Notes from Sunday – 1/13/13

safe_image.php_Today we began our 2013 Prayer Emphasis Week at the Shiloh Church.

You can download our PEW13 prayer guide here.

Each day this week, there will be a one-hour prayer meeting at noon at Shiloh. We will have an all-night prayer meeting Friday night to Saturday morning.

We baptized three persons today – two men and one woman. Praise God!

As always, it was good to have our guests in worship today.

Our children’s choir sung today. Cool.

The special music before the message today was a solo of “Is Your All On the Alter?” What a blessing!

I preached about “The World-Changing Power of Prayer” from 1 Timothy 2:1-4 in which I simply argued that prayer can change the world.

In the text, Paul gives four instructions on how to pray in a way that changes the world around you:

  1. Make prayer the top priority (2:1a)
  2. Pray by any means necessary (2:1b)
  3. Enlarge your circle of prayer (2:1b-2)
  4. Pray with God-centered motives (2:3-4)

Praise God for those who were added to the church today!

Next Sunday’s message: “Praying for the Lost” (Romans 10:1-4).

I am shocked that the Baltimore Ravens went into Denver and took down the Broncos. Ray Lew’s last dance continues.

Peyton Manning should win the MVP award!

I had no prediction about the 49ers-Packers game. I thought it would be a shoot-out. But who would expect Colin Kaepernick to have such a big game?

The Atlanta Falcons eked out a last minute victory against the Seattle Seahawks. I was hoping the Seahawks would go all the way. I doubt Atlanta will get any further.

The New England Patriots did what they do. Which is not good news for the Houston Texans.

I am hoping the changes being made by the Jaguars will turn things around for the team next season.

I don’t know what to say about my beloved Dallas Cowboys. We need a GM, desperately. And Ryan is not the coach that should have been relieved of his duties. Just saying.

As I predicted, the Alabama Crimson Tide whipped the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to win the BCS Championship Monday night.

So how are you Lakers fans doing these days?

The #1 Duke Blue Devils went down Saturday. Michigan went down today. There are now no unbeaten teams in NCAA Division 1 basketball. Bring on March Madness!

The Australian Open begins this today. Who you got?

How was your Sunday worship? How did your teams do this weekend? Join the conversation in the comments section. 

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • bongmin alex

    H. B. Charles Jr.Thanks for the year 2012/2013 the way God has united us through internet to be friend and brother in the Lord. I have just arrived at School yesterday evening to finish the remaining course which will take us one month, then we shall go for our internship for three months. Thanks for your prayers because your prayers has done a lot for my coming back to School. Charles, i have seen your last Sunday’s preaching it was wonderful, may God continue to use you bless his children.
    Thanks, greet your fellow workers in the vineyard of the Lord.

    • H.B. Charles, Jr.

      Good day Alex. May the Lord be with you as you press on in the continuation of your studies. And thanks for the words of encouragement. All the best. – hbc2

  • Le Pew

    I really enjoy the blog; thank you; just goes to show that there are blessings in all parts of the church…thanks and may God continue to strenghten you to do His will

    • H.B. Charles, Jr.

      Le Pew, thanks for reading. And thanks for the kind words. All the best. – hbc2

  • Rev. Tim Henson

    Pastor H.B., I predicted the same with the Tide beating the Irish. My name is Rev. Tim Henson. I attend St. John in Corpus Christi under Dr. Reaves. Your sermons on the Shiloh App are a blessing. May God continue you bless you and the Shiloh Church Family. I am curious, and I hope you don’t mind me asking. Who is your pastor?

    • H.B. Charles, Jr.

      Good day TIm. My early predication for 2014 BCS Championship is, of course, the USC Trojans! Tell Pastor Reaves hi. All the best. – hbc2

      • Rev. Tim Henson

        Pastor H.B., thanks for responding! I will tell Pastor Reaves that you said hello. Blessings!