Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, and businessman Earvin “Magic” Johnson are partnering to offer advancement services to equip African American men to succeed in life.
During the official launch event on March 18 at West Angeles COGIC, the two leaders announced the initiative before an audience of 400+ men attending the church’s Brotherhood Organization gathering.
The program, billed as “Super Saturday,” featured breakfast and motivational speeches by Blake, Johnson and actor and entrepreneur Romell Witherspoon.
“This initiative was birthed out of a deep concern about poor academic achievement, financial disenfranchisement, high unemployment, soaring crime levels, the desperate state of the African-American male and the breakdown of the family unit that plagues our cities, small and large, urban and rural,” explained Blake.
To combat those challenges, the advancement services will focus on education (access, excellence and equity), economic development (job creation and training), crime prevention (reduction and rehabilitation), family life (developing healthy men, women and children) and financial literacy (earning, saving, investing and spending wisely).
While West Angeles COGIC already offers 20 programs specifically for men, Blake noted the Super Saturday event strengthens the church’s effort to do even more to help African American males.
“This is kind of a special day to have Earvin with us now and Witherspoon, a very sharp entrepreneur, to share with us from a millennial perspective. Nobody’s a better businessman than Earvin “Magic” Johnson. He’s taking us to another level and we’re going to continue as long as we are here,” said Blake.
Explaining that the initiative is another step towards community improvement, Johnson said, “The face of our community changed when Bishop built the church (West Angeles Cathedral). I think people’s minds were changed, so now we have products and services and goods that we never had before in our community.
“We have had so many things happen that are positive in our community. This is what it’s all about. We’ve got to continue to take striving steps to make our community better.”
Johnson’s commitment to community development and empowerment is illustrated by his long history of establishing businesses and hiring people in underserved communities across the nation. In South L.A., he is heralded for opening a movie theater, several Starbucks and other businesses in the area. Through his Magic Johnson Foundation, he sponsors a number of philanthropic campaigns such HIV educational and awareness programs.
A 25-year member of West Angeles COGIC and president of the L.A. Lakers, Johnson said, “I’m never going to change. It’s not about my job or what I do, but who I am. I will always be a man who will be involved.”
“His businesses that he manages here in Los Angeles and the economic opportunities he provides are in the hood or near the hood. So I’m very proud of him and his efforts to improve to enhance the community,” added Blake.
We have come, over a way that with tears has been watered.
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.
-From “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, the Negro National Anthem, by James Weldon Johnson.
(Please click the images below to enlarge the slideshow).
OUR HISTORY is resplendent with examples of ancestral strength, unimaginable faith, and a powerful vision of a day – similar to the one in which we now live – where we, as a people, would be able to freely worship in beautiful Cathedrals such as this.
Our forefathers and mothers; the unbearable pain they shouldered, the profound injustice they endured. They sacrificed their lives, their energy and great strength to overcome: and yet we are overcoming.
Now, we, as a people, must stand in unity, with the holy resolve to keep fighting, keep marching, and keep succeeding until we have indeed overcome.
We literally come from kings and queens: Mansa Musa, Nzingha, Shaka Zulu, the Queen of Sheba – royal stock who, when bowed and broken, possessed a resiliency and an impenetrable determination to move beyond the hardship, to reach beyond the injustice, and to push past the dark veil of hopelessness to the promise of better day.
We have overcome, yet we are overcoming – and that same thread runs within each of us. We must dig deeper and be resilient. We may bend, but we will not break!
We have overcome, yet we are overcoming – for we must know that our true greatness lies not only in our ability to withstand oppression and survive, but also in our ability to hope, to trust, and to put our future in the hands of our Eternal God. He is strong to save. He who knows every detail of our victorious future. And it is within Him that true greatness lies!
We have overcome, but yet we are overcoming – for we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony. Through the storm, through the strain, through hardship, through pain, we have overcome, and we yet, are overcoming.
So let your words today be filled with life, with hope, and with strength. Share with someone the testimony of what you have been through, so that they will know that if you made it through, they can too!
We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day.
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome someday.
Hear Dr. Judith McAllister and the West Angeles Mass Choir perform “We Shall Overcome” below:
“We Shall Overcome” – Lyrics derived from “I’ll Overcome Some Day”, Charles A. Tindley, 1900.
“Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Negro National Anthem, by James Weldon Johnson, 1899; music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson.
Often referred to as “The First Lady of Praise and Worship,” Dr. Judith Christie McAllister is probably best known for her impact as one of the forerunners of the Praise and Worship movement in the African American Church. Having served as Worship Leader at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ under Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., as the church’s Executive Director of the Music and Worship Arts Department, and also as Minister of Music/President of COGIC’s International Music Department, she developed a style and approach to Praise & Worship earning her accolades from coast to coast. A wife, mother, author, prolific Bible teacher, prophetic psalmist and a Grammy Award nominee, Dr. McAlister is also CEO of three entities which enable her to mentor, train and empower the next generation in the ministry of music. Judah Music Group LLC, Inheritance of Judah Ministries and Never Ending Worship (N.E.W.) Enterprises LLC, provide the foundation for all of her workshops, seminars, ministry services and products.
T’is the season to be jolly! Bring the entire family to the hilarious comedy show at the West Angeles Performing Arts Theatre. Laughter will get you through the holidays – and the house guests!
THE CLEAN KOMEDY EXPLOSION – Hosted by Edwonda White and GiGi Bolden.
Featuring: ALLAN CUNNINGHAM, ACE GUILLEN, BRANDON WILEY AND SHERWIN ARAE. SPECIAL GUEST: RAY THOMAS
One performance only – our last Clean Komedy Explosion of the year!
Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m..
Tickets: $12 – adults purchased in advance
$10 – Youth 12 – 17 and seniors 55+
$5 – Youth 11 and under
(All tickets purchased the day of the show $20.00)
Tickets can be purchased at:
The West Angeles Performing Arts Theatre Box Office
3020 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
or call 323-733-8707
Clean comedy at its finest! BE THERE!
Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake called for a 4-day revival at West Angeles Church of God In Christ to take place this week, from July 25-28, 2016. Bishop Blake’s theme for the revival is:
“A CRITICAL GATHERING OF THE SAINTS FOR A CRITICAL TIME IN OUR WORLD, THE NATION, AND THE CHURCH”.
The always electrifying Bishop Dwight Pate of Baton Rouge, LA revealed a mighty prophecy for the congregation at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, for the COGIC denomination, and for inner-city Black America during a revival titled, “Who Is Going to Lead the New Black America?” The revival grew from a sermon delivered by Bishop Pate for the Sunday, July 24, 2016 evening service at West Angeles. The prophecy contained within Bishop Pate’s series of revelations emerges from a divine vision he received in 1967, and the time of its fruition has now come. Those in attendance at the revival were anointed with oil and received the laying on of hands by Bishop Pate, and each of the saints also shared their own gifts of prophecy with each other.
Said Bishop Pate to the congregation, “Look at your neighbor and say, “I am revival.”
Highlights from nights 1 & 2 of the revival follow:
“Who’s going lead this new Black America? God is about to do something special with minority people in America.”
“Study church history. Every time there was a move of God where God took cities and nations over, men had nothing to do with it.”
“God’s going to give you the blessings of your neighborhood; people will be knocking on your door because they found out God is in your house!”
“God’s going to start moving in the penitentiaries in California; your sons and daughters are going to come out of the jailhouse prophesying! Make some noise in this house tonight.”
“God has erased that record of selling dope; cleaned him up. Now he’s sanctified, saved , and filled with the Holy Ghost!”
“God is doing a new thing, and he’s getting ready to do a new thing with you.”
“God’s getting ready to take over!”
“Your patience is full…You’ve got to let go and let God have his way. Hallelujah!”
“You heal the church, you heal the community.” – Bishop Dwight Pate
“A promise is a gift that you give to yourself…A promise is assured by acts of faithfulness.”
“If God ever lied, the whole universe would disappear.”
“It’s not a hard thing to do God’s promise: you do it because you love Him.”
“As Bishop Blake says, the dreamers are coming…The dreamers are in the house!”
“I’m glad I read Isaiah: ‘Who’s going to believe our report?’”
“You’re not going to get this watching the Kardashians. You’re going to have to turn the TV off and find a prayer closet somewhere.”
“We don’t look so righteous right now, but were getting ready to be righteous.”
“Everybody who needs the devil to be cast out of your mind, make some noise up in here!”
“Blocked but not stopped!”
“The Black man and woman is going to set the moral standard for the end of time.” – Bishop Dwight Pate
“When God revives you, you’ll trigger revival everywhere you go. But you’ve got to come to a place of making our Lord personal.”
“When is the church going to rise up? When is the church going to be sincere?”
“You heal the church, you heal the community.”
“I wish there was somebody in here who knew they’ve got a revival in their mouths…Loose it in your house. Loose it in your community. Loose it in your church!”
“I believe the greatest move of God in the history of America is getting ready to happen among people of African descent, Amen, and our Spanish brothers and sisters.”
“God is getting ready to do something so special, it’s going to make the 1st century church seem like it was just a shadow of what’s about to take place.”
“The Black man and woman is going to set the moral standard for the end of time.”
“Men and women of color are going to set the last righteous move for this country to be redefined.”
“We are at the end of an age, and God visits certain people at certain times.”
“God’s getting ready to bless you, whether you like it or not.”
“The women prayed the Holy Ghost in. Bishop Mason just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
“(William J.) Seymour died with 20 members. Bishop Mason died with over 400,000. Where did Seymour’s anointing go? To Bishop Mason.”
“’Wherever’ the anointing goes, the wealth’s going to follow. You don’t have a money problem: you have an anointing problem.”
“It’s no accident that slavery took place to get a people from Africa here to America”– Bishop Dwight Pate
“Evil has always happened in darkness, ever since the time of Nimrod 4600 years ago. But never in modern times have we got men and women in the political arena who will look at you and say, ‘I’m lying, but don’t believe I’m lying.”
“God must raise His people up”
“This type of darkness is going to make the church shine brighter.”
“Right before Jesus Christ went to Heaven, the Roman government threw the cross on a Black man’s back…God’s getting ready to call some of you out, whether you like it or not.”
“It’s no accident that slavery took place to get a people from Africa here to America.”
“When the church doesn’t act in her rightful position, a murderous spirt takes over the land.”
“The Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”
“We’re getting ready to get violent to get this Holy Ghost power.”
“How does revival look? Just like you.”
“Tell your neighbor, ‘I am revival.’”
“In this hour, there’s a stirring…because religion is not working.”
“Everything God does has a purpose. He did not allow slavery to happen to create slave camps in the south or in the factories in the north.”
“When are we going to learn that our answer is not in a worn-out political machine? The answer is where Bishop Mason and Bishop Seymour found it: in the church.” – Bishop Dwight Pate
“Jesus learned obedience by the things He suffered.”
“Ain’t got no more patience…now God’s going to show up.”
“Murder’s going across the nation like never before.”
“The foolishness of God is wiser than men.”
“I prophesy that the spirit of God’s wonders be released onto you. I loose the Spirit of God’s wonders upon you!”
“The same Holy Spirit that was in Peter and Paul is in you…the gifts are real! The manifestation of the Holy Spirit is real!”
“We are the only ones with the right to predict the future.”
“When you are blessed, you want other people to be blessed.”
“Sovereign grace is when God releases imagination on you.”
“Visions and dreams are the language of the Holy Spirit.”
“The church is about to take her rightful place…bigger than a Democrat bigger than a Republican.” – Bishop Dwight Pate
“God gave you a prayer language to build up your inner man.”
“God will create an environment where He, with your permission, takes over your fleshly desires to mature you; to choose His desire, amen, for your life.”
“God is about to hijack your desires.”
“God has used all the things that has happened in inner city America…all of the Jim Crow Laws, all of the foolishness, all of the lies and promises of the political machine; disappointment after disappointment…God is saying, ‘I let these things happen because there’s no victory in the flesh.’”
“50 years ago, the voting rights act; the civil rights bill. 50 years later, inner city America is in worse shape now than any slave master has ever done to us. And we did it to ourselves.”
“When are we going to learn that our answer is not in a worn-out political machine? The answer is where Bishop Mason and Bishop Seymour found it: in the church.”
“Give us the revival of Azuza!” – Bishop Dwight Pate
“There’s a price to be paid to let God take you over.”
“Dead things are going to come alive when I touch you tonight.”
“I prophesy: 3 major miracles are going to happen in here.”
“America’s going to have 1 last move, and the church is about to rise up above all these worn-out political machines, and your church is going to take her rightful place: bigger than a Democrat bigger than a Republican, bigger than an independent.”
“Give us the revival of Azuza! …Give us the revival of William J. Seymour!…Give us the revival of C.H. Mason! From NY to San Diego…Walk up and down the nations of the earth…We bind death! We bind wickedness! We bind sin!”
“I release joy upon you! I rebuke doubt, fear and unbelief. I command a hunger to get into your soul!”
“I bless you tonight with a new spirit of liberty!”
“New leadership is here!”
“Be God! Be God!”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: James 1:4, Psalm 81, Isaiah 58, Acts 17:26, Matthew 11:12, 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, 1 Timothy 2:2.
Bishop Dwight Pate accepted the call to ministry at age 13. Church Point Ministries in Baton Rouge, LA was founded in 1983, and in 1992 Bishop Pate was ordained Bishop under Apostle Clifford Turner of Liberty Temple in Chicago, IL. Bishop Pate conducts revivals regularly, and has been secluded in prayer three times: in 1994 for 7-1/2 months; in 2000 for 5 months and most recently in 2013 for 11-½ months. During the first shut in, the Lord spoke to him to pray over oil and send it out free of charge all over the world. To date, over 16 million bottles have been sent out. He is the author of 5 books and leads a thriving arts ministry at Church Point Ministries. This anointed man of God is married to Lady Sandra Pate, and together they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
If you don’t yet know the power of revival, then now is your opportunity. To witness the amazing prophesy of Bishop Dwight Pate titled, “Who’s Going to Lead The New Black America?”, please click HERE to go to West Angeles Gospel On Demand, or purchase the entire 4-night series from The West Angeles Christian Emporium, 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone: (323) 731-3012.
A story about a recent tragedy has been populating my Facebook news feed over the past week.
Over and over, I see the photo of a young black family. In the photo, a father and mother stand on a playground. A blue slide and yellow monkey bars serve as the backdrop for the photo.
The father holds his young daughter in his right arm and his left arm hugs his wife, the mother of his children. The mother places her right arm around her husband and her left hand is placed gently on the chest of her first born daughter, who stands wearing a pink dress, toy in hand.
This picture has been circulating social media as the cover of several news stories and for the family’s GoFundMe account. On that day, the mother gripped her family close. Soon after, her grip was lost.
The father and two young daughters passed away in a car accident this past weekend.
I don’t know this family personally, but the anguish I felt when reading about this story was enough to make me sit back and shake my head in disillusionment. My thoughts were:
What could anyone possibly say to this young woman to comfort her in this time of tremendous grief?
How can she possibly overcome this?
What will it take for her to move forward with her life?
Many of those that commented on the Facebook posts were also at a loss for words, saying as much in their comments. And with the recent tragedies that have taken place in our country, many have been at a loss for words on several fronts.
With that said, there is always one place to turn…turn to Him.
As many continue to suffer with finding justice or looking for an explanation, here are eight verses about dealing with suffering:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Romans 8:35
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 4:17
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18
As we prepare for Resurrection Sunday, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake asks, “Do you have a resurrection mentality?”
In his sermon titled, “The Resurrection Mentality,” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. describes the characteristics of those who believe in Jesus.
“Those who live most effectively are those who have tapped an unseen reservoir from which they can gain power and strength,” said Bishop. “That God of power can be great in your life. And if He’s in your life, just like He rose from the dead, you can rise out of any situation that may come against you.”
Bishop Blake continued, “The message…is that you can be free. You can be delivered in the name of Jesus.”
“Most of us will agree that life is becoming more complex and more difficult every day.”
“The dinosaur was strong, but he’s also gone.”
“Health, wealth, strength, prosperity, are not the keys to success…they’re not the keys to survival.”
“The ability to endure adversity is a precious, precious commodity.”
“Those who live most effectively [are those] who have tapped an unseen reservoir from which they can gain power and strength.”
“Believing brings joy. Believing brings peace.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“People who don’t believe, people who don’t trust, are miserable and unhappy.”
“Unrealistic expectations and foolish and unfounded ambitions can destroy the very life of an individual.”
“So many folk have gone back because they thought the wrong things.”
“So many people today are locked in. So many people are fearful.”
“The message of this day of Resurrection is that you can be free. You can be delivered in the name of Jesus!”
“Sometimes things happen that are so wonderful, we don’t even want to believe it, even though it’s standing before us alive and well.”
“A crusade for unbelief has been launched against the life of every individual in this room...The world does not want you to believe.”
“If you believe, you’ll walk after the spirit and not after the flesh.”
“The Lord wants you to believe and you NEED to believe.”
“When the disciples did not believe, they were sad. When they did not believe, they returned to their old way of life.”
“Believing brings joy. Believing brings peace. Believing brings hope. Believing brings strength.”
“The Risen Lord will show up in your life if you have faith enough to invite Him to come in.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“When you believe God’s Word, that enables you to walk by faith into your future, according to the power of Almighty God.”
“Are you somehow blocked, stopped, hindered, held up; unable to reach your goals…paralyzed by fear, by hopelessness? Believe the Word of God, and the same God that raised up Jesus will give you power and an altogether new life!”
“To meet the risen Lord will literally change your life.”
“I don’t know whether you know him or not, but you can’t really celebrate Easter, you can’t really celebrate Resurrection Sunday, unless you really know the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ”.
“I hope before we leave this room that you’ll get to know the risen Lord!”
“If you’re led to the scriptures, you’ve got the key to your future.”
“The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.”
“This is my Bible. This is the Word of God. I am what it says I am! I’ve got what it says I’ve got! I can do what it says I can do, and the Word of God says ‘I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me!’”
“When you’re troubled, go to the Word! When you’re weak, go to the Word!” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“The Holy Ghost is your spiritual clothing. It’s your spiritual adornment.”
“Clothing protects you. Clothing shelters you. Clothing hides you from the eyes of people. Clothing keeps you from being exposed. And Jesus said, ‘You shall receive Power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you!’”
“Life is in the Power of the Spirit!”
“If you know Jesus, if you know the Word of God, if you’ve got the Holy Ghost, you’re ready for everything that the devil might do against you!”
“Sickness won’t stop me. Trouble won’t stop me. Adversity won’t stop me. Enemies won’t stop me. Getting fired won’t stop me. Losing my job won’t stop me. Running out of money won’t stop me. As long as I’ve got Jesus, I can make it!”
“The same Power that showed up at the grave. The same power that transformed the dying body of Jesus Christ into a living immortal resurrected body. The same power that brought Him forth from the grave is right here, right now, in this room. He’s here to set you free!”
“The chain is broken in the name of Jesus! You’re free!”
Scriptural References: John 11:25; Mark 16:10; Luke 14:15, 21, 25, 30; Romans 15:13; Matthew 16:21; Luke 24:21; John 20:19; Matthew 28:17; Romans 15:13; John 4:46; John 11:25; Luke 24:27-45; Philippians 4:13; Acts 1:8, Act 2:1; John 16:22, 1 Corinthians 15:3, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:13; John 14:21; Psalm 46:1; Luke 10:19.
March is National Nutrition Month, but it’s important to make healthy eating a priority every day. Conditions such as obesity, diabetes, inflammation, and high blood pressure have become too common in modern American life – but we can start on the road to a healthier lifestyle by managing our nutrition today.
Does God want us to be healthy? Absolutely! We were created by Him for His purpose, and maintaining our physical being gives glory and honor to God (Romans 12:1). Our walk; how we eat and live can inspire others to live healthier too: especially our children.
Here‘s a list of eight scriptures to inspire you to the road optimum nutrition and health:
Genesis 2:9 – And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Deuteronomy 8:7-8 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey
2 Samuel 17:27-29 27 Now it happened, when David had come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the people of Ammon, Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim, 28 brought beds and basins, earthen vessels and wheat, barley and flour, parched grain and beans, lentils and parched seeds, 29 honey and curds, sheep and cheese of the herd, for David and the people who were with him to eat. For they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”
Proverbs 3:7-8 – Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.
Psalm 103:2-3 – 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 3 who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases
Romans 12:1 Living Sacrifices to God – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
1 Corinthians 6:19 – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
This post is not a substitute for the care of a doctor or nutritionist. “National Nutrition Month” is a campaign of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. All verses, New King James Version.
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Assistant Pastor Charles Edward Blake II cites Ecclesiastes 9:10, and the secret to God’s purpose for our lives which lies in our hands.
In Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake’s absence on Sunday, February 21, 2016, Assistant Pastor Charles Edward Blake II presented an inspired sermon based on a verse in the book of Ecclesiastes:
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all of your might – Ecclesiastes 9:10
“He brought us this far because God has a purpose for our lives,” said Elder Blake. “That is my prayer: that He will use me.”
In his introduction of Elder Blake, Elder John Patton said, “God can use anybody. He’ll use a donkey. He’ll use rocks. But the one He uses best is the one who tells God, ‘Yes.’”
“One of the defining physical characteristics that has separated humankind from the animal world, and has called us to reach such high levels of technical advancement, is the way in which we use our hands.”
“You can observe the world around you with your eyes and ears, but it is with your hands that you interact with the world.”
“We touch, grab, push, pull, feel, caress…pick up, put down, build up, tear down, hurt, help, heal, and kill, literally with our hands.”
“Human hands can paint the Sistine chapel…they can sculpt a David. They can forge steel. They can mold clay; write poetry. Our hands are extremely expressive. They can pray and praise, and sign for the deaf. They can help tell a story or reveal our innermost thoughts.”
“You can say you love your wife, but you show your wife with what you do – or don’t do – with your hands.”
“Everything you do in life is going to begin with, and end with, your hands.”
“In every period of time in history, there had to be someone on earth with these hands.”
“In the time of slavery, in the early days of America, in the 16, 17, and 1800’s, I think of someone with these hands working in the fields and towns helping to build this country.”
“When Paul was knocked off his donkey on the road to Damascus, there was someone here with these hands.”
“The song says, ‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord.’ While I was not there myself, there was someone there with these hands when Jesus hung on that tree.”
“In every period of time in history, there had to be someone on earth with these hands.” – Elder Charles Edward Blake II
“When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea on dry land and God made a promise to brother Abram, someone with these hands, the same hands that I am now looking at, was here.”
“These are your hands. Look at them. In fact, these hands have been here since the beginning, since before God formed them in your mother’s womb, He knew these hands. He sanctified and ordained these hands, and if this were not true, you would not be here this day with these hands.”
“Go on praise the Lord! It’s the truth!”
“I think that over time we’ve come to a point where, unless we lose or injure our hands, we’ve come to take them for granted.”
“Our whole cultural psychology has produced a mindset in us that now wants something for nothing.”
“We think that we should not have to struggle or work to get anything nowadays. Technology has brought us to the point where we almost don’t have to use our hands for anything.”
“Preparing something as simple as a meal used to be an all-day affair. We used to get up early in the morning but now we use someone else’s hands to raise and slaughter and grow and harvest our food for us, and they deliver it nicely packaged to our supermarkets or fast-food restaurants.”
“We use someone else’s hands to build our houses and make the clothes that we wear now. We’re used to everything being done for us these days.”
“In comparison to past times, there’s very little that we have to do with our hands anymore.”
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s good that we have those who are trained to do what they do, it’s good to have a level of specialization. But what I’m talking about now is an aversion to toil and travail.”
“That’s the way some of us have seen God. We want Him to just bless us with whatever we think we want in life, or at the time.”
“This building is not the church. We must be reminded that we are the church.” – Elder Charles Edward Blake II
“As believers in this time and culture, we have to battle within ourselves what Bishop calls ‘An erroneous, narcissistic sense of entitlement.’ And we have to wonder not if, but how much we as the church have been affected – or infected – with this mindset and world view.”
“We all must continue to question and ponder who we are as the church.”
“At West Angeles, we worship the Lord and the spirit of the Lord is here…We see the love and concern in the heart of our pastor for the least of these in our midst…But most of us don’t focus on it long enough or let it transform us to what God would actually have us to be.”
“Is this a better church because I’m a part of it, or am I just sitting around to see what the world and West Angeles can do for me?”
“There are some of us who come to service week after week with the same attitude as we’d have going to a movie or a ballgame; like this is just another form of weekend entertainment.”
“I’ve seen Bishop give of himself preaching until there is nothing left, and at the most critical time, when we are trying to get souls to walk in the direction of Christ and the altar, we will dissuade them by walking in the opposite direction – toward the door.”
“Why would someone want to come forward when it seems that others are trying so hard to get out?”
“The opposite of loving your neighbor isn’t hate. The opposite of loving your neighbor is apathy.” – Elder Charles Edward Blake II
“We have the power to impact nations transform cities, yet most of us haven’t truly let ourselves be transformed by this Gospel into something new that God can use to help someone else.”
“This building is not the church. We must be reminded that we are the church.”
“We worship Christ, but we are also called to truly follow Him.”
“We are blessed with wealth so we can help others.”
“You doing your job with integrity brings glory to God, in whatever it is that you do”
“The opposite of loving your neighbor isn’t hating your neighbor. That’s too easy. The opposite of loving your neighbor is apathy and indifference.”
“One guy is a fan…the other guy is a follower. I don’t want to be a fan of Jesus…I want to be a follower of Jesus. Somebody offer the lord some praise this morning!”
“We have to remember that only what we do for Christ, for each other with these hands will last.”
“Everything that Christ did with His hands, he did in service to those who He loved.”
“Your life in God’s hands can change the world.” – Elder Charles Edward Blake II
“I think of the hands of our Savior; hands that reached out and healed the land. Hands that mixed spittle and dirt and put clay on a blind man’s eyes and gave him sight. Hands that prayed and divided five loaves of bread and two fish and fed 5000 men, and twice as many women and children. Hands that touched the dead and made them live again. Hands gripped tightly in prayer; crying, ‘Not my will but thy will be done.’”
“A slingshot in my hands is just something that’ll break a window. But a slingshot in David’s hands made him a giant killer; a conqueror. Fish and loaves in my hands is just a sandwich! But fish and loaves in Jesus’ hands…”
“Your life in your hands is just another one of the many lives that come and go on earth which will come and go in obscurity. But your life in God’s hands can change the world.”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Ecclesiastes 9:10, Mark 10:43-45, John 13:1-17, Acts 9, Matthew 27:32-56, Exodus 14, Mark 14:50, John 20:24-29, Nehemiah 2:12-17, Job 36:32, Psalm 102:25, 37:24, 95:4-7.
Elder Charles Edward Blake II serves as Assistant Pastor and Director of Community Relations of West Angeles Church of God In Christ, under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. He received his BS in Marketing from Oral Roberts University, and studied for his MD at the Interdenominational Theological Center. Elder Blake also serves as the General Manager of the Los Angeles Ecumenical Congress. He and wife DeAndra are the proud parents of two sons, Charles and Julian.
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Bishop Dwight Pate’s prophetic sermon brought the West Angeles congregation to their feet in thunderous applause on Sunday, January 31, 2016. He began with a vision he received over 40 years ago in which Black men and women in inner city America rise up to “set the moral standard for the end of time.”
The sermon began with scripture from the book of Mark in which a woman honors Jesus by pouring valuable oil over him. “It’s time to break the box!” said Bishop Pate, who prophesied that Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and West Angeles Church of God In Christ are “going to play the paramount role in what God is about to do in America” and throughout the rest of the world.
This complete sermon is available on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:
“If you’re going to have a timeless testimony, you’re going to have to be willing to break the customs and traditions of men.”
“Every one of you in here has a place where God wants you to be.”
“You are the message that will echo through eternity.”
“An echo becomes louder as it leaves you.”
“God told me today He’s going to create miracles in this house.”
“People are going to get saved by your life.”
“You cannot let what other folks stop you…from finding your place with God.”
“You cannot let the generation before you stop you from being all that God called you to be.”
“I prophesy that all your seed after you is going to be saved.” – Bishop Dwight Pate
“It’s time to interrupt religious meetings…when men honor the customs and traditions over the will of God.”
“She broke the box!”
“It’s time to break through and find your place in God.”
“I want a testimony that’s going to save my children, and save my grandchildren.”
“I prophesy to all of you who aren’t afraid to get wild. I prophesy that all your seed after you is going to be saved and meet you in heaven, because they’re going to read about your life and how you served God and how you didn’t compromise. And they’re going to get saved because your testimony’s going to be like an echo. It’s going to be just as real to them 100 years from now as it is to you today.”
“You cannot allow other folks to define who you are.”
“You cannot allow people to put labels on you, and put limits on you.”
“I am who God says I am.”
“Sometimes the generation before you doesn’t want you to go further than them.”
“Whoever controls definition controls destiny.” – Bishop Dwight Pate
“The power to define is the battle of the ages.”
“Whoever controls definition controls destiny.”
“There are some folks in this room…you’re going have the power to define a generation.”
“You’re going to have the power to redefine your community. You’re going to have the power to redefine your business. You’re going to have the power to redefine the anointing that’s on your life.”
“Tradition keeps you full of fear. Why? Tradition has judgement in it.”
“To come out of debt, you cannot fear taking chances.”
“That meeting isn’t for women but the meeting is for purpose. I’m going in this room and fulfill my purpose.”
“Tradition creates a spirit of condemnation.”
“Have you ever been around folks who all they’ve got to speak is what you can’t do?”
“It’s time to break away from the crowd… You’re in a class all by yourself.”
“You are the message that’s passing from time to eternity. You are the epistle that’s going to be read of men.”
“You cannot allow other folks to define who you are.” – Bishop Dwight Pate
“When you show up, the answer just showed up… When you walk in the room, courage just walked in the room. When you walk in the room, a fearless spirit just walked in the room. When you walk in the room, the power of God just walked in the room. Hallelujah!”
“I prophesy you will be the testimony talked about at the end of time.”
“If Jesus tarries, they’re going to say that these are the days of Bishop Charles Blake; there was a church called West Angeles, and that man and that assembly changed the course of the 21st century.”
“If God can do it for Bishop Blake, He can do it for you!”
“When you understand that God has a plan for your life and a purpose for your life, you can’t let anyone else think for you.”
“God gave you life, but your living comes from your mind.”
“Stop blaming your mess on the devil!”
“If you want it right now, God’s getting ready to ‘ploomp’ you!”
“You are the message that will echo through eternity.” – Bishop Dwight Pate
“You’ve got to seek to be controlled by the Holy Ghost.”
“When you get saved, the power of God moves in your spirit. Everything you’ll ever need is going to come from the inside, because God doesn’t trust anyone else with your destiny but you and Him.”
“I wish there was somebody in here that wasn’t afraid to stand all by yourself. I wish there was somebody in here not afraid to be first!”
“I think somebody’s getting a breakthrough!”
“You’re about to go places where other folks never thought you’d be.”
“It’s time to break the bank and send this ministry around the world.”
“Treasures and hearts end up in the same place.”
“It’s time for God’s people to have the best.”
“Faith gives what it doesn’t have.”
“When you start sowing seed right, God will make the devil leave you for a season.”
“I prophesy that God has saved the best for last: and you’re the best up in here!”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Mark 14:1-9, Revelation 12:11, Daniel 3:28-29, Mark 16:17-18, Proverbs 21:7, Philippians 1:7, 2:5.
Bishop Dwight Pate of Baton Rouge, LA is an anointed man of God and a preacher for 37 years. He is Pastor of Church Point Ministries, which now includes on its campus a theater for Christian plays. Bishop Pate has been distributing over 13 million bottles of anointed oil which has been a blessing to many. Over the years he has conducted revivals at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, where he also met his wife, Sandra.
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