Archive for August, 2011

The Living God by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 30th, 2011
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Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that there is a funny thing in that passage, if you read it closely, Paul says to Philemon ‘whatever he stole, it’s an IOU, I’ll make good on it.’ He also says ‘I don’t see how it could be an IOU,’ because if you look closely you’ll see Philemon was a convert of Paul. So in essence he’s saying ‘I don’t know how it could be an IOU because basically you’re indebted to me.’ By the way, Paul subsequently says to Philemon ‘He’s profitable for me now. Take him back and don’t take him back as a slave, take him back as though you are receiving me.’ We are very much like Onesimus this way.

We are slaves to the flesh, we are slaves to the world, but if we can run away and get to the place where we can really hear the Gospel being preached, God’s Word and not some gimmickry, there’s hope. I’m tired of hearing people talking about seed faith and about the prosperity doctrine. Do you remember the phrase “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”? How many remember that? Show me your hands. If we put that to God it would be “Ask not what you can do for God, but what God can do for you.” That’s the society we live in. Instead of being servants of the Living God, we want the Living God to be our servant.

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

His blood by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 22nd, 2011
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We have to keep going to find out. In the Arabic, we have here be- ha- n- l- n- a- a- l- f- d- a- b- d- m- h- we’ll put a little “a” there, wa- sa- wasa- hfa- ha- a- al- ha- fa- wa- a- tsa-. I only put half of the sentence here because it’s the only part that I really need. So, “in Him,” which is the same thing; in fact, the letters are very similar. The “b” and the aspirate for ha behet or bo and this word here, which in fact you’ll see the similarity between the Arabic and the Hebrew.

This word yano, it looks like nol, nolna to us, and this word should be very familiar to you, with Dr. Scott showing you and teaching you from the Arabic al feda, “redemption.” It is the same word being translated. It’s not equivalent in its value, but it certainly does give the right picture, “redemption,” al feda. In what? In bedama, the same thing, “in the blood.” So they’re all saying the same thing. We have the same thing. Let me just pick it right here from the Ethiopic: bedamu, this makes it “of His blood,” “the blood of Him,” or “His blood” for the Ethiopic.

Pastor Melissa Scott

The power of God to transform a life by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 18th, 2011
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And I’m going to say again, like I said about sainthood, about saints: There are people who are going to say, “There is no possible way that He could have chosen me; God can choose everybody else.” Did you notice? Some of you maybe have been Christians for a long time, so it doesn’t hit you as much as it’s hit me, the realization of what double-standard society we live in, that in essence, “Everybody else can be chosen, but I can’t.” That’s the society we live in. In fact, I made a comment to somebody about when we were at San Quentin. Society rejects the idea of the power unto salvation, the power of God to transform a life.

Society rejects that because if you are not born into the church as a second generation, or if you’re not born into the church as a child growing up who never knew anything else, you become looked at differently: “God couldn’t have possibly chosen you.” He absolutely did. He chose you and spoke your name; He spoke my name and chose me. And there are many people who fight and buck the tide, but eventually, it’s like I said about these people who are responding and saying, “I want to come home now.” You can do stupid things. God gives us freedom; we’re not wind-up toys. He gives us the freedom to make mistakes. He gives us the freedom to do stupid things because we are human.

Pastor Melissa Scott

Spirit of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 11th, 2011
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Q. So I just asked you about the Old Testament examples of firstfruits. What about the New Testament examples?

A. Well, it’s totally irrelevant to the New Testament because they were not yet taught on all the principles of the Old Testament. It took time to fill in their understanding. They had the Spirit of God in them, which is the spirit of giving. In fact, II Corinthians 8 says that the proof positive that we have the genuine Spirit of God in us is the way we give. God loves the hilarious giver. God gave His Son and His Son gave His life. If the Spirit of God is in us, we have the mind of Christ and it makes givers out of us. The New Testament Christians gave EVERYTHING! So to preach the tithe to them was meaningless, because they had already given one hundred percent. The firstfruits were meaningless, because they had already given the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth fruits. They gave it all. Now, some say that tithing is not a New Testament doctrine. That’s false. Jesus said concerning the tithe, “This ye ought to have done.” (Matthew 23:23) It is evidenced by the detail in which the Pharisees kept the tithe of every little unit that they figured the ten percent on. But it really has no meaning in the teaching of the New Testament because they gave one hundred percent. It’s only as you begin to understand the full principle of giving from the Old Testament that you understand the tithe becomes a ceiling on the giving, and there’s a first, second and third tithe. They gave the first tithe, which is ten percent of all that they have. The second tithe is ten percent on all your earnings, and the third tithe they laid aside to pay the bill to go to the three great feasts in Jerusalem every year. In modern times, it is laid aside to pay your gas and your expenses of going to and from the House of God to keep your worship going. New Testament Christians gave it ALL! That wasn’t God’s plan because He doesn’t want it all. He wants the tithe and He wants to bless what we are allowed to keep with His blessing. He will curse what we have until you will be cursed with one hundred percent. You would make a lot more with the blessing of God on the ninety percent after tithing and firstfruits.

Pastor Melissa Scott