A Rare Two for One Sunday

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  • Today was a rare (translated “weird“) day of preaching for me. I worked all week on a message on Genesis 25:29-34. But when I went to bed last night, I was not comfortable with it. I felt (and still feel) it needed more work before I preached it. So I went to bed with plans to preach a message from Philippians 1:19-21. It was a older message from the exposition of Philippians that I did some years ago. I had been thinking about this text this week, as well – especially as we prepared for the National Day of Prayer. So it was kind of natural for me to consider preaching it, which is exactly what I did in our 8 AM service. But after the first sermon, I felt that I should preach the other message I prepared in the 11 AM service, which is exactly what I did (with some internal debate with the Lord, I must admit). But the Lord blessed both messages to be a help to our congregation, I believe. It’s been more than ten years since I have preached two different messages on a Sunday morning. And barring some strange event, it may be another ten years before it happens again.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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