Archive for Witnessing

Carlisle Show 2017

 

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.

We had a great time this year at Carlisle!  …But before I get ahead of myself, you may be wondering what Carlisle is?  Every fall, Calvary Temple participates in a wide-spread car collector and classic car swap in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Participants from all over the country bring hundreds of cars, which are appreciated by thousands of spectators.

The Lord has opened a door for us.   Every year a ministry team spends several days at Carlisle, and our pastor is asked to teach the Sunday Chapel service.

Calvary Temple Carlisle 2017 - Pastor Star R. Scott Witnessing

A number of our Young Adults also volunteered their time on Saturday to share the gospel.

This year, we were able to encourage many believers who have come onto our property, as well as present the gospel to those who have never heard.

More than ever this year, we have been blessed by the number of believers we have encountered who are also excited about spreading the gospel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to sharing the Word of God, we distributed Pastor Star R. Scott’s latest teachings, “Consecration” and “Holy Home.”  Many of Pastor Star Scott’s books were distributed as well.

                  Adam’s Rib                             Divine Guidance                      I Die Daily              Holiness: Jesus’ Imminent Return         Prevailing in Prayer

Overall, we had a wonderful time ministering the gospel, and look forward to what the Lord will do next year.  What a privilege to be used by the Lord!

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

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

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

 

Witnessing in Winchester

front porch witnessing

The Scary Front Door

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.

There was a time, back in the day, when Calvary Temple used to go witnessing in Georgetown, DC every Friday night.  There was a diverse mixture of socio-economic classes.  You had the college students out looking for a party at one of the many bars and clubs.  The Yuppies were looking for some eclectic restaurant to talk about Monday morning.  The tourists were wandering around looking at a map completely lost.  And the homeless population was scattered throughout the neighborhood.

I was very zealous back then, which is a good thing, but I was not very compassionate, which is not a good thing.  And I would often find myself trying to argue people into the kingdom of love.  After a couple years of witnessing in Georgetown, I can’t remember one single person wanting to pray and ask the Lord into their heart.  I’m older and wiser now.  And some of my rough edges have been polished up by reproof and humiliation.  I’m more keenly aware than ever that it is only by God’s mercy that I am saved and forgiven.  Compassion grows more readily in a heart that knows “but by the grace of God there go I.”  I try to approach everyone as if they want to hear about Jesus and were just waiting for someone to tell them the good news.

Pastor Scott has been teaching about compassion for the lost and reaching our community with the love of Jesus for over a year now.  Our church is broken up into deacon’s groups and a different group goes out witnessing every month.  I used to dread it.  “People don’t want to hear what we have to say anymore.”  “They slam the door in our faces.”  “They are mean to us.”  Whine, whine, whine.  I would get so worked up with fear and dread when it was my group’s turn to go out over how people would respond to me?

I wrote a play a while back and one of the scenes is a conversation with John Wesley, an 18th century street evangelist.  I wrote the entire scene as if John Wesley were talking to me about my own witnessing wimpyness.  One line in particular comes up in my heart every time I am about to go witnessing and the fear of what people will think begins to rise up.  “Are you so fragile that you’d crumple over an unflattering look? Are they going to set you on fire?” Translation: Suck it up you big baby!

Recently, the Lord has had us going door to door witnessing in Winchester with our Bible Study group.  Winchester is a whole different world than Sterling or Georgetown.  There is both a roughness and a friendliness about it.  Many of the people are in much greater need of natural provisions.  In Winchester, there is a soup kitchen serving a meal just about every day of the week.  A whole community, many of whom are homeless, frequent the soup kitchen circuit.  I have been impressed by how they look after and take care of one another.  Maybe its because of their humble provisions, but the people of Winchester have been more open to the gospel than any other people I have witnessed to in recent years.

When we go witnessing I take two girls with special needs with me.  My job is part teacher, part mentor, and part protector.  The girls are very shy and look to me for prompting on what to say if someone opens the door.  Their job is to invite the person to the Bible Study on Monday and Thursday nights at 7:00.  Their big sales pitch is, “It’s not boring and we all get to read.”  I worry that the possibility of having to read in front of others might be a deal breaker for some of our invitees but at least they know it’s not boring.  Then the girls will ask, “Are you a believer?”  At this point the person in the doorway will answer yes or no and the girls will blink for a moment then turn to look at me for what to do next.

I ask a couple of questions then present the gospel : Jesus loves them and died for their sins so they could have a relationship with God and go to heaven.  Then depending on the outcome from that exchange, explain to the girls what we just saw.  Here are a few of our experiences around Winchester:

The Filibuster

The Filibuster

The Filibuster

When the person you are talking to doesn’t want to hear what you have to say, but they don’t tell you they aren’t interested.  Instead, they start a long dissertation about something that may or may not be related to stop you from being able to say anything else hoping you give up and eventually walk away.

Solution: You have to politely interrupt and tell them, “thanks for talking to us but we don’t want to keep you any longer so we’re gonna go.  Have a great day.”

The Too Polite

Obviously Bored

Obviously Bored

When they stand there glazed over and absently nod at you while glancing back at their friend who is hiding in the corner.

Solution: Politely ask, “Are you interested in hearing more right now?”  They will most likely jump on that like a lion on a raw steak and take the way out you just gave them.  Now you can move on to the next person the Lord would have you reach.

 The Brush Off

peeking

I guess you’re going in now

They answer the door and take the tract like they are interested but while you are talking they slowly shut the door and disappear.

Solution: Say to yourself, “Oh, I guess we’re done here.” And move along.

The Silent Treatment

crickets

chirp chirp

There’s lots of noise inside the house.  Until you knock. Then it’s as silent as the grave.  We know you’re in there.

Solution: Leave a tract in the doorway and keep going.  They may have been abducted by aliens.

The Yell Through the Door

doorbell broken

WHO IS IT!

No one answers the door but they holler menacingly from inside, “WHO IS IT!!”

Solution: Holler back, “WINCHESTER BIBLE STUDY!”  Sometimes the girls forget and leave part of it off and just yell, “WE FROM THE BIBLE STUDY!” I’ve been amazed that on every single occasion but one – the people answered the door after they heard “Bible Study” because they were interested.

The Walk of Faith

Scary hallway

Sometimes you have to do it afraid

The walk down the dark, dirty, hallway of the “should have been condemned” apartment building, to knock on the door that may or may not have bullet holes in it.

Six Point Solution:  1. Pray.  2. Knock.  3. Listen for the sound of the shotgun being cocked on the other side.  4. Get ready to dive out of the way.  5. Holler back, “WE FROM THE BIBLE STUDY!”  6. Hand out the tract to the very nice people when they politely answer the door.

The Possible Demon Possession

being followed

Being Followed by a Crazy Person

Sometimes combined with the Filibuster.  Don’t be fooled by this tactic of the enemy.  You can’t talk your way out of this one.

Solution: As you are being followed around town by this person who is shouting random mystical sounding things out to you and everyone else in the vicinity, ask the Lord, “Lord, do we gotta cast a demon out of this dude?”  Whichever way the Lord answers, follow up with the story about Paul being followed around by the possessed girl who kept shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God …”

 The Wild Card

Um . . . no, we don't have a single's group

Um . . . no, we don’t have a single’s group

When there’s the sound of chaos on the other side of the door – followed by silence – then someone opens the door holding a butcher knife and a cell phone. Once you are finished witnessing to them they will run after you to ask “You got a singles group there?”

Solution: . . . . . . . Yeah I have no idea.  That’s new.

Every one of these situations has really happened to us.  I can actually quiz the girls afterwards about which one we just saw and they will get it right.  “THE FILIBUSTER!”  The girls show up faithfully to go witnessing every other Sunday.  If only we all had the child-like faith that they have.  We would be so much better off.

We’ve had many wonderful opportunities to lead people to the Lord and minister to the Christians in Winchester.  You can read more about the Bible Study and what God is doing in Winchester in the Calvary Temple 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

Backyard Plays and Backstage Secrets Pt. 1 – The Drama Team of Calvary Temple Sterling VA

outdoor  theater

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.

I grew up putting on plays in the backyard with my friends.  The kind where you make up the script as you go along.  And your grandparents sit patiently enduring it and clap at the end like you just nailed the lead in Macbeth.  One such play involved re-enacting the musical numbers from the movie Grease.  It included a lot of awkward dance moves and some mid-production arguing on who got to play the lead of Sandy.  It was my record [a round disc that played music in the olden days] so I was convinced it should be me.  Naturally.

My love of the theater continued into High School where I tried out for the Spring Musical Production of West Side Story.  My audition went so well I was immediately  cast as the girl who sits as far away from the stage as possible and runs the spotlight from the back.  Thus began my career backstage.  No one claps for the lights but they sure notice when they’re not there.  I do however get to surprise people from time to time with the fact that I have a Varsity Letter.  In Theater.  For Stage Crew.  It doesn’t sound as exciting when you spell it all out like that.

West-Side-Story

When the day came that I was asked to be a part of a drama team to put on plays for the congregation at Calvary Temple you can imagine I was thrilled.  You would be imagining wrong.  I actually said, “No, I’d rather stay home and watch the Nanny on TV.” But then God doesn’t take no for an answer so my acting days were resurrected.  I was placed on the writing team to develop a script called Matthew Mugglebee’s Miracle Cures.  It’s a play about the error of looking to worldly methods to cure spiritual problems.  Soon after Matthew Mugglebee we discovered that we needed girls to play the female roles.  Shakespeare would roll over in his grave.

happily ever after

Original Production on Relationships – Happily Ever After

Thus began my public acting debut.  My acting ability hasn’t improved much from the backyard but now my audience can’t escape to answer the phone which I know wasn’t really ringing Grandma! Our audience is very gracious.  Or their standards are really low  – we’re not really sure which is the case but we’re grateful anyway. Some of our performances are live on stage and some are pre-recorded for the internet.  Using a green screen and pre recording a scene is always an interesting challenge.  And those lights are HOT!  We have to reapply makeup a lot.

wiz green screen

Its an honor to present Biblical principles in such a creative way.  We had other churches around the country request some of our scripts and we’ve been thrilled to share them.   Most of our plays are for the edification of the body of Christ but a few of our shorter skits have a salvation message.  Here is one of our favorites.  It’s part of a series of “rejected skit ideas” called “That will never work”.

Backstage Secrets

If you’re still with me I’ll let you in on a few things the audience doesn’t always know about.

Because we are Christians and can’t undress backstage we have to wear an extra layer of clothes or a body suit under our costumes.

Costume changes backstage usually involve multiple people dressing you and shoving props into your hands – sometimes while you’re walking  towards the curtain to go back on.  Timing is everything.

I once had about 10 quick changes with back to back scenes removing one layer at a time backstage.  We had a wardrobe malfunction and several shirts came off at once so three people were jamming blouses back on me so i could get on stage.

When the actors are on stage saying lines – someone is backstage moving around to match their movements to feed lines through the backdrop if they go blank.

Some of our best gags were accidents that only happened during the final performance and the actors just rolled with it.

Actors cover for each other on stage all the time.  We say each others lines when someone goes blank, we improvise the scene to get them back on track, and we ad-lib to keep the scene moving.

There is an entire choreographed ballet happening backstage during scene changes.  Actors are ducking, flattened against the wall, jammed into the corners or moving with the backdrop to stay hidden.

Sometimes actors miss their cue to go onstage and are literally pushed out by other actors.

If there is music playing on stage – there is dancing happening backstage.

More Secrets Revealed in Part 2

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

Car People – and My Most Heinous Car Sins – Calvary Temple Car Show

little car

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.

I don’t know the first thing about cars. And I should since I was raised in a car family.  Not the kind of car family that collects exotic cars and likes to go look at them and show them off to other car people on weekends.  But the kind that spends their time in the body shop inhaling paint fumes and listening to air drills and compressors.  My dad was a Parts and Service Manager for a dealership and I worked there part time in high school.  We had Fords, which everyone knows stands for Found On Road Dead.  Still, I have always been partial to the Ford Mustang.  Its literally the only car that I recognize and can pick out of a lineup. I must be afflicted with car blindness because all cars look the same to me.

Car people have their own community. They speak their own language and I need an interpreter. They spend every weekend working on their cars. Lovingly detailing them. Polishing them.  Cleaning the air grates with q-tips and tiny brushes. And they like to show their cars off to other car people who appreciate them as only car people can.  How do you share the gospel with car people?  As a rule, people can be hard to witness to if they’re not around.  So if you want to witness to car people you have to go where the cars are.  At Calvary Temple we have an event to bring the cars to us.

Twice a year we host the Finish the Race Car Show and it takes our entire church to make it a success.  Our whole fellowship passes out flyers and posters to promote the event.  On the day of the show, volunteers arrive at 8:00am to set up the tents, tables, sound equipment, awards and signs.  Everyone has a job to do.  From serving food to face painting and games to driving the shuttle buses so spectators can have easy access to the fun.  We even have a group of hospitality people who go around passing out watermelon to the registrants.

Registration begins at 10:00 am as car people like to get here early to get a good spot.  Each registrant gets a goody bag filled with vendor donations, tracts, a food voucher for a free sandwich or hot dog from the Calvary food tent and a book or teaching of Pastor Scott’s.

Our day includes lots of music and 1950’s era gospel performances.  A visit to the lemonade and funnel cake vendor.  A stop by the missionary tent to discuss the current missions work in Africa.  Another visit to the funnel cake vendor.  And all the car viewing, discussing and picture taking you could possibly want and more.  You want to know about tail fins.  We got em.  You want to know about Rumble Seats.  We got em.  How about Fancy Paint jobs.  Yep.  Got that too.

And then there’s the judging.  So. Many. Awards.

Trophy Winners - Summer 2013

This year we had a special visit by one of the Redskins who is a believer and he shared his testimony with the crowd.  Our visitors were very receptive and open to the gospel and we’ve received many prayer requests, praise reports and testimonies from the event.  God is doing wonderful things here and its exciting to be a part of it.

And now I shall list for you my most heinous car sins.  If you are car people you may not want to read any further as it could be too graphic for you.

 1. When I was four I put my mother’s car in reverse while she was putting groceries in the house.  I took the passenger side door off on a tree before she shot back into the car and slammed on the brakes.

 2. When I was eight I left the passenger door of my Aunt’s Pontiac open just a crack and when she turned the corner the door flew open and my little brother fell out of the car.  I didn’t confess to it for over thirty years.

 3. When I bought my first car my only criteria was that it had to have a cassette tape player.

 4. I only added oil to my car when the engine started tapping

 5. I had an old car that was made the year before I was born and it dropped its transmission and wouldn’t go forward.  I had to drive the length of Sterling Boulevard in reverse to get home.  Twice.  I stopped at every light and stop sign and used my signals like it was just another day. *if you are a cop this is in no way an admission of guilt*

6. I once drove a brand new car all the way home with the emergency brake on.  I just thought the engine was sluggish.

7. I bought a car with a manual transmission because it was cool and red and I thought I would learn to drive it later.  – I didn’t.

8. I had a car that would stall out every time I stopped for a red light so I would slow down, put it in neutral and rev the engine until the light turned green then pop it back into drive.  I drove my kids to school in that car for several years.

9. I almost crashed a car because I thought there was a mouse hanging from the rear view mirror.  It was the shadow coming off of the air freshener.

10. I can’t tell one car from another so one time I got into a car that pulled up to the curb thinking it was my husband picking me up.  It wasn’t.  The driver freaked out and thought they were being carjacked.  My apologies did not matter.

Try not to judge me too harshly.

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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