In Loving Memory of Paul Crouch

Paul Crouch Dies

Paul Crouch, the televangelist who along with his wife co-founded the world’s largest Christian broadcasting network–Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN)—passed on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at his home in Orange, California. He was 79.

“He was an incredible businessman, entrepreneur, visionary; he built something that impacted the world,” says Brandon Crouch, grandson to the late Paul Crouch.
According to the Associated Press, Paul Crouch he had been battling degenerative heart disease for a decade.

TBN released an earlier statement:

“We mourn Paul’s passing and he will be greatly missed. But we know, as the old hymn reminds us, soon enough we will see him again in that great `meeting in the air.’”

Crouch leaves behind a legacy of promoting the Gospel, his wife Janice Bethany Crouch and their two sons, Matthew and Paul Jr.

Please join West Angeles as we offer prayers of comfort to the Crouch family and mourn the passing of such a light in Christendom.

Thanksgiving: What Are You Thankful For?

What Are You Thankful For?

With Thanksgiving only a few days away there is an air of anticipation to be felt! Not just anticipating my last minute grocery shopping headache or trying to tackle a dessert I have never made but more of embracing what the holidays are about.  For department stores and general culture, Thanksgiving seems to be some sort of a middle child to the holiday season–it’s a holiday that is often rushed overshadowed by his older brother Halloween and outshined by his little brother Christmas, Thanksgiving shrinks into the shadows and is very much forgotten about.

As saints of God, I believe it’s important to implement “Thanksgiving Traditions.” In my home, we have adapted a “Roundtable Thanking” 5 years ago. Roundtable thanking happens after we have all eaten and we each take turns going around the table to say what we are thankful for.

For many like me 2013 has proved to be a hectic year combined with a few beautiful surprises.  Restraint was held when a few choice words wanted to slip out to a boss and somehow rent was made, bills paid, and children kept healthy and happy.

Last year, for the first time in my life—I felt that I was truly on the path that God has called of me and this year, I’m excited to have walked confidently in my purpose!

This year I am:

I’m thankful for purpose.
I’m thankful for forgiveness.
I’m thankful for healing.

As you are preparing meals for Thanksgiving or catching flights–what are you thankful for? What were you able to overcome with the power of the Lord? This year I’d like to call Thanksgiving “Testimony Thanks.” I invite you to share with us below.

Reminder: West Angeles Offices will be closed for the Holidays, November 28-29.  We would however like to invite you to our Thanksgiving Service in the North Campus Sanctuary on Thursday, November 28th at 10:00AM.

Optimum Health Through Jesus Christ

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How do we achieve optimum health? In mind, body and spirit, we honor God when we acknowledge that we are His workmanship. Romans 12:1 (NIV) says: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Maintaining our health is one of the best gifts we can give to God, but along with prayer, exercise and healthy eating, there are many other ways to worship him daily:
Speak The Good News. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Speaking light not only builds the Kingdom, it also helps to keep you healthy through faith and hope (Isaiah 61).
Live by faith, not by sight. A large percentage of what enters our bodies daily is not through our mouths, but through our eyes and ears. Be sure that the media you ingest daily is edifying for you, for your family, and for the Kingdom.
Our attachments can make us sick. Bad habits can be destructive to health, but even in our compassion for others, we can sometimes internalize their afflictions and demons. Gently remind others that laying their burdens on Jesus connects them to an eternal wellspring of life and health.
Physician, heal thyself! More and more, we’re relying on statistics, pills, and physicians who do not share our faith in the transformative, healing power we have through Jesus Christ (Matthew 8:1-17).
Guard your heart. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans today. Maintaining the health of your heart healthy, and accessing the power of God’s universe through Christ, is key to a healthy and abundant life (Prov 4:23).

 

Written and illustrated by Karen Lascaris

Your Turn to Give Back

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During this holiday season, many people are hurting  because of a lost one.  If you have had a particular instance that you can identify and with the help of God you where able to overcome the grief, we ask you to join hands and heart in ministry with the West Angeles Church’s Bereavement Ministry. Assist with sharing comfort, love and care to those who have experienced the loss of loved ones.

Sometimes our greatest ministry can be as simple as a smile.

Typhoon Haiyan Devastates Philippines

Phillipines Typhoon

Typhoon Haiyan hit the islands of the Philippines on Friday, November 8th. Today, five days after one of the strongest storms ever recorded slammed into cities and towns in the central Philippines, anger and frustration  have boiled over as essential supplies dwindled. Some survivors scrawled signs reading “Help us”.    Tacloban city administrator Tecson John Lim said 90 percent of the coastal city of 220,000 people had been destroyed, with only 20 percent of residents receiving aid. Houses were now being looted because warehouses were empty, he said. Philippines typhoonMany survivors are in the clutches of desperation as they panic over shortages of food, water and medicine. After digging up and mashing a pipe line in sheer desperation, Christopher Dorano, 38, says “We don’t know if it’s safe. We need to boil it. But at least we have something,”

As the death toll rises, we are ask that you would join  us and intercede on the Philippines behalf.  May God bring his comfort to the suffering and may there be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Philippine Typhoon

Veteran’s Day: HIS POWER, OUR SHIELD

Veterans Day

Today we honor our Veterans. With the victories of our ancestors reversed, and our rights as Americans challenged daily, we follow their example of bravery in defending our faith, and the values we cherish as a nation. Like King David before us, God has blessed each of us with the tools to win the fight. Our bodies, our minds, our skills, the very lives we lead are for restoring His Kingdom on earth (Matthew 6:9-13; Romans 12:1): but are you living fully within His purpose?

If Jesus asked you to follow Him into battle today to fight the good fight, what kind of soldier would you be?  Is your armor polished (Ephesians 6:10-17)?  Are you using your arsenal of talents to its fullest (Matthew 25:14-30; Hebrews 12:12-13)?  If you were Jesus, would you want to be on the battlefield with you? He’s got your back: but do you have His?

We are the generation the world is waiting for (Romans 8:19). Jesus urges us in Revelation 3:2 (NIV) to Wake up!  Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of My God”.  Seek the Word.  Pray. Allow God to transform you. Pursue your vocation. Live righteously. Now is not the time to retreat.  Until Christ returns, the war is far from over. Jesus fought for us with His life. It’s time to fight for Him with ours.

Shield

 

Written by Karen Lascaris: Long time member of West Angeles Church.

Holiday Donation Drive

Holiday Donation Drive

It is time for a Holiday Donation Drive! As the holiday season is rapidly approaching, we invite you to help us feed families for Thanksgiving, and provide toys for less fortunate children for Christmas. To make a donation, please contact West Angeles CDC or visit our website at www.westangelescdc.org

Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Please support West Angeles in promoting health awareness within our families and communities.   Help us make great strides to educate, empower, and equip our community on the causes, prevention, and solutions of this disease.

If you our your family have gotten ahead of the disease we would love to hear from you.  Please share your health tips and testimonies below.

Prayers Encouraged for LAX Shooting


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An aerial view of LAX shooting which was shut down Friday over reports of gunfire coming from Terminal 3 and at least one gunman.

A gunman opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport terminal on Friday morning, killing an unarmed federal airport security agent and wounding others. According to the Chicago Tribune authorities have identified the suspected shooter as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, and they said he was shot and wounded by police in an exchange of gunfire at the airport’s busy Terminal 3.

The carnage could have been far worse according to USA Today. Police said the shooter, armed with a semiautomatic rifle, brought 150 rounds of ammunition to the airport. Investigators recovered a rambling message from the bag the shooter allegedly was carrying, which detailed an intent to “kill” TSA officers, said two federal law enforcement officials familiar with the message’s contents. The officials, who are not authorized to comment publicly, said it was written in a way that suggested the author expected to lose his life.

LAX Shooting

The incident affected an estimated 1,550 arriving and departing flights carrying over 167,000 passengers, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said in a statement. A number of those flights were grounded or diverted as police evacuated passengers and shut down three terminals

Please join West Angeles as we pray for the wounds and the lost life of the TSA worker.  We stand and declare traveling grace and safe passages for people flying in and out of LAX.