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The Pastor's Corner - 01.15.2017

Rev. Rollin Mitchell

Ecclesiastes 9:10 "whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;...."

TIn this wisdom book, we find an admonition, and it applies all across the board in our lives - that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. We have known so many who have the "patch it up and get by" mentality. Nothing is done well or right, and everything is just rigged in some way to keep things going. While there may be emergency situations that warrant this kind of rigging, some have allowed it to become the norm for their lives.

When this is allowed to enter your spiritual life, it marks disaster. Many intend to get right with God later on in life, but never do. They set a course for themselves that is sure to spell a life of broken dreams, and they ingrain their "patch it up and go on" lifestyle in their children - and on the cycle goes. But you can break the cycle!

Fix it now and fix it right. Your eternity counts on it!

- Rollin Mitchell

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The Pastor's Corner - 01.08.2017

St. John 10:9 "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, He shall be saved..."

This verse plainly declares that there is salvation only through Christ Himself, and no other. Some will agree but still try to go through other doors to enter Heaven. Some try the door of good works. They have done many charitable things - helped many people. Some try the door of their own will. They have a measure of love for Christ but will not come to Him through salvation - but choose the door of their own will, their own religion, which they have concocted to soothe themselves. It is so sad to see folks trying various doors, which all lead to destruction, while the door to eternal life is well marked and highlighted with love.

It's time to enter the door which will ensure you a home in Heaven for eternity and set the path for your children to follow you. Why show your children the door to eternal loss as the one to enter? Be wise - enter the door of Salvation.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.01.2017

Matthew 13:52. "...Things new and old..."

In this Scripture, Jesus tells the story of a householder that has a treasury of things - both old and new. You can almost imagine the things that could be brought forth in those days.

AAs we look to this New Year, we are about to open it up, and see what it will bring forth from its treasury. We have valuable things we can bring out from the past - past blessings, good times, great services, dear friends, financial gains, safe travels, good health, a healing touch. There are also things that brought someone pain and hurt, disappointment, etc. but those things at times are to become a treasure that we never dreamed of. It is amazing how God takes hurtful things and later allows them to become treasured times to us. It doesn't always happen, but sometimes it does.

We can pull out old things, but now we are about to start pulling out new treasures. What things can become treasures to you, now, that you have overlooked in the past. It seems what I treasured in the past, now no longer seems as desirable. The older I become, my criteria for what treasure is has changed. So let's face this New Year with a heartfelt sense of what treasure really is.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.25.2016

Matthew 2:8 "...And when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."

These are the words of the murderous Herod. We know they ring with falsehood. His desire wasn't worship at all. He was on the throne, and he planned to stay there. He wanted the wisemen to pin point the baby that had been born a supposed king, so that he could destroy him. God knew his murderous intentions, and tells the wise men his heart. V. 13b "for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him." So there you have it. Herod was pretending worship. He would not give up his throne, his power, his glory. Without that, he could not truly worship another king. He would be king, and not another. All other Kings were in the way of himself being exalted, and he would not have that to be interrupted.

Are we not still there today? Many still pretend to come and worship, but they themselves are still on the throne of their lives. A threat to self is very real, so true worship is impossible. Jesus was a threat to Herod's grasp for power, and he must be eliminated. The radical left needs to eliminate God from everything. He is a threat to their kingship of doing what they want. Even so, the "casual Christian" pretends to worship but still maintains the throne of their heart.

I want to be found on duty as a faithful watcher.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.18.2016

Luke 2:25 "... Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: ..."

Simeon is one of the heroes of the Nativity of Jesus. While the chief priests and scribes seem surprised and uninterested at the announcement by the wise men that the star heralded a new born king, this old gentlemen was not surprised at all, but in fact, was anxiously waiting the child to arrive. Verse 26 tells us that the Holy Ghost Himself had revealed to him that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord's Christ. V. 27 says he came "by the Spirit into the temple." Simeon was just, devout, and waiting. His careful watchfulness was rewarded in his being one of the few to first see and believe in the Christ Child.

There is a lesson here for all of us. Only those who are just, devout, and waiting will see and behold His second coming as well. Do you fit the qualifications? It's time to get ready. Simeon was thrilled, and took Baby Jesus into his arms. I am sure his reception of the Baby was so precious to Mary and Joseph - the couple so poor, that they could only supply turtle doves for the occasion. It must have brightened their day.

I want to be found on duty as a faithful watcher.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.11.2016

Ruth 2:3 "...And her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech."

This is a story of sadness and misery. Ruth's husband has died very young, and she has ventured into strange territory with her bitter mother-in-law, Naomi. It seems all is lost; that her future is set. Yet on this day "her hap" is to light on a field belonging to Boaz. What she considered a "hap" or happen chance, was actually a detailed plan by the Holy Ghost to preserve the family blood line of the long awaited Messiah. Ruth ends up in marriage to Boaz, the wealthy land-owner. Her future is more brightened with baby Obed. Her mother-in-law's bitterness is reversed, the neighbors declare and predict that the baby's name will be famous in Bethlehem. Indeed, he would be the father of Jesse, who is the father of King David. However, trace the family line, and the most famous kinsman of all is found...Jesus.

What may seem to us at times may appear to be happenstance, but it may be the careful plans of the Holy Ghost Himself to bring about wonderful change in our lives.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.04.2016

St. Matthew 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

It is upon this verse that the Christian Faith has it's most basic foundation - the virgin birth. If one believes not the virgin birth, all is lost. It's upon this pivot point that our core beliefs rest. It was then, and is still impossible that a virgin can conceive a child. His father was the Holy Ghost. Jesus left the throne of God and became a baby born to peasant parents in an obscure, crumbling lair of shepherds. He would live thirty - three years and reveal to all who knew Him, what His Father was like. When Jesus wailed His first cry at His birth, God was indeed with us. When Jesus died on Calvary, He sent the promised Holy Ghost, who abideth with us forever. He speaks and draws men to Christ. The third person of the trinity is with us now. Make no mistake - we do the honorable thing by celebrating the birth of Jesus. The Christmas haters and nay - sayers' voices are drowned out by the crescendo of the redeemed of all the ages, the saints of God, and the Holiness people who have celebrated Christmas for generations. So, let us join with them to exalt Him.

- Rollin Mitchell