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On Reaching Your World with Luis Palau this week, Luis shares inspiring stories that illustrate how you, as a follower of Jesus, can participate in spreading the Good News in your everyday life.
Have you ever experienced turbulence on an airplane? I know I have! Sometimes, it can get pretty scary! The worst is when you don’t know how long the turbulence is going to last. But you know something? Turbulence rarely causes an actual problem. In fact it’s usually just caused by wind. It’s pretty normal to experience a bumpy ride from time to time.
As believers, turbulence in our life is also quite normal. I think sometimes we forget that when we accept Jesus into our hearts, our problems don’t just disappear. Sins are forgiven, yes. But problems hit us. Life is full of ups and downs; it’s full of turbulence. But the benefit of knowing Jesus is that He promises to be with us – and, even more, to live within us - on the journey. Galatians 2:20 says, “Christ lives in me.”
Are you experiencing turbulence in your life? Or, do you know someone who is weary from fighting battles on their own? Talk to them about Jesus! The Bible says, in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” How does Jesus do that? By coming to live within us. Struggles are a normal part of life. But Jesus is here to help us through those struggles.
This is Luis Palau.
Have you ever purchased something—only to find out soon after, that the company is releasing a new, updated, better version? I experienced this with the iPhone. I bought one version, and very soon, the company released a faster phone! I think we’ve come to expect this with so many things—coffee makers, phones, computers, cars… and how easy is it as well, to get swept up in new, fancy, appealing ideology. We hear new spiritual leaders talking about new ways to Salvation. But here’s the thing: the Good News gospel was the same 2,000 years ago as it is today! Jesus’ selfless death on the cross, which saved us from our sins, cannot be upgraded! It cannot be outdone! There is no “better version”! There is no new way to Salvation! It is “once for all” – done on the cross and the resurrection.
This week, I encourage you to focus on studying and proclaiming the true Good news gospel. Read the gospel of John in the Bible. Remind people of John 3:16, which says, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. This is the Good News for all of eternity. And it’s worth repeating again and again.
This is Luis Palau.
This past July, I was humbled to work with over 1,700 churches and Christian leaders in New York City to share in an evangelistic festival called CityFest.
Preparing for the event, many of our team members took many flights from our homes in Oregon to the Big Apple. One of them told me this:
“I was sitting on the plane and found myself sitting next to a very wealthy man and his wife; the husband was a successful lawyer in the entertainment industry and he told me about his job. I asked his wife what she did for a living. “I work for a nonprofit that helps people come out of drug and alcohol addiction” she said. I asked her how she got into that particular field and she began to tell me all about how their son had died from a drug overdose, so she wanted to help others before it was too late. After listening to the tragic story of their son, I asked this couple if they knew Jesus, if they were believers. They were not, so I began to share with them about God—who knows our hurts, who understands our pain. While neither of them gave their lives to Christ in that moment, a seed was planted.”
The moral of this story is this: everywhere we go, we have opportunities to meet people, to hear their stories. What if we all used these interactions to share the Good News? Today, listen to someone’s story—then, tell them how Jesus can meet their need.
This is Luis Palau.
Has God ever laid something on your heart that sounded impossible? Years ago, God laid on my heart the desire to work with New York churches and help reach their city with a huge evangelistic campaign. But at first, this dream was met with discouragement. As I shared this desire with people around me, I received mixed responses. Some people said, “Let’s make this happen! Let’s do it!” but others said, “New York?! It will be impossible to have a festival there! Go somewhere else. Not now!”
But despite the temptation to give up, I pressed onward. John 11:40 in the Bible says, “Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’” So, despite hearing “that’s impossible”--I continued to believe! And guess what? This past July, over 1,700 churches came together in New York City for a huge evangelistic outreach!
The Gospel was shared with 180,000 people through outreaches and events at Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, and even Central Park! If that isn’t God working, I don’t know what is! And over 10,000 recorded their decision to follow Jesus Christ!
So let me ask you, what has God put on your heart? Where does God want you to share His message? Nothing is too big, or too impossible for God to work out! “Believe,” said Jesus, “and you will see the glory of God!”
This is Luis Palau.
Kevin Palau’s new book, "Unlikely," tells about an unusual church-community partnership that changed an entire city. You will be inspired in your own service to your community. You can order a copy of this book by visiting www.palau.org and clicking on Resources.
It’s back to school time, and this week on "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau" Luis is bringing back some of the most important Bible basics! As you listen in, you’ll learn about God’s love, provision, grace, forgiveness, and the Great Commission.