A long day, followed by a short day.

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  • Yesterday was a long, blessed day.

    I preached both of our morning services, and also led my small-group during the Sunday School hour. Then I had to preach two more times in the afternoon. At 3 pm, I preached the 14th pastoral anniversary for my longtime friend Reginald Payne at the Full Gospel Baptist Church. Reginald and I started preaching together at Mt. Sinai. And before he was called to serve his church, Reginald was my primary pastoral assistant. I am very proud of him and grateful to God for our friendship and the wonderful way the Lord is using this loving shepherd and faithful preacher.

    Then, at 6 pm, I preached the opening night of a revival meeting hosted by Pastor Michael Metters and the Faithway Baptist Church. It is a six-night meeting that will feature preaching from well-respected pastors in the Los Angeles church community – R.A. Williams, Manual Scott, Jr., and Richard Sanders, among others. It was a joy and a privilege to preach the opening message of this meeting. This was maybe my fourth time speaking at Faithway, even though the last time was several years ago.

    The Lord was gracious to give me strength for the whole day. And many MSMBC members went churchin’ with me the whole day, which was really encouraging. I gave myself a chance to catch up with myself by hanging out with Crystal today. Of course, though, it wasn’t enough time – time always flies on my day off! In the morning, it’s back to work – Ephesians 4:4-6 is my assignment for tomorrow night.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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