Archive for December, 2015

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me. Psalm 57:2

1. GET READY. “Lord, what do You want me to do?” (Acts 9:6 NKJV). We want to find out what God has purposed for this next year, both as a church and as individuals, and then believe Him for the boldness and courage to accomplish it. This is not of human manufacture, but rather complete reliance on the strength and wisdom that God supplies.

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay. Acts 13:36

2. TAKE AIM. This hopeful scripture totals the ups and downs of David’s life into one statement: “He served the purpose of God.” In everything we do, we are aiming toward Jesus’ purposes.

3. FIRE FORWARD. You can take aim on God’s purposes this year and bust out into all that God has for you. Don’t think that missed opportunities or the indiscretions of your youth have ruined your destiny. God’s mercies are new every morning. If you listen to Him, you’ll find your way to people who need the prayers you pray, the message you voice, and the gift you have.

Aim High!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Here am I, Lord. Send me. Speak through me. You are the author and finisher of my faith. Reveal what You have for me to do in 2016. Order my steps (Hebrews 12:2, Psalm 37:23). Pull me out of depression and lethargy. Help me to walk on fire for You, in Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen.

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Jesus Is the Light

Friday, December 25th, 2015

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. John 1:4-5, 12

1. RECEIVE THE LIGHT. For God so loved the world that He gave Jesus. Two thousand years ago, Mary and Joseph were looking for a place where they could deliver their Baby. Today, Jesus is looking for people who will open their hearts and welcome Him in. That’s when the miracle of salvation takes place.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of life.” John 8:12

2. WALK IN THE LIGHT. With Jesus, we can walk in the light and see things more clearly than ever before. Read your Bible to find out who God is, what He has done for you through Jesus, and who you are in Christ.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14, 16

3. BE A LIGHT. This Christmas, God wants to rekindle the fire in your heart. If you’ve let worries, cares, or sin choke your love and devotion to God, simply repent. God will take your tiny fire, pour fuel on it, and set your spirit ablaze to radiate His light to others.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
I receive You, Jesus, as my Savior and Lord. Help me to walk in the light in a manner worth of You. I pray You do abundantly beyond all that I can ask or think according to Your great power (Ephesians 3:20). I love You, Jesus. Amen!

Light, noun
Something that makes vision possible. A source of light. Spiritual illumination.

Copyright © 2015 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. “Light.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 19 Dec 2015.

Five Reasons to Rejoice This Christmas

Friday, December 18th, 2015

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17

1. HE IS HERE. The good news of Jesus can change everything in a moment. When a Pharisee named Nicodemus asked Jesus how to be born again, Jesus replied with words that resound through time: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…”

2. IT IS MADE CLEAR. Jesus came to replace confusion with peace, doubt with clarity. While He was on earth, He fulfilled every prophecy about the coming of the Messiah. Then at age 33, He laid down His life to redeem us and bring us back into closeness with God.

3. YOU ARE DEAR. You are of great value to God. God loved the world so dearly that He was willing to pay the price and ransom us from sin and death.

4. YOU DON’T NEED TO FEAR. On the night of Jesus’ birth, angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields and said, “Do not be afraid.” And because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we don’t have to live in constant dread and apprehension. Jesus came with good news and great joy for all people (Luke 2:10).

5. YOU CAN DRAW NEAR. Sin, disappointment, and our own failures can weaken our faith, but when we draw near to God and get into His Word, we can get strengthened (Isaiah 40:31; Romans 10:17). God is offering you hope and radical change—draw near to Him today.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Dear Heavenly Father, I open my heart wide to You. I ask for Your forgiveness and mercy to come into my heart and my home. I receive Jesus as my Lord and King. Heal the relationships around me. I pray this will be the best Christmas that I’ve ever had. I pray blessing on our city, our country, and our world. Thank you for new beginnings! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Dear, adjective
Loved and cherished. Greatly valued; precious. Highly esteemed or regarded.

Copyright © 2015 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. “Dear.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

How to Overcome

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

1. Hang out with God. Jesus said He only did what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19). “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1). How can you imitate God unless you spend time with Him? This week, instead of constantly watching the news, take in some good news and commune with God. Turn off your radio and phone and then fellowship with Him.

2. Obey the Word of God. We are a forward presence of the kingdom of God. In obedience to the Word of God, the Early Church impacted the Roman culture; Daniel impacted Babylon; and Joseph, in a moment of famine and social distress, brought improvement and help to the Egyptian people. God is opening a door for us that no man can shut, and through our obedience the Word of God is going into all the world.

Then [they] sent a message to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together . . .” But they were planning to harm me. So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:2-3

3. Keep doing God’s work.
You are doing a great work. That’s why you can’t come down to indifference, to revenge, to being a hater, or to getting bored and overwhelmed. God has not given you a spirit of fear but a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). When you feel blunted and fearful let the fire of God burn and overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). Jesus is the answer to society’s problems. Jesus is the answer to your situation. He is available and He is an ever present help in time of need.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
I don’t fret (Psalm 37:8). I cast all my cares on God and receive His peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). He is available to help (Psalm 46:1) and He cares about me affectionately (1 Peter 5:7). God’s praise is continually in my mouth (Psalm 34:1).

Copyright © 2015 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. “Overcome.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.