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Fast, Pray, Be Filled: 2017 Pilgrimage to Pentecost

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

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

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

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

 

The dates for the 2017 Pilgrimage are:

SUNDAY, APRIL 16 – SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017

It is our hope and prayer that:

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

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

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

 

 

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TONIGHT: Join Us for a Powerful Time of Prayer

Please join the West Angeles Prayer Ministry tonight for

A SPECIAL TIME OF PRAYER

in conjunction with the Annual January Consecration

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

At the

WEST ANGELES NORTH CAMPUS

Address: 3045 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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

 Please bring a friend, and remember:

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

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To download the 2017 Consecration Calendar and Guidelines, please

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Bishop Blake: Live a High-Leverage Life

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake teaches 5 principles of living a blessed, high-leverage life in the Lord.

2 Chronicles 31:20-21 (NKJV) – 20 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. 21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.

I’m quite fascinated by the life of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was prosperous. Hezekiah was blessed. He was one of the greatest kings in the history of the Israelites. During Hezekiah’s reign, Israel became a nation which was admired and respected by the other nations of the world.

Hezekiah prospered in all his works. The man was ridiculously rich. He received tremendous miracles from God. He experienced outstanding manifestations of God’s power and might. His was a high-leverage life because of his attitude, conduct, and behavior, which brought into action the providence and power of almighty God.

Dr. Judith McAllister leads the West Angeles Mass Choir in "Total Praise." 10-2-2016.

Dr. Judith McAllister leads the West Angeles Mass Choir in “Total Praise.” 10-2-2016.

5 QUALITIES OF THE HIGH-LEVERAGE LIFE

When you look at the results of Hezekiah’s life, it is not his effort or ability that caused these great miracles to take place. I focus on Hezekiah today because we can learn from him. We should learn from great men how to be greater; from wise men, how to be wiser, and from blessed men, how to be more greatly blessed.

What positive qualities do great people possess that we can incorporate into our own lives? How can we sense a person’s heart when discerning their conduct? And what qualities do we observe in Hezekiah?

  1. He pleased God. When God is with you, you prosper wherever you go. God is looking for those who will do what’s right; folks who do are high-leverage people. When you are a righteous person, you are in step with the canons and rhythms of God’s great universe.
  2. He was a man of character. How you behave daily is an indication of your character. Character is not only good behavior but also the moral convictions that produce good work in your life. God the Creator has a master plan by which the universe was created and operates. We obey the quote-leverword of God – the Holy Bible – because we recognize the wisdom and authority of God as Creator.  If you’re not obeying God, it’s because you think you’ve got a better solution.
  3. He made a covenant with God. A covenant is a committed relationship. God has committed Himself to us, but so few of us are really committed to Lord. We don’t want a relationship…we want a date! In Romans 8:35-39, Paul said, “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  4. He had faith. He trusted God. Our faithfulness does not exempt us from trouble, but God does promise to be with us in the midst of it (Daniel 3:25). The Son of God will show up in your situation if you’re faithful to God; God will fight your battles.
  5. He prayed. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16, KJV). I know you’re having problems, but stop talking about them!  If you cry out to God, He will show up; if you call Him, He will answer you.

God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to save us. Jesus not only died for us, but He also rose up on the third day.  That’s God’s guarantee to you that you, too, shall rise. The name of Jesus means you can have life everlasting; in Him, your life can be more than you ever dreamed. Let God Himself take control of your life.

When you live a high-leverage life, you’ve got leverage with Almighty God.

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: 2 Chronicles 31:20, 32:1-7,23,27, 29:2-10, 7:14; 2 Kings 19:14-16, 35-36, 20:1-6,11, 18:5;1 Samuel 16:7, John 4:23, Jeremiah 9:24, 33:3; Romans 1:18, 8:31, 35-39; Proverbs 3:6, 16:7, 14:12; Daniel 3:25, Ephesians 3:20.

Adapted from the sermon, “The High-Leverage Life”, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.; October 2, 2016 at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, Los Angeles, CA.


 

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Children’s Ministry: Spending Time With God

Westa.org welcomes a new contributor: The Children’s Ministry!  Join us as we share inspiration for you and your little ones to help keep them fortified in the Lord.

Before you go to school each day, remember to keep Jesus first! Start each day with a “Good Morning Jesus!” and remember to spend time with God. Also, read your Bible every day! Reading God’s Word will help you to grow into a strong Christian full of power, strength, joy, and peace.

Jesus, Our Example

Throughout Scripture, we see that Jesus spent a lot of time in prayer with the Father. Regularly, after He

Spend time with God daily.

Spend time with God daily.

performed miracles and healings, Jesus would separate Himself from the crowd and spend time with God in prayer. Jesus knew that His purpose was:

  1. To glorify God
  2. To destroy the works of the devil
  3. To bring good news to the people

And guess what? You have the same purpose! God created you to glorify Him, to spend time with Him, and to share the good news of salvation with others. Although everyone has the same task, God has a special way for each of us to fulfill the task.

To God, In Prayer

Do you know how God wants to use you in His Kingdom? To answer this question, you must spend time with Him to know what He desires. Spend time with God by praying, reading the Bible, and singing praise and worship songs to His glory. As you spend time with Him, He will let you know what it is He has planned for you. Pray to ask God to help you to spend time with Him.

Let us pray:

 “Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for being with me every day. Please give me a greater desire to fellowship with You by reading Your Word and spending time in prayer. I want to fulfill the purpose You have for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Jesus loves you and you are very special to Him. Make sure you spend time with God  every day, and ask that He reveal to you His purpose for your life!

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Please Join Us: 11/40 Prayer & Consecration Guide

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

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

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

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

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

 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 – NOVEMBER 6, 2016

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

 

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

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


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

COGIC Statement and Prayer on Recent Violence in Our Land

In response to the violence which has recently swept across our nation, the Church of God In Christ called a press conference while in Cincinnati, OH for the AIM Convention. After a statement from Cincinnati’s Mayor John Cranley, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. read the following statement on behalf of the Church of God In Christ, which he also shared with the congregation at West Angeles Church of God In Christ on Sunday, July 10, 2016:

“The Church of God In Christ denounces in the strongest way possible the murderous sniper attack on the police in Dallas. This vicious act perpetuates the cycle of violence and injustice that it ostensibly sought to address. We absolutely reject this brutal attack on the police, and we repudiate the notion that it is in any way excusable, even in the face of the recent homicidal behavior of police officers in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights. It seems to us impossible to justify the execution-style killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. This is true even though that young man was armed and known to the police. Execution by police force on the streets does not constitute due process in the United States. 

We urge the community to maintain peaceful vigilance in pursuit of justice in this case; however we will not rush to judgement despite how things look. The tragedy of Philandro Castile’s death at the hands of another police officer is also deplorable. There must be justice in this case also. We commend the Dallas police force for their heroism in ending the attack. And we support the prosecution of any co-conspirators to the full extent of the law. Our prayers are with the families of all victims at this time.”

 

Presiding Bishop Blake followed the statement by a moment of silence and prayer:

Dear Lord,

How desperately our nation needs you at this troubled time. Dear Lord, the foundations on which our nation is built are not focused on hatred between races and violence between the various entities of our nation; they’re based on freedom, respect for one another, and the right of every person to pursue happiness and liberty. Dear God, turn the plague, the pandemic of violence that sweeps across our nation. Let everybody understand that violence is not the way. Love is the way. Mutual support and commitment are the way. Bless us, oh God, as we join together to make of our great nation even greater. May our conduct, dear Lord, be turned toward righteousness, and toward love, and toward support. Be with us now.

Oh God, for ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord;

Thank God, Amen.   

8 Verses to Help You Through Suffering

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

 

Lady Mae Speaks: The 66th Annual Women’s Convention

On Friday, June 3, 2016, First Lady Mae Lawrence Blake wowed the attendees of the 66th Annual COGIC Women’s Convention in Detroit, MI with her speech titled, “The Power and Value of Prayer.”

Lady Mae spoke candidly about triumphs, challenges, and the power to overcome through prayer.

“Praying is one of the most important things we can do because it brings us into the presence of God,” said Lady Mae. “If you hold your peace, prayer and the Bible can bring you out of some difficult times.”

See First Lady Mae L. Blake’s entire speech below:

The Power and Value Of Prayer! from West Angeles COGIC on Vimeo.

The Convention took place from May 30-June 3, 2016 at the Marriot Renaissance Center and the Cobo Center, Detroit, MI.

A Picture of Peace

By Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

An artist was commissioned to paint a picture of peace. He painted a picture of lightning flashing across the sky; he painted debris carried thru the sky by the ferocious wind. Then, in the middle of the picture, the artist painted a huge rock that was cracked. And deep in its recesses within a cleft in the rock, the artist painted a little bird sitting on her nest, chirping softly to the little baby birds that were in the nest beneath her.

When the artist was finished, he stepped back and said, “Now that’s peace.”

Peace is not defined by the absence of storms; peace is not the absence of trouble and distress. But if you’ve got Jesus, you’ve got peace. If you’ve got Jesus, you know things are going to turn out well, and you know everything is going to be alright.

 

7 SCRIPTURES OF PEACE

The following is a list of scriptures on the peace and shelter found within the word of the Lord:

Psalm 29:11 (NKJV) The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Mark 4:39 (KJV) And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


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Bishop Blake: Pray, and Be Holy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Righteousness: Your Key to Survival

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

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

Pray, and Be Holy

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

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

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

God can keep you! He is able!

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

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

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

PRESIDING BISHOP CHARLES EDWARD BLAKE, SR. has announced the theme for 2016 for The Church of God In Christ:

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

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