Deadly Tornado Devastates Central and Southern States

Powerful tornadoes raged through several Midwest states on Sunday, including Arkansas, Kanas, Iowa and Oklahoma. At least 17 deaths have been reported. 

The storm system has moved east, also sweeping through Mississippi and leveling hundreds of homes and businesses. The tornado was “among the worst ever experienced” according to officials in Arkansas, which sustained the heaviest fatalities. Nine of the 17 reported fatalities were from the same street in Vilonia, a suburb of Little Rock which was also hit by a tornado three years ago.

The storm system is traveling east toward the Mid-Atlantic states; severe storm warnings are in effect through Wednesday. The height of the tornado season is March through May. 

Please join Bishop Charles E. Blake and the entire West Angeles family as we pray for the families who have experienced loss.

A tornado leveled rows of homes in Vilonia, Arkansas, while others went unscathed. Photo, Danny Johnston/AP.

A tornado leveled rows of homes in Vilonia, Arkansas, while others went unscathed. Photos, Danny Johnston/AP.

10Tips for Spring Cleaning Success

Ecclesiastes 3:1&6 (NKJV) –  Everything Has Its Time 

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:                                                                                    

 A time to gain,
    And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
    And a time to throw away

If you haven’t done your Spring cleaning yet, then now is a great time to start!  Does God actually want us to keep our homes clean, organized, and clutter-free? Actually, yes! 1 Corinthians 14:40 tells us that “all things should be done decently and in order”.  Order facilitates preparation*, and preparation allows everything else in our lives to flow efficiently (Proverbs 13:4).

We are called to exhibit self-control as a reflection of God (Titus 1:8), and when we mirror Him, we can be a light and an example to others (Titus 2:5 and 1Timothy 3:5). Along with self-control, the cleaning process is also a great way to instill other fundamental values in our children, such as perseverance, diligence, humility, and charity. Simply put, cleanliness and order can edify the soul and reflect peace: which helps us to create the life God intended.

Here are 10 tips for Spring cleaning success:

1.      Say “No” to clutter. Taking the first step toward a clutter-free lifestyle begins with changing our mindset. Often, we hoard possessions out of fear of loss. But God tells us in Luke 12:15 to “beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses”.

2.      Be prepared. Gather cleaning tools and cloths; gather boxes to organize unwanted items; use old newspapers for cleaning windows and glass surfaces. Make sure your vacuum cleaner is operating properly; empty debris and dust from previous use. Use boxes for organizing, and to toss unwanted items.  Preparation is key (1 Chronicles 22:5)!

3.      Make your own natural cleaning solutions! Dilute ½ cup of vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water; use it to clean glass, counter tops, and the refrigerator; wood and tile floors.  Mix ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of vinegar and 2 gallons of warm water; use it to clean walls, sinks. Make a paste of vinegar and baking soda to make a scouring cleanser; this also cleans chrome and removes stains. Mix vinegar and ketchup to polish brass and copper; mix vinegar, baking soda and boiling water to clean silver. Remove soap scum or mildew with a solution of 1 cup of ammonia or bleach in a gallon of water. Spray surface; leave for a few minutes until stains disappear. Rinse well with hot water.

4.      Make a plan.  Take one room at a time; work from ceiling to floor, leaving the vacuuming and floors for last. And don’t forget the attic, basement and garage.

5.      Organize your important papers – Download our Monthly Expense Form to help organize receipts and expenditures.  Sort bills and receipts by month; store in an accordion folder. Safely store important documents and booklets for your appliances, insurance policies, automobiles, and medical history; place all in a dedicated space in your home.

6.    Organize your closet – Wash or dry clean soiled clothing; polish shoes; mend, tailor, or repair if needed. Organize items by type and color (this method even works for books too).

7.      Donate old family photos.  Don’t throw away those old photos! Our lives are an important source of history; give photos and memorabilia to an archive, library or repository.

8.      Stop the junk mail! Yes, you can opt-out of mailing lists!  You can contact any company yourself to make this request, or you can contact Catalog Choice or the Direct Marketing Association; both organizations will submit your opt-out requests for free. Virtual junk mail and even unwanted phone calls create clutter too.  Click here for additional information from the Volunteer Guide.

9.     Don’t forget the yard – The outside of your home is as important as the inside. Rake up dead leaves, prune bushes and trees, pull weeds, dust away old spider webs. Hose down garden furniture; discard any unwanted junk that’s lying around.

10.  Have a yard sale; GIVE your excess to charity.  Luke12:33 (NIV) – 33 “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that    will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”

When your Spring cleaning is completed, complement your fresh new home by choosing one room to enliven with a pop of color: add a bouquet of flowers, a new throw pillow or two, even a new paint color on an accent wall. By adding a softly scented candle near your home’s entryway, you’ll awaken the senses and welcome visitors.

Spring reprsents humankind’s annual opportunity to “make all things new”, to move ahead with renewed purpose and passion, and to create room for God’s power in this season of renewal and strength.

RESOURCES:

The Salvation Army – Schedule a pick-up of your donated goods online. Website – http://satruck.org/,  or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

Goodwill http://www.goodwill.org/donate-and-shop/donate-stuff/.  To donate items call 1-800-GOODWILL.

Catalogue Choice.orghttps://www.catalogchoice.org/.  A free service to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more.

Direct Marketing Association’s DMAchoice https://www.dmachoice.org/.  Everything you want to know about direct mail, the mail preference service and more.

*DID YOU KNOW:

The day before the Sabbath is called “Preparation Day” (Mark15:42)? It’s traditionally the day to do all remaining work and cleaning in order to prepare for a restful Sabbath Day. The most significant Preparation Day known to Christians is the day the body of Christ was prepared for burial, preceding His glorious Resurrection.


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EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF JESUS CHRIST: PLEASE JOIN US FOR “THE PILGRIMAGE TO PENTECOST”

Acts 1:8 (NKJV) – Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

What is the Pilgrimage to Pentecost? This 50 Days of Prayer” was established by our Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. in order to empower the saints of the Church Of God In Christ to fervently seek the Power of God in a 50-day period of consecration and sanctification, from Easter (or “Resurrection Sunday”), through the Day of Pentecost.

What is every member of the Church Of God In Christ requested to do?  For the next 50 days, we are asked by our Presiding Bishop to take 11 minutes out of our daily prayer time to focus on the prayer requests provided in the devotional reading.

It is our hope and prayer that: 

(1) every member of the Church Of God In Christ who has not been filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit would be filled, according to Acts 2:4; and that    

(2) every believer who is already filled would receive a “refilling” of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 4:31 and Ephesians 5:18.  

The  dates for the 2014 Pilgrimage are:

April 20 through June 8, 2014

This Pilgrimage is to benefit YOU! We pray that this event impacts your life, and that praying for empowerment in the Spirit becomes a lifetime endeavor. 

DOWNLOAD the free Pilgrimage To Pentecost Guidebook here.

To get your copy of the Pilgrimage To Pentecost Devotional, please click here to order online, or call (877) 746-8578.

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Celebrate The Resurrection: What Does Easter Mean To You?

Revelation 21:5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

It’s Spring, the season of the Easter Celebration!  Each year at this time, we celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ Resurrection and the phenomenon of God’s miraculous power of rebirth.  This spirit is also reflected in nature and throughout the earth: dark, cold, rainy days give way to light, warmth, and longer periods of sun; plants, shriveled and dormant throughout the winter months, are now reborn with new, tender blooms; animals emerge from hibernation to introduce new young to the world.

The Easter Season symbolizes hope and rejuvenation, and it also magnifies the resilience of the human spirit.  It’s humankind’s call to renew its strength (Isaiah 40:28-31); to celebrate freedom from physical, emotional, and spiritual slavery (Galatians 5:1; Hebrews 12:12-15); to reaffirm a personal connection to God’s amazing universe and power (Ephesians 1:17-20).   As Bishop Blake would say, “That same power that brought Jesus back from the dead, also resides in us!”

“That same power that brought Jesus back from the dead also resides in us!”  – Bishop Charles E. Blake

In the spirit of this glorious season, tell us: What does Easter mean to you? Does it represent tradition?  Does it conjure a memory?  Or does Easter inspire you to create a path to something new in your life?  Shine your light on the world by sharing your reflections below.  The West Angeles family would love to hear from you!

Worship – Bishop Charles E. Blake

“Worship” sermon: We understand that we need to worship God, but what does the act of worshipping entail? How do we effectively worship God in the house that he built for us? What does the word ‘worship’ actually mean? Bishop Charles E. Blake gives us the answers in this sermon, guiding our hearts and minds towards the correct path in worshipping the Lord.

Wait Just A Little Longer- Bishop Charles E. Blake

This world we live in is filled with temptation all around us. We are filled with boredom, adversity or sorrow that makes us ask, “should I wait on the Lord any longer?!’

The very moment you give up is the second before God choose to bless you! Don’t give up and don’t give in. Your help is on its way.

May you be encouraged for many days to come as Bishop Charles E. Blake shows us how to “Wait a Little Longer”

Salvation – Pastor Derrick Hutchins

Pastor Derrick Hutchins

No matter your circumstance, no matter what you have been through—God has a way of turning things around. In “Salvation,” Pastor Derrick Hutchins reminds us just how easy accepting the Lord Jesus Christ can be.