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SERMON: Superintendent Timmons says “God’s Got This One”

“The time is now for you to be blessed” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

The West Angeles Church of God in Christ congregation was brought to its feet in thunderous praise by the dynamic September 20, 2015 sermon delivered by Superintendent Melton R. Timmons of Tyler, TX.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., in his introduction of guest speaker Superintendent Timmons, said that West Angeles was “blessed” to have the Word of God delivered by “a dear friend and brother, and officer of the Church of God in Christ; a faithful member, a minister of the gospel of our savior, Jesus Christ”.

The sermon titled, “God’s Got This One” heralded a new season of release for God’s faithful.

“This season is all about Jesus,” preached Pastor Timmons. “Is there anybody in here gonna help me testify?”

Superintendent Melton Timmons serves as the proud Pastor of the Jones Valley Community Church of God in Christ, in Tyler, Texas and as Superintendent of the David R. Houston District. He is also the Regional Director for the Church of God in Christ General Secretary’s Office, and a member of the Executive Board of the General Council of Pastors and Elders. On April 9, 2013, he was elected Secretary of the COGIC National Board of Trustees.

Superintendent Timmons, brother of Evangelist Joyce Rodgers, is married to LaQueta Freeman Timmons. Together, they have five children and 12 grandchildren.

This sermon titled “God’s Got This One” is available on CD and DVD at the West Angeles Emporium, and HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

“We are in a battle: but this is not a battle that you are going to need to fight in, because God has already given you the upper hand, or has given you an advantage.”

“God is about to release some things that you’ve had in your spiritual lay-away.”

“I’m from the country y’all, and as Big Mamma would say, ‘This right here is your season!’”

“This is your time, where God is going to allow those of your who have been praying, believing, fasting, and living a life of Holiness and integrity…God is about to allow you to just think some things into existence.”

“This season is all about Jesus.”

“Don’t you argue, don’t you fuss, don’t you talk…take your hand off your hip, that motion out of your neck! God said, ‘I got this!’”

“I want the devil to know, ‘It’s on now.’ Because the devil knows we’re about to do some supernatural things!” – Supertintendent Melton R. Timmons

“We are in a spiritual warfare…That warfare is a conflict being raised in the spirit realm, but it’s manifested in the physical realm.”

“My enemy is not you. My enemy is the devil.”

“My confidence is in the Word of God.”

“You’re getting ready to depart from some stuff. You’re about to step out of some things…to step away from some stuff; from some people.”

“God said, ‘Today is your day of departure.”

“When people are intimidated by your gifts and intimidated by your growth, intimidated by your anointing, intimidated by your power, people start doing things in the name of God that God didn’t have anything to do with.”

“The enemy wants to oppress you. The enemy wants to keep you down. But the Word of the Lord says, ‘The more they oppressed (them), the greater they became. The more they tried to hold them down, they higher they went up!’”

“Every now and then, God changes our direction.”

“The devil said that you were not going to make it, but God changed your direction.”

“My confidence is in the Word of God” – Supertintendent Melton R. Timmons

“The enemy will think that you are confused. The enemy will think that you are trapped. Sometimes, God takes us through some unexplainable things, and people think that you’re crazy because you still praise Him.”

“Don’t lose your mind over what the enemy took away, because you’re going to need your mind for what God’s got coming your way!”

“Be still. Hold your peace. The Lord shall fight for you.”

“When God fights for you, no demon can take you out. Is there anybody here that wants the Lord to fight for you?”

“Jesus said, ‘I was arrested for your transgressions… I died in your place…Can’t no doctor out-heal me. Can’t no bank out-fund me. Can’t no history out-live me. I got this!’”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Exodus 14:13; 2 Kings 20:5; Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Philippians 1:6 Philippians 4:13; Exodus 16:2.

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SERMON: God’s Recipe For Worship

As we approach the Annual Holy Convocation of the Church of God In Christ, we take a look back to the June 2015 Pentecostal Revival at West Angeles, and the powerful opening sermon delivered by an anointed man of God, visiting Bishop Jack C. Vaughn.

Bishop Jack C. Vaughn is the Senior Pastor of the Evangelistic Center International Ministries, Kansas City, Kansas. He began a life of ministry at age 11, accepting the call to ministry at age 17. After working in corporate America and serving as Co-Pastor at the Evangelistic Center, Bishop Vaughn was appointed as Senior Pastor, succeeding his father, the late Superintendent Willie C. Vaughn, Jr.

Bishop Vaughn was recently appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Church of God In Christ under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

CONTACT the West Angeles Emporium for your copy of the 2015 3-night Revival DVD set. Call (323) 731-3012.

Highlights from the sermon are below:

“And the Lord said to Moses: “Take sweet spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, and pure frankincense with these sweet spices; there shall be equal amounts of each. 35 You shall make of these an incense, a compound according to the art of the perfumer, salted, pure, and holy. 36 And you shall beat some of it very fine, and put some of it before the Testimony in the tabernacle of meeting where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you.”- Exodus 30:34-36

“There is a central core of pivotal possibilities in every man. This center of being in each of us is interchangeably called our heart, or our spirit.” [1]

“Like our emotional heart, this core determines our primary focus interest and affections in life. This core is also called our spirit. Our key to worshiping the almighty God is the key to activating and revitalizing this core.”

“It’s like an elevator built into the hub of a high rise. It’s like a ski lift that takes us from the plane of the mundane to the peak of adventure. It is our worship that connects us to our God.”

“As our Bishop always reminds us: ‘If God can get it through you, He can get it to you.’”

“I contend that God instituted worship for people not solely for His own enjoyment; and I submit to you that worship is not intended by God for people to prove their own expertise in religious exercise…but rather He gave us worship as a means of satisfying our hunger and our thirst for Him.”

“He gives us His Biblical call to worship to keep us in the mainstream of spiritual refreshment via worship, via teaching, and fellowship.”

“[Worship] is a direct challenge to each believer…to open himself up to real passion, and to learn more fully what it means to truly and completely be alive in Christ.”

“Worship is the way to invite God to rule in your house. I want to ask you, is your welcome mat out today?”

“If we are attempting to minister in our own strength alone, it is tantamount to saying we don’t need God. And that’s humanism.”

“We’re doing things our way rather than God’s way…that’s rebellion. And the Bible says that is a sin of witchcraft.”

“Worship has a fragrance: and our flesh has an odor” – Bishop Jack C. Vaughn

“The Holy Spirit said to me, ‘Remember when your mother told you, be careful not to get any of the yoke in the egg whites, or else it will not fluff.’ It’s the same when you worship. If there is just a little flesh in your act of worship, it is unacceptable to God.’”

“As believers, our dependence must be upon God and not on the flesh.”

“When God anoints something, He sets it apart. It is holy, separated for His use.”

“The anointing is not a force like electricity, it’s not just an emotion…it’s really nothing more than the presence of God in favor.”

“In the OT in the tabernacle, the utensils and all of the furniture used for worship…Had to be anointed before they could be used. They didn’t anoint with just any old oil. They had a special oil made from a recipe that God gave them.”

“There’s no anointing without death.”

“If you want God’s anointing you must die to yourself. Die to the old person you once were. Die to your own agenda. Die to…desires of dreams not born of God.”

“If we’re going to depend on God, we have to die to our own abilities and resources. It’s called, “The death of the flesh.”

“We are not called to be Ming vases. We’re called to be clay pots.”

“If there is just a little flesh in your act of worship: it is unacceptable to God” – Bishop Jack C. Vaughn

“If you want God to take you up, and you want God to anoint you, there must be a sweetness about your life.”

“You can’t be bitter and sweet, too.”

“It’s so easy to allow life’s circumstances to make you bitter. It’s so easy to allow your enemies to make you bitter. But don’t get bitter – stay sweet.”

“The sweetness is Jesus.”

“God is more interested in anointing your character than He is your ability.”

“Oil represents the Holy Spirit.”

“God will take the good, the bad, the ugly, the difficult things of your life, with the oil of His Holy Spirit. and form a sweet anointing in you.”

“He will use you in a way, when you desire to be a worshiper, and usher you into the most incredible season of your lifetime. That’s why you don’t look like what you’ve been through.”

“God instructed Moses physical representation of a spiritual reality – the Ark of the Covenant.”

“God will use you when you desire to be a worshiper, and usher you into the most incredible season of your lifetime” – Bishop Jack C. Vaughn

“The true nature of your heart, whether it is sweet or it is bitter, will only be revealed when God takes you through fire.”

“There’s powder in my praise!”

“Throughout church history, biblical scholars have made the association of pure frankincense with the person of Christ.”

“These three elements of who we are – body, soul and spirit – cannot come into the presence of God unless they have been mixed or mingled in the person of Jesus Christ.”

“There must be a grinding to powder in order to produce true worship…God uses the grinding circumstances of life…He grinds our pride. He grinds our control of the flesh. He grinds out our selfishness to produce a pure heart that will worship Him.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘I’ve been through the grind!’”

“When you are an oozing worshiper, there will be a constant flow of the Spirit of God.”

“The Spirit of God does not need sleep, and it does not slumber!”

“The purpose for my pain is because God was creating an outlet for my worship.”

“Today there’s an oozing in this house…and today I pray that as your anointing permeates this place, that miracles are activated.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Exodus 30:6-7, 23-36; Hebrews 10:25, 1Corinthians 1:29, John 7:37-39, John 4, Romans 12:1.

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[1] Pastor Jack Hayford: A Man’s Worship and Witness. Thomas Nelson. Inc., Publishers, 1992. Chapter 1, pg. 6.

To receive the full sermon delivered by Bishop Jack Vaughn titled, “God’s Recipe For Worship”, click HERE for West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Frankincense is the gum or resin of the African Boswellia tree. The resin has many medicinal purposes, and is also used for making an incense which is traditionally used in Christianity. Frankincense is historically associated with Jesus Christ.

 

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SERMON: Bishop Blake Preaches on Pride and Humility

“These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” – Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake taught the congregation about Pride and Humility in his Sunday, September 6 sermon. Inspired by Proverbs 6:16-19, Bishop prayed that God would “eradicate pride from our hearts,” and also preached that humility, in contrast to pride, is like love.

“If Jesus could humble Himself, if Jesus could shed his Blood, if Jesus could die on the cross, how much more should we humble ourselves before God?”

He continued, “I know the way is rough, I know there may be people who look down on you and think they’re better than you, but put your hand in God’s hand. Walk on by faith.”

The entire sermon is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

“Because we love God and because we need His favor we should seek to please Him in every way.”

“People are prone to identify you with the experiences you bring to them.”

“God loves us all, but it is possible to think and behave in such a way as to lose God’s favor.”

“Someone wrote that pride is the chief and source of all sin and that humility is the box in which all the other Christian graces are contained.”

“What is pride? Pride is a high opinion of oneself. Pride is arrogance. Pride is conceit; smugness. Pride is self-importance. Pride is insolence, egotism, vanity, immodesty. Pride is a sense of superiority. Pride is the opposite of humility.”

“Pride causes a person to have an erroneous sense of entitlement.”

“Pride is associated with injustice and with wickedness” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“It was pride that caused Lucifer…to initiate a rebellion among the angels, resulting in satan and one-third of the angelic hosts to be cast out of Heaven forever.”

“It was pride in the hearts of Adam and Eve that caused them to want to be more than God had made them to be.”

“If God has shown favor to you, you ought to pay God by praise, and by thanks, and by obedience. Come on, clap your hands and say ‘Praise God!’”

“Don’t you mess with my God! My God is bad!”

“Whatever you’ve done, God enabled you to do it…whatever you know, God taught it to you. Whatever you shall do in the future, it will be by the power of Almighty God.”

“Love is like humility” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“You better give praise to God…How many of you know He’s worthy?”

“Just as God condemns pride, the Lord commends humility.”

“True humility is the product of the Holy Ghost working in the life of the believer.”

“God blesses us when we humble ourselves and give Him the glory.”

‘Pride can even come strutting up in the church!”

“God saved us. God made us what we are. God taught us what we know.”

“Don’t worry about your enemies. Just please almighty God.”

“A humble person is a loving person.”

“Love is like humility.”

“God lifted me up…I’ve got to praise Him! I’ve got to glorify Him! Yes!”

“It was God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Proverbs 6:16, 16:5, Isaiah 13:11, Proverbs 16:18, Isaiah 2:12, Genesis 3:4, Exodus 9, 12:29; Proverbs 29:1, 2 Chronicles 7:12-14, 26, 32:25-31; Acts 12:21; 1 Corinthians 8, James 4:6, 9-10; John 8:32, Proverbs 16:7, John 13:34; Psalm 46:1, Philippians 2:3, 5-7.

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We Remember 9/11

It’s a hard measure to grasp–that our great nation was shaken, almost 14 years ago. I remember exactly where I was on September 11, 2001.  I sat on the edge of my seat as the rest of my fellow students clustered around a television in the middle of my 9th grade English class.  Horror gripped my body as I saw ominous smoke bellow from buildings and police officers frantic over the airways. I remember asking my teacher, “Is this a movie or is this real?” With tears in her eyes, my teacher—Mrs. Bridges said, “Antoinette…this is very real.”

September 11 will always be remembered as surreal day of pain and disbelief for the American people.

How could a series of four coordinated suicide attacks fall upon a country that seemed so impenetrable? On that dark morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets and intentionally crashed two into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a fourth jet—Flight 93—crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania before it could reach its intended target in Washington, DC.

It would be wise for us to pause and reflect on the courageous men and women on that day.  Let us reflect on El Shaddai’s grace and mercy on how He opened the gates of heaven and welcomed loved ones.  Let us reflect on Jehovah Shammah—a God who is there, comforting wife’s who had lost their husbands and children who had lost their mothers .  Jehovah Rapha—healing God who is yet and still bringing back the minds of city officials in FDNY AND NYPD suffering from post-traumatic stress. Jehovah Jireh—a provider to families who have still been unable to identify remains of a family member.

As the years have passed on, the pain may have passed some, but many brothers and sisters are mourning on this day and searching for a need to smile. Tomorrow is truly not promised and as we are considering the feelings of our fellow man, it would be wise for us to also consider ourselves. If we should perish today would we be satisfied with the lives we have lead, would our family be pleased at the example we have left for future generations to emulate? And most importantly…would we hear our merciful father whisper onto us, “Well done.”

May our nation be one undivided.  May we continue to have love and understanding in our heart. Treat every verb that comes from your mouth onto someone’s ears as golden.  

Change starts within. Shalom.

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Bishop Blake, on Understanding the Power of Service

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake tells a story from the War of Independence which teaches us about the power of service to others.

There was a corporal during the War of Independence who was leading a group of soldiers, and they came, as they went down the road, to a tree that had fallen across the road. The corporal called to his soldiers and said, “Get this tree out of the way! Come on, hurry up and move that tree!”

Just then, a general rode up and asked what was going on. “We’re getting this tree out of the road,” said the corporal. The general said to him, “Don’t you think you ought to help them out?” But the corporal responded, “What, Me? I’m a corporal! I don’t do things like move trees!”

The general got down from his horse and helped the men move the tree out of the way. He then said to the corporal, “Listen: if you ever need a tree moved, then call on a general like me; I’ll be glad to help you. My name is George Washington.”

Some folks are too holy to be any earthly good. There are many who will only do their specialty; they’ll do only certain kinds of good works. But the Lord Jesus would gladly do a thousand things that his servants are too great to touch.

Jesus is doing some things that we may think we’re too big to be involved in; too big to consider. But Jesus says, “If I’m involved in it, you ought to be involved in it also.” God needs servants who will do whatever needs to be done; general servants who’ll do anything and everything for Him.

Lift your hands and say, “Lord, I’ll do anything and everything for You!”

Adapted from the sermon, “A Believer’s Agenda”: Sunday, August 16th, 2015, by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. at West Angeles Church Of God In Christ.

See this entire sermon and more HERE, on West Angeles Video On Demand.

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Elders Corner: Elder Graves on Christian Stewardship

As a part of our Elders Corner series, Elder Wilfred Graves Jr. explains what it means to be a Christian servant and how through stewardship, God allows us to be a partner in moving forward His mission on earth.

West Angeles Church has moved into a season in which God is challenging each of us to move to a greater level of commitment. The theme for 2015 is:

“Christ’s extreme sacrifice calls for our extreme commitment” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

The Lord desires for us to commit every area of our lives to Him. This commitment includes our time, talents, finances, and other resources. All of these are gifts from God, and He wants us to use what He has given us for His glory and purposes.

The faithful and responsible use of God’s gifts is called Christian stewardship. In the Bible, a steward is one who is entrusted with the possessions of another. In the Gospels, a steward is a servant who is to manage the affairs of the master. The steward does not own the possessions; he/she is responsible for handling them in a wise manner. Christians are stewards over what God has given us. God owns everything (Psalm 24:1) and He entrusts us to handle His possessions with the utmost care (Genesis 1:26).

Partnering with God
The fact that God has entrusted us to manage His resources means that He has allowed us to become partners with Him. A financial offering, for example, is not only a gift to God’s work, but it also is participation with God in the establishment of His divine rule on earth. God can use our financial offerings as seeds that will yield a rich harvest of blessings and changed lives.

The Love of Money
It is easy to make an idol out of money. In fact, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:9-10). God does not mind His people having money. However, He wants us to surrender all aspects of our lives, including our finances, to His control. The surrender of our finances to Jesus Christ is one aspect of our surrender to His Lordship over our lives.

Tithes and Offerings
The tithe is ten percent of the increase of material blessings – monetary or other – that God has enabled a person to receive. The tithing principle is a useful minimum standard of “proportionate giving.” Several Old Testament examples of tithing include: Genesis 28:22; Leviticus 27:30; Deuteronomy 14:22; and Malachi 3:8-10.

The New Testament continues the tithing principle. Jesus mentions tithing in Matthew 23:23 and tithing supports the ministries of local fellowships in 1 Corinthians 9:11-12 and Galatians 6:6-7. The New Testament also elaborates on the tithing principle by offering a number of insights on giving.

Giving is a voluntary action that is “unto the Lord.” Besides giving a tithe, a person can give a regular offering or a special offering. We should always find ways to give as much as we can to the Lord’s work. The basic motivation for giving is our relationship with God. We belong to God and we should seek to please Him in all that we do. God loves us and has given so much to us. Therefore, we give out of our love for and gratitude toward God. Giving is an act of worship. It is a positive response to God’s liberality and generosity, and it supports the work of ministry.

New Testament Principles of Giving
Jesus Christ taught important principles of giving, including the fact that God rewards unselfish giving (Luke 6:38), giving should be sacrificial and motivated by a sense of commitment (Mark 12:41-44), and “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians also contain many wonderful principles of giving. According to these chapters, Christian giving:

1. Is an expression of God’s grace (8:1-6)
2. Can be a spiritual gift (8:7)
3. Is inspired by the sacrifice of Christ (8:8-9)
4. Should be proportionate to our wealth (8:10-12)
5. Should be done with accountability (8:16-24)
6. Can be stimulated by friendly competition (9:1-5)
7. Promotes thanksgiving to God (9:11b-15)

Conclusion
Giving is an important aspect of our worship, stewardship, and commitment to God. God does not expect us to give what we do not have. He expects us to give what we do have with willingness, joy, and enthusiasm. As we continue to give, God will keep supplying resources to meet our personal needs and those of the local church. Is God challenging you to increase the amount of your contributions to His work? If so, then He will certainly reward your faithful obedience to Him.

Blessings,
Wilfred Graves Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr. serves West Angeles Church as Special Assistant to the Senior Pastor and Chairman of the Board of Elders. He is the author of ‘In Pursuit of Wholeness: Experiencing God’s Salvation.’ The book is available at Amazon.com or http://www.pursuitofwholeness.com.

FOR FURTHER READING:
On Stewardship – 1 Chronicles 28:1; Matthew 24:45; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; and Luke 16:1-13.
On Giving – 2 Corinthians 8 and 9.

PLEASE JOIN WEST ANGELES as we unite in Prayer each month throughout 2015! Please CLICK HERE for our Monthly Prayer Calendar.

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SERMON: Apostle Paul Prays for Power for the Church

Colossians 1:9-10 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians was at the center of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.’s sermon on Sunday August 16, titled, The Believer’s Agenda.

“Paul won more souls to Jesus Christ during the period of his life than anybody else on the face of the earth,” Bishop Blake said.

Paul prayed for knowledge of the Will of God for the relatively young church at Colossae because, “It’s important that those who are doing good to do better. Success imposes responsibility. To whom much is given, much is required,” said Bishop Blake.

Highlights from Bishop Blake’s sermon titled “A Believer’s Agenda” follows; please click HERE to see this entire sermon on West Angeles Video On Demand:

“There’s a great hunger and a great need for expert advice in the world today.”

“Everybody wants to give advice. Not too many people are wise enough to seek advice.”

“Abject failures are clamoring to tell us how to succeed.”

“The best advice is from the Word of the Lord. That’s why you have to read the Bible for yourself.”

“The best advice you can get is in the Bible” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The Bible is your constant counselor.”

“Don’t feel that because you’re good you’ll never be attacked. You’re the one the devil wants to hurt. You’re the one the devil wants to destroy.”

“Sometimes God stretches us. Sometimes the archer pulls the bow back until the bow seems to be on the verge of breaking. But the archer says I’ve got to put stress on this bow because [it] can catapult the arrow to the great distance.”

“Don’t cry, don’t moan, don’t groan when you’re distressed. Just let God catapult you into your future. Halleluiah!”

“Success imposes responsibility.”

“You think God blessed you just so you can look good? God blessed you because He intends to get the most out of you.”

“There are many people who will help you when you are down, but when you are succeeding…it takes a strong, secure person to be able to help you and not be envious.”

“Paul was one of the foremost apostles…He wrote most of the NT. He’s right up there behind Jesus Christ as one of the greatest men to walk the earth.”

“When something is filled, there’s not room for anything else. When we’re filled with the truth, there’s no room for error.”

“If we know the scriptures, then we will know the power of God” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The priority of so many people is confused…But it’s not our will. It’s God’s Will that we should seek.”

“Some folks have the nerve to brag about not being sanctified. If you’re not sanctified, then you’re outside the Will of God…the Bible says, ‘This is the Will of God. Even your sanctification.’”

“Wisdom and spiritual understanding come by prayer.”

“Some folk need to have some good old-fashioned common sense.”

“Dumb questions are better than dumb mistakes.”

“You need the Holy Ghost because the Holy Ghost is a teacher…Lift your hands and say, ‘Lord, I need the Holy Ghost!’”

“When you’re filled with the Spirit of God, the Lord will direct you.”

“Let Jesus lead you!”

“When you give your life to the Lord, your question ought to be, ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’”

“Walk worthy of the Lord; this is the responsibility of every believer.”

“When Jesus is in your life, you should act like it! You should talk like it…You should live like it!”

“Children of the King should be royal in their behavior” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“God doesn’t sponsor any flops.”

“If you want to serve God, you’ll serve people, too.”

“Doing good is more than not doing wrong.”

“God is looking for somebody who will work for Him.”

“There’s a knowledge of God that you’ll receive when you work for God, that you will not receive any other time.”

“If Jesus has power over death, He has power over everything.”

“God has everything under control.”

“If you stand for God, God will stand for you.”

“Neighbor, He’s here right now…The Lord is here!”

“Jesus gave us salvation just for the asking.”

“Power is yours. Wisdom is yours. The Holy Ghost is yours. Come on and praise Him!”

“Whatever the Lord is passing out, I want it!”

BIBLICAL REFERENCES – Colossians 1:1-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; James 1:5; Ephesians 5:17; John14:26 Proverbs 3:5-6; Ezra 8:23; Galatians 6:9; Luke 5:5; Acts 1:8; John 16:7; Mark 16:17; Luke 11:13; Acts 2:4, 2:39, 10:46, 19:6. Psalm 22:3.

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Pastor Rick Warren on the Leadership of Bishop Blake

Pastor Rick Warren joined West Angeles in celebrating the 75th birthday of Bishop Blake on Friday, July 31. Here are his thoughts on Bishop Blake and the powerful effects he has had on West Angeles and around the world.

On Friday, at the great West Angeles Church of God in Christ Cathedral in Los Angeles, I had the privilege of honoring the 75th birthday of one America’s great pastors, a wonderful co-worker in ministry, a powerful force for good in the city of Los Angeles, and dear friend of mine. Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake has pastored West Angeles Church in the heart of L.A. for FORTY-SIX YEARS. That’s what you call “putting down roots” in a congregation and a city! There aren’t many pastors who’ve cared for one congregation for that long.

There are too many advantages and benefits of staying in one place for ministry than I have space to mention in this post, but here’s one benefit I’ve witnessed over and over: when you lead with love and integrity, your ministry gets better every year. If you don’t lead with love and integrity, it gets worse and more difficult every year. You can pretend to love people for a few years, but you can’t fake love for decades! The people figure out if you are legit, because there is never a moment when they aren’t watching you and testing your credibility.

If you are a leader, people are constantly doing a “credit check” on you before they invest themselves. People want to know:

1) Does my pastor love me?
2) Does he practice what he preaches? And –
3) Does he lead by example, making the first sacrifice?

“The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep” (John 10:11), and if a pastor does that humbly and consistently – year after year after year – the people will follow you anywhere, even if it means charging into hell with squirt guns!

“When you lead with love and integrity, your ministry gets better every year.” – Pastor Rick Warren

Bishop Charles Blake is that kind of leader. For 46 years he has been able to impact Los Angeles in ways like no other pastor I know, because he stayed put! In 1 Timothy1:12, Paul said “I thank God for putting me into the ministry.” Ministry is received, not achieved. It is a gift of God’s grace. And if God puts you into ministry, then you must stay put until he announces other plans for you!

I was deeply touched when my friend Charles Blake called and asked me to preach at his 75th birthday celebration. During the past eight years, he has also served as leader of the Church Of God In Christ, America’s oldest and largest African-American Pentecostal denomination with 6.5 million members worldwide. Charles has spoken twice at Saddleback Church and helped me and my wife, Kay, launch our summit on caring for people with AIDS. Years ago, he asked me to come to the COGIC Annual Bishops and Elders gathering to teach The Purpose Driven Church seminar to their leadership.

The world – and the Church – needs far more partnerships between black, white, brown, and every other color of pastors and churches. It was encouraging to see Caucasian and Asian and Hispanic pastors working in solidarity with our sister Black churches after the tragedies of Ferguson and [Charleston]. The only way to overcome evil is with good, and the only way to overcome hatred is with love.

Pastor Rick Warren and his wife Kay are the founders of Saddleback Church in Lake Forrest, CA, where he  continues to serve as the senior pastor over its 14 campuses. He is the author of The Purpose Driven Church, as well as the New York Times best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold over 30 million copies. “Pastor Rick,” as he’s affectionately known, earned a Bachelor of Arts from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Adapted from “The Value of Staying In One Place To Minister,” by Pastor Rick Warren. Posted July 31, 2015 at 1:34pm via Facebook Mentions.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In 1980, at 25 years of age, Pastor Rick Warren founded Saddleback church with his wife Kay, and has been at its helm for 35 years.
  • He is the author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” which is the best-selling hardback book in American history with over 60 million readers.
  • Today, Saddleback members speak 67 languages, and there are Saddleback churches in every (United Nations) country in the world. “We want our church to look like Heaven’s gonna look,” said Pastor Rick.
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Bishop Blake Delivers Word on Love, Marriage

The West Angeles Church of God In Christ congregation was both entertained and enlightened by Bishop Blake’s lively, spirit-filled sermon on love and marriage titled, “Invite Jesus To Your Wedding and Into Your Marriage.” This entire sermon and more is available HERE on West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

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Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake delivered a wonderful sermon titled, “Invite Jesus To Your Wedding and Into Your Marriage,” a poignant lesson on love and marriage inspired by John 2:1-2. In the scripture, Jesus and his disciples were invited to a very special wedding, best known for the first of Jesus’s signs and miracles. However, “In the early days of the Christian church,” Bishop said, “many false and heretical teachers arose attempting to indoctrinate the church. One of the false doctrines that was taught was the assertion that marriage was adverse to the life of the Holy Spirit, adverse to the work of the church, and adverse to the will of God.”

Bishop Blake continues by saying that even today, many devalue the power and importance of marriage, preferring cohabitation, same-sex involvement, and raising children in single-parent homes.

Bishop also includes statistics which reveal the important balance created by marriage between a man and a woman, and the value provided to human development when children are raised by both parents within its confines.

“The traditional wedding ceremony says that marriage is an honorable estate Instituted of God,” Bishop preached, “signifying unto us a mystical union that’s between Christ and His church.”

Bishop Blake’s message was also a “sermon-within-a-sermon”; taking a humorous turn with his essay called, “Before You Fall In Love.”

Highlights from the sermon follow:

“Marriage is commended by St. Paul to be honorable among all men, and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly, or lightly; but reverently discreetly, soberly, and in the fear of God.”

“Even today, there are many who would depreciate the value and the importance of marriage.”

“I read a little while ago about ‘stage of life’ marriages: you marry one person for the first stage of your life and another person for the second stage… and so on.”

“It is undeniable, irrefutable, that human progress would have been radically retarded if God had not instituted marriage.”

“Nothing in creation was sufficient for Adam except Eve.”

“In taking woman out of man, God implied that woman was a part of man.”

“Whatever man did to womankind, he did to himself. If he abased and disrespected them, then he disrespected himself.”

“Anybody who knows anything about biology knows that the male and female bodies join together to constitute the reproductive unit.”

“One of the great and destructive challenges of our day is that so many children are being raised by one parent only. They need the parental couple to love them and to provide for them, and to model life for them.”

“God devised marriage. God ordained marriage. Marriage is a life-long, loving, committed relationship between a man and a woman.”- Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“God gave man a sexual nature, and God’s Word declares that the only context for sexual involvement is within the boundaries of marriage.”

“If we are so bold to feel that somebody ought to be sexually abstinent…how much more should we obey the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, Creator of the ends of the earth when He lays out the rules for our behavior?”

“A mother has no doubt of whether she’s the mother of the child or not. She knows that that’s her child. But a man needs some assurance as to whether he’s the father of not.”

“We desire exclusivity. The integrity of the family is essential for economic well-being.”

“Multiple families and divorce can devastate any wealth that a couple has accumulated.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘It’s cheaper to keep her!’”

“Marriage not only involves individuals, but it also involves their families.”

“When two individuals are backed by two sets of parents and four sets of grandparents, and when parents and grandparents have married for life… the likelihood of generational, economic wealth and well-being skyrockets.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“The children of single parents or children from broken homes face economic and emotional deprivation, and a variety of disadvantages.”

“When you marry somebody, you not only bring them into your family, but you bring their mom, their dad, their brothers and their sisters, and their grandparents into your family also.”

“Before you look for a wife, look at yourself. Do you have yourself together? Are you sane? Are you economically sound?”

“Do you have qualities of life and pursuits and dreams that you can share to enhance somebody else’s life?”

“Make sure that you love the Lord. ‘There are ways that seem right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.’
Be careful in your selection of a mate.”

“Some people are more careful about choosing their clothes, about choosing their apartment, choosing their car, than they are about choosing a marital mate.”

“I believe in marriage at first sight –  I also believe in taking a second look!”

“Wisdom and love need to drink form the same cup.”

Husbands, love your wives just as Christ also loved the church. – Ephesians 5:25

“I’m going to tell you how to prevent an unhappy marriage and how to prevent a divorce; and the way you do it is to marry the right person in the first place!”

“Her hair may be long and black…it’s a weave! Her teeth may be beautiful and white…they’re false! Her shape is out of sight…her hips are latex!”

“I know he came by in a fine car, but he stole that car. He’s hiding it, trying to keep it from being repossessed! He says he works days and at night he’s working on his master’s degree. He’s lying. He’s a drug pusher! ‘Oh, he has such big muscles!’ He should. He works out every day in jail!”

“Before you fall in love, put priority on spiritual and emotional excellence, not just on physical and erotic attractiveness.”

“The best way to tell what a person will do is to look at what a person has done.”

“Before you fall in love, make sure that person is available!”

“When two people love the Lord, who committed to the way of God, who believe the Word of God, and who believe in Christian principles, living, and raising their family, they’ve got a marriage that’s going to work and be Blessed.”

“Having a mutual commitment to Jesus Christ is a key area of compatibility in marriage.”

“Ephesians 5:25 says, ‘Husbands love your wives just as Christ also loved the church’…The husband and wife have got to love one another like Jesus loved the church.”

“There are some who’ve said that it’s the role of the husband to love, and it’s the role of the wife to submit, but I would say that both the husband and the wife must love and submit… The bible says in 1 Peter 5:5, ‘All of you must submit to one another.'”

“Is there anybody in here glad that Jesus loved you?”

“No matter how you’ve lived; no matter what you’ve done; no matter who you’ve hurt, God loves you today!”

“Jesus can change your life!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 2:1, Genesis 2:18, Hebrews 13:4, Proverbs 14:12,  Amos 3:3, 2 Corinthians 6:14, Proverbs 3:5-6,   1 Peter 5:5-6, John 15:7, John 15:4-5 , John 15:13, Ephesians 5:25-27.

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Kids Sports Camp set for July 27…enroll today!

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

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

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

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

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

Enroll today at the church office!