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Series: Luis Palau | Special People in my Life

During quarantine, Luis Palau did a lot of reminiscing and remembering.  On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, he will share with us some of his memories and the things he has learned from some special people along the way. 

Are you Growing Strong? Friday, July 31, 2020

Someone older and wiser than me once said, “Silently and imperceptibly as we work or sleep, we grow strong or we grow weak; and at last some crisis shows us what we have become.” Bishop Westcott added that crises “do not make heroes or cowards; they simply reveal them.”

So, what kind of man or woman are you becoming? Are you becoming a man or woman of backbone, boldness, determination, durability, faithfulness, fortitude, patience, and persistence? Are you becoming a man or woman of resilience, resolution, stamina, staying power, steadfastness, tenacity, and toughness?

What’s more, do you know the meaning of adversity, bravery, conviction, discipline, endurance, fearlessness, gratitude, hardship, insult, joy, keeping the faith, and listening to the Lord? Do you know the meaning of motivation, never giving up, perseverance, righteousness, strength, trustworthiness, and zeal from the Lord?

Today, and every day, my friend, make it your goal to grow stronger.

This is Andrew Palau.

Ray Stedman Thursday, July 30, 2020

One of the men who has influenced my life almost more than any other was a pastor named Ray Stedman from California. He came to Argentina. We became instant friends. God used him to bring me to the U.S.A., and from then on he opened many doors. He had many statements that have influenced my life. Here’s one that I want to tell you about today. He said, “Woe to the person who has to learn principles at a time of crisis. And you know what a profound statement that is?

You learn principles about God’s will for your life by meditating, rejoicing in, memorizing, and thinking through what the Bible says, which is the holy word of God. And you know, the principles that God reveals in the Bible explain why many things happen in the world today. Why wars. Why pestilence. Why enmity. Why broken homes. Why people stay away from each other, and why do some people respond to the message of the Gospel and others don’t. When you learn God’s principles you’ll be able to understand the world around you. The sooner we learn those principles the better, because then we will know God’s way for us in the world today.

This is Luis Palau.

Teaching from my Dad Wednesday, July 29, 2020

God has given us four sons, and they all have families of their own. But you know, I often ask myself, “I wonder what they think about God and Jesus Christ, and my life in the world when they watch me in action.” I often think about it, and you probably do too.

What I remember about my father was how serious he was about the things of God, how cheerful he was about his work, how dedicated he was in helping the needy and the poor. I remember one day – I probably told you this before – as a little boy I walked into his office early in the morning in the winter and he was covered with a blanket, and he was reading the Bible. And I said, “Dad, what are you reading?” He said to me, “I’m reading the book of Proverbs.” My dad told me, “Luis, when you grow up, read a chapter of the book of Proverbs every day because it has 31 chapters – one chapter for even the longest month of the year.” You will learn how to be a successful man, how to walk with God, how to do well financially, how to help other people, how to be a pure person. You will learn everything you need to know, he said to me, from the word of God in the book of Proverbs. I took it seriously and from age 16 until now, I still read the book of Proverbs and I recommend it to everyone, and they all thank me.          

This is Luis Palau.

My Dad Tuesday, July 28, 2020

On my desk in my house I have a photo of myself at two years of age, standing by my dad. Even though he died when I was a boy, my father left an example that I can’t beat any time, anywhere. He would always sing the praises of God. He would always read the Bible. He would attend communion every Sunday. And many a time I found him on his knees in his office, reading the word of God, and praying to the Lord our God. My father was unashamed of Jesus Christ.

In the small town in Argentina where we were born everybody knew that he was a businessman, that he was successful, but also that he was wide open and unashamed about the Lord Jesus Christ. He helped the poor. He was in construction, building homes. And he would sell a home to a poor family and say, “We won’t even sign a contract. You pay me when you can, so much every month.” And when he died, so many people came to say, “Your father loved us. You father took care of us.” And even today, 70 years later, they still talk in that town about my dad giving an example of helping the poor and living for Christ, and honoring Jesus Christ. You can do the same thing in your town and in your home, and you’ll be reaching your world often without realizing it.

This is Luis Palau. 

Mr. and Mrs. Rogers Monday, July 27, 2020

Most of us have people in our lives that we consider our heroes. We would like to be like them. We want to learn from them. We would like to imitate their way of expressing things. And when you’re thinking about reaching your world with the wonderful good news about God and His love and mercy and forgiveness, I have to go back to Mr. Rogers and Mrs. Rogers in Argentina, South America. They were British. They were missionaries. They came down there to work in a big company, but mostly they came to share the good news of Jesus Christ. So they supported themselves working for a British corporation but the rest of their life and their time they spent with us. I was a boy, and my five sisters, and my little brother, and we were all blessed by Mr. and Mrs. Rogers.

You know what I remember the most as a boy? Mr. and Mrs. Rogers treated us with great respect, even when we were little boys and girls seven, eight, nine, ten years of age. They would teach us to memorize Bible verses, to take the word of God seriously. They would teach us about the fall of the human race, about the virgin birth of our Savior, about the cross of Jesus Christ, and how He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now lives to forgive our sins. All that I learned as a child from my favorite hero, Mr. Rogers.  

This is Luis Palau. 

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