Notes from Sunday – Father’s Day 2011

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  • Friday night, a large group of us traveled to Savannah, Georgia, to worship with Pastor Matthew Odom and the Temple of Glory Community Church. It was great bus ride with our members. Our choir really showed out! And I finally got to preach a sermon that has been on my heart for several weeks now.

    Note: Whenever someone reads a long bio about me before I preach, I feel like at sitting in my own funeral as someone is readying my obituary. I am just waiting for them to say, “He lives behind to mourn his passing… and a host of family and friends.”

    Saturday morning was our annual All-Male Round-Up. Our theme was “Finishing Strong.” I taught on the theme from Hebrews 12:1-2. We had sessions on health, marriage, parenting, and financing, as well as classes for our boys and young men. Then there was plenty of food and fellowship! It was a great day. Thanks to Mitch, our Men’s Ministry team, and all the brothers (and sisters) who volunteered to make it a great day. You make it happen!

    Yesterday was a great day of worship and fellowship at Shiloh.

    Throughout the day I was grateful for the blessing of a great father – H.B. Charles, Sr. – and for the blessing of three great children – H.B. III, Natalie, and Hailey.

    Grateful for all of the guests who were in worship with us, including the members of the Rebault High School Class of 1991.

    The Bakers, friends from New Jersey, dropped in for worship at 10:15. I had just asked a mutual friend about them last week. And there they were. It was good to see them.

    Sister Mildred Brown was present yesterday for worship. If I am correct, she is our oldest member. She turned 101-years-old today. What a blessing!

    Special thanks to all who serve on our Security Ministry.

    Praise God for those who were baptized yesterday in faith and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Our Women’s Chorus led in musical praise, giving the brothers the day off. Thanks for your service, sisters.

    Before the sermon, they choir sung “There Is No Way.” I love this song. And the choir really blessed us with it in both services.

    I ditched my study of James this week and preached a Father’s Day message from Ephesians 6:4 – Why Fathers need to be Spirit-Filled.

    I endeavored to give three reasons why fathers need to be Spirit-filled:

    1. Fathers have been placed in a special role: “Fathers”
    2. Fathers must practice self-restraint: “do not provoke your children to anger”
    3. Fathers have been given a special responsibility: “but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

    I said some big things to and about fathers. But I hope that my tone was not too harsh.

    Yesterday was actually the first time I had preached a Sunday morning message on the family since I have been at Shiloh. I need to rectify this situation soon.

    Next week’s message: “Be Patient” (James 4:7-11).

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

    Between services, I came up with the bright idea of giving free copies of the message to all of the fathers who were present. It was a blessing to the fathers. But it was a nightmare for the media workers. Yet they served our men graciously and patiently. Thanks to all the media/tape room team members who helped out. You make it happen!

    Of course, I got in trouble for giving CDs away to the fathers, because I did not do the same for the mothers last month. I knew that was coming.

    By the way, in about two weeks, more than 2,000 people have downloaded our new church app. Way cool!

    I had a great dinner with my wife and kids. I don’t remember much after that.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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