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Series: Luis Palau | Go and Tell

On “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” this week Luis again looks into the four Gospels.  There he finds examples of the way Jesus reached His world, and points out what we can learn from that. 

Just Invite Them Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I recently read a surprising statistic.  A poll by researcher George Barna showed that 25 percent of the adults in the United States would attend church if they were invited by a friend.  That is amazing!  Just think – millions of people would welcome an invitation to go to church.  I’m sure we all know someone whom we could invite.  Even easier is inviting someone to go to a Christian movie with you, or attend a Christian concert. Take them out to coffee after and lovingly give them the opportunity to receive Jesus Christ.

If we look at how Jesus engaged people when He was here on Earth, we find that he held conversations.  He used dialogues, not monologues. He was friendly, engaging, and caring.  We should be the same. Let’s not bludgeon folks over the head with our attempts at evangelism.  2 Timothy 2:24-25 (NLT) says, “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.  Gently instruct those who oppose the truth.  Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.”

I encourage you to be bold in inviting your friends and coworkers to attend church with you.  Engage them in serious conversations about their need of a Savior.  Begin by praying for specific people. Ask God to prepare their hearts so they will be ready when you speak with them.

This is Andrew Palau.

How Jesus Gets our Attention Monday, July 9, 2018

Near the end of Luke’s Gospel, he tells a post-resurrection story about Jesus appearing to Cleopas and a friend on the road to Emmaus. To say the least, Jesus does the unexpected.

First, Jesus disguises Himself so they don’t recognize Him. Second, Jesus plays dumb and asks Cleopas why he’s so sad.

Third, Jesus listens to all Cleopas has to say. Cleopas talks about his belief that Jesus was a prophet, his shattered hopes that Jesus might have been the Christ, and his confused thoughts about the empty tomb.

Fourth, Jesus isn’t ready to reveal Himself yet, but He is ready to talk! In particular, Jesus is ready to utterly destroy everything Cleopas has just said. And, believe me, Jesus doesn’t come in soft and sweet. “You fools,” Jesus says. “You slow-hearted doubters. You’re unwilling to connect the dots and believe what is so clearly revealed throughout the Scriptures.”

Why does Jesus speak harshly? He does so out of love. And Jesus does so because harsh words get our full attention in a way nothing else will. Cleopas will remember everything Jesus says.

If your heart is burning, wisely ask the Holy Spirit to speak. Then stop everything—and listen! He will lead you in ways to reach your world in this, your generation.  

This is Luis Palau.

Honor Others by Listening to Their Stories Sunday, July 8, 2018

​ Hung Thach serves with Cru High School in Long Beach, California. When he first moved there, Hung felt led by the Lord to visit a skate park near Long Beach Polytechnic High School. There he met Jose, his brother Scotty, and friend Jacob. When Hung asked if they would like to get a bite to eat, all three said yes.

While they are eating, Hung begins to give his testimony. Jose begins to rock back and forth. This puzzles Hung, so he asks if Jose is bored or wants to go home. Jose replies, “No, I’m not bored. I was wondering: When can I tell you my story?” Hung immediately asks him, “What’s your story?”

When Jose finishes, Hung asks his brother, “Scotty, what’s your story?” When he’s done, Hung asks their friend Jacob, “What’s your story?” All three stories were filled with family tragedies, death and poverty.

When the three students are done, Hung has the privilege of sharing with them the greatest story, about Jesus. That very day, Jose and Scotty begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Since then, Hung and his team have offered meals, listened to stories, and seen hundreds of Long Beach high school students give their lives to Jesus Christ. May their tribe increase! How can you creatively reach your world?  Think and act on it.    

This is Luis Palau

Jesus Calls us to Honor the Humble Saturday, July 7, 2018

“One Saturday, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.” [Luke 14:1] The Pharisees had set a trap by compelling a man with dropsy to walk into the same house. Jesus wastes no time turning the tables on them. He questions their motives: “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” Then, He takes hold of the man, heals him, and sends him away. I have to imagine, though, that the healed man stops by the kitchen on his way out the door.

Jesus proceeds to weave a story with a point: “All those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Then Jesus rebukes His host. He tells him to stop inviting his family, friends and dignitaries.  “Instead,” Jesus says in effect, “do what you did today. Invite a man with dropsy. What’s more, be sure to invite all of his friends. For when you invite the poor, diseased, crippled, lame, and blind, you will be blessed by God and handsomely rewarded at the resurrection of the righteous.”

“The humble will be exalted” isn’t just in heaven. It’s here on earth, right now, where Jesus is in charge. This adds width and depth to Christian hospitality. Go and do likewise! 

This is Luis Palau.

Peter's Calling and Ours Friday, July 6, 2018

Have you ever noticed that the apostle Peter’s calling doesn’t happen suddenly? Instead, it proceeds progressively over the course of four occasions.
The first is recorded in John 1. On that occasion, Andrew invites his brother to meet Jesus. This is a pivotal experience for Peter, but it’s only the start.

The second is recorded in Luke 5. On this occasion, Jesus preaches from Peter’s boat. Peter is overcome with Jesus’ righteousness and his own sinfulness. In many ways, this is Peter’s conversion experience.

The third is recorded in Mark 1 and Matthew 4. It follows closely on the heels of the second occasion. Jesus now calls Andrew and Peter, and their partners James and John, to “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” When Peter says yes, his calling is confirmed.

The fourth is recorded in Luke 6. On this occasion, Jesus draws all of His followers together and appoints Peter as one of His 12 apostles.

What about your own calling? Have you said “yes” to reaching your world for Jesus Christ? If not, say “Yes Lord, I will! Beginning today, and for all the rest of my life.”

This is Luis Palau.

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God in the Ordinary

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis opens our eyes so we can see God clearly in the everyday, often chaotic, parts of life. As you listen, you’ll be refreshed by the realization that Jesus is present every moment; He’s not only at church on Sunday.