Pastor's Message With: Rev. Dr. Herb Rhedrick
Radical Change, Radical Celebration
Rev. Dr. Herb Rhedrick

For many of us the start of the new year brings the thought of new accomplishments. However, this may require a radical change from last year. This is where we find Jesus in Matthew Chapter 9, verses 10-13:

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ v For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Matthew had just accepted Jesus’ invitation to follow him. This was probably not Matthew’s first encounter with Jesus. But, on this day, he encountered Jesus for himself and he accepted His invitation. This was no small feat because, as a tax collector, Matthew had a very lucrative job with a steady income stream and benefits. To accept this invitation was radical, because Matthew would have to leave his job. But, once he began to follow Jesus, he never turned back. In fact, he had a radical celebration at his home. More ↠

More Messages from Pastor Rhedrick
Spiritually Speaking: Faith Tested is Real, or Maybe Not

James Washington
I believe there is a perception (right or wrong) in our faith that our suffering is an integral part of God’s plan to ready us for the struggle of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Many believe that suffering in some ways is a prerequisite for strengthening one’s spiritual muscle. I think it is more akin to gaining testimony than anything else. We all know how hard it is to respect the opinion of someone who has led the so-called charmed life, or, someone who was born with the proverbial silver spoon in a cavity free mouth. It’s hard, if not impossible, to listen to someone talk with authority about things they’ve never seen or places they’ve never been. My belief is that God teaches in a manner few of us will ever truly understand. I honestly believe that when He chooses you, when it’s your time, He has a unique way of communicating who’s really in charge. And believe it or not, it ain’t you. More ↠

"Where Is Your Confidence?"

Tahren Terrell Brandon
Tahren Terrell Brandon
Psalm 51 is the passage of scripture where a contrite King David looked to God to do a serious cleansing of his spirit, he knew that he could not cleanse himself. After being left to his own devices, now guilty of murder, adultery and collusion, he pleads with God to create in him a clean heart and to uphold him (v. 12). David knows he needs God to, not only create a clean heart in him, but after he receives this new heart, keep Him on the righteous path. Despite all of the sin David was guilty of throughout his life, the confidence he had in God made him a man after God's own heart.

There is a common misconception about confidence, that, we as believers should have it in ourselves. Nothing wrong with confidence, the question is; where is your confidence? Particularly, in the current culture we are encouraged to have self-confidence. "Believe in ones-self," we tell people, "Have faith in yourself" But shouldn't we be encouraging people to have faith, not in self, but in God? Who are we to believe in ourselves? What have we accomplished on our own that we should feel good about? My father, the beloved Rev. E. Philip Terrell, used to say, "Don't you recognize that all you have accomplished and all that you have, came by the hand of a good God? We are not here because we are good, but because God is good." More ↠

Something New

Susan Smith Walker
Rev. Susan Walker
Someone recently asked me “Why do we celebrate the New Year? It’s just going to be the same old thing over and over again. Why does it matter?” I imagine if Solomon was here today he might ask that question because he felt the same way as we see in this passage:

Ecclesiastes 1:3-10

3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. 5 The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. 6 The wind blows to the south, and goes round to the north; round and round goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. 7 All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. 8 All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already, in the ages before us. More ↠

Church News
Bethel Baptist 2019 MLK Unity Prayer Breakfast

KANNAPOLIS, NC – Rev. Antonio Johnson, Sr. and the Bethel Baptist Church invites the Community to join them as they celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Bethel Enrichment Center, 1209 Opal Street, Kannapolis, North Carolina at 9am. More ↠

LR’s Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary to host discernment event

HICKORY, NC – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary invites the public to an Answer the Call discernment weekend event, Sunday, March 24 and Monday, March 25. More ↠

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Announces Search For New Position

HICKORY, N.C. – The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) of Lenoir-Rhyne University announces a new position, rector and dean of the seminary, to be filled as early as Jan. 2, 2019, and no later than June 3, 2019. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position are now being accepted. More ↠

Dr. Harris Presented the Society of John Wesley Award

CHARLOTTE, NC – Rev. Dr. Otto D. Harris, III, the pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church was recently presented the Society of John Wesley Award; the highest award presented by the United Methodist Men More ↠

Statement from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan Regarding His Trip to Iran and Message to Iran and America

[Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, a U.S.-based religious movement, recently traveled to Iran and spoke to Iranian students and others. Below is a statement he issued regarding that trip and correcting false and inflammatory media reports.] More ↠

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