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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Is Our Lifestyle

  • Date: August 18, 2017
  • Verse: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Summary:

    The living Word, Jesus, the written Word-God and His Word are one. It's obvious that faith comes by communing with God, fellowshipping with God. How much time do we get in that quietness to where He can actually take over our lives as now our treasure, truly? When it comes to running or playing or whatever else steals our time, we're just saying, "Nah, man! This is too precious to me.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Pure Faith is Rewarded

  • Date: June 2, 2017
  • Verse: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Summary:

    Remember the woman with the issue of blood? And what she said within herself, "If I can touch the hem of His garment…." We saw where she got that faith, out of Malachi, the Book of Malachi. "The Sun of righteousness [shall] arise with healing in his wings" (Malachi 4:2). That Hebrew word "wings" means "the border or hem of a garment." That is a very obscure passage. There are times when God will speak to us through obscure passages about His goodness, His righteousness, His desire to heal you.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Persevere in Faith to Touch Him

  • Date: May 31, 2017
  • Verse: “And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.” (Luke 5:18-19)
  • Summary:

    We want to continue with our study on faith that prevails. I want to point out a couple of things in Luke, Chapter 5. In Luke, Chapter 5, we get a little insight into an encounter that He had with people that had genuine faith, a people who diligently sought Him in the midst of their need. Verse 17 says, "And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to [iaomai] them.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Who Will Go?

  • Date: May 26, 2017
  • Verse: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
  • Summary:

    We need to come in simple faith and believe for God to visit us, to see His glory manifested as He shows His power. "Those that come to Him must believe that He is and He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). Are we like Joshua, who wouldn't leave the tent? Are we like Joshua, who stayed up on the mountain there when the glory came-everybody else was afraid and Joshua said, "I want to get as close to God as I can." Can I share something with you? It is scary to get close to God.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith That Will Not Be Denied

  • Date: May 24, 2017
  • Verse: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Like 18:1)
  • Summary:

    The question I want to ask, as we read Matthew 9:18-26, is: do you believe you would have been allowed to stay in the house or would you be one that got thrown out? You all remember the story; right? "And Jesus arose and followed him and so did the disciples." Then we see this story on the woman with faith to touch Him and the hem of his garment. It says, "And when Jesus came [verse 23] into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, he said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Requires Diligence

  • Date: May 22, 2017
  • Verse: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Summary:

    A lot of us have faith and a lot of us begin in faith. Then, just somehow it doesn't get finished. Anybody know what I'm talking about? But those that endure till the end shall be saved; amen? We realize that faith without works is dead. Many of us start in faith, based upon the promise. We have favorable expectation, the hope. The reason that our faith fails is that we don't have endurance. We don't have patience that's developed.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Every Little Sin is Rebellion to God

  • Date: May 15, 2017
  • Verse: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
  • Summary:

    Many of us don't like to admit our weakness. But until we become absolutely aware of our weakness, His strength can never be perfected in us. As long as there is any trust in our own wisdom, our own abilities, whenever we think we have any rights to our own lives, (You know, that little sin we talked about?) we are absolutely in rebellion against the sovereign authority of God. Let's think about that as we start making our decisions without even considering God, what He would have us to do, or what His priorities are.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

God is Looking For Obedience

  • Date: May 12, 2017
  • Verse: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. ” (Isaiah 30:21)
  • Summary:

    We've talked about this independent spirit so much over the last ten years. Can I ask you a question? How many independent thoughts and actions do you take on a daily basis? I'm not trying to get us to paralyze ourselves in having to analyze everything. I just want us to look and say, how many independent decisions do I make? How many times do we go through a day and just absolutely not even consider God in our lives? This coal was taken and put upon your lips and it purged you.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

There Are No Trivial Sins

  • Date: May 10, 2017
  • Verse: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…” (Hebrews 12:14)
  • Summary:

    Look at Isaiah, Chapter 6,verse 6 for just a moment. "Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged." Now, what is that coal and what is the altar that this came from and how big a deal, really, are my sins that I commit on a daily basis? You know, we talked about not blowing this off, "Oh, 1 John 1:9, Oh, I sinned; 1 John 1:9.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Sin Made Ineffectual

  • Date: May 8, 2017
  • Verse: “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” (Romans 6:6)
  • Summary:

    We want to look at Romans 6:2-6. We see that we're dead to sin. "[Why do we sin]…that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" There is no place for sin to be dominant in our lives. But it is still active, because John says, "If [we sin] we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). If we're dead to sin, we no longer live therein. We no longer abide in that habitually.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Sin No Longer Reigns

  • Date: May 1, 2017
  • Verse: “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” (1 John 3:7)
  • Summary:

    I want to transition from this particular theological position of "already", that we are already perfect in Christ. We are already the sons of God, heirs and joint-heirs, but not unto glorification. Not yet. So, in the process of this dynamic we call sanctification, we're legally sinless, blameless before God, and yet, literally, we're still experiencing the dynamic of warring with the sin that is in our members.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Dead to Sin

  • Date: April 24, 2017
  • Verse: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Corinthians 5:17)
  • Summary:

    Romans 3 through 8 are just fabulous. If you want to go live there for a few days while we're going through this study, it will be a blessing to you. But Romans 6, verses 2 through 6-primarily 2 and 6-he answers that stupid question that people always ask when you try to teach on grace. "Well, you know, should we just be free to go out and sin? Should we sin that grace might abound? The more I sin, it will show that grace is really real, because God will love me, anyway." And Paul says, "Hey, stupid." He didn't exactly say it that way, but he said, "God forbid.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Alive In Jesus!

  • Date: April 21, 2017
  • Verse: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Summary:

    God, before the foundations of the world, chose you and predestined you to be His son. Can you say, "Praise God!" for that? "What about my nasty behavior?" Change it. It's unacceptable to God. Change it. It breaks the heart of God. Change it. It mocks God in the world. Change it. Because you've been ordained, you have been chosen, you have been saved unto good works, praise God!

    Now, if I habitually continue to live in my ugliness, in my rebellion, in my disobedience-we'll show you as we go on-you will no longer be the sons of God.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Saved Unto Good Works

  • Date: April 19, 2017
  • Verse: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Summary:

    Every biblical imperative, every commandment to abstain, every commandment to pursue brings us over to the thought processes of Colossians, "put off" and "put on"-every biblical imperative to pursue is a call to holiness. Every biblical imperative to abstain is a biblical call to holiness. We see it as rules. It's a map to holiness that brings us into the presence of God. Embrace those. Seek out the commandments of God and use it to compare our daily lives.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Liberty to Obey

  • Date: April 17, 2017
  • Verse: “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
  • Summary:

    We're going to talk about liberties. Do you want to know what you have the liberty to do? Your liberty is to obey Jesus. The liberty you have is not to be used as an occasion to the flesh. The liberty you have-listen-is the fact that you've been set free from the bondage of thinking that you're righteous through the law. Read that in context. The liberty that those people received that Paul was speaking to was a people that were in bondage because "if I don't do this and this, I'm not going to be accepted by the Lord." He said, "Man, stop worrying about that.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

God Commands Obedience

  • Date: April 14, 2017
  • Verse: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17)
  • Summary:

    Calvinist doctrine takes predestination, and its emphasis is on the sovereignty of God. And they overemphasize the sovereignty of God and-we've shared with you before-since God is a unitary being, all of His attributes have to be accepted equally. None of them are in conflict with the other. Love is never in conflict with justice. Mercy is never in conflict with wrath. How many of you have trouble sorting that out sometimes in your little peanut brain? But God is all of those things: love, justice, mercy, wrath. He's all of those things infinitely.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

No Longer Under Sin’s Dominion

  • Date: April 12, 2017
  • Verse: “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Roman 6:14)
  • Summary:

    We believe that this teaching has brought forth some good comfort to hearts and a good balance to how to approach this dilemma of our righteousness in Christ and our not-so-righteous living. Which one do you choose? The Scripture says that we're to profess and have imputed to us the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. That's who we really are. This not-so-righteous living, Paul says in Romans 7, isn't really us. How many of you are glad for that message? "This isn't really me.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Called to Obedience

  • Date: April 10, 2017
  • Verse: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
  • Summary:

    We delight in the finished work in Jesus and that revelation that's coming to us. The realization of our sonship and the exaltation of where we're seated with Him in the heavenlies. Paul brings that great revelation to the Ephesians church, to us. This wasn't just for Ephesus; this is for us! Then he talks about the condition of man. He said, "…in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, [under Satan's rule and power, he says.

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Called to Holiness

  • Date: April 5, 2017
  • Verse: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16)
  • Summary:

    He said, "… [He's] chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will" (Ephisians 1:5). This is God's will! Who's going to thwart it? This access back home in Christ; who's going to oppose that when the Sovereign has adopted us and said, "This is My son! He's holy as I am holy, he's the justified one." We return back and rejoice in this finished work of Jesus.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Come Home

  • Date: March 31, 2017
  • Verse: “For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” (John 16:27)
  • Summary:

    Paul speaking in Ephesians says that He's blessed us with all of these spiritual blessings in heavenly places. Paul's getting ready to show us what those spiritual blessings are. He's getting ready to bring the gospel to us, this simple understanding of Corinthians. It's a whole other teaching. We are working our way over into it. But the Corinthians' message to us conveys the other great theological term, some of you may have heard it.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Secure in Jesus

  • Date: March 29, 2017
  • Verse: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” (John 10:28-29)
  • Summary:

    Turn over to Ephesians for just a moment. We'll look at another passage, here, that speaks along these same lines of the great, great promises of our benefits are. Ephesians, Chapter 1, verse 3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us [not 'will,' but 'has'] who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." "He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." What a statement! Praise God for this! He's "given us all things that pertain to life and godliness;" amen? (2Peter 1:3).

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