The word for “forgiveness” by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 25, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off 

The qana is what you paid. We have here this word, and I’m going to phonetically write it so you can see it, porqana, being translated “redemption.” And in the redemption, qana, part of what is already inside the redemption is the price paid. So I like the Syriac because it encapsulates the whole thing. Which is what? What is the price paid? “In his blood” or “the blood of Him.” You’re going to love this: shubqana. You know that word in the Hebrew, shub: “to turn from… to.” It’s right here, shubqana, when it says, “we have to us the redemption in his blood, forgiveness.”

The word for “forgiveness” being used here: shubqana. There’s something about this word that doesn’t cut it for “forgiveness.” Forgiveness: that’s something we should all learn about. This is Dictionary of Word Origins, by John Ayto, pilfered from my husband’s library. The word forgive, from the Old English forgiefan, is what is known technically as a calque or a loan translation. That is, it was created by taking the component parts of a foreign word, translating them literally, and then putting them back together to form a new word.

Grow as a Christian by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 21, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

It’s not only in the barroom and the gambling dens. Sin is behind the counter. It’s in front of the counter. Sin is in the palace, in the hovel, in the city, in the country. Sin is in the state. It’s in the church. Sin is in the legislator, the judge, the jury, the clerk and the constable. Sin in confessional. Sin in cloister, clergymen, laymen. Sin in the little child and man with gray hairs. A race marked with sin. For there is not a just man upon who doeth good and sinneth not. A race marked with sin. Thus saith the Lord whose words standeth forever. The conscience of a man who bears witness also persons are found who in resisting the appeals of God’s messengers say ‘I do not know that I am a sinner.’ They acknowledge sin in all others, though professed blind to its existence in themselves.’

I could go on and read but I’m going to stop. I may come back to this. As I grow as a Christian I begin to notice something. We – let me go back to before I knew the Lord – I was impervious to my condition. You could try and tell me anything you’d want to say. I was impervious to it. And amazingly impervious to my own condition like most people are, but guess what? My vision of me may be impervious or blurred, but my spectacles to sit and judge somebody else; man those are in good focus. Okay. Yes those that hee-hee-hee but you know who you are.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that now this is a simple basic Christianity message but the flip side is: it’s really not. It’s one of those theological nightmares that have split the church. I started at the beginning. Remember my focus is to teach people to be able to partake together.