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Elder Kenneth Hammonds – What Is Holiness? Part 1

The world today calls for the church to live in holiness and righteousness. God calls us as His people to maintain our connection to Him; to be a people set apart from the ways of society, and to use our lives to bring light into the darkness of the world. In the first of a 3-part series for “The Elders’ Corner,” Dr. Kenneth Hammonds discusses the meaning of holiness through linguistics, and through understanding the nature and wonder of God Himself.  Presented at West Angeles’ Wednesday Night Bible Study.

What Is Holiness?

In order to study the meaning of holiness, we must start with God. God is the beginning of holiness. Before the beginning of creation was God, who existed in all of His splendor by Himself, of course in the persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But some theologians assert that God’s holiness – or His “otherness” – is His key attribute; the central core and foundational attribute of His nature and character.

One pastor, Pastor Jim McClarty, made a great statement which said, “God is unlike any other, and His holiness is the essence of His otherness.”

Defining Holiness through Language

Let’s look at some of the basic concepts of holiness through linguistics, in both its Hebrew and Greek foundations in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

In Hebrew, the word is Kadosh, which means “sacred or holy.” This word is used many times in the Old Testament, in the book of Leviticus. In the Greek (in the New Testament), the word is Hagios, which means, to be holy; to be sacred, to be set apart by or for God as holy or sacred.” The Greeks used the word in their temples. A third word, Ekklesia means “church, assembly, congregation, convocation.” It is made of two words: ek which means “out of,” and klesia, from the word kaleo, which means “to be called.” The church is not the building! To be the church is to be called out as the assembly for God’s purpose.

Three words summarize the linguistic foundation of holiness and what it is. Holiness is:

  1. DIFFERENT – standing out from the ordinary
  2. SET APART – for purpose, mission, and service to God
  3. BEAUTIFUL – the splendor, the beauty of our life and of our witness; holiness is attractiveness

In other words, to live holy means that we are called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light.

What Does Holiness Mean To Me?

Some questions about holiness we may ask:

  • “How do we know God is holy?” We know because God reveals, proclaims, and declares Himself as Holy to mankind. Leviticus 11:44 says, “Be Holy because I am Holy.”
  • “God is holy, but can He impart holiness to humans?” God says that it is possible, and it can be done.  Indeed without Him, you cannot be Holy. His nature makes it possible. You can be different; you can be set apart, but it takes His impartation of holiness to be set apart to God.
  • “Why is holiness required or indispensable?” Holiness is indispensable in the time in which we live, and in New Testament theology. It is absolutely required and indispensable to show God’s work in the lives of human beings. In you, as a holy human being, others have seen a difference in your life! The impartation of God’s holiness speaks to others about God’s work in our lives, which is for the benefit of mankind. Because others live holy, mankind benefits, simply because someone is set apart for God’s service. Most importantly, the reason we do anything and everything is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31 –

“We do all things for the glory of God.”

So, holiness is to be lived and enjoyed!


Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. That is the holiness that God gives, and it is also the holiness of what God is. As you look at the words we’ve discussed above, you see that the nature of holiness is good. Holiness means being set apart. If you are a set apart being, then you are beautiful.


Be beautiful! Called-out! Set apart!

God Bless you!

Adapted from “Let’s Talk About It: Holiness,” by Dr. Kenneth Hammonds, Dr. Wilfred Graves and Elder Oscar Owens, 11/11/2015, at the West Angeles North Campus Sanctuary.


SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 2 Peter; Isaiah 6:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Romans 1:6, Leviticus 11:44 , 1 Corinthians 10:31.  See also: Strong’s Concordance, and the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon.

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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:



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.



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.

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Bishop Blake: Confident Living

Are your worries and fears closing in on you? Do you feel that the world goes against all you believe in? In this sermon from 2012, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. gives us the Kingdom tools for living confidently within the power of the Word of God.

Romans 8:37 – Yet in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

“Our text for today provides for us a foundation for living with confidence, and living without fear.”

“There are many Christians who do not live confidently. Our father has given us the Kingdom, but we sometimes think and act like paupers.”

“Omnipotence awaits our very beck and call, but we are filled with fear and intimidated by it all.”

“Those who would manipulate you, those who would control you, those who would imprison you emotionally, will do so by capitalizing on your hunger and on your fear.”

“Don’t tell folk your business; don’t tell folks your insecurities and fears – unless you know they love you.”

“If you look to people as a source…and if you strongly desire what people can give you, they may use you and your hunger to accomplish their goals and aspirations, rather than your good.”

“By holding up what you desire, they will lead you in directions that you should not go.”

“Be careful of who you reveal your insecurities to.”

“Fear will cause you to turn away from a very righteous agenda.  When people know you are afraid, they will use your fear to make you step aside and be silent, when you ought to be speaking out.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“You’re never better off when you’re content.”

“Don’t be hungry for things…live in, drive in, and wear what you can pay for.”

“Don’t live on credit, because if you live on credit you’re going to live hungry and afraid.”

“If there’s unavoidable hunger and there’s unavoidable fear, reveal it to God.”

“The devil and the wicked will use your hunger, use your fear as handles by which they will guide you and control you and keep you in bondage.”

“If we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, then we are justified.”scripture-graphic3

“It’s good to base your actions on what you know about the Word of God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Grace is something wonderful to be under because grace is God’s righteousness at Christs’ expense.”

“Jesus paid it all!”

“Stop downing and condemning yourself: start praising God!”

“Start believing what God’s Word says, and you shall become what God’s Word says you can become.”

“Aren’t you glad to be a child of God?”

“Look over at your neighbor and say, ‘It’s working out!’”

“You’re dealing with something that’s bigger than you can handle; overwhelming you, driving you down into the dirt, but I want you to know, just keep on loving and serving God…it’s working out!

“God is going to bring you over! God is going to bring you out!”

“It’s good to base your actions on what you know about the Word of God.”

“Some of you are worried about the forces that are against you…You’re worried about a situation the environment that is…but you ought to rejoice because the Bible says, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ Hallelujah!”

“The Bible says that God has created all things…How can something that God created and controls be against us?” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Don’t worry about what seems to be against you. Just keep on trusting God. You’re going make it. You’re going to come through it.”

“The psalmist says, ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, thou art with me!’”

“When God shows up, I don’t care who else shows up: there’s nothing that God cannot deal with!”

“Break for praise! Clap your hands and give praise to God for all that He is!”

“We can live confidently because if God is for us, the world cannot come against us stop us block us.”

“If you’re looking for love, you’ll find it in God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“If you looking for someone who cares about you, if you’re looking for someone to trust with your fears, open your heart and say, ‘These are my challenges; these are my fears, my hunger,’ you can do so with God, and He will help you.”

“Stop walking in inferiority…All of us need the mercy of God. Come boldly to the throne of Grace.”

“You don’t have to live in defeat. Position yourself in Christ and you’ll be more than a conqueror.”

“Jesus conquered demons; He made them tremble and He made them obey Him…He destroyed principalities and powers. Through death and resurrection, Jesus was more than a conqueror.”

“The same spirit that raised Him up from the dead is in you to conquer and to overcome.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Romans 8:31-37, Genesis 25:19-34, 50:20; 1 Timothy 6:6, 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 4:11, Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 23:4-5, Psalm 27, Roman 3:28, John 3:16, Hebrews 4:15, Proverb 16:32.

CONFIDENT LIVING: Be blessed by this inspiring sermon from 2012 titled, “Confident Living”.  See this sermon it in its entirety HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. 

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Elder Richard Brooks Imparts Practical Christian Wisdom

In this edition of “The Elders’ Corner,” Elder Richard Brooks shares pearls of wisdom on purpose, understanding enemies, and allowing God to use our lives to Bless others.

Every strong faith, culture or society makes room for the impartation of wisdom from its Elders, and the Church of God in Christ is no exception. The Bible provides us with such wisdom, and the Elders of the church are among those who teach and pass on that wisdom to others.

Elder Richard L. Brooks was raised in the church, and has been infused with Biblical wisdom and COGIC tradition through his grandmother, through YPWW (COGIC’s Youth Training Union), and through Prayer & Bible Band, the oldest organized auxiliary in the Church of God in Christ. A quiet, humble man, Elder Brooks has always had a fascination with education and Christianity, and is always seeking words of wisdom in the Bible.

He now passes on generations of tradition and wisdom through his Sunday School classes, during New Members’ Orientation, and as Program Coordinator of West Angeles’ School of Practical Christian Living.

In this edition of The Elders’ Corner, we’re blessed to have Elder Richard L. Brooks share some pearls of wisdom with us.


“A lot of people talk about having an experience with God, but they don’t have any experience because they don’t listen. They know what they want to do and they go after that…That’s the biggest mistake we make. We are taught to make that mistake.”

“You’d be surprised at how many people have no idea what they are called to do. And it’s simply because they have not sought the Lord.”

“We ask our children from the time they’re little, what do you want to be? What are you going to be when you get grown? We tell our children to decide what they want to be. We don’t teach our children to seek the Lord. We don’t do that…we do not do that.”

“Children…they don’t know what they’re capable of…only God knows.”

“There’s a difference between a good idea and a GOD idea. A good idea, anybody can do it. But a God idea…only the person God gives it to can do it, because He only gives you a part of it at a time.”

“God will say, ‘Do this,’ and you do it, then it comes to a standstill. You can’t go further because you don’t know what to do. Then sometimes you say, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll try to do this over here’ – but it don’t work. God does not give you the whole program.”


“The Lord is ‘hinkty!’ If He tells you something, and you don’t appreciate it enough to get up and write it down, He’ll let you forget it, and all you’ll have is the knowledge that ‘The Lord told me something…and I can’t remember what it was!’ You know that it’s something that you need, because every now and then, way down the line, you’ll hear it again.”

“God is telling you, ‘When I give you something, write it down!’ When He said (in Habakkuk 2:2), ‘Write the vision; make it plain, so that those who read it may run…,’ the Lord’s not in the business of telling us things just so we can forget it. God has something He is trying to tell us.”

“There’s a difference between a good idea and a GOD idea.” – Elder Richard L. Brooks

“You have to stay in harmony with what God’s doing, because if you get out of harmony with what He’s doing, He’ll quit, and you’ve got nothing, because it all came from Him.”

“It’s important that we remember what the Lord tells us because God knows that the devil is waiting…just waiting…”


“You’ll run into people who look at your success, and they’ll think it’s you, and they don’t realize it’s God. They want to tap into it. ‘Oh, I want to do that.’ But you can’t give them what you’ve got because it was given to you.”

“You’d be surprised at the enemies you’ll make while you’re busy working, trying to do what the Lord says. But somebody over there is plotting, setting you up to stab you in the back. It puts you in a position where you’re totally dependent on God.”

“When you get involved with the work of the Lord…you’re not going to be happy a lot of times. Folk will make you unhappy. They’re gonna see to it that you’re unhappy, because they’re unhappy. You’ve got to be able to throw that off and keep on going.”


“People think when they get to Heaven, they’re gonna see the Holy Ghost. No, you ain’t gonna see the Holy Ghost…It’s a Spirit.”

“When Jesus said ‘I’m going to prepare a place for you’ – He said ‘a place,’ but it’s a body…’In my Father’s House there are many a mansions’… John said, ‘I saw a new heaven and a new earth coming down out of heaven.’ God don’t need Earth. He’s Spirit. Earth is natural. Christ is telling us…the people who need earth will have a body.”

“Paul talks about, ‘The mortal must put on the immortal’ bodies. You won’t be floatin’ around, eatin’ milk and honey!”

“Peter said, ‘Nevertheless, we, according to His promise, look for a new heaven and new earth wherein righteousness dwelleth.’ There’s something coming, but God doesn’t tell us. Paul said, ‘I saw it, but I can’t tell you. He won’t let me tell you.”

“Nothing that we can imagine approaches what God has prepared for them that love Him. It’s beyond our human imagination. If people are already jumping off bridges and taking poison trying to get there, imagine if we had an idea of what it would be like!”

“There are people who just want to end it all. But they don’t realize, you don’t end nothing. You’re gonna live forever. It’s where you’re gonna live that’s the thing.”


“Most of us don’t read the Bible because we don’t understand it. We read Psalms, but the Psalms don’t tell us a lot of things.”

“We’ve got to learn that just because we’re saved, we’re speaking in tongues, we love the Lord and so forth, it does not mean that we know what we need to do. We don’t know.”

“Don’t tell God what you want to do. Listen to God to find out what HE wants you to do.” – Elder Richard L. Brooks

“Our will is not God’s Will. What we want to do 99.9% of the time is different than from what God wants us to do. Now, God will show us and tell us, and our reaction? ‘Ooooo, that’s going to hurt. I don’t know if I can do that!’”

“When you get in His Will, that’s when your life takes off. This is why Jesus said, ‘I do always those things to please My Father.’ It’s not our will, it’s God’s Will.”

“If you want the Lord to lead you, find out from Him what He wants you to do and you’ll be way up the line.”

“We must ask, ‘What does God want me to be? What does it take for me to be what the Lord wants me to be? How am I supposed to live and be a Christian?’ Don’t tell God what you want to do. Listen to God to find out what HE wants you to do. That’s Practical Christian Living.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 1 Chronicles 16:10-12, Isaiah 55:6-7, Habakkuk 2:2, John 8:29, 2 Peter 3, Revelation 21:1-2; John 14:1-4, 1 Corinthians 2:9, 15:53; John 5:30.

Elder Richard Brooks is Program Coordinator for West Angeles’ Christian Education Department and its School of Practical Christian Living. A product of the Church of God in Christ, Elder Brooks acknowledged his call to ministry in 1953, preaching his first sermon that same year at Lockett Temple COGIC in Detroit, MI. He was ordained in 1967, and has served in various capacities within the Church of God in Christ, including District President of the Young People’s Willing Workers Department (YPWW), Pastor, and Sunday School Teacher, which he continues to do to this day. Elder Brooks encourages believers to practice Biblical concepts through daily application of its principles. He continues to direct, guide and serve the people of God through preaching, teaching, and living the Word.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW for THE SCHOOL OF PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN LIVING –  Do you want a more enriched life for you and your family? Are you new to Christ, and you want to know more about how to live from a Christian perspective? The School Of Practical Christian Living (PCL) offers classes such as Integration of Faith, Community and Service, What Am I Called Of God To Do and more. Learn to be the best Christian you can be by applying biblical principles and practices to your everyday life.

REGISTER NOW through Sunday, September 11th.  For more information or to register, please visit table 9A on the Cathedral concourse following each morning worship service.  You can also register in the lobby of the North Campus Sanctuary on Wednesday Nights from 6:00- 8:00PM.  Call (323) 733-8300, Extension 2366. Join us for the next session!

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Bishop Blake: What God Wants From You

For many of us, there is the strong feeling that more is required of us by God. Presiding Bishop Blake gave the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ a gentle, yet powerful lesson in understanding God’s desire for our lives in his First Sunday sermon titled, “What God Wants from You,” on August 7, 2016.

“You have the dimension the divine, the moral, and the spiritual impinging on our lives,” said Bishop Blake. “So you’d ask, ‘Is there an eternal spirit within me? If so, how can I live for the benefit of my soul and my spirit? Should I respond to the physical side…or the spiritual side of my being?”

Bishop went on to question, “What does God want from me? How can I please a perfect God? How can I come up to God’s standard, even in light of the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ?”

Hear the entire sermon and more HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“Almost every person who hears my voice this morning is struggling with some kind of behavioral disorder.”

“Almost everybody in your world wants their piece of your life…Of course, if you did what everyone wanted you to do, you’d explode into 100 pieces.”

“You’re in a quandary between what you want to do and what you ought to do, and even your wants and your oughts seem to be extremely complex, contradictory, and conflicting.”

“Some are convinced that the demands of the Christian life are so great, that one would be better off if he had nothing to do with God.”

“No living, no moving, no being without God.”

“God wants us to share His power” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“If you seek God and His will, everything else will take care of itself.”

“God wants you to be blessed. God wants you to be happy. God wants you to have the highest and the best in life.”

“God is saying, ‘What I want from you is that you just walk humbly with me.’”

“God wants us to share His power.”

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. before the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ. 8/7/16.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. before the congregation of West Angeles Church of God In Christ. 8/7/16.

“Loving and knowing God is more important than serving God.”

“It’s God’s desire to know and love his children.”

“God wants our love more than anything else.”

“Pharaoh did not know Joseph. He did not acknowledge any obligation to Joseph or Joseph’s people…He did not recognize what Joseph had done to preserve Egypt during the time of famine.”

“To know Jesus is to acknowledge Him…To acknowledge Jesus Christ is to recognize who He is: the Son of God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords.”

“Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, ‘You are mistaken not knowing the scriptures, and not knowing the power of God’” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.


“To know Jesus is to believe in Him; to believe what the Bible says about Him, and in what He says in the Bible.”

“The word of God is our guide and our reference book for learning all we need to know about Jesus Christ.”

“Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, ‘You are mistaken not knowing the scriptures, and not knowing the power of God.’”

“We should read the Bible every day.”

“A friend is a person you know very well. God wants to be your friend; Jesus wants to be your friend.”

“Real friends understand one another, and turn to one another in times of trouble.”

“Knowing Christ as an intimate friend will build an immunity to temptation.”

“To people who are distant to us, we must be diplomatic regarding our approach to them…But a friend you can approach without hesitance.”

“Come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” – Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

“How many of you know you can call on Jesus at all times?”

“The Bible says, ‘If Jesus is in your life, He’ll keep you from falling.’”

“How many of you know that a real friend will stop you from doing stupid stuff?”

“Jesus is the perfect friend.”

“To know Christ is to obey Him…to follow Him. You seek His advice and guidance as you go through life.”

“Jesus: His power is unlimited…The Bible says that the same power that raised up Jesus is at work in your life.”

“If you believe in Jesus, if you know Him, if you trust Him: then as he arose from the dead, you can rise above challenges that stand before you.”

“Our Savior is alive! Our Savior conquered death! Hallelujah!”

“You can have victory through Jesus Christ…Jesus said, ‘I give you power over the power of the enemy! Nothing shall, by any means, harm you!’”

“Jesus is the perfect friend” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“I may not have bombs and artillery at my disposal, but I have the name of Jesus who rose from the dead. I can call on that name any time.”

“There’s healing in the name of Jesus. There’s deliverance in the name of Jesus. There’s power in the name of Jesus.”

“Child of God, don’t go through life without knowing God.”

“You need the power of the Holy Ghost at work in your life! Lift your hands and say, ‘Hallelujah!’”


SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Micah 6:6-8 acts 17:28 1 cor 1:25, psalm 147:4, 73:25, 42:1; john 6:68, Matthew 5:6, 6:33, 22:29; John 3:16, 7:37, 10:10, 10:27, 14:13, 15:7, 17:3; Jeremiah 9:23, 29:13; Hosea 6:6, Hebrews 4:15-16,  Jude 24, 1 john 2:3, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Ephesians 1:18, Luke 10:19 , Acts 1:8.

Hear Guest Psalmist NIA ALLEN as she performs the beautiful and touching, “Holy Spirit”:




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How Bishop Blake Became Our Pastor

As a message of hope and resilience during times of adversity, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. shares the inspiring story of his journey to the pulpit as Pastor of West Angeles Church of God In Christ.

I preached my first sermon in 1957. Between school terms, I traveled across the BISHOPblake-2011nation preaching revivals and attending COGIC conventions. When I finished college, I enrolled in graduate school at ITC, the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA (the same school that Elder Charles Blake, II graduated from).

During my education, I worked as a public school janitor and also as a recreation leader for the city of Atlanta to help support myself financially. My salary was $45 a week. and I decided I better get married. I married Lady Mae. She was a school teacher (that brought a little money in…you single men, get married!). When I received my Master’s degree, my father, Bishop J.A. Blake, hired me at his church in San Diego, CA. With a wife and a child, I worked for my father for three years at a salary of $75 a week…$3900 a year.

After working for my father for three years, Bishop S.M. Crouch, the COGIC Bishop of Southern CA, informed me that he intended to assign me to a church in Los Angeles called West Angeles Church of God In Christ. The church had approximately 50 members, but it had been without an active pastor for over two years.

Although bishops appoint pastors in the Church of God In Christ, the existing leadership of this church had made up their minds not to acknowledge Bishop Crouch, or to receive any pastor that Bishop Crouch brought to their church. The night before I arrived, they’d voted 40 to 11 not to hear anything Bishop Crouch had to say.

Bishop Crouch and I arrived the next morning at the church, which was on 5th Avenue and West Adams Boulevard. Bishop Crouch went to the pulpit and preached, then announced that God had directed him “to appoint this young man, Charles Blake, as pastor of this church.” Seven men stood immediately to announce that they did not accept his appointment. Bishop Crouch told the seven men to sit down; they refused. So he said to the congregation, “Everybody, stand up.” The congregation stood. Bishop Crouch prayed the benediction, tapped me on the shoulder and said, “It’s yours, my boy” – and walked out the side door.

“A problem is not a problem with God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

I stepped to the podium and spoke to the congregation and said, “Listen, if it doesn’t work out, I’ll be the first one out of here. But give me a chance, and if it works out, the church will be blessed. The majority of them voted at that time to give me an opportunity.

There were some in the crowd, however, who were determined that they were going to fight to the finish:

  • A back-slidden preacher walked from jail to the center seat of the pulpit to try to take over the church.
  • There were there years of continual litigation, where individuals filed lawsuits and personal claims.
  • Folks invited me outside to fight, during which time I had to have an armed bodyguard for my personal protection.
  • People would turn out the lights and disrupt our meetings with screams and with shouts.

I called the deacons and said, “You better get down here quick before I hurt somebody!” But in the midst of it all, the church congregation doubled in size the first year, doubled in size the second year, and doubled in size the third year, until it became the largest church in our denomination, and one of the largest churches in these United States. And that was history.

God let me know who the center of my life is to teach me that if He could bring me through that, then He can bring me through anything. If God can bless me in the midst of that, then God can bless me no matter what.

This message today about my experiences is to share with you that adversity and affliction do not mean failure or defeat. It just means that the more we are afflicted, the more we grow; the more we multiply, and God is going to get a greater glory.

A delay, a problem, may not be a real problem with God. Just show God that He’s in charge of your life. Hallelujah!

Adapted from the sermon “Greater Blessings for Greater Afflictions” at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, Los Angeles, CA. 7/12/15.


To hear this entire sermon, “Greater Blessings for Greater Afflictions,” please CLICK HERE, to visit West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

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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!”

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

To see this entire service, or to learn more about Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake’s series on the tabernacle and more, Please click HERE, to go to West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

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SERMON: God’s Terms of Engagement

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!”

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

To experience this entire sermon, “God’s Terms of Engagement” and more, please CLICK HERE for West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

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SERMON: God’s Motive and God’s Objective

For his Sunday April 10 sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. continued a series he began on Sunday April 3 which is taken from his book “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence.” Bishop Blake’s often humorous delivery of his sermon, titled “God’s Motive and God’s Objective,” was met with laughter as he compared God’s relationship with us to the relationships we have with others.

“God loves you, He’ll do anything for you,’ said Bishop, “but He’s got to have His R-E-S-P-E-C-T!”

Last Sunday Bishop Blake was led to speak about the Arc of the Covenant and its symbolic significance in the NT and for our life in God even today.

“Years ago when I began to study about the Arc and the other furnishings of the tabernacle; the holy days, the high priests and the various sacrifices, all of these things came to my attention…The Tabernacle was a symbol; an image of Jesus Christ.”

This entire service and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow: 

“The study of the Arc of the Covenant and the Tabernacle present to us Old Testament examples and shadows of New Testament realities.”

“If you study the history of a person or a relationship, you will better understand that person…and the nature of that relationship.”

“The understanding of a person’s history will help you deal with that person.”

“Jesus frequently said that He came to fulfill the law, and the Bible frequently affirms that the Old Testament, the Tabernacle, the priesthood and the sacrifices served as shadows and examples of heavenly things.”

“What was it that God wanted? What motivated Him to reach out to man? What was God’s objective?”

“In order to live effectively with a person, you need to know your objectives for dealing with that person, and you need to know that person’s objectives for dealing with you.”

“It’s very wise to ascertain the expectations the other party has of you, prior to committing to a relationship.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Everybody that smiles at you…who treats you nicely, does not want a relationship with you.”

“Everybody who treats you rudely or harshly is not responding to something you are or even something you have done. Some people are just rude; some people are just harsh…and they are that way to everybody they meet.”

“Most people are just trying to get from one day to the next day.”

“Maybe to your great disappointment, you need to know that everybody does not spend a great deal of time thinking about you.”

“Some will want to be your friend, but others will desire a favor from you; a loan, or some benefit from you.”

“There has been a tremendous amount of pain and confusion in the world because people who want relationship have been dealing with people who only wanted relations.”

“If you want a Godly, honorable relationship, you’ll have a terrible time dealing with somebody who only…wants to use you and throw you away.”

“If you are to deal effectively with a person, you need to understand that person…You need to know their goals; their objectives.”

“God will do anything for you, but He’s got to have His R-E-S-P-E-C-T!” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“It’s tough to be with a person who mistreats you, who doesn’t care how you feel or what you think.”

“Some folks wear you out just being around them.”

“You need a good understanding of yourself. Ask your neighbor, ‘Do you understand yourself?’”

“Don’t be tricky. Don’t be deceptive.”

“If you’re struggling with homosexuality brother, don’t mess up some poor lady’s life. And lady, don’t marry somebody, thinking that you’ll be able to change him from gay to straight.”

“There’s got to be mutual admiration and respect. This is absolutely necessary and essential for a lasting, satisfactory relationship.”

“Relationships that are deficient in communication are doomed to much unhappiness and failure.”

“People need to talk – and people need to listen.”

“Some people – even friends – have a big ol’ orangutan of a problem sitting right in the middle of their relationship and they won’t recognize that it’s there.”

“You can’t just look at people and know people…Can I get a witness?”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Try again…and again, and again.’”

“Don’t let your emotions and your animal drives cause you to make a fool of yourself.”

“Remember that personality and character do not frequently change.”

“The best way to tell what a person will do is to look at what a person has done, and that will tell you what you can expect.”

“In discussing God’s purpose regarding His relationship with us…the principles are the same whether with God or with men and women.”

Deuteronomy 28:1 (NKJV) Blessings on Obedience –  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.”

“Down through history, God’s purposes regarding his relationship with mankind has been the same…but because of our sin…God has chosen to deal with mankind in different ways during different periods.”

“After 400 years of slavery (in Egypt), God delivered Israel from Egypt. This was, in essence, their introduction to the Lord. Four hundred years of domination by Egypt had almost erased the every memory and image of God from their minds.”

“Even Moses himself knew so little about God, he had to ask God, ‘What is your name?’ And he had to teach the people how to do the same.”

“God’s motive for dealing with us is love.”

“I don’t care who you are…I don’t care what you have done, God is in love with you.”

“Most parents don’t want anything from their children. They just want to see their children to do well; to succeed. They want them to be prosperous. And their great despair is after they’ve invested so much into their children, they often see them waste and ruin their lives.”

“That’s all God wants for you. He wants you to be productive. He wants your life to be fruitful. That’s why God came into your life in the first place, ‘that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.’”

“God loves us, but if we’re going to have a relationship with Him, we have to know who He is.”

“God’s motive for dealing with us is love” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“It’s alright for you to come to God, but when you come, don’t bring mess and sin into the presence of the Lord.”

“Whatever you do for God, it ought to be greater. It ought to be more. It ought to be higher!”

“God said, ‘I am a jealous God…Don’t worship me today and Allah tomorrow!’”

“God’s objective is to love us, and to be loved by us.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Neighbor, I’m blessed going in and coming out. I’m blessed by the power of God!”

“There’s nobody like God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Deuteronomy 7:6-11, 6:4; Amos 3:3, Exodus 3:5, 13-15; Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16, Psalm 35:27, 149:4; John 10:10, Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:11, Psalm 150:6, 1 Peter 1:16, Psalm 136:1, Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Jeremiah 29:11,  Psalm 100:4.


  • Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.’s book, “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence” is available at the West Angeles Christian Emporium. Address: 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone:(323) 731-3012
  • To read highlights from last week’s sermon titled, “Components of a Testimony,” please click HERE.
  • Is Ethiopia the site of the Arc of the Covenant? Watch as COGIC’s International World Missions President Vincent Matthews shares historic facts about Ethiopia’s Christian heritage:


  • Please join us for the 21st WORLD MISSIONS CONFERENCE! Please click HERE for more information.