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Dump Day- Bishop Charles E. Blake

There are many things we need to get rid of in our lives.  Presiding Bishop speaks about Dump Day.  This is a time to clean out  your closet and replace everything that has weighed you down for years.

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Elder Henderson preaches determination, will at New G Sunday

Elder Henderson couldn’t have said it any better.

“They want to be all up on Facebook but can’t put their face in this book,” said Elder Uleses Henderson, motioning to the Bible in front of him as he preached the 8 a.m. service on New Generation Sunday.

New Generation Sunday, held this past weekend at West Angeles, was dedicated solely to uplifting the next generation of worshippers. The New Generation Choir ruled the day musically. The message, delivered by Elder Henderson and Elder Lawrence Blake at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, was aimed at pumping life and inspiration into every youngster that walked through the doors on Sunday.

Henderson’s message was entitled, “The Making of a Champion.” It served the purpose of confronting many of the youth’s most popular vices, encouraging the young generation to stray away from its fascination with scandalous social media techniques and television that paints a negative depiction of black people, and actively seek a stronger relationship with God.

Henderson’s message was highlighted by a number of references to the Bible and popular culture. Here are a few that stuck out to me:

“It’s hard to get kids to focus. They rather keep up with the Kardashians than keep up with their schoolwork. Society is teaching our kids that the quickest way to get to the top is to lay on your bottom.”

“Young girls can relate to Rihanna, but not to church. The youth can do the Shmoney dance but can’t read scripture.”

“Satan is busy. Society isn’t doing a good job of teaching the youth that Satan is real.”

“It amazes me that God believes in us but we struggle to believe in him.”

“Even when we’re backsliding, he’s still right there to say, ‘I believe in you.'”

“There’s a difference between being knocked down and being knocked out. If you’re knocked down, you get back up…Young people, you have to refused to be knocked out.”

“The devil is a dirty fighter. He’ll hit you with everything he’s got. But with God on your side, you’re always going to come away victorious…You might walk away with a few scars, but a scar is nothing but a healed wound.”

“Don’t compare yourself to others. God has something for me and he has something for you. Stay in your lane and on your own course.”

“Don’t disqualify yourself. The only way to lose the race is if you quit. God called you to the race for a reason. You’re already a winner before you got in the race.”

“We need a few haters around. God says in the Bible, ‘You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies.’ If you don’t have any haters, maybe you’re closer to Satan than you think.”

“Young, black men have enough energy to make a baby but not enough energy to take care of one…We need to teach our kids to be finishers.”

New Generation Sunday was truly a blessing, and the energy in the church, anchored by a mixture of young and veteran worshippers, was a sight to behold.

Until next year!

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Is Anything Forever- Bishop Charles E. Blake

Bishop Charles E. Blake informs us in his sermon Is Anything Forever, that nothing last forever.

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Christ Prayer for The Preservation of His Followers- Bishop Charles E. Blake

Christ Prayer for The Preservation of His Followers.

5 THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN BEFORE I WENT TO COLLEGE

It’s “Back-to-School Season”: that time of year when youth and young adults around the world say “good-bye” to Summer fun and freedom, and go back to the structure and routine of school.

Senior year symbolically marks the end childhood and the beginning of adulthood: and for many, life on your own in college.

I still remember my first realization that I’d be leaving the small-town comforts and familiarity of home and family to embark upon the journey to adulthood in the big city. Up until that point, I’d spent most of my time focused on finishing my last year of high school; planning and preparing for entrance exams, college applications and portfolios; and gathering the necessities for dormitory life. Then it hit me: I’m going to be living a totally new life – and I had no idea what that was going to be.

Looking back now, I see an amazing adventure, and I wouldn’t have traded in a day of those experiences. But years later, much has changed in the world of today. The times are very different: and there might be a few things I’d want to know if I were doing it all over again.

Here are 5 things I wish I’d known before going away to college:

  1. Your faith will be tested. Your first encounters may be with people, activities, or ideas which are the exact opposite of everything you’ve learned to be true up until now.But although it’s great to learn new things, that doesn’t mean that your faith is wrong: even if everyone in society says otherwise.Your homework assignment for today:Read about Daniel and friends in The Book of Daniel, chapters 1-6. Best advice here? Know that saying “No” is a strength: not a weakness.
  2. It’s not necessarily a Christ-centered education you’re getting. Unless you’re attending a Christian college or seminary, your education is going to be secular; meaning, it may uphold more worldly ideas than Godly ones. I always thought that college was a more in-depth, specialized version of what we get in high school, and like the news, education was supposed to be neutral and objective, based on a central (bible-based) truth. Well, that’s no longer true for the news, and it’s not always true for your college education either.
  3. It’s a crash course in tolerance. My coed college dorm was a converted apartment building with large apartments as dorm rooms. So within my first two years of college, I’d had seven roommates; among them: a loveable white-hippie-drug-dealer; a physically-challenged-adopted Asian; a free-spirited African-American; a prim, Southern white supremacist; a shy Latino. That close proximity to actually living with diversity has continued to prepare me for life experiences to this day.
  4. You won’t always have someone on your side. Nope, not even professors. As a matter of fact, many professors feel it’s their duty to break you of whatever old ideas they think you’re harboring in order to make you “a new creation”. But remember your faith: and according to 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, that’s Jesus’ job. Joseph’s story in Genesis 34 is a great one to remember regarding the trials – and rewards – of staying faithful to the dream God has for you.
  5. It’s a very important step in a much bigger journey. Be proactive about your education; develop as many of your skills as possible. Where a syllabus may fall short culturally or spiritually, research other titles which can supplement your knowledge base. It’s important to seek and learn all you can to prepare yourself for the life God created you for (Matthew 25:14-30). Staying true to your Christian faith when you’re young will yield many rewards later in life, and this is just the beginning.

I guess the diversity of experiences was a gift, and I chose to accept it head-on (unlike my racist roommate, who asked to be moved to another apartment during our first semester; never to be seen by any of us again). My college years eventually led me to a fuller understanding of Jesus, of God, of my own values, and of the world. It may sound trite, but life really is a wonderful journey if you remember to keep the faith, stay the course, and hold on to the lessons it brings.