Notes from Father’s Day 2013

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  • safe_image.php_I hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend!

    I thank God for my father: H.B. Charles Sr. My father died on Father’s Day weekend. And I used to find Father’s Day very painful. But I was filled with grateful memories this weekend. I only hope that I may become half the man and preacher my father was.

    I am indescribably thankful for my three children – H.B. III, Natalie Marie, and Hailey Breanne – also known as, “The Terrorists.”

    We had a fathers-sons breakfast Saturday morning at the Shiloh Church. It was a good time of fellowship among Christians brothers. I spoke on Psalm 128: “A Godly Man’s Life and Legacy.” 

    In my Bible Study Fellowship class, I finished the lesson I started last week on “Practicing Biblical Eldership” (1 Timothy 5:17-25). God willing, I will begin chapter 6 next Sunday.

    Grateful for the guests we had in worship. It is an encouraging sign that members are inviting guests to church.

    9 new believers were baptized at Shiloh yesterday. Praise God!

    I continued my study of Daniel with a message on chapter 8 called: “God Fights With No Hands.” 

    This second half of Daniel is no joke. I am struggling through it. But I praise God that my congregation is pressing through it with me. I am glad to serve a church where preaching is “in season.”

    Praise God for those who were added to the church yesterday.

    I plan to preach Daniel 9 next Sunday: “Warfare Prayer.” 

    Crystal and the kids did the right thing and took me out to get a big steak for Father’s Day!

    So the Miami Heat decided to mess up my Father’s Day by losing to the Spurs. Can anyone explain to me why the Heat seem unable to win back-to-back games?

    My hometown team – the Los Angeles Clippers – are making moves! Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett? Possibly moving Blake Griffin to the Lakers for Dwight Howard? If none of these deals work out, I still give the Clippers an A for effort.

    Confession: I did not watch one minute of the US Open. Not one minute. Did I miss anything?

    How was your Father’s Day weekend? How did you teams do this past week? Join the conversation in the comments section.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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