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The Pastor's Corner - Rev. Rollin Mitchell

Rev. Rollin Mitchell

Romans 1:7: "To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints; ....."

Paul is here telling the church folks in Rome that they are beloved of God. Beloved means "well loved," so then, he is telling them that they are "well loved." When I think of "well loved," I think of a favorite toy, or stuffed animal that has had so much attention from a child that it is bedraggled and worn. It means that toy has been in the presence of that child so much, it now has become well worn by the hands of that child, being with that child day and night. That's us... We are "well loved" by the God of Heaven. Then, the next phrase says, "called to be saints." In some faiths, you can't be a saint unless you are dead, and have so many miracles you have done in your lifetime. But Paul is telling the Roman church that they are called to be saints. That phrase literally means that they are "Invited to be most holy." It is an invitation to Holiness.

On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the invitation of Christ to the early church to enter into Holiness. We are also able to enter in as well.

- Rollin Mitchell

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The Pastor's Corner - 5.17.2015

Acts 4:22 "....and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."

Paul has just been stoned, as it were, to death. Yet he rises up, and continues on his journey the next day. He is confirming, exhorting, and ordaining, two verses later. He says more or less, by the way, the only way to heaven is through much tribulation. This comes from the man who would eventually spend years in prison for his faith. Have we fallen prey to the belief that after you are saved, everything is hunky-dory? Heaven is real and so are the trials along the way. But the prize is well worth the struggle. Do you think you are the only one that has trials? Think again. The road to Heaven passes through tribulation. It's the only way. Watch for others on the way and help one another. We can be more mindful of others when we are not focusing on ourselves as much. The songwriter says in the song— It's Not an Easy Road ... "But Jesus walks beside us, and brightens the journey, and lightens every heavy load."

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 5.10.2015

Proverbs 31:30: "...... But a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."

As we reflect on our Mothers today, there are many wonderful memories that we all have. Many mothers will be remembered for their homemaking skills, their baking and cooking ability, their beautiful hand work, and the list goes on. I had a wonderful mother. She was a prize winner. She was a Proverbs 31 mother. It seems like Proverbs 31 was written for her, and about her. For this, I praise the Lord. My Mother is in heaven, now. This is her 4th Mother's Day there. Her life was characterized by her fear of the Lord. This is the praiseworthy goal that every Mother should strive for.

- Rollin Mitchell

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