Archive for May, 2010

Through the Book of Psalm by Pastor Melissa Scott

And I really truly began from the Old Testament to the New to see through and through it wasn’t just poetic. God was really trying to tell us something. Now sheep require of almost all of the livestock type animals, require the most care. And there’re certain things that are just germane to that species. They are silly, they are-I mean you to put food in an area. Pastor Melissa Scott shows us that unless you are leading them and going before them to show them where the food is, a lot of times they’ll just stay in one area and the ones that do wander off; I remember Dr. Scott telling a story about the imaginary fence.

He used to say that there was one sheep that jumped over what look like a fence but there was nothing there. And all the other sheep started jumping over the fence that wasn’t there. Sheep are flighty. They get scared and real quick. They’re fearful animals. If you’ve ever seen little children approach, you know sometimes they have them at petting zoos and you’ll see they’ll, unless they are really used to a lot of people, they will take off or they will get skittish. There’s just-they have a lot of qualities.

So God was not trying to be poetically kind when he said sheep. And then Jesus says, “My sheep know my voice.” In fact, even that is a remarkable testimony to a concept. You know we see sheep, lambs, young lambs, one-year-old and then they become sheep and as they get older obviously, and they usually marked in the ear. You’ll see cattle and sheep normally have the same thing. They’re hooked; they’re stapled or marked in the ear.

Nowadays they do it with a microchip I think but back when farming was still farming it was tagged. I find that even that is remarkable because how do we sheep come to hear the Master’s voice but by our ears. It’s like this ear has to be marked to be able to here. There are many things like that that I think is just no accident. But I began to look at Jesus talking speaking of Himself saying, “I am the good shepherd,” literally in the Greek it says, “I am the shepherd, the good.” And He refers to Himself as the door and any other door, if you come in by any other way you’re a thief and a robber.

Teaching Psalm 23 by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott shows us that when we meet people, we meet someone and we are introduced by name. We get to know someone, “Hi, I’m Mrs. and you’re Mr. Hello,” shake hands and we exchange names and we speak. And I get to know you and you get to know me first by our names. After a time the name really has little or nothing to do with getting to know me, it only helps to identify who I am as an individual. It requires relating conversing to get to know someone. And I began to try the process of explaining how these different words appearing in the Bible, how would I explain to people going on the auspices for example that perhaps there is those who, they don’t know Hebrew and they don’t understand necessarily why the King James translators or many other translations for that fact and matter have different words.

And that becomes very simple it seems at first blush to try and identify. We first encountered God in the Genesis passages, we encounter “In the beginning God,” and it is Elohim. I’ll put that in English, Elohim. When we trace the use of the word Elohim the first thing that is staggering is that God, when He spoke and created and formed through the 1st chapter of Genesis, we encounter God only.

In the creation account we only encounter Elohim, not this word here which is Yahweh, we say in English Jehovah. So in the creation account we encounter Elohim and in your King James Bible something peculiar for those folks who, who haven’t been around or haven’t heard the teaching you’ll find the capital G small o and d begins that whole passage. So every time that you encounter this word it’s going to look like this. And the design in the translation is to help distinguish between the different names of God.  We cannot define Got, but He’s revealed Himself to us. Who is Yahweh? Now we can make little definitions and little pictorial concepts but it doesn’t help me in relating.

And that’s where I began my quest, not just for the beginner to explain these different appearances but for even the most advanced and learned person.

Good sees Faith by Pastor Melissa Scott

He bids each one of us, and when we get out there we think it’s going to be a cakewalk and then suddenly it’s a lot tougher than we thought and instead of doing the things we know, we begin to revert back to leaning on the arm of the flesh and take our eyes off Jesus. Stay focused on Him!

Pastor Melissa Scott believes that ‘Underneath the everlasting strong arms,’ here you can be sure of one thing. He might have told you to come, and now you’re following and you can’t believe how hard the trip is, but don’t worry. Underneath His everlasting arms, those strong arms, He’s there and He’s not going to let you fall. That’s part of our Faith. Faith says “You know what? I’m never going to know what it’s like until in the midst of it all, having done all, I stand on His promises.” God sees Faith like that and honors it. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus-that’s Faith.

A Beginning Bible Study Taught by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott also wonders how Jesus walked on the water! We have mastered aerodynamics, flying. We’ve mastered some of the laws and theories of gravity, of splitting atoms. One thing we haven’t mastered yet is walking on water. Think about that for a minute! It’s still a great miracle to me. We encounter Jesus raising the dead, healing the sick. Blind eyes are opened. People who don’t have are provided for. That’s my Jesus! That’s the Jesus you can serve and love and worship, not some fictitious idea of what you think He should be. And when you really begin to get to know God, you realize how much you don’t know Him. The more you study His Word, the more you pray, the more you ask, the more you seek, you suddenly find out maybe you don’t know this God too much. Maybe you’ve boxed Him in for many years. I did; I boxed Him in thinking, “He can’t, He couldn’t, He won’t.” He does and He did! I’m living proof of it, trust me!

So, I want to just cover a few of the things that are accomplished by His shed blood and the Cross. And I’ll just tell you them briefly. In the book of Ephesians, it says, “Ye who were sometimes far off are now made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13) You were made close, you are drawn near by His blood, those that were far off. Now, please, don’t lie! How many people here, and I’m going to raise my hand first, how many were far off at some point in your life? That’s almost all of us. Thank God for the blood. “We have peace through the blood of His Cross” (Colossians 1:20). Ephesians talks about that blood and its redemptive power. In Romans, it declares that we’re spared from wrath because of our faith in Christ. Everything that is needed is provided through the blood, through the Cross, through His death, and through His Resurrection: every single thing. In Colossians, our sins are forgiven, a myriad number. In fact, I almost was tempted to go through the books and show you in each book how it displays some facet and some nature of Christ in forgiveness, in mercy, in compassion.

Now, if you have to go look elsewhere, I feel sorry for you. If you’ve got to go find something else to worship, I feel very sorry for you because all of our needs – when we are lonely we have a Comforter; when we are depressed He is our Uplifter; when we cannot see a way He makes a way; and  hen we don’t have He does provide – are met in Him. So, I’m just going to leave it at that. I don’t think I could say it any better. Grow in His Word!