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Series: Luis Palau | The Life-changing Gospel

In the Bible we read about many interesting people.  On “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” this week we will be hearing about some of them: the prodigal son’s father, the adulterous woman, the thieves crucified with Jesus, and more. 

God's Kingdom is Advancing Friday, August 3, 2018

Our society lives in a 24/7 news cycle, yet often is blind to the biggest news story of all. The greatest news is this: That God’s kingdom is advancing His purposes through humanity here on earth.

It grieves and frustrates me when I hear someone say that God can’t use them to advance His purposes on earth. They see themselves as inadequate in some way.

God not only can use anyone to advance His purposes, but God often uses them as a means of drawing others into His family and Church today. Take the apostle Paul as a classic example. He hounded, persecuted, and killed Christians.  But once he became a Christian himself, he turned into an unstoppable evangelist.

The reality is, the more opposed someone is when God starts using them, the more likely that God will draw them to a strong faith in Jesus Christ. It sounds counterintuitive, but we see this over and over in Scripture, in Church history, in modern biography, and in contemporary experience.

God’s desire, of course, is that none perish, but that all come to repentance. Let’s make that our primary focus, too.       

This is Andrew Palau.

The Woman Caught in Adultery Thursday, August 2, 2018

During an autumn festival known as the Feast of Booths, Jesus and the Jewish leaders conduct a series of debates. Early one morning Jesus walks into the Temple and begins teaching the people. They listen as He speaks words of truth with authority. Yet almost immediately a commotion draws their attention. Local religious leaders are shouting at a woman who is weeping, wailing, and fighting for her life. This mob of men cares nothing for her. She is a pawn in their latest futile attempt to trap Jesus into saying something they could report to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, who alone has the authority to sentence a man to death.

It appears certain that the unnamed woman really was caught in the sin of adultery. It also appears almost certain that the religious leaders orchestrated the rendezvous and then let their man “escape.” How convenient. How dastardly. How hypocritical.

In less than 60 words, Jesus disgraces His enemies and liberates this beloved woman. She’s free. She’s forgiven. She’s changed. She’s loved by the Savior. Her story, down through the ages, has offered hope and healing to hundreds of millions.

Have you ever shared her life-changing Good News Gospel story with someone? If not, I encourage you to do so today. Just tell your friends.  It will touch them.    

This is Luis Palau.

Introducing Others to Jesus Wednesday, August 1, 2018

In the first chapter of his Gospel, John talks about Jesus Christ without saying His name until the end of his prologue. Then John describes how some Jewish religious leaders demand to know who John the Baptist is. John laughs and says, “Well, for sure I’m not the Christ.” The leaders go down through their pre-determined list of possible identities, only for John the Baptist to say, “No. Lo. Non. Nee. Nyet.”

This string of denials frustrates the priests and Levites to no end. Then John the Baptist turns the tables on them. “One name on your list doesn’t belong with the others. No prophet is worthy to be the lowest of servants to the Christ.”

The very next day, who walks by? John the Baptist gives Him an ancient, sacred name: “The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Then John reminds us that God the Father has given Him an even more ancient, sacred name: “The Son of God.”

The day after that? John the Baptist is talking with two of his disciples and then says, “Look, the Lamb of God!” The two men rush to catch up with Jesus and spend a few hours together.

Like John, you and I have the incredible privilege of introducing others to Jesus. Let’s do so again today. Reach your world. It’s a privilege.

This is Luis Palau.

Three Ways to Experience Deep Suffering Tuesday, July 31, 2018

On the three crosses, we see three ways that humanity experiences deep suffering. The thief on the first cross turns away from Jesus forever. The second thief turns to Jesus for salvation and is promised paradise that very day.

Like the first thief, we can feel spite toward Jesus until our dying breath, choosing the vocabulary and habitations of hell as our only escape from Jesus and those who follow Him.

Like the second thief, we can choose repentance. That is, we can turn around from our life of sin and selfishness, call out to Jesus, and receive rock-solid hope and assurance in our darkest hour.

In between the two thieves, of course, is the cross of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Supernatural darkness blanketed that part of the world from noon to 3 o’clock. In the Scriptures, such supernatural darkness speaks of God’s judgment. Here it speaks of God the Father’s judgment on the sins of the whole world, which Jesus was willingly bearing in His own body.

I am not saying that our deep suffering is an indication of God’s judgment. No, not unless we’ve committed high-handed sins. Instead, our sufferings are meant to draw us, more deeply, into our Savior’s amazing love and absolute forgiveness. “Your sins and evil behavior I will remember no more,” the Bible says.
May that be your own experience today! That’s my prayer.

This is Luis Palau.

The Prodigal Son Comes Home Monday, July 30, 2018

The first time my friend David read the Prodigal Son story, he had no idea how the Jewish father would respond. Would he disown his son, order his servants to forcibly throw the rebel out of the mansion, and declare him “dead” to the family? 

Historically, in many cultures around the world, that’s what would be expected. The son’s high-handed, insulting, and shameful behavior wouldn’t be tolerated in any decent society.

Instead, the Jewish father gives in to his son’s shocking demands. Even when told the father is a picture of our heavenly Father, the rest of the story doesn’t seem to make sense. No wealthy, respected gentleman would long for such a notorious, shameful son to come back home. From start to finish, the story is scandalous. And yet…

Even when we don’t believe in God, He believes in us. He hopes for the best. He expects a miracle. And, He can’t wait to throw a party in our honor.

My friend, forsake whatever is keeping you from coming to your senses, turning around, and heading back home to God your heavenly Father. Run to Him today. Come to Jesus.  As it says in the Bible, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.” It means rescued, reconciled to God your Father in heaven.

This is Luis Palau.

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Experiencing Personal Renewal

Experiencing Personal Renewal

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Reaching Your World: Next Week

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.