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Series: Luis Palau | Our Place in History

Every era of this world has its own challenges and successes.  On “Reaching your World” this week, Luis Palau considers our place in history.  Is the church still relevant? How can we move society in the right direction?  Luis gives the biblical perspective.

Developing a Heart for Big Things Friday, February 26, 2021

Have you ever tasted a cool, refreshing Coca Cola? So have hundreds of millions of people around the world. Former president of the company, Robert Woodruff, had the boldness to state during World War II, “We will see every man in uniform gets a bottle of Coca-Cola for five cents wherever he is and whatever it costs.”

When the war ended, he went on to say that in his lifetime he wanted everyone in the world to have a taste of Coca-Cola. Talk about vision!

Do you have a vision of how God could use you to influence your generation? 

Don’t let opportunities to share hope with others pass you by. And don’t underestimate the big ways God wants to use you to bless others and change the world.

God has given you unique skills, talents, and passions and now He’s asking you to dream big. Envision the billions of people in this generation who have not accepted Jesus. Many have never even heard the message of His love. What can you do about it? It may start small at first – an outreach or luncheon of some sort. Maybe you can support more missionaries or become one yourself.

Remember that God wants to use you in a big way. God doesn’t have a Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C to reach the world. He has one plan – that’s you and me.

This is Andrew Palau.

Let's not Mix the Good News with Politics Thursday, February 25, 2021

Journalists love to ask my opinion about politics. I always decline to comment. I won’t even tell them how I’m registered to vote. The minute I align myself with a political party or politician, I’ve effectively alienated half of my listeners.

In America, there is still a feeling that we are a Christian and even an evangelical Protestant nation. But the minute we get involved in party politics, others think we’re aligning God in heaven with this or that earthly power. That is misleading to some Christians, and a terrible witness to unbelievers. We vote – yes! As informed citizens who happen to be serious Christians.

In 2 Corinthians 5:20 [NLT], the apostle Paul writes: “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’”

Like Paul, we need to see ourselves as ambassadors speaking for God—not self. I’m not here to advance my political opinions. Instead, we are here to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. On Christ’s behalf, you and I are here to plead, “Come back to God!” There is no greater calling, no greater purpose.

Today, will you say yes? Will you gladly say yes to serving as an ambassador of Christ—as an ambassador of the King of kings and Lord of lords? I truly hope so. What could be better?

This is Luis Palau.

Let's Change the World from the Bottom Up Wednesday, February 24, 2021

When I’m interviewed by the media, they often ask about my opportunities to speak about the Good News of Jesus Christ with presidents, prime ministers, parliaments, and royalty. In my early years, I thought that if I could convert them, somehow we would change nations. But that’s not how the Good News works.

Real change comes from the bottom up, not from the top down. The top has influence, but it’s never as powerful as you think. Real movements are people’s movements.

I came to see that if I were given a chance to share the Good News with anyone—including heads of state—I had to honor that opportunity the same as I would honor an opportunity to share that Good News with anyone else, from the teller at my bank to a packed stadium in Hong Kong. It’s not about what I can do through those people—it’s about those people.

The apostle Paul did the same thing. Listen to what he told King Agrippa in Acts 26:22: “God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest.” And that’s exactly what Paul did. And that’s exactly what I want to do until I go to be with the Lord. I hope you will do the same. Let’s reach our world daily!

This is Luis Palau.

Let's Remember our Place in History Tuesday, February 23, 2021

When it comes to God, the Bible, the Church, and the Good News of Jesus Christ, a lot of Christians talk nostalgically about the “good old days.” They idolize past generations as more faithful than ours. But you won’t hear me doing the same.

I’ve spent a fair amount of time researching the history of Christian revivals. Other than the Great Awakenings, popular, heartfelt faith in Jesus Christ was rarely widespread.

Believe me, the church in America throughout the 1800s was not a rosy place. Only about 25 percent of people even attended church in the 1880s. By the time evangelist D. L. Moody came on the scene, church life was low, and occultism and spiritism were ragingly popular. Maybe today America isn’t declining, but rather remaining what it has been for most of its history: nominally Christian on the surface.

No matter the past, our calling remains unchanged. While many of the intellectual elite look down their noses at faith, there is a vast population of faithful and intellectual people dedicated to the Lord. They are quietly reaching others with the Good News of Jesus Christ. With the Bible firmly in hand, they’re changing lives for good, for God, and for eternity.

This is Luis Palau.

I Feel a Great Deal of Hope Monday, February 22, 2021

Some people like to cite bad news headlines about the state of the Church and then ask if I’m wringing my hands these days.

My honest answer is: I feel a great deal of hope. Every part of the world has its challenges, but God is faithful. In some ways we have more opportunities today than nearly any other time in history. As Jesus said in Matthew 9:37-38, the fields are ripe for harvest.

True, if the research is accurate, younger generations are not responding to what their parents or grandparents did. That upsets some people. But you won’t hear any alarmist rhetoric from me. In fact, some of the recent research is encouraging. America does not seem to be trending to become like Europe, which someone once called a continent of “baptized pagans.”

While there’s still significant decline among mainstream denominations—and the need for us to get our house in order—people, including younger generations, are still flocking to churches that live with simplicity, conviction, and a commitment to God’s Word, the holy Bible.

Instead of wringing our hands, let’s never lose hope in God, the Bible, the Church, and the Good News of Jesus Christ. There’s no better time for us to reach our world with that News.

This is Luis Palau.

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