Posts Tagged ‘Messiah’

Five Reasons to Rejoice This Christmas

Friday, December 18th, 2015

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

1. HE IS HERE. The good news of Jesus can change everything in a moment. When a Pharisee named Nicodemus asked Jesus how to be born again, Jesus replied with words that resound through time: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…”

2. IT IS MADE CLEAR. Jesus came to replace confusion with peace, doubt with clarity. While He was on earth, He fulfilled every prophecy about the coming of the Messiah. Then at age 33, He laid down His life to redeem us and bring us back into closeness with God.

3. YOU ARE DEAR. You are of great value to God. God loved the world so dearly that He was willing to pay the price and ransom us from sin and death.

4. YOU DON’T NEED TO FEAR. On the night of Jesus’ birth, angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields and said, “Do not be afraid.” And because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we don’t have to live in constant dread and apprehension. Jesus came with good news and great joy for all people (Luke 2:10).

5. YOU CAN DRAW NEAR. Sin, disappointment, and our own failures can weaken our faith, but when we draw near to God and get into His Word, we can get strengthened (Isaiah 40:31; Romans 10:17). God is offering you hope and radical change—draw near to Him today.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Dear Heavenly Father, I open my heart wide to You. I ask for Your forgiveness and mercy to come into my heart and my home. I receive Jesus as my Lord and King. Heal the relationships around me. I pray this will be the best Christmas that I’ve ever had. I pray blessing on our city, our country, and our world. Thank you for new beginnings! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Dear, adjective
Loved and cherished. Greatly valued; precious. Highly esteemed or regarded.

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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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Jesus—God With Us

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

A few thousand years ago the Hebrew prophet Isaiah foretold the birth of the Rescuer who would come and save us. Jesus did come. Fully God and fully man, He shouldered all the sins of humanity and gave His life as a ransom. When you think of Christmas, don’t just think of baby Jesus in the manger—let your view expand to the whole plan of redemption.

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

If you haven’t made Jesus the Lord of your life, make this Christmas the most significant transition into the New Year you’ve ever had. Respond to and receive Jesus. He’s the Messiah to the Jews, Savior to the Gentiles, Redeemer to every nation and every tribe, and Rescuer to you. The only requirement is to sincerely repent and simply acknowledge and confess Him as your Lord.

Pray this prayer:
“Jesus, I open the door of my heart. Come into my life, forgive all my sins, and give me a brand new start. I confess You as my Lord and Savior. Make my heart Your home, Jesus. Let joy push out sluggishness and hope replace bleakness. You are the God who saves, heals, and protects. Instill in me a fresh sense of vision and purpose. Let 2014 be a tremendous year in my life. I ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

IMMANUEL
Hebrew `Immanuw’el. “with us (is) God”
–Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Merry Christmas!
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.