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Guided by the Holy Spirit

Friday, October 20th, 2017

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

1. THE SPIRIT IS LIFE. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I [Jesus] have spoken to you are spirit and are life” (John 6:63). Living by the Spirit gives life and peace, but the mind set on the flesh leads to death (Romans 8:6). The Spirit raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11), led Moses and parted the Red Sea (Isaiah 63:11-12), hovered over the water at Creation (Genesis 1:2), and visited the disciples on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4). And He is the same Holy Spirit who is available to us today!

2. THE SPIRIT IS TRUTH. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13a). The Holy Spirit is our Helper and He has been sent to teach us all things (John 14:26). When the devil tempted Jesus, He responded to every temptation with “It is written” (Luke 4:3-12). Tether yourself to the Word of God, and when problems come, respond with the promises you’ve found in the Scriptures.

3. THE SPIRIT IS POWER. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district (Luke 4:14). We are called to go in the power of the Spirit to impact the world around us. Only Jesus can bring the hope and harmony that people are looking for. We will be increasingly effective as we draw near to God and allow our lives be guided by the Holy Spirit.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER: Based on Colossians 1:9-11
I pray that I may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that I will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and please Him in all respects: bearing fruit in every good work, increasing in the knowledge of God, and strengthened with all power. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

guide, verb
To assist (a person) to travel through, or reach a destination in, an unfamiliar area, as by accompanying or giving directions to the person. To supply with advice or counsel.

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. “Guide.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary. Web. 17 Oct 2017 .

Help Is on the Way

Friday, September 29th, 2017

But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I [Jesus] have told you. John 14:26 AMP

SIX WAYS THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR HELP:

1. COMFORTER. When we receive comfort from the Holy Spirit not only do we benefit, but we are also activated to go out into the world as shock absorbers and comfort others with that same comfort we have received (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

2. ADVOCATE. “Put Me in remembrance, let us argue our case together” (Isaiah 43:26a). Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins and has sent the Holy Spirit to defend, support, and vindicate us!

3. INTERCESSOR. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is pure benefit to the whole Body of Christ. When we don’t know what to pray in our finite thinking, we can pray in the Spirit and “the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words . . . according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).

4. COUNSELOR. When we ask the Holy Spirit for help, when we need wisdom, He will always guide us into the truth (John 16:13).

5. STRENGTHENER. In every facet of life, the Holy Spirit comes alongside as our strengthener. What is flimsy and weak in us, He makes strong.

6. STANDBY. What a relief when help shows up! The Holy Spirit is someone we can rely on in a tight situation. He is always the same and He is always available. Take some time to study the Scriptures to see the amazing advantages we have in the presence of the Holy Spirit, our Helper!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER (BASED ON EPHESIANS 3:16-19):
I pray that God would grant me according to the riches of His glory to be STRENGTHENED with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; and that I, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, length, height, and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge—that I may be filled up to all the fullness of God. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

comfort, noun
A state of being relaxed and feeling no pain. A feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment. To give moral or emotional strength to (verb).

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. Scripture quotations marked “AMP” “The Amplified Bible” or “The Amplified New Testament” are taken from The Amplified Bible, Old Testament copyright 1965, 1987 by the Zondervan Corporation and The Amplified New Testament copyright 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Comfort.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 27 Sep 2017

The Fruit of the Spirit

Friday, May 12th, 2017

NINE RESULTS OF THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOUR LIFE

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

1. LOVE. Loving God and connecting with Him is the best part of life. God is love and His Spirit who dwells within us helps us to respond to others by walking in His love.

2. JOY. When we are going through hard times and we ache, there is a different kind of joy, independent of circumstances, that gives us strength deep down inside us (Nehemiah 8:10).

3. PEACE. God offers us peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). Whatever you are dealing with that stresses you out, depresses you, or makes you feel numb – do not fear. God is an ever-present help in the time of need and He will surely help you!

4. PATIENCE. Patience is the ability to wait calmly for something that is expected and desired.

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

5. KINDNESS. Strife cripples, love heals. There is legitimate power in kindness, so take time to consider what might be going on behind the scenes when someone else is acting weird or mean. Don’t be overcome by their irritability – overcome meanness with kindness.

6. GOODNESS. Goodness is love in action. When Jesus comes into our lives, He changes us and makes it possible for us to operate in His goodness.

7. FAITHFULNESS. Every day we can get up and remain committed to our convictions, not backing off, not throwing in the towel!

8. GENTLENESS. Like kindness, gentleness is power under control. It’s humble and full of mercy and love. God’s wisdom from above is gentle and that’s how we can walk out our Christian life toward others.

9. SELF-CONTROL. When we set our priorities to stay sensitive to God’s voice and be aware of what matters most, then we can win in the battles of life.

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

fruit, noun
The effect or consequence of an action or operation; product, result.

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Fruit of the Spirit

Friday, April 21st, 2017

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:16, 22-23

1. WALKING BY THE SPIRIT. When you receive Jesus as your Savior, your spirit is made alive in God! You become a child of God and you have the ability to hear His voice and receive His guidance. These are blessings attached to choosing the things of God. These attributes—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control—are the tools that give us victory in life.

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Ephesians 4:23-24

2. RENEWING YOUR SPIRIT. God has called us to walk in a manner worthy of Him. His Word makes it possible for us to display the fruit of the Spirit instead of the deeds of the flesh. When you are consistently in the Word, then the Scriptures will be the first thing that comes to your mind when challenges try to overwhelm you. Speaking the Word will turn around the most impossible-looking situations.

3. ACTIVATING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. Every day we are being invited to get out of bed and walk by the Spirit—not letting primal instincts govern us, but letting the Holy Spirit pull us out of the flesh and into being divinely effective. As we fortify ourselves by getting in the Word, praying in the Spirit, and continually walking in love, we will become more sensitive to the subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit will show up powerfully in our lives.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). I am not conformed to this world, but am transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2). I walk by the Spirit and I will not carry out the desire of the flesh. I daily walk in LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, and SELF-CONTROL.

fruit, noun
The effect or consequence of an action or operation: product, result.

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. “Fruit.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam- Webster, n.d. 17 April 2017.

How to Fight a Good Fight

Friday, February 12th, 2016

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness. 2 Timothy 4:7-8a

1. BE FAITHFUL. Don’t underestimate the value of a life of faithfulness by only waiting around for an eventful day. King David as a young man was trustworthy with his daily responsibilities when his dad sent him to take food to his brothers and check up on how they were doing (1 Samuel 17:17-18, 20a). Delivering cheese, bread, and grain doesn’t seem like the beginning of a big destiny. But in the context of obedience, God used David to take down a giant and defeat an army.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

2. CHOOSE GOD’S WEAPONS. When it comes to the fight of faith, human methods don’t quite fit. When King Saul offered his armor to David before his battle with Goliath, David refused and instead chose five smooth stones to go with his slingshot (1 Samuel 17:38-40). As followers of Jesus, our greatest weapon is love and our five smooth stones come from the Word of God.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. . . Acts 1:8a

3. RELY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT. No matter what is looming before you, God is greater. The power of the Holy Spirit never changes, and He will help you overcome the battles that weigh you down. Don’t rely on your own power. Keep standing in faith and let God win the fight for you.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
I will fight the good fight, I will finish the course, I will keep the faith (2 Timothy 4:7-8a). I refuse to quit. Thank You, God, for the tenacity to stand my ground and believe that all You have promised will come to pass in my life, in my church, in my city, in my world. I will fulfill everything You have purposed for me—not by might, not by power, but by Your Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

faith·ful, adj.
Strict or thorough in the performance of duty. True to one’s word, promises, vows, etc. Steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant. Reliable, trusted, or believed. Full of faith; believing.

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In the Power of the Holy Spirit

Friday, February 5th, 2016

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My [Jesus] witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

GO TO THE MOUNTAINTOP. I am calling the church to fasting and prayer this month. In the Bible, leaders would often go to the mountaintop to seek God. Your mountaintop can be anywhere away from distractions – your closet, your car, your backyard. Smith Wigglesworth said that God’s purpose in taking us to the mountaintop is to prepare us for “greater usefulness in the valley.” As you fast and pray and spend time with God, you will grow more sensitive to His voice and more aware of what God wants to do in these upcoming days.

MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD. When the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to fast, the devil tempted Him, but Jesus resisted him with the Word of God. When you renew your mind in the Word, your thought life isn’t so easily hijacked by distractions and you’ll be able to tune in to the Holy Spirit to receive wisdom, clarity, decision-making ability, and healing.

“And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit . . .” Luke 4:14a

LIVE IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT. How are things going to be accomplished in 2016? By the power of the Holy Spirit. As we jumpstart our year by fasting and seeking God, we will see breakthrough and we will receive direction. The best answers, the wisest plans, the greatest dreams and purposes are all available to you – “‘not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6b).

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I know that I will be effective not by might, nor by power, but by Your Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). Show me what kind of fast You want me to do this month. I lift up my eyes and see the fields are ripe to harvest (John 4:35). Help me to be ready for You to add day by day those who are being saved (Acts 2:47). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

pow·er, noun
The ability or capacity to act or do something effectively. The ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority.

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. Wigglesworth, Smith. “The Power of the Name.” Ever Increasing Faith. Springfield, MO: Gospel Pub. House, 1971. N. pag. Print. “Power.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit. John 7:37-39a

Living Water. Jesus gave us the imagery of rivers to put us in touch with the power of the Holy Spirit. God designed us not to be reservoirs containing water, but to be gushing torrents of living water expressed through our prayers, through our random acts of kindness, through our combined work as a church body.

Fresh Water. When you read Ezekiel 47, you’ll find amazing river imagery showing that where the river flows, everything grows. Everywhere the river goes, it will bring life. Every dry place where the plan and purpose of God goes, it will bring change and healing.

Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.” Ezekiel 47:8-9 NKJV

Drinking Water. Jesus said, “Let anyone who thirsts come to Me and drink.” He will meet those needs in your soul that can’t be satisfied by any other thing. Next time you are dry and parched, take a ladle from the rivers of salvation. The Savior who saves, the Healer who heals withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11).

Pray this Prayer:
God, fill me with Your Holy Spirit today. I pray that I don’t just have enough but that I have overflow—that my life is a fountain of fresh living water. Freely I receive, freely I give. I thank You that I am designed by You. You knew I would be alive in this moment to fulfill Your purposes on this earth. Help me to be led by the Spirit. I pray any mental fog would lift and that I would have clarity about what You want me to do. I love You, Jesus!

riv•er, noun
A large natural stream of fresh water flowing along a definite course. Any abundant stream or flow.

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

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Clearing the Way to Be Led By the Holy Spirit

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

TRANSFORMED. That word “transformed” in Romans 12 is the same Greek word metamorphoo, where we get the word “metamorphosis.” It’s the word we use to describe the change from a tadpole to a frog and from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Just like those creatures, we are also in the process of formation. And with God, the transformation is actually doable! When God calls us to something, He is at work in us to enable us to accomplish it (Philippians 2:13).

MIND RENEWAL. There is no substitute for the Word of God. The Word gets into your system and straightens out how you think. Next time you study the Bible, go to Romans 12 and meditate on this “change-of-mind” chapter. These 21 verses articulate ways to eliminate every blockage and hindrance. As we get our minds renewed, we’ll get calibrated, focused, and sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Romans 12:9-13

BE AVAILABLE. God is looking for people who are available. Be like the prophet Isaiah, who said to the Lord, “Here am I, send me” (Isaiah 6:8). The most grievous times in my life have been when I resisted and didn’t follow through with what God was telling me. The best and most fulfilling things that have happened in my life have come from obeying the subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit!

PEOPLE NEED JESUS. Get radical about God-ideas on how to bless people around you. Send the text, pray the prayer, give the flowers, forgive, walk in love. As we daily stay available, we’ll be usable by God to produce really meaningful change. Acting on the verses of Romans 12 will keep you tuned in to the voice of the Holy Spirit to do what God has specifically designed you to accomplish.

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.

Tuning In to the Voice of the Holy Spirit

Monday, March 19th, 2012

He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers. John 10:3b-5

There are many voices clamoring for our attention, but there is nothing more worthy of consideration than the voice of God’s Word and the voice of the Holy Spirit. You can be led by the Holy Spirit. It’s not just for people with an unusual spiritual aptitude. You are created to be a conduit of the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit, to hear from God and be a creative thinker. We live in a world where people are hungry for answers. In darkness, they are turning to psychic hotlines and horoscopes, which are just poor counterfeits for the one true voice of the Holy Spirit.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8

God wants us to get hold of the realities of His Word and be full of fervency and awareness—listening to, gazing upon, and meditating on the Scriptures. When you get in this Book and pay attention, it will give you wisdom to know what is of God. Some of you need to get back in the promises of God, to turn off the TV and spend a moment in the Word. You don’t have to try to read the entire Bible at every sitting. Study the Proverbs. Read about Creation in Genesis. Study the New Testament.

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:23-27

Before great opportunities, we have to get tuned up. As you renew your mind in the Word, your thought life won’t be so easily highjacked by distractions and you’ll be able to tune in to the Holy Spirit to receive wisdom, clarity, decision-making ability, and healing. Consider yourself a resource in the hands of God. Develop what God has given you. Don’t let the voice of your need crowd out what God’s trying to say to you. Don’t let the voice of opportunity try to get you to do something else when God’s disciplining you to stay on the task He’s called you to fulfill. There are opportunities knocking in 2012. Get ready!

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.

Strengthened by the Holy Spirit

Monday, October 10th, 2011

But you, my friends, must fortify yourselves in your most sacred faith. Continue to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God, and look forward to the day when our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy will give eternal life. Jude 20-21 New English Bible

Fortify yourselves in your most sacred faith. These verses show us ways we can be strengthened. We need strength from God because the things He has called us to do cannot be achieved by our own human effort. “He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:4b).

Continue to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. Aren’t you glad that God sent the Holy Spirit? He is the fortifier and strengthener, and His “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12 NKJV) is available to guide and lead us. The spiritual effects of praying in the Spirit are similar to the physical effects of exercise. Prayer will fortify you so that you won’t faint or lose heart (Luke 18:1). Instead, you can be strengthened “with power through His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16).

Keep yourselves in the love of God. To stay in the love walk with others, we must first understand our spiritual roots: that we are loved and accepted by God. When Jesus comes into our world, He changes us on the inside. Instead of bitterness controlling us, “the love of Christ controls us” (2 Corinthians 5:14).

[I pray] That He [The Lord] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

The fruit of the Spirit can work in your life. As we fortify ourselves by getting in the Word, praying in the Spirit, and continually walking in love, we will become more sensitive to the subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit. We will walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh. We will be less dull and more perceptive, less static and more dynamic, less fleshly and more spiritual! We will grow stronger, and the fruit of the Spirit will show up powerfully in our lives.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Ephesians 5:22-23

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

Copyright © 2011 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.