“Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid!”

“Gurus, Groupies, And Gullibility”, from the book, “Qualified”, was the subject taught in our Leadership Class. A quote from the book: “Spiritual leaders do not cultivate a dependency in others upon themselves; they teach others to think biblically and to rely upon the Holy Spirit.”

People (groupies) will blindly follow leaders (gurus) just so they can be a part of the publicity or hype and will accept whatever they are teaching.  Gullibility may also play a part. When it comes to your spiritual wellbeing, know your Bible. The Word is Truth! Be prepared to walk away from anyone involved in false teachings.

The Bible is the only book that will “fact check” Itself. Every Scripture in the Bible, whether the Old Testament or the New Testament, has at least one or more Scriptures that can be cross-referenced for confirmation and a better understanding. The Bible has been written in several different transliterations – different words with the same meaning.

1 John 4:1 (NIV) “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

“Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!”

This metaphor was spawned after the Jonestown Massacre, November 18, 1978. Jim Jones, an evangelist turned cult leader and self-proclaimed messiah of the Peoples Temple, led more than 900 men, women, and children to their deaths in a mass suicide with cyanide laced punch. Gullibility? Jim Jones was perhaps very charismatic, persuasive, and authoritative.

Your knowledge of the Word – obedience to the word – and your discernment is key – it is critical. Use your God given ability of logic and reason to discern the truth. Again, know the Word! When you doubt what is being taught – research the Scriptures. Pray! Let the Holy Spirit lead you! Don’t get caught up!

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“How Are You Living?”

In early 1990 through May of 1994, Fox TV aired an American sketch comedy series: “In Living Color”.  Keenen Ivory Wayans created, wrote and starred in the program. The theme song, “In Living Color”, by Heavy D and The Boyz, comes to mind whenever anyone asks me: How are you living? An excerpt from the song: “Cause that’s the way you livin’ when you’re in living color.”

What does it mean to be living in color? Color can mean many different things but, sticking to the positive: to glow – intensify – saturation – value – illuminate – infuse – magnify.

Pastor Brice has started a series of teachings on: What It Means to Be Blessed – The Blessed Place – How to Live My Best Life. In his teachings, Pastor Brice reminded us that our God is the Living God.  Picking one word from the meaning of color: saturation – brings another question: Are you saturated in God – in His Word?

Psalm 84:2 (NIV) “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”

From a Biblical view: To be living in color is to be saturated in God. Keeping this in mind, your answer to the question: “How are you living?” should be: “In Living Color!”  A quote from Pastor Brice: “God is on the inside of us, tap-in! You can tap-in at anytime and anywhere!”

Meet us at The Temple – Be led by the teachings of Pastor V. S. Brice – Get Saturated!

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Blessing!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“No Answer!”

During our Tuesday Night Bible Study, Pastor Brice asked: “What do you do when you’re in a dark place?”

Read: Psalm Chapter 77 (in it’s entirety). The writer, Asaph, was in a dark place (going through trials and troubles). He cried out to God in desperation and despair. He felt that God was not listening to him – that God had abandoned him.

Psalm 77:1-3 (NLT) “I cry out to God, yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! 2 When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. 3 I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help.”

When you’re in a dark place – going through trials and trouble – it’s time to pray! It’s time to call on God! When you deliberately cry out to God, He hears you. Asaph was deliberate, despairing, and desperate in his prayer.

“What happens when we pray to God and He doesn’t answer?”

God hears us every time we call on Him but, we sometimes fail to hear His response. Perhaps it’s because the answer we receive is not the answer we are seeking. There are times, however, that God will not answer your call, as was the case of Asaph in Psalm 77.

When God does not answer you, it’s time for introspection. Everything we receive is by His Grace, by His Will. In our relationship with God, it is our responsibility to glorify Him in all things – and at all times. When we receive a blessing, it is our duty to return the blessing. We can bless God by serving Him or we can bless someone else. What did you do the last time you received from God? Why is God not answering you? Is what you are asking for of the world or of God?

Meet us at The Temple!  Pastor Brice will answer the above questions and much more.

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“His Goodness”

“When I think of His Goodness and what He’s done for me …..”

At the beginning of our Tuesday Night Bible Study, Pastor Brice made the statement that he’d thought about creating a Gratitude Journal. Then he said: “This is my challenge to you: keep a journal for 1 to 2 weeks – make daily posts of what you are grateful for.” Yes, you can do this!

A journal is simply a record of events or actions, usually of a personal nature: a daily record – a diary – a log – a logbook. It does not have to start out as a diary/logbook. You can write your thoughts or actions on a piece of paper, date it, and later compile your logbook or journal.

Pastor Brice taught: “What Does It Mean to Be Grateful/Thankful?” He gave us 7 reasons, supported by Scripture, why we should be thankful.

  1. Because God is good. “All the time – God is good!” (1 Chronicles 16:34)
  2. Because it is the Will of God to be thankful. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
  3. Because we’re a part of God’s Kingdom. (1 Peter 2:9)
  4. God will help us be at peace. (Philippians 4:6)
  5. We will learn how to appreciate and worship God. (Psalm 100:4 & Psalm 95:2-3)
  6. Because of God’s blessings. (2 Corinthians 9:15)
  7. Being thankful will help you avoid sin. (Matthew 5:3-11 – The Beatitudes)

Make your journals personal, include family, close friends, pets, situations involving family, friends, our country, etc. Start your list by saying: “Thank you Lord for …. ” You’ll find that you have many things to be thankful for. Do this daily and watch your list grow. You’re praising Him! Praising God is connecting you to Him. Get Connected … and … Stay Connected!

Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Guilty!”

Are you sometimes guilty of reading The Word and not understanding The Word? Do you find yourself asking: “What does God want me to learn from this Scripture?” I believe at one time or another we have all been guilty of asking ourselves this question.

In this century the Word of God can be transmitted to you through the latest technology: STMI (Solomon Temple Ministries International) uses “live streaming” and “teleconference calling”.

Visit our website: www.solomontempleministries.org to tune-in to our live sermons or to access our archived sermons – our church Blog – our schedule for Bible Study times – our Intercessory Prayer times – plus other pertinent information about STMI.

Our “teleconference” line: (888) 633-1082 is for Intercessory Prayer and Bible Study. In-person contact: STMI – 655 California Av – Pittsburg, CA.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT) “Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.”

What is the greatest display of love?

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

You will no longer be “guilty” of not understanding the Word of God when you connect with STMI. Pastor V.S. Brice will deliver a Word that will delight and uplift your spirit – a Word that will enlighten your understand of faith, hope, and love – a Word that will answer the question: “What does God want me to learn from this Scripture?”  Would you like to learn more about what Scripture says concerning something we all have: “pride” and “ego”?

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Ready – Set – Go!”

Hearing the words: ready – set – go, will bring a plethora of memories from childhood to adult. These three words are usually associated with some type of competition: Olympic track and field events – sports car racing – local parks and recreation events – children playing, etc. Today I would like to focus on the word: Set.  Get Set!  Get in a Set Place!

“There are three places you can be in: the wrong place, the good place, and the Set Place, also called, the Godly Place. The Set Place is the Place where God wants us to be.”  – Pastor Brice

“The Set Place (Godly Place) is referring to the spiritual – to obedience – a Place that cannot be found by G.P.S. – a Place that you cannot MapQuest – a Place that is ordained – a Place that is under the influence of God.” – Pastor Brice

Read: Jonah Chapter 1

God gave Jonah instructions, but Jonah disobeyed God and found himself in the wrong place, inside the belly of a big fish. God allowed Jonah to think about the penalty of disobeying Him for three days before he was released from the belly of the fish.

When you disobey God, you’ll find yourself in the wrong place. The wrong place is not only geographical or positional, it can also be an attitude – a place where you’re not growing spiritually. So, ready – Set – go! Get in the Right Place – under the influence of God. Get in the Set Place – the Godly Place!

“The Set Place is where your blessings come from.”  – Pastor Brice

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Are You Impacting The Flow?”

During our Wednesday evening church service, Pastor Brice made the statement: “When you are absent from church you affect the flow of the church.”  Your absence will have a negative impact in the church continuity.

i.e. A large bucket of water with a small hole in it. Undetected, the water will slowly seep through the small hole. Eventually, you’ll notice that the bucket is only half full. Impact!

The church body consists of every member of Solomon Temple. Together we are like a well-oiled machine and are all necessary for the continuity of the church. However, remember that Satan is waiting, ready to pounce, ready to disrupt the church flow.

The Pastor, of most churches, will have leaders in place that have specific functions to help with the development and growth of its members. However, the member’s responsibility is to attend church, thus a positive continuity occurs.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now  that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Avoid a negative church flow. Put on the full armor of God. Wake up – to the Belt of Truth! Get up -with the Breastplate of Righteousness! Show up – in Shoes of Peace! Listen up – with the Shield of Faith! Receive – the Helmet of Salvation! Share – the Sword of the Spirit!  Pray in the Spirit! Impact, the church flow through: Word – Worship – Witness – Winning souls to Christ.

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Walk – Don’t Walk”

Walk is an action word which we do daily without hesitation or motivation for relocation. Walk literally means to move or is related to movement. Your walk can also be your area of discipline or calling. “Walk” as Jesus did. “Don’t walk” to the beat of Satan’s footsteps.

1 John 2:5-6 (NIV) “But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

We have been studying, “The Armor of God”, for the past couple of Bible Study sessions.

“The Armor of God represent attitudes and actions that the believer must practice in order to win the spiritual battle. Satan’s strategy is to wear us down.”  – Pastor V. S. Brice

The Armor of God: Belt of Truth – Breastplate of Righteousness – Shoes of Peace – Shield of Faith – Helmet of Salvation – Sword of The Spirit – Praying in The Spirit (the 7th piece of armor that is necessary to complete our weaponry for battle).  – Ephesians 6:10-20

We must be fully armed so that we can protect ourselves from Satan’s attacks. Satan is always waiting for his chance to pounce. Give an inch: Satan will smile and take a mile. Amor of God in place: Satan will flee, run from you and me. Don’t walk and be the cause for Satan to smile, instead, Walk and be the cause for Satan to flee.

“If we’re going to win the battle we must be filled with the Power of God and put on the Full Armor of God so that we can withstand the attack of the Devil.”  – Pastor V. S. Brice

Be strong in your Christian Faith with the full Armor of God in place. Wipe the smile from Satan’s face. Know that the battle is already won. Walk!

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

 

“Are You Contributing?”

This past week Pastor Brice focused his teachings on how to deal with envious people, haters.

“We all have haters in our life – make sure you’re not contributing to their hate.”  – Pastor V.S. Brice

Are you contributing? We can unknowingly, through no fault of our own, become a contributor to someone’s hate or envy. How? By being the recipient of a gift/s or purchasing for ourselves something that another is coveting. You won’t have a clue, you won’t know what is going on, until you are being treated to lies – deceptions – and/or attacks on your character. Now is the time to get God involved, you will need His support. Don’t try to do it on your own.

“Don’t get side-tracked by what people say about you. Go to God.”  – Rev. Seymore Brice

Psalm 7:6 (NIV) “Arise, O Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake my God, decree justice.”

Pastor Brice gave the following on how to deal with people who hate on you:

  1. Do nothing, in regards, to them. Remain in God’s teachings and principles. Luke 21:6
  2. Don’t hate them back. Nothing good comes from a payback. 1 Peter 3:9
  3. Don’t try to figure out why they hate you. It’s not them, it’s the Devil in them. Psalm 38:19
  4. Forgive them. When you forgive you’re in control, it sets you free. Ephesians 4:32
  5. Bless them – don’t curse them. Every person was put in your life for a reason. They will either bless you or test you. Stay in The Word. When tested you will be able to pass the test. Romans 12:14

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

 

“Have You Checked The Account Today?”

Have you checked The Account today? The Account that should be checked/accessed daily. The Account that comes without fees attached. The Account that was paid for by the Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Account that is available to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The Account that keeps on giving. The Account that you can share with everyone. The Account that will always have a Balance. The Bank of God’s Goodness.

The Bank of God’s Goodness is The Bank where our gifts, treasures, and talents from the Holy Spirit are stored. We must check The Account daily. The only way to access The Account is through prayer (confession and conversation with God) – praise (expressions of love for God) – and sharing (spreading His Word and sharing our gifts, treasures, and talents).

James 1:17 (NIV) “Every good and perfect gift is from above…”

These gifts from the Holy Spirit, although, given to the individual, are to strengthen the church. To encourage and empower the Body of Christ (the church) to do the work of Christ.

God has placed an unlimited supply of gifts, treasures, and talents in The Account for us to access. Such as: wisdom – knowledge – faith – healing – prophecy/speaking – discernment – tongues/languages – serving/helping – teaching – encouragement – giving – leading – forgiveness – understanding – singing – artistic ability – athletic ability – and the list goes on. Which of these is a gift you didn’t realize you had? What will you be sharing with others to honor God – to help build His Kingdom?  Don’t forget to check The Account!

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan