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Series: Luis Palau | Children and Jesus

Luis Palau has had children on his heart a lot lately.  So, on “Reaching your World” this week he has more to say about reaching children for Christ, and nurturing their faith. 

Pray for Your Home Friday, August 17, 2018

As a husband and father, there are so many things I desire to have in my home: service to God, love, peace, safety, hospitality, and grace, just to name a few.

Our home is our base – our starting point from which we go out into the world each day. So how can we cultivate a solid home full of God’s goodness? One way to saturate your home with peace is through frequent prayer.

Use this time to lift up your family and home in prayer to the Lord. Trust God with every aspect of your home, seek His will and commit to following His lead.

This regular prayer can involve thanking God, asking for blessings and requesting protection. Pray that your home be built on the foundation of Jesus and His Word. Pray for your family to serve God. Pray for your home to be a welcoming place where you can host and serve others in the name of the Lord.

Make a commitment today to begin saturating your home with prayer.

This is Andrew Palau.

Let's Keep Praying for our Children Thursday, August 16, 2018

In Matthew 15 and Mark 7, Jesus takes His disciples north of Galilee into foreign territory. He tells them to tell no one, but the word gets out. It always gets out.

A Syrophoenician woman runs up to Jesus, professes her belief that He is the Messiah, the Son of David, and then pleads for the healing of her cruelly demon-possessed daughter. Jesus stuns the crowd by not saying anything. The one who could speak and create the universe, and who knows what everyone around Him is thinking, quietly speaks to the woman’s heart.

When Jesus finally breaks His silence, the woman knows that Jesus has done — and what He is going to do next. Jesus playfully banters with her, and then commends her faith and announces to all that her daughter already is healed. The Gentile crowd cheers with gusto! Yet... [pause]

Imagine if Jesus had started talking the moment the woman begged for His help. True, her daughter still would have been healed, but all else would have been lost.

If you pray for the salvation of a child or grandchild, and wonder if the Lord hears your prayers, rest assured that He does. Never give up hope. Keep trusting the Lord’s heart.

This is Luis Palau.

Let's Tell Children the Whole Gospel Wednesday, August 15, 2018

In a bygone era, millions of children said a common bedtime prayer: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep; If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” Like many classic nursery rhymes and fairytales, it’s a bit sober, don’t you think?

Yet, we can’t hide children from the sober news within the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The day comes when Jesus’ public ministry here on earth ends. God-become-flesh bears the sins of the world, suffers the horrors of crucifixion, gives up His spirit, and His lifeless body is buried in a rich man’s tomb. 

Even then, Jesus is true to His word. Never the hypocrite, He shows the full extent of His love. Not just by dying, but by keeping His promise to rise from the dead.

Jesus wasn’t afraid to die for adults and children alike. So, let’s not be afraid to share the whole Good News Gospel with our own children and grandchildren, and neighbors’ children. Believe me, later they will gladly thank you for it. Jesus Himself said: “Let the little children come to me for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

This is Luis Palau.

Let's Care Deeply for Children Tuesday, August 14, 2018

What could possibly ruin a child’s love for Jesus?

Sadly, it’s possible for a child to grow up in church, learn Bible stories, sing songs, memorize Scripture verses, say all the right things, look good — and yet not place his or her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sometimes, it’s the individual’s own choice.
Sometimes, however, it’s because of the sinful, terrible choices of adults the child should have been able to trust.

Scripture couldn’t be clearer. Anyone who repeatedly or severely harms a boy or girl or young adult by sinning against them — physically, psychologically, socially, sexually, or spiritually — is in grave danger of God’s eternal judgment. Jesus said it would be better for a soldier to tie a millstone around your neck and toss you into Davy Jones’ locker.

Peter and his fellow disciples shuddered at the thought.
It should make us shudder too. Why? Because the point Jesus is making is crystal clear: Don’t let your attitudes, your words, or your actions soil or steal the God-given faith of a child.

Instead, like Jesus, let’s do all we can to love and care for the children in Jesus’ name.

This is Luis Palau.

Let's Apologize to Children Monday, August 13, 2018

When it comes to loving our neighbors, let’s always be sure to include children. Listen to what Jesus says in Matthew chapter 18, verses 5 and 6.
"[A]nyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose faith or be harmed by sin, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck." [NLT]

Believe me, men in the land feared drowning above pretty much all else. Even experienced fishermen like Peter and Andrew, James and John, were scared to death of drowning, for some reason.

But perhaps Jesus’ warning should also cause us to think of other smaller ways we can cause children to be harmed — by our critical attitudes, hypocrisy, self-centered living — anything that doesn’t reflect Christ-like, child-like kingdom living. I’m not talking about being perfect. Instead, I’m saying that a child’s faith grows, not diminishes, when an adult apologizes to the child for, say, losing his or her temper.

Like Jesus, let’s love children well by showing them the love of God and humility of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

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This Weeks Offer



Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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Go Share the Gospel

Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis discusses why and how to share the Good News in our everyday lives.