Bishop Roderick L. Hennings returns to West Angeles Church of God In Christ for Revival this week, from March 1-3.
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. presented to us the opportunity for renewal and refreshment at West Angeles Church of God In Christ with a powerful revival titled “Order in the Court.” The guest pastor for the revival was Bishop Roderick L. Hennings of Zion Dominion Global Ministries in Rochester, NY, who began day one of the revival with an insightful look at Psalm 30:5 (KJV)–
For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
“The western mind looks at time as being linear – having a beginning and an ending,” began Bishop Hennings. “In fact, we’re the only people in the world who believe that time is linear.”
He went on to teach the congregation about the true meaning of the text, and that time is endless in God’s context.
“What time is it? No matter what time it is, joy cometh; Joy is always on the way…so even in the middle of your greatest pain, joy is on the way!”
Bishop Hennings also reminded the congregation of the power in giving God heart-felt, exuberant praise.
“You can be a quiet worshiper but you can’t be a quiet praiser…Joy is looking for you! Joy is coming! Give Him praise in your time!”
Highlights from Day 1 of the powerful, 3-day revival “Order in the Court” follow:
“He’s knocking with His Word” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings
“The enemy can’t find you when God places you…When you’re in the right place – where God placed you – the enemy cannot find residence.”
“He pulled (Eve) out of her place. I don’t want to talk to anyone who can’t talk to me in my place!”
“Roles change when you get out of position.”
“When a man is not in place, things get out of order.”
“You learn how to love by being touched: not by being told.”
“A woman responds to touch.”
“Only one person can fit the place God has designed for you, and that’s you. Tell your neighbor, ‘I’m necessary.’”
“When you don’t know your assignment, you waste your time.” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings
“When God has an assignment on your life…Thank God for every day you’re alone. That’s the time He’s developing you in the dark so he can present you in the light.”
“The danger of doing things God hasn’t called you to do will cause you to fight in battles, and then want God to back you up.”
“Know the difference between purpose and a proposal. When you have purpose, it’s the reason for your being; the reason that you’re here. But a proposal is something that you present, and you hope someone accepts it.”
“Purpose won’t let you die. Purpose won’t let you go through life precariously; hoping something will happen.”
“Lift your hands and say, ‘Lord, work on me!’”
“People make decisions based not on choice, but on what they value.”
“When you don’t know your assignment, you waste your time.”
“That ‘no’ can keep you on point. That ‘no’ can keep you on your assignment.”
“He’s not into exposing your processing plant. He’ll work on you privately, so He can promote you publicly.”
“Are you fitted for glory?” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings
“Sometimes reminding yourself gives you balance.”
“God qualifies you by choosing you.”
“Even though you’re anointed to do what you do…there’s some stuff you still have to pray off of you.”
“If your prayer is promised-based, God moves quickly because you’re saying what He wants to hear.”
“You have to pray His Word! When you start praying His Word, you know you’re being fitted for glory. When you pray His Word, demons back up!”
“When you start praying the Word, the enemy has no room in your conversation.”
“Serving is not about recognition. He said, ‘Don’t get tired while doing the right thing.’”
“We’re in the last days…and all eyes are on the Christian church. Are you fitted for glory?”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 1 Kings 6:7,13-19, Genesis 2, Revelation 3, Hebrews 13, Ecclesiastes 10, Hebrews 5:1-2.
Preacher, teacher, author, apologist, Bishop Roderick L. Hennings is Senior Pastor of Zion Dominion Global Ministries which he founded 1993. The church grew from 20 to 4000 members, moving to 14-acre campus in Buffalo, NY. Bishop Hennings is also the COGIC International Director of Church Growth and Development, and Administrative Assistant District Superintendent to Bishop Glenwood Young of the NY Western Jurisdiction #2. The author of “Survey of Biblical Theology,” Bishop Hennings is married to First Lady Pamela D. Hennings, and father of 2 daughters, Ariane and Chloe.
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
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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.”
“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:
Unfortunately, the significance and historic symbolism of New Year’s Eve has been overshadowed in recent years by revelry and broken resolutions. Some in society have even discouraged the tradition of making resolutions, citing studies which tell us that only 8 percent of us keep them, and that resolutions may even be harmful to us!
But did you know that the Christian New Year’s Eve church service – also known as Watch Night Service – was created to bring Christians closer to God, and also has very special significance in the African American community?
WATCH NIGHT IN HISTORY
In America, however, another tradition was unfolding. In 1770, the first Watch Services were held in America at the St. George’s Methodist Church. Two slaves, Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, were a part of thi
s congregation and they later left the church after being denied the right to pray alongside white worshipers. In 1794, they became the renowned founders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.).
WATCH NIGHT SERVICE TODAY
Watch Night Services usually begin between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., and often end just past midnight. Today, the services may combine praise and worship, testimonies, and prophecy for the year to come, but many African American churches still honor Watch Night’s connection to the abolition of slavery.
Over 150 years has passed since the first “Freedom’s Eve,” and tradition now brings Christians of all colors together for worship and celebration each year. African American Christians have gathered in churches annually on New Year’s Eve ever since 1862, praising God for safe deliverance through another year: but, most importantly, honoring the ancestors’ prayers for a future of freedom and liberty.
Karen Lascaris is a regular contributor to Westa.org. She is the author of “In Our Own Image: Treasured African American Traditions, Journeys, and Icons”, published in 2001 by Running Press of Philadelphia.
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Schomburg Center for research in Black Culture. http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/first-watch-night-service-occurs, accessed 12-28-2015.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Not all Slaves were freed by the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Only 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves were freed at that time. Freedom’s Eve was a call to action for all Black Americans; a moral imperative to fight for the full realization of freedom for their brothers and sisters who were still enslaved.
- All enslaved Africans were freed from chattel slavery with the defeat of the Confederacy during the Civil War and the ratification of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery on December 18, 1865.
- In the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, the tradition of the late night service is called Midnight Mass or Eucharist. Like the Watch Night service of the Church of Scotland, it is attended on the night of Christmas Eve.
Praise the New Year in with West Angeles! Please join Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, the West Angeles Mass Choir, and other special guests for Watch Night Service at the West Angeles at the Cathedral, December 31, 2016 at 10 p.m. 3600 Crenshaw Boulevard, LA 90016.
Please join us for the Afterglow Breakfast! We’re having breakfast in the Crystal Room immediately following Watch Night Service, 12:30-2:30 a.m. on January 1, 2017. Cost: $10 per person in advance, $12 at the door. West Angeles North Campus, 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard, LA 90016. See you then!
January is Consecration Month. Please join West Angeles Church of God In Christ in fasting in prayer for the month of January, 2016. Complete guidelines and prayer calendar available in the lobby, and on Westa.org.
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 Christ, 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.
1 Corinthians 15:12-21, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
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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 the 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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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.”
“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.
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. shares with us why the church is of vital importance in today’s world.
“I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord’ (Psalm 122:1)
…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…” (Hebrews 10:25)
Imagine a world without the church. Can you conceive of how bad things would be? Conditions are already bad on the earth in which we live. The moral standards of our nation have gone into the sewer; mankind today is doing every conceivable thing – and even some things that have not yet been conceived!
Why do we need the church?
The work of the church is important because:
- The church points men to their Creator.
- The church defines the meaning of life.
- The church prepares men for eternity.
- The church talks about morality.
- The church gathers people together to hear the Word of God and the will of God.
If the church were not here, who would tell men about Jesus?
If the church were not here, who would point men to God?
If the church were not here, who would stand for morals; calling right ‘right’, and wrong ‘wrong?’
“The work of the church is more important than any institution in the world because it makes the spirit of man its central focus.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Every endeavor has a place. Every pursuit has a place, and we go to that place to pursue what it stands for. The church is that place which stands for God. We ought to make sure that we have a house where we can worship Him; to lift our hands and praise Him! When we fail to provide a place of worship, it indicates a lack of sincerity and commitment to God.
We also need to make the church as great as we possibly can. God gave us His best when He gave us Jesus Christ; therefore, we ought to give God our best. God’s house ought to reflect the beauty and majesty of God; a beautiful, a spacious place which accommodates the people of the Lord.
David said in Psalm 122, “I glad was when they said unto me, let us go into house of the Lord.” The work of the church is more important than that of any institution in the world because no other institution makes the spirit of man its central focus.
We need the church to tell men about God’s Will, and to push him higher than he’s ever gone before. God has a plan for mankind and for this world, and the world needs to turn to God.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Adapted from the sermon, “Of Your Own, We Have Given You”; July 26, 2015, by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. at West Angeles Church Of God In Christ. PHOTO – W. E. B. DuBois, 1899. “Photographs of African Americans in Georgia exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900.” Courtesy, Library of Congress.
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Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake shared a prophetic vision for the young adults in attendance, praying that they involve themselves in the things of God.
Elder Lawrence C. Blake and the West Angeles Youth & Young Adult Ministry hosted THE GOSPEL EXPERIENCE REVIVAL, August 15-17, 2016, at the West Angeles North Campus Sanctuary. The New Generation Choir led praise and worship as the dynamic guest speaker, Bishop Milton R. Hawkins, prayed for yokes to be broken and strongholds to be pulled down.
“I believe the Lord is in the process of giving the next generation what they need to take over the work of the Lord,” said Bishop Blake. “Get ready for what God is going to do in your life.”
Highlights from “Conquering the Strongholds” follow:
“You don’t need exegetical or hermeneutical knowledge to understand what a stronghold is. A ‘stronghold’ is something that holds you strong.”
“Breaking a stronghold starts with your honesty. You have to admit that something has a hold on you, that there’s something in your life that you need to get rid of.”
“Some people are good at avoiding what they need to confront.”
“Deliverance does not come by wishing it would happen. Deliverance happens by attacking the problem.”
“Deliverance takes work – one must plan strategically and have suitable weaponry. But in a spiritual battle, deliverance comes ‘not by might or power, but by the spirit,’ said the Lord of hosts.”
“Because I am saved, I have a keeper inside of me…I am kept by the power of God. Something else keeps me elevated mentally, in my spirit.”
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground
– Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1898
“Believers operate differently than non-believers, because we operate through prayer, fasting, supplication, and thanksgiving. We make known the deeds of the Lord among the people.”
“Apostle Paul is a winner because he’s a sufferer. Your advancement comes because of misery and agony.”
“Bishop Blake is a good example. Before you use the glory, you need to know the story!”
“The greater your suffering, the greater your blessing. If you don’t believe me, ask Abraham.”
“I don’t care what you’re going through, the Lord will provide for you.”
“God told David, ‘I will anoint you in the presence of your enemies.’”
“Keep your faith in the time of suffering. The devil wants to make it appear that you’re the only one going thru suffering.”
“Before you use the glory, you need to know the story.” – Bishop Milton Hawkins
“You praise Him in the storm. If you can praise Him…He’ll bring you out of the storm.”
“Anybody in here feel like giving God a double praise?”
“Some folks have some hidden agendas. They’re here for whatever they can get. They’re not here to give.”
“Embracing the teaching of Paul helps us to stand in the face of adversity.”
“As parents, we have to pray for the school systems …Children can’t leave the house without pleading the blood of Jesus over their lives.”
“The devil is a lie. God wants you to live!”
11 Put on the whole armor of God; that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places – Ephesians 6:11-12 (NKJV)
“Tell that joker ‘No,’ until he puts a ring on it! Buy a padlock and keep it locked up! It doesn’t belong to you, it belongs to God!”
“We don’t fight with vulgarities…We fight on our knees.”
“We saints don’t fight by human standards. Fight on your knees!”
“There will always be false accusations against you. People will say you did something you didn’t do; said something you didn’t say.”
“God has you in a whole other place. We overcome the flesh.”
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV)
“Everything seems to be vulgar, constantly feeding into our spirit…We’ve got to take control over our minds.”
“What do we think on? Paul said in Philippians 4:8 – ‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.’”
“How many of you know the devil is a liar?”
“Stronghold, I command you right now, in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, ‘Drop your weapons and flee! Deceit, lies, homosexuality, lesbianism, adultery, fornication, witchcraft…I bind you right now in the name of Jesus, and I pull you down!’”
“Lift your hands up and pull it down…and when you pull it down, that’s where it belongs.”
“Jesus said, ‘Unto you, I give power!”
“The Lord doesn’t want you to leave out of here burdened; he wants you to leave…lifted!”
“Come on tell the Lord ‘Yes.’”
“Tonight is the night for your deliverance! Hallelujah!”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Zechariah 4:6, Genesis 22, Psalm 23:5, John 8:44, Philippians 4:19, Ephesians 6:11-12, Philippians 4:8, Luke 10:19.
Superintendent Milton R. Hawkins is the Pastor of Temple of Deliverance Church Of God In Christ in Memphis, Tennessee. He faithfully served as Adjutant Apostolic to the Late Presiding Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson, whom he succeeds as pastor of Temple Of Deliverance COGIC. He was also appointed by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake of the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. as National Overseer Adjutant for the General Board; he is Committee Member for the International Administrative Headquarters Planning Committee, and is Chairperson of COGIC’s Governmental Relations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), and was appointed Police Chaplain for the state of Michigan. Superintendent Hawkins has been the recipient of numerous awards, honors and commendations, including the SCLC Presidential Award, and the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Detroit City Council. He has been happily married to Catherine Crawford Hawkins for 23 years and is the father of Joshua Nathanael Hawkins.
Hymn, “Higher Ground”, Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1898. Copyright status, Public Domain.
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.”
“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”: