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Bishop Blake: Who Are You Going To Call?

By Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

As a young evangelist, I conducted a revival with a friend of mine at a church in St. Louis, MO. Afterwards, we had another revival to conduct in Denver, CO. We left St. Louis in a driving rain storm that only grew worse as we traveled.

At a certain point, we rounded a curve, and my car lost traction on the wet pavement. We began to hydroplane. We twirled and twirled toward a tree beside the road. As I wrestled with the steering wheel, my friend, who was traveling with me, called out, “Charles! Charles!” The car was spinning out of control at 60 or 70 mph… My friend called my name again, “Charles!” But he wasn’t getting very far.

Our lives flashed before our eyes as I tried to straighten the car without success. I released the steering wheel and we both covered our heads to brace for the impact. Just then, my friend called out “JESUS!” We waited for the crash – but there was no crash. The car had gone down off the highway backwards into a stream.

The back of the trunk was under water the rest on the edge of the shore.

We looked up and saw that we were alright! We never heard a crash. We never felt the car even stop. We got out of the car unhurt, waded through the little bit of water we were in, and made it to shore. We stood on the bank of the stream, lifted up our hands and began to glorify God.

Do you know that you can call on the name Jesus? For John 14:13 says:

“Whatsoever you ask in my name you shall receive it.”

So I’m proclaiming healing in the name of Jesus; deliverance in the name of Jesus; strength in the name of Jesus; peace in the name of Jesus, provision in the name of Jesus.

Lift up your hands and say, “In the name of Jesus!”


Adapted from the sermon “God’s Terms of Engagement”; April 24, 2016 at West Angeles Church of God In Christ. See this entire service and more HERE, at West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

Bishop Blake: How To Praise the Lord!

“Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” – Revelation 19:5

The Bible is filled with physical actions that we ought to take in relationship with God. God wants our bodies. He wants our submissiveness. Praise is the key to powerful living. It ignites God’s power in our lives.

As human beings, we were created by God to praise Him (Isaiah 43:7, Matthew 21:16). Praise, prayer, and fasting are for spiritual warfare, for lifting the spiritual man up and putting the physical man down. God is at work in your mind, in your soul.

So as we enter the season of praise of the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, do you know what it means to praise Him?

The Hebrews had seven words for praise which that tell us how to praise the Lord. All of them mean praise, but each word focuses on a different kind of behavior:

Towdah – Psalm 50:14. The word Towdah means “thanksgiving.” Towdah means “to lift up your hands in a cup-like manner

“Zamar” – Our musical gifts are given to us for the purpose of praising God.

as in giving or receiving a gift, or giving a sacrifice.” Lift up your hands and say, “Lord I praise you, and I know you’re going to pour out your spirit into my life. I’m cupping my hands so I can receive it and retain it.”

Yadah – PSALM 63:1. Yadah means “lift up your arms and worship with extended hands.” Lift up your hands; extend them into the air and say, “Lord, I surrender to you. Your will be done in my life.”

Zamar – PSALM 92:1-3.  Zamar is song and praise on the instruments of music. Our musical gifts are given to us by God for the purpose of praising Him.

Tehillah – PSALM 34:1; Tehillah means “to sing in the spirit, glorify the Lord in song. To be filled with the spirit; make melody in your heart.” Sing “Praise the Lord!”

Barak – PSALM 95:6-7; to kneel; to rock back and forth, and side to side. Bow down before the Lord. You’ve got to move!

Shabach – PSALM 150:6. Loud praise; shout to God proclaiming the glory of God. Release and lift your voice to the Lord! “Let everything that has breath praise Him!”

Halal – PSALM 147:1. Halal means “clamorous, foolish, crazy praise!” Whatever you do to celebrate anything else, you ought to do even more for the Lord!

 

The Bible says the Lord inhabits the praises of His people. When you praise Him, when you open your mouth and worship Him, the Lord shows up in the middle of your praise, and you feel His presence.

Lift your hands and say, “Lord, fill me again. I want to be filled with the Holy Ghost!” Clap your hands and praise Him! Hallelujah!

Excerpted from the sermon, “God’s Terms of Engagement.” April 24, 2016 at West Angeles Church of God In Christ. Watch it HERE on West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

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Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, by Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Paperback Legacy Publishers International, 2004, 173 pages.ENCOUNTERING GOD book

In Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake beautifully and poignantly illustrates to us the clear path to establishing a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Experiencing your divine encounter with God means following steps that will touch His heart. From Presiding Bishop Blake: “If you will follow these steps, then I can assure you that the experience you so desperately desire…will come!”

To  purchase your copy of Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, please contact the West Angeles Christian Emporium at 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone: (323) 731-3012.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake: The Prodigal Son

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. shares a lesson on following the most important aspect of our being in his sermon from the book of Luke 15:11-24 title, “The Prodigal Son.” 

“The text implies, the Bible confirms, and experience reveals that most are a composite of many selves: rather than just one self.”

“This young man had to bring himself to himself to do the right thing.”

“It’s only when he came to himself that he got his life together.”

“One self was down in the dumps, while the other self, reached out to God.”

“Somebody out there needs a mighty deliverance…you need to be delivered from yourself. Ask your neighbor, ‘Do you need to be delivered from yourself?’”

“Has anybody out there ever been in a situation where one self was crying out, ‘Do it! Do it;’ while the other self was yelling out, ‘Don’t do it!’ and thebishop-quote-1 third self was in the middle of it all: not knowing what to do?”

“All of us have used phrases like, ‘Watch yourself’; ‘He never found himself;’ ‘I’m sorry, I have not been myself;’ ‘He’s trying to get himself together.’”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Don’t you follow every self…follow the right self.’”

“Wisdom and practice in that day indicated that you did not give your money to your children until you died. At your death, they received their inheritance.”

“Immature saints today want to receive, rather than give…God does not have to give you anything.”

“That ought to be the spirit and attitude of every child of God: not, ‘God, what can you do for me?’ but ‘God, what can I do for you? How can I give your name glory and honor?’”

“So many, in their pride, have an erroneous sense of entitlement…but tell your neighbor, ‘You have no right to make withdrawals, if you’ve made no deposits.’”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Don’t you follow every self…follow the right self.’” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“The deceived self led to a lustful self.”

“Real respect and real commitment are the only foundations for a lasting relationship, and marriage is the only meaningful haven for sexual involvement.”

“If you know the Bible’s right, why don’t you say, ‘Amen!'”

“Marriage is the only meaningful haven for sexual involvement.”

“When the money was gone, the women were gone.”

“There is a friend…who will love you whether you have money or not; clap your hands and praise God for that friend.”

“Listen: God says, ‘Put me first, and I’ll take charge of your life.’”

“I don’t want anything to do with the devil. Give me Jesus!” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“You’ve got to stop and realize you are more than a physical man: you have a spirit and a soul.”

“You can’t depend on folk; the very person you leave the lord for will let you down.”

“The devil is opportunistic. He puts you in situations where you’re weak and feeble, and unable to really rise up for righteousness; then he brings the best arsenal he has, and releases all of his weapons onto you.”

“Today, I want to talk about the most important you.”

“I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anything to do with the devil.  Give me Jesus!”

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Luke 15:11-24, 1 Samuel 30:6, Romans 7:15-24, Mark 12:30-31, Matthew 20:28,  Proverbs 16:18, Galatians 6:3, Luke 15:30, 1 John 2:15, Romans 8:28, 1 Peter 5:8.


“The Prodigal Son” Bishop Charles E. Blake from West Angeles COGIC on Vimeo.

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SERMON: The Golden Altar

Bishop Blake continues his series of studies on the items of the tabernacle in his sermon titled, “The Golden Altar.”

“What a blessing it is to be in God’s house on today,” said Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. as he welcomed Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Presiding Prelate of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, to West Angeles Church of God In Christ on Sunday, July 3, 2016.

“He’s Christian Methodist Episcopal. I’m Church of God In Christ. But he’s my friend and I love him,” said Bishop Blake.

Bishop Kirkland was to preach at the opening conference of the International Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, which also served as a celebration of his retirement. However, according to the L.A. Sentinel, Bishop Kirkland says that he is not retiring from preaching, and he plans to pursue a number of activities, such as creating an international ministry to aid villages in Africa, and starting a school of ministry to help young pastors with church growth and development. Bishop Blake extended an offer to Bishop Kirkland to visit West Angeles to preach in the future.

Bishop Blake continues his series of studies on the items of the tabernacle in his sermon titled, “The Golden Altar,” also known as the Altar of Incense. This series is based on the book, “Encountering God: Pathways to His Presence,” by Bishop Charles E. Blake.

To see this entire service and more, please click HERE to visit West Angeles Gospel on Demand, or call the West Angeles Christian Emporium at (323) 731-3012. Highlights from Bishop Blake’s sermon titled, “The Golden Altar” follow:

“Upon entering the court of the tabernacle, one would first see the brazen altar, upon which bulls, heifers, lambs, goats, and turtledoves were sacrificed by fire unto the Lord.”

“The altar was a test of God’s judgement against, and his condemnation of, sin.”

“The brazen altar confirms that entrance into the things of God are available only through a sacrifice of blood.”

“The role of the brazen altar was completed and ended by Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

“The bronze laver, or the basin to wash in, symbolized  moral and spiritual purification.”

“If you really respect God…you won’t bring any old kind of thing into His presence, and you won’t come into His presence any old kind of way.”

“The laver also represents the cleansing work of Christ in the life of the believer and for the church…It also symbolizes  the work that we must do in seeking to live clean lives before the Lord.”

“This is a Holiness church; a sanctified church.”

“How many of you are striving to move up higher every day?”

“The golden altar of incense was located just outside the holy place, or the Holy of Holies.”

“The brazen altar confirms that entrance into the things of God are available only through a sacrifice of blood.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Incense was to spread a fragrant smell throughout the entire area.”

“Foul smells were inescapable and pervasive throughout the ancient world. Think of a world where there were no underground sewers…where men and animals occupied the same living space…where each family slaughtered their own meat, poultry and fish…where there was no Dove soap and no bathtubs…no undertakers, no deep freezers; in such a world, foul smells would be unavoidable.”

“Both God and man have a constitutional dislike of foul odors.”

“One’s odor should be a matter of concern when it comes into the presence of other people.”

“Not only are there bad physical odors, there are some other kinds of odors. Ever heard of a stinking personality?…Ever been around someone who created an emotionally stinking atmosphere?”

“Learn to smile. Stop complaining. Try to be like a breath of fresh air.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Some people want you to hang out with them so they can emotionally abuse you.”

“There are many ways that we create bad odors. When we fill the atmosphere with negative words and negative thoughts and inconsiderate actions and attitudes, we create a bad odor.”

“Learn to smile. Learn to listen. Stop complaining. Affirm people; compliment people. Try to be like a breath of fresh air.”

“43 times, the Bible refers to animal sacrifice as providing a sweet aroma. Anyone who’s been to a beauty salon knows that burning hair is not a sweet aroma.”

“The smell of the sacrifice meant that the people were repenting before God.”

“Sometimes a bad smell is a good smell.”

“When Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world, His sacrifice was a sweet-smelling aroma to God.”

“The incense…was symbolic of the prayers and praises and worship of the children of Israel.”

Let my prayer be set before you as incense, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice – Psalm 141:2

“Child of God, when you offer to God praise, you’re building a throne.”

“Has the Lord done anything for you lately?”

“The Lord is delighted when you pray. Have you delighted the Lord lately?

“God loves to hear your voice. God loves when you praise Him!”

“There is a praise that is for God alone…Don’t use it at the football game…Don’t use it at the concert. Don’t use it at the party…If you’re going to praise, praise Him.”

“He said, ‘Don’t have any other Gods before me.’ Our God is worthy of the highest praise!”

“Come on and praise the Lord! Praise God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Exodus 30:1,6,29:18, 20:3; Hebrews 4:15, 10:11, 13:15; Ephesians 5:25,2 Corinthians 7:1,Isaiah 53:4, Philippians 2:5, Psalm 15:8, 22:30, 141:2,; Revelation 5:8, 2 Chronicles 7:14.


Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, by Bishop ENCOUNTERING GOD bookCharles E. Blake, Sr. Paperback Legacy Publishers International, 2004, 173 pages.

In Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake beautifully and poignantly illustrates to us the clear path to establishing a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Experiencing your divine encounter with God means following steps that will touch His heart. From Presiding Bishop Blake: “If you will follow these steps, then I can assure you that the experience you so desperately desire…will come!”

To  order your copy of Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, please CLICK HERE to purchase, or contact the West Angeles Christian Emporium.

SERMON: The Table of Bread

On First Sunday, as Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake prepared to continue his series on the tabernacle of meeting, West Angeles Church of God In Christ was surprised by a prestigious guest: Former President Bill Clinton.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. continued his series on the furnishings of the tabernacle of meeting and their symbolic meanings in a sermon called, “The Table of Bread”, in keeping with the June 5, 2016 Communion Sunday service at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. But before he could begin the sermon at the 11AM service, West Angeles was honored to receive a most prestigious guest: Former President of the United States William Jefferson Clinton.

Clinton praised West Angeles’ extensive community developments; having been to the church long before the Cathedral was built.

“I was here before you all were in such fancy digs,” the former President joked with the congregation.

But he also acknowledged that West Angeles’ success should be mirrored throughout America.

“If we did what you’ve done here; if we did it everywhere in America, could we restore upward mobility? Could we help bring people back from the depths of despair? I believe we could,” stated Clinton.

Bishop Blake said that he welcomed the opportunity to share with President Clinton the importance of Christians’ right to worship freely, without compromising doctrine.

“I shared with [Former President Clinton] how important it is that the church be allowed to pursue its mandate from Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Blake, “to preach Biblical principles and holiness and righteousness, without being discouraged.”

As the Presiding Bishop of over 12,000 COGIC churches, as well as the Co-Chair of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA), Bishop Blake spoke of former President Clinton’s visit to West Angeles as an honor.

“We are honored by his presence here, and happy for the opportunity to remind him that there are some things that the church just cannot bow to. Let’s praise God for his coming to us today.”

To see this entire service and more, please click HERE to visit West Angeles Gospel on Demand, or call the West Angeles Christian Emporium at (323) 731-3012. Highlights from Bishop Blake’s sermon titled, “The Table of Bread” follow:

“As you enter into the Holy place just to the right, there’s a furnishing called the “Table of Bread.”

“It was made of acacia wood, which is a very strong, durable wood, and it was overlaid with pure gold.”

“Gold was the most beautiful and valuable of all metals. The bronze altar and the bronze laver were made from brass.  One symbolized the atoning work of Jesus Christ; the other, the cleansing work of the Spirit of God.”

“Everything in the Holy place was either made from gold or it was overlaid with gold.”

“It’s always disappointing to be moved from a higher level to a lower level.”

“Most people try to see to it that they either rise higher and higher or they at least maintain the highest level that they’ve reached. That ought to be the same in our walk with the Lord.”

“If we want to go from silver to gold and gold to platinum in our frequent flyer clubs and credit cards, how much more should we want to go higher and higher in our relationship with the Lord?”

“How many of you are striving to go higher and higher in the Lord?” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“How many of you are striving to go higher and higher in the Lord? I don’t want to be where I was last week…As I go through this Christian walk, I want to go higher and higher and higher.”

“The wood in the table symbolized the human and the gold in the table symbolized the divine. The table symbolized the coming together of, and the interaction of, the human and the divine.”

“Jesus Christ, Son of God, divine, took on humanity that He might bear us to and before God the Father. The table, then, represents Jesus the Son of God, who was both human and divine.”

“There was also a frame; a band, an elevated edge around the table, about the width of a man’s hand. It was designed to keep the bread from falling off the table…Israel was, and believers are, the bread; and thus, the elevated edge is there to let us know that God has put some provisions in place to keep us from falling.”

“Look at your neighbor and say, ‘You just don’t have to fall.’ God has made so many IMAGE Cliff Jude24provisions for us to survive in Him, that it takes special effort to fall away from the will and the plan of God in our life.”

“So many are worried about their spiritual survival, so many worried about slipping over the edge. But God does not want us to be worried and anxious.  He’s not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, and power, and a sound mind.”

“Most commentators feel that the 12 loaves represent the 12 tribes of Israel, and that the table of bread communicated God’s desire to dwell with His people, and that His people should dwell with Him.”

“They said, ‘Lord bring us back together again; let us be as one in You.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘God wants you in His face.’”

“We focus our attention on Him. We realize that He’s our source, and that all must come through Him.”

“When you praise Him, chains are broken.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“It’s not just about the place. It’s about entering into personal relationship with the Spirit of God: always before Him, always reaching out to Him, always yearning for the more of our God.”

“My soul thirsts for God…for the living God.”

“When you do what you should do for God, God takes care of you.”

“We’re here today because the Lord has provided, and because we know the Lord will provide.”

“This is why we can say, ‘Lord, give us this day, our daily bread.’”

“I assure you, my brother, my sister, if you put your trust in God. If you put God first, the Lord will make a way somehow.”

“Let the people bring bread. Let the people bring fine flour. Let the people bring that which is made from the best of wheat: and I’ll take care of them in the wilderness. I want their best, so I can give them My best.”

“This is why we can say, ‘Lord, give us this day, our daily bread.’” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

““Every time she took something out, God put something in.”

“When you give [to God] what you might enjoy, what you might consume, then you are investing in your covenant with the Lord.”

“Child of God, you never lose when you Bless the work of God.”

“They gave bread from the earth and God gave them bread from heaven.”

“This manna, this bread made from wheat that they provided, not only nourished the priests on their behalf, but it set the covenant aright and firm in the heart and mind of God and of the people.”

 “The Bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives Light to the world.” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“The manna was in many ways symbolic of Jesus Christ.”

“’Most assuredly I say to you, Moses did not give you bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven,’ for the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and give light to the world.”

“Jesus is bread to us, and we are bread to Him.”

“Jesus is blessed by our praise…Praise Him for who He is. He’s worthy!”

“When you praise Him, miracles start to happen. When you praise Him chains are broken; yokes are broken. When you praise Him, He takes you higher than you’ve ever been before. Clap your hands and praise Him!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Leviticus 24:5-9, Philippians 2:9-10, 3:12, 4:19; Exodus 25:25, 30, 40:23; Jude 24-25, 2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 27:8, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 42:1, Matthew 6:33,   John 6:31-35, 55, 15:7; Numbers 11:7, 1 Kings 17:13, Psalm 22:3, Romans 14:11.


Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, by Bishop ENCOUNTERING GOD bookCharles E. Blake, Sr. Paperback Legacy Publishers International, 2004, 173 pages.

In Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake beautifully and poignantly illustrates to us the clear path to establishing a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Experiencing your divine encounter with God means following steps that will touch His heart. From Presiding Bishop Blake: “If you will follow these steps, then I can assure you that the experience you so desperately desire…will come!”

To  order your copy of Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, please CLICK HERE to purchase.


Photo of Sutton Bank: courtesy, Wikimedia Commons.

Image of the Table of Showbread: courtesy, Tabernacle Ministries.

 

SERMON: The Lampstand

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. continues his series of messages from his book, “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence”, with a study of the lampstand, one of the key furnishings in God’s Tabernacle.

On Sunday June 12, 2016, Presiding Bishop Blake taught the congregation at West Angeles Church of God In Christ about power of light in the life of the believer, using the symbolism of the lampstand. The lampstand, or menorah, is one of the key furnishings in the Tabernacle of God in Exodus 25:31.

Bishop Blake began with a story of his own visit to Nigeria, and the honor of being invited to attend 7 a.m. prayer at the mansion of Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo. But just when it was time for him to shave and dress for his visit, there was a blackout at the exclusive hotel where Bishop was staying. “Lord, help me…help me Lord!” cried Bishop Blake. “Lord, please let these lights come on!” And an instant later, light returned. “I believed the lights came on because I prayed!

“Believe that God is going to do something great in the midst of His people,” said Bishop. “To quote the late Oral Roberts, ‘Something good is going to happen to you.’ How many of you expect something good to happen?”

This entire series and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel on Demand.  To purchase the book, “Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence,” please click HERE.

 

“Let there be light!” Genesis 1:3  

“It’s difficult for us to imagine how significant light and darkness were to ancient men…Today, we can change the blackness of night into the brightness of noonday with a flick of a switch.”

“Night and darkness were a terror to ancient men, because there was always danger of wild beasts and unseen hazards and robbers…and beyond these very real dangers there were the superstitious fears that ancient men had about countless spirits and demons and haints that did their devilment under a cloak of darkness.”

“Light is the essential condition of sight.”

“Unless it was absolutely impossible to do so, ancient men ceased their activity at night.”

“Light was fire…fire was light. It was warmth; it was protection.”

“In certain ancient societies, one of the most important individuals in town was the keeper of the fire.”

“When everybody’s fires went out, they could go to the keeper of the fire to rekindle their fires.”

“For those who lived in biblical times, a lamp was a great necessity in the home. They didn’t have matches to strike…Almost every fire was started from some other fire.”

“Light is the essential condition of sight.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Only the poorest person slept without a lamp burning.”

“The light of the wicked indeed goes out. Job18:5”

“If all of one’s lights went out, he might have to travel many miles to obtain fire from someone else.”

“One of the most terrible curses of the ancient world was to predict that a person’s light would be put out.”

“Light is the essential condition of sight.”

“Given these conditions, it’s easy to understand why darkness was associated with unpleasantness and sorrow, and light was associated with good fortune and happiness.”

“When the Bible speaks of darkness, it’s not always referring to nighttime; but rather, those situations where a man finds himself where he cannot see his way; where he has no guidance, when he is lost.”

 “Darkness is when a man has no moral light to guide him.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“All of us have known a darkness that had nothing to do with the light of the sun.”

“Somebody in here knows what it is to have the blues.”

“I’m glad to say today that God is a God of Fire and a God of Light.”

“It was with light and with fire that God attracted Moses’ attention.”

“When God’s children are in the fire, their sin and their bondage may be consumed, but they themselves are not consumed”.

“This fire that the Lord sent came from heaven…this ever-burning fire symbolized God’s acceptance of their sacrifices; His favor and His forgiveness his power.”

“Somebody in here knows what it is to have the blues.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“God sent the fire, but God commanded us to keep the fire burning on the altar.”

“Moses was very careful to do everything exactly as God had told him to do.”

“They did not use God’s fire, but they got some strange fire.”

“Worship is about the Lord’s glory…worship is about honoring and respecting the might and the majesty of almighty God.”

“Their action caused the wrath of God to fall on them.”

“It was an error for them to do anything without approval from God.”

“They did not use God’s fire, but they got some strange fire.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“God, through Moses, had made them priests. They should have respected Moses’ leadership.”

“New responsibility; a new anointing should not cause one to disrespect leadership.”

“Some folk think anything they do, any way they behave, anything they say, anything ought to be pleasing to the eyes of God, but you have to seek the will and the way of Almighty God.”

“Improper worship implies an improper relationship with God.”

“Those who worship God must consider God and His service to be most Holy.”

“Their punishment was a warning that those who love god must not only sanctify themselves, but also consider God and His service most Holy.”

“I never would have made it without You.”

“So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Leviticus 10:2″

“Are there any true worshipers in the house? Hallelujah!”

“It’s time for awe; it’s time for reverence; it’s time for respect when you come into the house of the Lord.”

“Just as Moses sent the priests into the tabernacle for separation and consecration, God sent the first believers into the upper room for 10 days of consecration and prayer.”

“God is just as serious about worship in the New Testament as He was in the Old Testament.”

“Fire remains a symbol of God; fire remains a symbol of the Holy Ghost both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.”

“Let the Holy Ghost take control; let it rule.”

“There’s too much strange fire; too much strange worship, too much selfishness in the worship of the Lord.”

“You offer strange fire when you’re filled with pride, but you use God’s fire when you humble yourself in the presence of God.”

“Those who worship God must consider God and His service to be most Holy.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Humble yourself, and the Lord will draw near you; humble yourself and His presence will cheer you.”[1]

“We offer strange fire when we don’t repent for our sins.”

“If you’re seeking miracles; if you’re seeking power, you need to be washed before you come before God.”

“If you want a miracle, let God wash you. Come on and praise Him! Hallelujah!

“Make sure you keep the fire burning. That means we’ve got to keep the Holy Ghost moving.”

“Lord, let the Holy Ghost take control.”

“No fire but your fire…We need Holy Ghost fire!”

“When the saints get together and call on the Lord, God does something in the midst of His church.”

“Lord, let the fire burn!  Let the Holy Ghost move!”

“Send the power!”

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 25:31, Job18:5, Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:1, 13:21; Leviticus 9:24, 6:16, 10:1-2; Psalm 100:4, John 4:23-24, Acts 2:1-4, 5:1; John 1:27, 1 Corinthians 14:15, Jude 20, Romans 8:1.

[1] Hymn: Humble Thyself to Walk , Johnson Oatman, Jr., pub.1908. Public Domain.


Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, by Bishop ENCOUNTERING GOD bookCharles E. Blake, Sr. Paperback Legacy Publishers International, 2004, 173 pages.

In Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake beautifully and poignantly illustrates to us the clear path to establishing a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Experiencing your divine encounter with God means following steps that will touch His heart. From Presiding Bishop Blake: “If you will follow these steps, then I can assure you that the experience you so desperately desire… will come!”

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SERMON: Bishop Blake Teaches Symbolism of the Bronze Altar

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake continues the study of the tabernacle, preaching the 4th message of the series based on his book, “Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence.” Some of the new meaning found within the Old Testament symbolism of tabernacle refers to “relationships, especially our relationship with God,” said Bishop Blake.

“We talked about God’s nature; that He is holy, that He is jealous, but He is also merciful. We talked about God’s promises, and a practical, working understanding of God, so we can better understand what God is like, and what God expects from us.”

Bishop Blake also believes that the series can help us to understand ourselves, as well as those to whom we are to relate.

“We talked about what God is like. What we haven’t talked about is what we are like.”

In Part IV of the series, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake discusses some of the factors which “affect our ability or inability to properly relate to God, or to life. God wants us to enjoy Him.”

This sermon is based on the book, “Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence,” by Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. For more information, please see below. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…the almighty eternal God in His wisdom created and synchronized this vast universe in which we live.”

“As a finale of this great drama of creation, God brought in to existence a being made in His own image. He created man. This man and the women God gave to man was esteemed and cherished above all God had created.”

“Man was a living soul who had the capacity to communicate with God, to love God, and to worship God.”

“Genesis implies there was no death, no physical suffering in the universe as God created it. It was a vast symphony of harmony, and a vast symphony of peace.”

“Man was created in innocence and was privileged to live in communion with God, and in harmony with God and with creation.”

“Because God loved man, God made man a free moral being. He gave man the ability to make choices regarding his moral behavior and regarding his spiritual behavior.”

“Although God had created man in His own image, man had to make His own choices as to how he would maintain that purity, and maintain that righteousness.”

“God has dominion over all creation. The existence of alternatives is absolutely necessary if one is to be a free moral being.”

“Adam not only had to be free to do good, he also had to be free to do evil. Otherwise, he would not have been free at all.”

“It seems that God would have had our diet to be vegetarian. The thought of killing animals did not enter into the minds of Adam and Eve.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“The consequences of disobedience would be death.” 

“1 John 3:4 tells us that sin is a transgression of our obedience to the law and command of God.”

“Satan is still using the same strategy today. He’s still lying, doing the same thing.”

“The prospect of being like God was too much for Adam and Eve, and they disobeyed their creator.”

“That instance of disobedience was the saddest and most tragic moment in all of history.”

“Sin is the ugly blemish in God’s picture of what the world ought to be.”

“Sin had emblazoned itself on the nature of the universe. It is transgression of the law of God.”

“Sin is a slap in the face of God.”

“We’re like an heir who inherits an already encumbered estate…and he continues to [add] more and more debt against the estate.”

“Sin is a discordant note in the symphony of the universe.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“Sin is a dreaded disease and its relayed from father and mother to sons and daughters.”

“All men are sinners…because men are sinners by nature.”

“Every one of us has committed sins. Every one of us has reduced and contorted the picture of what God wants us to be. All have sinned…all of us fall short of the glory of God.”

“There are many who claim to believe…that if humans are left alone they’d automatically do what’s best, that they’d automatically do what’s virtuous. But there’s little evidence in the annals of human history to substantiate that view.”

“Man is what the Bible says he is, and that is a sinner.”

“Because of sinfulness, because of guilt, men became enemies of God and were made subject of the wrath and judgement of God.”

“The condition of the world before the fall of man and after the fall of man is graphically portrayed in Genesis 1:29.”

“It seems that God would have had our diet to be vegetarian. The idea of killing and consuming animals was not even mentioned. Even after they had sinned, the thought of killing animals did not enter into the minds of Adam and Eve.”

“They designed their clothing from leaves and from vegetable items that were growing on the face of the earth.”

“Notice that an apron does just fine up front. But from the rear, an apron leaves everything exposed!” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“In order for the skin of an animal to be obtained…the blood of that animal must be shed. From the time man sinned, bloodshed became necessary that his guilt and his shame might be covered.”

“The Bible says that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.”

“Sin is such an abomination and repulsion to our Holy God and to our righteous God.”

“The tabernacle was actually a relatively small tent-type structure…the walls were made of detachable acacia wood boards.”

“The high priests alone could go into the most Holy place.”

“What one would see upon entering the outer court was the brazen altar; an altar of sacrifice.”

“In the most Holy place behind the veil was the arc of the covenant, but the location of the brazen altar vividly  illustrates that entrance into the fellowship with God is by means of the altar of sacrifice.”

“Individual worshiper, if he was not a priest, could go no further than the brazen altar.

“The brazen alter was a testimony of God’s judgement, and God’s condemnation of sin.”

“The tabernacle, and everything in the tabernacle was a type or a shadow of things to come.”

“Just as the lamb was a substitute, Jesus was our substitute.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“What happened at the brazen altar confirms that the entrance into the things of God is available only by a sacrifice of blood.”

“Every priest stands administering daily, offering the same sacrifice which can never take away sins. But this man, Jesus Christ, after he’d offered one sacrifice for sins forever…He was perfecting  forever those who were being sanctified.”

“Throughout the Old Covenant, animals were sacrificed daily; lambs were sacrificed on the bronze altar. But when Jesus came He made one sacrifice  on the cross forever.”

“Just as the lamb was a substitute, Jesus was our substitute.”

“Clap your hands and praise God for Jesus!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Exodus 29:38-46, 1 John 3:4, Genesis 1:29, Hebrews 9:22, Genesis 4:3, Romans 3:23, Exodus 11, Gen 3:7, 21, Hebrews 10:11.


 

Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, by Bishop ENCOUNTERING GOD bookCharles E. Blake, Sr. Paperback Legacy Publishers International, 2004, 173 pages.

In Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake beautifully and poignantly illustrates to us the clear path to establishing a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Experiencing your divine encounter with God means following steps that will touch His heart. From Presiding Bishop Blake: “If you will follow these steps, then I can assure you that the experience you so desperately desire… will come!”

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SERMON: God’s Terms of Engagement

In Part III of his series on the Tabernacle of Moses, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. begins the study of 5 key furnishings in the tabernacle, each of which holds symbolism for establishing a deeper relationship with God in our lives today. 

In his sermon titled, “God’s Terms of Engagement,” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. studies 5 of the furnishings that were in the Tabernacle of Moses: the bronze altar, the bronze laver, the table of showbread, the lampstand, and the golden altar of incense.

“Each of these items is a symbol for something else,” said Bishop Blake, “and each of their actions represents a symbolic action.”

Based on Exodus 25, the sermon is a revelation into the wonders of the Bible, and how we can use it to make our lives fuller.

“Old Testament symbolism has a New Testament application,” continued Bishop Blake. “There are things in the spirit that we do through Christ Jesus that will take us into the very presence of God, and each phase is symbolized by something that was in the Tabernacle of Moses. Jesus is really what the tabernacle is all about.”

This sermon is based on the book, “Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence,” by Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.  For more information, please see below.

“God’s terms of engagement is God’s provision; His standard.”

“The status of the people of God; relationship the people had with God, and God’s response to them, were related to how they would deal with – in sincerity – those items that were in the tabernacle.”

“If they, in a pure and sincere heart, dealt with those items in the tabernacle properly, it would enhance their relationship with almighty God.”

“The bronze altar, with its sacrifices, represented God’s selection of the acceptable price to be paid for sin, and God’s forgiveness…It represented the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made, once and for all, for our sins.”

“The bronze laver, in which the priests would wash themselves, represents moral and spiritual cleansing.”

“The table of showbread represented God’s people constantly before his presence offering themselves to Him.”

“By offering that which was most precious, they offered themselves and their lives to the Lord.”

“The Bible is filled with physical actions that we ought to take in relationship with God. God talks about behavior in worship, in moral life, in relationships with other people; in relationship to money, and so on.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The candlestick in the tabernacle represented moral and spiritual light: the light that God and His people were to be in a dark and Godless world.”

“The golden altar of incense represented what God’s people and their worship were to God…a sweet aroma unto God.”

“The contents of the arc of the covenant were two stone tablets upon which the 10 Commandments were written; Aaron’s rod that budded, and a pot of manna.”

“The second set of tablets represented a second chance for the people.”

“[Aaron’s] rod …represented God bringing life out of death, and possibility out of impossibility.”

“The pot of manna represented God’s miraculous provision for His children.”

“The mercy seat on the arc represented the culmination and success of the process by which they’d been involved with the other items in the tabernacle.”

“What causes one place to be different from another place? But God said, ‘In that place I shall meet with you.’”

“You’ve got to take a bath or else when you come before me you’re going to die…Tell your neighbor, ‘It seems to me, God is serious about this!’”

“You better watch out for your own fire.”

“There is none other like Him in all the universe…God is Holy!” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“If somebody tells you they’re jealous, you better believe them; and if they’re really tough, you really better believe them!  And God is saying, ‘I’m jealous!’”

“There is none other like Him in all the universe…God is Holy!”

“God’s nature mandates that His praise be the highest praise.”

“Nobody or nothing should get the praise that we give to God.”

“Every one of us have some preferences for how we want to be treated…Now, I just need to stop right there. Some carnal minds will go off, and I won’t get you back!”

“If you’ve got a husband or a wife, make sure you know how they want to be treated, and within reasonable limits, treat them that way.”

“If you’re not married wait…your day will come.”

“The word of God tells us how God wants to be treated.”

“The Bible starts with the heart of man. It clearly teaches that it doesn’t start on the outside, it starts on the inside. And it starts with the heart.”

“So, no matter what else you do, no matter how you perform all the rites of worship…God says it starts with your heart.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“God says, ‘Treat me like I’m special.”

“Few things are more gratifying than to have somebody that you love praise you in a crowd.”

“There are few things that are more painful than to have someone criticize you in a crowd.”

“None of us would be happy with a loved one who gave us thoughts and not word, or words and no actions.”

“God expects good deeds. God expects good actions. God expects favor from those who say that they love Him.”

“Unless God can impact us on the level of the physical, He cannot impact us at the level of the spiritual.”

“The Bible is filled with physical actions that we ought to take in relationship with God. God talks about behavior in worship, in moral life, in relation with other people, in relationship to money, and so on.”

“We’re stimulated visually. We’re motivated visually. We’re motivated through our senses. The interaction of body and mind is such that they both stimulate one another.”

“But the body, spirit, and mind relationship is such that every mental and spiritual impulse carries with it a physical manifestation.”

“There are some things that happen on the inside that you cannot hide on the outside.”

“God expects good deeds. God expects good actions. God expects favor from those who say that they love Him.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Soul rejoicing is at its best when it gets noisy.”

“David said, ‘Class dismissed! I’m going to praise the Lord!”

“The tabernacle was a tangible instrument of the worship and praise of almighty God.”

“God uses symbols.”

“The Lord’s supper that we celebrate on the first Sunday is symbolic. The bread represents His body; the juice represents His blood.”

“Baptism is a symbol. It’s symbolic of the burial of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

“The cross is a symbol. It’s symbolic of our salvation.”

“Sometimes you don’t praise Him like you should, but when you have a symbol of the cross, a symbol of body a symbol of His blood you’re able to praise Him.”

“I know that the Lord has brought you from a mighty long way…Lift up your hands and praise Him.”

“God is so good to me.”

“He shows up when we worship Him. He shows up when we praise him. He shows up when we glorify Him. Come on and praise Him!”- Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“There are at least seven Hebrew words that tell us how to praise the lord. All of them mean praise, but each focuses on a different kind of behavior”

“He shows up when we worship Him. He shows up when we praise him. He shows up when we glorify Him. Come on and praise Him!”

“Worship is what you do, it’s not only what you feel, but it’s also what you say. It’s things, it’s places, it’s behavior, it’s conduct.”

“When you show up with the right stuff, show up in the right place, doing the right thing, with the right praise on your lips, God said, ‘I’m going to show up and bless you and take you higher than you’ve ever gone before.’”

“I wish somebody would praise him…Are there any true worshippers in the house today?”

“When the Holy Ghost shows up, you’ll move! When the Holy Ghost shows up, your body gets healed When the Holy Ghost shows up, your spirit gets blessed. When the Holy Ghost shows up, the power of the Lord is in the room!”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘The Holy Ghost is here right now!’”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 25:8, 21, Exodus 3:4, 29:29, 26:33, 30:18, Leviticus 10:1-2, Ex 34:14, Psalm 139:1,23, 1 Samuel 16:7,  Leviticus 10:3, Romans 12:1, Jeremiah 20:9, Psalm 34:2, 2 Samuel 6:14, ps 50:14, Psalm 103:1, Psalm 22:3, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:2-3, John 4:24.


 

Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, by Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Paperback Legacy Publishers International, 2004, 173 pages.ENCOUNTERING GOD book

In Encountering God: The Pathway to His Presence, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake beautifully and poignantly illustrates to us the clear path to establishing a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Experiencing your divine encounter with God means following steps that will touch His heart. From Presiding Bishop Blake: “If you will follow these steps, then I can assure you that the experience you so desperately desire… will come!”

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Bishop Blake: When Your Soul Refuses to be Comforted

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint – Isaiah 40:31

Sometimes, peace of mind may seem elusive. We may feel plagued by our past hurts and our sins, and it seems as if things may never be right again. When we feel overwhelmed by the shadow cast over us by the hurts of our past, we must always remember that God is often trying to teach us that we have strength in Jesus. He is teaching us resilience; how to have faith, how to overcome, how to triumph.

In this sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. gives us the example of a mother eagle teaching her baby how to fly. Sometimes the mother eagle will drop her young from her grasp, then swoop down at the last minute as it falls. Just as the eagle saves her offspring moments before it hits the earth, God looks out for us in the same way. Comfort comes in knowing that God will never leave us; nor will He forsake us in our time of need.

“When you endure difficult trials your soul should be comforted,” said Bishop Blake… “Jesus has already paid the price…God is trying to teach you how to fly.

“James 1 says,

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

What do you do when your soul refuses to be comforted? Are there bible verses that you refer to when you are feeling anxious or depressed? Please feel free to share them with others below, so that they too may be comforted.

This sermon, titled, “What to do When Your Soul Refuses To Be Comforted”, from May 27, 2012, is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

SERMON: Bishop Blake Teaches Progress, Maturity, and Growth in the Spirit

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” – 2 Peter 1:2-3

“One of the most tragic things in life is for a person to have no ambition; no desire to improve their lot; no desire to rise higher and higher,” said Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake in his Sunday, March 22, 2015 sermon. The inspiring sermon, aptly titled, “Grow Up,” referenced the fantastic growth rate of the early church, the qualities of the mature believer, and our own ability to grow as individuals. “When you stop growing, you start dying,” said Bishop Blake. “God’s plan for the things that He loves is growth, development and progress.”

Some of our favorite moments from the sermon follow:

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“There are two basic processes that affect the physical man. Those two processes are growth and death.”

“Throughout his life man is either growing or a man is dying…When you stop growing, you start dying.”

“God’s will, God’s plan for the things that He loves is growth, development and progress.”

“Growth, progress and development are embedded into the very heart of humanity.”

“There’s something about a real man and real woman that not only wants to grow physically, but mentally; spiritually…This is why (Giuseppe) Mazzini said, ‘The moral law of the universe is progress.'”

“Standing still is not our option” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Margaret Fuller said, ‘I’m suffocated and lost when I don’t have the feeling of progression.’”

“You should strive to do better and to be better, and to do more and to have more, with each passing year.”

“Every per person ought to have goals; objectives for his or her life.”

“Stop waiting for something to drop out of the sky on your head! Success is not going to fall into your lap!”

“The New Testament church was a growing church; it was a thriving church…It was a praying church; it was a unified church. God, help us to be that kind of church!”

“Some people want to be a big fish in a little pond…but how many of you know that ponds have a way of drying up?”

“How many of you are glad to be a part of something great?”

“Our God is too great for us to think small! God is depending on us to do something great for Him!”

“These are the Seven Christian Virtues: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, charity. Don’t you know we need these things in the world today?”

“When you grow and add and multiply, that means you’re making progress in the Lord.”

“Standing still is not our option.”

“When you’re mature in God, you’re stable. You’re solid.”

“Some people are easily led astray and led away from the life of the church…God needs some folks who will say ‘I’m gonna stay with God no matter what!'”

“A mature believer has endurance.”

 

“He may not come when you want Him,  but He’ll be right on time” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

 

“A tree is not mature because it’s tall; not mature because it’s green.  A tree is mature because it brings forth fruit.”

“If you want to grow, you must be born again.”

“When you accept Him by faith, He comes into your life.”

“Faith walks into a world that cannot be touched.”

“Some people never grow because they never feed their spirit…Is there anybody hungry for God and thirsty for God?”

“When you praise Him, your spirit gets stronger and stronger.”

“If you want to get built up, stand on the faith of the Bible.”

“Some folks don’t grow because they have no power…but Jesus said, ‘You shall receive power!'”

“Jesus is the baptizer!”

“Neighbor, if He saved you, He wants to fill you with the Holy Ghost.”

“If you want to grow, the Holy Ghost is promised unto you…Tell your neighbor, ‘The Holy Ghost is here right now!'”

“You receive the Holy Ghost by faith…Lift up your hands and say, ‘Lord, by faith I receive it!'”

“Faith takes hold of the promise.”

“If the word of God says it, faith believes it!”

“Lord, thank you for sending the Holy Ghost into the world today!”

 

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES – 2 Peter 3:17, Acts 2:41, 2:47, 5:14, 6:7 , 11:21, 14:1 ,16:5, 17:4, 18:8, Hebrews 12:1-2, Mark 4:31, 2 Peter 1:1-8, Galatians 6:9, Isaiah 40:31, Job 23:10, Proverbs 16:7, John 16:7, 1 John 4:4, John 1:11-13, Joel 2:32, Revelation 3:20, John 1:27, 3:1-5, Matthew 7:11, Acts 2:1-4, 1-8.

WATCH an excerpt below as Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake delivers his Sunday, March 22, 2015 sermon titled, “Grow Up”: