Notes from Sunday -07/26/09

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  • Today was long but rich and blessed day. The Lord was gracious to smile on our worship services today at Shiloh.

    Thank you for praying for me, as I have not been feeling well this week. I am still having up and down days. But I am grateful that the Lord has been giving me strength to preach at the appointed times. Please continue to pray for me and my health. And pray that the Lord will give me wisdom to follow doctor’s instructions and my boss’ commands – Crystal!

    Our youth and young adults choirs led the music in today’s services. I encouraged by the continual progress. May the Lord continue to use them to his glory!

    Praise God for those who followed Christ in baptism today.

    I continued to teach on the church in my New Members Class. It really does make my day to teach that class each week.

    I preached “The Hymn of Christ” from Philippians 2:6-11. It is one of the most important Christological passages in the New Testament. And I was very excited to preach a text to my congregation.

    For the record, I absolutely love preaching to the Shiloh Church family. I am blessed way out of my league to have the privilege to shepherd such a wonderful congregation.

    I am still having a wonderful time studying and preaching through the book of Philippians.

    Next Week’s Message: “The Ins-And-Outs of Christian Living” (Philippians 2:12-13).

    Praise God for those who were saved and added to the church today in our worship services.

    I left the church and Crystal took me straight to the airport. I had a flight to Atlanta to preach for Pastor Timothy Fleming at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church at 3 PM. By the time I arrived at the church, the service had already started. It was a warm worship. And the Lord gave me strength to preach.

    Believe it or not, I preached about 30 minutes this afternoon. The service was to be followed by a picnic on the grounds for the membership. And the congregation was patient to listen to me with the aroma of good food in the atmosphere. So I “chopped up” the message quite a bit. But I think the Lord helped me to get the heart of the message across. And one was added to the church. Praise God.

    About ten years ago, I preached the closing night of Pastor Fleming’s “Upper-Room Conference.” As the service was going on, Crystal was rushed to the hospital and gave birth to our son, H.B. He was born more than six-weeks premature. Pastor Fleming’s prayers, compassion, and encourage meant so much to me and my family at a very critical time. I am honored to be invited back to Mt. Carmel to preach again.

    I will be preaching at Mt. Carmel the next four nights. Please remember this meeting in your prayers.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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