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Series: Luis Palau | Jesus in Tough Situations

Have you ever experienced something that made you wonder, “Where is God in this?” Or, have you been asked, “If there’s a God, why do bad things happen?” These are difficult questions.  Listen this week to “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” as Luis shares biblical truth about finding Jesus in tough situations. 

Consistent Behavior Friday, March 6, 2020

Have you ever met someone and thought highly of them, only to witness them behave totally different on other occasions? We all know someone, or perhaps have been that person, to lead a double life. This was the standard for me, I’m ashamed to say, for many years, and I tell about it in my book, The Secret Life of a Fool. It can be easy to behave one way with our church friends—and another way with our friends who don’t yet know Jesus.

The problem with this is that it leads unbelievers to ignore our claims of faith. Our character and integrity are what people see in us. It’s how many people may define us. So, inconsistency in our behavior can turn unbelievers off to what we claim about Jesus. Of course, we can never be perfect, and sometimes our mistakes allow us to showcase God’s amazing grace, but if we knowingly live a double life, or a life with very obvious sin, unbelievers will not take us seriously when we claim to have faith.

Romans 13:14 in the Bible says, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” This week, as you reach your world, I urge you to consider how people may be viewing your behavior. God delights in us, and he knows we aren’t perfect, but we should strive to live and love as He did, if we want to win people to Him.

This is Andrew Palau.

Those who haven't Heard Thursday, March 5, 2020

I think one of the most common questions I hear from skeptics is: “What about all those people who have never heard of Jesus?” Often when people ask this question they are seeking a personal loophole, a way out, so they won’t need to believe in Jesus Christ. I seldom get the impression that they are overly concerned about the fate of a remote jungle tribe. If they were, the logical course of action would be for them to accept Jesus Christ themselves and then go out and share the Good News with the lost. C.S. Lewis put it well in his book, Mere Christianity, when he said, “If you are worried about the people outside [of Christianity], the most unreasonable thing you can do is to remain outside yourself.” How true! He was a genius.
When responding to this question, remember the character of God. In Exodus 34:6, God describes Himself as, “…the Lord, the compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness…” God is perfectly holy, and He is just. He is also perfectly loving and merciful. Explain this to your friend. “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Abraham said in Genesis.  Reassure him that whatever God decides to do with those who have never heard the Good News is loving and righteous, and He is fair. It is simply against God’s nature to do anything to the contrary.  So, don’t worry.  God knows what He is doing.  He will never make a mistake.
This is Luis Palau.

Contradictions in Scripture Wednesday, March 4, 2020

I just heard a story. One day a philosophy professor said to his class, “Everyone knows the Bible is full of contradictions.” One senior student calmly raised her hand. She was a believer. She respectfully said, “I just finished reading the whole Bible and I didn’t see any contradictions. Sure, there were things I didn’t fully understand. But, I will keep reading.  I pray that God will help me understand those points in time.” The professor made no comment.  You know why?  He had never read the entire Bible himself.
When people ask you about Bible contradictions, ask for specific examples. If your friend cannot think of one, encourage him to start reading the Bible, starting with the book of John. Then, follow up with him later. If your friend does think of one, sit down with him and study the passage. When you look at the passage as a whole, instead of a single verse or two, context usually clarifies confusion.
Understanding the literary style of the passage may also help. Some passages are parables, others are works of poetry and songs. Still others read like a historical drama, while some are eye-witness accounts. Encourage your friend to keep reading, and keep talking about areas of confusion to pastors or other biblical scholars. Proverbs 2:6 says, “The Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” That’s a promise.
This is Luis Palau.

Suffering and Evil Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Has a friend ever asked you, “If God is so good, then why does He allow pain and suffering?” If we’re really honest, I think we all struggle to fully understand this dilemma. For example, it’s difficult to watch the painful death of a loved one from cancer or some other unforgiving disease. And who isn’t upset when terrorism takes innocent lives? I’ve written a book on this subject:  “Where is God when Bad Things Happen?”
If your friend brings up this problem of pain, take time to pray. Then, give an answer using these three key points: First, God is sovereign. But, He also gives people the freedom to follow Him or disobey Him. People often choose to do evil deeds. God does not approve of these actions. The Bible says Jesus will return one day to judge the earth. He will bring justice against all wickedness at the appointed time. But, He will also display great mercy. He will forgive all who have put their faith in Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for our evil deeds.
Second, when your friend is questioning why bad things happen, tell him that Jesus understands suffering. Even though He was innocent, Jesus willingly accepted being tortured and killed, crucified. So, He can sympathize with our pain. Finally, number 3, even though we may not understand it all, Romans 8:28 says God works all things for our good. Comfort your friends with these words as you pray with them and point them to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
This is Luis Palau.

Stand out amidst Skeptics Monday, March 2, 2020

In certain fields of study, having a faith in Jesus is often scoffed at. One field in particular is the field of science. Time and time again, I’ve seen well-educated men and women truly believe they have all the answers—that science can explain everything—but even with these so called answers, I’ve watched these people agonize as they contemplate death.
One man, however, stands out amongst these people, and his name is Francis Collins. Francis S Collins is the physician and geneticist behind the Human Genome Project, and the director of the National Institutes of Health. He also founded BioLogos—which is a group that fosters conversations about Christianity and science. In an interview with the National Geographic Magazine, Collins was asked if he thought science and religion were compatible, He said, “Science and faith can actually be mutually enriching…” and later in the article, he said, “at the most fundamental level, it’s a miracle that there’s a universe at all… Contemplating this, an open-minded observer is almost forced to conclude that there must be a ‘mind’ behind all this…”
I was inspired by the example Collins set; he is someone standing firm in his faith, unashamed of Jesus, and using his platform in the scientific community to really make a difference. So, as you go about your week, I encourage you to stand firm in your faith. Model your life after Christ, and take opportunities to share Jesus with the people around you. Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.
This is Luis Palau.

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