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Rev. Rollin Mitchell

Hebrews 12:1 "Let us lay aside every weight... And run with patience the race that is set before us."

What are the weights in our lives? We notice the verse also says, "...And the sin..." So, we must conclude that the weight that is mentioned is not sinful, but perhaps something else that is holding us back in some way. Many find themselves held back by doubts. For others, it is worry. For others, it is an anxious spirit that troubles. For another, it may be fear; for someone else, insecurity; for another, loneliness. But, this verse admonishes us to lay aside EVERY weight. For many, laying these weights aside is easier said than done, however, we know it is possible. Then run the race lighter and with patience.

- Rollin Mitchell

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Proverbs 6:20 - "My son, keep thy father's commandment..."

Today, our hearts turn toward our fathers. For some. It's only a trip down memory lane. For others, there is still life, and memories to be made today with dad. It has been said that we all form our thoughts toward God the way we saw our fathers. We don't intend it that way, but that's the way it happens. For those who had a wonderful father, then they will view God in the same way. For those who had an inattentive father, then the same happens. For those who have had a cruel father, then they have so much to work through, and they learn to trust God, but slower, etc. While all this may or may not be so, we have seen it play out in so many lives. So, we admonish the fathers today to remember that you have a big job to fill. We have only one chance to get it right. We all need God's help to make it happen.

Happy Father's Day to all!

- Rollin Mitchell

"Peter was therefore kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him." Acts 12:5

In this verse, Peter is in the inner hold of the prison, and 16 guards have watched over him. He was bound with chains, behind the strong prison gates. "But prayer" was being made for him. This prayer was so strong, it moved God to deliver Peter. He soon found himself outside the prison gates, hardly knowing himself what had happened.

The secret was prayer. Prayer is the bridge that spans every gulf. We do not fully realize the power of our supernatural weapon - prayer. We must not limit God through unbelief. He is able to answer exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or expect.

- Rollin Mitchell

Joshua 4:7 "...these stones shall be for a memorial..."

This weekend, we are observing Memorial Day. This day started out as Decoration Day in 1868. It was started to decorate and honor the 620,000 men who died in the Civil War. The war was very fresh, and hardly a family in America was untouched by death. Later, the day was expanded to honor all the war dead, and eventually people began decorating the graves of all their relatives and friends on that day. The name was changed to Memorial Day.

We honor all who have given their lives in the military on the last Monday of May. Let us remember them. Let us remember all the soldiers of the cross, who have given of themselves, so we may have our many freedoms in Christ, and our church as we know it. God bless their memory

- Rollin Mitchell

"Let us run with patience..." Hebrews 12:1

There is a difference between running and running with patience. So many times, we are guilty of running impatiently. We are in a hurry, and we want everything to go just right. Possibly we have not left on time, and now our own lack of planning or not starting out earlier has left us in a mood that is agitated. Perhaps others in the race are the problem. It is their fault that our patience has run low. Perhaps it's a wreck ahead, bad weather, or any number of things that make the trip a trial to us. Oh, that we will have the spirit of patience as we go about our way. Our fretting isn't making things better. Our impatience with others only leaves us agitated. Sometimes people run shy of our expectations for them. They have no idea of our expectations but we have set them, and they have not met them, and we are impatient for them to do better. All of this sounds funny, but it's true. Patience is a holy virtue that we need to study. We need to let patience have her perfect work. Let us run with patience, let her be our running partner. She will be our trainer and do us good.

- Rollin Mitchell

Psalm 109:4b "...but I give myself unto prayer."

In this verse, the Psalmist is overwhelmed with the onslaught of hateful words from his enemies. They have lied, they have railed against him, and rewarded him evil for good. But he says in this verse, I have given myself unto prayer.

Prayer doesn't always change our situation, but prayer does change us and the way we react. The atmosphere itself changes for us, and we sense that God is working - maybe not on others, but on us. It may be that He is also working on others as well. And, even if it seems to be a long valley, He has assured us and infused us with fresh confidence.

- Rollin Mitchell

Proverbs 31:27 "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness."

Today is the day we honor Mothers. Some time ago, we were at the humble home where the founder of Mother's Day lived. Her name is in the christening book in the church next door, which is now a holiness church. What an humble beginning - yet, now all across the United States, this day is observed.

All of us, who have lost our mothers, are able to call up memories of them today. We bless their memory. We honor those who are with us still, and as we grow older, we realize more and more their sacrifice. A Christian mother is the greatest blessing of any home and they pave the way for their children to know and serve God. We rejoice with them today, and take our hats off to them for their sacrifice and love.

- Rollin Mitchell

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

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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