He Is Risen: For Our Healing!

  • Original Teaching: The Hope of Healing
  • Date: January 17, 2007
  • Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5
  • Review By: Jason Felton

I hope you enjoyed last week’s inside look into Finish the Race Ministries. This week we want to pick up on our two part series we began a couple weeks back entitled “He is Risen”. In part one we looked at the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose again so that we can live victorious in Him. Today, we want to look at another thing Jesus did on the cross. It doesn’t get as much recognition, but the fact is that he died so that we could be healed also.

thSXYHEGJZThe same provision that bought our salvation got us our healing as well. The Word of God says that it pleased God to bruise Him. It pleased God for Jesus to become guilty. He took our shame and our reproach so that we might be innocent. So that we could be made whole. It actually pleased God to make Jesus sick with your sickness and have pain for your pain! WOW! WHAT LOVE!! We need to remember what He did for us. He went through all that He went through (the nails, the crown of thorns, the beatings, the mocking…) not just for our sins, but for the healing of our bodies.

Do you count that common today? What do you turn to when you begin to feel sickness or pain? Who do you turn to in dealing with your chronic ailments? Do you look to the natural or do you look to the supernatural? Beloved, every time you pop a pill without thinking about Him, you basically are blowing off what Jesus did. Our weapons are spiritual, and they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Satan laughs at you when you look for another pill to pop, or search for another doctor to visit, or book another vacation to go on instead of trusting in God. “I just need thIFXU3DZNrefreshing. I just need some rest.” What you need is deliverance! What you need is the power and presence of God! Now we know medicine and doctors are not evil. There is nothing wrong with taking a pill or seeing a physician. Let’s make that clear. However, these natural methods are never good when they replace God. We are talking about a heart attitude. Malachi 4:2 says, “The sun of righteousness will rise with healing in His wings.” Jesus is our medicine, our cure, and our health!!

“So how do I see this healing begin to manifest?” You need to become prayer warrior. You need to become a man or woman of faith. Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent His word and healed them.” Friends, there is healing power in the Word of God! It’s life to those who find it and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:22). What are you going to do with what the Word of God tells you? James 5:15 says, “The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise them up.” Begin to grab hold of these promises and declare them. Don’t take another pill or go to another doctor without remembering Him first! See that work finished! Your healing is a done deal. The price has already been paid! PRAISE GOD!! When you pray expect to be healed, and if you’re not healed right away then keep believing. Don’t let go of His word and lose faith just because you don’t see immediate results.

The promise of healing is not just for us to receive, but also for us to given. Do you really understand the authority you have as an ambassador of His kingdom? Luke 9:1-2 says, “He gave them power andthP6EOATFD authority over all devils and to cure diseases.” This power is given to us too! You have been called as ambassadors to preach the gospel, cast out devils, and lay hands on the sick! Jesus looked on the multitudes and was moved with compassion. What about you? We need to be as bold in our proclamation of healing as we are about salvation and forgiveness of sins! Jesus was available to anybody who needed healing. He was never too busy to touch those in need. The Word of God says that as many as touched Him were made whole! That applies to you and anybody you come in contact with. So as we close for today, don’t limit the cross to just half of what Jesus did. “He was wounded for your transgressions. He was bruised for your iniquities AND by His stripes you are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5). Look to Him today! Reach out and touch Him, and you will be made whole!!

 

Respect the classics man!

 

 

  • Event: Finish The Race Car and Motorcycle Show
  • Date: April 11, 2015 (12pm-4pm)
  • Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
  • Founder: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: “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 Timothy 4:7-8
  • Review By: Jason Felton

If you have a young boy like me you might immediately recognize our title from the Disney/Pixar film “Cars”. While Fillmore was talking about a classic rendition of the national anthem, today we want to take a look at some classic cars and talk about an exciting event coming up here at Calvary Temple.

untitled (2)The 2015 Spring FTR Car & Motorcycle Show is an event for Car & Motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages. Held on the grounds of Calvary Temple Church there is something for everyone. Come on out and show off your Car or Motorcycle or just enjoy strolling the grounds and admiring the over 200+ vehicles and motorcycles expected to show up. All makes and models are welcome! Free trailer parking. FREE Registration! FREE Admission! Food and other vendors! Kids Zone with lots of games and activities for kids.

This event is especially near and dear to me as I have been privileged to be involved in Finish the Race Ministries for almost 20 years. “What exactly is Finish the Race Ministries?” Well, I’m glad you asked. Finish the Race is an automotive outreach birthed by Pastor Scott and his family. The ministry includes car shows, car races, and chapel services. Finish the Race has toured the country and achieved national recognition in various shows and races. It started back in the mid 90’s at a little car show you might have heard of called “Corvettes at Carlisle.” My first experience with this ministry came back in 1997.  That year our youth pastor Jeff Heglund took our high school along with some of our elementary students up to Carlisle to pass out some tracts and share the gospel. I was 16 years old at the time (now 34) and in fact the guy announcing in the video above was (at the time) the 9 year old elementary student I was paired with. From that images (3)point on I was hooked.

“Why is the ministry so special to you?” Well, in 1998 I would graduate from Calvary Temple Christian School and for about a year my relationship with the Lord was not where it should have been. Oh, I wasn’t involved in what we categorize in our minds as “gross sin”, but my life was one that was lived half heartedly for the Lord. As we know from God’s Word sin is sin from the biggest thing you can think of all the way down to the littlest white lie. In the spring of 1999 the Lord arrested my heart. Even though I had grown up in church from the age of 5, I finally realized that in order to be a true Christian my life would have to be totally sold out for Jesus. So that’s what I did. From that point on in my life things took a complete 180 degree turn.

Enter Finish the Race ministries. Later that year (on my own accord this time) I decided to head back up to Carlisle. At the time I was a young man seeking direction, and I knew this was a place where I could hang out with some great men and women of God. Oh, and I got to see some really nice Corvettes! Little did I know though that this one weekend was going to change my life forever. This show was about more than going up and showing a few nice cars. It was about using these cars in a unique way to share untitled (4)the gospel with a whole lot of people. What I saw that weekend was ministry in action. You see, to this point I knew Pastor Scott was a man of God and a really good teacher, but at this show I realized that he was much more than that. He is a servant of all and one who has a tremendous desire to reach lost souls. He literally stood out there 10 hours a day the whole weekend (4 days) talking about cars and sharing the gospel to whoever would listen. His desire for lost souls far outweighed his affection for nice cars. There were also wonderful men and women like the Delsignore’s (who are the parents of that young man above), the O’Connor’s, and the Heglund’s (our youth pastor and his wife) who had the exact same heart. What a blessing!! What a privilege!! This was the heart I needed to have!!

So for the next 18 years I would be privileged to travel around the country serving alongside these and many other men and women of God. Sometimes I was asked to go and many times I just showed up. I wanted to soak up as much of this spirit as possible and am so thankful I was never turned away. Because of that, this same spirit continues to work in my life today in many1967-grand-sport different areas of ministry with my own wife and kids. From as far north as upstate New York, to down south in Gainesville, FL, to out west in Phoenix, AZ; Finish the Race Ministries has passed out hundreds of thousands of fliers, books, and teaching cd’s. Men and women have been led to the Lord, while others have been prayed for and healed (physically and spiritually). Tens of thousands have heard the gospel. That’s what Finish the Race Ministry is! And while my involvement over the years has changed the goal remains the same. To preach the gospel and share the love of Jesus with as many people as possible.

So come out and join us this Saturday. I promise you will see a lot of cool cars and motorcycles, but even more importantly you are going to see a group of people who love one another and love the Lord more than anything else.  I hope to see you there!!

He Is Risen!

 

 

 

  • Original Teaching: He Is Risen
  • Date: March 27, 2005
  • Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: “Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection from the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching in vain, and your faith is also in vain. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is in vain; ye are yet in your sins.” I Corinthians 5:12-14, 17
  • Review By: Jason Felton

In last weeks blog post we saw that there are really two crosses in Christianity. We took a look at the fact that there is a personal cross that we must take up on a daily basis, if we are going to identify with Jesus. Today (being good Friday) we are going to look at that old rugged cross. The one that Jesus died on for you and me.

thWJAPXG33Don’t you love the title of this post? HE IS RISEN!!! That is the basis of Christianity. Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for our sins so that we could have eternal life. And the fact of the matter is, He didn’t just die, He rose again! That is what separates Christianity from every other religion. In every other religion their God is dead. Buddha is dead. Mohammed is dead. But Jesus is alive praise God!! What a message of hope! What good news!! After all that is what the word gospel means right? It means “good news”. The good news for you and me today is that Jesus is Risen and we no longer have to be under the power of sin.

In 2 Corinthians 5:21 it says, “He was made sin with our sin, so that we could be made righteous with his righteousness.” Your sins past, present, and future were all taken care of by Jesus. God is just.  Somebody had to pay the price for your sins. Jesus willingly did. Wow! What grace! What mercy! What love! Can you think of anybody else that would do that for you? To give an example that may help clarify it some, think of it like this. Let’s say there was a murdering rapist that was convicted and sentenced to death for the crimes he committed. As he’s walking out the courtroom a stranger comes in and says, “Wait, I’ll take his crimes upon myself. I’m willing to go to the electric chair for Him.” We would think that’s absurd right? Nobody would do that. Well, that is what Jesus did for our sins! And he did it for you. Isaiah 53 says, “It pleased the Lord to bruise him.” It pleased him to do that FOR YOU!!

Do you really understand the price that was paid for you? Jesus purchased you with His blood and His thP4XZHBVCrighteousness. Just like that example of the murdering rapist who was convicted, you were a convicted sinner on your way to Hell. You were a self-serving, self-reliant individual who had no heart for God. But, He sought you out. He loved you even though you didn’t love Him. That is amazing isn’t it? You didn’t seek Him, He sought you. He sought you and He bought you with His own blood. That is why it says in I Corinthians 6, “that you are not your own, you were bought with a price.” He is our redeemer!

We have a responsibility as Christians to subordinate our lives to Jesus’ Lordship. Yet, too many people today want to accept the forgiveness of judgment without accepting the responsibility to live right or righteous. Beloved, you can’t have one without the other. The gospel is full of “If’s”. If you receive it. If you proclaim it. If you practice it. Jesus didn’t do his job and that was the end of it. We have a job to do to. Believing in God is not just mental assent, it’s habitual obedience. If you truly believe Jesus rose from the dead then it should bring about in your life a pattern of obedience and righteous living. If you choose to live contrary to this, then you are in sin. And in Romans 6:23 it says that, “the wages of sin is death.” What are you doing with the gift that Jesus has given you? What are you doing with the grace, mercy, and love that has been bestowed upon you? One day you will give an account.

thAYLNDO0BWant to hear one last piece of good news that most Christians aren’t hearing today? JESUS IS COMING! Easter isn’t just about Jesus coming out of the tomb, it’s about the fact that He’s coming back. The story isn’t finished yet. John 14:3 says, “He’s gone to prepare a place for us, and He will come again.” The plan wasn’t over with Jesus rising! So, as we end for today remember how Father sees you. He sees you as sons. He sees you as perfect and complete. I don’t know about you, but that’s hard for me to comprehend! He finished the work. We don’t have to do anything, but rest in that finished work and live a life wholly devoted to Him. Being saved isn’t about how much you can do for God, but it’s how much you let God do through you. Our lives are not our own. Let’s daily die for Him, because he gave EVERYTHING for us!! HAPPY EASTER!!!

Enduring The Cross!

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! March is one of my favorite months. No, it’s not because of March Madness (even though I love the college basketball tournament. Go Arizona!!). It’s because Easter is right around the corner! Over the next couple weeks we are going to take a look at some different aspects of the cross of Christ. This week we want to start out by looking at how we are to identify with Jesus.

th (3)The first thing we need to realize is that Christianity really has two crosses. The first cross is the one that billions around the world embrace. They wear it around their necks. It’s on the side of their church buildings,  and it’s hung up in their houses. I’m talking about the cross that Jesus died on for our sins! However, there is another cross in Christianity that many of those same billions are not willing to identify with; and that is our own personal cross. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Jesus has called us as His disciples to take up our own personal crosses and die daily!

“Well that seems strange. What does that mean?” Well, it means that if you are going to truly identify with Jesus then you need to die to self. You have a cross that’s tailor made for your death. This death is a spiritual death to the things of this world. Your ambitions, your desires, your will all need to daily and consistently be offered up to Jesus. This is the complete opposite of what you will hear in most “Christian” circles today. Most of what you will hear proclaimed today is a cross-less Christianity. It’s a message of coming down from the cross instead of getting up on it. It’s a message of ease, comfort, prosperity, and acceptance. Friends, I’m here to tell you that, that is not the message of the gospel! The fact of the matter is, the message of the gospel is DIE! Galatians 5:24 says, “They that are Christ’s are to crucify their flesh with the affections and lusts thereof.”

“This doesn’t sound like a lot of fun!” Christianity (despite what many will tell you) is not all fun and games. In fact crucifixion isth674WRFGK an ugly thing. Not only the pain and the affliction it will bring to your flesh, but a lot of times it’s a very lonely place to be. Sometimes you will feel like you’re the only guy out there. You will feel like all others have forsaken you. This cross will bring reproach, pain, and fear. But the good news Brothers and Sisters is that His grace is sufficient! We need to (as Moses did) esteem the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of this world (Hebrews 11:26). We need to be able to glory and delight in the cross of our Lord Jesus!

Beloved, this isn’t a popular message today. In fact, if we are going to accurately identify with the cross, you and I are going to experience the reproach of Christ. Identifying with the cross will set you outside of accepted religious boundaries. It will even be a reproach to those who call themselves Christians. Why? Because they want us to compromise so that their compromise doesn’t look so carnal. They want to be able to say, “Everybody does it like this” when the fact of the matter is everybody does not! Thank God for the heroes of Hebrews chapter 11. Thank God for the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us that we can follow! Those whose faith we can imitate!

th65WVGJ11So what about you? Are you willing to be taken outside of the city as Jesus was and be crucified? Do you even see your need to be crucified, or do you think you’re ok? The truth is there won’t be a day in your life when your flesh will not need to be put under. Until you are crucified with Christ, you will never know the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10). Jesus, enduring the cross, despising the shame, is inviting you to identify with Him. It’s a lonely road. They are going to hate you because they hated him first John 15:18 says. But Jesus says, “Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for His names sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad! For great is your reward in heaven (Matthew 5:11-12).” That’s what we are fighting for! That’s what’s worth dying for!! It’s not the things of this world, it’s the eternal things in our heavenly kingdom to come. So decide to take up your cross today and follow Him. The pain is worth the reward!

Train Them Up Part 2!

 

 

 

Last week as we began our series on training up our children we saw that we as parents (and even grandparents) are responsible to raise our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The Word of God should be the absolute and final authority in our households. This week, as we conclude this short series we want to look at the consequences of compromising for our children and what will happen if we deviate from God’s Word.

The first thing you need to realize is that your family is under attack! Satan is after your children, and it would bring him no greater pleasure then to bring them down! The responsibility you have as parents is to train your children for this wrestling match we call life. Prepare them to battle the principalities and powers of darkness they will face as they mature. You can’t do this using natural means or carnal weapons. This can only be done through exercising our spiritual weapons (like God’s Word) that are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4).

The promise of Proverbs 22:6 will not work for you if you are just instructing your children. If you just instruct thyour children you have no guarantee that they won’t go to hell. In fact, there’s a good chance they might. Only those who are training by experience (24/7) will see these promises manifested! Don’t just teach your kids about Jesus. Lead by example. What is the environment like in your home? Do you train your children according to the Word of God and then live contrary to it? How about the standard in your house? Is it the same standard that your children are being taught in Sunday School, or do you live by a different set of rules? You see, your children are watching you! You can teach them all you want about Jesus, but if your life is contrary to that standard they are going to do what you do!  What one generation tolerates, the next generation will worship!

Another way our children can learn by experience is by disciplining them. Proverbs 22:15 says that, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from them.” This is something that is absolutely frowned upon in today’s society, but it is something that is plain as day in the Bible. In fact if you are thZTZWSRS1interested in doing a study there are 5 other verses in Proverbs that speak to this subject (Proverbs 13:24, 19:18, 23:13, 23:14, and 29:15). Let God be true and every man a liar. Our children don’t need to be put in timeout. They don’t need to hear no, no, no. Our children need to experience the training of the rod of correction to drive the foolishness out of them. Now here’s the key. I am in no way condoning any sort of physical abuse or harm towards our children. That is contrary to the Word of God, and God will deal with those people accordingly. What we are talking about is administering this correction in love and certainly not out of anger. The parent on the other end of this rod should be somebody who can speak the Word of God to their children and be able to say, “Do as I say AND as I do.”

Parents, I know this isn’t an easy thing to hear and it’s certainly not easy to do, but consider this. Everyday you hear in the news media stories of physical child abuse. Well, there is a child abuse that is far, far greater than that. It’s been going on for centuries. The worst form of child abuse is letting children grow up and live in a world that is bound by Satan and go to Hell th (2)without anybody ever teaching them the Word of God! What a tragedy!! Do you want that to be your testimony as parents? Well when you don’t apply God’s Word that is what you’re doing. When you compromise for your children you are paving the pathway to Hell for them because you love yourself more than them. You would rather not have them feel bad. You don’t want to feel bad correcting them,  all you’re doing is setting them up on a tee for Satan! You cannot withhold correction from your children!! If you will choose to correct your children according to God’s Word, you will deliver their soul from Hell (Proverbs 22:14). That is the responsibility we have as parents!!

So as we end for today choose to do it God’s way! The worldly wisdom of doing everything possible to protect their psyche and boost their self image and awareness doesn’t work. But, if we train up our children in the way that they should go, when they are old they will not depart from it. What a promise! I don’t know about you, but I want to get my family to heaven. I want to present them to the Lord and say, “Of all you’ve given me Lord, I’ve lost NONE! It’s a high calling, but one that is absolutely worth it!

 

 

Train Them Up Part 1!

I hope you enjoyed the 4 part series we did on the teaching about Godly marriages entitled Adam’s Rib.  If you didn’t get a chance to read over them, I would encourage you to check them out. Now that all of our marriages are totally in order (lol) we want to take a look this week on what the Word of God says about raising Godly children. Satan is after our kids and we need to do everything we can to see them finish this race.

thHJIJWDEAProverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  Ephesians 6:4 encourages us to raise them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Are you training your kids or just instructing them? There are a lot of parents who are instructing their children in the ways of the Lord, but many are not training them. So what does this word train mean? Well, the word train means “to drill them” or “to teach by experience.”  No matter what the call of God is on your life, your number one job as parents is to train up your children in the Lord. It’s not to make $100,000, or to be in full time ministry, or to be an executive at a fortune 500 company. Your children will not be trained by teaching them a few Bible verses or taking them to church a couple times a week.

We as parents need to realize that our children are a heritage from the Lord. They are not our own. You have no right to train up th58N11G39your children by your own ideas of right or wrong, by your family traditions, by your own will, etc… They must be trained by the Word of God. You are a steward over your children, and you are responsible for their behavior. One day you are going to have to stand before the Lord and give account for what you did with these lives that He has entrusted to you! What a scary and sobering thought! Parents, it doesn’t matter what age your kids are (5, 25, 50!), you have a responsibility to minister to them (and as they get older) to their children. Your child will always be under your nurture and admonition. Oh they may have their own families, but they still are under your care. Your job isn’t done when they turn 18!

We need to train up our children while they are young and there is still hope. “But they’re so young they don’t understand. They need to make their own decisions.” Your children don’t have the ability to make the right decision until they are born again, spirit filled, and have proven themselves to be workmen that need not be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Train them now while they are young, because there is a day coming where you will no longer be able to restrain your children from doing things. At that point it’s too late. We as parents can “force” our children into the kingdom of God by training them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. As we saw earlier, the Word of God says they will not depart from it, but it’s only IF you do your part.

th0DQEX3G9We have a responsibility to brain wash our children with the Word of God! Everyday they must be washed with the washing of the water of the Word. They need to be brought to a place where they know nothing else! It’s our only chance! Oh they can know other things, but they need to know that the Word of God is the final authority in every situation. Our children need to be taught that, in a day and age where everything seems to have a gray area, there are absolutes. You will only find that in God’s Word where things are very black and white.

“So what’s the consequence if I don’t do these things? Kids will be kids, after all.” Yes, kids are going to be kids. They are little balls of flesh that need to be brought under authority by discipline. That’s why need to do our job as parents. God’s Word is pretty clear on the consequences of not following the biblical guidelines in raising our children. Your failure to raise your children in the love and admonition of the Lord will result in their spiritual death. That’s what we’ll talk about next week, so I hope you come back and join me as we conclude our 2 part series on training up Godly children.

 

 

 

 

Adam’s Rib Part 4: Testimonies of a Godly marriage!

  • Original Teaching: Adam’s Rib
  • Date: January 7, 1996
  • Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2:22-24
  • Review By: Jason Felton

Today as we conclude our month long series on Adam’s Rib we want to take a look at how the principles we’ve reviewed on headship, helpmeet, and lovers are practically working in the lives of some of our members at Calvary Temple. Tony and Katie Delsignore, Josh and Stephanie Bright, and Daren and Amy Becker have been gracious enough to share their testimonies of a Godly marriage with us. Check them out!!

TONY AND KATIE DELSIGNORE

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When I think about marriage, my heart is overwhelmed with thankfulness for a wife who loves Jesus more than she loves me. As Jason touched on in his series on Adam’s Rib, the center of every great marriage is Jesus Christ. Although Katie has gone through several major physical trials during our first few years of marriage, her faith in Jesus has never wavered.

No matter what we may face in our marriage, I know that we are going to come back to the Word of God. In fulfilling my role as the leader of our home, it is exciting to know that I have a wife who is always going to point me back to Jesus.

Katie and I are best friends. We love to travel and enjoy life. God has blessed both of us with a partner who completes the other. While these things are fulfilling, the most rewarding thing about our marriage is that both of our hearts are knit around serving the body of Christ. A marriage that is always looking inside the walls of their own home won’t know the joy of serving others.
 
I could not be more thankful for God joining our lives so that we can serve Him more faithfully, as the Bible says putting 10,000 to flight.
JOSH AND STEPHANIE BRIGHT
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My wife, Stephanie, and I have been happily married for just over 8 years, and we have 2 beautiful little girls (3 and 1 years old). Though we never dated, we knew alot about each other, having gone to the same church, Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, our entire lives. We’re so thankful for the biblical principles that we have learned through the series and book Adam’s Rib by Pastor Star R. Scott. We also both had the privilege of watching our parents live out a godly marriage as we grew up in their homes.

We both read Adam’s Rib before marriage, and so we entered our relationship with the same goal – try to out-serve one another! Jesus gave His life for us, and now He has given us the opportunity and commandment to pour our lives out for each other. We also share the common goal of serving the Body of Christ as much as possible. Actually, you could say that is how we met! I was leading kids’ praise and worship during our midweek service, and she was my piano player. Our Pastor always says to serve God with all your heart and marry the person who is serving right next to you. That is definitely our testimony and one that continues to this day.

It’s not all sunshine and roses, of course, just like any marriage. There are times we don’t see eye to eye on things, or display selfishness instead of that servant’s heart. Sometimes it can seem like we don’t even speak the same language. But the beautiful thing about our marriage is that it’s centered on Christ and His Word. Whenever we disagree or are selfish, we always come back together and ask, “What does the Word say about this?” If we can’t determine it ourselves, then we go get counsel.

Some people get married and say, “Well it’s not everything I thought it would be.” Our story is completely the opposite. It’s everything we thought it would be and MORE. We love each other now more than on our wedding day, and much of that is due to the biblical principles brought to us by Pastor Star Scott in the Adam’s Rib teachings.
DAREN AND AMY BECKER
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When I accepted Jesus as my Savior 20 plus years ago, I thought I knew what marriage was – getting the handsome guy who makes lots of money so that you could live in the right neighborhood and send your kids to the right schools, etc. But I soon learned, that that is not necessarily God’s plan for marriage. Our Pastor always says that if two people love God more than themselves, their marriage will work. And that God’s plan is that two are better than one and that each is to help the other make it to heaven and become more like Jesus! And hopefully that is what we have done.

Daren and I met at Calvary Temple over 20 years ago – both looking to serve Jesus. We have been married for almost 20 years and it has been more than I ever imagined marriage to be. Throughout the years you go through tests and trials that show you who you are in Jesus. As both of us have committed our lives to Him, there is no doubt what our choices will be when the trials come. We have always tried to go to the Word of God when making decisions and seek counsel from the godly counselors around us. While we may have disagreements, there has never been an irreconcilable fight. We have no doubt that the other will do and bring the truth from God’s Word.

Currently, we are the parents of 2 teenagers. And while we thought raising toddlers was hard, this is a different type of “hard.” It is our faith in Jesus and his finished work that allows us to stand and believe that they will make the right choices as we walk it out as examples before them. We are acutely more conscious of the fact that we are the representation of Jesus to them in practical, everyday life and that if they love Jesus and walk as we do, they will finish the race, too.

So, while my idea of marriage has changed, I still got the handsome guy. And our God has blessed us abundantly with 2 kids that love Jesus; and that as a family we can represent Him to a lost and broken world.

These 3 testimonies are just a small portion of dozens of Godly marriages ranging from 1 year to over 40 years that we are privileged to have at Calvary Temple. So if you’ve read through these blogs and thought these standards for marriage are impossible, I encourage you to think again. With God all things are possible! In a day and age where the divorce rate is skyrocketing, we need HIM as the Lord of our lives and at the center of our marriages now more than ever!

Adam’s Rib Part 3: Lovers!

 

  • Original Teaching: Adam’s Rib
  • Date: January 7, 1996
  • Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2:22-24
  • Review By: Jason Felton

In part 1 of our series on Adam’s Rib, we looked at the woman’s role as helpmeet and her responsibility to come along side and adams-rib-lgsupport her husband. Last week in part 2, we saw that the husband has been designated by God to be the head of his house and that he is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. This week we want to look at how these two roles work together to produce a Godly marriage that is pleasing unto the Lord.

The most important thing in having a successful marriage is that God has to be at the center. If God is not at the center of your marriage you will not be able to function properly in the roles He designated. We all know the first and great commandment right? Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. The second great commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. If you are not loving God as you should be and giving your life for Him it will be impossible to do the same for your spouse. True Biblical marriage has to be based first on God’s love (agape love) and not a natural, earthly love. Your love for your spouse will be in direct correlation to your love for your heavenly Father. There is no other way!

Another thing that is vital to a Godly marriage is that His word MUST BE the final authority IN EVERYTHING! There are times in marriage where there are going to be disagreements or conflict. Sometimes it seems like we speak a different language. That old adage may say, “Men are from Mars, and women are from Venus,” but if they’re born again, they both speak the Bible! It’s always important in these times to come back to the Word of God. That is the quickest way to resolution in a marriage that puts God first. Ladies, your opinion on the situation is not the final authority, God’s is. Men, your word in the situation is not the final authority, God’s is. Romans 3:4 says, “Let God be true, but every man a liar.” Well, God and His Word are one. If you are bringing anything to this situation except the Word of God then it needs to be thrown out. Husbands, if your wives are bringing you the Word of God, listen. Wives, if your husbands are bringing you the Word untitledof God, listen. His word is truth, and it needs to be held up as the standard in our households! Anything else is compromise, and it will destroy your marriage!!

Have you been detecting a trend in this series of blogs? It’s all about selflessness. That is the last point we want to talk about today. If we are going to be effective in our roles we must prefer one another. A Godly marriage is one of giving and not receiving. In fact the best marriages are ones where each spouse is trying to out-give the other. Everything in this day and age is screaming independence. In our marriages we don’t need to be independent. We need to be dependent upon God, and we need to be dependent upon one another. Acts 20:35 says, “It is more blessed to give then receive.” So in our marriages we need to be willing to lay our lives down for one another. We need to esteem the other better than ourselves. A godly marriage will not work if self is at the helm.

As we wrap up our series, I hope you’ve been able to identify some things in your life that need to be changed or improved upon so that your marriage can be strengthened. After all that is the point, right? God has joined us together so that we can strengthen one another. He has brought us together to help each other finish this race. Is that what your energy is being spent on in your marriageimages? Or has it all been about your temporal or natural desires?  We need to purify ourselves even as He is pure. As we are doing that we are to be doing the same for our spouses. Jesus is coming for a bride that is without spot or wrinkle or any such blemish. Now don’t be discouraged, nobody is perfect and our marriages certainly aren’t perfect. However, we are to be striving for that perfection by provoking one another to love and good works. That’s why He has joined us together! Because two are better than one!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our look at Adam’s Rib. Next week join me on this subject one last time as we will have some exciting testimonies from some of our couples at Calvary Temple. Hopefully it will help you see that what we’ve been talking about isn’t a pie in the sky fantasy, but it’s a reality that is working in many lives and can be in yours too. I hope you’ll join me.

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Adam’s Rib Part 2: Headship!

  • Original Teaching: Adam’s Rib
  • Date: January 7, 1996
  • Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:25-27
  • Review By: Jason Felton

adams-rib-lgAs February rolls on we want to continue to review a series Pastor Star R. Scott did back in 1996 entitled “Adam’s Rib.” In our last blog post we looked at the woman’s role in marriage as help meet  and how they are to come along side of their husband with an attitude of submission to bring assistance and support. Today, it’s the guys turn as we look at their role and their responsibility to be heads of their households.

As we begin to speak toward the husband’s role, the first thing we need to understand is that the man’s role is one of subordination. “Wait Jason, I thought that was the woman’s role?” Yes, the woman’s role is one of subordination to her husband. However, there is somebody that the husband has to report to as well and that is Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:25 says “we are to love our wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.” Men, you are to be head of your wife as Christ is the head of the church. That’s a pretty high calling! We know that Jesus loved us so much that he willingly laid down his life for us. And just as we saw last week that the ladies can look to Jesus as the one who showed the ultimate form of submission. Guys, we can look at Jesus as the one who as the head of the church became servant of all and gave His life for it. So if you want a proper husband and wife relationship always look to Jesus and how he related to his heavenly Father and the church (the bride of Christ).

Men, if you are going to be the head of your household, you better know the Word of God. Your primary responsibility in your role as husband is to sanctify your wife. To be continually pruning, purging, and cleaning her with the Word of God. To be able to present her (as well as your children) as a bride without spot, or wrinkle or any such blemish. This cleansing is not just a knowing of the Word, but living it before her. Leadership and headship are by example! If you’re going to be champion of your household, you are going to have to give yourself to the same degree that Jesus did. You must give yourself over to Jesus’ Lordship. You’re not doing your own will, but the will of He that sent you. So what’s your job men? To perfect your household so that they can bring glory to God and serve in His godly husbandkingdom. There’s no greater calling or measure of success!

Something that is absolutely out of whack in this day and age is true Biblical order in our marriages.  Men are to be the heads of the house and not the ladies. Man cannot be subordinate to his wife, period. Yet, what’s going on in our society today? There is a move to make husbands and wives totally equal. As we saw in scriptures last week, that is clearly not how God set things up. Men, your role is not to serve your family! Your role is to serve God and lead your family! Now, I can hear all the men right now saying, “AMEN, PREACH IT BROTHER!!” Well, let’s step back for a second. Even though we are the head, we need to clearly understand that this headship is not lordship. Headship doesn’t mean we are to be dominating or lording over our wives. Your job isn’t just to go around all day and tell her what to do, and her job isn’t to bring you coffee and doughnuts while you are laying on the couch being lazy all day. You are not the king of your house; Jesus is. You may be the head of the house, but your not king. You are a man of authority over all that comes under your domain, but you are representing the will of God.

godly manMen, in order for you to be a good husband you first have to be a good man. Titus 2:2 says that men are to be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. Do you have these character traits working in your lives? Are you living a pure and holy life before your family? Are you sound in your faith in the Word of God? Are you as loving and patient with your wife and children as your heavenly Father is with you? If your answers are anything like mine, then we’ve got some things to work on! To be a man of God is going to cost you your self will. The greatest of all will be servants. You cannot be self willed and be a Godly leader.

As we close for today, guys, realize your wife has to be your treasure. She should be beautiful in your eyes and you need to tell her this. Tell her how much you love her and treasure her. You want a Godly wife that walks in order and is submissive to you? Then be a Godly husband who loves and cherishes his wife as his own body (Ephesians 5:28-29). So, as we’ve examined each others roles the past couple weeks we realize that we both as men and women have a great responsibility to lay down our life for one another. In next week’s session that is what we want to take a little closer look at. We want to see how a Godly marriage should operate when we both know our roles and are totally committed to Jesus first and then one another. I hope you’ll join me for part 3!

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Adam’s Rib Part 1: Helpmeets!

  • Original Teaching: Adam’s Rib
  • Date: January 7, 1996
  • Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
  • Scripture: “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” Ephesians 5:22-24
  • Review By: Jason Felton

adams-rib-lgHopefully everybody enjoyed last week’s blog post on “Acting the Love of God”. With Valentine’s day right around the corner I wanted to take some time this month to discuss how to show God’s love in our marriages. God being at the center is vital to any successful marriage. In a day where the divorce rate hovers right around 50% (even in the professed church!) it’s important that we understand what the Word of God says about marriage and how it defines each of our roles. Today we want to look at the role of the woman as help meet.

It’s important that we first look at where this term help meet comes from and what it’s meaning is. Genesis 2:18 says, “And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” The word help meet is used to describe someone who lends ballast or balance. It is somebody who surrounds for the purpose of bringing aid or assistance. Women, you were created for man by God to be a help meet. Your role in a Godly marriage is to come along side and bring support and offer assistance to your husband. There’s no other way around it! This is how God intended it to be. 

Ephesians 5:24 makes it very clear that the wife is to be in subjection to her own husband in everything. This word subjection is actually a military term meaning “to rank under”. Ephesians 5:22 says that wives are to submit themselves to their husbands as unto the Lord.  Now I’m sure for most ladies the terms subjection or submit makes your blood boil. It’s so foreign to how our society views a woman’s role in marriage. However, we’ve seen three scriptures here in God’s Word as to how He set up a woman’s role in marriage. Now, in no way shape or form am I saying that women are inferior or are worth less then men. But, the Bible makes it very clear that man is not of the woman, but woman is of the man. Let God’s Word be true and every man a liar.

“Well I’m not submitting myself to any man! I am woman here me roar.” Well, you better not get married then. If you want wives-submitcontrol or the final say in your life then don’t get married. Because the fact is you’re third in line. Jesus is first, then your husband, then you! There’s no other way. It’s God’s order. If you’re married (or you get married) you will be in subjection to your husband in EVERYTHING! “Yeah, but my husbands an idiot!” Well you married him so….. “But I know more then Him in this area!” Hmmm, let me look at what this word everything means again. Yep, just as I thought the word everything means EVERYTHING! You are to submit to your husband in everything (and this is important) that is in agreement with the Word of God. If your husband is trying to get you to do something contrary to God’s Word then that is the only condition where you should not submit. Because the head of every man is God!

If you want to bring a curse into your home, then just usurp your husband’s authority. Satan will bring deception into your house along with destruction and chaos. It’s why so many marriages are in shambles today. Because of broken order. You can’t be saved and be in rebellion to your husband, PERIOD! Your prayers will not be heard (I Peter 3:7) because you are living contrary to the Word of God. You want to truly show your husband that you love him? Obey God’s order. There is no greater expression of love than for you to walk in obedience to God’s Word and fulfill your God-given role. Jesus gave us the ultimate example of submission by laying His life down and submitting Himself to the will of His Father even unto death. Ladies, you’re in good company!!

proverbs-311I know this isn’t an easy subject to hear, but it’s God’s way. And God’s way is the only way to have a successful marriage. It can be a difficult concept to grasp, because in this country we have everything backwards. It’s all over TV, internet, and radio right? The Ladies are the ones that are in charge, and the men are just bumbling idiots who can’t get out of their own way. We’ve turned into a matriarchal society and that’s not God’s order. Let me leave you with some practical sound doctrine from Titus 2 that will help you in your role as a Godly wife. Obey your husbands, love your children (even enough to discipline them), and take care of your homes! If these things are out of order and you are more concerned about your appearance, or your schedule, or what you want then your life is out of order. Wives, submit to your husbands in everything! Ladies, if you’ll fulfill your role as help meet then you are on your way to having a Godly marriage!

Now men we haven’t forgot about you! You guys have a big role in this thing too and that’s what we are going to talk about next week. We’ve seen today how the women are to conduct themselves as help meets, but in the next blog we are going to look at how you as men can help them fulfill their role as a Godly wife by being a Godly husband. I hope you’ll join me!! I’m sure the ladies can’t wait!! “Get ’em Jason!” Don’t worry we will!

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