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20 Scriptures and Quotes on Love

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As month of February turns our thoughts to love, here are 20 memorable quotes and scriptures to remind us of the true meaning of mankind’s greatest gift.

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” – The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

– The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“There are some who’ve said that it’s the role of the husband to love, and it’s the role of the wife to submit, but I would say that both20 Scriptures and Quotes on Love the husband and the wife must love and submit…The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:5, ‘All of you must submit to one another.’”

“Wisdom and love need to drink from the same cup.”

Before you fall in love, put priority on spiritual and emotional excellence, not just on physical and erotic attractiveness.”

“When two people love the Lord, who committed to the way of God, who believe the Word of God, and who believe in Christian principles, living, and raising their family, they’ve got a marriage that’s going to work and be blessed.”

– Presiding Bishop Charles Edward  Blake, Sr.

“Wisdom and love need to drink from the same cup” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward  Blake, Sr.

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“Love should be your top priority, primary objective, and greatest ambition. Love is not a good part of your life; it’s the most important part. The Bible says, ‘Let love be your greatest aim.’”

“If God’s going teach you real love, He’s going put you around some unloving people.”

“The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.”

Pastor Rick Warren

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“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public” –  Cornell West

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“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense” – Former President Barack Obama

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“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” – Matthew 22:37-39

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him,  and show him My salvation” – Psalm 91:14-16

As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34 

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3:16-18

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” – Romans 8:35

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” – John 13:34.


Hear Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade perform “LOVE LIFTED ME” below –

West Angeles Celebrates Bishop’s 48 Years of Service

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in service on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

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48 Years…that’s a long time on a job. A long time to serve with excellence.

When you, Lady Mae and Kim arrived in 1969 to a church with a small membership of 50, who knew you would become Pastor of a congregation of 20,000 plus? God knew.

Who knew you would support hundreds of thousands of orphans in Africa? God knew.

Who knew you would become the Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God In Christ International for three consecutive terms? God knew.

Who knew you would build this amazing cathedral in which we worship in every week? God knew.

Who knew you would be recognized as a world leader in church growth and organization? God knew.

We thank God that your favorite job is pastoring us. We thank God for all the great preaching and teaching, and for:

  • The weddings you’ve performed
  • The babies you’ve dedicated
  • The families you’re comforted in their time of loss
  • The sick you’ve visited
  • The counseling you’ve provided
  • The church’s financial transparency
  • West Angeles’ 100+ auxiliaries and amazing church staff
  • The phone calls, the letters – the prayers…

The Bible tells us in I Timothy 5:17,

“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”  

Bishop, you deserve multiples of double honor. Bishop Blake, God is not finished with you yet.  With your “Secret Weapon,” our First Lady Mae Lawrence Blake, with your “amazing physique,” and with all of us by your side, there are great works yet to be done at West Angeles Church.

As you often remind us, I’ll take the liberty to remind you, Pastor, that:

“I see you in the future and you look much better than you look right now.”  

God bless you and we love you – Happy Anniversary!

 

Deacon David G. Moore

Chairman, West Angeles Deacon Board and The Brotherhood Organization


WestAngelesMassChoir performs “Great“, at West Angeles COGIC, 2016.

New Year’s Day Sermon: The Time of Restoration

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On New Year’s Day at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, the Holy Spirit was in the place as Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. delivered a prophetic sermon for 2017, “This is the Time of Restoration.”

The West Angeles Cathedral was filled to the rafters and pulsated with shouts of high praise as the saints entered the New Year with at First Sunday service on January 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. The congregation was once again blessed by the anointed ministry of the legendary Tramaine Hawkins, the voice of gospel royalty since late 1960s, whose magnifying performance still resonated from the previous night’s Watch Night Celebration.

Hawkins, a Grammy-winning gospel recording artist, became part of the gospel music revolution when she recorded the soulful, ground-breaking hymn “Oh Happy Day” with the Edwin Hawkins Singers in 1968. It was the first million-selling gospel single to top the pop record charts as well as the first gospel cross-over hit worldwide. Accomplished soloist of 10 solo albums, “Lady Tramaine,” as she is known, has also sung with Andrae Crouch and the Disciples, Walter Hawkins and The Love Center Choir, The Hawkins Family, and Sly and the Family Stone. The multi Grammy award-winning artist has also received many other honors including two Dove Awards, the BMI Trailblazer award, and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. She also had the honor of singing at the homegoing services of both Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks, and Sammy Davis, Jr., who requested her personally.

After Lady Tramaine’s electrifying performances of the gospel classics “I Recommend Jesus” and “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake opened West Angeles’ First Sunday sermon of 2017 with Joel 2:25.

“And I will restore to you the years,” Bishop began, as the congregation again erupted in applause and praise.  Said Bishop, “Come on and tell your neighbor, ‘That’s all I needed!’”

 “This is the Time of Restoration” is available on CD and DVD at the West Angeles Christian Emporium, or HERE, at West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

THIS IS THE TIME OF RESTORATION

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“The beginning of the year is a good time to look back. It’s a good time look ahead, and at the present. A good time to take inventory, to make an assessment; an evaluation of our lives.”

“It’s not practical or productive to look at only one dimension of time alone. We need to consult with the past to designate where we were and when we’ll be there.”

“A backward look will reveal the distance you’ve traveled. A backward look will reveal the direction you’ve traveled.”

“If you draw a straight line from where you are (or where you were), and you continue that line into the future, it’s possible to generally estimate where you’re going to be in the future – economically, spiritually, emotionally.”

“Some people will never be able to conquer the future because they are forever wrestling with the past; past mistakes, past failures, past problems.”

“Few things are more disheartening than to spend your life redoing things that did not turn out right in the first place.”

“One of the things I hate to do is lose something…If I had not lost it in the first place, I could have made real progress.”

“I hope somebody will decide to do something about themselves in the year 2017.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“It’s nowhere near as frustrating as to find out that you have wasted a substantial portion of your life…walking in the wrong direction and pursuing the wrong goals…It’s a terrible realization that you have lost years of your life.”

“One of the saddest utterances of the Word of God was spoken by Saul…in the Old Testament; one of the most glorious utterances was spoken by the Apostle Paul…in the New Testament.”

“It’s so easy to blame people. It’s so easy to blame circumstances. There’s little that we can do about people though. There’s little that we can do about circumstances. But there’s a whole lot that we can do about ourselves.”

“I hope somebody will decide to do something about themselves in the year 2017.”

“Most of the destruction in our lives comes from the inside: emotions, desires, fears ideas, sins.”

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Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake: “God is a God of second chances.”

“If the problem’s on the inside, don’t complain about people and don’t complain about circumstances.”

“Most of the destruction in our lives comes from the inside.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.  

“The locust symbolizes destruction that comes from the outside.”

“Is there anybody here who feels like they’ve lost part of 2016?”

“God speaks a promise through Brother Joel…Aren’t you glad that our God is a promise-making God?”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘When I leave here, I’m going to have to promise of God on my life!’”

“God will give you years of comfort, to take care of the years of deprivation.”

“God will repair the damage!”

“A scar means the worst is over, and the best is yet to come.”

“How many of you know that scar tissue is the toughest tissue anywhere on your body?”

“If something hits your skin, it may break it or damage it. But if it it’s scar tissue, if just bounces off and keep on going, by the power of Almighty God.”

“God will repair the damage!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. 

“I feel that God sent this Word today. How many of you need this Word?”

“Somebody in here is broken and in despair…but I want to tell you, ‘Hold on. Keep on going by the power of God.”

“This is the time of restoration…God is a God of restoration.”

“That’s just what He does…He restores stuff and repairs stuff.”

“He shall be the restorer of your life.”

“Your iniquity is pardoned. Your warfare has ended. You’ll receive double for all your sins. Tell your neighbor, ‘It’s turn-around time! It’s blessing time!’”

“God is all wise, all-powerful…There’s nothing that’s too hard for God.”

“I don’t care how many times you’ve failed, God is a restorer.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘It’s turn-around time! It’s Blessing time!’” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.  

“We have been repurchased by the blood of Jesus Christ… If we have been bought back by somebody who stole us away, then that means we’re going to be alright.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘It’s going to be alright!’”

“Jesus paid it all.”

“If you believe, your relationship with God is restored. But not only is your relationship restored, you are restored!”

“God’s going to have you reap in joy! Weeping may endure for a night, but joy is coming in the morning!”

“God will give me my joy back! God will give me my peace back!”

“God is a God of the second chance, of the third chance, of the fourth chance.”

“You might have messed up, but come on back home…God is waiting on you!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Joel 2:25, 1 Samuel 26:21, 2 Timothy 4:6, Joel 1:4, Ruth 4:14, Isaiah 40:2, Psalm 126:1, Psalm 30:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Luke 15:11-32.


Hear Lady Tramaine Hawkins sing, “I Never Lost My Praise” below:

 

 

 

 

The Art of G.I.V.I.N.G.

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By Sis. Kimberly Clark

Embracing the holiday season comes with what also should be food for the soul! You feed your soul when you do well unto others and be mindful about the true meaning of giving–unconditional and without a need for return. Just as we know that God loves a cheerful giver, there is yet and still an art to it.

Below is an in-depth view behind the Art of Giving:

G: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

I: Its not about “I.” Giving is a selfless act and should never be reference back to “this is what I did.”  Completely take the ‘I’ out of the equation and follow the principles of God. No need to announce it with trumpets, letting your left hand know what the right hand is doing. Our Father which art in heaven sees all and what is done in secret and therefore will be rewarded to you.

V: Value. The value of giving doesn’t necessarily mean dollars & cents. The unconditional gesture of giving could represent many options that far exceed a monetary value. The value you share could be in time, a listening ear, dedicating yourself to giving comfort, becoming a big brother or sister, sharing your gifts & talents with a non-profit organization, and the best of all…LOVE. A moment, hour, even a day of your time is most certainly valuable to you. However, giving it to those who may be in need is not only priceless to them, but God as well.

I: Inspiration. I pray that this message will inspire you to make a change in your life & others by giving. As you get ready to sit down for Christmas dinner with your family, share the message of giving. Then, going around the table, ask each family member to express one thing they’ll do to make a conscious effort in giving, whether it’s before December 31 or in the new year. Remember, it doesn’t need to be monetary.

N: Nurture. The hustle & bustle of the world can take a toll on you. Keep in mind that you never know what others are dealing with. We tend to show up and show out for our careers, but often treat family, friends and loved ones as secondary. The meaning of Christmas is said to be the spirit of giving. God gave us the ultimate gift. He died on the cross to redeem us from our sins. Are you giving your all to please God? You would be very surprised that most of us just want a little time. Don’t take others for granted, thinking they will always be there.

G: “Generously, remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 Learn the true principles behind the meaning of Christmas, before the world became commercialized our ancestors gave from the core of their heart. The next time you give ask yourself, am I giving for the right reasons or am I expecting something larger in return? Give from the spirit within you. That is the golden ticket to share generously this Christmas.

Bishop Blake Shares the Biblical Principles of Money

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Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake shares the biblical principles surrounding money, and God’s requirement that we be good stewards of our time, money and resources.

“I have a very unusual sermon for you today,” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. began, regarding his November 22, 2015 sermon. The sermon was rooted in Luke 16, The Parable of the Unjust Steward, where a worker had been accused of wasting the goods of the wealthy man he worked for.

“John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church, spoke from this text and said, ‘Gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can.’” Bishop Blake used these three points as the outline of the sermon. “Today,” said Bishop, “I’m going to talk about money.”

The entire sermon and more are available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from this sermon follow:

“Money is a medium of exchange; it’s a standard of value. Paper money itself has no value except the value we attribute to it.”

“There is a vast world of values that cannot be described in terms of dollars and cents, values like friendship, health, emotional well-being, knowing God, having salvation.”

“Our entrance into heaven is affected by our attitude toward money while we’re on the earth.”

“Wicked people are more shrewd when dealing with their own kind than are righteous people.”

“The Lord was talking about spiritual principles, that we should use our time, our energy, our strength, our resources, to bless God’s work and to bless God. So that when we’re going to eternity, God will be our friend and look well upon us.”

“Knowing God has tremendously high value” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake

“Jesus said, ‘Make friends with money, because with our correct use of it, and by our right attitude toward it, we’ll be welcomed into heaven when you leave this earth.”

“If Jesus talked about money, then I suppose I can give one sermon the title of money…Don’t be afraid. This is not a hold-up!”

“His teachings and His parables are filled worth references toward money, toward stewardship, and the proper conduct of our financial affairs.”

“The Bible does not say that money is the root of all evil. In 1 Timothy 6:10, it says that the love of money is the root of all evil; that while some have coveted after, they erred from the faith.”

“It’s certain that those who live successfully on this earth are going to have to have a wise and systematic approach to money.”

“Money…is used to corrupt the ideas of the young. It’s used to destroy and devastate lives, and to oppress people. It can be used to build empires of wickedness and sin.”

“Money can be used for evil, but it can also be used for good” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake

“Money can be used to build orphanages and care for the poor, to care for the sick, and care for children who have no one to care for them. It can be used for the under-girding of family life, for building strong families on the earth.”

“Make all you can, but don’t lose your soul. Don’t lose your relationship with the Lord.”

“It’s alright to make money, but don’t make money selling drugs and alcohol, and corrupting the morals of the young and twisting the lives of others.”

“How many of you know that if you’re a child of God, you need to seek God to find out what your quest for life should be?”

“If you’re too busy for God, then you are certainly too busy.”

“Wealth can do many wonderful things in our lives, but there are many things that wealth simply cannot do.”

“We read every day about celebrities, investors and business persons who, frustrated by their predicament or dissatisfied with their lives, are driven to drugs or to literally end their lives. How many of you know that money is not equal to happiness?”

“It takes more than just hard work to succeed.”

“Have good ideas. Let your good ideas work for you.”

“Be the best you can be. If you’re a child of God, if you’re a saint, then everything you do ought to be excellent.”

“It’s not too late to go back to school. It’s not too late to improve yourself. It’s not too late to enhance your skills, to study or learn something new.”

“The Bible says that if a man won’t work, don’t let him eat!”

“The reason some people are not doing well financially is because they are not excellent in their performance.”

“Work hard. Don’t expect someone to come along and put you on top.”

“The world will beat a pathway to your door if you’ve got the right stuff going for you.”

“God gives wealth.”

“1 Samuel 2:7 says, ‘The Lord makes poor, and the Lord makes rich’” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake

“You ought to give God tremendous amounts of your attention; tremendous amounts of your praise; tremendous amounts of your Thanksgiving.”

“If God ain’t in it, work yourself to death, and you’ll still be broke; and if God Blesses you, money will just follow you and overtake you and come into your life.”

“Provide for your needs. Provide for the needs of your family, your loved-ones and yourself, and then provide for the work of the Lord; for those things that are necessary for the doing of God’s Will.”

“The value of money is the use you put it to.”

“God gives you wealth to uplift the life on the face of the earth.”

“There’s an obsession today with the accumulation of things and gadgets and objects; things that will enhance your reputation in the eyes of men.”

“If God ain’t in it, work yourself to death, and you’ll still be broke” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake

“It’s not that you don’t have enough; it’s just sometimes that you’re spending too much.”

“Wanting all you see and getting all you want is not the way to go.”

“The Japanese save about 25% of their income. The Europeans save about 20%. Americans on the average save about 7% of their income. And Blacks? Well, you just tell me, I don’t know…”

“Watch out for pride…Pride will make you go beyond your capacity.”

“Save all you can. Save – God has Blessed you.”

“Save for a rainy day. How many of you have had rainy days that you were not prepared for?”

“Don’t spend to impress others. Save to be independent. ”

“Save all you can, because it’s a good spiritual discipline which smothers pride.”

“God gives us power to gain wealth, but God as He Blesses us want to use us to accomplish His goals.”

“When you are changed and Jesus comes into your life, it impacts every area and every part of your life.”

“Love will make you maximize, not minimize.”

“Child of God, there’s no Blessing like the Blessing that the Lord can give.”

“If you trust Him, God will take care of you.”

“I’ve been talking about money, but I’ve really been talking about your soul, your relationship to God, your life in Him.”

“Make all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can. And if you do, the Lord will reward you in the name of Jesus! Hallelujah!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Luke 16:8 – scorned him; Luke 16-1 Proverbs 11:28; (Prov23:4)NIV, ps37:16, Matthew 13:22, Ecclesiastes5:10, Proverbs 10:4, 1Samuel 2:7-8, Proverbs 11:24-25, Haggai 1:5-10, Leviticus 27:30, Malachi 3:8-11, Deuteronomy 8:18, John 15:8, Luke 12:15 Proverbs 10:5, Matthew 19:16-22, Luke 19:8, 2 Corinthians 5:14, Ephesians 3:20-21, Philippians 4:19, Luke 6:38, John 3:16.

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SERMON: Bishop Paul Morton Opens the 108th Holy Convocation

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Bishop Paul S. Morton served the saints plenty of humor and food for thought during his opening sermon for the 108th Annual Church of God In Christ Holy Convocation in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Mayor of St. Louis, Francis G. Slay, gave a heart-felt welcome to the attendees, delegates, and other officials present for the official first day of the 108th Annual Holy Convocation of the Church of God In Christ, on Tuesday November 3, 2015. Mayor Slay praised the effect that COGIC’s presence and uplifting spirit has on the city of St. Louis year after year.

Others on hand for opening remarks at St, Louis’ America’s Center included Michael McMillan, President and CEO at Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, who commended COGIC for providing healing and support on the ground during the Michael Brown tragedy in Ferguson, MO, and for partnering with the Urban League on “Community Caring and Sharing” initiatives. McMillan also presented Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake with the Whitney M. Young Community Award.

Other events for which the Church of God In Christ was praised throughout the evening were the COGIC Health Fair, COGIC Urban Initiatives Job Fair, “COGIC Clean-up” events, where volunteers commenced to cleaning up the city of St. Louis, “COGIC read,” where COGIC members read to children in the St. Louis schools, and “Christmas in November,” an event providing hot meals, personal hygiene, haircuts, job prospects, and health screenings to those in need. The events are an extension of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.’s COGIC Urban Initiatives.

The COGIC’s International Music Department, under the direction of Dr. Judith Christie McAlister, was in wonderful form for the evening. Among the songs performed by The C.H. Mason Memorial Choir was a beautiful rendition of America the Beautiful, which included a new refrain, “Pray for the USA.”
Also among those who traveled to St. Louis for the Convocation were two Messianic Pentecostal Hebrews who committed to joining the Church Of God In Christ denomination.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake presented the speaker for the evening, Bishop Paul S. Morton, founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. Bishop Morton started his sermon by sharing the principle of preparing to receive God’s Word, praying: “The educated mind can kill the Word…place the spirit over the mind.”

Highlights from Bishop Morton’s sermon, titled “Dealing With Impossibilities” follow:

“Perception unchallenged becomes reality, because we really know…that all things are possible with Him if you can just believe.”

“In this story…Jesus is challenging us to rise with Him to another and higher type of life than we normally live. What He’s telling us is, ‘Maximize your potential; maximize that unexposed ability that untapped strength.’”

“You’re not just average…Do you know what average means? Being on top of the bottom.”

“Jesus became what we are so we could become what He is.”

“Perception unchallenged becomes reality” – Bishop Paul S. Morton

“The devil can smell fear and that’s dangerous because the devil will attack you because God has not given us the spirit of fear. He’s given us power. He’s given us love. He’s given us a sound mind.”

“The Disciples are saying, ‘If only Jesus were here’ then they see a walker on the water, and they are afraid. It sounds like some of us. We know how to pray, but when He shows up, we get afraid!”

“The only way you can recognize [His] voice in a storm, you have to get familiar with His voice before the storm!”

“Peter believed that impossibilities could be transmitted into possibilities.”

“Someone once said, ‘You really don’t even test the resources of God until you try the impossible.’”

“One man says, ‘I will do as much as much as I can, [but] anybody can do that. He who believes in Jesus Christ does what you cannot do.’”

“Jesus wants us to have great faith in Him…He wants reckless faith!”

“If you do it because God said, ‘Do it’, He will make a way somehow!”

“I’m just praying the day will come when we just take our hands off the steering wheel and let God drive!”

“Reckless faith will make you break the rules.”

“Get out of your comfort zone and trust God!” – Bishop Paul S. Morton

“I believe we have some water-walkers in this place!”

“This night, you have come to the house of the Lord, and you’re not afraid to get out of the boat. You’re not afraid to get the blessings that God has for you and deal with your impossibilities.”

“If you’re going to get out of the boat, this is one thing you’re going to have to do: get away from negative folk! Negative folk will keep you in the boat!”

“You’ve got to know how to get out of your comfort zone and trust God!”

“I don’t care how much talent you have. I don’t care how gifted you are, you’ve got to know God is the only one who’s able to save you.”

“This is a new season! Church of God in Christ, you’ve got to get ready, because God is raising up a nation [of] water-walkers!”

“Jesus, if you tell me to walk on the water, I will walk.”

“Get out of the boat!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Matthew 14:22-33, 2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 43:19, Luke 8:43-48, Luke 5:17-26.

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Bishop Paul S. Morton is founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. He is the Senior Pastor of Changing a Generation FGBC in Atlanta, GA, and Co-Pastor of Greater St. Stephen FGBC in New Orleans, LA. He is also holds several advanced degrees, is an author and Stellar-award-winning recording artist. Bishop Morton and his wife, Dr. Debra Morton, are the proud parents of 3 children, and the grandparents of 6 grandchildren.

Join us in St, Louis! WATCH THE 108th CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST HOLY CONVOCATION LIVE HERE!

World Missions Conference

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The West Angeles World Missions Board of Directors cordially invites you to worship with us during our 20th World Missions Conference.

The World Missions Board has selected a theme of “Building the Body of Christ In Unity.” Our theme scripture is Ephesians 4: 11-13. Our intent is to create cultural sensitivity so that we can better serve others, demolish racial and ethnic barriers that divide the church, and promote unity in the building of the body of Christ. We will introduce the congregation to other cultures through fellow members from other countries, missionaries who have served around the world, and the diverse local community of believers.

Our scheduled events include:

  • World Missions Night LIVE! with the Young Adults at the Performing Arts Theater on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday Night Pastoral Bible Study, “The Heart of God’s Servant, Preparing God’s People To Do Works of Service,” April 15 at 7 p.m. at the North Campus Sanctuary
  • Unity Worship Service (‘Unity in Faith for Greater Works on the Field’) at the North Campus Sanctuary at 7-8:30 p.m. (April 17). Followed by the “Unity Feast: An International Culinary Experience” at the Crystal Room from 8:30-10 p.m. (entrance fee of $10).
  • Sunday morning worship service at the Cathedral on April 19 at 8 and 11 a.m.
  • Sunday evening worship service at the North Campus at 7 p.m.

Please click here for the complete conference flyer!

Join Us for the Brotherhood Breakfast on Saturday!

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The  West Angeles Brotherhood Organization wishes to invite all men and women to our monthly breakfast gathering (every third Saturday), which will take place this Saturday, March 21,  2015 at 8;30 a.m. in the Crystal Room.

This month, we will feature our own West Angeles CDC Executive Director Tunua Thrash- Intook, who will speak on “The awesome benefits provided by  your own Community Development Corporation.”

Come out and be blessed.

$12 tickets are available at the door.

Bishop Blake Declares Dec. 14 “Black Lives Matter Sunday”

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Memphis, TN (December 5, 2014) The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is hosting “Black Lives Matter Sunday” to remind the nation how important the lives of African Americans are.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) will sponsor a day of prayer throughout its 12,000 congregations around the world in honor of the two recent cases of African American men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, killed by police.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says, “I watched, as did most of America, first the video of the incident, then the report of the Grand Jury in the Eric Garner case. I am saddened by the decision of the Staten Island Grand Jury to not indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo. With no indictment in two national cases in less than a two-week period, and to hear and see Eric Garner, a father and grandfather, placed in a banned choke hold and repeatedly say, ‘I can’t breathe,’ takes us back years in the struggle for equal justice.”

Bishop Blake added, “We must find a way, through God’s help, to continue the work of emphatically telling everyone that will listen that, “Black Lives Matter!”

COGIC is asking its pastors and members to wear black on the second Sunday in December to show solidarity. A special prayer will be given for all of the men present in the service on that day.

About the Church of God in ChristThe Church of God in Christ is the fifth largest Protestant religious denomination and the largest African American church in the United States, with churches in 63 countries worldwide and an estimated membership of nearly 6.5 million members.

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Annual Men’s Weekend

The men of West Angeles Church are getting ready for the Annual Men’s Weekend, Oct. 17-19.

This exciting weekend begins with a Brothers Only gathering to hear “A Message To The Men” from our Pastor, Bishop Charles E. Blake, followed by a time of fellowship in the Crystal Room. The weekend will conclude with a spirit filled Men’s Day on the Oct. 19 with The Sons of Thunder Choir and our special guest speaker, Bishop Darrell Hines, sharing at all three services.

We are also asking each male member of West Angeles to join us in giving $50 towards the retiring of the mortgage on that day. Stop by the Brotherhood tables on the concourse to get the choir rehearsal schedule, or to sign up to be an usher or ambassador.