Happy Memorial Day!
I missed being in corporate worship with my own congregation yesterday. And I can’t wait to get back to work this week.
I spent this past weekend on the other side of the country. It was a grueling, but encouraging weekend. And I believe the Lord blessed the preaching of his word.
I lost my voice during the first of my two messages yesterday. I was nervous. Not enough water. Not enough sleep. But it didn’t really bother me during my second message like I thought it would.
I had two long flights home last night. Thank God for exit row seats!
Last night was Hailey’s first trip to LAX to pick up her daddy from a preaching trip. She was so excited that she slept the whole time. By the way, Saturday the 24th Hailey was officially two-months old.
Knowing how tired I was, Crystal bought me sympathy food on the way home from the airport (Translation: hamburgers!).
Two sons of MSMBC who pastor in the Los Angeles area – Reginald Payne and Ronald Saunders – filled in for me yesterday. I have heard good reports of how the Lord blessed our two worship meetings. Praise the Lord!
I also heard that there were many guests in our services yesterday. Crystal tells me that a beloved sister who served as the minister of music at MSMBC under my father’s ministry was present. Crystal also met guests from San Diego. I love it!
All weekend, I listened to a song that simply says, “I don’t mind waiting on the Lord.” This song has so been what I have needed to hear the past few days.
Today is a typical holiday at the Charles family home. We have absolutely no plans. We will make it up as we go. Cool.
I am so very, deeply, incredibly sad that the Lakers lost to the Spurrs yesterday. Not!!!
The Most Important Commandment
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. – Mark 12:28-34 Armies win…