Above all else, West Angeles is about its members.

Bishop Blake’s extended family is a massive one, and each weekend, thousands join Bishop in the pews of WestA.

And with the WestA HUMANKIND series, we aspire to give those same family members a voice.

Each weekend, will gather pictures and commentary from WestA members and WestA visitors, answering questions regarding their experience at West Angeles, what Bishop’s message meant to them, what has caused them to stay with WestA over the years, and other topics.

Check back each week to see what the people of WestA are talking about and what they’re going through, as they share their story with



Did you get what you came for today?

“Yes. I wanted to know how much God loves me and what He can do for me. He can do whatever. Things you can’t even think of, He can do.”




Why’s it important to bring your little girl to church at such a young age?

“I think it’s important for her to have a foundation for the rest of her life. It’s important to start her early.”

Anything stick out for you in today’s message?

“It was actually hard for me to hear the message because I had to take her to the cry room today.”




“I came here today for a blessing from the word of God and from Bishop, and I truly got it. That’s why I’m skipping out of here, because I can take that word with me as my new armor and get ready for whatever I’m going to go through the rest of the week.”




Did you get what you came to church for today?

“We feel really blessed to come to church. We have some upcoming issues, so it makes us feel at peace and calm. It’s a blessing to listen to Bishop.”




What’s the focus of the book you wrote?

“My book is about following your dreams, despite the obstacles. It’s based on biblical principles. I believe that if you follow your dreams based upon the word, that you should see results.”

How did Bishop help inspire your work?

“He is always so straightforward, and he believes in progress and results. He believes in expecting miracles and so do I. I was paralyzed for three months and I couldn’t walk. Now, I get my step on. I know what it’s like to believe in miracles. Doctors gave up on me when I was nine weeks old and I turn 42 at the end of this month.”

What happened when you were paralyzed?

“I woke up one morning and I just couldn’t move them. This was in 2005. Nobody could explain the condition for a few months. I went to physical therapy and I just told them they need to work something out. And a couple of months later, God worked it out through them.”




What did you come to church for today and did you get it?

“Of course. I always get what I come for, every Sunday. Thank God for that.”

Anything today that stuck out for you?

“The songs are always beautiful. And whenever Bishop is talking, it’s like he’s talking to me. Every time I come, it’s an inspiration. I love my church.”




Why’s it important to bring your son to church with you?

“The Bible says that you teach your child the way and they will not depart from it. That’s what I believe in, that’s how I was raised, and I want Ethan to have God as the head of his life.”




What did you think about the service today?

“This is my second time coming. I came with my boyfriend. I think it’s great. I have my own church that I go to, so I’m a bit biased.”

I take it it’s not as big as West Angeles?

“No, it’s quite small. The teaching styles are different, and there is nothing wrong with either, but I’m just used to my pastor. That’s all.”




“Without God, you don’t have anything, especially in a relationship.”




(Man on the left)

“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid.”

What’s made you stick with West Angeles over the years?

“It’s just the consistency of the ministry. Seeing the leadership from Bishop and how it falls to everyone else. The consistency of the relationships you build with other people. And just God calling you to be in a certain place at a certain time. Those are the reasons I’m still here.”




“My friend and I, we’re both from New York. When we left, I moved to Florida and she moved here. And I hadn’t seen her in a few months, so I needed to come out here.”

So is this your first time visiting West Angeles?

“Yes. Every Sunday, I need Jesus and that’s why I’m here. I loved it. I wish you guys had caught me on camera inside. I go to a church of God in Christ, too, so this was just like home for me.”




What is it about wearing your best when you come to church?

“You always want to give your best to the Lord. He’s blessed us with His very best, which is His son Jesus. I want to glorify His name with the beauty that He’s given to us.”

8 Things You Need to Know About Finding Your Purpose

“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you.” -Jeremiah 1:5


I want to be happy; I think everyone does.  But sometimes life can seem pretty hopeless if we don’t know what our purpose is. The dictionary defines purpose as:

The reason for which something is done or created, or for which something exists.

In a nutshell, since God created each of us, that means our purpose isn’t our choice – it’s God’s.  So it’s got nothing to do with your parents, or your connections, or a particular industry you think your skills fit into. Your purpose is between you and God.

Many of us don’t realize we’re here for a divine reason.  Since God has created us for something special, I have a hunch that the world would be a really great place if we all knew why we were here, and were encouraged to pursue whatever that reason is. But before we realize how purpose is revealed and how it all works, society provides all sorts of fast-food methods for us to claim one, which leads us to think:

  • “I want to work in the ______ industry”.
  • “People on television who are like me are doing_____”.
  • “_______looks like fun!”
  • “My parent was a ______, so I’m going to be one too”.
  • “_______makes me happy”.


None of these have to do with why God created us. To find the answer,  we’ve got to turn our own ideas inside out.  Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

So if you’re serious about this journey, then you’ve got to fast, pray, meditate on the Word, let go of your ego and:

    1. Ditch society’s idea of who you should be.  This is one of the most important mind-clearing steps. Turn off the television and spend time with Him. The media is soul-numbing and fills your ears with a million voices – but none of them are God’s. Even if you could find your purpose by watching endless hours of talent shows, cat fights, music videos, or sports and news shows, finding it would be like locating a needle in a haystack!  Jesus was sent to be our role model; use His behavior as your guide instead.
    2. Listen to God. He speaks to us in a myriad of ways.  Hearing, listening to, and following Him takes commitment. You have to do the work, but in the end, it’s worth it.
    3. Keep a journal. Record your dreams and visions. Let scripture define your thoughts, and each task you create or do.
    4. Go back to your childhood.  Who you were and what you did best in childhood will reveal the skills you’ll need to manifest your purpose.
    5. Know that you are not your parents. You were created for a specific, unique reason.
    6. Understand that it’s not about your happiness. It’s actually about someone else’s. Everything we’re here to do is meant to uplift others. But the path to seeking your purpose can actually bring difficult times because sometimes our faith will be tested.
    7. Get off the career ladder.  That’s society’s vision for you.  Let God direct your steps in life. You were born with your gifts and skills for a higher purpose.
    8. Listen to your elders. Respected elders have a vision for your life and can confirm the path God wants you to follow.

What voice is unique only to you? You have to clear out the noise of the world in order to hear God’s unique plan for your life.   Psalm 139:14-17 says that we’re “fearfully and wonderfully made”, so  in the end, everything we do is supposed to be a reflection of God.  We’re here to represent Him, to be like Him; to show what miraculous power humankind has, and to make the world a better place for all.  When we make the commitment to do so, that’s when He can guide us toward our purpose in life (Proverbs 3:6).

Our purpose is to show that man is meant for love; to live for the good of others, and to live in harmony with all other living things.  Use your gifts to evangelize, and to manifest His kingdom on earth: that’s the secret to true happiness and fulfillment.  When you answer that call, you’re on your way to living for purpose.


Check with soon for our EMPOWERMENT  CHALLENGE, a 30-day program for manifesting your purpose!

“I got it!”

Video memories of our children are amongst the most splendid treasures that a parent or guardian can hold onto.

Remember the VCR tape with the white label on the side? The one that read, “Baby’s first steps”?

Nowadays, you won’t see that video anymore, let alone a VCR. That same video is captured with no warning on our cel phones or tablets.

And one of those videos, taken on Independence Day, reached the eyes of the masses over the weekend. And Kayden Elijah, a 2-year old from Englewood, N.J., is the star.

Here’s the report from Fox 8:

“Kayden Elijah was born with an Omphalocele, a birth defect in which the infant’s intestine or other abdominal organs stick out of the navel…Kayden also had a band wrap around his legs and feet while he was in the womb, leading to some deformities.

In January, Kayden had his right foot and left leg amputated. In the video posted on July 4, he is shown using a small walker to help him learn how to walk.

His mother writes that doctors told her that he would not survive and even recommended she terminate the pregnancy.”

Towards the end of the video, Kayden can be heard repeating the phrase, “I got it,” over and over.

God bless him!

10 Inspiring Quotes on American Independence, Liberty, and Freedom

In honor of Independence Day, let’s reflect upon the American ideals which have guided us thus far toward becoming the greatest nation on earth:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

-From The Declaration of Independence


“We are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens, and that where righteousness prevails among individuals the Nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government it’s surest support”.

–  George Washington


Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us, a nation.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”

– From the American National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Francis Scott Key


Lift ev’ry voice and sing,

‘til earth and heaven rings;

Rings with the harmonies of liberty.

– From “The Negro National Anthem,” James Weldon Johnson and  J. Rosamond Johnson


“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts: not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution”.

– Abraham Lincoln


“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right”.

-Abraham Lincoln


“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day”.

-From  “I Have A Dream,” the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


My country ‘tis of thee

Sweet land of liberty; of thee I sing.

Land where our fathers died; land of the Pilgrim’s pride;

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

-From “America,” Samuel Francis Smith


America, America, God sheds His grace on thee.

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea.

-From “America The Beautiful,” Katharine Lee Bates


“Our  trials and triumphs became at once unique and universal…In chronicling our journey, the stories and songs gave us a means to reclaim memories that we didn’t feel ashamed about; memories more accessible than those of ancient Egypt, memories that all people might study and cherish – and with which we could start to rebuild”.

-From “Dreams From My Father,”  President Barack Obama
Have a Blessed Independence Day, From West Angeles Church of God In Christ!