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The Pastor's Corner - 08.12.2017

Lamentations 3:26 "It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord."

In this verse, we are told that is good to do two things that most people find very hard - hope and wait. Many feel that they can not get a grip on hope. They have seen their hopes dashed and are not convinced that it does any good to keep hoping when nothing is forthcoming. Then also, for many, hope comes easily, but it's the waiting that has them troubled. We live in the "get it now" age. We rarely have to wait for anything. It seems that someone has figured out a way to hurry almost everything up nowadays. But those of us that know the Lord, know that one of God's favorite methods to teach his people is waiting. Abraham waited 100 years for Isaac, and Moses waited 40 years in the desert before he saw the burning bush. God wanted Joseph on the throne of Egypt, but he must needs first be sold into slavery, lied on, sent to prison, and forgotten. All this took 17 years.

Let us obey this verse, and learn to hope and wait.

- Rollin Mitchell

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The Pastor's Corner - 08.05.2017

Psalm 56:3 "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."

David was a King; he had power, an army, the throne. He had faced the Giant, yet he admits he has fears. Many things bring fear to our hearts - a new job, a report from the doctor, news from Washington, growing older, lack of finances, problems with vehicles, worries over lost loved ones... the list goes on.

Each of us has our own fears. But the Psalmist also tells us where he goes in time of fear. "I will trust in the Lord." He is the Bulwark never failing, our Help in time of trouble. To Him should we run in our times when fear grips our hearts. Our trust is in Him.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.29.2017

Psalm 134:1B "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord."

One of the marks of the Holiness people through the years has been their freedom in worship. Often through the years, services have been crowned with the glory, and the saints took their liberty and gave God the praise He deserves.

The modern praise movement is a cheap imitation, where worldly, sinful people take a few minutes a week to give God token acknowledgement. This they will do, then go out to restaurants, shopping, and ball games. But the genuine shouts of the Godly saints, whose lives mirror the word and will of God, is a blessing to witness. The Lord inhabits the praises of His people.

We must not allow the devil to steal our shouts and praises. Start today.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.22.2017

Psalm 34:16 "The face of the LORD is against them that do evil..."

What would it be to have the God of the universe against you? His face is against all evil doers. You cannot have the blessing of the LORD, and be an evildoer. It's sad when people pretend to be in the good graces of God, and yet their lives spell out the fact that they are evildoers.

We understand what it is like when we have offended someone, and their countenance has changed against us. You feel the coolness, you sense that the air is heavy with the controversy. The only way to clear the air is to ask forgiveness - then immediately peace ensues.

It's time to clear the air with the LORD. We need His face to shine upon us. Do it today.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.15.2017

Psalm 127:3 "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord..."

This Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Debora and myself will host the ICHA Kid's Camp for the 24th time. Children 3-12 will gather from across the USA. ICHA Kid's Camp is the Oldest and Largest Kid's Camp in the Conservative Holiness Movement, with over 170 registered last year. Over 300 were being fed every meal in the dining hall. It is a gargantuan task.

This year, our theme is: "It happened on the farm." So many things happened on the farm in the Bible. We covet your prayers for the camp and its many helpers. We want this week to be a life changer for the children.

A large group will be going from here at Calvary Church. We are still over $300 short of our goal of $1,000. What can you give? Mark your gift for Kid's Camp.

Thanks for all you do for Jesus.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.08.2017

John 15:5 "Without me, ye can do nothing."

Did it ever occur to you that those who do not know or claim Jesus are really doing nothing? Without him, nothing is done. So people can go though an entire life, and have done nothing that registers in Heaven. It is amazing to think of the millions in this world that are doing nothing every day, every week, every year. People who build great things, have talents in many areas, sing like song birds, or stir crowds with their oratory have all done nothing without Christ. In Heaven, an empty account shows they have done nothing worthy of Heaven's notice. There are people who have millions of dollars in their earthly accounts but are bankrupt in Heaven. Our works are worthless when Jesus is left out. A great host of people will wake up in eternity and will be shocked at judgement to learn they spent an entire lifetime doing nothing, and teaching others, including their own children and grandchildren, to do nothing as well. It will be a catastrophe of untold dimension.

What have you done this week?

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.01.2017

James 4:7 "Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you."

This verse is very strong. To get rid of the Devil and all his suggestions and ugly insinuations, we must just resist him. The best way is to starve him out. Do nothing that will cause him to linger. Resisting is proactive. Feast on God's Word and good wholesome books. Set yourself against him - your face like a flint. Don't get used to him being near. Make him unwelcome, run him off, give him no quarter, spare him no time, fight against him with all your being. Have a good season of prayer, involve yourself in God's work. Remove all temptation. Seek Godly counsel. Whatever you have to do... Resist. The promise is...He will flee.

Stand firm on this promise.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 06.24.2017

Psalm 74:17 "...Thou hast made summer and winter."

Here we are in the midst of summer. It seems only yesterday we were longing for warm weather. Now, we are overwhelmed with yard work, weeds in the garden, summer camps, picnics, fishing, and everything that accompanies the summer season.

God was very wise to have changing seasons to awaken new hopes and fresh zeal into our lives. We are better off for having change forced upon us. At times, seasons seem to drag on forever - but not so with summer. It is everyone's time for growing. The children have a break from school and outgrow their clothes. The garden produces great bounty to be stored away for cold nights ahead.

The camp meeting season is a growing time for us spiritually. New voices open the Word to us, and we are given new chances to gain spiritual ground. Devotions on the porch bring life to our hearts - time with children and grandchildren brings us closer to one another. Summer is God's growing season.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 06.17.2017

Proverbs 13:20 "A wise son heareth his father's instruction ...."

Today, we celebrate Fathers who are living and remember those who have passed on into eternity. We must remember that not every father mirrors the love and faithfulness of the Heavenly Father. Many have no recollection of their father being a Christian or spiritual leader in the home; yet, they had much to learn from him, and possibly have inherited many of his personality traits, both good and bad. Some fathers were absent and played no role at all in the lives of their children. Other fathers have done wickedly, and have done personal harm and hurt to their children that only eternity will reveal. God intended that every home should have a father and mother present - showing the children the right way to live. Children who had a great dad often find it easier to understand a loving Heavenly Father. Those who have not experienced a dad's love and care suffer from the lack of a father image that shows the love of God. Whatever has been your experience, you can break the cycle.

Guys, you can be a mirror image of God's love and show a generation what a good father is.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 05.27.2017

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

This weekend, and on Monday, we celebrate Memorial Day. The day started out as Decoration Day and began after the Civil War to commemorate the Civil War dead. The day continued to be Decoration Day until 1967, when it became Memorial Day.

Although it was begun to remember the various War heroes, it finally became a day to remember everyone who has passed away. I have memories of taking live flowers in fruit jars to the various graves as a child.

Memorial Day has now evolved into a day for cookouts and family gatherings and has lost much of it's original intent. However, we need to pause to remember all those who have given so much for our freedoms and rights. Also those who have given us our great spiritual heritage.

God bless their memory.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 05.20.2017

Acts 2:1 "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place."

Today, we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, 50 days after resurrection. Ten days after Jesus went back to Heaven, Pentecost happened. It was the promised enduement Jesus told his disciples to wait for. Many believers today do not tarry for the promised power, that sanctifies the soul, and makes it possible to live holy and Godly lives. We claim Holiness as our watchword, but few are willing to die out to self, and allow the Holy Ghost to take complete charge - burning out all inbred sin in sanctifying power.

It is still the need of our generation. Make the consecration, trust in God, and then let the Holy Ghost come in.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 05.13.2017

Proverbs 31:28a .."Her children rise up and call her blessed."

Today, all thoughts turn toward Mother. For many of us, it's a day to remember, because our mothers have gone into eternity. They will never be forgotten. All their hard work, all their love, all their wisdom, and all their patience will forever be a memorial to them. For those that still have their mother, it's a great day to celebrate all the love and understanding that mother gives throughout the year. Many young ladies will be celebrating their first Mother's Day this year, because of a new baby that has come since last Mother's Day.

Let every mother strive to be a praying mother.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 05.06.2017

Psalm 32:10 "Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about."

We all know that God's Word will never be found wanting. So we can be sure the sinner will be plagued with sorrows of all kinds. It is God's Word. It is established. The way to hell will have a ditch filled with sorrows on both sides. We see this working to so many people, and sadly, their lives reflect one heartache and struggle after another, with various afflictions and troubles abounding.

So different is the path of the Christian. Completely surrounding is His mercy - trials, yet mercy; struggles, yet mercy surrounds. We are the island, and the waters of mercy are lapping on the shores of our lives every day. We can look back and see the part mercy has played in all our situations.

It isn't too hard to see the difference in the two situations. The murky stench of sorrow in the ditches of the life of the sinner are alarming and dreadful.

God's ways are past finding out. His way is best.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 04.29.2017

John 12:43 "For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God."

In this verse, we are told why the Pharisees did not confess Christ; they feared their positions in the synagogue. The praise of their fellows meant more than a profession of faith in Christ. In the Pharisees, we see a type of many people today. They see the works of God and have some desire to know him. They are persuaded that this way has merit and represents truth. They have a longing to throw themselves into the way of Holiness, and have known those who professed this way, and believed in them. But, there is one problem - what others will think of them, what going this way will cost them in terms of their loved ones, social standing, and work partners. When they weigh the cost, they feel it is too great, and they remain out of God's grace and are eternally lost when they die...all for social standing. This world is no friend of grace, and never has been. There is always a cost. The Pharisees counted it, and they found themselves unwilling to make the break with their love of position.

What will you do?

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 04.22.2017

Matthew 6:4 "That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father that seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. V.6 " But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

In these two verses, we are advised to do two things in secret, both of which have open rewards; one is giving. Our giving is not done for show, or for praise of men. Whether to the poor, or the widow, or the Lord's tithes and offerings, we are to do our giving for the glory of God. And our Father in heaven, who sees all things, shall grant us openly our rewards, as only Heaven can. God does nothing in a small way, but always largely. Then, again, our praying is best done in the secret closet, where we are not heard or seen of men. Our secret prayers are not secret when they can be heard a half mile away. When we pour out our prayers from an humble heart, our Father in Heaven rewards our prayers with answers such as heaven affords.

May God help us to be believers and show great faith.Let us be diligent in both areas, and watch for the answer back from Heaven.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 04.15.2017

Matthew 15:28 "Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour."

In the New Testament, Jesus was always looking for faith; and when He saw it, it was rewarded. How are we doing when it comes to faith? Are we too self-sufficient to exercise faith? Is our faith so weak it is like a low battery in a flashlight, barely giving a dim light? If a meter was made to register faith, and 100 was "great faith," what do you think your score would be? Jesus said "ye have not because ye ask not."

In recent days, we have seen things that were impossible come to pass. These things are boosters to our faith.

May God help us to be believers and show great faith.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 04.01.2017

Luke 24:5 & 6 "...why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but risen..."

This is my 58th Resurrection Sunday. Many of the earliest memories of those days center around the church and the joyful times celebrated there. As a child, I could always count on having a new suit to wear on Easter Sunday, and usually there were photos taken. Back then, pictures were a rarity and reserved for special occasions. Then, on to the church, where everyone was in their Easter best. Hats for women were popular in those days, and there would be a variety. The crowds then were large, and at times, a record would be set. We always had a special treat basket made by Mom, and it was always a day to remember.

As time went on, I began to realize the full impact of the resurrection. The merits of Calvary, the Empty Tomb, and the promised return eclipsed all of the other parts of the day and left me in awe of God's great love for us. As a child, when we played church, we would often play "Easter Sunday" - for that was a highlight in our minds of the greatest day at church.

I hope we never grow tired of or let the Resurrection message become common. It is the message that changed the world forever.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 03.18.2017

Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a merchant seeking goodly pearls. No doubt he had purchased many pearls in his tenure as a merchant. But one day he is amazed to find the greatest pearl he had ever seen. In order to acquire it, he would have to sell everything he owned. It would have to be a complete sell out to get what his heart longed for. All other treasure before now seems like nothing compared to this pearl of great price. He does not hesitate. He quickly sells all to acquire the great pearl. To him, it is worth it. He now is the owner of the fabulous pearl!

O the message in this little story. Many are happy with lesser pearls or paste look-a-likes. Not this merchant! He has found what his heart longed for.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 03.11.2017

Hosea 10:1 "Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself..."

In this verse, God tells Israel they are producing self fruits, that have led them to build altars, and set up images to false gods. Their vine is empty of Godly fruit. One bumper sticker I saw said "It's all about me". That sums up the lives of so many today. They are loaded down with fruit they have produced for themselves; worshipping at the false altars of pride and entertainment. And yet nothing for Jesus. Later, they will sacrifice the souls of their children, and their hope of heaven on these same self made altars. They die with an empty spiritual vine, and leave no heritage of Godliness, no bread trail for their children to follow to heaven. Just as God judged Israel, we too will also stand in his presence undone if our vine is empty. Too much is at stake.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 03.04.2017

Ezekiel 18:2 "...The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge"

It is a known fact that parents, by their wrong influence and bitterness often sentence their children to great harm and many times set the stage for them to be critical and tainted against God and the church. I have witnessed the same on many occasions. Those who question God and live loose and immoral lifestyles produce children of like nature. Then again, those who live Godly and carefully many times produce children who are gentle, God loving Christians. Children will reap what parents sow, whether good or bad. Nothing will replace Godly influence in the home.

Let us as adults strive to live so that our children have the best to model after.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 02.25.2017

Psalm 46:10a "Be still, and know that I am God..."

Everywhere we go, something is happening. Music, talk radio, ear buds, video clips, Facebook, News, cell phone... If the Psalmist felt that life was hectic and had little down time or still time, how much more today. Some people are bombarded with 24/7 music. Something must be going on all the time. We have become a nation of continual and constant jabber.

God is calling us to be still and listen to Him for a change - to know that He is God. Be still and know. That gives us the idea that some things can only come in the stillness. There are revelations that we will never get in the 24/7 music.

Be still.....see what you learn.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 02.18.2017

Psalm 66:8 - "O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard."

IIn another place we read: "He inhabits the praise of his people." So we are encouraged to make our praises heard.

Why are we sometimes so hesitant to praise Him? Why are we so shy about exalting Him? He is so worthy of our praises. And we also enjoy it when others praise Him; and it encourages us to do so, as well. We all enjoy the services when God comes and takes charge. We leave feeling so blessed.

We also draw strength from the praises that others make known. Why can't someone always be in the frame of mind to bless the Lord? Surely we aren't all down. Surely someone has something to praise the Lord for. Lively meetings are a drawing card to Saint and sinner alike. Even the children are blessed.

We need to be more aware of our praises to God.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 02.11.2017

Psalm 32:7a "Thou art my hiding place..."

I think everyone needs a hideout. From my earliest memories, I have always desired a hideout. Many childhood hideouts were made - one in particular. It was the attic of our coal house at a parsonage where we lived. I built a ladder, trap door and other amenities like carpet. It was the scene of childhood trades, plans and fun. Only the most trusted and best friends were allowed. Many times it was just me. Later, it was a secret room in a barn Loft. In recent years, it has been my old house at Carthage.

But in this scripture, the Psalmist refers to the Lord as his hiding place. We go to Him with broken dreams, broken hearts, and our weariness, and we find solace and comfort in our hour of trouble. We must retreat from the crowd and have our hide out time. It is there we find comfort, and as the songwriter said, "there I am blessed."

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.28.2017

Psalm 32:10 "Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about."

In this verse are two truths that cannot be overlooked. We are told without a doubt that many sorrows will come to the wicked. In another scripture, we are told that "the way of transgressors is hard." So we are forewarned - the path to hell is going to be a sorrowful, hard way. It will be that way because God says it will. While the soul seemingly goes on unhindered, yet this verse must be fulfilled in their lifetime. God is not mocked.

Yet, on the other hand, to those who trust in the Lord, it has been promised that they will be surrounded by mercy. Trials, yes. Sickness, yes. Reverses, yes. Yet in all, surrounded by mercy. His mercies are renewed every morning. Fresh mercies for a new day to surround us with. I, for one, take the way of the Lord's anointed few.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.21.2017

Psalm 30:5b ".... Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

The shadows of nightfall bring with them foreboding and uncertainty. What seemed settled in daylight now is fraught with mystery and question. Things that were small now tower in the darkness like huge specters. Tears flow, and a yearning for companionship and hand to hold; someone to tell you everything will be ok; a shoulder to cry on.

But alas! There is no one. It is night, the cry of your heart comes to your lips; O that it were morning! Then the shadows would flee away. The curtains would be billowed with the morning breeze. Sunshine will play upon the walls. The patter of children upon the stairs and the crow of the rooster signal a new day - a new perspective! The things that only hours ago were so torturous, so agonizing, now seem faraway - not as threatening; far removed.

What has happened? It's morning; and morning has brought joy.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.14.2017

Jeremiah 37:21b "Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison."

In this verse, we find God's prophet in the prison. In some places, Angels delivered God's men; but, here sits Jeremiah. We must realize that being in God's will may involve persecution. Even now, in many countries saints are suffering for Jesus' name. We must count ourselves fortunate that we have been spared those heartaches.

But at times, we may be in a prison of sorts... sometimes of our own making - at other times seemingly for no reason. Some are in the prison of sickness, others depression, others loneliness.

Even though Jeremiah was in prison, he was still God's man. He was given bread out of baker's street (v.21). Later he was rescued from the dry well. Even later, he preaches in Egypt. (Ch. 44). Still later, he has God's Word to other kings and Promises to the Jews.

What is your prison? When will you be set free? God is still God... He will not fail.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.07.2017

Psalm 119:89 "For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven."

Things are constantly changing all around us. In cities where we haven't been for a while, buildings have disappeared. Street names have been changed. Many of the former stores we used to shop at are out of business. The familiar way we have done business for years is changing before our eyes. Change is all around us.

Old names that have been in the holiness movement for years are disappearing or being swept in to other movements. People are suddenly changing what they believed. What their families have stood for and what took generations to build has been changed overnight. The holiness movement is again in a phase of transition and change. One more time, many of us will see great shifts in the days to come.

But amidst all this change, we can rely on one thing; The word of God will always be the word of God. His word is forever settled.

I for one choose the holy joys that always last. I challenge you and your family to do the same.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.31.2017

2017 is almost history. Another year has come and gone. As I was thinking about that, it dawned on me that, if I live to be 80, I will only see 22 more New Years. My time here is winding down. What can I do to make these final years count for the Lord?

Your projected time may be even less than mine. But, what if we neither one reach 80? We have no assurance of even one more new year. Do you want to meet the Lord with what you have done for the kingdom as it stands now? Are you really proud of the fact that you rarely need the Sunday night service, and never the Mid-week Prayer Service ? Are you a good example for the new converts to follow after? Do your testimonies ring clear? Is your devotional life what is pleasing and nourishing to your soul? Are all your tithes in? This is a good year end checkup for us all.

Let's take stock now and press ahead to do more for Jesus in 2018.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.24.2017

Luke 2:8 "And there were in the same country, shepherds in the field, keeping watch o'er their flocks by night.

It was just an ordinary night in the stony fields near Bethlehem. Peasant shepherds were watching their sheep, when suddenly the night became a night to remember - a night they would never forget. The next verses tell us that "The angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them." A terrific glow of unearthly light, and Heaven's messenger angel appeared. No wonder they were frightened. The shepherds received a heavenly entourage. "And suddenly, there was with the Angel a heavenly host..." Whatever it was like, it made believers out of the shepherds. "And they came with haste..."

It was a night to remember - and we celebrate it to this day.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.17.2017

Luke 2:4 "And Joseph also went up from Galilee... unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem."

Bethlehem, today, is a city of modern business, yet its streets are still narrow and crooked. The quiet, stony fields are still much the same as they were 2,000 years ago. As we walk the narrow streets, many little shops spread their merchandise out their front doors and onto the sidewalks on both sides. The shopkeepers are watching for customers. Many of these families have been selling on the street for generations.

We make our way uphill and arrive at the Church of the Nativity. It is an ancient structure, having survived the many wars. Beneath this church is the cave they believe Jesus was born in. At that time, it was on the hillside with its face open toward the valley below. Hundreds of years ago, they built the church over the top and it is now in a basement setting. Whether this is the correct spot or not, we do not know for sure. One thing we do know; Jesus was born very close to the spot. Bethlehem was a tiny village in those days. It was thrilling to visit the farm of Ruth and Boaz - and later, the family home of Jesse, the father of King David. These are the hills where the shepherds were watching their sheep on the first Christmas night.

I count it a great privilege to have seen this place. It was altogether different the night that Mary and Joseph were there and the Savior of the world was born. I'm so glad He came.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.10.2017

Luke 1:79 "To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."

These words are the words of the priest Zacharias, concerning his son, John the Baptist. He would blaze the trail for Jesus. He would decrease, while Christ's kingdom would endure forever.

In many ways, we too are like John. We work, we strive, we blaze a trail of sorts for those who will follow after us, then we enter the realm of those that decrease. We pass from the scene, but those that follow behind us take up the task that they too will one day turn over to someone else. But all the while, the thing we work for will last forever.

We are working for an everlasting cause.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.03.2017

Malachi 4:2 "But unto you that fear my name shall the son of righteousness arise with healing in his wings..."

The last book of the Old Testament is about to close; and as it does a promise comes forth from the pen of the prophet. When he lays down his pen, there will be 400 years of silence. Not a scrap of scripture, not an angelic visit, not a prophecy. 400 years of darkness. But Malachi receives this promise before the silence comes. The Son of righteousness will come up, and dispel the darkness, and arise with healing in His wings.

We now live in the brightest age ever known. There is healing available for all your hurts, all your emotions, all your heartaches.

Let this Christmas be your time.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.26.2017

Isaiah 9:6a "For unto us a child is born..."

Friday began the Frenzy of American Christmas, known as Black Friday since 1933. However, anyone who has lived 50 years or more will tell you that the Frenzy is now so much more than our childhood days.

We must now try to focus on what Christmas Is about; namely, the birth of the Saviour of the world. I hope each of us will be able to observe the day and season by celebrating Him. It is a season of good cheer. It is a season of hope. It is a season to reflect on the revelation of His coming. What a miracle, His birth!

Let's keep it in focus, let us set the pace, not the pace set us.

- Rollin Mitchell