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Series: Luis Palau | Christ is Relevant

This week on “Reaching Your World,” Luis Palau points out that people are looking for purpose and they will go to great lengths to find it. Jesus Christ is relevant and He is the answer to this search.

Life Change Friday, May 3, 2019

“I knew I needed to go somewhere, anywhere but where I was.” That’s what Derrik told me as the two of us chatted after church service. Derrik had been sucked into a black hole of drug use. He had come to the place where he didn’t feel safe with his thoughts. He, like I had years earlier, walked down a dark, dark path. He felt trapped, alone, and afraid. But somewhere in the depths of Derrik, he knew he needed God. I was honored to pray with him and elated when he found freedom, forgiveness and new life in Jesus.

You don’t have to be a Derrik or an Andrew to experience radical change in your life. Derrik and I shared a common back-story but it might not be yours. You don’t have to be a violent criminal or stereotyped prodigal son for Jesus to rescue you. The Bible says we all “like sheep have gone astray.” All of us are broken and in need of a Savior. The good news is, Jesus is available to each of us. He is waiting for each of us to cry out to Him. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a rough past or have done a good job looking put-together. Everyone needs Jesus and He’s made Himself available to all. I recommend Him to you. If you’d like to give your life to Jesus Christ, right now, I have friends who would love to pray with you. Call 1-888-NEED-HIM and pray with someone this very hour.       

This is Andrew Palau.

Christ is Relevant to your Family Thursday, May 2, 2019

There are many pressures on families today, especially couples. Senator Bill Armstrong once said that Washington D.C. is a “divorce factory.” It epitomizes the pressure that families are under these days: they never see each other, always running around in opposite directions. There is tremendous tension and lack of communication.

Jesus is relevant to these situations as well. He is with us all the time and cares about the everyday relationships that can be struggles. Jesus longs to heal and strengthen our relationships.

As followers of Jesus we are asked to love one another, love our enemies, and that we be holy because he is holy. We may need to make radical changes, of course, to bless and save our family.  Senator Armstrong did.

So when your children or your spouse or your mother or son-in-law frustrates you, bring your frustration to Christ. Pray about your relationships, especially within your family. Seek the face of God intensely. There is no better way to share the love and light of Christ than with those that are closest to us, in our own family.

This is Luis Palau.  

Christ is Relevant to Spiritual Searching Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Many people today are on a spiritual quest. They long to fill this void inside their soul and they hunger for more. People are looking for purpose anywhere they can find it. They wander into the wrong crowds, get obsessed with money, drugs or alcohol. Anything to fill the void inside their hearts.

This is why many people commit evil in the world. Because they listen to a group that makes them feel accepted and loved. Or they will feel so alone that they will do anything for attention. The problem is, nothing can fill this void, but Jesus can. He saves us from the bonds of sin, and fills our emptiness. Other self-help books and figures can treat the symptoms, but only Jesus is able to get to the root causes of our distress. As Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it in abundance.”

Give people life by sharing Jesus’ good news with those around you. As you reach your world, let others know that while you yourself are a sinner, God has forgiven you and changed your heart. The spiritual search is over, and Christ has been found. What a message!  What an opportunity!

This is Luis Palau. 

Christ is Relevant to our Guilt Tuesday, April 30, 2019

So much pain and suffering is caused by guilt. People spend thousands of dollars on medications and psychologists just to alleviate the guilt they have. While psychologists can help find the root of the guilt, Jesus is the only one who can truly remove the guilt and relieve you.

A few years ago, I met a young woman who was thinking of ending her life. She had committed adultery and her husband left her. She didn’t believe that Jesus could save her and could remove the overwhelming guilt she felt. After three hours of talking together, she finally realized she was forgiven. She was freed to live a new life - forgiven! She had grabbed hold of what God says in Hebrews 8:12: “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” What a promise!

We all have experienced guilt. So many hurtful things in life are caused because of guilt: wars, family break-ups, suicide. People run from Christ because they are ashamed, when instead they should be running TO Christ. Recognize those around you who may be under a deep burden of guilt, and encourage them with the Good News of the cross of Jesus Christ. Christ can release anyone from the pressure of guilt and give them new life. Spread this Good News today and reach your world with joy.

This is Luis Palau.  

Christ is Relevant Monday, April 29, 2019

Relevant is a key word these days. Churches try so hard to be relevant to today’s culture. They don’t need to try so hard! Christ is relevant to today’s culture, just like He has been relevant in the past and will be in the future. Following Jesus is not a fad, followers will not fade away. Christ is relevant to the young and the old. He is relevant to the average person and to the high intellects. Even very intellectual theologians, scientists, and political minds have discovered relevancy in Jesus Christ.  The Bible tells us to follow Christ with our hearts and our minds. The most relevant answers come in Jesus Christ, who is “the way, the truth, and the life.”

The Bible itself has what J.B. Phillips calls “the ring of truth.” The Bible proves itself over and over again. The holy Bible is self-authenticating. So if you have a friend who is struggling with the relevancy of Christ, give them a Bible. Especially point them to the New Testament to start with. Guide them through it and challenge them to read it cover to cover. As you reach your world with God’s truth, as reflected in holy Scripture, He can do amazing things for the hearts and minds of your lost friends.

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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