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Sermon: Greater Blessings for Greater Afflictions

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. cites the story of Joseph, one of the Bible’s most inspiring examples of triumph over affliction, to uplift us in trying times.

“The more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew.” – Exodus1:12

In this poignant and prophetic sermon titled “Greater Blessings for Greater Afflictions,” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake shares words of encouragement and hope in the story of the children Israel in Egypt and the life of Joseph.  Joseph’s wisdom and blessings saved his family and his entire people, and brought great wealth to the nation of his captivity.  “God’s providential involvement with His people, Israel, did not stop when Joseph died, or even when Joseph’s generation passed from the face of the earth,” said Bishop Blake. “As a matter of fact, they grew, even in the absence of any leader that we know about. They were increased from 70 souls… to 600,000 men by foot by the time of the exodus; a number which may be closer to 2.6-8 million people, if you count all of those that followed them, according to Exodus 12:37.”

Bishop Blake encouraged, “Adversity and affliction do not mean failure or defeat…The more you’re afflicted, the more you’re going to multiply and be fruitful. I see you going higher than you’ve ever gone before.”

Highlights from the sermon “Greater Blessings for Greater Afflictions” follow:

“Some statistics I read many years ago indicated that only eight out of 100 people live to be 70 years old. Two out of 100 live to be 80…and only one out of 100 lives to be 90.”

“Since my childhood, I’ve seen three generations of leaders pass off the scene. So we would do well to think more generationally, and understand that there will come a time when each and every generation will pass from the face of the earth.”

“Today’s generation of leaders must prepare and make room for the next generation of leaders.”

“And as we grow older, we must think less of ourselves and more about those who will come after us and follow in our footsteps.”

“Every generation comes to a point where everyone in that generation will pass away…Don’t get sad. I didn’t say you were going to pass away today!”

“Every generation should spend a lot of energy planning and working for the good and for the advancement of the next generation. Following generations should be careful to build on the work of succeeding generations.”

It is very tragic when a generation ignores the work of the preceding generation; is incapable of continuing that work, or squanders that work in such a way that it is lost.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Valuable years of Joseph’s life had been spent in one adversity after another adversity: years in slavery, years in prison, years being forgotten and neglected. All of that was lost because of the adversity that characterized Joseph’s life.”

“Several years after the death of Joseph, a new King of Egypt took control of the throne. This man knew nothing about Joseph…[but] if he had cared enough to look into the books of history, he would have seen the positive impact that Joseph had had on Egypt, making them rich beyond all imagination.”

“He would have remembered how Joseph had prophesied…and Joseph had provided the strategy that not only saved Egypt, from starvation during the famine but also provided for almost the entire known world and made the royal family of Egypt rich beyond all imagination.”

“That king would have remembered that Joseph ascended to the vice presidency of Egypt after a series of afflictions that his enemies – and ‘frienemies’ – had imposed upon him.

“Look at your neighbor and say, ‘You’ve got both enemies and ‘frienemies.’”

“I’m not angry I’m not bitter. God used your evil for my good, so I’m going to take care of you. Isn’t it amazing to take care of folk who hated you and tried to destroy you?”

“Joseph named his son Ephraim, meaning, ‘God has called me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.’”

“Doesn’t that remind you of what God has done for black folk in these United States? Came here as slaves, as captives; worked for hundreds of years without getting paid for that labor; people hated us and tried to lynch us and excluded us, and we can still lift our heads and say, ‘God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my afflictions.’”

“Though we came here as slaves, no black people on the face of the earth are as blessed as we are because of the goodness of almighty God. Come on clap your hands.”

“Joseph named his son Ephraim, meaning, ‘God has called me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.'” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“God had long promised Abraham that he would make of Abraham a great nation. And after 400 years, he would deliver Abraham’s seed out of slavery from the land of Egypt.”

“Joseph and Israel had had a good effect on Egypt…A positive and productive relationship had developed, and pharaoh should have known about that, and he should have attempted by kindness to build on the relationship that the former pharaoh and Joseph had with one another.”

“The new pharaoh demonized Israel…and contrived a plot to destroy them, to break their spirits, and to stop them from reproducing. He wanted to cause them to do despair so that they would die emotionally and ultimately, that they would die physically.”

“Every successful positive person is not a threat to you.”

“Somehow, we project on others what’s in our own mind, then we act on that projection.”

“There’s enough success for everybody; there’s enough resources for everybody…I’m glad that you succeed, because God will bless me with success also! Does anybody know what I’m talking about?”

“This king decided he was going to do everything he could to destroy the Israelites. He said to the midwives, ‘When their children are born…don’t let them live…I’m going to work those folk to death; I’m going to make them build cities; build pyramids and make their lives bitter with bondage.’ The strategy was to break their spirits.”

“One of the great maladies and tragedies of this whole philosophy of same sex marriage: where are the children going to come from?  How is the human race going to be perpetuated?  If everybody married same-sex, after a while, there would be no one left on the face of the earth.”

“Adversity and affliction do not mean failure or defeat. It just means God is going to get a greater glory.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Notice how long this persecution lasted; notice how long this oppression lasted. It started before the time of Moses’ birth, and continued until Moses was over 80 years of age.”

“The reason they needed to hide Moses in the first place is because the king plotted to kill Moses.”

“They afflicted them. They oppressed them. They humiliated them for 80 long years.”

“Look at your neighbor and say, ‘The more you are afflicted, the more my God is going to bless you!’”

“God is getting ready to work a special miracle in your life.”

“God said, ‘The problem is not the problem. But you’ll earn a blessing from the way I deal with it. You’ll learn humility, obedience, patience; you’ll become stronger and a better person. I want to deal with that problem in such a way that you and those around you will have to lift up your hands and say, ‘Praise God!’”

“God wants to get glory out of your situation…Hallelujah!”

“If Abraham had a child at 30, God would not have gotten any glory from that; that’s normal. But Abraham had a child at 100 years old! Nobody but God could get the glory; nobody but God could get the praise! Come on clap your hands and praise God!”

“God is going to give you miracles for your afflictions.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Whatever the Lord pleases, He does…in the heavens, in the earth, in the seas, and in all places.’”

“Neighbor, wait and let God do it His way.”

“Child of God, The lower you go, the higher you go. God knows what’s in your heart and he knows what’s in your mind, but let God do His work in your life because God is pulling you out on the other side.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘When God gets through, you’re going to be shining just like gold!”

“You are going through trials. You’re going through adversity. Adversity and affliction do not mean failure or defeat. It just means God is going to get a greater glory.”

“God is going to give you miracles for your afflictions. God said, ‘I’m going to give you victory in the midst of your trial. Don’t worry about the affliction and don’t worry about the trial. Just trust Me and I’ll bring you out!’”

“Just keep looking up to God. Just keep trusting God. The more you’re afflicted, the more you’re going to multiply and be fruitful. I see you going higher than you’ve ever gone before.”

“Jesus, the Son of God, is our example. The Bible says:

‘5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11 (KJV)

“Because Jesus humbled Himself, God took him higher than he’d even gone before.”

“I’ve just come by here to give you a message of encouragement and hope and to let you know that God is not only going to deal with your issues,  but you’re going to be better in every way when God gets through Blessing you!”

“That’s what happened in Joseph’s life…When those brothers stood before him he could say to them, ‘Thank you for hating me; thank you for selling me into slavery. Thank you for forgetting about me, because when you forgot me, the Lord picked me up.’”

“The Lord works in mysterious ways!”

“When the devil strikes you, keep on praising Him.”

“When the way is rough, keep on praising Him.”

“When the burden is heavy, keep on praising Him.”

“The time will come when you look back on this day and say, ‘Thank You for every trial; thank You for every challenge, thank You for every tough time You brought me through.’”

“Life might crush you down, but I see you coming up!”

“The greater the trial, the greater the victory! The greater the test, the greater the prize…because of the goodness of almighty God! Hallelujah!”

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Exodus 1:5-12, 12:37; Acts 13:36, Genesis 15:20-21,37-50; Psalm 135:6, Deuteronomy 8:14-20, Philippians 2:5-11,  Psalm 25:15, 30:5, 34:19, Isaiah 40:31, Job 23:10.

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free to dreamDO YOUR DREAMS seem to be marked, “Never to be fulfilled”? Do you feel that it is impossible for your dreams to come true? Do you fear your dreams are too big to achieve?  Let  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. teach you the biblical principles to follow from the life of Joseph and other dreamers. In Free to Dream: Discovering Your Divine Destiny, you’ll learn how faith, integrity and endurance will pull you out of the valley and up to the peak of success. Bishop Blake will encourage you to pick your dreams back up, dust them off, and persevere to the fulfillment of God’s plan for your life.

PURCHASE Free to Dream: Discovering Your Divine Destiny, by Charles E. Blake, Sr. at the WEST ANGELES CHRISTIAN EMPORIUM, 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.  Phone (323) 731-3012 for more info.

Day 2: The Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference

Everyone’s talking about The Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference, an incredible, unrivaled impartation of anointed wisdom, history, and information on the establishment of one of the most successful churches in the United States today.

On Day Two of The Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake got right to business as the first speaker of the day.

After lively praise and worship led by Dr. Judith Christie McAllister and members of the Cathedral Chorale, opening statements by Dr. Michael Golden, and prayer led by General Board member Bishop Lawrence Wooten, Bishop Blake began a series on 12 key points he employed in establishing West Angeles Church of God In Christ as a successful ministry. Bishop then devoted the next segment of the morning session to the importance of evangelism.

“Under the worst possible conditions, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Go out and catch fish,’” said Bishop Blake, referring to current statistics which reveal a decline in faith and church attendance in the Millennial Generation. “Edify. Build up believers.”

Bishop Blake spoke in length about the Millennials, the generation born between the 1980s and the 2000s.

“Your Millennials are the future of your church,” said Bishop, while acknowledging that they are an “anti-church” generation. “Forty-one percecnt of Millennials in the UK (for example) believe that religion is an evil thing.”

Bishop Blake then called upon COGIC’s International Youth and Young Adult President, Dr. Ben Stephens, who delivered poignant, timely insights into reaching this demographic.

A highlight of the afternoon session of the Legacy Conference included an invaluable panel discussion/Q&A with key officers within the COGIC and West Angeles. Panelists included:

  • COGIC’s Minister of Music/President, International Music Department Dr. Judith Christie McAlister
  • CFO Tyrone Potts
  • Chief Legal Counsel Elder Uleses Henderson
  • President of COGIC Urban Initiatives, Inc. Bishop Edwin Bass
  • Chairman of the COGIC Publishing House Pastor Marc Ellis
  • West Angeles Church of God In Christ COO Gladys Ross

Topics covered included counseling and education, music ministry, church finance and infrastructure, and risk management.

The conference concluded with the powerful Elijah & Elisha Experience Prayer of Anointing and Communion Ceremony, bestowing the blessings of the Elders to the younger pastors, who in turn anointed the rest of the Legacy Conference attendees.

“I charge you now,” said Bishop Blake to the audience, “step into that which fulfills your destiny in God.”

Highlights from Day Two of the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference follow:

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on the 12 key decisions he employed in establishing the ministry of West Angeles:

  1. “Serve and know God.”
  2. “Be a man of moral and spiritual integrity.”
  3. “Love God with all your heart.”
  4. “Strive for excellence.”
  5. “Treat the church as a business.”
  6. “Limit your income.”
  7. “Share ministry with others.”
  8. “Invest in growth and in staff.”
  9. “I invested in the music ministry.”
  10. “I crossed denominational borders.”
  11. “Become known in the community. Know your politicians.”
  12. “Test the limits…The church exists for the glory of God.”

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on evangelism:

“As soon as we forget the importance of evangelism, we’re destined to die.”

“If you win souls to Jesus Christ, you’ll have all the money you need to do the work of the Lord.”

“People want to feel welcome. If you have people coming to your church but no one ever embraces them, they’re going to find someplace else to go.”

“I know you might be tired…you’ve been working hard and not getting the results you want. But do something different from what you’re doing right now.”

“They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength; they will mount up on wings of eagles!”

“Jesus knew what to do to catch fish…If we’re gonna hang with Jesus, we need to get some strong nets!”

“You don’t need gimmicks. Just preach the Word of God.”

 

Bishop Elijah Hankerson, President, COGIC International Department of Evangelism, on the 5 key aspects of growing a church through evangelism:

“Expectation, documentation, communication, demonstration, evangelization.”

 

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on music ministry:

”I believe that West Angeles played a role in transforming the music of the church.”

“The professional singer stole singing from the people…I decided it was time to give singing back to the people.”

“Let us have some music that people can sing all week long!”

 

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on establishing the proper church foundation:

“Set the environment of your church. Exemplify moral excellence. Promote spiritual development.”

“Mark 7:13 – Examine your traditions. Some of them might be driving folks away.”

“Jesus broke tradition.”

“Let’s approach our services as if we’re on television…counterproductive traditions must be discarded.”

“Give your people something to do. People need to feel involved in the life of the church.”

“Provide training. We have classes on Practical Christian Living and Spiritual Gifts.”

“People will reach up, but they won’t reach down. Don’t ever dumb down your ministry.”

 


 

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DVDs of all 6 sessions of The Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference are available for pre-order for just $99! Details coming soon to westa.org!

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. is the author of “Encountering God” and “Free to Dream: Discovering Your Divine Destiny”. Contact the West Angeles Christian Emporium  3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone: (323) 731-3012.

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Day 1: The Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference

There was a wonderful, uplifted spirit of excitement and anticipation in the air at the West Angeles Cathedral on Thursday morning, as hundreds of pastors from across America converged on Los Angeles for the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference. After registration, the registrants enjoyed guided tours of the magnificent West Angeles Cathedral building, and lively conversation over a continental breakfast provided by the West Angeles Food Services department.

At 10 a.m., attendees boarded beautiful coach buses for the journey to the West Angeles North Campus morning session of the Conference. Lively praise and worship led by David Daughtery and the Cathedral Chorale greeted attendees as they entered the sanctuary. Pastor Michael Golden, Legacy Conference Chair, gave the welcome greetings and opening remarks; Mother Francis Harris presented a heart-felt introduction and biography of First Lady Mae Lawrence Blake. First Lady Mae presented a wonderful, fascinating history of her life and journey alongside Bishop Blake, from childhood to marriage and children; and through the growth of their ministry as they experienced both trials and triumphs.

After the Morning Session and a delicious lunch served in the beautiful West Angeles Crystal Room, 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop Phillip A. Brooks introduced Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, who, during the Afternoon Session of the Conference, provided attendees with an impartation of wisdom mined from his decades in ministry.

Highlights and quotes from Day 1 of the Bishop CE Blake Legacy Conference follow:

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Lady Mae Speaks: The Journey

“Women, we must develop a vital prayer life.”

“To all the pastors’ wives out there: no matter how outrageous an idea may seem, if the Lord gave it to your husband, it will succeed.”

“The Blake household has an artillery of prayer, and every room is armed for battle.”

“The more widespread your ministry, the more you will be talked about.”

“God’s hand was on Bishop Blake…He has represented COGIC well. Job 1:6.”

“Bishop, you are a Superstar of a man.”

Elder Charles Blake II: The Legacy 

“As African Americans, it is we who will have to redefine our identity.”

“In ministry, my father told me, ‘Always bring it back to Jesus. That’s who we are. That’s what we do.”

“My father has taught me that if you give your all to God, God will give His all to you.”

“We need to redefine what it means to be a man if we are going to take back our community.”

“A man who stands for God is a man who stands for justice.”

“We, as a church, are going to have to find new ways to minster to those who are hurting.”

Elder Lawrence Blake: The Legacy 

“Sons and fathers sometimes clash. It’s not the fault of the father, but of the son who thinks he has all the wisdom.”

“After my shooting, I went to a very dark place…but God saved my life.”

“I had too much pride to go home, but my father had enough love to come to where I was and bring me back.”

“I have never heard him say a disrespectful thing…I know God because my father lives a Godly life.”

“I thank God for such a Godly example in my father.”

“Thanks to Bishop Charles Edward Blake, I can see a future…We just want to thank you and Lady Mae for who you have been in our lives. We love you.”

The Presiding Bishop Speaks 

“A group of young ministers came to me to ask that I impart wisdom from my decades in ministry. This conference was not my idea.”

“Your church can be bigger than you’ve ever dreamed it could be.”

“Acts 18:8 – Many Corinthians heard and believed…You have many people in your city: you just have to speak the Word, and believe.”

“Your community ought to know that your church is there.”

“If the President can run the whole country, you can run, and minister to, a big church…Isaiah 54:2.”

“I believe that the church should be a big ‘supermarket’ of services.”

“Don’t give up on the people who are against you…They can turn out to be supporters for life.”

“Pastors, release your wife! She’s your most valuable asset. No one loves you more than she does.”

“Tell 5 people: ‘There’s no limit to the size and magnitude of your ministry.’”

“It’s God, it’s God, it’s God!”

The Afternoon Session concluded with a lively and informative panel discussion which showcased the wisdom of West Angeles’ COO, Gladys Ross; Executive Director of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, Grant Power; West Angeles’ Director of Technology, Evan Farmer; and Coordinator of the West Angeles Technology Sector, Alex Stewart. The panel provided valuable information; panelists answered questions from the attendees on topics such as best hiring practices, finance, and social media platforms.

Bishop Jerry Macklin delivered the benediction, concluding Day 1 of the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference.


There’s still time!  Attend the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference!  Onsite registration for Day 2 is available at the North Campus Sanctuary starting at 7:30 AM on Thursday, March 17th.

DVDs of the Bishop CE Blake Legacy Conference is now available for pre-order! Details to come on Westa.org.

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