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Series: Luis Palau | The Good News Gospel

On “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis talks about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  What is it?  What does it mean to you?  How can you share it with others?  What difference can it make in our lives? 

Everyone Has a Story Friday, September 14, 2018

Around the world, every nation, tongue, and people group loves stories. Stories about their history, their community, their family. Stories about their own lives.

Here in the U.S., especially, story is deeply embedded in our DNA. It’s deeply embedded into our very ways of thinking, feeling, relating, educating, entertaining, understanding, and conducting business.

Contrary to popular rumor, however, our own stories are not supreme. Instead, what’s supreme are the stories by and about God, Creator of heaven and earth, who formed us from the dust of the earth, who loves us, and who sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Lord and Savior.

So, how do we get today’s generation interested in God’s stories? By genuinely being interested in hearing their stories. In our day, people have to pay big bucks to hire a counselor to listen to them without interrupting. Other people aren’t willing to listen like that. They really aren’t.

So, when we listen, people are more vulnerable and willing to open up and talk. They simply need to know you genuinely care enough to listen to them. Do just that! If you take the time to hear their story, you may get the opportunity to share yours. That includes what Jesus has done for you.

This is Andrew Palau.

The Transforming Gospel Thursday, September 13, 2018

This past month I received a letter from a lady who says: “In 2016 and 2017 I was brought to the very edge of hell through numerous very intense personal heartaches.  During that time I would daily go on a 5- to 6-hour walk, crying out to God, yelling out to God, and actually being brought to my knees on the side of the road in deep heart pain.  It was during this time that I also started listening to you on this Christian radio station and would hear your words of encouragement and wisdom come through.  It was from God, through you to my hurting and broken heart that God began to work in me and He has been teaching me more of Himself and dependence on Him.

"You don’t know me.  I’m a faceless person to you, but maybe we will meet in heaven around God’s mighty feast table.  What a glorious day that will be!”

Man, are you absolutely right, sister!  We shall meet at the feast table in the presence of the throne of God. And we shall celebrate with joy what Jesus did on the cross, giving His blood to forgive our sins.  I’m so glad that by listening to God’s word through the radio you came to peace with God through the blood of Christ.

And if you are listening and you feel like this woman, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,” the Bible says, “and you shall be saved.”         

This is Luis Palau.

Talking with your Neighbors Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Augustine and Pascal were right: We’re restless until we accept God’s love, forgiveness, and life. Until then, people are dissatisfied, even if they don’t know why. This becomes obvious when we take the time to listen to the life story of a neighbor.

In turn, they may ask you why God allowed the hardest episodes in their life. Instead of trying to explain “why,” I encourage you to ask them a question of your own: “Would you be willing to read the story of Jesus and then tell me what you think about it?”

You’re not saying, “…and then I’ll tell you what to believe.” You’re not leading a Bible study. You’re not leading a discussion. You’re simply inviting them to read a chapter or two, get together with you again, and tell you what they think about the chapter(s), especially as they relate to Jesus Christ.

Be sure to say “Jesus Christ,” then “Jesus,” not “Christ.”
Yes, you and I are used to saying “Christ.” But others aren’t used to hearing it, and it often means something different to them than it means to you and me. My friend David Sanford said, “Our neighbors don’t fall in love with ‘Christ.’ They fall in love with ‘Jesus.’”  They don’t understand the concept of Christ.

What if God is using the hard episodes in your neighbor’s life to help them get to know and fall in love with His Son, Jesus Christ? If God is nudging you to share, please, please say yes.

This is Luis Palau.

Are You Proud of the Gospel? Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Was the apostle Paul proud of the Gospel? Yes, of course. In the Message translation of Romans 1:16, Paul says: “It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him.”

Ironically, when we hem and haw, when we cop out, when we never say anything, people are disappointed. Sometimes, they’re outright offended that we are ashamed of the Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 Kevin Harney, an author, pastor, and member of our Next Generation Alliance of proclamation evangelists, puts it this way: “People today want to know what we believe—and want to know that we believe it wholeheartedly.” I agree with that.

My son Kevin Palau, president of the Palau Association, adds: “My hope for every follower of Christ [is] to love our neighbors, not condemn them. To serve those in need, not shy away from them. And to do it all boldly in the name of Jesus Christ.”  Well said, Kevin.  Well said.

What about you? Are you proud of the Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ? Are you living your life boldly in the name of Christ? If not, remember the words of Kevin Harney and Kevin Palau. More importantly, remember the words of the apostle Paul.

This is Luis Palau.

Was Jesus Proud of the Gospel? Monday, September 10, 2018

Ready for four important questions?

First, was Jesus Christ ever ashamed of the Good News Gospel message? Of course not. It was the very heartbeat of everything He said, did, and is.

Second, was the apostle Paul ever ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Again, of course not. Don’t you remember what he said? “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” [Romans 1:16 NASB].

Third, was Jesus proud of the Gospel? It’s true that pride tops the list of the seven deadly sins that God hates the most. Then again, there also is good pride—good pride that God is at work in and through us. So, of course, yes, Jesus was and is proud of the Good News Gospel message.

Fourth, was the apostle Paul proud of the Gospel? Again, yes, of course. In the CEV translation, he says: “I am proud of the good news! It is God’s powerful way of saving all people who have faith.”

What about you? Are you proud of the Good News Gospel of God about His Son Jesus Christ? If so, I happily urge you to do all you can to reach your world for Jesus Christ in the days ahead.         

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.