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Bishop Blake: Your Power, Your Authority

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. reminds us to use the badge of power, authority, and strength found only through Jesus Christ.

 “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do…If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” –  John 14:13-14

There are some who try to impersonate officers of the law. They will paint their cars as close to that of a police officer as they can, putting on some kind of phony uniform, trying to act like they are an officer of the law. But listen…trying to act like an officer does not make you a policeman  A true deputy is a person appointed as substitute. He is someone who has the power to act.

It is an impressive thing when you read the scriptures that imply that we are deputies of God and of his son Jesus Christ. All these privileges, powers and rights are conferred upon believer,  and you cannot confer authority upon others unless you have established authority within yourself.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10:19 (KJV)

Who gives us our power? What gives us our authority? Our authority comes from:

  1. God. Jesus Christ gives us our badges. Our badges imply that we are empowered and authorized to act on His behalf. Don’t try to walk the earth on your own authority. People and devils will not respond to us. But when we go forth in the name and the power of Jesus Christ, we can change our situation.
  2. The Word. The power of your authority is in the Word of God; the Word is power! If you stand on the word, the devil has got to back up and step aside in the name of Jesus!
  3.  Prayer. Prayer is the key to the kingdom, and faith unlocks the door. Sometimes our answer is detained; sometimes the miracle we want does not happen right away. He may not come when you want Him, but He’ll be right on time. Hold on to your faith. Hold on to your badge.

    Your Power, Your Authority: Bishop Blake praises the Lord.

Is there anybody who needs to change their situation? Is there anybody who knows that God can change things? If you’re a saved person, you’ve got authority. You are an agent of the Kingdom. You are somebody. Don’t live beneath your privilege. Don’t let problems discourage you. Use your badge!

Holy Ghost power is what we need in this day and time; the Holy Ghost is our back-up! Raise your hands and say,

“Father, I stretch my hand to thee; no other help I know. Lord, I need your power! I need your might! I need your anointing!” 

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. If you use your badge, God will show up in your life. You are an agent of the Kingdom!

Hallelujah!

Adapted from the sermon titled, “Use Your Badge,” at West Angeles Church of God In Christ.This entire sermon and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand

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SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 14:12-14, 16:15; Luke 9:1, Mark 16:15-17, Matthew 10:1-7; Luke 10:19, Matthew 16:19, 18:20, 10:40; Ephesians 6:16, Exodus 12:23, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Revelations 1:5, Matthew 6:31, Acts 19:13, Luke 9:23, John 13:34, Judges 16, Daniel 10, Hebrews 14:12, Matthew 22:29, Ephesians 3:20, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:31, Acts 4:13-31, Jeremiah 33:3, Daniel 3:19-26, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 34:7, Isaiah 40:31.

 

Hear the West Angeles Youth and Young Adult Choir sing,” We need your power”, featuring Darius Maxey. At WEST ANGELES CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST.

#GIVING TUESDAY – Support West Angeles Family Life Center Campaign!

An architectural rendering of the future West Angeles Family Life Center.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. has a God-centered vision for you and your family to live the best life God intended!

The West Angeles Family Life Center will provide the Crenshaw community and the city of Los Angeles with a center devoted to the education, edification, enrichment and equipment of God’s people, based on the principles and spirit of Jesus Christ.

West Angeles equips the whole family through its over 80 ministries, programs and departments, including:

  • The Brotherhood Organization
  • The Young Women’s Christian Council
  • Youth & Young Adult Ministry
  • College Prep (Education Enrichment)
  • Drug & Alcohol Ministry (Free N One)
  • The Prison Ministry
  • The West Angeles Christian Counseling Center
  • The Skid Row Ministry
  • Christian Education

Please click the photos below for a slideshow of some of the West Angeles Ministries:

 

President Barack Obama and Former President Bill Clinton have praised Bishop Blake and the West Angeles ministry model as a shining example of Christian ministry and community-building at its best.

Be a part of the first edifice of its kind in Los Angeles, CA.  PLEASE CLICK BELOW to give to the Family Life Center Campaign today.

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SERMON: Dr. Elijah H. Hankerson – God says, ‘Humble Yourself’

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you – John 15:7

On World Missions Sunday 2016, Dr. Elijah H. Hankerson III, President of the International Department of Evangelism of the Church of God In Christ, served as guest pastor at West Angeles Church. To prepare the saints to “impact the world,” his sermon for the day cites Luke 3 and the period of preparation before Jesus began His ministry.

“I remember when God called me,” said Bishop Hankerson of his own road to ministry. “I ended up on an entry-level job. Folks were beating up on me, saying, ‘You’re supposed to be anointed? What are you doing sitting here on this computer when God has called you to reach the world?’ I complained to God, saying ‘God, I gave you my life at a young age. I gave you everything. Why am I sitting here at this entry-level job?’

“I thought God was going to pat me on the back and tell me that everything is going to be alright. But God told me, ‘Your attitude is not right. You ought to be thankful you have that humble job to take care of your family…and I’m not going to take you to where you’re going until you praise Me.'”

The entire 21st World Missions Conference is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel on Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“As we look at the life of Jesus Christ, we are always taught that every time Jesus was around, miracles were taking place. People were always getting healed. People were always getting set free. But I found out that really, when you study the life of Christ, according to Luke 3:23…His ministry did not start until He was 30 years old.”

“It wasn’t until Jesus was filled with the Holy Ghost down at the Jordan River that Jesus began to work miracles. So it was during those 30 years that He had to learn how to submit Himself in order to be obedient. The Son of God didn’t know what it meant to be subject to His creation.”

“The Bible says that Jesus He learned obedience by the things that he suffered…He submits Himself and humbles Himself – even to the point of death.”

“Take note of this: all during those 30 years, during that time of ministry where He was learning and growing, the Bible lets us know that He humbly says, ‘I do nothing on my own accord. Everything my father says that’s what I say. Everything my father does, that’s what I do.’ That was His testimony before the cross.”

“After you come through the difficult times, you come out stronger.” – Bishop Elijah H. Hankerson III

“After He died on the cross, was buried, and rose again on the third day, He said, ‘My testimony has changed. Now…all power in heaven and on earth is given unto Me.’”

“How many of you know that after you come through the suffering, after you come through the difficult times, after you come through the valley of the shadow of death, you come out stronger, more anointed, with more power?”

 “For 90 percent of Jesus’ life, He was in preparation. For 90 percent of the time, He was in ministry. How many of you know that today, that’s what God is doing in our lives?

“God is preparing us. God has to prepare you to go out and win the world for Christ.”

“I remember when God called me to ministry…He said, ‘You’re going to take the gospel to the world. You’re going to go from sea to sea. You’re going to go from state to state. You’re going to go from nation to nation.’”

“God has to prepare you to go out and win the world for Christ.” – Bishop Elijah H. Hankerson III

“Sometimes God will speak a word in your heart, but you’re not ready to go forth with what God has for you.”

“Sometimes you’re too full of yourself. Sometimes you’re too full of pride. So God has to humble you down because the Bible says, ‘Humble yourself, then God will exalt you.'”

“How many know today that the call of God is on your life? You don’t have to network. You don’t have to know the right person.” 

“If God says, ‘It’s your time,’ then God will make it happen.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘God going to take you to where you’re going when you learn to praise Him through your tears, through your suffering, through your hard times.'”

“I dare you to lift your hands and say, ‘God, I’m going to trust you through the silent years, through my heartaches, I’m still going to trust you. Through my disappointments, I’m still going to trust you.’ Say ‘Yes!'”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘I’m glad He died for me; I’m glad He died for my sins! Every time I turn around, God is blessing me!'”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 15:7, Luke 3-4, Isaiah 6:1-3, Phil 2:8-10.


 

Dr. Elijah H. Hankerson III is on a mission to spread the gospel world-wide with the vision of “Life, love, and liberty for the Body of Christ.” He is President of the International Department of Evangelism of the Church of God In Christ, Inc., and Senior Pastor and founder of the Life Center International COGIC of Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Hankerson serves the Church of God in Christ in many capacities and posts, including the Jurisdictional Ordination Board, Chairman of the Public Relations Department for Missouri Eastern First Jurisdiction, Director of Public Relations for COGIC Urban Initiatives, Inc., and internationally as Representative of the General Board to the General Assembly. The love and inspiration of Dr. Hankerson’s life is his lovely wife, Evangelist Rachel L. Hankerson and their three children: Elijah IV, Raquel and Matthew.

Ambassador Charles R. Stith on the Power of Angels

As we look for answers to the moral and spiritual unrest in our world, West Angeles takes a look back to July of 2015 when Ambassador Charles R. Stith delivered a powerful message of comfort, about the strength and solace which can be found beneath the wings of angels.

A few weeks ago, Ambassador Charles R. Stith, a long-time friend of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., worshiped with the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ, alongside his wife, Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith. I was reminded of a powerful, insightful, yet comforting sermon Ambassador Stith delivered last year. The sermon addressed America’s burgeoning spiritual unrest; punctuated by troubling events in Ferguson, MO; the tragic shootings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

His message, simply called, “Angels,” was inspired by Hebrews 13:2 –

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have unwittingly entertained angels.

“Implied in this text, said Ambassador Stith, “is a profound word of caution: be careful how you treat folks…Be careful who you ignore…That person you ignore just might be the one bearing your blessing.”

The full service is available HERE, on West Angeles’ Video On Demand; highlights from this sermon follow:

“St. Thomas Aquinas said that ‘an angel can illuminate thought in the mind of a person by strengthening the power of their vision.’”[1]

“Moses Maimonides said that ‘everyone entrusted with a mission is an angel.’”[2]

“We make all sorts of assumptions about people. We harbor all sorts of stereotypes about people. And what the evidence reveals is that more often than not, these assumptions, these stereotypes, are not true.”

“Race is not an arbiter of content or character.”

“You need to be careful about the assumptions you make about people…You never know. Anybody can be an angel”  – Ambassador Charles R. Stith

“Martin Luther King Jr…His moral vision defined the last half of the last century, and continues to provide a moral compass for this century.”

“You need to be careful about the assumptions you make about people. You need to careful about the stereotypes you harbor about people.”

“The stranger might not simply be a chance encounter, but it could be someone special. That person could be an angel.”

“You never know. Anybody can be an angel. They don’t come with wings or dressed in long white robes. They’re not perfect vessels unscarred or embattled by life. They’re not necessarily saintly or models for how you ought to live your life.”

“I believe that, just as God moves in and out of history, He moves in and out of the vessels He uses.”

“These angels that He sends work in mysterious ways and come at mysterious times; speaking word of truth or demonstrating random acts of kindness that cut to the heart and soul of the human condition.”

“Anybody or everybody can be more than they seem…Someone you’ll meet when you leave here this morning, or somebody you met on the way, could be an angel.”

“Sometimes the worst wrong we can do can do is not a sin of commission but a sin of omission.”

“We need a change in the entire country’s culture.” – Ambassador Charles R. Stith

“Sometimes the worst thing you can do to a person is to neglect them…to treat folk as if they’re invisible, as if who they are and what they represent doesn’t matter.”

“Neglect and indifference often does more damage than outright dislike.”

“Despite what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Nixon’s head of HUD, said in the 1960s, there is no such thing as ‘benign neglect.’”

“Neglect, beloved, is a cardinal sin. So powerful is its impact that Jesus made it one of the conditions to inherit the Kingdom. Hear Jesus: ‘When I was a stranger, did you take me in? And remember, whatever you did to the least of them, you also did it to me.’”

“Neglect…this is the source of the cry that Black Lives Matter.”

“The devil kills the conscience of those he possesses.”

“What we miss, or choose to ignore, is that there are politics and policies that kill whole communities. It is such policies and politics that neglect the needs, the hopes, the dreams of communities like those around…communities like this one, and they provide an environment for hate…to grow.”

“You need to take some time to discover the angel within you.”  –  Ambassador Charles R. Stith

“What I’m trying to tell you this morning, church, is that we don’t just need a change in police culture, we need a change in the entire country’s culture.”

“If God can use the person sitting in front of you, behind you, or your neighbor down the street, or the stranger you pass or have yet to meet, He might just want to use you.”

“To be all that you can be is about the extent to which God is in your life.”

“The bible says that we were created a little lower than the angels and it seems like some of us have been working to get lower ever since.”

“You’ve got to know Jesus. If you know Him… you can be the good you want to be.”

“What is your mission? Will you master your mission or miss it?”

“You need to take some time to discover the angel within you.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Hebrews 13, Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 1:16.

 

Ambassador Charles R. Stith serves as Chairman of The Pula Group International, and is founder of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center of Boston University. He was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the United Republic of Tanzania by President Bill Clinton in 1998.

Ambassador Stith received a Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, and a Master of Theology degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. By the age of 30, he was Senior Minister at Union United Methodist Church in Boston, the youngest minister ever appointed to the position at the church. Ambassador Stith is also founder of ONE, the Organization for the New Equality, a non-profit organization devoted to generating economic opportunity for women and people of color.

 

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FOOTNOTES
[1] McIntosh, J; “Angels : A Joyous Celebration” (1999). Running Press, PA. Pg. 121.
[2] Maimonides, Moses; “The Guide for the Perplexed” (1919) George Routledge & Sons, Ltd. London. Pg. 160. (Google Books; Accessed 7/23)

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For more about Emmanuel AME and the stellar accomplishments of its pastor, the late Senator Clementa Pinckney, please click HERE to readPresident Obama Defines The Meaning of Black Church.”

SERMON: God’s Motive and God’s Objective

For his Sunday April 10 sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. continued a series he began on Sunday April 3 which is taken from his book “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence.” Bishop Blake’s often humorous delivery of his sermon, titled “God’s Motive and God’s Objective,” was met with laughter as he compared God’s relationship with us to the relationships we have with others.

“God loves you, He’ll do anything for you,’ said Bishop, “but He’s got to have His R-E-S-P-E-C-T!”

Last Sunday Bishop Blake was led to speak about the Arc of the Covenant and its symbolic significance in the NT and for our life in God even today.

“Years ago when I began to study about the Arc and the other furnishings of the tabernacle; the holy days, the high priests and the various sacrifices, all of these things came to my attention…The Tabernacle was a symbol; an image of Jesus Christ.”

This entire service and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow: 

“The study of the Arc of the Covenant and the Tabernacle present to us Old Testament examples and shadows of New Testament realities.”

“If you study the history of a person or a relationship, you will better understand that person…and the nature of that relationship.”

“The understanding of a person’s history will help you deal with that person.”

“Jesus frequently said that He came to fulfill the law, and the Bible frequently affirms that the Old Testament, the Tabernacle, the priesthood and the sacrifices served as shadows and examples of heavenly things.”

“What was it that God wanted? What motivated Him to reach out to man? What was God’s objective?”

“In order to live effectively with a person, you need to know your objectives for dealing with that person, and you need to know that person’s objectives for dealing with you.”

“It’s very wise to ascertain the expectations the other party has of you, prior to committing to a relationship.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Everybody that smiles at you…who treats you nicely, does not want a relationship with you.”

“Everybody who treats you rudely or harshly is not responding to something you are or even something you have done. Some people are just rude; some people are just harsh…and they are that way to everybody they meet.”

“Most people are just trying to get from one day to the next day.”

“Maybe to your great disappointment, you need to know that everybody does not spend a great deal of time thinking about you.”

“Some will want to be your friend, but others will desire a favor from you; a loan, or some benefit from you.”

“There has been a tremendous amount of pain and confusion in the world because people who want relationship have been dealing with people who only wanted relations.”

“If you want a Godly, honorable relationship, you’ll have a terrible time dealing with somebody who only…wants to use you and throw you away.”

“If you are to deal effectively with a person, you need to understand that person…You need to know their goals; their objectives.”

“God will do anything for you, but He’s got to have His R-E-S-P-E-C-T!” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“It’s tough to be with a person who mistreats you, who doesn’t care how you feel or what you think.”

“Some folks wear you out just being around them.”

“You need a good understanding of yourself. Ask your neighbor, ‘Do you understand yourself?’”

“Don’t be tricky. Don’t be deceptive.”

“If you’re struggling with homosexuality brother, don’t mess up some poor lady’s life. And lady, don’t marry somebody, thinking that you’ll be able to change him from gay to straight.”

“There’s got to be mutual admiration and respect. This is absolutely necessary and essential for a lasting, satisfactory relationship.”

“Relationships that are deficient in communication are doomed to much unhappiness and failure.”

“People need to talk – and people need to listen.”

“Some people – even friends – have a big ol’ orangutan of a problem sitting right in the middle of their relationship and they won’t recognize that it’s there.”

“You can’t just look at people and know people…Can I get a witness?”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Try again…and again, and again.’”

“Don’t let your emotions and your animal drives cause you to make a fool of yourself.”

“Remember that personality and character do not frequently change.”

“The best way to tell what a person will do is to look at what a person has done, and that will tell you what you can expect.”

“In discussing God’s purpose regarding His relationship with us…the principles are the same whether with God or with men and women.”

Deuteronomy 28:1 (NKJV) Blessings on Obedience –  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.”

“Down through history, God’s purposes regarding his relationship with mankind has been the same…but because of our sin…God has chosen to deal with mankind in different ways during different periods.”

“After 400 years of slavery (in Egypt), God delivered Israel from Egypt. This was, in essence, their introduction to the Lord. Four hundred years of domination by Egypt had almost erased the every memory and image of God from their minds.”

“Even Moses himself knew so little about God, he had to ask God, ‘What is your name?’ And he had to teach the people how to do the same.”

“God’s motive for dealing with us is love.”

“I don’t care who you are…I don’t care what you have done, God is in love with you.”

“Most parents don’t want anything from their children. They just want to see their children to do well; to succeed. They want them to be prosperous. And their great despair is after they’ve invested so much into their children, they often see them waste and ruin their lives.”

“That’s all God wants for you. He wants you to be productive. He wants your life to be fruitful. That’s why God came into your life in the first place, ‘that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.’”

“God loves us, but if we’re going to have a relationship with Him, we have to know who He is.”

“God’s motive for dealing with us is love” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“It’s alright for you to come to God, but when you come, don’t bring mess and sin into the presence of the Lord.”

“Whatever you do for God, it ought to be greater. It ought to be more. It ought to be higher!”

“God said, ‘I am a jealous God…Don’t worship me today and Allah tomorrow!’”

“God’s objective is to love us, and to be loved by us.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Neighbor, I’m blessed going in and coming out. I’m blessed by the power of God!”

“There’s nobody like God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Deuteronomy 7:6-11, 6:4; Amos 3:3, Exodus 3:5, 13-15; Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16, Psalm 35:27, 149:4; John 10:10, Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:11, Psalm 150:6, 1 Peter 1:16, Psalm 136:1, Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Jeremiah 29:11,  Psalm 100:4.


 

  • Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.’s book, “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence” is available at the West Angeles Christian Emporium. Address: 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone:(323) 731-3012
  • To read highlights from last week’s sermon titled, “Components of a Testimony,” please click HERE.
  • Is Ethiopia the site of the Arc of the Covenant? Watch as COGIC’s International World Missions President Vincent Matthews shares historic facts about Ethiopia’s Christian heritage:

https://www.facebook.com/BishopVincentMathews/videos/1787441411477427/

  • Please join us for the 21st WORLD MISSIONS CONFERENCE! Please click HERE for more information.

 

 

SERMON: Presiding Bishop Blake, “Components of a Testimony”

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. began a new series, teaching from his book, Encountering God. The sermon was taken from scripture surrounding the Arc of the Covenant, the tabernacle of Moses, and the Israelites, who did not trust God in spite of miracles He performed on their behalf.

“Sometimes we’re losing because we don’t trust God,” said Bishop Blake. “The God that we serve has already made a way…God will take care of you if you only believe.”

This entire service and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“The Arc of the Covenant was in the Tabernacle of Moses. In the court of the Tabernacle it stood before the Brazen Altar where the sacrifices were offered up to God to atone for the sins of the people.”

“The Bronze Laver [is] where the priests were first washed by Moses and where subsequently they washed themselves as they performed the various rites of sacrifice in the courtyard.”

“The showbread…was made from wheat. It symbolized God’s people in His presence, and in fellowship with Him and one another.”

“The lamp stand, with its seven flames…symbolized God’s spirit at work…It symbolized God’s Word. It symbolized Jesus Christ. It symbolized the church of Jesus Christ.”

“The golden altar of incense…ignited by God’s fire, represents the praises and the worship of God’s people. It also represents the pleasure that the praises of God’s people bring to God.”

“God enjoys our praise.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Behind the veil is the most Holy place or the Holy of Holies. Within the Most Holy place is the Arc of the Covenant, which is also called ‘The Arc of the Testimony.’”

“The Arc of the Covenant was a wooden chest or box…This wooden chest was overlaid with sheets of pure gold, both within and without.”

“On the lid of the Arc was a plate of pure gold…That plate was called the mercy seat. At the ends of the Mercy Seat were two statues of golden angels.”

“For many reasons, the Arc of the Covenant is the most important piece of furniture in the tabernacle. It’s important, as far as I can tell, because the Arc…is the only item of tabernacle furniture that will be in heaven.”

“I don’t really understand how the Arc of the Covenant will be in heaven – whether it will be there materially or spiritually –  but the Bible says it will be there. And if God will retain the Arc of the Covenant alone for Heaven, then the Arc of the Covenant must be very, very important.”

“Arc of the Covenant was the first item of furniture to be described and placed in the Tabernacle.”

“Each of the three items were the result of miraculous occurrences and miraculous actions on the part of God.  Each of the three items were an expression of the love of God”

“The fact that each of these items is a response [of] God to negative behavior on the part of Israel is unfortunate.  Negative behavior caused each of these items to be placed before the people of God.”

“God had just brought them out of a 400-year ordeal of slavery and oppression.”

“God was working through Moses. Moses was obeying God’s directions.”

“God had just brought them out of a 400-year ordeal of slavery and oppression.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Moses…was already free. He was already doing well, but he returned to Egypt to bring God’s people out of slavery.”

“Murmuring is offensive and alienating…even a murmurer doesn’t want to be around another murmurer.”

“Murmuring is counterproductive because it makes future favors unlikely.”

“Murmuring is an indication of a lack of trust.”

“You got help and assistance before, what makes you think you have to murmur now?”

“The opposite of murmuring is praise.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“One of God’s worst judgments came down on Israel because of her complaining…The cause of their complaining in this case was a declining food supply.”

“Your blessing may require some work.”

“Your miracle does not excuse you from working while the miracle takes place.”

“Sometimes what you snatch against the will of God spoils and breeds worms.”

“What you invest in God won’t spoil.”

“How many of you know you have to rely on God every day?”

“They had to rely on God every day because without a miracle they would have been without food. ‘Give us this day our daily bread.'”

“There was manna in the Arc.”

“’ 35 And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense,’ and the next day all the congregation of Israel murmured…I think I would have kept my mouth shut!”

49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. Look at your neighbor and say, ‘I think God doesn’t like murmuring!’”

They had to rely on God every day because without a miracle they would have been without food.  ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“So many folks are against you, but God’s going to bless you anyway.”

“If God chooses you, there’s nothing that anybody can do about it!”

“That Aaron’s rod would blossom, that it would bear fruit, is assurance that God can bring dead things back to life again.”

“How do I know God can bring dead things back to life? Because he brought me back to life again! Halleluiah!”

“Jesus was dead. God brought him back to life again!”

“If anything has died in your world, God can bring it back to life again!”

“The tablets contained God’s Commandments for his people. They contained his will regarding their behavior.  But the fact that they were in the Arc was proof that God gave them a second chance.”

“This is the day of the second chance. I don’t care who you are and what you’ve done, God is a God of a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance.”

“Neighbor, you may have messed up, but God through Jesus is giving you a second chance.”

“Jesus was dead. God brought him back to life again!” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The arc was a testimony.”

“God will take care of you if you only trust Him, if you only believe.”

“They put the manna in the Arc so you remember that I provided for you in the desert…put the manna in the Arc so you remember that when there was no rain and no sowing and no reaping, I fed you with bread put the manna in the Arc so you remember that when you run out, I step in.”

“If God has done it before, God will do it again. God can heal again. God can provide again.”

“Ask your neighbor, ‘Do you have a pot of manna in your testimony?’ Can you remember a time when God miraculously provided for you?”

“When things seem dead and hopeless, God is still able!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 16:32 , Numbers 17:10; Deuteronomy 10:1-9; Hebrews 9:3-4, 1 Kings 8:9, Exodus 16:2-32, Revelation 11:19, Numbers 16, Numbers 17:1-4, Romans 17:8, Exodus 31:18, Psalm 37:25, Psalm 27:10, Hebrews 4:14-16

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Presiding Bishop Charles Edrward Blake, Sr’s book, “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence” is available at the West Angeles Christian Emporium. Address: 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone:(323) 731-3012


 

SERMON: Bishop Blake Says “Use Your Badge”

In his March 13, 2016 sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. reminds us to use the power we have in Jesus Christ.

“I’ve got power that you can’t see; I can fight any enemy, because God and me are a majority!” preached Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. during his March 13 sermon, encouraging the congregation to use the badge of power and strength found only through Jesus Christ.

Before the sermon, Bishop Blake, who’d just returned from delivering fresh water to residents in Flint, MI, shared the scripture from Luke 17 about 10 men who begged Jesus to heal them of leprosy as He traveled to Jerusalem.

“They called out in a loud voice, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’ begging him to heal their bodies of leprosy. They were cleansed; cured at the Word of Jesus Christ. Nine of them rushed in the opposite direction of their families of their jobs. But one of them said, ‘I’ve got to go back and thank God for what He’s done for me.’

“Thank you for being great and for doing great things. Give thanks,” added Bishop Blake. “God does great things…We are blessed.”

This entire service and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

 “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do…If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” –  John 14:13-14

“A deputy is a person appointed as substitute; with the power to act. It is an impressive thing when you read the scriptures that imply that we are deputies of God and of his son Jesus Christ.”

“All these privileges…powers and rights are conferred upon believers; and you cannot confer authority upon others unless you have established authority within yourself. Our authority comes from God.”

“If Jesus could master death, there’s nothing Jesus cannot do; there’s nothing that Jesus cannot master.”

“I am what the Bible says I am; can do what the Bible says I can do.”

“Jesus Christ gives us our badges. Our badges imply that we are empowered and authorized to act on His behalf.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Hello, deputy! You’re authorized to act on behalf of Jesus Christ!’”

“Are you washed in the blood? Are your garments white?”

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10:19 (KJV)

“There are some who try to impersonate officers of the law. They will paint their cars as close to that of a police officer as they can, putting on some kind of phony uniform, trying to act like they are an officer of the law. But listen…trying to act like an officer does not make you a policeman.”

“There are some conditions around us that will not yield until we command them in the name of Jesus!”

“Individuals respect the badge to the degree that they respect the power behind the badge.”

“Is there anybody in here who needs to change their situation? Is there anybody who knows that God can change things?”

“People and devils will not respond to us. But when we go forth in the name and the power of Jesus Christ, we can change our situation.”

“God can change things. Is there anybody who’s a witness?”

“Samson was guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer of the law. He laid his head on the wrong lap, and sought after pleasure, rather than the will of God.…he woke up one night and shook himself, but the power was gone. The anointing was gone. God had confiscated his badge.”

“I don’t care what you have. If you don’t have love, you have nothing.”

“If God can love you, if god can have favor on you, if God can forgive you, then you ought to be willing to forgive your bother in the name of Jesus.”

“Don’t try to walk the earth on your own authority.”

“The word is power!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“You are an agent of the Kingdom. Grab your neighbor by the hand and say, ‘You are somebody. Don’t live beneath your privilege.’”

“If you’re a saved person, you’ve got authority.”

“Don’t let problems discourage you.”

“Sometimes our answer is detained; sometimes the miracle we want does not happen right away.  But I just came by to tell you that He may not come when you want Him, but He’ll be right on time.”

“Hold on to your faith. Hold on to your badge. God will show up in your life. Halelluiah!”

“Our God is a mighty God. Our God can do anything.”

“The power of your authority is in the Word of God.”

“The Lord said, ‘I’m not just going to give you authority, I’m going to give you power! The Holy Ghost is your back-up!’”

“Holy Ghost power is what we need in this day and time. Raise your hands and say, ‘Lord, I need your power! I need your might! I need your anointing!’”

“Child of God, stretch out your hand and say, ‘Father, I stretch my hand to thee. No other help I know. If you withdraw your help from me, where will I go?’”

“Use your badge!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“If you hold up your badge, Jesus will show up!”

“Use your badge in the face of your troubled marriage…Tell the devil, you can’t have my marriage. Devil…step aside you’re under arrest!”

“Sickness in your body, but use your badge and claim your healing.”

“There might be a habit that’s controlling you, but if you use your badge God will give you control over it.”

“Prayer is the key to the kingdom, and faith unlocks the door.”

“If you stand on the word, the devil has got to back up and step aside in the name of Jesus!”

“If you’ve got a message for the devil, write it on the bottom of my shoe, because the devil is under my feet!”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘I’ve got angels all around me!’”

“I command you, Satan: take up your weapons and get out of here! The Holy Ghost is here! Power is here! Deliverance is here!”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Hold on! You’ve got the victory: in the name of Jesus…Come on and say it: ‘In the name of Jesus! Be set free! The Lord is here, and when the Lord shows up, everything is alright!’”

“You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. You are an agent of the Kingdom!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 14:12-14, 16:15; Luke 9:1, Mark 16:15-17, Matthew 10:1-7; Luke 10:19, Matthew 16:19, 18:20, 10:40; Ephesians 6:16, Exodus 12:23, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Revelations 1:5, Matthew 6:31, Acts 19:13, Luke 9:23, John 13:34, Judges 16, Daniel 10, Hebrews 14:12, Matthew 22:29, Ephesians 3:20, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:31, Acts 4:13-31, Jeremiah 33:3, Daniel 3:19-26, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 34:7, Isaiah 40:31.


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Bishop Blake: The Story of Scheherazade

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. discusses the myth of Scheherazade, and the story of a loving God who enhances the lives of those who please Him.

Let me tell you about a fascinating myth from Ancient Eastern literature. There was an insanely enraged King in Central Asia, around the 9th century AD, named King Shahryār. King Shahryār hated women because the first woman he married was unfaithful to him every time he left the royal city. To dissuade his anger, he had her put to death. He then married a new woman every day, immediately sentencing her to death, and executing her shortly thereafter.

All the single women in the kingdom were overwhelmed with fear and terror, because each of them felt their day was soon to come. But there was one young lady, the daughter of a Chief Executive Officer; her name was Scheherazade. Scheherazade felt that she had a strategy that would not only save her life, but would also save the lives of all the rest of the women in the kingdom. But in order to execute her strategy, she would have to marry the King. She begged her father to permit her to do so, and finally her father, feeling that she was a creative young lady, consented to the marriage.

After the wedding, everyone was depressed about what they knew would happen next. But to their amazement, the King and Scheherazade went into the chamber, came out the next day, and Scheherazade was still alive! As a matter of fact, the following day, and the day after that, and the day after that she was still alive.

The people were overjoyed, but they still had questions about Scheherazade’s survival. It was then discovered that on their wedding night, she began to tell the King a fascinating story. And just at the most dramatic moment of the story, she said, “I can’t go any further tonight. I’ll finish the story tomorrow night.”

The King was enthralled. He was so interested in the next part of the story that he allowed her to live another day. Again, when she came to the end of the story, she immediately started another story, and again, paused at the most dramatic moment. So she lived on, night after night, until the King abandoned his plan, and ended the destruction of the women of the Kingdom. He enjoyed a lifetime full of stories, such as “Alibaba” and “Aladdin.” Those stories came to be collectively known as “The 1001 Arabian Nights Entertainment.”

Scheherazade preserved the lives of others. She was allowed to live because she created and fulfilled a King’s positive anticipation. She stimulated and satisfied all expectations, and was allowed to remain Queen because she touched a very special place where the goals and aspirations of a King resided.

CHRIST, OUR REDEEMER

This story bears striking resemblance to the story of man’s redemption. The first unfaithful wife reminds us of Adam and Eve, who, rather than trust and be faithful to God who provided everything for them, chose to trust and obey the devil. Because of this, they were at odds with God, and the disease of sin became embedded in their natures, and in the natures of all their descendants.

But along came a man called Jesus, who like Scheherazade, had the capacity to initiate a strategy that would result in His victory over sin and over death, victory not only for Himself, but also for all who would believe in Him. God the Son came to earth to reverse the effects of sin. He loves you too much to allow you to be destroyed. If you give God something to look forward to, God will keep you alive.

God loves a good story and he’s writing a good story about you.

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Genesis 3, Matthew 28, Romans 8:28, Proverbs 16:7, Psalm 121:7.

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SERMON: Bishop Blake Reminds us to Have Faith

41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all – Mark 6:41 

For his Sunday, November 15 sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake taught us a lesson in faith and trust in God, turning to Mark 6 and the miracle of Jesus feeding the multitudes as his inspiration. After witnessing the miracles Jesus performed, even his disciples still “had trust issues,” preached Bishop. But he went on to say, “To doubt God is to doubt God’s power. To doubt God is to doubt God’s promises”.

Bishop Blake, who had just returned from what he described as “the greatest Convocation in COGIC history,” opened his sermon with a prayer for the congregation:

“Lord, somebody needs You to change things. They need You to change things in their home. They need You to change things in that hospital room. They need You to change things on their job. Somebody needs You to change things in their finances, in their economic situation. Father, reaching out our arms toward You, if You withdraw yourself from us, where, oh where, shall we go? Let this be a day of miracles, a day of blessing, a day deliverance, in the name of Jesus. Thank God, Amen.”

The entire sermon titled, “Remember the Fish and the Loaves (Remember the Fish and the Bread),” can be found HERE, on WESTA Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“The Bible describes 37 of Jesus’ miracles.”

“The disciples had trust issues. They were charged with being forgetful, thick-skulled, hard-hearted…They did not remember two specific miracles that Jesus had performed by the power of Almighty God.”

“The Bible screams out to the disciples, and it screams out to us, ‘Remember the loaves, remember the fish. Think about the loaves. Think about the fish.’”

“If Jesus was to carry on His work, he would need disciples who trusted Him, who had faith in him.”

“Every person is discontent when another person deems them untrustworthy.”

“If a person cannot trust you, if they cannot believe that you will keep your commitments to them, they will not be confident in keeping their commitments to you.”

“What if you no longer trusted your employer to provide you with a check at the end of your work period? What if you no longer trusted the caretaker who watches over your infant child while you are at work? What if you no longer trusted your wife, your husband, your doctor or your best friend? Life would be miserable if not impossible without trust.”

“This is what the Lord says to the church today. Give people something that will nourish their lives.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“The best indicator for what a person will do is what a person has done.”

“Love should also be considered in whether or not you can trust somebody.”

“Much of what we need to learn about trust can be learned from these two miracles.”

“Jesus said to the disciples, ‘You give them something to eat.’ This is what the Lord says to the church today. Give people something that will nourish their souls and nourish their spirits. Give them something that will nourish their lives”

“Child of God, if you came in here hungry for a Blessing, if you came in here looking for a miracle, the Lord Jesus said, ‘I will not send you away fasting!’”

“Everybody ate. Everybody was filled.”

“Worry never helps. Worry never accomplishes anything. Worry incapacitates you…Worry makes life miserable but does not produce anything…God knows what you need, so don’t worry.”

“Stop being afraid! Stop being concerned about your success. God will provide everything that you need and everything that you desire.”

“God is the same in the Old Testament. He’s the same in the New Testament when He raised Jesus from the dead.” -Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“It’s your job to obey. It is your job is to trust. God is all-powerful…and God is in Love with you.”

“To doubt God is to doubt God’s power. To doubt God is to doubt God’s love. To doubt God is to doubt God’s wisdom. To doubt God is to doubt God’s promises.”

“God is the same God as He was in the Old Testament; He’s the same God in the New Testament when He raised Jesus from the dead; He’s the same God right now! In the name of Jesus! Halleluiah!”

“The disciples had trouble catching this. They did not know how to chill. They just didn’t get it.”

“Some people are that way. Every time they get a chance to doubt, they doubt.”

“If God did it once, God can do it again!”

“God loves to work with inadequate resources…in fact, God can work with nothing.”

“James Cleveland said, ‘When there’s no food on the table, get your knife, get your fork, and sit down at the table. Say the Blessing, because the God I serve is able!”

“The disciples didn’t know how to chill. They just didn’t get it!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“God loves His children and will meet their needs.”

“God can transcend the natural order anytime He wants to. God is a supernatural God. God is a God of miracles.”

“If God can’t do it, it can’t be done.”

“What’s impossible with men is possible with God.”

“Child of God, I don’t know you’re need. I don’t know your predicament. But I know God is able to fix it!

“Neighbor, you’ve got to go back to the source. Go back and get your healing. Go back and get your Blessing. Go back and get your miracle. Every day, you’ve got to go back to Jesus.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Mark 6:30-56; Mark 8:1-9, 14; Romans 8:28; Philippians 4:36; 1 Corinthians 1:27, Ephesians 3:20-21, John 15:3-5; Matthew 5-7; Mark 11:24; John 14:6.

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Elder Richard Brooks Shares Practical Christian Wisdom

In this edition of “The Elders’ Corner,” Elder Richard Brooks shares pearls of wisdom on purpose, understanding enemies, and allowing God to use our lives to Bless others.

Every strong faith, culture or society makes room for the impartation of wisdom from its Elders, and the Church of God in Christ is no exception. The Bible provides us with such wisdom, and the Elders of the church are among those who teach and pass on that wisdom to others.

Elder Richard L. Brooks was raised in the church, and has been infused with Biblical wisdom and COGIC tradition through his grandmother, through YPWW (COGIC’s Youth Training Union), and through Prayer & Bible Band, the oldest organized auxiliary in the Church of God in Christ. A quiet, humble man, Elder Brooks has always had a fascination with education and Christianity, and is always seeking words of wisdom in the Bible.

He now passes on generations of tradition and wisdom through his Sunday School classes, during New Members’ Orientation, and as Program Coordinator of West Angeles’ School of Practical Christian Living.

In this edition of The Elders’ Corner, we’re blessed to have Elder Richard L. Brooks share some pearls of wisdom with us.

ON PURPOSE

“A lot of people talk about having an experience with God, but they don’t have any experience because they don’t listen. They know what they want to do and they go after that…That’s the biggest mistake we make. We are taught to make that mistake.”

“You’d be surprised at how many people have no idea what they are called to do. And it’s simply because they have not sought the Lord.”

“We ask our children from the time they’re little, what do you want to be? What are you going to be when you get grown? We tell our children to decide what they want to be. We don’t teach our children to seek the Lord. We don’t do that…we do not do that.”

“Children…they don’t know what they’re capable of…only God knows.”

“There’s a difference between a good idea and a GOD idea. A good idea, anybody can do it. But a God idea…only the person God gives it to can do it, because He only gives you a part of it at a time.”

“God will say, ‘Do this,’ and you do it, then it comes to a standstill. You can’t go further because you don’t know what to do. Then sometimes you say, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll try to do this over here’ – but it don’t work. God does not give you the whole program.”

ON OBEYING GOD

“The Lord is ‘hinkty!’ If He tells you something, and you don’t appreciate it enough to get up and write it down, He’ll let you forget it, and all you’ll have is the knowledge that ‘The Lord told me something…and I can’t remember what it was!’ You know that it’s something that you need, because every now and then, way down the line, you’ll hear it again.”

“God is telling you, ‘When I give you something, write it down!’ When He said (in Habakkuk 2:2), ‘Write the vision; make it plain, so that those who read it may run…,’ the Lord’s not in the business of telling us things just so we can forget it. God has something He is trying to tell us.”

“There’s a difference between a good idea and a GOD idea” – Elder Richard L. Brooks

“You have to stay in harmony with what God’s doing, because if you get out of harmony with what He’s doing, He’ll quit, and you’ve got nothing, because it all came from Him.”

“It’s important that we remember what the Lord tells us because God knows that the devil is waiting…just waiting…”

ON ENEMIES

“You’ll run into people who look at your success, and they’ll think it’s you, and they don’t realize it’s God. They want to tap into it. ‘Oh, I want to do that.’ But you can’t give them what you’ve got because it was given to you.”

“You’d be surprised at the enemies you’ll make while you’re busy working, trying to do what the Lord says. But somebody over there is plotting, setting you up to stab you in the back. It puts you in a position where you’re totally dependent on God.”

“When you get involved with the work of the Lord…you’re not going to be happy a lot of times. Folk will make you unhappy. They’re gonna see to it that you’re unhappy, because they’re unhappy. You’ve got to be able to throw that off and keep on going.”

ON HEAVEN

“People think when they get to Heaven, they’re gonna see the Holy Ghost. No, you ain’t gonna see the Holy Ghost…It’s a Spirit.”

“When Jesus said ‘I’m going to prepare a place for you’ – He said ‘a place,’ but it’s a body…’In my Father’s House there are many a mansions’… John said, ‘I saw a new heaven and a new earth coming down out of heaven.’ God don’t need Earth. He’s Spirit. Earth is natural. Christ is telling us…the people who need earth will have a body.”

“Paul talks about, ‘The mortal must put on the immortal’ bodies. You won’t be floatin’ around, eatin’ milk and honey!”

“Peter said, ‘Nevertheless, we, according to His promise, look for a new heaven and new earth wherein righteousness dwelleth.’ There’s something coming, but God doesn’t tell us. Paul said, ‘I saw it, but I can’t tell you. He won’t let me tell you.”

“Nothing that we can imagine approaches what God has prepared for them that love Him. It’s beyond our human imagination. If people are already jumping off bridges and taking poison trying to get there, imagine if we had an idea of what it would be like!”

“There are people who just want to end it all. But they don’t realize, you don’t end nothing. You’re gonna live forever. It’s where you’re gonna live that’s the thing.”

ON LIVING A CHRISTIAN LIFE

“Most of us don’t read the Bible because we don’t understand it. We read Psalms, but the Psalms don’t tell us a lot of things.”

“We’ve got to learn that just because we’re saved, we’re speaking in tongues, we love the Lord and so forth, it does not mean that we know what we need to do. We don’t know.”

“Don’t tell God what you want to do. Listen to God to find out what HE wants you to do” – Elder Richard L. Brooks

“Our will is not God’s Will. What we want to do 99.9% of the time is different than from what God wants us to do. Now, God will show us and tell us, and our reaction? ‘Ooooo, that’s going to hurt. I don’t know if I can do that!’”

“When you get in His Will, that’s when your life takes off. This is why Jesus said, ‘I do always those things to please My Father.’ It’s not our will, it’s God’s Will.”

“If you want the Lord to lead you, find out from Him what He wants you to do and you’ll be way up the line.”

“We must ask, ‘What does God want me to be? What does it take for me to be what the Lord wants me to be? How am I supposed to live and be a Christian?’ Don’t tell God what you want to do. Listen to God to find out what HE wants you to do. That’s Practical Christian Living.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 1 Chronicles 16:10-12, Isaiah 55:6-7, Habakkuk 2:2, John 8:29, 2 Peter 3, Revelation 21:1-2; John 14:1-4, 1 Corinthians 2:9, 15:53; John 5:30.

Elder Richard Brooks is Program Coordinator for West Angeles’ Christian Education Department and its School of Practical Christian Living. A product of the Church of God in Christ, Elder Brooks acknowledged his call to ministry in 1953, preaching his first sermon that same year at Lockett Temple COGIC in Detroit, MI. He was ordained in 1967, and has served in various capacities within the Church of God in Christ, including District President of the Young People’s Willing Workers Department (YPWW), Pastor, and Sunday School Teacher, which he continues to do to this day. Elder Brooks encourages believers to practice Biblical concepts through daily application of its principles. He continues to direct, guide and serve the people of God through preaching, teaching, and living the Word.
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