A Good Meeting at a Familiar Place

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  • The past three nights, I have had a great privilege of preaching for Pastor George Hurtt and the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church.

    As I said to the congregation, of the many undeserved honors that have been graciously bestowed upon me, I do not know if there are any that are comparable or as special to me as the invitation to minister again to the church in which I grew up, met Christ, began my ministry, and served as pastor for many years.

    George Hurtt is my friend and brother, not just my successor. And I praise God for all that the Lord is doing in and through his life and ministry. I am very proud of him. I rejoice in all that the Lord is blessing MSMBC to accomplish under his leadership. And I pray that their dreams would be greater than their memories.

    Over the past three nights, I have preached messages from the Sunday series I am preaching to my own congregation. I think the messages were we received. May the Lord give the increase.

    I preached pretty hard each night. By the time I made it to the pulpit Wednesday night, I have lost my voice. But the Lord gave me strength to get complete my assignment.

    Beyond the worship services and preaching moments, it was a joy to see family and friends and to have an opportunity to meet new people the Lord has added to the church, as well as renew fellowship with those I have walked with down through the years.

    It was such an encouragement to see so many pastors and preachers from around the city who shared in the worship services over the three nights.

    Please continue to remember George Hurtt and the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in your prayers.

    H.B. Charles Jr.

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