Luis Palau was brought to a very personal realization of that fact when he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.  However, on “Reaching your World” this week, Luis has a lot to say about life AFTER death. 

God's Promise of Heaven Friday, February 14, 2020

So many in the world believe you must earn your way to Heaven. They say that you must work hard and live perfectly, in order to have eternity in Heaven. Jesus’ message was much different. The Bible says in Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”. In other words, in Christianity, if you believe and receive Jesus as your Savior then you’re saved. That’s it! Eternity in Heaven is promised you.

When we follow Jesus, our hearts should naturally want to please Him. But Jesus does not expect us to be perfect. In fact, only God Himself is perfect. The Bible does not say that we must earn salvation through good works. Salvation is a free gift we receive when we accept Jesus into our hearts by faith.

Consider who you know that hasn’t heard this promise. Who needs to be reassured of God’s promise of eternal salvation? Who hasn’t yet accepted Jesus as their personal Savior? Pray about whom God wants you to talk to – then spend some time sharing this message with that person this week.

This is Andrew Palau.

A Life Beyond this One Thursday, February 13, 2020

For years and years, people have made monuments to those who have died. The pyramids are a great example. So is the Taj Mahal. These memorials have become wonders of the world, beautiful tributes to what humans can think and do. But on some level, they are expressions of grief and hope: that we can pay tribute to those we lose and remember them once they’re gone.

These ideas haven’t gone away. Now, you can turn the ashes of your loved one into an actual diamond. Or, you can use the ashes to fertilize a tree. For some, this might seem distasteful, or extravagant, but for others, these are ways to keep their loved one in their lives. Tributes are important. We all need to grieve and remember. However, as Christians, we also need to understand this world through a view of eternity. This world is not the end, if you live a life of faith and hope in Jesus Christ.

As humans we know that death is inevitable, and our time on earth is just temporary. As Christians, we believe that there is a life to come after this one, a life in which we are finally present with God. We shall see Him face to face. We believe in a future in which “death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore.” (Revelation 21:4) This is our great divinely promised expectation. This is what we need to share with those who are grieving or dreading death. With Jesus, we have hope in a future beyond our short time here on planet Earth.            

This is Luis Palau. 

Limited Time Wednesday, February 12, 2020

It is amazing how little in this life we have control over. Even if we follow Christ, we still often think we have control over what profession we go into, our choice of spouse, where we live, even what route we drive to work or school. To some extent, we do, right? But things happen that we don’t expect: car accidents, bad weather, mistakes. We can plan and plan and plan for next week, next month, or next year, but there are no guarantees.

Comedian Eric Idle calls this the London bus philosophy of life: at any moment, you could have your life taken by a London bus. Or Portland bus, or whatever transportation wherever you are. This shouldn’t be a cause for fear. Instead, it is an invitation to remember that, as Eric Idle says, “You’re at the edge of your life at every moment.” The Bible says it a little differently: “you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”

Our time on this earth is fleeting. We never know how much of it we will have. So, let’s make the most of it. As Paul said, “to live is Christ and to die is gain.” We need to use our limited time here on earth to spread the joy of the Good News Gospel to others, so that they too will make the most of their time here and have hope in the next life.

This is Luis Palau.

Using our Minds and Hearts Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Death is inevitable, but we must decide how we will spend our lives: will we follow God’s path? However we spend our time on earth, it should involve spreading God’s love and the reality of a living hope.

I read an interview recently with Rosalind Picard, who is an MIT professor. She talked about how she always identified as someone who was really smart. And in her mind, really smart people didn’t believe in God. However, she kept running into people who were smart and also believed in God. So, she decided to run an experiment: she decided to try to believe. And suddenly, she says, everything changed. She saw everything in a new way, as if everything had changed from black and white to color. Picard calls God the “greatest Mind in the cosmos—the Author of all science, mathematics, art, and everything else there is to know.” What a beautiful description! In her work, she uses her mind and heart to support students and do research, and all of it is done to the glory of God. She is able to do her work better because of how Christ helps her see the world.

As Ephesians says, we are “created in Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand.” He knows when we will be born, and when we will die. What we will do in the meantime is our choice. He has created us to do good work while we are on this earth, so let’s use our minds and our hearts to reach our world for Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

Life Goes by Quickly Monday, February 10, 2020

I recently found a magazine lying around my house. In it was an article that highlighted all of the famous people who died in 2018. The list was long. Actors, businesspeople, writers, musicians, athletes . . . I recognized many of the names, but some of them I hadn’t thought about in many years. All of these folks had been famous at one point. But they all had one thing in common: they still died.

Included in this list was Billy Graham. His short biography mentioned how he had shared the Gospel with hundreds of millions of people through tent revivals, festivals, and radio and television programs. Dr. Graham made such an impact on me when I was a young man, and he was always someone I deeply respected. When I heard of his death in February 2018, I felt momentarily sad but then overjoyed, because he was finally home. He lived well on this earth for 99 years, and then God called him home.

Billy Graham once said, “I intend to keep on going, preaching the Gospel, writing the Gospel as long as I have any breath. I hope my last word as I am dying … will be Jesus.” He was a man who preached the Word, was “ready, in and out of season,” and who fulfilled his ministry (2 Tim 4:5). As humans, death is inevitable, but how we spend our lives is up to us. Let us spend our lives like Billy Graham: spreading the Gospel of Jesus until our last breaths. Let’s reach our world for Christ!

This is Luis Palau.

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