Notes from Sunday – 09/16/12

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  • It was a beautiful day in Jacksonville. And a wonderful day of worship at Shiloh.

    Our new Bible Study Fellowship group semester began yesterday. It was great to see the saints gathering for classes.

    I am teaching a class this semester on the Epistle of 1 Timothy.

    I did part 1 of an introduction to the letter. Actually, the lesson is only 1 part. But I didn’t finish it.

    I have never taught through 1 Timothy. I look forward to studying and teaching it.

    Praise God for the one brother who was baptized.

    I resumed my study of 1 John with a message on 1 John 3:4-10 that I called “stop Sinning!” 

    I argued that you cannot live for Christ and live in sin at the same time.

    I presented five ways to overcome sinful patterns of life:

    1. Call sin what it is (3:4)
    2. Focus on the Lord Jesus Christ (3:5-6)
    3. Let no one deceive you (3:7)
    4. Recognize your spiritual enemy (3:8-9)
    5. Examine your conversion (3:10)

    I do not often outline in lists like this.

    This was not an easy passage to study or to prepare to preach. I almost bailed out Saturday. But I am glad that I stuck it out.

    I am grateful for those who prayed for me and encouraged me this week as I prepared to preach.

    Preaching and praying go together.

    Note to self: No meetings after service in the future.

    The USC Trojans let me down yesterday. losing 14-21 to Stanford. So goes our BCS Championship hopes.

    To all the USC Trojans “haters” (I am allowed to use that word twice a year. Now I’m out for the year), you were right. I was wrong. Unless Alabama and LSU both fall!

    Alabama and LSU are back on top of the NCAA polls. I have no argument, at this point.

    Both the Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars lost this afternoon by the score of. 27-7. Could this be an omen of things to come?

    The New York Yankees are still in a dogfight to win their division.

    Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez signed this weekend to fight for a fourth time. Yes, fourth time. Why? Oh yeah. Money.

    I am shocked that beat Sergio Martinez whipped Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Saturday night. I didn’t see the fight. But I understand that Martinez dominated the first eleven rounds, until Chavez almost knocked him out in last round. Martinez held on for a unaminous decision.

    Did you hear that Jerry “the King” Lawler had a heart attach ringside, during a WWE event this week? Lawler has been wrestling since I was a boy. Hope he recovers.

    I have very important news to report. The iPhone 5 arrives September 21.

    So how was your Sunday? How did your teams do this week? Join the conversation in the comments section. 


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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