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As I reflect upon my pastor, Reverend Dr. Albert Franklin Campbell, who shepherded Mount Carmel Baptist Church for 47 years, I am reminded of the marvelous messages he shared with his congregation.  He is a gifted preacher and great orator. On one instance, I remember him reading the profound words from the book of Isaiah, chapter 9, verse 6.  His voice rang with so much passion and enthusiasm. I recall sitting there in amazement as this preacher prophet read from the book of Isaiah.  Not only did his voice draw me to those words, but also they still resonate in my heart.  They read in this manner:

 “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders.  And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

What a wonderful description of our God: the government, meaning authority, rests upon His shoulder.  Isaiah the prophet of the Lord spoke about Him as a Wonderful Counselor, and Prince of Peace whose peace would reign in every heart.  Through Him, peace would come to the whole earth and righteousness would be on His throne.  We read in other portions of scripture that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess.   Be strengthened today with the knowledge we have been blessed with a Wonderful Counselor, and you know Him to be the Prince of Peace, your Counselor, and your King.  May His power reign in your life and may you know all authority belongs to Him.