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BIBLE MEDITATION:

"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him
that believeth. Mark 9:23


DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

Is there anything impossible for God? Is there any height so high that God
cannot reach it? Is there any river so wide that God cannot cross it? Is
there any valley so deep that God cannot descend to it? As believers, is
there any goal beyond our reach, with God's help? Men and women of faith
have known for years that the God we serve is an awesome God. We also know
that as long as we stay on his side of any battle, there is nothing that we
cannot achieve.

In January of 2008 Barack Obama electrified the nation when he made a speech
after winning the State of South Carolina and used three words that
resonated around the nation, "Yes, we can."

Obama achieved an unprecedented victory that night and seemed to symbolize
what millions in America wanted to believe. He said, "This election is about
the past versus the future. It's about whether we settle for the same
divisions and distractions and drama that [pass] for politics today, or
whether we reach for a politics of common sense and innovation - a politics
of shared sacrifice and shared prosperity," Obama said.

Many across the nation doubted that the jangling discords of national unity
could ever been be rejoined, but Obama offered hope and crystallized it in
the structure of a simple saying that has been chanted around the world
since. Millions chanted it for months in barbershops, beauty shops, street
corners, and from pulpits. Eleven months later they chanted it in their
hearts as they voted with their ballots and made Obama the first
African-American President of the United States.

What Obama said was, "Don't tell me we can't change. Yes, we can.

Yes, we can change. Yes, we can.

Yes, we can heal this nation.

Yes, we can seize our future.

And where we are met with cynicism and doubt and fear and those who tell us
that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the
spirit of the American people in three simple words -- yes, we can."

Today, my brothers and sisters, the whole World witnessed another segment of
Dr. King's Legacy of Hope as the 44th President of the United States, Barack
Obama took his oath of office.

ACTION POINT:

The idea of achieving the impossible seems illogical and improbable to those
outside of the faith community. They see mountains and throw up their hands
in defeat asking, why? People of faith see mountains and begin to climb them
asking, why not? The difference is obviously in our faith in God. We believe
that God is all powerful and that through Him we can achieve the impossible.



As always, our faith is never in a man, but our faith is in God. We have
hope that "we can" because we know that God can.

Our father which is in heaven can do anything.

We know we can do anything because we have a father who can:

We have a father who can take

--Sadness and turn it to gladness; Misery and turn it into delight!

--Failure and turn it into success; Loneliness and turn it into
happiness!

--Poverty and turn it into riches; Defeat and turn it into victory!

No wonder the song writer wrote: I cannot take the lightning and flash it
across the land. I cannot take a piece of clay and mold it into a man, but I
have a father who can!"

All things are possible, only believe;

All things are possible, only believe;

Only believe, only believe;

All things are possible, only believe.

In His Love & Service,

Pastor Larry E. Campbell
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA

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