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Series: Luis Palau | A Ripple Effect

If God’s word is written on our hearts, then how could we not share His Good News? This week on “Reaching Your World,” Luis Palau will point out how, as followers of Christ, we should be planting seeds of the Gospel everywhere we go.

Authentic Joy Friday, April 19, 2019

Every year I meet many pastors who struggle with having their basic material needs met. Yet there’s genuine joy on their faces. Their passion for the Lord and desire to save souls drives them forward. These leaders face challenges daily to meet the spiritual needs of a congregation, and simultaneously meet all the needs of their families. I have to tell you that if I was unsure of where my wife and children’s next meal would come from, I feel it would distract me from keeping the focus on our ministry. But their trust in the Lord is relentless and it is inspiring!

Jesus gives this promise in John (16:33): “In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart, be of good cheer! I have overcome the world.” The first part is difficult because Jesus doesn’t promise it will be easy. But you know what, when my grandfather died, my dad was just ten years old, and my grandma put a plaque on the wall with this very verse on it, and that truth has blessed us into the next generation.

And Jesus is our example. Let’s remember the deep sacrificial work that God has done on our behalf, to overcome. Remember the testimony of those who have so little but have the good cheer of the Lord and prosper. God’s Holy Spirit dwells within us and will carry us forward in difficult days not only to hang on, but even, in the midst of it, to reach our world.         

This is Andrew Palau.

Planting Seeds Thursday, April 18, 2019

“I’m going to Peru!” Lindsay had accepted Christ into her life only a month before making this bold declaration. She knew God had a big plan for her for the summer. She set out and raised all the money she needed. She went on her mission trip, impacting many kids in Peru along the way.

Back home, Lindsay also had an impact on her sister, Hannah. You see, Lindsay was the first person in her family to meet Jesus. Her example of following Him made Hannah curious. While her sister was away in Peru, Hannah went to youth group with a friend and came to know Jesus also.

Just a small curiosity like Hannah’s, planted by the boldness of Lindsay, grew into something amazing. Just like the Apostle Paul outlines in 1 Corinthians 3:6 – Lindsay planted the seed. The youth group watered it. God made it grow in Hannah’s heart.

You, too, can plant or water some seeds in others. We may not see the end result immediately, but we are doing our part. God will work to make them grow; we just have to be intentional about reaching our world for Him. And we can do it in the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells us, and the power of the word of God.                       

This is Luis Palau.

Unexpected Opportunity Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sam has a common story with an uncommon ending. He is an alcoholic, who came to realize it was time to clean up his life. He had three children to care for and his dependence on alcohol was affecting his ability to be a good father. God moved in his heart, prompting Sam to lead a life of sobriety.

Initially Sam thought this was the end of his journey. He was done with alcohol and praised God for it. But, God moved in his heart again. This time it was to help others, to share his story of redemption. Sam started a recovery group at his church. He invited all his old drinking buddies. Many came and many were helped by his efforts.

Sam didn’t initially think God had a ministry call on his life. He just knew he was redeemed in Christ. But through Sam’s story, many others have invested in the recovery program and in leading others to find Christ in their lives. Every day is a new opportunity to share Jesus.

How is God working in your life? Where might He be leading you to reach out to others for His glory? Today, I pray you are blessed by a new opportunity to reach our world with the Good News of Jesus. It may be unexpected, but God has a big plan for you.

This is Luis Palau.

Indirect Impact Tuesday, April 16, 2019

When we host a festival, we cause a ruckus; a spiritual ruckus for Jesus. We invade a town for a few days, doing as much as we can to serve the community, support the local churches, and share Jesus openly. The local media is always intrigued, bringing great coverage of the events happening around town.

At one particular festival, a local newspaper reporter named Steven was covering the story. He ended up hearing my entire message proclaimed from the main stage. As things were wrapping up for the evening, one of our counselors approached Steven and asked him what he thought of the night. With great excitement Steven proclaimed, “It was great! I accepted Jesus myself!”

I always love hearing stories like this from our counselors. They are encouraging because even though it wasn’t our direct intention to reach out to the media, all within earshot can hear, and be forever changed. In Matthew (5:16), Jesus says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

What do you think? Perhaps you will indirectly connect with someone today. Remember that your words and actions could be exactly what is needed to show them Jesus.

This is Luis Palau.

Impossible to Ignore Monday, April 15, 2019

Recently I was encouraged by a story about a student named Jason. He was working in a coffee shop, paying his way through Bible college. Each day at work he made a genuine effort to impact his coworkers for the glory of God. He would ask them how they were doing and let them know he was praying for them.

Jason shared his faith openly, and to one regular customer named Joe, it made all the difference. Joe was a retired teacher who came to know the love of Jesus because of Jason’s encouragement to his coworkers. Jason didn’t intend to reach out to Joe. However his enthusiasm couldn’t be ignored. And he came to believe in and surrender to Jesus Christ because of that life.

Have you ever met someone like Jason; someone with the gift of encouragement, who seems to always have the right word from God ready to share?

Paul reminds us in Romans 10:8 that “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.” Let’s remember this – you and I - as we go about our day. God’s word is written on our heart and it is His Good News that can’t be ignored and should be shared.

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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