Bishop Charles E. Blake: “It’s Time for War”

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake’s impassioned sermon on Sunday, April 26, is a call to action for our times titled, “Entangled Warriors.”

“Fight in the name of Jesus. It’s time for war!” implored Bishop Blake, as he rallied the saints of West Angeles Church of God In Christ in this most important sermon.

“Too many of our young men are in jail: it’s time for war.
Too many of our young people are on drugs: it’s time for war.
Too many of our daughters are ruining their lives: it’s time for war.
Too many of our marriages, too many of our families are falling apart, too many of our children have absentee fathers, too many of our people are poor, too many of our old are forgotten and unloved, too many are malnourished without adequate medical care. Too many of our people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”

“We are the Army of God, and we are deputized to tell the devil and the forces of evil, ‘STOP! You are under arrest!’ It’s time for war!”

Bishop Blake continued, “Are there any warriors in the house? Shake off what’s holding you down; shake off what’s holding you back. We can win this battle. We are overcomers!”

See this sermon in its entirety here at West Angeles’ Gospel On Demand

Some of highlights from the sermon follow:

“Some of us don’t even know we have an enemy. Some of us don’t even know that we are at war.”

“Some of us feel that…‘If there’s going to be a war, it’s not going to be on our soil…not within our nation…Let me affirm, however, that we are in a cosmic war against a malicious opponent: the devil.”

“The devil, he’s a vicious enemy. He hates God. He hates good. And He hates you.”

“Our enemy, the devil, is not playing. He’s fighting to kill. He comes to kill, to steal, and to destroy. He is at war with us, and he recognizes no rules of engagement: anything and everything goes.”

“How many of you know that we’re living in a wicked world?”

“Every Christian is born a warrior. It is his destiny to be assaulted. It is his duty to attack” – Charles Spurgeon

“Men are deceived, and they’re chasing after that which will only bring wickedness, pain, and destruction.”

“While the devil is working, what you need to know is that God is also at work in the world for good and for righteousness.”

“Is anybody here on God’s side?”

“The real joy of life is only possible through Jesus Christ the Son of God.”

“God is concerned about righteousness.”

“The devil is defeated. Jesus is our champion! Jesus is our Lord!”

“Satan’s most devastating weapons have been snatched away from him!”

“Does anybody here know we have the victory? I went to the end of the book, and we won. We won!”

“We are witnesses of, and we are called to fight, in a cosmic battle between good and evil.”

“Good is still, good, and evil is still evil.”

“Jesus came on the scene. He died on the cross. He arose from the dead, that He might destroy the works of, the projects of, the strategy of the devil.”

“Those who would accept Jesus Christ and who would live for him should live according to His example, and according to His principles.”

“Wicked people belong to the devil, and righteous people belong to God.”

“The world should be able to read us, to find out about our God.”

“You’re a letter from the Lord, and when people read what you say, how you live, and what you do, they ought to be hearing from God Himself” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

(Charles) Spurgeon said, “…every Christian is [born] a warrior. It is his destiny to be assaulted; it is his duty to attack[1].”

“If you’re not having run-ins with the devil, it may be because you’re going in his direction.”

“The Bible says we can make the devil run away from us. It’s time for a paradigm shift! It’s time to move to the next level; it’s time to redefine ourselves. We’ve got to become a warrior generation for the Lord!”

“We’re the salt of the earth; we’re the light of the world. We’re supposed to be shaking things up…and turning things around for the Lord!”

“It’s time for war!”

“Too many of our people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…We are the Army of God and we are deputized to tell the devil and the forces of evil, ‘STOP! You are under arrest!’”

“Entangled warriors are ineffective. Entangled warriors are too easily defeated by the devil.”

“We cannot win the external battle until we win the internal battle.”

“The enemy you tolerate and pamper today, will return to destroy you tomorrow.”

“Private sins become public scandals.”

“If you really want to serve God, then fall in love with God.”

“Is there anybody here who loves the Lord?”

“God is not so concerned with what you were…He’s concerned about what you can become”.

“I don’t know what kind of net you’re in, but if you lift your eyes up to the Lord, the Bible says whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

“God is looking for somebody who’s made up their minds and decided in their heart, ‘I’m going to take a stand for the Lord. I’m going to stand for righteousness. I’m going to stand for Jesus Christ!’”

“I see you victorious! I see you winning!”

“We can win this battle! We are overcomers!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 2 Timothy2:3-4, Ephesians 6:10-18, 1 Peter 5:8, John 8:44, Ephesians 6:12-13, Romans 14:17, John 10:10; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8, 2 Corinthians 3:2, Hosea 4:6, 1 Corinthians 9:27, 1 Peter 4:1, Hebrews 12:1; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Psalm 25:15, 2 Corinthians 10:4, 2 Timothy 1:7.

1 Spurgeon, Charles; The Sheild Of Faith. The Complete Works of Charles Spurgeon, Volume 7: Sermons 348-426.

Bishop Matthews: World Missions Sunday

West Angeles welcomed Bishop Vincent Matthews on World Missions Sunday 2015, concluding the 20th Annual World Missions Conference.

Bishop Vincent Matthews has been appointed by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake as the President of the International Missions Department of the Church of God in Christ worldwide. Bishop Blake described Bishop Matthews’ appointment as “the most significant of my appointments” during his eight-year tenure as Presiding Bishop, and says he is honored to have Bishop Matthews “serve the church, and to lead the missions strategy of the Church of God In Christ, literally all over the world.”

Bishop Matthews delivered a lively, inspiring, and often humorous Word for World Missions Sunday titled, “What Happens After Your Ox Stumbles,” but before the start of the sermon, he asked the congregation, “How many people here are in ministry? How many people are missionaries? What if I tell you that we’re all in ministry?” He went on to say that Bishop Blake has been called to equip the church to “go out and do the ministry, and when we do that, phenomenal things happen.”

Bishop Matthews’ chief goal for his own life is to hear God say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Some of our favorite moments from his sermon follow:

“Maybe I’m old school, but I come from the school that [says], ‘If there’s trash that’s stinking, you don’t cover it up…you get it out!’”

“I didn’t come today with a ‘Febreeze’ message to…make you feel good, but I came to move some things out so that we can be free and do what God has for us to do!”

“I don’t want to come to church and make sure I look good and everything’s good but still, the root cause of situations are still there.”

“My prayer is that when you leave here today there will be a shift in your paradigm and in your methodology in how we serve God.”

“You may have lost everything in your life…You may not have a lot of things in your life, but as long as you have the glory…!”

“You may not like my suit, my tie may be cheap, you may not like what I have, but you know what? I have some things that money cannot buy. The glory of God; the anointing of God upon your life is priceless!”

“If I don’t have the glory, I have nothing.”

“You can’t buy the glory at the mall. You can’t order the glory online. Glory comes in a different way.”

“They have shoes, upon shoes, upon shoes, but they’re going nowhere!”

‘When the glory of God becomes a priority, you become God’s priority.”

“He calls sinners to come. He calls Christians to go.” – Bishop Vincent Matthews

“We’re so busy coming to church, we forgot we’re called to be the church.”

“You are the church! You are the salt! You are the light!”

“They had music, but no anointing; praise, but no worship; having church, but God is not there.”

“When we become familiar with God, we get in trouble.”

“I don’t want to get to the point where I’m used to God.”

“The Word of God is alive. It’s sharp.”

“Another reason we get familiar with God is because the media, the culture, the university is telling us that there is no God.”

“You don’t even need a Bible to know that there’s a God. Give me a science textbook!”

“Have you ever been angry with God? He didn’t do what you wanted Him to do…but thank you God for the prayers you did not answer; thank you God for the doors you closed.”

“He took me from a girlfriend to a virtuous woman.”

“I’m going to agree with Your Word, and what You say, I will be.”

“God hides His Blessings in situations that nobody else wants…and He will use you to make you into somebody that everybody wants.”

”There are some folks waiting to watch your dream die. There are some folks waiting to watch your children die. There are some folks waiting to watch your situation die. But the devil is a liar. You’ve got to declare out of your mouth, ‘I shall live and not die. Whatever I face, it will be to the glory of God!”

“I’m not in this to die: I’m in this to rise!”

“Whatever looks bad in your life, you need to declare, ‘I’m being set up for an upgrade!’”

“You ever felt like, ‘Why am I here?’ and God is saying, ‘Why not you?’”

“You could be at the place where you saw other people fail. You saw your momma and them fail; you saw your uncle and them fail; you saw your neighbors fail. And you begin to think that same thing’s going to happen to you. But you’ve got to believe, ‘What happened to them won’t happen to me.'”

“You’ve got to ask, ‘God, can you take me further? Can you take me to college where nobody else has been to college? Can you make my marriage work where nobody in my family’s been married? You’ve got to take the next step! Tell somebody, ‘Take the next step!’”

“If God can take me six steps, He can take me 6,000 steps!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: 2 Samuel 6:1-6 Ephesians 4:11-12, 2 Timothy 3:5, Psalm 14:1, Psalm119:71, Isaiah 55:8, Romans 4:17.

Bishop Vincent Mathews serves as Senior Pastor of the Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ in Ivory Park, Johannesburg, South Africa. Under his leadership, the church has grown from six members to over 1,600 active members, and now has 26 ministries, including Tabernacle Christian Academy. He became a full-time COGIC missionary in South Africa in 2004, he has authored six books, and has served in numerous capacities for the denomination, including Jurisdictional Secretary, Regional Superintendent and member of the National Board of Missions. He was consecrated to office of Bishop in 2014 for the Church of God in Christ, and was appointed President of the International Missions Department of the Church Of God In Christ in 2015.

Bishop Matthews received a BA from Wayne State University; an MA from the advantage and became a Fulbright fellow of African Language at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He and his devoted wife of 17 years, Sharon Matthews, have 10 children.

Lord, Send a Revival

As the World Mission’s Conference has come to a close, where Bishop Mathews ushered in the Spirit of the Lord and brought the house down, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. has felt led to bring back Bishop Mathews with a two-night revival in the North Campus Sanctuary.

On Monday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 21, at 7:00p.m., you’re invited to experience the power of the Holy Spirit!

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. has, with the approval of the General Board of the Church of God in Christ, selected Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. to be the new president of the International Missions Department. Bishop Mathews succeeds Bishop Carlis Moody who served admirably as president for over forty years.

Presiding Bishop Blake says, “Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. has a heart for missions. His desire to reach those men and women in the countries around the globe where the Church of God in Christ is located, and beyond, will continue our church’s long tradition of empowering people to transform their communities.”

If you cannot join us, please tune in LIVE at

SERMON: Bishop Blake Discusses Solomon’s Wish

“If you’re one of those who have given up on yourself, this message is for you: special delivery from the Holy Ghost Himself.” – Bishop Charles E. Blake

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake drew inspiration from 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 for his April 12 sermon titled, “Solomon’s Wish.” In the scripture, God said to King Solomon, “Ask: what shall I give to you?” Solomon, honored that God had chosen him to succeed his father King David, asked for the wisdom to lead his people.

Said Bishop Blake, “My intention had been to commend Solomon’s request to God, but the more I prayed, the more I dug into it…I realized I would be making a mistake.

“Solomon made a mistake in what he asked for… His request was not a bad or an evil request; it was a good request. But my contention today is that it was not the best request that he could have made.”

To see this entire sermon, click here for West Angeles’ Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“God has given us free will…God has given us the power to make choices; the power to choose.”

“What you really love, you set free.”

“You can’t make anybody love you.”

“If she says she doesn’t love you, brother, go on about your business; leave her alone. If he says, ‘Sister, stop calling me, I don’t love you,’ leave the man alone!”

“There’s somebody on this earth who will love you. If you waste your time looking at folk who don’t, you’ll never find the one that does.”

“Only those who are free not to love can really choose to love.”

“Stop blaming other folks for the choices you made. You made the choice. You made the decision. Deal with it.”

“It’s God’s nature to love and it’s God’s nature to give.”

“I know folks are turning you down and turning you away, but it’s God’s good pleasure to Bless you and to give you the Kingdom.”

“God loves us and wants to give good things to us.”

“Past failures, past sins, past disgraces, do not cancel the grace of God.”

“Don’t be discouraged that there’s darkness in your past. Don’t feel that there’s no hope for you…God loves you and God wants to Bless you.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“No living, no doing, no being, without God.”

“God loves difficult cases, and you sure were a difficult case!”

“God does not give up, even on those who have given up on themselves.”

“Your wish is the single-most important factor in determining the nature of your life. Your wish is your master.”

“Everybody gets just one… one main wish, one real goal, one real purpose for your life.”

“No, it is not wrong to want to do your best at your profession. It’s not wrong to be excellent in your professional pursuits. That’s a good wish, but it’s not the best wish.”

“God is more important than anything He gives to us.”

“In pleasing his wives, Solomon displeased God.”

“The assigner is always more important than the assignment.”

“The good can be the enemy of the best.”

“Every wish that does not include God is a poor wish. And it is bound to fail.”

“When God asks us the question, we ought to say, ‘Lord, whatever You say the answer is. I want what You want’…That’s the answer.”

“Solomon made a good wish but there was a better wish…Solomon should have said, “I just want a relationship with You.”

“Lord, I just want to know You better every day!”

“Loving God is more important than serving God, because God is not looking for servants. God is looking for sons and daughters.”

“You are no longer a slave…you are a son, or a daughter. And if you are a son or a daughter, you are an heir through Christ Jesus.”

“God wants your love.”

“Don’t let the Lord find out that you love anything more than you love Him.”

“If you put God first, God will bless you…Put Him high on your priority list!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 2 Chronicles 1:7-12; Luke 12:15; Matthew 6:31; 2 Chronicles 1:3-10; Luke 12:32; Matthew 7:11; John 3:16; 1Corinthians 1:26-29; Proverbs 23:7; 1Samuel 16:7; Isaiah 48:22; Romans 6:23; Matthew 6:19; Acts 17:28; John 15:5 Psalm 147:5; I Corinthians 1:25; Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalms73:25, 42:2; Galatians 4:4; Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:28; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Psalm 27:8; Matthew 6:33, 36; Revelation 3:14-22.

I Cried in the Middle of Starbucks: Autism Awareness Month

Below is a previously published diary entry from West Angeles Web Team member Antoinette Banks, whose daughter, Nevaeh, is on the autism spectrum. We revisit the post in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

Dear Diary,

They said she would never be fully self-dependent. They said she would never speak. They said she would need constant care for the rest of her life. My child is autistic.

Somehow, after hearing the tests results, I drove to my grandmother’s house. And after collapsing in her arms and ruining her lovely handkerchief, I started  replaying what the doctors said.  

What did they mean she would never speak or be independent? 

At the guidance of family members and teachers, I decided to take my 4-year-old through a series of tests. We drove up and down the coast of California going in and out of treatment and research centers. I was exhausted and she was exhausted. But you know what the problem was? I was treating my daughter like a sickness following “just what the doctor ordered.” In our practice of Western medicine, we use science as a way to combine chemical compounds that will treat our illnesses, but at the same time, they ruin our body’s natural defenses. Doctor’s commonly have a rigid focus and treat symptoms with as much medicine as our frail bodies can handle, instead of finding a solution to the problem.

I was treating my daughter as an ailment. I was ruling out all possibilities of what it could be.  I was listening to what other’s told me and not trusting God. I remember chanting silently to myself, “I am doing the right thing,” as I looked into the rearview mirror and saw my daughter’s miserable expression. In her tiny face, I read so much.  I read, “Mommy, I communicate in a way that’s comfortable for me.” “Mommy, I show you my love, why do I have to tell you?”

“Mommy, I’m ok.” 

I remember waking up with a defiant strength and saying, “Lord, it’s in YOUR HANDS. NO MORE TESTS! No more playful exams with blocks and motor skills assessments. No more piercing eyes watching my daughter’s every move, silently writing on a notepad, that STUPID notepad that all doctors must purchase together at some wholesale store.

The absolute minute you stop worrying and allow God to move is the precise time he will show you what he is capable of. Two days ago, I was waiting on my latte at a table nestled in the nook of the Starbucks coffee house while my daughter flipped through the pages of her book. She turned a page, pointed out a few pictures, and said, “Fishy, red, blue, robot.” Almost in a daze, I turned towards her. Then she smiled and opened her little mouth and sang, “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.”  It was there, at that moment, that time stood still.  I dropped to my knees and wrapped my arms around her little body. And there I was with tears streaming down my face, IN THE MIDDLE OF STARBUCKS, singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

It’s a beautiful feeling having all of your self-doubt wash away.  One thing that I’ve learned is that God will supply all of our needs. He is the ultimate redeemer, counselor and healer. And if God is capable of resurrecting a dead body, capable of creating mankind and the world we live in within 6 days, He is more than capable of coming against the report of a doctor and showing me a miracle.

There is a reason why God blesses us with our children.  It’s because He trusts us to raise them, but while we are raising them, they, too, raise us.  So let’s let our stars grow and watch as they twinkle. 

Through my own personal account, I have learned that Autism is not some mystery that can be covered and treated with a pill. It is a new wave of learning, thinking and adapting.  Armed with the faith and knowledge of what this disorder entails, coupled with my faith in God, is the only way I have found strength to get the very best care for my daughter who is now on the honor roll at school, taking ballet lessons and wants to be an astronaut some day.

April is National Autism Awareness Month and West Angeles has joined with other congregations around the state in an effort to heighten the levels of awareness through the efforts of the Special Needs Network.

Please join West Angeles as we do our part in spreading education and advocacy on Sunday, April 13, during the 11 a.m. service.  If you or a loved one knows a family member in need of support, please invite them to the loving arms of West Angeles Church.

PHOTOS & SERMON: The Resurrection Mentality

I know that He is leading, through all the stormy blast; the day of His appearing will come at last. He Lives!” – Lyrics, Alfred Henry Ackley, “I Serve A Risen Savior”

Resurrection Sunday 2015 was a glorious event at West Angeles Church of God In Christ! The congregation was alive with praise as Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake presented a rousing sermon titled, “The Resurrection Mentality,” defining the benefits of the Power of Christ within the life of the believer.

Here are a few photos of our West Angeles family from Resurrection Sunday:

Resurrection Sunday


The sermon was preceded by the moving and inspirational dramatic performance, “Miracles at Stillwater,” which reveals the plight of prisoners at a correctional facility who learn about the power of Jesus Christ for the first time.

Said Bishop, “That God of power can be great in your life. And if He’s in your life, just like He rose from the dead, you can rise out of any situation that may come against you.”

See the entire sermon here on Westa Video On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“Most of us will agree that life is becoming more complex and more difficult every day.”

“The dinosaur was strong, but he’s also gone.”

“Health, wealth, strength, prosperity, are not the keys to success; they’re not the keys to survival.

“The ability to endure adversity is a precious, precious commodity.”

“Those who live most effectively [are those] who have tapped an unseen reservoir from which they can gain power and strength.

People who don’t believe, people who don’t trust, are miserable and unhappy.”

“Unrealistic expectations and foolish and unfounded ambitions can destroy the very life of an individual.”

“So many folk have gone back because they thought the wrong things.”

“So many people today are locked in; so many people are fearful.”

“The message of this day of Resurrection is that you can be free; you can be delivered in the name of Jesus!”

Sometimes things happen that are so wonderful, we don’t even want to believe it, even though it’s standing before us alive and well.”

A crusade for unbelief has been launched against the life of every individual in this room...The world does not want you to believe.”

If you believe, you’ll walk after the spirit and not after the flesh.

The Lord wants you to believe: and you NEED to believe.”

When the disciples did not believe, they were sad; when they did not believe, they returned to their old way of life.

Believing brings joy; believing brings peace; believing brings hope, believing brings strength.

When you believe God’s Word, that enables you to walk by faith into your future, according to the power of Almighty God.”

“Are you somehow blocked, stopped, hindered, held up; unable to reach your goals…paralyzed by fear, by hopelessness? Believe the Word of God, and the same God that raised up Jesus will give you power and an altogether new life!

To meet the risen Lord will literally change your life.”

“The Risen Lord will show up in your life if you have faith enough to invite Him to come in” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“I don’t know whether you know him or not, but you can’t really celebrate Easter, you can’t really celebrate Resurrection Sunday, unless you really know the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ”.

“I hope before we leave this room that you’ll get to know the risen Lord!

If you’re led to the scriptures, you’ve got the key to your future.”

The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.

“This is my Bible; this is the Word of God. I am what it says I am! I’ve got what it says I’ve got! I can do what it says I can do, and the Word of God says ‘I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me!’”

“When you’re troubled, go to the Word! When you’re weak, go to the Word!

“The Holy Ghost is your spiritual clothing; it’s your spiritual adornment.

“Clothing protects you; clothing shelters you. Clothing hides you from the eyes of people; clothing keeps you from being exposed. And Jesus said, ‘You shall receive Power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you!’

“Life is in the Power of the Spirit!”

“If you know Jesus, if you know the Word of God, if you’ve got the Holy Ghost, you’re ready for everything that the devil might do against you!”

“Sickness won’t stop me. Trouble won’t stop me. Adversity won’t stop me. Enemies won’t stop me. Getting fired won’t stop me. Losing my job won’t stop me. Running out of money won’t stop me. As long as I’ve got Jesus, I can make it!”

“The same Power that showed up at the grave; the same power that transformed the dying body of Jesus Christ into a living immortal resurrected body; the same power that brought Hi forth from the grave id right here right now, in this room. He’s here to set you free!”

“The chain is broken in the name of Jesus! You’re free!”

Scriptural References: John 11:25; Mark 16:10; Luke 14:15, 21, 25, 30; Romans 15:13; Matthew 16:21; Luke 24:21; John 20:19; Matthew 28:17; Romans 15:13; John 4:46; John 11:25; Luke 24:27-45; Philippians 4:13; Acts 1:8, Act 2:1; John 16:22, 1 Corinthians 15:3, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:13; John 14:21; Psalm 46:1; Luke 10:19.

“Miracles at Stillwater,” written by Avan Hardwell, directed by Taja V. Simpson, and produced by Jonathan E. Coleman and Jason White.  See this performance and West Angeles’ entire Resurrection Sunday Service HERE, at West Angeles’ Video On Demand.  Get God Now!


World Missions Conference

The West Angeles World Missions Board of Directors cordially invites you to worship with us during our 20th World Missions Conference.

The World Missions Board has selected a theme of “Building the Body of Christ In Unity.” Our theme scripture is Ephesians 4: 11-13. Our intent is to create cultural sensitivity so that we can better serve others, demolish racial and ethnic barriers that divide the church, and promote unity in the building of the body of Christ. We will introduce the congregation to other cultures through fellow members from other countries, missionaries who have served around the world, and the diverse local community of believers.

Our scheduled events include:

  • World Missions Night LIVE! with the Young Adults at the Performing Arts Theater on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday Night Pastoral Bible Study, “The Heart of God’s Servant, Preparing God’s People To Do Works of Service,” April 15 at 7 p.m. at the North Campus Sanctuary
  • Unity Worship Service (‘Unity in Faith for Greater Works on the Field’) at the North Campus Sanctuary at 7-8:30 p.m. (April 17). Followed by the “Unity Feast: An International Culinary Experience” at the Crystal Room from 8:30-10 p.m. (entrance fee of $10).
  • Sunday morning worship service at the Cathedral on April 19 at 8 and 11 a.m.
  • Sunday evening worship service at the North Campus at 7 p.m.

Please click here for the complete conference flyer!


Should black people really #Adapt?

Like many controversies in today’s society, a controversy amongst black americans broke out last week via social media because of a few particularly pointed social media posts.

Actor and comedian Chris Rock, a black man, announced via Instagram earlier this year that he’d post a selfie every time he was pulled over by the police, the suggestion being that black men behind the wheel are often targeted by law enforcement.

Actor Isaiah Washington, also a black male, responded to Rock’s efforts on Twitter, suggesting that Rock “#Adapt” to the circumstances revolving around race relations in America, especially the relationship between black men and the cops.

Click the link below for the whole story and an interview with Washington that aired on CNN.

Washington suggests Chris Rock #Adapt

So…should black people really #Adapt?

Grow Up – Bishop Charles E. Blake

SERMON: Bishop Blake Teaches Progress, Maturity, and Growth in the Spirit

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” – 2 Peter 1:2-3

“One of the most tragic things in life is for a person to have no ambition; no desire to improve their lot; no desire to rise higher and higher,” said Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake in his Sunday, March 22, 2015 sermon.

The inspiring sermon, aptly titled, “Grow Up,” referenced the fantastic growth rate of the early church, the qualities of the mature believer, and our own ability to grow as individuals.

“When you stop growing, you start dying,” said Bishop Blake. “God’s plan for the things that He loves is growth, development and progress.”

Some of our favorite moments from the sermon follow:

“There are two basic processes that affect the physical man. Those two processes are growth and death.”

“Throughout his life man is either growing or a man is dying…When you stop growing, you start dying.”

“God’s will, God’s plan for the things that He loves is growth, development and progress.”

“Growth, progress and development are embedded into the very heart of humanity.”

“There’s something about a real man and real woman that not only wants to grow physically, but mentally; spiritually…This is why (Giuseppe) Mazzini said, ‘The moral law of the universe is progress.'”

“Margaret Fuller said, ‘I’m suffocated and lost when I don’t have the feeling of progression.’”

“You should strive to do better and to be better, and to do more and to have more, with each passing year.”

“Every per person ought to have goals; objectives for his or her life.”

“Stop waiting for something to drop out of the sky on your head! Success is not going to fall into your lap!”

“The New Testament church was a growing church; it was a thriving church…It was a praying church; it was a unified church. God, help us to be that kind of church!”

“Some people want to be a big fish in a little pond…but how many of you know that ponds have a way of drying up?”

“How many of you are glad to be a part of something great?”

“Our God is too great for us to think small! God is depending on us to do something great for Him!”

“These are the Seven Christian Virtues: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, charity. Don’t you know we need these things in the world today?”

“When you grow and add and multiply, that means you’re making progress in the Lord.”

“Standing still is not our option.”

“When you’re mature in God, you’re stable. You’re solid.”

“Some people are easily led astray and led away from the life of the church…God needs some folks who will say ‘I’m gonna stay with God no matter what!'”

“A mature believer has endurance.”

“He may not come when you want Him,  but He’ll be right on time.”

“A tree is not mature because it’s tall; not mature because it’s green.  A tree is mature because it brings forth fruit.”

“If you want to grow, you must be born again.”

“When you accept Him by faith he comes into your life.”

“Faith walks into a world that cannot be touched.”

“Some people never grow because they never feed their spirit…Is there anybody hungry for God and thirsty for God?”

“When you praise Him, your spirit gets stronger and stronger.”

“If you want to get built up, stand on the faith of the Bible.”

“Some folks don’t grow because they have no power…but Jesus said, ‘You shall receive power!'”

“Jesus is the baptizer!”

“Neighbor, if He saved you, He wants to fill you with the Holy Ghost.”

“If you want to grow, the Holy Ghost is promised unto you…Tell your neighbor, ‘The Holy Ghost is here right now!'”

“You receive the Holy Ghost by faith…Lift up your hands and say, ‘Lord, by faith I receive it!'”

“Faith takes hold of the promise.”

“If the word of God says it, faith believes it!”

“Lord, thank you for sending the Holy Ghost into the world today!”


SCRIPTURE REFERENCES – 2 Peter 3:17, Acts 2:41, 2:47, 5:14, 6:7 , 11:21, 14:1 ,16:5, 17:4, 18:8, Hebrews 12:1-2, Mark 4:31, 2 Peter 1:1-8, Galatians 6:9, Isaiah 40:31, Job 23:10, Proverbs 16:7, John 16:7, 1 John 4:4, John 1:11-13, Joel 2:32, Revelation 3:20, John 1:27, 3:1-5, Matthew 7:11, Acts 2:1-4, 1-8.