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Rejoice! by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 24th, 2015
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Paul could say, “Rejoice,” because God was with him in prison.
He got out of that prison where he wrote to the Philippians.
Years later he was in jail again; and he would not be
delivered from that one. But, undaunted, he could say,
“I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is
able to keep that which I have committed unto him
against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12) 

Pastor Scott continues: That is the law of the Spirit to you
today. You can rejoice in all things. “Again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known.” Let the world know you live with
the expectancy of the Lord. Do not be beaten down with even
one little anxious care. In its place, release praise,
supplication and thanksgiving. Tell the Lord what you
want and then let His angels “garrison your hearts and
your minds with the peace of God, which passeth
understanding.” We can “do all things through Christ.”
Do you believe it? Pastor Melissa Scott asked.  Well then, “Let your moderation be known.”
And don’t you be anxious!

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God Repeats Himself by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 28th, 2014
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You have heard me say that when God repeats Himself, I pay
attention. In John 16:32, Jesus is giving His farewell messages to His
disciples. He says, “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye
shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and
yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.”

In the preceding verses, He had described horrible persecutions and trouble that will come upon them. He says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye
might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation”; this is a
certainty. “But be of good cheer.” Circle that word cheer. “I have
overcome the world.”
Go to Acts 23. Here is the one “born out of due time.” Paul had
felt led of the Lord to go to Rome. He had written from Corinth that he
was not ashamed of the gospel; it was the power of God unto salvation.
He had sent a letter to Rome to assure them that he intended to come. He
set out on his way, and he stopped at the house of a man named Philip.

A prophet named Agabus bound Paul with cords and prophesied that he
would be bound if he went to Jerusalem. The Christians didn’t want him
to go. Paul was sure he was in God’s will and that was the way to go.
When he arrived, he was brought before the chief priests and the council.
In Acts 23:10, there arose such a dissension, the chief captain feared “lest
Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them.”

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The Tragedy and Hope of Jonathan’s Example by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 15th, 2013
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“David was in the wilderness” in trouble and Jonathan went to him there “into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said unto him, Fear not.” Jonathan encouraged David. “The hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee.” Jonathan puts himself down under David. “And that also my father knoweth.”

Jonathan was a friend in need; he was a believer, one who expected to make it in. “And they two made a covenant before the LORD.”

But here is the tragic word: “And David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.” He loved David, but when the crux of the decision came, “David abode in the woods, Jonathan went to his house”: he went back to the house of Saul. He wouldn’t make that total, complete, 100 percent commitment and identification with David in the wilderness where he was. He went back to the house of Saul; he died with Saul on Mount Gilboa.

I am not talking about the man Jonathan’s eternal position in the Kingdom. I am talking about the drama God made him play. The friend in his friendship wasn’t enough. He wouldn’t make the 100 percent commitment. Yet he made it in.

Read 1 Samuel 22 closely: “David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam.” Now focus in on the second verse: “And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented….” Isn’t that a miserable band.

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