Pastor's Message With: Rev. Dr. Herb Rhedrick
When We All Get to Heaven, Then What?
Rev. Dr. Herb Rhedrick

Many of us desire to get to heaven. However, the question becomes, what happens once we get there? The answer to that question is based on what we do before we leave here. That is what Paul is expressing in Colossians 3:23-24:

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

This Greek phrase work at it with all your heart, means our labor or effort in any endeavor arises out of our soul, from the innermost part of our being. Did your parents or grandparents share these words of wisdom with you; regardless of what you become, be the best that you can be; if you become a school teacher be the best school teacher; if you become a doctor become the best; if you become a ditch digger be the best; and if a garbage man be the best. Our elders were theologically sound.

Therefore, we are not to do our work with eye service or as people-pleasers; that is, we are not to work only when the boss is watching or standing around. We are to work diligently all the time, doing exactly what we have been hired to do, instructed to do, and more.

Work existed in the time of human innocence in paradise. The first image of human work in the Bible stresses its perfection. The notion of work as part of God’s perfect design for human life is captured in Genesis 2:15. Here, human work is shown to have worth and dignity as a service to God and as something that gives purpose to human life. Therefore, our conversion to Christianity does not negate our need to work nor does it require a change in one’s vocation in the world, unless it violates God’s word. Our work should support us, fulfill us and serve others for God’s glory.

In our places of employment, we are to put forth our best efforts to accomplish our tasks as working for the Lord. We should never do average work, whether in the community performing our civic duty or in our church. We should always be the best at our job, going beyond the call of duty, never being content in doing just what we have been instructed. Therefore, we are to maintain the highest moral and ethical standards. Transacting business with integrity, working with all diligence, and treating others well. At the same time, we are to avoid dishonesty and laziness.

As we work in this manner on earth, the Bible promises us that God will grant us an eternal inheritance as a reward for serving Him. Receiving an inheritance from one’s father was a socio-legal practice well attested throughout the variety of cultures of the Bible. An inheritance was the gift of a good father to his children. However, Paul challenged them to consider the fact that their rewards were eternal, not earthly. Such rewards cannot be taken away, and the real Master would pay us what really matters. Thus, our motive should be faithfulness to the Lord in all circumstances of life. While salvation is a gift, these rewards are given for our faithfulness in the Christian life.

Spiritually Speaking

James Washington
Let’s be real. How many people have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? How about a personal relationship with the Almighty or, perhaps a personal experience with the Holy Spirit?

Many of us can acknowledge and understand personal in the secular realm. We can all attest to personal relationships with other people. They are at times wonderful, painful, even traumatic, but you have to admit they are and have been indeed personal. In many instances these are the relationships that shape our character and define us as unique human beings. Not only do deep substantive personal relationships define us, they also can set a course for our lives long after they’re over.

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AME Church and Black Banks Launch New Partnership for Black Wealth

( - The Black church, among the most prosperous institutions in America, has long led movements for the spiritual, social and civic uplift of Black people. When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, he had just launched the Poor People's Movement, which quickly fizzled after his death.

With this historic backdrop, the African Methodist Episcopal Church - with a legacy of leadership in its own right - has announced an innovative economic partnership with Black-owned banks across the country. The partnership aims to be a catalyst to spur business development, homeownership and wealth in the Black community.

"We are now pleased to announce a partnership with the presidents of the nineteen (19) Black banks in the United States, with the goal of increasing Black wealth," said Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, president of the Council of AME Bishops. "This initiative will strengthen Black banks across the United States and increase their capacity to lend to small businesses, to secure mortgages, to provide personal lines of credit, and to offer other forms of credit to AME churches and our members. This, of course, includes enabling members and their families to become homeowners." More ↠

Church News

Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise Festival

The PHBC Ministry of Health & Wellness, along with The Males Place, Heaven on Earth 4 Us & Total Touch Chiropractic Wellness Center presents the Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise FREE Festival, Saturday, July 14, 2018, 11am-4pm at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in the J.A. Cuthbertson Life Center.

There’s something for everyone! Health Screenings by Novant, food trucks, live cooking demos, canning and gardening demos, a “Money Matters” presentation, games for the kids, prizes and much more!

Bring the WHOLE Family!

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is located at 517 Baldwin Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204, in the Cherry Community. Have questions or need more information, please contact Edna Sherer at 704-619-8572 or email to:

Thomas Street Church of Christ Summer Gospel Meetings

Thomas Street Church of Christ will conduct their summer series of “Gospel Meetings” July 15-19, 2018, at 700 West Thomas Street, Salisbury, NC

Brother John Foster from Deep River Church of Christ in High Point, NC will serve as guest speaker for the week.

Sunday morning bible study begins at 10am, and morning worship at 11. For further information contact Deborah Wilson at:

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