Notes from Sunday – 05/04/08

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  • We met at our new location for the first time yesterday. The congregation’s joy and enthusiasm was very encouraging. I praise the Lord for all that he is doing in and through Mt. Sinai Church. I am blessed to serve such a wonderful congregation.

    Thank you to all of you who serve in our church in any way. You are the ones that make it happen! God bless you.

    I began my series on the Sermon on the Mount. I started with the first beatitude on the poor in spirit (Matt. 5:3). I called it, “The Poor in Spirit.” (Sorry, Romell. It is another, classic plain vanilla H.B. sermon title.)

    As excited as I am about preaching through the Sermon on the Mount, the preparation of this first message was a slap in the fact that reminded me that the Sermon on the Mount is not easy material! 

    I was very nervous. I think the first service at our new location and the first message of a new series both conspired against me. I just kept praying that the Lord would help me to get through this first day. He did. I am grateful.

    It has been several months since I preached twice on a Sunday morning. I missed it. But I will have to get back in the rhythm of it.

    It is always a great thing to look out and see many unfamiliar faces in the congregation. It means our congregation is inviting guests with them to church.

    Phil and Lisa had the baby yesterday, Isabella. Praise God!

    The Lakers won. Come on, Utah. You can do better than that. And, by the way, Chris Paul should have one the MVP!


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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