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Series: Luis Palau | Life with Jesus

This week on “Reaching your World with Luis Palau,” Luis talks about the joys and the duties of being a follower of Jesus Christ.  After walking this road faithfully for over sixty years, Luis certainly has credibility and can share from a wealth of experience what it means to walk with God.  

Farmer Peter in Wales Friday, March 13, 2020

Near the end of five weeks of evangelistic campaigns in Wales, an old farmer named Peter handed a card to my Dad. “Thanks, Luis,” it said. “I’ve given up drinking half a bottle of whiskey a day.” Several weeks earlier Peter had surrendered his life to Jesus.

“Do you ever get tempted now when you smell alcohol?” my Dad asked him. “Does it get to you?”  “I can’t stand the smell of the stuff,” Peter replied. “You said Jesus Christ could liberate me instantly, and He did.”

Evangelism is the deepest and most profound social action in the world because it deals with the root of the problem, not with the symptoms alone. The root is man’s alienation and sinfulness and evil. Most of the world’s 7.7 billion people have yet to trust Jesus Christ. Their foremost need is the light of the Gospel: first to dispel spiritual darkness, but second to eradicate their utter selfishness.

The majority of people live for themselves. Conversely, true Christians live for God and for others out of love. This love is implanted within all who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Is there someone in your life who needs saving? If so, tell them the story of Farmer Peter of Wales.

This is Andrew Palau.

Begin with the End in Mind Thursday, March 12, 2020

In his classic book, The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis speaks of the importance of beginning with the end in mind. That is, think deeply about how you want to meet God.

To do this, not once, but as a habit of life, with several others, creates a sense of excitement and mission about all that we do. Our thoughts, feelings, energy, and choices matter. 

Yet how many never give serious thought to the end of their life? Oh, they think they do so—they give thought, sometimes excessively, to the way they would like to finish their years in some supposedly blissful retirement. Then, they tell themselves, I’ll do what I really want—live in a nice home, travel, write, invest, and do whatever else I want. Yes, we must wait for all good things. But why wait until the end of life, when the body is frail and the mind may not be as sharp?

At age 85, I can tell you emphatically that I’m thrilled that I dedicated my entire youth and my adult life to reaching the world with the Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ. After all, it’s the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes [Romans 1:16].

Don’t put it off. You too can reach your world. Let’s you and I do it.  

This is Luis Palau.

When Life isn't Exciting Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Did you know the words “excite,” “excited,” and “exciting” don’t appear in most modern Bible translations? In the NIV, the one exception is Job 39:24, but the Lord is talking about war horses, not about us!.

Contrary to the not-so-subliminal messages we see on social media, our lives are not meant to be exciting each and every day. Instead, most days are just normal, routine, and yet important to our well-being and future.

When the Lord blesses us with fresh new experiences of His wonderful providence, and gives us other reasons for true excitement, we gladly praise Him. We also want to praise the Lord every other day, even the dull ones. Any person’s failures to do the latter always come with the loss of potential future blessings.

That’s why the apostle Paul reminds us to pray every day “with thanksgiving,” (Philippians 4:6), and to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

No matter what, our greatest joy comes from praising the Lord our God. Let’s do so again today.

This is Luis Palau.

Introducing Others to Jesus Tuesday, March 10, 2020

In the first chapter of his Gospel, the apostle John talks about Jesus Christ without saying His name until the end of his prologue. Then the apostle describes how some religious leaders demand to know who John the Baptist is.
John the Baptist laughs and says, “Well, for sure I’m not the Messiah!” The leaders go down through their pre-determined list of possible identities, only for John the Baptist to say, “No” to each of them.

This string of denials frustrates the religious leaders to no end. Then John the Baptist turns the tables on them. “One name on your list doesn’t belong with the others. No prophet is worthy to be the lowest of servants to the long-promised Messiah.”

The very next day, who walks by? John the Baptist gives Him an ancient, sacred name: “The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Then John reminds us that God the Father has given Him an even more ancient, sacred name: “The Son of God.”

The day after that? John the Baptist is talking with two of his disciples and then says, “Look, the Lamb of God!” The two men rush to catch up with Jesus and spend a few hours together. It completely changed their lives. A few hours with Jesus can completely change your life, and your friends’ lives, as well.

This is Luis Palau.

Embracing the Great Commission Anew Monday, March 9, 2020

Reaching your world is such an exciting challenge.  God Himself called us to do it... in every generation.  And THIS is your generation.

All four New Testament Gospel writers clearly state Jesus Christ’s Great Commission, and they do so in His own words.

In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus says: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” In Mark 16:15, Jesus says: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” In John 20:21, Jesus says: “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

In Luke 24:46-47, Jesus says: “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” In Acts 1:8, Jesus says: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The Great Commission has never been more pressing. Together, let’s reach our world for Jesus Christ. 

This is Luis Palau.

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