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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

Put on Christ

  • Date: March 15, 2017
  • Verse: “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Colossians 3:10)
  • Summary:

    I want to tie together up some of these thoughts. "But now ye [believer, now you who are predestined] put off all these [things]…" (Colossians 3:8). He gives us another list, as if the first one wasn't enough. If you can't find any of this on your list, remember that the Scripture also says "and such things." I want you to know that you're on the list. We're all on the list. I look down here, and I look at some of these moral deficiencies: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Mortify Your Flesh

  • Date: March 13, 2017
  • Verse: “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5)
  • Summary:

    "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God" (Colossians 3:1). Set your affection on the things that are above. We can seek these things out of routine and discipline, can't we? We can schedule it in and say, "I'm going to seek the things that are above. Here we go." But where our affections are, where our heart is, that's where our treasures are. Set your affections on the things that are above. Where would you say you really are-what really has your heart? "Oh, Jesus has my heart.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Read It and Do It

  • Date: March 3, 2017
  • Verse: “And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.” (Colossians 4:16)
  • Summary:

    We'll be back to Ephesians, but I want to transition now into the book of Colossians. Colossians speaks toward this same thing over in Chapter 3. Let's turn over there for a moment. We want to deal with a couple of different aspects of how we get free from this daily warfare and how we become victorious in our daily walk. We also want to reveal things that many of us don't think are problems. The lists that are written here in Colossians, in Galatians, and in Romans. "And they that do these things will not inherit the kingdom of God." Of course, the Greek makes it clear.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

These Things Ought Not To Be

  • Date: February 27, 2017
  • Verse: “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
  • Summary:

    I want to look at the second part of Ephesians begining in Chapter 4 and down through the first portion of Chapter 5. This can be broken into three general categories. Paul is concerned with our vocation and behavior, and in the first part of this he wants to address our moral integrity: the integrity of heart. Are we people that are trustworthy? Are we honest? I don't mean we are honest just by the fact that somebody can entrust their money to us or give us a power of attorney over their estate.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Walk Worthy, Boasting in the Lord

  • Date: February 23, 2017
  • Verse: “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
  • Summary:

    Ephesians is clearly divided into two parts. It's cut right down the middle. One of them is doctrine and our legal position in Christ, and the other one is our daily responsibility of obedience and love and care for one another. Many of us want to live over here in the doctrine. We want to quote the doctrine, and we want to confess what we are in Christ. How many of you know that you can't have one without the other?

    We see this distinction. You can look at it real quickly. The distinction begins in Chapter 4. He's given us the riches of His grace-down here in Chapter 3.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Made Alive by God

  • Date: February 17, 2017
  • Verse: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29)
  • Summary:

    He starts Romans 8, verse 29 by saying, "Since you are so full of yourself, I want you to be sure of the redemptive work, the finished work in Jesus Christ, and who you are predestined to be." We can rejoice in that. We're predestined! Ephesians talks about it. Romans talks about it. We are predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.

    He gets all of that clear. We are predestined. It's going to happen. 1 John says, "When He comes, we will see Him as He is, and we will be like Him.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Predestined to be Found in Christ

  • Date: February 8, 2017
  • Verse: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29)
  • Summary:

    Look at the first chapter of Ephesians. I want to look at a couple of segments, but I don't want to bog down in Ephesians. We're eventually heading to Colossians. How many of you know that you can spend a long time studying in the book of Ephesians. Romans and Ephesians are the two letters that set our doctrine and our theology in the Scriptures. There is one thing that we want to see about Ephesians that is very important for us, and it will help us in this hour that we're going into.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Believes

  • Date: February 3, 2017
  • Verse: “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.” (Mark 5:36)
  • Summary:

    Faith professes. Faith absolutely says about the circumstances what God says about them, beginning first of all with our relationship with Him, that we're the sons of God; we're heirs and joint heirs. Then from there we declare every promise of God that's yea and amen. We saw this in the story of Jairus's daughter in Mark 5.

    We know the story. I'll condense it, it is about the environment that great faith can work in. The one thing that Jesus said was they could not enter because of their unbelief. The unbelief was the product of fear, of self reliance.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Further Obedience Builds Great Faith

  • Date: January 30, 2017
  • Verse: “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ” (Hebrews 4:11-12)
  • Summary:

    So "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick [alive], and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:11-12).

    Has the Word become alive to us? Does the Word go to your mind, or does it come and pierce your heart? That quiet time that we've talked about, that obedience.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Does the Word

  • Date: January 27, 2017
  • Verse: “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ” (Hebrews Hebrews 4:11-12)
  • Summary:

    We have so many people today that are satisfied just studying the Bible. Happy Christians, "Oh, we had a great study last night. Oh, let me tell you what I just learned. Oh, let me quote a couple of verses." Now, we dealt with somebody recently that goes to one of the most popular churches in this area, whose testimony to another Christian was, "If we're going to relate, Jesus has to be first in my life." Does it all sound good so far? "But our premarital sex is okay." Hmm! Church is full of folks. They all love Jesus.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Produces Rest

  • Date: January 25, 2017
  • Verse: “For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews Hebrews 4:3)
  • Summary:

    What are we doing in this hour to make our faith stronger, to come to the place of great faith? How many of us are hungering for greater faith, really? Or are we satisfied just cruising by, on this highway of abundance in America, naming the name of Jesus, giving Jesus word, lip service, and saying, "Oh, the Lord has blessed me. Oh, we're trusting God. Oh, we're-" and it's not mixed with faith?

    "For we which have believed do enter into rest…" (Hebrews 4:3). See, we're back to the season of hard times of a few years back.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Departs from Unbelief

  • Date: January 18, 2017
  • Verse: “But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:17-19)
  • Summary:

    Now, the one thing about living by faith is this -- it's scary. "Oh, faith is great! Hallelujah!" If you've got great faith, I want to tell you something. You study the men of faith, and you see what the Word of God says about them, and they were men of like passion just like you. They would like to know what tomorrow brings, but sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.

    Are you willing to live that way? How much do we have set back in case God fails? And I'm not just talking about money. I'm talking about all of the-what do we call it-networking that we do.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Alive in You

  • Date: January 12, 2017
  • Verse: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” (Hebrews 3:12)
  • Summary:

    In Hebrews, He tells us in the third and fourth chapters a few things about faith that are very important. God speaks judgment on His people because of their habitual lack of faith, and He says in Chapter 3, verse 10-He said, "Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways." That's a sad indictment, isn't it? A generation, a people, that always err in their hearts. Doctrine is fine, but their hearts are far from God. They approach Him with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

True Authority

  • Date: January 9, 2017
  • Verse: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
  • Summary:

    How many of us approach God like we're worthy? "I'm worthy. I deserve this. I've been serving God for twenty years, I study His Word, I pay my tithes." Can I tell you something? You're still not worthy. You are not worthy for His perfection to come under your roof. Holiness. You are not worthy, but He treats us like we are. The fact that you're treated like you're worthy doesn't make you worthy. That's called grace. Should I say that again? The fact that you're treated like you're worthy does not make you worthy. That's called grace. Faith doesn't feign unworthiness.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

I Will Come and Heal

  • Date: January 6, 2017
  • Verse: “And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.  And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” (Matthew 8:5-8)
  • Summary:

    In Matthew 8 verses 5 and 8, we see the Centurion and we notice something very unique. This man was in a position of power. He was in a position of representing Rome and the Empire. He had the power of life and death in his hands. Secular men in those roles were very cavalier. They could put people to judgment and death. As we read the Scriptures, we see what is stated about the centurion who had synagogues built. He was a Gentile but also a proselyte; he came to know the love of God. He knew who Jehovah was. His heart was changed, a man of the covenant.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Let God Cleanse You

  • Date: January 4, 2017
  • Verse: “If 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)
  • Summary:

    When the leper came before the Lord (Matthew 8:2) one of the first things he did was drop on his knees to worship Him. Let me ask you a question. When you approach God for anything that you need in your life are you prostrate? If not physically, there's no merit to being physically on your face, or dropping on your knees and bowing down. I'm talking about an attitude of heart.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Seeks Him Diligently

  • Date: December 31, 2016
  • 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:

    We talked recently about our real need to see faith working in our lives, especially as we enter this day. We've had it pretty easy in this country. We've had it pretty easy in this century, as it pertains to what man has endured. I'm not just talking about the natural, daily benefits of life, ease, and comfort. I'm talking about how we've had it pretty easy since the Renaissance. We've had it pretty easy since the Reformation. Those are the two contrasting civil and spiritual events. Until just recently in the world-we've seen it in Russia;

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Hopes

  • Date: December 29, 2016
  • Verse: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
  • Summary:

    Let's turn to Hebrews, Chapter 11 where it talks about the ability to obtain and walk in the realm of great faith. We were looking at that faith which Jesus recognized when He said, "I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel" (Matthew 8:10). Of course, coming into this hour that we are in, we want to be a people who are living in faith because without faith it's impossible to please God, it's impossible to walk in communion with Him.

    Chapter 11, verse 1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Power Manifests in Humble Worship

  • Date: December 26, 2016
  • Verse: “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)
  • Summary:

    In Matthew 8, following the great sermon on the mount, the disciples are out walking with Jesus, and it says, "When He was come down from the mountain…behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth His hand and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed" (verses 1-3). People ask today, "Is it the will of God to heal?" Here's a man that comes up specifically and says, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst heal me." And Jesus said what? "I will.

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Know Who You are in Christ

  • Date: December 15, 2016
  • Verse: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
  • Summary:

    Look over at Matthew chapter 10. He ends chapter 9 after all the miracles, talking about the fact that we are to pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into the harvest. And we've been praying that. We've been asking God to open doors of utterance for us around here. Most of you are very faithful to share the gospel. How many of you in your neighborhood or out in the highways and the byways, at work or whatever, that you've shared the gospel with somebody in the last two weeks? Let me see your hands. Hold them up high. Praise God! Probably seventy percent.

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