SERMON: Uleses C. Henderson, “There’s A Miracle On the Other Side of Your Storm”

As hurricane season commences around the United States, storms and strong winds cause many to lose power, while floods leave many others stranded. But as Elder Uleses C. Henderson preached to the West Angeles congregation on October 11, 2015:

“Your ship may be battered, your stern may be compromised. Your rudder may be broken, your sail may be ripped to shreds. But I just want to encourage you this morning to hang in there. Stay in the ship, don’t go overboard because Help in on the way.”

Elder Uleses Henderson is general counsel of the Church of God in Christ, and partner at One LLP, a Los Angeles law firm which provides a broad range of intellectual property advisory and litigation services in areas such as patents, trademarks, copyright, entertainment and new media. He is on the Board of the Jubilee Broadcasting Network, and is also a quarterly columnist for COGIC’s Whole Truth Magazine. Elder Henderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, an Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, where he also served as executive editor of the Loyola Law Review.

Elder Henderson’s sermon “There’s A Miracle On the Other Side of Your Storm” can be found HERE, on West Angeles’ Gospel on Demand.

Highlights from the sermon follow:

“We are all survivors of some kind of shipwreck, and we have all experienced storms.”

“What matters is not the storm, but what you do in the midst of the storm.”

“Storms are a part of life.”

“Every storm will eventually run out of rain. Look at somebody and tell them, ‘Your storm is almost over.’”

“Hearing God’s Word is intended to produce faith, and faith must always be tested.”

“It’s one thing to see a miracle. It’s another thing to need a miracle.”

“Jesus wanted to teach…how to live not just in a storm, but through a storm.”

“What matters is not the storm, but what you do in the midst of the storm.” – Elder Uleses C.Henderson

“The seeds of faith that Jesus planted…had to be tested before they could be trusted.”

“Satan doesn’t care how big the bible is that you tote, how many scriptures you can quote. Satan doesn’t care if you hear the Word, so long as you don’t live by the Word.”

“Unbelief produces fear.”

“Faith is not just asking and receiving. Faith is trusting God despite the outcome.”

“In order to survive the storm, the first thing you must do is rely on His promise.”

“When God gives you a command and a destination, He’ll always make and give you a promise.”

“You may be holding onto broken pieces of your life; broken dreams, broken relationships. You may be hanging by a wing and a prayer, but hold on anyhow!”

“Where you are, is not who you are.”

“If God sends you into a storm, He’ll never send you by yourself. He’ll always get into the storm with you.”

“If God brings you to a storm, He’s already given a strategy to get you through the storm.”

“If God sends you into a storm…He’ll always get into the storm with you.” – Elder Uleses C. Henderson

“Somebody here today has been thrown into the fire, but look at your neighbor and tell your neighbor, ‘I may have been thrown in bound, but I’m coming out loosed!’ God uses the fire to destroy the things that have held you bound.”

“Life is not determined by what has happened to you. Life is determined by what God has said about you.”

“God has spoken to us and given us some dreams and some visions. He’s told us to start businesses. He’s said go forth in ministry. He has told some of us to go back to school.”

“What I’ve learned about the film industry is that you don’t cut a trailer until the film is already finished. God has already given some of us a preview of things to come.…Tell yourself, ‘My script is already written!’”

“A faith that can’t be tested is a faith that can’t be trusted.”

“If prayer is the engine, then faith is the transmission.”

“Faith puts into action in the earthly realm what God has already performed in the spirit realm.”

“It’s already done!”

“Our greatest problems are not around us, but within us. It’s the spirit of unbelief.”

“If you want to make it through the storm, then you need to take God at His Word.”

“It takes a storm to know that God is a healer. It takes a storm to know that God is a deliverer…He is our refuge and our strength because it takes a storm to answer the questions about who God really is.”

“Faith requires trust in God: not just in some things, but in all things.”

“Get in the boat with Christ!” – Elder Uleses C.Henderson

“Faith is the only way to stop the devil from stopping you.”

“You don’t have to wait until the battle is over, you can shout right now.”

“Same God right now, same God back then.”

“You already have on the inside of you what you need to handle any storm.”

“When we’re going through a storm, some of us look to our family and friends: those who lack the ability to affect change in our situation. Some of us look to our internal ability; our intellect…our money: only to discover that some storms we’re just not equipped to handle.”

“Somebody needs to look at their situation and tell it to ‘Sit down and to shut up!’”

“A storm represents a changing of season…God told me to tell you that your storm is almost over, and your miracle season is on the way. And what comes after a storm? The rainbow: a sign and a promise from God.”

“Is there anybody here who will lift up the name of Jesus; who will praise God through your circumstance? He’s going to bring you out of the storm: come on and give God the praise!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Mark 4:34-39, John 16:33, Mark 3:14, 2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 34, Philippians 1:6, Isaiah 43:2, Daniel 3:25, Genesis 37, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 25:15, Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, Romans 5:3-4, , Romans 8:28, Mark 6, Psalm 23:4, James 1:8, John 15:7, Psalm 1:3, Is 59:19, Psalm 145, 1 John 4:4, Mark 1:25, Genesis 1, Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 30:5, Mark 5:1-20.

Komedy Explosion, ‘Beautiful Poison’ set for November


Our very own West Angeles Performing Arts Theater is pleased to
present the following events:

November 13 – 14

November 21


9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

And, back by popular demand…

November 21


7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Edwonda White

For more information on these and many other family friendly and
inspirational offerings from the Performing Arts Theater, please contact
the Church Office at (323)733- 8300



Answers For a Troubled World Revival

The Evangelists/Missionaries and The Brotherhood are joining forces to lead us in the Answers For a Troubled World Revival!

From October 26-30, each evening, we are gathering as a church for a time of healing, deliverance, and freedom through powerful prayer, inspirational singing, and anointed preaching in the North Campus Sanctuary! Come expecting a Move of God in your life through the Power of The Holy Ghost!

You don’t want to miss your blessing!


SERMON: Minister Princeton Parker and “Identity Theft”

On Sunday, October 11, 2015, West Angeles Church of God In Christ was on its feet for the Minster affectionately known as “The Kid Preacher.”

West Angeles’ fiery young guest pastor posed a poignant question to the congregation: “I wonder how we would act if our actions were based on who we knew we already were, as opposed to us feeling like our identity is the sum total of things that we do?”

His message titled, “Identity Theft,” was inspired by the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis 27, where Jacob tricks his father into granting him the blessings meant for his brother.

Minister Princeton Parker asked the congregation to repeat the title of the sermon, asking them to, “say it one more time like you understand that there is an enemy of your soul who desires to take the very nature of the identity that God has given you. Say it this time like you know you have a purpose, like you know you have a gift, like you know you have a future!”

Minister Princeton Irvin Parker found his gift of preaching at an early age. He began public speaking at age 2, and preaching at the age of 4. By age 7, he was a minister licensed by the Church of God in Christ, and is “Honored to call Bishop Blake leader and spiritual father.” Today, he uses his gift of speaking to inspire and empower audiences of all ages, races, and creeds to pursue God’s purpose for their lives.

A member of the Olive Grove Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, CA, Minister Parker currently serves on its ministerial staff, and is also the organist. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California, where he served on the Black Student Assembly Executive Board and as Head Director of the Saved by Grace Gospel Choir. Minister Parker has been a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, is a member of the Speakers Resource Group, and is also a proud alumnus of Disney Dreamers Academy.

He lives by the motto, “to whom much is given, much is required.”

Minister Parker’s entire sermon titled, “Identity Theft,” is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

“The enemy’s one goal in life is to take everything from you that God has told you that you are.”

“It’s easy to detect identity theft in the natural…But can you detect spiritual identity theft?”

“If you speak in tongues, then leave WestA and go to [your local store], and you’re rude to the person serving you, you just might be the victim of identity theft.”

“If you come to church, are a member of several auxiliaries, and you know whole bunch of scriptures, but when you get to work on Monday, you’re more concerned with culturally fitting in than you are with sharing the Light of Christ, you just might be the victim of identity theft.”

“If you know the Lord is calling you to something, He’s birthed a vision in you and He’s told you, ‘There’s something great I’m going do on the inside of you,’ but every time you go to move you say, ‘God can’t use somebody like me. Who am I to be used by God?’ You just might be the victim of identity theft.”

“Spiritual identity theft is the process that the enemy goes through to influence you with a mindset that he can then use to take control over every part of you, that he can use for his glory instead of God’s glory…. Your hands, your lips, your thought process, your emotions, your dreams” – Minister Princeton Parker

“No matter what the enemy tries to do – he comes to steal, kill and destroy – Jesus said ‘I have come so that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.’”

“I want to minister today to someone who is so busy looking at who society privileges, who society says is so much more entitled to happiness and to wealth and to opportunity than you. And I want you to find yourself in Jacob.”

“The first way the devil tries to steal our identity is by attacking our legitimacy.”

“What Jacob didn’t understand is that even though Esau had birthright…God had an equal plan for Jacob’s life as He had for Esau’s.”

“God has already given me Eden.” – Minister Princeton Parker

“I’m so glad that I don’t have to trip over who has more privilege than me, or who has more access than me. I don’t care what the world’s system does. Just because I was born, I still have a spot in the Kingdom of God.”

“The more I look at your journey, the more I forget that God has already given me Eden. I’m already in God’s perfect plan for my life. I’ve already got a destiny. I’ve already got dreams. I’ve already got a plan.”

“Comparison is the spirit of satan.”

“I used to wonder, ‘Why am I struggling so hard, God? Why am I so insecure?’ God said, ‘If you spend less time on FaceBook and more time in My Word, you would understand that you’re in the exact place where I need you to be.’”

“What desire, that the enemy’s planted in you since birth, would you give everything for?”

“The enemy knows that if he attaches money to it, you’ll do anything.”

“I don’t care what the world’s system does, I still have a spot in the Kingdom of God.” – Minister Princeton Parker

“Jesus said, ‘It’s not that I don’t want you to find rest, I just want you to find rest in Me.’”

“We have to be careful of what we tell our young boys and our young girls. We’ve got to be the ones to tell them, ‘I know I didn’t graduate, but you can. I know we didn’t stay married, but you can. You don’t have to do what your cousins did. You don’t have to do what you saw. You have another way out!”

“If you want to keep your identity, then you have to keep people around you who will advise you against yourself.”

“I need people who value my salvation more than my money, people who value the call on my life more than they do my upward mobility. I need more people teaching me how to pray than teaching me how to network; teaching me how to study, than teaching me how to trick…I need God people!”

“No matter how much you try to be like me, you might succeed in doing what I did, but you still won’t come out with my testimony.”

“My struggles were designed for me to learn something”

“Don’t let pain steal your identity. Walk like a son.” – Minister Princeton Parker

“Are you mature enough in your identity to still praise God when He gives grace to your enemy?”

“Don’t let anything steal your identity. Don’t let pain steal your identity. Don’t let comparison steal your identity. Don’t let lust steal your identity. Don’t let insecurity steal your identity…But walk like a son, talk like a son.”

“The next time the enemy tries to come against you, remember you have fraud protection called ‘the Holy Ghost’!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Genesis 27:1-23, Gal 4:4-7, John 10:10, Genesis 25, I Peter 2:9, Romans 8:31-39, Romans 12:19.

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SERMON: Bishop Blake – “When People Hate You”

It’s the season of the 108th Annual  Church Of God In Christ Holy Convocation, to take place from November 2-5, 2015, in St. Louis, MO.

For the 40 days prior to Convocation Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. is asking that the Church of God in Christ set aside 40 Days of Prayer: 11 petitions unto the Lord for at least 11 minutes per day,” along with praying the Monthly Prayer Calendar.

Bishop Blake is also calling the Church to fast on Tuesdays and Fridays during this period. “Fast and commit ourselves to the Lord, and by the time we finish this 40 days of prayer and commitment to the Lord,” said Bishop Blake, “our personal lives are going to be rejuvenated revived; changed and transformed by the power of Almighty God.

“All over the world, we want every member of the Church of God In Christ to be involved in this time of prayer, consecration and miracles, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Links to the COGIC 11/11/40 Prayer Petitions and the West Angeles Monthly Prayer Calendar can be found below.

Bishop Blake’s 11am October 4, 2015 sermon entitled, “When People Hate You” , is available on CD and DVD at the West Angeles Emporium, or HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon are below:

“All of us at one time or other has felt like we were the outsider, walking by ourselves, rejected by everybody.”

“All of us can agree that the capture and torture of Jesus was one of the most hideous in the history of the world. But it would be a mistake to assume that what happened on the night and morning of His crucifixion was all that was done to Jesus.”

“He was the Son of God, doing good works, but they criticized, ‘He does that by the power of the devil, and he’s possessed by a demon.’”

“We say that demon-possessed people are insane.”

“Not only did they say Jesus has a demon, but they lied on Him. Has anybody in here ever been lied on?” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“In the midst of all the things you’re going through, you need your family to stand by your side.”

“Jesus was the object of undeserved hostility. There are many people in this room who are mad at people who have never done anything to you.”

“You’re mad because they didn’t do what you wanted them to do…say what you wanted them to say…because they didn’t become the friend you wanted them to be…So many people have an erroneous sense of entitlement.”

“Nobody has to do anything for you.”

“If people don’t do what you need or ask, thank them and understand that they’ve got…obligations, too.”

“Grant to people the freedom that you would wish to have yourself.”

“When you’ve got something going on, you’re not into somebody else’s business!”

“Be careful because you don’t know who you are dealing with.”

“When you have confidence in God, you can hold your peace and let God fight your battle. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”

“When you have no confidence in God, you think that somebody else’s success is your failure.”

“If you really want God to Bless you just pray for people…and believe in God’s miracle-working power in their lives.”

“There are some folks you better leave alone! Because if you mess with them, you’re going to find yourself messing with God Himself. And you don’t want to mess with God.”

“When you have confidence in God, you can let God fight your battle. Hallelujah!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Be sensitive to the fact that God might not check with you every time he wants to Bless somebody.”

“Hatred and anger are painful and destructive emotions.”

“Don’t be a hater!”

“They responded to ideas with physical violence. They responded to words with physical force.”

“Husbands and wives need to learn how to talk to one other. Brother, keep your hands off your wife in a violent way… And some of you ladies have the nerve to be trying to go upside your husband’s head, going in the kitchen and getting hot grits and all that kind of stuff. Got husbands afraid to go to sleep at night!”

“Intelligent people resolve their disputes without resorting to violence.”

“Jesus went about His business and pursued His goals. There were folk who hated Him…folk who tried to block Him. But Jesus kept right on working. He kept on doing the work of God the Father. Halleluiah.”

“Don’t be surprised by hostility.”

“I’m busy…I’m working…I’m doing God’s Will – and I’m not going to let a hater stop me from serving the Lord” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Child of God, keep on working for God Keep on loving serving God. Don’t let an enemy cause you to lose your momentum. Keep on marching by faith in God.”

“God is taking you somewhere. The reason they’re fighting you is because they see God’s destiny and God’s purpose at work in your life.”

“Don’t hang out with your enemies. The best thing you can do with your enemies is forgive them and move on.”

“Don’t hang out with crazy folk. Find some folk who love God like you love God.”

“Keep your eyes on Jesus.”

“Every one of us has a wall to build…God has much for you to do. You can’t build your wall by looking at my wall, or someone else’s wall. Build your wall. Build it for Jesus.”

“How do I know you’re going to rise up out of your predicament? How do I know that your enemies are not going to destroy you? Because Jesus got up on the third day! Oh yes! Come on and praise Him!”

“We fall down, but we get up! Tell your neighbor, ‘Get back up again!’”

“The trial you’re going through is going to take you higher, and make you better, in the name of Jesus.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 15:18, Matthew 9:33, 12:24; John 8:48, 11:47-49, 9:24, 10:49, 8:58, 10:31, 7:7; Acts 5:38; Job 42:10; Matthew 7:1; Isaiah 53:3; John 4:34; Luke 9:51; Philippians 3:14 ; John 15-17; Psalm 46:1, Matthew 26:36-46.

Are you ready for your miracle?  This season, please join the Church of God In Christ in prayer  for all Christians, for our nation, and for our world. Download COGIC’s Prayer Guide Book and the 11/11/40″ Petitions of Prayer  HERE.

Please join The Church Of God In Christ in prayer each month.  Access our Monthly Prayer Calendar HERE.

11/11/40: Join COGIC for 40 Days of Prayer

As the 108th Annual  Church Of God In Christ Holy Convocation approaches on November 2-5, 2015, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. calls on Christians around the world to join in prayer.

“The Holy Convocation is an annual meeting that we have held for 108 years,” said Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake. “It’s an in-gathering of the saints. They come together for biblical instruction, for inspiration, for worship, to share with one another and to support the Church of God in Christ itself.”

For the 40 days prior to the Convocation, which will take place at the America’s Center in St. Louis, MO, our Presiding Bishop asks the saints of the Church of God in Christ to set aside 40 Days of Prayer” in order to petition unto the Lord for “at least 11 minutes per day.” The Prayer initiative,  called 11/11/40, includes prayer for our leaders, our nation, and for Christians around the world.

Bishop Blake is also calling the Church to fast on Tuesdays and Fridays during this period. “Fast and commit ourselves to the Lord, and by the time we finish this 40 days of prayer and commitment to the Lord,” said Bishop Blake, “our personal lives are going to be rejuvenated revived, changed and transformed by the power of Almighty God.

“All over the world, we want every member of the Church of God in Christ to be involved in this time of prayer, consecration and miracles, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”


This season, please join the Church of God In Christ in prayer.   Download COGIC’s Prayer Guide Book and the 11/11/40″ Petitions of Prayer  HERE.


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SERMON: Reverend Albert C. Macklin IV says, “I’m a Survivor”

The West Angeles congregation was on its feet for the anointed man of God, Reverend Albert C. Macklin IV, who preached the spirit-filled, October 4, 2015 message, “I’m A Survivor.”

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. introduced the guest speaker for West Angeles Church of God in Christ’s 8 a.m. service, Reverend Albert C. Macklin IV.

Reverend Macklin, who was born with glaucoma and has been blind since 1998, celebrated, in his opening remarks, the leadership and integrity of Presiding Bishop Blake.

“Bishop Blake leads us in our great fellowship of churches worldwide…One thing the Lord has blessed us with is leadership that shows us what can be done. Our Bishop is a man of excellence, a man that has put in the time in the Kingdom of God, a demonstration to Pastors everywhere to look what you can do when you have faith in God.”

“Just touch somebody and tell ‘em, ‘Sometimes you have to speak victory during your test,’” Bishop Macklin sang mightily. “Tell your neighbor, ‘I’ve got a story to tell. I’ve got a testimony!’”

The entire October 4 2015 sermon, titled, “I’m A Survivor” is available on West Angeles’ Gospel On Demand.

“When you look at being a survivor…a survivor is one who has gone through great turmoil, gone through great crisis…great tragedies or dilemmas, traumas, situations, drama in their life. And at the end of the journey… they’re still living. They’re able to declare that they are a survivor.’”

“You have survived because you have learned some practices that enable you to declare, ‘I made it!’”

“A survivor…conditions themselves to make it through stormy weather, bad conditions, to make it through what the average person wouldn’t be able to handle.”

“When you look at a survivor, they condition their mind. They condition their spirit just to be able to sustain them to the end of the journey.”

“Surviving really has to do with your mind and your spirit” – Reverend Albert C. Macklin, IV

“We must be sensitive to the spirit. Church, we’ve got to learn how to have a sensitive ear to the spirit of God.”

“It’s the Spirit of God and the sensitivity of our hearts, which will minister to us in our ‘right now’ situation.”

“I hear Shirley Caesar sing that great song, ‘Lord, Please Don’t Move My Mountain’…There are some things you’re gonna have to learn how to tunnel through.”

“There’s some situation you’ve been praying for God to move, but God said, ‘I’m trying to teach you about Myself…I’m trying to teach you My Word, about My Power.’”

“A lot of us want God to be a ‘right now’ God, but I want you to know, God is not always a ‘right now’ God.”

“You’ve gotta learn to hang on in there through whatever storm may come.”

“You cannot be connected to everybody and to God at the same time” -Reverend Albert C. Macklin, IV

“A lot of times we cannot hear because of the interference. What you’re dealing with in the spiritual realm is called ‘spiritual warfare.’”

“One of the greatest areas of spiritual warfare that the believer is faced with is interference from other people.”

“You’ve got to learn that if you’re going to make it through this turmoil…you cannot be connected to everybody and to God at the same time.”

“There’s some people you’re connected to that are messing up your journey and your testimony…because there’s a transferring of spirits.”

“You’ve got to learn that it’s alright to hang out by yourself sometimes.”

“How you gonna have victory, when you’re connected to folks who are defeated?”

“How you gonna show me how to be big when little got you?” Reverend Albert C. Macklin, IV

“If don’t nobody else wanna go, you go, because God’s spoke to you.”

“You cannot look for everybody to go where God has not spoken them to.”

“Wherever God directs you to, He will protect you.”

“If you hang on in there, God’s got a way of turning things around!”

“When you’re going through the storm, remember, there is a name. And that name is Jesus.”

“I believe God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Acts 27:41-44, Proverbs 23:7, Psalm 46:5, Revelation 3:6.

Reverend Albert C. Macklin, IV is a COGIC son. Born the son of a COGIC pastor, he is also the brother of the Second Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God In Christ, Bishop Jerry Macklin. He received a Master’s Degree in Theology from San Jose Christian College in 2004, and is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician, and gospel recording artist.

After the passing of his father, Pastor Albert C. Macklin III, Reverend Macklin was appointed Senior Pastor of Sweet Home Temple of Deliverance in Palo Alto, CA. He has served as Sr. Executive Pastor’s Administrative Assistant, Dean of COGIC Christian Education, and many other positions within the Northern California jurisdiction.

Born with glaucoma, Reverend Macklin lost sight in one eye in 1994, and in the other in 1998, but he remains a persevering, faithful servant of the Lord. He is the husband of Lady Evelyn Macklin; a proud father of four wonderful children, and is dedicated to a life of prayer and holiness.

Reverend Macklin lives by the principle, “My way is made, my need is met, and the door is open unto me. I believe God.”

Hear Inez Andrews sing, “Lord Don’t’ Move My Mountain” below:


  • Inez Andrews’ version of “Lord Don’t Move My Mountain” made it to #48 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1973.
  • Inez Andrews was referred to as “the last great female vocalist of gospel’s golden age,” by the New York Times in 2012.
  • Fellow member from The Caravans, Pastor Shirley Caesar, once dubbed Inez Andrews as “The High Priestess” for her ability to hit high notes. She also once stated, “there never was and never will be another voice like Inez Andrews.”

Sarah’s Daughters Fellowship

Sarah’s Daughters Fellowship is a ministry designed to provide women of all ages with the essential tools to experience the “abundant life” our Heavenly Father has made available. Join us each second Saturday, at 2 p.m. at the North Campus


WestA Boy Scouts: Popcorn Sale, First Impression Seminar

The West Angeles Boy Scouts will be selling Boy Scout popcorn after service on Oct 11 and Oct 18, so please stop by our tables and support your West Angeles Boy Scouts.

The West Angeles Boy Scouts will also be hosting a special event to assist our young men in making the right impression. Examples of grooming, attire and personal decorum will be demonstrated in a presentation highlighting proper compartment for today’s young Christian men. Tickets to this special event are available at The Brotherhood Table on the concourse or through the church office.

SERMON: Speak God’s Dream for You

The West Angeles Children, Youth, & Young Adult Ministries, led by Elder Lawrence Champion Blake under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., took command of the Sunday, September 27, 2015 services, transforming themselves from the “New” to the “Now” Generation.

The young ladies and gentlemen forwent the customary t-shirts usually created for the occasion and instead came in fashionable, sophisticated black attire, accessorized with hats, pearls, suits and ties. A highlight of the service was a moving theatrical performance which reminded us that God’s love, and the love of His church, can deliver us from the stresses youth may face in life.

The prophetic, spirit-filled sermon of the day was delivered by guest Pastor Ryan David Sims. Inspired by Joseph’s story of adversity in Genesis 45, Pastor Sims, who is President of the State Youth Department of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, COGIC Southern California, admonished the congregation to, “be careful who you share your dream with. But …some of the people who are opposing you are the ones who are gonna take you to your destiny.”

This sermon, titled, “A Story My Enemies Never Expected To Hear,” can be found in its entirety at West Angeles Gospel on Demand.  Highlights from the sermon follow:

“God has deposited in you a Kingdom solution, a life-changing, ground-breaking purpose that He wants to expose for the completion of His plan. My goal is to guide you through the opposition that’s facing you, allowing you to see the value in opposition, and how it can deliver you into your destiny as you remain faithful to God and to His call.”

“There are three things your enemies forgot that God gave you, has blessed you with, that can’t be taken away: One, God has given you a purpose that no man can take. Two, God’s given you a promise that no man can take away. And inside of you, God’s given you a passion that will outlive anybody’s [narration] on your life.”

“God deposits unapologetic purpose inside of his people.”

“I’m so thankful that God gives us access to see His future before it comes.”

“If you have access to God, He’ll show you your fortune while you’re still broke. He’ll show you your healing while you’re still in the hospital. God will show you how a way will be made even though your roadblocks are still in front of you.”

“Some people would like to qualify your purpose upon your circumstance.”

“God called some street folk into the upper room…folk that would hang onto Jesus no matter what.”

“Street folk have your back no matter what you look like or what you’re going through.”

“Jesus needed to know, ‘I need people who are gonna have my back. I need the people who everyone’s counting out, because when I’m done doing my miracle…then I can get my glory.’”

“Once God puts purpose in you…your promise is the appointed time your purpose will be fulfilled” – Pastor Ryan David Sims

“When there’s something that gets in the way of our promise, it’s called ‘opposition.’ The one opposition that gets us the most is our own emotions.”

“You’ve got to tell your devil sometimes, ‘I don’t care how big and bad you think you are…I’ve got the power, and I will literally kill you in the name of Jesus!’”

“It was disobedience that took our authority way, but when Jesus came, He gave us something called faith. Faith returned us back to our authority. And the Bible literally allows us to speak and something will come to pass.”

“’If you abide in me and My Word abides in you…in other words, the only thing that’s in you is My Word. So when you speak, you’re speaking My Word. Every time My Word goes out, I have to perform everything My Word says. If My Word is in you, then every time you speak, you’re speaking what I have to do.’”

“That’s why my passion can’t be shut up, because every time I open my mouth, God has to move. Every time I rebuke the enemy…every time I speak, God has to show up…when I speak victory, it has to come because of God’s Word.”

“I dare somebody in this season of your life to just begin to open up your mouth and just start speaking what you believe God is saying to you!”

“You don’t have to wait for a prophet. If you just start opening up your mouth, I dare you to just start speaking healing over your life. If you want children to become whole, I dare you to just start speaking that they are saved, that they are sanctified, they are Holy Ghost-filled…I dare you to just start speaking what God is saying over your life.”

“Some people will tell you, ‘Be careful who you share your dream with. But watch this: some of the people who are opposing you are the ones who are gonna take you to your destiny.”

“Do you know that the Judases in your life will push you to places that, without them, you’d never get to?” – Pastor David Ryan Sims

“Keep going until it comes to pass.”

“God said this is your season to make it happen.”

“They sold [Joseph] into slavery. It was slavery that took him to Egypt. Egypt was his destiny. And so the people who hated him, literally gave him a ride into his destiny.”

“Character assassins; these are people who are going to try to discredit you just because you are good…but it got you in front of an audience that your truth couldn’t get you in front of.”

“Do you know that in the Spirit, your ratings go up every time your enemy talks about you?”

“God’s using your opposition to build you up; to strengthen you, to change you.”

“Keep talking if you want to. When my God gets done, everything’s gonna be alright.”

“There are some people in your life who are only here until they can get things from you.”

“The very ones who forgot about you, the very ones you thought put you on the back burner, I’m convinced God’s about to change their hearts and they’re gonna just wake up and remember who you are.”

“There’s a purpose that God’s trying to bring through you. So while it seems that you’ve been pushed back, by the time you turn around, you’re smack dab in front of your miracle! Just turn around and see if God doesn’t show you your miracle!”

“There’s a ‘Thank you Jesus!’ that they couldn’t destroy. There’s a ‘Praise the Lord!’ that they couldn’t stop.”

“Some of you should have gone crazy a long time ago, but just when the devil thought he had you, God stepped in and pulled you out!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Genesis 45:1-8, John 15:7, Ecclesiastes 9:11, Philippians 4:13, Psalm 23:5.

Pastor Ryan David Sims is the President of the State Youth Department of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Southern California of the Church Of God In Christ, under the leadership of Bishop Joe L. Ealy. He is a visionary leader who mentors, trains and develops youth leaders from over 200 churches, guiding a new generation into comprehending the voice of God. He currently serves as Administrative Pastor for a growing inner-city congregation, The Dwelling Place Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Senior and Co-Pastor Reginald and Althea Sims.

Pastor Sims is an entrepreneur and non-profit founder with a 20-year career in information technology management. He is currently Business Development Manager for Analysts International Development Corporation

Elder Ryan is married to the musically gifted Tenecia Sims. Together they have five beautiful children.