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Series: Luis Palau | Jesus has Power

If we want to reach our world we need to get back to basics.  This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” learn how to explain the Good News in such a way that would make sense to someone outside the Church.

The Power of Story Friday, November 9, 2018

In recent years, much has been said and written about the drama of story and the role of the “big story” to address what’s missing in our hearts and lives.
 When it comes to screenplay writing, for instance, you first write the backstory for each character. All the characters are brought together into the big story for a reason. When we think of God’s “big story,” that’s true of every character—those of us who actively follow Jesus, and those who don’t yet.

Furthermore, about ten or twelve pages into the typical screenplay, the writer presents the “inciting incident,” the moment that propels the characters into the big story. In our lives, the inciting event is the moment a person starts thinking about the big picture, what we again call God’s “big story.”

Whatever you do with your neighbor or new friend, don’t try to trigger an inciting incident too quickly. Think of those first ten or twelve screenplay pages as your opportunity to listen, and to start to hear their particular backstory. Hear the whole backstory, no matter how long, and no matter how many minutes or hours it takes to hear it. Listen, with love, knowing God is listening too—and ready to speak to their heart.

This is Andrew Palau.

When God Says "No" Thursday, November 8, 2018

Many people feel angry with God because they pray for something, and don’t receive it. But God is not a magic genie. He is a loving Father. Just imagine if parents gave young children all they wanted. Kids everywhere would probably eat too much sugar, stay up too late, and get in all kinds of trouble. Loving parents often have to say no, because children don’t yet have the wisdom to always make good decisions. And you know, God is our loving Father and He sometimes has to say no to us. We don’t always know what is best for our lives, but God does.

St. Paul had a struggle in his life.  He asked God to take it away, but God did not. But Paul accepted that God knew best, writing, “for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Paul knew that God’s power was made perfect through his weakness. Paul trusted God to do what was right with a hard thing in his life. He knew God would use it to help him reach his world.

Do you trust God with the hard things happening in your life? Do you trust Him when He says, “no”? Your faith will be a powerful witness to a watching school, neighborhood, or office when you accept it as from your Father.

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus has Power Wednesday, November 7, 2018

God is love. But you know, God is also all-powerful. Jesus has power and that is a very good thing for you and me. He has the power to change your life. The power to take away sin and the guilt sin produces. To conquer death. To heal. To restore. To reconcile.

My wife and I lived in a South American republic in the 1960s where danger, persecution, murder of followers of Jesus was common.  About 130 churches were bombed.  Eighty pastors were murdered.  Pat and the twins and I lived in that city.  And you know, God always protected us.  Every trip I took – and I traveled a lot – I would say, “Lord You take care of my family.  I can’t do it, nor can anybody else.”  He protected them the whole time we were in that country.  The power of Jesus Christ!

Colossians tells us, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” That’s His power! In John we learn that, “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” And in Hebrews we are reminded that Jesus “upholds all things by the word of His power.” Who do you know who needs to experience the power of Jesus now? Tell them the Good News today.

This is Luis Palau

Human Speed Bump Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Mindy Tran had just parked her car at her apartment complex, when suddenly it began to roll. It was rolling slowly down a driveway that led to a busy street below. Mindy knew she had to act quickly because her twin daughters were still buckled inside. Her maternal instincts kicked in, and she threw herself under the car. She acted as a human speed bump of sorts, trying to slow down the car’s movement. She was able to slow down the vehicle enough for one of her neighbors to jump in and stop it completely. Her daughters were not injured in the incident. This brave mom was left with a crushed knee and dislocated leg, but she made a full recovery. When she was interviewed about it later, she said, “My daughters are my everything. I knew it was mine or theirs… I don’t consider myself a hero. I am a mother.”

You know, as much as that mom loved her children, God loves us that much and even more. We who are now God’s children know He willingly laid down His life for us. The Bible tells us there is no greater love than one who lays down their life for their friends. Many of our acquaintances don’t know that. Seriously. Who will you tell about the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ today?

This is Luis Palau.

The Heart of the Matter Monday, November 5, 2018

If you have grown up in church, it can be easy to make a lot of assumptions about what people outside the church do and don’t know. If we want to reach our world we need to forget our assumptions and get back to basics. Don’t assume that people understand our Christian lingo, or even basic tenets of our faith. For example, the Good News of Jesus Christ is that He saves us from our sin. But many people may not even think of themselves as sinners. Many people think they’re basically good people. So when you say, “are you saved?” They wouldn’t even understand the need for being saved. They may wonder, “Saved from what?” They may not understand what the Bible says about eternity. That we all have sinned. And that Jesus Christ is “the way the truth and the life” and no one comes to the Father except through Him.

So when you go out to reach your world, try to explain the Good News in such a way that would make sense to anyone outside the church. Even someone who has never opened a Bible or set foot in a church, or talked to a Christian. This may mean you need to do a little extra explaining, and listening too. I think sometimes we unknowingly confuse people because we assume they understand words and concepts that they’ve never even heard of. Who can you share the Good News with today? Pray, and then share.

This is Luis Palau.

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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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