Prophetic Seminar on April 9

If you want to learn more about the prophetic, come to our three week seminar,

Saturdays April 9, 16 & 23 @ 11 a.m. Classes will be held at the North Campus.

 

SERMON for Palm Sunday: Whatever You Do, Do It in the Name of the Lord

“Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord. Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest.” –  Luke 19:38 (KJV)

On Palm Sunday at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, Pastor Michael B. Golden Jr., Chairman of the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference, delivered a powerful, prophetic word titled, “Whatever You Do, Do It in the Name of the Lord.”

“This is the greatest church in the Church of God In Christ,” proclaimed Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. invited Pastor Golden to deliver the Word to the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ on Palm Sunday 2016.  The dynamic, prophetic message he delivered was inspired by Luke 19:37-38 –

37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Said Pastor Golden, “High-five your neighbor and tell them, ‘Something good is getting ready to happen!’”

The entire Palm Sunday service is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“When most preachers come to Palm Sunday, they focus on the triumphant entry, on the fact that there were palm trees laid at the feet of Jesus as He came in on the back of a donkey…God saw the donkey in you and still used you!”

“It’s one thing to come to West Angeles on Sunday morning when your hair is done and your nails are wonderfully done, but God saw you when you were in your mess, in your struggle…and He still said ‘I want you’”.

“Like Adam and Eve, you came to yourself and said ‘I didn’t even know I was exposed.’”

“With your anger, bitterness, frustration, anxiety…all of your hurt, pain, and stress, He still said, ‘I want you.’”

“With the fact that you’ve been isolated, humiliated, pushed to the side and put in obscurity, God said, ‘I want you.’”

“If God wants you, it doesn’t matter who doesn’t want you.”

“Our country has forgotten the Power in the name of the Lord” – Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

“This is for everybody who said you couldn’t be; who said it couldn’t happen for you; everybody who said you weren’t smart enough, you weren’t with the right group, you didn’t have it all together…Is there anybody in here who knows that God chose you anyway?”

“Not only is He coming, He’s coming in the name of the Lord.”

“As I watch CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, I have quickly discerned that our country has forgotten the Power in the name of the Lord.”

“If Buddha can’t help you…give Jesus a try.”

“There are some of you who are dealing with some circumstances right now and…you’ve tried everything that you can try…but I’m here to tell you to take your hands off of it.”

“Some of you are sitting next to some ‘chosen frozens’ today!

“If Buddha can’t help you…give Jesus a try” – Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

“I dare you to open your mouths and say, ‘So good!’”

“What’s on me is getting ready to rub off on you. What’s on me? Favor is on me. The anointing is on me. Glory is on me. Provision is on me.”

“Put your hand on your neighbor and say, ‘I’m rubbing it off on you…Peace in your home on your job, in your family… peace on in this church.’”

“One of the reasons you can’t praise God is because you don’t have peace…I speak to every enemy, every devil, every demonic force, and I demand PEACE!”

“How do you get peace? You get peace by using that name. And what is that name? JESUS!”

“I feel the Holy Ghost all up in my space!”

“When you shout that name, God’s releasing angels…and when you come into your house, the devil’s going to see you at the front door and say, ‘She comes in the name of the Lord!’”

“Shout your address and say, ‘Satan, get to steppin!’” – Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

“You’re not going to mess with my peace, you’re not going to intimidate my joy, He gives me power to tread over serpents, and over scorpions, and I command you in the name of Jesus!”

“I need three people in every row who know how to use that Name. Say it again like you really mean it! JESUS!”

“The devil, from this point forward, will not be able to operate by absentee ballot in your life.”

“[The devil] is not even living in your home, but he’s influencing your children.”

“Confusion comes up and you don’t even know where it’s coming from. It’s because Satan is operating with power of attorney over your children, over your family.”

“No, you’re not perfect – nobody is perfect – but we are perfected in the name of Jesus.”

“I came up on PTL, but I also came up on a TV show called ‘Martin’…and he knew how to tell people who didn’t belong in his space to ‘Get to steppin’!”

“For every trial you’ve faced, God set it up to bring you through” – Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

“I need about 1,000 folks who have enough power in your words to speak to the devil and say, ‘Satan, get to steppin’!”

“Shout your address and say, ‘Satan, get to steppin!’”

“You’ve got to be careful in this season who you’re connected to. Sometimes you’ve got to do bad all by yourself.”

“There’s a difference between friends and allies…friends stick with you through the good and the bad.”

“I know Jesus is a friend of mine. When I was in my lowest state, He didn’t walk off and leave me.”

“Thank you Lord!”

“Everything that’s in your mind does not always bring life.”

“God said, ‘You’re going to survive, even though they walked off from you, planned your funeral and left you for dead.”

“I was down, but I wasn’t out. I was in trouble, but I didn’t lose my mind, I didn’t lose hope.”

“God’s getting ready to give you a double portion of His power” – Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

“Buddha couldn’t help me because he was dead, and if I didn’t want to be like him, I couldn’t call that name.”

“I dare you to put it in God’s hands and say, ‘Jesus!’”

“For some of you, the next seven days are going to be seven days of Kingdom surprises. God’s getting ready to give you a double portion of His power…He’s given you Kingdom authority.”

“Use…your…words!”

“Look your neighbor dead in the eye and say, ‘It’s done!’”

“God’s getting ready to do something…the devil is on the run!  I dare you to shout, ‘Done!’”

“I woke up in the name of Jesus!”

“I don’t know how I made it. I should have died. I should have given up…Nobody did it but God!”

“For every trial you’ve faced, God set it up to bring you through. And when you come through, you’re going to set off a praise in West Angeles that says, ‘Nobody did it but God!’”

“The same power He had as Jehovah the Old Testament is the same power He has in the New Testament.”

“The same power Jehovah had to bring the children of Israel through the Red Sea is the same power He has to bring you and your family through the worst season of your life.”

“The same power He had to bring Shadrach, Meshach and ‘Nebed-Negro’ out of the fiery furnace…If He did it before, He can do it again!”

“He was here when grandmomma was here. He’ll be here when grandbaby is here. He’s eternal.”

“Jesus is here because He’s everywhere!”

“Everybody in this house is going to come to agreement that the enemy’s rule in your life is over!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Luke 19:37-38, Isaiah 43:19, 54:17; Luke 10:19, Jeremiah 1:10,  2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Psalm 121:1-5, Isaiah 53:5, Exodus 14, Daniel 3:19-29.

 

Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr. accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the young age of 13, and accepted the call of the Lord on May 26, 1996. After graduating from Norfolk Seminary and College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology, on August 1998 he became the youngest Elder ordained in the Second Jurisdiction State of Virginia, Church of God In Christ. On February 4, 2012, he was officially installed as Pastor of the Greater Emmanuel Temple COGIC in Hampton Virginia, the church founded by his father, Superintendent Michael B. Golden, Sr.

Pastor Golden’s stellar list of service, accomplishments, and posts includes YPWW President, Vice Chairman of the International AIM Convention, Assistant Jurisdictional Conference Coordinator, Jurisdictional Adjutant and Financial Advisor to the Bishop, and in November 2012 Pastor Golden was elected to the National Board of Trustees of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. Most recently, he served as Chairman of the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference.

Also an entrepreneur, Pastor Golden works in commercial lending and Real Estate development. He is married to Evangelist Missionary Trina Wilson Golden; together they have two children, Michael B. Golden, III and Malaya Angelina Golden.

SERMON: The Resurrection Mentality

As we prepare for Resurrection Sunday, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake asks, “Do you have a resurrection mentality?”

In his sermon titled, “The Resurrection Mentality,” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. describes the characteristics of those who believe in Jesus.

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

Bishop Blake continued, “The message…is that you can be free. You can be delivered in the name of Jesus.”

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.

Believing brings joy. Believing brings peace.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

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.

“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, Sr.

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.”

“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!” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“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 Him forth from the grave is 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.

What is a Mantle?

Man·tle1 – noun: an important role or responsibility that passes from one person to another; verb: clothe in or as if in a mantle; cloak or envelop.

Last month, I felt an unexplainable urge to call my first grade teacher, Mrs. James. She’s one of those teachers you never forget. She’d been a pivotal figure in our town in many ways over the years, working tirelessly since the 1960s as a civil rights activist alongside her husband, while teaching and raising two daughters. She was devoted to her church, belonged to numerous civic organizations, fought for a progressive education for all children in our small New England town, and had a list of accomplishments too numerous to list here. In other words, as the elders might have described her back in the 1960s, “She was a credit to her race.”

But, as a 5-year-old parochial school student, I didn’t know any of that. I just knew that she was pretty, dignified and elegant like my mother, and she seemed to like me a lot. She always found ways to make me feel special. After I’d won a history contest in our school, she presented me with a lovely, tiny cross on a delicate gold chain, enameled on one side in robin’s egg blue. It was similar to a pin I noticed she often wore on her skirt suit jackets or dresses.

Mrs. James always found ways to highlight my drawings for projects in class and events at school, or she’d encourage me to do things like taking the lead in the school play or running for class leader, even though I was painfully shy. I wanted to be an artist, a teacher, and a writer because of all that she encouraged within me, and through her, I saw no reason why I couldn’t do it all. She was one of the first adults outside of my family who not only saw and promoted the best in me as a student, but she also seemed to see the woman I could become.

A mantle symbolizes the call to continue the mission God placed within the previous generation.

Throughout my life, I’d keep in touch with Mrs. James, even moving back to my small hometown and joining her in civic endeavors over the years. And when I announced that I would be looking for photos for a book which honored African American community, culture, and civic achievement, she was among the very first to respond, sending her precious family mementos encircled with a special encouraging and supportive note.

On the night last month when I’d called her home out of the blue, it was her husband who answered the phone. He immediately explained, as if I were waiting to hear some sort of news, “She’s still in the hospital. She’s in a coma now though, after the stroke…”

Wait…a stroke?

Everything went quiet in my head. Mr. James continued to speak to me for a few seconds, then the phone went quiet on his end. Moments later he asked, his voice barely audible, “How did you know?”

ELIJAH PASSES THE TORCH

In 1 Kings 19 is the story of how God reveals to the great prophet Elijah that, after he’s gone, a young man named Elisha would carry on his ministry. When the time had come to pass the torch, Elijah, in symbolic gesture, threw his cloak – also known as a mantle – over Elisha. And with total commitment and enthusiasm, Elisha met the challenge of taking over as spiritual leader for his people. He asked to “inherit a double-portion” of Elijah’s spirit in order to go further for God than his mentor had. (2 Kings 2).

A mantle here represents not just a garment. It is also symbolic of the present generation’s responsibility or call to use its spiritual gifts and purpose to continue the mission which God placed within the previous generation. The imagery of the mantle as a coat also symbolizes the “covering” and protection we receive when we surrender to God’s will for our lives and continue on the path which God has ordained to move us, as His people, forward.

The story of Elijah and Elisha reveals that we are not here to live for ourselves; we have a higher calling, if we choose to accept it. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24-25 that if we want to follow Him, we must “take up our cross” and let go of our own personal desires. 1 Peter 2:21says,

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

That’s the only way to true fulfillment.

Our world is in trouble. For every issue our society faces is a purpose within someone which has gone unrealized; a mantle which has not been accepted. The question is, are we, as a generation, prepared to take the torch from our forefathers in order to continue the journey toward manifesting God’s perfect Kingdom? God is the same today as He was in the Bible (Acts 11:15-17), but have we been witness to His miracles today? Are we willing to ask, as Elisha did, for a greater manifestation of God’s power to use for His purpose, or will we allow the dream of our ancestors to die with us?

THE CROSS

A couple of months after my conversation with Mr. James, I received a call that Mrs. James, my teacher and role model, had passed away. When I heard the news, my sadness turned immediately to a feeling of loss. “Has the torch fallen?” I thought. “There wouldn’t possibly be anyone else like her again. Who had her will to teach children to see the best in themselves? Who saw her vision of the promise of America as a people, and as a nation? And who was left to fight so tirelessly for us now?”

And just then… I remembered my cross.

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: 1 Kings 19, 2 Kings 2:9, Matthew 16:24-25, 1 Peter 2:21, Acts 11:15-17.


Karen Lascaris is a regular contributor to Westa.org. She’s an artist, designer and author of “In Our Own Image: Treasured African-American Traditions, Journeys, and Icons”, which can be found in libraries, schools and archives across America.

*The name has been changed to protect the privacy of the subjects.

EASTER RECIPE: Salmon With Garlic and Broiled Fennel

Luke 24:40-43 (NKJV) – 40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.

Around the world, Christians celebrate the Miracle of Easter with a wonderful meal. Traditionally, many families in America serve ham, turkey, or lamb, a symbol of the Body of Christ. However, did you know that, according to the Bible, the first known meal that Jesus ate after His Resurrection was actually fish?

We’ve chosen salmon for our simple-yet-flavorful Easter main course recipe.  It’s a tasty, nutritious fresh-water fish that’s high in protein and omega-3 benefits, and it’s also quick and easy to prepare. Our dish is punctuated with the distinctive, licorice-like flavor of fennel which, when roasted, becomes a wonderful, sweet, and aromatic accent.  Fennel is also great for us: it’s high in antioxidants and Vitamin C, both of which help boost the immune system.                                                

We’ve also served our salmon with roasted red-skinned new potatoes*. Enjoy!

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Salmon With Garlic and Broiled Fennel

INGREDIENTS:

1-1/2 lb. Salmon, skinned and rinsed with lemon juice*   

1 Fennel bulb, rinsed

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 teaspoons of olive oil

2 teaspoons of seasoned salt

2 teaspoons of curry powder

Pinch of salt

½ teaspoon + one pinch of crushed black pepper

SALMON:

Preheat oven to 375°. Place rinsed salmon in a large bowl.  Add chopped garlic, one teaspoon of olive oil, seasoned salt, curry powder, and ½ teaspoon of black pepper.

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Use brush to blend spices and coat the surface of the fish.

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Line a baking pan with parchment paper or foil; place fish in dish. 

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Cover with foil; bake at 375° for 20 minutes, then broil uncovered for an additional 10 minutes to brown.  While salmon is baking, prepare the fennel.

FENNEL:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Cut stalks from top of bulb,

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then cut off the root end.

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Stand bulb on its root end to cut in half lengthwise.

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Cut away the tough triangular core; discard.

Easter fen4

Cut side down, cut bulb into ½” sections.

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Place sections in bowl; toss with one teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of black pepper. 

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Spread in a single layer onto a foil-lined baking sheet; roast at 375° for 30 minutes until tender.

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Arrange salmon on single layer of fennel plate. Garnish (optional; we used roasted cherry tomatoes); serve with a green vegetable and roasted, red-skinned new potatoes.  Serves 4.

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*DID YOU KNOW?

  • Salmon contains proteins and nutrients which may prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s disease; provide special support for joint cartilage; increase insulin effectiveness; and control inflammation in the digestive tract.
  • Lemon is a natural disinfectant.  Rinsing fish with lemon juice before cooking diminishes lingering bacteria as well as the fishy smell.
  • New potatoes are smaller, sweeter, and often more tender than regular-sized ones.  We chose a red-skinned variety for our meal to symbolize the blood of Christ; mirroring the tradition of dying Easter eggs red.

For your safety, keep raw fish separate from vegetables; keep your food prep area clean and dry during fish preparation, and wash hands thoroughly after handling.

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Pray for Peace: Brussels Endures Latest Terror Attack

In Brussels, more than 30 people were killed and hundreds more injured. It was the latest in the rapidly increasing number of terror attacks across the globe in recent months.

It was said by Belgium’s Interior Minister Jan Jambon that there was a threat of revenge attacks after the capture of a suspect in the Paris attack of November 2015.

Two explosions, moments apart, tore through the check-in area of Zaventem International Airport in Brussels, Belgium, at about 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Twin blasts struck the main terminal of the airport in the northeast of the city. About an hour later, another blast occurred at the Maelbeek Metro Station in the center of the city, close to several EU institutions. Brussels is also home to the headquarters of the European Union.

The Brussels attack is the latest in a string of at least nine attacks worldwide claimed by the group ISIS this year. Earlier this month, a suicide bomber in Istanbul, Turkey exploded in a commercial shop on a busy tourist destination and business center, targeting civilians.

ISIS has also called on Al-Qaeda fighters to join the Islamic State campaign, in light of their terror attacks across Northern and Central Africa. Gunmen from Al-Qaeda’s North African branch killed at least 16 people after they opened fire near several hotels in the Ivory Coast, also this month. The shooting came amid fears that the jihadi threat is spreading in West Africa. Attacks in recent months on luxury hotels in the capitals of neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso have killed dozens of people, leaving West African countries scrambling to boost security in the face of a growing jihadi threat.

7 SCRIPTURES FOR PEACE

Our world is full of violence, but our God is a God of peace. Please pray for the victims and the families of those harmed in the attacks around the world, and please pray for peace for our world. May the 7 scriptures which follow help to bring peace in these troubled times:

Psalm 29:11 – 11 The LORD gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace.

Isaiah 9:6 – 6 For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

John 14:27 – 27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 16:33 – 33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

1 Corinthians 14:33 – 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

Philippians 4:7 – 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 – 16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.


 

Many thanks to The Guardian, Reuters, and BBC World News.

Day 2: The Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference

Everyone’s talking about The Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference, an incredible, unrivaled impartation of anointed wisdom, history, and information on the establishment of one of the most successful churches in the United States today.

On Day Two of The Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake got right to business as the first speaker of the day.

After lively praise and worship led by Dr. Judith Christie McAllister and members of the Cathedral Chorale, opening statements by Dr. Michael Golden, and prayer led by General Board member Bishop Lawrence Wooten, Bishop Blake began a series on 12 key points he employed in establishing West Angeles Church of God In Christ as a successful ministry. Bishop then devoted the next segment of the morning session to the importance of evangelism.

“Under the worst possible conditions, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Go out and catch fish,’” said Bishop Blake, referring to current statistics which reveal a decline in faith and church attendance in the Millennial Generation. “Edify. Build up believers.”

Bishop Blake spoke in length about the Millennials, the generation born between the 1980s and the 2000s.

“Your Millennials are the future of your church,” said Bishop, while acknowledging that they are an “anti-church” generation. “Forty-one percecnt of Millennials in the UK (for example) believe that religion is an evil thing.”

Bishop Blake then called upon COGIC’s International Youth and Young Adult President, Dr. Ben Stephens, who delivered poignant, timely insights into reaching this demographic.

A highlight of the afternoon session of the Legacy Conference included an invaluable panel discussion/Q&A with key officers within the COGIC and West Angeles. Panelists included:

  • COGIC’s Minister of Music/President, International Music Department Dr. Judith Christie McAlister
  • CFO Tyrone Potts
  • Chief Legal Counsel Elder Uleses Henderson
  • President of COGIC Urban Initiatives, Inc. Bishop Edwin Bass
  • Chairman of the COGIC Publishing House Pastor Marc Ellis
  • West Angeles Church of God In Christ COO Gladys Ross

Topics covered included counseling and education, music ministry, church finance and infrastructure, and risk management.

The conference concluded with the powerful Elijah & Elisha Experience Prayer of Anointing and Communion Ceremony, bestowing the blessings of the Elders to the younger pastors, who in turn anointed the rest of the Legacy Conference attendees.

“I charge you now,” said Bishop Blake to the audience, “step into that which fulfills your destiny in God.”

Highlights from Day Two of the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference follow:

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on the 12 key decisions he employed in establishing the ministry of West Angeles:

  1. “Serve and know God.”
  2. “Be a man of moral and spiritual integrity.”
  3. “Love God with all your heart.”
  4. “Strive for excellence.”
  5. “Treat the church as a business.”
  6. “Limit your income.”
  7. “Share ministry with others.”
  8. “Invest in growth and in staff.”
  9. “I invested in the music ministry.”
  10. “I crossed denominational borders.”
  11. “Become known in the community. Know your politicians.”
  12. “Test the limits…The church exists for the glory of God.”

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on evangelism:

“As soon as we forget the importance of evangelism, we’re destined to die.”

“If you win souls to Jesus Christ, you’ll have all the money you need to do the work of the Lord.”

“People want to feel welcome. If you have people coming to your church but no one ever embraces them, they’re going to find someplace else to go.”

“I know you might be tired…you’ve been working hard and not getting the results you want. But do something different from what you’re doing right now.”

“They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength; they will mount up on wings of eagles!”

“Jesus knew what to do to catch fish…If we’re gonna hang with Jesus, we need to get some strong nets!”

“You don’t need gimmicks. Just preach the Word of God.”

 

Bishop Elijah Hankerson, President, COGIC International Department of Evangelism, on the 5 key aspects of growing a church through evangelism:

“Expectation, documentation, communication, demonstration, evangelization.”

 

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on music ministry:

”I believe that West Angeles played a role in transforming the music of the church.”

“The professional singer stole singing from the people…I decided it was time to give singing back to the people.”

“Let us have some music that people can sing all week long!”

 

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on establishing the proper church foundation:

“Set the environment of your church. Exemplify moral excellence. Promote spiritual development.”

“Mark 7:13 – Examine your traditions. Some of them might be driving folks away.”

“Jesus broke tradition.”

“Let’s approach our services as if we’re on television…counterproductive traditions must be discarded.”

“Give your people something to do. People need to feel involved in the life of the church.”

“Provide training. We have classes on Practical Christian Living and Spiritual Gifts.”

“People will reach up, but they won’t reach down. Don’t ever dumb down your ministry.”

 


 

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Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. is the author of “Encountering God” and “Free to Dream: Discovering Your Divine Destiny”. Contact the West Angeles Christian Emporium  3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone: (323) 731-3012.

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Day 1: The Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference

There was a wonderful, uplifted spirit of excitement and anticipation in the air at the West Angeles Cathedral on Thursday morning, as hundreds of pastors from across America converged on Los Angeles for the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference. After registration, the registrants enjoyed guided tours of the magnificent West Angeles Cathedral building, and lively conversation over a continental breakfast provided by the West Angeles Food Services department.

At 10 a.m., attendees boarded beautiful coach buses for the journey to the West Angeles North Campus morning session of the Conference. Lively praise and worship led by David Daughtery and the Cathedral Chorale greeted attendees as they entered the sanctuary. Pastor Michael Golden, Legacy Conference Chair, gave the welcome greetings and opening remarks; Mother Francis Harris presented a heart-felt introduction and biography of First Lady Mae Lawrence Blake. First Lady Mae presented a wonderful, fascinating history of her life and journey alongside Bishop Blake, from childhood to marriage and children; and through the growth of their ministry as they experienced both trials and triumphs.

After the Morning Session and a delicious lunch served in the beautiful West Angeles Crystal Room, 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop Phillip A. Brooks introduced Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, who, during the Afternoon Session of the Conference, provided attendees with an impartation of wisdom mined from his decades in ministry.

Highlights and quotes from Day 1 of the Bishop CE Blake Legacy Conference follow:

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Lady Mae Speaks: The Journey

“Women, we must develop a vital prayer life.”

“To all the pastors’ wives out there: no matter how outrageous an idea may seem, if the Lord gave it to your husband, it will succeed.”

“The Blake household has an artillery of prayer, and every room is armed for battle.”

“The more widespread your ministry, the more you will be talked about.”

“God’s hand was on Bishop Blake…He has represented COGIC well. Job 1:6.”

“Bishop, you are a Superstar of a man.”

Elder Charles Blake II: The Legacy 

“As African Americans, it is we who will have to redefine our identity.”

“In ministry, my father told me, ‘Always bring it back to Jesus. That’s who we are. That’s what we do.”

“My father has taught me that if you give your all to God, God will give His all to you.”

“We need to redefine what it means to be a man if we are going to take back our community.”

“A man who stands for God is a man who stands for justice.”

“We, as a church, are going to have to find new ways to minster to those who are hurting.”

Elder Lawrence Blake: The Legacy 

“Sons and fathers sometimes clash. It’s not the fault of the father, but of the son who thinks he has all the wisdom.”

“After my shooting, I went to a very dark place…but God saved my life.”

“I had too much pride to go home, but my father had enough love to come to where I was and bring me back.”

“I have never heard him say a disrespectful thing…I know God because my father lives a Godly life.”

“I thank God for such a Godly example in my father.”

“Thanks to Bishop Charles Edward Blake, I can see a future…We just want to thank you and Lady Mae for who you have been in our lives. We love you.”

The Presiding Bishop Speaks 

“A group of young ministers came to me to ask that I impart wisdom from my decades in ministry. This conference was not my idea.”

“Your church can be bigger than you’ve ever dreamed it could be.”

“Acts 18:8 – Many Corinthians heard and believed…You have many people in your city: you just have to speak the Word, and believe.”

“Your community ought to know that your church is there.”

“If the President can run the whole country, you can run, and minister to, a big church…Isaiah 54:2.”

“I believe that the church should be a big ‘supermarket’ of services.”

“Don’t give up on the people who are against you…They can turn out to be supporters for life.”

“Pastors, release your wife! She’s your most valuable asset. No one loves you more than she does.”

“Tell 5 people: ‘There’s no limit to the size and magnitude of your ministry.’”

“It’s God, it’s God, it’s God!”

The Afternoon Session concluded with a lively and informative panel discussion which showcased the wisdom of West Angeles’ COO, Gladys Ross; Executive Director of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, Grant Power; West Angeles’ Director of Technology, Evan Farmer; and Coordinator of the West Angeles Technology Sector, Alex Stewart. The panel provided valuable information; panelists answered questions from the attendees on topics such as best hiring practices, finance, and social media platforms.

Bishop Jerry Macklin delivered the benediction, concluding Day 1 of the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference.


There’s still time!  Attend the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference!  Onsite registration for Day 2 is available at the North Campus Sanctuary starting at 7:30 AM on Thursday, March 17th.

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