Pastor's Message With: Rev. Dr. Herb Rhedrick
The Point of No Return
Rev. Dr. Herb Rhedrick

Have you ever reached a point of no return in a relationship? This usually happens when you have done all you can to help someone and to provide for them, and they just spurn your love and kindness. It is not a good place to be is it? What if God got to a point of no return with you? That would be a bad place to be also. But, that is just what happened in Genesis 6:5-9 during the days of Noah.

5The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. 7 So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth-- men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air-- for I am grieved that I have made them." 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. 9 This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.

By the time we reach Genesis Chapter 6, we find there was no longer any distinction between the religious and the irreligious, between good and bad, between right and wrong. Great wickedness had multiplied and magnified itself upon the earth and there was no regard for God.

But, how did it become this way? By man’s daily thought patterns. The text says “that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil.”

The mind is never still, never without thought, most likely thousands of thoughts within every twenty-four hour period. So much in our society is aimed at corrupting our thoughts —TV, movies, magazines, music, people, private and public institutions, systems, etc. If our “thought” life is corrupted, it will corrupt everything else about us.

So, does this mean that all their thoughts and actions were moral evils, such as murder, fornication, jealousy, abuse, etc…? Absolutely not, they were probably doing some noble things. The problem is not their achievements but their evil hearts. Their hearts—their very thoughts and imaginations—were set on the things of the flesh and of the world. Clearly the Bible defines evil, not in isolation of but rather in relation to good. Evil is any and everything that is in opposition to God – who is good. Therefore, if your plans ignore, neglect, deny or rebel against God and His word then they are evil. In other words, you are guilty of having an EGO problem – Edging God Out -this is what God sees.

So, how does one find a remedy for this precarious position with God? They must do like Noah did. He believed in God’s promises and walked with God. The question for us today is: are we willing to submit to God and separate ourselves from worldly and fleshy desires or do we continue to run with the crowd? Remember, just as it was in Noah’s day, it will be in ours that God will reach a point of no return. When He does He will examine each of our hearts and determine if we get to enter His arc of safety or spend eternity separated from Him. The choice is yours.

Spiritually Speaking: Paul Hit the Bullseye

James Washington
I remember reviewing the letters of Paul in bible study. In doing so I was constantly reminded that one cannot look at Paul without really seeing Jesus’ amazing handiwork.

Now you need to know that I think Paul is an awesome person when it comes to the story of his life. I haven’t found a biography or autobiography of anyone in or outside of the ‘good book’ who comes close to my admiration for Paul; Jesus notwithstanding.

Because the two are so closely associated with one another, I can’t help but consider the impact of this tandem on human history.

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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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