“Meant To Be”
Good day all! Provers 18:21 states “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (NIV). As we understand that we are a children of God and we are defined by God through His word, our confession about who we are, daily, need to line up with what God says who we are. He had to know where he wanted us before he created us so we could arrive in perfect timing. God is the author and finisher of our story. Which means on earth, you are reading my story as you experience my life, but in heaven, it’s already finished. The devil can’t write your story, because God has already written it. For those who may struggle with your identity, know that you are not a mistake. You are not a product of romantic encounter; you are a blessing from God who was meant to be here at this moment in time. This thought is so powerful to me as I try to be careful to practice Proverbs 18:21 – using the power of my tongue in confessing that “I’M DESTINED TO BE HERE AND I’M DESTINED FOR GREATNESS! I AM NOT A MISTAKE!” God’s people, I love you all and want you to know you belong here!.
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Down At The Temple…
Well let me say that the youth of the temple are on fire for the Lord! On Sunday they presented their own version of Bible Jeopardy during service. It was really interesting watching our young people answer biblical questions, where some questions I couldn’t answer! I believe it starts at home. Children mimic what they see, and from the looks of it, these children are watching us parents worship, praise, study God’s word and love God. Parents, continue to practice the word front of your children. Just when you least expect it, they show us that they’re paying attention.
The icing on the cake this past Sunday was Pastor Brice’s sermon entitled “Message to the Christian Millennial”. His text was taken from Daniel 1:1-8. I loved it when he had all of the adults who were sitting up front, switch seats with any young people who were sitting towards the back of the church. I was very impressed when the young people were obedient, following directions, and moved without a murmur. This made my heart dance to see so many young people respond and with a good attitude! I have children myself and work hard at showing them the proper way. To see my own children be obedient was a gift from God. Pastor’s major quote that I heard the youth talking about at the end of service was, “Don’t get in just to fit in, you are Holy. Everything shouldn’t be tolerated”. Pastor Brice encouraged the youth to “don’t go along just to get along!” In other words, follow God whether it makes you look like an outcast or not. The sermon was right on time for today’s young people! It blessed me as a mom, and blessed my children who fortunately, was listening on that day. Until then, Brandi
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YOUTH WORKING THE WORD AT THE TEMPLE
For the month of November, Pastor Brice has the entire congregation participating in the “Word Life 30-day Challenge”, where every congregant has been challenged to read the Bible, every day, for 30 minutes for the entire month. We’re witnessing changed lives as members are committed to not only studying the word, but doing the word! Folks are growing in the Lord and slowly maturing in their faith, which pleases the Lord! That’s what it’s all about, pleasing God with our lives. The Youth of the church, also have committed to a 30-day challenge, by practicing the following: 1. Practice praying twice a day; 2. Read the word of God (Proverbs is recommended) 15 minutes each day; and 3. Memorize one bible verse a week to strengthen their walk with the Lord. Last night, during our youth fellowship, some of them began to testify how they’ve noticed small changes in their day to day – like “I’m getting along better with others”, and “I felt stronger in my faith when I practiced prayer and studying God’s word this week”. There was approximately 18 middle and high school students there listening to each other’s testimonies, leading worship and opening and closing with prayer – due to “staying the course” in teaching our young people how to have an intimate relationship with God and making them aware that God has a plan for their lives. Get close enough to Him, through the word, and He’ll reveal that plan – even when you’re young! Bring your youth out to the Temple on Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm to experience Youth Word Life! With so much wickedness and evil happening in our communities, you’ll be glad you did.
Banking on the word, Kitty Griffin
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Down at the temple…
Pastor V.S. Brice bought a powerful message from the book of Habakkuk 3:17-18, and asked the listening congregation “what do you do between the promise and the fulfillment”? Often times God will give us a promise, but fulfills the promise in His time.
Habakkuk 3: 17-18 encourages us to wait on the Lord. This message was all too real to me. I had danced earlier in the service to a song by Janice Gaines called “Wait on Him”. Weeks ago I was told by doctors that I may not walk again. As I laid in the hospital bed, I waited on a word from the Lord. “Lord is this the end”, I asked? “Will I ever be able to dance again”? The Holy Spirit quietly responded to me – “I did not say that it was over”. All I could do was look up to the heavens from where my help comes from and whisper “thank you Lord”.
Pastor Brice gave us 4 points in yesterday’s sermon instructing us on what we need to do in this faith walk. Point 1: Trust God. Point 2: Wait on God to act. Yes, I know sometimes we feel that we can fix things on our own. Remember, God is Sovereign – He knows what’s best for us. Point 3: Pray, pray, and do more praying. Pray, until you see the manifestation. Point 4: Rejoice! The Joy of the Lord is our strength! Praise Him for the good, and the bad! So today my brother’s and sister’s I plead with you to wait on the Lord and watch him work it out. I know this to be true because I waited on the Lord, in spite of receiving bad news about being able to walk again, and God granted me the desire of my heart – the ability to dance before Him! Was it easy? No – but it was definitely worth the wait! Be blessed, and we’ll see you soon at the Temple where we “walk by faith and not by sight”!
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Down At The Temple…Rev. Seymour Brice bought the word this Sunday from Exodus 17: 1-7. If your faith can’t be tested, your heart can’t be trusted. God says that when I give you a test and you fail it, then I will continue to test you on it. This I know about all too well, lol let me tell you. In Exodus 16, God tested Israel. When you really think about it, aren’t we just like the Israelites? God brings us through the storm, but as soon as another one hits, we’re right back at doubting him. Umm hello. Step out on faith! Yes. I know it’s easier said than done.
Two years ago I had the ultimate test. I had a surgery that put me down for 76 days and 75 nights. That’s wasn’t the test though. The test was I had to learn to walk all over again. I was almost born, literally, on the church floor – so they tell me. I learned to praise and give thanks to God by way of dance or expression. Well if I can’t walk, I can’t dance – and if I can’t dance, will I still be able to give God the ultimate praise that he is due? The doctor walked in early one morning and said that if I didn’t start standing, I was not going to walk again. First thing that came out of my mouth was, “THE DEVIL IS A LIE”. I began to work with a physical therapist, and when I stood for the first time, fear sat in. All I could feel was every nerve in my body tremble; it was like an out of body experience. My nurse and physical therapist even started crying because my body was shaking, tears were dropping and I couldn’t say anything. So they sat me down and said you’re not ready and we’ll try another day. I went to bed that night thinking “God I trust you. I have faith that this is not the end and that I have too much kingdom work left to do”. So I called my physical therapist and nurse back the next day. Determined that God was going to allow me to walk, I stepped out on faith and walked from the bed to the wheelchair. Now to some, that may have been good enough, but for me, I wasn’t satisfied and knew God could do more. So two days later, while listening to my gospel music, I grabbed that walker, and walked! Two days after that, I grabbed a cane and began walking on my own. A week before I was released from the hospital, I was walking the 5th floor so fast that my nurse said she had to jog to keep up with me, but was very proud of my progress. I said “THANK YOU JESUS. BY YOUR STRIPES, I’M HEALED”. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. At the beginning I couldn’t see me walking again. The fear of feeling the pain I felt left me in a fear bubble. Recently, I was admitted to the hospital with pains that almost prevented me from walking. It was unbearable. What the devil didn’t know, was that I had grown from that fear bubble, and knew that no matter what, I would always give God praise. This time when the doctor came into my room to tell me that I may not walk again, I looked at her and laughed until I cried! Why? Because I knew this was only a test of my faith, but this time, I was so ready. Every day I stayed in the hospital, I prayed. A friend of mine would do daily devotion and bible study with me. When he left for work he would say, “This is your time for you and God. Depend on him, trust him, and have faith that he can do ALL things.” And that is exactly what I did. They released me that Saturday. My mom has stairs all over the house, so I knew that I had to put in some work in order to walk 100%. Faith is like a muscle. You have to work and build it up – I could hear my pastor, Victor S. Brice teaching me while walking those stairs. Sunday I walked through the church doors in my 4 inch stiletto boots giving all glory to God. Excuse me a second – PRAISE BREAK!!! I said I walked into church with 4 inch stiletto boots on all by myself! Reverend Seymour honored me by letting me take a faith walk through the church just to show the saints exactly what Jesus was capable of doing. And yes – I strutted in my boots all through that church. Danced until my legs got tired. I took a break, and danced some more. Why? Because Jesus healed me, and He deserves all of the praise!
Don’t allow fear to overtake your faith. Faith is believing God’s word and knowing that His word is fact. Decide today, to live by faith not fear. Thanks Revy Rev…..what a word!
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Down at the temple…
Let me say, Jesus was most definitely in the building on Sunday, October 30th and Minister Ladonna made sure we knew it. She bought the word from Luke 17: 11-19 with the topic: “Don’t forget to say thank you”. I loved her testimony at the beginning of her sermon where she shared that although God had blessed her with a 6 bedroom home, she would walk through each room on many mornings, never telling God thank you for blessing her with such a beautiful home. Hmmm. Made me think.
Her preaching style was very transparent where she even admitted how she use to date other women’s husbands. I had to pause and say “amen” to that, because that use to be my testimony too. Not only was he married, but he was also a Muslim! Once the Lord delivered me, I thought to myself, “the devil is a lie! This will be the last time I play second best to any and everything”. I decided to trust God and wait on my Boaz.
Minister Ladonna reminded us to never forget to tell God thank you – for the good, for the bad. Thank him for the big things and the little things and to give God glory for all that he does in our lives. When he brings you through your trials and troubles, don’t be like the nine lepers in the text who didn’t return to Jesus to show their gratitude, but follow the one who returned to tell the Master “thank you”. Bless you Minister Ladonna…..Keep the faith!
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Today at the Temple, November 29, 2015
My, my, my!!! What a high time we had at The Temple today! It is always a blessing to experience the worship and praise service and incredibly touching to see mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews praising the Lord together. We are truly a family! The women’s choir raised the roof with their rendition of I Need Thee and by the end had brought the roof down!
On this 5th Sunday of the month, God spoke to us in dynamic fashion in a powerful and impactful sermon through Minister Kitty Griffin. We all had to search within ourselves and determine where we stand and who we are in Christ. So, what are you? Are you a goat or a sheep? Are you truly a servant of the Lord? Minister Griffin reminds us that as Christians, we are supposed to be all about serving the Lord. She reminds us that God is an orderly God and has specific structure to all things. As Christians in the body of God’s church, the Master places us under the leadership of a shepherd – our Pastor. God gives the pastor His vision to carry out and it is up to us to be obedient and follow the direction of our Pastor. This is a huge part of our service to the Lord. Being a servant and slave to the Lord is the very foundation of our Christianity. Do you willingly submit to your Pastor’s requests? Do you follow your Pastor’s vision for the church? A sheep knows his place is to follow and be led. A goat challenges, fights and resists being led. I loved how Minister Griffin put it to us that we cannot and should not be “Burger King Christians.” As Christians, we need to understand that we cannot order up our Christianity like a burger – We cannot be “have it my way” Christians.” Whatever role you are called to play in the body of Christ, it is your duty to do it. We’re not supposed to pick and choose – and be standoffish in our service. God, through your pastor, places who He needs and wants in positions and in roles that will maximize and grow the Kingdom of God. Let us be faithful to God’s plan. To be faithful servants of the Lord, we need to follow the leadership and direction of our Pastor. We are to be under the submission of God, The Shepherd – The Pastor, and one to another. We should strive to develop an attitude of serving. What are you? A Sheep? A Goat? Self-reflect. Adjust your behavior and attitude to be in line and in accordance with the Word of God and His plan, given to you by your Pastor.
The Holy Spirit led a large mass to the altar to ask God’s forgiveness, strength, courage and the spirit of obedience and servitude. Several more were led to give their lives to the Lord and to follow the leadership of Pastor Victor S. Brice.
If you are in the Pittsburg, CA area, I encourage you to join us on Sunday mornings. If you are not in the area, I invite you to join is on our livestream. God Bless.
Blog Written By: Sister Delores Walker
Approved and Posted By: Reverend Samuel Brice
What a Mighty God We Serve!!! Praise be to God! Today at the Temple, we celebrate Solomon Temple’s 65 Year Anniversary. We give thanks for the support of the membership through the years, our current Pastor Victor S. Brice, and acknowledge the Temple’s past pastors. We pray that our latter days will continue to shine bright, increase and be greater than our former days. We pray that Solomon Temple continues to be a beacon for the Greater Pittsburg community.
For God’s Glory we will do anything because we want to be where He is. The Praise team led us in a Spirit filled worship and praise service and we were regaled with a dynamic dance presented by Solomon Temple’s WOW Praise Dancers. The Men’s Choir blessed our souls with their rendition of Oh, Lord I Need You to Hold My Hand. The Holy Spirit showed up we all had a glorious time in the Lord! You could say we went “Prazy”! Which was the theme of our sermon, brought to us by Reverend Joseph Bryant,, Jr. of Calvary Hill Community Church of San Francisco, California.
Instead of going “crazy” when life gets you down, instead of worrying and fretting over our trials and tribulations, we need to remember to Praise God. Praise God when things are good and praise God when things are not so good. For we know that when praises go up, blessings come down. We should set our minds on Praise Mode. Be “Prazy” for the Lord!
The Reverend reminds us to rejoice in the Lord. We are to be anxious about nothing, but to trust in God and praise Him at all times. The path to emotional and mental health begins when we decide to have an attitude of gratitude. No “stinking thinking.” Dear hearts we need to stay away from “stinking thinking” – negative thinking – and stinking thinking folk. If you dwell in a stinking thinking environment, you can become immune to the stink.” It will drain you and keep you down. Stinking thinking will sink you into turmoil, despair and no hope. It can make you crazy. It will prevent you from rejoicing, which can block your blessings.
There is nothing or no one in our lives that should stop our praise. Praise God through everything, even through adversity. Adversity gives us saints a testimony because we KNOW God will bring us through. We don’t have to wait until the storm is over. We can shout now!!! Hallelujah. GO PRAZY! Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving, and enter His court with Praise! Rejoice in the Lord always. I’ve got a feeling everything’s going to be alright.
Three saints were led by the Holy Spirit to partner with Solomon Temple. Praise be to God!!! If you are in the Pittsburg, California, please join us on Sunday mornings. You will surely be blessed. If you are not in the area, I invite you to join us on our livestream. God bless.
Blog Written By: Sister Delores Walker
Approved and Posted By: Rev. Samuel S. Brice
Hello Saints! What a glorious time we had in the Lord at the Temple today. The praise team led us in praise with their beautiful rendition of Peace Be Still, I Need Thee, All I Need Is You and a medley of other soul stirring praise songs. The choir continued the worshipping spirit singing Tell It written by the
Temple’s own Leon Johnson after which the Solomon Temple Praise Dancers blessed us with a spirited praise dance to Turn Up, Can’t Help Myself.
The Lord spoke to us through Pastor Victor S. Brice, when he reminded us of the “The Line” and cautious us: Don’t cross the line. What line, you may ask. Where is it? It’s in His Word – The good old “B I B L E.” That’s right saints — The Word of God draws the line. It tells us how to live right, how to be right, how to stay right, and how to get right when we fall. God has drawn a line for every aspect of our lives. There is a line for everything. We must be diligent; stay focused on His Word and learn it so that we will recognize the line when we come upon it. Pastor reminds us that some of the adversities in our lives and some of the circumstances we find ourselves in is because we have “crossed the line” and are being disciplined. We chastise our children here on earth because we love them. Do you not think our Heavenly Father will chastise us when we are disobedient? God the Father loves us just as much we love our own biological children. We say we love the Lord right? Then, the Love of God should be our motivation to act right — to not disappoint Him. Pastor uses the story of Moses to illustrate that there are consequences to disobedience. Moses was a holy man. One of God’s chosen. Instead of doing what God told him to do, Moses got out of character, acted in anger and “did his own thing.” He led the people out of Egypt and yet, he did not enter the Promised Land because he disobeyed God. Let us remember the Moses story when feel like doing our own thing instead of what God has instructed us to do. There will be consequences if we “act out.”
Dear hearts, let us remember that although God is a generous, loving, forgiving and merciful God, even He has his limits – just as our parents – and we as parents — have a line that we set for our children. God the Father — because He loves us, sets rules and guidelines for us to live by. We are to be obedient to His Word. Don’t be Johnny Cash – Don’t Walk the Line. Don’t Cross the line.
The Holy Spirit added another soul to partner with Solomon Temple today. The Lord is good. If you are in the Pittsburg, CA area, I encourage you to join us on Sunday mornings. If you are not from the area, I invite you to join us on our live stream. May God continue to bless you. Peace.
Blog Written By: Sister Delores Walker
Approved and Posted By: Rev. Samuel S. Brice
Game Time. Hut! Hut!!! Out of position. Out of place. Out of line.
Out of bounds. I know I’m not the only one that’s been there: Out of position with God. Sometimes, we operate in the flesh instead of the spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, Pastor Victor S. Brice delivered a dynamic message to the saints today. Pastor reminds us and shows us in the Bible that sin will cause us to stumble. It will cause us to lose. Sin is the epitome of being out of position with God. It is like a cancer. It spreads. It not only affects you, but it can affect those around you – your loved ones – your relatives and friends. As saints, sometimes we go through trials and tribulations.
It seems like nothing is going your way. It feels like your plans keep falling through, money is funny, your marriage is rocky, your children are acting up – all at the same time. You’re losing. Are you out of position? Is God throwing blessings your way but you’re not in the right position to receive them? Saints, if you find yourself out of position with God and feeling down about it, don’t give up! Never quit. Stay in the game. Ready yourself for the Great Come Back because you’re on the winning team! You will always win with God on your side. To get back in position with God, uncover the source of your defeat – confess your sins and/or shortcomings to the Lord — and get back in the game! Never give up. Stay on your mark and listen for God’s plays for your life. Remember that God is in control. He calls all the shots, and makes all of the plays. It is our position to run the plays that God has set out for us. Don’t deviate from His Word. Hearken to His voice in all things and run to the end-zone with it. You will surely win every time! That is how to experience the thrill of victory instead of the agony of defeat!
Don’t let the adversary steal the ball. Dear hearts, don’t miss your blessings by not being in the correct position to receive them.
Confess, get back in the game, listen to the Master and watch Him turn losing into winning. Touch Down!!! Then go ahead and kick that field goal with another testimony of God’s grace and mercy. Hallelujah!
How wondrous is it to know that we will always win by being in the right position with the Lord? It fills my soul to the brim to know that I am His. There are so many perks to being on God’s team. I win. Satan Loses! I can’t encourage you enough to give your live to God if haven’t already done so. Seven souls were added to the Kingdom after the Word went forth. Glory be to God! If you’re in the Pittsburg, CA area, please join us on Sunday mornings. If you’re not in the area, I invite you to join us during our Live Stream Broadcast.
Blog Written By: Delores Walker
Posted By: Rev. Samuel Brice – Assistant to the Pastor