“Joseph must have really been somebody, for this little-known man God chose to watch over the universe’s greatest treasure.” – Bishop Charles E. Blake
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. relates the Christmas drama to the role of fathers, manhood, and the plight of the traditional American family unit in his December 21 sermon entitled, “The Forgotten Man.”
“Family concerns should be foremost in our minds not only at Christmas time,” Bishop Blake said, “but at all times.”
He acknowledges the world’s plot to destroy the family, but he urges us to stay true to our faith by gaining inspiration from the strength of the Holy family’s resolve to follow God’s will.
“They were beset by pressures that would have destroyed many families, but they came through their ordeal with flying colors. They were a family: husband, wife, Jesus.”
Bishop Blake also uses Joseph as an example of exemplary manhood, and urges men to step into their role as leaders of the household by praying and obeying the Will of God as Joseph did.
“If children are going to obey their parents; if wives are to submit themselves to their husbands, then husbands and fathers have got to be willing to obey God,” said Bishop in the sermon.
Some of our favorite quotes from the sermon are as follows:
“The family is God-ordained.”
“The family is a basic unit of society. The plight of families determines the plight of the nation: and of the world.”
“As goes the home, so will go the nation.”
“They forget that the eyes of the Lord are everyplace.”
“A good man needs appreciation; he needs love, and he needs respect.”
“Don’t always tell him what needs to be done: thank him for what he has done.”
“Take time to tell him how much you appreciate him for what he is, and for what he has done.”
“So many men give up because they feel forgotten; because they feel neglected. But for those who feel that way, I would say, ‘Be a good man anyhow.'”
“A good man is a good man all the time.”
“Espousal or betrothal meant more than engagement means today.”
“Don’t be hot-headed. Don’t act rashly…but think things through.”
“There are some men who do wrong, and are not man enough to face up to their responsibility.”
“Joseph was thoughtful; Joseph was considerate. He was willing to be forgotten and ill-thought of for somebody else’s sake.”
“God needed a man who would silently look make his contribution and not demand some enhancement of himself personally.”
“Men: it’s very unwise to make your decisions without consulting God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“Men: if you learn how meditate and pray; spend quite time before the Lord, the Lord will be able to deal with you. It’s very unwise to make your decisions without consulting God.”
“Joseph was a man who had his flesh under control. God is looking for some folk who have their flesh under control.”
“Joseph was not the kind of man who said, ‘I can’t help it’.”
“It’s no sin to be tempted: it’s just a sin to be out of control.”
“I believe in the Virgin Birth because the Bible tells me that Jesus was born of a virgin. And since everything else that the Bible tells me is true, and everything else that the Bible predicted is true, then I believe the Bible is telling the truth when it speaks regarding the Virgin Birth.”
“God gave His Son: His Son who was innocent, His Son who was worthy, His Son who was related to us, to come to the earth and die for our sins.”
“A Holy God is a Holy God.”
“I believe in the Virgin Birth because such a thing is easy for God. You might say it’s impossible, but with God, all things are possible.”
“If God could create this universe of ours; if God can fling the stars against the blackness of the night and create the sun and the moon…If God could teach the bird to fly and the fish to swim…don’t you know god can manipulate His creation any way He wants to?”
“Everything Jesus did was Supernatural.”
“Child of God, if you really want to be Blessed; if you really want to rise to the level that God has in store for you, then every time God speaks to you, obey God.”
“God is looking for some fathers who will obey Him.”
“If children are going to obey their parents; if wives are to submit themselves to their husbands, then husbands and fathers have got to be willing to obey God.”
“You’re not on your own in this thing called life; if you seek God’s Will, God will direct you.”
“God will not leave you in confusion.”
“And so it was with Joseph. He worked hard; he loved his family; he was a sparkling example of love.”
“Parents, please understand today, that the survival and happiness of your children is dependent upon the relationship that they develop with God.”
“People of the Lord, we need to pray until we see something. It may not happen right away, but keep on praying!”
Scriptural References: Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 64:4; Galatians 4:3-5; Matthew 19:26; 1 Corinthians 15:52; Isaiah 6:1-8
The entire West Angeles Church Of God In Christ family Wishes You A Blessed and Merry Christmas!
Please join us for “WATCH NIGHT” New Year’s Eve Service at the West Angeles Cathedral, Wednesday, December 31,2014 at 10 p.m.