Archive for June, 2017

Words to Live By

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. Luke 6:47-48

1. GOD’S WORD IS A SURE FOUNDATION. Building your life on the promises of God will get you through whatever you face. You can hold to it, live by it—it’s a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105).

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. Matthew 24:35

2. GOD’S WORD IS PERMANENT. It’s forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89). Let God’s Word dispel any buildup of fear. Even though impermanent things may shake and fall away, God has given us a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28). Faith in God’s Word is substantial and will make a difference in everything you do.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:1

3. GOD’S WORD IS HEALING AND WHOLENESS. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs  18:21). Replace negative self-dialogue with the Word of God. When you speak something out of your mouth, it interrupts your thought process. God designed His words to be spoken to put a halt to unbelief that undermines and crowds out the truth.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
God is a present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). He comforts the depressed (2 Corinthians 7:6). God’s words are life to those who find them and health to all their body (Proverbs 4:22). He sent His Word and healed me and delivered me from my destructions (Psalm 107:20).

foun·da·tion, noun
A basis upon which something stands or is supported. An underlying base or support.

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The Attitude of the Church

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose . . . Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:2-5

MAKE JESUS CENTRAL. The chief project of life is cultivating closeness with Jesus.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER. We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). Every day we have a choice to get bitter and hard or to forgive and walk in love. Decide today to be an agent of love.

HAVE FAITH IN GOD. The language of faith isn’t just a set of principles—it’s based on our faithful, trustworthy God. Because Jesus rose from the dead we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

FOLLOW SOUND DOCTRINE. Read the Bible! The Word of God is the plumb line that will keep us from veering off into the ditch of false teaching or trends (Ephesians 4:14-15).

KEEP CRYSTAL CLEAR VISION. Let the Gospel of Jesus inform every other area of your life. Jesus will keep us focused and keep us out of secondary issues.

HAVE A MIND TO WORK. Church culture is a dynamic family with a spirit of faith and love who with diligence work heartily unto the Lord.

COMMIT TO THE MISSION. This is all for Jesus. If you’ve never made Jesus Lord of your life, ask Him to be your Savior. If you’ve been apathetic, recommit yourself to finding that original spark. If you catch yourself murmuring and complaining, repent. There is beauty and power in commitment when you follow through and say, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I know that love, like faith, grows with my continual confession of it. I love because You first loved me (1 John 4:19). Thank You that Your love is poured out in my heart (Romans 5:5). Thank You, God, that as I walk in Your love, I am patient, kind, and not jealous. I do not brag and am not arrogant. I do not act unbecomingly or seek my own. I am not provoked; I do not take into account a wrong suffered or rejoice in unrighteousness, but I rejoice with the truth. I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things (1 Corinthians 13)! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

at·ti·tude, noun
The arrangement of the parts of a body. A position assumed for a specific purpose. A bodily state of readiness to respond in a characteristic way to a stimulus.

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Obstacles and Opportunities

Friday, June 16th, 2017

For a wide door for effective service has opened to me [Paul], and there are many adversaries. 1  Corinthians 16:9

1. WALK THROUGH THE OPEN DOOR. Opportunities are often disguised by obstacles. With every promise there will be inherent challenges and problems. Paul knew he was going to have challenges, but he kept forging ahead anyway. Instead of shrinking back or hesitating, we must seek God about what opportunity He has for us in the midst of difficulty.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word. Colossians 4:2-3a

2. PRAY WITH THANKSGIVING. Gratitude will help us stay out of self-pity. It will keep us out of the “poor me” club. It will help us to stay buoyant and on the cutting edge of where God wants us to be. As we rouse ourselves with prayer and thanksgiving, we will be bold and have courage to walk through the open door!

“I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” Revelation 3:8

3. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH. Some of the greatest miracles in my life have happened in the context of crisis and trial. Even if you feel like you only have a “little power” and are just plodding along, keep pressing on. God wants to open a door that no one can shut. That’s why we must not get so caught up in the obstacles that we miss the opportunities. As you live your life in the Word and keep your eyes on Jesus, you will be ready to seize the many amazing moments God has ahead for you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I stay on the alert, I stand firm in the faith, strong—and I let all that I do be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:13-14). And God is opening a door of opportunity for me that no one can shut!

op·por·tu·ni·ty, noun
A favorable or advantageous circumstance or combination of circumstances. A chance for progress or advancement.

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Created for Impact

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:34-35

GOD’S AMAZING PLAN. Jesus lived to do God’s will. There is nothing more fulfilling than to follow God’s plan for our lives. God has called us to be a culture of effective workers who do our work heartily to Him and have genuine impact in the lives of others around us.

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. 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 9:36-38

ENDURANCE BRINGS EFFECTIVENESS. We’ve all been through rough stuff. But don’t get stuck in your devastation. God can use what you’ve been through to bring credibility as you reach out to others going through difficulty. Lift up your eyes and see the amazing opportunities all around you. Every day there are people you come into contact with who need some encouragement, who need prayer, who need kindness—be available to God and the amazing assignments He has for you as you go on your way!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Thank You, Jesus, for the hope I have in You. Whoever calls on Your Name will be saved (Romans 10:13). I pray that You send people to cross the paths of my family and my friends who need You. And use me this week to be the answer to someone else’s prayer for a loved one. I pray that You will use me this year in my daily life to have a greater impact than ever. When You tell me to talk to someone, to encourage someone, to call someone—I will! I love You, Jesus!

im·pact, noun
Forceful impression. Influence; effect.

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Capacity for Compassion

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

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

1. FOLLOW THE SHEPHERD. When Jesus saw the crowds, He wasn’t moved with disdain but with compassion. He went about “doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38). Because God has poured out His love in our hearts, we actually have a capacity for compassion. Like our Shepherd, we are made to be carriers of this type of love. Take time to listen to what God is saying to you: repent quickly and forgive quickly.

But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way. If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:1

2. A MORE EXCELLENT WAY. Love is a force. Thankfully, God’s kind of love is not feeling-based, but we walk it out by faith. It’s not always easy to walk in love, and that’s why we must continually appreciate and pursue the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

3. RECHARGE IN GOD’S PRESENCE. Jesus would leave the 99 sheep to find the one lost sheep (Matthew 18:12-14). We can have that same divine flow of compassion toward others. But if you’re feeling compassion fatigue, Jesus invites you to come into His presence and rest and recharge (Mark 6:31). Jesus never changes and He has all the strength, compassion, and energy you need to have an impact greater than you dreamed possible.

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

DAILY CONFESSION (Based on Colossians 3:12-16):
I put on the heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. I bear with others and forgive everyone. I put on love which is the perfect bond of unity. I let the peace of Christ rule in my heart and I am thankful! I let the word of Christ richly dwell with in me with all wisdom.

com·pas·sion, noun
Deep awareness of the suffering of another accompanied by the wish to relieve it.

Copyright © 2017 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. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Compassion.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2017 by Houghton.