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Series: Luis Palau | Planting and Harvesting

In order for a plant to grow, you must first plant the seed. The same goes for the Gospel. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” learn ways you can go out and reach your world by planting seeds through the words of Jesus.

Does a Smile Make a Difference? Friday, August 9, 2019

Our 26th president Theodore Roosevelt was often quoted as reminding his staff that “People don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.” I know many people think this when Dad and I, or any preacher, come into a new church. The speaker seems distant and inaccessible. The best way to break down these assumptions is to go face to face. A simple conversation and smile breaks down so many barriers. I can’t tell you how many times people have said, “Thank you for taking time to speak with me.” I hear that far more than, “Wow, your message was so powerful!”

People don’t care about the message we have initially as much as whether there is any concern for them. It’s the personal moments, where you relate eye to eye that count the most. Once, leading up to a festival, Dad and I sat down with the mayor of the host city. She was clearly not pleased, but after one kind comment from Dad asking about her family, she immediately started to pour out her life and the conversation led us to a wide open door for sharing the Good News.

Romans 2:4 reveals this powerful truth: ”…it is the kindness of God that leads us to repentance.” We can all smile and show genuine interest in others. And when we do, just watch the ways God will use us to then share the Good News and reach our world.                         

This is Andrew Palau.

Mission Teamwork Thursday, August 8, 2019

I know some missionaries who work alone. But I also know some who serve as a family or as a team. One organization, I know, sends multiple families for long periods of time to live amongst the people they are serving. The families are working together to share the Good News.

The apostle Paul in his travels always went with somebody as well. Remember the story of Paul and Silas in jail? There was a third key member of their team - the Holy Spirit - who very soon broke them out of jail. The jail keeper was then led to Christ due to the teamwork of Paul, Silas, and the Holy Spirit.

As we reach our world let’s remember that we are part of the body of Christ. We are part of a team. We don’t have to reach our world alone. The body of Christ is made to work together. My own ministry is a team ministry. I love being a part of a team when ministering to people anywhere in the world. Our ministry would not be as effective if we didn’t have a team. Even Jesus had a 12-member team. Remember? Ask God in what way He wants to use you to reach your world with your friends.

This is Luis Palau.

Group Effort Wednesday, August 7, 2019

You know all that talk about introverts vs. extroverts? Well I know some people who are introverts who find it scary to share their faith. They walk into a room and just freeze. Or they start a conversation and the words just don’t come out. It’s not that something is wrong with introverts, it’s just not in their nature to walk up to complete strangers and start a conversation.

But introverts, don’t lose heart! You don’t have to feel alone when explaining the Good News. I know of a church that sends people out in groups of three to reach people on the streets, in the mall, and in the parks of their city. They pray together and then they share their faith together. They don’t do it alone.

In Ecclesiastes it says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” This applies to sharing our faith too. We don’t have to reach our world by ourselves. And the Holy Spirit of God is in you to give you words and wisdom.

Find someone you can team up with, and reach your world together. It will guide you in sharing your faith because you have someone to encourage and support you. It’s a group effort, so let’s reach our world together, because that was God’s plan to begin with.  He called it “the Church."

This is Luis Palau.

Family Foundation Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Andy grew up in a religious home but was never passionate about Jesus Christ. Yes, he believed in God but didn’t know Him. After a few years in college, Andy by chance met some friends who were on fire for Jesus. This passion rubbed off on Andy and he began to pursue Jesus Christ like never before.

Andy’s religious upbringing provided the kindling that would later ignite into a fiery passion for Jesus, sparked by his friends. Andy’s parents didn’t do anything wrong. Sometimes people need to go through rebellion or tragic events before they come to the Lord. If it’s a family member, don’t reject the person because of their sarcasm or defiant statements.  Stay in touch as much as possible with people who refuse to believe. Don’t hammer home incessantly either with arguments or over-quoting the Bible.

So I encourage you. Do not lose heart as you reach the world around you. Persevere with your prayer. Don’t lose hope. The kindling you lay now could very well ignite a fire in the future.  St. Paul says, “God is able.” And He is!

This is Luis Palau.

Reaping Others' Seeds Monday, August 5, 2019

Molly was studying abroad in Europe and felt very alone. One evening, her roommate shared with her about Jesus and it led her to wanting to know more about Jesus. A few nights later, Molly accepted Jesus into her heart. Molly’s grandmother had planted the seed by praying long and hard for her salvation, for years. It was Molly’s European friend who reaped the harvest, and led her into eternal life.

In the book of Acts, Philip meets an Ethiopian man in a passing chariot in the desert, reading Isaiah chapter 53 along the road. Now the man did not understand what he was reading. The Bible says the man asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

Philip was able to immediately plant the seed about Jesus Christ, which very soon led to the water baptism of the man. Let’s never pass up an opportunity to share the Good News. Without first planting seeds no one can reap anything. So be brave, be bold and go out to reach your world.

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.