SERMON: Presiding Bishop Blake, “Components of a Testimony”

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On Sunday, April 3, 2016, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. began a new series, teaching from his book, Encountering God. The sermon was taken from scripture surrounding the Arc of the Covenant, the tabernacle of Moses, and the Israelites, who did not trust God in spite of miracles He performed on their behalf.

“Sometimes we’re losing because we don’t trust God,” said Bishop Blake. “The God that we serve has already made a way…God will take care of you if you only believe.”

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

“The Arc of the Covenant was in the Tabernacle of Moses. In the court of the Tabernacle it stood before the Brazen Altar where the sacrifices were offered up to God to atone for the sins of the people.”

“The Bronze Laver [is] where the priests were first washed by Moses and where subsequently they washed themselves as they performed the various rites of sacrifice in the courtyard.”

“The showbread…was made from wheat. It symbolized God’s people in His presence, and in fellowship with Him and one another.”

“The lamp stand, with its seven flames…symbolized God’s spirit at work…It symbolized God’s Word. It symbolized Jesus Christ. It symbolized the church of Jesus Christ.”

“The golden altar of incense…ignited by God’s fire, represents the praises and the worship of God’s people. It also represents the pleasure that the praises of God’s people bring to God.”

“God enjoys our praise.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Behind the veil is the most Holy place or the Holy of Holies. Within the Most Holy place is the Arc of the Covenant, which is also called ‘The Arc of the Testimony.’”

“The Arc of the Covenant was a wooden chest or box…This wooden chest was overlaid with sheets of pure gold, both within and without.”

“On the lid of the Arc was a plate of pure gold…That plate was called the mercy seat. At the ends of the Mercy Seat were two statues of golden angels.”

“For many reasons, the Arc of the Covenant is the most important piece of furniture in the tabernacle. It’s important, as far as I can tell, because the Arc…is the only item of tabernacle furniture that will be in heaven.”

“I don’t really understand how the Arc of the Covenant will be in heaven – whether it will be there materially or spiritually –  but the Bible says it will be there. And if God will retain the Arc of the Covenant alone for Heaven, then the Arc of the Covenant must be very, very important.”

“Arc of the Covenant was the first item of furniture to be described and placed in the Tabernacle.”

“Each of the three items were the result of miraculous occurrences and miraculous actions on the part of God.  Each of the three items were an expression of the love of God”

“The fact that each of these items is a response [of] God to negative behavior on the part of Israel is unfortunate.  Negative behavior caused each of these items to be placed before the people of God.”

“God had just brought them out of a 400-year ordeal of slavery and oppression.”

“God was working through Moses. Moses was obeying God’s directions.”

“God had just brought them out of a 400-year ordeal of slavery and oppression.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Moses…was already free. He was already doing well, but he returned to Egypt to bring God’s people out of slavery.”

“Murmuring is offensive and alienating…even a murmurer doesn’t want to be around another murmurer.”

“Murmuring is counterproductive because it makes future favors unlikely.”

“Murmuring is an indication of a lack of trust.”

“You got help and assistance before, what makes you think you have to murmur now?”

“The opposite of murmuring is praise.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“One of God’s worst judgments came down on Israel because of her complaining…The cause of their complaining in this case was a declining food supply.”

“Your blessing may require some work.”

“Your miracle does not excuse you from working while the miracle takes place.”

“Sometimes what you snatch against the will of God spoils and breeds worms.”

“What you invest in God won’t spoil.”

“How many of you know you have to rely on God every day?”

“They had to rely on God every day because without a miracle they would have been without food. ‘Give us this day our daily bread.'”

“There was manna in the Arc.”

“’ 35 And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense,’ and the next day all the congregation of Israel murmured…I think I would have kept my mouth shut!”

49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. Look at your neighbor and say, ‘I think God doesn’t like murmuring!’”

They had to rely on God every day because without a miracle they would have been without food.  ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“So many folks are against you, but God’s going to bless you anyway.”

“If God chooses you, there’s nothing that anybody can do about it!”

“That Aaron’s rod would blossom, that it would bear fruit, is assurance that God can bring dead things back to life again.”

“How do I know God can bring dead things back to life? Because he brought me back to life again! Halleluiah!”

“Jesus was dead. God brought him back to life again!”

“If anything has died in your world, God can bring it back to life again!”

“The tablets contained God’s Commandments for his people. They contained his will regarding their behavior.  But the fact that they were in the Arc was proof that God gave them a second chance.”

“This is the day of the second chance. I don’t care who you are and what you’ve done, God is a God of a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance.”

“Neighbor, you may have messed up, but God through Jesus is giving you a second chance.”

“Jesus was dead. God brought him back to life again!” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The arc was a testimony.”

“God will take care of you if you only trust Him, if you only believe.”

“They put the manna in the Arc so you remember that I provided for you in the desert…put the manna in the Arc so you remember that when there was no rain and no sowing and no reaping, I fed you with bread put the manna in the Arc so you remember that when you run out, I step in.”

“If God has done it before, God will do it again. God can heal again. God can provide again.”

“Ask your neighbor, ‘Do you have a pot of manna in your testimony?’ Can you remember a time when God miraculously provided for you?”

“When things seem dead and hopeless, God is still able!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 16:32 , Numbers 17:10; Deuteronomy 10:1-9; Hebrews 9:3-4, 1 Kings 8:9, Exodus 16:2-32, Revelation 11:19, Numbers 16, Numbers 17:1-4, Romans 17:8, Exodus 31:18, Psalm 37:25, Psalm 27:10, Hebrews 4:14-16

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Presiding Bishop Charles Edrward 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


 

SERMON: Bishop Blake Rallies the Saints – 2016 COGIC Theme

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Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. used the 2016 Church of God In Christ theme as the focus of his Sunday, January 10 sermon, and announces adoption plan to give homes to unwanted children.

“You all might be tired of me, but I’m not tired of you!” said Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake during the opening remarks of his January 10, 2016 sermon, referring to his 47 years as pastor of West Angeles. “It’s been a wonderful journey….but I still need your ‘Amens.’ I still need your prayers.”

Central to his sermon was the Church of God In Christ’s theme for 2016“Fighting for salvation and righteousness in a violent and immoral world,” taken from 1 Timothy 6:12. “The theme the Lord has given us for this year,” said Bishop Blake, “leads us to focus on 3 areas:

  1. It has given us a focus on the nature of the world in which we live.
  2. It mentions two primary prizes we must seek, and
  3. The level of intensity with which we must proceed.”

Bishop Blake also revealed statistics which reflect the level of violence and death in today’s world. “In the US, over a million babies are snatched from their mothers’ wombs by abortion every year,” said Bishop. He took the opportunity to announce  that the Church of God In Christ has started an initiative to encourage families and individuals “to make room in their homes for one more child,” in order to help stem the tide of abortions.

“Let the child live,” pleaded Bishop Blake.

This entire service is available on West Angeles Gospel On Demand; quotes from the sermon follow:

“Life is a fight; a warfare.”

“If people across the world began to reach for righteousness, this earth would become God’s paradise.”

“This world is not in the condition that God intended for the world to be. The bible tells us that man was created in innocence and to be in union and in harmony with God, His maker.”

“Through the disobedience of mankind to God, sin gained entrance into the world and in the experience of humanity.”

“War seems to be our favorite pastime. What can we do to promote peace and harmony to that part of the world?” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“You look at this vast synchronized universe of ours, and that leads you to assume that there must be somebody that set this universe in order.”

“War seems to be our favorite pastime. We lost 58,000 soldiers Vietnam War; 73,000 soldiers in the Gulf Wars. Some say as many as 1.7 million Iraqis have been killed around the Iraqi conflict. And 29,000 have died in the Afghanistan War; 100,000 in the war in Syria…What can we no to promote peace and harmony to that part of the world?”

“Annually around the world, 100,000 Christians are killed because of their faith. Isis and Al-Qaeda would wipe Christians from the earth if they could do so.”

“We complain about 500 blacks killed by policemen, but we should also complain about 5,000 black-on-black murders which take place every year.”

“In the US, over a million babies are snatched from their mothers’ wombs by abortion every year…Let the child live.”

“The world responded violently to Jesus Christ, the Son of God when He came to the earth.”

“What God is telling us is that we should love the people of the world; we should love the souls of men –  but we should not love the sin.”

“Don’t love and become hung up on things.”

“Life on earth ought not be a quest for material goods of the earth; life ought to be a quest to know God” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Love the sinner, but don’t love the sin.”

“If you end up in a hot place you’ll be wishing that you’d never seen some of the people you’re attached to on this earth.”

“This world will not last forever…this world is not my home. I’m just passing through!”

“Believers are mentally the Kingdom of God, or the subject of God on the earth. We recognize God as our King.”

“What should be our endeavor? Life on earth ought not be a quest for the things treasures or the material goods of the earth. Life ought to be a quest to know God and the Kingdom of God.”

“When God becomes your priority, He takes care of your sojourn on the earth.”

“Evangelism is not an option, it is a mandate” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Introducing men to Jesus Christ and getting them saved is the obligation of every child of God.”

“Evangelism is not an option, it is a mandate…Not only is it a mandate, it is a survival strategy.”

“We’re either going to have to win the world, or be destroyed by it.”

“I would not want to live in a world where there’s no church.”

“The Lord said that some of you are more concerned about what people think about you, than you are about what people think about Jesus.”

“Jesus said, ‘You’re going to be a minister; you’re going to be a witness’… That means that you’re going to help people; you show concern for people, and you serve people even as you witness to them.”

“Turn them from darkness to light” – Acts 26:18

“Are there any royal children in the house?”

“When you win a soul, you rob the devil of one more victim. When you win a soul, you give that person a new lease on life.”

“When you win a soul, you make the world a better place”

“Tell somebody else what the Lord has done for you…You may not give that individual a material possession, but you give them something that money cannot buy.”

“The world would be a better place if everybody loved Jesus.”

“Those are not the only stars on Hollywood Boulevard; but there are some stars in the house right now because you’re winning souls to Jesus Christ!”

“The bible says that ‘Soul winners are stars!’”

“The world would be a better place if everybody loved Jesus” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“Isis is fighting. Al-Qaeda is fighting. Terrorists are fighting. If they are fighting, we’d better start fighting, too! But the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.”

“If you’re playing while the enemy is fighting, you’re going to be defeated every time.”

“Look at somebody and say, Be strong! Tell your neighbor, ‘Stand! Don’t stop fighting; don’t stop holding on!’ We’ve got the power; we’ve got the might! If God be for us, who can be against us?”

“Satan, you can’t have my peace! Satan, you can’t have my joy! Satan, you can’t have my family! Satan, you can’t have my ministry!”

“Are there any fighters in the house? This is war!”

“This is an immoral world, but we can make a difference…we can turn things around. This is an immoral world, but we can lift up Jesus.”

“Child of God, rise up in victory!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Romans 5:12, 1:18-32; John 1:10-12, 15:18-19; 17:14-18; 1 John 2:15-17, John 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4,10:4-5; 2 Peter 3:10-13, Colossians 3:13, Matthew 6:10, 28, 33; Romans 14:7, Proverbs 11:30, Isaiah 41:10, 53:5; Acts 1:8, 26:16-18, Luke 15:7, Mark 16:15-16, Daniel 12:3, Ephesians 6:10-13, Luke 10:19, 1 Peter 5:10, Romans 8:31, 1 Corinthians 10:4-5, James 4:7.

SERMON: Give The Lord Something to Look Forward To

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“If we give Him thanks and praise, then that’s indicative to Him of what we’ll do for the rest of our lives…It’s not about fun and Holidays, it’s about thanking God.” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

Presiding Bishop Blake’s November 26 sermon for Thanksgiving drew inspiration from the book of Joshua chapter 14, where Caleb, who “had wholly followed the Lord” (v.8), came to Joshua to request the inheritance promised him.

But Bishop first told the story of Scheherazade, who saved the women of her Kingdom from destruction by entertaining her King with the “1001 Arabian Nights” stories.

“Christmas is on the way,” said Bishop Blake. “Maybe your heart is feeling heavy and you don’t know how you’re going to endure. I just came by to tell you that God loves you too much to allow you to be destroyed. If you’ll trust Him, God will bring you out.”

This entire sermon and many others are available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from Bishop Blake’s sermon “Give The Lord Something to Look Forward To” follow:

“Adam and Eve were blessed to be in the Garden of Eden…but rather than trusting and being faithful to God who loved them and who provided everything for them, they chose to trust and to obey the devil. And because of this, Adam and Eve lost the garden.”

“Along came a man called Jesus, who had the capacity to initiate a strategy that would result in His victory over sin and over death, and that victory would not only be for Him, but for all who believe in Him.”

“Jesus was a unique man because He was the Son of God…He pleased God, and he gave God something to look forward to.”

“Jesus not only died but He arose from the dead, and He made it possible for all those who believe in him to also rise from the dead.”

“The story that Jesus told was so good that it outweighs all the bad stories that characterize our lives.”

“Your bad story is not the end of the story” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“Are there any free people in the house?”

“Those who have many friends are those who please people…those who become friends with God are the ones who give God something to look forward to.”

“God loves good stories.”

“God looks forward to productivity.”

“The more God does for you, the more God expects from you.”

“Bishop Ira Hilliard says, ‘Until you make an uncommon contribution in the earth, your existence is unnecessary.’”

“Obey God!”

“If you get involved with God’s purpose, if you obey God, then God goes into every area of your life and causes everything to work out for your good and for your benefit.”

“Obedience is essential to answered prayer.”

“Obedience to God will cause success and prosperity” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“Giving is a way of showing we’re thankful to God.”

“If you don’t give, you’re not really thankful.”

“Without faith it’s impossible to please God.”

“We have to make up our minds to believe God and trust God.”

“God is still healing sick bodies and meeting needs feeding hungry folk. God is still opening doors”

“If God can’t do it, it can’t be done.”

“Jesus gave God something to look forward to” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“Praise is the way we articulate our faith.”

“Say ‘Hallelujah,’ anyhow!”

“God is looking for somebody who will praise Him…when we thank Him and praise Him, God pours our Blessings in our lives.”

“If you want a Blessing, don’t wait until you get it. Praise God anyhow.”

“Do you have a different spirit?”

“You can’t die until the story that God has written has come to pass.”

“The greatest Being deserves the greatest praise.”

“Praise your way out of it! Praise your way through it!”

“Tell three people, ‘The Lord’s been good to me!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Joshua 14:10, John 8:28, 2 Corinthians 5:17, John 8:36, Luke 12:48, Luke 13:69, Matthew 21:18, John 15:15, Proverbs 16:25, 1 John2:21, Proverbs 16:7, Romans 8:28, Philippians4:15-19, 2 Timothy 1:7, Hebrews 11:6, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Matthew 6:25-34, John 4:23-23, Numbers 13, Jeremiah 29:11

LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH AN EVENING OF CHRISTMAS CHEER!  Please join us for “Christmas At The Cathedral” on Sunday, December 13th at 7PM, featuring Anthony Brown and Group Therapy. Please click HERE for more information on all of our Holiday events.  This event is FREE!

Redefine Yourself- Bishop Charles E. Blake

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Have  you ever wanted to know how to redefine  yourself. Well, Presiding Bishop Blake gives points on how to make yourself new again.

How To Be A Person After God’s Own Heart

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When we are diligently seeking God, we open ourselves up to His blessings and his favor. In this sermon, Bishop Charles E. Blake gives us the example of Saul, a person who never changed even though there were elements of evil in his character that he was aware of. Bishop Blake tells us that when we change our attitudes and depart from the things that separate us from God, we can change our destiny and fully receive His blessings. We must strive to be more like God and truly become a person after God’s own heart; those that do are prosperous and, as Bishop Blake says, get moved to the front of the line.

We all have times where being a person after God’s own heart is difficult. What are some things you try to remember in those times? Share with us below!

CSU Summer Algebra Institute

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We invite students to enroll in the Summer Algebra Institute. Classes will be July 9th-16th August Monday-Thursday. 9AM-12:15pm. We invite students to participate in the program and experience the following:

  • Build skills and confidence in algebraic thinking and number reasoning.
  • Discover the importance of mathematics and the connection to career choices.
  • Learn games, use math manipulative, computers and calculators to solve problems.
  • Develop a positive attitude for mathematics.


All learners will:

  • Use variables and inequalities
  • Analyze real world data using histograms
  • Simplify an expression using order of operations
  • Find the absolute value of a number
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide integers
  • Solve problems involving negative numbers
  • Write variable expressions
  • Apply variable expression in problem solving
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The Presiding Bishop’s Absentee Ballot Initiative

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“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.  For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.  Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.” Romans 13:1-5

As we approach voting day, we would like to make all Saints of God aware of Presiding Bishop Blake’s Absentee Ballot Initiative – An Episcopalian Call to Political Responsibility.  Bishop Blake encourages us to take voting seriously and considers it a call of duty, as we are both Christians and American citizens.  The Bible informs us that we must submit to the authority of appointed leaders.  Therefore, we must be participants of those laws that are implemented, considering it a believer’s duty to participate in the judicial system.

Bishop Blake strives to accomplish these four things in his initiative:

  1. Educate churches and pastors on the importance for biblically faithful voters to vote their biblical values.
  2. Partner with pastors and churches to encourage members to participate in the election process.
  3. Develop and promote a strategic Absentee Ballot and Action Plan to encourage absentee voting as needed in respective states, incorporating strategies at the national, jurisdictional, district and local levels throughout the Church of God in Christ within respective communities.
  4. Develop an administrative toolkit for the Presiding Bishop Absentee Ballot Initiative including moving “Souls to the Polls.”

Absentee Voting is voting on a ballot by mail or picking up a ballot for someone who is unable to go to the polls themselves.  You must request an absentee ballot to your Supervisor of Elections.  To help in this endeavor, Bishop is urging us to create steering committees within our neighborhoods, considering the three objectives of this initiative: registration, education, and mobilization.  Recruit volunteers to help spread the word and objective by passing out materials and making people aware of the initiative.  Also, we should create activities for churches and pastors that push the objective and prescribed guidelines of this initiative.

In an effort to get as many “Souls to the Polls” as possible, Bishop Blake urges us to consider this plan of action as a tool to encourage the Saints to vote this coming election: Focus on the areas of registration, education and mobilization.  Understand voting in your particular state, making sure that each person that wishes to participate in the absentee ballot is registered to vote.  Prepare a calendar of events leading up to the election with volunteers and congregants of the Church of God in Christ.  Meet and encourage collaboration with local board of electors and state’s election officials.  Plan deadlines and remind people of key dates and providing directions to polling locations.  Develop a database of zip codes tracking the progress in your area to submit to this initiative.  Share information by having discussions about politics from a biblical perspective.  Evaluate past elections and past terms of political office to decipher what worked and what did not work.  Lastly, thank everyone that participated and celebrate all your dynamic efforts.

Church of God in Christ does not push any individual to vote for any particular candidate.  We only encourage each member of the body of Christ to make sure that they cast their vote based off their belief and faith in God’s word.