Sunday was my family’s first Mother’s Day in Jacksonville and at Shiloh. And we were blessed to have a good day together as a family.

I am sure Crystal had a good day. She bossed us around all day and totally had her way. Happy Mother’s Day, Sunshine!

I know all these mentions of “firsts” may seem redundant. But I can’t help it. I am still easily shocked that I live in a new city and pastor a different church, even though I have been here for months. A year ago, I was just settling into our new facilities at MSMBC in Los Angeles. And I have never met anyone from Shiloh. Much has changed in a year. I praise God for God knows what is best and he is in charge of my assignment. And I am glad to be where God wants me to be.

Our Men’s Chorus led the musical praise in both of our morning services. it was great to have the brothers leading the congregation in praise to our God.

The women had a mass Bible Study yesterday during our Bible Study Fellowship hour. My New Members Class was consequently canceled. Boy did I miss teaching that class. I look forward to resuming my time with the new members this Sunday, God willing.

Our Children’s Choir sung in the 10 AM service. They did an excellent job, as usual, and made the day of worship even more special.

I preached from Philippians 1:6 on the Perseverance of the Saints. It is a doctrine that brings me great comfort. I pray that the Lord would cause the church to find this doctrine to be a source of comfort, not controversy.

I was a little nervous about not preaching a Mother’s Day sermon, even though I was confident that I was preaching what the Lord had given me to preach. But once I started preaching, those concerns quickly evaporated. And I was able to get on with the business of the day.

Security came and napped up Hailey during my sermon at 10 AM. About time. LOL!

I am looking forward to preaching on Paul’s prayer for the church in Philippians 1:9-11 this coming Sunday.

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

The McKissicks were kind enough to invite us to dinner Sunday afternoon. Their generosity and concern for us has been a great blessing for which we are grateful.

News Flash: The Los Angeles Lakers were stomped down by the Houston Rockets. Stomped down, I say. Wonderful.