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Fast, Pray, Be Filled: 2017 Pilgrimage to Pentecost

Acts 2:4 (KJV) – And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

What is the Pilgrimage to Pentecost? This “50 Days of Prayer” was established by our Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. in order to empower the saints of the Church Of God In Christ to fervently seek the Power of God in a 50-day period of consecration and sanctification, from Easter (or “Resurrection Sunday”), through the Day of Pentecost.

The purpose of this consecration is for the Church Of God In Christ to petition God for continuance of the Pentecostal revival and outpouring. The aim is for all of the saints, in this changing world, to hold onto our unchanging faith; and as always, to fight for salvation and righteousness in a violent and immoral world.

What is every member of the Church Of God In Christ requested to do?  For the next 50 days, we are asked by our Presiding Bishop to take 11 minutes out of our daily prayer time to focus on the prayer requests provided in the prayer guide.

 

The dates for the 2017 Pilgrimage are:

SUNDAY, APRIL 16 – SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017

It is our hope and prayer that:

(1) every member of the Church Of God In Christ who has not been filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit would be filled, according to Acts 2:4; and that

(2) every believer who is already filled would receive a “refilling” of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 4:31 and Ephesians 5:18.

We pray that this event impacts your life, and that praying for empowerment in the Spirit becomes a lifetime endeavor.

 

 

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TONIGHT: Join Us for a Powerful Time of Prayer

Please join the West Angeles Prayer Ministry tonight for

A SPECIAL TIME OF PRAYER

in conjunction with the Annual January Consecration

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

At the

WEST ANGELES NORTH CAMPUS

Address: 3045 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Phone: (323) 733-8300  for more information.

 Please bring a friend, and remember:

“IN THIS CHANGING WORLD, LET US HOLD ONTO OUR UNCHANGING FAITH”

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To download the 2017 Consecration Calendar and Guidelines, please

CLICK HERE.

Consecration: 7 Tips for Fasting Success

We’re entering the first week of the annual West Angeles January Consecration! If you’ve never fasted, or you need a little inspiration to get you started, here are 7 tips to help make your fast a successful one.

Millions of Christians throughout the world begin the New Year with a period of consecration, extended prayer and fasting. When we fast and consecrate ourselves, we do so to bring ourselves closer to God; to cleanse our bodies, to develop discipline, and to prepare ourselves for God’s use for His purpose.

Fasting leads us to the diet and physical conditions God wanted for us when He created Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:29), helps us to manifest the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24), and develops within us optimum spiritual, mental, and physical functionality (Daniel 1:18-20). But do you have a tough time starting a fast, or maintaining the eating principles required? Do you want to fast, but you don’t know where to start?

Here are 7 tips to help make your time of fasting and consecration a success:

  1. Think…It’s for God – and we don’t want to let Him down (Matthew 6:33). Fasting gives us clearer reception to hear God’s voice and enables Him work in our lives. Fast to create a deeper relationship with God in your relationships, your home, your marriage, your church, and your life.
  2. Do remember…It’s good for you. – Fasting cleanses our bodies from the inside out, and helps us to develop temperance, discipline, and moderation (Daniel 1:8); as a result, it provides us with a healthier lifestyle, better memory, and a better body condition for the healing of both physical and mental afflictions. During your fast, turn off media; clean, de-clutter and organize your home, increase prayer and meditation time. Limit foods, beverages, and anything else which enters the body – including intercourse for a mutually agreed-upon time (1 Corinthians 7:5).
  3. Do your homework. When we fast, we limit the quantity of foods we eat. Fasting returns us to a moderate,quote-fast earth-based foods diet which consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and spices; and we eliminate artificial and processed foods and drinks; dairy, alcohol, fast foods, sugar, and salt. There are many advances in vegetarian and vegan food preparation these days, so fasting doesn’t restrict you to only celery, carrot sticks and water!
  4. Be creative! Start by making a list of the healthy foods you like, and begin your fast by limiting your fasting “menu” to those items. Use those foods as the foundation to create your own new recipes, or to alter existing recipes into a healthier version. The use of spices is okay.
  5. Have only healthy snacks around the house and at work. Get rid of the chips, sodas, dairy, candy, sweeteners and other sugary items. Replace them with snacks like nuts, sliced fruits, unsweetened apple sauce, figs, dates.
  6. Juice! Juicing is a great element to add to our diets at any time of the year. A day of juicing can be a healthy, nutrient-filled addition to your year-round eating routine, and a good way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Remember that pureed vegetables are “juices” too! Include pureed vegetable soups on days where a fast calls for liquids only, as a warm “green meal”, or an alternative to a salad.
  7. Drink lots of water. Our bodies are made up of mostly water. When we drink lots of water, it flushes out impurities and helps re-balance us. It also helps fill us, and keeps the cravings at bay. Try starting each day of your fast by consuming more water than you usually do; work up to consuming 1 half-gallon of water by noon.

A final important tip to remember: You will eat again. Often, we don’t want to start a fast because we believe we can’t give up our favorite foods. Sacrifice for God, however, is an important discipline which fasting teaches.

If principles such as renewal, transformation, peace and self-control are important for you to develop in your life, then a consecration is a great place to start. Resuming “normal” eating habits after a fast, however, doesn’t mean going back to consuming the unhealthy foods, drinks, and habits! When you feel the difference in your body and mind without the extra sugar, salt, and even pounds – who knows? It may inspire you to make a permanent change.

Allow fasting, consecration and prayer to inspire you to use moderation as a lifestyle, to break the yoke of bondage to unhealthy habits, and to maintain a clearer connection with God.

FOR FURTHER READING: Genesis 1:29, Exodus 34:28, Leviticus 20:7, Esther 4:16, Joel 2:12-13, Daniel 1:8-14, 10:3; Matthew 6:16-18, 33; Luke 4:2-4. 18:12; Acts 13:2, 14:23; 1 Corinthians 7:5, Galatians 5:16-25.


PLEASE CLICK HERE for the 2017 Consecration Calendar and Guidelines.

NEED FASTING RECIPES? Try our delicious recipe for Fruit Salad HERE.

REMINDER – Always check the ingredients in commercially prepared foods and juices. Many products which claim to be healthy still add sugar, salt, and other additives.

DISCLAIMER – The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.  Please consult your doctor or physician before starting any eating plan.

 

2017 Consecration Calendar and Guidelines

Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God – Leviticus 20:7

January is Consecration Month for the Church of God In Christ. To consecrate means “to declare” or “to set apart; to be removed from.” In some definitions, the word consecrate means “to hallow” or “to make vulnerable.” In the above scripture, God is telling us that if we declare or set ourselves apart from the world and dedicate ourselves to a sacred purpose, then there is no way we cannot be holy in pleasing God…for He is holy (Leviticus 11:45).

 

PREPARING THE WAY OF THE LORD

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. presents to the Church of God In Christ our theme and focus for 2017:

“IN THIS CHANGING WORLD, LET US HOLD ON TO OUR UNCHANGING FAITH”

Colossians 1:9-23, Jude 3-4, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, 1 Corinthians 15:58.

As we  prepare  to fast and consecrate ourselves for God’s work, an updated version of the Consecration Calendar has been provided below, complete with new rejuvenating scriptures, prayer focuses, and fasting guidelines. Join with saints around the world as we manifest the power of corporate prayer and fasting. Please click the image to download and print your copy of the January 2017 Consecration Calendar.

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Need encouragement as you begin the 2017 Consecration?  Read our 7 Tips for Fasting Success HERE.

Please join us this month as we unite in prayer!  Details to come on WESTA.ORG.

Please Join Us: 11/40 Prayer & Consecration Guide

The need for prayer today is greater than ever. Our world faces wars, along with an epidemic of broken homes, poverty, violence, sexual immorality and social strife. Please join us as we pray over the next 40 days. Participate in the 11/40 Consecration.

It was the mission of Church of God In Christ’s founder, the late Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, to recapture and maintain the prayer traditions of the slaves[1]. Our Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. desires that we must again commit ourselves to seeking God through prayer, and to maintaining the COGIC legacy of being a church of prayer and fasting.

The 40 Days of Prayer was established by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., in 2011 to intercede on behalf of the Annual International Holy Convocation. For 2016, God has placed the following theme upon Presiding Bishop Blake’s heart:

FIGHTING FOR SALVATION AND RIGHTEOUSNESS IN A VIOLENT AND IMMORAL WORLD – 1 Timothy 6:12

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It is the joy of the Presiding Bishop to call the people of the Lord to seek God during the 40 days leading up to and during the 109th Annual International Holy Convocation in Saint Louis, Missouri. Please join us as we pray over the next 40 days. Participate in the 11/40 Consecration: 40 Prayer requests/11 Minutes of our daily prayer time/40 Days –

 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 – NOVEMBER 6, 2016

We pray that this event impacts your life, and that praying for our nation moves us from a 40-day venture to a lifetime endeavor.

 

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Please DOWNLOAD your 2016 11/40 PRAYER GUIDE HERE (please click image on the left to download). 

Please DOWNLOAD your 109TH ANNUAL HOLY CONVOCATION 11/40 CONSECRATION GUIDEBOOK HERE (please click image on the right to download).


[1] – COGIC.org, “Church of God In Christ 109th Annual Holy Convocation 11/40 Guidebook”;http://www.cogic.org/hc2016/files/2013/09/11-11-40-l-Guidebook-2016.pdf. Accessed 10-1-2016.

January is Consecration Month

Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God – Leviticus 20:7

January is Consecration Month for the Church of God In Christ. The very word consecrate means “to declare” or “to set apart; to be removed from.” In some definitions, the word consecrate means “to hallow” or “to make vulnerable.”

In the above scripture, God is essentially telling the reader that if you declare or set yourself apart from the world and dedicate yourself to a sacred purpose; if you irrevocably devote yourself to Him, there is no way you cannot be holy in pleasing God…for He is holy! (Leviticus 11:45).

As we prepare for Consecration, let us remember that we are making ourselves vulnerable to the Word of God. Fantastic guidelines to live by, wouldn’t you agree?

For 2016, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake has prepared an updated version of the Consecration Calendar, complete with new rejuvenating scriptures, prayer focuses, and fasting guidelines.

Please click the following link  – 2016 Consecration Calendar  for your copy of the January 2016 Consecration Calendar.
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Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake has shared with us the theme for 2016 for The Church of God In Christ:

“Fighting for Salvation and Righteousness in a Violent and Immoral World.” 1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold of eternal life.

Please join us as we pray for peace, and for the manifestation of the Kingdom of God.

Recipe: Breakfast Fruit Salad

Genesis 1:29 – And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.

Consecration is designed to bring us closer to God, and the purity of foods eaten during this time reminds me of a modern-day return to Eden.  But, although the process calls us to sacrifice: who said fasting has to be boring?  

Start your day with this delicious fruit salad, which can be adjusted according to taste, or to include in-season fruits.  

Serves 2-4. Enjoy! 

BREAKFAST FRUIT SALAD

One Pink Lady apple (seeded and cubed with skin on)

Two pears (preferably Bosc, seeded and sliced with skin on)

1 cup of fresh pineapple , cut into tidbits

1 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half

5 strawberries, quartered*

1 handful of blueberries (or blackberries, shown)

3 tablespoons non-dairy vanilla yogurt*

¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tablespoons of hot water

¼ cup of Pomegranate seeds (optional garnish; in season)

Combine apple, pears, pineapple, grapes, and berries in a large bowl.

Moisten coconut with hot water. Add yogurt and coconut to fruit; blend. 

Spoon into serving bowls; top with pomegranate seeds.

*TIPS:  

  •          Did you know that there are yogurts on the market made without dairy?  Look for yogurt made from almond, soy, or coconut milk if you’re fasting, lactose intolerant, vegetarian or vegan.
  • You’ll never get bored of this fruit salad if you vary the fruits according to what’s in season. Be creative!
  •          Buy berries and grapes in-season for best flavor and lowest prices, and freeze for use later.  

       Photos and recipe: Karen Lascaris.

EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF JESUS CHRIST: PLEASE JOIN US FOR “THE PILGRIMAGE TO PENTECOST”

Acts 1:8 (NKJV) – Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

What is the Pilgrimage to Pentecost? This 50 Days of Prayer” was established by our Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. in order to empower the saints of the Church Of God In Christ to fervently seek the Power of God in a 50-day period of consecration and sanctification, from Easter (or “Resurrection Sunday”), through the Day of Pentecost.

What is every member of the Church Of God In Christ requested to do?  For the next 50 days, we are asked by our Presiding Bishop to take 11 minutes out of our daily prayer time to focus on the prayer requests provided in the devotional reading.

It is our hope and prayer that: 

(1) every member of the Church Of God In Christ who has not been filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit would be filled, according to Acts 2:4; and that    

(2) every believer who is already filled would receive a “refilling” of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 4:31 and Ephesians 5:18.  

The  dates for the 2014 Pilgrimage are:

April 20 through June 8, 2014

This Pilgrimage is to benefit YOU! We pray that this event impacts your life, and that praying for empowerment in the Spirit becomes a lifetime endeavor. 

DOWNLOAD the free Pilgrimage To Pentecost Guidebook here.

To get your copy of the Pilgrimage To Pentecost Devotional, please click here to order online, or call (877) 746-8578.

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