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Highlights: Black History Month Presentation

For West Angeles’ culminating Black History Month presentation for 2017, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake and the West Angeles Music and Worship and Arts team and the took the congregation to school with a  lesson in African American that transcended the ages. 

On February 26 for the conclusion of Black History Month 2017, West Angeles Church of God In Christ delivered an exciting and inspiring Black History Month Presentation which included dance, hip-hop, oral history, and spoken word. Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake began his Black History Month sermon in Africa, thousands of years before the birth of Christ, with the story of Moses; journeying through the reign of the Queen of Sheba, the Atlantic slave trade, and to the roots of Pentecostalism to reveal the connection between people of African descent and the roots of Christianity. Bishop Blake was also inspired by the story of Joseph in Genesis, siting parallels between Joseph’s journey and the historic journey of African Americans.

Dr. Judith McAllister, Marvin Wright-Bey, and the West Angeles Worship and Arts team staged a glorious multi-media presentation, resplendent with interpretations of the African American journey, in dance, spoken word, and song.  Musical performances by the West Angeles Angelic and Mass Choirs were accompanied by featured artists including SuNWhoa Love, Angie Fisher, and West Angeles’ own David Daughtery.

Highlights from “A Sermon for Black History Month” follow (please click the images to enlarge the slideshow).  See the complete service HERE, on West Angeles’ Legacy Broadcast:

“2000 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, Moses traveled to Midian, in the southern part of the fertile crescent.  There, Moses married a dark-skinned Midianite woman and worked for his dark-skinned father-in-law, by the name of Jethro. Numbers 12:1 indicate that Jethro and his daughter were Ethiopian.”

“Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the woman he had married…God got upset and smote Miriam with leprosy. Sometimes, Black women are mighty powerful.”

“400 years later, Joseph would marry a dark-skinned Egyptian woman.”

“Almost 1000 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Queen of Sheba – also known as “Cush” or Ethiopia – visited King Solomon. She came from Africa with many camels, spices, gold, and precious stones. Her nation and her culture had obviously existed long before that time.”

“The Ethiopian, Piankhi, established the 24th Egyptian Dynasty. And at least four Black Kings ruled over Egypt from 730 BC until 66 BC…Great nations, great civilizations, great cultures existed in Africa centuries before Jesus Christ was born.”

“Centuries before Jesus Christ was born, one of the greatest generals of all time was a man by the name of Hannibal – a black man – from the city of Carthage in Northern Africa. Hannibal defied and defeated Rome between 219 and 203 BC.”

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Black History Month: The Angelic Choir sings! West Angeles Church of God In Christ, 2-26-2017.

“In 1498 AD, Portuguese explorers wrote that they found along the east African coast, tall stone cities of comfort and of wealth. They found people who were highly civilized and skilled in the use of the compass, and in reading charts.”

“God has a purpose for your life: and we know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord; for them who were called according to His purpose.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“The city of Timbuktu in West Sudan (was) a magnificent city where merchants made greater profit from the sale of books than from the sale of any other commodity that they sold.”

“In the areas of science, art, medicine, government, law, and culture, and so on, certainly many of the nations of Africa were competitive with, and in many cases more advanced than, the other nations of the world in during that period.”

“All of the things that I’ve described so far have been devastated by the slave trade, by slavery, by Colonialism.”

“William Banks in his book, ‘The Black Church in the US’ gives us the following report:

Nearly 20 million Negroes were made captive over the span of some 300 years, from 1517 until 1840. A more conservative estimate is around 14.6 million. They were jammed and crammed into ships like sardines in a can, and brought across the Atlantic from the Gulf of Guinea to the New World, in a trip called “The Middle Passage.’ It’s estimated that perhaps 12 million Blacks landed in Latin America, and about 2 million of them were brought into the US.”

“What happened to the millions? Some died resisting capture. Some died in captivity, while being held in Africa waiting to be shipped out. Some committed suicide, eating quantities of clay. Others, beaten and too weak to continue the trek in the convoy to the harbor, were abandoned to die.”

“Shackled in irons, they hung beneath the decks of the ships for 16 hours at a time, in unbearable heat filth and stench, barely surviving on the stale spoiled food and stagnant water. They were only given a few minutes a day on deck for fresh air and exercise. If the weather was bad, they received neither fresh air nor exercise. Many died at sea from dysentery, small pox, and other diseases. Some starved themselves to death, refusing to eat. Others committed suicide, jumping into the ocean. Lastly, those who were warriors taken in battle were often beaten and shot to death. Some died soon after reaching American soil.”

“In Christ, there’s no Black, no White, but one race, one blood in Christ Jesus” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“A meaningful study would be, ‘What was the impact of the loss of 20 million of its inhabitants on the culture and the nations of Africa? How many died trying to defend their families in the violence associated with the slave trade?’”

Dancers reenact the Middle Passage, and freedom from slavery.

Black History Month: Dancers reenact the Middle Passage, and freedom from slavery. West Angeles Church of God In Christ, 2-26-2017.

“After the slave trade came the horrible period of Colonialism, in which horrible invaders did to Africa’s resources what those before them did to Africa’s people. What was the value of 20 million people taken out of their homeland?

“After slavery, black people experienced one humiliation after another, but still, we produced Benjamin Banneker, inventor and maker of the first American clock, Sojourner Truth, George Washington Carver, Charles Drew, a pioneer in blood plasma research…Benjamin  O Davis, Thurgood Marshall, Ralph Bunche, Booker T. Washington, Marion Anderson, and a host of others that rose above their oppression toward a level of excellence.”

Let’s examine now the interaction between Christ and his church and Black people. Because of their concern for the babe Jesus, Mary and Joseph followed an angel to find refuge. It was in Egypt, in North Africa that they sought safety.”

“During the dark day of the Crucifixion, the Jews were condemning Jesus to death. Europe, represented by the Roman Centurions, drove nails into the hands of feet of Jesus, and pierced Him in the side. But Africa, represented by Simon of Cyrene, from Northwest Africa, stepped in when everybody else was stepping back…Simon of Cyrene shared history’s most significant moment with the Christ, as a Black man bore the Cross of Christ up Calvary’s Hill.”

“Listen, if Jesus needed help with His cross, I’m sure He understands when you and I need help with our crosses.  He will help you in the midst of your trials, and in the midst of your struggles.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“One would think that if Jesus needed help with His cross, the privilege would be reserved for Simon Peter, or for John, and for another apostle. But God chose Black hands and wooly hair to perform an act and level of service that all the truly wise men of all the ages would be supremely honored to perform.”

“The Ethiopian Secretary of the Treasury was to pass in his chariot…This Ethiopian nobleman heard and received the gospel, and after being baptized, this nobleman went back to Ethiopia to form the Abyssinian (Coptic) Church that exists until this day. He was the first Gentile of record to be saved. A Black Ethiopian was the first Gentile to be saved, after the Jews.”

“Historian Dean Henry Hart Milman has said: ‘It was Africa, not Rome, which gave birth to Latin Christianity. Africa gave three of the greatest leaders and scholars of the church to the church. Augustine, Tertullian, Cyprian.’”

“Historian and author Dr. H. Vinson Synan says that Charles F. Parham, a white man, and William J. Seymour, a Black man, share roughly equal positions as founders of modern Pentecostalism…Seymour was the outstanding personality in bringing about that crucial Pentecostal revival that we call the Azuza Street revival here in the city of Los Angeles.”

“One key man in that contagious spread (of Pentecostalism) was a man by the name of Charles Harrison Mason, a Black man and the father of founder of the Church Of God in Christ…in 1897.

In 1907, Elder Mason traveled  to Los Angeles and participated in the Azuza Revival and received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.”

“The Church of God In Christ became the first legally incorporated Pentecostal body in the United States.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Synan also points out that most of the white Pentecostal churches from 1907 to 1914 had no recognizable Ecclesiastical body to represent them, and to ordain their ministers. Therefore they were not authorized to perform marriages or other ministerial duties…Scores of white ministers joined the Church of God In Christ and obtained ministerial credentials from Elder Mason from the Church of God In Christ.”

“One group in Alabama and Texas received permission from COGIC to use the name of the church in 1912, and this continued until 1914, when they organized and called their predominantly white organization the Assemblies of God Church.”

“When Bishop Mason passed in 1961, he left behind him one of the largest Pentecostal bodies in the world.”

“I get the impression that God wanted all of us to be together as one in Him, worshiping Him and praising Him together.”

“Christianity is not a white man’s religion it’s not a black man’s religion: it’s simply man’s religion! It’s the only hope for salvation in this world.”

“In Christ, there’s no Black, no white, but one race, one blood in Christ Jesus. Let’s give praise to the Lord!”

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake teaches the rich history of Black people in the Bible, for Black History Month at West Angeles COGIC. 2-26-2017.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake teaches the rich history of Black people in the Bible, for Black History Month at West Angeles COGIC. 2-26-2017.

“I mentioned a little while ago about Joseph…There are many parallels between Black people and the experience of Joseph, who spoke the words of our text. Joseph had visions…Those visions sustained him in the midst of adversity.”

“I say to you as a people, I say to you as individuals: whatever you’re going through, whatever you’re dealing with, keep on seeing the vision. God said, ‘I know the thoughts I have toward you…future and a hope.’ So God has a future in store for you, and if you see the vision it shall come to pass.”

“In jail, Joseph held on to the dream. Black people held on to the dream in slavery. We believed that God was going to deliver us, and praise God – God did deliver us. We held onto the dream!”

“Our presence here in the United States was not a mistake. It was painful…We were hanged we were lynched, we were abused. But God used what we went through for our good. God raised us up. God brought us out. God brought us through.”

“God’s purpose was fulfilled in us, but God is not through with us yet. You are a child of destiny. God has a purpose in blessing you.”

“Somebody in here is going through something evil, but I want you to know God meant it for good! God is going to turn it around!”

“You are a child of destiny. God has a purpose in blessing you.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“God has a purpose for your life, and we know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord, for them who were called according to His purpose.”

“What you’ve been through, I’m going to use to bless you and to bless others.”

“Thank you, Lord, for those who have gone before us. Thank you dear Lord, for those who have paved the way for us.”

“God blessed and elevated Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers, reached back to help those who hated him…and blessed them. And thus, he was able to bless literally all the world.”

“Look at your hands please…the hands that God wants to use to transform the world. If you’ll say ‘Yes,’ if you’ll say ‘Thy will be done,” God will use those hands and use your life to bring glory to His name.”

“You are a child of purpose. God has a purpose for your life.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Genesis 37-50, Numbers 10:29, Numbers 12:1-9, Isaiah 40:31, Romans 8:28; Romans 8:31-39, Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 6:33.


BOOK Free To Dream by Bishop Charles E. BlakeDO 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.

 

The True Meaning of Christmas

Over two-thousand years ago, God presented the world with a gift: Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. In an act of faith and worship, three kings traveled from different parts of the world to bring symbolic gifts, each with spiritual meaning, to the baby Jesus and to His Family:

  • Frankincense, symbolizing the power of God and  the Holy Spirit
  • Myrrh, symbolizing the blood
  • Gold, symbolizing Jesus’ royalty and Kingship over the earth

Today, however, we celebrate Christmas by buying gifts for each other and making merriment with family and friends. As the season approaches each year, our attention turns to making shopping lists, checking for pre-Christmas bargains, and considering last-minute tax shelters. Unfortunately, Christmas, known worldwide as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” has become, for many, a tradition marked by gluttony, greed, depression or apathy.

 

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

What if we’ve gotten it all wrong? What if the true meaning of Christmas is to share Jesus’ Light with the world?  What if  the gifts we are to exchange with others are the gifts God has implanted within us to manifest that which He has created us all to be, and to establish His Kingdom on earth?

For, as foretold by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6-7 (New King James Version)–

6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.      

 The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

We are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). Each and every one of us who calls Jesus “Our Savior” possesses His power of wisdom, goodness, light, and love. We are called to stir up the “zeal of the Lord” in order to boldly share His truths, and to manifest God’s will on earth (2 Timothy 1:6-7).

 

JESUS, OUR GIFT

In the season and Spirit of Christmas, and to honor God for the Gift He has given us – His only Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ – the sincerest gifts we could give to Him and to the world in return is to:

  1. Manifest the fullness of God’s call on our lives. The Apostle Paul, in the book of Ephesians, asks that we, in gentleness and understanding, in love and in peace, unify as one Spirit with the body of Christ, and “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (Ephesians 4:1-6).
  2. Share gifts of the Spirit. In Romans 12, Paul outlines one of our clearest mandates for our life on earth as Christians: not to follow society’s ways, but God’s ways. We are to activate our power of renewal and transformation through Jesus Christ, and carry ourselves as His representatives in the world. Our mandate is to share the Good News of Christ through the gifts God has given us; whether in ministry, teaching, or giving money or possessions; through prophesy, encouragement, mercy, or leadership (Romans 12).
  3. Spread the love of Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 15:11-12, 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

It is only when we bless God by presenting to Him our whole selves – our talents, our resources, our bodies, minds, and souls – that His Kingdom can be established on earth. Sharing Jesus’ light and love with others is indeed the true Spirit of Christmas.


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Elder Owens: The Top 5 Christmas Myths Debunked

Do you know the true origins of Christmas? The Christmas tree? Or Santa Claus? In this edition of the Elders’ Corner, Elder Oscar Owens reveals the origins of the Christmas celebration, as well some of its myths and traditions.

Santa Claus and Christmas trees, holly wreaths and poinsettias, colored lights and joyous carols, endless shopping and gift giving…these are the many sights and sounds of the beloved holiday called Christmas.

For most Americans, the Christmas season is a heart-warming time filled with delicious foods, wonderful fragrances, colorful fantasies and family fun. Yet, Christmas has also become a time of crass commercialism, consumer debt, crowded malls and crushing depression.

Yearly, faithful Christians wonder if the true message of Christmas is forever obliterated and tainted by the cultural expressions associated with the religious celebration. Is Christmas a pagan holiday? Or is it a Christian Holy Day meant to be honored and respected?

Here’s a list of the top 5 myths about Christmas, as revealed in the history of the celebration:

MYTH#1: Christmas was once a pagan holiday. The idea of celebrating Christmas began in Rome in 354 A.D., when Bishop Liberius declared December 25 as the day for Christians in the western part of the Roman Empire to acknowledge Christ’s incarnation. This day of the winter solstice was a Roman holiday called The Feast of Sol Invictus. Christians were still a persecuted minority in the pagan, non-Christian Roman society of the day; therefore Bishop Liberius brilliantly seized upon this time of Roman celebration as a cover for the Christians to rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ. The besieged Christian community could now be protected and allowed to worship their Savior in safety. Interestingly enough, the strategy worked: the world does not remember the celebration of Sol Invictus, but each year is reminded that Jesus Christ, the Son of God was born as a little baby in Bethlehem!

MYTH #2: Christmas trees are mentioned in the Bible and prohibited. Is Jeremiah 10:3-4 a biblical injunction against the Christmas tree tradition? No. Further examination of Jeremiah 10 reveals that God is actually condemning the creation of wooden idols carved from trees.[2]  In fact, the Christmas tree originated centuries after Jeremiah 10 was written. In the 8th century AD, St. Boniface, an English missionary to Germany, cut down “the sacred oak tree in the city of Gelsmar.” According to The Christian Book of Why by John C. McCollister, St. Boniface, in an attempt to rid Germany of idolatry, instead gave the people an evergreen fir tree to demonstrate their break with paganism and subsequent turn to Christianity[3]. The evergreen symbolizes the eternal life we receive by faith in Jesus Christ. The book also states that on a beautiful Christmas eve night, the great German preacher and Protestant reformer, Martin Luther, saw a fir tree silhouetted against a starlit sky. The beauty of the sight so overwhelmed him that he could not find the words to adequately describe it to his wife and children. Impulsively, he cut down the tree, decorated it, and is perhaps the first person to bring an evergreen tree, representing Christ’s eternal life, into the home for Christmas.

MYTH #3: “Xmas” was adopted to take Christ out of Christmas. The XMAS abbreviation is really not a slight on Jesus Christ at all.  The “X” is actually the Greek letter “chi” which is the first letter in the Greek spelling of Christ. The “X” represents Jesus’ title, “Christ” or Messiah. This “x” or “chi” has been used by Christians for thousands of years as an abbreviation for “Christ” seen in the church symbol “Xp” or “Chr” in English.

MYTH #4: Santa Claus is based on a mythical figure. The tradition of Santa Claus stems back to the celebration of the feast day of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of Russia. Nicholas was an important Bishop in the 4th century, known for his generosity to the poor, especially children. His feast day, celebrated December 6, was a time to give presents to children. St. Nicholas, or “Santa Niklaus”  in the Dutch language, eventually became Santa Claus in American English. The current image of the chubby man in a red suit was popularized by Rev. Clement Moore, a professor of theology at New York Theological Seminary, who published the poem, “The Visit of St. Nicholas” on December 23, 1923. The poem later became known as “The Night Before Christmas.” We can tell our children that the real Santa Claus, Saint Bishop Nicholas, was a Bible-believing, Jesus-loving Christian who did so much good helping poor children that he is remembered to this day in the mythical jolly man we call Santa Claus. We all can follow his example of helping to make life better for children and adults who are poor and oppressed.

MYTH #5: Many symbols of Christmas have no real Christian meaning for the Holiday. The Christmas tree is just one of the many popular symbols used by earlier Christians to communicate the message of the gospel:

  • The word “Christmas” is actually a contraction of Middle English words for the phrase “Christ’s mass,” a worship celebration and Holy Communion service honoring Jesus Christ’s nativity or birth.
  • The “merry’ in Merry Christmas is an old English term meaning “blessed” or “happy.”
  • The star on top of the Christmas tree symbolizes the star of Bethlehem which led the wise men’s journey to the Christ child.
  • The candle lights, according to Martin Luther who first placed them on the boughs of his own Christmas tree, are symbolic of Jesus as the Light of the world.
  • Holly wreaths are symbolic of the crown of thorns Jesus Christ wore at his crucifixion. Christians hung wreaths on their doors to let their neighbors know a Christian believer lived there.
  • Poinsettias came into the Christmas celebration through an American minister, Dr. Joel R. Poinsett, who brought the flower-like plants from Mexico to the northern United States. The deep red flower which peaks in December as striking in contrast to the drab foliage of the wintery north and was emblematic of the birth of Jesus – beauty in the midst of bleakness. Additionally, the brilliant red petals portray the blood of Jesus shed for all humanity during His sacrificial death on the cross.

Although commercialism has taken over the symbols of Christmas, at the heart of most Christmas traditions is a Christian message. For Christians, Christmas is indeed a Holy Day of celebrating the historic fact of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Share with your friends and loved ones the Good News of Jesus, God’s Love in  human form, given for everyone who will receive Him this Gift.

In I Corinthians 9:22, the apostle Paul wrote, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” Christmas is a sacred time for us to spread joy and God’s free gift of salvation to a world eager to enjoy the warm feelings of the holiday season, and to all people who consent to believe.

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Elder Oscar Owens has a passion for helping others deepen their connection to the Bible and to the Lord. He currently serves as West Angeles’ Minister of Christian Education, as well as President of the West Angeles Bible College, where he teaches Systematic Theology. He is currently studying for his Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Spiritual Formation at Azuza Pacific University’s Seminary in Los Angeles, where he also teaches Urban Spirituality. He’s been married to the powerful singer and Tony-nominated playwright Lita Gaithers Owens for 31 years. Read more about Elder Oscar Owens HERE.

[1] Jeremiah 10:3-4 (NIV) 3 For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. 4They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.

[2] Hank Hanegraaff, “Is Christmas Christian?”,  Christian Research Institute.

[3] “The Christian Book of Why” by John C. McCollister.

SERMON: The Resurrection Mentality

As we prepare for Resurrection Sunday, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake asks, “Do you have a resurrection mentality?”

In his sermon titled, “The Resurrection Mentality,” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. describes the characteristics of those who believe in Jesus.

“Those who live most effectively are those who have tapped an unseen reservoir from which they can gain power and strength,” said Bishop. “That God of power can be great in your life. And if He’s in your life, just like He rose from the dead, you can rise out of any situation that may come against you.”

Bishop Blake continued, “The message…is that you can be free. You can be delivered in the name of Jesus.”

See the entire sermon here on Westa Video On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“Most of us will agree that life is becoming more complex and more difficult every day.”

“The dinosaur was strong, but he’s also gone.”

“Health, wealth, strength, prosperity, are not the keys to success…they’re not the keys to survival.

“The ability to endure adversity is a precious, precious commodity.”

“Those who live most effectively [are those] who have tapped an unseen reservoir from which they can gain power and strength.

Believing brings joy. Believing brings peace.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

People who don’t believe, people who don’t trust, are miserable and unhappy.”

“Unrealistic expectations and foolish and unfounded ambitions can destroy the very life of an individual.”

“So many folk have gone back because they thought the wrong things.”

“So many people today are locked in. So many people are fearful.”

“The message of this day of Resurrection is that you can be free. You can be delivered in the name of Jesus!”

Sometimes things happen that are so wonderful, we don’t even want to believe it, even though it’s standing before us alive and well.”

A crusade for unbelief has been launched against the life of every individual in this room...The world does not want you to believe.”

If you believe, you’ll walk after the spirit and not after the flesh.

The Lord wants you to believe and you NEED to believe.”

When the disciples did not believe, they were sad. When they did not believe, they returned to their old way of life.

Believing brings joy. Believing brings peace. Believing brings hope. Believing brings strength.

“The Risen Lord will show up in your life if you have faith enough to invite Him to come in.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

When you believe God’s Word, that enables you to walk by faith into your future, according to the power of Almighty God.”

“Are you somehow blocked, stopped, hindered, held up; unable to reach your goals…paralyzed by fear, by hopelessness? Believe the Word of God, and the same God that raised up Jesus will give you power and an altogether new life!

To meet the risen Lord will literally change your life.”

“I don’t know whether you know him or not, but you can’t really celebrate Easter, you can’t really celebrate Resurrection Sunday, unless you really know the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ”.

“I hope before we leave this room that you’ll get to know the risen Lord!

If you’re led to the scriptures, you’ve got the key to your future.”

The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.

“This is my Bible. This is the Word of God. I am what it says I am! I’ve got what it says I’ve got! I can do what it says I can do, and the Word of God says ‘I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me!’”

“When you’re troubled, go to the Word! When you’re weak, go to the Word!” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“The Holy Ghost is your spiritual clothing. It’s your spiritual adornment.

“Clothing protects you. Clothing shelters you. Clothing hides you from the eyes of people. Clothing keeps you from being exposed. And Jesus said, ‘You shall receive Power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you!’

“Life is in the Power of the Spirit!”

“If you know Jesus, if you know the Word of God, if you’ve got the Holy Ghost, you’re ready for everything that the devil might do against you!”

“Sickness won’t stop me. Trouble won’t stop me. Adversity won’t stop me. Enemies won’t stop me. Getting fired won’t stop me. Losing my job won’t stop me. Running out of money won’t stop me. As long as I’ve got Jesus, I can make it!”

“The same Power that showed up at the grave. The same power that transformed the dying body of Jesus Christ into a living immortal resurrected body. The same power that brought Him forth from the grave is right here, right now, in this room. He’s here to set you free!”

“The chain is broken in the name of Jesus! You’re free!”

Scriptural References: John 11:25; Mark 16:10; Luke 14:15, 21, 25, 30; Romans 15:13; Matthew 16:21; Luke 24:21; John 20:19; Matthew 28:17; Romans 15:13; John 4:46; John 11:25; Luke 24:27-45; Philippians 4:13; Acts 1:8, Act 2:1; John 16:22, 1 Corinthians 15:3, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:13; John 14:21; Psalm 46:1; Luke 10:19.

Bishop Blake Shares Black History in the Bible

“We need to reach back to our homeland, reach back to Africa.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake shares a Black History Month lesson that transcends the ages, beginning in Africa, thousands of years before the birth of Christ. He shares the stories of Moses, the Queen of Sheba, and Joseph; the slave trade, and the roots of Pentecostalism, revealing the connection between people of African descent and the roots of Christianity.

See this entire Black History celebration on West Angeles’ Gospel On Demand hereHighlights from Bishop Blake’s “A Sermon for Black History Month” follow:

“Two thousand years before the birth of Jesus Christ, Moses traveled to Midian, in the southern part of the fertile crescent. There, Moses married a dark-skinned Midianite woman. Moses married an Ethiopian, and Ethiopian people in her family became counselors and advisers to Moses.”

“Almost 1,000 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Queen of Sheba – also known as Kush or Ethiopia – visited King Solomon. She came from Africa with many camels, spices, gold, and precious stones. Her nation and her culture had obviously existed long before that time.”

“The Ethiopian Piankhi established the 24th Egyptian Dynasty. And at least four Egyptian Kings ruled over Egypt from 730 BC until 66 BC…great nations, great civilizations, great cultures existed in Africa centuries before Jesus Christ was born.”

“One of the greatest generals of all time was a man by the name of Hannibal from the city of Carthage in Northern Africa. Hannibal frequently defied and defeated Rome between 219 and 203 BC.”

“In 1498 AD, Portuguese explorers wrote that they found along the east African coast tall stone towns of comfort and of wealth. They found people who were highly civilized and skilled in the use of the compass, and in reading charts.”

“Timbuktu was a magnificent city where merchants made greater profit from the sale of books than from the sale of any other commodity.”

“In the areas of science, art, medicine, government, law and culture, many of the nations of Africa were competitive with, and in many cases, more advanced than the other nations of the world in Europe and Asia during that period. All of this was devastated by the slave trade; by slavery, and by Colonialism.”

“William Banks gives us the report in his book, The Black Church in the U.S., that nearly 20 million Negroes were made captive over the span of some 300 years, from 1517 until 1840. They were crammed …into ships like sardines in a can, and brought across the Atlantic from the Gulf of Guinea to the New World. The trip that they made was called ‘The Middle Passage.’ It’s estimated that perhaps 12 million blacks landed in South America and Latin America, and about 2 million of them were brought into the U.S.”

“What happened to the millions that were taken away from Africa? Some died resisting capture. Some died in captivity. While waiting in Africa to be shipped out, some committed suicide, not willing to be captured. Others, beaten and too weak to continue the trek, were abandoned to die.”

“After all we went through, God blessed us to be productive; to rise above our oppression and attain excellence.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“Most of the loss of life came during the Middle Passage, that journey across the ocean from Africa to the New World. Perhaps not more than half of the slaves which were shipped out from Africa ever became effective workers in the New World.”

“What was the impact of the loss of 20 million of its inhabitants on the culture and the nations of Africa? How many died trying to defend their families in the violence associated with the slave trade?”

“After the slave trade came the horrible period of Colonialism, in which horrible invaders did to Africa’s resources what those before them did to Africa’s people. What was the value of the people and of the resources that were taken from the continent of Africa?”

“After all we went through, we still produced a Benjamin Banneker, maker of the first American clock; Sojourner Truth; George Washington Carver; Charles Drew… Benjamin O Davis; Ralph Bunche; Booker T. Washington; Marion Anderson; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcolm X; Colin Powell; Barack Obama!”

“During the dark day of the Crucifixion, the Jews were condemning [Jesus] and calling for His death. Europe, represented by the Roman Centurions, drove nails into the hands of feet of Jesus. But Africa, represented by Simon of Cyrene, a black man from Northwest Africa, stepped in when everybody else was stepping back…Simon of Cyrene shared history’s most significant moment with the Christ: he bore the Cross of Christ up Calvary’s Hill.”

“Jesus will not allow you to bear your cross by yourself. If anybody out there needs help with your cross, give praise to the Lord, and He will help you to bear your cross!”

“God chose black hands and woolly hair to perform an act that all the truly wise and all the truly great…Godly men of the earth would have been overjoyed to perform: bearing the Cross of Jesus Christ.”

“If Joseph were here, he would say, ‘Don’t ever give up on your dream.'”  – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“The Ethiopian secretary of the treasury was to pass in his chariot…this Ethiopian nobleman heard and believed the gospel, and after being baptized, this nobleman went back to Ethiopia to form the Abyssinian Church that exists until this day. He was the first Gentile of record to be saved…a Black man.”

“Historian Dean (Henry Hart) Milman has said, “It was Africa, not Rome, which gave birth to Latin Christianity. Africa gave three of the greatest scholars of the church to the church. Augustine, Tertullian, Cyprian, were all born in Northern Africa.”

“Anyone who says that Christianity is a white man’s religion and not a black man’s religion really doesn’t know anything about Christianity.”

“Christianity is not a white man’s religion it’s not a black man’s religion…it’s just man’s religion! Halleluiah!”

“Black men have the privilege of being among the first leaders and participants in the Pentecostal and Charismatic revival that swept across the church in the early 1900s.”

“Historian and author Dr. H. Vinson Synan says that) Charles F. Parham, a white man, and William J. Seymour, a black man, share roughly equal positions as founders of modern Pentecostalism.”

“A key man in that contagious spread (of Pentecostalism) was a man by the name of Charles Harrison Mason, a black man and the father of founder of the Church of God In Christ. In 1907, Elder Mason went to Los Angeles and participated in the Azuza Revival and received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.”

“Scores of white ministers obtained ministerial credentials from Elder Mason from the Church of God In Christ. One group in Alabama and Texas received permission to use the name of the church in 1912, and this continued until 1914, when they organized and called their predominantly white organization the Assemblies of God.”

“When Bishop Mason passed in 1961, he left behind him one of the largest Pentecostal bodies in the world.”

“Christianity is not a white man’s religion. It’s not a black man’s religion…it’s just man’s religion.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“There are many parallels between [African Americans] and the experience of Joseph. In jail, Joseph held on to the dream. Black people held on to the dream in slavery. We believed that God was going to deliver us, and praise God; God did deliver us. We held onto the dream!”

“Somebody in here is going through something evil, but I want you to know God meant it for good! God is going to turn it around!”

“We need to reach back to our homeland; reach back to Africa.”

“If you pursue the purpose of God, God is going to work everything out for your good.”

“God worked it out for it us, and God is gonna work it out for you…but you’ve got to hold on to the dream!”

“Does anybody have a dream in here? Anybody have a vision? Do you have something you’re reaching for? Listen: God is going to bring it to pass!”

“If you hold on to God, if you trust God: ‘Seek ye first the Kingdom of god and His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added unto you.”

“Child of God, I just came by to tell you that God has great miracles in store for you!”

“If Joseph were here, and if he could testify, he would say to you, ‘Don’t ever give up on your dream. Don’t ever give up on your vision.”

“God has Blessed us, but I don’t believe God is through with us yet.”

“The story of Joseph can be your story. The story of your people can be your story…Praise God for your future!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Genesis 37-50, Numbers 10:29, Numbers 12:1-9, Isaiah 40:31, Romans 8:28; Romans 8:31-39, Matthew 6:33.

Bishop Blake on Faith, Power, and Being Born Again

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. presents a Biblical lesson in worship,  faith, and what it really means to be born again, in his February 7, 2016 sermon, “What Nicodemus Did Not Know.”

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. delivered an insightful sermon based on John 3, which tells the story of Jesus’ instruction of Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the Jewish ruling council.

“Nicodemus came to Jesus at night and said, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with Him,’” read Bishop Blake. “Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless they are born again.’”

Before the sermon, Bishop Blake prayed, “Nothing is beyond His power. Nothing is beyond His wisdom. Turn it over to Jesus; He’s going to handle it on your behalf. Halleluiah! Halleluiah!”

Presiding Bishop Blake’s full sermon, “What Nicodemus Did Not Know” is available HERE on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“All of those who wrote in the Old and New Testaments were Jewish people. Even Jesus himself, according to His earthly nature, was a Jew, as was Paul and all of the disciples.”

“Especially the Pharisees among the Jews were known as the most devout individuals in that nation. Animal sacrifices and blood atonement had been the very foundation of the Jewish faith.”

“The Old Testament contained very strict instructions and guidelines, not only regarding their sacrifices, but also the nature in which the sacrifices were presented, and also where the sacrifices could be offered up and where Israel was to worship before the Lord.”

“The Greeks ruled over Jerusalem and Judea, then Romans ruled over Jerusalem and Judea…The ability of the Jews to really practice their faith was frequently disrupted, and finally they gave up on temple worship and sacrifices all together…This explains the obsession of the Jews with Jerusalem and the spot where the temple was formerly located.”

“Nicodemus…represents not only himself individually, but he represents all of the Pharisees, and his Jewish bretheren, and he even represents all of us.”

“God judged them, and rejected any human effort they might make to…be in the favor of almighty God.  Isaiah reflects this in chapter 1:11-15, and again in Psalm 14:2.”

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?”
Says the Lord.
When you spread out your hands,
I will hide My eyes from you;
Even though you make many prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of blood” – Isaiah 1:11&15

“Is there anybody here who has seen a human relationship totally devastated?…Is there anybody who knows what it means to be through? God was through!”

“All the books of the New Testament were written after the crucifixion, after the burial, and after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.  Each of the New Testament writers wrote with a vision of the crucified and ascended Lord before their eyes.”

“Many of the things which Jesus spoke of …would be understood and realized only after His resurrection.”

“Resurrection bodies are designed to be ascended and caught up into the presence of God.”

“His resurrection body was affected by time and place… Jesus is now available to everyone at the same time.”

“Unless He left them physically, He could not come to them spiritually.”

“We walk by faith and not by sight.”

“Are there any worshipers in the house?”

“I know you’d get more excited if you saw Jesus walking up and down these aisles; I know you’d clap your hands and shout if you could touch Him and see Him physically, but listen: we walk by faith! In faith God is pleased!”

“Nicodemus didn’t know that Jesus was going to die for the sins of the world.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“God said, ‘I’m taking this thing over now!’”

“Without faith, the Bible says it is impossible to please God.”

“Nicodemus didn’t know that Jesus was going to die for the sins of the world; he did know that Jesus was going to rise up from the dead.”

“We know that Jesus is alive. His spirit is at work in the earth.”

“The resurrection of Jesus is the key event informing us that Jesus is the Son of God.”

“Jesus is unique among all men in that He died and arose, never to die again.”

“Jesus performed other miracles that affirmed His divinity, but His resurrection was a definitive statement regarding His Lordship over everything.”

“If Jesus can defeat death, then Jesus can defeat anything.”

“If He’s got power over death, then He has power over everything; power over sickness, power over infirmities, power over the devil, over any force that may come against us.”

“Because He lives, we shall live also.”

 “The more you read the Bible, the more you know about God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“If you hear of my home-going, don’t worry…Go ahead, roll me down the aisle. Go ahead, take me to the burial place. Go ahead, eat the fried chicken! Have a good time! Don’t worry about me! I shall rise again!”

“No other religion can make that claim. We can point to the grave of Mohamed, of Buddha, and they’re still occupied. But [Jesus’] grave is empty! My savior is alive!”

“Through Jesus we have peace with God. Because of Jesus we have life.”

“Jesus was not just instructing Nicodemus. When you accept Jesus, you become a new creature.”

“You’re old but you can still be born again.”

“If you feed the flesh, the flesh will grow. If you feed the spirit the spirit will grow.”

“You feed the spirit man when you read the Word of God.”

“The more you read the Bible, the more you know about God.”

“I am what the Word says I can do! I am everything the Bible says I am!”

“The Word says it and I believe it! Come on and praise Him!”

“Whatever the problem is, take it to Jesus!”

“Jesus is unique among all men in that He died and arose, never to die again.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“You feed the spirit man when you receive the Holy Ghost.”

“Raise your hands and say, ‘Lord, fill me with the Holy Ghost! Lord, I need your power!  I want your presence! I want your blessing!”

“When you feed the spirit man you feed Him by worship and with praise.  When you praise Him, you’re fueling up; you’re building up the spirit man.”

“When you praise him, God shows up in a special way. He said, ‘I am enthroned in the praises in My people. When they praise Me, I show up in power; I show up in might. I bring miracles, I bring blessings, I bring deliverance into their lives.’”

“Child of God will you throw up your hands, open up your mouth and praise Him?”

“Nicodemus didn’t know all of this, but we know it!

“Tell two people, ‘I know what God can do; I know there’s power in the name of Jesus! I know I can be healed! I know I can be set free! I know!’”

“God is moving! Halleluiah!”

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 3:1-16, Joshua 1:8, Leviticus 1&2, 17:11; Deuteronomy 12:13, Isaiah 1:11-15, Psalm14:2, Romans 3:23, 6:23, John 7:37-39, 20:17, 16:7, 14:23, John 4:23, 3:16, 1 Corinthians 15:20-22, 50; 1 John 5:10, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Psalm 119:105, Acts 1:8.


 

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake’s full sermon, “What Nicodemus Did Not Know” is available on CD and DVD at the West Angeles Emporium.

Address: 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Bishop Blake: Pray, and Be Holy

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. teaches us to follow the example of Jesus Christ…and pray.

Prayer was one of the central activities of the life of Jesus Christ. It was the one thing that Jesus never forgot to do. Whether He’d find himself in the midst of victory or in the midst of trials, Jesus always prayed. The idea of the Son of God praying has given rise to questions in the minds of many individuals. But the fact that He is the Son of God qualifies Him above all others to pray and converse with the Father.

Prayer was central in the life of Jesus Christ. Before all the crises of His life, He prayed:

  • He prayed before He embarked upon the Galilean ministry.
  • He prayed as He started to choose His disciples.
  • He prayed before the Sermon on the Mount.
  • He prayed before the Transfiguration.
  • He prayed before He taught the disciples the Prayer of the Ages.
  • And He prayed before the ordeal of his trial and His crucifixion.

But as often as Jesus prayed, He was never the central of focus of his prayers. His prayers were usually concerned with entreating God’s help or aid for someone else; for some person in need, or to prepare Himself to minister to the needs of the people.

So if Jesus had to pray, how much more do we have to pray?

Righteousness: Your Key to Survival

It is God’s will that we live free from sin for His glory. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world; you are the salt of the earth.” He knew that Holiness was essential for our salvation. “Be ye holy for I the lord your God am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). You are God’s example of what His grace can do.

Sanctification is our only evidence of the power of the Gospel. Men are seeking a way out of sin, but they will never hear us or receive our message if we are bound by the same sins they are bound by. They’ll never hear our testimony if we’re doing the same wrong things that they are doing. And if Jesus Christ has made no change in our lives, why should men expect that He’ll make a change in their lives? If you love the Lord, then your life ought to show it; your behavior ought to illustrate it.

Pray, and Be Holy

Our mighty God said, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” So, if you’re wise, you’ll pray to the Lord:

Lord, help me; keep me. Help me to do your will. Lord not my will but Thy will be done. Not my way but, Lord, help me to walk in Your way. I want to serve you, I want to bring glory to your name. I want to live for you.

Jesus prayed that you’d be sanctified, and that you would walk in holiness before the Lord. If you want God’s power, pray, and God will bring you out. Pray, and God will bring you over. Pray, and God will bring you through, and God, the Son, the Holy Ghost, and all the angels will show up to help you make it, and to help you to live for Him. You can live Holy by the power of God.

God can keep you! He is able!

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 17:1-17:26, Hebrews 12:14,  Matthew 17, Matthew 5-7, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Proverbs 3:5-6.

Adapted from the sermon, “Christ’s Prayer for the Preservation of His Followers”. Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.; August 3, 2014, at West Angeles Cathedral.  

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JANUARY IS CONSECRATION MONTH AT WEST ANGELES! Join us as we purify ourselves for the Lord, and pray for our world to be Blessed. Please CLICK HERE for your copy of the January Consecration and Prayer Calendar, where you’ll find daily prayers, eating instructions, and fasting guidelines.

PRESIDING BISHOP CHARLES EDWARD BLAKE, SR. has announced 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.

 

The True Meaning of Christmas

Over 2,000 years ago, God presented the world with a gift: Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. In an act of faith and worship, three kings traveled from different parts of the world to bring gifts to Jesus and His Family.

Today, we celebrate Christmas by buying gifts for each other and making merriment with family and friends. As the season approaches each year, our attention turns to making our lists, checking for pre-Christmas bargains, and considering last-minute tax shelters. Unfortunately, Christmas, the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” has become a tradition marked by gluttony, greed, and apathy.

What if we’ve gotten it all wrong? What if the true meaning of Christmas is to share with the world that which He has created us to be? What if the gifts we are to exchange at Christmas-time are the gifts God has given to us in order to establish His Kingdom on earth?

For, as foretold by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)–

6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.      

 The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

We are God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10); each and every one of us who calls Jesus “Our Savior” possesses His power.  In the season and Spirit of Christmas, the sincerest  gift we could give is to manifest the fullness of God’s calling on our lives (Ephesians 4:1-6); share gifts of the Spirit (Romans 12:6-8), and spread His love (John 15:11-12).

It is only when we Bless God by presenting to Him our whole selves – our talents, our resources, our bodies, minds, and souls – that His Kingdom can be established; then we, and in turn the world, are Blessed.

SERMON: Bishop Blake Delivers The Word on Love and Marriage

The West Angeles Church of God In Christ congregation was both entertained and enlightened by Bishop Blake’s lively, spirit-filled sermon on love and marriage titled, “Invite Jesus To Your Wedding and Into Your Marriage.” This entire sermon and more is available HERE on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. _____ Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake delivered a […]

PHOTOS & SERMON: The Resurrection Mentality

I know that He is leading, through all the stormy blast; the day of His appearing will come at last. He Lives!” – Lyrics, Alfred Henry Ackley, “I Serve A Risen Savior”

Resurrection Sunday 2015 was a glorious event at West Angeles Church of God In Christ! The congregation was alive with praise as Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake presented a rousing sermon titled, “The Resurrection Mentality,” defining the benefits of the Power of Christ within the life of the believer.

Here are a few photos of our West Angeles family from Resurrection Sunday:

Resurrection Sunday

 

The sermon was preceded by the moving and inspirational dramatic performance, “Miracles at Stillwater,” which reveals the plight of prisoners at a correctional facility who learn about the power of Jesus Christ for the first time.

Said Bishop, “That God of power can be great in your life. And if He’s in your life, just like He rose from the dead, you can rise out of any situation that may come against you.”

See the entire sermon here on Westa Video On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“Most of us will agree that life is becoming more complex and more difficult every day.”

“The dinosaur was strong, but he’s also gone.”

“Health, wealth, strength, prosperity, are not the keys to success; they’re not the keys to survival.

“The ability to endure adversity is a precious, precious commodity.”

“Those who live most effectively [are those] who have tapped an unseen reservoir from which they can gain power and strength.

People who don’t believe, people who don’t trust, are miserable and unhappy.”

“Unrealistic expectations and foolish and unfounded ambitions can destroy the very life of an individual.”

“So many folk have gone back because they thought the wrong things.”

“So many people today are locked in; so many people are fearful.”

“The message of this day of Resurrection is that you can be free; you can be delivered in the name of Jesus!”

Sometimes things happen that are so wonderful, we don’t even want to believe it, even though it’s standing before us alive and well.”

A crusade for unbelief has been launched against the life of every individual in this room...The world does not want you to believe.”

If you believe, you’ll walk after the spirit and not after the flesh.

The Lord wants you to believe: and you NEED to believe.”

When the disciples did not believe, they were sad; when they did not believe, they returned to their old way of life.

Believing brings joy; believing brings peace; believing brings hope, believing brings strength.

When you believe God’s Word, that enables you to walk by faith into your future, according to the power of Almighty God.”

“Are you somehow blocked, stopped, hindered, held up; unable to reach your goals…paralyzed by fear, by hopelessness? Believe the Word of God, and the same God that raised up Jesus will give you power and an altogether new life!

To meet the risen Lord will literally change your life.”

“The Risen Lord will show up in your life if you have faith enough to invite Him to come in” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“I don’t know whether you know him or not, but you can’t really celebrate Easter, you can’t really celebrate Resurrection Sunday, unless you really know the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ”.

“I hope before we leave this room that you’ll get to know the risen Lord!

If you’re led to the scriptures, you’ve got the key to your future.”

The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.

“This is my Bible; this is the Word of God. I am what it says I am! I’ve got what it says I’ve got! I can do what it says I can do, and the Word of God says ‘I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me!’”

“When you’re troubled, go to the Word! When you’re weak, go to the Word!

“The Holy Ghost is your spiritual clothing; it’s your spiritual adornment.

“Clothing protects you; clothing shelters you. Clothing hides you from the eyes of people; clothing keeps you from being exposed. And Jesus said, ‘You shall receive Power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you!’

“Life is in the Power of the Spirit!”

“If you know Jesus, if you know the Word of God, if you’ve got the Holy Ghost, you’re ready for everything that the devil might do against you!”

“Sickness won’t stop me. Trouble won’t stop me. Adversity won’t stop me. Enemies won’t stop me. Getting fired won’t stop me. Losing my job won’t stop me. Running out of money won’t stop me. As long as I’ve got Jesus, I can make it!”

“The same Power that showed up at the grave; the same power that transformed the dying body of Jesus Christ into a living immortal resurrected body; the same power that brought Hi forth from the grave id right here right now, in this room. He’s here to set you free!”

“The chain is broken in the name of Jesus! You’re free!”

Scriptural References: John 11:25; Mark 16:10; Luke 14:15, 21, 25, 30; Romans 15:13; Matthew 16:21; Luke 24:21; John 20:19; Matthew 28:17; Romans 15:13; John 4:46; John 11:25; Luke 24:27-45; Philippians 4:13; Acts 1:8, Act 2:1; John 16:22, 1 Corinthians 15:3, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:13; John 14:21; Psalm 46:1; Luke 10:19.

“Miracles at Stillwater,” written by Avan Hardwell, directed by Taja V. Simpson, and produced by Jonathan E. Coleman and Jason White.  See this performance and West Angeles’ entire Resurrection Sunday Service HERE, at West Angeles’ Video On Demand.  Get God Now!