Lord, Send a Revival

As the World Mission’s Conference has come to a close, where Bishop Mathews ushered in the Spirit of the Lord and brought the house down, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. has felt led to bring back Bishop Mathews with a two-night revival in the North Campus Sanctuary.

On Monday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 21, at 7:00p.m., you’re invited to experience the power of the Holy Spirit!

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. has, with the approval of the General Board of the Church of God in Christ, selected Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. to be the new president of the International Missions Department. Bishop Mathews succeeds Bishop Carlis Moody who served admirably as president for over forty years.

Presiding Bishop Blake says, “Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. has a heart for missions. His desire to reach those men and women in the countries around the globe where the Church of God in Christ is located, and beyond, will continue our church’s long tradition of empowering people to transform their communities.”

If you cannot join us, please tune in LIVE at watch.westa.tv

Watch Night Service

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Let go of 2013 and Let GOD in 2014!  Join Bishop Charles E. Blake and West Angeles Church of God in Christ Tuesday, December 31st at 10:00PM in the Cathedral.  Thousands of saints will be on their knees praying their way into a New Year. Come with expectancy in your hearts and reverence in your spirit!

Thanksgiving Service

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As a gift to The Body of Christ and Community, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Lady Mae L. Blake and the West Angeles Music and Worship Arts Ministry invite you to spend the Holidays at West Angeles. Throughout the months of November and December, we will be blessed with special services, concerts, children programs and worship experiences.

We begin to celebrate “The Reason for The Season with Thanksgiving Day Service at The Cathedral, Thursday, November 28th at 10:00am.

A Psalm of Thanksgiving.

100 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

Christian Apologetics with Dr. Wilfred Graves

 

Christian Apologetics

Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr. is dedicated to communicating truth in clear and effective ways.  Having once been an aerospace engineer, Dr. Graves brings science and logical reasoning in his embrace and unshakable belief in Christianity.

Stemming from the success of his highly acclaimed book, “In Pursuit of Wholeness: Experiencing God’s Salvation for the Total Person,” Dr. Graves wishes to share Godly wisdom in his anticipated free monthly seminar that focuses on the existence of God, the accuracy of the Bible, the deity of Jesus Christ, the Resurrection, and other fundamental Christian teachings.

Ranging from young to old, students to professionals, volunteers to leaders …this seminar promises to be a systematic presentation of beliefs and practices never seen before!

Next class, Spiritual Disciplines and the Formation of the Christian is scheduled for Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:00pM in the North Campus Sanctuary. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Call 323-733-8300 ext. 2324 or send an e-mail to [email protected] to RSVP today!!

Real Men Commit

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Join The Men of West Angeles Church for the Annual Men’s Weekend, October 18th and 20th. This exciting weekend begins with an elegant Gala at The beautiful Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. Tickets for this stellar event are $65.00 and are going fast!!!! This wonderful weekend concludes with a spirit filled Men’s Day on the 20th.  We are also asking each Man of West Angeles, to join us in giving $50.00 towards the retiring of the mortgage on that day!  Stop by The Brotherhood Tables on the Concourse to purchase tickets as well as to sign up to a part of The Men’s Day Choir, Usher or Ambassador!

Men’s Day Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, October 7th at 7:00PM

Monday, October 14th at 7:00PM

Thursday, October 17th at 7:00PM

Saturday, October 19th 10:00AM

All rehearsals will be held at the Cathedral!

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Dr. Judith Christie McAllister Sounds the Trumpet

As the opening night to one of the year’s most anticipated events, Sound The Trumpet-Celebrating the year of the Jubilee, draws closer, it becomes more apparent that this conference is more than a Music and Worship conference, but an in-depth look into reverent worship, the duties of who function in the ministry of music and worship arts leaders and what it means to accept the call!

West Angeles’ Web Team got a chance to sit down with the International Minister of Music for the Church of God in Christ, Dr. Judith Christie McAllister and Facilitator of the conference. Always working in the vineyard, we were honored to have an interview with Dr. McAllister, as she was in preparation to attend yet another planning session in Memphis, TN.

Dr. McAllister, thank you for taking the time to let us have this interview. Many of us are wondering, where did the title “Sound the Trumpet” begin?

In 2008 I recorded a project called, Sound the Trumpet and in preparation, as I began to study the word for the meaning of what the Lord would say through this particular project, He led me to 1 Corinthians 14:8 …..for if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?  The project and in particular, the title song is a clarion call to the body of Christ to wake up and take on the responsibility to be what the Father had called us to be.  

Is there a difference of expectation between musicians and worship leaders?

When taking careful note of the scriptures, we will observe that the responsibility of those who ministered before the Lord, unto the Lord or to the temple of the Lord, was one and the same.  No matter what their specific function, all priests were required to be sanctified, hence qualified as priests first.  Ministers of Music, Musicians, Choir directors and members, Worship Team leaders and members, Liturgical dancers, all involved in any aspect of Music & Worship Arts should approach their responsibilities as priests first.

As I fulfill my responsibility as International Minister of Music for the Church of God in Christ, I have the opportunity to observe first hand that there are many who have forgotten the aspect of priestly duties.  As opposed to possessing the servant mentality, in many instances we have allowed the spirit of “celebrity” to enter our hearts, therefore breeding the aspect “performance” rather than ministry in the house of the Lord.

Please don’t misunderstand me – I do believe that we live in a sight and sound generation so must not only be anointed, we must be skillful and utilize all of the tools available to “Make His Praise Glorious”, but we should strive to have a perfect balance in our presentation.  However, when the entertainment supersedes holiness then we have a problem.

Dr. Judith McAllister at West AngelesThat’s an interesting understanding.  What do you believe the intersection of entertainment and holiness looks like?  How can an up-and-coming worship leader find a balance?

Through the study of the word of God, through prayer and consecration and attending conferences like the “Sound The Trumpet” Conference.  Through the teaching of the Word, we discover that we have to allow the Word to be hidden in our hearts and at the time appointed God will bring us forth for our purpose to be made manifest.

What is the most important thing to know before you minister?

Know who you are, understand the assignment. Walk in the fullness of what God has called you to by following the leading of the Holy Spirit while being submitted to the leadership who are directly responsibility to in that ministry setting.

How would you combat Fear or Nervousness?

Once again, understand who you are and who God has commissioned you to be.  When one understands the assignment, then God mantle’s us to complete the assignment.

Besides your own music, what are songs you cannot live without?
Oh, I can live without my music (smile), but I absolutely love classical music and listen to it daily and when I work and study!  Besides that genre, one of my favorite songwriters and musical ministers is Kurt Carr–I’m so godly proud of him and celebrate the gift God has given him to encourage others and speak the sentiment of the heart of so many through song.  My favorite singer of all time is Walter Hawkins.

Is there anything you would like to add about the “Sound The Trumpet” -Celebrating the year of the Jubilee?

This conference is primarily for those who have a desire to be a instrument in the hand of the Lord to herald his word, will and purpose in these last days. While it has been formulated with the Music Minister and Worship Arts Minister in mind, the concepts and training modules provided are for all who consider ministry their Kingdom assignment.

I will specifically deal with the as aspects of the Shofar  (The Old Testament Trumpet) – the process it must go through to be authenticated and qualified to be utilized in the hands of the priest.  In many ways, the Christian is likened unto the Shofar in that we must be processed to be an instrument in the hand of the Lord.

Amen! How can people register for the conference?

STTCONFERENCE.ORG  The Day class sessions will be held at The Gateway Sheraton Hotel, (6101 West Century Blvd).  The Evening Worship Celebration services will be held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ.

During the evening services, which are free and open to the general public, we will have two of the most prolific preachers to minister the word of the Lord.

On Friday evening, we will have an extended time of worship into the wee hours of the morning, somewhat reminiscent of the Worship-A-Thons we had at West Angeles.  All are invited to come and enjoy the in depth teaching and the vibrant Worship we will experience.

Thank you so much for your time today.  We are certainly praying for your safe travels and can’t wait to see you back here at West Angeles for the Jubilee!!

It was my pleasure and I appreciate it. See you soon and may God bless you.
Dr. Judith McAllister

“SOUND THE TRUMPET”  – More than a song, it’s a Movement!

New Generation Sunday: Youth and Young Adults Take Over

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The Children, Youth and Young Adults are gearing up to take over West Angeles’ Sunday Services for New Generation Sunday!  Get ready to take the limits off of your past, present and future as we experience an outpouring of unyielding power in Jesus name.

Last year, many of you submitted your dreams for New Generation Sunday and many of you may have felt your dreams have not come to past.  We are going to show you how to take the limits off your dreams so they SHALL COME TO PASS.   God sees you as a precious being and places “No limits” on you! “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man; The things which God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

You can get ready  for an awesome word Sunday, September 29, 2013 from Elder Lawrence Champion Blake,  Elder Manuel Thomas, Young Adult Pastor, and Minister Donnie Briggs, Youth Pastor.

Bishop Charles E. Blake says, “Our Children are our future. All that we labor for and all that we produce–we will leave in their hands.”

Get ready for the take over and supporting our children and young people as they go forth in ministry on September 29th; New Generation Sunday!  A day of teaching you how to take the limits off!

Here is your personal invitation! Click here and let us know you’re coming.

You may pre-order your “No limit” t-shirt today by calling (323) 733-8300 Ext. 2629. Hurry while supplies last!

New Generation Sunday T-Shirt

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A Charge Against Racial Profiling and Social and Criminal Injustice


A politically and socially awakening driven sermon was delivered Sunday, August 4th, during the evening service at the North Campus Sanctuary.  Elder Uleses Henderson, Jr., a 10 year member of West Angeles COGIC, Young Adult Ministry Truthseekers instructor, accomplished intellectual property attorney and General Counsel of the Church Of God In Christ spoke from the subject: Christ’s Case for George Zimmerman.

Who better than the lead legal advisor for the Church of God in Christ to deliver a historical look on racial profiling and the service of the church?

Over the past few weeks America has been divided over the fact that a teenager can be shot and killed over absolutely nothing.  Elder Henderson reminds us that this very act is not a foreign subject to most blacks.  Black-on-black crime seems to be at an all time high, as one can get shot over the simplest things: the color of their clothes, or over drugs that they don’t even control.  93% of all homicides for young black men between the ages of 18 and 30 are perpetrated by other blacks.  Elder Henderson admonishes us, “that before we point the finger at other people let us first examine ourselves.”  The facts are glaring and it makes no sense to protest injustice if we do not first value the lives of our own youth.

Lady-JusticeGeorge Zimmerman stalked young, unarmed Trayvon Martin, assaulted him, shot and killed him under the protection of Florida’s Stand Your Ground laws.

Under the U.S. criminal justice system, a person is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.  Elder Henderson clarified that “to say that a person is not guilty under the law does not mean that the person is innocent.  It only means that the prosecution has not presented enough evidence to prove it’s case and despite what the prosecution would have you to believe this bar of persuasion is not that high if YOU’RE not black.”

It appears as though the woman who balances the scales of justice has a bum shoulder because it seems that she can never uphold her weight when it comes to justice for black folks.

Most heard the interview on CNN of juror B29 in the Zimmerman case.  Elder Henderson mentions that the juror wanted to convict Zimmerman of murder but she couldn’t under the law.

In 1963 Byron De La Beckwith gunned down Medgar Evers—a civil rights activist and member of the Church of God in Christ– in front of his wife and children in his driveway and it took them almost 30 to charge De La Beckwith.  In 1989, Charles Stuart, a white man, shot and killed his pregnant wife in the head and shot himself in the stomach that lead to a massive man hunt resulting in the arrest of Willie Bennett, an innocent black man.  It was not until Stuart’s brother “ratted him out” that the authorities would find out the truth—Stuart killed his wife and unborn child for insurance money.

And who can forget the tragedy of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black youth and member of the Church of God in Christ who was lynched in Money, Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Elder Henderson startles us as he reminds us that although there were laws to protect a white woman from black men, there were no law to protect our beautiful black women from being raped, pillaged, and abused by aggressive white men.

Elder Henderson then gives us a snippet of history from the inception of slavery in the early 17th century.  Blacks were considered to be the property of their slave masters based on the belief that they were naturally an inferior people. They experienced brutal and inhumane treatment and were exploited for their labor. Following the Civil War, amendments to the Bill of Rights prohibited slavery and granted all people regardless of race equality and protection.  Yet many states imposed Jim Crow laws, which the courts continued to enforce until the 1960’s.  Let us not forget that a black man could not shake hands with a white man because it implied social equality.

Black and whites were not to sit, eat, or exist together without some sort of separation or partition between them.  Blacks were not even allowed to show affection to one another in public because it offended whites. Jim Crow etiquette describes that blacks were introduced to whites, never whites to blacks, and courtesy titles were unheard of.

Jim Crow laws were established based on the misplaced belief that whites were superior in intelligence, morality and civilized behavior.  And it seems that the Assemblies of God adopted this same mentality, as they have forgotten their roots: the Assemblies of God was birthed out of the predominately black Church of God in Christ.  The Assemblies of God now prides itself as being the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, yet it came from the Church of God In Christ.  And, several years ago, when former Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson was invited to speak at to an Assemblies of God congregation, the pastor of the Assemblies of God church introduced Bishop G.E. Patterson and the Presiding Bishop of “our sister church;” but Bishop Patterson corrected the pastor by saying “the Church of God in Christ is your mama.”

Indeed, God uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.

Here in our text, Jesus confronts the hypocrisies in the church.

The sermon’s base scripture is:

John 7:53-8:11 (NKJV):

53 And every man went unto his own house.  8 But Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken [or caught] in the act of adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone … and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself and saw none but the woman, he said unto her: Woman, where are those…thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

The Pharisees interrupted Jesus’ teaching to accuse this woman who had been caught red-handed in the act of adultery.

It is important to know that God’s house is the only court we should be concerned with because with just one sentence, Jesus dismantles the prosecution: He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.  Anamartetos, means to be guiltless; without the desire to sin.  Jesus then flips the script, and turns the burden on the prosecution: as the Bible says that these men were convicted by their own conscience.

Just as Jesus and the Holy Spirit are God, the same would be as the jury and courts are the Judge and God’s judgment is the one we hope and long for.  In the text, Jesus looked at the woman and said: “If there’s nobody to accuse you, if nobody wants to prosecute, then the trial is over.” The woman was acquitted. One could ask, “How does God harmonize His justice with His mercy?”  The answer would be because if God is a God of righteousness and a God of justice and a God of judgment, then by His holy nature this woman must die. But if God is a God of love and of grace …and of mercy and forgiveness…then this woman must live.

Judgement_GraceCrossSo how does Jesus harmonize these two principles? Judgment is vertical, grace is horizontal and they both meet at the cross. The cross was where justice and mercy harmonized. And this woman’s sin didn’t go unpunished, because when Christ died on the cross he bore all of our sins. So Jesus Christ became the mediator between justice and mercy, and through this mediation, this woman went away justified: Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Feel free to comment on the mediation of Jesus Christ and your thoughts on the Zimmerman Case.

You may also read Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake’s statement to the Zimmerman verdict here. 

Bible College and New Member Award Service

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New Member, School of Practical Christian Living and Bible College graduation and awards worship service Sunday, July 28th  at 6:30PM in the North Campus Sanctuary. Join us as we salute our graduates and awardees. The guest speaker will be the dynamic Pastor David Moore of New Covenant Worship Center in Santa Barbara and Church for the Nations in Oxnard. Come out and let God give you a greater vision of His purpose for you in Jesus Christ!

The Esther Project

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Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father’s house.’ PSALMS 45:10

The Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study (SEABS) presents a class just for young women ‘THE ESTHER PROJECT!
The Esther Project is a 12 Week Class for young ladies between the ages of 18-49 who want to seek to know God and discover his destiny. Young Ladies come out and learn what it means to be a daughter of the King! Through a Bible Survey of Esther and a book by Jackie Kendall (A Lady in Waiting) we will study and learn…

. THE IMPORTANCE OF READING THE WORD OF GOD

. GETTING TO KNOW GOD AS FATHER (AND HIS LOVE FOR US)

. THE IMPORTANCE OF WAITING ON THE FATHER

. DEVELOPING GODLY VIRTUES AND BEAUTY TREATMENTS THAT

ARE MADE TO LAST!

. RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS AND MORE…

THE ESTHER PROJECT BEGINS: July 7th, 2013
West Angeles Church of God in Christ 3045 Crenshaw Bl. LA CA. 90016
Location: Room 11 (North Campus-in the multi-purpose Building)
Sunday Evenings: FROM 5:00 TO 6:45 PM
Teacher: Debbie Bennett M.A. [email protected]