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Bishop Blake: How To Praise the Lord!

The Bible is filled with physical actions that we ought to take in relationship with God. God wants our bodies. He wants our submissiveness. Praise is the key to powerful living. It ignites God’s power in our lives.

“Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” – Revelation 19:5


As human beings, we were created by God to praise Him (Isaiah 43:7, Matthew 21:16). Praise, prayer, and fasting are for spiritual warfare, for lifting the spiritual man up and putting the physical man down. God is at work in your mind, in your soul.

So as we enter the season of praise of the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, do you know what it means to praise Him?

The Hebrews had seven words for praise which that tell us how to praise the Lord. All of them mean praise, but each word focuses on a different kind of behavior:

Towdah – Psalm 50:14. The word Towdah means “thanksgiving.” Towdah means “to lift up your hands in a cup-like manner as in giving or receiving a gift, or giving a sacrifice.” Lift up your hands and say, “Lord I praise you, and I know you’re going to pour out your spirit into my life. I’m cupping my hands so I can receive it and retain it.”

Yadah – PSALM 63:1. Yadah means “lift up your arms and worship with extended hands.” Lift up your hands; extend them into the air and say, “Lord, I surrender to you. Your will be done in my life.”

Zamar – PSALM 92:1-3.  Zamar is song and praise on the instruments of music. Our musical gifts are given to us by God for the purpose of praising Him.

Tehillah – PSALM 34:1; Tehillah means “to sing in the spirit, glorify the Lord in song. To be filled with the spirit; make melody in your heart.” Sing “Praise the Lord!”

Barak – PSALM 95:6-7; to kneel; to rock back and forth, and side to side. Bow down before the Lord. You’ve got to move!

Shabach – PSALM 150:6. Loud praise; shout to God proclaiming the glory of God. Release and lift your voice to the Lord! “Let everything that has breath praise Him!”

Halal – PSALM 147:1. Halal means “clamorous, foolish, crazy praise!” Whatever you do to celebrate anything else, you ought to do even more for the Lord!


The Bible says the Lord inhabits the praises of His people. When you praise Him, when you open your mouth and worship Him, the Lord shows up in the middle of your praise, and you feel His presence.

Lift your hands and say, “Lord, fill me again. I want to be filled with the Holy Ghost!” Clap your hands and praise Him! Halleluiah!

Excerpted from the sermon, “God’s Terms of Engagement.” April 24, 2016 at West Angeles Church of God In Christ. Watch it HERE on West Angeles Gospel On Demand.


Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, by Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Paperback Legacy Publishers International, 2004, 173 pages.ENCOUNTERING GOD book

In Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake beautifully and poignantly illustrates to us the clear path to establishing a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Experiencing your divine encounter with God means following steps that will touch His heart. From Presiding Bishop Blake: “If you will follow these steps, then I can assure you that the experience you so desperately desire…will come!”

To  order your copy of Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, please CLICK HERE to purchase.


8 Things You Need to Know About Jesus

West Angeles is celebrating the power of Jesus! Here’s a list of 8 things you need to know about Jesus Christ:

  1.  No matter who you are, Jesus is here for you. You don’t have to be a particular age, color, or culture; or in a particular part of the globe or location. All are welcome to experience His perfect love, strength, and power (John 3:16).

  2.  You can experience His power: but you have to be born again (John 3:3). You have to let go of what you want, and do what God says to do. Read God’s Word; follow His commands (John 14:21), and live the life of Holiness which He’s called you to (1 Corinthians 7:17-20).

  3.  He came to show you how to live your best life. God gave us His best – His son, Jesus Christ – in order to show all of mankind how to be our best. Following Jesus’ example brings us into a more abundant life; a life of excellence and doing our best in love for each other (Mark 12:30-31).

  4.  What He did, you can do, too. (Acts 4:30; 2 Corinthians 10:4-6). The Word of God tells us that we have the power to heal and to cast out the spirit of evil: through the power of Jesus Christ. Even the most accomplished of the world stand in awe of His power.

  5.  He’s in you! The Spirit which God breathed into Adam, He breathed into all men: and that’s the Spirit of Jesus Christ (John 15:5).

  6.  Your existence is proof that Jesus lives (Colossians 10:1-14). Through faith, perseverance, praise, worship, and the Word of God, the trials and hardships of the ancestors turned into triumphs. Our lives are the proof of His might.

  7.  His truths are universal. Liberty (John 10:10). Freedom (Galatians 5:1). Power (Luke 10:19). Love (1 Corinthians 13). It’s what we live for!

  8.  He’s the real Superhero. That Jesus cheated death and was resurrected on the 3rd day is what sets Him above all others (Acts 4:12; Ephesians 1:18-20). Jesus stands for love and the power of God: not for hatred or fear (John 10:10, 1 John 4:18).

So do His will, study His word, praise Him, and use your life as a testimony to the power of Jesus Christ!

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Luke 10:19, John 3:3 &16, 10:10, 13:35, 14:21, 15:5; Acts 1:8, 4:12 &30; Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 7:17-20, 13; 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, 12:12; Galatians 5:1, Ephesians 1:18-20, Colossians 10:1-14.


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SERMON: God’s Terms of Engagement

In his sermon titled, “God’s Terms of Engagement,” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. studies 5 of the furnishings that were in the Tabernacle of Moses: the bronze altar, the bronze laver, the table of showbread, the lampstand, and the golden altar of incense.

“Each of these items is a symbol for something else,” said Bishop Blake, “and each of their actions represents a symbolic action.”

Based on Exodus 25, the sermon is a revelation into the wonders of the Bible, and how we can use it to make our lives fuller.

“Old Testament symbolism has a New Testament application,” continued Bishop Blake. “There are things in the spirit that we do through Christ Jesus that will take us into the very presence of God, and each phase is symbolized by something that was in the Tabernacle of Moses. Jesus is really what the tabernacle is all about.”

This sermon is based on the book, “Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence,” by Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.  For more information, please see below.

“God’s terms of engagement is God’s provision; His standard.”

“The status of the people of God; relationship the people had with God, and God’s response to them, were related to how they would deal with – in sincerity – those items that were in the tabernacle.”

“If they, in a pure and sincere heart, dealt with those items in the tabernacle properly, it would enhance their relationship with almighty God.”

“The bronze altar, with its sacrifices, represented God’s selection of the acceptable price to be paid for sin, and God’s forgiveness…It represented the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made, once and for all, for our sins.”

“The bronze laver, in which the priests would wash themselves, represents moral and spiritual cleansing.”

“The table of showbread represented God’s people constantly before his presence offering themselves to Him.”

“By offering that which was most precious, they offered themselves and their lives to the Lord.”

“The Bible is filled with physical actions that we ought to take in relationship with God. God talks about behavior in worship, in moral life, in relationships with other people; in relationship to money, and so on.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The candlestick in the tabernacle represented moral and spiritual light: the light that God and His people were to be in a dark and Godless world.”

“The golden altar of incense represented what God’s people and their worship were to God…a sweet aroma unto God.”

“The contents of the arc of the covenant were two stone tablets upon which the 10 Commandments were written; Aaron’s rod that budded, and a pot of manna.”

“The second set of tablets represented a second chance for the people.”

“[Aaron’s] rod …represented God bringing life out of death, and possibility out of impossibility.”

“The pot of manna represented God’s miraculous provision for His children.”

“The mercy seat on the arc represented the culmination and success of the process by which they’d been involved with the other items in the tabernacle.”

“What causes one place to be different from another place? But God said, ‘In that place I shall meet with you.’”

“You’ve got to take a bath or else when you come before me you’re going to die…Tell your neighbor, ‘It seems to me, God is serious about this!’”

“You better watch out for your own fire.”

“There is none other like Him in all the universe…God is Holy!” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“If somebody tells you they’re jealous, you better believe them; and if they’re really tough, you really better believe them!  And God is saying, ‘I’m jealous!’”

“There is none other like Him in all the universe…God is Holy!”

“God’s nature mandates that His praise be the highest praise.”

“Nobody or nothing should get the praise that we give to God.”

“Every one of us have some preferences for how we want to be treated…Now, I just need to stop right there. Some carnal minds will go off, and I won’t get you back!”

“If you’ve got a husband or a wife, make sure you know how they want to be treated, and within reasonable limits, treat them that way.”

“If you’re not married wait…your day will come.”

“The word of God tells us how God wants to be treated.”

“The Bible starts with the heart of man. It clearly teaches that it doesn’t start on the outside, it starts on the inside. And it starts with the heart.”

“So, no matter what else you do, no matter how you perform all the rites of worship…God says it starts with your heart.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“God says, ‘Treat me like I’m special.”

“Few things are more gratifying than to have somebody that you love praise you in a crowd.”

“There are few things that are more painful than to have someone criticize you in a crowd.”

“None of us would be happy with a loved one who gave us thoughts and not word, or words and no actions.”

“God expects good deeds. God expects good actions. God expects favor from those who say that they love Him.”

“Unless God can impact us on the level of the physical, He cannot impact us at the level of the spiritual.”

“The Bible is filled with physical actions that we ought to take in relationship with God. God talks about behavior in worship, in moral life, in relation with other people, in relationship to money, and so on.”

“We’re stimulated visually. We’re motivated visually. We’re motivated through our senses. The interaction of body and mind is such that they both stimulate one another.”

“But the body, spirit, and mind relationship is such that every mental and spiritual impulse carries with it a physical manifestation.”

“There are some things that happen on the inside that you cannot hide on the outside.”

“God expects good deeds. God expects good actions. God expects favor from those who say that they love Him.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Soul rejoicing is at its best when it gets noisy.”

“David said, ‘Class dismissed! I’m going to praise the Lord!”

“The tabernacle was a tangible instrument of the worship and praise of almighty God.”

“God uses symbols.”

“The Lord’s supper that we celebrate on the first Sunday is symbolic. The bread represents His body; the juice represents His blood.”

“Baptism is a symbol. It’s symbolic of the burial of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

“The cross is a symbol. It’s symbolic of our salvation.”

“Sometimes you don’t praise Him like you should, but when you have a symbol of the cross, a symbol of body a symbol of His blood you’re able to praise Him.”

“I know that the Lord has brought you from a mighty long way…Lift up your hands and praise Him.”

“God is so good to me.”

“He shows up when we worship Him. He shows up when we praise him. He shows up when we glorify Him. Come on and praise Him!”- Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“There are at least seven Hebrew words that tell us how to praise the lord. All of them mean praise, but each focuses on a different kind of behavior”

“He shows up when we worship Him. He shows up when we praise him. He shows up when we glorify Him. Come on and praise Him!”

“Worship is what you do, it’s not only what you feel, but it’s also what you say. It’s things, it’s places, it’s behavior, it’s conduct.”

“When you show up with the right stuff, show up in the right place, doing the right thing, with the right praise on your lips, God said, ‘I’m going to show up and bless you and take you higher than you’ve ever gone before.’”

“I wish somebody would praise him…Are there any true worshippers in the house today?”

“When the Holy Ghost shows up, you’ll move! When the Holy Ghost shows up, your body gets healed When the Holy Ghost shows up, your spirit gets blessed. When the Holy Ghost shows up, the power of the Lord is in the room!”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘The Holy Ghost is here right now!’”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 25:8, 21, Exodus 3:4, 29:29, 26:33, 30:18, Leviticus 10:1-2, Ex 34:14, Psalm 139:1,23, 1 Samuel 16:7,  Leviticus 10:3, Romans 12:1, Jeremiah 20:9, Psalm 34:2, 2 Samuel 6:14, ps 50:14, Psalm 103:1, Psalm 22:3, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:2-3, John 4:24.


Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, by Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Paperback Legacy Publishers International, 2004, 173 pages.ENCOUNTERING GOD book

In Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake beautifully and poignantly illustrates to us the clear path to establishing a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Experiencing your divine encounter with God means following steps that will touch His heart. From Presiding Bishop Blake: “If you will follow these steps, then I can assure you that the experience you so desperately desire… will come!”

To  order your copy of Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, please CLICK HERE to purchase.

To experience this entire sermon, “God’s Terms of Engagement” and more, please CLICK HERE for West Angeles Gospel On Demand.


The West Angeles Counseling Center: Find Peace & Experience Joy

“Ministry, when ministered in love, brings Jesus into the now of people’s lives. If we trust Him there’s no limit to what we can do.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake

The West Angeles Counseling Center offers Bible-based services, programs and classes to help provide spiritual support to you and your family both in times of abundance and in times of trial. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ, our Christian counseling combines modern methods of counseling with scriptural principles, using biblical truths as the reference point for integration.

Established in 1988, the West Angeles Counseling Center works to address and support the emotional well-being of individuals, couples, and families, and helps provide you with the tools to improve your mental health and the mental health of those around you.

Our programs and initiatives can help you to:

      • Keep your marriage strong – Receive the tools needed to strengthen your relationship, before and after the wedding.
      • Nurture the family – Our programs edify the whole family, and can help you strengthen the mental health of the children and youth in your life.
      • Deal with life’s trials – Our programs include Christ-centered counseling and support for dealing with issues such as substance abuse, mental illness and more; for individuals, families and groups.
      • Get Connected – Good interpersonal relationships promote good mental health. Develop the tools to build healthy friendships, good working relationships, and a healthy work-life balance.
      • Equip your ministry – The West Angeles Counseling Center is a Certified Academic Institution for the National Christian Counselors Association. We offer ministerial testing and evaluation programs for those who are called to ministry, and we can also help your church gather the resources to better serve your community.

West Angeles Church of God In Christ invites you to live a fuller life today and every day, but remember: “life happens” to all of us. We provide support and services to the greater Los Angeles area. You do not have to be a West Angeles member.

If you need support, and to find out more about our programs and services, please call the West Angeles Counseling Center at 323-737-7463.

The Lord wants to use us to do His will.

The Lord wants to use us to do His will.


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Women’s Day 2016, Part I – The Expectation of Excellence

2 young women sing in the Women's Day Choir.

Two young women sing in the Women’s Day Choir.



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West Angeles Church of God In Christ, First Lady Mae L. Blake, and the Women’s Affairs Organization celebrated a glorious Women’s Day on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2016. The color for the day was blue, and the women of West Angeles were resplendent in shades which ranged from pale blue to rich navy.

Supervisor Francis Elizabeth Harris, in a beautiful pale blue robe made especially for the day, thanked Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and First Lady Mae L. Blake for the opportunity to deliver the Word for the 8 a.m. service, expressing her humility for the honor of being asked to do so.

“Paul said, ‘It’s an effectual door,'” Supervisor Harris began. “In other words, it’s a door that doesn’t open every day.”

Before her sermon titled, The Expectation of Excellence, “Mother Harris,” as she is affectionately known, recalled a miracle of answered prayer during a time of personal sorrow many years ago.

“In 1975, my mother passed away from breast cancer. For a few years I sat at a desk at my local church, tears running under my chin. I said, ‘Lord, all these folks that say they hear from You, and they have divine revelation… why doesn’t somebody see my hurt? Why can’t somebody care?’”

And at that moment, Lady Mae called her, extending her compassion and love on Mother’s Day.

On the program for the morning services were dynamic performances by the Chosen Vessels Dance Ministry, a vocal duet by husband and wife Franklin and Nyjah Westbrooks, a classical piano solo by 19-year-old Justin Syas, who will study in England at Cambridge this summer, and the fabulous Women’s Day Choir, led by anointed Music Director Trenora Parker.

“What a great, anointed ministry that God has given us…Lady Mae, we salute you today. You’re a woman of excellence.”

DVDs of all services of the 2016 Women’s Day Celebration are available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel on Demand.  Highlights from the day follow:


“Pursuing excellence does not mean that you are superhuman…Excellence is best described in Colossians 3:23 – And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord.” – Supervisor Francis Elizabeth Harris  

“A word to the mothers: this is Mother’s Day…and even when our children don’t see their way, we ought to be their way. Help your children to see what they don’t see.”

“There’s just a little something that kept coming to me, and we all need to say it as women of the Lord: ‘My tree must blossom.’”

“There’s nothing more beautiful than a beautiful tree bearing fruit in season.”

“All the hard work has been done. You labored, you toiled; now the work is over. You’re entitled to the fruit…You have the right to expect the reward of your labor.”

“God has looked upon us today with favor, and has placed us in a favorable circumstance for bringing forth fruit.”

“Bishop and Lady Mae; they preach, they teach, and they live the example of holiness. And because he preaches truth, it affords us the opportunity to recognize many ills that plague many people’s lives today.”

“Because we are forewarned through the Word, we who receive and apply the Word of God in our daily lives are able to escape and even avoid many sinful and harsh environments that others face day to day.”

“Sometimes we take what God has given us for granted, and don’t take note of what has been given to us freely.”

“God has given us great culture and care. Can somebody say, ‘Ministries’?”

“A word to the mothers: “This is Mother’s Day…and even when our children don’t see their way, we ought to be their way. Help your children to see what they don’t see.” – Supervisor Francis Elizabeth Harris

“I don’t care how hard you did what you did, or what you thought, you still don’t deserve it.”

“You know we’ve got a better way. We’ve got more than we’ve ever had in our lives.”

“Sometimes we have to figure out what to wear. Sometimes we have more than one color to go with one outfit…but God has given us choice. Somebody shout out, ‘Better way!’”

“On top all God’s goodness, he has also given us and blessed us with the gift of the Holy Ghost…all you have to do is ask for it.”

“Get happy about being saved. Get happy for giving up your sins, and tell God, ‘Thank you!’”

“The Holy Ghost is a gift!”

“God has a reason to expect exceptional fruit from a tree on which He has bestowed such exceptional advantages.”

“If truth be told, our lives should be better. We should be more dedicated. We should be more committed. We should be able to give freely, and glorify God. He told us to set our affections on things above and let God do the work.”

“Righteousness, meekness, and moral excellence spring forth from our day in Christ and our devotion to God.”

“We’re not our own and we’ve been bought with a price.”

“Righteousness, meekness, and moral excellence spring forth from our devotion to God.” – Supervisor Francis Elizabeth Harris

“It does not matter how good you are at doing what you’ve prepared yourself for in life, you can always improve and stay up to date in a changing world. That’s what God is expecting us to do.”

“God expected fruit when He came to the tree, but because there was none, He was disappointed. We don’t want to disappoint God with our daily lives. We want to live a life that is pleasing in His sight.”

“My Mamma used to tell me all the time, ‘If you want to be a good wife, you’ve got to stay in your house…Don’t be busy in other women’s houses.’”

“Identify your weaknesses.”

“Donny McClurkin says, ‘We fall down, but we get up.’ But you’ll know what tripped you!”

“Remedy your flaws, because we want to be the best we can be.”

“Take responsibility at the earliest opportunity. Say, ‘Yeah, that was me.’”

“You can act a lie as well as tell a lie. You can be a lie by being quiet and not stepping up to the plate.”

“Never be afraid to learn, and use the lessons of your failure.”

“Even when you miss an opportunity, don’t waste time on regrets. Examine what it was that caused you to ignore the opportunity.”

“Pursuing excellence does not mean that you are superhuman. It does not hold you in unrealistic values. Excellence is best described in Colossians 3:23-24: And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

“Bishop and Lady Mae; they preach, they teach, and they live the example of holiness.” – Supervisor Francis Elizabeth Harris

“It’s only what you do for Christ that will last.”

“When these values become a part of your everyday being, they will guide your actions, your attitude, and even your words.”

“Use what God has given you freely. The gift of the Holy Ghost is given freely. It will take you to the right person at the right time, in the right place. It will open doors where man would say, ‘No’…but that same man will turn around, change his mind – and don’t even know why he changed his mind – and tell you ‘Yes.’”

“Knowing that God is with you is key today. You must know that God is on your side.”

“Woman is made for a man, and the only way you’re going to produce? You’ve got to have a male and a female. You can’t even get electricity with two sockets!”

“Faith works – if you’re doing the will of God.”

“We’re the Lord’s vineyard.”

“I thank God for Jesus!”

“If you live right, heaven belongs to you…Be the woman that God has called you to be.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Luke 13:6-9, 1 Samuel 16:7, Colossians 3:23-24, Luke 2:49, John 9:4.

Superintendent Francis Elizabeth Harris has been married to Pastor Jerry L. Harris for 46 years. They have two adult children – first Lady Jerice L. Kenebrew, and Pastor David E. Harris – and one grandson – David Van Harris Kenebrew. Mother Harris has been a part of the church all of her life, and has served COGIC in a variety of capacities such as Sunshine Band President, YWCC President, Evangelist Missionary, and District Missionary under Mother Lillian Morris and Bishop J.A. Blake. She began serving the Southern California First jurisdiction in 1987 under the leadership of Bishop  Charles E. Blake. In 2014, General Supervisor Mother Willie Mae Rivers appointed Mother Harris as Assistant Chair of the resolutions Committee, and in 2015 was appointed a member of the Women’s Department Executive Board. Mother Harris’ mission is that her life will serve as a reservoir and instrument of the demonstration of God’s saving power, deliverance, and love for a dying world.

Purchase your DVDs of the 2016 Women’s Day Celebration, available at the WEST ANGELES CHRISTIAN EMPORIUM, 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone:(323) 731-3012

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Bishop Blake: When Your Soul Refuses to be Comforted

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint – Isaiah 40:31

Sometimes, peace of mind may seem elusive. We may feel plagued by our past hurts and our sins, and it seems as if things may never be right again. When we feel overwhelmed by the shadow cast over us by the hurts of our past, we must always remember that God is often trying to teach us that we have strength in Jesus. He is teaching us resilience; how to have faith, how to overcome, how to triumph.

In this sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. gives us the example of a mother eagle teaching her baby how to fly. Sometimes the mother eagle will drop her young from her grasp, then swoop down at the last minute as it falls. Just as the eagle saves her offspring moments before it hits the earth, God looks out for us in the same way. Comfort comes in knowing that God will never leave us; nor will He forsake us in our time of need.

“When you endure difficult trials your soul should be comforted,” said Bishop Blake… “Jesus has already paid the price…God is trying to teach you how to fly.

“James 1 says,

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

What do you do when your soul refuses to be comforted? Are there bible verses that you refer to when you are feeling anxious or depressed? Please feel free to share them with others below, so that they too may be comforted.

This sermon, titled, “What to do When Your Soul Refuses To Be Comforted”, from May 27, 2012, is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

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Bishop Charles E. Blake and West Angeles CDC Partner with Wells Fargo

Bishop Charles Blake and West Angeles Church Community Development Partnership with Wells Fargo Garners Los Angeles Times Placement


LOS ANGELES, May 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Wells Fargo launched an advertising campaign in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times featuring Bishop Charles Blake, pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and Presiding Bishop of the 5th largest denomination in the world.  Blake and West Angeles COGIC have partnered with Wells Fargo to make significant improvements in the urban Los Angeles community wherein the 5,000 seat West Angeles COGIC Cathedral resides.

The high-profile advertisement* in the Los Angeles Times demonstrates WellsWELLS FARGO Bishop Fargo’s recognition of Blake and West Angles CDC’s commitment to develop and improve their community.  “Wells Fargo Bank has been a committed partner to West Angeles Community Development Corporation. For over 20 years, Wells Fargo Bank has demonstrated strong support for our programs in homeownership, financial capabilities and small business development here in South L.A.,” Grant D. Power, Executive Director, West Angeles CDC.

West Angeles CDC, with the support of numerous corporate partners, have developed over 400 units of housing, and commercial property, including West Angeles Plaza, in the inner city of Los Angeles. It has initiated and implemented scores of civic, social, financial and educational programs that have assisted thousands of congregants and Los Angeles County residents. “The primary benefit of a mega church is that is has resources to initiate programs that are conceived for the work for the advancement of the community,” said Bishop Blake.

West Angeles CDC newest development initiative will provide modern housing for senior citizens in the Los Angeles Community. Blake and West Angeles COGIC are in the midst of a capital campaign to develop the West Angeles Family Life Center which will provide educational, medical, financial, social and recreational resources to its congregants and community-at-large. “With the development of the Family Life Center, our goal is to leave a stable, future ministry legacy for the community, strengthen the fiber of the church’s outreach to men, women, children, and families in the community, and to further impact the nation and world for Jesus Christ,” stated Bishop Blake.

*UPDATE: The Wells Fargo advertisement featuring Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake appeared in electronic billboards over New York’s Times Square on June 2, 2016.


About West Angeles CDC:

The mission of West Angeles Community Development Corporation is to increase social and economic justice, demonstrate compassion and alleviate poverty as tangible expressions of the Kingdom of God through the vehicle of community development.

Media Contact: TRY Williams Consulting Group, TRY Williams Consulting Group, 3108487695, [email protected]

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SOURCE West Angeles Community Development Corporation


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History of the Church of God In Christ

THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST (COGIC) is a Pentecostal-Holiness Christian denomination founded in 1897 by Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. It is considered to be a member of the great Protestant body of churches, although its origins are from within the Baptist church.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance – Acts 2:2-4

COGIC is a Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in which the Word of God is preached, ordinances are administered, and the doctrine of sanctification, or holiness, is emphasized as being essential to the salvation of mankind.

Named for 1 Thessalonians 2:14, COGIC emphasizes the importance of the three supernatural extraordinary manifestations which occurred on the Day of Pentecost (the 50th day after the Passover, or Easter) as being necessary to experience all believers in Christ Jesus; the sound from heaven of a mighty wind, the appearance of tongues of fire upon believers, and the power to speak in tongues, in accordance with the scriptures in Acts 2:1-4.



COGIC founder Bishop Charles Harrison Mason.

COGIC founder Bishop Charles Harrison Mason.

In 1895, Elder Charles Harrison Mason met Elder C.P. Jones of Jackson, MI; Elder J.E. Jeter of Little Rock, AR; and Elder W.S. Pleasant of Hazelhurst, MI, all of whom became Bishop Mason’s close companions in ministry.

The Baptist preachers conducted a revival in 1896 in Jackson, MI, where large numbers of people were converted, sanctified, and healed by the power of faith. However, the teachings of Elder Mason on the doctrine of sanctification caused his expulsion from the Baptist denomination under the Mississippi State Convention.

In 1897, when he and his group of pioneering, persistent preachers returned to Jackson, Elder Mason was forced to deliver his first message from the steps of the local courthouse. A Mr. John Lee provided the living room of his home the next night, and because of the overwhelming number of attendees, a Mr. Watson subsequently offered the use of an abandoned warehouse. Land was soon bought, upon which Elder Mason established a small church with Elder Mason, Elder Jones, Elder Pleasant, and 60 charter members.

In March of 1907, Elder Mason, Elder Young and Elder Jeter journeyed to Los Angeles, CA, to attend the Azusa Street Revival, led by Minister William J. Seymour. This became a turning point for Elder Mason when he experienced an outpouring of the Holy Spirit:

“The Spirit came upon the saints and upon me…Then I gave up for the Lord to have His way within me. So there came a wave of Glory into me and all of my being was filled with the Glory of the Lord. So when He had gotten me straight on my feet, there came a light which enveloped my entire being above the brightness of the sun. When I opened my mouth to say Glory, a flame touched my tongue which ran down me. My language changed and no word could I speak in my own tongue. Oh! I was filled with the Glory of the Lord. My soul was then satisfied.” – Bishop Charles Harrison Mason

Upon his return to Memphis, Elder Mason began to proclaim of his new Pentecostal experience. However, Elder Mason’s contemporaries, Elder Jeter, Elder Jones and others, regarded his new Holy Spirit experience as a delusion. The General Assembly of the church withdrew the “right hand of fellowship” from Elder C. H. Mason, who then called a conference in Memphis, TN of all ministers who believed in receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost according to the scriptures in Acts 2:1-4. Those who responded to Elder Mason’s urgent call were: E. R. Driver, J. Bowe, R.R. Booker, R. E. Hart, W. Welsh, A. A. Blackwell, E. M. Page, R.H. I. Clark, D. J. Young, James Brewer, Daniel Spearman and J. H. Boone.



In 1907, the first Pentecostal General Assembly of the Church of God in Christ was thus organized. Elder C. H. Mason was chosen unanimously as the General Overseer and Chief Apostle of the denomination. He was given complete authority to establish doctrine, organize auxiliaries and appoint overseers.

Under Bishop Mason’s spiritual and apostolic direction, The Church of God In Christ has grown from 10 congregations in 1907 to the largest Pentecostal group in America today, reporting over 5 million members. The National Council of Churches ranks it as the largest Pentecostal denomination and the 4th largest Christian denomination in the U.S.

Internationally, COGIC can be found in more than 60 nations, including Egypt, the Ivory Coast, and Israel. Its global membership is estimated to be between 6-8 million, comprising of more than 15,000 congregations throughout the world.

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Healthy Recipe: Grilled Squash Salad with Kale and Quinoa

This Spring, we’re starting a new series…Healthy Recipes!

We’re taking back our health in order to begin to live the life God intended. Join us each week for new recipes here at Westa.org. 

Colorful, warm, and very satisfying, our Grilled Squash Salad with Kale and Quinoa combines dark leafy greens, twp kinds of squash, and organic red quinoa. We’ve tossed our ingredients with an easy-to-make, sweet-and-tangy Orange Dijon Dressing (please see below).

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is an ancient, rice-like ‘super-food’ which  is loaded with antioxidants, minerals, and anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy nutrients.

Butternut squash is rich in vitamins and beta-carotene. It’s also low in fat and high in fiber, which makes it a great, heart-healthy food. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems.

And kale has zero fat, can help lower cholesterol, has high iron and calcium content, and is known to be a great detox food. No wonder these foods have become so popular!

You can serve this salad with grilled salmon for added protein – but it’s a full meal all by itself.  


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Grilled Squash Salad with Kale & Quinoa

½ butternut squash, cut into ½” cubes

2 yellow Summer squash, sliced lengthwise into ¼ ” slices

1 bunch of kale, washed and chopped into ½” strips

1 head of red leaf lettuce, washed and torn into large pieces

½ cup of organic red quinoa

1 cup of water

¼ cup of chopped toasted pecans

I clove of garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

2 teaspoons of seasoned salt

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of coarse-ground black pepper

Orange Dijon Dressing (below)

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cubed butternut squash with cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and seasoned salt.

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Toss until coated. Spread in a single layer onto baking sheet.

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Place onto the top rack of the oven and roast about 15 minutes until tender; the squash should turn a rich, orange color *(while you’re waiting, you can prepare our Orange Dijon Dressing; see below).  Remove from oven and set aside.

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In a medium frying pan, add one teaspoon of olive oil; sauté garlic until light brown.  Add kale and ½ cup of water; season with ½ teaspoon of salt, sauté about 10 minutes until bright green and softened. Remove to a bowl; keep warm.

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In a medium saucepan,  combine the quinoa, water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a medium pot.

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Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and leave covered 10 minutes. Remove quinoa to a small bowl; keep warm.

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Brush yellow squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil; season with seasoned salt and remaining black pepper.

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Brush griddle with two teaspoons of olive oil.

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Heat; add squash slices to griddle. After 5 minutes, check for grill marks; then turn.  Grill remaining side; remove to dish, keep warm.

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Now that you have all of the elements prepared, it’s time to assemble!

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Add 3/4 of the chopped pecans to the quinoa (reserve 1/4 for a garnish); blend.

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Add lettuce and kale to a large bowl.  Add dressing; toss. 

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Add quinoa-pecan blend to the lettuce-kale mixture.  

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Spoon mixture into a large serving bowl.

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Layer with butternut and yellow squash and remaining pecans.

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Serves 4.

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ORANGE DIJON DRESSING: Combine ¼ cup of orange juice, ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of coarse mustard, 1 teaspoon of honey.  Mix well. Enjoy!


  • While the butternut squash is roasting, you can use the time to prepare other elements, like the kale, lettuce or dressing.
  • This recipe has several moving parts, so it might help to prepare some items ahead of time.
  • You can also substitute cooked barley or farrow for the quinoa.

Genesis 2:9 – And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.