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Series: Luis Palau | Good News for the Soul

This week on “Reaching Your World,” Luis Palau is talking something infinitely better for the soul than chicken soup: Jesus, and His Good News. Learn how you can share this Good News with others in your life. 

Noteworthy News Friday, July 2, 2021

People have always been fascinated by interesting stories, and with the advent of the internet and social media, these stories are now more readily available than ever. When a natural disaster hits - we all know within minutes. If a brutal crime goes unsolved - the whole world waits in anxious expectation. We are interested, consumed, and connected with the happenings of our world.
Imagine if you saw headlines that said “Popular Leader Arrested Overnight” or “3 Executed In Suburbs” or “Leader of Movement Brutally Murdered” or even more engaging “Executed Leader’s Body Missing”. These headlines would certainly catch your attention and they are a stark reminder of the radical, life altering, sacrifice of Jesus.

The Bible says the Gospel is the “power of God”. We hear it so often that we minimize the enormity of that day and the radical nature of His death and resurrection. I think that the best gospel presentation can be a simple recounting of the cross as described in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The Gospel is more exciting than the New York Times or evening news. Get people to think about Jesus, His life, His sacrifice and His death. Boldly communicate the most newsworthy event in all of history.

This is Andrew Palau.

Forgiving Others Thursday, July 1, 2021

I just saw a quote that said, “The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest.”

Forgiving others can be really hard. Especially when they have wronged us on a deep level. But it’s pretty clear that forgiveness isn’t just about the person who committed the sin or the wrong against us, but it’s also about our own spiritual growth. Love and forgiveness cannot be separated. If we choose to live out the love of God as the purpose of our life, then forgiving cannot be avoided. Because the bottom line is, Jesus died for us to offer us forgiveness of our sins.

On a day-to-day level, the Bible says in Matthew 6, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” So, consider: whom do you need to forgive? What amends do you need to make? I encourage you to take that first leap and forgive the one who needs it—even if no apology has been made. When you forgive someone, you may feel that the Lord has moved in you, just as we pray He is also moving in them. Showing grace, instead of holding onto bitterness, will give you a wonderful opportunity to talk to them about Jesus – the great forgiver of our many, many sins.

This is Luis Palau.

Abandoned Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Have you ever felt abandoned? Maybe you experienced a tragedy and you lost someone you love. You’re devastated. Maybe you were passed over for the job promotion, and you feel your hard work went unnoticed. You’re discouraged. Whatever situation you face, know that God has not—and will not ever—abandon you. In fact, God is with you now and forever. He promises never to leave or forsake His children.

The Bible says in Genesis 8:1, “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” If God didn’t abandon Noah and the animals, why will He abandon you?

When you feel alone or upset, talk to the Lord. Reach out to Him. Ask Him for comfort, for wisdom, and for His presence. If you have a friend experiencing a trial or hardship, listen to them and let them know you care. Then, use the opportunity to share about Jesus. Tell them how Jesus will never abandon or forsake them. Share about what Jesus means to you. Your experience could be just what they need to hear. So tell it today, won’t you?

This is Luis Palau.

Hope Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Are you struggling? Do you feel abandoned by God? I think we all go through times where we struggle to feel the hope in God. There was a time in my life when my son, Andrew, had fallen away from the Lord. He was living a wild life filled with partying and worldliness. As much as I tried to share the Good News with him or talk to him about faith, I felt him pulling away. But God kept me convicted. I felt the Lord saying to me “do not give up on Andrew. I am with you. I’m working on him.” So I kept on reaching out, and praying for Andrew.
And guess what? At just the right moment Andrew, our son, finally surrendered to Jesus at age 27.

At last Andrew understood God’s grace, and repented, and God changed his entire life. In fact, Andrew went from a worldly life of sin to being an evangelist. Can you believe it?! Only God could change someone’s life in that way. Only God is the source of true everlasting hope.

Consider the person or situation in your life where you need God to move. The Bible says in Job 6:8, “Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for.” Pray to God! Share your request with Him. And be alert and expectant, because He is already at work. Suddenly you’ll get your chance to share Jesus Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

ABCs Monday, June 28, 2021

Many times people have said to me, “Luis, how do I share the Good News? I’m not a pastor or an evangelist.” Of course, my answer is that we are all called to share about Jesus Christ, though we are not all gifted to be evangelists. Whether you’re a student, a parent, or a professional person, God was talking to you in Mark 16:15 in the Bible, which says, “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.” And the ABCs are a great place to start.

Why, you ask? Well, the ABCs are one way to share the basics of the Good News of salvation in Jesus. A stands for “Admit”. We must admit that we are sinful, that we make mistakes, and that we offend God our Creator. We all miss the mark. B stands for “Believe”. We must believe that Jesus is God’s only Son, and that He came to die for our sins on a cross and rose from the dead. And C stands for “Commit”. We must commit to following Jesus by receiving Him into our hearts by faith.

So, I urge you to memorize the ABC’s of evangelism. Then, be on the alert. Look for opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus with others. Encourage others to admit, believe, and commit so as to receive the eternal life that Jesus Christ offers.

This is Luis Palau.

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