MythBusters: Did Jesus Die on the Cross?

You asked and we have answered.  Question: Did Jesus Die on the Cross?  Christian Education Director, Elder Owens tackles this subject for you.  Sit back, relax, and take notes as Elder Owens not only answers if Jesus died on the cross but also what does it mean to have died on a stake?  And was crucifixion an actual form of torture for the Romans?

 

You Can Make it

In “You can make it,” Bishop Blake reminds us that there is a point in our temporary suffering. How we handle trials will determine, “whether we are tolerating life or actually enjoying it.” If we stay steadfast and focus on who God is, we will not and cannot crumble under life’s pressures. Our trials are a way for God to show us his power and allow us to know Him better. If we never needed a financial break through, then we would not know that God is a provider. If we never got sick, we would not know that God is a healer. Therefore, in all trials remember how God brought you out of the last situation.

God’s power is unparalleled and in all things you can make it!

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

If You Really Love God


When you love someone you will back that love by your actions. The foundation of love is commitment, it’s obedience. If you REALLY LOVE God you will, keep His commandments.

John 14:15 (NKJV)
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments,” a simple yet complex scripture as much of the Bible is. Yet, it is a clear enough illustration of what God requires of us as believers. God calls us to be committed in our love towards Him.

Please enjoy our weekly inspirational message by Online Pastor, Elder Manuel L. Thomas

Spring Cleaning: Tips for the Household and Spirit

During Spring cleaning we take time out to do a deep cleaning. We remove the clutter from our homes, clean stains from the driveway, even put another coat of paint on the garage. Is it safe to say that while we tackle these arduous chores, we meditate on cleansing our spirits as well?
The Bible says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 It takes work to renew our minds and with all the hustle and bustle of life, we many times need to slow down and make sure that we are focused on the things that really matter; kingdom living, holiness and sharing the good news of Christ with others. There are many scriptures that tell us how to keep our spirits focused on Christ. Meditate on the word day and night, think of things that are holy, pure and righteous, pray without ceasing, worship and fellowship amongst other believers and fast, reminding our bodies that we can not live by bread alone. We have much work to do.

Here’s a simple check list:

1. Have you had your Spring Cleaning Devotion today?

2. Have you spoke well of God today?

3. Have you made it a point to help others?

As we are scrubbing away the dirt of the previous months, let us invite God to scrub away old habits.  Click here to download some Spring Cleaning tips from Martha Stewart.

Give God Something To Look Forward To

God has a plan. Every single thing that he does is ultimately for one person; unhindered fellowship with his children. This is the reason why he came to Earth and died on a cross; to redeem his children and allow them full access to His throne. Christ’s vision is for evangelism across the globe. You were saved to bring someone else to Christ.

“Give God Something To Look Forward To” from West Angeles COGIC on Vimeo.

To whom much is given, much is required. Bishop Blake tells us in his sermon, “Give God Something to Look Forward To” that it is a sin to receive from God and not be fruitful. God honors productivity. He requires us to be productive in His plan of salvation to all people. God blesses you and looks forward to how many people you will tell that, “Promotion does not come from the east or the west, but from above.” God heals you and looks forward to seeing how many people you will give your testimony to. God delivers you and wait to see how many people your testimony can touch. I urge you to give all that is required of you from the God that blesses you daily. Salvation is meant to be shared.

Therapy

Testimony of a contributing writer…

When bad things happen in my life, I never cry.  I usually tend to laugh.  Even when I’m sad, I laugh.  There are certain days tears will flow from my eyes and I do not know why.  I have awoken to sadness that pierces my heart and been completely clueless as to the reason that I am feeling this way.  I know what’s right, but somehow I end up making decisions that tend to hurt me, rather than help me.  I’ve sat in my room before and asked God why is there a hole in my heart that seems like it can’t be filled.  There has always been a piece of me that felt like something was missing, and whatever that missing link is has caused me to make horrible decisions that will temporarily fill the void.  I’ve been in crowds of people and felt completely alone.  I’ve tried to talk to friends, but was unable to articulate the sadness, anxiety and hurt I felt in random moments in my life.

The Bible says, “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.  There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”  Proverbs 19:20-21.  There are many scriptures that tell us to listen to Godly counsel, learn from the elders and surround ourselves with wise friends.  The heart is complex and many times there are so many layers to the way that we feel and the way that we react to certain situations that we are unable to clearly identify the root.  Therapy is such a taboo topic to so many people.  It has been perceived as weakness and associated with mental illness, but the truth is that God recommends Christian counsel.  Counselors are trained to listen and help identify the pains in your life.  They do not cut out the Holy Spirit’s counsel, but they allow you to know what to pray for.

The tribulations of life can be overwhelming, and no man is an island.  God has given us people that have the gift of discernment and encouragement for a reason.  They help us to get through those difficult moments that we are unable to handle alone.  Sometimes you just need someone to talk to; someone to listen to you; someone to hear the things you’re not saying.  Christian counselors are that gift.

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”  II Corinthians 1:3-4

If you are seeking a Christian counselor, we invite you to contact the Counseling Center here West Angeles Church of God in Christ.

The Priesthood of the Believer

Starting from Revelation 1:5-6

5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

To Him who loved us and washed[a] us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings[b] and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Elder Manuel Thomas speaks on amazing responsibility of the Priesthood of the Believer. Enjoy and please feel free to comment below!

Autism Awareness Service

April is National Autism Awareness Month, which serves to educate the public about autism.  West Angeles is joining other congregations around the state in recognizing Autism this month through the efforts of Special Needs Network.

The President and Co-founder of Special Needs Network Attorney Areva Martin is scheduled to speak Sunday, April 22nd at the 11:00AM service to briefly share some information regarding Autism.  Attorney Martin will also touch on President Obama’s signing of the “Combating Autism Reauthorization Act” which provides funding for autism research, education, early detection and support services as well as President Obama’s proclamation of World Austism Awareness Day for April 2nd which serves to encourage Americans across the country to educate themselves and learn how they can support individuals and families dealing with autism.

West Angeles is in for a treat of Ms. Martin’s non-profit is an advocacy group for children and families dealing with autism in our community, founded from from the desire to educate the masses after her own son was diagnosed with autism.

 

Watch the service Live at WestA.TV

2012 Southwestern Regional Rally

April 20-April 21, 2012

Come experience the movement of God in the Southwestern Regional Rally hosted at West Angeles COGIC North Campus, 3045 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.  Join Regional President, Elder Michael Davis, Regional Chair Lady Missionary Kathy Jackson, Guest Speaker: Youth Pastor Travis Simons of The Potter’s House, International President, Pastor Linwood Dillard, and International Chairlady, Evangelist Joyce Rodgers.

Hosted by none other than International Prelate Bishop Charles E. Blake

Click here to download the Registration Form

Join us LIVE at WestA.TV

Christian Apologetics

Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr. is dedicated to communicating truth in clear and effective ways. Having once been an aerospace engineer, Dr. Graves brings science and logical reasoning in his embrace and unshakable belief in Christianity.

Stemming from the success of his highly acclaimed book, “In Pursuit of Wholeness: Experiencing God’s Salvation for the Total Person,” Dr. Graves wishes to share Godly wisdom in his anticipated free monthly seminar that focuses on the existence of God, the accuracy of the Bible, the deity of Jesus Christ, the Resurrection, and other fundamental Christian teachings.

Ranging from young to old, students to professionals, volunteers to leaders … this seminar promises to be a systematic presentation of beliefs and practices never seen before!

Take a look below for the monthly outline:

Feb. 24 Secularism and Other Isms that Challenge the Christian Faith
Mar. 23 Science and Religion: Are They in Conflict?
Apr. 27 Does God Exist? How Can We Know?
May 11 The Reliability of the Bible: Is the Bible Trustworthy and True?
Jun. 22 The Life, Miracles, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Jul. 27 The Fundamental Teachings of Christianity that We Must Believe
Aug. 24 The Uniqueness of Christianity among World Religions
Sep 28 The Problem of Sin, Pain, and Evil in the World and in Your Life
Oct. 19 Heaven, Hell, and Life after Death
Nov. 30 Apologetics and Evangelism (How Powerful and Effective Evangelism can be Bolstered by an Understanding of Basic Christian Apologetics)

Call 323-733-8300 ext. 2324 or send an e-mail to [email protected] to RSVP!