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Series: Luis Palau | His Witnesses

Jesus has given us the privilege of being His witnesses in our world. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis reminds us that sharing Christ with others brings blessing to them, joy to us, and glory to God. 

Who is my Neighbor? Friday, January 4, 2019

Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord, our God.  The second greatest commandment urges us to love our neighbor.  The definition of the term “neighbor” has changed in modern times.  Back in Old Testament times the law of Moses said that people should take care of each other, including the traveler or temporary resident.  People had a responsibility towards those in proximity to them.  However, our perception of distance has changed with jet travel.  An airplane can travel several hundred miles in an hour, making a lot more of the world easily accessible.

What’s more, mobile phones are now in widespread use.  It’s possible to reach people almost anywhere on the earth.  Maybe it’s time to change our concept of who our neighbor is.  We now have the ability to care for anyone in need, anywhere in the world.  We certainly have little excuse to not do that. 

Jesus told us that we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  Modern technology gives us the tools to do that in a much broader sense.  And there are such great tools online.  You can search for anything and find the Good News online.  Even our website has amazing tools you can refer your friends to. Let’s make good use of those tools. More than ever, let’s reach our world.          

This is Andrew Palau.

Not Afraid Thursday, January 3, 2019

You can’t experience true life until you’ve dealt with the fear of death. Historically, Christians have been known as those who die well. The earliest Christians suffered unimaginable persecution in the Roman Empire, and stories of these earliest martyrs can bolster our faith today. These first Christians were said to have a smile on their face and a song on their lips even as they died violent, brutal deaths. When you come to faith in Jesus you make peace with God. And from that day forward you are blessed with the peace of God. Peace with God even when facing death. In First Corinthians St. Paul writes, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” In Romans he writes that not even death can separate us from the love of God. Are you afraid of death? Come to Jesus today and walk in new peace, peace with God. Repent of your sins and confess that He is Lord. You will be born again and live a new life.

In our culture, we avoid the subject of death, but deep down everyone is aware that death is looming. Denying it doesn’t make it less true. No amount of money, healthy eating, altering our appearance to look younger, or any other effort, can prevent death. Fearing the inevitable is no way to live. Come to Jesus today and receive His comfort, His peace, His joy, His presence. 

This is Luis Palau.

His Witnesses Wednesday, January 2, 2019

I heard a fascinating quote from a friend at a recent conference. He said, “We are not called to be Jesus’ defense attorneys, we are called to be His witnesses.” You know, I think it can be so easy to get caught up in arguing the case for God and Christianity. But in my experience, arguing with people rarely results in saved souls. God had a better plan in mind than that. Jesus calls us to be His witnesses. To testify. To tell others what the Lord has done for us and in us. It’s really that simple. Just tell your story; your experiences with Jesus Christ.

Someone once asked Charles Spurgeon how he defends the Bible. He replied, “I defend the Bible the same way I defend a lion. I simply let it out of its cage.” To reach your world, you simply need to witness. Yes, “we must be ready always to give an answer for the hope that you have,” I Peter chapter 2 tells us. God’s powerful Word, and the truth of who He is, will always be true. In the book of Acts, we read, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.”
Here are two questions: First, how can you be Jesus’ witness to those in your life? Answer:  by your joy and love in Christ.  Second, what has the Lord done for you that you could share to help draw others to new life in Christ? Think about it and then tell about it.

This is Luis Palau.

Staggering toward Slaughter Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Proverbs 24:10-12 says, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?” That is a powerful passage to motivate us to reach our world if there ever was one, don’t you think? The Bible does not mince words about eternity. In fact, Jesus Himself spoke of Hell more than anyone else in the Bible. It is a real place, and I believe if we really, truly, believed it, we would never stop sharing God’s Good News. This Proverb tells us to rescue those being led away to death. Christ is the only way, the only hope. The only path to eternity with God. We need to share Him with the world.

As witnesses and evangelists for the Lord we stand in the gap. We tell others about the way – the way the Lord has prepared for us all. There is no better news in all the world, and we must not grow weary in sharing it.

Can I just encourage you to never give up sharing God’s Good News? Eternity is a long time - in many ways, beyond our comprehension. When you get to Heaven, don’t you want to bring a lot of people with you? I sure do!

This is Luis Palau.

God's Glory Monday, December 31, 2018

Sometimes I think we see God as too small. If we were to see Him in all His grandeur we would never stop singing His glory. In C.S. Lewis’ “The Weight of Glory” he writes, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about… when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

People who do not know the joy of life with Christ are far too easily pleased with the empty things of this world. They cannot be fully alive. To live apart from God is to live without the One who made us - it doesn’t make sense. We were never meant to seek meaning and contentment apart from Him. Saint Irenaeus wrote, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive; and to be alive consists in beholding God.”

Boldly share God’s Good News today. What He offers is beyond compare. He is the only way to abundant life and life eternal.            

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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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.

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