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Christian woman refuses to recant faith, faces death

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian woman living in Sudan, was sentenced to death on May 15  for refusing to recant her faith.

The story of Ibrahim, 27, broke  internationally last week. She was born to a Muslim father and an orthodox mother, but after her father left the home during her childhood, Ibrahim adopted Christianity. The court, however, still considers her to be a Muslim.

When Ibrahim refused to revert to Islam, she was subsequently convicted of apostasy, or refusing to recant her faith. She was also convicted of adultery, considering that under Sharia law, a Muslim woman is not permitted to marry a man of a different faith.

In addition to her death sentence by hanging, Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes as a punishment for committing adultery.

Ibrahim is currently imprisoned with her 20-month-old son. She is also eight months pregnant.

Read the full story here.

On the same day as Ibrahim’s conviction, CNN named Sudan as one of its “8 worst places in the world to be religious.”

This story begs the question: Does Ibrahim’s death sentence say more about the state of humanity or the strength of Christian faith?

Sentencing a human to death, let alone a pregnant woman, because of their specific religious beliefs is an injustice that knows no bounds, but not one that is surprising, especially in Sudan.

CNN reports that conversion from Islam in Sudan is often met with flogging and amputation, as well as death. And in a 2014 report, the Pew Research Center said that Christians are the religious group most likely to be persecuted worldwide.

We will keep the readers of West Angeles updated on this story as it continues to unfold.

“Nothing is impossible”

The title of the post says it all.

A video surfaced this week of a man named Ibrahim Hamato, who lost both of his arms in an accident at age 10.

Hamato was an avid table tennis player before losing his arms, and he decided to continue with the sport the best way he saw fit: using his mouth. You have to see the video to believe it.

Hamato, who lives in Egypt, was this week invited to the ZEN-NOH 2014 Web Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Japan. 

Is this not an example of Christ blessing one of his children with the strength to perform a wonderful feat? The mental fortitude displayed by Hamato, to even continue to pursue the sport despite his misfortune, is something to marvel at.

Almost on a daily basis, we encounter barriers that make us feel as if it will be difficult to move forward, whether in relationships, professionally, academically, or any other arena. It’s stories like these that help us to put things in perspective and be appreciative of the strength that God has blessed us with.

Although Hamato’s physical strength has been severely compromised, he’s only been strengthened psychologically, which is truly a blessing.

Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

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Intersection Named After

The intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard could become ‘Bishop Charles E. Blake Square’.  In honor of Bishop Charles E. Blake service as Pastor of West Angeles Church for 44 years, City Council President Herb Wesson introduced a motion in the Los Angeles City Council recently, naming the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard in honor of Bishop Charles E. Blake.

“Bishop Blake has been and continues to be one of our preeminent spiritual and community leaders,” said Wesson.  “We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his many contributions and the lives he has touched in our community, and on the continent of Africa through his leadership of “Save Africa’s Children.”

Once approved by the City Council and signed by the Mayor, Council President Wesson will lead a community celebration commemorating the designation and the posting of the signs marking the location.

Source:SouthLA

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“…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” Hebrews 10:25

Looking for a church home? We welcome you to join us here at West Angeles where you will be welcomed with open armed. As a member of this faith community you can experience the joy of participating in a variety of activities and worship services. You will be nurtured and have a chance to nurture others through our ministries and outreach programs. At West Angeles, we cherish our membership. We don’t consider you just another number, but a friend…someone to pray for and love.

Please call us 323 733-8300 for inquires on member orientation, membership status, of if you just want to share your newly commitment as a member of our congregation–we are here for you.

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Join The Men of West Angeles Church for the Annual Men’s Weekend, October 18th and 20th. This exciting weekend begins with an elegant Gala at The beautiful Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. Tickets for this stellar event are $65.00 and are going fast!!!! This wonderful weekend concludes with a spirit filled Men’s Day on the 20th.  We are also asking each Man of West Angeles, to join us in giving $50.00 towards the retiring of the mortgage on that day!  Stop by The Brotherhood Tables on the Concourse to purchase tickets as well as to sign up to a part of The Men’s Day Choir, Usher or Ambassador!

Men’s Day Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, October 7th at 7:00PM

Monday, October 14th at 7:00PM

Thursday, October 17th at 7:00PM

Saturday, October 19th 10:00AM

All rehearsals will be held at the Cathedral!

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

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As more young men are faced with harsh decisions daily, without the guidance of a strong male influence, it is the divine motivation of the Brotherhood Organization to motivate and equip young male adults with a strong Christian mentality that will better equip them with the tools necessary to live productive spiritual lives.

It is in this vein that the Brotherhood Organization was initiated and, through the leadership of God Almighty, the teachings of His Son Jesus Christ, and the Power of the Holy Ghost, that this ministry shall grow and prosper.

Join The Men of West Angeles Church for the Annual Men’s Weekend, October 18th and 20th. This exciting weekend begins with an elegant Gala at The beautiful Westin Hotel on Century Blvd and concludes with a spirit filled Men’s Day on the 20th.  We are also asking each Man of West Angeles, to join us in giving $50.00 towards the retiring of the mortgage!  Stop by The Brotherhood Tables on the Concourse to purchase tickets as well as to sign up to a part of The Men’s Day Choir, or serve as an Usher, or Ambassador

Boston’s Tragedy: From Celebration to Carnage

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Imagine lacing up tennis shoes in anticpaition for a marathon. You have conditioned your body, careful for what you consumed; and thoughts are on keeping pace, hoping loved ones are watching and perhaps this year will be the year you make it to the top 20?  No one could have known that the world’s oldest annual marathon would be a tragic seen of blood, tears, and torn limbs.

Two bomb explosions positioned near the end of the finish line resounded an hour after the marathon had began. Three people lost their life — including an 8-year-old boy — and  176 were treated at nearby hospitals when the twin blasts went off near the finish line Monday afternoon.

“This was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism,” President Barack Obama said Tuesday after a briefing with his national security team. “Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.”

Confusion reigned Tuesday over whether the bombs contained ball bearings or some other form of shrapnel — a key indicator that could help investigators fingerprint the explosives and find those who made them.

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital found pellets and sharp nail-like objects in their patients who were wounded in the bombings, said Dr. George Velmahos, head of trauma care for the hospital. Dr. Albert Pendleton, an orthopedic surgeon who was helping staff the race’s medical tent, told CNN on Tuesday it was “basically like the bomb took out the legs of everybody.”

Days like this, when things seem darker than ever, we are reminded why we need hope in a new Kingdom. A Kingdom reigned by a returning King.

Join Bishop Charles E. Blake, Lady Mae, and the entire West Angeles Family as we pray for peace in the city of Boston, healing for its victims, and strength for the families affected by this horrific and cowardice tragedy. We stand and agree that Boston will rise up from the ashes and Americans will reunite like we have been known to do in the face of destruction.

 

Photo from David L. Ayan/TheBostonGlobe/GettyImages

Autism Awareness Service

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, which serves to educate the public about autism.  West Angeles is joining other congregations around the state in recognizing Autism this month through the efforts of Special Needs Network.

Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys and is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. On average Autism costs a family $60,000 a year for therapeutic treatment! Time to start embracing, understanding, sympathizing with the realities our kids face today our kids over labeling them.

Autism Awareness Observation will take place Sunday, April 14th during the 11:00AM service. We will be offering information, support, and awareness for families, friends, and advocates.

 

 

Support of Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel

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Thursday, March 28, 2013 on the main plaza of West Angeles Church of God in Christ Cathedral, African American Leaders or other civil rights icons stand on the steps of the cathedral in support for Los Angeles City Controller and Mayor Candidate Wendy Greuel. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles Police Commissioner John Mack, Los Angeles Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell, SEIU ULTCW President Laphonza Butler, Bishop Kenneth T. Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church, Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray, Rev. James Lawson, and Advancement Project CEO Connie Rice all cited Greuel’s leadership, experience, and dedication to the people of Los Angeles.

Bishop Blake says “This is a great day for the City of Los Angeles. We are all here to support someone who has spent her entire career investing in the City of Los Angeles. Going back to her work with former President Bill Clinton to improve our schools and her unprecedented support to attract new development. Many community leaders have gathered here today support Wendy gruel. Thank you for being here to support the next mayor.”

I see Los Angeles in the furture and it looks much better than it looks right now! –Bishop Charles E. Blake

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