The Mission Is Go!

August 10th, 2018

And He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed. Mark 16:15, 20

1. HERE IS YOUR MANDATE. Jesus commissioned His disciples to take the good news of salvation to the fallen world, and this assignment is for all believers down through the ages – including us. The mission is clear. We are called to impact our fallen world in order that people can serve Him, love Him, and know Him. Embracing the biblical revelation of God – who loves the world so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to save us – reveals our origin, underscores our purpose, and inspires our destiny.

2. THE MESSAGE IS MAGNETIC. God does not want anyone to perish, but He does want all to have everlasting life. Sadly, society is zombified by lesser pursuits, and the world is in turmoil. Instead of reacting in frustration or anger or becoming numbed to life, Christians are called to the electromagnetic response of love. As we live out the Gospel in an accessible and appealing way, people will be drawn to and changed by the love of God.

And as you go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 10:7

3. BE A CONDUIT FOR MIRACLES. Each one of us is a portable container of the presence of God to the world. Business, arts & entertainment, politics, family, education – every area needs the love of God. A great opportunity to proclaim the Gospel to all people of all nations is immediately upon us. Accepting this Great Commission is an enormous task that deserves the best and the greatest that any believer can offer. Be bold. Share with people about Jesus. Let it become so real in your own heart that it spills out of you. Miracles are waiting.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation. These signs will accompany me: in Jesus’ name I will cast out demons, I will speak with new tongues, nothing—not poison or snakes—will hurt me, I will lay hands on the sick and they will recover (Mark 16:15-18). In Jesus’ name, amen.

com·mis·sion, noun
An act of entrusting or giving authority. An authorization or command to act in a prescribed manner or to perform prescribed acts. Authority to act for, in behalf of, or in place of another.

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Help People Know God’s Love

August 3rd, 2018

For the love of Christ controls us. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:14a, 17-18

1. GOD’S LOVE CONTROLS US. Jesus died for all. He became a ransom and paid the price to free captive humanity. When we let God’s love inform our actions, we get to participate in God’s purposes, and we are given a ministry of reconciliation. Everyone needs Jesus – both the down-and-outers rejected by society and the up-and-outers who seem to have everything.

2. GOD’S LOVE CHANGES US. When we accept Jesus, the old things of our former life pass away. You could be one of the most undisciplined people who ever lived, you could have flunked out of anger management school, you could be from a long line of hot heads, but when Jesus comes on the scene, He makes all things new. It doesn’t happen automatically – it involves perseverance and renewing your mind by reading God’s Word. And when we let God’s love produce self-control in our lives, we are truly changed.

I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

3. GOD’S LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS. The message of Jesus is contagious. Let’s always remember that we are alive from the dead. When you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and let Him anchor you, not only will your words preach, but your entire life will be a testimony to draw people to the love of God.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am loved by God. I let the love of Christ control me. I am a fellow laborer with God (1 Corinthians 3:9). I am always ready to give an account for the hope that is in me (1 Peter 3:15).

help, verb
To give assistance to (someone); make it easier for (someone) to do something; To be of use or provide relief.

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Mission Possible

July 27th, 2018

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another . . . But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-11a

1. LOVE ONE ANOTHER. The Apostle Paul praised the Thessalonian church for identifying and doing what pleases God and encouraged them to keep excelling. What this early church exemplified holds true today: The hallmark of Christianity is our love for one another. We can’t thrive and advance when we carry the weight of resentment. Let God deal with other people. When you show others mercy, you will receive mercy (Matthew 5:7).

2. BECOME CONTENT. Life is all about Jesus. When we envy someone else’s life or compare ourselves to them, we are basically saying that we think God doesn’t have enough. But God has plenty for everybody including you – plenty of guidance, plenty of blessing, plenty of resources, plenty of plans and purposes and strategies. In the midst of this information age when everybody knows everybody else’s business, God actually wants you to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business, doing your work for God and not for people (Colossians 3:23).

The soul [appetite] of the lazy person craves and gets nothing [for lethargy overcomes ambition], But the soul [appetite] of the diligent [who works willingly] is rich and abundantly supplied. Proverbs 13:4 AMP

3. DEVELOP DILIGENCE. We are created for good works (Ephesians 2:10). All of us had different starts, but we can become diligent even if we didn’t begin that way. As you dedicate yourself to work with all your heart, you’ll see breakthrough. It won’t happen overnight, but as you are faithful in the little things, God will give you responsibility over more (Luke 16:10).

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

Pray this prayer:
God, my ambition in life is to do Your will and be pleasing to You. Help me to excel still more. I submit my actions, my attitude, and my motives to You. Help me keep my heart right. I love You, Jesus, amen!

dil·i·gent, adj.
Characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort. From the Latin diligere: to value or esteem highly, to love.

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The Lift of Love

July 20th, 2018

“By this all men will know that you are My [Jesus’] disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

1. LOVE ENRICHES LIFE. The greatest thing we can do in our life expression is to walk in love. A man in the Bible asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was and He replied, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Mark 12:30-31a). When life is dominated by love inspired by Jesus, it will grow and develop and make all of life’s relations sweeter.

2. LOVE ENABLES LIFE. The love of God enables us to grow in spirit, soul, and body and have an indelible impact on the world around us. Love will bear burdens and break oppression. We can love people without condoning everything they do. Love enables parents to create a happy household and a loving home. Love can change entire nations. As people start to realize the empty cavern in their hearts, we need to be ready with love to intercept a broken culture.

[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

3. LOVE ENDURES. None of us is exempt from this life of love. Not only does the love of God lift us, but God wants us to go out with joy and peace and lift others. This is a deep, deep requirement. Other things will fail. Car collections will rust. Buildings will topple. Kings and kingdoms will all pass away – but love never fails.

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

Daily Scripture Confession (Based on 1 John 4:7-21):
I love because God first loved me. Love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that I might live through Him. If God so loved me, then I will love others. If I love others, God abides in me, and His love is perfected in me.

love, noun
A strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person, as that arising from kinship or close friendship. A feeling of devotion or adoration toward God. A feeling of kindness or concern by God toward humans.

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The Gift of Eternal Life

July 13th, 2018

And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:28

1. IT IS BROUGHT BY AN ETERNAL PERSON. Eternal life is the greatest blessing you
or I will ever come across – immortality is what people have craved through the ages. God has set eternity in our hearts and only He, the Eternal One, the beginning and the end, can give eternal life. And we must receive this gift by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

2. IT IS BASED ON ETERNAL PASSION. The eternal God is eternally in love with you. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God loves us so much that even when we were lost in sin, He sent Jesus for us.

3. IT IS BESTOWED BY ETERNAL PROMISES. The Bible is written by men and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word and His promises remain forever (Matthew 24:35). Study the promises of God about eternal life. Let them inspire you to look at everything in your life in the light of eternity.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

4. IT IS BACKED BY ETERNAL POWER. Eternal life is not just quantitative – an endless length of time – it’s also qualitative. God wants you to have an abundant life! God wants to bring answers to questions, vibrancy instead of dullness, fruitfulness instead of barrenness, and healing to hurts. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and the same Power that created the stars, that conquered sin on the Cross, that offers eternal life, is available to you.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what are mere mortals that You take thought of them and care for them? Yet You crown me with glory and majesty! (Psalm 8:3-5). Thank You, God, for eternal life and that my path is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day (Proverbs 4:18). I love You, Jesus!

e·ter·nal, adj.
Having infinite duration: everlasting. Characterized by abiding fellowship with God. Continued without intermission: perpetual.

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God Is Able

July 6th, 2018

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

1. HE IS ABLE TO MAKE YOU STAND. Anxiety can weigh a person down, but Jesus is the cure for anxiety. When we put all of our attention and focus on God and delight ourselves in the Lord through prayer, worship, and studying the Word—He is the one who lifts that pressure off of us and gives us abundance for every good deed!

2. HE IS ABLE TO COME TO YOUR AID. God is faithful and an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). King David wrote in Psalms that from the time he was young to his old age he had never seen the righteous forsaken (Psalm 37:25). Jesus said, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him . . . Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9

3. HE IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL WE ASK OR THINK (Ephesians 3:20). Worry tempts us to take things into our own hands. But our sufficiency is in God—it’s not by our might or human power but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). God will be faithful to guide you and give you wisdom through the different challenges of life. As you seek Him, you will find Him!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
You have not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. You have called me to do mighty deeds! Jesus, I know it’s not by might or by power but by Your Spirit. I don’t trust in my ability, but I put all my hope, faith, and trust in You, Jesus. I know I will reap great fruit if I don’t quit. Thank You, Jesus, that You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think according to Your power working in me (Ephesians 3:20).

a·ble, adj.
Having the necessary means, skill, know-how, or authority to do something.

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Rely on God

June 29th, 2018

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11

1. GOD FINISHES WHAT HE BEGINS. As realistically as rain and snow come from heaven to replenish the earth, so God’s Word will replenish you and accomplish what God desires. Let this truth resonate in your spirit: He who has begun a good work will perfect and perform it in you—regardless if you are nine or ninety-nine (Philippians 1:6).

2. GOD WORKS EVERYTHING OUT FOR GOOD. God has designed us, male and female, in His image, for amazing purposes – for accomplishment, excellence, and breakthrough. He knows more about your future than you know about your past. When something doesn’t seem to reconcile, put it on the altar knowing that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

3. GOD WILL BRING YOU THROUGH THE BATTLE. We’ve all had times when we responded pathetically to our battles; yet God still brought us through. It’s not because we are “all that,” but because we rely on our accomplishing God. So cast your worries, cares, troubles, and anxiety on Him because He cares for you deeply, watchfully, and affectionately, and He is faithful. God will accomplish that which concerns you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. I will accomplish what God has called me to do today. I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. I won’t be hijacked by lesser things, but I will lay aside every encumbrance and sin that entangles, and I will run with endurance.

re·ly, verb
To depend confidently; to put trust in.

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It’s All Working Out for Good!

June 22nd, 2018

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

1. THE DREAM. Joseph had a vision for his life. But sometimes, in between the dream and the fulfillment, ridiculous stuff can happen. Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit and then sold him to some Ishmaelites. Then, in Egypt, he was unjustly thrown into prison. From age 17 to 30 his dream was challenged, but then God opened the door.

2. THE BATTLE. Joseph was faithful even when at his lowest. If you are weary and fatigued from protracted battles, receive God’s refreshing today. Stay faithful, overcome resentment, and trust God. He redeemed Joseph’s life and He will turn your situation around too.

As for you, you meant evil against me [Joseph], but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20

3. THE RESULT. One day Joseph was in prison and the next he was the second in command in Egypt. Don’t quit. God turned things around for Joseph’s life, but God also used him to save an entire nation from starvation. Take hold of this biblical concept—that God causes all things to work together for good—and apply it at your job, with your family, to your dreams. God is so good and He cares for you and loves you. You can trust Him to come through for you every time!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I was born for such a time as this. All things to work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose. My circumstances are turning out for the greater progress of the Gospel (Esther 4:14; Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:12).

re·sult, noun
Something that follows naturally from a particular action, operation, or course; a consequence or outcome. Favorable or desired outcomes

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Understand the Times

June 15th, 2018

Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command. 1 Chronicles 12:32 NKJV

1. RIGHT ON TIME. God has a plan and nothing takes Him by surprise. There was a group of observant people in the Old Testament—Issachar’s tribe—and they were described in two ways: They had understanding of the times and they knew what Israel should do. In our generation, God has called and equipped us to understand our times and to know what to do.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

2. RELY ON GOD’S TIMING. God has impeccable timing— He is not last-minute. If you are in an uncertain moment, you can look to God who will give you wisdom for the next steps. As you rely on Him, He is going to get you where you need to be when you need to be there.

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 NKJV

3. CREATED FOR THIS TIME. At a critical moment when the Jewish people were threatened, Mordecai told his cousin, Esther, that she had better step up. She did, and the results were amazing. God used her to rescue an entire people group from extermination. God’s hand is on your life and it’s time to step up and trust Him; it’s time to think differently. God will do great things through simple obedience.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). I am created for such a time as this. I understand the times and I know what to do. Faithful is God who calls me and He will also bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

un·der·stan·ding, noun
The knowledge and ability to judge a particular situation or subject.

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Called for Such a Time as This

June 8th, 2018

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14

1. YOUR STEPS ARE ORDERED. Your times are in God’s hands, and just as He did for Esther when it was her time to step up, He will establish your steps too (Psalm 31:15; Psalm 37:23). As you seek and pursue Him, you can trust that He will bring order to seemingly random events in your life.

2. EQUIPPED TO MAKE AN IMPACT. God wants to equip you for every good work to do His will (2 Timothy 3:17; Hebrews 13:20-21). Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). As you seek God and make yourself available to Him, He will strongly support you (2 Chronicles 16:9a). Signs and wonders follow an obedient life.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

3. HAVE THE END IN MIND. It’s critical to get rooted and tethered in the Word of God. If life gets dark, step out into the light of God’s Word, which is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105). If you get weak, the spiritual nutrition of the Word will fortify and stabilize you, and you can face each day knowing you’ve been called for such a time as this.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
God is at work in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:2a). I know the plans God has for me, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

or·der, noun
The sequence or arrangement of things or events. A fixed or definite plan. A state or condition in which everything is in its right place and functioning properly.

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