Grateful for 40 Years of a Blessed Life

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Birthdays, HBC2, Special days | 6 comments

Today, the Lord has blessed me to see my 40th birthday. I am in shock that I am now 40. Where in the world did the time go? Let me think about it… I have been following Jesus for 34 years. I have been preaching the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ for 29 years. I have been pastoring God’s people for 23 years. I have been married for more than 14 years. I have been a father for 13 years. Yep. I guess 40 years makes sense, after all....

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Help, I Am Now The Parent Of A Teenager!!!

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Birthdays, H.B. Charles III, HBC3 | 5 comments

Today my son – H.B. Charles, III –  turns 13-years-old. I remember the night he was born, as if it were yesterday. Crystal had not been feeling well for several days. The doctor put her on bed rest. That Friday, I was scheduled to preach in Atlanta. I didn’t want to go. But Crystal and her mom urged me to go. I was only to be gone for 24 hours. Crystal’s mom was going to stay with her. And Crystal was not due for another 6-7 weeks....

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Happy Birthday to my Big Brother!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Birthdays, Family, Special days | 1 comment

Today is my big brother’s 50th birthday. I thank God for Kevin B. Willis Sr. and the blessing his life is to me. I preached my first sermon when I was 11-years-old. What I remember best about that service is my brother being there and extending the invitation afterward. I wanted to go to Bishop College, because Kevin went to Bishop. (Unfortunately, when I finished high school, there was no more Bishop College. But that’s another conversation.)...

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Happy Birthday Hailey!!!

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in Birthdays, Hailey Breanne | 1 comment

Today is my baby daughter’s – Hailey Breanne Charles – fourth birthday. I use the word “baby” for my own sake. She is not a baby anymore. Ask her, and she will quickly tell you that she is a big girl. But, of course, she will always be daddy’s baby. I begged for Hailey. Literally, begged. More specifically, I wanted another son. But I could not be more happy to have this been given a precious little girl. Hailey is Crystal. So is Natalie. But...

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Happy First Birthday!!! Hailey Breanne Charles

Posted by on Mar 24, 2009 in Birthdays, Hailey Breanne, personal stuff | 7 comments

A year ago today, Crystal, H.B., Natalie, and I headed to an important family appointment at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. It was the day after Easter. But that Monday was the day we had been anticipating – our new baby was to be born. Crystal craved pancakes from The Griddle, Rosco’s Chicken and waffles, and KFC hot wings the whole pregnancy. Being the devoted hustband that I am, I joined her. “We” (H.B., in the Greek)...

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Happy Birthday Natalie!!!

Posted by on Mar 4, 2009 in Birthdays, Natalie Marie, personal stuff | 10 comments

Today is my daughter’s – Natalie Marie Charles – 7th birthday. I woke up this morning thinking about the moment Natalie was born. And the first time I got to hold her, seeing for the first time the baby I had been singing to for the past six months. If I only knew what I was starting. Now, she is daddy’s living “Juke Box” that makes up a song for everything. I am grateful for the privilege of watching Natalie...

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