Reverend Ellis Concludes 2014 with ‘It’s Almost Midnight’ Sermon

West Angeles Church of God In Christ was honored to have Bishop J. Delano Ellis and his wife, Pastor Sabrina Ellis, visit on December 28, 2014.

Reverend Ellis delivered West Angeles’ last Sunday sermon of 2014 titled, “It’s Almost Midnight.” He used the Apostle Paul’s shipwrecked voyage to Rome in Acts 27 as an analogy for the many challenges saints around the world have faced during the past year. Bishop Ellis also lightened the mood, however, by keeping the congregation laughing; reminding us that God is still in control.

Bishop J. Delano Ellis is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostal Church of Christ, in University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio. Bishop Ellis is the founding president, chairman, and Archbishop-Metropolitan of the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops, and he is recognized throughout the U.S. as a leader in the Holiness Pentecostal Community.

Some of our favorite quotes follow:

“At the beginning of the year, the devil told some of you that you weren’t going to make it. Caught him in another lie!”

“Do you ever think to yourself, ‘Where is the next war going to be fought?’”

“America needs to be humble; God’s been merciful.”

“You came out of hell – and you have to be told to give God glory?”

“Our choirs do more swinging than singing!”

“God does some of His best work in the dark.” – Bishop J. Delano Ellis

“One of the curses of the times is knowledge.”

“Sometimes you can’t listen to the majority.”

“If God says anything about anything – that’s it!”

“If God said it, that settles it –  whether you believe it or not!”

“Marriage didn’t start with the government: it started with God.”

“You and I belong to God.”

“God gave my storm instructions on how to handle me.”

“God’s not dead. He’s looking at your boat; He’s guiding your storm.”

“You’re not going under: you’re going over!”

“You and I have a Divine promise…He promised never to leave you.”

“It’s almost midnight – but God is still in control.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Acts 27; Psalm 199:62; Deuteronomy 31:6; Psalm 121:1-2.

Please join us for “WATCH NIGHT” New Year’s Eve Service at the West Angeles Cathedral, Wednesday, December 31,2014 at 10 p.m.

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Bishop Blake Teaches of ‘The Forgotten Man’ During the Week of Christmas

“Joseph must have really been somebody, for this little-known man God chose to watch over the universe’s greatest treasure.” – Bishop Charles E. Blake

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. relates the Christmas drama to the role of fathers, manhood, and the plight of the traditional American family unit in his December 21 sermon entitled, “The Forgotten Man.”

“Family concerns should be foremost in our minds not only at Christmas time,” Bishop Blake said, “but at all times.”

He acknowledges the world’s plot to destroy the family, but he urges us to stay true to our faith by gaining inspiration from the strength of the Holy family’s resolve to follow God’s will.

“They were beset by pressures that would have destroyed many families, but they came through their ordeal with flying colors. They were a family: husband, wife, Jesus.”

Bishop Blake also uses Joseph as an example of exemplary manhood, and urges men to step into their role as leaders of the household by praying and obeying the Will of God as Joseph did.

“If children are going to obey their parents; if wives are to submit themselves to their husbands, then husbands and fathers have got to be willing to obey God,” said Bishop in the sermon.

Some of our favorite quotes from the sermon are as follows:

“The family is God-ordained.”

“The family is a basic unit of society. The plight of families determines the plight of the nation: and of the world.”

“As goes the home, so will go the nation.”

“They forget that the eyes of the Lord are everyplace.”

“A good man needs appreciation; he needs love, and he needs respect.”

“Don’t always tell him what needs to be done: thank him for what he has done.”

“Take time to tell him how much you appreciate him for what he is, and for what he has done.”

“So many men give up because they feel forgotten; because they feel neglected. But for those who feel that way, I would say, ‘Be a good man anyhow.'”

“A good man is a good man all the time.”

“Espousal or betrothal meant more than engagement means today.”

“Don’t be hot-headed. Don’t act rashly…but think things through.”

“There are some men who do wrong, and are not man enough to face up to their responsibility.”

“Joseph was thoughtful; Joseph was considerate. He was willing to be forgotten and ill-thought of for somebody else’s sake.”

“God needed a man who would silently look make his contribution and not demand some enhancement of himself personally.”

“Men: it’s very unwise to make your decisions without consulting God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Men: if you learn how meditate and pray; spend quite time before the Lord, the Lord will be able to deal with you. It’s very unwise to make your decisions without consulting God.”

“Joseph was a man who had his flesh under control. God is looking for some folk who have their flesh under control.”

“Joseph was not the kind of man who said, ‘I can’t help it’.”

“It’s no sin to be tempted: it’s just a sin to be out of control.”

“I believe in the Virgin Birth because the Bible tells me that Jesus was born of a virgin. And since everything else that the Bible tells me is true, and everything else that the Bible predicted is true, then I believe the Bible is telling the truth when it speaks regarding the Virgin Birth.”

“God gave His Son: His Son who was innocent, His Son who was worthy, His Son who was related to us, to come to the earth and die for our sins.”

“A Holy God is a Holy God.”

“I believe in the Virgin Birth because such a thing is easy for God. You might say it’s impossible, but with God, all things are possible.”

“If God could create this universe of ours; if God can fling the stars against the blackness of the night and create the sun and the moon…If God could teach the bird to fly and the fish to swim…don’t you know god can manipulate His creation any way He wants to?”

“Everything Jesus did was Supernatural.”

“Child of God, if you really want to be Blessed; if you really want to rise to the level that God has in store for you, then every time God speaks to you, obey God.”

“God is looking for some fathers who will obey Him.”

“If children are going to obey their parents; if wives are to submit themselves to their husbands, then husbands and fathers have got to be willing to obey God.”

“You’re not on your own in this thing called life; if you seek God’s Will, God will direct you.”

“God will not leave you in confusion.”

“And so it was with Joseph. He worked hard; he loved his family; he was a sparkling example of love.”

“Parents, please understand today, that the survival and happiness of your children is dependent upon the relationship that they develop with God.”

“People of the Lord, we need to pray until we see something. It may not happen right away, but keep on praying!”

 

Scriptural References: Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 64:4; Galatians 4:3-5; Matthew 19:26; 1 Corinthians 15:52; Isaiah 6:1-8

 

The entire West Angeles Church Of God In Christ family Wishes You A Blessed and Merry Christmas!

Please join us for “WATCH NIGHT” New Year’s Eve Service at the West Angeles Cathedral, Wednesday, December 31,2014 at 10 p.m.

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Highlights from ‘Christmas at the Cathedral’

West Angeles Church Of God In Christ started the Christmas season in all-out praise at Christmas at the Cathedral.

“To God Be The Glory” sang the saints as the sanctuary erupted in hand-claps, spontaneous dance, and all-out “call-and-response” praise during Christmas at the Cathedral on Sunday evening. Yolanda Adams was the featured performer, and comedian and long-time West Angeles member George Wallace kept the audience laughing as emcee for the evening.

The evening began with a performance by Gospel singer Terrill Hall and West Angeles’ own phenomenal singer Sister Ayanna Bereal, who were backed by the purple-bedecked West Angeles Mass Choir. Mr. Hall serves as praise and worship leader and music director of Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ in Riverdale, Maryland, and was recently featured as a contestant on BET’S hit show, “Sunday’s Best.”

George Wallace’s presentation for the evening included a video segment which featured him as a roving reporter in a segment called “Ask the Saints,” which took a humorous look at how little some attendees knew about the upcoming event.

Along with the amazing Yolanda Adams, the evening’s powerful performances also included the Chosen Vessels children’s dance ministry, and stand-up comedy by Nephew Tommy. Mr. Wallace also broke from his usual format by inviting visiting pastor Bishop William L. Sheals to the pulpit to do a reprise of his earlier sermon (from the morning services) called “There Is Something In the Struggle.”

Below are our favorite photo highlights from the evening:

 

Bishop Blake, Sheals Declares ‘There is Something In The Struggle’

For Black Lives Matter Sunday, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake invited visionary teacher Bishop William L. Sheals to deliver the Word.

Bishop Sheals is Senior Pastor of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross, CA, also known as “The City of Hope.” As the accomplished author of seven books, including “Walking In Authority: Biblical Examples for Modern Times” and “Live in the spirit for Life,” Bishop Sheals is an ambassador of Reconciliation and Goodwill for Israel, and spokesman for the Global Peace Movement. He is also in an independent film producer with his own production company, “End Touch Movies.”

Bishop Sheals, who describes himself as “Bapticostal,” gave an exciting, inspiring sermon which encouraged us all to understand the purpose of struggles because of the strength and Blessings received as a result.

Some of our favorite quotes:

“Many believers have the attitude that just because they are saved and in the family of God, now God is supposed to give them everything they ever dreamed of without any effort, work or discipline on their part.”

“’Lord, I’m saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost – now give me mine. The fact is: it costs what it costs – and it never goes on sale!”

“There is something in the struggle that is necessary to becoming what God has ordained you to be.”

“Yes God wants to prosper you, but sometimes, you’re gonna have to go through something.”

“Maybe – just maybe – God left some giants in the Promised Land on purpose.”

“Giants distinguish the difference between professors and possessors.”

“When giants show up, grasshoppers get going.”

“You will never have Promised Land faith with a grasshopper mentality.”

“It costs what it costs – and it never goes on sale!” – Bishop William L. Sheals

“You get to know yourself in the struggle; the real you comes out under pressure.”

“You get to know God in the struggle; you realize that God is your only help.”

“The struggle produces thankfulness.”

“Struggles test your level of commitment.”

“The struggle qualifies you for the reward.”

“The fight; the warfare, the praying, the waiting patiently, is as important as the blessing itself.”

“Real faith is not what you can see: real faith is stepping out on nothing.”

“Faith is forged in the furnace of adversity.”

“How many of God’s people have forfeited their destiny, their promises, just because they refused to fight?”

“Be thankful today: what has made you what you are in God is because of the struggle.”

“Here’s the best thing about your struggle: it qualifies you to help others.”

“I go to somebody who’s been through something; somebody who struggled in the battle; somebody who’s been down to their last: but God restored them and brought them back.”

“The devil wants you to put all your focus on the struggle: but God wants you to realize that even though the devil sent it to take you out, God is going to use it to take you up.”

“The struggle is an instrument of transition.”

“The devil wouldn’t be fighting you if you weren’t on your way somewhere. He wouldn’t put stumbling blocks in your way… if he wasn’t afraid of you.”

“Through your struggles, God is bringing you to a place of greater influence.”

“Yes, I may be going through a struggle, but I’m also growing through my struggle!”

“I need to become what God has ordained me to become!”

“The struggle doesn’t last forever. Whatever your time of weeping is, God says that there’s unspeakable joy that comes in the morning!”

“Thank God for the victory!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Numbers 13:25-33;  2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 4:11; 1 Samuel17:25.

Highlights from ‘Black Lives Matter Sunday’

Above are photos from ‘Black Lives Matter Sunday’ at West Angeles and across the nation. 

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake and West Angeles Church of God In Christ joined with thousands of Christian congregations for Black Lives Matter Sunday on December 14, 2014.

The observance was called to protest racial profiling and killings by the police. All attendees, including Bishop Blake, the choir, and the band, wore Black in solidarity with others around the world. Instead of the traditional weekly greetings of brotherhood expressed before the announcements each week, Bishop Blake called for the men of the congregation to gather before the altar for prayer and direction for a stronger future for families, for the church, and for the community. Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Bishop John Bryant of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and many other religious leaders have added their voices to those who decry that “Black Lives Matter.”

Some of the young men in the congregation had faith that the current extreme behavior by the police will eventually give way to a positive outcome, and that prayer is most important in these trying times.

“The relationship between black men and law enforcement…is difficult to understand,” said congregant Brantley Watson. “We must remember that God has a plan for us and that He is the ultimate judge. We will rise above.”

But others are not quite at peace with the current state of affairs.

“We live in a city known for its gang violence,” one woman said, who wished to remain anonymous, “but I’m much more concerned about my husband being profiled by police than about him being attacked by a criminal. And that’s unfortunate.”

It seems her concerns are not unfounded. Statistics shared by Bishop Blake revealed that:

• African Americans are 13% of population; yet are of 26% of the victims of police shootings.
• The number of African Americans killed by police is 4.5 times greater than the number of those of other races killed by the police.
• Since the killing of Michael Brown, which sparked nation-wide protest, six other African American men have been killed.
• Blacks are more likely to be detained, searched, checked, or treated brutally by the police.

“We stand today in unity and solidarity with every family and every community that has been reduced by unnecessary loss of life,” began Bishop Blake, “or repulsed by excessive use of force imposed by police persons who are paid and who are pledged to protect us. We, our political leaders, our judicial authorities, and all of us – must police the police.

“Police are called to abide by the laws they are paid to enforce, and to foster justice, safety and equal protection under the law.”

But Bishop Blake also asked all in attendance, and each of the 12,000 COGIC congregations – both collectively and as individuals – to join with West Angeles in strengthening their communities through the Urban Initiative, a 5-point program which includes:

1. Education, training and mentoring,
2. Crime prevention programs which foster cooperative relationships with law enforcement
3. Economic development, which includes corporate involvement and job development
4. Building strong families and enhancing the role of fathers,
5. Financial literacy

“Each man here has been given an assignment”, said Bishop Blake. “God has kept us here for some purpose. If you are here, then God has a plan for your life”, Bishop Blake admonished. “Don’t ignore doing all the good you can, for everyone that you can”.

Bishop Blake prayed over the men in attendance that God would enhance and refine their abilities, wisdom and strength  in order to bring about positive change. He also prayed for covering over law enforcement so that they may work in safety and with wisdom in every decision.

“Let the word go forth that the men of West Angeles are united and committed to the good of our community, to the advancement and the good of our church, and to the welfare of our families. Walk toward your destiny, doing what God has set aside for you to do.”

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