Notes from Sunday – 09/20/09

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  • My Saturday morning bled into my Sunday morning. Not a good thing.

    It was a rainy morning here in Jacksonville. But I glad that many saints of SMBC pressed their way to worship anyway.

    The musical praise in worship today was very uplifting. I am grateful for all who serve the Lord in our music department and worship team.

    As I taught my new members class this morning, my mind and heart were on the importance of speaking the truth in love among brothers and sisters in Christ in the body-life of the local church.

    Praise God for the one who was baptized today.

    I preached from Philippians 3:10-11. A called the message, “A Consuming Passion to Know Christ.”

    This is the second week in a row my entire sermon outline has changed between Friday and Saturday. I don’t know what the deal with that is. But I am glad that I pressed on again to find a way to say it that I was most comfortable with. For the records, sermons are always unfinished products.

    I lost my voice ten minutes into my 8 AM sermon. That has not happened in months. I did what I always do in such situations. I kept preaching.

    Praise the Lord for those who were added to our membership today.

    This Sunday, a year ago, was my last Sunday as pastor of Mt. Sinai Church in Los Angeles. I grew up in Mt. Sinai. And I have the privilege of serving as their pastor for almost eighteen years. “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you.” (Phil. 1:3, ESV)

    Happy 67th birthday Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church!

    Go cowboys!!!


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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