“The heavens declare the Glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork” – Psalm 19:1
Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake beholds the majesty of God’s universe in his most recent sermon, entitled, “A Message from the Stars.” Bishop turned to the science of the universe to demonstrate the power of God.
Bishop also recalled one of the greatest moments of his life: meeting the most powerful man in the free world, an event which many would consider the pinnacle of life.
“Friends got together and decided I was going to meet the President of the United States … I got on a plane and went to Washington, DC, in my best suit. I went to the White House…and in a few moments I was sitting in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama, one of the most exciting experiences I’ve ever had.
“What a joy it was to have that experience, but I’ve got one better: the God who presides over the universe is in Love with you! Hallelujah!”
“Whenever you look out into the sky, even on the clearest night, you see only a small part of the universe.”
“The nearest heavenly body to us is the moon, and the moon is approximately 245,000 miles away from us.”
“There are nine or so planets in our solar system. The most remote planet from us is a planet called Pluto, and Pluto is 3.5 billion miles away from the earth.”
“The sun is 93 million miles away from us…The sun is a star, a gigantic body with a circumference of three million miles around. But… there are stars in the universe that are 1000 times as big as our sun is.”
“Light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. Distances in the universe are so great, a basic unit of measurement is a light year: the distance that light can travel in one year. And that distance would be six trillion miles.”
“The nearest star to us, other than the sun, is called Alpha Centauri. Alpha Centauri is more than four light-years away, or 24 billion miles away from us.”
“Our galaxy, which is made up of many other solar systems also, is called The Milky Way. The Milky Way is more than 100,000 light-years in diameter. Two million light-years beyond that, you will arrive at another galaxy system.”
“Limits of the universe have never been discovered.”
“The universe is so big, a basic unit of measurement in the universe is the distance that light can travel in a year…six trillion miles. But as big as the universe is, the God that we serve is bigger.”
“The heavens declare the glory of God because the vastness of the heavens declares the vastness of our God.”
“As big as the universe is, the God that we serve is bigger” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
“God is everywhere present.”
“As mighty as all those suns combined are, our God has more power than what He has created…Our God is a mighty God!”
“When you come against something that is too much for you, too powerful for you, too overwhelming for you, when you think you’re not going to be able to deal with it even with God’s help, I just want you to remember: God made 500,000 suns that are bigger than our sun and they’re still burning, still shining…If God can do that, then God can do whatever you need Him to do!”
“We cannot fail to notice the precision by which this intricate universe in which we live operates.”
“The earth travels at 586 million miles per year at a speed of 66,000 miles per hour around the sun. It maintains a distance of 93 million miles away from the sun. It rotates while it revolves 1000 miles per hour. It completes its journey around the sun in 365.25 days.”
“God’s universe is a universe of precision!”
“No matter where we go, no matter what we confront, no matter what we deal, with we ought to always keep our face turned toward the Lord, because that is the center of our attention. That is the source of our life. Come on clap your hands and give praise!”
“If God could design this universe, then that means our God is wise beyond comprehension.”
“God has more sense than you do! Sometimes we think we know more than God…but if God can plan this whole universe, don’t you know God can plan your whole life?”
“The heavens illustrate the love that God has for us.”
“God picked our little world out, and He placed us on the earth, and He placed in the world everything that we could need or desire.”
“You need to know that God’s understanding is infinite…Our God is a wise God!”
“By the same wisdom by which God formed the universe, God provided the word of the Lord.”
“Inasmuch as we cannot improve on God’s universe, we’ve got to accept it as it is. We cannot improve on God’s word, and we must accept it as it is.”
“If God can plan this whole universe, don’t you know God can plan your whole life?” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
“This is God’s word. I am what it says I am. I can do what it says I can do. And it says I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”.
“If you want to find joy, you’ll find it in the word…if you want to find peace you’ll find it in the word.”
“The God that made you, understands you.”
“It’s not what you think, it’s what the Lord thinks.”
“The God that leads the sun in its pathway…leads the universe and makes it a coordinated machine, that God can lead us and direct us.”
“Your words have a life of their own.”
“Your life has purpose. Your life has direction. God has determined the pathway of your life.”
“Just as sure as God has a pathway for the sun, God has a pathway for you.”
“He’s so good!”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Psalm 19, 1 Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:23, 32:17; Proverbs 3:19-20; Psalm147:4; Luke 10:30; Jeremiah 8:7; Psalm148:8; Jeremiah 22:29; Proverbs 16:25; Proverbs 3:5-6; Jeremiah 29:11.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake to the 25-person White House Inaugural Advisory Council, part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.