Sometimes God Seems to Overact by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 24, 2015 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Sometimes God seems to overact.

There are times I wish God would have knocked me down like He knocked Paul down. God knocked him off of his animal and shined a light and made
him blind, then sent him to a man who had never seen him before who
would tell him everything about him, lay hands on him, pray for him and
he would see again.

That would make a quick believer out of anybody!

When I was doubting, I wanted to find something Thomas had said, and
speak with him. It looks to me like God didn’t quite tighten the screws
on Thomas the way He did on Paul. He boxed Paul in. With others He
deals more gently.

I do not understand the mystery of God’s initiative. I am not a
predestinarian; God leaves room for decision and freedom, but the
initiative starts in God’s sovereign will. It is embodied and immortalized
in that poem about “The Hound of Heaven.” God goes after a man. It
might come from a contact with someone who starts jarring your frame
and opening your eyes, or it might go to the extreme, as in the case of
Paul, where God literally knocks you down or checks you and brings
you to a dead stop on your trail. But anywhere God comes into a life, it
is not an accident. David said, “Where is he?”

In the New Testament, the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10) God is the seeker. The first question God asks man in the Bible is “Where are you?”

Now, I could preach for an hour on “the unpardonable sin.” I have heard evangelists trying to scare people to death with stories of someone on a deathbed wanting to come to God, but who could not come. Just scratch that out of your theological portfolio, will you?

The devil is sure not going to make you want to come! Jesus said, “No man
comes unless the Father draws him.” I do not really know what the unpardonable sin is. The Pharisees were guilty of crediting Beelzebub,
the devil, with the acts of Jesus. When Jesus said there is an
unpardonable sin, He referenced that act. Another place in the New
Testament speaks of a “sin unto death.” (1 John 5:16)

The book of Hebrews speaks of those acts for which there is no remission of sin. There are lots of different expressions in the New Testament that speak
of putting one beyond the pale. In Romans 1 and 2, Paul speaks of
believers who know better, but persist in their sins until after a while
God turns them over to a strong delusion, they believe a lie and are
damned; God leaves them alone.

The Altar: Place of Sacrifice by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 24, 2015 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 
His wife was beautiful. He was afraid he might be killed in that
heathen land by someone who wanted his wife, so he had her agree
with him they would tell a lie and say she was his sister. So lack
of faith produced the circumstance of fear, which produced a
situation of sinful lying. It almost cost him his life.
Pharaoh was more honest than Abram and asked him why he had told
such a lie, and then Pharaoh sent him away with his wife.

Genesis 13 finds Abram returning to the place: “Abram went up
out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot
with him...he
went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the
place....”

Circle those words, “unto the place where his tent had been
at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai; Unto the place....”
Circle those words again, “unto the place of the altar.”
(Genesis 13:1-4)

Abram returned from the place of his sin, and where did he
return? “Unto the place of his tent” and
“unto the place of the altar.”

The tent and the altar characterize Abram’s life, and that is not an
accident. A tent was always ready to move and Abram’s
characteristic was that of obedient following of the Lord.

The tent characterized that state of mind of submission to
God’s leading: wherever He said, “Strike the tent and go,” he
went. An altar is always a place of death in God’s book. 

It is a place where God’s rights are recognized, our rights are
denied and our lack of rights recognized. An altar is a place
of sacrifice, where one gives up and God receives. It is a
place where you recognize God has the right to do what He wills.
You give up the right to any claims on yourself and you die
a “living death” in the expression of obedience to God as
you offer a sacrifice in your place.

God’s Nature in the Stuff of History by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 3, 2015 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 
Jesus was a friend of sinners: He loved them. I want the 
world to know we love them. We don’t have to condone their sin;
we don’t have to wrap holy robes around ourselves. I don’t think
Jesus made a big deal out of His spirituality. I don’t believe
we have to make people so uncomfortable with our presence all
the time.
If you have God in you, you do not have to work so hard to
announce it. You will be different, because “He that saith he
abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he
walked.” If you are totally committed to Him, if nothing
matters as much to you in this life as doing God’s will, then
that will make you different. His burden will consume
you. You will be aware of His presence in the ordinary stuff
of the day when you iron clothes in the home, when you drive
down the freeway and when you work on the job. The majority
of this community will never come to hear a preacher preach,
but they will watch your sermon, that bringing of God’s
nature into the stuff of history.