Archive for July, 2016

People of One Purpose

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:2

1. GATHER TOGETHER. When the Early Church prayed together, things happened. When the apostles Peter and John were released from prison and told not to preach God’s Word, they gathered with their own companions and “lifted their voices to God with one accord” asking for boldness to preach the Gospel and for signs and wonders to take place (Acts 4:23-31). In the next chapter, we see their prayer in action – people getting healed and saved (Acts 5:12-16). When we gather together, united in spirit, prayer changes things.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. Prayer makes power available (James 5:16). We are on assignment in our everyday lives to be people of prayer: private prayer, silent prayer, praying in the Spirit, praying with our understanding, praying in agreement, praying in faith, and praying together in corporate prayer. We can take every part of our lives to God in prayer.

3. FACE OFF WITH RESISTANCE. The Holy Spirit wants to equip us for effectiveness. When we face off with resistance and don’t quit, we get results. If fear tries to come in, we can’t fake it or talk ourselves out of it, but we can conquer it by using the Word of God and the Name of Jesus. Now is the time for the Church to get hold of how powerful God is and how significantly available Jesus is to help us as we lay down agendas and keep our hearts in one accord.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I thank You that the heartfelt and persistent prayer of a believer can accomplish much (James 5:16). Help me speak Your Word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the Name of Jesus (Acts 4:29-30). Let Your love be poured out in my heart through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Gather, verb
To bring together into one group, collection, or place. To bring together or assemble from various places, sources, or people.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Gather”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 27 July 2016.

Walking by Faith

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31

1. STEP OUT OF THE BOAT. God is calling us to be brave and courageous. When we look at circumstances around us, it seems against human logic to step out in faith at God’s bidding. But when we get out of the boat in obedience, nations can be saved, families can be turned around, and individuals can be restored.

He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4

2. DON’T WATCH THE WIND. God has called us to a life of faith—to trust Him, believe in His promises, and sow and reap. Instead of fixating on the winds and storms of our times, we are invited to get our eyes on Jesus. What God is going to do in the days ahead includes each one of us. Remain hopeful. There is help for us in God.

3. KEEP LOOKING TO JESUS. He is the hope of the world. All the best that has been or ever will be is in Jesus. He is where your help comes from (Psalm 121:2). People are doing a good job of communicating bad news—but we are to keep speaking the Good News, to keep praying for our world, and to keep believing God for His plan to come to pass on the earth.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). For it is God who is at work in me both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Faithful is He who calls me and He will also bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24). At Jesus’ bidding I will step out of the boat and fulfill all that God has called me to do!

Look, verb
To turn one’s glance or gaze. To turn one’s attention; attend. To turn one’s expectations.

Copyright © 2016 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.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

Knowing God

Friday, July 15th, 2016

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35

1. CONNECTION. Christianity is a relationship—not just knowing about God, but knowing Him personally. We’ve all drifted at times and gotten into routine, but when we take time to connect with God—through prayer, times of worship, and getting in the Word—it makes all the difference.

It was at this time that He [Jesus] went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles. Luke 6:12-13

2. WISDOM. After Jesus had gone to the mountain to pray, He chose the twelve disciples. When we seek the Lord, we will get wisdom. Our spirits grow and develop when we get into prayer, go to church, and—most important—spend time with God in the secret place (Psalm 91:1 NKJV).

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

3. IMPACT. Lingering in the presence of God translates into impacting others. When you know your God, then good fruit will come of it. Personal, political and societal issues are all resolved in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus—the Head of the Church and the hope for America.

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

Pray this prayer:
Jesus, I love You. I choose today to reconnect in my fellowship with You. You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). Thank You for Your wisdom operating in my daily life. I know my God and I am strong and will carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32b). In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Know, verb
To have a practical understanding of, as through experience. To have fixed in the mind.
To perceive as familiar; recognize. To discern the character or nature of.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Know.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

True Greatness

Friday, July 8th, 2016

But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11

1. FIND HAPPINESS IN SERVING OTHERS. If you want to have greatness, get involved with a life of serving. Jesus came not “to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). The world is skewed in valuing what’s important, grabbing at any form of happiness available. But the true recipe for happiness is to do something good for somebody else.

“One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” –Albert Schweitzer, theologian and physician

2. USE YOUR GIFT TO SERVE OTHERS. We all have aspirations to live great lives and bear a lot of fruit. But a follower of Jesus knows that the greatest in God’s kingdom is a servant (Matthew 23:11). God anoints for greatness every believer who understands the invitation to serve.

Through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13b

3. SERVE IN THE LITTLE THINGS. Don’t underestimate the “little” moments of kindness—letting someone go ahead of you in line, picking up a piece of trash, praying for someone, making a phone call, or writing a simple note. These are all divine encounters coming from a heart of servanthood. And that is true greatness.

Honor God & Help People.
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Great, adj.
Of significant importance or consequence. Of exceptional talents or achievements; remarkable.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Great.” collinsdictionary.com. Collins Dictionary. n.d. Web. 05 July 2016.

The Value of Serving

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45 NLT

1. SERVE THROUGH LOVE. (Galatians 5:13b) The only time in the Bible we are told to compete with others is to outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10). We are going to win the world not by flashy methods or by prowess or by badgering people, but by showing our care and love for them. So let’s get up every day and figure out how to serve others.

2. SERVE WITH GLADNESS. (Psalm 100:2) When we choose to walk in joy, strength will follow. We are at our best when we humble ourselves and serve not as doormats but with all our hearts, in the strength of joy and gladness.

3. SERVE WITH FAITHFULNESS. Jesus doesn’t condemn the desire to be significant. In fact, He teaches us the way to do it: the path to greatness is found in servanthood. Don’t be afraid that serving people will make you less esteemed or that others will misinterpret your standing. When you are faithful in the small things, in the seemingly menial things, God will expand opportunities for you. At the end of our lives we should long to hear these words from Jesus: “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).

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

DAILY CONFESSION
A generous person will prosper; when I refresh others, I will also be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25b NLT). The greatest in the Kingdom is a servant of all, and I choose to serve others with joy and gladness.

Serve, verb
To be of use.To be worthy of reliance or trust.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Serve.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 27 June 2016.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.