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January 4, 2012, 12:07 PM

Yes, You Can!

Now, with that title, I am not planning on running for president!  I assure you.  This is the title that has been swimming in my mind as I prepare for the message that I will preach to the four newly elected officers (and which you will actively overhear!).  The text is that wonderful exhortation in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things, through Christ, who gives me strength."

I heard this line from Paul quite a bit when I was a student, long ago, at Liberty University.  Dr. Falwell seemed to exhale this line at every opportune moment.  Usually he would preface the verse with something like this, "You need to get your scissors and cut out two words from your dictionary:  'quit' and 'cannot.'  The apostle Paul says, 'I can do ALLLLLLL things......'"  I can still hear him saying that from the pulpit.  I can see his smile.  I can remember the hand gestures.  Just like it was yesterday.

I don't think I appreciated, as a young college student, fully the powerful message that he was trying to impart!  The strength is there to live out the Faith.  The question is, do we want it?  It really is as simple as that.  There's nothing heretical about that thought.  That isn't the prosperity gospel in full or even the light version.  It is just about God providing for what he commands.  (God never tells you to sprout wings and fly or develop gills and breathe in water.)

This is what I want to communicate to our new elders-elect and deacon-elect.  God has made abundant provision for them to exercise their gifts and abilities for the building of this church and his Kingdom to the fullest extent.  They can do it!  Yes they can!  (And so can you!)

Are you seeing where this thing is going? 

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