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Series: Luis Palau | Abundant Life with Christ

This week on “Reaching your World,” Luis Palau looks at the hopelessness and sadness in many people, and reminds us of the great privielge we have of letting others know of the fulfillment they can find in Jesus.

Children of God Friday, August 2, 2019

Have you ever been at a busy playground? Usually surrounding the playground is a ring of parents, grandparents, and babysitters chatting while they watch their kids run around. Once in a while a kid falls or gets his feelings hurt, and then whoever is closest runs to comfort him. The parent asks the child, “Where is your mom? Where is your dad? Who do you belong to?” The kid will sniffle and raise his hand, pointing at the person whose child he is. His parent usually rushes over and smothers the child with hugs, kissing the tears away.

“Who do you belong to? Whose child are you?” These questions can continue to haunt us into adulthood. Some people don’t know who they belong to. Maybe their parents were cruel or inattentive or absent. Maybe their parents died before their children could really know them – like my dad’s father died when my dad was ten years old. Regardless of who our earthly parents are, there is a Father who wants us as part of His family. John 1:12 says, “To all …who believed in his (Jesus’) name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

In receiving Christ, we become God’s children. God is a father who will rush over to us and hug us if we point to him and say we are His. This fatherly love redefines us and our identities. How everything would change if everyone accepted God as their father! What a joyful playground this world would be!           

This is Andrew Palau.

Keys to Keeping Good Friends Thursday, August 1, 2019

One of the secrets of living a blessed, fulfilled, meaningful life is making and keeping friends who love the Lord Jesus Christ.

According to the Wall Street Journal, good friends are essential to our medical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being at every age and stage of life. I want to mention several important keys to keeping good friends. Again, these come out of the Wall Street Journal. I’m not making these up.

First, schedule regular activities with a few good friends. The activities can be as simple as coffee or a meal together. Second, spend less time on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media. Instead, see your friends or give them a call. Connect with them in real life. Third, give each other the benefit of the doubt. Make your friendship stronger by being ready to forgive—and ready to ask for forgiveness. Fourth, make sure that you have friends who are older and others who are younger than you. Fifth, prune away any friendship that isn’t good or that is even toxic.

Finally, I encourage you to pray by name for your friends, invite them to go to church with you, and get back in touch if you haven’t seen them for a while.
 In John 15:15, Jesus calls us friends. In turn, He wants us to love each other wholeheartedly. Let’s do just that today.

This is Luis Palau.

What is Fulfillment? Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Wall Street Journal asked half a dozen celebrities to answer a fundamental life question: What is fulfillment?

The first celebrity said he feels most fulfilled “when there are no restrictions on my ideas or inspirations.” The second observed “sometimes we do things that we’re dreading doing, and they turn out to be—pardon the expression —fulfilling.” A third said, “You want to live up to expectation. Fulfillment, for me, is feeling that I’ve accomplished that.” Another said, “I’m most fulfilled whenever I’m able to have space to think and don’t feel rushed to make my work.” Yet another said, “The tricky thing about fulfillment is that it’s difficult to recognize in your life.”

So, how would you answer the fundamental life question: What is fulfillment? I sincerely hope that you would quote our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In John 10:10 He said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Only Jesus offers life fulfillment here and now—and for all eternity. May you and I experience that fulfillment and share the life of Jesus with still others. After all, that’s what it means to reach your world.

This is Luis Palau.

Our World's Terrible Miscalculations Tuesday, July 30, 2019

uIn a penetrating article, TIME magazine talked at length about,  "...the uselessness of envy. As with many behaviors that were once considered vices—greed, sloth, lust—envy reflects a miscalculation in the relative worth of things." 

Take our culture’s obsession with celebrities. TIME noted, “Sometimes, we can barely get through the day. They [celebrities] are happier and more fulfilled… Their lives look better than ours, and therefore they must be better people than we are, [but]… Many lives are not as they appear.” As examples, TIME talked about two celebrities who had recently ended it all and lamented that such people’s lives, "...aren’t as amazingly blissful as they appear."

It’s not just beauty that’s skin deep. It’s also fame and riches. Glamour and glitz, and power and popularity, aren’t enough. They’ve never been enough. They’re this world’s terrible miscalculations of worth.

Jesus spoke profound truth in John 10:10 where He says: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Whatever the devil offers, the devil laughs and takes away. Only Jesus offers life to the full here and now—and for all eternity. Share this with your friends.   

This is Luis Palau.

Everyone Needs Hope Monday, July 29, 2019

In recent months, we’ve seen an increasing number of celebrities end their lives. A former glamour model and Playboy Playmate jumped from a 25th floor window. A United States Navy admiral used a weapon. Four other prominent celebrities used a rope. They included an actor, a figure skater, a fashion designer, and a larger-than-life chef, author, and television personality.

After two well-known personalities passed within days of each other, TIME magazine said it was: “...a one-two punch to our belief that there are some people who are living the perfect life… What more could a person want?"  

What’s more, TIME said, “What do we do with the information that those whose lives we admire cannot bear to live? How do we process the reality that all that they’d had and done were not bulwark enough against darkness? What hope,” TIME asked, “is there for the rest of us?”

Thank God the answer is “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” [1 Peter 1:3] That is what many of us have. Do you have that living hope? If so, share it and help rescue someone you know who feels life is not worth living. 

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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Go Share the Gospel

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.