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Series: Luis Palau | The Power of the Gospel

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” we will look at pictures of Jesus as our Father, our Savior, and our Purpose. We’ll learn of powerful biblical principles we can apply in our everyday lives.

We are Rescued Friday, September 7, 2018

When someone is truly rescued they feel a sense of great joy, gratitude and a desire to do likewise. There is relief from the despair they felt when they cried out for help.  In my foolish youth, I spent time hitchhiking across Europe with little money and I felt despair a couple times. I was really at the end of my rope when I took a ferry from France to the east coast of England and found out my train pass wasn’t allowed in the United Kingdom. I knew I would now either have to hitchhike another 250 miles to my host home, or call my host family to rescue me.  My pride blocked me from making the call. Looking back I see it would have been so much better to have called out for help.

In Proverbs 24 it says, “Rescue those being led away to death...”
God is challenging us to rescue those who are lost and in need of salvation spiritually. Fortunately, when I finally hit my deepest moment of spiritual need, I did cry out. God was merciful and his people faithful. And I am grateful. Now, I want to do all I can to rescue others.

Those of us who are in Christ have all been rescued. Who better to join in the rescue operation of others, to reach our world, than you and I?

This is Andrew Palau.

The Power of Change Thursday, September 6, 2018

Living under Communist rule in Romania was difficult for many people, including Adela Waldie. Adela always wondered if she was good enough, if she could ever work hard enough. She thought that if only she was perfect, God would love her.

This all changed after she attended a Palau festival days after the fall of Communism in Romania. Before, speech had been restricted; now people could speak freely. They could believe in a God who loved them regardless of how imperfect they were. At the festival, Adela learned that God loved her as she was. Her constant striving for perfection didn’t have to continue. Salvation was a gift. She didn’t have to earn it. She was free through Jesus Christ.

Adela moved to the United States to go to university and met her husband. They both went into ministry, and twenty years after attending that festival in Romania, Adela attended another Palau festival. This time, at Yakima CityFest in Washington, she was a counselor, praying with young people to accept Jesus. She told them her story about meeting a loving God at a Palau event years earlier back in Europe.

So many people, here and all over the world, think they need to be perfect to be loved by God. God knows that we have “sinned and fall short of” His glory — that is why He wants us to come as we are. Everyone should have the freedom to know a loving God who wants to change their lives.

This is Luis Palau

The Power of a Purpose Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The amazing thing about being on the radio is that you never know who is listening. Anyone could turn on the radio at any time and hear words that the Lord has meant for them to hear. This is what happened to Senator Jim Talent.
Jim was a successful lawyer who was campaigning to be elected to the role of Missouri state representative. Growing up, he was taught by his parents the importance of right and wrong, and this led him to university and law school. In law school, he also started reading the Bible, looking for answers about life. While he respected God and justice, he did not have a personal relationship with Jesus. He knew all of the facts, but he did not want to give his life over to Christ.

That all changed when he heard me interviewed by Dr. Dobson on a Focus on the Family radio broadcast. Jim pulled into a parking lot, bowed his head, and prayed with me to give his life to Jesus. “At that point, I crossed over from death to life,” he said. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” – the only way to the Father and out of death is through Jesus.

Talent went on to have a successful career in politics. It just goes to show that you never know who is listening, or how God will speak. Be open to speaking the word of God to whoever you come into contact with—even if it’s through the radio.

This is Luis Palau.

The Power of a Savior Tuesday, September 4, 2018

It was midnight on October 31 when Jim Perry took part in a satanic ritual and signed his soul over to the devil. For 20 years, he was burdened by sin and pain, seeing no hope. Then a girl, Victoria, invited him to go to one of the Palau festivals in a London, England stadium, where I encouraged people to “bring their doubts.” Jim brought his. He didn’t think he could ever be saved. He thought accepting Christ would kill him.

The first hymn of the night was Fanny Crosby’s “To God Be the Glory.” The second verse of the song says, “The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.” Jim knew he was the vilest offender. He also knew that Jesus would save him. Jim gave his life to Jesus that night. He married Victoria, the girl who brought him to the festival, and they started working with a ministry that reaches out to people trapped in cults. Jim also became an ordained minister. They planted two churches.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus calls the devil a “thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” But Jesus added, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This is what Jim experienced. His life was being destroyed by the devil, filled with fear and doubt and filth. But Jesus came and saved him, the “vilest offender,” giving him a new reason for living. Jesus wants everyone to come to Him and be rescued, to enjoy new life and new joys.

This is Luis Palau. 

The Power of a Father Monday, September 3, 2018

Matt Redman’s dad died when Matt was 7 years old. A few years later, he found out that his father had committed suicide. Like any young boy, he wondered why. Was it something that he had done? Did his father not love him enough to stay?

Around this time, Matt went with his mother to a Palau festival in London, England. There, I spoke about how the love of God the Father is perfect, even if earthly fathers make mistakes. There Matt realized that God was his father, and he was God’s little kid. His earthly father was gone, but his heavenly father loved him and wanted him to come home.

After accepting Jesus into his life, Matt began writing songs and playing them in church. Now he’s written some of the most well-known worship songs that are sung around the world in many languages, in churches every week.

Some people’s earthly fathers are cruel. Some fathers are cold. Some fathers die or leave their families. But our heavenly Father loves us eternally with a perfect love. As 1 John 3:1 says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” So we are. Let’s share this news with those around us who are seeking love and family. Let’s invite them into the family of God. God, our Father, never changes.               

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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