DOWN AT THE TEMPLE…..
“Why the Devil is Interested in You”
Have you ever wondered why the devil just won’t leave you alone? During our Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Sunday service on last Sunday, Pastor Brice enlightened our hearts in preaching from the topic: “Why the Devil is Interested In You” – Luke 22:31-33 – a transforming word! Three thoughts from the text were given that offered insight:
- Simon’s Presumption
- Simon’s Confidence
- Simon’s Arrogance/Ego
- Satan’s Plan
- Jesus’ Protection/Plan
When you get a moment, I encourage you to take a look at Luke 22:31-33 as Simon expressed that he would follow Jesus until the end. In that moment, Jesus reminded Simon to be careful in his overestimation of himself, and that the enemy is there to sift him like wheat, when given the opportunity. Pastor Brice reminded us on Sunday, that the moment we begin to put our confidence in ourselves and rely on the flesh and not Christ, the enemy is there to lead us off the path that God has given us, and get us off track with God. But thank God, that Jesus is there every time, praying for us, that we would be strengthened in Him. We were admonished to keep our faith and trust in Christ….always, for He never fails. Until then, be encouraged to keep the faith, and look always to Him “who is able to keep us from falling”.
Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Kitty Griffin
At the Temple…..
Time is so precious these days. Pastor Brice, in his series on “Seizing the Times” brought a life-changing word from Ephesians 5:16, sharing with the listener to “make the best of the time that God has given us”. He continued in stating that “God is the center of time, and He’s greater than time” encouraging us to take advantage of every second of time that God gives to us. A few more nuggets to study regarding time:
- Time is short (Job 9:25, 26).
- We don’t know when time will run out (Proverbs 27:1).
- We can NEVER get time back.
- How we use our time has consequences – both now, and in eternity (Matthew, 6th Chapter).
And finally, never forget, time equals opportunities. Make the most of each day and the time God has given. Until then, we’ll see you down at the Temple……
Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger Kitty Griffin
Down at the temple…
Pastor V.S. Brice has been sharing a series of sermons on “time” – with a focus on “It’s about time”. A question that crossed my mind was, time for what? Pastor came from Ephesians 5:16 (NLT), which states, “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. He made a very interesting observation in sharing that “we all need to remember that time is short and that we all have an expiration date. In addition, we don’t know how much time we have, and we certainly can’t turn back the hands of time. In other words, we can’t get time back.” Feel free to use his acronym for time:
T= Treasure Time. Treasure the time you have, because you won’t have this
I= Invest Time. Invest your time wisely. Give time to God and your family. Don’t sleep on
time because time won’t sleep on you.
M= Manage Time. Manage your time. You only have 24 hrs in a day.
E= Enjoy time. Enjoy the time you have while you have it.
Finally, Pastor encouraged us to write down the following, referring back to it when necessary: “yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present.” What are we doing with our gift? Something to think about….Until next time down at the temple.
By: Solomon Temple Ministries International Blogger – Brandi Coleman
Down at the temple…
Pastor V. S. Brice continues the series on joy in sharing the difference between joy and happiness and how to have both.
Happiness is determined by the good things that are happening in life. Joy is knowing and having Jesus whether things are good or bad. In fact, as long as I got King Jesus, I don’t need nobody else. Now that’s joy. If you have the joy of Jesus, no matter what’s happening in your life, you will still have joy. Kirk Franklin said it best, “Give me that joy I can’t explain, that extra peace that will ease my pain, gemme dat love that I can’t explain. Gemme dat,, gemme dat!” Jesus is the only one that can give you unspeakable joy in the midst of it all. I challenge you today to ask God to give you that Joy. Until next time down at the temple…
Down at the Temple…
Dr. Rosche Brown of 106.1 KMEL was recently at the Temple and shared a transforming word! She loves to use acronyms when speaking – and her acronym for the day was P.A.C.E. – asking the listener the question, “have you checked your pace lately?” Her supporting scripture for P.A.C.E. was Proverbs 27:17 with the following breakdown for P.A.C.E.:
P= PARTNERS be sure to check your relationships and make sure you’re moving at your own pace and not the pace of others.
A= ALIGNMENT align yourself with successful like-minded spirits. Align yourself with those that can mentor you, who have your best interest at heart and not their own hidden agendas.
C= CHOICES. everybody has choices – make sure you are making good choices that’s in your best interest and pay close attention to the choices that we make. (Proverbs 22:25).
E= EXPECTATIONS Your expectations should always reflect your future and your thinking process should always be positive.
Thanks Dr. Rosche, for those nuggets of wisdom for living. We hope to see you again at the Temple……
Down at the temple…
Pastor V.S, Brice is teaching/preaching on the series “The Joy of Jesus” reminding us that the joy we have, this world did not give it, and certainly, can’t take it away. Also he shared that joy is a choice where we have the opportunity to choose to live life with joy, and to not confuse joy with happiness. Happiness is based on the conditions of life – circumstances and situations. But joy is knowing that Jesus is with us, no matter what the situation may be. I can still have joy, even in the worst situations, knowing that Jesus will never leave me nor forsake me. It was amazing to learn that there are over 300 verses in the bible in reference to joy, letting us know that the Lord wants us to experience His joy on the journey. Until next time, down at the temple…
Taking Jesus Serious Pt. 5
Down At The Temple…
Pastor V.S. Brice brought the word from Hebrews 12:1 in his sermon series “Taking Jesus Serious”. He shared that we are in a race, a set race that God has already mapped out for us. If we are going to endure the race of life, then we have to look unto Jesus the hope of glory. Matter of fact, we have to look to Jesus in all that we do. We can do nothing without Him. Question: have you ever tried to win a race that you knew was not meant for you? Well participating in a race, while not looking to Jesus, and thinking you’re going to win, is a race that’s not meant for you.
Jesus is the author and finisher of our story, our race, our life. We have to stay the course and take Jesus seriously in all that we do. He is the tree of life and if we stay connected we produce a harvest that only Jesus can create. A harvest that we don’t have room enough to receive, a harvest that is bountiful in everlasting life. Give yourself over to Jesus, fully committing to Him all that you do. Take Jesus more seriously in the race called life, because Jesus created us to be champions in life, to be victorious and to ultimately be winners. I ask you today, are you ready to win in this race called life? If so, take Jesus more seriously. Until next time down at the temple.
II Corinthians 3:18
Taking Jesus Serious-Serious About Jesus Pt.4
Down At The Temple…
Pastor V.S. Brice has truly been blessing us with this series. He brought the word from St. John 15:1 where the key phrase in that scripture was “I AM”. Pastor said something that really stuck with me – “ MLK was… Malcom X was… Mahatma Gandhi was…., but Jesus IS. There is no “wasness” (for a lack of a better word), in Jesus, and there never will be. Jesus is and will always be I AM.
Jesus is the vine and we are the branch. We need to be more serious about being connected to Jesus and his word. Remember, we only grow if the root is pleased or nurtured. If not, the vine will wither up and die. Jesus only wants for us to grow and grow to a point of when people see us, they see Jesus.
Finally, Jesus wants us to care. Care about being connected to Him so that we don’t get disconnected. Number 1 disconnection to Jesus is our sin’s, and not caring how it affects ourselves and Jesus. If the branch is not taken care of and gets disconnected from the tree of life, we will eventually die. I know I’m not looking for death in that form and I pray you’re not either. So let’s get more serious about Jesus the I AM, the vine, and care about what He has in store for us. Until next time, see you down at the temple.
Lost without love is what one may feel. This feeling of lost can try to over power what is real.
When you learn to love God to feel what He feels. This unconditional love is more than what’s real.
God gave His son, because he loved us so bad. Love like this, I’ve never had. Now that we have it, never let it go, this is true food for the soul.
He hung on the cross to die for my sins. Love like this only comes from within.
So be like Jesus today and love like He loves. Always give that everlasting love.
February 16, 2017
Faith is all you have. Without faith you walk a lonely path.
Faith is not seen this is how it works. Give it to God and he will guide your turf.
Faith without works is dead , null and void. Faith without works is a cold, cold world.
Faith is what you hope for, but nothing you can see. Faith is like having a vision in a dream. Faith without works is a deadly thing.
Faith is something we all must do. Faith is a path that I must choose. Faith is evidence that my God is real. Faith showed me how my God can heal.