5 Things I wish I'd known before I went to College

5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went To College

 

It’s “Back-to-School Season”; that time of year when youth and young adults around the world say “good-bye” to Summer fun and freedom, and go back to the structure and routine of school.

Senior year symbolically marks the end childhood and the beginning of adulthood: and for many, life on your own in college.

I still remember my first realization that I’d be leaving the small-town comforts and familiarity of home and family to embark upon the journey to adulthood in the big city. Up until that point, I’d spent most of my time focused on finishing my last year of high school; planning and preparing for entrance exams, college applications and portfolios; and gathering the necessities for dormitory life. Then it hit me: I’m going to be living a totally new life – and I had no idea what that was going to be.

Looking back now, I see an amazing adventure, and I wouldn’t have traded in a day of those experiences. But years later, much has changed in the world of today. The times are very different: and there might be a few things I’d want to know if I were doing it all over again.

Here are 5 things I wish I’d known before going away to college:

  1. Your faith will be tested. Your first encounters may be with people, activities, or ideas which are the exact opposite of everything you’ve learned to be true up until now.But although it’s great to learn new things, that doesn’t mean that your faith is wrong: even if everyone in society says otherwise.Your homework assignment for today: Read about Daniel and his friends in The Book of Daniel, chapters 1-6. Best advice here? Practice discipline. Know that saying “No” is a strength: not a weakness.
  2. It’s not necessarily a Christ-centered education you’re getting. Unless you’re attending a Christian college or seminary, your education is going to be secular; meaning, it may uphold more worldly ideas than Godly ones. I always thought that college was a more in-depth, specialized version of what we get in high school, and like the news, education was supposed to be neutral and objective, based on a central (bible-based) truth. Well, that’s no longer true for the news, and it’s not always true for your college education either. Holding onto your faith will prove to be an important asset (Proverbs 2:1-2).
  3. It’s a crash course in tolerance. My coed college dorm was a converted apartment building with large apartments as dorm rooms. Within my first two years of college, I’d had seven roommates; among them: a lovable white “hippie” drug dealer; a physically-challenged adopted Asian; a free-spirited African-American; a prim, Southern white supremacist; a shy Latino. That close proximity to actually living with diversity has continued to prepare me for life experiences to this day (Ephesians 4:2-5).
  4. You won’t always have someone on your side. Nope, not even professors. As a matter of fact, many professors feel it’s their duty to break you of whatever old ideas they think you’re harboring in order to make you “a new creation”. But remember your faith: and according to 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, that’s Jesus’ job. Joseph’s story in Genesis 34 is a great one to remember regarding the trials – and rewards – of staying faithful to the dream God has for you.
  5. It’s a very important step in a much bigger journey. Be proactive about your education; develop as many of your skills as possible. Where a syllabus may fall short culturally or spiritually, research other titles which can supplement your knowledge base. It’s important to seek and learn all you can to prepare yourself for the life God created you for (Matthew 25:14-30). Staying true to your Christian faith when you’re young will yield many rewards later in life, and this is just the beginning.

I guess the diversity of experiences was a gift, and I chose to accept it head-on (unlike our troubled, white supremacist roommate who, upon asking to be moved to another apartment during our first semester, was never seen or heard from by any of us again). My college years eventually led me to a fuller understanding of Jesus, of God, of my own values, and of the world. It may sound trite, but life really is a wonderful journey if you remember to keep the faith, stay the course, and hold on to the lessons it brings.

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES -Daniel 1-6, Proverbs 2:1-2,Ephesians 4:2-5, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18,Genesis 34, Matthew 25:14-30.

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When atheist philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) plans to forego “dusty arguments” in his class, he insists the new students declare that “God Is Dead.” Unable to do this, Josh (Shane Harper) is challenged to defend his faith and prove to the class that God is NOT Dead. 

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SERMON: Bishop Blake says, “Encourage Yourself”

1 Samuel 30:6 (NKJV) – Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. took inspiration from the magnificent life of King David, and his power to overcome in 1 Samuel 30 in his sermon titled, “Encourage Yourself.” In the scripture, David’s town had been burned and his family and possessions taken away by his enemies, but he strengthened himself, praying to God for guidance.

“He was the least likely son, in the least likely family, from the least likely tribe in all of the kingdom,” said Bishop Blake. “Yet God commanded His prophet Samuel to anoint David as the future King of the Jews.

“The devil will tell you what is not going to happen, and what can’t happen. But God lets us know that all things are possible.”

Please CLICK HERE to see this sermon in its entirety at West Angeles’ Gospel-On-Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“The life of David is one of the most spectacular adventure stories ever recorded in the annals of history.”

“David ascended from the care of his father’s flock to the rulership of the flock of almighty God – Israel and Judah.”

“There are many elders who dislike young people just because they’re young…So many young people have no use for their elders and think that they know more than their elders do.”

“David was aware that promotion comes neither from the east or the west, or from the north or the south. It’s God that takes down one, and puts up another.”

“Those who take things into their own hands soon find out how weak their hands really are.”

“Put yourself in God’s hands and you’ll find no better place to be in all of the universe.”

“The Bible says that David encouraged himself in the Lord…He had lost everything: he had lost his wives. He had lost the loyalty and support of his men. But when folk let you down, you can still turn to God” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“David had to be discouraged. He had to be sick at heart. David had to be depressed but these are feelings that are common in our day.”

“There are very few people who are genuinely happy in the world today.”

“Men today respond in many different ways when they’re faced with trouble. Some people resign themselves to trouble…Some people blame other people for their distress.”

“When everything is going wrong, when everything is too hard to handle, too much to deal with, don’t just sit there in your predicament. Have a talk with Jesus!”

“Each of us has a battle with ourselves.”

“How many of you know that you would not have made it this far without the goodness of the Lord? How many of you know that you would not be here if God had not taken care of you?”

“Our God is a God of power. Our God is a God of might.”

“David reminded himself, ‘My God is a mighty God, and if He is a mighty God, there’s nothing He cannot do, nothing that He cannot overcome, nothing that he cannot deal with.'”

“You need to remind yourself that your God is not a weak God, your God is a mighty God. Taught the wind to blow. Taught the birds to fly. Come on, say, ‘Our God is a mighty God!’”

“As long as God has something for me to do, I can’t die until I get it done…As long as God has a purpose for my life, I’m going to live on.”

“Child of God, when you’re feeling low, just remember that God is in your life. He’s a mighty God. He’s a wise God. He’s a loving God. He cares about you.”

“The Bible says that David encouraged himself in the Lord…He had lost everything. He had lost his wives. He had lost the loyalty and support of his men. But when folk let you down, you can still turn to God.”

“The Lord will not let you down. He’ll be with you through thick and through thin.”

“You might have lost your relationship with God. You might have lost your fellowship with God. But God did not leave you.”

“There are things that we as believers ought to make up our minds that we don’t want to lose.”

“If you’ve lost anything, there’s a determination on God’s heart to restore that unto you. Halleluiah!”

“Don’t let good things slip away.”

“Spiritual health and vitality can be lost if it’s not nourished by prayer.”

“We can lose our fervor and become lukewarm if we don’t stay in love and in contact with Almighty God.”

“If you wake up in the morning with your mind… on Jesus, you can make it throughout the day, and He’ll stand guard over your mind and over your mind.”

“Take back your determination. Stop letting the devil push you around!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“The devil and the Holy Ghost cannot coexist in the same space. When the Holy Ghost shows up, the devil has got to go!”

“Whatever the Lord says is Yes, and Amen! I’ll say yes to Him, because He keeps on saying yes to me.’”

“You can still catch them; you can still overtake them. They may have a head start, but don’t you give up! Don’t you wave the white flag. Run after them! Pursue them! Halleluiah!”

“Child of God, you may have said, ‘It’s useless. It’s hopeless. I’m too old. It’s too late.’ But you’ve got to make up your mind that it’s never too late as long as God is involved.”

“There’s not a devil in Hell that can run fast enough to outrun God.”

“Overtake; walk in, in the name of Jesus!”

“Pursue! Overtake! You shall recover all!”

“Whatever it is, God can turn it around! It’s turn-around time!”

“God is going to give you more than you ever had before! Tell two people, ‘God is going to give you double for your trouble!’”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: 1 Samuel 30; Matthew 18:11; Luke 15:4-8, 11; Hebrews 2:1; Philippians 4:4-8; Jude 20; Psalm 46:1; Luke 10:19; 2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 40:31; Philippians 4:19; Ephesians 3:20; Galatians 6:9; Psalm 30:5

Bishop Blake: Live a High-Leverage Life

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake teaches 5 principles of living a blessed, high-leverage life in the Lord.

2 Chronicles 31:20-21 (NKJV) – 20 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. 21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.

I’m quite fascinated by the life of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was prosperous. Hezekiah was blessed. He was one of the greatest kings in the history of the Israelites. During Hezekiah’s reign, Israel became a nation which was admired and respected by the other nations of the world.

Hezekiah prospered in all his works. The man was ridiculously rich. He received tremendous miracles from God. He experienced outstanding manifestations of God’s power and might. His was a high-leverage life because of his attitude, conduct, and behavior, which brought into action the providence and power of almighty God.

Dr. Judith McAllister leads the West Angeles Mass Choir in "Total Praise." 10-2-2016.

Dr. Judith McAllister leads the West Angeles Mass Choir in “Total Praise.” 10-2-2016.

5 QUALITIES OF THE HIGH-LEVERAGE LIFE

When you look at the results of Hezekiah’s life, it is not his effort or ability that caused these great miracles to take place. I focus on Hezekiah today because we can learn from him. We should learn from great men how to be greater; from wise men, how to be wiser, and from blessed men, how to be more greatly blessed.

What positive qualities do great people possess that we can incorporate into our own lives? How can we sense a person’s heart when discerning their conduct? And what qualities do we observe in Hezekiah?

  1. He pleased God. When God is with you, you prosper wherever you go. God is looking for those who will do what’s right; folks who do are high-leverage people. When you are a righteous person, you are in step with the canons and rhythms of God’s great universe.
  2. He was a man of character. How you behave daily is an indication of your character. Character is not only good behavior but also the moral convictions that produce good work in your life. God the Creator has a master plan by which the universe was created and operates. We obey the quote-leverword of God – the Holy Bible – because we recognize the wisdom and authority of God as Creator.  If you’re not obeying God, it’s because you think you’ve got a better solution.
  3. He made a covenant with God. A covenant is a committed relationship. God has committed Himself to us, but so few of us are really committed to Lord. We don’t want a relationship…we want a date! In Romans 8:35-39, Paul said, “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  4. He had faith. He trusted God. Our faithfulness does not exempt us from trouble, but God does promise to be with us in the midst of it (Daniel 3:25). The Son of God will show up in your situation if you’re faithful to God; God will fight your battles.
  5. He prayed. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16, KJV). I know you’re having problems, but stop talking about them!  If you cry out to God, He will show up; if you call Him, He will answer you.

God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to save us. Jesus not only died for us, but He also rose up on the third day.  That’s God’s guarantee to you that you, too, shall rise. The name of Jesus means you can have life everlasting; in Him, your life can be more than you ever dreamed. Let God Himself take control of your life.

When you live a high-leverage life, you’ve got leverage with Almighty God.

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: 2 Chronicles 31:20, 32:1-7,23,27, 29:2-10, 7:14; 2 Kings 19:14-16, 35-36, 20:1-6,11, 18:5;1 Samuel 16:7, John 4:23, Jeremiah 9:24, 33:3; Romans 1:18, 8:31, 35-39; Proverbs 3:6, 16:7, 14:12; Daniel 3:25, Ephesians 3:20.

Adapted from the sermon, “The High-Leverage Life”, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.; October 2, 2016 at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, Los Angeles, CA.


 

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Bishop Blake: The Foundation of Our Faith

The starting point of the believer’s knowledge of God, and the believer’s knowledge of the things of God, is not in the Old Testament…it is in Jesus BISHOPblake-2011Christ, the Son of God. Without Jesus, we probably would not be aware of – nor would we even read – the Old Testament. But the Old Testament points to Jesus. He fulfills the Old Testament.

Before Jesus, the Jewish faith (the faith of the Old Testament) was exactly that…the Jewish faith. No one much beyond the Jews was interested in, nor did they feel they had access to, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Most people believed in in some kind of god, they just did not know what that god was like, or who that god was. In the Gentile world, they heard the testament of those who had walked the earth with Jesus Christ, or they were confronted with the very spirit of the risen Christ Himself. Without the life of Jesus, and without the Old Testament, the New Testament would not have become the basis for the great faith called Christianity.

This history is not said to reflect upon the Jews. God chose that nation, that group, to be the vehicle of the truth that He wanted to reveal up to that point. He isolated that race so that He could develop through them the truths upon which Jesus would build, and upon which the life and teachings of Jesus would be based.

The Gentile world seemed more ready to accept the Messiah that the Jews had described in the Old Testament than they were. And it is also a strange fact that the whole structure of sacrifices of animals and of blood ceased soon after Jesus offered the perfect sacrifice. In the Jewish synagogues and temples, there is no sacrifice of blood anymore, even though they believe that there is no redemption without the shedding of blood.

Because of Jesus we have a link – a Way – into the wonderful promises God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Jesus told us about God because He is God. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, He would never have impacted the world as He has. If He did not rise from the dead, He would not have the significance for us that He has.

Adapted from the sermon,“The Foundation of Our Faith”, at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, 10/16/2016.  

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: 1 Corinthians 15:12-21, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.


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Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake: The Prodigal Son

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. shares a lesson on following the most important aspect of our being in his sermon from the book of Luke 15:11-24 title, “The Prodigal Son.” 

“The text implies, the Bible confirms, and experience reveals that most are a composite of many selves: rather than just one self.”

“This young man had to bring himself to himself to do the right thing.”

“It’s only when he came to himself that he got his life together.”

“One self was down in the dumps, while the other self, reached out to God.”

“Somebody out there needs a mighty deliverance…you need to be delivered from yourself. Ask your neighbor, ‘Do you need to be delivered from yourself?’”

“Has anybody out there ever been in a situation where one self was crying out, ‘Do it! Do it;’ while the other self was yelling out, ‘Don’t do it!’ and thebishop-quote-1 third self was in the middle of it all: not knowing what to do?”

“All of us have used phrases like, ‘Watch yourself’; ‘He never found himself;’ ‘I’m sorry, I have not been myself;’ ‘He’s trying to get himself together.’”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Don’t you follow every self…follow the right self.’”

“Wisdom and practice in that day indicated that you did not give your money to your children until you died. At your death, they received their inheritance.”

“Immature saints today want to receive, rather than give…God does not have to give you anything.”

“That ought to be the spirit and attitude of every child of God: not, ‘God, what can you do for me?’ but ‘God, what can I do for you? How can I give your name glory and honor?’”

“So many, in their pride, have an erroneous sense of entitlement…but tell your neighbor, ‘You have no right to make withdrawals, if you’ve made no deposits.’”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Don’t you follow every self…follow the right self.’” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“The deceived self led to a lustful self.”

“Real respect and real commitment are the only foundations for a lasting relationship, and marriage is the only meaningful haven for sexual involvement.”

“If you know the Bible’s right, why don’t you say, ‘Amen!'”

“Marriage is the only meaningful haven for sexual involvement.”

“When the money was gone, the women were gone.”

“There is a friend…who will love you whether you have money or not; clap your hands and praise God for that friend.”

“Listen: God says, ‘Put me first, and I’ll take charge of your life.’”

“I don’t want anything to do with the devil. Give me Jesus!” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“You’ve got to stop and realize you are more than a physical man: you have a spirit and a soul.”

“You can’t depend on folk; the very person you leave the lord for will let you down.”

“The devil is opportunistic. He puts you in situations where you’re weak and feeble, and unable to really rise up for righteousness; then he brings the best arsenal he has, and releases all of his weapons onto you.”

“Today, I want to talk about the most important you.”

“I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anything to do with the devil.  Give me Jesus!”

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Luke 15:11-24, 1 Samuel 30:6, Romans 7:15-24, Mark 12:30-31, Matthew 20:28,  Proverbs 16:18, Galatians 6:3, Luke 15:30, 1 John 2:15, Romans 8:28, 1 Peter 5:8.


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Bishop Blake: Confident Living

Are your worries and fears closing in on you? Do you feel that the world goes against all you believe in? In this sermon from 2012, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. gives us the Kingdom tools for living confidently within the power of the Word of God.

Romans 8:37 – Yet in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

“Our text for today provides for us a foundation for living with confidence, and living without fear.”

“There are many Christians who do not live confidently. Our father has given us the Kingdom, but we sometimes think and act like paupers.”

“Omnipotence awaits our very beck and call, but we are filled with fear and intimidated by it all.”

“Those who would manipulate you, those who would control you, those who would imprison you emotionally, will do so by capitalizing on your hunger and on your fear.”

“Don’t tell folk your business; don’t tell folks your insecurities and fears – unless you know they love you.”

“If you look to people as a source…and if you strongly desire what people can give you, they may use you and your hunger to accomplish their goals and aspirations, rather than your good.”

“By holding up what you desire, they will lead you in directions that you should not go.”

“Be careful of who you reveal your insecurities to.”

“Fear will cause you to turn away from a very righteous agenda.  When people know you are afraid, they will use your fear to make you step aside and be silent, when you ought to be speaking out.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“You’re never better off when you’re content.”

“Don’t be hungry for things…live in, drive in, and wear what you can pay for.”

“Don’t live on credit, because if you live on credit you’re going to live hungry and afraid.”

“If there’s unavoidable hunger and there’s unavoidable fear, reveal it to God.”

“The devil and the wicked will use your hunger, use your fear as handles by which they will guide you and control you and keep you in bondage.”

“If we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, then we are justified.”scripture-graphic3

“It’s good to base your actions on what you know about the Word of God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Grace is something wonderful to be under because grace is God’s righteousness at Christs’ expense.”

“Jesus paid it all!”

“Stop downing and condemning yourself: start praising God!”

“Start believing what God’s Word says, and you shall become what God’s Word says you can become.”

“Aren’t you glad to be a child of God?”

“Look over at your neighbor and say, ‘It’s working out!’”

“You’re dealing with something that’s bigger than you can handle; overwhelming you, driving you down into the dirt, but I want you to know, just keep on loving and serving God…it’s working out!

“God is going to bring you over! God is going to bring you out!”

“It’s good to base your actions on what you know about the Word of God.”

“Some of you are worried about the forces that are against you…You’re worried about a situation the environment that is…but you ought to rejoice because the Bible says, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ Hallelujah!”

“The Bible says that God has created all things…How can something that God created and controls be against us?” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Don’t worry about what seems to be against you. Just keep on trusting God. You’re going make it. You’re going to come through it.”

“The psalmist says, ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, thou art with me!’”

“When God shows up, I don’t care who else shows up: there’s nothing that God cannot deal with!”

“Break for praise! Clap your hands and give praise to God for all that He is!”

“We can live confidently because if God is for us, the world cannot come against us stop us block us.”

“If you’re looking for love, you’ll find it in God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“If you looking for someone who cares about you, if you’re looking for someone to trust with your fears, open your heart and say, ‘These are my challenges; these are my fears, my hunger,’ you can do so with God, and He will help you.”

“Stop walking in inferiority…All of us need the mercy of God. Come boldly to the throne of Grace.”

“You don’t have to live in defeat. Position yourself in Christ and you’ll be more than a conqueror.”

“Jesus conquered demons; He made them tremble and He made them obey Him…He destroyed principalities and powers. Through death and resurrection, Jesus was more than a conqueror.”

“The same spirit that raised Him up from the dead is in you to conquer and to overcome.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Romans 8:31-37, Genesis 25:19-34, 50:20; 1 Timothy 6:6, 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 4:11, Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 23:4-5, Psalm 27, Roman 3:28, John 3:16, Hebrews 4:15, Proverb 16:32.


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Bishop Blake: What God Wants From You

For many of us, there is the strong feeling that more is required of us by God. Presiding Bishop Blake gave the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ a gentle, yet powerful lesson in understanding God’s desire for our lives in his First Sunday sermon titled, “What God Wants from You,” on August 7, 2016.

“You have the dimension the divine, the moral, and the spiritual impinging on our lives,” said Bishop Blake. “So you’d ask, ‘Is there an eternal spirit within me? If so, how can I live for the benefit of my soul and my spirit? Should I respond to the physical side…or the spiritual side of my being?”

Bishop went on to question, “What does God want from me? How can I please a perfect God? How can I come up to God’s standard, even in light of the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ?”

Hear the entire sermon and more HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“Almost every person who hears my voice this morning is struggling with some kind of behavioral disorder.”

“Almost everybody in your world wants their piece of your life…Of course, if you did what everyone wanted you to do, you’d explode into 100 pieces.”

“You’re in a quandary between what you want to do and what you ought to do, and even your wants and your oughts seem to be extremely complex, contradictory, and conflicting.”

“Some are convinced that the demands of the Christian life are so great, that one would be better off if he had nothing to do with God.”

“No living, no moving, no being without God.”

“God wants us to share His power” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“If you seek God and His will, everything else will take care of itself.”

“God wants you to be blessed. God wants you to be happy. God wants you to have the highest and the best in life.”

“God is saying, ‘What I want from you is that you just walk humbly with me.’”

“God wants us to share His power.”

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. before the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ. 8/7/16.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. before the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ. 8/7/16.

“Loving and knowing God is more important than serving God.”

“It’s God’s desire to know and love his children.”

“God wants our love more than anything else.”

“Pharaoh did not know Joseph. He did not acknowledge any obligation to Joseph or Joseph’s people…He did not recognize what Joseph had done to preserve Egypt during the time of famine.”

“To know Jesus is to acknowledge Him…To acknowledge Jesus Christ is to recognize who He is: the Son of God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords.”

“Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, ‘You are mistaken not knowing the scriptures, and not knowing the power of God’” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

 

“To know Jesus is to believe in Him; to believe what the Bible says about Him, and in what He says in the Bible.”

“The word of God is our guide and our reference book for learning all we need to know about Jesus Christ.”

“Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, ‘You are mistaken not knowing the scriptures, and not knowing the power of God.’”

“We should read the Bible every day.”

“A friend is a person you know very well. God wants to be your friend; Jesus wants to be your friend.”

“Real friends understand one another, and turn to one another in times of trouble.”

“Knowing Christ as an intimate friend will build an immunity to temptation.”

“To people who are distant to us, we must be diplomatic regarding our approach to them…But a friend you can approach without hesitance.”

“Come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” – Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

“How many of you know you can call on Jesus at all times?”

“The Bible says, ‘If Jesus is in your life, He’ll keep you from falling.’”

“How many of you know that a real friend will stop you from doing stupid stuff?”

“Jesus is the perfect friend.”

“To know Christ is to obey Him…to follow Him. You seek His advice and guidance as you go through life.”

“Jesus: His power is unlimited…The Bible says that the same power that raised up Jesus is at work in your life.”

“If you believe in Jesus, if you know Him, if you trust Him: then as he arose from the dead, you can rise above challenges that stand before you.”

“Our Savior is alive! Our Savior conquered death! Hallelujah!”

“You can have victory through Jesus Christ…Jesus said, ‘I give you power over the power of the enemy! Nothing shall, by any means, harm you!’”

“Jesus is the perfect friend” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“I may not have bombs and artillery at my disposal, but I have the name of Jesus who rose from the dead. I can call on that name any time.”

“There’s healing in the name of Jesus. There’s deliverance in the name of Jesus. There’s power in the name of Jesus.”

“Child of God, don’t go through life without knowing God.”

“You need the power of the Holy Ghost at work in your life! Lift your hands and say, ‘Hallelujah!’”

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Micah 6:6-8 acts 17:28 1 cor 1:25, psalm 147:4, 73:25, 42:1; john 6:68, Matthew 5:6, 6:33, 22:29; John 3:16, 7:37, 10:10, 10:27, 14:13, 15:7, 17:3; Jeremiah 9:23, 29:13; Hosea 6:6, Hebrews 4:15-16,  Jude 24, 1 john 2:3, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Ephesians 1:18, Luke 10:19 , Acts 1:8.


Hear Guest Psalmist NIA ALLEN as she performs the beautiful and touching, “Holy Spirit”:

 

 

 

SERMON: Greater Blessings for Greater Afflictions

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. cites the story of Joseph, one of the Bible’s inspiring examples of triumph over affliction, to uplift us in trying times.

“The more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew.” – Exodus1:12

In this poignant and prophetic sermon from 2015, titled “Greater Blessings for Greater Afflictions,” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake shares words of encouragement and hope in the story of the children Israel in Egypt and the life of Joseph.

Joseph’s wisdom and blessings saved his family and his entire people, and brought wealth to the nation of his captivity, and for that he was greatly rewarded.

“God’s providential involvement with His people Israel did not stop when Joseph died, or even when Joseph’s generation passed from the face of the earth,” said Bishop Blake. “As a matter of fact, they grew even in the absence of any leader that we know about. They were increased from 70 souls… to 600,000 men by foot by the time of the exodus;” a number which may be closer to 2.6-8 million people, if you count all of those that followed them, according to Exodus 12:37.

Bishop Blake encouraged, “Adversity and affliction do not mean failure or defeat…The more you’re afflicted, the more you’re going to multiply and be fruitful. I see you going higher than you’ve ever gone before.”

This sermon from 7/12/2015 titled, “Greater Blessings for Greater Afflictions” is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel on Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“Some statistics I read many years ago indicated that only eight out of 100 people live to be 70 years old. Two out of 100 live to be 80…and only one out of 100 lives to be 90.”

“Since my childhood, I’ve seen three generations of leaders pass off the scene. So we would do well to think more generationally, and understand that there will come a time when each and every generation will pass from the face of the earth.”

“Today’s generation of leaders must prepare and make room for the next generation of leaders.”

“And as we grow older, we must think less of ourselves and more about those who will come after us and follow in our footsteps.”

“Every generation comes to a point where everyone in that generation will pass away…Don’t get sad. I didn’t say you were going to pass away today!”

“Every generation should spend a lot of energy planning and working for the good and for the advancement of the next generation. Following generations should be careful to build on the work of succeeding generations.”

It is very tragic when a generation ignores the work of the preceding generation; is incapable of continuing that work, or squanders that work in such a way that it is lost.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Valuable years of Joseph’s life had been spent in one adversity after another adversity: years in slavery, years in prison, years being forgotten and neglected. All of that was lost because of the adversity that characterized Joseph’s life.”

“Several years after the death of Joseph, a new King of Egypt took control of the throne. This man knew nothing about Joseph…[but] if he had cared enough to look into the books of history, he would have seen the positive impact that Joseph had had on Egypt, making them rich beyond all imagination.”

“He would have remembered how Joseph had prophesied…and Joseph had provided the strategy that not only saved Egypt, from starvation during the famine but also provided for almost the entire known world and made the royal family of Egypt rich beyond all imagination.”

“That king would have remembered that Joseph ascended to the vice presidency of Egypt after a series of afflictions that his enemies – and ‘frienemies’ – had imposed upon him.

“Look at your neighbor and say, ‘You’ve got both enemies and ‘frienemies.’”

“I’m not angry I’m not bitter. God used your evil for my good, so I’m going to take care of you. Isn’t it amazing to take care of folk who hated you and tried to destroy you?”

“Joseph named his son Ephraim, meaning, ‘God has called me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.’”

“Doesn’t that remind you of what God has done for black folk in these United States? Came here as slaves, as captives; worked for hundreds of years without getting paid for that labor; people hated us and tried to lynch us and excluded us, and we can still lift our heads and say, ‘God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my afflictions.’”

“Though we came here as slaves, no black people on the face of the earth are as blessed as we are because of the goodness of almighty God. Come on clap your hands.”

“Joseph named his son Ephraim, meaning, ‘God has called me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.'” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“God had long promised Abraham that he would make of Abraham a great nation. And after 400 years, he would deliver Abraham’s seed out of slavery from the land of Egypt.”

“Joseph and Israel had had a good effect on Egypt…A positive and productive relationship had developed, and pharaoh should have known about that, and he should have attempted by kindness to build on the relationship that the former pharaoh and Joseph had with one another.”

“The new pharaoh demonized Israel…and contrived a plot to destroy them, to break their spirits, and to stop them from reproducing. He wanted to cause them to do despair so that they would die emotionally and ultimately, that they would die physically.”

“Every successful positive person is not a threat to you.”

“Somehow, we project on others what’s in our own mind, then we act on that projection.”

“There’s enough success for everybody; there’s enough resources for everybody…I’m glad that you succeed, because God will bless me with success also! Does anybody know what I’m talking about?”

“This king decided he was going to do everything he could to destroy the Israelites. He said to the midwives, ‘When their children are born…don’t let them live…I’m going to work those folk to death; I’m going to make them build cities; build pyramids and make their lives bitter with bondage.’ The strategy was to break their spirits.”

“One of the great maladies and tragedies of this whole philosophy of same sex marriage: where are the children going to come from?  How is the human race going to be perpetuated?  If everybody married same-sex, after a while, there would be no one left on the face of the earth.”

“Adversity and affliction do not mean failure or defeat. It just means God is going to get a greater glory.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Notice how long this persecution lasted; notice how long this oppression lasted. It started before the time of Moses’ birth, and continued until Moses was over 80 years of age.”

“The reason they needed to hide Moses in the first place is because the king plotted to kill Moses.”

“They afflicted them. They oppressed them. They humiliated them for 80 long years.”

“Look at your neighbor and say, ‘The more you are afflicted, the more my God is going to bless you!’”

“God is getting ready to work a special miracle in your life.”

“God said, ‘The problem is not the problem. But you’ll earn a blessing from the way I deal with it. You’ll learn humility, obedience, patience; you’ll become stronger and a better person. I want to deal with that problem in such a way that you and those around you will have to lift up your hands and say, ‘Praise God!’”

“God wants to get glory out of your situation…Hallelujah!”

“If Abraham had a child at 30, God would not have gotten any glory from that; that’s normal. But Abraham had a child at 100 years old! Nobody but God could get the glory; nobody but God could get the praise! Come on clap your hands and praise God!”

“God is going to give you miracles for your afflictions.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Whatever the Lord pleases, He does…in the heavens, in the earth, in the seas, and in all places.’”

“Neighbor, wait and let God do it His way.”

“Child of God, The lower you go, the higher you go. God knows what’s in your heart and he knows what’s in your mind, but let God do His work in your life because God is pulling you out on the other side.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘When God gets through, you’re going to be shining just like gold!”

“You are going through trials. You’re going through adversity. Adversity and affliction do not mean failure or defeat. It just means God is going to get a greater glory.”

“God is going to give you miracles for your afflictions. God said, ‘I’m going to give you victory in the midst of your trial. Don’t worry about the affliction and don’t worry about the trial. Just trust Me and I’ll bring you out!’”

“Just keep looking up to God. Just keep trusting God. The more you’re afflicted, the more you’re going to multiply and be fruitful. I see you going higher than you’ve ever gone before.”

“Jesus, the Son of God, is our example. The Bible says:

‘5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11 (KJV)

“Because Jesus humbled Himself, God took him higher than he’d even gone before.”

“I’ve just come by here to give you a message of encouragement and hope and to let you know that God is not only going to deal with your issues,  but you’re going to be better in every way when God gets through Blessing you!”

“That’s what happened in Joseph’s life…When those brothers stood before him he could say to them, ‘Thank you for hating me; thank you for selling me into slavery. Thank you for forgetting about me, because when you forgot me, the Lord picked me up.’”

“The Lord works in mysterious ways!”

“When the devil strikes you, keep on praising Him.”

“When the way is rough, keep on praising Him.”

“When the burden is heavy, keep on praising Him.”

“The time will come when you look back on this day and say, ‘Thank You for every trial; thank You for every challenge, thank You for every tough time You brought me through.’”

“Life might crush you down, but I see you coming up!”

“The greater the trial, the greater the victory! The greater the test, the greater the prize…because of the goodness of almighty God! Hallelujah!”

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Exodus 1:5-12, 12:37; Acts 13:36, Genesis 15:20-21,37-50; Psalm 135:6, Deuteronomy 8:14-20, Philippians 2:5-11,  Psalm 25:15, 30:5, 34:19, Isaiah 40:31, Job 23:10.


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REVIVAL: Who’s Going To Lead The New Black America?

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake called for a 4-day revival at West Angeles Church of God In Christ to take place this week, from July 25-28, 2016. Bishop Blake’s theme for the revival is:

A CRITICAL GATHERING OF THE SAINTS FOR A CRITICAL TIME IN OUR WORLD, THE NATION, AND THE CHURCH”.

 

The always electrifying Bishop Dwight Pate of Baton Rouge, LA revealed a mighty prophecy for the congregation at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, for the COGIC denomination, and for inner-city Black America during a revival titled, “Who Is Going to Lead the New Black America?”  The revival grew from a sermon delivered by Bishop Pate  for the Sunday, July 24, 2016 evening service at West Angeles.  The prophecy contained within Bishop Pate’s series of revelations emerges from a divine vision he received in 1967, and the time of  its fruition has now come. Those in attendance at the revival were anointed with oil and received the laying on of hands by Bishop Pate, and each of the saints also shared their own gifts of prophecy with each other.

Said Bishop Pate to the congregation, “Look at your neighbor and say, “I am revival.”

Highlights from nights 1 & 2 of the revival follow:

“Who’s going lead this new Black America? God is about to do something special with minority people in America.”

“Study church history. Every time there was a move of God where God took cities and nations over, men had nothing to do with it.”

“God’s going to give you the blessings of your neighborhood; people will be knocking on your door because they found out God is in your house!”

“God’s going to start moving in the penitentiaries in California; your sons and daughters are going to come out of the jailhouse prophesying! Make some noise in this house tonight.”

“God has erased that record of selling dope; cleaned him up. Now he’s sanctified, saved , and filled with the Holy Ghost!”

“God is doing a new thing, and he’s getting ready to do a new thing with you.”

Bishop Dwight Pate prophesies to the congregation at West Angeles COGIC.

Bishop Dwight Pate prophesies to the congregation at West Angeles COGIC.

“God’s getting ready to take over!”

“Your patience is full…You’ve got to let go and let God have his way. Hallelujah!”

“You heal the church, you heal the community.” – Bishop Dwight Pate

“A promise is a gift that you give to yourself…A promise is assured by acts of faithfulness.”

“If God ever lied, the whole universe would disappear.”

“It’s not a hard thing to do God’s promise: you do it because you love Him.”

“As Bishop Blake says, the dreamers are coming…The dreamers are in the house!”

“I’m glad I read Isaiah: ‘Who’s going to believe our report?’”

“You’re not going to get this watching the Kardashians. You’re going to have to turn the TV off and find a prayer closet somewhere.”

“We don’t look so righteous right now, but were getting ready to be righteous.”

“Everybody who needs the devil to be cast out of your mind, make some noise up in here!”

“Blocked but not stopped!”

“The Black man and woman is going to set the moral standard for the end of time.” – Bishop Dwight Pate

“When God revives you, you’ll trigger revival everywhere you go. But you’ve got to come to a place of making our Lord personal.”

“When is the church going to rise up? When is the church going to be sincere?”

“You heal the church, you heal the community.”

“I wish there was somebody in here who knew they’ve got a revival in their mouths…Loose it in your house. Loose it in your community.  Loose it in your church!”

“I believe the greatest move of God in the history of America is getting ready to happen among people of African descent, Amen, and our Spanish brothers and sisters.”

“God is getting ready to do something so special, it’s going to make the 1st century church seem like it was just a shadow of what’s about to take place.”

“The Black man and woman is going to set the moral standard for the end of time.”

“Men and women of color are going to set the last righteous move for this country to be redefined.”

“We are at the end of an age, and God visits certain people at certain times.”

“God’s getting ready to bless you, whether you like it or not.”

“The women prayed the Holy Ghost in. Bishop Mason just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

“(William J.) Seymour died with 20 members.  Bishop Mason died with over 400,000. Where did Seymour’s anointing go? To Bishop Mason.”

“’Wherever’ the anointing goes, the wealth’s going to follow. You don’t have a money problem: you have an anointing problem.”

“It’s no accident that slavery took place to get a people from Africa here to America”– Bishop Dwight Pate

“Evil has always happened in darkness, ever since the time of Nimrod 4600 years ago. But never in modern times have we got men and women in the political arena who will look at you and say, ‘I’m lying, but don’t believe I’m lying.”

“God must raise His people up”

“This type of darkness is going to make the church shine brighter.”

“Right before Jesus Christ went to Heaven, the Roman government threw the cross on a Black man’s back…God’s getting ready to call some of you out, whether you like it or not.”

“It’s no accident that slavery took place to get a people from Africa here to America.”

“When the church doesn’t act in her rightful position, a murderous spirt takes over the land.”

“The Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”

“We’re getting ready to get violent to get this Holy Ghost power.”

“How does revival look? Just like you.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘I am revival.’”

“In this hour, there’s a stirring…because religion is not working.”

“Everything God does has a purpose. He did not allow slavery to happen to create slave camps in the south or in the factories in the north.”

“When are we going to learn that our answer is not in a worn-out political machine?  The answer is where Bishop Mason and Bishop Seymour found it: in the church.” – Bishop Dwight Pate

“Jesus learned obedience by the things He suffered.”

“Ain’t got no more patience…now God’s going to show up.”

“Murder’s going across the nation like never before.”

“The foolishness of God is wiser than men.”

“I prophesy that the spirit of God’s wonders be released onto you. I loose the Spirit of God’s wonders upon you!”

“The same Holy Spirit that was in Peter and Paul is in you…the gifts are real! The manifestation of the Holy Spirit is real!”

“We are the only ones with the right to predict the future.”

“When you are blessed, you want other people to be blessed.”

“Sovereign grace is when God releases imagination on you.”

“Visions and dreams are the language of the Holy Spirit.”

“The church is about to take her rightful place…bigger than a Democrat bigger than a Republican.” – Bishop Dwight Pate

“God gave you a prayer language to build up your inner man.”

“God will create an environment where He, with your permission, takes over your fleshly desires to mature you; to choose His desire, amen, for your life.”

“God is about to hijack your desires.”

“God has used all the things that has happened in inner city America…all of the Jim Crow Laws, all of the foolishness, all of the lies and promises of the political machine; disappointment after disappointment…God is saying, ‘I let these things happen because there’s no victory in the flesh.’”

“50 years ago, the voting rights act; the civil rights bill.  50 years later, inner city America is in worse shape now than any slave master has ever done to us. And we did it to ourselves.”

“When are we going to learn that our answer is not in a worn-out political machine?  The answer is where Bishop Mason and Bishop Seymour found it: in the church.”

“Give us the revival of Azuza!” – Bishop Dwight Pate

“There’s a price to be paid to let God take you over.”

“Dead things are going to come alive when I touch you tonight.”

“I prophesy: 3 major miracles are going to happen in here.”

“America’s going to have 1 last move, and the church is about to rise up above all these worn-out political machines, and your church is going to take her rightful place: bigger than a Democrat bigger than a Republican, bigger than an independent.”

“Give us the revival of Azuza! …Give us the revival of William J. Seymour!…Give us the revival of C.H. Mason!  From NY to San Diego…Walk up and down the nations of the earth…We bind death!  We bind wickedness!  We bind sin!”

“I release joy upon you!  I rebuke doubt, fear and unbelief.  I command a hunger to get into your soul!”

“I bless you tonight with a new spirit of liberty!”

“New leadership is here!”

“Be God! Be God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: James 1:4, Psalm 81, Isaiah 58, Acts 17:26, Matthew 11:12, 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, 1 Timothy 2:2.

Bishop Dwight Pate accepted the call to ministry at age 13. Church Point Ministries in Baton Rouge, LA was founded in 1983, and in 1992 Bishop Pate was ordained Bishop under Apostle Clifford Turner of Liberty Temple in Chicago, IL.  Bishop Pate conducts revivals regularly, and has been secluded in prayer three times: in 1994 for 7-1/2 months; in 2000 for 5 months and most recently in 2013 for 11-½ months. During the first shut in, the Lord spoke to him to pray over oil and send it out free of charge all over the world. To date, over 16 million bottles have been sent out. He is the author of 5 books and leads a thriving arts ministry at Church Point Ministries. This anointed man of God is married to Lady Sandra Pate, and together they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

 


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SERMON: The Golden Altar

Bishop Blake continues his series of studies on the items of the tabernacle in his sermon titled, “The Golden Altar.”

“What a blessing it is to be in God’s house on today,” said Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. as he welcomed Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Presiding Prelate of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, to West Angeles Church of God In Christ on Sunday, July 3, 2016.

“He’s Christian Methodist Episcopal. I’m Church of God In Christ. But he’s my friend and I love him,” said Bishop Blake.

Bishop Kirkland was to preach at the opening conference of the International Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, which also served as a celebration of his retirement. However, according to the L.A. Sentinel, Bishop Kirkland says that he is not retiring from preaching, and he plans to pursue a number of activities, such as creating an international ministry to aid villages in Africa, and starting a school of ministry to help young pastors with church growth and development. Bishop Blake extended an offer to Bishop Kirkland to visit West Angeles to preach in the future.

Bishop Blake continues his series of studies on the items of the tabernacle in his sermon titled, “The Golden Altar,” also known as the Altar of Incense. This series is based on the book, “Encountering God: Pathways to His Presence,” by Bishop Charles E. Blake.

To see this entire service and more, please click HERE to visit West Angeles Gospel on Demand, or call the West Angeles Christian Emporium at (323) 731-3012. Highlights from Bishop Blake’s sermon titled, “The Golden Altar” follow:

“Upon entering the court of the tabernacle, one would first see the brazen altar, upon which bulls, heifers, lambs, goats, and turtledoves were sacrificed by fire unto the Lord.”

“The altar was a test of God’s judgement against, and his condemnation of, sin.”

“The brazen altar confirms that entrance into the things of God are available only through a sacrifice of blood.”

“The role of the brazen altar was completed and ended by Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

“The bronze laver, or the basin to wash in, symbolized  moral and spiritual purification.”

“If you really respect God…you won’t bring any old kind of thing into His presence, and you won’t come into His presence any old kind of way.”

“The laver also represents the cleansing work of Christ in the life of the believer and for the church…It also symbolizes  the work that we must do in seeking to live clean lives before the Lord.”

“This is a Holiness church; a sanctified church.”

“How many of you are striving to move up higher every day?”

“The golden altar of incense was located just outside the holy place, or the Holy of Holies.”

“The brazen altar confirms that entrance into the things of God are available only through a sacrifice of blood.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Incense was to spread a fragrant smell throughout the entire area.”

“Foul smells were inescapable and pervasive throughout the ancient world. Think of a world where there were no underground sewers…where men and animals occupied the same living space…where each family slaughtered their own meat, poultry and fish…where there was no Dove soap and no bathtubs…no undertakers, no deep freezers; in such a world, foul smells would be unavoidable.”

“Both God and man have a constitutional dislike of foul odors.”

“One’s odor should be a matter of concern when it comes into the presence of other people.”

“Not only are there bad physical odors, there are some other kinds of odors. Ever heard of a stinking personality?…Ever been around someone who created an emotionally stinking atmosphere?”

“Learn to smile. Stop complaining. Try to be like a breath of fresh air.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Some people want you to hang out with them so they can emotionally abuse you.”

“There are many ways that we create bad odors. When we fill the atmosphere with negative words and negative thoughts and inconsiderate actions and attitudes, we create a bad odor.”

“Learn to smile. Learn to listen. Stop complaining. Affirm people; compliment people. Try to be like a breath of fresh air.”

“43 times, the Bible refers to animal sacrifice as providing a sweet aroma. Anyone who’s been to a beauty salon knows that burning hair is not a sweet aroma.”

“The smell of the sacrifice meant that the people were repenting before God.”

“Sometimes a bad smell is a good smell.”

“When Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world, His sacrifice was a sweet-smelling aroma to God.”

“The incense…was symbolic of the prayers and praises and worship of the children of Israel.”

Let my prayer be set before you as incense, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice – Psalm 141:2

“Child of God, when you offer to God praise, you’re building a throne.”

“Has the Lord done anything for you lately?”

“The Lord is delighted when you pray. Have you delighted the Lord lately?

“God loves to hear your voice. God loves when you praise Him!”

“There is a praise that is for God alone…Don’t use it at the football game…Don’t use it at the concert. Don’t use it at the party…If you’re going to praise, praise Him.”

“He said, ‘Don’t have any other Gods before me.’ Our God is worthy of the highest praise!”

“Come on and praise the Lord! Praise God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Exodus 30:1,6,29:18, 20:3; Hebrews 4:15, 10:11, 13:15; Ephesians 5:25,2 Corinthians 7:1,Isaiah 53:4, Philippians 2:5, Psalm 15:8, 22:30, 141:2,; Revelation 5:8, 2 Chronicles 7:14.


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

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

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