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Celebrate The Resurrection: What Does Easter Mean To You?

Revelation 21:5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.

It’s Spring, the season of the Resurrection Celebration!  Each year at this time, we celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ Resurrection and the phenomenon of God’s miraculous power of rebirth.  This spirit is also reflected in nature and throughout the earth: dark, cold, rainy days give way to light, warmth, and longer periods of sun; plants, shriveled and dormant throughout the winter months, are now reborn with new, tender blooms; animals emerge from hibernation to introduce new young to the world.

The Easter Season symbolizes hope and rejuvenation, and it also magnifies the resilience of the human spirit.  It’s humankind’s call to renew its strength (Isaiah 40:28-31); to celebrate freedom from physical, emotional, and spiritual slavery (Galatians 5:1; Hebrews 12:12-15); to reaffirm a personal connection to God’s amazing universe and power (Ephesians 1:17-20).   As our Presiding Bishop Blake would say, “That same power that brought Jesus back from the dead, also resides in us!”

In the spirit of this glorious season, tell us: What does Easter mean to you? Does it represent tradition?  Does it conjure a memory?  Or does Jesus’ Resurrection inspire you to create a path to something new in your life?  Shine your light on the world by sharing your reflections with us on social media.  The West Angeles family would love to hear from you!

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SERMON: The Resurrection Mentality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Life is in the Power of the Spirit!”

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

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

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

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

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

Bishop Blake on Faith, Power, and Being Born Again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We walk by faith and not by sight.”

“Are there any worshipers in the house?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Because He lives, we shall live also.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“God is moving! Halleluiah!”

 

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


 

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

Address: 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

PHOTOS & SERMON: The Resurrection Mentality

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

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

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

Resurrection Sunday

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Life is in the Power of the Spirit!”

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

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

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

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

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

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