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Calvary Temple Outreach Sugarland and Briar Patch

Calvary Temple Outreach Sugarland and Briar Patch

Calvary Temple Outreach

Sugarland Outreach

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following  to be a blessing.

Pastor Jeff took the Youth Group and Young Adults to the area parks to spread the Gospel.

Calvary Temple Outreach

Sugarland Outreach

They performed skits, made balloon animals, handed out tracts and witnessed to parents and kids.

Calvary Temple Outreach

Performing Skits

 

Over 200 people heard the Gospel and at least 5 prayed for Salvation.

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About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

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Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following  to be a blessing.

The 2015 Car show was a huge success.  We had over 500 first time visitors and more than 100 cars entered into the competition.

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

One of my favorite entries this year was a 1980’s DeLorean.

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show – DeLoren

I was so excited because the Drama Team had made a DeLorean for our production of Back to the Bible.

Calvary Temple Drama Team

Back to the Bible

There may be slight differences in quality between the two.

Another cool entry was this:

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

It’s called a Polaris Slingshot, and I have never seen anything like it before the show.

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

This was another fun entry that everyone enjoyed signing the bug.

 

I’m a big sucker for Muscle Cars!

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

Calvary Temple Outreach Car Show

 

The car show is a really fun event and a great chance to meet people and share your testimony.

Come check out our 2016 Spring Car show and see for yourself.

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About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram

Calvary Temple Outreach Movie Night

Calvary Temple Outreach Movie Night

Calvary Temple Outreach Movie Night

Calvary Temple Outreach Movie Night

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following  to be a blessing.

The first drive in movie I ever saw was The Cat from Outer Space.  The window speaker barely worked, it was hot and muggy, I got eaten up by mosquitoes, and it was awesome!  Back in the late seventies when I was growing up, movie theaters had two screens and two times.  Sevenish and Nineish.  Options were limited.  But then we also only had four channels on the TV so we weren’t picky yet.  Going to a movie was an event and staying up late to watch a huge movie screen outside – in the dark – with popcorn and candy – when you should be home in bed – was epic.

Calvary Temple Outreach Movie Night

Calvary Temple Outreach Movie Night

The drive in theater left such a big impression on me and my little brother that we used to sit in the closet with cereal and a flashlight and pretend we were at the movies.  70’s kids didn’t have a lot of perks, but we had IMAGINATION!

Calvary Temple Outreach Movie Night

Calvary Temple Outreach Movie Night

 

There are still a few drive in theaters left in the United States so they’re not exactly extinct but they are a dying breed.  So there is something very special and exciting for me when Calvary Temple hosts our annual Gospel Movie Night out on the lawn.

 

Calvary Temple Outreach Movie Night

Calvary Temple Outreach Movie Night

 

This year the movie was Do You Believe.

When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a journey that impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate. – IMDB

 

148 visitors attended the Outreach Movie Night and received the Gospel – Praise the Lord!

 

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About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram

Calvary Temple Outreach Summer Sports Camps

 

Calvary Temple Outreach Summer Sports Camps

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following  to be a blessing.

Every summer Calvary Temple Outreach hosts three Summer Sport’s Camps:  Basketball, Cheerleading, and Soccer.

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Calvary Temple Outreach Sports Camp Bible Lesson

They are a lot like Vacation Bible School, but each with a different sports related theme.

 

Sports skills are honed, but the emphasis is always on the Gospel.

Each day, the kids have memory verses to learn and a Bible lesson is given.

As in past years, the highlight is the Coach’s Corner where each team coach brings spiritual principles and breaks down the Word of God at the team player’s level.

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Calvary Temple Outreach – Coach Tony

 

All of our kids are involved in showing the love of Jesus to the campers.  Many of the Coaching Assistants are members of the Calvary Temple Youth Group.

The kids were very open to the gospel message. At last count, out of 115 kids, eleven asked to receive Jesus as their Savior.

 

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About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram

Calvary Temple Outreach – The Message of Hope

Calvary Temple Outreach – The Message of Hope in the Juvenile Detention Center

Calvary Temple Outreach - Hope in God

Calvary Temple Outreach

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following  to be a blessing.

On a recent visit to the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center, the kids had many questions about Mark’s recent Missions Trip to Africa.  Many of them had been there when the missions team came in and performed skits and gave testimonies, so they were very excited to see how the trip had gone.

Then the topic of discussion transitioned to Hope. Mark had them open to Rom 8:18 – I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

He explained to them about the Hope we have as Christians. Hope is good as long as it is set on the right things. There is no hope in this world’s treasures. Just look at Hollywood, they have it all and they are miserable.

All of our emptiness inside was made to be filled by God and not other things.

One boy opened up and shared that he was raised in church but hadn’t been living for Christ. He stated that the Lord had gotten his attention in the Detention Center. Now he has been reading his Bible a lot. The Lord is moving in that young man’s life and we are hopeful that eternal changes are happening.

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About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

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Don’t Lose Hope – Calvary Temple Outreach

Don’t Lose Hope – Calvary Temple Outreach

Don't Lose Hope - Calvary Temple Outreach

Don’t Lose Hope – Our God is Mighty to Save

One of my favorite Christian writers is Charles Spurgeon. I have often been blessed by his teachings and God has used them to encourage and deliver me many times. I have children who are not serving the Lord, so this is one his writings that particularly blesses me.

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following  to be a blessing.

Mighty to Save

Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

By the words “to save” we understand the whole of the great work of salvation, from the first holy desire onward to complete sanctification. The words are multum in parro: indeed, here is all mercy in one word. Christ is not only “mighty to save” those who repent, but he is able to make men repent. He will carry those to heaven who believe; but he is, moreover, mighty to give men new hearts and to work faith in them. He is mighty to make the man who hates holiness love it, and to constrain the despiser of his name to bend the knee before him.

Nay, this is not all the meaning, for the divine power is equally seen in the after-work. The life of a believer is a series of miracles wrought by “the Mighty God.” The bush burns, but is not consumed. He is mighty to keep his people holy after he has made them so, and to preserve them in his fear and love until he consummates their spiritual existence in heaven. Christ’s might doth not lie in making a believer and then leaving him to shift for himself; but he who begins the good work carries it on; he who imparts the first germ of life in the dead soul, prolongs the divine existence, and strengthens it until it bursts asunder every bond of sin, and the soul leaps from earth, perfected in glory.

Believer, here is encouragement.

Art thou praying for some beloved one? Oh, give not up thy prayers, for Christ is “mighty to save.” You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is Almighty.

Lay hold on that mighty arm, and rouse it to put forth its strength. Does your own case trouble you? Fear not, for his strength is sufficient for you. Whether to begin with others, or to carry on the work in you, Jesus is “mighty to save;” the best proof of which lies in the fact that he has saved you. What a thousand mercies that you have not found him mighty to destroy!

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About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram

Calvary Temple Prison Ministry

Calvary Temple Prison Ministry brings the message of forgiveness and hope.

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Calvary Temple Prison Ministry

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following letter to be a blessing.

The following is a letter from an inmate that I’m sure will encourage you.

I am in search of fellow Christians who can offer love and fellowship without judgment.  So often, people seem to have a negative or indifferent opinion of all inmates.  Although it is true, the penal system is an isolated and volatile community ruled by its own rules.  However, Jesus still walks amongst us, and there are many great treasures behind prison walls that have been made into new men and women because of our Lord Jesus Christ, and we need the support of our free Christian brothers and sisters.  God never intended for us to be solo Christians.  One of the first things a person should do after becoming a Christian is find good solid Christian friends.   Galatians 6:2 reads “share each other’s troubles and problems and in this way obey the law of Christ.”  Although God wants us to turn to Him first in times of trouble, He also knows that we need Christian brothers and sisters here on earth to help us through our difficulties.

Often disrespected and physically abused by a select few correctional officers and gang members who consider anyone to be a Christian weak and undeserving of any respectful treatment, it is most encouraging to know there people in the free community who care about incarcerated Christians and the odious conditions in which we are forced to co-habitate.  Please don’t let anyone (Satan) convince you that you can’t be a light or a hope and make a difference in a prisoner’s life.  There is one church filled with believers, and we are all converted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  God meant for his people to stand together as one against this world’s system and yet Satan wants some of us to feel alone, forgotten, abandon, discouraged, and lost behind steel and brick.

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Calvary Temple Prison Ministry

42 years of living; 22 spent in the violent of prisons in the state of Virginia where I should have fallen victim to the many traps set to destroy the body and mind has taught me that:

Difficult times come to everyone, yet it is our response to trials that define who we are. 

I believe that each individual soul is meant to be a growing song unto the world.  Although we cannot always remove each other’s heavy burdens, we can share each other’s experiences by listening, playing, visiting, giving sound counsel, writing encouraging letters, sharing scriptures, forgiveness, and the love we all need.  As we comfort and encourage one another in this way, we work together to fulfill God’s plan for His church to be faithful.  Anyone living for Christ must understand that no human heart is worthless.

When I first read about love in the Bible, it appeared very alien to me.  However, it was through the words in the Bible that I learned how much God loved me.  I was deeply inspired by the selfless grace and love of Jesus.  I didn’t know such a love existed.  Needless to say, I was far from God in those years, a terrible person, and a great sinner.  Looking back, it’s easy to see how I got that way.

My parents separated for good when I was nine years old.  The last memory of my earthly father is of him threatening my mother and me with a rifle as we came out of our home and into the rainy cold night in order to escape his rage and uncontrolled drinking.  My mother and I kept looking back as we ran knowing that my oldest brother and only sister were still trapped inside.  When we finally came to a local store, my mom called the police and had my father put in jail.  That terrible night was the last time I saw my father.  On this same rainy night, my 7 year old sister revealed to the rest of the family that our father had molested her several times.  Knowing my father was capable of doing something so evil to his own daughter caused me to feel a bitter shame that broke me, and made me realize there was never going to be a better tomorrow.

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Calvary Temple Prison Ministry

Alone and not knowing how to provide for her children, my mother moved us in with her family on my grandfather’s tobacco farm in Chatham, Virginia.  Immediately, the physical abuse stopped for my mother, but for children, a new form of abuse continued.  I have always been afraid of my grandfather and uncle.  The constantly called me dumb or lazy.  However, I wasn’t dumb or lazy, but whenever I was around my grandfather or uncle, I became so nervous and afraid of being hit that I usually messed up whatever task they wanted me to do.  My mother knew that I was being physically abused, but she did nothing to stop it.  Her lack of love hurt more than the abuse.

During this period of my life, my mother suffered several nervous breakdowns and had to be hospitalized.  Unfortunately, when my mother had to be hospitalized, her youngest sister became our primary care giver.  She deeply resented having to care for her sister’s children; therefore she often mistreated us whenever she could.  For example, all of my mother’s children wet the bed.  Maybe because of the horrible things we experienced through our father.  Every morning, our aunt would rush into our bedroom and snatch the covers off the bed.  If we were wet, she would beat us with a long piece of stiff wire.  Sometimes, she and my grandfather took turns beating me with a peach tree branch that was pleated together.  During the assault, they would scream that I was dumb or lazy.  They were also fond of making fun of my dark skin.  Words can’t express the shame that I felt from living in a house where I wasn’t loved or wanted.

Unfortunately, with everything going on a home, I didn’t do very well in school.  I quickly learned that as long as the farm chores were done, nothing much else was expected from me.  Around the age of 13, my uncle convinced my mother to put me in a home for boys.  Although my mother had put her children in foster homes before, it hurt me to my heart that she would give me over to a Juvenile Prison.  I felt abandoned and totally betrayed.  I learned that the inside of a cage is a very lonely place.  The walls and steel bars and the things like that don’t create your prison.  It’s the dark feelings that you create in your own mind that create your cage.  It was at this point in my life that I started to hate.  I spent one year inside a cell thinking about how my uncle beat me with two by fours, planks of wood, stiff wire, plastic pipes, belts, his fists, and any object in his reach when he was angry.  Incarceration changed me.  When I finally returned home, my mother and I began having problems.  The truth is, I didn’t respect her anymore.  I was old enough to know now that a mother doesn’t let others abuse their children.  I didn’t respect her because we didn’t have food to eat, but she never ran out of cigarettes to smoke.  She wouldn’t work so that her children could have a better life, choosing instead to split the family up.  The day my two brothers went to live with other relatives was one of the worst days of my childhood.

Calvary Temple Prison Ministry Hope

Calvary Temple Prison Ministry

At the age of 14, I started smoking marijuana heavily and hanging out with much older people.  I dropped out of school to work, and I started carrying a .32 pistol wherever I went.  From the age of 14, no one put their hands on me without a fight.  One evening as I returned home from work, my mother demanded that I give her some money.  I told her, “No.”, because she received a welfare check and food stamps once a month of which she spent on things other than me.  She got upset, and while I was taking a shower, she called the police and told them that I had hit my grandfather which was not true.  I was later found innocent of all charges, but when the Judge asked my mother if I could return home, she said, “No.”.  Therefore, I was sent to a Juvenile Boys home called “Beaumont”.  By this point in my life, I was numb to everything and everyone around me.  While at Beaumont, all I did was fight other boys.  I was introduced to rap music.  I began to dress differently, talk differently.  I was ashamed of being a farm boy.  Therefore, I created a person that I thought others would love.   When people asked me where I was from, I lied.  I would rather have died than tell people I was a farm boy who lived in a house that didn’t have running water in it until I was 10 years old.

I was released from Beaumont and transferred to another home for boys in Norfolk, VA in 1990.  Several months later, I escaped.  Eventually, I ended up living on the streets in a place called Ocean View.  Ocean View was nothing more than a 5 mile strip of hotels, bars, and crack houses that run parallel with the beach.  I met girls as young as 13 years old prostituting themselves for crack cocaine.  Although I knew the destructive powers of crack cocaine, I began selling it to survive.  I was good at selling crack because I didn’t smoke it.  The more money that I made, the more indifferent I became to what was going on around me.  It finally took the death of my girlfriend and our unborn child from a crack cocaine overdose to make me realize the hopelessness of being addicted to crack cocaine.

At the age of 17, I was arrested and certified as an adult and sent to prison for the first time for selling crack to an undercover cop.  I hit rock bottom in prison.  My young spirit yearned to be free.  I soon fell into a deep state of depression.  It felt like my life was over.  Entering prison at such a young age was the most devastating thing that could have happened to me.  I was young and powerfully built, but others my age weren’t as strong.  While doing time in a notorious prison nick-named “The Slaughter House”, I witnessed a young man who was very close to me being brutally raped and beaten.  Although I did what I could to stop it, seeing something like that changed me forever.  It made me cold and turned by heart of flesh into a heart of stone.

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Calvary Temple Prison Ministry

After 22 months of fighting, riots, and sleeping with one eye open, I was given $25.00 and released from prison.  I went back to the city of Norfolk, and it wasn’t long before I began getting drugs again.  One night, two rival gang members robbed me at gunpoint.  Nearly losing my life over a few hundred dollars caused me to search for a safer way to support myself.  When my parole officer learned that a dangerous gang leader was trying to kill me, he made me leave the city of Norfolk.  I found within the city limits of Norfolk, my parole could be violated, and I would be sent back to prison.  A few weeks later, I found myself working in a furniture factory in Martinsville, Virginia where I met the mother of my daughter.  Learning that I would soon become a father again depressed me because I knew I had already committed the crimes for which I am incarcerated now.

In 1993, after losing my job, I committed two armed robberies.  I am ashamed of my terrible past life.  I am not proud of my testimony; neither do I take any glory in it.  If I could go back in time and undo all of the terrible crimes I’ve committed, especially the armed robbery, I would gladly do it.

I was sent back to prison for armed robbery, use of a firearm in a felony, burglary, and failure to stop.  I was numb and happy to let the bitterness and anger consume me.  I soon earned a reputation for being cold and ruthless.  I spent many years in prison building up more time for confrontations with both prisoners and guards.  I was taken back to court and given more time for: assault and battery, malicious wounding, and possession of a weapon.  I ended up with 45 years, 30 months, and 10 days.  Some of it I deserved and some of it I didn’t.  There was a lot of evil done to me as well.  I was beaten by guards, starred, stabbed, had bones broken, falsely accused of crimes I didn’t commit in order to cover up their excessive abuse towards me, electrocuted with a stun belt repeatedly, tortured almost to the point of death by repeatedly spraying me with oleoresin capsicum pepper spray, and isolated alone for years degraded and made to feel less than human.  I didn’t care if I lived or died and my prison record reflected my hopelessness.

I was poised to spend the rest of my life this way, but God had other plans for me.

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Calvary Temple Prison Ministry

One night, after many years of self-destructive behavior, I gave what was left of my broken life to Jesus Christ.  If it were not for God’s undying mercy and impeccable timing, I would be dead.  Ephesians 2:8-9 reads, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”  God looked beyond my faults and saw my needs.  There is no way to fully comprehend or explain God’s unmerited favor.  All we can do is humbly accept it.

It’s hard to say in words what being saved is like, but that moment changed my life forever.  At first there was a kind of wrenching in my chest – an inner longing for God and a better way of life that gradually grew into a storm.  Kneeling on the cold floor of my prison cell, I called out to God.  Words failed me so I just cried out, “God, please take the pain, bitterness, and loneliness away!”

Immediately, the power of God spoke to me in my heart, and the Holy Spirit pulsed through me like the burn of fire; tears ran down my face and that, in itself, gave me hope because for the first time in my life, I felt completely loved.

The Bible says that “God works all things together for the eternal good of those who love Him.”  My life is a living illustration of this great truth.  Unfortunately, it took the cold reality of prison to teach me to value the things of God.  It is my testimony that God spoke to me with healing words in my darkest hour.  God also gave me the knowledge to go back to school and get my G.E.D.  The Lord has blessed me with a love for writing Christian and classical poetry.  I successfully completed the Source of Light correspondence Bible study program, and at present, I am looking forward to pastoral courses on a deeper level.  All things are possible through God.

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Calvary Temple Prison Ministry

I love the Lord, but my walk with the Lord has not been problem free.  For years, I wrestled with the shame of bringing a child into the world that I couldn’t support.  My daughter was born while I was in prison on March 22, 1994.  Watching your child grow from a baby into a woman from behind prison walls is complete torture.  However, God has continuously blessed my daughter; she is attending her third year at College.

In 1997, I was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus and hypertension, and at one point during my incarceration, I was doomed to spend the rest of my life in prison without any hope of release.  It was only by the grace of God that I didn’t lose my freedom totally.  Now, I could be free via “parole” as soon as 2019.  These setbacks taught me that a relationship with God does not immunize us against the difficulties that life sometimes brings which is why I need the support of Christian brothers and sisters.

Over the years, God has kept a song in my heart.  Now that I am a committed Christian, I want my life to be involved in positive things as I prepare to reenter society.  I long for good Christian friends with whom I can learn from and who God can use to encourage me in my growth in His word and purpose.

Now that my heart is thirsting for a better way, God has also laid it upon my heart to tell my story for His glory so that those who are heading down the same road on which I once traveled, suffering through the toughest of circumstances can know that there is a God who’s reaching out to them in love and longs to give them hope and a new life in Christ Jesus.

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When we are willing to surrender everything to Him, God strengthens us in a way that allows us to overcome drugs, fear, violence, alcohol, of whatever the devil has used in the past to try to destroy you.  I now have the privilege of worshiping God and receiving His wonderful promises.  Now that I have a home in heaven, all I want from this world is the love of my Christian family and to show non-Christians what wonders the Lord can do when you merely have an open heart.

I would like to meet people in the church who would be willing to build a friendship of encouragement with me.  I also enjoy sharing Christian poetry with other Christians.  I’ve heard a lot of good things concerning this church and your joy in helping inmates.

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About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Calvary Temple’s Kid’s Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach was a great success!

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following story about the Calvary Temple Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach to be a blessing.

Easter represents the most important event in Christian History. The death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  His death paid for our sins.  His resurrection shows that He conquered death and the grave and its our hope and promise that we will forever live with the Lord.  Through Jesus’ sacrifice, our sins are forgiven and we can have a relationship with God.

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Most of what the world knows about Easter has to do with the pagan holiday to celebrate spring.  The bunny, the baskets, the jelly beans, and most importantly the Reece’s Peanut Butter Eggs.

At some point, Christians took over the Holiday and said, “hey, why don’t we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord on Easter,” and the Christian holiday was born.  Somehow the two holidays got inner meshed with each other and now we have chocolate crosses and egg hunts after church.

I’m sure a lot of Christians have very strong peanut butter eggsopinions about all of that, but as long as the Peanut Butter Eggs aren’t taken away, I’m not getting involved in the argument. You need to decide what is the best way for your family to honor the Lord.

We chose to have an egg hunt for my 3 year old grandson this year.  My memory is not as good as it used to be.  So it took three adults searching for almost an hour to find the missing eggs that i hid.  Moral of the story: I’m not allowed to hide the eggs anymore.

One exciting thing I did with my granddaughter this year was resurrection eggs.  Each egg has a piece of the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  She got to open each egg and i told her what the piece represented.  She’s only four so its hard to say how much she understood. When we went through the pieces again and i asked her what the nails were for she said, “they poked Jesus.”  So a seed was definitely planted.

resurrection eggs

Resurrection eggs

One way Calvary Temple has chosen to honor the Lord is through community outreach.  Just a few days ago we had a very popular event, our Kids Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach.  We had over 200 visitors this year and it was a lot of fun for all involved.  It takes many hours of preparation to set up the Easter themed carnival.  Admission is always free and packed with lots of goodies.

  • Live Interactive Easter Story

Our youth group sets this up like a little theme park ride.  A very low budget theme park ride.  Spectators are taken into stations by the wagon load to costumed actors who perform skits depicting the Bible account of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Moon Bounces

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Face Painting

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Balloons

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Games and Prizes

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Entertainment

Skits this year were on Jonah and Daniel in the Lion’s Den

calvary temple easter ressurection celebration outreach

  • Music

Our kids look forward to performing for the visitors.

calvary temple easter ressurection celebration outreach

  • Crafts

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Pictures with the Characters

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

The church family looks forward to lending a hand to make the event a blessing for our guests.  We are all so grateful that someone told each one of us about Jesus.  We consider it a privilege to share that same love of Jesus with others every chance we get.

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About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder – Back to the Future Delorian

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following story about the Calvary Temple Outreach Finish the Race Car Show Reminder to be a blessing.

Pastor Star Scott has preparations underway for         Calvary Temple’s Finish the Race Car Show

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder – Batmobile

Finish the Race is one of the Ministries of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling, VA under Pastor Star R. Scott.  The ministry opens doors to spread the gospel to people who enjoy participating in car shows and racing.  We host two annual Car shows in Sterling VA each year.  You don’t need to enter a car to attend and enjoy the day, but if you have a car you want to enter there is still time.  Registration is Free and comes with many Free Benefits for participating.  And if you read the awards listed below, you’ll see it’s probably hard to NOT win a prize!

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder – Ghostbuster Car

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 kid’s and “big” kids!

Date: April 11, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Calvary Temple Church

Motorcycle Stunt Show! Music! Fun!

Dash plaques for the first 100 Cars to arrive!

Car Awards:

Top 10 and Top 25

Best of Show

Best Interior

Best Paint

Best Engine

Top 5 for Trucks

Top 5 for Imports

Top 5 for Late Models (1989 and newer)

Top 5 for Exotics

Motorcycle Awards:

Top 15

Best of Show

Best Paint

Best Engine

Pre-registration available on-line at eventbrite. Registration on day of event opens at 10:00am.

Featured Vendors:

The Dons’ Wood-fired Pizza

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder – Hopefully This Vendor will Attend!

While you wait for April 11th to arrive, you can read last year’s blog post about the Summer Car show and browse the pictures.

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder

Calvary Temple Outreach Pastor Star Scott Finish the Race Car Show Reminder – Flintstone’s Car

Read my posts about our other events at my Calvary Temple Outreach Blog Home Page

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram

Calvary Temple Outreach – Sin and Repentance

Calvary Temple Outreach – Sin and Repentance

Sin and Repentance

Calvary Temple Outreach Teaching on Sin and Repentance from Calvary Temple Winchester

Calvary Temple Outreach – Sin and Repentance, Pt.1 

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following teaching from Calvary Temple of Winchester, VA to be a blessing.
To read more about Calvary Temple Outreach in Sterling VA, Go Back to my Home Page
You can also read my blog post about Witnessing in Winchester.

Sin and Repentance, Pt.1 –

POSTED ON MARCH 10 BY TONY SCHWARTZ

sin and repentance

Sin and Repentance: Those two words can cause quite a stir!  Sin and repentance.  When you think about the word “sin”, at a very high level its talking about doing wrong.  At least, most people would be able to articulate it that way.  Of course, most people don’t like to admit being wrong, so the word “sin” gets replaced with many other words that are more palatable.  I messed up, or I made a mistake…or in some cases, people might say something like “my bad” and try to add some humor to it.  Those are just a couple of examples and there are plenty of others.  Repentance is even worse.  If one is going to repent, it means that they have taken ownership of being wrong and change course so as not to do that wrong again.  Many people see repentance as an ugly word.  Repentance is a beautiful word.

Sin and Repentance: Thank God I can repent for my sins!

As we were winding down our study on “What Does The True Church Look Like” at the Winchester Bible Study, we talked about the aspect of repenting from sin.  I don’t remember exactly what happened, but suddenly we were in a very deep conversation!  As we were talking about sin and repentance, we turned to 2 Corinthians 7:10-11, which reads:

10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

The group suddenly became very animated and were asking questions faster than we could answer them!  “What is godly sorrow?  What does it mean that it works repentance to salvation?  What does it mean ‘not to be repented of’?  What is the sorrow of the world?  What does it mean when it says it works death?”  It got even more intense after we read verse 11!  I remember getting into the car to drive home after the meeting and my wife and I looked at one another and asked at the same time, “What just happened!”  We ended up taking a couple of sessions to work through these two verses, defining each word and going to other scriptures to discuss the topic in a more full manner.

what is sin

Before we answered all of those questions, we stepped back and asked “What is sin?”  The group became thoughtful and then began offering up definitions.  One defined it as we did above, doing wrong.  Another brought out the aspect that it isn’t just wrong that we commit, but also not doing things we’re supposed to do.  We shared with them that the word used in the Bible translated into our English word, sin, means “to miss the mark.”  We also see from 1 John 3:4 that sin is transgression of the Law.  Looking at 1 John 5:17, we see that all unrighteousness is sin.  The last reference we used to help bring an understanding of what sin is was from James 4:17, which states:

17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

In the end, God is the one who says what is right and what is wrong.  He gave us His Word and by it we know what God says is sin.  This really seemed to hit home with everyone.  It was very beneficial to see what God says is sin and how He views it.  When we can begin to understand even just a little what sin is to God, it helps change our own perspective of it and should cause us to develop a deeper hatred for sin, both in ourselves and in others.

h8 sin

In our next post, we’ll get more into repentance and then we’ll delve into the definitions for each of the words from 2 Corinthians 7:10-11.  Until then, I would encourage you to get before the Lord and honestly ask Him to reveal in you what displeases Him.  He will be faithful to show you AND to help you repent (change course) and hate the sin as He does!

For more information about Calvary Temple of Winchester, or for more teachings from Calvary Temple Outreach – Sin and Repentance, check out the Calvary Temple of Winchester Blog.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram