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Series: Luis Palau | Wisdom from the Good Book

This week on “Reaching Your World,” Luis Palau talks about how to find books that are biblical and that can encourage our lives. He reminds us of important truths found in the “Good Book”—the Bible.

Knowing your True Identity Friday, January 18, 2019

We all want to know who we are. When we are young we try to “find ourselves.” Many of us have taken personality tests and other assessments.
My wife Wendy and I have three children, all in different stages of life and yet all similarly trying to figure out who they are.

I remember those days – giving in to peer pressure, wanting to look or act a certain way to be accepted by others.

Sometimes adults stress just as much as teenagers about what others think of them. It motivates so much of what we do, want, buy, say. God wants you to stop thinking so much about what others think of you and instead commit to learning what He thinks of you. Listen to these truths from the Bible:  You were created in His image. You are more valuable than many sparrows. You have sinned, but sin doesn’t have the last word, grace does. In God’s eyes, you are a new creation. You are completely free from sin and there is no condemnation for you. You are utterly secure in Christ and He will never leave you or forsake you. Through Jesus, you are victorious and have a glorious future. You are a citizen of heaven and an ambassador for Jesus. 

There are many passages on this topic. Seek your true identity every day in the Word of God – not in the opinion of others.

This is Andrew Palau.

Monkey See, Monkey Do Thursday, January 17, 2019

Have you ever heard the saying, “Monkey see, monkey do”? As it turns out, this saying is not just true about monkeys—but children as well. In a book called It’s Better to Build Boys than Mend Men by Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, a sentence stood out to me. Cathy wrote, “Children will never believe in the covenant of marriage unless they see you living it with their own eyes.” And you know, I think this is true for a lot of things—certainly marriage, but other things as well.

As a father, I wanted my boys to respect the covenant of marriage, so it was important for Pat and me to love and respect each other in a biblical way. I wanted the boys to keep their promises and hold true to their word, so I tried very hard to keep mine. I wanted them to evangelize and have a passion for spreading the Good News—so I tried to include them when I was doing so.

Of course, no parent is perfect, and I had my moments. God doesn’t call us to be perfect. Rather, God says in the book of John, “Whoever abides in me and I in him will bear much fruit.” By abiding in God’s Word and keeping close to Him in our hearts, our actions will mirror His values. And our children will learn from our example.                    

This is Luis Palau.

Training your Children in Christ Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Kids nowadays go to school at a very young age—some start in preschool as early as two years old. But no amount of education is as important as children learning and accepting the truth of Jesus Christ. The earlier the better! When my kids were young, I prayed about how I could encourage them in developing their own personal relationship with Jesus. My wife Pat, and I, read to them the Bible and biblical story books. We made prayer a part of our everyday lives. When parents approach me with questions of how to instill faith in their children, my answer is this: demonstrate Bible-centered, active faith in your own life.

Let your children watch as you lead someone to Christ. If there are neighbors next door who do not believe, invite them over for game night, and use the opportunity to talk about Jesus with your kids present. If you’re sad, or frustrated, or angry, pray. Let your children watch you surrendering to God, and as they grow up, they will want to do the same. Help your kids memorize lots of Bible verses.

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” So can I encourage you today, to live this way with your children? There is no better way to reach your world than to reach those living in your very own home.

This is Luis Palau.

Betsellers and Godly Books Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I was reading the New York Times the other day, and I came across the Best Sellers list. The list was filled with a variety of stories: fiction and nonfiction, mystery, romance, and humor.

It must be difficult for a person to decide what to read. Should we take the word of popular talk show hosts? Or follow what celebrities are reading? I considered how I determine what to read. Since I was a young boy, I have asked myself four questions to help choose my books. First, I ask: does it disciple me in a biblical way? Then, does it inspire me? Next, does it motivate me? And last, does it teach me?  By asking these questions, I can sort out the godly books from the bestsellers of popular culture.

The Bible says in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Nobody comes to the Father except through me.” I encourage you to read books that point you to the Truth. As you consider what’s next on your reading list, I challenge you to choose your books by looking at them through a godly lens. Check out authors who believe and teach the Bible. Make sure you are reading the Bible so you can compare what you are reading with God’s Word. As you read more godly books, you will be better equipped to reach your world.          

This is Luis Palau.

The Good Book Monday, January 14, 2019

I remember a kind bookstore owner who would let me read his books for free, when I was a teenager without a lot of money. I have always loved to read. In fact, sometimes people laugh, but books really are my friends. I am never alone when I have a book. Of course, there are a lot of books to choose from in this world. With the internet, you can order a book to be delivered the next day or download it to your iPad instantly. But, while reading books by Christian authors can offer insight, it is important that we remember to always put first priority on THE book: the Good Book - the Bible!

Hebrews 4:12 in the Bible says, “For the word of God is living and active.” The Bible is our source for wisdom and truth. It is where we go to discern God’s way versus the world’s way. Think of the Bible as an instruction manual. Life is full of many pieces, many parts, and many choices. If we try to tackle these things on our own, we will probably end up with a broken final product. But, by constantly referring to God’s instruction manual, the Bible, we can know that “His Strength is made perfect in our weakness.” God’s will and His way become evident in our lives.
This week, can I encourage you to spend more time in the Good Book? Then, when you’re going about your daily life, you’ll be prepared to talk about Jesus to those who do not yet know Him.

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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