Archive for April, 2013

A Life of Impact

Monday, April 29th, 2013

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a

Don’t ever think that your position in life is unimportant. As Christians, we are called to be ambassadors—temporarily stationed here on earth to represent who Jesus Christ is. And, as official representatives sent to do His business, we are fully backed by all the power and resource of heaven.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

As a pastor I sometimes find people obsessed with trying to find their “ministry.” But the most significant mentors in my life are not people who tried to conjure up a ministry. Instead, they followed the general commissions of Scripture and stepped out in obedience and faith and watched God do great and remarkable things through them.

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that 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 5:18-19

The world doesn’t need religious zombies and it doesn’t need people trying too hard to fit in and be relevant. The world needs real Christians who are compelled and controlled by the love of God. We have God’s provision at our disposal, not to enable a lopsided spiritual routine, but so that every aspect of our lives—spirit, soul, and body—will translate into accomplishment and impact.

Trust God for big things!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 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.

Biblical Blessing

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

When God framed this beautiful universe, He created it out of the love in His heart and He saw that it was good. And one of the first things God did was bless the animals and bless His people (Genesis 1).

In 1 Chronicles, the Bible talks about a man named Jabez who was “more honorable than his brothers.” When Jabez asked for God’s blessing, God blessed him! The account of Jabez is a brief snapshot, but it reveals that God is looking to bless those who seek Him.

Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10

Jesus became a curse for us in order that the blessings of God may come upon us (Galatians 3:13-14). These aren’t cheap words or an attempt to discount challenges in this world. Circumstances in this life aren’t ideal— we’ve all known hurt, pain, and disappointment. (Jabez’s name actually means “pain.”) But we can overcome despite adversity. It’s a privilege to be alive and to fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of God’s promise for blessing in your thought life, for your finances, your marriage, your kids, your job.

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion! Psalm 84:5

You are anointed to be a fountain of inspiration to other people. You matter to God’s purposes. So submit your heart to God’s will for your life, and embrace the idea that He wants to bless you. That He wants to do big things through you. Reach out and trust Him to use you to make a difference on this earth.

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

Copyright © 2013 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.

The God Kind of Compassion

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:35-36

While on earth, Jesus revealed the heart of the Father by setting a precedence of compassion. He was a magnet for broken people who felt free to approach Him though the rest of the world rejected them. Jesus didn’t get overwhelmed or let His eyes glaze over when He encountered those sick or unwanted people. He was filled with compassion and He healed and restored them. Now, more than 2000 years later, He is asking us to do the same in our generation.

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

When we encounter broken humanity we can choose either desensitization or compassion. God’s compassion is not the same as human sympathy, which can wear us out and keep us running in circles. His compassion will focus us so we can be fruitful.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

Compassion is a predecessor to the miraculous. If you feel numb from hurt and disappointment, join the club. Jesus was betrayed by Judas for a few pieces of silver. But God is calling you back to a tender heart. Don’t sell out to apathy. Instead, trust God for a fresh surge of empathy so that you can be ready to impact the world around you. A heart of compassion can change everything.

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

Copyright © 2013 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.

Look at This

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

Look at the Stars. When you look up at the clearest and brightest starry night, remember that God has named every single one of those stars. God told Abraham and Sarah, a senior childless couple, that He was going to create a nation through them as numerous as the stars in the sky. Abraham lifted up his eyes to a faithful God, and the Jewish nation was born out of that moment of obedience and faith.

Look at the Word. You’re invited to examine God’s Word to see the reality of His plan, His love, and His life-transforming power. When you receive Jesus, you become transformed. Reading the Word helps you to avoid spiritual amnesia and reminds you that you are a new creation in Christ (James 1:22-25, 1 Corinthians 5:17).

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Look at Jesus. When you turn your eyes on Jesus and look full in His glorious face, things change. The eyes of the Lord are searching the earth so He can strongly support those whose hearts are His (2 Chronicles 16:9). So if you’re discouraged and you’ve been tempted to back off a little, don’t give up! God can re-ignite your heart. Lift your eyes off your circumstances and look to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).

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

Copyright © 2013 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 Life of Victory

Monday, April 1st, 2013

God wants you to thrive. When you and I receive Jesus, we enter the ranks of the overcomers. We step out of defeat and into victory, out of sin into righteousness, out of aimlessness into fruitfulness. The miracle of spiritual rebirth is a reality. When sinners respond to God, Jesus turns their lives around.

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God . . . For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:1-4

The Bible defines humanity’s purpose as conforming to the image of
Christ—loving Him with our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus doesn’t offer us a timid and apathetic existence, but one filled with strength and love, where our mind is clear and sound.

For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! Isaiah 64:4 NLT

Waiting on the Lord means to engage in the life of faith. It’s choosing to trust God and embrace the promises found in the Bible. Whatever you are dealing with, it’s important to God. He knows the details and answers corresponding to the situation you are facing right now. Trust Him. With people it may be impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. I want every person to know the wonderful God who works for those who wait for Him. If you’re seeking, call out to Jesus. He’ll reveal Himself to you.

God has an amazing plan for your life!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 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. Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.