Notes from Sunday – 09/11/11

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  • It was a long but good day.

    I praise God for all that he is doing in and through the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church!

    Throughout the day, my thoughts have drifted back to the tragedy that took place 10 years ago today. Remembering. Grieving. Praying.

    I had just fallen to sleep after finishing a sermon for a special prayer meeting we were to have that night. I was knocked-out on the coach. The phone kept ringing. It was my mom, calling to tell me to turn on the TV. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news that our nation was under attack?

    For the record, I am proud to be an American!!!

    During our Bible Study Fellowship hour we have a rally to introduce to new groups and pray for our new teachers.

    Today’s Fighter Verse was 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. It was a good start to our new corporate Scripture memorization system. Next week’s verse is 2 Corinthians 9:8.

    Grateful for all the guests in worship with us today.

    Praise God for the one who was baptized today.

    Our opening hymn was great today! I love hymns!

    Our children’s choir sung today. It was the first time they have sung in several months. They did a good job, as usual.

    The choir sung Richard Smallwood’s new song, “Trust Me,” before the message. It is a beautiful song.

    I began a three-part series that I am calling “Real Church.” I preached today on “Real Worship” from John 4:19-24.

    I strived to make the point that real worship is about God and not about you!

    I preached all day with a sore throat. But his grace is sufficient and his strength is perfected in my weakness.

    I plan to preach next Sunday on “Real Change” from 2 Timothy 3:14-17.

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

    My family and I went to the Jaguars home opener this afternoon. The Jags beat the Tennessee Titans 16-14.

    It was so unbelievably hot that I felt I was going to melt right in my seat.

    The halftime tribute to the 9/11 victims, families, and first responders was moving and beautiful.

    I am so glad that football is back!

    I cannot believe the beat down the Indianapolis Colts received today without Payton Manning.

    I am disappointed that Serena Williams lost in the US Open Finals today.

    The Dallas Cowboys gave us a 4th quarter lead to lose to the New York Jets tonight. This is not the way we were supposed to start the season.

    The USC Trojans defeated Utah 24-13 this weekend. You can put us on probation. But you cannot keep us down. Go Trojans!!!


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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