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Bishop Blake: Adopt These 5 Qualities for a Prosperous Life

Our Presiding Bishop

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Our Chief Apostle

PRESIDING BISHOP CHARLES E. BLAKE, SR.

Bishop Blake meets with President Barack Obama

Bishop Blake served on President Barack Obama’s Faith-based Advisory Council during Obama’s historic administration.

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. was elected Presiding Bishop, the seventh in succession, by the General Assembly of the Church of God in Christ, Incorporated, on November 12, 2007, at the 101st Holy Convocation, during the quadrennial election. Bishop Blake was re-elected as Presiding Bishop in 2012, and again on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, following the COGIC 109th Holy Convocation. Presiding Bishop Blake is currently serving his 3rd four-year term as Presiding Bishop.

Bishop Blake is the pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, one of the largest churches in the Western United States, with a membership of over 25,000.  He is recognized as one of the great preachers of this generation with a message that ministers to the whole person and brings together people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds.

On April 6, 2009, in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama sought Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake to serve on his 25-person White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  This one-year appointment is a testament to his passion for the community and his desire to unite all people for the common good.  He was also chosen as one of four individuals to speak at the Democratic National Convention’s first Ecumenical Service, where he pronounced his status as pro-life Democrat and challenged both Democrats and Republicans to protect the rights of the unborn and born alike.

The heart of Bishop Blake is seen quite clearly in the love that he has for the children in Africa who have become orphans because of the HIV/AIDS pandemic plaguing the continent.  In response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, Bishop Blake founded, and was president of the Pan African Children’s Fund (PACF).  Save Africa’s Children, a program of PACF, provided support to over 420 orphan care programs, 200,000 children and 24 nations throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Our First Lady Mae Blake

Bishop Blake and “his secret weapon”: First Lady Mae Lawrence Blake

Bishop Blake has also formerly served as an Advisory Committee Member of the Pentecostal World Conference, and as the founder and Co-chair of the Los Angeles Ecumenical Congress (LAEC), an interdenominational coalition of religious leaders and pastors.  He was the founding Chair of the Board of Directors for the C.H. Mason Theological Seminary, and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, and as a Board Member of the Board of Directors for the Interdenominational Theological Seminary.  Bishop Blake has served as Chair of the Executive Committee, member of the Board of Directors of Oral Roberts University, and as a member of the Board of Directors of International Charismatic Bible Ministries.

Bishop Blake’s awards and accolades are numerous.  A few include the Distinguished Leadership Award presented by the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University (2007), the Trumpet Award (2006), the Salvation Army’s William Booth Award, the Greenlining Institute’s Big Heart Award, and was the designated recipient of the Los Angeles Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Award (2000).  In 2003, Bishop Blake was awarded the Harvard Foundation Humanitarian Medal for his work with Save Africa’s Children and its mission to support orphanages throughout the continent of Africa.  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors designated February 5, 2004 as Bishop Charles E. Blake Day.

Second only to his call as a minister of the Gospel, Bishop Blake says his most treasured accomplishments are those of a devoted husband to Lady Mae Lawrence Blake, and a loving father and grandfather to their three children and eight grandchildren.

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7 Promises of God That Will Motivate You Today

God has given us seven Biblical principles that can help us become more motivational.

Behold: I am the Lord is there anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27 

The prophet Jeremiah ministered during one of the darkest periods in the history of the Jewish nation. God became angry with the Jewish nation.  While the Kingdom of Judah dealt with great distress. Babylon, the greatest military force of that day, had launched a deadly attack against  Judah.

God had revealed to Jeremiah that, although He had delivered Judah many times in the past, Judah was on the verge of being defeated. Its land and its assets were going eventually  confiscated. Its people were going to be made slaves. Many had already been killed by the Babylonians. Others were facing starvation and great desperation.

But Zedekiah not only rejected Jeremiah’s counsel, he also put Jeremiah in jail (and Jeremiah, of course, was proven correct; Babylon did overwhelm Judah, Zedekiah’s kingdom).

However, let’s take note of God’s grace and God’s mercy, even in the midst of crisis and amid catastrophe. God, in the midst of their distress, gave Judah a promise. In Jeremiah 32, God let them know that He still had a future for them:

  1. I will gather them from all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to this place…I will cause them to dwell in safety (Jeremiah 32:37).
  2. They shall be my people, and I will be their God (Jeremiah 32:38).
  3. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the good of them, and of their children after them (Jeremiah 32:39).
  4. I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good (Jeremiah 32:40).
  5. I will put my fear in their hearts (Jeremiah 32:40).
  6. I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul (Jeremiah 32:41).
  7. I will bring upon them all the good that I have promised them (Jeremiah 32:42).

Time and again, God says, ‘I will.’” Even in the midst of a terrible predicament, Judah received promises from the Lord.

NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR GOD

Some of you are in a terrible predicament today. You’ve got bills, you’ve got creditors, and they’re pressing in on your from every side. The demons of hell are bombarding you with temptations designed to make you a slave, and to exile you from everything that’s valuable and important to you. The evil forces of the earth assault you with relentless fury so that your very survival is at stake. In the midst of it all, God seems distant or silent, and it seems you can go no further.

But I pray today that whatever state you’re in, that you will listen and hear God say, “I WILL.” We have a God who will keep His promises. God has made promises to us that can sustain us in the middle of our distress. If you believe God will keep His promises, give praise to the Lord.

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Jeremiah 32:24-42, 24-57, 33:3; 2 Corinthians 1:20.

From the sermon, “Take Title When You Can’t Take Possession,” by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. 3-5-2017, at West Angeles Church of God In Christ.

WATCH NOW: Experience the entire inspiring sermon, “Take Title When You Can’t Take Possession,” HERE, on West Angeles’ LEGACY BROADCAST.


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Nothing Is Impossible performed by SINACH JOSEPH, Nigeria