Lady Mae Speaks: The 66th Annual Women’s Convention

On Friday, June 3, 2016, First Lady Mae Lawrence Blake wowed the attendees of the 66th Annual COGIC Women’s Convention in Detroit, MI with her speech titled, “The Power and Value of Prayer.”

Lady Mae spoke candidly about triumphs, challenges, and the power to overcome through prayer.

“Praying is one of the most important things we can do because it brings us into the presence of God,” said Lady Mae. “If you hold your peace, prayer and the Bible can bring you out of some difficult times.”

See First Lady Mae L. Blake’s entire speech below:

The Power and Value Of Prayer! from West Angeles COGIC on Vimeo.

The Convention took place from May 30-June 3, 2016 at the Marriot Renaissance Center and the Cobo Center, Detroit, MI.

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.

A Picture of Peace

By Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

An artist was commissioned to paint a picture of peace. He painted a picture of lightning flashing across the sky; he painted debris carried thru the sky by the ferocious wind. Then, in the middle of the picture, the artist painted a huge rock that was cracked. And deep in its recesses within a cleft in the rock, the artist painted a little bird sitting on her nest, chirping softly to the little baby birds that were in the nest beneath her.

When the artist was finished, he stepped back and said, “Now that’s peace.”

Peace is not defined by the absence of storms; peace is not the absence of trouble and distress. But if you’ve got Jesus, you’ve got peace. If you’ve got Jesus, you know things are going to turn out well, and you know everything is going to be alright.

 

7 SCRIPTURES OF PEACE

The following is a list of scriptures on the peace and shelter found within the word of the Lord:

Psalm 29:11 (NKJV) The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Mark 4:39 (KJV) And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

John 14:27 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.

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

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


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Bishop Blake: In Praise of Wives and Mothers

During the month of May and in celebration of Mother’s Day, West Angeles honors wives and mothers everywhere with a compilation of quotes by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. who would like to thank “mothers and wives everywhere for their strength, courage, and resilience, and for their ability to do the extraordinary!”

“Brethren, I am prone to say that one of the greatest things that God ever did was to create women.”

“The word of God tells us that the last item on God’s agenda of creation was woman. God looked at Adam and then found that none of the things that already existed could provide Adam with the…added aspects of existence that he needed.”

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

“Woman was made out of man, so that man would esteem her and seek her welfare as he esteemed himself.”

“If he abased her and disrespected her, then he abased and disrespected himself. If he abused her, then he abused himself.”

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

“They are placed on earth as helpers, not as inferior beings…not as mere tools or instruments, but as partners in the matter of life.”

“Men have understanding of the head. Women have understanding of the heart.”

“Within her being is that which correlates itself of the being of God and that which responds to a presence of God and that which cries out for communion with Almighty God.”

“Within her being is that which shall never die, that which is of inestimable value, that for which Jesus Christ died.”

 

“A mother’s love is unconditional.  God’s love is unconditional” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

 

“A man who does not understand and appreciate women cannot understand and appreciate a wife.”

“I don’t care what men say, I don’t care how foolish and old-fashioned the moral codes may seem to be…God’s plan is still the only right plan for regulating the relationships between men and women.”

“The Bible says, ‘Let every man have his own wife – not somebody else’s wife – and let every woman have her own husband.’”

“Along the road of life, there is no greater privilege that one can find than having a wife.”

“(Jules) Michelet says, ‘To be a man in the true sense is, in the first place, and above all things is to have a wife.'” 1

“The man who has the greatest vision and fulfills the greatest dream, is the man whose wife has and sees his vision and dreams his dream with him.”

 

“If we’re to overcome evil, it’s because mothers unanimously stand to oppose the tide of evil that’s sweeping across our world.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

 

“The man who enjoys life most is the man who shares it with a lifetime partner.”

“L.M. Stretch said, ‘A good wife makes the cares of the world sit easy, and adds sweetness to its pleasure. She’s a man’s best companion in prosperity, and his best, if not his only friend in adversity. The most careful preserver of his health, and the kindest attendant on his sickness; a faithful advisor in distress, a comforter in affliction. How many of you know that a wife is all those things and more?”2

“A wife is the only one who sees you at your worst, and loves you for the best that is within you.”

“Fella, if you’re one of those guys who said, ‘I’m never going to get married. I’m going to stay single all my life,’ I feel sorry for you! You don’t know what you are missing! Somebody ought to say ‘AMEN!’”

“A woman reaches the highest level of excellence when she becomes a mother.”

“God could have created man by some other means. He could have had us hatch out of flowers or come up out of the water…but instead, God chose the means of a mother to bring us to the earth.”

“It’s on mother’s knee that he learns how to pray, learn how to conceive of almighty God”.

“If [the mother is] nervous and insecure, then to an extent, the child will be nervous and insecure…If the mother is peaceful and serene then the child will gain that same kind of confidence in life.”

“Napoleon said that the future destiny of children is always in the hands of the mothers. Someone else said that the future of society is in the hands of mothers.” 3

 

“It’s a good day to thank God that He gave you a treasure that cannot be evaluated or assessed…That is the treasure of a precious Mother” -– Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

 

“If we’re to overcome evil, it’s because mothers unanimously stand to oppose the tide of evil that’s sweeping across our world.”

“Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. What a miserable place the world would be if it were not for mothers who love Almighty God.”

“When you think about a mother’s love, you have to think about the love of Almighty God.”

“A mother’s love is unconditional…God’s love is unconditional.”

“A father will get stern on you. A father will get quiet on you…but mother would say, ‘Come on in here for a minute.”

“It’s a good day to thank God that He gave you a treasure that cannot be evaluated or assessed…That is the treasure of a precious Mother.”

“Today we ought to look toward God and lift up our eyes to God and say, ‘Thank you for mothers. Thank you for the institution of motherhood. Thank you for mothers who take their roles seriously and do their job well! Halleluiah!’”

 

Excerpted from the sermons, “A Woman, A Wife, A Mother” and ““Invite Jesus To Your Wedding and Into Your Marriage” by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. at West Angeles Church of God In Christ.

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Genesis 2:20, 3:20, Proverbs 31:30; Genesis 1:27; Romans 12:2, Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:25, 28; Hosea 11:1; John 3:16; Matthew 11:28-29.


Celebrate and uplift the women in your life! DVDs of the beautiful, inspiring WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION 2016 with First Lady Mae L. Blake and the West Angeles Women’s Affairs Organization are available after Sunday services in the West Angeles Cathedral Concourse, or at the West Angeles Christian Emporium, 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone:(323) 731-3012.

 

FOOTNOTES:

1 Jules Michelet; “The People”. London: Charles Edmonds, 154 Strand, 1846.

2 L. M. Stretch ; “Beauties of History; Or, Pictures of Virtue and Vice, Drawn From real Life, designed for the instruction and Entertainment of Youth”. A New edition, Volume 1, London. Printed for J. Brambles, A. Meggitt, and J. Waters, by H. Mozely, Gainsborough. 1808.

3 ”Golden Hours for 1866. A Magazine for Sunday Reading” Edited by W. Meynell Whittemore, D.D.; page 7.

 

 

Children’s Music Conference, Boys Scouts Pancake Breakfast Set for April 15-16

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New Members Welcome, March 31

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NEW MEMBERS
We welcome all new members to join us for our New Member’s Orientation, where anyone can begin the process of becoming a member at West Angeles Church. Come out and join us in a brief time of fellowship, food and information on Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m. in the Crystal Room.

Easter Mall Outreach, March 26

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Come and join with the Soul Winners and the Deacons for Soul Winners EASTER Mall Outreach, Saturday, MARCH 26 at 11 a.m. in the Courtyard of the North campus. If interested in becoming a Soul Winner. you can inquire and sign up at Table 7A on the Cathedral Concourse after the morning services and evening services at the North Campus.

The Art of G.I.V.I.N.G.

By Sis. Kimberly Clark

Embracing the holiday season comes with what also should be food for the soul! You feed your soul when you do well unto others and be mindful about the true meaning of giving–unconditional and without a need for return. Just as we know that God loves a cheerful giver, there is yet and still an art to it.

Below is an in-depth view behind the Art of Giving:

G: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

I: Its not about “I.” Giving is a selfless act and should never be reference back to “this is what I did.”  Completely take the ‘I’ out of the equation and follow the principles of God. No need to announce it with trumpets, letting your left hand know what the right hand is doing. Our Father which art in heaven sees all and what is done in secret and therefore will be rewarded to you.

V: Value. The value of giving doesn’t necessarily mean dollars & cents. The unconditional gesture of giving could represent many options that far exceed a monetary value. The value you share could be in time, a listening ear, dedicating yourself to giving comfort, becoming a big brother or sister, sharing your gifts & talents with a non-profit organization, and the best of all…LOVE. A moment, hour, even a day of your time is most certainly valuable to you. However, giving it to those who may be in need is not only priceless to them, but God as well.

I: Inspiration. I pray that this message will inspire you to make a change in your life & others by giving. As you get ready to sit down for Christmas dinner with your family, share the message of giving. Then, going around the table, ask each family member to express one thing they’ll do to make a conscious effort in giving, whether it’s before December 31 or in the new year. Remember, it doesn’t need to be monetary.

N: Nurture. The hustle & bustle of the world can take a toll on you. Keep in mind that you never know what others are dealing with. We tend to show up and show out for our careers, but often treat family, friends and loved ones as secondary. The meaning of Christmas is said to be the spirit of giving. God gave us the ultimate gift. He died on the cross to redeem us from our sins. Are you giving your all to please God? You would be very surprised that most of us just want a little time. Don’t take others for granted, thinking they will always be there.

G: “Generously, remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 Learn the true principles behind the meaning of Christmas, before the world became commercialized our ancestors gave from the core of their heart. The next time you give ask yourself, am I giving for the right reasons or am I expecting something larger in return? Give from the spirit within you. That is the golden ticket to share generously this Christmas.

Why Did God Choose the Shepherds?

As a prelude to Christmas, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. looks at the many ways in which God chooses those He blesses.

“We’re approaching Christmas, and we’re excited about all the wonderful things which are taking place here at West Angeles. I hope you’ll be involved in all of them,” said Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr., in regard to upcoming Holiday events including Christmas at the Cathedral. “But as we approach Christmas, I want to look at an aspect of the story of our Savior’s birth (in Luke 2). Of all the people who God might have invited, the only group He informed was a group of lowly shepherds, keeping watch over their flocks by night.

“Now, you might say, ‘What about the wise Men?’, said Bishop, “and I would agree with you to a degree, but the Wise Men were not chosen like the shepherds were chosen.”

In this sermon, Bishop Blake gives us several reasons which explain why God invited the shepherds to witness the arrival of Jesus Christ to the world, and reveals the ways in which we can get God to choose us too. “If God can choose shepherds, he can choose anyone: and God has chosen you”.

See the entire sermon HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand.  Highlights from the sermon follow:

“Earth was about to receive a visitor from outer space. Never before had such a visit taken place…This was a visit from the Lord of the universe, to a remote solar system, in a single galaxy, on a single speck in the universe called the earth.”

“Over the centuries, divine proclamations, prophetic predictions, and the whole flow of earthly affairs all pointed to the moment when this visit would take place.”

“The significance of the moment cannot be overstated or over emphasized.”

“The time of His coming had long since been determined but the issue before the divine council was, ‘Who was to be told of the birth of the Christ child? Upon whom should we place the honor of being the first recipients of that wonderful news?’”

“This was a choice that people did not get to make. This was a choice that God Himself made. Some choices God reserves for Himself. Some choices people don’t get to make.”

“I’m glad that God doesn’t leave the important decisions about me up to people, because people can love you today and hate you tomorrow.”

“People have their own agendas. They have their own inner conflicts their own dilemmas. What they decide about you doesn’t always have anything to do with you.”

“I’m glad God chooses”– Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“The Bible lets me know what kind of God he is. He’s all-powerful, all-knowing, He’s wise, He’s Holy, He’s just, He’s unchanging, and He’s merciful and forgiving.”

“You might not agree, but God loves me!”

“Before the story started, God has already written the script of my life from the beginning to the ending. All I have to do now is play my role.”

“God will bring it to pass.”

“Romans 8:28 tells us how it turns out for folks that are chosen by God.”

“Your only memory of elementary school might be the memory of not being chosen to play on the team or to be involved in the activity…but if God chooses you, you win.”

“According to my reading in the Word of God, the only individuals who received a direct heavenly announcement about the birth of Jesus Christ…an invitation to come and worship Him was a group of shepherds.”

Wise men always seek Jesus” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“’Pursue’ was the key word for the wise men. No mention is made of any heavenly vision that came to the wise men…but they were sensitive to the Divine, and they were hungry for God.”

“They were wise men, not according to the wisdom of the world, but according to true wisdom. Wise men always seek Jesus.”

“God had chosen the Jews to be the vehicles of his revelation. The Old Testament was given to the Jews; Jesus was sent to the Jews…but these wise men were not Jews.”

“The wise men had a sincere respect for the things of God, so they diligently pursued Biblical knowledge and wisdom, and studied the heavens and acted upon their discoveries. But the shepherds had a heavenly vision, a divine visitation.”

“It may not be your turn. It may not be your time, but if you seek God with all your heart, God can move you to the front of the line.”

“Child of God, hold on ‘til you get your blessing; hold on to your miracle. You might have to go out of your way, you might have to travel along distances, you might have to travel beyond yourself to get what God has in store for you. But if you press on, God will hear your prayer.’

“I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, and before I leave here today, I shall be filled.”

“If you don’t get an invitation to the Holy Ghost party, show up anyhow and get your miracle!”  – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“God said, ‘If I choose the rich folk, if I choose the highly educated folk, if I choose the folk that everybody expects me to choose, I won’t get the glory for what I do in their lives. They’ll get the glory.”

“It was not me, it was God who did the work!”

“God reaches for humble people.”

“God loves to go ‘outside the box’ to make His choices.”

“God was on a roll; He was in the groove, He had it going on!”

“Don’t let anybody make you feel bad because you don’t have what other folks have. Don’t let anybody make you feel bad because you don’t have a PhD or a Masters. Don’t let anybody make you feel bad because you’re not in their crowd. This might be the day that God has chosen to Bless your crowd!”

“Even if it’s not your day, prayer and faith can move you to the front of the line”

“God will not share His glory. God will not share His praise.”

“The more He does for you, the more you ought to praise Him.”

“God chose shepherds because He wanted everybody to know that they are important unto Him.”

“If everybody’s important to God, everybody ought to be important to you” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Men look on the outer appearance, but God looks on the heart! Hallelujah!”

“I know there’s a $500 suit on his back, I know there’s a $700 pair of shoes on his feet, a $100,000 car in his driveway…but don’t look at all that. You’d better look at the heart.”

“If you’re not careful, you might find somebody who’ll say, ‘Play Misty For Me.’ Uh huh.”

“Everything that looks good is not good.”

“There are too many people that want folk to give to them, rather than giving to folk. There are too many people that want people to serve them, rather than serving people. But it’s what you do for Christ that’s going to last.”

“God chose the shepherds because he knew what kind of people they were. He knew they would obey and go. He knew that they would testify and give Him praise.”

“If you want God to bless you, you’ve got to be willing to go when God says ‘Go!’”

“I don’t know about you, but wherever God is working, I want to be in on it.”

“If you don’t have time for Jesus, you don’t have time to be Blessed by Almighty God.”

“If God can choose shepherds, He can chose anyone” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Praise Him because He walked by a millionaire, a King, and a ‘high and mighty,’ and reached way down and got you!”

“I’m glad that the Lord saved me!”

“God loves for us to testify and tell men about Jesus.”

“Let’s lift Jesus up. He chose you to be a witness. He chose you to serve Him to do His will. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to tell everyone about my savior!”

“Stand up in this place and give God praise!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Luke 2:7-20, John 1:1-14, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 139:1-17, Romans 8:28, Numbers 24:17, Matthew 15:22-28, 1 Corinthians 1:26-28, 1 Samuel 16, Mark 16:15, Psalm 34:1-3, Psalm 100:2-4, Matthew 5:6.

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