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Intersection Named After

The intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard could become ‘Bishop Charles E. Blake Square’.  In honor of Bishop Charles E. Blake service as Pastor of West Angeles Church for 44 years, City Council President Herb Wesson introduced a motion in the Los Angeles City Council recently, naming the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard in honor of Bishop Charles E. Blake.

“Bishop Blake has been and continues to be one of our preeminent spiritual and community leaders,” said Wesson.  “We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his many contributions and the lives he has touched in our community, and on the continent of Africa through his leadership of “Save Africa’s Children.”

Once approved by the City Council and signed by the Mayor, Council President Wesson will lead a community celebration commemorating the designation and the posting of the signs marking the location.



Happy Birthday Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was a pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King’s focus was on nonviolence heavily based on Christian beliefs which would lead his orchestration of boycotts and other peaceful methods to demonstrate injustice and appeal for peace.

Born Michael King, his father changed his name in honor of German reformer Martin Luther.

Martin Luther King was seen by some as a radical and a troublemaker, says the Washington Post.  Vincent Harding, one of King’s colleagues, once said, “A dangerous Negro, now a national hero. How shall we work with that?” In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. was called the most dangerous Negro in the United States because he posed a threat to the very precious ideals. The truth is that he had considerable faith in America. He believed that when people saw the unfairness of the caste system that had grown up in their country — in a nation founded on the principles of equality before the law, the opportunity to advance in life according to one’s merits, the right to choose the people who govern us — they would understand how truly un-American it was and it would all come to an end, and much of it has.

In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include poverty and the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam“.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolence, practiced it and led a great movement guided by its principles. We are reminded of his legacy today and pay homage to one of the greatest American heroes of all time. 

Click here for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have A Dream" speech.

5 Ways To Optimum Health Through Jesus Christ

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


Top 10 Quotes of Bishop Charles E. Blake

Of the daily encouragements that Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake has either tweeted about or shared with you on Facebook–below is the TOP 10 quotes of Bishop Charles E. Blake. Be encouraged and most of all, be blessed.

1.If God can raise the dead, He can deal with your problems! 563 likes 73 shares

2. Let Go of harmful, non-productive regrets and sorrows about past failures, past hurts and past defeats! Nothing deserves a funeral everyday! 250 likes 73 shares
3.Hold on until you get your miracle! Every miracle confirms the purpose of God. 317 likes 43 shared
4. Read the bible! That should be your main textbook for your life! 413 likes 41 shared
5.Child of God, don’t be so quick to go your own way. Stay under the blood of Jesus. 387 likes 71 shares
6. When you begin to honor God, the flesh knows it’s about to be defeated. 271 likes 46 shares
7.Morning Prayer:

Search my mind, Search my will, Search my heart; Search me, O Lord.
I want to be what you want me to be.
I want to live like you want me to live.
I want to give you glory; I want to give you praise.
Every day I want to go higher; every day I want to be better.
Every day I want your power resting on me in Jesus Name. Amen. 263 likes 83 shares

8. Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks at the Heart…Work on your Heart! 286 likes 53 shares
9. Nobody can take care of you like God can! 678 likes 45 shares
10. Make up in your mind that you are not going to quit until you get to where you need to go! 359 likes 58 shares
11. I choose to elevate my vision so BIG that there’s no way I can do it without a miracle from God! 316 likes 51 shares


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Smite Out Your Destiny

To have a new you in the new year, you have to ask yourself first where is your heart? Bishop Charles E. Blake gives us 8 steps to follow coming into the New Year.

2 Kings 13:17-19

17 And he said, “Open the east window”; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot”; and he shot. And he said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.” 18 Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped. 19 And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.”

Some will say that Joash did what he was supposed to do…and he did.  But if you analyze the text, you’ll see that Joash’s heart wasn’t right.   Joash was not like Saul and he was not like Moses who illustrated the implications of our obedience and of our acts before the Lord. The difference is that Joash really obeyed God but we should examine his attitude.  The bible says in 2 Chronicles 25:2 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

We can look at the people of God today and see that their heart is not in it.  “Half singing, half praying, half worshiping, half participating and half giving Their heart is not in it.  Because when your heart is in it—it shows up on the outside,” says Bishop. The best thing for us to do as people of the Lord is to work on our heart and work on our attitude…there are people who can see beyond that false smile and those false actions.

In Matthew 22, Jesus spoke of a parable of a wedding banquet.  He spoke and told the story of how a king (like the kingdom of heaven) had invited the people to come to his dinner in Matthew 22:5 the text says, they made light of [it], and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise:

So as the New  Year begins look at what our Bishop graciously identifies for us to live by.  Follow these invaluable steps to truly “Smite Out Your Destiny.”

1. Smite the Blow of Salvation

    • Proverbs 14:12 KJ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
    • Isaiah 57:20 KJ  But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
    • Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

2. Smite the Blow of Obedience

    • Deuteronomy 11:27-28 (KJV) 27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; 28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known
    • Isaiah 1:19 (KJV) If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land
    • 2 John 1:6 (KJV)And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it

3. Smite the Blow of Love

    • “Love the lord with all your heart, all your soul and all your might. If you walk in love, you walk in God,” says Bishop Blake.

 4. Smite the Blow of Righteousness

    • Matthew 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you Walk in the righteous because sin is the reproach of people
    • “God wants folks who will strike the blow of righteousness,” says Bishop Blake.

5. Smite the Blow of Service

    • “Perform your assignments well so God can promote you to another level,” says Bishop.
    • Nothing you do is unimportant or insignificant…like sweeping the floor.  Martin Luther King said, “sweep the floor like Michael Angelo painted.”  Cry out to the Lord and tell him that you’ll serve Him JUST because you love him.

6. Smith the Blow of  Priorities

    • “If you want go higher in commitment, in faith, and in love… write priorities and stick to them,”  says Bishop.

7. Smite the Blow of Daring Faith

    • Believe God anyhow! Trust him no matter what you have to go through and get ready for your miracle. Bishop  says, “No mountain too high, no valley too low. GET READY! Get ready to overcome…get ready for miracles…get ready to go higher because of your daring faith.”

8. Smite the Blow of Unrestrained Praise

    • “This is yet the beginning of the year, but we praise God for December.”  Bishop Says, “You have not seen you’re best days yet…you have not seen your best miracles yet!”

Thank God for giving us a “destiny moment—a window of opportunity.” Strike the blows above and you will have a fail safe way of navigating 2014!

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“…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” Hebrews 10:25

Looking for a church home? We welcome you to join us here at West Angeles where you will be welcomed with open armed. As a member of this faith community you can experience the joy of participating in a variety of activities and worship services. You will be nurtured and have a chance to nurture others through our ministries and outreach programs. At West Angeles, we cherish our membership. We don’t consider you just another number, but a friend…someone to pray for and love.

Please call us 323 733-8300 for inquires on member orientation, membership status, of if you just want to share your newly commitment as a member of our congregation–we are here for you.

Does Your Soul Say ‘Yes’?


Do you yearn in your soul to draw closer to God and have an  intimate relationship with Him? Join us for “My Soul Says, Yes, Lord!” workshop. Our journey toward the depths of God’s love will be facilitated by Elder Oscar and Mrs. Lita Owens using an interactive, devotional workbook written by them. It is a 12-month Christian Education workshop to help us cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s power to transform us toward the image of Jesus Christ.

The first session begins Sunday, January 19th at 2:00 PM, in the Multi-Purpose building, room 8. We’re encouraging everyone who plans to attend the workshop to eat in the Crystal Room after 11am service on the 19th, and then meet in the multi-purpose building in Room 8 at 2pm. For more information, call (323) 733-8300, ext. 2345 or email Elder Owens at [email protected]

Recipe: Breakfast Fruit Salad

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Genesis 1:29 – And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.

Consecration is designed to bring us closer to God, and the purity of foods eaten during this time reminds me of a modern-day return to Eden.  But, although the process calls u to sacrifice: who said fasting has to be boring?  Start your day with this delicious fruit salad, which can be adjusted according to taste, or to include in-season fruits.   Serves 2. Enjoy! 

One apple (seeded and cubed with skin on)

Two pears (preferably Bosc, seeded and sliced with skin on)

1 cup of fresh pineapple , cut into tidbits

1 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half

5 blackberries, cut in half*

3 tablespoons non-dairy vanilla yoghurt*

¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

¼ cup of Pomegranate seeds

Combine apple, pears, pineapple, grapes, and blackberries in a large bowl. Add yoghurt and coconut; mix with fruit.  Spoon into serving bowls; top with pomegranate seeds.


·         Did you know there are yoghurts on the market made without dairy?  Look for yoghurt made from almond, soy, or coconut milk.

·         Buy berries and grapes in-season for best flavor and lowest prices, and freeze for use later.  

       Photo and recipe: Karen Lascaris