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Pastor's Message With: Rev. Dr. Herb Rhedrick
He Knows It All
Rev. Dr. Herb Rhedrick

Many of you may be familiar with Google or Alexa. These are great devices and they store a lot of information. Just think how great life would be; if these devices could inform you of all the right choices to make. Wouldn’t that be great? Fortunately, these devices are limited. However, there is someone with this perfect knowledge, and we learn who it is in Psalm chapter 139, verses 1-6.

1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

One of God’s attributes is His omniscience. A simple definition of omniscience is “all-knowing.” This means God has perfect knowledge of all things both actual and possibilities, of the past, present and future. Therefore, there is absolutely no information that exists anywhere outside of God's knowledge. He depends on no one outside of Himself for any knowledge about anything. The future is not a surprise to Him. Now, God’s knowledge is not only comprehensive - More ↠

More Messages from Pastor Rhedrick
Spiritually Speaking: God's Time Trumps Everything
By JAMES WASHINGTON

James Washington
As many of you know, I am really fascinated by the concept of time, especially time as delineated in the bible. I mean really, what is time? First, let me submit that time for us human beings, in its simplest form, is the so called conscious reality we experience between birth and death. One’s consciousness is the sum total of “time,” as we know it spent in the body you currently inhabit.

You do not control when you are born or when you die, unless you commit suicide of course. But you can to some degree, control your time and how you spend/invest it. I would imagine that the older you get, the more value you place on time. I know I do. More ↠

"Look to Him"

Tahren Terrell Brandon
Tahren Terrell Brandon
Have you ever felt contempt? It is often a feeling difficult to describe until you experience it. The Israelites in Psalm 123 were in the thick of it on their pilgrimage to Jerusalem. They were journeying to celebrate the Feast of the Lord but their current state was one of suffering, having faced rejection from the proud and arrogant, those who seemed to be living life with ease, without a care in the world. Prior to reading this passage, I was in a comparable place to the Psalmists. That particular day something happened that triggered emotions of rejection and worthlessness. The feelings it brought to surface promised to keep me up nights and burden me through the days. I needed to talk about it but there was no one to understand. That night I read Psalm 123. It was not by chance nor was it an accident that led me to this scripture. I keep a window open on my phone at all times to either Psalms or Proverbs, which I continuously read back to back. My 10-month old memorial stone limits the time I have to really concentrate on anything so sometimes days go by before I get back to reading.

When I was finally able to open that window in my phone again, it was on Psalm 123. After days of being open to this very chapter, unbeknownst to me, it began to serve its purpose. I was in awe of how specifically it spoke to my situation. These four verses described exactly how I felt, while also providing all of the guidance, instruction and encouragement that I needed to move on past these feelings of contempt. More ↠

Your Case For Christ

Susan Smith Walker
Rev. Susan Walker
We are currently studying “The Case for Christ,” at my church. It’s a book covering the historical and archeological evidence that supports the truth of the gospel. It is a fascinating study written by a man who set out to prove that the gospel was a fairy tale but after seeing the evidence for himself, he concluded it was true and became a Christian.

I was moved one day to hear the participants in the class say that whatever the facts are, their own experience with God is the most important proof to them. I would have to agree with that. Before I became a Christian, historical and archaeological evidence was interesting to me, but it was the evidence of God moving in the lives around me that ultimately drew me to the Lord.

Author Lee Strobel’s mission to disprove Christianity takes him to Bible scholars, university professors and other experts on ancient history and archeology. What he learns from them slowly opens his eyes to the fact that proofs for the authenticity of the ancient gospel manuscripts are more numerous than for writings of other historical figures like Socrates and Aristotle which we generally accept as true. Facts like that changed his mind, and so instead of being one who disproved the gospel, he is now one of its strongest messengers. More ↠

Church News
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Simpson-Gillespie United Methodist Church’s United Methodist Women invites all ladies to join them for an exciting “Mission Study,” based on the book of Ruth, using the theme, “Seeing the Ruth in You,” Saturday, April 6, 2019, 9am to 10pm with a continental breakfast and lunch provided. More ↠

LR’s Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary to host discernment event

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Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Announces Search For New Position

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Dr. Harris Presented the Society of John Wesley Award

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

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