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The Signature of Jesus | Revelation 1:17-18

April 9, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Emperor Domitian deemed the aged Apostle John a threat to the Roman Empire. Domitian canceled John banishing him to the deserted isle of Patmos. His planned backfired. John was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day. As he worshiped, the Lord Jesus Christ revealed himself to John. John's persecution was a microcosm of what churches throughout the Roman Empire faced. The Lord wanted them to know that he cared. He wanted them to know that he was at work and would prevail in the end. The Lord commissioned John to write seven churches in Asia Minor. Before John could represent...
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It is Finished! | John 19:30

April 2, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
John 19 records three words from the cross. John 19:26-27 is the word of compassion: "Woman, behold, your son!" "Behold, your mother." John 19:28-29 is the word of suffering: "I thirst." John 19:30 is the word of victory: "It is finished." Feel the tension between the word of suffering and the word of victory. On the tree of death, the Water of Life cried out, "I thirst." The word of suffering was not the last word. From the parched lips of this crucified Savior comes a shout of victory: "It is finished!" Jesus did not say, "I am finished." He...
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#124 | Preaching Advice for My Younger Self [PODCAST]

March 29, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. Over the years, I have interviewed various preachers about their life and ministry. In most of these interviews, my final question is the same. If you could get into a time-machine and go back to talk to your younger self, what advice would you give him? In this episode, I turn the question on myself. Here are seven pieces of preaching advice I would give to my younger self... Practice Spiritual Disciplines. Prioritize Formal Training. Pursue Godly Character. Read Formative Books. Record Study...
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Living in the Fear of God | 1 Peter 1:17-19

March 26, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
The church I grew up in did not have a New Members Class. When one began, it became the most popular class in Sunday school. The class name piqued interest: "I'm Saved, Now What?" 1 Peter 1:13-21 is a biblical, fundamental, practical answer to that question. Verses 3-12 explain the reality of our salvation in Christ. Verse 13-21 explains the response to our salvation in Christ. There are three ways we should respond to the God who has saved us: Verse 13 says live in hope. Verses 15-16 say live in holiness. Verse 17 says live in fear. The call...
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Trapped By Tradition | Mark 7:1-13

March 19, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
The beginning of Mark 7 contrasts with the ends of Mark 6. In chapter 6, the popularity of Jesus is at an all-time high, as he feeds the five thousand, walks on water, and heals the sick. Jesus was beloved by the common people. He was despised by the religious leaders. Mark 7:1 reads: "Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem..." "Pharisees means "separated ones." The Jews departed themselves from non-Jews. Pharisees separated themselves from fellow-Jews who did not live in strict adherence to the Law of Moses and the...
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#123: Preaching for the Long Haul [PODCAST]

March 15, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicating to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. What does it take to preach for the long haul? Spiritual Growth. Good preachers are growing preacher. The command to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18) is not just for those who hear us preach. Faithful preachers minister from the overflow of their personal devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. Believing Prayer. The work of ministry can be summarized as "prayer and the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:4). We cannot choose between the two. They are like...
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Handle with Prayer! | James 5:13-18

March 12, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
James the Just was a man of prayer. A first-century historian reported that James spent so much time in prayer, his knees became hard and calloused like a camel. Church history remembers the author of this letter as "Camel Knees." I am not sure if James would have been offended by this nickname. James would have been offended if he was accused of having soft, smooth needs that spent little or no time in prayer. To be prayerless is to be non-Christian. Prayer is to faith what oxygen is to the lungs. Show me a person who does not pray,...
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Having Everything But the Main Thing | Revelation 2:1-7

March 5, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
The Roman government exiled the apostle John to the aisle of Patmos, because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. He was not there alone. On the Lord's Day, John was filled with the Holy Spirit. The glorified Christ revealed himself to John. In Revelation 1:19, Jesus commands, "Write therefore the things you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this." John wrote what we call the Revelation or Apocalypse. It is predominantly about things to come in the last days. It begins with the things that are. Chapters 2...
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Praying for Wisdom | James 1:5-8

February 26, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
A man was given a tour of heaven in a dream. As the tour ended, he noted a particular building was skipped over. The angel warned that he did not want to see that building. This only heightened the man's curiosity. The angel showed him. It was a building filled with beautifully wrapped presents. When the man asked what these were, the angel answered these were gifts God had prepared for his children that were never claimed in prayer. If a building in heaven houses unclaimed gifts, many boxes would contain the unwanted gift of wisdom. When facing trials, we...
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#122: Things I’ve Learned Along the Way [PODCAST]

February 26, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. Some years ago, I started a list of things I have learned over the years of my life and ministry. These are practical tips, lessons, and principles. I posted this list on my blog. Later, I published the list in a chapter of my book, "On Preaching." I want to share and comment on some of these things I learned along the way, particularly some that relate to the work of preaching. (God willing, I will share further tips from this list in...
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A Praying Church | 1 Timothy 2:1-4

February 19, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Timothy was left in Ephesus to lead the church in Paul's absence. It was apparently a temporary assignment. But no one knew when or if Paul would return. In 1 Timothy 3:14-15, Paul writes, "I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth." 1 Timothy gives practical instruction to lead the church to be the church. But this letter is more...
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Living By the Book | Psalm 119:1-8

February 12, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Psalm 119 is the longest of the 150 Psalms. If psalms were considered chapters, Psalm 119 would be the longest chapter of the Bible - in both verses and words. It is longer than several books of the Bible. The psalm contains 176 verses that are divided into 22 stanzas. Each stanza is 8 verses long. These sections are arranged into an acrostic poem, using every letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In most Bible translations, you will find the word or symbol for Aleph above verse 1. Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Aleph begins each word...