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Praying for Wisdom | James 1:5-8

February 26, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
A man was given a tour of heaven in a dream. As the tour ended, he noted a particular building was skipped over. The angel warned that he did not want to see that building. This only heightened the man's curiosity. The angel showed him. It was a building filled with beautifully wrapped presents. When the man asked what these were, the angel answered these were gifts God had prepared for his children that were never claimed in prayer. If a building in heaven houses unclaimed gifts, many boxes would contain the unwanted gift of wisdom. When facing trials, we...
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A Praying Church | 1 Timothy 2:1-4

February 19, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Timothy was left in Ephesus to lead the church in Paul's absence. It was apparently a temporary assignment. But no one knew when or if Paul would return. In 1 Timothy 3:14-15, Paul writes, "I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth." 1 Timothy gives practical instruction to lead the church to be the church. But this letter is more...
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Living By the Book | Psalm 119:1-8

February 12, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Psalm 119 is the longest of the 150 Psalms. If psalms were considered chapters, Psalm 119 would be the longest chapter of the Bible - in both verses and words. It is longer than several books of the Bible. The psalm contains 176 verses that are divided into 22 stanzas. Each stanza is 8 verses long. These sections are arranged into an acrostic poem, using every letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In most Bible translations, you will find the word or symbol for Aleph above verse 1. Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Aleph begins each word...
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The Lord Reigns | Psalm 93

February 5, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Canute the Great was King of Denmark, England, and Norway. He was praised as a great monarch. But he feared his people thought too highly of him. On one occasion, Canute ordered his servants to place his royal chair by the seashore. Sitting on this throne, he demanded the waves to recede. Waiting for the waters to obey his command, he got wet as the waters splashed around him. Finally, Canute stood and rebuked her servants, claiming that only the Lord who created the heavens and earth is worthy of praise. Psalm 93 calls us to put our seats by...
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The Salt of the Earth

December 3, 2020
By H.B. Charles Jr.
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is not good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. - Matthew 5:13 Salt gets bad press. it is tied to hypertension, obesity, heart disease, and other ailments. The need for salt is questioned. The use of salt is discouraged. The presence of salt on many tables is more decorative than anything else. However, this was not the case when Jesus announced to his disciples, "You are the salt of the earth." In New...
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My Cup Overflows

November 26, 2020
By H.B. Charles Jr.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. - Psalm 23:5 Psalm 23:5 envisions a great banquet. David is not just an invited guest. He is the guest of honor. As David enjoyed the delicacies at the table, his mortal enemies stand around the table looking on. David did not fear the evil in the valley because of his shepherd. And David did not fear the presence of his enemies because of his host. David was not a delegate who negotiated his way to the table. He...
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Leading From the Pulpit

November 19, 2020
By H.B. Charles Jr.
The preacher should live as a preacher, watching his life and doctrine. The preacher should also labor as a preacher, giving himself to the hard work of prayer and the ministry of the word. And the preacher should lead as a preacher. The pastor is often judged by the work he does outside of the pulpit more than the work he does in it. Yet there is no biblical dichotomy between the pastor as a preacher and the pastor as a leader. Preaching is leadership! First and foremost, the pastor-teacher is charged to preach the word (2 Timothy 4:1-2). His...
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Keep Your Heart With All Vigilance

November 13, 2020
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. - Proverbs 4:23 Proverbs 4:23 consists of an exhortation and an explanation, a command and a reason. The verse begins with a call to keep your heart with all vigilance. Like a soldier defending his post against attack, you must guard your heart. We typically associate the heart with our emotions. In scripture, however, the heart represents the mind, the will, and the emotions. The heart is the seat of personhood. It is one's innermost being; the control-center of life. The command to keep your heart...
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Be Filled With The Spirit

June 11, 2020
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. - Ephesians 5:18-21 The filling of the Spirit is the most controversial, divisive, and misunderstood ministry of the Holy Spirit. Christians respond to the subject with ignorance, fear, speculation, fanaticism, or indifference. Why is there so...
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Shiloh Church Coronavirus Response Updates | March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020
By H.B. Charles Jr.
https://player.vimeo.com/video/398816944 Shiloh Church family, I thank my God in all my remembrance of you. – Philippians 1:3 As the COVID-19 virus continues to adversely impact our city, nation, and the world, we are living through an unprecedented crisis. For all of the negative consequences of the Coronavirus, it is made all the worse by the fact that we are not able to meet together in person. But know that I love you greatly, miss you desperately, and pray for you fervently. Our elders and deacons are here for you. If an emergency arises, you have a need, or there is...
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Shiloh Church Coronavirus Response Updates | March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020
Shiloh Church family, I thank my God in all my remembrance of you. – Philippians 1:3 As the COVID-19 virus continues to adversely impact our city, nation, and the world, we are living through an unprecedented crisis. For all of the negative consequences of the Coronavirus, it is made all the worse by the fact that we are not able to meet together in person. But know that I love you greatly, miss you desperately, and pray for you fervently. Our elders and deacons are here for you. If an emergency arises, you have a need, or there is any...
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Coronavirus Response Update | Shiloh Church

March 14, 2020
  Good day, Shiloh Church family. May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. – 2 Peter 1:2 We are in the midst of a critical and unprecedented national emergency, because of the outbreak and rapid spreading of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. With the consultation of elders and staff, I have made the difficult but prayerful decision to cancel in-person worship services this week. It is a biblical duty to meet together publicly and corporately for worship. However, for your safety and protection, in submission to the recommendations of government...