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  • For my safety, and the safety of innocent poles everywhere (LOL), my wife drove me to work this morning. She even bought me some pancakes on the way to work (one day I’ll write about the “healing power” of pancakes – and waffles too!). Frankly, I would rather be in my bed right now (There’s also “healing power” in long naps!). But duty calls. I never made it to bed last night. I fell asleep on the couch, watching Pardon The Interruption. Then I got up to finish some work I needed to complete for tonight’s Midweek sermon. I am planning to preach on Acts 6:1-7. I’m labeling it, “Ministering through Growing Pains.” May the Lord help me to give a clear, faithful, and challenging exposition of the Word.

    Tonight will be my first time preaching our Midweek Service in several months. I had the month of August off. We went dark in September. And we had our Guest Lecture Series in October. We’ll break again in mid-December. I intend to preach several passages that I have bee looking for an opportunity to preach. In January, I am planning to begin preaching through Psalm 119 on Wednesday nights. For those who don’t know, it’s the longest “chapter” in the Bible. And it’s a glorious celebration of the Word of God. It will be a challenge to through the twenty-two stanzas of that psalm. In fact, one pastor, whose preaching I greatly respect, is calling his series on Psalm 119, “The Mount Everest of the Psalms.” Years ago, I read a statement that said difficult texts make good preachers. So I trust that this series will make me a better preacher. And may those who hear these messages become more passionate about the scriptures, to the glory of God.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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