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SERMON: The Table of Bread

On First Sunday, as Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake prepared to continue his series on the tabernacle of meeting, West Angeles Church of God In Christ was surprised by a prestigious guest: Former President Bill Clinton.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. continued his series on the furnishings of the tabernacle of meeting and their symbolic meanings in a sermon called, “The Table of Bread”, in keeping with the June 5, 2016 Communion Sunday service at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. But before he could begin the sermon at the 11AM service, West Angeles was honored to receive a most prestigious guest: Former President of the United States William Jefferson Clinton.

Clinton praised West Angeles’ extensive community developments; having been to the church long before the Cathedral was built.

“I was here before you all were in such fancy digs,” the former President joked with the congregation.

But he also acknowledged that West Angeles’ success should be mirrored throughout America.

“If we did what you’ve done here; if we did it everywhere in America, could we restore upward mobility? Could we help bring people back from the depths of despair? I believe we could,” stated Clinton.

Bishop Blake said that he welcomed the opportunity to share with President Clinton the importance of Christians’ right to worship freely, without compromising doctrine.

“I shared with [Former President Clinton] how important it is that the church be allowed to pursue its mandate from Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Blake, “to preach Biblical principles and holiness and righteousness, without being discouraged.”

As the Presiding Bishop of over 12,000 COGIC churches, as well as the Co-Chair of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA), Bishop Blake spoke of former President Clinton’s visit to West Angeles as an honor.

“We are honored by his presence here, and happy for the opportunity to remind him that there are some things that the church just cannot bow to. Let’s praise God for his coming to us today.”

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 Table of Bread” follow:

“As you enter into the Holy place just to the right, there’s a furnishing called the “Table of Bread.”

“It was made of acacia wood, which is a very strong, durable wood, and it was overlaid with pure gold.”

“Gold was the most beautiful and valuable of all metals. The bronze altar and the bronze laver were made from brass.  One symbolized the atoning work of Jesus Christ; the other, the cleansing work of the Spirit of God.”

“Everything in the Holy place was either made from gold or it was overlaid with gold.”

“It’s always disappointing to be moved from a higher level to a lower level.”

“Most people try to see to it that they either rise higher and higher or they at least maintain the highest level that they’ve reached. That ought to be the same in our walk with the Lord.”

“If we want to go from silver to gold and gold to platinum in our frequent flyer clubs and credit cards, how much more should we want to go higher and higher in our relationship with the Lord?”

“How many of you are striving to go higher and higher in the Lord?” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“How many of you are striving to go higher and higher in the Lord? I don’t want to be where I was last week…As I go through this Christian walk, I want to go higher and higher and higher.”

“The wood in the table symbolized the human and the gold in the table symbolized the divine. The table symbolized the coming together of, and the interaction of, the human and the divine.”

“Jesus Christ, Son of God, divine, took on humanity that He might bear us to and before God the Father. The table, then, represents Jesus the Son of God, who was both human and divine.”

“There was also a frame; a band, an elevated edge around the table, about the width of a man’s hand. It was designed to keep the bread from falling off the table…Israel was, and believers are, the bread; and thus, the elevated edge is there to let us know that God has put some provisions in place to keep us from falling.”

“Look at your neighbor and say, ‘You just don’t have to fall.’ God has made so many IMAGE Cliff Jude24provisions for us to survive in Him, that it takes special effort to fall away from the will and the plan of God in our life.”

“So many are worried about their spiritual survival, so many worried about slipping over the edge. But God does not want us to be worried and anxious.  He’s not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, and power, and a sound mind.”

“Most commentators feel that the 12 loaves represent the 12 tribes of Israel, and that the table of bread communicated God’s desire to dwell with His people, and that His people should dwell with Him.”

“They said, ‘Lord bring us back together again; let us be as one in You.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘God wants you in His face.’”

“We focus our attention on Him. We realize that He’s our source, and that all must come through Him.”

“When you praise Him, chains are broken.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“It’s not just about the place. It’s about entering into personal relationship with the Spirit of God: always before Him, always reaching out to Him, always yearning for the more of our God.”

“My soul thirsts for God…for the living God.”

“When you do what you should do for God, God takes care of you.”

“We’re here today because the Lord has provided, and because we know the Lord will provide.”

“This is why we can say, ‘Lord, give us this day, our daily bread.’”

“I assure you, my brother, my sister, if you put your trust in God. If you put God first, the Lord will make a way somehow.”

“Let the people bring bread. Let the people bring fine flour. Let the people bring that which is made from the best of wheat: and I’ll take care of them in the wilderness. I want their best, so I can give them My best.”

“This is why we can say, ‘Lord, give us this day, our daily bread.’” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

““Every time she took something out, God put something in.”

“When you give [to God] what you might enjoy, what you might consume, then you are investing in your covenant with the Lord.”

“Child of God, you never lose when you Bless the work of God.”

“They gave bread from the earth and God gave them bread from heaven.”

“This manna, this bread made from wheat that they provided, not only nourished the priests on their behalf, but it set the covenant aright and firm in the heart and mind of God and of the people.”

 “The Bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives Light to the world.” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“The manna was in many ways symbolic of Jesus Christ.”

“’Most assuredly I say to you, Moses did not give you bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven,’ for the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and give light to the world.”

“Jesus is bread to us, and we are bread to Him.”

“Jesus is blessed by our praise…Praise Him for who He is. He’s worthy!”

“When you praise Him, miracles start to happen. When you praise Him chains are broken; yokes are broken. When you praise Him, He takes you higher than you’ve ever been before. Clap your hands and praise Him!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Leviticus 24:5-9, Philippians 2:9-10, 3:12, 4:19; Exodus 25:25, 30, 40:23; Jude 24-25, 2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 27:8, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 42:1, Matthew 6:33,   John 6:31-35, 55, 15:7; Numbers 11:7, 1 Kings 17:13, Psalm 22:3, Romans 14:11.


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!”

To  order your copy of Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, please CLICK HERE to purchase.


Photo of Sutton Bank: courtesy, Wikimedia Commons.

Image of the Table of Showbread: courtesy, Tabernacle Ministries.

 

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SERMON: The Lampstand

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. continues his series of messages from his book, “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence”, with a study of the lampstand, one of the key furnishings in God’s Tabernacle.

On Sunday June 12, 2016, Presiding Bishop Blake taught the congregation at West Angeles Church of God In Christ about power of light in the life of the believer, using the symbolism of the lampstand. The lampstand, or menorah, is one of the key furnishings in the Tabernacle of God in Exodus 25:31.

Bishop Blake began with a story of his own visit to Nigeria, and the honor of being invited to attend 7 a.m. prayer at the mansion of Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo. But just when it was time for him to shave and dress for his visit, there was a blackout at the exclusive hotel where Bishop was staying. “Lord, help me…help me Lord!” cried Bishop Blake. “Lord, please let these lights come on!” And an instant later, light returned. “I believed the lights came on because I prayed!

“Believe that God is going to do something great in the midst of His people,” said Bishop. “To quote the late Oral Roberts, ‘Something good is going to happen to you.’ How many of you expect something good to happen?”

This entire series and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel on Demand.  To purchase the book, “Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence,” please click HERE.

 

“Let there be light!” Genesis 1:3  

“It’s difficult for us to imagine how significant light and darkness were to ancient men…Today, we can change the blackness of night into the brightness of noonday with a flick of a switch.”

“Night and darkness were a terror to ancient men, because there was always danger of wild beasts and unseen hazards and robbers…and beyond these very real dangers there were the superstitious fears that ancient men had about countless spirits and demons and haints that did their devilment under a cloak of darkness.”

“Light is the essential condition of sight.”

“Unless it was absolutely impossible to do so, ancient men ceased their activity at night.”

“Light was fire…fire was light. It was warmth; it was protection.”

“In certain ancient societies, one of the most important individuals in town was the keeper of the fire.”

“When everybody’s fires went out, they could go to the keeper of the fire to rekindle their fires.”

“For those who lived in biblical times, a lamp was a great necessity in the home. They didn’t have matches to strike…Almost every fire was started from some other fire.”

“Light is the essential condition of sight.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Only the poorest person slept without a lamp burning.”

“The light of the wicked indeed goes out. Job18:5”

“If all of one’s lights went out, he might have to travel many miles to obtain fire from someone else.”

“One of the most terrible curses of the ancient world was to predict that a person’s light would be put out.”

“Light is the essential condition of sight.”

“Given these conditions, it’s easy to understand why darkness was associated with unpleasantness and sorrow, and light was associated with good fortune and happiness.”

“When the Bible speaks of darkness, it’s not always referring to nighttime; but rather, those situations where a man finds himself where he cannot see his way; where he has no guidance, when he is lost.”

 “Darkness is when a man has no moral light to guide him.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“All of us have known a darkness that had nothing to do with the light of the sun.”

“Somebody in here knows what it is to have the blues.”

“I’m glad to say today that God is a God of Fire and a God of Light.”

“It was with light and with fire that God attracted Moses’ attention.”

“When God’s children are in the fire, their sin and their bondage may be consumed, but they themselves are not consumed”.

“This fire that the Lord sent came from heaven…this ever-burning fire symbolized God’s acceptance of their sacrifices; His favor and His forgiveness his power.”

“Somebody in here knows what it is to have the blues.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“God sent the fire, but God commanded us to keep the fire burning on the altar.”

“Moses was very careful to do everything exactly as God had told him to do.”

“They did not use God’s fire, but they got some strange fire.”

“Worship is about the Lord’s glory…worship is about honoring and respecting the might and the majesty of almighty God.”

“Their action caused the wrath of God to fall on them.”

“It was an error for them to do anything without approval from God.”

“They did not use God’s fire, but they got some strange fire.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“God, through Moses, had made them priests. They should have respected Moses’ leadership.”

“New responsibility; a new anointing should not cause one to disrespect leadership.”

“Some folk think anything they do, any way they behave, anything they say, anything ought to be pleasing to the eyes of God, but you have to seek the will and the way of Almighty God.”

“Improper worship implies an improper relationship with God.”

“Those who worship God must consider God and His service to be most Holy.”

“Their punishment was a warning that those who love god must not only sanctify themselves, but also consider God and His service most Holy.”

“I never would have made it without You.”

“So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Leviticus 10:2″

“Are there any true worshipers in the house? Hallelujah!”

“It’s time for awe; it’s time for reverence; it’s time for respect when you come into the house of the Lord.”

“Just as Moses sent the priests into the tabernacle for separation and consecration, God sent the first believers into the upper room for 10 days of consecration and prayer.”

“God is just as serious about worship in the New Testament as He was in the Old Testament.”

“Fire remains a symbol of God; fire remains a symbol of the Holy Ghost both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.”

“Let the Holy Ghost take control; let it rule.”

“There’s too much strange fire; too much strange worship, too much selfishness in the worship of the Lord.”

“You offer strange fire when you’re filled with pride, but you use God’s fire when you humble yourself in the presence of God.”

“Those who worship God must consider God and His service to be most Holy.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Humble yourself, and the Lord will draw near you; humble yourself and His presence will cheer you.”[1]

“We offer strange fire when we don’t repent for our sins.”

“If you’re seeking miracles; if you’re seeking power, you need to be washed before you come before God.”

“If you want a miracle, let God wash you. Come on and praise Him! Hallelujah!

“Make sure you keep the fire burning. That means we’ve got to keep the Holy Ghost moving.”

“Lord, let the Holy Ghost take control.”

“No fire but your fire…We need Holy Ghost fire!”

“When the saints get together and call on the Lord, God does something in the midst of His church.”

“Lord, let the fire burn!  Let the Holy Ghost move!”

“Send the power!”

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 25:31, Job18:5, Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:1, 13:21; Leviticus 9:24, 6:16, 10:1-2; Psalm 100:4, John 4:23-24, Acts 2:1-4, 5:1; John 1:27, 1 Corinthians 14:15, Jude 20, Romans 8:1.

[1] Hymn: Humble Thyself to Walk , Johnson Oatman, Jr., pub.1908. Public Domain.


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!”

To  order your copy of Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, please CLICK HERE to purchase.

 

 

 

 

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SERMON: Bishop Blake Teaches Symbolism of the Bronze Altar

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake continues the study of the tabernacle, preaching the 4th message of the series based on his book, “Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence.” Some of the new meaning found within the Old Testament symbolism of tabernacle refers to “relationships, especially our relationship with God,” said Bishop Blake.

“We talked about God’s nature; that He is holy, that He is jealous, but He is also merciful. We talked about God’s promises, and a practical, working understanding of God, so we can better understand what God is like, and what God expects from us.”

Bishop Blake also believes that the series can help us to understand ourselves, as well as those to whom we are to relate.

“We talked about what God is like. What we haven’t talked about is what we are like.”

In Part IV of the series, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake discusses some of the factors which “affect our ability or inability to properly relate to God, or to life. God wants us to enjoy Him.”

This sermon is based on the book, “Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence,” by Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. For more information, please see below. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…the almighty eternal God in His wisdom created and synchronized this vast universe in which we live.”

“As a finale of this great drama of creation, God brought in to existence a being made in His own image. He created man. This man and the women God gave to man was esteemed and cherished above all God had created.”

“Man was a living soul who had the capacity to communicate with God, to love God, and to worship God.”

“Genesis implies there was no death, no physical suffering in the universe as God created it. It was a vast symphony of harmony, and a vast symphony of peace.”

“Man was created in innocence and was privileged to live in communion with God, and in harmony with God and with creation.”

“Because God loved man, God made man a free moral being. He gave man the ability to make choices regarding his moral behavior and regarding his spiritual behavior.”

“Although God had created man in His own image, man had to make His own choices as to how he would maintain that purity, and maintain that righteousness.”

“God has dominion over all creation. The existence of alternatives is absolutely necessary if one is to be a free moral being.”

“Adam not only had to be free to do good, he also had to be free to do evil. Otherwise, he would not have been free at all.”

“It seems that God would have had our diet to be vegetarian. The thought of killing animals did not enter into the minds of Adam and Eve.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“The consequences of disobedience would be death.” 

“1 John 3:4 tells us that sin is a transgression of our obedience to the law and command of God.”

“Satan is still using the same strategy today. He’s still lying, doing the same thing.”

“The prospect of being like God was too much for Adam and Eve, and they disobeyed their creator.”

“That instance of disobedience was the saddest and most tragic moment in all of history.”

“Sin is the ugly blemish in God’s picture of what the world ought to be.”

“Sin had emblazoned itself on the nature of the universe. It is transgression of the law of God.”

“Sin is a slap in the face of God.”

“We’re like an heir who inherits an already encumbered estate…and he continues to [add] more and more debt against the estate.”

“Sin is a discordant note in the symphony of the universe.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“Sin is a dreaded disease and its relayed from father and mother to sons and daughters.”

“All men are sinners…because men are sinners by nature.”

“Every one of us has committed sins. Every one of us has reduced and contorted the picture of what God wants us to be. All have sinned…all of us fall short of the glory of God.”

“There are many who claim to believe…that if humans are left alone they’d automatically do what’s best, that they’d automatically do what’s virtuous. But there’s little evidence in the annals of human history to substantiate that view.”

“Man is what the Bible says he is, and that is a sinner.”

“Because of sinfulness, because of guilt, men became enemies of God and were made subject of the wrath and judgement of God.”

“The condition of the world before the fall of man and after the fall of man is graphically portrayed in Genesis 1:29.”

“It seems that God would have had our diet to be vegetarian. The idea of killing and consuming animals was not even mentioned. Even after they had sinned, the thought of killing animals did not enter into the minds of Adam and Eve.”

“They designed their clothing from leaves and from vegetable items that were growing on the face of the earth.”

“Notice that an apron does just fine up front. But from the rear, an apron leaves everything exposed!” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“In order for the skin of an animal to be obtained…the blood of that animal must be shed. From the time man sinned, bloodshed became necessary that his guilt and his shame might be covered.”

“The Bible says that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.”

“Sin is such an abomination and repulsion to our Holy God and to our righteous God.”

“The tabernacle was actually a relatively small tent-type structure…the walls were made of detachable acacia wood boards.”

“The high priests alone could go into the most Holy place.”

“What one would see upon entering the outer court was the brazen altar; an altar of sacrifice.”

“In the most Holy place behind the veil was the arc of the covenant, but the location of the brazen altar vividly  illustrates that entrance into the fellowship with God is by means of the altar of sacrifice.”

“Individual worshiper, if he was not a priest, could go no further than the brazen altar.

“The brazen alter was a testimony of God’s judgement, and God’s condemnation of sin.”

“The tabernacle, and everything in the tabernacle was a type or a shadow of things to come.”

“Just as the lamb was a substitute, Jesus was our substitute.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“What happened at the brazen altar confirms that the entrance into the things of God is available only by a sacrifice of blood.”

“Every priest stands administering daily, offering the same sacrifice which can never take away sins. But this man, Jesus Christ, after he’d offered one sacrifice for sins forever…He was perfecting  forever those who were being sanctified.”

“Throughout the Old Covenant, animals were sacrificed daily; lambs were sacrificed on the bronze altar. But when Jesus came He made one sacrifice  on the cross forever.”

“Just as the lamb was a substitute, Jesus was our substitute.”

“Clap your hands and praise God for Jesus!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Exodus 29:38-46, 1 John 3:4, Genesis 1:29, Hebrews 9:22, Genesis 4:3, Romans 3:23, Exodus 11, Gen 3:7, 21, Hebrews 10:11.


 

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!”

To  order your copy of Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, please CLICK HERE to purchase.


To see this entire service, or to learn more about Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake’s series on the tabernacle and more, Please click HERE, to go to West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

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SERMON: God’s Terms of Engagement

In his sermon titled, “God’s Terms of Engagement,” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. studies 5 of the furnishings that were in the Tabernacle of Moses: the bronze altar, the bronze laver, the table of showbread, the lampstand, and the golden altar of incense.

“Each of these items is a symbol for something else,” said Bishop Blake, “and each of their actions represents a symbolic action.”

Based on Exodus 25, the sermon is a revelation into the wonders of the Bible, and how we can use it to make our lives fuller.

“Old Testament symbolism has a New Testament application,” continued Bishop Blake. “There are things in the spirit that we do through Christ Jesus that will take us into the very presence of God, and each phase is symbolized by something that was in the Tabernacle of Moses. Jesus is really what the tabernacle is all about.”

This sermon is based on the book, “Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence,” by Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.  For more information, please see below.

“God’s terms of engagement is God’s provision; His standard.”

“The status of the people of God; relationship the people had with God, and God’s response to them, were related to how they would deal with – in sincerity – those items that were in the tabernacle.”

“If they, in a pure and sincere heart, dealt with those items in the tabernacle properly, it would enhance their relationship with almighty God.”

“The bronze altar, with its sacrifices, represented God’s selection of the acceptable price to be paid for sin, and God’s forgiveness…It represented the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made, once and for all, for our sins.”

“The bronze laver, in which the priests would wash themselves, represents moral and spiritual cleansing.”

“The table of showbread represented God’s people constantly before his presence offering themselves to Him.”

“By offering that which was most precious, they offered themselves and their lives to the Lord.”

“The Bible is filled with physical actions that we ought to take in relationship with God. God talks about behavior in worship, in moral life, in relationships with other people; in relationship to money, and so on.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The candlestick in the tabernacle represented moral and spiritual light: the light that God and His people were to be in a dark and Godless world.”

“The golden altar of incense represented what God’s people and their worship were to God…a sweet aroma unto God.”

“The contents of the arc of the covenant were two stone tablets upon which the 10 Commandments were written; Aaron’s rod that budded, and a pot of manna.”

“The second set of tablets represented a second chance for the people.”

“[Aaron’s] rod …represented God bringing life out of death, and possibility out of impossibility.”

“The pot of manna represented God’s miraculous provision for His children.”

“The mercy seat on the arc represented the culmination and success of the process by which they’d been involved with the other items in the tabernacle.”

“What causes one place to be different from another place? But God said, ‘In that place I shall meet with you.’”

“You’ve got to take a bath or else when you come before me you’re going to die…Tell your neighbor, ‘It seems to me, God is serious about this!’”

“You better watch out for your own fire.”

“There is none other like Him in all the universe…God is Holy!” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“If somebody tells you they’re jealous, you better believe them; and if they’re really tough, you really better believe them!  And God is saying, ‘I’m jealous!’”

“There is none other like Him in all the universe…God is Holy!”

“God’s nature mandates that His praise be the highest praise.”

“Nobody or nothing should get the praise that we give to God.”

“Every one of us have some preferences for how we want to be treated…Now, I just need to stop right there. Some carnal minds will go off, and I won’t get you back!”

“If you’ve got a husband or a wife, make sure you know how they want to be treated, and within reasonable limits, treat them that way.”

“If you’re not married wait…your day will come.”

“The word of God tells us how God wants to be treated.”

“The Bible starts with the heart of man. It clearly teaches that it doesn’t start on the outside, it starts on the inside. And it starts with the heart.”

“So, no matter what else you do, no matter how you perform all the rites of worship…God says it starts with your heart.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“God says, ‘Treat me like I’m special.”

“Few things are more gratifying than to have somebody that you love praise you in a crowd.”

“There are few things that are more painful than to have someone criticize you in a crowd.”

“None of us would be happy with a loved one who gave us thoughts and not word, or words and no actions.”

“God expects good deeds. God expects good actions. God expects favor from those who say that they love Him.”

“Unless God can impact us on the level of the physical, He cannot impact us at the level of the spiritual.”

“The Bible is filled with physical actions that we ought to take in relationship with God. God talks about behavior in worship, in moral life, in relation with other people, in relationship to money, and so on.”

“We’re stimulated visually. We’re motivated visually. We’re motivated through our senses. The interaction of body and mind is such that they both stimulate one another.”

“But the body, spirit, and mind relationship is such that every mental and spiritual impulse carries with it a physical manifestation.”

“There are some things that happen on the inside that you cannot hide on the outside.”

“God expects good deeds. God expects good actions. God expects favor from those who say that they love Him.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Soul rejoicing is at its best when it gets noisy.”

“David said, ‘Class dismissed! I’m going to praise the Lord!”

“The tabernacle was a tangible instrument of the worship and praise of almighty God.”

“God uses symbols.”

“The Lord’s supper that we celebrate on the first Sunday is symbolic. The bread represents His body; the juice represents His blood.”

“Baptism is a symbol. It’s symbolic of the burial of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

“The cross is a symbol. It’s symbolic of our salvation.”

“Sometimes you don’t praise Him like you should, but when you have a symbol of the cross, a symbol of body a symbol of His blood you’re able to praise Him.”

“I know that the Lord has brought you from a mighty long way…Lift up your hands and praise Him.”

“God is so good to me.”

“He shows up when we worship Him. He shows up when we praise him. He shows up when we glorify Him. Come on and praise Him!”- Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“There are at least seven Hebrew words that tell us how to praise the lord. All of them mean praise, but each focuses on a different kind of behavior”

“He shows up when we worship Him. He shows up when we praise him. He shows up when we glorify Him. Come on and praise Him!”

“Worship is what you do, it’s not only what you feel, but it’s also what you say. It’s things, it’s places, it’s behavior, it’s conduct.”

“When you show up with the right stuff, show up in the right place, doing the right thing, with the right praise on your lips, God said, ‘I’m going to show up and bless you and take you higher than you’ve ever gone before.’”

“I wish somebody would praise him…Are there any true worshippers in the house today?”

“When the Holy Ghost shows up, you’ll move! When the Holy Ghost shows up, your body gets healed When the Holy Ghost shows up, your spirit gets blessed. When the Holy Ghost shows up, the power of the Lord is in the room!”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘The Holy Ghost is here right now!’”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 25:8, 21, Exodus 3:4, 29:29, 26:33, 30:18, Leviticus 10:1-2, Ex 34:14, Psalm 139:1,23, 1 Samuel 16:7,  Leviticus 10:3, Romans 12:1, Jeremiah 20:9, Psalm 34:2, 2 Samuel 6:14, ps 50:14, Psalm 103:1, Psalm 22:3, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:2-3, John 4:24.


 

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

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!”

To  order your copy of Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, please CLICK HERE to purchase.


To experience this entire sermon, “God’s Terms of Engagement” and more, please CLICK HERE for West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

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Bishop Blake: When Your Soul Refuses to be Comforted

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint – Isaiah 40:31

Sometimes, peace of mind may seem elusive. We may feel plagued by our past hurts and our sins, and it seems as if things may never be right again. When we feel overwhelmed by the shadow cast over us by the hurts of our past, we must always remember that God is often trying to teach us that we have strength in Jesus. He is teaching us resilience; how to have faith, how to overcome, how to triumph.

In this sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. gives us the example of a mother eagle teaching her baby how to fly. Sometimes the mother eagle will drop her young from her grasp, then swoop down at the last minute as it falls. Just as the eagle saves her offspring moments before it hits the earth, God looks out for us in the same way. Comfort comes in knowing that God will never leave us; nor will He forsake us in our time of need.

“When you endure difficult trials your soul should be comforted,” said Bishop Blake… “Jesus has already paid the price…God is trying to teach you how to fly.

“James 1 says,

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

What do you do when your soul refuses to be comforted? Are there bible verses that you refer to when you are feeling anxious or depressed? Please feel free to share them with others below, so that they too may be comforted.

This sermon, titled, “What to do When Your Soul Refuses To Be Comforted”, from May 27, 2012, is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

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SERMON: Dr. Elijah H. Hankerson – God says, ‘Humble Yourself’

On World Missions Sunday 2016, Dr. Elijah H. Hankerson III, President of the International Department of Evangelism of the Church of God In Christ, served as guest pastor at West Angeles Church. To prepare the saints to “impact the world,” his sermon for the day cites Luke 3 and the period of preparation before Jesus began His ministry.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you – John 15:7

“I remember when God called me,” said Bishop Hankerson of his own road to ministry. “I ended up on an entry-level job. Folks were beating up on me, saying, ‘You’re supposed to be anointed? What are you doing sitting here on this computer when God has called you to reach the world?’ I complained to God, saying ‘God, I gave you my life at a young age. I gave you everything. Why am I sitting here at this entry-level job?’

“I thought God was going to pat me on the back and tell me that everything is going to be alright. But God told me, ‘Your attitude is not right. You ought to be thankful you have that humble job to take care of your family…and I’m not going to take you to where you’re going until you praise Me.'”

The entire 21st World Missions Conference is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel on Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“As we look at the life of Jesus Christ, we are always taught that every time Jesus was around, miracles were taking place. People were always getting healed. People were always getting set free. But I found out that really, when you study the life of Christ, according to Luke 3:23…His ministry did not start until He was 30 years old.”

“It wasn’t until Jesus was filled with the Holy Ghost down at the Jordan River that Jesus began to work miracles. So it was during those 30 years that He had to learn how to submit Himself in order to be obedient. The Son of God didn’t know what it meant to be subject to His creation.”

“The Bible says that Jesus He learned obedience by the things that he suffered…He submits Himself and humbles Himself – even to the point of death.”

“Take note of this: all during those 30 years, during that time of ministry where He was learning and growing, the Bible lets us know that He humbly says, ‘I do nothing on my own accord. Everything my father says that’s what I say. Everything my father does, that’s what I do.’ That was His testimony before the cross.”

“After you come through the difficult times, you come out stronger.” – Bishop Elijah H. Hankerson III

“After He died on the cross, was buried, and rose again on the third day, He said, ‘My testimony has changed. Now…all power in heaven and on earth is given unto Me.’”

“How many of you know that after you come through the suffering, after you come through the difficult times, after you come through the valley of the shadow of death, you come out stronger, more anointed, with more power?”

 “For 90 percent of Jesus’ life, He was in preparation. For 90 percent of the time, He was in ministry. How many of you know that today, that’s what God is doing in our lives?

“God is preparing us. God has to prepare you to go out and win the world for Christ.”

“I remember when God called me to ministry…He said, ‘You’re going to take the gospel to the world. You’re going to go from sea to sea. You’re going to go from state to state. You’re going to go from nation to nation.’”

“God has to prepare you to go out and win the world for Christ.” – Bishop Elijah H. Hankerson III

“Sometimes God will speak a word in your heart, but you’re not ready to go forth with what God has for you.”

“Sometimes you’re too full of yourself. Sometimes you’re too full of pride. So God has to humble you down because the Bible says, ‘Humble yourself, then God will exalt you.'”

“How many know today that the call of God is on your life? You don’t have to network. You don’t have to know the right person.” 

“If God says, ‘It’s your time,’ then God will make it happen.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘God going to take you to where you’re going when you learn to praise Him through your tears, through your suffering, through your hard times.'”

“I dare you to lift your hands and say, ‘God, I’m going to trust you through the silent years, through my heartaches, I’m still going to trust you. Through my disappointments, I’m still going to trust you.’ Say ‘Yes!'”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘I’m glad He died for me; I’m glad He died for my sins! Every time I turn around, God is blessing me!'”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 15:7, Luke 3-4, Isaiah 6:1-3, Phil 2:8-10.


 

Dr. Elijah H. Hankerson III is on a mission to spread the gospel world-wide with the vision of “Life, love, and liberty for the Body of Christ.” He is President of the International Department of Evangelism of the Church of God In Christ, Inc., and Senior Pastor and founder of the Life Center International COGIC of Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Hankerson serves the Church of God in Christ in many capacities and posts, including the Jurisdictional Ordination Board, Chairman of the Public Relations Department for Missouri Eastern First Jurisdiction, Director of Public Relations for COGIC Urban Initiatives, Inc., and internationally as Representative of the General Board to the General Assembly. The love and inspiration of Dr. Hankerson’s life is his lovely wife, Evangelist Rachel L. Hankerson and their three children: Elijah IV, Raquel and Matthew.

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Ambassador Charles R. Stith on the Power of Angels

As we look for answers to the moral and spiritual unrest in our world, West Angeles takes a look back to July of 2015 when Ambassador Charles R. Stith delivered a powerful message of comfort, about the strength and solace which can be found beneath the wings of angels.

A few weeks ago, Ambassador Charles R. Stith, a long-time friend of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., worshiped with the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ, alongside his wife, Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith. I was reminded of a powerful, insightful, yet comforting sermon Ambassador Stith delivered last year. The sermon addressed America’s burgeoning spiritual unrest; punctuated by troubling events in Ferguson, MO; the tragic shootings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

His message, simply called, “Angels,” was inspired by Hebrews 13:2 –

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have unwittingly entertained angels.

“Implied in this text, said Ambassador Stith, “is a profound word of caution: be careful how you treat folks…Be careful who you ignore…That person you ignore just might be the one bearing your blessing.”

The full service is available HERE, on West Angeles’ Video On Demand; highlights from this sermon follow:

“St. Thomas Aquinas said that ‘an angel can illuminate thought in the mind of a person by strengthening the power of their vision.’”[1]

“Moses Maimonides said that ‘everyone entrusted with a mission is an angel.’”[2]

“We make all sorts of assumptions about people. We harbor all sorts of stereotypes about people. And what the evidence reveals is that more often than not, these assumptions, these stereotypes, are not true.”

“Race is not an arbiter of content or character.”

“You need to be careful about the assumptions you make about people…You never know. Anybody can be an angel”  – Ambassador Charles R. Stith

“Martin Luther King Jr…His moral vision defined the last half of the last century, and continues to provide a moral compass for this century.”

“You need to be careful about the assumptions you make about people. You need to careful about the stereotypes you harbor about people.”

“The stranger might not simply be a chance encounter, but it could be someone special. That person could be an angel.”

“You never know. Anybody can be an angel. They don’t come with wings or dressed in long white robes. They’re not perfect vessels unscarred or embattled by life. They’re not necessarily saintly or models for how you ought to live your life.”

“I believe that, just as God moves in and out of history, He moves in and out of the vessels He uses.”

“These angels that He sends work in mysterious ways and come at mysterious times; speaking word of truth or demonstrating random acts of kindness that cut to the heart and soul of the human condition.”

“Anybody or everybody can be more than they seem…Someone you’ll meet when you leave here this morning, or somebody you met on the way, could be an angel.”

“Sometimes the worst wrong we can do can do is not a sin of commission but a sin of omission.”

“We need a change in the entire country’s culture.” – Ambassador Charles R. Stith

“Sometimes the worst thing you can do to a person is to neglect them…to treat folk as if they’re invisible, as if who they are and what they represent doesn’t matter.”

“Neglect and indifference often does more damage than outright dislike.”

“Despite what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Nixon’s head of HUD, said in the 1960s, there is no such thing as ‘benign neglect.’”

“Neglect, beloved, is a cardinal sin. So powerful is its impact that Jesus made it one of the conditions to inherit the Kingdom. Hear Jesus: ‘When I was a stranger, did you take me in? And remember, whatever you did to the least of them, you also did it to me.’”

“Neglect…this is the source of the cry that Black Lives Matter.”

“The devil kills the conscience of those he possesses.”

“What we miss, or choose to ignore, is that there are politics and policies that kill whole communities. It is such policies and politics that neglect the needs, the hopes, the dreams of communities like those around…communities like this one, and they provide an environment for hate…to grow.”

“You need to take some time to discover the angel within you.”  –  Ambassador Charles R. Stith

“What I’m trying to tell you this morning, church, is that we don’t just need a change in police culture, we need a change in the entire country’s culture.”

“If God can use the person sitting in front of you, behind you, or your neighbor down the street, or the stranger you pass or have yet to meet, He might just want to use you.”

“To be all that you can be is about the extent to which God is in your life.”

“The bible says that we were created a little lower than the angels and it seems like some of us have been working to get lower ever since.”

“You’ve got to know Jesus. If you know Him… you can be the good you want to be.”

“What is your mission? Will you master your mission or miss it?”

“You need to take some time to discover the angel within you.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Hebrews 13, Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 1:16.

 

Ambassador Charles R. Stith serves as Chairman of The Pula Group International, and is founder of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center of Boston University. He was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the United Republic of Tanzania by President Bill Clinton in 1998.

Ambassador Stith received a Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, and a Master of Theology degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. By the age of 30, he was Senior Minister at Union United Methodist Church in Boston, the youngest minister ever appointed to the position at the church. Ambassador Stith is also founder of ONE, the Organization for the New Equality, a non-profit organization devoted to generating economic opportunity for women and people of color.

 

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FOOTNOTES
[1] McIntosh, J; “Angels : A Joyous Celebration” (1999). Running Press, PA. Pg. 121.
[2] Maimonides, Moses; “The Guide for the Perplexed” (1919) George Routledge & Sons, Ltd. London. Pg. 160. (Google Books; Accessed 7/23)

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For more about Emmanuel AME and the stellar accomplishments of its pastor, the late Senator Clementa Pinckney, please click HERE to readPresident Obama Defines The Meaning of Black Church.”

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SERMON: God’s Motive and God’s Objective

For his Sunday April 10 sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. continued a series he began on Sunday April 3 which is taken from his book “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence.” Bishop Blake’s often humorous delivery of his sermon, titled “God’s Motive and God’s Objective,” was met with laughter as he compared God’s relationship with us to the relationships we have with others.

“God loves you, He’ll do anything for you,’ said Bishop, “but He’s got to have His R-E-S-P-E-C-T!”

Last Sunday Bishop Blake was led to speak about the Arc of the Covenant and its symbolic significance in the NT and for our life in God even today.

“Years ago when I began to study about the Arc and the other furnishings of the tabernacle; the holy days, the high priests and the various sacrifices, all of these things came to my attention…The Tabernacle was a symbol; an image of Jesus Christ.”

This entire service and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow: 

“The study of the Arc of the Covenant and the Tabernacle present to us Old Testament examples and shadows of New Testament realities.”

“If you study the history of a person or a relationship, you will better understand that person…and the nature of that relationship.”

“The understanding of a person’s history will help you deal with that person.”

“Jesus frequently said that He came to fulfill the law, and the Bible frequently affirms that the Old Testament, the Tabernacle, the priesthood and the sacrifices served as shadows and examples of heavenly things.”

“What was it that God wanted? What motivated Him to reach out to man? What was God’s objective?”

“In order to live effectively with a person, you need to know your objectives for dealing with that person, and you need to know that person’s objectives for dealing with you.”

“It’s very wise to ascertain the expectations the other party has of you, prior to committing to a relationship.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Everybody that smiles at you…who treats you nicely, does not want a relationship with you.”

“Everybody who treats you rudely or harshly is not responding to something you are or even something you have done. Some people are just rude; some people are just harsh…and they are that way to everybody they meet.”

“Most people are just trying to get from one day to the next day.”

“Maybe to your great disappointment, you need to know that everybody does not spend a great deal of time thinking about you.”

“Some will want to be your friend, but others will desire a favor from you; a loan, or some benefit from you.”

“There has been a tremendous amount of pain and confusion in the world because people who want relationship have been dealing with people who only wanted relations.”

“If you want a Godly, honorable relationship, you’ll have a terrible time dealing with somebody who only…wants to use you and throw you away.”

“If you are to deal effectively with a person, you need to understand that person…You need to know their goals; their objectives.”

“God will do anything for you, but He’s got to have His R-E-S-P-E-C-T!” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“It’s tough to be with a person who mistreats you, who doesn’t care how you feel or what you think.”

“Some folks wear you out just being around them.”

“You need a good understanding of yourself. Ask your neighbor, ‘Do you understand yourself?’”

“Don’t be tricky. Don’t be deceptive.”

“If you’re struggling with homosexuality brother, don’t mess up some poor lady’s life. And lady, don’t marry somebody, thinking that you’ll be able to change him from gay to straight.”

“There’s got to be mutual admiration and respect. This is absolutely necessary and essential for a lasting, satisfactory relationship.”

“Relationships that are deficient in communication are doomed to much unhappiness and failure.”

“People need to talk – and people need to listen.”

“Some people – even friends – have a big ol’ orangutan of a problem sitting right in the middle of their relationship and they won’t recognize that it’s there.”

“You can’t just look at people and know people…Can I get a witness?”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Try again…and again, and again.’”

“Don’t let your emotions and your animal drives cause you to make a fool of yourself.”

“Remember that personality and character do not frequently change.”

“The best way to tell what a person will do is to look at what a person has done, and that will tell you what you can expect.”

“In discussing God’s purpose regarding His relationship with us…the principles are the same whether with God or with men and women.”

Deuteronomy 28:1 (NKJV) Blessings on Obedience –  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.”

“Down through history, God’s purposes regarding his relationship with mankind has been the same…but because of our sin…God has chosen to deal with mankind in different ways during different periods.”

“After 400 years of slavery (in Egypt), God delivered Israel from Egypt. This was, in essence, their introduction to the Lord. Four hundred years of domination by Egypt had almost erased the every memory and image of God from their minds.”

“Even Moses himself knew so little about God, he had to ask God, ‘What is your name?’ And he had to teach the people how to do the same.”

“God’s motive for dealing with us is love.”

“I don’t care who you are…I don’t care what you have done, God is in love with you.”

“Most parents don’t want anything from their children. They just want to see their children to do well; to succeed. They want them to be prosperous. And their great despair is after they’ve invested so much into their children, they often see them waste and ruin their lives.”

“That’s all God wants for you. He wants you to be productive. He wants your life to be fruitful. That’s why God came into your life in the first place, ‘that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.’”

“God loves us, but if we’re going to have a relationship with Him, we have to know who He is.”

“God’s motive for dealing with us is love” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“It’s alright for you to come to God, but when you come, don’t bring mess and sin into the presence of the Lord.”

“Whatever you do for God, it ought to be greater. It ought to be more. It ought to be higher!”

“God said, ‘I am a jealous God…Don’t worship me today and Allah tomorrow!’”

“God’s objective is to love us, and to be loved by us.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Neighbor, I’m blessed going in and coming out. I’m blessed by the power of God!”

“There’s nobody like God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Deuteronomy 7:6-11, 6:4; Amos 3:3, Exodus 3:5, 13-15; Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16, Psalm 35:27, 149:4; John 10:10, Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:11, Psalm 150:6, 1 Peter 1:16, Psalm 136:1, Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Jeremiah 29:11,  Psalm 100:4.


 

  • Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.’s book, “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence” is available at the West Angeles Christian Emporium. Address: 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone:(323) 731-3012
  • To read highlights from last week’s sermon titled, “Components of a Testimony,” please click HERE.
  • Is Ethiopia the site of the Arc of the Covenant? Watch as COGIC’s International World Missions President Vincent Matthews shares historic facts about Ethiopia’s Christian heritage:

https://www.facebook.com/BishopVincentMathews/videos/1787441411477427/

  • Please join us for the 21st WORLD MISSIONS CONFERENCE! Please click HERE for more information.

 

 

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SERMON: Presiding Bishop Blake, “Components of a Testimony”

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. began a new series, teaching from his book, Encountering God. The sermon was taken from scripture surrounding the Arc of the Covenant, the tabernacle of Moses, and the Israelites, who did not trust God in spite of miracles He performed on their behalf.

“Sometimes we’re losing because we don’t trust God,” said Bishop Blake. “The God that we serve has already made a way…God will take care of you if you only believe.”

This entire service and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“The Arc of the Covenant was in the Tabernacle of Moses. In the court of the Tabernacle it stood before the Brazen Altar where the sacrifices were offered up to God to atone for the sins of the people.”

“The Bronze Laver [is] where the priests were first washed by Moses and where subsequently they washed themselves as they performed the various rites of sacrifice in the courtyard.”

“The showbread…was made from wheat. It symbolized God’s people in His presence, and in fellowship with Him and one another.”

“The lamp stand, with its seven flames…symbolized God’s spirit at work…It symbolized God’s Word. It symbolized Jesus Christ. It symbolized the church of Jesus Christ.”

“The golden altar of incense…ignited by God’s fire, represents the praises and the worship of God’s people. It also represents the pleasure that the praises of God’s people bring to God.”

“God enjoys our praise.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Behind the veil is the most Holy place or the Holy of Holies. Within the Most Holy place is the Arc of the Covenant, which is also called ‘The Arc of the Testimony.’”

“The Arc of the Covenant was a wooden chest or box…This wooden chest was overlaid with sheets of pure gold, both within and without.”

“On the lid of the Arc was a plate of pure gold…That plate was called the mercy seat. At the ends of the Mercy Seat were two statues of golden angels.”

“For many reasons, the Arc of the Covenant is the most important piece of furniture in the tabernacle. It’s important, as far as I can tell, because the Arc…is the only item of tabernacle furniture that will be in heaven.”

“I don’t really understand how the Arc of the Covenant will be in heaven – whether it will be there materially or spiritually –  but the Bible says it will be there. And if God will retain the Arc of the Covenant alone for Heaven, then the Arc of the Covenant must be very, very important.”

“Arc of the Covenant was the first item of furniture to be described and placed in the Tabernacle.”

“Each of the three items were the result of miraculous occurrences and miraculous actions on the part of God.  Each of the three items were an expression of the love of God”

“The fact that each of these items is a response [of] God to negative behavior on the part of Israel is unfortunate.  Negative behavior caused each of these items to be placed before the people of God.”

“God had just brought them out of a 400-year ordeal of slavery and oppression.”

“God was working through Moses. Moses was obeying God’s directions.”

“God had just brought them out of a 400-year ordeal of slavery and oppression.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Moses…was already free. He was already doing well, but he returned to Egypt to bring God’s people out of slavery.”

“Murmuring is offensive and alienating…even a murmurer doesn’t want to be around another murmurer.”

“Murmuring is counterproductive because it makes future favors unlikely.”

“Murmuring is an indication of a lack of trust.”

“You got help and assistance before, what makes you think you have to murmur now?”

“The opposite of murmuring is praise.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“One of God’s worst judgments came down on Israel because of her complaining…The cause of their complaining in this case was a declining food supply.”

“Your blessing may require some work.”

“Your miracle does not excuse you from working while the miracle takes place.”

“Sometimes what you snatch against the will of God spoils and breeds worms.”

“What you invest in God won’t spoil.”

“How many of you know you have to rely on God every day?”

“They had to rely on God every day because without a miracle they would have been without food. ‘Give us this day our daily bread.'”

“There was manna in the Arc.”

“’ 35 And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense,’ and the next day all the congregation of Israel murmured…I think I would have kept my mouth shut!”

49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. Look at your neighbor and say, ‘I think God doesn’t like murmuring!’”

They had to rely on God every day because without a miracle they would have been without food.  ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“So many folks are against you, but God’s going to bless you anyway.”

“If God chooses you, there’s nothing that anybody can do about it!”

“That Aaron’s rod would blossom, that it would bear fruit, is assurance that God can bring dead things back to life again.”

“How do I know God can bring dead things back to life? Because he brought me back to life again! Halleluiah!”

“Jesus was dead. God brought him back to life again!”

“If anything has died in your world, God can bring it back to life again!”

“The tablets contained God’s Commandments for his people. They contained his will regarding their behavior.  But the fact that they were in the Arc was proof that God gave them a second chance.”

“This is the day of the second chance. I don’t care who you are and what you’ve done, God is a God of a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance.”

“Neighbor, you may have messed up, but God through Jesus is giving you a second chance.”

“Jesus was dead. God brought him back to life again!” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The arc was a testimony.”

“God will take care of you if you only trust Him, if you only believe.”

“They put the manna in the Arc so you remember that I provided for you in the desert…put the manna in the Arc so you remember that when there was no rain and no sowing and no reaping, I fed you with bread put the manna in the Arc so you remember that when you run out, I step in.”

“If God has done it before, God will do it again. God can heal again. God can provide again.”

“Ask your neighbor, ‘Do you have a pot of manna in your testimony?’ Can you remember a time when God miraculously provided for you?”

“When things seem dead and hopeless, God is still able!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 16:32 , Numbers 17:10; Deuteronomy 10:1-9; Hebrews 9:3-4, 1 Kings 8:9, Exodus 16:2-32, Revelation 11:19, Numbers 16, Numbers 17:1-4, Romans 17:8, Exodus 31:18, Psalm 37:25, Psalm 27:10, Hebrews 4:14-16

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Presiding Bishop Charles Edrward Blake, Sr’s book, “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence” is available at the West Angeles Christian Emporium. Address: 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone:(323) 731-3012


 

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SERMON for Palm Sunday: Whatever You Do, Do It in the Name of the Lord

On Palm Sunday at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, Pastor Michael B. Golden Jr., Chairman of the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference, delivered a powerful, prophetic word titled, “Whatever You Do, Do It in the Name of the Lord.”

“Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord. Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest.” –  Luke 19:38 (KJV)

“This is the greatest church in the Church of God In Christ,” proclaimed Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. invited Pastor Golden to deliver the Word to the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ on Palm Sunday 2016.  The dynamic, prophetic message he delivered was inspired by Luke 19:37-38 –

37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Said Pastor Golden, “High-five your neighbor and tell them, ‘Something good is getting ready to happen!’”

The entire Palm Sunday service is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“When most preachers come to Palm Sunday, they focus on the triumphant entry, on the fact that there were palm trees laid at the feet of Jesus as He came in on the back of a donkey…God saw the donkey in you and still used you!”

“It’s one thing to come to West Angeles on Sunday morning when your hair is done and your nails are wonderfully done, but God saw you when you were in your mess, in your struggle…and He still said ‘I want you’”.

“Like Adam and Eve, you came to yourself and said ‘I didn’t even know I was exposed.’”

“With your anger, bitterness, frustration, anxiety…all of your hurt, pain, and stress, He still said, ‘I want you.’”

“With the fact that you’ve been isolated, humiliated, pushed to the side and put in obscurity, God said, ‘I want you.’”

“If God wants you, it doesn’t matter who doesn’t want you.”

“Our country has forgotten the Power in the name of the Lord” – Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

“This is for everybody who said you couldn’t be; who said it couldn’t happen for you; everybody who said you weren’t smart enough, you weren’t with the right group, you didn’t have it all together…Is there anybody in here who knows that God chose you anyway?”

“Not only is He coming, He’s coming in the name of the Lord.”

“As I watch CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, I have quickly discerned that our country has forgotten the Power in the name of the Lord.”

“If Buddha can’t help you…give Jesus a try.”

“There are some of you who are dealing with some circumstances right now and…you’ve tried everything that you can try…but I’m here to tell you to take your hands off of it.”

“Some of you are sitting next to some ‘chosen frozens’ today!

“If Buddha can’t help you…give Jesus a try” – Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

“I dare you to open your mouths and say, ‘So good!’”

“What’s on me is getting ready to rub off on you. What’s on me? Favor is on me. The anointing is on me. Glory is on me. Provision is on me.”

“Put your hand on your neighbor and say, ‘I’m rubbing it off on you…Peace in your home on your job, in your family… peace on in this church.’”

“One of the reasons you can’t praise God is because you don’t have peace…I speak to every enemy, every devil, every demonic force, and I demand PEACE!”

“How do you get peace? You get peace by using that name. And what is that name? JESUS!”

“I feel the Holy Ghost all up in my space!”

“When you shout that name, God’s releasing angels…and when you come into your house, the devil’s going to see you at the front door and say, ‘She comes in the name of the Lord!’”

“Shout your address and say, ‘Satan, get to steppin!’” – Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

“You’re not going to mess with my peace, you’re not going to intimidate my joy, He gives me power to tread over serpents, and over scorpions, and I command you in the name of Jesus!”

“I need three people in every row who know how to use that Name. Say it again like you really mean it! JESUS!”

“The devil, from this point forward, will not be able to operate by absentee ballot in your life.”

“[The devil] is not even living in your home, but he’s influencing your children.”

“Confusion comes up and you don’t even know where it’s coming from. It’s because Satan is operating with power of attorney over your children, over your family.”

“No, you’re not perfect – nobody is perfect – but we are perfected in the name of Jesus.”

“I came up on PTL, but I also came up on a TV show called ‘Martin’…and he knew how to tell people who didn’t belong in his space to ‘Get to steppin’!”

“For every trial you’ve faced, God set it up to bring you through” – Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

“I need about 1,000 folks who have enough power in your words to speak to the devil and say, ‘Satan, get to steppin’!”

“Shout your address and say, ‘Satan, get to steppin!’”

“You’ve got to be careful in this season who you’re connected to. Sometimes you’ve got to do bad all by yourself.”

“There’s a difference between friends and allies…friends stick with you through the good and the bad.”

“I know Jesus is a friend of mine. When I was in my lowest state, He didn’t walk off and leave me.”

“Thank you Lord!”

“Everything that’s in your mind does not always bring life.”

“God said, ‘You’re going to survive, even though they walked off from you, planned your funeral and left you for dead.”

“I was down, but I wasn’t out. I was in trouble, but I didn’t lose my mind, I didn’t lose hope.”

“God’s getting ready to give you a double portion of His power” – Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr.

“Buddha couldn’t help me because he was dead, and if I didn’t want to be like him, I couldn’t call that name.”

“I dare you to put it in God’s hands and say, ‘Jesus!’”

“For some of you, the next seven days are going to be seven days of Kingdom surprises. God’s getting ready to give you a double portion of His power…He’s given you Kingdom authority.”

“Use…your…words!”

“Look your neighbor dead in the eye and say, ‘It’s done!’”

“God’s getting ready to do something…the devil is on the run!  I dare you to shout, ‘Done!’”

“I woke up in the name of Jesus!”

“I don’t know how I made it. I should have died. I should have given up…Nobody did it but God!”

“For every trial you’ve faced, God set it up to bring you through. And when you come through, you’re going to set off a praise in West Angeles that says, ‘Nobody did it but God!’”

“The same power He had as Jehovah the Old Testament is the same power He has in the New Testament.”

“The same power Jehovah had to bring the children of Israel through the Red Sea is the same power He has to bring you and your family through the worst season of your life.”

“The same power He had to bring Shadrach, Meshach and ‘Nebed-Negro’ out of the fiery furnace…If He did it before, He can do it again!”

“He was here when grandmomma was here. He’ll be here when grandbaby is here. He’s eternal.”

“Jesus is here because He’s everywhere!”

“Everybody in this house is going to come to agreement that the enemy’s rule in your life is over!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Luke 19:37-38, Isaiah 43:19, 54:17; Luke 10:19, Jeremiah 1:10,  2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Psalm 121:1-5, Isaiah 53:5, Exodus 14, Daniel 3:19-29.

 

Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr. accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the young age of 13, and accepted the call of the Lord on May 26, 1996. After graduating from Norfolk Seminary and College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology, on August 1998 he became the youngest Elder ordained in the Second Jurisdiction State of Virginia, Church of God In Christ. On February 4, 2012, he was officially installed as Pastor of the Greater Emmanuel Temple COGIC in Hampton Virginia, the church founded by his father, Superintendent Michael B. Golden, Sr.

Pastor Golden’s stellar list of service, accomplishments, and posts includes YPWW President, Vice Chairman of the International AIM Convention, Assistant Jurisdictional Conference Coordinator, Jurisdictional Adjutant and Financial Advisor to the Bishop, and in November 2012 Pastor Golden was elected to the National Board of Trustees of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. Most recently, he served as Chairman of the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference.

Also an entrepreneur, Pastor Golden works in commercial lending and Real Estate development. He is married to Evangelist Missionary Trina Wilson Golden; together they have two children, Michael B. Golden, III and Malaya Angelina Golden.