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Fall Car & Motorcycle Show 2017

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Orange Classic Car front

I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA FOR OVER 25 YEARS. 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 Fall Car & Motorcycle Show in 2017 on Saturday, August 19, 2017 was a wonderful event. Despite the heat, we had over 300 visitors who braved the sun.

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Cars

I appreciated the creative entries, especially a bright red mustang, reminding me that the North Pole may have come to Sterling for a day.

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Red Santa Car

We also had about 50 motorcycles enter the show. I love this color!

Perhaps the biggest vehicle to stand out was the ENORMOUS red truck! I’m sure all the

little kids enjoyed seeing what perhaps looked like a real, live monster truck.

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Huge Red Truck (Large)

In addition to the variety of cars and motorcycles, there was more to see.

Twice throughout the day, our drama team performed a couple Outreach Skits that we do each year in Kenya. The skits are mimes that are set to music, which is very helpful with avoiding any language barriers.

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Drama Africa

This particular skit is about a young man struggling to know Christ, and how Jesus protects him during the battle for his heart.

Another big treat was that both of our missionaries from Kenya were in town getting some rest.

They took shifts at the Missions Tent to share the Gospel.
Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Missions Tent

It was great to see some of our repeat vendors out again.

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Ice Cream Truck

The ice cream truck is a big favorite with the kids!

And with a moon bounce, face painting, corn holes, and a playground, there was plenty for the kids to do.

A big thanks to everyone who made this show possible! What a blessing to be able to spend a pleasant afternoon with friends and family.

We’d love to have you out at the Spring Car and Motorcycle show next year. Hope you can join us!

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To check out more pics, please visit our four Summer 2017 albums on Flickr.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/finishtheraceva/albums

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 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 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

Our God Saves

Our God Saves

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 to be a blessing.

Whenever we sing this song in Worship it makes me cry when we get to the title phrase.  I have so many people in my life who are not saved and this song is so encouraging every time the Lord brings it up.  It brings me peace that no matter how bleak the situation looks, God is in control and He has done all that was needed to save our loved ones.

Our God Saves

Our God saves, our God saves. There is hope in Your name. Mourning turns to songs of praise. Our God saves, our God saves

 

I read a devotional recently that encouraged the following:

God Patiently Loves Even Prodigals

When you are grieving over a “lost” child, check him or her for pulse and respiration. If they are alive, there is hope. God takes the long view, and he is patient, patient, patient. He waits and waits, watching for opportunity.

Eventually, even angry rebels burn out, because every force that is not from God sooner or later turns destructive. Every force that is not from God will cause brokenness and fear, not contentment.

Jesus told a timeless tale about a father with two sons–a “good” one and a “bad” one. The bad one took his inheritance early and squandered it. In friendless poverty he came to his senses and asked his father for mercy.

Here is hope for all prodigals, and it is true for the prodigals in your own family too. Jesus’ forgiveness is big enough to cover every one of the sins of youthful rebels. While they live, there’s time and there’s hope: “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:8,10).  Taken from Fear Not: Devotions From Time of Grace

Be encouraged today that Our God Saves.  He has a plan to save your family and you need only to Be Still and trust Him.

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

 

Upcoming Calvary Temple Events 2015

 

save the date

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.

It’s time for Calvary Temple Events!

It’s the most exciting time of the year at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA.  We are rolling out the 2015 Calvary Temple Events  and you are all our invited guests!  As part of our Community Outreach, we want to spread the Love of Jesus as far as we can. What better way than having Fun, Family Events that are Free for All!  During our events you will find lots of food, fun and games for the kids, and friendly people everywhere just wanting to help you to feel at home.  Events usually mean prizes!  Be prepared to go home with some souvenir loot!

Check out some of the pictures from our past events on the Calvary Temple Flickr Page.

Easter Event

finish the race 2015

cheer camp

basketball camp

soccer camp
movie night 2015You can sign up for the events on our website at www.calvarytempleva.org

If you’re so excited you just can’t wait for the Calvary Temple Events to get here, You can read all about last year’s events in my archives to tide you over.  Look over there in the margin —>

 

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

Love and Ministry

sick in bed

Being sick is no fun

I’ve been sick as a dog and my family at Calvary Temple was there to love me and hold me up in prayer when i needed their love and ministry the most.

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 to be a blessing.

This is my first post in over a month because i have been extremely sick.  I have an autoimmune disease and that comes with a variety of issues.  One of them being frequent illnesses.  For the past three weeks, I’ve been laid out with my second case of bronchitis in less than a year.  I can usually tell that i have bronchitis, as opposed to a cold, because when i cough it sounds like a dog barking.  Nice.

sick dog

Anyway, this case of bronchitis came with a bunch of unpleasant friends.  Because of the autoimmune disease, I’ve turned into that person who gets every rare side effect listed on the drug sheet.  After several nights of not sleeping and searing pain in my head and ribs, i bought some Robitussin DM because bless God I’m gonna sleep tonight if its the last thing i do.  Apparently, a rare but not uncommon side effect of Robitussin is panic attacks and anxiety.  I can’t even describe the crippling fear and claustrophobia that came over me after taking one dose.  I thought i was losing my mind.  I immediately had my husband pray for me, then texted a few of my closest friends to pray also.  The panic hung on.  All day.  In a very desperate move, I requested the church congregation pray for me at the service that night. About the time Pastor Scott prayed i began to feel more at peace.  The panic and anxiety hung on for three days but it was much less severe than before the church prayed.  The prayers of my brothers and sisters got me through and  I could feel them lifting me up.

Many of them called and emailed both me and my husband to check on me.  One of my friends brought over some Benadryl the doctor at the urgent care had prescribed.  That night i had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics and was rushed to the emergency room covered in welts with my tongue swollen up.

hospital

Emergency Room

Again, I texted my friends to pray for me.  I had my friend’s Benadryl in my purse and took one on the way to the hospital.  As we pulled up to the emergency room my husband dropped me off and yelled “tell ’em you’re shot!”  If you’re a fan of Brian Regan, you see the humor there.  Between the prayers of my friends and the medication my friend had brought that afternoon, the allergic reaction started to subside before the emergency room doctor could dose me with four new prescriptions.

In three weeks I have had eleven different medications and five severe reactions.  I’m believing for complete healing from the autoimmune disease.  Nothing is too difficult for our God.  Everything we face is a small thing to Him.   But its times like this when we are at our weakest that we get a glimpse into the heart of God and His purposes to knit us together into the body of Christ.  He never intended for any of us to walk out our salvation on our own.  We are meant to be part of a family.  I am very grateful for the one He has given me.

 

 

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

The Last Safe Place to go Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

I can only remember caroling a couple of times in my life, and both times were awkward exchanges of out-of-tune butchery of popular Christmas Songs.  I think we’ve all seen enough American Idol to realize that there can be a huge gulf between perceived singing ability and actual singing ability.  By the end of the night, all songs were abandoned except for Jingle Bells, and someone’s little brother tried to sneak in the Batman Smells version.

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 to be a blessing.

Caroling always sounded like a good idea until you got out there and discovered:

 It was much colder than you expected and singing while your teeth are chattering is not a popular vocal medium.

 You don’t actually know all the words to the songs and have to hmmmrmmmher during the tricky parts.

 Your friends can’t carry a tune any better than you can so forget relying on Fred to stick to just one key.

 People tend to think it’s weird that you are standing on their lawn singing. You’re looking at them singing hmmmmrmmmmher and they’re watching you wondering if this is a new cult that just joined the neighborhood.

 You shouldn’t launch into the Twelve Days of Christmas unless you know for sure what all the presents are or your audience has a lot of patience to listen to fifteen minutes of “9 Ducks a Quacking” and “11 Guys a Grilling”.

There is still one safe place where people appreciate the festiveness of Caroling:  The Senior Homes.  I’ve shared with you in the past about the Calvary Temple outreach to the area nursing homes.  For Christmas, our volunteers go all out to spread the love of Jesus with some Christmas Cheer.  Even our Children get involved as they perform parts of their Christmas Pageant for residents of the Sunrise Nursing Home in Sterling, VA.

manor care caroling

Room to Room Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

manor care Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Caroling with those who could not join the party.

Last month, teams from the church visited the two facilities: Manor Care in Fairfax, VA, and Tall Oaks in Reston, VA.  The mission was to go room to room caroling before having a Group Sing-Along Christmas Party for the residents.  The night they visited Manor Care, the residence was having their annual Christmas Dinner.  As it was, many of the resident’s family members were visiting and were able to join the seniors for the party. The residents loved singing the carols and many of them knew the words by memory.  They probably would have known “7 Sheep a Shearing” is wrong.

manor care couple

manor care singing

Manor Care Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

After the singing, the teams shared a powerful message about the real meaning of Christmas and the hope we have in Jesus.  We are living in difficult times.  Things we never thought we would see happen are taking place right before our eyes. The Jesus who came to take our sins upon Himself so we could be reconciled to God is coming back for His church very soon.

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Sharing the Message – Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

 

 

Tom sharing the Gospel

Tom sharing the Gospel – Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Afterwards, there was a time of refreshments and fellowship with the residents, many of whom do not usually attend the Bible Studies but came out for the special event.  Then there was a time of sharing one-on-one with the seniors, encouraging them in the Word and praying with them.

manor care one on one

Sharing one-on-one

Tall Oaks Fellowship

Tall Oaks Fellowship

Tall Oaks Ladies

Tall Oaks Ladies

What an honor to spend time with these special people at this most special time of the year.  Sharing the Love of Jesus and spreading the Gospel is the truest meaning of what Christmas is all about.

My Favorite Christmas Song when I was a kid.  I would have gone caroling for this.

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 Kids Sing at the Sunrise Nursing Home – Plus a Surprise

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 to be a blessing.

Calvary Temple Kids at the Sunrise Nursing Home

Calvary Temple Kids at the Sunrise Nursing Home

Last week we had a sneak preview of the Kid’s practicing for their outreach debut.  Well, the daily preparations have been paying off because they did a wonderful job performing for the seniors of the Sunrise Nursing Home this week.  It was standing room only in the front parlor as the residents packed in to watch the show.

The kids performed several of their Christmas Pageant songs much to the delight of the audience.

Kids at Nursing home

The audience loved them.

The especially loved watching these two ham it up for this number:

After the musical portion of the morning, the kids greeted the seniors one-on-one and handed out tracts and cupcakes.

Cupcake Time

Cupcake Time

They told the seniors that Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas.

Calvary Temple Kids at Sunrise

Handing out tracts

The kids did a great job of reaching out to the residents and showing the love of God.  And as you can see, the residents were very receptive to the children’s visit.

Sharing the Love of Jesus

Sharing the Love of Jesus

Visiting with the seniors

Visiting with the seniors

Calvary Temple also does a Bible Study in the Sunrise Nursing Home on Thursday Nights.  If you or your loved ones are in the facility, you are more than welcome to join us.

And Now … the Surprise!

After the Nursing Home Outreach, the Elementary kids were joined by the High-Schoolers at the Dulles Town Center Mall in Sterling, VA and performed a Christmas Flash Mob.  It’s hard to see just how many of them were there, but they are spread out over a large portion of the food court.  It was a very exciting end to a successful day of joining the kids on their first Christmas Outreach.

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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

Announcement! Upcoming Calvary Temple Sterling Christmas Events

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 video to be a blessing.

The Calvary Temple Children’s Ministry has been hard at work preparing for three very special events.

First, they will be performing for the Seniors at the Sunrise Nursing Home.

Then, they will appear in the Leesburg Christmas Parade Saturday, December 13th at 6pm.

Finally, they will kick off the Redskin’s Pizza Charity Event at the Don’s Wood-fired Pizza in Sterling on Tuesday, December 16th at 5:45.  Everything is FREE at this event so be sure to attend.

Here is a little peek into the preparations the kids are making:

They are working very hard.

They have lots of people who love them.

It looks like chaos now – but come back when i post about the events and see the finished product!

You can also check out my GodTube channel for my videos.

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

Trick or Treat and the Most Popular Costume – Calvary Temple Outreach

i got a rock

I got a rock

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 to be a blessing.

When I was growing up, Halloween was the number 2 most important holiday on the kid’s calendar.  It was rivaled only by that grande dame of avarice – Christmas.  Christmas may have been all about the presents but Halloween was all about Candy, Candy and more Candy. This was your chance to get a sugar payload big enough to last well into December before you would get another hit.

In my day, we donned a cheap-o plastic costume mom bought at the drug store.  It came with a mask you couldn’t see out of or breathe in because the holes were cut lopsided and uneven.  Your mom was usually a giant buzz kill and made you wear your coat.  And you weren’t allowed to eat any candy until she checked it for needle holes and razor blades.  Somehow the snickers bars never made it back to my stash from the rigorous safety examination.

Trick or Treating Old School Style

Trick or Treating Old School Style

Back then we didn’t have a lot of Halloween swag – fancy pumpkin baskets and holiday accessories.  The plan was simple.  We grabbed our pillowcases, threw our coats in the bushes and headed for the nearest apartment building.  All kids can do complex math equations on Halloween.  Greater density housing + smaller square area x speed ÷ number of trick or treaters = maximum candy payload.  Any house that gives out apples or raisins is obviously making a cry for help and wants to be egged or tented in toilet paper. Whether it was from the contraband eaten on the way home or from breathing in the chemical residue from the inside of Spiderman or Wonder Woman’s face – we were delirious by the end of the night.

Halloween can be a very touchy subject for Christians.  Some Christians take the stance that it descends from All Hallow’s Eve,  a Christian holiday .  Why not let the kids dress up and have some harmless fun?  Other believers feel that to celebrate Halloween in any way is equal to sacrificing a goat on the church lawn. Most Christians fall somewhere in between.  One thing I think we all can agree on is that Halloween has gotten out of hand.  The decorations hit the shelves in the summer while you’re still on your beach trip.  Costume Superstores are open for three months a year then disappear back into the internet.  Your neighbors decorate their yard like its the set of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.

Queen Esther

Tierney managed to find the only Princess in the Bible to dress up as – Queen Esther

With so much hoopla given to one day why not make it a witnessing opportunity?  Swarms of kids will descend on your yard with costumed parents in tow. Here is your chance to tell them Jesus loves them and died for them.  Some of our young adults organized a neighborhood outreach to present the gospel to Trick or Treaters last Friday night.  They set up a base camp with goody bags filled with glow bracelets and bookmarks and a clever tract about Jesus that looked like a million dollars.  There were also free games and costumed greeters who invited the kids to take part in the Halloween Treasure Hunt.

halloween games

halloween games

Treasure maps were given out to lead the kids to each of four locations set up around the neighborhood cul-de-sac.  Each location had costumed participants who acted out different Bible Stories.  Then the Trick or Treaters were given stickers on their map and the usual Halloween loot of a pick from the candy bowl.  When they had finished visiting all four locations they returned to base camp where they showed their completed map to collect their treasure.  The “Treasure” was a bag of gold wrapped chocolate coins.  I considered a makeshift costume and map of my own for a minute but common sense and my daughter’s inevitable shaming of me stopped it from happening.

Treat Bags and Tracts

Treat Bags and Tracts

I visited each location to see what skits were being performed and check for any chocolates that may have inadvertently fallen to the ground.  The quality control was pretty high so I didn’t find any sweets but I did get to watch each skit performed for the kids.   Daniel in the Lion’s Den.  David and Goliath.  Noah and the Ark.  And The Story of The Birth of Jesus.  The Trick or Treaters and their parents all seemed to enjoy it and they made sure they went back to collect their treasure when they finished their maps.

Treasure maps

Treasure Hunt Maps

One of the houses had a visitor who told the actors that she was very blessed and that whoever thought of the outreach had heard from the Holy Spirit. She said it was a blessing not just for her grand kids but for her personally.  That’s what we like to hear.  If you want to watch the skits, and i hope you do – I have the links to each one in the titles above. Spoiler alert – one of them is set to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island Theme Song.

Noahs Ark

Noah and his Ark full of Beanie Babies

I took a poll from each house to see what the most popular costume was for this year.  And the answer is . . . Elsa from Disney’s Frozen.  One of my houses counted SEVEN.

three blury elsas

Three Elsa’s – I’m so sad that i didn’t realize how blurry they were at the time. I must have had low blood sugar from lack of candy.

Over 120 visitors went through the Halloween Treasure Hunt and were witnessed to, Praise God!  What a great way to present the gospel to families in your neighborhood.

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