The Complete Christian

Every believer should be able to fill in the blank: “I used to _______________, before I accepted Christ in my life.”

We are called babes in Christ when we first become Christians and like all babies, we fall and stumble about, trying to find our legs. Babies are fed milk and then baby food. Babes in Christ tend to be fed the word of God when they go to church because the Bible can be overwhelming to a new believer. However, we should not stay babes.

As we grow and mature in the body of Christ, there should be some things that God has worked out of us. We should look different from those people that are still in darkness because we are meant to be the light. Bishop Blake reminds us that we should be serving God with all of our hearts, minds and souls. We should be pressing towards the mark of the high calling of God. We shouldn’t care what others think, but should be fervent ambassadors for Christ.

Thinking of how good God is to me makes me want to die to myself daily and pick up my cross and follow Him the best that I can. Everyday won’t be perfect, but remember, God looks at the heart.

Why We Should Live Holy

There are so many misconceptions about the terms of salvation. It’s the reason that many people do not come to Jesus. These people feel they are not good enough or holy enough to be Christians. However, Bishop Blake clears up that confusion in his sermon, “Why we should live Holy.” He lets us know that holiness is not the prerequisite to salvation. We should choose to live holy because we have salvation. Your love for Christ should prohibit you from sinning because sin separates us from Christ. Resisting your fleshly desires seems unbearable in the moment, which is why holiness can not be attained in your strength. You need Christ for holiness. It is not who you are that makes you holy, but who God is. And when you learn to overcome sin and embrace holiness you will be in perfect communion with God.

Bishop Charles E. Blake Prays Justice for Trayvon Martin

Following the tragedy of the killing of 17-year old, Trayvon Martin, Sunday, March 25th has been declared as Hoodie Sunday in hopes that his aggressor will be arrested and Trayvon’s murder will be brought to justice. On February 26, Trayvon Martin was going to visit his father in a gated community in Florida. He was returning from a local convenience store and was carrying a bag of skittles and a bottle of iced tea when George Zimmerman shot and killed him. American citizens everywhere have come together and voiced their concerns for the slaying of this young Black high school student, who was falsely identified as a criminal by Zimmerman due to racial profiling. No arrests have been made, as Zimmerman, pleads self-defense as his alibi. However, people all over America are standing up for Trayvon, who was completely unarmed at the time of his shooting.

In both West Angeles’ 8AM and 11AM services, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake has released a statement: “We stand in sympathy and concern and continue to send our prayers up for the family of Trayvon Martin. All loss of life is a tragedy and we will continue to pray for all killings that continue to go on in the nation and in the world. We will continue to pray for a full investigation and that a just outcome will prevail. May God continue to bless our nation to be a place of freedom and safety for all of its’ citizens. Remember, we are one.” We all sympathize with Martin’s family and friends, realizing that this senseless murder could have been our own son. Obama spoke out about this tragedy saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

American citizens have loudly voiced their demands for justice as people post pictures of themselves in hoodies on social networks and speak out about this injustice. Throughout this past week, the major states around America; Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Florida, Kansas City, Los Angeles the cities have organized hoodie days. Many churches are joining in the demonstration; pastors, deacons, clergymen and congregants are wearing hoodies as a demonstration to put an end to racial profiling. Some of the services and demonstrations hand out skittles. Songs and raps have been composed in Trayvon’s memory. On March 21, New York City had a march called the “Million Hoodie March.” Martin’s parents joined this march and spoke out saying that they will not stop fighting for their son’s justice and they thanked the millions of people that came out to fight for their son. There was a march at Leimert and this Sunday on Crenshaw and Exposition there was a vigil for Trayvon Martin.

We must all stand together and know that we can make a difference. In the New York “Million Hoodie March” Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said, “My heart is in pain, but to see the support of all of you really makes a difference.” We must continue to pray that this tragedy will find justice and Trayvon Martin will be the final incident of racial profiling. One injustice is one too many.

Great Efforts Bring Great Results


“Let us not become weary in well doing, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9. “Great Efforts Bring Great Results” taught by Bishop Blake reminds me of this scripture. He talks about the thwarted perception of success in today’s society; the desire to be great without hard work and perseverance.

I’m reminded of the last year of every school, elementary, high school, college, and graduate school. For some reason the last year is the most difficult, as though the finish line is taunting. There is a quote that says, “The final mile is the hardest of any task.” However, there is good news. Growing weary is a good sign that you are tediously laboring. The Bible says, “In all labour, there is profit.” Proverbs 14:23A. Continue pressing because the Bible promises to reward your great efforts with great results.

New Creation

Taken from 2 Corinthians 5:17(NKJV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new, Online Pastor Manuel Thomas encourages us to not think about what because may say in their condemnation or judgment of us, but think about new creature we are in Christ Jesus!

Believe, Expect, and Act on Your Miracle

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 In each of our lives, we have hope and dreams that seem impossible to attain. Many women that carry maternal desires are unable to carry children. Many men that are the heads of households are unable to find jobs. Many children desire to be educated but do not see financial provision. There are those that just desire to be successful but do not know the steps to acquiring ones dream.

Bishop Blake encourages us to believe, expect and act on the miracles that God will perform in our lives. He illustrates various people in the Bible that needed something that only God could provide and while it seemed impossible, their faith produced a miracle. Walking on water, raising a dead man from the grave, feeding a multitude with a small boy’s lunch of fish and bread stand as testaments of God’s power and his willingness to provide the needs of his children. Faith is as simple as knowing it is done and looking for it in the natural. It is done.

Let’s Praise the Lord

 

Hindsight vision seems to be the most effective when trusting God.  Now that I am out of storms that I went through, I have a better understanding of God’s will for my life.  I found myself ministering to people that went through many of the fires I’d walked through and saying to myself, “Oh! That’s why I went through that!”  However, when we are in the fire, it feels like there is not a purpose.

In this sermon, “Let’s Praise the Lord,” Bishop Blake reminds us that there is a purpose for your storms and that purpose is to your benefit.  Be encouraged and know, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:3-5

Jesus even came to Earth and endured the walk that we would have to endure just so he could suffer with us in our trials, having experienced every emotion and temptation we would ever face.  He is able to encourage us and show us that you can overcome because we see that He was able to do it.  Your experience allows your testimony merit to someone in need.  We would not be champions for Christ without enduring His cross and triumphing.  How else are we able to tell others that God is a healer or a deliverer, peace, joy and love if we have not experienced him in those lights?  Your trials are for a purpose greater than yourself; they are utensils for kingdom building.

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Now and Then


Undergraduate school happened to be the most influential time of my Christian walk. I was in a position where I could not judge my adolescent counterparts for their walks with the Lord because I was still growing myself and yet I had just rededicated my life to Christ so I was earnestly making strides for the Lord. I allowed my peers to watch me stumble and fall and I was always there with them when they fell in their walk, holding them and reminding them that I still loved them and so did God. Years later, I received messages on Facebook and emails from people from Howard University that I didn’t even know were paying attention to me. Many of them told me that watching me serve God was an inspiration to them and many of those individuals had finally given God their whole heart. One of the guys was an alcoholic in school and now he is a preacher. He told me that my example of love showed him that Christ would love him no matter where he was in his life. I do not take credit for their transformation, but I learned from that experience the power of loving someone.

“Now and Then” from West Angeles COGIC on Vimeo.

I remembered this moment in my life while listening to Bishop Blake’s sermon “Now and Then,” in which he talks about love being the most important and powerful gift to give. “If I speak in tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.” I Corinthians 13:1 Speaking in tongues, giving, preaching and teaching the word are all powerful gifts we use to grow closer walks with Jesus and to minister to those in need. However, the Bible tells us that those gifts are not as powerful as love. Your love takes precedence over your gifts. Your gifts should be used to shine a light on Christ but if they are not exercised with the heart of God you can cause someone to miss all that Christ is. His very message is love. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 His message saves souls. Therefore, we must be the very beating of Christ’s heart for the world to be saved from eternal damnation. Show love everyday and you will have shown the very character of who God is and desires to be in every person’s life.

Yielding to God


Online Pastor, Elder Manuel Thomas, does his weekly message.  In this video, Elder Manuel Thomas was inspired to speak on the topic, “Yielding to God” taken from the book of James 4:7 Submit yourselves unto God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 

“You have to yield to be filled,” says Elder Thomas…one can only be filled after they have submitted to God! Enjoy.