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The Pastor's Corner - Rev. 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

The Pastor's Corner - 11.19.2017

II Thessalonians 1:3 "We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren ..."

Today is our third annual Laymen Appreciation Sunday. We have reason to celebrate all of our wonderful laymen - men, women, and children. You have been a constant tide of energy for God and the church. No need goes unmet. No project too big. Your prayers and faith have brought many things to pass this past year. Your giving is amazing, both of your time and money. Your faithfulness to the means of grace is not unnoticed. Your gathering early on Sunday nights for special needs prayer meeting is both necessary and achieved. The children rise to the occasion and add so much life and energy to our services.

In short, we are blessed by all you do and who you are. The kingdom of God is enriched by you all.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.12.2017

I Thess. 5:18 "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

We are now in the season of American Thanksgiving - a day instituted by our grateful forefathers, the Pilgrims. They had suffered so much to come to a new land. Their purpose was religious freedom. Many had lost loved ones on the long journey. Many died after reaching America. Yet they found it fitting to set aside a day to give thanks.

In this Scripture, we are admonished: "In every thing give thanks." How is that possible? That seems to be a hard thing to do; giving thanks in everything. So many of life's lessons seem hard, yet they draw us closer to God through our trials. As I look back across the years, many of the things that were the toughest, we are now realizing were for our good.

I want to be thankful at all times.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.05.2017

Psalm 96:1 "O sing unto the LORD a new song:.."

Several times in the Psalms, we are admonished to "sing a new song." I think, personally, that the idea is "sing a fresh song." Anything that is new is fresh, it's exciting, it's appealing. Everyone loves the feel and smell of a new car, with all its new gadgets and bells and whistles. A new home is so very exciting. A new job, a new baby, a new outfit, a new program - all these things bring fresh excitement to our lives.

Then why not a new song? Find something new to praise the Lord for! Something new to think on, a new song to sing. Not that your old song isn't worthy or lifeless, but it's just you have a new energy about you now, and you have fresh praises, fresh thanksgiving, fresh joy!Then why not a new song? Find something new to praise the Lord for! Something new to think on, a new song to sing. Not that your old song isn't worthy or lifeless, but it's just you have a new energy about you now, and you have fresh praises, fresh thanksgiving, fresh joy!

It's time for a new song!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.29.2017

II Cor. 11:33 "And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands."

In this verse, and the one that precedes it, we read the story about Paul's escape from Damascus, and the authorities that sought to imprison him. We can almost imagine Paul sitting in this basket, being let down by strong hands above. He was escaping from his adversaries, who meant him harm. Paul says in verse 32, "they were desirous to apprehend me."

In our day, there are forces at work in the unseen world that are trying to overtake us as well. The devil himself is working overtime to apprehend us. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to rescue us when Satan is at work to do us harm, and take us out of the grace of God. We must be wise, and escape his devices. We can use God's word as our basket to escape in. We can use prayer as our basket to escape in. And never forget there were steady hands above Paul that were helping him. We thank God for our friends who at times have hold of the ropes of the basket we are in and help us to make our escape from the evil plans of the devil. We must never forget that we are constantly watched over by God Himself, and all the forces of heaven are at our disposal.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.22.2017

Philippians 4:19 " But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

When thinking about this verse, we often think of material needs, such as a place to live, a dependable auto, food on the table, and other such things. Indeed that may be the case, but many of our truest needs are not material, but spiritual. The riches of Christ are not material things of this earth, but the unseen treasures of Heaven that meet the deepest needs of the soul, and this verse assures us that we will have everything available to us that we need to make it to Heaven! This is a wonderful promise indeed. We must avail ourselves to accept and draw on the banks of Heaven for all our heart needs. He has gone on record that He is able to afford all that we are in need of. The price has already been paid, and the account is made payable to the believer.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.15.2017

We have had a great week of Revival. The messages have been effective and timely. The singing has been anointed and inspiring. Thanks to our workers. A big thanks, also, to everyone who was faithful to attend. The Revival offering is still open, and I urge you to put something in today and mark it Revival. We want to do our best for our workers.

On Friday, we laid Sister Doris Smith to rest in Louisville, Ky. I was honored to serve as pall bearer. Bro. Dodrill and I shared the funeral remarks and service. She will be missed.

Also, this being Pastor Appreciation Month, we have been enjoying and appreciating all the beautiful cards that come daily for us. You are a great crowd, and we give our thanks.

As we enter the Fall season, let us honor God and revel in His greatness.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.08.2017

Psalm 85:6 "Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?"

We have read this verse many times across the years, and yet it still remains a fresh request. The Psalmist spoke often of refreshing, reviving, and rejoicing. This week we have invited workers that we know and love to minister to us. Hopefully, everyone has put everything possible on hold, so that you can pray, attend, fast, and boost the meeting. We invite you to come and be here every night at 6:50 for early prayer around the altars. We need a move of God in our midst now more than ever. Our attendance has been down for a number of weeks. We need a revival of coming back to church! Do everything possible to plan to be an every nighter. We are asking God to overwhelm us with his power and presence. Pray for our workers. Pray for the lost. Pray for our community. Pray for miracles and healings. Pray for conviction to be present. Pray that everyone will be healthy. Invite friends and family. Invite neighbors and co-workers. Let's be at our best. Come early if possible to welcome visitors.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.01.2017

Prov. 25:11 "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver."

In this verse, we have a wonderful truth, in an easily learned verse, which we can take with us all our lives. It is a souvenir from the wisdom books of the Bible, which is a great rule to remember on your journey.

Words are powerful, and once spoken, can never be recalled. We must be on guard at all times, lest we cause hurt or pain that we will always regret. Words can hurt or heal. Which will it be? Many are those who have been wounded by unthoughtful speech. We are given the power to heal with our words. It makes us all ambassadors of goodwill.

Let us all be mindful as we unleash words

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 09.24.2017

Gen. 8:22 "While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, and summer and winter, day and night shall not cease."

In this verse, we see that God's order shall stay in place as He made it. We are now heading into the "harvest" phase of the seasons. Cool nights, Autumn color, crisp mornings are all a part of the Fall season. The changing of the seasons reminds us that God is in control of this world. His power and glory are seen in it all. The season changes mark a new start for everyone. It keeps us from drifting into sameness, and forces us to change. As when doing that, life takes on a new perspective.

We need a restart in our spiritual lives as well. We need to leave vacation mode and get back into spiritual harvest. It is time to restart your faithfulness to church mode. Ask God to help you make His house and what happens here a top priority. Restart your devotional life. Perhaps you need a fresh start there as well.

The final harvest will some day be taken into the barn. Are you ready?

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 09.10.2017

Mark 11:25a "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: ..."

In this verse, we have an amazing and forthright command from Jesus Himself: the doctrine of forgiveness. How many people do you know who can't move ahead spiritually until they have forgiven someone? Old hurts and old grudges block spiritual progress. Verse 26 tells us if we refuse to forgive, then we can't be forgiven by God. It is impossible to be in the good graces of God while harboring an unforgiving spirit toward someone else. Hurts will happen, but our attitude of forgiveness sets the stage for victory in our own hearts.

It's time to forgive.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 09.03.2017

Psalm 31:24 "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord."

This week has been a week of bad news. The death of Jason Higinbotham has crushed many in our church who are family members, and also his many friends here. Urijah Lynn's family were troubled when Urijah burned his hand on Wednesday. We were all so sorry. Other families had troubling news as well in various ways. Many called in on Wednesday to report they wouldn't make it to Prayer Meeting. Several are sick. The Hobelman girls are in the Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. We are all troubled by the events in Houston, TX.

These are trying days, but we must be of good courage. He has promised to strengthen our hearts. Whatever you are facing, He is there for your help; to give you hope.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 08.27.2017

I Kings 19:7b "...Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee."

These are the words of the angel that came to the aid of Elijah during his flight from Jezebel. Elijah has just come from the great contest on Carmel. He has outrun Ahab's chariot. He is exhausted and disappointed, but the angel spells out his trouble - "the journey is too great for thee."

Have you ever been in that position? You feel you don't have the strength to carry on. You planned too much when you felt better, and now you must carry on, and you feel you can't make it. You have a job to do, and your heart just isn't in it. Remember this, there are no nursing homes for angels. God may send one your way today to bolster your courage and feed you a divine meal that will carry you for days to come.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 08.20.2017

Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

These are the words of Jesus. He would beckon us "come." This is His invitation. Get closer. Come near. The call is to those who labour and are heavy laden. I wonder how many would fit in that category? Heavy over so many things. The children, the job, the obligations, the finances, the list is endless. But the invitation is "come unto me."

He promises rest. A heaven-sent rest is on its way when you come to Him. Why not do it today?

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 08.13.2017

Acts 2:42 "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread and in prayers."

On Friday night, we enjoyed a time of fellowship in our new building. The kids brought their bikes and waded and played in Lake Calvary. The adults played volleyball and basketball. Even the kids played volleyball. Some of the ladies baked goodies, while others played games. We all enjoyed the many dishes and goodies that were brought. We pitched in and bought pizza. It was good to see everyone young and old enjoying fellowship together.

Thanks to all who helped make our first church-wide fellowship night a winner!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 08.06.2017

Hebrews 4:15 "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities..."

In the days of the Old Testament, the high priest was a position that held him aloof from the people. He wasn't at all approachable, unless you were his immediate underlings. He lived such a separated life that he didn't often comprehend day to day problems and struggles of the common people. His function was the law. He had no other rule of life. He wasn't personally knowledgeable of the sufferings of his people firsthand. But the Hebrew writer tells us that we now have a better high priest! This one cares and understands. He can be "touched" with our feeling of our infirmities. He knows our frame. He understands our cares. He feels our burdens. It is so comforting to know someone understands and cares! And that care is felt in our spirit, and we feel loved, and His watchful care makes everything better.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.30.2017

Psalm 61:2b "....when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

I think that many of us have been overwhelmed at times. It seems that in this day, the pace is terrific, and the demands of life tend to leave us breathless with anxiety. This is the devil's plan, namely to cause us to be overwhelmed. It may not be busyness that haunts us, but debt or fear of the future, or the children, or any number of things. Perhaps it is sickness. Whatever the cause, it is like being in a swollen stream and being carried away in its wake. It is in those times that we need to be led to the rock.

The rock is that place we know to be secure and safe, a refuge from the torrent around us. The songwriter said it well in the song "In Times Like These." The chorus says, "This rock is Jesus, yes, He's the one, this rock is Jesus, the only One..." Flee to the rock. It's the only thing that is secure. "When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay."

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.23.2017

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help; my help cometh from the Lord, which made the heavens and the earth. Psalm 121:1,2

The hills are majestic and cause us to look heavenward. They seem to be reaching up to God. As we look up, we are looking where our help has come from before...The Lord. We look to the One who is mighty and powerful. He made the heavens and the earth. We are looking to the One who has the strength to meet our needs. The Lord is up to any challenge we have the faith to believe Him for.

We thank Him for all past blessings and look to Him for our present situation.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.16.2017

Prov. 21:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go..."

This is a verse with a promise - namely, that he will never get away from it. A child is so very impressionable. Their hearts have not been hardened. They are so interested and excited. For this reason, they are so precious. We have the job to train them. This is so much more than doing crafts and having playtime. We have one chance to get it right. We must not fail. We have so much to teach them.

This is why ICHA Kid's Camp is so very important. It is a Camp Meeting for Kids on their own level. We have marveled at the results that we have experienced.

Please pray that this year's Camp will be anointed by the Holy Spirit. Pray for the children to respond to the call to live for Jesus.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.09.2017

I Corinthians 3:9 "For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building."

Since the spring of 2015, we as a church have ben through two major building programs. Today we will have our first church dinner in the new fellowship hall. It is another milestone we have reached. It has been a group effort on both projects.

We had over 25 people come to the work day on Saturday, to plant the shrubs and plants, haul dirt, put down weed lock material, and then cover with creek rock. We also worked on the east and south sides of the church, and did an overhaul of the beds there.

The kids that came worked very hard, and were a big help too. I deeply appreciate the labors of everyone. God bless one and all.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.02.2017

II Corinthians 3:17 "...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

As we look to celebrate another July 4th here in America, we must again remember that putting God as the centerpiece of our nation is what has made it great.

As we see courts, judges, Hollywood, and other misguided souls try to erase God from our country; we have watched America spiral downward. Only by placing God and his sovereign will at the center, will make America what it once was.

We have a duty as Americans and Christians to press toward all God's holy principle, and to live them daily.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 06.25.2017

Psalms 127:3 "Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD..."

This week, we have enjoyed our time with the children in VBS. Kristen Cantlebarry and her fine staff of helpers have done a great job. We have enjoyed as well our new facility, and it has been used first as a place for our VBS.

The children are always a joy to minister to, and they breathe excitement into the church. We love them all! We will continue to invest in them, knowing it pays great dividends.

Our story teller this week has been Karen Tyler. The story of Elijah has been used every night, with a great cast of characters. Thanks and blessings on everyone.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 06.18.2017

Luke 1:17 " turn the hearts of the father to the children..."

The angelic visitor outlined to Zacharias what the mission of the promised forerunner would be. Nestled in the midst of all the prophecy is this promise; he would turn the hearts of the fathers to the children. This is a great admonition even these many years later.

The hearts of the fathers of America, and even oft times, in the church world; need turning to the children in their upbringing, in their education, in their manners, in prayer, in learning to work, to love, and to live.

One has said that the greatest thing a Father can do or his children is love their mothers. No amount of money spent, no electronic device can take the place of a warm hearted father.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 06.04.2017

Deuteronomy 23:14 "For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy..."

In this verse God promises nearness, protection, deliverance, victory and holiness to the camp of Israel. He can do no less for our modern day camp as well.

This week we will be in our 30th ICHA Camp Meeting. A fledgling group in 1987 met at John T Hatfield camp for our first camp meeting. The future was uncertain, but God met with us, and the tabernacle was filled each night.

Now 30 years later, we will meet again. Many from those early days are now with Jesus in glory. We bless their memory.

We continue to seek his blessing this year and trust the Lord for a great camp. Our workers are John Zechman, John Case, & Trish & Larry Jewett. Come, support, and expect God to help us.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 05.28.2017

Matthew 24:46 "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing."

These are the words of Jesus following his discourse on His second coming.

Verse 42 says we should be "watching," because we know not what hour he will come. Verse 44 says "be ye also ready." Verse 45 encourages us to be "faithful and wise". Watching, ready, faithful, and wise - These are his admonitions to us.

Have we allowed ourselves to be careless? Are we truly watching for Him? Can you say you are ready for His coming? Have you been faithful to Him? Are you wise enough to see the signs of His coming? Think on these things.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 05.21.2017

Luke 21:33 "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away."

In this verse we are reminded that God's word will still be standing when everything else has fallen. That is why we are encouraged to "hide his word in our hearts."

It is sad in our day that so many have very little of God's word committed to memory. That is why memory work is so essential to children's ministry.

What God said in His word is so important. What we feel or think will fall before His almighty word.

The cheapening of His word has become a reality in our life time. The many versions have robbed us of the Bible and turned it into "easy reading." Let us hold fast to that which is good.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 05.14.2017

Proverbs 31:10 "Who can find a virtuous woman?"

It is apparent from this proverb that, while there were many women, only a select few obtain "virtuous" status. If this was true in Bible times, what must the ratio be now?

While the Proverb 31 Mother has excelled in every area, the key to her excellence is in verse 30..."but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."

So few children today have a God fearing mother. It seems many today are making sure their children have everything in life except being trained to Love and fear God.

I encourage all our Mothers to be a spiritual leader in their homes. The children's souls are at stake.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 04.30.2017

The Savior himself tells us to let our light shine. With this statement, we understand that there is darkness. In this darkness, there are pin points of light, and we are that light. When we show forth the wonderful works of salvation, and the hope and reality of Holiness, we are giving this world a reason to understand and glorify God.

We have the ability to be light because of the work he has done in our hearts. This world indeed is a dark place, with the works of darkness being praised and uplifted on every hand. The dark curtains of wickedness are being drawn on every hand. But we, the people of God, are called to rise to the occasion. We are called to be beacons of light to those who wander lost in this world where sin abounds.

Our lives are to show forth the greatness and power of his mighty salvation. We have a chance to save some lost soul by letting our light shine. Even a feeble light may make a difference to a soul that has lost their way. Also, a small light can show the way. Let you light shine!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 04.23.2017

Prov. 23:23 "Buy the truth, and sell it not..."

In this Proverb, we find a remarkable statement: A person who constantly buys, but never sells. If a person went shopping constantly, from one marketplace to the next and never sold anything, he would finally become what is known as a hoarder. Stacks and stacks of merchandise, with only paths to get through. Many of this type abound today.

But in this verse, the command is to buy truth. We are to be gatherers of truth. Truth is to be our riches, as well as wisdom, instruction, and understanding. These are the things we will gather up in our lifetime.

No wonder then, that when a saint of God reaches old age, they have acquired a house filled with these wonderful things. Many times when visiting older people, we see all the things they have acquired in their lifetime. How interesting. Their home is an archive of antiques. Even so, in old age the saints have truth, wisdom, understanding and instruction galore. We bask in their knowledge of truth, and we come away better for having known and fellowshipped with them.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 04.16.2017

Luke 24:8 "and they remembered his words."

Jesus had told them over and over that he would die, and rise again. It seems as though somehow that they really didn't get it.

On resurrection morning, when the women saw the empty tomb, they were greeted by two men in shining garments. The question from them was, "why seek ye the living among the dead?" The men in shining garments gave a direct quote from Jesus, concerning his death, and forthcoming resurrection. It was only then that they remembered his words.

He has also told us he will come again. When will you remember? Before, and make haste to be ready, or will you wait until after he comes?

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 04.09.2017

Mark 11:8 "......And others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way."

Palm Sunday is always a highlight in the church. The Palms waving during the service remind us that Jesus is worthy of our honor and praise.

I have walked the very path that Jesus took on that day several times. It winds down the side of the Mt. of Olives, and at times is very steep. As I went down, I imagined the people, as they declared his Kingship on that day. Only a few days later, the crowd would cry "crucify Him."

How quickly they changed. How soon they forgot his Kingship. They were expecting an earthly king. Jesus came to reveal his heavenly Kingship, to die for the sins of these very people. It was their day, and they missed it. I wonder who's day it is today?

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 04.02.2017

Romans 14:12 "So then everyone of us shall give account of himself to God."

Just this week, I have been getting all my receipts and everything together for the day I dread most every year...the appointment to have my taxes done.

I really like my tax man, it's not that. It's all the receipt sorting, the mileage log that has to be added up on two vehicles. It is all overwhelming. and I always have to pay...there's never a nice check waiting at the end. But someday, we will all have to give account of ourselves to God. We will have to have our spiritual house in order. If you don't have your life in readiness for His coming or your going, then there may be a sense of dread for that day to arrive. Behold, he cometh.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 03.26.2017

Matthew 6:28 ".....Consider the lilies of the field...."

This verse, and those that follow it are a wonderful reminder to us that the God that provides for, and takes care of the lilies of the field will even more consider us, and our goings and comings. He that clothes the lily in splendor will see that we are clothed as well.

Verse 32 tells us ".... Your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things." But we are also reminded to "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness...." If we put Him first in our lives, and with our heart, he will see to it that our needs are taken care of. The trouble some have is that their definition of "need" may vary from God's definition.

One day our granddaughter came to me with a squirt gun she picked up while we were shopping. "Pappy, I need this," she bravely said. Well, I knew she didn't need it, but because she put it so sweetly and innocently; I got it for her. Sometimes God even allows us our desires, even when they aren't necessary, simply because He loves us.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 03.19.2017

Rev. Rollin Mitchell

Prov. 30:12 "There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness."

In this and others like it, we see the calamity of a generation that has no need of salvation. Faithful Bible preaching and the singing of an altar call song would many times end with seekers at the altar for salvation. In my childhood, it was a regular occurrence. At camp meeting, it was the same result. It seems that we have reached the generation the Proverb writer was talking about; namely a generation that has no need to be saved, because they see themselves as already good.

The gutter living drunkard, the drug addict, and the child molester; all these are sinners. But those who casually attend church when nothing else interferes... well they aren't needing salvation. They are moral and kind. They are friends of the church. They consider themselves "good." They are a cut above deep sinners. They have need of nothing. So on they go, year in and year out, in the very shadow of the church, and yet very lost. We must pray for an awakening. We must continue to preach and sing, and hope that the light of conviction will dawn upon them. This generation is a fresh challenge for the saints to be at our best.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 03.12.2017

Psalm 68:19 " Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the .god of our Salvation. Selah."

Sometimes a vehicle will be advertised as "loaded". What it means is simply this; the car has so many options on it, that they are too numerous to mention in the ad. That is the way I am feeling today. God has blessed me beyond measure, and he has loaded me with benefits that only heaven can afford.

The truth is, this verse says the Lord does this daily. Daily a fresh load of benefits backs up to the door of my soul, and the unloading begins all over again. Who is driving the truck ? The God of our Salvation. Later another truck backs up to the doors of our soul. This one is fresh mercy. Yet another arrives. It backs up to unload new grace for the day. He will keep his saints.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 03.05.2017

Zechariah 3:1 "And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him."

In this verse, we see a glimpse into the reality of the spirit world. We have an angel, a human priest, and the old Devil himself pictured. The Lord allows Zechariah a view into the unseen. We see the work of Satan, and that is to resist. He has never changed his evil work. If we could see into the spirit world during any given day, we would see him there, doing the same thing... Resisting.

During a sermon, he is seen resisting, and causing others to resist. We have seen the resisting spirit in the political left as they protest any and everything the right puts forth. It is that same dark, ugly, sinister thing that creeps into services, into homes, into every place where human hearts are.

Satan resists God and Godly enterprise. He has never changed his foreboding workings. But the Bible also says, "Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.” We can resist him; we should, and we must.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 02.26.2017

Philippians 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God."

The first thing we see about this verse is that when we pray, we should not be anxious about anything. In other words, don't approach God as if he can't meet your need.

Sometimes when I go to a store, I feel very sure they won't have what I am looking for. Also, when I visit the doctor, I have a feeling he/she won't be able to help me.; or you may have the feeling a friend won't understand your situation. Throw all those away when you come to God in prayer.

He is able and anxious to hear you, and to help you. Don't approach him with anxious doubts. Come expecting. Come in worshipful oratory with your petitions. Come with thanksgiving. Here thanksgiving means "God grateful." This is the way we are encouraged to pray. Let's do it soon.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 02.19.2017

James 4:8 "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you..."

Getting closer to God; now that is something we should all be interested in. How do we get closer to God? We must be interested in the things He is interested in, and all the while shun the things that He would shun. We should spend more time with Him, and get to know Him better and more personally. Read His word and find out what He is all about. Do the things he would like.

The list goes on. but the promise is, if we draw nigh to Him, He will draw nigh to us! To be best friends with the God of Heaven... Wow! If the Bible says it, we believe it. So then let us strive to be close with God, and He will be close with us.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 02.12.2017

Psalm 112:7 " He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD "

When bad news comes, it is like a storm of wind and rain upon the soul. The good news is, when the soul's house is well built, upon a rock the soul rests in peace, dry and well on the inside while the storm rages. Life is filled with heavy tidings almost daily. We are inundated with scary news every day.

Many things make us uneasy and rock our world; but the promise of this scripture is so true... Our heart is fixed, stationary, unmoved, firm; because we are trusting in the LORD. In days gone by, there were so many things that we could put our trust in.

That list has grown shorter and shorter. As we grow in grace, we realize our trust is in the LORD. When we are in Him, the storms of bad news blow across. We stay warm and dry in his divine care.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 02.05.2017

James 2:1 "... Abraham ... Was called the friend of God."

In this verse, we see something that is truly remarkable, and beautiful to think upon. Friendship is a marvelous thing in itself. Friendships are to many an uncommon thing. In a world filled with millions of people, there are many that have no one that they can say is a real friend . Certainly they have many acquaintances, but no one that they can share their heart with, or call a bosom buddy. Many go through life with no one they can call friend. Someone to call, someone to go with, someone to share with, someone to turn to in sorrow or disappointment.

In this verse, we find an incredible statement. Abraham and God are friends! The God of the universe and Abraham are close. They share, they love, they enjoy one another's company and fellowship. All of us have had friendships that drifted apart. Something took place, something happened. Maybe a long distance move, a moving on of sorts, by one party or another...the list goes on. To be the friend of God! What a thought! That is one friendship that is worth pursuing.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.29.2017

Philemon 1:7b "...The saints are refreshed by thee, brother."

This is a verse that reminds us that it is possible for our lives to refresh others we come into contact with. Since it is possible to refresh, then it is also possible to depress, or wither others as well. Paul spends a few verses commending Philemon as fellow laborer, dearly beloved, and goes on to say he has heard of his love and faith toward the Lord, and all the saints. Wow! This fellow is awarded accolades by Paul. We note also he has a church in his house, which was common at that time, but certainly notable. The main thing that we note about this man Philemon is his ability to refresh the saints.

In what ways do you think he did it? How is it that we refresh the saints? So many things come to mind. A warm smile will often encourage a sad or disappointed person. A handshake or friendly hug will assure someone you care. A card in the mail, a short text message, a small gift, a heartfelt testimony, a shout, a praise, a message, a song, a poem can refresh - and the list goes on and on.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.22.2017

Psalm 78:4 "We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength and his wonderful works that he hath done"

In this verse, and others in this Psalm, we see the vital importance of passing down the works of the Lord to our children personally. It isn't enough for them to hear it elsewhere. They need to see it in our eyes, and hear it from our mouth, and mark our words. That is how it must be passed on. That is one reason the testimony meeting is so important to the church and the children of the church. This is not our time - it is their time. They need to hear you say it, to see it, witness it in your voice. They need to know what God has done for you. I must say, that as a child, I had the witness of hundreds of people to cling to. Hundreds of testimonies given by saints of God that nurtured me, instructed me, and convinced me that this Holiness way was the best way, the happiest way, the Bible way. I saw it in their eyes, I heard it in their shout, I saw their tears. They convinced me. I know Wednesday night is the midpoint of a hard week, a busy week, you arrive tired. But don't forget, there are a host of little ones who need to hear you praise the Lord. This Psalm says "showing the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done." This is a vital step in the plan that cannot be replaced by any other method. It is our job to do, and we must not fail.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.15.2017

Ecclesiastes 9:10 "whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;...."

TIn this wisdom book, we find an admonition, and it applies all across the board in our lives - that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. We have known so many who have the "patch it up and get by" mentality. Nothing is done well or right, and everything is just rigged in some way to keep things going. While there may be emergency situations that warrant this kind of rigging, some have allowed it to become the norm for their lives.

When this is allowed to enter your spiritual life, it marks disaster. Many intend to get right with God later on in life, but never do. They set a course for themselves that is sure to spell a life of broken dreams, and they ingrain their "patch it up and go on" lifestyle in their children - and on the cycle goes. But you can break the cycle!

Fix it now and fix it right. Your eternity counts on it!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.08.2017

St. John 10:9 “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, He shall be saved...”

This verse plainly declares that there is salvation only through Christ Himself, and no other. Some will agree but still try to go through other doors to enter Heaven. Some try the door of good works. They have done many charitable things - helped many people. Some try the door of their own will. They have a measure of love for Christ but will not come to Him through salvation - but choose the door of their own will, their own religion, which they have concocted to soothe themselves. It is so sad to see folks trying various doors, which all lead to destruction, while the door to eternal life is well marked and highlighted with love.

It's time to enter the door which will ensure you a home in Heaven for eternity and set the path for your children to follow you. Why show your children the door to eternal loss as the one to enter? Be wise - enter the door of Salvation.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.01.2017

Matthew 13:52. "...Things new and old..."

In this Scripture, Jesus tells the story of a householder that has a treasury of things - both old and new. You can almost imagine the things that could be brought forth in those days.

AAs we look to this New Year, we are about to open it up, and see what it will bring forth from its treasury. We have valuable things we can bring out from the past - past blessings, good times, great services, dear friends, financial gains, safe travels, good health, a healing touch. There are also things that brought someone pain and hurt, disappointment, etc. but those things at times are to become a treasure that we never dreamed of. It is amazing how God takes hurtful things and later allows them to become treasured times to us. It doesn't always happen, but sometimes it does.

We can pull out old things, but now we are about to start pulling out new treasures. What things can become treasures to you, now, that you have overlooked in the past. It seems what I treasured in the past, now no longer seems as desirable. The older I become, my criteria for what treasure is has changed. So let's face this New Year with a heartfelt sense of what treasure really is.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.25.2016

Matthew 2:8 "...And when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."

These are the words of the murderous Herod. We know they ring with falsehood. His desire wasn't worship at all. He was on the throne, and he planned to stay there. He wanted the wisemen to pin point the baby that had been born a supposed king, so that he could destroy him. God knew his murderous intentions, and tells the wise men his heart. V. 13b "for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him." So there you have it. Herod was pretending worship. He would not give up his throne, his power, his glory. Without that, he could not truly worship another king. He would be king, and not another. All other Kings were in the way of himself being exalted, and he would not have that to be interrupted.

Are we not still there today? Many still pretend to come and worship, but they themselves are still on the throne of their lives. A threat to self is very real, so true worship is impossible. Jesus was a threat to Herod's grasp for power, and he must be eliminated. The radical left needs to eliminate God from everything. He is a threat to their kingship of doing what they want. Even so, the "casual Christian" pretends to worship but still maintains the throne of their heart.

I want to be found on duty as a faithful watcher.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.18.2016

Luke 2:25 "... Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: ..."

Simeon is one of the heroes of the Nativity of Jesus. While the chief priests and scribes seem surprised and uninterested at the announcement by the wise men that the star heralded a new born king, this old gentlemen was not surprised at all, but in fact, was anxiously waiting the child to arrive. Verse 26 tells us that the Holy Ghost Himself had revealed to him that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord's Christ. V. 27 says he came "by the Spirit into the temple." Simeon was just, devout, and waiting. His careful watchfulness was rewarded in his being one of the few to first see and believe in the Christ Child.

There is a lesson here for all of us. Only those who are just, devout, and waiting will see and behold His second coming as well. Do you fit the qualifications? It's time to get ready. Simeon was thrilled, and took Baby Jesus into his arms. I am sure his reception of the Baby was so precious to Mary and Joseph - the couple so poor, that they could only supply turtle doves for the occasion. It must have brightened their day.

I want to be found on duty as a faithful watcher.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.11.2016

Ruth 2:3 "...And her hap was to light on a part of the eld belonging to Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech."

This is a story of sadness and misery. Ruth's husband has died very young, and she has ventured into strange territory with her bi er mother-in-law, Naomi. It seems all is lost; that her future is set. Yet on this day "her hap" is to light on a eld belonging to Boaz. What she considered a "hap" or happen chance, was actually a detailed plan by the Holy Ghost to preserve the family blood line of the long awaited Messiah. Ruth ends up in marriage to Boaz, the wealthy land- owner. Her future is more brightened with baby Obed. Her mother-in-law's bi erness is reversed, the neighbors declare and predict that the baby's name will be famous in Bethlehem. Indeed, he would be the father of Jesse, who is the father of King David. However, trace the family line, and the most famous kinsman of all is found...Jesus.

What may seem to us at mes may appear to be happenstance, but it may be the careful plans of the Holy Ghost Himself to bring about wonderful change in ourlives.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.04.2016

St. Matthew 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

It is upon this verse that the Christian Faith has it's most basic foundation - the virgin birth. If one believes not the virgin birth, all is lost. It's upon this pivot point that our core beliefs rest. It was then, and is still impossible that a virgin can conceive a child. His father was the Holy Ghost. Jesus left the throne of God and became a baby born to peasant parents in an obscure, crumbling lair of shepherds. He would live thirty - three years and reveal to all who knew Him, what His Father was like. When Jesus wailed His first cry at His birth, God was indeed with us. When Jesus died on Calvary, He sent the promised Holy Ghost, who abideth with us forever. He speaks and draws men to Christ. The third person of the trinity is with us now. Make no mistake-we do the honorable thing by celebrating the birth of Jesus. The Christmas haters and nay - sayers' voices are drowned out by the crescendo of the redeemed of all the ages, the saints of God, and the Holiness people who have celebrated Christmas for generations. So, let us join with them to exalt Him.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.27.2016

Isaiah the prophet has seen something. He has looked through the telescope of time and has seen things no one would believe. The promised Messiah, the long awaited One, the Deliverer of Israel is coming. He will not come as a mighty warrior, wearing shield and sword. He will not come as an earthly king. He will not be a servant or priest offering sacrifices in the temple. He will not be born in a palace. All of this Isaiah knows. He said "who hath believed our report?" He will be born to a lowly virgin. Unthinkable! Unbelievable! Yet it will come to pass. Yes, He would come. Isaiah saw it and believed. What a revelation! What hope! What amazing things he saw! And they all came to pass. Every one.

As we enter this Advent season, let us reflect on the miracle of the virgin birth. It has not lost any of its amazement! It is fresh, and true.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.20.2016

Psalm 95:2 "Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving..."

In this verse, we are reminded that thanksgiving is not just a once a year attitude. He wants us to be ever mindful of all the wonderful things He has done. There is nothing worse than a spoiled child, who is un-thankful, going about never recognizing special gifts and nice things done for them.

God also needs to know your heart, and your gratefulness for all He has done for you and yours. Are we guilty of blowing off all the bounty God has bestowed freely upon us? The pilgrims had it right when they took a special day to rejoice and thank God for his blessings. Let us not allow the day to go by without praising God for all he has done.

Sometimes holy days develop into holidays. Let us not be guilty.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.13.2016

Matthew 6:28 "..... Consider the lilies of the field..."

In this verse, and those that follow it, Jesus gives us a valuable lesson. If Heaven has time for a common flower, to make it beautiful by properbalance of sunshine and rain, how much more so His chosen saints. The lilies mentioned here are seen in Israel, and they aren't like the ones that grace our pulpits on Easter Sunday. They are a small round hugging flower that grows wild on the hills - a most common plant. Yet they crown the valleys and hills with beauty. The lesson here is...If God has time for a small insignificant flower, how much more will He watch out over you and provide your needs as well.

Consider the lilies...and, then you will know.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.06.2016

Isaiah 49:23 " ... They shall not be ashamed that wait for thee."

God goes on record in this verse, and others like it, that those who are willin to wait on the Lord will always come out to the good.

There have been times when we ran ahead, and got ahead of God's will for us, thinking we had worked the situation out on our own. But the end result was that we actually ended up the loser, as God's will was much better, and had we waited for Him, we would have had His perfect will. We live in a hurry up age. And when we try this on God, it doesn't fit His plans for us. Heaven is never in a hurry, and it seems that God's favorite tool is delay. But let there be no mistake, His ways are best, even if they are a seeming delay on our part. Many times we must learn this lesson, until it becomes who we are...Waiters on God's will.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.30.2016

I Timothy 6:17 ".... The living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy."

This verse reminds us Who it is that is doing the giving. Since it is The Living God, we have reason to expect much. The Scripture says God is not a skimpy giver but gives richly. We have the idea that God is several cuts above the nearest competitor, if indeed, one can be found.

When people leave a fast food restaurant, we seldom hear them exclaim "what a meal!" But, if you leave a place like Fogo's, you hear things like "can you believe this place?" And, you have a great sense in which you know you have eaten richly from the best cuts of meat, had the best service, and a desire to return someday.

The Word of God reminds us that we, as His children, are subject to receive much at His bountiful hand. We are prone to take all His bounty and rich help for granted.

As we approach the Thanksgiving Season, let us be reminded that we are children of The King, and we must be ever mindful and grateful for His goodness.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.16.2016

I Chron. 9:33 "And these are the singers... They were employed in that work day and night."

It appears that in the temple, the sacred chant of the singers never ceased, day or night. As the mercy of the Lord is forever, so must the music be going on as well. How well must we think that praise and prayer go on somewhere around the world in a non-stop chorus to the King of Kings. What a glorious and worthy occupation, to be one of the millions who make the 24-hr. a day prayer and praise chant happen. We are a part of the mighty, blood washed band that never ceases! Praise is comely. He inhabits the praises of His saints.

Join in today!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.09.2016

Prov. 11:25 "...And he that watereth shall be watered also himself."

In this verse, we find great promise and hope. When we work in the vineyard and field of the Lord, we are often called upon to water. Carrying water in the days of the Bible was a hard task, but so necessary for a good crop. It could become drudgery, if you took your eye off the goal, which was the crop.

The good news is, when we water, there is the promise that we ourselves will receive water. Our need will also be met, because it has been spoken so by God. How many times in helping others, has God met our own need? In preparing sermons to help others, I have been helped myself. We embrace this Proverb, and welcome it's prophecies.

Get out your watering can!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.02.2016

John 4:6 "Jesus, therefore, being weary with his journey..."

The setting is Jacob's well. Jesus is sitting on the curb of Jacob's well. The time is about noon. Jesus is weary with his journey, and it's only noon.

Some of our days are like that as well. We too grow weary with our journey, and it's only noon. At times our weariness is overwhelming, and we know not the cause. At other times, we can put our finger on the reason, but it all remains the same. We are weary, and it's only noon.

We see the humanity of Jesus in this verse. He understands and cares. In His weariness, He confronts the woman at the well and makes a difference in her life. Many believed because of her testimony.

It may be that we, too, will do some our best work for the Lord - when we stop to rest at noon.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 09.25.2016

Psalm 119:126 "It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law."

In this verse, and others in this longest of the Psalms, the Psalmist lets us in on something that breaks his heart, and causes him to cry out, “LORD, it's time for thee to work!” And that thing is: “They have made void thy law.” The Psalmist just can't stand the fact that God's law has been made void, and, as yet, God has done nothing about it.

Many times, in these recent days, we feel the same way. Why does God allow puny man to flaunt himself against God with no retribution? God has already set a law in motion that takes care of the situation. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” There will be a harvest to those who set aside God's law and order. God will do His will in His time.

Let us see to it that our own harvest will be a good one.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 09.18.2016

Psalm 116:6. "...I was brought low, and He helped me."

In this verse, being brought low denotes feebleness, being emptied out, having become dry, or to be made thin. How many times are we made aware of our feebleness or our inability to go forward with our situation? We feel we have given out and not replenished. We need something fresh from the Lord to help us make it through. The good news is the Psalmist said, "He helped me."

He will help you through your feeble hours. When you are empty, you are a candidate to be filled. Look ahead - your Helper is on the way!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 09.11.2016

Psalm 56:8 "...put thou my tears into thy bottle... Are they not in thy book?"

In this Psalm, we find the writer in a time of great anguish. In those days, the practice of collecting tears into little thin glass bottles, known as lachrymatories was common. Many of these have been found in burial sites. Of course, they are now empty, as the tears have dried up. People also collected tears in this manner to remind them of other sorrow filled days over various things in life. The psalmist is here asking God to take note of his sorrow, by collecting his many tears. In at least one place in the Word, the writer says his tears have become a fountain, which would take many large bottles to hold the tears. The thought of the desire that his tears be collected by God, and the knowledge that what has happened, is written in God's book, helps him to feel God is attentive to his situation, and an attentive God will come to his aid in pity and love.

Remember what a Band-Aid will do for a crying child. The child dries his tears, and with assurance that he is loved, goes on his way. We also need the assurance of an ever attentive God, and his attention in our hour of trouble makes everything better.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 09.04.2016

Dear Church Family,

| I wanted to use my weekly devotional comment to give you something straight from my heart. When we received the call to come here to pastor, I informed the church board that Dad would have to come with us. Everyone was very supportive of us bringing him. During the months he lived with us, many of you helped us with him at various times, to check on him, bring McDonald's, or just sit with him a few minutes. Those months were very hard, and his care was almost more than we could handle. When he fell, and could no longer walk, we knew the time had come to put him in a care facility. During the year he was there, again you were there for us with support of prayer and kind words. The journey has been a rough one. But he is now in the arms of Jesus. Thanks to the church for the lovely spray of roses, and to everyone who came to the viewing and funeral. Also to all who helped with the food, and served at the funeral meal. Also for the gift to help us eat after the viewing. Once again, you have shown your love for us, and we are grateful. As we close this chapter of our lives, know that we deeply appreciate you more than words can express.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 08.28.2016

"Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak; for your work shall be rewarded." II Chron. 15:7

These are the words of Azariah the son of Oded after the spirit of the Lord had come upon him. And, while they were directed at King Asa, they are great encouraging words for all the people of God. When Asa heard the words of Azariah, he "took courage," v. 8.

We too will have our work rewarded in due season. Oft times, we feel that we are not making a difference at all. Then, someone messages us or let's us know that they have been helped, and we take fresh courage and go forward again.

We may never know in this world the people we have touched or helped, but all will be made clear in the glory world. What a time of revelation!

Keep Going!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 08.21.2016

"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

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

The Pastor's Corner - 07.31.2016

I Kings 17:7 "And it came to pass, after awhile that the brook dried up..."

I'm sure this was a surprise to Elijah. He had been hiding by the brook and doing fine. When the brook began to dry up, change was in the air.

The dry brook signals change. All of us have had our dry brook experience. Change is in the air, and God signals it with a dry brook in our lives - loss of a job, a move, a church that's dying, change with parents, something that's happening.

We resist change. It is scary. We have settled into our routine, but we can't go on pretending there is water in the brook.

What is God signaling in your life? Is the brook drying up so God can move you forward without resistance? In Elijah's life... he stepped into another unknown - the widow's house in Zarepath. God said, "I have commanded a widow to sustain thee there."

Is your brook drying up? Get ready for change.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.24.2016

II Thess. 1:3 "...The charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth."

Last week, over $1,200 came in for the children to go to Kids' Camp. I believe it was a wonderful investment. Many of the children were at the altar during the three days.

Today, we will feature the children in the morning service to sing a few songs, and share their experience with you.

It was a great privilege to minister to them. They were so well behaved, and there were few problems.

Hats off to Kristin and Daniel Cantlebarry, our wonderful teen helpers, and grandparents, who went along and helped make it all happen. It was a Camp to remember.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.17.2016

I Timothy 3:1 - "...In the last days, perilous times shall come..."

There can be no doubt In our minds that we are surely living in the last days. Just the events of the last couple days are enough evidence. The coup in Turkey has left over 190 dead. The carnage In Nice, France, has left over 70 dead. The Bible also does tell us that evil will wax worse.

How shall we prepare ourselves for these days? We must be much about knowing we are living as close to Jesus as possible, lest the tide of evil overtake us. The Bible also tells us that many will be deceived. Many are also falling prey to that end time happening. It behooves us all to put on the whole armor of God, that we may withstand all the wiles of the devil. Many are nominal Christians, who fit God into their lives when it's convenient. These will be easy prey in these last days.

Where are you living? It's time to know.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.10.2016

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

Some things never change. One of them is the need to pause amid the din of everything that demands our attention, so that we may commune with God. If the Psalmist heard the call from Heaven, how much more in our fast-paced, music-filled, device-filled, phone-in-hand generation need this advice from Heaven as well. We hear God's voice best in the silence of morning, or in the whisper of the trees in the woods, or near the babbling of a stream. Are we too busy to know HE is God? Does the news frighten us so that we forget who is in control? We have need to be

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 07.03.2016

II Cor. 3:17 "...Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty."

We are poised to celebrate another Independence Day, and as a nation, we are in great need of a National Revival. We thank God for the awakening that is happening in North Carolina.

America Is a great country because we have been built on a scriptural foundation. Because of that, God's Word will outlast the critics, the profane, the Supreme Court, presidents, and all it's foes.

We call on Americans everywhere to rise up, holding the banner of prayer and Holiness.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 06.26.2016

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

The Pastor's Corner - 06.19.2016

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

The Pastor's Corner - 06.05.2016

"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

The Pastor's Corner - 05.29.2016

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

The Pastor's Corner - 05.22.2016

"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

The Pastor's Corner - 05.15.2016

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

The Pastor's Corner - 05.08.2016

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

The Pastor's Corner - 05.01.2016

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

The Pastor's Corner - 04.24.2016

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

The Pastor's Corner - 04.17.2016

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

The Pastor's Corner - 04.10.2016

Isaiah 34:16 " Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: ......"

The inspired writer's words still ring true today; it's time to seek out The Book of the Lord and read. Reading is out of style in today's world. Hand held devices have stolen away time that was once used for reading and study. We must be students of God's Word. We must take time to be holy. Nothing will take the place of a Bible in hand, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us. It's time for us to seek out The Book. Many things beckon for our attention, but those who seek out The Book will be refreshed, informed, and blessed. The Bible has no other book that is it's equal. It is truly the Living Word. Let's seek out the book, and read!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 04.03.2016

Acts 1:18 "Now this man purchased a field..."

This verse refers to Judas. The money he returned to the chief priests was used to purchase "the field of blood." Even though Judas did not actually make the purchase, his actions and the return of the money did. When we visit Israel, from the house of Caiaphas, you can overlook the potter's field. It is the reward of Judas. It's what he traded his soul for. It's a non descript piece of land - yet it cost Judas greatly

What are you buying? What will your legacy be?

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 03.27.2016

Mark 16:6 "..He is Risen!..."

The story is told of a ragged waif, who was beholding a picture of the crucifixion that had been placed in a downtown store window for the Easter Season. A man noticed the boy studying the picture carefully, as if to take it all in. He stopped and also looked at the picture. The boy said, "Mister, that's Jesus on the cross there." Then, without awaiting a reply, he said. "Them's Roman Soldiers there; they nailed him to the cross." And then he added, "He died on that cross, Mister."

The man was amazed that the boy seemed to know so much about it all."Where did you learn all that, sonny?" he asked. "At the mission," the boy responded. The man walked away thoughtfully but later heard footsteps of a runner behind him. He turned to see the now breathless boy. "I forgot to tell you, sir. The best part - He rose again!" The boy turned and ran back where he had came from, and the man walked on with a tear on his cheek,

It truly was the best part...He rose again!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 03.20.2016

I Kings 18:43 ".... He said, there is nothing..."

In this passage, we have the answer of Elijah's servant when he was sent to look for rain clouds over the Mediterranean Sea, while atop his vantage point on Mt. Carmel. If there is a place in all of Israel that has a great vantage point and command of all the area, it is there. Elijah has declared it will not rain until he says so, and now he has by faith told Ahab it is about to rain. But the servant brings back this answer.. "there is nothing." Seven times, the servant brings this same reply back to the expectant prophet.

How often in our lives, we see no hope or promise of any change in people we pray for, and situations we wrestle in prayer over are unchanged. There is nothing.

Seven times, the report is dismal....there is nothing. But then comes the little cloud, followed by the abundance of rain.

Keep Praying!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 03.13.2016

Matt. 11:19: "...the son of man...friend of...sinners..."

In this verse, and those before it, Jesus is condemned for eating with publicans and sinners. He is known as the friend of sinners. Jesus was often the guest of sinners, and even if the host was not, oft times guests were. His heart was always filled with compassion for those who were away from God - those on the outside of the Jewish nation. His heart reveals the great heart of God. He said, "if you have seen me, you have seen the Father." So, we know God's heart is leaning with love to the sinner, the down and outer, the up and outer.

Let us also mirror the Heavenly Father in our love for sinners. Let it be said of us that we eat with sinners. We may be the only light they will ever see.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 03.06.2016

“Which is the earnest of our inheritance....” Ephesians 1:14.

I have only had one inheritance in my lifetime. A very dear lady in Muncie, Indiana, that I had worked for and helped for seven years before she came to Jesus left me $10,000. Of course, the day we got the letter from the attorney, which told us we had been named in her will, was a very exciting day for us. We were so excited, we could hardly sleep that night. We talked long into the night about what we would do with our inheritance. We had plans to buy our old church in Carthage and make it into a home, and we finally used it for that purpose. It was several months before the check actually came through, but it didn't stop us from hoping and planning. We talked about it every day - for us it was reality! The money was coming! We had a letter to prove it! When the day arrived, we were beside ourselves! Our hopes and dreams came true, and we have had our old home in Carthage almost 20 years now.

As Christians, we have all the promises of God to assure us of a future Forever with Christ. We talk about it, we sing about it, we preach about it. We have the earnest of our inheritance now! We believe it will come! What a day that will be!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 02.28.2016

"....blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it.." Luke 11:28.

In this verse, and many others like it, there is a blessing promised those who hear and keep the Word of God. Being a hearer is not enough to obtain the blessing of the Lord. Many hear the Word preached week in and out but are not keepers of the Word. They are like the seed that falls on stony ground and is devoured by the fowls of the air. But when we hear and heed and live the Word, we are a blessed people indeed. We are admonished to search the Scriptures. We are here today to hear and keep His Word, and we shall be blessed.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 02.21.2016

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” II Cor. 4:7

Often in Bible times, treasures were hidden in earthen vessels to protect them from dampness. The Dead Sea Scrolls are a perfect example of this. The oldest scriptures known to man were protected in earthen vessels. How fragile were these jars, yet how great the treasure inside. This verse emphasizes the power of the Holy Ghost that dwells within our fragile, temporary frame. The Songwriter said, "He has come to dwell in my inmost self..." Surely this is a high honor and privilege to us that we should be the dwelling place of the blessed Holy Ghost and are daily honored by His ever present witness within.

When this fragile vessel is broken or cracked, the contents is spilled. How often we have evidenced this when tragedy comes, when a saint of God goes through affliction and sorrow, and the treasure leaks and fills the house with the strong aroma of His mighty power. Often the most fragile of vessels holds the greatest treasure. We are temporary treasure keepers. Someday the vessel will be broken beyond repair, and the Treasure will return to the One who gave it, and we will be one with Him forever.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 02.14.2016

Mark 2:14: "....Follow me."

These are the words of Jesus when He called Levi (Matthew). Matthew was busy at his customs table when the call came. This verse says "he arose and followed him." Matthew had no idea that day of all the wonderful things that he would experience while he spent his short years with Jesus. He had no idea that day what his choice to answer the call would entail. We are now blessed these thousands of years later by reading his gospel. His choice was a good one. He was witness to the life and workings of Jesus' most remarkable miracles and teachings

My choice to follow Jesus has also been a good one. I have seen His mighty workings and been the recipient of His blessings and bounty. He has sustained me and helped me.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 02.07.2016

Matt. 14:31: "O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"

These are the words of Jesus when Peter began to sink, after he had asked to walk toward Jesus on the water. He was doing fine walking on the water - doing the impossible. It was a miracle! But the scene changes when he saw the boisterous winds. He began to sink when fear took over. His fears overcame the word of Jesus. Jesus had said, "come," and when he obeyed, he walked on the water. When his fears took over, he began to sink.

When our fears take us over, we too begin to sink. Fear is one of satan's greatest tools. Jesus points to Peter's low faith level as the catalyst of his doubt. Doubt is a product of low faith. Check your faith level. The more faith, the less doubt. Jesus said so.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.31.2016

Matt. 14:3: " of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid."

These are the words of Jesus to His disciples when He walked to them on the water. The feeding of the 5,000 has just happened. They are all weary from the big day. They may have hoped for much needed rest on their way across the Sea of Galilee, but instead, they are tossed by contrary winds. How often, we, too, are pounded by contrary winds in our lives. We hope for a restful day but are met with all sorts of troubles that drain us further. But, in the midst of the wind storm, Jesus comes their direction. They are afraid, and He knew it. His first words bring to them assurance and comfort. “Be of good cheer.” He has ome to cheer them. In the midst of their storm tossed life, He has come their way to bring cheer. Then He says, "it is I." He reveals Himself to them. He had the insight long before they knew it was Him. Then He says, "Be not afraid." He has arrived to allay their fears.

What a wonderful comfort His words are to us today. He knows where we are, He is aware of the storm. He is there to cheer us and calm us from our fears.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.24.2016

Psalm 149:4: "For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: ...."

It humbles us to know, that the God of the universe, the creator of All the beauty and glory of the earth should find pleasure in His people. All of us have had moments when we've run for the camera - when the children were so cute, when they had built a snowman, were dressed for Easter Sunday, when they were feeding a calf with a bottle, taking a nap with their dog, then later when they receive their diploma, when they head off to college, at their wedding, or in a spray of flowers. These were all moments to capture, and the photos help them last a lifetime. We have other moments when no camera was available, no written record made, just a moment that is for the heart, to be treasured and kept forever - the first hug from a baby, a warm hand slipping into yours, a conversation overheard, or a scene caught completely by surprise and not rehearsed. All these are times that we feel connected, we feel love, we feel a part of something that makes us smile, and that brings us joy. Even years later, we smile, we remember - a tear comes to our eyes.

Could it be that God has these moments in our lives as well? Could it be that the God of the universe takes pleasure in some thing we do or say, or in an act of kindness, or a shout of praise? Yes, I think this verse proves it can and does happen.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.17.2016

II Thess. 2:3: "....except there come a falling away first...."

This scripture predicts what will happen in the days preceding the Anti-Christ, namely a falling away. I can't fall away from being a millionaire, unless I had been one. I can't fall away from being healthy, unless I had first been healthy. I can't fall away from Christ unless I have been with him. So this scripture proves that there will be people who fall away from Jesus.

This falling away is evident all around us. The falling away as a Nation is very evident to us. The falling away of families is also evident. This is why parents need to be strong leaders and give every reason to their children to stand firm in these trying days. Why would we compromise now, in the face of what is happening all around us? We don't need to be entertained.... We need truth and honesty in the pulpit and pew.

Let us all beware, lest we also become part of the falling away.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.10.2016

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

Many things happen in our lives that bring us to tears. Especially at night, our fears seem more real; News, that perhaps we could weather in daylight, is brought to us in the darkness and we weep. We live in days of seeming unending bad tidings. Our world is spinning out of control, and everything that we thought would remain the same is changing rapidly. Our ability to assimilate bad news is not sufficient and does not keep up with the swelling froth. People disappoint us, the specter of "what if" knocks at our door, and usually comes in the darkness to do it. But what a difference morning brings! Somehow, things seem better, the news we received last night not quite as dark. With sunrise, there seems to be a ray of hope - a feeling that everything will be alright.

Jesus is the Sun of Righteousness, risen with healing in His wings. He has arisen in our hearts, and when morning comes, our tears of the night are dried, and hope takes their place.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 01.03.2016

Prov. 3:6: "In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."

This is a wonderful verse with which to start the New Year. It's never fun to be in a group, and yet be unseen, unknown, unacknowledged. While others are interacting, you seem to be invisible, never spoken to, your worth never realized, your opinion never asked, your advice never sought, your personality never tapped. In short, you are a mere specter, like a shadow or ghost, unseen, unheard. You follow along, hoping for interaction, desiring fellowship, longing to be a real part. This describes many people; possibly yourself. If these people really knew you, if you had just a chance, you could add so much to the conversation, to them personally.

When we do not acknowledge God in all our ways, we are placing Him in the specter position as well. He is there, waiting to be consulted, desiring our fellowship, waiting to help us. The promise is, if we acknowledge Him, He will direct our paths. Divine direction! That's what we need! We must acknowledge Him in all our ways. Include Him in all our doings.. He has the road map.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.27.2015

Psalm 56:11: "In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do...."

As we look toward the new year of 2016, this is a prayer that we need to join the Psalmist in praying. Mankind can and will do many horrible things this year. Sometimes, we are overwhelmed as we see our world changing, and not for the better. We long for the old days, when people were more kind, and less likely to be offended at the drop of a hat, when children respected the adults, when men were men, when our national leaders respected Christmas, and when stores were closed on Sunday. Our Nation has changed so much, and it brings us sorrow. We wonder what 2016 will bring from mankind. But we must remember that God never changes. He is forever the same, and we place our trust in Him, knowing that He will preserve us, and help us this year. Thanks Lord, for staying the same in my fast changing world. I will trust in You!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.20.2015

Matt. 1:21: "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."

This is the command of God to Joseph, the earthly father and caretaker of the long awaited Messiah. His world was about to be turned upside down by this shocking announcement. There would be the long trip to Bethlehem, the birth in a stable, the visit of the shepherds, then later the wise men, the warning, and long journey to Egypt. All these things were life altering events, yet they all took place in just a few months. Yet God sustained them. The wise men brought costly gifts that could be used for their immediate needs, gold for the journey costs and to live on in a strange land. The thought that Jesus was in danger must have frightened the parents of the baby Jesus. Yet the angel tells both parents in separate visits…”Fear not.”

Our lives are also filled with changes and happenings that cause us fear, yet, we too are given comfort and confidence by the blessed Holy Ghost, who is our Comforter. We must remember... He will lead us into all truth. Let Him comfort you now

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.13.2015

Luke 2:7: "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

After all these years, when I read the story of the birth of Jesus, the phrase "no room" is still a haunting thing to me. I first learned this verse when I was five years old in Vacation Bible School. Little did I know then that one day I would stand in Bethlehem and be in the place where Jesus was born. Bethlehem is always my favorite place when I tour Israel. When Jesus came, there was no room for Him, and He was born in a common stable with a manger for His bed.

So many people today have no room for the Saviour. On they go into eternity, having crowded Him out of their lives. No room for Jesus. Many people were raised in devout families, and yet their lives find them crowding out the Christ of Bethlehem. It is sad indeed when people who know who He is still leave Him outside the door of their hearts. The innkeeper of Bethlehem didn't know who he was turning away, but this generation knows who they are leaving out.

My plea this year to all is...Let the Saviour in, acknowledge Him as Lord this

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 12.06.2015

Matthew 1:21: "....Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins."

The ancient celebration of the birth of Christ is again in the air, and we, like the shepherds, and wise men of old, are awed by His wonder and glory. Let us keep the central theme of Christmas, which has always been: Salvation to sinners.

Jesus was the long awaited and hoped for Messiah, whose birth was predicted in the book of Genesis. The theme of a coming Messiah is a thread that runs through the entire Bible.

We celebrate His first coming, knowing also that His second coming will also take place with the same accuracy that the first coming did.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.29.2015

I Thess. 1:2: "We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers."

On this day, we celebrate two things at Calvary Church. Today is our first anniversary of being Pastor here. The second is we celebrate and commend all our wonderful laymen. This year has flown past us. We entered this pastorate just a little apprehensively, since it happened so quickly, and since we had been in full time evangelism 45 or 46 weeks every year for 12 years. We had seen it all....and felt an overwhelming sense of wonder how we would be able to make the transition back to pastoring. We have faced many changes that could have wrecked many churches, but you have withstood them all because of God's grace, and your wonderful sense of what a church family does....get along and love one another. The powerful sense in which the church board has had complete love and fellowship, and never a bad board meeting or disunity has been wonderful. The ways in which you have loved us and supported us are incalculable. All the acts of kindness, and your outpouring of food, gifts, cards, and texts, help us to know what wonderful and supportive and appreciative people you truly are. It has been a joy to Pastor this church this year, and we look forward to the coming year as a year of growth, both spiritually and numerically. We have crossed major hurdles this year, and by God's grace, we will go forward. This church has quality and strong Laymen, who are committed to God and the church. You are to be commended and loved. That is our job, and we will do it, because you make it easy.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.22.2015

II Samuel 22:50: "Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name."

In this verse, we have the final conclusion of David's Psalm of Thanksgiving, following his deliverance from Saul and all of his enemies. This entire Psalm is one big praise of all of God's mighty acts, and His rescue of David. David admits in v. 18, "they were too strong for me." Then, he tells us in v. 19, "the Lord was my stay."

The reality is...God has not changed. Our problems are too strong for us, but God is our stay. David says he will "give thanks among the heathen." That is our job today. America is swiftly becoming a heathen nation. It is our job to declare His glory and be a light in the present darkness.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.15.2015

Psalm 86:7: "In the day of my trouble, I will call upon thee: for thou will answer me."

What day is it? In this scripture, it is the day of trouble. We have all had our day of trouble, when it seems that thee are many questions, but the answers are not forthcoming. Some troubles are beyond us. When I have car trouble, it looms large to me, because my mechanic skills are not up to the task. Immediately, I am seeking someone to help me. At other times, the trouble falls in the realm of my abilities, and I need not call anyone, but get out my tools and go to work to fix the trouble.

In this verse, the Psalmist is not in trouble today, but when he is, he already knows Who he is going to call... He is going to call on the Lord. Why? Because He will answer. Some folks simply do not answer their phone. Even if they are home, they let the answering machine take the call. Or, yet, others have caller ID, and they screen their calls. Yet others never return their calls, or listen to their messages, until sometime, days later they notice you called. But the Psalmist knows God always answers.

Are you having trouble? Call on the Lord.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.08.2015

I Kings 22:48: "Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships wer broken at Eziongeber."

This short verse is first full of promise and hopefulness. Jehoshaphat has decided to mimic Solomon and send out for gold to enrich his kingdom. Who knows how much work and money were spent in preparation. But before the ships ever left the harbor, they were broken, and the venture for the gold never came to fruition.

So many people are like Jehoshaphat. They have plans, hopes, and dreams, but they never happen because of broken ships. The question is: Why were they broken and how? The answer is in II Chron. 20:37b: "....Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken..." The Lord broke the ships. God stopped this venture. Why? Unholy alliance with Ahaziah.

Unholy alliances will break the ships of life, stop you in your tracks, keep you from getting the gold.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 11.01.2015

II Chron. 7:1b "..... And the glory of the Lord filled the house."

Today, we begin afresh with our remodeled sanctuary, and other important additions. We have added new wiring, insulation, enclosed front porch, handicap access to the Men's room, new drive-up access for handicapped and elderly, large spacious foyer area, new steeple, and added green areas around the church, updated all downspout drains and made them functional, air conditioning and furnace replacement, replaced basement floor drains, upgraded lighting, restored our pews to better than new condition, new pulpit furniture and altars, new carpet, and the list goes on.

But, what we now crave most is what the above verse says... "...the glory of the Lord filled the house." We must contend for His blessing and glory. We have great desire to move into this house with His favor and see "the fire fall from Heaven."

Join us tonight for our regular "early prayer service" at 5:30 p.m.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.25.2015

Zechariah 4:10a: "For who hath despised the day of small things?....."

In this verse, we are reminded once again that the Lord often makes something great out of something small. It seemed impossible that a group of feeble Jews would be able to raise a great temple amongst innumerable opposition; yet they did it. How? Because the eyes of the Lord were upon them.

We, too, are able to see small things become big. The little things we do, the kind word we speak, the smile we share can change the atmosphere of a room. The prayer we breathe can be the turning point of someone's day, or our own. The small gift we share may be just enough to make a difference. The kindness shown to a child may seal him or her to your heart for a lifetime. A short testimony of answered prayer may be the seed of faith someone else plants, and it becomes a great tree. A little money invested in someone helps them make it, and they go on to win many souls to Christ.

Little is much if God is in it.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.18.2015

I Cor. 15:51 "Be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord."

This verse has two very special admonitions for us. We are not a people that are blown about by various winds of earthly change. We cannot be moved by earthly things, the opinions of man, Hollywood, political correctness, or government. Our faith is grounded in the Rock of Ages. Our anchor holds despite the storms that beat upon us. We don't budge under the critics scrutiny. We have ahold of something that doesn't change with the fashions or fads of time. People can find us at our post, and unchanged. We are the people of God, the Christians.

Because we don't spend time keeping up with worldly things, we have more time to abound in the work of the Lord. Since we are satisfied with the Lord, we are not spending all our time following the things Godless people worship, and we are abounding in the work of the Lord. The seeds of our labor will one day bring forth fruit, and our larder will be filled with blessings that nothing this world has can compare with.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.11.2015

“They made me a keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.” Song of Solomon 1:6

This verse is a sad, but often true, picture of many lives today. We often see this played out, when carpenters, who build lovely houses and do remodeling for others, often live in half finished or never finished homes themselves. The barber needs a haircut, the one who so carefully mows your yard has an unkempt lawn at home. People who clean other people's homes live in a mess themselves.

However, when this practice involves spiritual things, it can prove fatal to your soul. Being busy for Jesus does not translate into personal communion for yourself but will eventually lessen the value of your service. We must give heed to our own soul and spend time with the One we do service for. Many in ministry have a zeal that causes their own family to suffer, and they think they have done a great service for the kingdom. The sad truth is, they have sacrificed their own, for the sake of others. The reason for ministerial failure is often without a doubt neglect of personal revival. Laity and Ministry must beware that we do not neglect our own vineyard.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 10.04.2015

Psalm 95:1 " O COME, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation."

The Psalmist invites us to come and sing. So many times, music is the key to true worship. We sing the grand old hymns, the organ peals forth, and our hearts are moved to praise the Lord. At other times, we are all alone, and a song comes to mind that glorifies the Lord and lifts our spirits.

One day while in the grocery store, I was just whistling, and really wasn't realizing it, I guess. A lady walked past me and said, “You must be happy today.” And I replied "I am." She said, "You hardly ever hear anyone whistle anymore."

Our song not only exalts the Lord but encourages us as well. Even those who can't sing well appreciate and love good music, and they are encouraged to "make a joyful noise.” Even little ones are singing sweetly to the Lord while at play.

Let's worship the Lord in song!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 9.27.2015

Psalm 62:2 ".....When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

The word overwhelmed here is denoting being shrouded with darkness. Total darkness is seldom seen in our world of electric lighting. In total darkness, we lose our sense of direction, and we can become completely disoriented. The thought here is this: “Lord, this situation has left me completely in need of You to take me by the hand and lead me to a place of safety.”

Often, we cannot see far enough ahead to know what may lie there. If we forge ahead recklessly, we may fall into a pit prepared by the devil himself. We are wise to cry out to the Lord when darkness covers us.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 9.20.2015

Colossians 4:2..."Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving..."

In this verse, Paul encouraged the Colossians to continue in prayer. Let us, also, take this admonition. We pray until we see an answer. We stay at it until something happens. Sometimes others or other situations we pray about seem to remain unchanged, but it is us that are changed. God helped us to be able to make it through a possible long siege of trial, and He strengthened us and we are survivors through prayer. While the situation that caused us to pray in the first place seems to remain the same, we aren't. Prayer has changed us.

We are admonished, also, to watch in prayer. Prayer makes us watchful. Many unwary souls have been brought down by temptation, because they have dropped their watchfulness in prayer. The heinous sins that are happening didn't happen when the souls were waxing hot in prayer and watchfulness. They do happen during coolness and lethargic prayer life.

Take note and be a strong prayer person. Continue in prayer.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 9.13.2015

Jude 1:24... "Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling..."

When children are present, we fall over ourselves trying to be sure we keep them from falling headlong. We even put up gates at staircases, and do everything possible to ensure their safety. Even so, God is also at work to keep His children from falling spiritually. The Holy Spirit is at work to sound the alarm when we are entering hurtful territory. God sends someone our way to warn us. Sometimes, it is a message from the pulpit; at other times, a scripture from the Bible; and, yet at other times, it may be a person sent from God at the very time we needed to be kept from falling into something we shouldn't get involved in. The Lord is able to keep us from falling.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 9.06.2015

Ecclesiastes 7:10... “Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these?”

Sometimes as we grow older, we are tempted to feel an air of despair about many things. We may feel that our better days are already past, and whatever takes place now will be inferior. We, also, often do that in relation with the things of God. The Revivals of the past were better, the crowds were better, the preaching was better, the atmosphere was better.....the list goes on and on. We must realize that God never changes, and everything in heaven is unchanged. We can have good days now. They are the only days this generation has. They have nothing to look back to. We must caution ourselves not to paint a glowing picture of yesteryear, and cause this generation to feel there is nothing for them. We must prevail upon ourselves to help create a holy atmosphere in which God can work. We do this by making the things of God a priority, being regular at church, spending time in prayer, being quick to praise the Lord, and testifying on prayer meeting night. We are now creating someone's yesteryears. Beside that, we also tend to forget the bad things about the past, and paint with glowing colors what took place.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 8.30.2015

Romans 8:12a. . ."Therefore, brethren, we are debtors......."

When we begin to think of everyone we are in debt to for the wonderful things we now enjoy, and often take for granted, we are overwhelmed as people begin to march across our memory. Those who gave their lives so that we may have the printed word; those old saints of bygone days who gave us our hymnals, and a host of spiritual books; those who taught our Sunday School classes; the blessed people who testified and shouted the victory across the years, and created an atmosphere of glory and blessing; the faithful ones who taught V.B.S.; those dear prayer warriors who held our feet to the fire; the faithful ministers who preached their way into our hearts; the faithful examples of true Christianity, who set before us a Godly example to follow; the sacrificial saints, who paid for and built the churches we now enjoy; those who raised the camp tabernacles we worship in every summer.... the list goes on and on. We are in debt up to our eyeballs. Someone is now depending on us to create the same atmosphere - and that by example and prayer. We have a big job on our hands, but God can give us the help we need to make it happen.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 8.23.2015

Psalm 62:5b "....My expectation is from him."

Sometimes, our expectations are much higher in something, and when we receive it, there is a terrible disappointment and let down feeling. We had hoped for so much more, and it was not forthcoming. Then at other times, we had hoped for little, because it seemed the source was small and the outcome would be disappointing, but when it came about, it was a huge surprise, because our expectations had been small to begin with.

Life is full of disappointments and let downs. The advertising world - the products of men are so false sometimes. People, also, let us down at times; they fail to meet our hopes and expectations. But here, the Psalmist declares he is willing to wait for God, because he has higher expectations from Him. He has a track record that proves He delivers and delivers well.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 8.16.2015

Psalm 86:7 - "In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me."

In this verse, we have the negative and the positive. This is a very personal verse. "My trouble" makes it thus. Whether this trouble is of my making or not, it's mine. Perhaps I have made the trouble myself. Many times we end up in the pit of our own making. At other times, the trouble which ends up on our doorstep has been made by other hands, yet we are now the owner of the trouble, and what do we do now?

The psalmist gives us the answer. Who do we call? We call upon the Lord. Why? He will answer. While some lines ring busy, while we get the voice mailof others, when we call upon the Lord, He will answer. Do you have trouble? Call the line that answers.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 8.09.2015

Isaiah 41:10: ".....I will strengthen thee...."

How often we become aware of our weaknesses - whether they be physical, mental, or spiritual. As the songwriter says, we reach the end of our hoarded resources. Some days, it is our physical strength that wanes. We are up for the task mentally, but we find ourselves weak and unable to carry on to accomplish the task set before us. At other times, we are strong enough, but mentally, we are wiped out, and can't face the daunting day ahead. At other times, we sense we need a fresh touch from Heaven to go forward, while otherwise we are mentally set, and our strength is at its zenith.

He has promised to strengthen us, so let's call upon him in our hour of need.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 8.02.2015

Deuteronomy 32:9 " The Lord's portion is his people."

This phrase baffles our thinking. Could not God find satisfaction in the celestial order, the magnificence of creation, the wonders of plant life, the beauty of nature, the roaring of the seas? We are humbled to find out that the God of the Universe finds particular joy in our little, cramped, and seeming uneventful lives. We are His portion. We matter to God. He has His eye on us, He is interested in what we are doing. We are His portion! When we are tempted to feel no one cares, think again! We all know what a difference He makes to us, but did you ever realize we make a difference to Him? It's hard to wrap our minds around it, but we do!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 7.26.2015

Exodus 14:13 ".... Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will shew to you today.... The Lord will fight for you..."

Standing still is never easy. We are anxious to get moving. We want progress, and we want it now. Many times, God shows us His power, but we must stand still. God assures Israel His help is coming soon. He tells them they will soon see that He will fight for them. They would do no battle that day. They would not be crushed by the army of Egypt. God will fight for them, but His command to them is "stand still." I'm sure it was a hard stand, with the Red Sea on one side, and Pharaoh's army on the other.

Many times, we too feel our options are also limited, but the Lord says, "... Fear ye not, stand still." Standing still may take all your strength, but the victory will come because He has promised to fight for us. Our job is trusting Him and holding steady.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 7.19.2015

I Thess. 5:25. "Brethren, pray for us." Today, we will use these few lines to say our goodbyes to a very talented and faithful family. The Stephen Delong Family have moved to Bedford, Indiana. They have been a blessing to our church in many ways. We will miss Yvonne on the organ, and all her help in other departments. We will miss Stephen's ready help in so many areas. We will miss the children. We wish them Godspeed.

We also say a farewell to Bro. And Sister Don Delong. They have served the church and school faithfully and tirelessly for many years. They have moved to Westfield, Indiana. We just received word yesterday that they will also be leaving the church. We tearfully say goodbye to this talented and faithful family.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 7.12.2015

Gen. 24:15: "And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at eventide...."

In a world that revolves around instant messaging, texts, cell phones, email, Facebook, Twitter, and social interaction of all kinds, we find we must have some quiet time to meditate on the things of God. Isaac went out into the field. While he didn't have the electronic media frenzy we are faced with today, he surely had herdsmen, servants, and many other distractions of everyday nomadic life to deal with. He surely knew also that his father had sent his servant to bring home a bride for him. Perhaps he was anxious about the choice that would be made for him. Whatever the reason, he chose eventide for his quiet time, and the open field for the place.

Our quiet time and meditation will also prepare us for what lies ahead in our lives as well. The song writer said, "Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow? Tell it to Jesus." Quiet meditation is so vital to us. It gives God a chance to whisper to us His love and assurance. Choose your time and place to meditate today!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 7.05.2015

John 8:36 " If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."

This week, we celebrated our Nation's freedom. For many of us, this year's celebration is clouded with serious doubts about our Nation's ability to get back on course. It seems we have spiraled out of control and are on a downward track. We must pray for America! There are still many who haven't bowed their knees to Baal. If we could somehow see the people who want America to return back, it would be enlightening. But our Scripture today tells us true freedom is only found when people find Jesus. He has been the one who has turned millions of sin slaves to perfect freedom by His own power. This is the true freedom that we contend for. He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 6.28.2015

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

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

The Pastor's Corner - 5.31.2015

Proverbs 10:7a: "The memory of the just is blessed..."

On this, the traditional Memorial Day, we pause to remember all those who have given their lives for the cause of freedom, as well as soldiers of the cross, and saints who have gone to glory. May their sacrifice never go unremembered, and may their glory linger with us still. We must never forget them...we must rehearse their deeds to our children.

We pause this day to honor their accomplishments, and we praise God that they blazed a trail for us to follow.

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 5.24.2015

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

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

The Pastor's Corner - 5.03.2015

II Kings 25:30: "And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the King, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life."

In this passage, Jehoiachin, King of Judah, who had been a prisoner for over 37 years, is lifted up and given this allowance. What a change from his former status in the prison. A continual allowance, a daily rate, all the days of his life!

We need this in our lives. Grace for today will not suffice for tomorrow. He, who watches over the sparrow, knows what we have need of for today. “Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 4.26.2015

Genesis 25:11: "And it came to pass, after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son, Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi."

This verse has death, blessing, and sustaining, all rolled into a few words, that are really the threads for a full sermon. Abraham has died. In this can be read so much history, blessing, and promise. It is sad when a prominent patriarch passes from the scene. But God's promises follow Abraham's death, and Isaac finds himself being blessed by the God of his father. He knows and remembers his moment on the mount, when he is spared from death, and a ram is substituted. He knows his life is to be a life of a promised child. His father seeks and finds a wife for him. Now, he is pictured here dwelling by the well. And not just any well. It is the well described in Gen. 16:7-14. This is the fountain that the angel of the Lord found Hagar by in the wilderness, when she was running from Sarai. God promised her there that she would bear a son. His name...Ishmael, the half brother of Isaac. Now, God brings someone else to this fount/well. The God that noticed Hagar, now has His eye on Isaac, and is refreshing Isaac at this same fount.

God has a well for us! Abraham dug wells and built altars. Now, God is providing for his son by this fount. Be faithful! The God that sustained you, will be faithful to your children!

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 4.19.2015

Ezekiel 34:22b: "...I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing."

Sometimes we take the showers for granted. We have always had them, and we grow used to their timely coming. But when they are withheld for a time, we realize we have been remiss in appreciating their presence. When dry spells come, it puts a longing in our hearts, and we look expectantly for the showers of blessing. Many times in life, we complain about rainy days. We live for the sunshine. But God knows we need the rain and He sends it. Then the ables turn, and we long for a rainy day to break the heat, and refresh our gardens and crops. As children, we would rush out into the pouring rain on a hot afternoon, and splash and cool off. Even so, the showers of blessing refresh the soul. The song writer says, "Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead."

- Rollin Mitchell

The Pastor's Corner - 4.12.2015

Psalms 94:13 "That thou mayst give him rest for the days of adversity...".

There are times that adversity is like a chain, link by link, hour by hour, day after day. When those times come, we wonder, "when will it end?” Life is often fraught with trouble. The songwriter said, "days of darkness still come o'er me, sorrow's paths I often tread, but the Saviour still is with me, by His hand I'm safely led." It seems at times, one thing follows another, and we feel ourselves a prisoner of adversity. Then we feel the winds changing, there's a new feeling in the air. We sense a restfulness within ourselves. What happened? We cannot tell. We just know the chain of adversity has been broken, and we are at rest... and, God has done it. We are aware of renewed strength, that just hours before, we felt was impossible. That is His rest, and when it comes, the chain of adversity falls with a clatter to the ground, and we are free.

We have enjoyed the ministry of the Waggoners this week. We have sensed the presence and help of God. We are thankful.

- Rollin Mitchell