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Pastor Star R. Scott

What Are You Holding Onto?

  • Date: June 22, 2016
  • Verse: “For it is God which workethin you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13)
  • Summary:

    "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his offspring begging bread" (Psalm 37:25). Is anybody here, besides me, disgusted with your lack of faith? I'm disgusted with my lack of faith. I'm disgusted every time a twinge comes to my mind, when something occurs and I'm concerned for my daughter. If something happens and I think she might be in jeopardy or harm. I worry that Satan will throw some darts at her and say, "I'm going to take her too.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Is Not Touchy

  • Date: September 17, 2018
  • Verse: “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil...” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
  • Summary:

    Love is not easily provoked. We have all heard this over the years; love is not easily provoked. The one phrase I like to start this with is this: Love is not touchy. What was that thing the kids used to say? "No touchy." I can't even remember what it was from; one of those Disney Films-The Emperor's New Groove. I'm sure some of you all saw that. You see, I'm like you are as parents: you know the cartoons, but you're embarrassed to tell anybody that you see them because your children are watching them? Well, as a grandparent you go through it again.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Is Not Selfish

  • Date: September 12, 2018
  • Verse: “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.” (Romans 15:2)
  • Summary:

    Love does not seek its own. Love is not self serving in any way. We give up our own-man, this is tough one!-for the good of others. We give up our own for the good of others. That is a tough requirement. 1 Corinthians 10:24 says, "Let no man seek his own, but…another's wealth." "Another's wealth" is not just about monetary gain; we don't seek our own, but we seek the gain of others. Philippians 2:4 says, "Look not every man on his own things, but also on the things of others." Again it asks how you are doing on that aspect of loving one another.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Does Not Disgrace

  • Date: September 10, 2018
  • Verse: “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil…” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
  • Summary:

    Love does not behave itself unseemly (1 Corinthians 13:5). That's an interesting Old English term. It doesn't behave itself disgracefully. It's disgraceful to say that we love one another, then tell somebody among us to be warmed and filled. That's a disgrace to the name of Jesus to have the wherewithal to meet the need among us and then say, "God bless you, brother," while we are too busy to meet the need, we are too cheap to meet the need, or we are too bound up in our own schedules to meet the need. Love does not behave itself disgracefully.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Doesn’t Focus on Self

  • Date: September 5, 2018
  • Verse: “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up...” (1 Corinthians 13:4)
  • Summary:

    The fourth trait of love, as we love the way we have been loved, is that love vaunts not itself. Now, this and the next trait are related: one is an action, the other is an attitude. Vaunting ourselves is an action, and being puffed up is an attitude. We see that this vaunting of ourselves has to do with those who are boasters-the braggart, the vainglorious-because they normally make the story bigger than it really is. It's like those of us who played sports thinking back to our high school careers;

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Does Not Envy

  • Date: September 3, 2018
  • Verse: “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up...” (1 Corinthians 13:4)
  • Summary:

    He says in 1 Corinthians 13:4, "Love envies not." Envy is part of that nasty spirit that is in unregenerate man-that spirit of envy, that jealousy. It's so easy to become jealous. We become so possessive, and we are really offended when others in our midst are exalted. Isn't it interesting that we can make all kinds of confessions-"Oh, I'm just nothing;

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Be Kind

  • Date: August 30, 2018
  • Verse: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Summary:

    It says in Ephesians chapter 4, verse thirty two, "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as [there's another "even as" again] God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Be kind one to another; we have addressed this so many times in our teachings about relating to our spouses, so now we have all of that down, so we want to deal with the rest of the body. Because, I mean, we have taught on our marriage relations a couple of times in the last three or four years, so we have perfected that.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Never Runs Out

  • Date: August 27, 2018
  • Verse: “Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth…” (1 Corinthians 13:6-8)
  • Summary:

    Love is longsuffering: it suffers long; it is patient; it bears up; it is never exhausted. Love is never exhausted. So, we see these different aspects of the love of God; and we see that loving practically is being longsuffering-never hasty to retaliate. If we want to retaliate, if we are offended and we want to ignore somebody or strike back or harm somebody or "I'll teach you a lesson," then the love of God is not in you, First John says. If you hate your brother, then the love of God is not in you and you are not a candidate for eternal life.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Today

  • Date: August 17, 2018
  • Verse: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Mathew 6:34)
  • Summary:

    I was sharing with somebody recently just what these last number of years have done in me and how thankful I am for what God has done in my life to this point, and how fearful I am that He's going to require more. Does anybody know what I am talking about? Asking for the grace to walk in the sufficiency of the day. "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" (Matthew 6:34). I'm not taking thought for tomorrow. Help me to walk in today and be thankful and not borrow tomorrow. That's difficult for me. I'm a tomorrow guy. I'm a next-week guy.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Unfeigned Love

  • Date: August 13, 2018
  • Verse: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently…” (1 Peter 1:22)
  • Summary:

    He said in 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 3, verse 12, "And the Lord make you to increase [in faith] and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we [have loved] you." The apostle goes on to say, "[I want] you to…abound in love one toward another…" What would you say as you look at your life right now? This is Paul's admonition to those in Thessalonica.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Thinks No Evil

  • Date: August 6, 2018
  • Verse: “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” (Romans 12:9)
  • Summary:

    As the Scripture speaks to us, we see these great commandments, I like the fact that John 15:12 makes it very clear: "This is my commandment, That ye love one another [Man, if it would just stop there], as I have loved you." Romans 12:9 says, "Let [your] love be without dissimulation [hypocrisy is what that word means]. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." You know, we do a lot of abhorring, but how much cleaving do we do? Because the fact of the matter is we're not all bad.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Choses Against Self

  • Date: August 1, 2018
  • Verse: “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13)
  • Summary:

    Scripture says very clearly that before we were even born, God foreknew us. So that's kind of cool. While we were yet in our mother's womb. We see a scriptural principle that prophets were even chosen and selected while they were still in the womb. God separated them through His foreknowledge and His predetermination to be used for the kingdom of God in a great way. Yet, some, when these people are raised to greatness, begin to covet their role. We begin to resent that. We become in competition with them. "I want you to love as I have loved you.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

No Longer Lovers of Self

  • Date: July 30, 2018
  • Verse: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)
  • Summary:

    We'll pick up where we've been in our study in John's gospel and quickly look at a couple of verses. John 13, verse 35 and John 15, verse 12, these are foundational verses that we've been working off of. "By this [John 13:35] shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." We've been talking about the fact, out of John 17, that when people look into our fellowship, look into our lives, and see a genuine love, it's so unnatural, so unnatural. Love is so unnatural to Adam's children.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

God Dwells in Those That Love

  • Date: July 19, 2018
  • Verse: “No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:12)
  • Summary:

    When we're doers of the Word, when we're not just hearers, we can't, as James says, say to those that are in need around us, "Be warmed and filled," and we have the wherewithal to meet the need. Let's take it out of the monetary, the material, for just a moment, because unfortunately we as Americans, that's how we think. Let's put it into what's really important and that's our spiritual needs. How many of us have the wherewithal to care for somebody here in the fellowship, to bring ministry to them? How many of us have the wherewithal-we've been through trials;

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Knowing Whether You Have Eternal Life

  • Date: July 16, 2018
  • Verse: “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” (1 John 3:14)
  • Summary:

    The Scripture makes it clear. There is an intimacy that the Holy Spirit mandates in His church, and there's a love in this intimacy that He mandates in His church. We cannot have anybody in the church, the body of Christ, that to us is insignificant, on the fringe, but we're to love as we've been loved.

    1 John speaks toward this; and it's an interesting thing. I'd like you to look at a couple of passages. Let's begin at 1 John, Chapter 3, verse 14.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Forbears and Forgives

  • Date: July 11, 2018
  • Verse: “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” (Colossians 3:13)
  • Summary:

    We see that love is the foundation, then, on which the church is built. Ephesians 3:17, "…being rooted and grounded in love." Love, that ability to put worth on an object other than ourselves. We value those people around us with the same value that Jesus places on them. That's pretty cool, man. God being able to love through us and put that worth upon those people, and we're able to then observe that and say, "That's the worth that I'm going to put on them." That's the love of God, and it's the foundation on which we're built.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Speaks Truth

  • Date: July 9, 2018
  • Verse: “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:15)
  • Summary:

    We've been teaching on the love of God, and the mandate that the Lord Jesus gives us is that we're to love as we've been loved. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35). Nothing speaks louder than genuine love among the brethren. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Not how many Bible verses you can quote, not how big our fellowship is, but the world looking in and saying, "Those people love each other.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Doesn't Take It Personally

  • Date: June 20, 2018
  • Verse: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Summary:

    One of the things you'll see as you study this out is that the Holy Spirit is saying to us here that longsuffering is patience. It's endurance. It's bearing up under these real or perceived assaults on our divinity, and so if we truly understand the love that God has for us, and the love that He has for our brothers, just start putting the same value on one another that God did when He loved us before the worlds were created. The Holy Spirit is speaking to us here and talking about this longsuffering.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Kindly Suffers Long

  • Date: June 13, 2018
  • Verse: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” (Epesians 4:32)
  • Summary:

    How do you respond to individuals you have offended? Is it, "Hey, we're going to have conflicts"? And, as well as we all know each other, as intertwined as our lives are, we're going to have conflicts. How do you resolve the conflict? By you being the first one to humble yourself and seek healing. "Yeah, but I was the one that was wronged." Well, now you can be right, again. Look what he goes on to say.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Grieve Not the Holy Spirit

  • Date: June 6, 2018
  • Verse: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Ephesianbs 4:29-30)
  • Summary:

    A while back, we were teaching a lot on the cross and we were asking how do we really perceive ourselves. See, if we see ourselves as truly low and humble, then can anybody ever do anything that's humiliating to us? Can you be humiliated if you're humble? And the response is you turn the other cheek. You pray for those people. You look to speak in grace into their lives and speak unto edification. Why? That you might be perfect like your Father in heaven is perfect. "Man, I don't know if that's possible." It's possible. The blood of Jesus provided it for us.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Don’t Give Place to Satan

  • Date: June 4, 2018
  • Verse: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27)
  • Summary:

    We want to look at a couple of passages in Ephesians, Chapter 4 and see what Father has for us. We were talking about this the other night, but just a quick look at a verse here that might be helpful to us in getting started. As Paul speaks to us, "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil" (Ephesians 4:26-27). I want to tell you something, man. The longer you put this off, the greater bondage you're in. Don't give place to the devil.

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