SERMON: Uleses C. Henderson, “There’s A Miracle On the Other Side of Your Storm”

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As hurricane season commences around the United States, storms and strong winds cause many to lose power, while floods leave many others stranded. But as Elder Uleses C. Henderson preached to the West Angeles congregation on October 11, 2015:

“Your ship may be battered, your stern may be compromised. Your rudder may be broken, your sail may be ripped to shreds. But I just want to encourage you this morning to hang in there. Stay in the ship, don’t go overboard because Help in on the way.”

Elder Uleses Henderson is general counsel of the Church of God in Christ, and partner at One LLP, a Los Angeles law firm which provides a broad range of intellectual property advisory and litigation services in areas such as patents, trademarks, copyright, entertainment and new media. He is on the Board of the Jubilee Broadcasting Network, and is also a quarterly columnist for COGIC’s Whole Truth Magazine. Elder Henderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, an Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, where he also served as executive editor of the Loyola Law Review.

Elder Henderson’s sermon “There’s A Miracle On the Other Side of Your Storm” can be found HERE, on West Angeles’ Gospel on Demand.

Highlights from the sermon follow:

“We are all survivors of some kind of shipwreck, and we have all experienced storms.”

“What matters is not the storm, but what you do in the midst of the storm.”

“Storms are a part of life.”

“Every storm will eventually run out of rain. Look at somebody and tell them, ‘Your storm is almost over.’”

“Hearing God’s Word is intended to produce faith, and faith must always be tested.”

“It’s one thing to see a miracle. It’s another thing to need a miracle.”

“Jesus wanted to teach…how to live not just in a storm, but through a storm.”

“What matters is not the storm, but what you do in the midst of the storm.” – Elder Uleses C.Henderson

“The seeds of faith that Jesus planted…had to be tested before they could be trusted.”

“Satan doesn’t care how big the bible is that you tote, how many scriptures you can quote. Satan doesn’t care if you hear the Word, so long as you don’t live by the Word.”

“Unbelief produces fear.”

“Faith is not just asking and receiving. Faith is trusting God despite the outcome.”

“In order to survive the storm, the first thing you must do is rely on His promise.”

“When God gives you a command and a destination, He’ll always make and give you a promise.”

“You may be holding onto broken pieces of your life; broken dreams, broken relationships. You may be hanging by a wing and a prayer, but hold on anyhow!”

“Where you are, is not who you are.”

“If God sends you into a storm, He’ll never send you by yourself. He’ll always get into the storm with you.”

“If God brings you to a storm, He’s already given a strategy to get you through the storm.”

“If God sends you into a storm…He’ll always get into the storm with you.” – Elder Uleses C. Henderson

“Somebody here today has been thrown into the fire, but look at your neighbor and tell your neighbor, ‘I may have been thrown in bound, but I’m coming out loosed!’ God uses the fire to destroy the things that have held you bound.”

“Life is not determined by what has happened to you. Life is determined by what God has said about you.”

“God has spoken to us and given us some dreams and some visions. He’s told us to start businesses. He’s said go forth in ministry. He has told some of us to go back to school.”

“What I’ve learned about the film industry is that you don’t cut a trailer until the film is already finished. God has already given some of us a preview of things to come.…Tell yourself, ‘My script is already written!’”

“A faith that can’t be tested is a faith that can’t be trusted.”

“If prayer is the engine, then faith is the transmission.”

“Faith puts into action in the earthly realm what God has already performed in the spirit realm.”

“It’s already done!”

“Our greatest problems are not around us, but within us. It’s the spirit of unbelief.”

“If you want to make it through the storm, then you need to take God at His Word.”

“It takes a storm to know that God is a healer. It takes a storm to know that God is a deliverer…He is our refuge and our strength because it takes a storm to answer the questions about who God really is.”

“Faith requires trust in God: not just in some things, but in all things.”

“Get in the boat with Christ!” – Elder Uleses C.Henderson

“Faith is the only way to stop the devil from stopping you.”

“You don’t have to wait until the battle is over, you can shout right now.”

“Same God right now, same God back then.”

“You already have on the inside of you what you need to handle any storm.”

“When we’re going through a storm, some of us look to our family and friends: those who lack the ability to affect change in our situation. Some of us look to our internal ability; our intellect…our money: only to discover that some storms we’re just not equipped to handle.”

“Somebody needs to look at their situation and tell it to ‘Sit down and to shut up!’”

“A storm represents a changing of season…God told me to tell you that your storm is almost over, and your miracle season is on the way. And what comes after a storm? The rainbow: a sign and a promise from God.”

“Is there anybody here who will lift up the name of Jesus; who will praise God through your circumstance? He’s going to bring you out of the storm: come on and give God the praise!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Mark 4:34-39, John 16:33, Mark 3:14, 2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 34, Philippians 1:6, Isaiah 43:2, Daniel 3:25, Genesis 37, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 25:15, Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, Romans 5:3-4, , Romans 8:28, Mark 6, Psalm 23:4, James 1:8, John 15:7, Psalm 1:3, Is 59:19, Psalm 145, 1 John 4:4, Mark 1:25, Genesis 1, Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 30:5, Mark 5:1-20.

SERMON: Reverend Albert C. Macklin IV says, “I’m a Survivor”

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The West Angeles congregation was on its feet for the anointed man of God, Reverend Albert C. Macklin IV, who preached the spirit-filled, October 4, 2015 message, “I’m A Survivor.”

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. introduced the guest speaker for West Angeles Church of God in Christ’s 8 a.m. service, Reverend Albert C. Macklin IV.

Reverend Macklin, who was born with glaucoma and has been blind since 1998, celebrated, in his opening remarks, the leadership and integrity of Presiding Bishop Blake.

“Bishop Blake leads us in our great fellowship of churches worldwide…One thing the Lord has blessed us with is leadership that shows us what can be done. Our Bishop is a man of excellence, a man that has put in the time in the Kingdom of God, a demonstration to Pastors everywhere to look what you can do when you have faith in God.”

“Just touch somebody and tell ‘em, ‘Sometimes you have to speak victory during your test,’” Bishop Macklin sang mightily. “Tell your neighbor, ‘I’ve got a story to tell. I’ve got a testimony!’”

The entire October 4 2015 sermon, titled, “I’m A Survivor” is available on West Angeles’ Gospel On Demand.

“When you look at being a survivor…a survivor is one who has gone through great turmoil, gone through great crisis…great tragedies or dilemmas, traumas, situations, drama in their life. And at the end of the journey… they’re still living. They’re able to declare that they are a survivor.’”

“You have survived because you have learned some practices that enable you to declare, ‘I made it!’”

“A survivor…conditions themselves to make it through stormy weather, bad conditions, to make it through what the average person wouldn’t be able to handle.”

“When you look at a survivor, they condition their mind. They condition their spirit just to be able to sustain them to the end of the journey.”

“Surviving really has to do with your mind and your spirit” – Reverend Albert C. Macklin, IV

“We must be sensitive to the spirit. Church, we’ve got to learn how to have a sensitive ear to the spirit of God.”

“It’s the Spirit of God and the sensitivity of our hearts, which will minister to us in our ‘right now’ situation.”

“I hear Shirley Caesar sing that great song, ‘Lord, Please Don’t Move My Mountain’…There are some things you’re gonna have to learn how to tunnel through.”

“There’s some situation you’ve been praying for God to move, but God said, ‘I’m trying to teach you about Myself…I’m trying to teach you My Word, about My Power.’”

“A lot of us want God to be a ‘right now’ God, but I want you to know, God is not always a ‘right now’ God.”

“You’ve gotta learn to hang on in there through whatever storm may come.”

“You cannot be connected to everybody and to God at the same time” -Reverend Albert C. Macklin, IV

“A lot of times we cannot hear because of the interference. What you’re dealing with in the spiritual realm is called ‘spiritual warfare.’”

“One of the greatest areas of spiritual warfare that the believer is faced with is interference from other people.”

“You’ve got to learn that if you’re going to make it through this turmoil…you cannot be connected to everybody and to God at the same time.”

“There’s some people you’re connected to that are messing up your journey and your testimony…because there’s a transferring of spirits.”

“You’ve got to learn that it’s alright to hang out by yourself sometimes.”

“How you gonna have victory, when you’re connected to folks who are defeated?”

“How you gonna show me how to be big when little got you?” Reverend Albert C. Macklin, IV

“If don’t nobody else wanna go, you go, because God’s spoke to you.”

“You cannot look for everybody to go where God has not spoken them to.”

“Wherever God directs you to, He will protect you.”

“If you hang on in there, God’s got a way of turning things around!”

“When you’re going through the storm, remember, there is a name. And that name is Jesus.”

“I believe God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Acts 27:41-44, Proverbs 23:7, Psalm 46:5, Revelation 3:6.

Reverend Albert C. Macklin, IV is a COGIC son. Born the son of a COGIC pastor, he is also the brother of the Second Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God In Christ, Bishop Jerry Macklin. He received a Master’s Degree in Theology from San Jose Christian College in 2004, and is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician, and gospel recording artist.

After the passing of his father, Pastor Albert C. Macklin III, Reverend Macklin was appointed Senior Pastor of Sweet Home Temple of Deliverance in Palo Alto, CA. He has served as Sr. Executive Pastor’s Administrative Assistant, Dean of COGIC Christian Education, and many other positions within the Northern California jurisdiction.

Born with glaucoma, Reverend Macklin lost sight in one eye in 1994, and in the other in 1998, but he remains a persevering, faithful servant of the Lord. He is the husband of Lady Evelyn Macklin; a proud father of four wonderful children, and is dedicated to a life of prayer and holiness.

Reverend Macklin lives by the principle, “My way is made, my need is met, and the door is open unto me. I believe God.”

Hear Inez Andrews sing, “Lord Don’t’ Move My Mountain” below:

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Inez Andrews’ version of “Lord Don’t Move My Mountain” made it to #48 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1973.
  • Inez Andrews was referred to as “the last great female vocalist of gospel’s golden age,” by the New York Times in 2012.
  • Fellow member from The Caravans, Pastor Shirley Caesar, once dubbed Inez Andrews as “The High Priestess” for her ability to hit high notes. She also once stated, “there never was and never will be another voice like Inez Andrews.”

Elders Corner: Elder Graves on Christian Stewardship

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As a part of our Elders Corner series, Elder Wilfred Graves Jr. explains what it means to be a Christian servant and how through stewardship, God allows us to be a partner in moving forward His mission on earth.

West Angeles Church has moved into a season in which God is challenging each of us to move to a greater level of commitment. The theme for 2015 is:

“Christ’s extreme sacrifice calls for our extreme commitment” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

The Lord desires for us to commit every area of our lives to Him. This commitment includes our time, talents, finances, and other resources. All of these are gifts from God, and He wants us to use what He has given us for His glory and purposes.

The faithful and responsible use of God’s gifts is called Christian stewardship. In the Bible, a steward is one who is entrusted with the possessions of another. In the Gospels, a steward is a servant who is to manage the affairs of the master. The steward does not own the possessions; he/she is responsible for handling them in a wise manner. Christians are stewards over what God has given us. God owns everything (Psalm 24:1) and He entrusts us to handle His possessions with the utmost care (Genesis 1:26).

Partnering with God
The fact that God has entrusted us to manage His resources means that He has allowed us to become partners with Him. A financial offering, for example, is not only a gift to God’s work, but it also is participation with God in the establishment of His divine rule on earth. God can use our financial offerings as seeds that will yield a rich harvest of blessings and changed lives.

The Love of Money
It is easy to make an idol out of money. In fact, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:9-10). God does not mind His people having money. However, He wants us to surrender all aspects of our lives, including our finances, to His control. The surrender of our finances to Jesus Christ is one aspect of our surrender to His Lordship over our lives.

Tithes and Offerings
The tithe is ten percent of the increase of material blessings – monetary or other – that God has enabled a person to receive. The tithing principle is a useful minimum standard of “proportionate giving.” Several Old Testament examples of tithing include: Genesis 28:22; Leviticus 27:30; Deuteronomy 14:22; and Malachi 3:8-10.

The New Testament continues the tithing principle. Jesus mentions tithing in Matthew 23:23 and tithing supports the ministries of local fellowships in 1 Corinthians 9:11-12 and Galatians 6:6-7. The New Testament also elaborates on the tithing principle by offering a number of insights on giving.

Giving is a voluntary action that is “unto the Lord.” Besides giving a tithe, a person can give a regular offering or a special offering. We should always find ways to give as much as we can to the Lord’s work. The basic motivation for giving is our relationship with God. We belong to God and we should seek to please Him in all that we do. God loves us and has given so much to us. Therefore, we give out of our love for and gratitude toward God. Giving is an act of worship. It is a positive response to God’s liberality and generosity, and it supports the work of ministry.

New Testament Principles of Giving
Jesus Christ taught important principles of giving, including the fact that God rewards unselfish giving (Luke 6:38), giving should be sacrificial and motivated by a sense of commitment (Mark 12:41-44), and “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians also contain many wonderful principles of giving. According to these chapters, Christian giving:

1. Is an expression of God’s grace (8:1-6)
2. Can be a spiritual gift (8:7)
3. Is inspired by the sacrifice of Christ (8:8-9)
4. Should be proportionate to our wealth (8:10-12)
5. Should be done with accountability (8:16-24)
6. Can be stimulated by friendly competition (9:1-5)
7. Promotes thanksgiving to God (9:11b-15)

Conclusion
Giving is an important aspect of our worship, stewardship, and commitment to God. God does not expect us to give what we do not have. He expects us to give what we do have with willingness, joy, and enthusiasm. As we continue to give, God will keep supplying resources to meet our personal needs and those of the local church. Is God challenging you to increase the amount of your contributions to His work? If so, then He will certainly reward your faithful obedience to Him.

Blessings,
Wilfred Graves Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr. serves West Angeles Church as Special Assistant to the Senior Pastor and Chairman of the Board of Elders. He is the author of ‘In Pursuit of Wholeness: Experiencing God’s Salvation.’ The book is available at Amazon.com or http://www.pursuitofwholeness.com.

FOR FURTHER READING:
On Stewardship – 1 Chronicles 28:1; Matthew 24:45; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; and Luke 16:1-13.
On Giving – 2 Corinthians 8 and 9.

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I’m Getting It All Back – Bishop Brandon Porter

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This message speaks diligently to the fact of how people will criticize you before knowing your struggle.

 

 

In Memory of Elder Marion Green

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“Blessed are they which die in The Lord from henceforth: That they may rest from their labour and their works do follow them” Rev. 14:13

Elder Marion Green
June 6, 1916 – February 23, 2015

It is with heavy hearts that Bishop Charles E. Blake and West Angeles Church announce the passing of Assistant Pastor Emeritus Elder Marion Green.

This great soldier transitioned this morning to join his beloved wife Lady Celestine Green and the Church Triumphant.

For over 40 years, Elder Green stood by the side of Bishop Blake in unwavering support, leadership, strength, grace and humility. He found his purpose in God and completed his assignment with integrity and dedication.

As a decorated veteran of World War II, Elder Green brought the same discipline and loyalty to his callings as Minister of The Gospel, husband, father, friend and staff member.

We lift up the entire Green family as they both mourn and celebrate their beloved Patriarch.

We honor this Mighty Man of Valor for his service to and for the Body of Christ!

Final arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11:00AM in the West Angeles Church North Campus  Sanctuary,

3045 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

Lovingly,

Bishop Charles E. and Lady Mae L. Blake
West Angeles Church of God in Christ

I’m Determined To Be Blessed – Bishop Charles E. Blake

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Those who are determined to be blessed by God should listen to Presiding Bishop’s message, “I am determined to be Blessed.”  He uses Jacob as an example.  It was not Jacobs strength but God’s faithfulness to His word.

Christ’s Extreme Sacrifice Calls for Our Extreme Commitment – Bishop Charles E Blake

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What type of extreme commitment can you make towards Christ?  When sacrifice for Christ God will bless you.

Joseph The Forgotten Man – Bishop Charles E. Blake

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Plight of the family determines the plight of the world.  Bishop gives a dynamic message during Christmas on Joseph the Forgotten Man.