Melissa Scott Wescott Christian Center

May 28, 2010

About the Psalm 23 by Pastor Melissa Scott

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In fact there’s a little story to what happened here. When the Jews were carried away, and we know from that call for those people to come back and rebuild, Cyrus, heathen king says, “Let them come back and rebuild.” We have the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah that chronicle those that came back and those who built. And by the way some of you may know this but the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah were actually one Book, the Book of Ezra. It was actually Jerome who split them into two and named the Book of Nehemiah as it appears now; because originally, as he received it, in his Latin Vulgate, it was one Book describing the return of those and in fact the book of the law is found and recovered and read for the for the first time in the synagogue or in the place designated, the place of worship in those books.

So we know that there were priests and prophets who could read the Hebrew tongue. But guess what? Over the course of time so many that were carried away, a new generation, did not speak or read the Hebrew tongue. And, in fact, spoke, whether it was Aramaic, if their language was of another tongue, in the area where they were carried away, if you consider that region they do not necessarily preserve their mother tongue nor the ability to understand, therefore when the text, when the scroll is being read is widely held that either out of Exodus or Leviticus where it says regarding the name of God that they read it erroneously because they did not know how to pronounce and therefore it became that we should not speak its name. But that’s not what the word of God says. They understood it that way.

It was perpetuated that way and it has stayed that way with the Jewish people. So a little idea, a little glimpse at some of these texts from the Geniza in Cairo reveal that in fact there was not always this taboo against speaking the name of Yahweh. And the other thing before forget that perplexed me about this Geniza find is remnants of a Koran, believe it or not, in the upper room in the synagogue. 

May 21, 2010

The Book of Hebrews by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Some make the mistake of trying to define Faith by Hebrews 11:1. You read Hebrews 11:1, what does it say? “Faith is,” what? “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” but it does not define Faith. And, paradoxically, if you’re going to grab a promise, Faith transubstantiates the promise.

Pastor Melissa Scott is going to use an analogy of something and then going to get to the message. Jesus said ‘Except ye become like children,’ you’ll read the passage in Mark 10:15. Then you read Paul in Ephesians 4:14 saying ‘Be no more like children, tossed with the doctrine to and fro.’ They’re not contradicting each other. Jesus says ‘Except you be like children,’ ‘hear the voice of your Father, listen and obey.’ Paul is saying ‘once you come to know that voice, quit running around for some other doctrine.’ That is like a child looking for different toys to play with. Once you know where you’re going, quit looking for something else. Listen to the voice of the Sayer, grab hold of it, that’s that! That’s what Ephesians 4:14 is saying.

May 14, 2010

God’s Grace by Pastor Melissa Scott

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I still live in the same flesh that I lived in when I didn’t know or understand anything about God. I haven’t received new skin (flesh). But I am a new creature in Christ Jesus. By His power I am made whole and He has washed my sins away. That brings us to Romans 7:15, “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.” Maybe I will help somebody get delivered from the doctrine of ‘perfectionism.’ I’m still a sinner being saved by God’s Grace and I’m not afraid to admit it. Thank God for I Corinthians 15:54 where it says until “this mortal shall put on immortality.” No one wants to read that because they want it ‘Zap’—right now. Until “this mortal puts on immortality,” that tells you it’s not going to happen here. I am a work in progress.

Pastor Melissa Scott teaches us that the promise of God “As thy day, so shall thy strength be.” That’s a wonderful promise for us because you know there are days, and today was one of them, I just felt miserable this morning. I really felt bad, but by Faith I’m here. “The steps of a good man or woman are ordered by the LORD.” So what happens when you fall? Well, I know you’ve all been taught ‘Get up and point in the right direction.’ But if “the steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD” and you take a fall, what then? These are all the principles we’ve been taught. We can go back to Isaiah 50 and say don’t doubt in the dark what God showed you in the light, “Trust in the name of the LORD.”

May 11, 2010

A Beginning Bible Study Taught by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Pastor Melissa Scott asks the question, Do you need the Bible? Yes. God sees what’s in man’s heart as evil. Is that a fair God? A fair God that would cast out the first family from the Garden? Is that a fair God that would Noah. God’s going to start over with eight people. He sends the floodwaters, has Noah put the animals in as they’re paired, to be spared to start anew. But one problem: sin was already on board that ark and it was merely going to be perpetuated. The floodwaters could not wash clean what was already imbedded in man’s heart. Oh, you’re saying that God’s working it out as He goes? No, I’m telling you the history of mankind because we’re never satisfied, as many chances and as many displays of God’s goodness and His power as we’re given, we never come to the knowledge of what God has always been saying from the beginning, “What I desire is sons and daughters who will trust Me.” 
 
He is our provider. He knows our needs. I would go so far as to say there are many people who don’t have bread to put on their table in America while some who fancy themselves Christians talk about prosperity. That’s the reality check the Church in America needs. Not how to find a God who will bestow and meet every single, over-and-above want that you have. The God I serve and the God I preach about, He does provide all of your needs, your spiritual needs. He provides healing, He provides a second, third, fourth, fifth, tenth, twentieth chance if you’ll just turn back to Him.
 
Keep reading your Bible and you will eventually get to Moses. God provides a deliverer and this is how He is going to deliver the people, but it’s never enough. “I’m going to provide you a way, I’m going to give you a Holy Law, I’m going to give you something you can follow now this time folks. It’s going to be a check list of things that you can or cannot do and you’ve just got to follow them.” But no one could do it, so we’re still in a bad situation. Now, I’m sure for a lot of people who have heard the message that’s in the Bible, they say, “Well, I think God’s kind of unfair. You know, He should give some of us a break because we’re not as bad as some other folk.” No, we’re worse. That’s the real problem.
  
Kings and prophets and judges proclaimed the same message over and over again, “Turn back to God, turn back to God. He’ll give you another chance, He’ll let you start over. Turn back to God.” And how many times did it take for the people to be carried away into captivity, carried away into bondage, carried away, carried away, carried away? There was a simple solution all along, but no one would hear it.

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