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Pastor Star R. Scott

Unity in Knowing Jesus

  • Date: November 14, 2013
  • Verse: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)
  • Summary:

    We'd like to think that as believers we're living sanctified lives, living free from the world. But we don't want to minimize how vexed we are by the world. We've been challenged in recent months as to how carnally minded we really are, how vexed we are by the world that we're living in. If you don't think that's possible, remember what the Lord said. He said, "Listen, you're living in a time when, if it wasn't shortened, even the very elect wouldn't be able to stand.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Did You Encounter God Today?

  • Date: October 2, 2017
  • Verse: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)
  • Summary:

    One thing this little Book brings out is this, and I think it's something that we need to think about in our lives. We come to service through strict obedience (don't we?) to the commandment, "Don't forsake the assembling." We see that as a commandment and we come in obedience. We don't always want to come. We come because we're commanded to. We come because we do have a heart to do the Word of God, but we don't always encounter God when we get here. You don't encounter God by how good the teaching happens to be that service.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

A Man of Faith is a Man of Prayer

  • Date: September 27, 2017
  • Verse: “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.” (Genesis 24:63)
  • Summary:

    In Genesis 22:9, Isaac allows himself to be offered up, and we know then the story from there. Later, when it's time for Isaac to get a wife, and Abraham sends his servant into the land of their heritage. He wasn't going to have his son marry those that were in the local region, and so they're sending him back to the area that the family had come from. That there would be a wife that would be found there.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

A Man of Faith Willingly Obeys

  • Date: September 25, 2017
  • Verse: “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23)
  • Summary:

    So the question that I want to ask is how much faith do you have when someone you know to be a man of God, your parent, an overseer that's been placed by the Holy Spirit, and they tell you, "Here is God's plan." Now, there are other aspects. We're probably going to look at guidance here in just a moment. We're going to talk about the aspect of our unique placing in the body of Christ as it pleases Him, so don't just allow this one statement to be all that you hear in this whole process of Isaac's life, but you need to hear this.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Trusts Biblical Order

  • Date: September 22, 2017
  • Verse: “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” (Genesis 22:7-8)
  • Summary:

    Let's look a little bit into Isaac over in Genesis. We know he was the promised child. We know that the name Isaac means laughter. Sarah had laughed at that miraculous promise of God. The Scripture makes it very clear that this miracle had come as part of the testing and the trials that were upon Abraham. In Chapter 22, we find Isaac in one of the greatest, I believe, aspects of faith in his life that we need to grab hold of. Genesis 22, verse 1, "And it came to pass after these things, that God [tested] Abraham..." Just something very practical for us here.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Seeks First the Kingdom of God

  • Date: September 20, 2017
  • Verse: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
  • Summary:

    Hebrews 11 gives us the verse we've been using repeatedly in this teaching because I want this to get into our hearts. Verse 8 of Hebrews 11, the great faith chapter, "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed." And so we wanted you to get these principles in your notes. "When he was called..." He was called. "For many are called, but few are chosen," the Scripture says. Whosoever will may come. Many are called, but few choose to be the chosen. See, we have the ability to choose. We are free moral agents.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Lets God Work Through You

  • Date: September 18, 2017
  • Verse: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
  • Summary:

    Many of us want to see the spectacular, you know, the miracles and the supernatural, and thank God that is available to us in this hour. I believe we're going to see more of it as the day goes on. You need to understand, and I need to come to grips with the fact that we have been so insulated. We are so weak. We are probably the weakest of the church of Jesus Christ in the world today. The most knowledgeable, the most affluent, but we've not known the winepress that so much of the church is going through today.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Consistently Opposes the World

  • Date: September 11, 2017
  • Verse: “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12)
  • Summary:

    "Be…followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises [of God]" (Hebrews 6:12). In the last session, we had mentioned that so often we leave off the first part of that Scripture. It says, "That ye be not slothful, but followers of them…" One of things that we see today is a generation that seeks ease and comfort and instant gratification. To become men and women of faith, you're going to need patience. The Bible teaches that "Ye have need of patience…" (Hebrews 10:36).

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Labors to Enter In

  • Date: September 8, 2017
  • Verse: “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12)
  • Summary:

    I want to point out a couple of things that I think are practical for us as we look at this study: "Faith That Prevails," or faith and patience. "[Be] followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises [of God]" (Hebrews 6:12). Look over real quickly at this passage that we're all familiar with in Hebrews 6. As I just quoted it, so often I leave the first part of it off, but I want us to look at it now. "Put away slothfulness and be followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises of God.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Comes as We Commune with God

  • Date: September 4, 2017
  • Verse: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” (Hebrews 11:8)
  • Summary:

    Let's turn back to Hebrews Chapter 11. The subject that we've been dealing with is faith that really requires with it patience, a faith that requires the obedience, a doing, a working-type faith. As we've been studying Abraham, we see that Abraham was called-I hope you'll have this in your notes by now-that Abraham was called, that Abraham obeyed, that Abraham went, and that Abraham sojourned. Those four major aspects here in Hebrews Chapter 11 that talks about the father of our faith.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Requires Selfness to Die

  • Date: September 1, 2017
  • Verse: “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God…” (Romans 4:19-20)
  • Summary:

    "Without faith it is impossible to please God." I hate, I absolutely hate, I'm telling you. I hate those first steps of faith into the fray! I hate the feeling of helplessness, but I love the knowledge of the presence of God. When I'm finally able to lie down in the midst of it, in His arms in the back of the boat, there's no place I'd rather be, and I hate going there! Anybody know what I'm talking about? But He's called us to sojourn there. To always choose to go not knowing where you go.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Goes Not Knowing

  • Date: August 28, 2017
  • Verse: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” (Hebrews 11:8)
  • Summary:

    We like to have some kind of control. Don't you like to have some kind of knowledge, "What am I going into?" That's the one thing about faith. Faith will never reveal to you, up front, the journey. You just step out of the boat. You just go, not knowing. We see it throughout the Scriptures in many of these great men. And many of us have experienced it. How many of you have done that and then there's the anxiousness, but there's also the awareness of His presence. There's the anxiousness of the unknown; it's scary. You don't know if you're going to survive or not.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faithful Obedience

  • Date: August 24, 2017
  • Verse: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” (Hebrews 11:8)
  • Summary:

    We've been talking about Abraham and those aspects that we said we want you to get into your memory. It's so important, this one sentence and the phrasing that's used. Verse eight of Chapter 11 of Hebrews says, "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and went out, not knowing whither he went.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Diligently Pursues Christlikeness

  • Date: August 21, 2017
  • Verse: “And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:11-12)
  • Summary:

    Turn over to Hebrews 6 for just a moment. Hebrews 6, verse 12, "…be not slothful." Many of us are so proud of the work ethic that we've instilled into our children. The problem is it's a natural work ethic. It's a worldly work ethic. Can I give you the biblical work ethic? "Cease from your own labors and enter into rest." There's the work ethic of the Bible. But here we are and we think we are teaching our kids character. We think we are teaching them a work ethic and all we're doing is helping them achieve their idols. We're training them up in the world's wisdom.

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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

Faith Simplifies

  • Date: August 16, 2017
  • Verse: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1)
  • Summary:

    The teaching that we're on is "Faith with Patience." The greatest hindrance to our faith is all of these weights, the abundance of this world, the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the lust of things that enter in and chokes the word (Mark 4:19). What does the word "beset" mean? To surround and to bind, like a bear hug, to choke off. The great admonition of the Word of God is how to stand in this last day, to walk free, to be seekers first of the kingdom of God and His righteousness and believe that He will provide all of these things that are necessities to us.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Enduring Even More

  • Date: August 9, 2017
  • Verse: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
  • Summary:

    The study here on faith and patience that we're doing, we're calling it "Faith That Prevails" or faith that endures. I told you the hardest thing to do to come up with titles over thirty five or forty years. We're basically doing the teaching that we did twenty years ago that we called "Faith and Patience." We just have a different title and a little different emphasis. The emphasis that we want to put on this is not faith and patience that has to do with the physical oppression of the enemy. We're not just talking about faith for healing. We dealt a lot with healing back then.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Endures

  • Date: August 7, 2017
  • Verse: “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 13:13)
  • Summary:

    Did we come in faith today? Did we come looking to encounter God or just, it's Sunday, so we show up at church? "…He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). If we're here today and desperate for His presence, He will visit us; praise God! We'll be changed. We'll be like Him. As that bride, we will be prepared for His soon coming. The Lord is at hand! Don't forget what time this is that we're living in. We are the people who will very likely see the coming of the Lord.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Holds On To God’s Promises

  • Date: August 4, 2017
  • Verse: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:20-21)
  • Summary:

    "Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be" (Romans 4:18). Abraham hoped against hope. When he no longer had anything in him to hope for the promise, he still had hope in his God. He favorably expected God to do that which He promised. "Lord, it's beyond me. I believe; help my unbelief." "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).

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Hopes Always

  • Date: August 2, 2017
  • Verse: “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.” (Romans 4:18)
  • Summary:

    We go out in faith not knowing where we are going. We obey that mandate and rest. Having ceased from our own labors, we rest and then we begin, the Scripture says here, our sojourn. Faith is a walk. The faith that God wants to build in our lives is not just a momentary miracle. God wants us to begin to sojourn in trusting Him in every area of our lives. We don't know where we are going but we know that we're leaving natural security, we're leaving our hometown. We're leaving all that we've known and trusted in, and we go looking for a city whose builder and maker is God.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Acts in Obedience

  • Date: July 31, 2017
  • Verse: “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14)
  • Summary:

    We talked earlier about two different aspects of faith and the need to be patient. We talked about the faith of Noah and how some of us who were prayed for last week didn't get a manifestation yet, and we're already caving in and fainting in our minds. "Well, you know, I guess it might not be God's will. I knew that it was too good to be true." The great cloud of witnesses that Hebrews speaks of, this brother Noah who went before us, who had no written Scripture but fellowshipped with God. We have the written Word and we have the living Son of God.

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