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

Have you ever been accused of starting something? Oftentimes, when we accuse someone of starting something, it is usually bad. But, in 1 John 4:8-10, we see how God started His relationship with us:

8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

In the ancient Greek language, there were four different aspects of love: (1) eros - a fervent sexual passion for someone; (2) phileō - a mutual interest and natural affection between friends; (3) stergō – a familial affection, especially between parents and children and; (4) agape - a self-denying loving kindness towards the undeserving, despite disappointment and rejection. This type of love has its origin from God. 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
Weeping Willow AME Zion Church

Under the direction of Rev. Henrico D. White, Weeping Willow AME Zion Church invites all to their Worship on Wednesdays (W.O.W.) service at 7pm starting April 24th.

Come experience the Word, the Worship and the Witness.

Weeping Willow is located at 2220 Milton Road, Charlotte, NC 28215.

Members attest, “At Weeping Willow we are doing even Greater!!!”

Shiloh AME Zion Church Celebrates 158 Years of...Service to God

Rev. J. Ruth Davis and the congregants of Shiloh AME Zion Church invite you to come, worship, celebrate and praise with them Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 11am and 3pm as they celebrate the “Blessings of God.”

The host pastor, Rev. J. Ruth Davis will deliver the 11am message, and bring forth a story of 158 years of service to God and plans for future growth.

Their celebrations include lunch and fellowship after morning worship as you prepare for the afternoon service at 3pm with Rev. David Williams, pastor of Gethsemane AME Church.

Shiloh is located at 1115 Salisbury Road, Statesville, NC 28625. This is a service you don’t want to miss.

C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church Fine Arts Ministry

The Fine Arts Ministry of C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church invites everyone to witness the African Diaspora International Festival Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11am.

In addition to the United States, the festival brings Brazil, Dominican Republic, Africa, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica, Colombia, Trinidad, Barbados, Cuba, Grenada, The Caribbean, Tobago, and Venezuela to life.

According to the Fine Arts Ministry, you will not only experience the African Diaspora, but you will enjoy the music, prayers, food, dancers, stories, drumming, poems, and songs from around the world. The Cultural Explosion will bring forth the International Market Place at 11am and the International Festival at 1:30pm. And, the fun is not over; following the festival enjoy a “Tasting Party” with foods from the African Diaspora.

C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church is located at 1421 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206, where Rev. Dr. Jerry L. Cannon is Pastor, and Rev. Phanta I. Lansden, is Associate Pastor.

Friendship United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Men of Friendship United Methodist Church invite everyone to enjoy a “Country Breakfast with them Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 6:30am until 10am.

The “Country Breakfast” is a fundraiser that benefits four scholarships: The Dana Goodwin Scholarship, Vaughn Sprinkle Scholarship, Godfrey Williams Scholarship, and the Bruno Santorum Scholarship. Donations are also accepted and appreciated.

Friendship United Methodist Church is located at 907 Friendship Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

For more information please call: 704.876.2125, or visit: www.friendshipumc.com.

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