One of the most prominent features of the Portland skyline is the Oregon
Convention Center with twin towers stretching 260 feet above the complex.

Shortly before the center was completed, however, its impressive jade-green
glass towers suddenly posed a problem that threatened to delay the opening of
the $90 million project. Apparently, back in the design stages, no one stopped
long enough to ask, “How is anybody going to clean these glass
towers?” It wasn’t until construction was well under way that someone
recognized the problem. Standard window-washing systems couldn’t handle the
job. So a Los Angeles-based engineering firm was hired to figure out a way to
keep the twin spires from becoming permanently dirty and discolored.

Thankfully, God thought about the problem of cleansing our hearts long before
He created Adam and Eve. And He knew exactly what He was going to do to cleanse
us thoroughly, even though the drama of redemption wasn’t played out in human
history for several thousand years.

Illustration taken from:
Palau’s book, How to Renew Your Spiritual
, Discovery House, 1995.

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Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 30 million people in 75 countries, with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. Luis Palau festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions on 3,500 radio outlets in 48 countries. Among other top-tier programs, Luis currently hosts Luis Palau Responde, an international Q&A program in Spanish, and Reaching Your World, a devotional-style program emphasizing biblical wisdom. He has authored close to 50 books, contributed articles on issues of faith to countless publications, and counseled business leaders, political leaders, and heads of state around the world.

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