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The Psalm 23 by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 28th, 2010

Now the reason for going back and looking at this-I actually have a message which has nothing to do with this right now-but the reason for going back to look at this was I was really concerned with finding out how this navigated. My mind always asks these questions. I’m not satisfied with the simple answer. I want to know what exactly happened. So I began to look and then something staggering is revealed.

Sometime between the time of Origen, sometime between here and here, a great find is made. In this find is called the Geniza. The Geniza was and is considered, probably, the most important find since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls but in fact it predates it. These finds-it’s kind of interesting how this all came to be. There was a synagogue in old Cairo. You’ll know why I’m perplexed about this. There was a synagogue in old Cairo and in the upper room in the synagogue they brought all of these old manuscripts. And these manuscripts were put in a room, perhaps to be-they could not be destroyed because Jewish people do not destroying anything had the name of God on it.

So they were going to be put in that storage room until the time that a pit could be dug and they could properly bury it. And they believe that the synagogue was in use in eight late 800′s, but what so staggering about and what’s so important about this is two things.

A sixth century polemicist found, sixth century, found here at Geniza and you say to me, ”Well what does this do for me?” Well for a long time we believed that there was nothing between here and the Dead Sea Scrolls. For the longest time we believed that there was nothing in between to fill in this gap, to show us how accents and vowel points and markings and the influence of the Masoretic text on other texts, but what came before it? What was the precursor to all of this? And was there is some code previously marking the Scriptures for us, particularly for the Jewish people forbading to speak the name, the holy name, the sacred name.

So a sixth century polemicist, something that was previously written on and then erased or marked over again, found that kind of helps us understand that these markings were not consistent. They were not. Sometimes they appeared. Sometimes they didn’t. In fact in the Dead Sea Scrolls and I-don’t quote me on this. I know it’s from the fourth cave and I can’t tell you the number. I think its 1Q-Q-139. There is a script that shows a code before Yahweh. The relevance is to this is, this is how strange we are as creatures. If one goes back to the Bible and we look at writings in the Bible, there’s a great dilemma, because God never said at any point that we should not speak His name.

Pastor Melissa Scott

The Promises of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 21st, 2010

Now I go back to the promises, what He said and what He’s going to do. And why the promises of God? The promises of God are given to us, for us to ask intelligently for God’s will. Like a Last Will and Testament, God sat down, to be ludicrous, and He wrote these promises out as His Will, “I’ll leave this to my children. Aside from Jesus Christ, which is the first thing I gift to you, the rest of these things I write down as a Will” that, for example, “As thy day, so shall thy strength be.”

Pastor Melissa Scott believes that there are those who will take a promise and twist it “As thy day, so shall thy faith be.” No. “As thy day, so shall thy strength be.” I really have come to terms with this. You can wake up in the morning and not feel your best. It shouldn’t affect your Faith. Your Faith should still be strong even though your body feels weak. You go back to the same principle “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”

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Our Lord and Savior by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 14th, 2010

We owe a debt to our Lord and Savior we can never repay, the good news of Jesus Christ. What more did the first Church need? What more do we need? Just preach the Gospel. Just Faith, and “Faith” as the song says “in the promises.” That’s what I wanted to come talk about today, Faith in the promises.

Pastor Melissa Scott explains that when it comes to the promises of God, some want to reach into the promises of God like reaching in for a tissue out of a box. The Bible says “All the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen,” in Christ, II Corinthians 1:20. Some people go to the promises and there’s an element missing. This is why the world out there is preaching to reach in and grab for a promise, they are reaching for a promise without Christ. For you who have been taught in the Word, you know ‘Christ is formed in your heart by faith.’ How do you get ‘in Christ’? By hearing the Word of God. It’s always the circle that comes back to the same place, but how do you know if you’re not taught?

So I come back to the beginning, I assume that most people know the starting point of our Faith is Christ—preach Christ. Okay, Christ walked the earth, made these claims about Himself, said He would raise on the third day and He did. So guess what? I’m more interested in what He said and what He did, and that He made good on them.

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A Beginning Bible Study Taught by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 11th, 2010

 

Pastor Melissa Scott discusses the book of Genesis, the book of beginnings. I did a very deep study with some of you in that first book of the Bible. No matter how many times I study Genesis, I begins to clarify all the issues in life. Let’s address the question, “Who is God and what’s He like?” We first encounter Him in Genesis as Creator, the great creative force that spoke everything into being. Now, you’ve got to cross a Rubicon, and that is you actually have to believe that this is true. I’ve heard many people say, “Well, Genesis is merely a collection of old stories, the patchwork of things accumulated.” And this is what I would say; it would be impossible for it to  appear  otherwise. If I could follow you and record your everyday life and everything you did, everything you ate, and every place you went, we’d have volumes of books all about the minutest details of your life. We’d have volumes and volumes, right? Well now imagine if God would have had every minute of every hour recorded in a book – we would not be able to carry it around!

But we do have a record of who God is in the creation. He spoke and out of absolutely nothing – everything. We encounter Him again in the Genesis record very early on as the Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters (Gen. 1:2) If that is true, then the same God that spoke the worlds into being, the same God that created, the same God that breathed life into His creation, that Spirit that was on the waters, the same God that created Adam in His image and likeness is in our midst. Not just in this room, but everywhere you go. And if you have faithed on the Lord Jesus Christ, you have received His Spirit, which makes you just as able as the next person to read and understand and grow in God’s Grace.

I speak as a person who loves Jesus and who understands that without His Word, without a relationship, without praying, without learning and developing through this Word, you cannot grow.

God created Adam in His image and likeness. Adam was given free will and the ability to choose. Free will means that there’s more than one choice. There’s God’s way and there’s our way. And that’s how the Bible defines sin. The Bible does not define sin as what you do or don’t do. The Bible defines sin as going your own way and that’s what Adam and Eve did. They went their own way. That’s basic Christianity, but absolutely needed to build a foundation on because at this juncture some people may still be saying, “Well, the Bible’s not relevant to me.” Yes it is because you’re given the same free will to make the same choices. You’re given the same ability to go God’s way or your way. You’re no different than the first Adam and Eve in the Bible. The thing that amazes me about this is that we have the same liberty, the same freedom and we misuse it the same way. By the time we reach the age of adulthood most of us have really messed up our lives. That’s just a fact. Some more than others, some have better battle scars than others, but the fact of the matter is we’ve all put mileage on this body and it will wear out.

 

 

Pastor Melissa Scott