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The Pastor's Corner - Rev. Rollin Mitchell

Rev. Rollin Mitchell

Isaiah 41:10 "Fear thou not..."

All through the Bible, there is time and time again this friendly and helpful admonition, "Fear thou not..." This is because life is full of fears of various kinds. Everyone is made up differently, but most people have things that they fear. Sometimes, when we are younger, we fear things that later do not make us afraid. Then, as we grow older, we have fears that we didn't have when we were young. Then there is situational fear. Things at that moment and time bring fear that later or before wouldn't have. I think the truth is...we all have fears, and many times Satan uses these to hinder us and dismay us. But this verse also says, "I am with thee.." It is amazing, but some of our fears are relieved when we have someone with us. God says "I'm here!" and things are better already. Just as our presence brings comfort to a fearful child, even so the Presence of God brings us comfort in our fearful times.

- Rollin Mitchell

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The Pastor's Corner - 6.21.2015

Isaiah 30:18 "And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you..."

Sometimes, we wonder what God is up to, and why He doesn't choose to show Himself in what we feel is a timely manner. We really can't see why He wouldn't move in our behalf. But He chooses to wait, because He sees what is ahead, and we don't. Many times, we see His delay in answering as bad news. We just don't understand His workings, because we live in a time conscious world, whereas in Heaven, no one ever gets nervous or watches the clock.

This Scripture tells us why God chooses to move slowly or delays to come to our aid quickly... He wants to be gracious, He wants to be exalted, He wants to be merciful. He wants us to be blessed. All these things appear later in this same verse. Wait upon the Lord. It's a hard lesson, but this verse promises victory when we do.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 6.07.2015

Judges 16:6: "....tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth..."

In this verse, we have Delilah, the temptress, trying to entice Samson to give up his secret. Samson was endowed with a God-given strength that was purposed to deliver Israel. Instead, he became sidetracked by his own lust. While his vow was intact, he was strong. Everyone knew Samson was gifted with superhuman strength. But how? That was the question the Philistines wanted the answer to. Delilah’s question was not a subtle one. Verse 6 also includes the words "..bound to afflict.."

Satan's desire for each of us is similar to Delilah's. However, our secret is well known. David said "my help cometh from the Lord." Even so, Satan desires that we too, like Samson, will give in and give up our secret strength. Beware of his wiles.

- Rollin Mitchell

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