Dr. Tonya Lewis: Are You Stable and Secure?

To be stable means “to be constant, firm, unchanging, unwavering and established.” To be secure means “to be, safe, protected and sheltered.” Being stable and unwavering in our decisions and actions determines our level of security. But how do you make your decisions and live your life? Can what you say be trusted and reliable because your answers and actions are known to be stable? Or are you liable to “flip-flop” in what you say and do?  

Just as we desire that others be stable in their dealings with us, our Heavenly Father desires us to be stable in our interaction with Him- constant, firm, unchanging, unwavering and established –  so that we can experience the fullness and richness of a relationship with Him. Hebrews 3:6(NIV) says,

But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.  

Unshakable faith in Jesus Christ secures our residence in the “Household of God.” When we are members of God’s household, we reap the benefits of being family members. But in order to securely establish our relationship with God, it is important that we read His Word on a daily basis.

 

The Power in the Unmovable Word of God

In order to experience a flourishing relationship with Jesus Christ, we must totally adhere to God’s Word.

Jesus gives us direction for establishing biblestable and secure lives in Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV):

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Jesus is the Rock we must build our lives upon. He even identifies as wise and stable those persons who not only hear His Word, but also put it into action. On a daily basis we must be constant, firm and unwavering in our decision to be submissive to Jesus. His Word will govern our conduct, our words, and our interactions with Him and with others. Any guidance that the Word of God gives us is not for His benefit, but for our own. Through daily unwavering faith in Jesus Christ, God unleashes unimaginable and overwhelming blessings into our lives!

 

The Benefits of Unwavering Faith

If we are unwavering in our faith, and  committed to our relationship with and obedience to the Lord, our Rock, then:

  • when the trials of life come, we are automatically guaranteed security in our relationship with Him.
  • when the waters of sorrow, depression or temptation flood in to overtake us and to collapse or destroy our faith in Him, we will remain stable.
  • where the foolish hear God’s Word and ignore it, we instead become wise.  
  • when the mindset and ways of the world dominate all around us, we unleash the power of God’s Word, and remain unmovable.

Yes, this word is for each of us, whether we’ve had a long-term relationship with Jesus Christ or we’ve only recently been saved. Listen to the Holy Spirit of God, for He does speak to us each day to lead and guide us into all truth and righteousness. With His help, we are assured to remain wise and not drift into foolishness.

So continue to be stable; the light of Jesus’ Word: and secure the rich blessings of fellowship with Him. God bless.  


Hear the Alambama A&M Gospel Choir sing, “On Christ The Solid Rock” below:

It’s Father’s Day: 11 Qualities of a Strong Father

West Angeles Church of God In Christ is committed to developing and nurturing strong, resilient families, and today, we focus on fathers. Below, the West Angeles Counseling Center, under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr., has compiled a list of 11 qualities which can help a man to develop into a strong, noble father.

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” – Colossians 1:9-10

According to the dictionary, a Father is defined as:

One who has begotten a child; a male parent. A male who has impregnated a female, thus a child is born.

There are other significant definitions of fatherhood, but first, a father is a provider: spiritually, emotionally and physically. He is, in essence, a watchman over his children. He sets the spiritual tone in the family, and whether that tone is good or bad, he is the one who determines what will occur in the home. Some of you have had a negative experience with your father.  Do not allow that negativity to take place in your home.

Here’s a list of 11 things which help to define a strong father:

  1. Be a role model. A father should not only make available provisions to supply the needs of his children – food, clothes, and a roof over their heads – but he should also give a stable and loving atmosphere for his children to enjoy. Warmth and peace dominates in the home. A Father gives constant encouragement and instills a successful will inside of the son.  A father becomes a role model to his children. No other person should be able to compare to their dad. Be positive and optimistic. You can do this.
  2. Find employment. A man who is a father should be gainfully employed. There are times when a father will meet with misfortune and a job is not available to him for a time. However this father must pick up the pieces and find or create employment wherever he can to support a living for his family.
  3. Show love. A father, if married, should show love in the household for his wife and the children should see the
    A young father walks with his son.

    A young father walks with his son.

    affection between the parents. The children should not be exposed to arguing and fighting, whether verbal or physical. A real man will not abuse his wife…period! The home must be a safe haven and a sanctuary for the family.

  4. Be strong. A father should show quality strength and courage even in the midst of trouble and his family will see that and line up with that. A father should show good character and help and equip his children to live a successful life. A father must teach his children good morals and ethics so they can be fine upstanding citizens in society. A father should instruct his children to obey the law and show them if one goes against the laws of the land what will transpire if they disobey authority.
  5. Value education. A father should make sure that his children are schooled. He must also be a part of the school system in that he has a caring attitude for what his child does in class. Enjoy your children through games, sports and activities. Spend quality time with your children at home. Take them on outings and stay within your budget. Everything does not have to be big and excessive. Small things count.
  6. Love the Lord. Take your family to church and instruct them on the ways of God. You, father, show them the scriptures. Take time to pray with your children. Show them that a real man depends on God for direction and then live it at home. You, father, take time at breakfast and at dinner to talk about the day. Find out what happened at school and discuss with them where they are as they share with you. You might feel, “I don’t have time” or “There’s not enough time in the day,” but if you don’t find time to give spiritual guidance to your family, someone else will. You can do this.
  7. Set boundaries. Teach them to be obedient at home, to you and to their mom. Teach them to respect their siblings. Teach your boys to respect women in your family. Teach your daughters to respect the men in your family. This will help them to have a mutual respect for all people. Let them know as they get older that there will be a curfew. Give them rules and create guidelines for the home. Let them know that there will be chores to do. You can do this.
  8. Discipline your children. Discuss with your wife or the mother of your children how this can be done. If a father does not live with the family, then find a way to make a special bond with your child. Pay your child support, and honor and respect the mother of the child that you helped to produce. Be in the child’s life.
  9. Teach them about life. Provide whatever life lessons you can for your children. Do not let them grow up without knowing that you are their father. Teach your daughter what kind of man she should be attracted too. She will look for a man like you who is of good moral quality and who has an attitude of righteousness; a man of substance and of prayer, a man who is gainfully employed (he may or may not have a degree, but he should be a hard-working man). Help your son take the steps from childhood to adulthood. Show him how to be a real man as he grows. Show him the pit falls of making bad decisions in life and how to choose good friends. Train him up right. Let him know the mistakes you made and direct his path as God leads you. You can do this.
  10. Teach financial literacy. Save money for them for college and let them know that they can be a success in life (but of course it is better to show them with your own life). You can do this because God will help you if you ask Him.  Make sure that you have life insurance for your family in case of an emergency. Make sure that you have car insurance and medical coverage for the family. There is no excuse for excuses.
  11. Redeem the time you have with your family if you made a mistake. Humble yourself and find out if it is possible to correct your error. Even if it is your fault, it can be rectified. Fathers never give up and never give in. You can do this!

God has blessed and enabled you to plant a seed. Make sure that you water that seed and nurture that seed so that seed will someday blossom into a beautiful flower and strong deeply rooted plant and these will be your children. Be proud of them, and thank God that He allowed you to be their father.

This is our message to fathers…be blessed!

THE WEST ANGELES COUNSELING CENTER – 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 or visit our website http://www.westa.org

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Questions to Consider on the Power of Your Thoughts

Have you ever considered the power of your thoughts? This week, we welcome Elder William F. Hampton to the Elders’ Corner, with the first piece in a new series which focuses on our thoughts.

The World Book Dictionary defines a thought as “the power or process of thinking. It is a mental activity; the characteristic thinking of a particular person, group, time and/or place.  

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a thought as “serious consideration.” Strong’s Concordance defines a thought as “an association of ideas; cogitation (meaning, ‘deep thought, careful consideration, pondering, meditation’…); divided in mind.”

My definition would be:

A process of thinking that dictates your future.

In the upcoming weeks, join us on Westa.org as we focus on our “thoughts.” I will examine how the brain processes thought, and I will also touch on the following:  

1. Does God know our thoughts?  

2. What are man’s thoughts?

3. Who should determine our thoughts?

4. How can we develop our thoughts?

5. What are God’s thoughts?

6. How can thoughts affect our lives?

Last, but not least, I would like to focus on what our thoughts should reflect. Please join me next week to explore the question, “Does God know our thoughts?”


Elder F. William Hampton is a long-time member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Born in Houston, Texas, he received his High School Diploma from Hinds Agricultural High School,  his Associates of Arts Degree from Utica Junior College, his BA from Texas Southern University and his MFA from Loyola Marymount University. Elder Hampton joined West Angeles Church in 1985 and was ordained as an Elder in June of 2008.  He has worked with the West Angeles Sunday School and Youth Ministries, and is currently a member of the Web Team.  

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8 Things You Need to Know About Finding Your Purpose

“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you”

Jeremiah 1:5

Whether we know it or not, everything, and everyone, has a purpose. But life can seem pretty hopeless at times if we don’t know what our purpose is. Sure, everyone seeks happiness, but what if we were to find out that our true purpose in life isn’t contingent upon our own happiness at all?

The dictionary defines purpose as “the reason for which something is done or created, or for which something exists.”

But God’s word defines purpose in a higher way. Ecclesiastes 3 (KJV) says,  

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

In short, that means our purpose isn’t our choice, it’s God’s. It’s got nothing to do with our parents’ purposes, or our connections, or a particular industry we may think our skills fit into. Our purpose is strictly between us and God, and that makes it pretty important.

DIVINE DESIGN

Now that we know that God has created us for a divine purpose, 8 Things You Need to Know About Finding Your Purposealso know that the world will become a better place when we all know what that purpose is, then focused on making it happen. But before understanding how God will reveal His plan for our lives, we must also know that the world is going to offer all sorts of ready-made ideas for us to claim a “passion” in life – ideas which can distract us and take us down the wrong path if we’re not careful.

That part of the journey can lead us to proclaim:

  • “I want to work in the ______ industry.”
  • “People like me on television  are doing_____, and I want to do it too.”
  • “_______looks like fun!”
  • “My (dad or mom) was a ______, so I’m going to be one too.”
  • “_______makes me happy.”

These reasons, though, probably have nothing to do with why God created us in the first place.

THE SECRET TO YOUR PURPOSE

To find the answer, we’ve got to turn our own ideas inside out to embrace a whole new way of thinking. So if we’re serious about taking this journey, we’ve got to let go of our own egos and desires, then:

    1. Ditch the world’s idea of who you should be (Romans 12:2). This is one of the most important mind-clearing steps to finding our purpose. Sometimes this is hard to do: but take a “media fast”, to spend time with God. Social media, television, music: all  distracting and soul-numbing, and can fill the soul with a million voices – none of which are God’s. Even if you could find your purpose by watching endless hours of talent shows, cat fights, musical performances, sports, news, and reality tv, God doesn’t need any of them to make His purpose for your life known to you.
    2. Listen to God (Isaiah 55:11). He speaks in a myriad of ways. Asking God, hearing and listening to Him, and following Him takes commitment. Fasting, praying, meditating on His Word…You have to do the work, but in the end, it’s worth it.
    3. Keep a journal (Jeremiah 30:2). Record your dreams and visions. Let Scripture define each task you do.
    4. Go back to childhood (Jeremiah 1:5). Who you were and what you did best in the early days of your childhood can show the skills you’ll need to manifest your purpose. 
    5. Know that you are not your parents (Exodus 20:5-6). God doesn’t want you to take your parents’ issues into your future. Everyone is created for a specific, unique reason.
    6. Understand it’s not about your happiness (Luke 22:42) – it’s actually about someone else’s. Finding your purpose can actually bring difficult times because sometimes your faith will be tested.
    7. Get off the career ladder (Colossians 1:16). That’s society’s vision for you. You were born with gifts and skills of which must be used for a higher purpose.
    8. Listen to your elders (1 Timothy 4:14). Respected elders can see the vision for your life, and can confirm the path God wants you to follow.

Jesus said in Luke 9:23,

“If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”  

and in John 15:13,

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

If you look at Jesus’ life, everything He did, all the miracles He performed, He did for others; for those who needed Him. That’s the secret to unlocking the miracles in your purpose: it’s all about using your gifts for the benefit of uplifting others.

What voice or idea is unique only to you? What aspects of society drive you forward and turn on a light within you? Using your God-given gifts and talents to let the world know who God is, changes the world as only you can. Following God’s call puts you on the road to manifesting miracles found only in living out His purpose for your life.


BOOK Free To Dream by Bishop Charles E. BlakeDO YOUR DREAMS seem to be marked, “Never to be fulfilled”? Do you feel that it is impossible for your dreams to come true? Do you fear your dreams are too big to achieve?  Let  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. teach you the biblical principles to follow from the life of Joseph and other dreamers. In Free to Dream: Discovering Your Divine Destiny, you’ll learn how faith, integrity and endurance will pull you out of the valley and up to the peak of success. Bishop Blake will encourages you to pick your dreams back up, dust them off, and persevere to the fulfillment of God’s plan for your life.

PURCHASE Free to Dream: Discovering Your Divine Destiny, by Charles E. Blake, Sr. at the WEST ANGELES CHRISTIAN EMPORIUM, 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.  Phone (323) 731-3012 for more info.   One can also visit our website http://www.westa.org

Dr. Judith McAllister: We Shall Overcome

We shall Overcome:

-From “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, the Negro National Anthem, by  James Weldon Johnson.

We have come, over a way that with tears has been watered.

We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,

Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

 

 

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OUR HISTORY is resplendent with examples of ancestral strength, unimaginable faith, and a powerful vision of a day.  They are similar to the one in which we now live.  This is where we, as a people, would be able to freely worship in a beautiful Cathedrals such as this.  

Our forefathers and mothers; the unbearable pain they shouldered, the profound injustice they endured. They sacrificed their lives, their energy and great strength to overcome: and yet we are overcoming.

Now, we, as a people, must stand in unity, with the holy resolve to keep fighting, keep marching, and keep succeeding until we have indeed overcome.  

We literally come from kings and queens: Mansa Musa, Nzingha, Shaka Zulu, the Queen of Sheba – royal stock who, when bowed and broken, possessed a resiliency and an impenetrable determination to move beyond the hardship, to reach beyond the injustice, and to push past the dark veil of hopelessness to the promise of better day.   

We have overcome, yet we are overcoming – and that same thread runs within each of us. As a race, we must be resilient and dig deeper. We may bend, but we will not break!

 We have overcome, yet we are overcoming – for we must know that our true greatness lies not only in our ability to withstand oppression and survive, but also in our ability to hope, to trust, and to put our future in the hands of our Eternal God. He is strong to save. He who knows every detail of our victorious future. And it is within Him that true greatness lies!

 

A father leads his 2 sons through the streets of Harlem after Sunday service. Photo, Martine Barrat/In Our Own Image.

A grandfather leads his 2 grandsons through the streets of Harlem after Sunday service. Photo, Martine Barrat/In Our Own Image.

 

We have overcome, but yet we are overcoming – for we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony. Through the storm, through the strain, through hardship, through pain, we have overcome, and we yet, are overcoming.

In conclusion, let your words today be filled with life, hope, and strength. Share with someone the testimony of what you have been through, so that they will know that if you made it through, they can too!

For together-

We shall overcome

We shall overcome

We shall overcome some day.

Oh, deep in my heart

I do believe

We shall overcome someday.

 

Hear Dr. Judith  McAllister and the West Angeles Mass Choir perform “We Shall Overcome” below: 

 

“We Shall Overcome” – Lyrics derived from “I’ll Overcome Some Day”, Charles A. Tindley, 1900.

Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Negro National Anthem, by  James Weldon Johnson, 1899; music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson.


Dr. Judith McAllister, COGIC's International Minister of Music.

Often referred to as “The First Lady of Praise and Worship,” Dr. Judith Christie McAllister is probably best known for her impact as one of the forerunners of the Praise and Worship movement in the African American Church. Having served as Worship Leader at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ under Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., as the church’s Executive Director of the Music and Worship Arts Department, and also as Minister of Music/President of COGIC’s International Music Department, she developed a style and approach to Praise & Worship earning her accolades from coast to coast. A wife, mother, author, prolific Bible teacher, prophetic psalmist and a Grammy Award nominee, Dr. McAlister is the CEO of three entities which enable her to mentor, train and empower the next generation in the ministry of music. Judah Music Group LLC,  Inheritance of Judah Ministries and Never Ending Worship (N.E.W.) Enterprises LLC, provide the foundation for all of her workshops, seminars, ministry services and products.

President Obama Bids Farewell to the American People

– Whitehouse.gov

“…The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves” – Luke 22:26

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Today, Americans say a tearful “Farewell” to the first African American President, Barack H. Obama and the First Family as they leave the Whitehouse. He was elected as the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008; he was sworn in to his historic presidency on January 20, 2009. He was re-elected in 2012 and served a second term. President Obama and his family served our country with grace, dignity and honor; embodying the hopes and dreams of a generation. We thank you, Mr. President, First Lady Michelle, Malia and Sasha, for your wonderful eight years of service to the American people: you’ve made us proud.

Below is the President’s final thank-you letter to America, sent to the White House email list on the morning of January 19, 2017:

President Barack Obama sent out his farewell letter to the American people on January 19, 2017.

 

 

“Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power…This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it.”

“I think we’re going to see people of merit rise up from every race, faith, corner of this country, because that’s America’s strength,” Obama said. “Sometimes I get mad and frustrated like everybody else does, but at my core, I think we’re going to be OK,” he said. “We just have to fight for it; we have to work for it and not take it for granted.”  

 “I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.”

 

– Quotes, farewell address of President Barack H. Obama,  1-10-2017.  Click video below to see entire address.



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New Year’s Day Sermon: The Time of Restoration

On New Year’s Day at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, the Holy Spirit was in the place as Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. delivered a prophetic sermon for 2017, “This is the Time of Restoration.”

The West Angeles Cathedral was filled to the rafters and pulsated with shouts of high praise as the saints entered the New Year with at First Sunday service on January 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. The congregation was once again blessed by the anointed ministry of the legendary Tramaine Hawkins, the voice of gospel royalty since late 1960s, whose magnifying performance still resonated from the previous night’s Watch Night Celebration.

Hawkins, a Grammy-winning gospel recording artist, became part of the gospel music revolution when she recorded the soulful, ground-breaking hymn “Oh Happy Day” with the Edwin Hawkins Singers in 1968. It was the first million-selling gospel single to top the pop record charts as well as the first gospel cross-over hit worldwide. Accomplished soloist of 10 solo albums, “Lady Tramaine,” as she is known, has also sung with Andrae Crouch and the Disciples, Walter Hawkins and The Love Center Choir, The Hawkins Family, and Sly and the Family Stone. The multi Grammy award-winning artist has also received many other honors including two Dove Awards, the BMI Trailblazer award, and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. She also had the honor of singing at the homegoing services of both Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks, and Sammy Davis, Jr., who requested her personally.

After Lady Tramaine’s electrifying performances of the gospel classics “I Recommend Jesus” and “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake opened West Angeles’ First Sunday sermon of 2017 with Joel 2:25.

“And I will restore to you the years,” Bishop began, as the congregation again erupted in applause and praise.  Said Bishop, “Come on and tell your neighbor, ‘That’s all I needed!’”

 “This is the Time of Restoration” is available on CD and DVD at the West Angeles Christian Emporium, or HERE, at West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

THIS IS THE TIME OF RESTORATION

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“The beginning of the year is a good time to look back. It’s a good time look ahead, and at the present. A good time to take inventory, to make an assessment; an evaluation of our lives.”

“It’s not practical or productive to look at only one dimension of time alone. We need to consult with the past to designate where we were and when we’ll be there.”

“A backward look will reveal the distance you’ve traveled. A backward look will reveal the direction you’ve traveled.”

“If you draw a straight line from where you are (or where you were), and you continue that line into the future, it’s possible to generally estimate where you’re going to be in the future – economically, spiritually, emotionally.”

“Some people will never be able to conquer the future because they are forever wrestling with the past; past mistakes, past failures, past problems.”

“Few things are more disheartening than to spend your life redoing things that did not turn out right in the first place.”

“One of the things I hate to do is lose something…If I had not lost it in the first place, I could have made real progress.”

“I hope somebody will decide to do something about themselves in the year 2017.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“It’s nowhere near as frustrating as to find out that you have wasted a substantial portion of your life…walking in the wrong direction and pursuing the wrong goals…It’s a terrible realization that you have lost years of your life.”

“One of the saddest utterances of the Word of God was spoken by Saul…in the Old Testament; one of the most glorious utterances was spoken by the Apostle Paul…in the New Testament.”

“It’s so easy to blame people. It’s so easy to blame circumstances. There’s little that we can do about people though. There’s little that we can do about circumstances. But there’s a whole lot that we can do about ourselves.”

“I hope somebody will decide to do something about themselves in the year 2017.”

“Most of the destruction in our lives comes from the inside: emotions, desires, fears ideas, sins.”

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Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake: “God is a God of second chances.”

“If the problem’s on the inside, don’t complain about people and don’t complain about circumstances.”

“Most of the destruction in our lives comes from the inside.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.  

“The locust symbolizes destruction that comes from the outside.”

“Is there anybody here who feels like they’ve lost part of 2016?”

“God speaks a promise through Brother Joel…Aren’t you glad that our God is a promise-making God?”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘When I leave here, I’m going to have to promise of God on my life!’”

“God will give you years of comfort, to take care of the years of deprivation.”

“God will repair the damage!”

“A scar means the worst is over, and the best is yet to come.”

“How many of you know that scar tissue is the toughest tissue anywhere on your body?”

“If something hits your skin, it may break it or damage it. But if it it’s scar tissue, if just bounces off and keep on going, by the power of Almighty God.”

“God will repair the damage!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. 

“I feel that God sent this Word today. How many of you need this Word?”

“Somebody in here is broken and in despair…but I want to tell you, ‘Hold on. Keep on going by the power of God.”

“This is the time of restoration…God is a God of restoration.”

“That’s just what He does…He restores stuff and repairs stuff.”

“He shall be the restorer of your life.”

“Your iniquity is pardoned. Your warfare has ended. You’ll receive double for all your sins. Tell your neighbor, ‘It’s turn-around time! It’s blessing time!’”

“God is all wise, all-powerful…There’s nothing that’s too hard for God.”

“I don’t care how many times you’ve failed, God is a restorer.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘It’s turn-around time! It’s Blessing time!’” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.  

“We have been repurchased by the blood of Jesus Christ… If we have been bought back by somebody who stole us away, then that means we’re going to be alright.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘It’s going to be alright!’”

“Jesus paid it all.”

“If you believe, your relationship with God is restored. But not only is your relationship restored, you are restored!”

“God’s going to have you reap in joy! Weeping may endure for a night, but joy is coming in the morning!”

“God will give me my joy back! God will give me my peace back!”

“God is a God of the second chance, of the third chance, of the fourth chance.”

“You might have messed up, but come on back home…God is waiting on you!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Joel 2:25, 1 Samuel 26:21, 2 Timothy 4:6, Joel 1:4, Ruth 4:14, Isaiah 40:2, Psalm 126:1, Psalm 30:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Luke 15:11-32.


Hear Lady Tramaine Hawkins sing, “I Never Lost My Praise” below:

 

 

 

 

The​ ​W.A.Y. – ​How​ ​Do​ ​You​ ​Share​ ​The​ ​Good​ ​News? 

Television, the internet, and social media can take a large share of our lives.  But have we become too busy to share the goodness of God with others?  Please join Westa.org and the West Angeles Youth Bible Study Group as we explore the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman church, and its impact upon how we spread “The Good News”. 

 For the past two months our Youth Bible Study group (The W.A.Y.) has been dissecting Paul’s letter to the Roman church. The Book of Romans is arguably one of the Apostle’s most popular books of the New Testament. In fact, we could learn a lot about Paul, and his position on Jesus, God, and His people, from just reading verse 16 of Chapter 1, in which he states: 
…For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes–the Jew first and also the Gentile – Romans 1:16 (NLT). 
At first glance, one may think that Paul is simply excited about this Good News, or Gospel, and how it makes us right with God, but what one may not realize is that like any good rapper or poet, Paul is using word play in the opening lines of his letter to strengthen his argument, and to get his point across to his audience in a way they could understand. 
 
 You see, to those living in Rome, whenever they heard of this word Gospel” (“Good News,” “Glad Tidings,” or “Good Message”; euangelion in Greek) it was usually in reference to: 
the Roman Emperor (i.e. Tiberias, Augustus, or Nero),  
● the status of the emperor as Supreme Ruler and conqueror of the then known world,  
● the emperor’s many victories, accomplishments and building projects, or 
● the vitality of the empire itself. 
 
However, when Paul used this term, “Good News” (Gospel), his goal was to make it known that he was referring to the true ruler and King, Jesus the Christ, whom through his own battle (sacrificial death), and triumph (resurrection) offered victory to those who would come to believe on His name and build His kingdom.  
In essence, Paul very intentionally “jacked” a term that he knew was very common to his audience, and reassigned it to the subject of his letter — Jesus, the true Crowned King. Paul realized that he was serving One who was far greater than that of Caesar, and who had the power to do what Caesar in all of his accomplishments could never do — offer salvation to the believer — and in that, and in Him, there was nothing to be ashamed of. 
I challenge you and your family to discover ways in which you can, boldly and unashamedly, profess the Good News of Jesus Christ to those in your communities, schools, and social media platforms. Discuss ways in which you can live your faith out loud, and empower others to do the same!
In the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.”

Remain In His Grip!

By Minister Donnie Briggs


Donnie Briggs is the Youth Pastor of West Angeles Church Of God In Christ, where Presiding Bishop, Charles E. Blake, Sr. is Senior Pastor.

If you have a unique way that you share the Good News of Jesus Christ with friends or with the world, share it with us below, or on social media!

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