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Rev. Rollin Mitchell

Acts14:22. "...and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."

This is not what we really want to hear. But it is God's way. It is the driving winds and violent storms that make a tree have deeper roots. Even so, God has ordained that we will enter Heaven only through the gate of much tribulation. But, He has also promised His abundant grace, and His abiding presence to be with us in all our troubles.

When tornados threaten, we run to a safe place to wait out the storm. In our tribulations, we run to Him for safety, and we are closer to Him then. Too oft we think that because we are His children, we will not need suffer tribulation. This is not true. We forge ahead, knowing that the road we are on is the well blazed path that other saints have trod before us, and we see the road sign says "tribulation."

Stay on the path, Heaven is just ahead.

- Rollin Mitchell

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Rev. Rollin Mitchell

Psalm 4:1 "...Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress..."

The evil deed of Joseph's brothers was turned to good for him in Egypt.

In this verse, we find the rescue plan of God in the life of the Psalmist. The word distress here denotes a narrow place, a tight spot. Many times David was in a tight spot during his life, and God came to his rescue.

How often we also find ourselves in a tight spot, a narrow place. These places are a distress to us, and we know not where to turn. We seem hedged in. But our God enlarges our place and enlarges us. We become bigger people when we have passed through our distress. We are enlarged. We have grown spiritu-ally. None of us like the feeling of being in the narrow place, but after God comes, we breathe more comfortably, and the terror of the tight spot is taken away. We find ourselves resting in Him - having gained spiritual weight.

- Rollin Mitchell

Genesis 50:21 "...but God meant it unto good..."

The evil deed of Joseph's brothers was turned to good for him in Egypt.

Many times, we too are tossed about with things in our lives that seem to us to be evil indeed. What good could come of this? These are the words we often say. However, we must behold the weaver’s loom and see the dark threads mixed with the bright ones and take notice of a finished product that is beauti-ful to behold.

We are besieged with dark threads, and they seem to come in balls, like yarn. The enemy never lets us see the many bright and cheerful colors that will make the tapestry brilliant and wonderful. From Job, we learn to take good and bad from the hand of the Lord, because He has a divine purpose in mind that we don't or can't understand.

- Rollin Mitchell

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