Notes from Sunday 06/05/11

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  • Great day of worship at Shiloh yesterday.

    God be praised for all of our volunteers who serve in various ways during our Lord’s Day services. You make it happen. Thank you.

    We celebrated the Lord’s Table in both of our worship services, which is always a special time in the life of our congregation.

    Grateful for the guests who joined us for worship.

    Our choir sung a song called, “I Never Lost My Praise,” before I preached. It blessed us in both services.

    I am convinced that if you can praise God in the midst of whatever you are going through, you already have the victory.

    I preached from James 5:1-6 – “A Warning to the Rich.”

    I have finally made it to the final chapter of the Epistle of James, after many fits and starts of the past few months. I am looking forward to the last four messages I have scheduled from James 5.

    James 5:1-6 is a difficult text. It is said that difficult texts make good preachers. If that is true, I am a better preacher for having worked through this challenging but important passage.

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

    First Sundays mean I get to teach the first lesson in our new members class series: “The Good News of Jesus Christ.” I love teaching the message of the gospel!

    Yesterday afternoon, I spoke at the baccalaureate service for the graduating seniors of William H. Raines High School. I am so grateful for the privilege. And I pray the young people and their families were blessed by the message.

    Later in the afternoon, I spoke for the 11th Pastoral Anniversary celebration of Pastor Herb Anderson at the Emmanuel Baptist Church. Pastor Anderson is a “Son of Shiloh,” a strong preacher, and a faithful shepherd. It was a joy for Shiloh family to be present to encourage him.

    Our Youth Choir sung during the afternoon service at Emmanuel. They did a great job. I was so proud of them.

    After teaching five times, I was ready to do it again… until I got home and ate a bite. I don’t remember anything after that.

    As I slept, my Miami Heat defeated the Mavericks 88-86 to go up 2 games to 1. Two more wins to go!


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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

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