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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.

Bishop Blake: What God Wants From You

For many of us, there is the strong feeling that more is required of us by God. Presiding Bishop Blake gave the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ a gentle, yet powerful lesson in understanding God’s desire for our lives in his First Sunday sermon titled, “What God Wants from You,” on August 7, 2016.

“You have the dimension the divine, the moral, and the spiritual impinging on our lives,” said Bishop Blake. “So you’d ask, ‘Is there an eternal spirit within me? If so, how can I live for the benefit of my soul and my spirit? Should I respond to the physical side…or the spiritual side of my being?”

Bishop went on to question, “What does God want from me? How can I please a perfect God? How can I come up to God’s standard, even in light of the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ?”

Hear the entire sermon and more HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“Almost every person who hears my voice this morning is struggling with some kind of behavioral disorder.”

“Almost everybody in your world wants their piece of your life…Of course, if you did what everyone wanted you to do, you’d explode into 100 pieces.”

“You’re in a quandary between what you want to do and what you ought to do, and even your wants and your oughts seem to be extremely complex, contradictory, and conflicting.”

“Some are convinced that the demands of the Christian life are so great, that one would be better off if he had nothing to do with God.”

“No living, no moving, no being without God.”

“God wants us to share His power” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“If you seek God and His will, everything else will take care of itself.”

“God wants you to be blessed. God wants you to be happy. God wants you to have the highest and the best in life.”

“God is saying, ‘What I want from you is that you just walk humbly with me.’”

“God wants us to share His power.”

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. before the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ. 8/7/16.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. before the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ. 8/7/16.

“Loving and knowing God is more important than serving God.”

“It’s God’s desire to know and love his children.”

“God wants our love more than anything else.”

“Pharaoh did not know Joseph. He did not acknowledge any obligation to Joseph or Joseph’s people…He did not recognize what Joseph had done to preserve Egypt during the time of famine.”

“To know Jesus is to acknowledge Him…To acknowledge Jesus Christ is to recognize who He is: the Son of God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords.”

“Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, ‘You are mistaken not knowing the scriptures, and not knowing the power of God’” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

 

“To know Jesus is to believe in Him; to believe what the Bible says about Him, and in what He says in the Bible.”

“The word of God is our guide and our reference book for learning all we need to know about Jesus Christ.”

“Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, ‘You are mistaken not knowing the scriptures, and not knowing the power of God.’”

“We should read the Bible every day.”

“A friend is a person you know very well. God wants to be your friend; Jesus wants to be your friend.”

“Real friends understand one another, and turn to one another in times of trouble.”

“Knowing Christ as an intimate friend will build an immunity to temptation.”

“To people who are distant to us, we must be diplomatic regarding our approach to them…But a friend you can approach without hesitance.”

“Come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” – Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

“How many of you know you can call on Jesus at all times?”

“The Bible says, ‘If Jesus is in your life, He’ll keep you from falling.’”

“How many of you know that a real friend will stop you from doing stupid stuff?”

“Jesus is the perfect friend.”

“To know Christ is to obey Him…to follow Him. You seek His advice and guidance as you go through life.”

“Jesus: His power is unlimited…The Bible says that the same power that raised up Jesus is at work in your life.”

“If you believe in Jesus, if you know Him, if you trust Him: then as he arose from the dead, you can rise above challenges that stand before you.”

“Our Savior is alive! Our Savior conquered death! Hallelujah!”

“You can have victory through Jesus Christ…Jesus said, ‘I give you power over the power of the enemy! Nothing shall, by any means, harm you!’”

“Jesus is the perfect friend” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“I may not have bombs and artillery at my disposal, but I have the name of Jesus who rose from the dead. I can call on that name any time.”

“There’s healing in the name of Jesus. There’s deliverance in the name of Jesus. There’s power in the name of Jesus.”

“Child of God, don’t go through life without knowing God.”

“You need the power of the Holy Ghost at work in your life! Lift your hands and say, ‘Hallelujah!’”

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Micah 6:6-8 acts 17:28 1 cor 1:25, psalm 147:4, 73:25, 42:1; john 6:68, Matthew 5:6, 6:33, 22:29; John 3:16, 7:37, 10:10, 10:27, 14:13, 15:7, 17:3; Jeremiah 9:23, 29:13; Hosea 6:6, Hebrews 4:15-16,  Jude 24, 1 john 2:3, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Ephesians 1:18, Luke 10:19 , Acts 1:8.


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greater blessings for greater afflictions

SERMON: Greater Blessings for Greater Afflictions

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. cites the story of Joseph, one of the Bible’s 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 from 2015, 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 wealth to the nation of his captivity, and for that he was greatly rewarded.

“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.”

This sermon from 7/12/2015 titled, “Greater Blessings for Greater Afflictions” is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel on Demand. Highlights from the sermon 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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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.

SERMON: Bishop Roderick L. Hennings – “Don’t Be Conned by My Coat”

Guest speaker Bishop Roderick L. Hennings’ Sunday, January 24 2016 sermon titled, “Don’t be Conned By My Coat” begins with a poignant lesson on the power of praise.

“I am a public praiser and a private praiser,” began Bishop Roderick Hemmings. “Ephesians says, ‘The enemy is prince and power of the air.’ There are two theological thoughts: that Satan’s the prince and power of nothing, or that he’s the prince and power of the atmosphere. Contrary to popular belief, the devil isn’t omnipresent or ubiquitous that’s why he has demons and devils…going up and down and to and fro.

“The devil uses the airwaves to transmit things to our ministries, to our homes, to our marriages and to our children. So if he uses the airwaves, but you decide to give God praise, your praise gets in the atmosphere, and messes up his transmission. So if you open your mouth and clap your hands and give God praise, give Him a shout, you interrupt the atmosphere and mess up the transmission! Praise interrupts things! And I will praise the Lord at all times!”

Bishop Roderick L. Hennings sermon, “Don’t Be Conned by My Coat” is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

“When blessed people connect with you, they bless you.”

“The Hebrews teach us that the woman is ishshah; she is the appropriate partner. That means there can be many for you, but only one who fits you.”

“[The woman] is the help mete, or, the help meter. She brings balance.”

“The word of God is everything.”

“There is a propensity to look at the text and go after the son as the focus; we even call him ‘The prodigal son.’ However…The son is not the center focus…The focus is on the father.”

“The son makes arrangements to be lost, in his immaturity.”

“You know you’re immature when you’re always asking, ‘Give me.’”

“You know you’re not on your own when you leave home to join someone else to take care of you.”

“You know you’re immature when you’re always saying, ‘Give me’” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“According to Leviticus, you cannot touch the swine as a Jewish boy. But when you have to deal with people who don’t know who you are, they’ll have you doing things that you should not do.”

“According to Genesis 2, the bible says, ‘God gave to every man herb fruit meat. Every time you eat something with a seed, it has a future.’”

“He left home before time, and he’s eating something that has no value. How many of you are eating something that has no value?”

“He left home saying, ‘Give me.’ Now he’s saying, ‘Make me.’”

“The Holy Spirit didn’t make him go home…he was hungry. Hunger made him get up.”

“Maybe we don’t have to drive or ambition to get up and do anything because we’re not hungry enough.”

“He left home saying, ‘Give me.’ Now he’s saying, ‘Make me.’ – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“Sometimes you can’t make it all the way, but if you can just get up, the father can see you a great way off.”

“There’s a concept in science called ‘abiogenesis’ – that’s the theory that if you leave something alone, it will change.”

“The young man had to make up in his mind. ‘I’m sick of being sick, and tired of being tired, and I have to get back to who I really am.’”

“People make choices based on what they value.”

“Favor doesn’t fit…If it fits you, it’s not favor! Favor is always too big, too long, over-sized. But it’s been given to you by somebody greater than you.”

“When people are struggling with you, they’re not struggling with you, they’re struggling with your favor – because they don’t believe you deserve it.”

“You can’t work for favor…it’s put on you.”

“Favor doesn’t fit…If it fits you, it’s not favor!” Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“When God gives you favor, and if it’s big on you, it means you’re going to grow into what God has put on you.”

“So many times, God will give you things before time so you can practice for what you’ve got coming.”

“Stewardship is based on the premise of taking care of that which is another’s. He said, ‘If you’re faithful over a few things, I’ll make you ruler over many.”

“Love will make you do some things you said you’d never do.”

“You can’t see wheat he’s been through because his coat is covering his transgressions.”

“God will cover you publicly, and wash you privately.”

“The Hebrews teach us that the woman…is the appropriate partner. There can be many for you, but only one who fits you.” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“Never become jealous of somebody’s comeback party, because you didn’t have to go through what they had to go through.”

“You see the finish – but you didn’t see the journey!”

“When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3, the scripture says that God killed an animal…Anytime there’s sin, something has to pay.”

“What’s the difference between a raisin and a grape? Exposure to the sun! Are there any raisins here today?”

“There are some people who, if you told them your journey, they’d view you differently. But I’ve learned that the Blood is a coat.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Luke 15:11-15, 22; Ephesians 2:2, Job 2:2, Luke 15:1-10, Leviticus 11:7-8, Matthew 25:21-23, Genesis 3, Genesis 37.

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Speaker, preacher, teacher, apologist, Bishop Roderick L. Hennings is Senior Pastor of Zion Dominion Global Ministries which he founded 1993. The church grew from 20 to 4000 members, moving to 14-acre campus in Buffalo, NY. Bishop Hennings is also the COGIC International Director of Church Growth and Development, and Administrative Assistant District Superintendent to Bishop Glenwood Young of the NY Western Jurisdiction #2. He is married to First Lady Pamela D. Hennings; together they have two daughters, Ariane and Chloé.

Bishop Blake Teaches of ‘The Forgotten Man’ During the Week of Christmas

“Joseph must have really been somebody, for this little-known man God chose to watch over the universe’s greatest treasure.” – Bishop Charles E. Blake

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. relates the Christmas drama to the role of fathers, manhood, and the plight of the traditional American family unit in his December 21 sermon entitled, “The Forgotten Man.”

“Family concerns should be foremost in our minds not only at Christmas time,” Bishop Blake said, “but at all times.”

He acknowledges the world’s plot to destroy the family, but he urges us to stay true to our faith by gaining inspiration from the strength of the Holy family’s resolve to follow God’s will.

“They were beset by pressures that would have destroyed many families, but they came through their ordeal with flying colors. They were a family: husband, wife, Jesus.”

Bishop Blake also uses Joseph as an example of exemplary manhood, and urges men to step into their role as leaders of the household by praying and obeying the Will of God as Joseph did.

“If children are going to obey their parents; if wives are to submit themselves to their husbands, then husbands and fathers have got to be willing to obey God,” said Bishop in the sermon.

Some of our favorite quotes from the sermon are as follows:

“The family is God-ordained.”

“The family is a basic unit of society. The plight of families determines the plight of the nation: and of the world.”

“As goes the home, so will go the nation.”

“They forget that the eyes of the Lord are everyplace.”

“A good man needs appreciation; he needs love, and he needs respect.”

“Don’t always tell him what needs to be done: thank him for what he has done.”

“Take time to tell him how much you appreciate him for what he is, and for what he has done.”

“So many men give up because they feel forgotten; because they feel neglected. But for those who feel that way, I would say, ‘Be a good man anyhow.'”

“A good man is a good man all the time.”

“Espousal or betrothal meant more than engagement means today.”

“Don’t be hot-headed. Don’t act rashly…but think things through.”

“There are some men who do wrong, and are not man enough to face up to their responsibility.”

“Joseph was thoughtful; Joseph was considerate. He was willing to be forgotten and ill-thought of for somebody else’s sake.”

“God needed a man who would silently look make his contribution and not demand some enhancement of himself personally.”

“Men: it’s very unwise to make your decisions without consulting God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Men: if you learn how meditate and pray; spend quite time before the Lord, the Lord will be able to deal with you. It’s very unwise to make your decisions without consulting God.”

“Joseph was a man who had his flesh under control. God is looking for some folk who have their flesh under control.”

“Joseph was not the kind of man who said, ‘I can’t help it’.”

“It’s no sin to be tempted: it’s just a sin to be out of control.”

“I believe in the Virgin Birth because the Bible tells me that Jesus was born of a virgin. And since everything else that the Bible tells me is true, and everything else that the Bible predicted is true, then I believe the Bible is telling the truth when it speaks regarding the Virgin Birth.”

“God gave His Son: His Son who was innocent, His Son who was worthy, His Son who was related to us, to come to the earth and die for our sins.”

“A Holy God is a Holy God.”

“I believe in the Virgin Birth because such a thing is easy for God. You might say it’s impossible, but with God, all things are possible.”

“If God could create this universe of ours; if God can fling the stars against the blackness of the night and create the sun and the moon…If God could teach the bird to fly and the fish to swim…don’t you know god can manipulate His creation any way He wants to?”

“Everything Jesus did was Supernatural.”

“Child of God, if you really want to be Blessed; if you really want to rise to the level that God has in store for you, then every time God speaks to you, obey God.”

“God is looking for some fathers who will obey Him.”

“If children are going to obey their parents; if wives are to submit themselves to their husbands, then husbands and fathers have got to be willing to obey God.”

“You’re not on your own in this thing called life; if you seek God’s Will, God will direct you.”

“God will not leave you in confusion.”

“And so it was with Joseph. He worked hard; he loved his family; he was a sparkling example of love.”

“Parents, please understand today, that the survival and happiness of your children is dependent upon the relationship that they develop with God.”

“People of the Lord, we need to pray until we see something. It may not happen right away, but keep on praying!”

 

Scriptural References: Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 64:4; Galatians 4:3-5; Matthew 19:26; 1 Corinthians 15:52; Isaiah 6:1-8

 

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