VIDEO: Janelle Monae inspired by young black fan

“I hope you see God in me…” – Janelle Monae

So often, celebrities serve as role models to our youth. Whether it’s a musician, actor, or reality star, kids often mimic the actions those they see on TVs, in movies and on stages.

Unfortunately, a by-product of that celebrity infatuation is that young people follow in the footsteps of those members of the rich and famous that don’t necessarily set the best examples.

But below is an example one black woman, music artist Janelle Monae, who does do the right things and sets the proper example. Have a look:

“Never in a million years did I think that I would see a young black girl wanting to look like me.” – Janelle MonáeWatch the complete segment: http://bit.ly/1BtTgfk

Posted by For Harriet on Friday, December 12, 2014

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MUSIC AND WORSHIP ARTS – New Members Orientation

Sing, dance, or act? We want you!

Calling the attention of all individuals interested in becoming a part of the Music & Worship Arts Ministries. Orientation will take place, Tuesday, June 2nd at 7 p.m., in the North Campus Sanctuary.

We look forward to seeing you there!

SERMON: Bishop Blake Beholds The Power of God’s Universe

“The heavens declare the Glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork” – Psalm 19:1

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake beholds the majesty of God’s universe in his most recent sermon, entitled, “A Message from the Stars.” Bishop turned to the science of the universe to demonstrate the power of God.

Bishop also recalled one of the greatest moments of his life: meeting the most powerful man in the free world, an event which many would consider the pinnacle of life.

“Friends got together and decided I was going to meet the President of the United States … I got on a plane and went to Washington, DC, in my best suit. I went to the White House…and in a few moments I was sitting in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama, one of the most exciting experiences I’ve ever had.

“What a joy it was to have that experience, but I’ve got one better: the God who presides over the universe is in Love with you! Hallelujah!”

Highlights from the sermon are below (click HERE to see this entire sermon and more at Westa Gospel On Demand):

“Whenever you look out into the sky, even on the clearest night, you see only a small part of the universe.”

“The nearest heavenly body to us is the moon, and the moon is approximately 245,000 miles away from us.”

“There are nine or so planets in our solar system. The most remote planet from us is a planet called Pluto, and Pluto is 3.5 billion miles away from the earth.”

“The sun is 93 million miles away from us…The sun is a star, a gigantic body with a circumference of three million miles around. But… there are stars in the universe that are 1000 times as big as our sun is.”

“Light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. Distances in the universe are so great, a basic unit of measurement is a light year: the distance that light can travel in one year. And that distance would be six trillion miles.”

“The nearest star to us, other than the sun, is called Alpha Centauri. Alpha Centauri is more than four light-years away, or 24 billion miles away from us.”

“Our galaxy, which is made up of many other solar systems also, is called The Milky Way. The Milky Way is more than 100,000 light-years in diameter. Two million light-years beyond that, you will arrive at another galaxy system.”

“Limits of the universe have never been discovered.”

“The universe is so big, a basic unit of measurement in the universe is the distance that light can travel in a year…six trillion miles. But as big as the universe is, the God that we serve is bigger.”

“The heavens declare the glory of God because the vastness of the heavens declares the vastness of our God.”

“As big as the universe is, the God that we serve is bigger” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“God is everywhere present.”

“As mighty as all those suns combined are, our God has more power than what He has created…Our God is a mighty God!”

“When you come against something that is too much for you, too powerful for you, too overwhelming for you, when you think you’re not going to be able to deal with it even with God’s help, I just want you to remember: God made 500,000 suns that are bigger than our sun and they’re still burning, still shining…If God can do that, then God can do whatever you need Him to do!”

“We cannot fail to notice the precision by which this intricate universe in which we live operates.”

“The earth travels at 586 million miles per year at a speed of 66,000 miles per hour around the sun. It maintains a distance of 93 million miles away from the sun. It rotates while it revolves 1000 miles per hour. It completes its journey around the sun in 365.25 days.”

“God’s universe is a universe of precision!”

“No matter where we go, no matter what we confront, no matter what we deal, with we ought to always keep our face turned toward the Lord, because that is the center of our attention. That is the source of our life. Come on clap your hands and give praise!”

“If God could design this universe, then that means our God is wise beyond comprehension.”

“God has more sense than you do! Sometimes we think we know more than God…but if God can plan this whole universe, don’t you know God can plan your whole life?”

“The heavens illustrate the love that God has for us.”

“God picked our little world out, and He placed us on the earth, and He placed in the world everything that we could need or desire.”

“You need to know that God’s understanding is infinite…Our God is a wise God!”

“By the same wisdom by which God formed the universe, God provided the word of the Lord.”

“Inasmuch as we cannot improve on God’s universe, we’ve got to accept it as it is. We cannot improve on God’s word, and we must accept it as it is.”

“If God can plan this whole universe, don’t you know God can plan your whole life?” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“This is God’s word. I am what it says I am. I can do what it says I can do. And it says I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”.

“If you want to find joy, you’ll find it in the word…if you want to find peace you’ll find it in the word.”

“The God that made you, understands you.”

“It’s not what you think, it’s what the Lord thinks.”

“The God that leads the sun in its pathway…leads the universe and makes it a coordinated machine, that God can lead us and direct us.”

“Your words have a life of their own.”

“Your life has purpose. Your life has direction. God has determined the pathway of your life.”

“Just as sure as God has a pathway for the sun, God has a pathway for you.”

“He’s so good!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Psalm 19, 1 Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:23, 32:17; Proverbs 3:19-20; Psalm147:4; Luke 10:30; Jeremiah 8:7; Psalm148:8; Jeremiah 22:29; Proverbs 16:25; Proverbs 3:5-6; Jeremiah 29:11.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake to the 25-person White House Inaugural  Advisory Council, part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

America Mourns COGIC Son B.B. King (9/16/25 – 5/14/15)

Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men – Proverbs 22:29 NASB

Legendary Blues musician B. B. King passed away peacefully in his Las Vegas home last week at the age of 89 due to diabetes complications. Known as “The King Of The Blues,” Mr. King became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Although he did not complete high school, B.B. King received Honorary Doctorates from Yale University and Berkley College of Music, among others, and was the recipient of many international awards and honors, including 15 Grammys, the National Medal of the Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Affectionately nicknamed “Church Boy” or “B.B.” (short for “Blues Boy”), Mr. King was born Riley B. King near Indianola, Mississippi in 1925, the son of Albert and Nora Ella King, both sharecroppers. He began his life on a plantation, and worked alongside his parents picking cotton as a child. It was working in the fields where he first heard the blues sung by other workers, and the music was also played and sung in the homes of various family members.

He began singing spirituals and gospel with the choir of Elkhorn Primitive Baptist Church, but the Baptists’ musical tastes were more staid and traditional than the young King preferred.

“If you were in the Baptist church, they didn’t want you to bring a guitar in,” he said in an interview with the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1999[1].

His mother had a profound influence on him spiritually.

“My mother had filled my heart with a love for a compassionate God. Gospel songs sang of that love. And, God knows, I loved singing gospel,” said King[2].

At the age of 9, after the death of his mother, young Riley went to live with his grandmother, where he was introduced to the Pentecostal worship style of the Church of God In Christ. The denomination has been known and continues to be known for an exuberant, musical expression of praise and worship deeply rooted in African tradition, and COGIC has widely influenced the gospel music genre from its inception.

My mother had filled my heart with a love for a compassionate God. Gospel songs sang of that love – B.B. King

The Rev. Archie Fair, who was also a distant relative of King’s, led services at the Austin Chapel Sanctified Church – a local COGIC church – singing while playing his Silvertone guitar.

“Church was not only a warm spiritual experience, it was exciting entertainment…it was where the music got all over my body and made me wanna jump”[1].

It was Reverend Fair who first taught King to play the guitar, the catalyst which ignited B.B. King’s passion for music and gave birth to his nearly 70-year career. He, with the Gibson guitar he affectionately called ‘Lucille,’ became one of the most influential blues musicians and guitarists of all time, inspiring musicians of diverse genres and cultures worldwide.

Memorial services are scheduled to take place in both Las Vegas and Indianola. It was Mr. King’s wish, according to his attorney, that his funeral service and burial be at a small Indianola church near the site where he picked cotton as a boy[3]. The funeral is scheduled for the week after the memorial service. His body will be buried at the museum which bears his name.

Love to sing?  Click HERE for our podcast and post  “PERFECT HARMONY: The Power of Music and Why We Sing”, which includes the NPR interview, “A HISTORY OF GOSPEL,” with Michele Norris and Robert Darden.  

DID YOU KNOW?

  • B.B. King’s Mother wanted him to grow up to be a preacher.
  • The Blues is a fusion of traditional African and European folk music, and, along with Jazz and Gospel, is considered  to be one of the true forms of original American music.
  • Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Negro Spirituals all share the same 12-chord structure.
  • The Blues as a musical genre is not about sadness, but, according to B.B. King and others, about endurance, resilience and hope.

 

 

FOOTNOTES & REFERENCES
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1 May 15, 2015
2 Lesley, Alison: “How B.B. King’s Religion Influenced His Music”. World religion News, May 18, 2105.
3 Mallenbaum, Carly: “King Service Is In Vegas, Burial In Indianola” USA TODAY, May 18, 2015.

Additional resources:
http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=bbking&pageid=icb.page319115
http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues-trail-markers/kilmichael-b-b-kings-roots

Photo, courtesy Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley.

Bishop Blake Honors Mothers, Wives on Mother’s Day

“It’s a good day to thank God that He gave you a treasure that cannot be evaluated or assessed…That is the treasure of a precious Mother” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake found inspiration in a mother’s love for his Mother’s Day sermon titled, “A Woman, A Wife, A Mother.” He honored First Lady Mae L. Blake’s elegance and wisdom as a wife and mother, and shared some of her many contributions to the life of the church. An author, former principal and teacher at the West Angeles Christian Academy, “Lady Mae,” as she’s affectionately called, also designed the interiors of the West Angeles Cathedral and the North Campus multi-purpose building.

Bishop Blake also recognized every mother’s ability to do the extraordinary.

“Did you all see that mother in Baltimore (who pulled her son out of a riotous crowd and publicly disciplined him)? Thank you for every time you went upside our heads!” Bishop said. “If gangs are ever going to be extinct, it’s going to be because mothers put their foot down, and do like that lady did…She would not let him go, and I believe he’s a different young man now than the young man he was a few days before.”

Bishop continued by addressing all mothers and wives everywhere.

“Let me apologize to every mother who knows you have not been treated right. Let me apologize to every wife who was left behind…I know it’s been rough; I know it’s been tough, but let me inform you that there’s a God in Heaven, and you would not have made it this far without the Love of God.

“We love you, and we appreciate every diaper you changed, every bottle of milk you warmed…for every school visit you made…Come on, praise God for mothers!”

Below are some of our favorite quotes from Sunday’s sermon:

“The word of God tells us that the last item on God’s agenda of creation was woman. God looked at Adam and then found that none of the things that already existed could provide Adam with the…added aspects of existence that he needed.”

“They are placed on earth as helpers, not as inferior beings…not as mere tools or instruments, but as partners in the matter of life.”

“Woman was made out of man, so that man would esteem her and seek her welfare as he esteemed himself.”

“If he abased her and disrespected her, then he abased and disrespected himself. If he abused her, then he abused himself.”

“We’re supposed to be transformers – not conformers.”

“Men have understanding of the head. Women have understanding of the heart.”

“Within her being is that which correlates itself of the being of God and that which responds to a presence of God and that which cries out for communion with Almighty God.”

“Within her being is that which shall never die, that which is of inestimable value, that for which Jesus Christ died.”

“Brethren, I am prone to say that one of the greatest things that God ever did was to create women.”

“A mother’s love is unconditional…God’s love is unconditional.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“A man who does not understand and appreciate women cannot understand and appreciate a wife.”

“I don’t care what men say, I don’t care how foolish and old-fashioned the moral codes may seem to be…God’s plan is still the only right plan for regulating the relationships between men and women.”

“The Bible says, ‘Let every man have his own wife – not somebody else’s wife – and let every woman have her own husband.”

“Along the road of life, there is no greater privilege that one can find than having a wife.”

“(Jules) Michelet says, ‘To be a man in the true sense is, in the first place, and above all things is to have a wife.'”

“The man who has the greatest vision and fulfills the greatest dream, is the man whose wife has and sees his vision and dreams his dream with him.”

“The man who enjoys life most is the man who shares it with a lifetime partner.”

“L.M. Stretch said, ‘A good wife makes the cares of the world sit easy, and adds sweetness to its pleasure. She’s a man’s best companion in prosperity, and his best, if not his only friend in adversity. The most careful preserver of his health, and the kindest attendant on his sickness; a faithful advisor in distress, a comforter in affliction. How many of you know that a wife is all those things and more?”2

“A wife is the only one who sees you at your worst, and loves you for the best that is within you.”

“Fella, if you’re one of those guys who said, ‘I’m never going to get married. I’m going to stay single all my life,’ I feel sorry for you! You don’t know what you are missing! Somebody ought to say ‘AMEN!’”

“A woman reaches the highest level of excellence when she becomes a mother.”

“God could have created man by some other means. He could have had us hatch out of flowers or come up out of the water…but instead, God chose the means of a mother to bring us to the earth.”

“It’s on mother’s knee that he learns how to pray, learn how to conceive of almighty God”.

“If [the mother is] nervous and insecure, then to an extent, the child will be nervous and insecure…If the mother is peaceful and serene then the child will gain that same kind of confidence in life.”

“Napoleon said that the future destiny of children is always in the hands of the mothers. Someone else said that the future of society is in the hands of mothers.” 3

“If we’re to overcome evil, it’s because mothers unanimously stand to oppose the tide of evil that’s sweeping across our world.”

“Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. What a miserable place the world would be if it were not for mothers who love Almighty God.”

“Today we ought to look toward God and lift up our eyes to God and say, ‘Thank you for mothers. Thank you for the institution of motherhood. Thank you for mothers who take their roles seriously and do their job well! Halleluiah!’”

“When you think about a mother’s love, you have to think about the love of Almighty God.”

“A mother’s love is unconditional…God’s love is unconditional.”

“A father will get stern on you. A father will get quiet on you…but mother would say, ‘Come on in here for a minute.”

“God says, ‘Child of God, the world may be overwhelming you and turning you away, but come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'”

“When folk stepped out – He stepped in.”

“You can’t go so far that the love of God cannot reach you.”

“No matter who you are, where you’ve come from, or where you’ve been, God loves you. Look over at your neighbor and say, “God loves you!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Genesis 2:20, 3:20, Proverbs 31:30; Genesis 1:27; Romans 12:2, Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:25, 28; Hosea 11:1; John 3:16; Matthew 11:28-29.

FOOTNOTES:

1 Jules Michelet; “The People”. London: Charles Edmonds, 154 Strand, 1846.
2 L. M. Stretch ; “Beauties of History; Or, Pictures of Virtue and Vice, Drawn From real Life, designed for the instruction and Entertainment of Youth”. A New edition, Volume 1, London. Printed for J. Brambles, A. Meggitt, and J. Waters, by H. Mozely, Gainsborough. 1808.
3 ”Golden Hours for 1866. A Magazine for Sunday Reading” Edited by W. Meynell Whittemore, D.D.; page 7.

VIDEO: Denzel Reminds to ‘Put God First’

He’s regarded as one of the best actors in Hollywood. And now, he’s recognized as a great commencement ceremony speaker.

Denzel Washington delivered a rousing speech at the Dillard University Commencement Ceremony on May 9, reminding the students and families in attendance of what the common ingredient is in having a successful life and career.

“Put God first in everything you do,” Washington said. “Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It’s a gift. I didn’t always stick with him, but he stuck with me.”

In lieu of recent reports from the Pew Research Center, that the Christian population in America and internationally has dropped dramatically over the past seven years, Washington’s speech seemed to be just in time. 

Watch the entire speech below:

 

REPORT: Christian Population Dropping in America

From 2007 to 2014, the percentage of Americans that identify themselves as Christian has dropped from 78 percent to 71 percent, which amounts to five million adults in the seven year gap, according to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center.

Furthermore, in 2007, 36 million adults identified themselves as unaffiliated with any religious group. But that number that has jumped considerably to 56 million in 2014.

Click HERE to read the Associated Press story.

Click HERE to read the New York Times story.

The Pew Research Center offered no concrete answer as to why the Christian population has dropped.

So, why do you think there are less Christians in America? Please, share your respectful thoughts in the comments section.

AIM to Inspire

The Youth Department is pleased to announcement its first online donation campaign and we need you!

Each year, the Church of God in Christ, Inc., hosts an annual summer convention called Auxiliaries In Ministry (AIM), geared toward leadership training, spiritual growth, education, World Missions training, and fellowship. This convention will be held in Tampa, Florida this year with the goal to achieve effectiveness in ministry.

POINT. AIM. and DIRECT. our Youth’s path to a brighter future in ministry.

 To donate now, click here!

 

New Additions to Crystal Room Food Service!

Exciting things are happening in the West Angeles Food Service Department.

Not only will you continue enjoying a delicious and wholesome breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and dinner at 12:30 p.m. in the Crystal Room, but pick-up/carry out DINNER service is now also available.

In addition, LIVE music will now be provided by Anthony Wilkins and company.

Come and dine with us in YOUR West Angeles Crystal Room each Sunday. You will be glad you did!

We look forward to seeing you!

Manhood to Fatherhood 2015

Men, please join us every Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the North Campus to learn the skills on how to build a strong foundation for our families to be the strong men of God needed today.

For more information, please call the West Angeles Counseling Center.