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.

Fishing for Men and Women by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 12, 2012 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 
Pastor Scott teaches Sundays at Faith Center, Glendale CA

Pastor Melissa Scott teaches

I’m searching for men and women today.  But I’m fishing for the real trophies: the the uncommon kind of person who is not satisfied with the ordinary. So much of life squeezes everybody into the ordinary.

I don’t know what modern society would do with some of the “heroes of faith” if one were to come in and say that a bush talked to him. Or if another (Balaam, not a hero of faith) were to come in and say that his donkey talked to him. But God’s ways are not our ways. (Isaiah 55:8)

God needs some people who are willing to give it their all.

There is a strange saying in the Gospel of John, at the end of chapter 2, speaking of Jesus: “When he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”

Pastor Scott continues . . . In the name of evangelism, some people forever picture God, or our Lord, hesitantly waiting outside a heart’s door begging to come in. This is why, in our services, we have added the chorus “He is Lord” to the chorus “He’s the Savior of My Soul.” In the eagerness to get the good news out, we may caricature the fact that God comes in love. He comes to us in love, but He doesn’t come begging.