Notes from Sunday – 11/20/11

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  • We have a blessed day of worship yesterday at Shiloh.

    Thanks to all our volunteers who served in any way over the course of the weekend. You make is happen!

    We distributed our 2011 Annual Report to the church yesterday. It was our first time undertaking something so detailed. I pray it will be received well by the congregation.

    We did “Blessed Assurance” corporately. I love that hymn!

    As always, I am grateful for the guests who were with us in worship.

    I preached from Psalm 46. I entitled the message, “A Safe Place in God.”

    The point of the message: The only safe place in the world is in God alone.

    Here is the outline:

    I. There is safety in the power of God (46:1-3)
    II. There is safety in the presence of God (46:4-7)
    III. There is safety in the purpose of God (46:8-11)

    I had a great quote from Martin Luther that I did not actually say in either service. So I’ll share it here: “We sing this psalm to the praise of God, because God is with us, and powerfully and miraculously preserves and defends his church and his world, against all fanatical spirits, against the gates of hell, against the implacable hatred of the devil, and against the assaults of the world, the flesh and sin.”

    I think Psalm 46 is one of the most famous psalms that most people do not actually know. We know verses 1 and 10 and that’s about it. But the entire psalm is remarkably comforting and encouraging.

    I was behind in my studies last week. And I determined Saturday afternoon that I would safe Psalm 46 for another time. But the Lord made me press through. I am glad I obeyed.

    I was not feeling well yesterday. I am grateful the Lord gave me strength to preach.

    You would be surprised by the mental distractions I have to preach through yesterday.

    Can’t wait to preach Psalm 46 again.

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

    The Dallas Cowboys defeated their division rivals the Washington Redskins yesterday in overtime, 27-24.

    The Jags lost to the Cleveland Browns, 14-10. No good.

    Would someone please beat the Green Bay Packers! Please!

    The BCS is a mess with all of the upsets this weekend in college football. And I love it!


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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