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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

Just Believe and See That He is Good

  • Date: October 19, 2018
  • Verse: “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13)
  • Summary:

    The goodness of God. The word "goodness" is very interesting. When we say, "God is good," we are really saying, "God shows favor and goodwill toward me." God is always showing favor and goodwill. "Well, some of this stuff doesn't look very favorable." All of the adversities that we face in life have one purpose behind them: Christlikeness. All of the adversities that we face in this life have one purpose behind them: that we be conformed to the image of Jesus, that we die to self. "I don't understand." You never will. His ways are higher than our ways.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

God is Our Sufficiency

  • Date: October 17, 2018
  • Verse: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” (Psalm 23:6)
  • Summary:

    What do you think: are you content? The cause of discontentment is that you don't believe the love of God for you. You don't believe that Jehovah is Jehovah Jireh. We miss the sovereignty aspect of God. We want to instruct Him like Job did. We're not content to be part of the twelve. In our ambition, we want to argue who's the greatest. Does anybody in here have a little ambition that needs to die? I'm not talking about ambition for the kingdom, I'm not talking about ambition to embrace the cross and die to yourself.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Our Contentment is in God

  • Date: October 15, 2018
  • Verse: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)
  • Summary:

    I want to talk a little bit about: how do we see God? How do you see Him? Do you see Him the same in your trials as you do in the mountaintop? God hasn't changed. He has the ability to change all circumstances, amen? Why shouldn't we worship Him? He is bigger than the circumstances. The dealing with God in our lives today has nothing to do with the momentary ease of life, the comfort, the blessings that God has bestowed upon us: the bigger house, the bigger bank account, the job that brings with it a better aspect of self-esteem.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

The Law is Merciful and Good

  • Date: October 11, 2018
  • Verse: “And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” (Exodus 33:19)
  • Summary:

    Let's turn to the book of Exodus for just a moment. I want to look at a couple of different passages that I think will be a blessing to us. Exodus 33, as the Lord begins to reveal Himself to Moses and the covenant is being established-that great Mosaic covenant that includes the Law. The Law is good and holy and just. What a great gift Father gave us in the Law! Some people see the Law as restrictive. The Law is our schoolmaster that prepares us for the lordship of Jesus in our life. It's the light that illuminates our path and keeps us from straying.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

God is Always Good

  • Date: October 9, 2018
  • 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:

    God is good! It's kind of interesting, there are some of the different cultures wherever you are. I found myself at times out among these and I make that statement, "God is good," and the reaction is, "All the time!" Anybody ever ran into the "All-the-time"-ers? I've often wondered when that immediate response comes back-you say, "God's good," and it's, "All the time!"-I wonder if they really believe that? As we sit here now, we say, "God is good!" The fact of the matter is He is good all the time. He's good when things aren't going good.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Self-Deception Puts You in Danger

  • Date: October 5, 2018
  • Verse: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” (Galations 5:14-15)
  • Summary:

    Turn to Galatians, Chapter 5. He's talking about the liberty they have from the law, and how they're to walk in the Spirit and not trust in anything in the flesh. They can't trust in circumcision for their righteousness. It's by grace through faith that we're saved. Then he comes down here, and he says, "You guys have run well." See verse 7. "But who's hindering you now? Don't fall back into a trust in the law and works." Then he makes an interesting statement in verse 9. He says, "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Be a Godly Example in Conflicts

  • Date: October 3, 2018
  • Verse: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
  • Summary:

    Many of us get in conflicts over things that are not sin. We're in conflict over our opinions or over our feelings that have gotten hurt. "It didn't go my way." We have that in our marriages. Things that are causing conflict and confusion have been there for years sometimes, and it's not even sin. It's just that your feelings that have gotten hurt. Guess whose feelings don't get hurt? It is a dead man. "Yeah, but you don't understand, Pastor." Yes, you're right. I don't have any feelings. My feelings get hurt very easily. I'm serious.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Unity Begins at Home

  • Date: October 1, 2018
  • Verse: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
  • Summary:

    We've talked a lot about the love of God. And in the love of God of course, we talked about the love of God being expressed to us and through us as it relates to our ability to forgive one another. If we don't experience and know the love of God, we'll never have the grace to forgive one another. As we looked at forgiveness, we saw all of the different aspects of aphiemi, that Greek word that holds us to such a standard. Both forgiveness and love are to be "even as I." "Even as I," God says.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Let Yourself Be Loved

  • Date: September 28, 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've been dealing with the love of God and understanding what the Holy Spirit emphasizes so clearly. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35). As a fellowship, I believe we have been a great example of that over the years. We don't compare ourselves with anybody else. We compare ourselves with the Word of God, and because of that we know that there's room for improvement.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Loves Truth

  • Date: September 24, 2018
  • Verse: “Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth…” (1 Corinthians 13:6)
  • Summary:

    Love rejoices in the truth. It's what we shared a little earlier. It doesn't feed on what is wrong; it feeds on what is right. We see the things that we can relate together in the Word of God, and we edify them in that and we commune in that and we are not looking for evil or wrong. Love rejoices in the Word; it rejoices when people choose the Word against their own emotions.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Is Not Calculating

  • Date: September 21, 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 thinks no evil; it doesn't calculate the evil that was done to us. We have laughed about and talked about the woman who says, "Well, I've forgiven them; it's forgiven." What's forgiven? "Well, do you remember the night that you said this?" No, I don't really remember that. (That sets it off). "You don't remember? It was raining, it was at 6:32, and you had on that blue shirt!" Love doesn't calculate the evil done to oneself; it doesn't keep a record of the wrongs.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Love Is Not Irritable

  • Date: September 19, 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 sharp-it's not irritable. It seems like we are talking about certain times of the month, here, in some cases. But may I remind you that, for most, that's just an excuse; because your flesh is subject to your spirit. These are things that, through prayer and through choice, will cause you to be able to more greatly control your flesh. I don't deny the existence [of PMS]. I'm just saying that, for some, it's more controllable than they would like to admit; because we, many times, like for that to be the time that we can vent our flesh.

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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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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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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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