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Series: Luis Palau | God's Good News

On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis shares with us some of the things he has been thinking about during quarantine. He has been looking back and remembering incidents and people in his life, and also considering what we should be focusing on in these unusual days.  

Keeping Love Simple Friday, July 3, 2020

As part of her article “Using the Love Commandment to Talk COVID-19 with Kids,” Christian ethicist Kate Ott collected drawings and quotes from children engaging in the topic of loving your neighbors during the pandemic.
 The children drew ideas like cleaning for people, calling them, writing letters, and praying for others. The ideas were so touching – and they were so simple. They remind us that loving people isn’t a huge inconvenience. Even the smallest acts of kindness on our part can make a massive difference to encourage somebody in their world.
In John verse 13:35, Jesus reminds us, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples – if you love one another.” This is our greatest responsibility and privilege in this life – to live with generosity and gentleness, allowing the love of the Lord to permeate through our lives and radiate to others. Remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated and it’s so often incredibly simple.
Pull someone aside and encourage them genuinely. Spend ten minutes in dedicated prayer for your partner or friend. Call or FaceTime a long-distance friend or family member. Make a list of ways that you can show God’s love, and then do it.
Whatever you do today to love someone else, believe it will make a big difference. It will.         
This is Andrew Palau.

Think on These Things Thursday, July 2, 2020

There’s an old saying in the secular world that goes like this: What you read about you think about, and what you think about you bring about. There’s a lot of truth to that, you know. I’ve been lately thinking a lot about what we read, what we watch on television, the movies that we choose to look at. What is it filling our mind with? The Bible tells us that what we think about we actually do bring about, and that our relationship with God is very closely tied to what our mind is filled with.

In the book of Philippians, chapter 4 the Apostle Paul says this – listen to this – “Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is beautiful, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things” [Philippians 4:8]. Yes, God wants us to think pure thoughts, beautiful thoughts, clean thoughts because what we think about we tend to talk about, and what we talk about we also tend to bring about. So fill your mind with good reading. Choose very carefully what you fill your mind with because it will determine much of your behavior even without you realizing it. So, meditate on the word of God. It’ll clean your life out.

This is Luis Palau. 

A Teen who Loved Jesus Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Way back in 1979 I went to a whole series of small towns in northern Scotland. In one of them, called Lairg, a teenager by the name of David Robertson who was seventeen, brought a busload of kids from another town. He filled it up with 50 students in his high school.  At the end of the message, when I gave the invitation, almost every single one of those kids in that bus opened their hearts to Jesus Christ. Years later, I met with David when he was now a man and a pastor of a very big church in Scotland. He said to me, “You know, I followed up with most of those teenagers and they are walking with God today, 25 years later.” How exciting was that!

And you as a teenager listening to me right now, or if you have teenagers in your family, tell them this story – how one teenage boy filled up a bus, brought it with high school kids to hear the word of God, and almost all of them gave their lives to Jesus Christ. Long live teenagers who love Jesus Christ!

This is Luis Palau. 

The Preaching of the Cross Tuesday, June 30, 2020

In England many, many, many years ago there was a famous preacher whose name was Charles Spurgeon. He said many impactful things that I’ve learned from since I was a teenager. One of them that impressed me profoundly, and that I’ve repeated over and over goes like this: To preach Christ without His cross is to betray Him with a kiss. What a profound statement that is! If you and I are going to reach our world there are many things you can talk about with your neighbors, school friends, office people, factory…wherever you may be. But there is one thing you cannot miss and that is Jesus Christ crucified. Judas Iscariot denied Jesus Christ though he walked with Him for three years, and never honored Him, and sold Him for thirty pieces of silver. You and I cannot do the same as Judas Iscariot, but we would if we don’t preach the cross.

When you want someone to meet God, you must explain how Christ died on the cross for our sins; how God the Father laid the sins of us all on Him, and how He, by dying in our place, bought us forgiveness and eternal life. To preach Christ without His cross is to betray Him with a kiss.

This is Luis Palau. 

The Unbelieving Lawyer Monday, June 29, 2020

Once I was in the United Kingdom on the BBC and they were interviewing me, and people were calling in with their questions. I was explaining how to meet Jesus Christ and have the joy and pleasure and fullness of life that He brings. A man called me up from another city and he said, “I’m an attorney. I’m happily married. We have two daughters, my wife and I. We’ve got plenty of money. We’re in great health, we enjoy vacations in Europe, and life is wonderful. How can you say,” he asked me, “that it’s only through Jesus Christ that you can enjoy life in its fullness? I’m enjoying life tremendously.”

So I said to him, “Well, sir, congratulations. I’m glad that you’re physically in good shape and enjoying a good life. I’m so glad you’ve got money and in your intellect and emotions and education you’re having a great time. But,” I said to him, “you’re missing out on one-third of your life, and it’s the most important one-third of your life.” He said, “What do you mean?” and I said, “You’re missing out on the spiritual side. You don’t believe in God, you said. You don’t know Jesus Christ. You don’t read the Bible. You’re missing out on one-third.  He said, “What do I do to enjoy the one-third?” I explained it and I was hoping he would say, “Alright, I’m ready.” But he didn’t. He turned it down.

Are you missing out on one-third of your life? If so, come quickly to Jesus Christ, right now.

This is Luis Palau.

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