Notes from Easter Sunday 2012

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  • We had a great day yesterday at the Shiloh Church.

    I love Easter Sunday morning!

    One of my favorte Easter quotes is from John Irving: “Anyone can be sentimental about the Nativity; any fool can feel like a Christian at Christmas. But Easter is the main event; if you don’t believe in the resurrection, you’re not a believer.”

    A very special thanks to all of our staff and volunteers for your diligent service. You made our guest feel welcome. You ministered with excellence. You sacrificed your comfort for others. You brought glory to God. You made it happen. Thanks again.

    During our Bible Study Fellowship hour, our children led a special Easter program. The speeches and music were wonderful. Great job!

    I am grateful for all of the guests who joined us in worship today.

    I preached a message entitled “Why the Resurrection of Jesus Matters.”

    I endeavored to give three reasons why the resurrection of Jesus matters today:

    1. The resurrection matters because it confirms the identity of Jesus.
    2. The resurrection matters because it insures the power of salvation.
    3. The resurrection matters because it guarantees the promise of eternal life.

    I know I took a great pulpit risk by preaching a topical/thematic sermon on Easter Sunday. I was swinging for the fence. I ended up getting hit by a wild pitch. At least I got on base!

    Praise God for those who saved and added to the church today.

    Next Sunday, I intend to resume my study of 1 John with a message from 1 John 2:15-17 entitled “Overcoming Worldliness.”

    The Heat won again last night. Can’t wail for the playoffs.

    My Yankees are 0-3 for the first time since 1998. But it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

    Bubba Watson won the Master’s Championship in golf yesterday. I really wish I cared. I understand it is a good story. But I am still not feeling the whole golf thing.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.