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The Pastor's Corner - 08.21.2016

Rev. Rollin Mitchell

"When he heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the place where he was." John 11:6

Mary and Martha have sent word to Jesus: "he whom thou lovest is sick." They thought Jesus would drop everything and rush to the side of his devoted friend, Lazarus. But Jesus "abode two days still." We are sure this wait must have dumbfounded the two sisters. Why would Jesus tarry when they needed Him to come in a hurry?

Lazarus was allowed to die of his sickness so the disciples would "believe." Mary and Martha didn't know the reason, nor the final outcome. All they knew was they were waiting, and seemingly the wait was useless. Lazarus was buried, and still Jesus hadn't come. Why? That was the question. Why had Jesus tarried?

We, too, are often waiting for Jesus to come to our aid as well. We wonder why he waits to help in our newest emergency. But, like Mary and Martha, we will someday see that the tarrying was for the best. At times, it takes years for the purpose to be revealed. There may be things that only eternity will reveal.

- Rollin Mitchell

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The Pastor's Corner - 08.14.2016

Isaiah 37:4 "It may be the Lord thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh... Wherefore, lift up thy prayer..."

In this passage, King Hezekiah has had bad news from the king of Assyria. The king of Assyria has made the boast that the Lord will not be able to deliver them out of his hands. The situation is desperate. The odds are alarming. But the words of verse 4 are ringing true even today: "It may be the Lord..."

There are voices today that have belittled the Lord's power. The armies of Satan himself have beset the church and the saints. What is your situation? "It may be the Lord..."

In verse 7, the Lord has something to say. "Behold, I will send a blast upon him." The bold and blasphemous Assyrian king goes home and is slain in his own country, and Hezekiah and Israel didn't even have to lift a sword. God had turned their situation around for His glory.

"It may be the Lord..." will work out your problem as well.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 08.07.2016

I Kings 19:5 - "And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold then an angel touched him..."

This Scripture finds Elijah in a desert place in an exhausted state. He needed answers, and it seems he feels abandoned. Things hadn't turned out like he had anticipated. Then he is touched by an angel.

Being touched by an angel is not just an Old Testament happening. Many angelic visits occurred in the Old Testament, but Peter was touched by an angel in prison in the New Testament. Angelic touches always produce results. Angels are God's special messengers

If you are in the desert, look for a special touch. If you are in a prison of sorts, trapped by circumstances, look for a touch. Elijah's visit resulted in a heavenly meal that he went on the strength of for 40 days. That's powerful sustenance. That same angel is no doubt still making desert house calls. The angel that visited Peter was a looser of chains. When he called, chains fell off. No doubt that angel is still making prison visits to those who find themselves bound by various circumstances. In the desert? In Prison? Wait for the touch.

- Rollin Mitchell