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Series: Luis Palau | Joyful Proclamation

Luis Palau loves to proclaim the Good News – the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ.  On “Reaching your World” this week, Luis shares his challenges and joys from a lifetime of evangelism, and encourages each one of us to be proactive in sharing that Good News.  

Jesus' Call to You Friday, April 24, 2020

An immensely meaningful influence on my Dad’s young life was Mr. Charles Rogers, a church planter and evangelist. His wife, Mrs. Rogers, signed my Dad’s childhood autograph book. She drew a cottage in the corner of one page. The tiny house sat lonely in the dark. But out from its window poured tremendous beams of light, lighting up the darkness.

Under the picture, she wrote, “Let your light shine,” quoting the words of our Lord Jesus in Matthew 5:16. That picture was so vivid that even then my Dad took it as a message from the Lord. He knew he was supposed to take the light of Jesus Christ to the world.

My grandmother prayed that he would do just that. When Dad was a teen, she said: “Go to towns that don’t have a church! Take the Gospel. Plant churches.” She urged him to get going. He replied, “Mom, I’m waiting for the call.”
 “The call?” she said. “The call went out two thousand years ago, Luis! The Lord’s waiting for your answer.”

I’m so grateful that my Dad answered that call. One night while he was proclaiming the Good News, I sat in the stands with tears in my eyes. That night, I gave my life to Jesus Christ and everything changed. What about you? Have you answered God’s call to let your light shine?        

This is Andrew Palau.

I Rejoice that God's Way is Perfect Thursday, April 23, 2020

After my cancer diagnosis, I had to wrestle in a unique way with my own mortality, but in prayer and Scripture I found renewed hope and God’s amazing “peace that passes understanding,” as Philippians 4:7 says.

The old promises still stand, but there’s a freshness too. I go into detail about my own process of finding peace in this season in my new book—and peace certainly was elusive for a while. Satan really attacked. But one verse that has kept coming back—and felt almost like a new one to me—was Psalm 18:30. It says: “As for God, His way is perfect. The Word of the Lord is flawless.”

These days, I keep searching my soul, asking about the state of my own faith. I know many are praying for my healing. Many have written to me, convinced that God is going to heal me. I’d sure like that—to be able to tell people that story.  So if the Lord decides to heal me and keep me on planet Earth for a few more months, hallelujah!  Otherwise, I’m ready to go and see Him face to face.

On the other hand, I’m 85 now, and have lived a full life. I’m thankful for it. I made mistakes along the way, but I feel I did what God told me to do. And in that place, the psalmist’s words speak to me. It’s really true: “[God’s] way is perfect.”  It really is!        

This is Luis Palau.  

There aren't that many Barriers Wednesday, April 22, 2020

After all these years, I sometimes still get butterflies sharing the Good News with someone I know. Here’s what we all need to remember: We never know what another person will think about the message of Good News. Who are we to kill a conversation about Jesus Christ before it begins? But many Christians are more worried about what the other person is thinking about them than what the Lord told us to tell them.

Yes, it’s a shame Christianity has been painted by some as extremist. In response we can only do our best to demonstrate what real Christians are like—and not get inside our own heads all the time to try and prepare for fallout that usually never happens.

The real stories are stories about the generosity of Christ followers, the sacrifices we make, and the love and joy we show in the name of Jesus [1 John 3:23].

In the end, I don’t think there are that many external barriers to evangelism. We imagine there are, but that’s on us. We hold ourselves back.
 Many perceived obstacles transform into open doors when you get close to people in faith and love. Give it a try today.  Then write me and tell me your experience.  It’ll help and encourage me!            

This is Luis Palau.  

Let's get over our Embarrassment Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The No. 1 barrier to proclaiming the Good News is in our own minds. It’s our own Christian embarrassment about Jesus.

We are so quick to make assumptions. We think we know what the other person is thinking. We construct elaborate apologetics in our head, all based on what they might feel, words they might say, how they might react. We argue on their behalf against us, thinking they’ll dismiss us as an extremist, or fundamentalist, or whatever. Come on!

We don’t know our own minds most of the time, let alone someone else’s. These made-up arguments in our heads about all the reasons why the other person is uninterested or will reject us or do something else only paralyze us. It’s silly. And it’s because, deep down, we are embarrassed to talk about Jesus. I say “we” because I sometimes struggle with this in my own day-to-day witnessing. I still get butterflies sharing the Good News with someone I know. Or a new acquaintance.

How much better to heed the example of the apostle Paul. He called himself “God’s ambassador.” Nonetheless, Paul requested of the Christians in Ephesus: “Pray for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel (Ephesians 6:19).  Let’s do the same.

This is Luis Palau.

Do we say "Gospel" or "Good News"? Monday, April 20, 2020

A sharp journalist recently said, “Luis, you’ve always been adamant about calling the Gospel the Good News. Why is that phrasing so important to you?”
 I replied, “Because other than journalists, people like good news.” The Gospel of Jesus Christ is Good News. The point of our message is basic. It’s the same message the angel carried to the shepherds: “I bring you good news of great joy that shall be to all people” [Luke 2:10].

In English, the word “gospel” means nothing to most people. But “good news” does. In general, Christians have spoiled some of our power by communicating messages in insider theological terms. Now, I am an avid student of theology. It’s vital. But why separate everyday people from the simplicity of Jesus? Why make saying yes to His invitation any harder than it needs to be? A good ambassador speaks a common language with those to whom they are sent.

Romans 1 impressed me ages ago. There Paul talks about the good news from God the Father about His Son, Jesus. I love that.  It’s good news on our conscience, because sins are forgiven.  It’s good news in relationships because we love other people.  And it’s good news because we know we’re going to heaven when we die. Believe me, most people won’t react badly if you say, “Hey! I have good news for you.”  Try it!     

This is Luis Palau.  

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