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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.

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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Hitting the Bullseye in 2015

Monday, January 19th, 2015

I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:1-3

God has a plan, and if you seek Him you’ll find Him. When we stay focused on God’s target zone and don’t go after other agendas, we’ll stay calibrated to what matters most. Here is our St. Louis Family Church to-do list for 2015 – for the church body and for our individual lives.

1. Live out our core values every day as a vital, living church.

2. Build on current outreaches and strategies in order to reach the lost and saturate our region with the message of the love of Jesus, placing special emphasis on winning the younger generation.

3. Continue to help hurting people regain a sense of purpose and value, offering love and acceptance to all.

4. Prepare for the anticipated harvest by continuing to build the physical and spiritual structures necessary to accomplish this increase.

5. Develop strategic new tools and vehicles and God-ordained programs to equip
and empower believers for their significant roles in our church and in their lives.

6. Raise up and send out people to influence the community, the media, and the nations with God-inspired vision and God-inspired purpose.

Watch, verb
Hebrew: tsaphah
To lean forward. To peer into the distance. To observe, behold, espy, look up, wait for, keep the watch.

God Bless You,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Family Church®

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Get Renewed!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

Get Back to Your First Love. Every day God offers us a fresh start, a new opportunity to push the reset button and turn our eyes to Him. He knows what to do when nobody else does.

Get Strengthened. If you have an area of weakness, go to the Word concerning that specific issue and get fortified. God’s Word pushes back darkness and brings confidence, assurance, and hope.

Get Wisdom. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). The inclusive phrasing “if ANY of you” means wisdom is available for all: from the newest Christian, to the burned-out believer, to the person doing great.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! … Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4, 6-7

Get Joyful. Paul wrote these verses in a context of challenge, but with full confidence in God’s faithfulness. It’s good to be alive today. If you feel bottomed out, depressed, or anxious, God wants to restore joy to you. He wants to get you out of breakdown into a place of breakthrough.

Daily Confession:
God has a plan and I can trust Him. He that has begun a good work in me will perform it till the day of Christ (Philippians 1:6). Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good report, if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, I meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8).

re•new, verb
To make like new, restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection. To make new spiritually, regenerate. To restore to existence, revive, to begin again.

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

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. “Renew.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

Advancing Into the New Year

Monday, December 30th, 2013

For it is God Himself whose power creates within you the desire to do His gracious will and also brings about the accomplishment of the desire. Philippians 2:13 WNT

Power. God wants to give you both the desire and the power to accomplish all that you need to do in 2014.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

Love. Love is the atmosphere that will make the success of our lives happen. We’re at our best when we’re carrying tidings of comfort and joy.

Sound Mind. Stir yourself up by way of reminder (2 Peter 3:1). Take some time to study the Scriptures. They will show you who you are in Christ. As you realize that God is with you and the Holy Spirit dwells in you (1 Corinthians 6:19), insecurity gets overturned. You’ll get free from fear and go forward gladly and unafraid into the New Year.

Daily Confession:
“Jesus lives big on the inside of me. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. I carry the presence of God everywhere I go. It is not I who live but Christ in me (Galatians 2:20). I go forward boldly into all God has for me this year. I will not back down or let anything keep me from the plans and purposes of God.”

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

Copyright © 2013 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. Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech. Third Edition 1913. Public Domain. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Target

Monday, January 10th, 2011

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:7-8

Making Goals. Paul is basically saying that nothing else matters compared to knowing Jesus—it’s better than all the high points, and it transcends failure. If you’ve made New Year’s resolutions, don’t just have “to do” goals—to do more working out, less eating, more reading, etc. Those are all great, but the most important goal should be to have a closer walk with Jesus—that is how you will truly be changed. The degree to which you renew your connection with God will determine your success in reaching your other goals.

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I PRESS ON toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

Moving Forward. If you want to move on and grow, you’ve got to let some stuff go—including past hurts and aches that have been defining your life up to this point. We need to guard our heart and be selective about what gets in (Proverbs 4:23). Instead of meditating on painful moments from the past that keep you loss-centered, use them as reference points of God’s faithfulness—by His grace you’ve made it this far! Shake off the heaviness and look ahead with confidence. God who began a good work in you will complete it (Philippians 1:6).

Knowing Jesus. Knowing Jesus is what we can carry into eternity. Seek to know Him. Turn off the TV and the phone and spend some time with God. Write down the things He shows you. Spend time fasting and praying this month. In 2011, let’s make it our primary target to reinforce our connection with God and press on toward His call for our lives.

It’s good to know Jesus!
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.

Someone You Can Trust.

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

At the end of the day we need God — He is an ever present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). As we forge into the New Year, I want to focus on who Jesus is in our lives and what He came to earth to give us.

One of the facets of God’s character is Wonderful Counselor. “Your testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors” (Psalm 119:24). If you don’t know who to talk to about a certain situation, go to the Word and receive God’s counsel. The Word is more precious than a field of rubies, than doorknob-sized diamonds; these words of God are the truth that created the world! When you spend time with God and in His Word, He replaces confusion with clarity.

O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah. But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. Psalm 3:1-3

God is not weak toward you but mighty (2 Corinthians 13:3). You can rely on Him to intervene in your situation. God is so trustworthy that we can cast all of our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7). Look in the Word and realize that Jesus is able to bring you through whatever perplexing deal is trying to wipe you out. Make yourself speak words of faith over your situation. God said that the mountains move when we speak to them (Mark 11:23).

It’s amazing that God, the Creator of the universe, would so choose to give His only Son for us. 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 this Eternal Father. Thank God that we don’t have to embrace a religious routine; instead we can have a vibrant relationship with the Creator of the universe who is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace!

There is nobody like my Jesus,

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 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.

The Best Is Ahead.

Monday, December 29th, 2008

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Proverbs 4:18

God has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). Psalm 119 tells us that the entrance of God’s Word brings light (119:130a). So, to get where God wants us to be, it’s important to pull out the owner’s manual, the Bible, and read the instructions.

We must keep ourselves filled with the Word of God and keep our spirits sensitive to the Holy Spirit by daily surrendering our lives to God’s plan. This requires us to deal with offenses and make constant adjustments to lay down things that don’t please God. Don’t get overwhelmed! Even small changes produce big results.

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:20-23

Don’t let your purpose be thwarted by bumps in the road. Clear off your spiritual windshield so that you can see things the way God does. You have a heavenly Father who delivers on a very profound level. He gave His Son. Meditate on that for a while. If God can cleanse you of sin and save you for all of eternity, He can certainly cover every other deal in your life.

The rubber-meets-the-road part of this letter is that I believe God wants to use you in the upcoming days to impact others. You aren’t just striving to be a “nice Christian”—the goal is to reflect who Jesus truly is so that your message to the world is clear. You might be the only Bible some people read. Make it your goal to please God and finish strong. Cast your worries on Him (1 Peter 5:7).

He can stabilize any situation. You are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37). With man it may be impossible, but with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27). He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). So trust Him. Stop looking in the rearview mirror at past mistakes and step forward into the great big beautiful plans God has for you. The best is yet to come!

Happy New Year!

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2008 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.