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Series: Luis Palau | Learning and Sharing

Luis Palau is an avid reader and loves to learn about the Bible, and about the world around him.  This week on “Reaching your World,” Luis stresses the importance of learning through study, but also of turning that knowledge into action.  

Joyfully Proclaim Friday, March 27, 2020

Over the decades my Dad has drummed certain words and phrases into our team. One of the most important is simply: Proclaim! Not just preach, but proclaim. It has all the force and freshness of an authoritative announcement of Good News, which is precisely what the Gospel is.

Proclaiming the Gospel doesn’t mean walking around with a sermon prepped and stuffed into your back pocket. It’s much simpler than that. It’s just talking about the Good News. It’s simply saying, in effect: “God loves you, He has a plan for your life. If you are honest enough to repent and believe, you will be forgiven and become a child of God. He will never leave you, He will live within you, and when you die, you will go to heaven.”

That’s a really good deal. Why not proclaim it? It is not your job to brilliantly persuade, merely to joyfully present.

We start out lost. Each of us needs to let our heavenly Father find us. This Good News can change the world. Are you sharing it with others? Begin to joyfully present the transforming power of the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ today.

This is Andrew Palau.

Translating the Gospel Thursday, March 26, 2020

God has allowed me to share the Gospel all around the world: in rich and poor countries, to just a few people and to thousands of people. I have shared the Gospel in festivals on cold, rainy days and hot, humid days. I have looked out from a stage and seen men and women of all ages and ethnicities. It has been a rare privilege to share the Good News with hundreds of thousands of people.
I believe the story of Jesus transcends identity and culture. As the angels said on the night of Jesus’s birth, the “good news of great joy is for ALL the people,” regardless of who they are. However, I also recognize the need for translation.

Sometimes this is literal: sometimes in other countries I need to have a translator, someone local, to help me communicate with the people who live there. Other times I can speak the language, but I don’t know the culture. I don’t know the place’s social customs, its histories, or the lives of the people. In those cases, I need a different kind of translator, someone who can connect me to the people and their concerns.

Part of learning about Christ should include learning about the people around us, people Christ loves dearly. People have things to teach us about God. When we learn and listen, we may find opportunities to speak to them about the joy we’ve found in Jesus Christ. Learning in this way better prepares us to reach our world for Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

Standing with Others Wednesday, March 25, 2020

 There is an old Sunday School song that goes “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E!” It’s very catchy, and helpful when learning how to spell “Bible.” The middle of the song, though, says, “I stand alone on the Word of God.” The songwriter wanted us to know that, as Christ-followers, we should consider the Bible alone to be our foundation of truth. However, the line kind of makes it sound like we are standing by ourselves on the Word of God. In reality, I’ve found that just reading the Bible by myself isn’t always enough; sometimes I need help to understand what the Bible says. That’s when I look to smart, godly people to stand alongside me.

That’s what the Ethiopian eunuch did, as we read in the book of Acts. Philip found him reading Isaiah. Philip asked if he knew what he was reading, and the man responded, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” Then, Philip told him the good news about Jesus. The Bible is full of wisdom and truth, but it can be hard to understand. That is why we should learn and study in communities full of godly people who cherish God’s Word, often scholars and writers who spend their lives researching ancient languages and cultures.

Standing with others on the Word of God will only make our understanding of Christ deeper and richer. Then, we can share what we learn with others who are desperate to understand the truth and joy of Jesus.             

This is Luis Palau.

Understanding the Words Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Do you remember your first Bible? Maybe your family had a big Bible, in which the names of your family members were written. Or maybe your grandma or grandpa had an old worn-out Bible. Maybe you first encountered a Bible in a church or a hotel room, a library or a thrift store. Maybe you received one on a special occasion or from a good friend. Bibles often show up just when we need them. The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, but it wasn’t always so available. Before the printing press and widespread literacy, people could only hear the Scriptures by going to church. Sometimes, they could only hear the Bible in Latin, which further removed them from the wisdom of the Bible. Now, we can have the Holy Scriptures in our own hands – and even on our smartphones.

The Bible is the foundation of our faith. Even the Ethiopian eunuch in the Bible account knew that. Philip was led to this man from Ethiopia by an angel. The man was sitting in his chariot, reading – and puzzling over – Isaiah. He knew that there was something about this book, about those words, that he needed to understand. We should behave similarly. We have the words. “The word of God is powerful,” Hebrews 4:12 says.  It’s dynamite! It’s our job to study, understand, and ask questions about them. As we grow in knowledge about God through His Word, we will want to share this knowledge with those around us, reaching the world for Christ.       

This is Luis Palau.

Starting School Monday, March 23, 2020

I remember when my boys started school. When each of them was old enough, we signed them up, bought school supplies, and walked them to their classroom door. I’m not sure who was more nervous, them or their mother and me. The school and the other kids seemed so big, and our boys seemed so small. But we knew they were ready to learn and grow, both about the world and about themselves. Sure enough, they came home with pictures, worksheet, and stories about all they learned that day in school. Granted, as they grew, they didn’t always like school, especially homework, but they continued to grow in strength and knowledge. Soon, they seemed to know even more than we did – or at least they thought so.

Sometimes people talk about accepting Christ like it is the end of a long journey – and for some people it is a long journey to Christ. However, saying “yes” to Jesus is a glorious new beginning! At that point, the Holy Spirit begins a new work in us. As Philippians says, “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” We will always have more to learn about Christ, no matter how long we are Christians, and it is our job to keep learning and growing in our knowledge of Christ and the world. This knowledge will make us even better at sharing God’s great love with those around us in our world.            

This is Luis Palau.  

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