Bishop Charles E. Blake Says #PrayforCharleston

The Church of God In Christ extends truly deep and sincere condolences to the families of the 9 innocent victims who lost their lives during a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church on Wednesday, June 17th in Charleston, South Carolina.

We join with the millions of voices throughout the world in decrying the senseless shooting of worshippers at Mother Emanuel Church. Sadly, we are living in an increasingly perilous time.

We believe this particularly egregious hate crime to be indicative of the bitter fruit that hate always produces.

Hate crimes against the African American community are instigated by powerful voices that misinform susceptible individuals about the desperate plight of our community. Instead of honestly addressing the systemic causes, voices of ignorance and hatred attribute problems within the African American community to race. Buying into this lie justifies actions such as we witnessed in Charleston, SC last night.

The tragedy at Mother Emanuel Church is yet another wake up call to the entire African American Church, calling for effectual prayer coupled with sustained action. In this moment, our hope is that the Body of Christ will come together in unity, as never before, to address the violence, the poverty, the racism, the economic disenfranchisement and inequality that is ripping the fabric of our communities and indeed the entire nation apart.

While it is certainly difficult to comprehend such senseless acts of hate and terror, we stand in solidarity with Christians everywhere, believing that the peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, surpasses all of our understanding. May the hearts of the victims’ families be comforted by this sustaining truth alone.

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
Church of God in Christ, Inc.

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Pursuing Higher Education

The Christian Education Department and the Education and Enrichment Department are joining hands to intie all adults who may be interested in pursuing higher education. If you are an adult and are interested in going to college or returning to college and want to know how to make it affordable, please plan to attend this seminar! Representatives from reputable institutions such as Azusa Pacific University and Student Resource USA will be present for your interest.

Date: Saturday, June 27
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: If applicable
Location: Youth Center – Multi-Purpose Room

SHIDA

First Lady Solombra Ingram, in association with “I’m Every Woman Productions,” will present SHIDA, a new musical created and performed by Broadway veteran and gospel music artist Jeannette Bayardelle.

The show will take place at the West Angeles Performing Arts theatre for two nights only: July 10 @ 8 p.m. and July 11 @ 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 purchased in advance and $30 purchased at the show. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets at the discounted rate of $20 each.

SERMON: Bishop Blake Preaches “Baptism In The Holy Ghost”

“To live a righteous life in this wicked world, you need the power and the help of Almighty God” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake and the West Angeles congregation celebrated Pentecost Sunday, “the day that the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples,” said Bishop, who prayed that everyone in the congregation also be refilled with God’s power.

Acts 2:13 tells us that some who witnessed this event mocked the disciples by saying they were “full of new wine.” But  in verses 15 -17, the Apostle Peter said:

15 “For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
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‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.

“That includes everybody in the room,” Bishop said, “You’re in one of those categories! Tell your neighbor, ‘God wants to Bless everybody in this room!’”

See this entire Pentecost Sunday service at WestA Gospel-on-Demand. Highlights from Bishop’s sermon titled “Baptism In The Holy Ghost” follow:

“After you’ve turned away from a life of sin and unrighteousness, God has in store for you one of the most Blessed experiences that is available to man. That experience is baptism in the Holy Ghost, or baptism in the Holy Spirit.”

“’Ghost’ and ‘spirit’ are translated from the same Greek word, ‘pnuema.’”

“If you’re saved, the Holy Ghost has already played a significant part in your life.”

“Jesus gives us the right and the authority of becoming sons and daughters of God. But it is the Holy Spirit that does the work of regeneration, and imparts new life to the believer.”

“The Holy Ghost implants the nature and the life of Jesus Christ into the believer.”

“To live a righteous life in this wicked world, you need the power and the help of Almighty God.”

“When you’re really, really saved, you don’t need anybody to tell you you’re saved. There’s a release, and the Holy Ghost speaks within you…that’s it!”

“It was R.A. Torrey who said, ‘A man may be regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and still not be baptized in the Holy Spirit.’”1

“In regeneration (in the Holy Spirit), the is an impartation of life…but in baptism in the Holy Spirit, there’s an impartation of power. And the one who receives that is fitted for service and battle for the Lord.”

You need Him more than you need water… it is in Him that you live, and move, and have your being – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“The Lord is asking somebody in this room today, ‘All I want you to do is just ask, what do you want Me to do for you?’ I pray everyone will lift up their hands and say, ‘Lord, I want you to fill me with Your Holy Spirit!’”

“If Jesus needed the power of the Holy Ghost, how much more do you and I need the power of the Holy Ghost?”

“I hope you’ll be so filled with the power and the might of Almighty God, that the world will come to you and say, ‘What can we do for you so that your God won’t be mad at us?’”

“If you’ve got your Holy Ghost weapons in place, you can withstand any attack of the enemy!”

“Come on, tell somebody, ‘I am an overcomer!’ Clap your hands and give praise to God!”

“The prophet Joel had already promised that the day was coming when God would just pour out the Holy Ghost, rather than giving it out in portions and in measures… as He did in the Old Testament. God is now ready to pour it out!”

“You ought to be yearning for God…God is the most essential element of your existence! There’s nothing more important than God!”

“It’s all about Jesus!”

“You need Him more than you need water. You need Him more than you need food. You need Him more than you need the beating of your heart. It is in Him that you live, and move, and have your being!”

“Come on, lift up your hands and say, ‘Lord, fill me with the Holy Ghost!’”

“He’s already here!”

“The Holy Ghost has already been sent; He only needs now to be received by faith.”

“That’s what faith does…faith assumes that what has been prayed for has been done!”

“Baptism in the Holy Ghost is not the same as being born again.”

“What God does is good. And if it was good then, it’s good now.”

“Whatever’s on the menu, God, I want it!”

“We are commanded as believers to receive the Holy Ghost!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 7:37-39, John 3:5, John 6:63, Romans 8:2, 8:16*, John 14:16, Numbers 11:17,25, 2 Kings 2:9, Luke 1:15-17…the Lord, John 3:34, Luke 4:14-19, Luke 4:1; Romans 8:31, Ephesians 6:12, 2 Corinthians 10:4, 1 John 4:4, Joel 2:28-29; John 7:37; John 7:39; Acts 8:5, 12-16; Romans 10:9; Acts 19:1-6; Acts 10:46; Acts 2:4; Jude 1:20; John 20:22; Luke 24:49.

FOOTNOTES
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1 Reuben Archer Torrey, What The Bible Teaches. 1 Edition (Whitaker House, 2004), Book 3, Chapter 7, pg. 3. Google Books Edition, accessed June 4, 2015.

 

Kids Sports Camp set for July 27…enroll today!

At the 2015 edition of Kids Sports Camp, the kids will experience that God is everywhere! They will learn and discover that God is in the things they do and the places they go, because God is in them!

Parents can rest assured that the KUC staff will nurture their kids in a safe environment, as they learn to cooperate with their peers, and be a team player and a source of encouragement for those around them. This will enhance each child’s spiritual growth and accountability.

Each day will will include physical warm-up sessions, arts and crafts, biblical application, snacks, and a variety of sports activities at a local park. Snacks will be provided, but each child will need to bring their own sack lunch or money to purchase food from local vendors.

We are looking for adult volunteers ages 18 and over. Volunteers must have a love and understanding of children, a willingness to mentor and a creative spirit.

This year’s Sports Camp is sponsored by West Angeles KUC Ministry and will be contingent upon the number of kids enrolled by the pre-registration date of Friday, July 17.

Enroll today at the church office!