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Desperate Faith

Friday, July 10th, 2015

One of the synagogue officials named Jairus came up, and on seeing Him, fell at His feet and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” Mark 5:22-23

Jesus is available. This powerful story shows a man of great prominence and authority willing to humble himself—even to the point of falling at Jesus’ feet in the middle of a large crowd—and Jesus was ready and willing to respond to the man’s request. At any given moment, in an emergency situation or in the daily grind of life, we all need Jesus. And He will answer when we call.

Jesus is all-sufficient. While Jesus was on the way to heal Jairus’ daughter, a woman touched the hem of His robe. Not only did Jesus heal that woman, but when He got to Jairus’ house, He spoke to the little girl and she rose from the dead! God is not limited to one miracle — His power is unlimited. He is able to meet ALL your needs (Philippians 4:19).

A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years … after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.” Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Mark 5:25-29

Jesus offers results. Jairus and the woman with the hemorrhage got breathtaking results. You can take your kids to the Lord just like Jairus took his daughter’s need to Jesus. At any point with any issue—you don’t have to wait for an emergency—you can throw yourself at Jesus’ feet and be assured He’s going to be willing and able to see you through.

Daily Confession:
I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies (Psalm 18:1-3).

des•per•ate, adj.
Showing a willingness to take any risk in order to change a bad or dangerous situation

I love Jesus,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Free

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Galatians 5:1a

1. Free from Prison. Jesus came to set captives free (Luke 4:17-18). We can be free because of what happened on Calvary 2000 years ago when Jesus took the burden of our sin and laid down His life. A love like that can’t be earned; it just needs to be received.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. Ephesians 1:7-9 The Message

2. Free from Former Limits. When you realize how faithful God is and how much He cares about every detail of your life, you will no longer be controlled by fear and worry. You can be free to believe God for bigger things, knowing that He is an ever present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). Trust Him for the miraculous. He will always see you through.

3. Free to Serve. Jesus invaded this world’s fatal cycle of bondage and brought freedom to prisoners. And He didn’t stop there: He set us free so that we ourselves can be liberators (2 Corinthians 5:18). People all over the world need Jesus. There is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:12).

Pray this Prayer:

God, thank You for sending Jesus to set me free. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. Jesus, I receive You right now, and I give my life to You. Amen.

Free, verb
1. To let someone leave a prison or a place where they have been forced to stay.
2. To remove something unpleasant that affects someone or limits their behavior.
3. Free to make someone or something available to be used for something else.

Happy Easter!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Open Your House to Jesus

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Jesus visits houses. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly (Luke 19:5-6). When Jesus enters a home, things change. Miracles happen. Zaccheus, the sinful tax collector, became a different person after Jesus dined at his house. He gave back all he had stolen and he no longer wanted to cheat people.

Jesus does miracles. When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him (Matthew 8:14-15). Jesus wants to come into your house, apartment, or condo and heal whatever is sick or hurt. He wants to heal you so that you can be an instrument of healing and help for others.

Jesus is at the door. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me (Revelation 3:20). People don’t need religiosity, tradition, emotionalism, or
hype—they need Jesus. Jesus values us so much that He gave His life so He could take up residency in our hearts. Invite Jesus in today. Let Him fill your home and your heart.

Pray this prayer:
“Jesus, I invite You into my house and my heart today. Fill my home with Your presence and power. Use me to minister healing to people. Fill my days with encounters that You have appointed. I pray that when I show up, people will feel Your love. Help me to be effective and anointed every day. I love You, Jesus!”

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

Home (noun)
1. One’s fixed place of abode; the family residence. 2. A family circle; household: a happy home. 3. The place of abode of one’s affections,
peace or rest. –Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary

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The Power of the Gospel

Monday, September 16th, 2013

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

In our era, a lot of people try to avoid their sin. They either drown it in substance abuse or deny it by calling it a good thing, or they deflect guilt by blaming their environment. But it’s all a dead end. You can’t avoid sin. Only Jesus can dissolve it.

None of us wants to come across as narrow minded, but the reality is this: Jesus is not one man in a long list of prophets. Our culture, with its relativism and pluralism, makes us feel embarrassed and awkward that there is no other name by which you can be saved. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). The exclusivity of the Gospel may offend the modern mind, but it is the truth. Jesus is the only one with the capacity to save us from our sins.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:17

Sometimes it’s easy to become conditioned and take things for granted, but if you are a believer in Jesus, you carry good news that is designed to radically change lives. There is hope for every nation, for the secular mindset, for people enshrouded in deception. So break out of routine, dust off the Gospel in all its beauty and power, and be transformed. Be a “bringer.” Be a “sharer.” Invite people to the feast!!!

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

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Jesus, The True Friend

Monday, July 15th, 2013

No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

Jesus is the greatest friend you’ll ever have. He runs toward your problem when most others are running away. We’ve all had fair-weather friends, but it’s rare to have a friend who sticks by you through thick and thin. Jesus is that friend.

Personality traits rub off. If you walk with the wise, you will be wise (Proverbs 13:20). When you walk closely with Jesus, you’ll be like Jesus. Friendship with God amplifies the best part of everything in our human existence.

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

Jesus is a friend to sinners—you can run to Him (not away) in time of need. He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). When we understand how much Jesus loves us, we can carry that love to the world around us so that others can know His love and learn to walk in closeness with Him.

This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. John 15:12-14

Jesus loves you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

What man calls conversion is often only the discovery of the Great Friend. What man calls religion is the knowledge of the Great Friend. What man calls holiness is the imitation of the Great Friend. –Author Unknown*

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The Name of Jesus

Monday, February 4th, 2013

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in the name of Jesus. Sin can’t be overcome by self help, philosophy, or good works. It’s conquered only by receiving Jesus who shed His blood and paid the penalty for us.

Whatever you ask in My Name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it. John 14:13-14

All of our spiritual authority comes to us because of what Jesus has done. We have the right to enter into the presence of God on the basis of the name of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19-22). Our prayers get their power from the name of Jesus.

Jesus’ name is exalted above every other name (Philippians 2:9-11). It’s above the name of every sickness, above the name of every principality and demon (Mark 16:17). When you speak in the name of Jesus, darkness has to flee.

Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My Name, I am there in their midst. Matthew 18:19-20

Jesus is the most beautiful word that will ever roll off your lips. Use the name of Jesus to cut through the bondage and unhappiness that try to pull you down. Let the truth of God’s Word break the chains that are hindering you right now. Study the meaning of Jesus’ name, think about it, meditate on it. He is your Savior (Matthew 1:21), your Deliverer (Romans 11:26), and your Redeemer (Isaiah 59:20).

I love the name of Jesus!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Jesus Is The Word

Monday, January 7th, 2013

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Jesus isn’t just an amazing philosopher or teacher out of history. He is the Word, the exact representation of the Father’s nature. Because of Jesus, we have a new covenant and we are free from the vicious circle of sin and death. Because of that great gift, the fear of death is resolved. The price has been paid and we can have fellowship with God and receive help and counsel from an Eternal Father.

The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130 NKJV

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. John 1:1-3

The most abiding, powerful, and effective means of comfort and revelation comes from the pages of Scripture. Hearts are arrested with conviction when the Word comes. When you receive Jesus, He reveals to you the Word with a spirit of wisdom and revelation. Spend time this January getting to know Jesus through the pages of Scripture. Get inspired to speak God’s Word over your situation. It will change the course of your year.

Happy New Year!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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The Light of the World

Monday, December 31st, 2012

He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:2-5

Jesus is so unique. There is no one like Him. The name of Jesus is the only name under heaven by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12). He is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of God’s nature (Hebrews 1:3). If you know Jesus, you know the Father (John 14:7).

There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. John 1:9

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. Hebrews 1:3a

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17

We too are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), reflecting Jesus as the moon reflects the sun.

If you are concerned about the world we’re in right now, where people’s love has grown cold (Matthew 24:12), don’t fear—even darkness becomes light to the Lord (Psalm 139:12). God is good. He yearns to heal and repair broken humanity. And He wants to use us to be light bearers—carrying the name of Jesus into every area and strata of the world.

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

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A Rescuer Is Born

Monday, December 24th, 2012

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

Christmas underscores the whole plan of redemption—it’s the day when the Rescuer was born in a manger over 2,000 years ago.

Jesus came not to cover sin but to take away the sin condition (Isaiah 43:25). He is the exact representation of the Father (Hebrews 1:1-3) and He came to earth in the fullness of time to die for the ungodly (Galatians 4:4-5) and to pronounce forgiveness over each one of our lives. Let these scriptures inspire your interest, admiration, and affection for Jesus:

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 5:19

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. Hebrews 1:3a

Jesus is the most unique person there has ever been. He is the Messiah, the Anointed One. He is fully God and fully man. He’s the King of kings. Jesus is alive and available to all who call on His Name, and He is reaching out to every person all the time. If you don’t know Him, let Him rescue you from sin and certain death. Whatever your situation, He is ready and able to come to your aid. Get to know the Rescuer.

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

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The Life of Jesus

Monday, June 11th, 2012

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

Jesus is the real deal. He is not like anybody else. You can bet your whole life on His faithfulness. You may be battling cynicism and doubt, but God wants to reveal himself to you. Just ask Him to show you He is real, and He will.

Jesus loves you. Whether you are a prominent leader like Jairus in the Bible, who asked for healing for his 12-year-old daughter, or a “nobody” like the woman with the issue of blood, Jesus wants to come into your life and turn around your situation.

Jesus gives life. The same Jesus who raised Lazarus from the dead is available to breathe life on your situation. Whatever your problem, Jesus is the answer. When Jesus died on the Cross and then rose from the dead, He forever changed the course of humanity. He can heal your body, rescue you from depression, restore your marriage, heal a dysfunctional family, reach your rebellious child—He’ll save your life if you’ll let Him. Trust Him. His promises are sure.

Receive Jesus. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, pray this simple prayer: “Dear God, in my heart I know the truth about Jesus. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. Help me to follow You always. Amen.”

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

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