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Series: Luis Palau | Great Women of Faith

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis will tell about some of the great women who, throughout history, have played an important role in spreading the Gospel. You’ll hear stories of faith, leadership, and courage.

How Mary Handled the Situation before Her Friday, June 28, 2019

You know you are in the right spot, when someone says, “How can this be?!” For something miraculous is about to happen. Mary was greatly troubled in the Gospel of Luke, when an angel of the Lord explained to her that she would conceive a son. “How can this be?!” is what first wells up inside of her. Being a virgin, Mary knew that only God could accomplish this. And when the angel explains that the Holy Spirit will come upon her, she exclaims, “Be it unto me according to your word.”

And now Mary had to face great challenges. She would have to explain to her fiancé. There would be judgment from her community. But Mary had received her call and by faith she humbly submitted to it.

God has a special calling for each of us as well. The call God gives us, His followers, is to go and make disciples of all the nations. The calling is to your workplace, your school and community, and even around the world. We must go. In that broader calling, God will call you specifically to serve sacrificially, to testify verbally, and to share the Good News. And as doors open to share the Good News, we will, like Mary, have moments of “how can this be?!” So what is stopping us from following the call? Put that aside for a moment, to get started, let’s first say, “Be it unto me according to your Word.” Together, let’s follow our call, according to His word, and we will reach our world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Forgiving Bravely Thursday, June 27, 2019

When Corrie ten Boom’s grandfather opened his watch shop, he made it known that the family home above the shop was open for anyone in need. A hundred years later, this meant that the ten Booms used their home to hide Jews from the Nazis.

Hidden behind a wall was “the hiding place.” Corrie and her family could hide up to seven people who were either wanted by the Nazi government for being Jewish or helping Jews escape. The ten Booms were not Jews themselves; they were devoted followers of Jesus. But they believed the Jews needed to be protected.

The ten Booms did this for two years, until the Nazis found out. The entire family was arrested and sent to concentration camps. The four refugees hiding in their home at the time were not found by the Nazis and survived. Corrie’s father and sister died in the concentration camp, but Corrie lived. Corrie realized she survived for God’s purpose — to proclaim a message of forgiveness to everyone who would hear it.

The Lord commands us, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” When we are doing the right thing, or when forgiving others who have wronged us, the Lord will be with us. He will use our bravery to reach our world for His glory.

This is Luis Palau.

Protecting Children Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Amy Carmichael knew she was called to be a missionary after she heard Hudson Taylor, the missionary to China, speak. The only problem was that she had a chronic illness that made her tired and feverish. Amy served in Japan for a while until she became too ill to continue her work. Finally, she went to a South Asian nation for her health. That is where she found her true calling.

There she met a little girl named Preena. Preena had been given by her mother to the local religious temple in exchange for favor from the gods. Girls who worked at the temples eventually became temple prostitutes. This little girl had run away many times, but she did not have a place to go. Because of her, Amy founded a place called the Dohnavur Fellowship where young girls could find refuge. A few years later, they opened a hospital and a home for boys, so that everyone could get the help they needed. Amy spent over 53 years in that nation, never taking a break from her ministry.

In Psalms, it says that God is a “father to the fatherless.” Following God’s example, Amy became a mother to children who had been rejected by their families. They even began calling her “Amma,” which means “mother.” As Amma Amy did, we should be looking for those in our lives, like Preena, who need to know God’s love and protection.    

This is Luis Palau. 

Freeing Slaves Tuesday, June 25, 2019

It was night when Harriet Tubman crossed over the border from the South into the North and became a free woman. Born a slave, she escaped from that life, running through the woods at night and hiding during the day. When she finally made it, she said she felt like she was in heaven.

But many others were still in slavery, and so Harriet could not rest in her own freedom. Over the next eight years, she made at least thirteen trips back and forth to save others. She was assisted by the Underground Railway, a system of people and places that hid escaping slaves. Most of these people were Christians, and Harriet herself was a devout follower of Christ. She trusted God to keep her and her fellow travelers safe. Harriet took great strength from the Old Testament tales of deliverance. In all of her journeys, she was never caught, and neither were any of the people she was bringing to freedom. Because of this, many called her “Moses,” as she delivered her people from slavery with God’s help.

When God told Moses to rescue the Israelites from Egypt, God promised him, “I will be with you.” Harriet believed that God was with her, and He was. By her brave actions, Harriet told slave-owners to let her people go. Just like Jesus did for us, Harriet reached her world and brought people to freedom, one dark night at a time.            

This is Luis Palau. 

Seeing Heaven Monday, June 24, 2019

“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!” This hymn may be familiar to you. It is a beautiful song that talks about praising Jesus for the gift of heaven “all the day long.” The second verse of the hymn imagines what heaven will look like. It says, “visions of rapture now burst on my sight.” Those of us who can see beautiful things like mountains and the ocean only have the smallest understanding of the beauty of heaven. But the writer of this hymn, Fanny Crosby, was born in 1820 and became blind as a baby. She grew up not being able to see the world around her. So when she wrote this line, she was not only imagining what heaven would look like, she was imagining what it would be like to SEE.

Even without sight, Fanny wrote almost 9,000 hymns, some of which churches still sing today. She lobbied in New York City for education for those with disabilities. She felt called to serve the poor in urban areas, which she did for many years of her life. She served God faithfully without her sight.
She really took to heart the Bible verse that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She did not let her disability slow her down. Despite her lack of sight, she spent her days praising Jesus by composing hymns and serving the poor. Fanny reached her world for Jesus, and now she can see in eternity!

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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