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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.

One Person Can Make A Difference

If I told you that you could end a war, would you believe me?  If I told you that you could save children from hurt and pain, would you doubt it?  What if I told you that you are the cure to the cancer that’s spreading throughout our society?  It’s overwhelming for us to believe that we, alone, can make a difference in issues that seem so massive.  However, it takes one person that has compassion on a particular pain in our community to stand up and the rest will follow.

I am reminded of Esther, who saved her people, the Jews, from slaughter.  David led armies to victories in battle.  Every revolution begins with a single person deciding to make a stand.  Today, Joseph Russell has called the world’s attention to a man in Uganda, South Africa named Joseph Kony, who has captured over thirty thousand children and created an army called the LRA.  He forces the children to kill their parents, mutilate innocent people and he captures little girls to make them sex slaves.  This war has been going on for at least twenty years.  Russell created an army of his own called Invisible Children.  He has rebuilt schools, created jobs and built an early warning radio network to protect villages from rebel attacks, and it was all funded by young people who gave a few dollars a month to a program called TRI.  Now Kony 2012 has become a mega viral epidemic, allowing all civilians to fight for Ugandan children and letting them know that they are not invisible to us.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake saw the need to create a ministry that directly saved children in Africa.  That was the birth of  “Save Africa’s Children,” which has reached over 90,000 children infected with AIDS and supports more than 100,000 children that are orphans in over 23 nations of Africa.

A friend of mine, Nicole Banks, has done mission work around the world and she was most impacted by the lack of water for children in third world countries.  She started the Wellness of Worship, which will provide wells, allowing people to have clean water to drink from.

The pattern is that each battle began with one person.  You can be that next person.  This does not mean you have to join every battle.  Don’t ignore that thing that touches your heart most.  That is the thing that God has placed on your heart, and take each step one day at a time towards change.  You may begin alone, but I guarantee God will not let you fight the entire battle by yourself.  He will put like-minded people on your team and together, we can save God’s people.  The best thing about it is that we would be saving them using the name of Jesus so that others will know that God is their advocate.  “Therefore, my beloved bretheren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” I Corinthians 15:58

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.

Bible College Spring Quarter Preview

Are you ready to grow in the Lord Come get a taste of the amazing, new Bible College classes for Spring 2012! Join Elder Owens and meet the professors. Be among the first to register for only $50 per class!

Mondays or Wednesdays – Elder Oscar Owens, Jr.

Systematic Theology 3

Learn what the Bible and the COGIC teaches about the doctrines of The Holy Spirit, Salvation, The Church and The Last Days.

 

Tuesdays – Dr. Zenobia Bereal

Church History 2

Learn about the rise of the American denominations and the triumph of slave Christianity and free African American churches.

 

Thursdays – Dr. Eugenia Greene

Biblical Hermeneutics

Learn the art and skill of accurate Bible interpretation!

Call 323-733-8300, ext. 2345 for more info & to RSVP.

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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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