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How to Pray

Friday, April 27th, 2018

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16

1. TAKE TIME TO PRAY. It’s worth it to spend time with Jesus. The great fruitfulness of our lives is rooted in meaningful, biblical prayer. When you go to God, start out with praise first and focus on God before going into your petitions. There is an abundance of wisdom and resource found in the presence of God.

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6 NKJV

2. FIND A PLACE TO PRAY. It’s important to pray as we go about the day, but it’s also important that we set aside specific times to pray without distractions like the phone, TV, or other people. Go to a quiet place where you can be alone with God and regularly spend time with Him. Pour out your heart to Him. Hidden prayer with God yields real results.

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:14-15

3. EXPECT ANSWERED PRAYER. Jesus reassured us that when we pray according to God’s will, He hears and answers us. If you’re not sure about God’s will, spend time in the Scriptures studying and finding out what God thinks about a certain area. Find promises in the Bible that correspond to your problems and meditate on those verses. And remember: when you pray, first forgive (Mark 11:25).

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I place You first in my life. You are so great and wonderful and worthy to be praised. Your will be done in my life and in the earth. I forgive anyone who has offended me. Help me to accomplish Your plans in my life. I trust You, God! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

pray, verb
To speak to God especially in order to give thanks or to ask for something. To make a request in a humble manner. To address God . . . with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving.

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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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Ten Ways to Enjoy the Holidays

Friday, December 1st, 2017

From Pastors Jeff & Patsy
Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 1 Peter 4:9

1. ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FEELINGS. We love the beauty and togetherness of the holidays, but this time of year can also bring up feelings of loss and lack. Understand you are human and keep everything in perspective. Lift your eyes to Jesus the Rescuer who came to push aside the darkness and set us free from sin.

2. REACH OUT. Look for fun opportunities to bless others, and deny self-pity this season! Every day make someone’s life brighter. Volunteer. Slip extra money to somebody. Buy someone’s meal at a restaurant. Put 40 bucks into Build-A-Bag.

3. BE REALISTIC. Don’t over-idealize this season—it’s expensive and busy. If you don’t get something done, just say, “Oh well, there’s always next year!”

4. SET ASIDE DIFFERENCES. This is not the time to tackle dysfunctional weirdness or sophisticated family issues that are floating around in your life. Bathe circumstances in prayer, walk in love, and express kindness. Try to keep things light and encouraging. If things start going toxic, maybe change the subject.

5. PRAY AHEAD. Anticipate a situation and pray ahead. Don’t let the devil sabotage your contacts—stay in a place where God can use you.

6. STICK TO A BUDGET. The worth of your holidays is not determined by how much you spend. Evaluate your spending and give yourself permission to make meaningful adjustments. It might help to talk this over with your family.

7. LEARN TO SAY NO. The best gift you can give to others is a healthy you. Learn how to delegate and let others help you. (Guys, it’s a documented, scientific fact that girls are attracted to husbands who help with the dishes.)

8. DON’T ABANDON HEALTHY HABITS. Take your vitamins, go for walks, and drink lots of water. Stay consistent with the Word of God and continue praying.

9. TAKE A BREATHER. Do something that you enjoy. If you don’t feel like you have time for a break, lie down and pray about whatever task is at hand—you’ll be productive and you’ll rest your body! Also, drive across town and go to a restaurant you normally don’t go to. Change things up a bit.

10. LAUGH MORE. Complain less! You only get one December in a year, so stop and enjoy the beauty of the lights. Step outside and breathe in the winter air. Enjoy family and friends. We pray that this will be the best holiday season you’ve ever had—full of joy and buoyancy! After all, it’s Jesus’ birthday! Woohoo!

God Bless You!
Pastors Jeff & Patsy Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2017 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. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Lift Up Your Light

Friday, September 8th, 2017

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

1. LIFT UP YOUR EYES. Sometimes we put our noses to the grindstone trying to figure out the intricacies of a problem, when what we really need to do is take a step back and look to Jesus. When your eyes are focused on Him instead of on the problem, you aren’t denying reality—you are looking to the One who has the answer.

2. LIFT UP YOUR NEEDS IN PRAYER. You can actually know and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Take some time to pray and open yourself to what God wants to tell you. Pray constantly—pray in the Spirit, pray with your understanding, pray the Scriptures—pray about everything!

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

3. LIFT UP YOUR WORD INTAKE. Spend a little more time in your Bible. The Word of God will equip you, guide you, and make you effective for all that God has called you to do. As we enter into a season when society is becoming aware of their need for Jesus, the Scriptures will help us to distinguish between fleshly reasoning and God’s wisdom and understanding. (Hebrews 4:12).

4. LIFT UP YOUR VOICE AND REJOICE. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4a). If you are going through the proverbial darkness before the dawn, remember that you are fighting a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12). Keep on rejoicing! God is going to get you to the other side, and along the way He will open doors and increase opportunities for you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I look to the Lord and I am radiant, and my face will never be ashamed (Psalm 34:5). I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles, and I run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

light, noun
Any device serving as a source of illumination. The quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light. A device for lighting or igniting fuel, charges, or fires.

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People of One Purpose

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:2

1. GATHER TOGETHER. When the Early Church prayed together, things happened. When the apostles Peter and John were released from prison and told not to preach God’s Word, they gathered with their own companions and “lifted their voices to God with one accord” asking for boldness to preach the Gospel and for signs and wonders to take place (Acts 4:23-31). In the next chapter, we see their prayer in action – people getting healed and saved (Acts 5:12-16). When we gather together, united in spirit, prayer changes things.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. Prayer makes power available (James 5:16). We are on assignment in our everyday lives to be people of prayer: private prayer, silent prayer, praying in the Spirit, praying with our understanding, praying in agreement, praying in faith, and praying together in corporate prayer. We can take every part of our lives to God in prayer.

3. FACE OFF WITH RESISTANCE. The Holy Spirit wants to equip us for effectiveness. When we face off with resistance and don’t quit, we get results. If fear tries to come in, we can’t fake it or talk ourselves out of it, but we can conquer it by using the Word of God and the Name of Jesus. Now is the time for the Church to get hold of how powerful God is and how significantly available Jesus is to help us as we lay down agendas and keep our hearts in one accord.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I thank You that the heartfelt and persistent prayer of a believer can accomplish much (James 5:16). Help me speak Your Word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the Name of Jesus (Acts 4:29-30). Let Your love be poured out in my heart through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Gather, verb
To bring together into one group, collection, or place. To bring together or assemble from various places, sources, or people.

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How to Take Courage

Friday, May 20th, 2016

As night fell, the boat was in the middle of the lake and Jesus was alone on land. The wind was against the disciples and He could see that they were straining at the oars, trying to make headway. When it was almost morning, Jesus came to them . . . He said to them at once, “Don’t yield to fear. Have courage. It’s really me—I Am!” Mark 6:47-50 TPT

1. RECHARGE your spirit. Jesus’ words are spirit and life (John 6:63). We know that when life gets dry, the living waters of God can turn things around. Jesus often drew away to pray and get with God. Take time to wait upon the Lord. Spend time with Him and watch yourself gain new strength!

2. REFUSE to worry, but pray about everything. The wind of adversity is part of the fallen human condition – so don’t be surprised or tempted to quit when you encounter a fiery ordeal. Instead, take courage! God is an ever present help in time of need. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is with you always, even to the ends of the earth.

3. REPLACE the oppression mindset by fixing your mind on Jesus. If you’re dealing with oppression and trials, or going through a mourning process, turn your eyes to the One who has His eyes on you, even in the darkest situations. If you’ve grown weary or dull or feel like you’re straining at the oars, remember this: Jesus said to have courage, so reach out and take it. When you trade heaviness or sorrow for a garment of praise, you will receive renewal and anointing.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will not fear, for God is with me. I will not anxiously look about me for He is my God. He will strengthen me, He will help me, He will uphold me with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

cour·age, noun
The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.

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. “Courage.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked TPT are taken from Mark: Miracles and Mercy, The Passion Translation, copyright © 2015. Used by permission of BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC, Racine, Wisconsin, USA. All rights reserved.

Let God Be Your Security

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The Lord’s faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in him. Psalm 32:10b NET

1. BE HONEST. Church is an atmosphere where it’s okay to have a problem but not okay to stay stuck. God wants us to look Him in the eye and deal with things honestly. He has complete sufficiency to deal with sin, guilt, and shame—His mercy triumphs over judgment (1 John 1:9).

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. Psalm 32:3, 5

2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. The Lord is a rock in the middle of the storm (Psalm 18:2). When you feel vulnerable, He is a high tower (Psalm 144:2 KJV) and a security for those who trust in Him (Psalm 91:1). We can run to Him and be saved (Proverbs 18:10). If you are grief-stricken over something, turn it into a prayer. Don’t worry about anything—instead pray about everything (Philippians 4:6 NLT).

Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found. Psalm 32:6a

3. SING PRAISES TO GOD. The devil will try to steal your song, but when you refuse to shut your mouth and instead sing praises to God, your voice is like a battering ram in the darkness. Remember all the times when God has preserved you from trouble and stir yourself up by way of reminder!

You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; you surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will be glad in the Lord and rejoice—I will shout for joy because of what God has done (Psalm 32:11). When I feel unsure, God will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go; He will counsel me with His eye upon me (Psalm 32:8). God is my hiding place and will preserve me from trouble. He surrounds me with songs of deliverance.

se·cu·ri·ty, noun
The quality or state of being secure. Freedom from danger: safety. Freedom from fear or anxiety.

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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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Fueled & Aflame

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3

MAKE JESUS FIRST. There are a lot of voices and responsibilities vying for our attention, but true life is knowing Jesus. We have an invitation to develop a relationship with Jesus, to make Him our priority. As we set our affections on things above we are preparing for what’s ahead (Colossians 3:2).

I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8a

PERSEVERE. It’s the grace of God that causes us to continue. Breakthrough doesn’t happen overnight – it takes a persevering spirit to see something all the way through. Look to Jesus. It’s not by our might or power but by the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).

Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Romans 12:11-12 The Message.

MORE TO DO. God is not done with you. Your whole life doesn’t have to be dictated by the hurts and the harshness of what’s happened up to this point. God is calling you to press past uncertainty, insecurity, and inferiority and obtain the fullness of what He has for you. Pray big bold prayers, take steps of faith—Jesus is coming back!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER.
God, help me to lay aside weights and encumbrances and the sin which so easily entangles, and run with endurance the race set before me. I fix my eyes on You, Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). I won’t just survive and maintain, but by the grace of God, I will see Your purposes come to pass in my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

ex•pec•tant, adj.
Hopeful. Marked by eager anticipation.

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Prayer Brings Breakthrough

Friday, June 12th, 2015

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” Mark 11:22-23

1. Foundation of Faith – God
Have faith in God. This simple yet powerful statement reminds us that God is looking for people who will pray in faith. You are able to pray the prayer of faith when you have spent time in God’s Word, seeking out His will about a particular subject (Romans 10:17).

2. Function of Faith – Believe, Speak & Pray
When you delve into the Word and become aware of God’s promises, it produces confidence in your approach to life. Mountains represent looming things that don’t seem like they can move, but go they must—overwhelming situations, a rebellious child, a broken heart, troubled marriages—you know that things will turn around because Jesus said they must.

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:24-25

3. Qualification of Faith – Forgive
Show mercy, be quick to forgive, and be quick to ask for forgiveness. Take time to realize the value of prayer in your everyday life. Look to God and trust Him for clarity on the decisions you have to make on a daily basis. As we pray according to the Word of God, the breakthrough will come!

Pray This Prayer
God’s ear is inclined to my prayer (Psalm 116:2; Proverbs 15:29). I draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). God, I need wisdom today and I have confidence that when I ask according to Your will, You hear me and I know I have the requests I ask of You (1 John 5:14-15).

Trust, noun
Reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.
One in which confidence is placed.

God bless you,
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. “Trust.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 09 June 2015.