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Series: Luis Palau | Hope in Troubled Times

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” Luis shares about the hope we can have in troubled times. In this world it seems there’s an increasing amount of unrest. People are afraid, concerned, and uncertain about what the future may hold. But in all of this, God remains sovereign. 

God's Goodness isn't Canceled Friday, July 10, 2020

It can feel like the COVID-19 virus has brought the entire planet to a screeching halt. Festivals are cancelled. Basketball is cancelled. School semesters are cancelled. Memorial services and birthday parties are cancelled. It feels like everything is cancelled.
And whatever you’re going through today, I want to remind you that it’s okay to be disappointed. And also, let’s give each other grace since we are all trying to navigate unexpected fears, hardships, and disappointments. It can be so easy to let today’s disappointments make you expect the absolute worst for tomorrow. I’m challenging myself – and you too – to not run so far into the unknown future. Let’s just make the most responsible and joyful decisions we can today and place the rest in God’s hands.
Jesus reminds us in John verse 16:33, “I have you told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We can feel afraid, but we don’t have to live afraid. Now is the time to feed your faith and fuel healthy perspectives. Make the choice today what will rule in your hearts and proclaim out loud: “Disillusioning disappointments and blinding fear, you don’t get to be the boss of me. . .I am ruled by the peace of Christ, and I will use His Truth to frame all I see.”            
This is Andrew Palau.

Peaceful Persuasion Thursday, July 9, 2020

In a Wall Street Journal article I once read, Joseph Loconte explored the example Jesus set after His resurrection for our evangelism efforts today. He wrote, “In all of the New Testament’s resurrection accounts, the method of Jesus for winning hearts and minds- his emphasis on peaceful persuasion- couldn’t be plainer. All depict the patience and kindness of God in the face of human doubt.”

The author recalled how Jesus was patient with the two disciples when He appeared to them on the road to Emmaus, after He rose from the dead. The disciples at first were unsure who Jesus was. He was a stranger to them. But God’s Word tells us that, “beginning with Moses and the prophets, he explained to them what was said in the Scriptures concerning himself.” Loconte writes, “the disciples had been guided, not coerced out of their skepticism. Their objections had been met with reason, not force.”

Jesus should be our example in evangelism. We too should be patient and willing to meet people where they are- to respond kindly to questions and patiently to doubts. To share what the Lord has done for each one of us. To evangelize with peaceful persuasion. Do it today, won’t you?         

This is Luis Palau.

You Speak God's Word Wednesday, July 8, 2020

In Gene Edward Veith’s book, “The Spirituality of the Cross” he writes, “Every proclamation of the Gospel, whether in a sermon or in a layperson’s informal witnessing to a friend, is a dissemination of God’s Word. This oral word, insofar as it is the message of the Bible, is God’s Word delivered by a human voice… Just as God is not ashamed to inspire the utterances of fallen human beings, to have His truths written in human language with paper and ink, He is not ashamed to have His Word communicated by the halting speech of His followers… God the Holy Spirit promises to be at work whenever His Word is spoken.”
What a humbling thought, that is, isn’t it? That God would use you and me to speak His word to the world? In Isaiah, the Lord tells us, “My word that goes out from my mouth will not return empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Perhaps you’ve been nervous about sharing the Good News. You’ve thought, ‘what could I possibly have to say?’ But God has chosen you to speak to the world through human language. With whom can you share God’s Word today?
This is Luis Palau.

Rethinking our Priorities Tuesday, July 7, 2020

I read an interesting article some time ago in the Wall Street Journal. Kathleen Hughes wrote about finding true greatness by rethinking priorities and everyday uses of time. She wrote about the need to find meaning in life, especially in the second half of your life. In the article she quoted Henry David Thoreau who wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

I think in many ways Hughes and Thoreau are correct. We are searching for meaning. People desire to make a difference with their lives. They are hoping to leave a legacy, to do something that matters. But so many are floundering. They aren’t sure where to begin or what to do.

I would encourage you that there is nothing more meaningful to focus your life on than matters of eternal consequence. If you are feeling desperate to find meaning, open your Bible today. Open it to the Gospel of John. Read the amazing true, written account of God’s work in this world in real time and space. Consider your part in God’s great story. Say to Him, “Here I am Lord, send me.” Or “Here I am Lord, show me.” He is ready to free you from your desperation. And to equip you to reach your world.

This is Luis Palau.

The Rise of Atheism Monday, July 6, 2020

If you’ve grown up in the church and spent a lot of your time around other Christians, you may assume that most people are just like you. You may think that the majority of people know who God is, and that a lot of people probably believe in Him too. But the statistics say otherwise. Statistics show that a growing number of young adults are identifying themselves as atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular”. Many parents are finding that their children who go off to college, come home having left their faith and the church.
We must recognize that this is happening in our culture and think through how we ought to respond.

In my experience, most atheists are honest people who have a pile of guilt that they don’t know how to resolve. I think that the best thing is to draw them out and figure out what’s bothering them. Once you do, find one Bible verse that fits and then say that verse and repeat it again and again, and watch the Holy Spirit powerfully shape your friend’s heart through the Word of God.

In 1 Peter, we are told we need to be ready to “give an answer.” Are you ready to give an answer?  Even to those who annoy you when they say that they are atheists?             

This is Luis Palau.

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