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Pastor Star R. Scott

God Placed Ministry Gifts

  • Date: May 11, 2015
  • Verse: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…” (Ephesian 4:11-12)
  • Summary:

    I want to encourage us to fellowship as a body and in what we ought to fellowship about. Some seem to want to get together and just do another study. The Scripture doesn't speak of the body as a whole coming together to do Bible studies. God has set ministry gifts among us to be teachers (Ephesians 411). They are called. They are gifted. They not only are gifted in the teaching, but they are gifted in the ability to hear the voice of God, to be able to set courses for us and speak to us as the oracles of God what the Spirit is saying to the church.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

A Hero For God

  • Date: May 30, 2004
  • Verse: "Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock."(1 Peter 5:3)
  • Summary:

    We need to be watchful and guard ourselves against the enemy of our souls-- Satan, the father of lies. Do you believe the devil's report card on you? Peter says to be a pattern to the flock. Be a pattern of watchfulness, observing what's going on around you. People are very aware of the things that attract them and catch their eye.

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Put into Jesus' Hands

  • Date: May 29, 2004
  • Verse: "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" (Colossians 3:23)
  • Summary:

    We're watching for the coming of the Lord, for our redemption is drawing nigh. We're watching because He is going to appear to those that are looking for Him. Are you looking? Are you watching? Are the confusion and the seduction of this hour affecting you? Are you able to spend time musing-- getting quiet, looking for and hastening the coming of the Lord Jesus--instead of amusing? This world isn't our home; we're just pilgrims; we're just sojourning. Are you spending time looking into the heavenlies where your treasures have been laid up? Your treasure is where your heart is.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Is Pleasing Him Supreme?

  • Date: May 28, 2004
  • Verse: "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)
  • Summary:

    "If ye be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on [the] things of the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life..." (Col. 3:1-4). Is He your life, or is He a hobby? Is He one of many gods? None of us would say that, but is pleasing Him supreme? Is His lordship, His glory, His honor, totally distinct and holy to you? Holy means distinct. He's not on the top of the list; He's the only One on the list.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

The Testimony of Your Life

  • Date: May 27, 2004
  • Verse: "And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?" (Matthew 26:40)
  • Summary:

    "My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me" (Matt. 26:38). The heart of the Savior is exceeding sorrowful as this hour approaches--the hour of the defection of His bride. Jesus' bride is in the process of deserting Him, betraying Him, being unfaithful with the world system, falling in love with His enemy, and defaming Him for not being sufficient to provide her lust. "Watch with Me."

    When He came back, He found the disciples asleep. We're always going to do something great in the future;

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Loss of Personal Awareness

  • Date: May 26, 2004
  • Verse: "But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps."(Matthew 25:4)
  • Summary:

    You might have a little flicker in your lamp right now, but how full is your vessel? How much do you have in reserve? Not at your best, not five years ago or five months ago--what do you have right at this moment in supply to be about Father's business? This parable is all about momentary, immediate sufficiency.

    We see in the parable how they all slumbered. They were occupying until the Lord came. We're busy about Father's business. We're busy caring for the necessities and mundane things of life, but at any moment the trumpet is going to sound.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Do You Have Excess?

  • Date: May 25, 2004
  • Verse: "They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:"(Matthew 25:3)
  • Summary:

    In the hour that we're living in, ask the question, "Is my lamp filled with oil? Am I fully ready?" "[The] foolish took their lamps..." (Matt. 25:3). The implication is that there was the proper lamp, capable of burning. It had in fact in the past burned, probably very brightly. "... [But they] took no oil with them." They thought that what they had was enough.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

A Life Under Control

  • Date: May 24, 2004
  • Verse: "Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober."(1 Thessalonians 5:6)
  • Summary:

    "Therefore let us not sleep, as do others...." It takes effort to stay in the light and to be on guard. If you went to sleep while on watch in the military and people's lives were in harm's way, it used to be that your life could be in jeopardy. Things have changed. We don't even execute traitors anymore. Deserters used to be shot; now they are successful in Canada. Things have changed, but they haven't in the kingdom. If you are a traitor to the kingdom, you are branded an enemy. To be a friend of the world is to be the enemy of God (James 4:4).

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Pastor Star R. Scott

What We Deserve

  • Date: May 23, 2004
  • Verse: "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares."(Luke 21:34)
  • Summary:

    Luke 21:34 says, "And take heed to yourselves..." That word "heed" means to examine your heart. Who are you really? Although we've manifested different sins outwardly, the sin nature makes us all alike. You're a drunk, I'm a murderer; you're an adulterer, I'm a liar; you're full of pride, I'm full of fear--we're all guilty. Society has morally acceptable and unacceptable sins, but before God, if you're guilty of one, you're guilty of all. We're ugly and depraved. There's nothing in us of worth to God. Yet while we were sinners, He loved us and died for us;

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Are You on Guard?

  • Date: May 22, 2004
  • Verse: "But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."(2 Timothy 4:5)
  • Summary:

    Paul says, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing" (2 Tim. 4:7-8).

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Preparing or Wanting?

  • Date: May 21, 2004
  • Verse: "And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15)
  • Summary:

    If we're going to be watchful, it's not just watching the circumstances around us. It's looking into the mirror of the Word of God and being watchful to find out what condition we're in to deal with the circumstances of the world. If we're searching the Scriptures to know what manner of man we are, if we are continually adorning ourselves in the armor of God, we will be able to stand. "Having done all, stand" (Eph. 6:13).

    Are you making preparation to stand, or do you just want to stand? You may say, "It's my intent to make it.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Last Day Diligence

  • Date: May 20, 2004
  • Verse: "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." (1 John 3:3)
  • Summary:

    My primary concern is to share on the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church. We have the confidence and comfort that we will escape all these things that should come upon the face of the earth. How will we be counted worthy to escape? Watch and pray. Don't allow yourself to be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness. This is part of what is happening in our society today. Jesus said not to get caught up in those things, but by prayer and fasting be looking so that day doesn't come upon you unaware.

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Assembling For Eternity

  • Date: May 19, 2004
  • 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 coming of the Lord is our blessed hope. As we relate to one another in these last days, Thessalonians says we're to comfort one another. In the context of Hebrews 10, as we see the day approaching, we are supposed to assemble ourselves even more. Spend more time in fellowship around the Word. I don't mean sitting around eating cookies discussing how the Redskins will do next season. There's nothing wrong with that in itself, but that doesn't prepare us for the Lord and His return.

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Do You Love His Appearing?

  • Date: May 18, 2004
  • Verse: "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."(2 Timothy 4:8)
  • Summary:

    "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only..." Paul knows that he's getting ready to go and be with the Lord. He knows that his time is up and that he is going to receive his crown; not him only, but them also that love His appearing. Even in his departing words he says to get your eyes into the heavens and look up, for your redemption is drawing nigh. Jesus will bring this reward to those that are looking for Him, to those that love His appearing.

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A Day When it is Too Late

  • Date: May 17, 2004
  • Verse: "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut."(Matthew 25:10)
  • Summary:

    "While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered [or waited and were resting] and slept" (Matt. 25:4). The coming of the Lord is sooner than when we first believed. We're not going to know the hour, so we need to be prepared at all times. Midnight speaks of a time when people are deep in sleep, indicating the middle of the night. We're in deep slumber, and all of a sudden the thief breaks in (or as it's spoken to us here) the call of the bridegroom goes forth. "Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him" (25:6).

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An Excess of Oil?

  • Date: May 16, 2004
  • Verse: "They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps."(Matthew 25:3-4)
  • Summary:

    "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish" (Matt. 25:1-2). The biblical definition of a fool is one who has said in his heart, "There is no God" (Ps. 14:1). Theologically these people will tell you there's a God. These are people that are attending church.

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Unexpected!

  • Date: May 15, 2004
  • Verse: "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares."(Luke 21:34)
  • Summary:

    If anything is clear in the teaching of the coming of the Lord, it is to get your heart out of the world and get rid of the party spirit. Stop being caught up with the temporal things. Do not let them entwine themselves around you. The fact that these things are being embraced by the Church is the very sign to us, as children of light, that Jesus' coming is very near. So don't be surprised when more and more of your buddies fall by the wayside, wrapped up with the cares of this world refusing to go the way of the cross--death to self--because of their love for the temporal.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

A Swift, Resistless Removal

  • Date: May 14, 2004
  • Verse: "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."(1 Thessalonians 4:17)
  • Summary:

    "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God..." That word "shout" in the Greek implies a military term of command. There is a clear command being made. I believe that command will be the one in the book of Revelation: "Come up hither!" When He says that, there isn't anything keeping us back. We need to understand how powerful and effective His words are in that day.

    When Jesus comes with a shout or a clear command, the voice of the archangel, the trumpet of God, at that moment "...

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Anticipating the Imminent Return

  • Date: May 13, 2004
  • Verse: "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand."(Philippians 4:5)
  • Summary:

    When you speak to certain Christians, you may not always be talking about the same thing when you're talking about the coming of the Lord. You ask them, "Do you believe the Lord is coming?" They say, "Yes!" But they're not talking about the rapture, the catching away of the Church. It has nothing to do with imminence or purification, but an earth-dwelling mentality to remain on the earth in the flesh and allow their natural appetites to continue to manifest.

    Let's find out what the Apostle Paul and other first century apostles had to say concerning the coming of the Lord.

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Crowns and Praise

  • Date: May 12, 2004
  • Verse: "And then shall every man have praise of God."(1 Corinthians 4:5)
  • Summary:

    We have good news to look forward to: we will receive a reward. Don't you like payday? I am looking forward to that day. 1 Corinthians 3:8 says, "Every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour." Many people think that America is heaven and we all have rights. Redemption gets you to heaven; your labor, diligence, obedience, and fruitfulness get you your reward. We will not all be treated the same in heaven. There will be different rewards of recognition and responsibility met forth as we return to rule and reign with Him.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Our Blessed Hope

  • Date: May 11, 2004
  • Verse: "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"(Titus 2:13)
  • Summary:

    The coming of the Lord is that hope, the blessed hope that we have to draw upon. Hebrews 9:28 says, "Unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." There needs to be a looking for Him, an awareness, a hope and a trust in His coming.

    Titus instructs us to look for the blessed hope. The context of the chapter is the preparation of our lives in holiness, "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, ...and godly, in this present world" (Titus 3:12).

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