Archive for December, 2012

The Light of the World

Monday, December 31st, 2012

He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:2-5

Jesus is so unique. There is no one like Him. The name of Jesus is the only name under heaven by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12). He is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of God’s nature (Hebrews 1:3). If you know Jesus, you know the Father (John 14:7).

There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. John 1:9

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. Hebrews 1:3a

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17

We too are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), reflecting Jesus as the moon reflects the sun.

If you are concerned about the world we’re in right now, where people’s love has grown cold (Matthew 24:12), don’t fear—even darkness becomes light to the Lord (Psalm 139:12). God is good. He yearns to heal and repair broken humanity. And He wants to use us to be light bearers—carrying the name of Jesus into every area and strata of the world.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

A Rescuer Is Born

Monday, December 24th, 2012

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

Christmas underscores the whole plan of redemption—it’s the day when the Rescuer was born in a manger over 2,000 years ago.

Jesus came not to cover sin but to take away the sin condition (Isaiah 43:25). He is the exact representation of the Father (Hebrews 1:1-3) and He came to earth in the fullness of time to die for the ungodly (Galatians 4:4-5) and to pronounce forgiveness over each one of our lives. Let these scriptures inspire your interest, admiration, and affection for Jesus:

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. Hebrews 1:3a

Jesus is the most unique person there has ever been. He is the Messiah, the Anointed One. He is fully God and fully man. He’s the King of kings. Jesus is alive and available to all who call on His Name, and He is reaching out to every person all the time. If you don’t know Him, let Him rescue you from sin and certain death. Whatever your situation, He is ready and able to come to your aid. Get to know the Rescuer.

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Fervent Love

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:7-8

LOVE IS VALUE. The best definition I’ve found for love is “value.” In modern society we see a huge devaluation of human life (Matthew 24:12). But if we just obey the Bible and value others in a meaningful, non-patronizing way, our lives will be a radical witness to the rest of the world.

LOVE CHANGES THE WORLD. The Christian life is not one of detachment or isolation. We are called to go out there and get involved with people. To care for others’ welfare. To show love in such a genuine way that it becomes contagious and spreads. But we don’t generate love in our own power. God gives us the grace to live it out!

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35.

LOVE AND FAITH. Sometimes people are not enjoyable to be around. Some people are grumpy, odd, or harsh, and they generate unhappiness. Love them anyway. Be merciful and patient. In that atmosphere of giving, sin loses its hold on people. In that atmosphere of love, miracles happen.

Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a. Phillips Translation

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Faith Brings Peace and Stability

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Let us keep looking to Jesus. Our faith comes from Him and He is the One who makes it perfect. Hebrews 12:2a NLV

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and the sustainer of the in-between. You can have peace even in the middle of weird circumstances when you trust God who promises to work all things together for good (Romans 8:28).

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27

Jesus comes with real answers corresponding to every bombardment you and I face. When we stand on the promises of God, we have sure and steady footing.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13

God is looking for a courageous response to His promises. Let God’s Word be the substance that gets down into the core of your being and informs your life. Whatever your situation or circumstance, look to God—the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last (Revelation 22:13). He will see you through.

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6

Trust God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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The Most Important Thing

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:22-23

Get wise. God wants to use you as an ambassador who is so filled with love, so aware, and so confident of eternal life that you feel desperate to get this information to the people around you so that they too can experience forgiveness and not go to hell.

He who is wise wins souls. Proverbs 11:30b

Be filled with love. Imagine how grateful you’d be if you fell in the middle of traffic and a giant bus was bearing down on you and suddenly somebody threw you out of the way – and then that person was hit and perished. At first, you would probably feel guilty and undeserving, but then you would be so grateful. Jesus did that for us. The Rescuer came on the scene and took death and sin so we could be free. Now we are called to win souls.

Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends John 15:13.

Be aware. We’ve been given a mission, but the devil uses worries and cares to get us so bogged down that we can’t see the amazing opportunities around us (Mark 4:18-20). We’ve all had days that were sabotaged by worry, but let’s refuse to let the devil have any more. Keep your eyes forward. Focus on what God has already done in you. Speak the Scriptures out of your mouth—God’s Word is imperishable and enduring.

Get confident. God wants to help you prioritize, and He wants to deliver you from temptation so you can fulfill your purpose. He wants to help you be bold and talk to people about Jesus. You hold the key to other people’s breakthrough. As you develop a sensitivity and receptivity to the Holy Spirit, you’ll be used to change the entire course of someone’s life.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.