Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

Let’s Prepare for Easter 2018!

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3-4

I often refer to Easter as the New Year’s Day of the church. This is both a time for us to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and what He has done in our lives and an opportunity for us to reach people with the Good News!

Here are some ways we can prepare.

1. PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE. As we approach Easter, let’s spend some time in prayer. Pray for the thousands of people who will come to the service on Good Friday, to the Egg Hunt on Saturday, and to Easter Sunday services. Pray for people you know and for the opportunity to invite them to church for Easter weekend. We are believing that people will get saved, rededicated to the Lord, delivered from oppression, and on fire for God!

2. INVITE OTHERS. Let’s stay open to the opportunities God has for us to invite others to church. Be bold to send the text, make the phone call, or ask a friend to come with you.

Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power. Psalm 110:3a

3. VOLUNTEER AT CHURCH. Easter weekend and the weeks leading up to it offer great opportunities to plug in and help at church! We will have a clean-up day to help the campus look fresh and inviting, or you can help at the Easter Egg Hunt or during the weekend services. Even if you can’t volunteer in this season, you are an ambassador wherever you go. When you come to church, smile and greet those around you. Believe God for the opportunity to bless someone—it could be life-changing for that person! God is moving in our time, and we get the opportunity to be part of it! So stay fresh in the Word and keep your heart open to what God wants to do through you!

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

WHAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR AS A CHURCH:
• The leadership of our nation.
• God’s strategy for our church to be revealed.
• Our church to be strong, obedient, and on fire.
• The children of the church—to succeed in life.
• Everyone’s needs to be met abundantly.

pre·pare, verb
To make ready beforehand for some purpose, use, or activity. To put in a proper state of mind.

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TRIUMPH

Friday, April 14th, 2017

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14

LIFE TRIUMPHS OVER DEATH. When Jesus died on the Cross, everything looked like a failure. But when He rose from the dead, it turned into victory over death and sin! Whatever you have been through, however you have messed up, Jesus wants to forgive your sins, give you a fresh start, and lead you in triumph.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). Ephesians 2:4-5

MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT. God loves you not on the basis of your good deeds, but because of His mercy (Titus 3:5). He loves you completely, and nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39). Let this become a year of triumph for you. If you’ve let your heart grow cold, draw near to God and He’ll give you a fresh hunger for truth. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Savior, call out to Him now.

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Colossians 2:13-15

PRAYER TRIUMPHS OVER OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. 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. I receive Jesus into my life right now. God, I give my life to You. Amen.

TRIUMPH!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
HAPPY EASTER!

tri·umph, noun
A significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory. Exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.

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Let’s Get Ready for Easter

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him [Jesus], and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:8-9

1. HONOR JESUS. Jesus is the Messiah and He fulfilled every prophecy about Himself, and someday soon Jesus is going to come back. In the meantime, we are to exalt and acknowledge Him. And just like the crowds cried out “Hosanna!” (“Save us!”) when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, we are also coming into a time when our city, our nation, and our world will be stirred to ask for God’s salvation.

2. PREPARE IN PRAYER. As we approach Easter, let’s spend some time in prayer. Pray for the thousands of people who will come to our campus on Good Friday, on Saturday for the Easter Egg Hunt, and on Easter Sunday. Pray for people you know and for the opportunity to invite them to church for Easter weekend. We are believing that people will get saved, rededicated to the Lord, delivered from oppression, and on fire for God!

WHAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR AS A CHURCH:
• The leadership of our nation.
• God’s strategy for our church to be revealed.
• Our church to be strong, obedient, and on fire.
• The children of the church—to succeed in life.
• Everyone’s needs to be met abundantly.

Get Ready!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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LIFE!

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

LIFE IS FOUND IN JESUS. Jesus is the greatest friend we will ever have—we can run to Him in time of need. He is not just part of a myriad of religious concepts in a pluralistic, relativistic world. He is the way, the truth, and the life, and He loves us so much that He took our sin upon Him when He died on the Cross.

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

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. God wants to give you the gift of an abundant life. When you accept Jesus as your Savior, you are invited to a life spent loving and connecting with Him—it’s the answer to every search for fulfillment.

Happy Easter – God loves you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God I need You. I open my heart wide to You. I repent for my sin and I ask for Your forgiveness and mercy to come into my heart. I receive Jesus as my Savior. Thank You for new life! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

life, noun
That which imparts or excites spirit or vigor; that upon which enjoyment or success depends.

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Pray for Easter!

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Easter is the New Year’s Day of the Church! It’s a weekend when we have an opportunity to reach many people and tell them about Jesus – on Good Friday, at the Saturday Egg Hunt, and on Easter Morning. Use the points below to pray over the church this next week as we believe God for a great harvest!

PRAY THAT:

1. VOLUNTEERS ARE COVERED. Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25b NLT). God, I pray that You bless those who are taking time to help others. I pray that they will have a fantastic weekend and that they will be safe and protected in Jesus’ Name!

2. IN-REACH AND OUTREACH ARE EQUALLY POWERFUL. I pray the anointing of the Holy Spirit will cover the entire weekend and that as soon as people step onto our church campus they will feel God’s love. I pray that everyone – from first-time visitors to those who have been here for decades – is reached with the life-giving power of Jesus.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

3. PEOPLE’S HEARTS ARE OPEN TO RECEIVE. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. God, I pray that the hearts of entire families will turn toward You and that You will add daily to the number of those who are being saved (Acts 2:47).

As you pray for Easter weekend, also believe God for opportunities to invite people to attend. It’s going to be a great weekend!

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

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Repaired, Prepared, and Ready!

Monday, April 9th, 2012

What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! 1 Peter 1:3 MSG

REPAIRED – mended, fixed, and restored.
Jesus left the splendor of heaven on a mission to save what was lost—to repair what the first Adam forfeited (Luke 19:10). The Bible says Jesus went around doing good and healing everyone who was sick and oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38). When we turn to God, our lives get repaired and restored—we’re set free!

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one calling in the desert, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.” Matthew 3:1-3 NIVUK

PREPARED – equipped in advance for a particular purpose.
Preparation precedes opportunity. Before Jesus, there was a forerunner named John the Baptist who came with great conviction and urged people to get their hearts ready for the Messiah. God convicts us so that we can remove obstacles in our lives and prepare for action.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

MADE READY – immediately available; poised for action.
If you’re feeling dull or apathetic and wondering what your purpose is, call out to God. He can take a cold heart and make it white hot and give you fresh hunger for truth. None of us is cut out to be “religious.” We are called to a new life in Christ. So focus on Jesus—He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). This is the reason for our existence.

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

There are generations yet unborn whose very lives will be shifted and shaped
by the moves you make and the actions you take today.
—Andy Andrews, Author & Speaker

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