The Difference Jesus Makes

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  • First, an update. Joshua scored a TKO over me in the fifth round! I spent the first half of this year getting to preach through the book of Joshua. Honestly, I have never had so much trouble getting out of the starting gate with a book like I did with this one. I spent the past several months trying to get through Joshua. I’d get a message ready. Then It would take me several weeks to get to the next one. Ultimately, I never made it to chapter 5. I don’t know what went wrong. Honestly. I was just not able to concentrate enough to work through the passages and prepare them to preach. And I was getting so discouraged, that it was getting hard for me to study. So I through in the towel – before we were able to see the walls of Jericho fall down flat of see the sun stand still for Joshua. God willing, I will challenge Joshua to a rematch some at some point down the road.

    Over the past couple of weeks, I have been preaching a short series on the miracles of Jesus recorded in Mark 4-5. I’m calling it “The Difference Jesus Makes.” On the last Sunday in October, I preached the Mark 4:35-41 (the power of Jesus over the natural elements) – “Trusting Jesus in a Storm.” And yesterday I preached on Mark 5:1-20 (the power of Jesus of demonic forces) – “Trusting Jesus to Set Your Free.” I plan is preach this coming Sunday on Mark 5:25-34 (the power of Jesus over “incurable” diseases) – “Trusting Jesus When all is Spent.”

    I have really needed these message. I just feel myself at a place where my own faith needs to be reminded that there is nothing too hard for the Lord. Jesus. And I trust that the messages have also been a blessing to the members of MSMBC.

    Please remember my personal study time and sermon preparation in your prayers.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

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