West Angeles Calendar

2014 MONEYWISE Seminar comes to West Angeles on Saturday

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The principles of financial freedom and stability are timeless, and are tied to The Word.  We’re called to be responsible stewards of our possessions and finances,  and here at West Angeles, we want to show you how to create income and wealth, and to fortify the  generations to come.

Please join the West Angeles Community Development Corporation for an exciting and fun-filled day at:

THE 2014 MONEYWISE SEMINAR with Kelvin Boston, host of TV’s MoneyWise

When: SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: WEST ANGELES CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST Crystal Room, 3045 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Join Kelvin Boston and a panel of internationally-renowned panelists as they present key strategies to increase wealth, secure home ownership, and more. Guests include:

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Learn How To:

  • Build and Sustain Generational Wealth
  • Overcome Setbacks
  • Become Debt Free
  • Secure Your Home
  • Access Business Capital
  • Avoid Consumer Scams
  • Reduce Financial Stress
  • Meet Financial, Government and Non-profit Representatives

Entertainment by Doreen Vail, national gospel recording artist.

Enjoy refreshments, games, and prizes. Panelists will also be on hand to sign their latest books.

ADMISSION IS FREE

Contact: Patsy Morales
West Angeles Community Development Corporation
323-751-3440 ext. 30

Or to reserve your space now, CLICK BELOW to go to the West Angeles CDC registration page and website:

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Hear Dr. Dennis Kimbro discuss the principles of wealth and his new book, “The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires” on Washington Watch HERE.

Deuteronomy 28:12 – “The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands.”

 

 

 

How does technology affect religion?

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In April, CNN posted an introspective piece on its Belief Blog entitled, “Is the Internet killing religion?”

It got the wheels in my mind to turning, and I think it begs an overall greater question, one that isn’t so harsh.

How is technology as a whole affecting religion?

It’s a question that lacks a concrete answer, but indeed needs answering. And the writer of the CNN blog post points to recent studies that correlate the lack of religious affiliation among Americans to the increased use of the Internet over the past two decades.

Those that are religiously unaffiliated are referred to as “nones.” One of the points made is that the Internet simply offers an avenue to new ways of viewing the world, in addition to providing a vehicle for nones to connect with others that might share the same views. Essentially, one can not only have a specific view on religion in the new age, but find millions who share in that view or want to help carry on the view, in the click of a button.

Another point implied in the post is that similar to the creation of the Internet itself, the Internet serves as such a massive and powerful tool that it allows people to create, learn about, and research other incredibly powerful tools, that in turn put more faith in humanity than in God. In short, Internet users are learning of man’s “creations” at an accelerated rate, and it is shifting the focus from the power of God to the ability of humankind.

So what’s to take from this?

Even for those who aren’t heavy Internet users, how do we see technology and religion intertwined on a daily basis? The greatest platform for the two to cross paths, at least in recent years, is social media.

Without fail, every time I take to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, I see a post related to God. But what is most interesting, and perplexing, about these social media posts is that their content often seeks to thank or communicate with God. I would debate that more people take to social media to thank God for the day than they take to prayer, and that begs another question: Since when did social media become the most reliable avenue in which to speak to the Lord?

The reliance on technology as a pathway to God, specifically with the younger generation, is not bad, but it certainly is different, and we can refer back to the Internet for examples.

How many kids have a physical Bible as opposed to a Bible app on their phones? How many children would draw a depiction of God as opposed to looking up one on their computers? How many people read the story of Noah as opposed to going to see Noah in theaters? Don’t be fooled, movies and television are two of the greatest forms of technology.

So now that we see how technology has affected religion, we must make it up in our own minds whether this change in the way people worship or relate to God is negative or positive. And I think the most accurate conclusion is, it’s not that you use the Internet to connect with religion, it’s how you use the Internet to connect with religion.

Using the Internet to distance yourself from the Lord, to become one of the nones, obviously creates a negative connection between the web and God. But if you are using the web to study up on God, read the Bible, and connect with others that are searching for and researching God’s word, there is no better source, outside of church and its services, to gain knowledge of the Lord.

Personally, I believe however you communicate with God, the important thing is that you are communicating with Him. On many of those Facebook or Instagram posts, the comments consist of others thanking God or expressing their love for the Lord, and that is always positive.

You can also think of the positives of having church services broadcast on television and the Internet. West Angeles has an amazing livestream of church services that lend a helping hand to those who might be sick come Sunday or are physically unable to make the trek to church. Maybe you’re out of town on business, but don’t want to miss Bishop’s message. Maybe you’re out of town visiting family and want to give your relatives a glimpse of the wisdom of our Bishop.

Technology will continue to develop. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to project holograms of Bishop Blake in our living rooms in the next few years. But our Bishop has preached the word of God to us for decades, and that word will never change, no matter how we choose to receive it or spread it.

If you haven’t already, pay a visit to Westa.tv. In addition to a livestream of West Angeles services is an online Bible, our prayer wall, Sunday’s Best, and podcasts of past sermons.

25 Quotes from Dr. Maya Angelou

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The world has lost a literary legend.

Memoirist and poet, Dr. Maya Angelou has gone to be with the Lord. She died in her home in Salem-Winston, North Carolina on Wednesday at age 86.

Below is a list of some of her top influential quotes, which do their part to help many of us that stayed behind navigate through life.

On God:

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.

Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.

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On love:

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.

On perspective:

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Nothing will work unless you do.

All great achievements require time.

On being a woman:

I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

On being black:

Black people comprehend the South. We understand its weight. It has rested on our backs… I knew that my heart would break if ever I put my foot down on that soil, moist, still, with old hurts. I had to face the fear/loathing at its source or it would consume me whole.

I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition.

If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat.

On life:

I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.

I’m considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. Most of the time, I see myself as wanting to know. And I see myself as a very interested person. I’ve never been bored in my life.

If you’re serious, you really understand that it’s important that you laugh as much as possible and admit that you’re the funniest person you ever met. You have to laugh. Admit that you’re funny. Otherwise, you die in solemnity.

On humanity:

All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.

Growing up, I decided, a long time ago, I wouldn’t accept any manmade differences between human beings, differences made at somebody else’s insistence or someone else’s whim or convenience.

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On courage:

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!

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Although we may hope for a deferment from heaven’s gates, we praise God for the memory of Dr. Angelou’s voice and spirit.

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10 Quotes Martin Luther King

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
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Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
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We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

**Bonus

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Top 10 Quotes of Bishop Charles E. Blake

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Of the daily encouragements that Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake has either tweeted about or shared with you on Facebook–below is the TOP 10 quotes of Bishop Charles E. Blake. Be encouraged and most of all, be blessed.

1.If God can raise the dead, He can deal with your problems! 563 likes 73 shares

2. Let Go of harmful, non-productive regrets and sorrows about past failures, past hurts and past defeats! Nothing deserves a funeral everyday! 250 likes 73 shares
3.Hold on until you get your miracle! Every miracle confirms the purpose of God. 317 likes 43 shared
4. Read the bible! That should be your main textbook for your life! 413 likes 41 shared
5.Child of God, don’t be so quick to go your own way. Stay under the blood of Jesus. 387 likes 71 shares
6. When you begin to honor God, the flesh knows it’s about to be defeated. 271 likes 46 shares
7.Morning Prayer:

Search my mind, Search my will, Search my heart; Search me, O Lord.
I want to be what you want me to be.
I want to live like you want me to live.
I want to give you glory; I want to give you praise.
Every day I want to go higher; every day I want to be better.
Every day I want your power resting on me in Jesus Name. Amen. 263 likes 83 shares

8. Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks at the Heart…Work on your Heart! 286 likes 53 shares
9. Nobody can take care of you like God can! 678 likes 45 shares
10. Make up in your mind that you are not going to quit until you get to where you need to go! 359 likes 58 shares
11. I choose to elevate my vision so BIG that there’s no way I can do it without a miracle from God! 316 likes 51 shares

 

Prophetic Summit

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God’s Prophetic Word is food for our spiritual growth. We need to take it off the shelf, open it up, and feast upon it  with believing hearts. The Christian Education Departments will host their annual Prophetic Summit. This year’s theme is “Understanding the Prophetic Move of the Holy Spirit in the Believer.”  Come and be blessed by Anointed Intercessory Prayer, Praise and Worship and Thought Provoking Class Participation.

Bring these Key Scriptures about Prophecy with you!

Let’s conclude with a reminder of what the Word of God itself says about the value of prophecy. In this way we can be assured that the effort we expend in looking at the prophetic scriptures will be time extremely well spent.

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our sons forever” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

“I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done… I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it” (Isaiah 46:9-11).

“[Jesus said] ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill'” (Matthew 5:17).

“[Jesus] said to them, ‘These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled'” (Luke 24:44).

“Of Him [Jesus] all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins” (Acts 10:43).

“The prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow” (1 Peter 1:10-11).

“…we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place… But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:19-21).

“The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10).

 

For more information contact the Christian Education Office: (323) 733-8300, ext. 2345

 

The Importance of True Worship

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THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUE WORSHIP” A Free Christian Education Seminar On:

“True Worship in your relationship with God.”

Do you have a “sincere” desire to get closer and more personal with God?

Do you long for greater depth in Him?

Would you like to experience higher heights in the Lord through true Worship?

 

Then join us Friday, June 7th, 14th and 28th at 6:30pm at the North Campus.

Minister/Prophetess Kathleen G. Cade is the facilitator for this series offered through our Christian Education Department.

5/26, 6/96/23

Annual Golf Tournament

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West Angeles Brotherhood presents: The Twentieth Annual Golf Tournament

June 10TH 2013 at The Montebello Golf Course

Visit The Brotherhood Table for more details during service or call the Director of Auxiliaries, Sylvia Reid (323) 733-8300 [email protected]

World Missions Conference

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Today there are more than 6,000 unreached people groups in the world. These are peoples among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize the people group. Our goal is two-fold:

  1. To deliver the gospel message using an appropriate medium that provides members from that people group historic access to the Good News.
  2. To invest in leadership training strategies that empowers indigenous leaders for the purpose of reaching their own people.

Join West Angeles for our Annual World Missions Conference! Join Pastor Ben Stephens, Bishop Francis Kamau, and Elder John Patton for a dynamic teaching on the importance of missions.

Sunday School Rally Day

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When you hear “Sunday School”, does it make you think of your childhood and the wonderful teaching you experienced? The growth in the application of bible scriptures with a heart for Christ?  Join the Practical School of Christian Living May 26th in the multi-purpose building Rally Day for a look back to those Sundays! West Angeles has a school that caters specifically towards every age demographic.

COME OUT and see how you can further your walk with the Lord and pay homage to the good ol’ days.  Child care provided.