Notes from Sunday – 07/29/12

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  • Thanks, again, to all who served in our Vacation Bible School last week. You made it happen!

    5th Sundays are Missions Emphasis Day at Shiloh. Today we highlighted the work of our own Outreach Center, under the leadership of Pastor Reginald Bryant.

    As always, grateful for our guests in worship today.

    I did not preach 8 AM. Was not physically up to it today. Pastor Al filled-in for me. At the last-minute, no less. I am glad to have ready and available help.

    I pressed my way to preach and lead worship at 10:15.

    It felt like I stood there giving announcements forever!

    Our Men’s Chorus led the special music today. It is great to have men leading out in corporate worship.

    I preached about “Expressing Your Devotion to Jesus” from mark 14:3-9.

    I sought to challenge the church to do whatever they can for Jesus, while you can.

    Sermon Outline:

    I. The costs of devotion to Jesus (14:3)

    II. The criticism of devotion to Jesus (14:4-5)

    III. The confirmation of devotion to Jesus (14:6-9)

    My sermon could have been much better. (Thank God for covering for my weaknesses.) Again. But, at least, as verse 8 says of Mary, I did what I could for Jesus today.

    I tried to craft a simple outline that would allow me to retell the story. There is great drama in the text.

    I find it challenging to preach of Gospel passage that are recorded in multiple Gospels. My text today is recorded in Mark 14, Matthew 26, and John 12. A similar story in Luke 7 is sometimes treated as another version of the same story. It is not.

    I know I preached a long time. But I wish I would have had more time to preach it!

    Next Lord’s Day, I plan to resume my exposition of 1 John. Yeah, I know. Long story. I looking forward to getting back to it. Next Sunday.

    I plan to preach on “A Warning Against Spiritual Deception” from 1 John 2:18-27.

    Praise the Lord for those who were saved and added to the church today! Several people who joined were from our Outreach Center.

    NFL training camps (Oops!) opened this weekend. Are you ready for some football?!?!

    Jaguars running back, Maurice Jones-Drew, is holding out of training camp for a larger contract. The team vows not to renegotiate. New owner. Same Jags?

    Baseball season is still going on. Wake me up when the playoffs begin.

    The Olympics are in full swing.

    Michael Phelps has won no medals. I think this is big news.

    Update: M. Phelps was his seventh medal last night/this morning.

    Led by K. Durant’s 22 points, the 2012 “Dream Team” defeated France, 98-71.

    Serena won her first-round match this weekend.

    That’s all I know about the Olympics so far. What have you seen? What do you think?

    H.B. Charles Jr.

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