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Give God Something To Look Forward To

God has a plan. Every single thing that he does is ultimately for one person; unhindered fellowship with his children. This is the reason why he came to Earth and died on a cross; to redeem his children and allow them full access to His throne. Christ’s vision is for evangelism across the globe. You were saved to bring someone else to Christ.

“Give God Something To Look Forward To” from West Angeles COGIC on Vimeo.

To whom much is given, much is required. Bishop Blake tells us in his sermon, “Give God Something to Look Forward To” that it is a sin to receive from God and not be fruitful. God honors productivity. He requires us to be productive in His plan of salvation to all people. God blesses you and looks forward to how many people you will tell that, “Promotion does not come from the east or the west, but from above.” God heals you and looks forward to seeing how many people you will give your testimony to. God delivers you and wait to see how many people your testimony can touch. I urge you to give all that is required of you from the God that blesses you daily. Salvation is meant to be shared.

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Rest

The Bible speaks of rest for our weary souls.  It let’s us know that God will provide us with peace that surpasses all understanding if we keep our heart and minds on Him.  However, it is hard to really tap into those precious moments of unspeakable peace when we are knee deep in angst and stress and don’t know how we will get out of the situations life puts us in.  It just doesn’t feel right to be going through so much pain and heartache and yet be completely surrounded by peace.  It feels contradictory.  I know I am guilty of resting in my worry so that God will be convinced of the severity of my cry and He will come to my rescue.

However, my plan is flawed because resting in the peace of God assures Him that I trust Him and I have ultimate faith in His will.  As we all know, without faith it is impossible to please God.  My favorite lyrics are to the song “What A friend we have in Jesus.”  They say, “Oh, what peace we often forfeit.  Oh, what needless pains we bear.  All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”

Bishop Blake reminds us in the sermon, “Rest,” that God’s peace is open to everyone that seeks refuge from his or her storm.  His peace will provide an umbrella in a rainstorm.  His joy will provide steady ground in an earthquake.  His love will hold you in His hand, while the storms rage.  Focus on the scripture, “Be anxious for nothing, but in all things through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:6-7

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Bishop Noel Jones Visits West Angeles Church


Bishop Noel Jones of City of Refuge visited West Angeles with a dynamic sermon entitled, “I’m Not Built to Break.” He begins with history, “Israel would not walk across the principles of God so the Lord raised up nations to bring them back to the confines of his word…but when that happened people thought it was a war of gods not realizing that it was GOD guiding them back to him…”

“When are you not going to worry about tomorrows?” Bishop asks. “Satan will use your mind to hold things against you, but what God wants to do is use HIS SPIRIT to talk to our minds and tell us that we are not driven from the outside, but that we are driven from the inside. And when we stand up with what’s inside, what’s outside has GOT TO BOW DOWN!”

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The Last Seven Sayings of Christ

Here are the: Seven Last Words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel from Luke to John.

1. Luke 23:34 (New International Version)

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

2. Luke 23:43 (New International Version)

Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”


3. John 19:26-27 (New International Version)

26When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” 27and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

4.a Matthew 27:46 (New International Version)

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?“—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?


4. b Mark 15:34 (New International Version

And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

5. John 19:28 (New International Version)

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”


6. John 19:30 (New International Version)
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head

and gave up his spirit.

7. Luke 23:46 (New International Version)

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

 

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Resurrection Power!

 

“Oh Death where is your sting?” Death is just the doorway to stay with the eternal Father. As long as God lives resurrected in our lives we can live free from fear.

My favorite part of the movie “The Passion of the Christ” is when Jesus carries His cross and falls, and His mother runs up to him, overcome with concern for her son. She tries to help him, but he looks at her and says, “Look, mom, I make all things new.” Jesus knew his death was a means to an end. He knew that His end was already victorious. He trusted His Father in heaven. He trusted His Father’s will, power, capability, strength and love for Him. Death is considered finality, but it shouldn’t be to the believer. We know that death is the means to live eternally with Christ. The death of friendships, jobs, relationships, health, and all things in our lives that we hold so dearly are not final for the God who raised Lazarus from the grave simply by willing it to be. Those things are not final for the Jesus that defeated death with all power in His hands. There are situations in our lives that are on the brink of death and we hold on for dear life, but we must remember Hezekiah, who was instructed to get his house in order because he was going to die, turned his back to the wall and prayed to God, and fifteen years was added to his life.
When it is not in God’s will to resurrect certain things in our life, this is when you should look out for the hand of God. Something great is coming. When Jesus died, he cancelled out a contract of death and damnation for all His children. Salvation could not have been accomplished any other way. I sincerely believe that if there were another way for God’s children to be saved, it would have been done. I also believe that God allowing His only son to be killed in exchange for eternity spent with us was a way to prove his undying and radical love for us, His adopted children.
Death is not a sentence that should intimidate or bring fear to our lives. It is a means to a new lifestyle, a new habit, or a new relationship. We are outside the laws of death. The Bible says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 When death happens in your life, believe that it is in the will of Christ concerning your life and remember that you are outside of the law of death and damnation, and you now rest in the hand of Jesus, which promises that he will withhold no good thing from those that love Him and keep His commandments and all things work together for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.