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“Watch and Pray!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Watch and Pray!” 

In Matthew Chapter 26, Jesus went with his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He was sorrowful and troubled. (Read: Matthew 26:36-46) He told his disciples to sit while he walked along a bit further to pray. He took with Him, Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. When he started to feel more overwhelmed, he told them to sit and watch while he prayed.

“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as your will.”   –  Matthew 26:39 (NIV).

When Jesus returned to where His disciples were, He found them sleeping and He scolded them.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” – Matthew 26:41 (NIV).

We have a duty to pray as well as a duty to watch. I never fully understood this until this past Tuesday night during our Word Life (Bible Teaching). I was always taught to be quiet and still while someone was praying, but I never associated being quiet and still as being on watch – as being on guard – or being in agreement with the prayer.

“Prayer should be watched and guarded.” –  Pastor Victor S. Brice

It is our duty, as believers, to pay close attention to the prayer as it is going forth. We have a duty to be on watch and be on guard. “Touch and agree!” We must, along with the person doing the actual prayer, believe that the prayer request is already done. Believe that God will answer your prayer. Believe that your prayer will manifest, in God’s own timing. Last, but not least, we must make prayer a habit.

“Prayer ought to be our strongest – greatest habit of our life.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Pastor Brice also pointed out the elements of a prayer habit: safe (guarded) – satisfying – and supportive.  Being on our (STMI) prayer line (888) 633-1082 at 6:00am to 6:15am every morning is showing our support – is touching and agreeing – is watching and guarding – is making prayer a habit. Watch and pray!

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“What Direction Are You Going?”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                                  July 12, 2021

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“What Direction Are You Going?”

Pastor Brice has been teaching on going in a different direction, however, he has made it clear that every direction is not a good direction.

We go about our daily lives doing things without including God in our plans. Why? Because as we are succeeding, we tend to get the big head and think we are succeeding on our own. We forget about God. We forget to include God in our plans – we forget to include Him in our daily living. Daily thinking, “I’ve got this!” Sooner or later the success ride will end – because…

“We no got this!” (Yes, I know this is not proper grammar – but sometimes we must say things in a way that will grab attention.)   Time to change direction! (Don’t forget to include God!)

“Whatever you do – make sure it pleases God.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

What we do has an impact on the people around us – the people close to us – the people who associate with us – even the people we don’t know but who observe us. We must be conscious of this and not be a stumbling block to others – we must not cause others to fall or fail because of our actions.

“Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” – Romans 14:13 (NIV).

Following God is the right direction – follow His Word – live His Word – share His Word.

Mark 8:34 (KJV) “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

“I’ll woe you and win you to Jesus – so He can save you.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Solomon Temple Ministries International is open. Facebook – live-streaming – and our teleconference line serves a purpose – but to sit in the congregation as our pastor, Rev. Victor S. Brice, is sending the Word forth, will bring you to a different level of Spiritual up-lifting. For those we haven’t seen in a while – we miss you!  Time to change!  Come!  Join us!

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“Dare to Be Different!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Dare to Be Different!”

Dare to be different and dare to do different! During this past Sunday’s sermon: “I’m Going in A Different Direction!” Pastor Brice made the statement:

“If you want different you must be different – you must do different!”

I am comfortable with where I am in my Christian walk. Key word, comfortable. To be comfortable means to be satisfied – pleased – content – complacent.  Whoa…! There’s that word again: complacent! I often speak about being complacent (being complacent about the Word of God is not a good thing).  To be complacent about God and His Word is turning (drifting) away from God. (Yes, we turn (drift) away without realizing what we are doing.)  When we are comfortable with where we are in our relationship with God, it is time to ask ourselves: “Am I where I need to be? Am I where God wants me to be?”

“Let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.” – Jeremiah 15:19c (KJV).

When it comes to the Word of God we must always be in a striving mode – we must always be striving to do better – to be better. This means that there is always work to be done. Our work (walk) is not over until God calls us Home. Therefore, get this in your mind-set.

Being in the Word is going in the right direction, however, when you start feeling like: “I’ve got this! I’m winning! I’ve got this on lock!” it’s time to go in a different direction. You may not have to do an about face (U-turn) but you will have to veer off into a different direction.

As Pastor Brice said, during his sermon, to go in a different direction involves constraint – controversy or contention – and conquest. When you read: John 4:1-30 (The account of the Samaritan woman at the well.) you will see constraint – controversy – contention – conquest. Not only was the Samaritan woman saved, but she also went out and spread the word about Jesus. She was a disciple for the Word of God.

Ask God which direction He wants you to take. Dare to be different under God’s direction. Let God lead you to be different – let God lead you to do different.

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“The Real Elephant in The Room!”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“The Real Elephant in The Room!”

Pastor Brice gave us a resounding sermon on Father’s Day, “Who Is the Real Elephant in The Room?”.  Yes, thought provoking! However, let me clarify the meaning of “elephant in the room” prior to answering.

Elephant in the room: a major problem or controversial issue that is obviously present but avoided as a subject for discussion because it is more comfortable to do so.

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4 (NIV). 

“Who is the real elephant in the room?”  The answer is two-fold: the absentee father and the mistake of neglecting God.

It is imperative that we not neglect training our children in the ways of the Lord. Your child’s first prayer; “Now I lay me down to sleep….” can be the start of their relationship with God. Yes, your child’s relationship with God can start before they can read (I speak from experience.) and it is up to you to make sure their relationship with God is nurtured and grows. Train and instruct your child in the ways of the Lord. While you are at it, do not forget to nurture your own relationship with God. Parents, we are the example! Stop neglecting – start showing and growing!

“A child’s inappropriate behavior correlates to the absence of the father from the home.”                                     –    Pastor Victor S. Brice

A father’s absence from the home may have a devastating affect on a child’s life. You may see bad grades – acting out in school – arguments – fights – poor eating habits – poor sleeping habits, or, depending on the child’s age – he or she may even join a gang. A cry for help! Your child is experiencing a loss – an absentee father is a loss they cannot fix. They will start seeking anything that will give them a sense of belonging or get your attention.

Yes, a mother is needed in a child’s life, but a mother can only drive so far. At some point in a child’s life, he or she will need their father to take the wheel. The word “no” coming from your mother is totally different from “no” coming from your father.  Again, speaking from experience (with no disrespect intended) it just is!

Pastor Brice and the brothers of STMI will be reaching out to our children of absentee fathers to      provide them with mentorship.

 

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“Red Sea Experience!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Red Sea Experience!”

Have you had a “Red Sea Experience”? Okay, so: What is a Red Sea Experience? During our Tuesday night Word Life Bible study:

“God will always take us through a ‘Red Sea Experience’”. – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Your “Red Sea Experience” is one where God has led you or put you. You feel that there is no way out. You’ve reached a dead end – you feel stuck – helpless. Read: Exodus Chapter 14.

“Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” – Exodus 14:16 (NIV).

Where God leads you – puts you – He will see you through. The saying that: “He will make a way out of no way!” is correct. You may seem stuck – abandoned – in a dead-end situation – but He is with you all the way. God will never leave you alone in a situation He has placed you in.

Your Red Sea Experience will be different from mine because we are all individuals and God will take you through what He feels you need at any particular time. Pastor Brice shared with us some strategies to use while going through our Red Sea Experience.

• Trust what God says and not what you see. Matthew 14:22-33
• What God says is always safe – successful – strengthening.
• Start saying what God says. (Know His Word – be attentive to the Holy Spirit.)
• God will always support what He says. God is with you. Deuteronomy 31:6
• What He says is not always sweet/succulent. Hebrews 12:5-6
• Seek the shepherd (your pastor) to hear what God has said to him. Jeremiah 3:15

“The only question a congregation should be asking their pastor is: ‘What has God said?’”
– Pastor Victor S. Brice

Trusting the Lord is trusting his shepherd – your pastor. Your pastor will always give you what ‘thus saith the Lord’. However, there is no greater experience than being/sitting in the congregation while your pastor is relaying to you what God has given him. Yes, you can view on Facebook live, or live streaming, but it is not the same. The spiritual experience is different.

“Come!” “Join us – sit with us!” “Rejoice in the Lord!” Be a part of a spiritual experience that touches your mind – body – and soul. Refer: Philippians 4:6-7.

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“Don’t Get Caught Up in Mess!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Don’t Get Caught Up in Mess!”

We tend to do the same old stuff over and over which gets us caught up in mess, all the while telling ourselves… “I am not taking no mess!” or “I am not getting involved in no mess!” Wrong! We do take mess, and we get involved in mess, especially the “he said” – “she said” kind of mess. We listen – we observe – we are caught up in mess. God will use your circumstances.

During Pastor Brice’s sermon: “I’m A Hot Mess – But God!” He used the following phrase:

“God knows how to take my mess and turn it into a Message!”  – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Just as you can learn from your mistakes, you can learn from your mess. Treat your learning experience like a Message from God. Be on the look-out for mess. Good intentions are great; however, mess will find you.  i.e., You’re minding your own business, then along comes someone with a “did you hear” story. Of course, your natural instinct is to want to hear what they have to say, but a “did you hear” story does nothing but get you involved in whatever “mess” is going on. Once involved you may find yourself crying out to God for help.

“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”                                 – Romans 7:24 (NIV).

We are all vulnerable to sin, but we must recognize sin as the lifestyle we had prior to accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and put it behind us. (Easier said than done.) As believers, we are in alignment with God’s Commands, but they are not always easy for us to follow due to our sin nature. Plausible Solution: We can follow the apostle Paul’s method and cry out to the Lord. Pray! Do not be afraid to ask God for help – do not be afraid to ask Him for deliverance. Call on Him, He will answer you – He will deliver you! He will bless you!

“God will alleviate my mess and turn it into a blessing.”  – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Yes, we need God to navigate through life. We are here now due to God’s grace and mercy. Stop trying to do things on your own. God is waiting – let Him do His Work in you. Serve Him by serving others. Pray. Tap into the Power of the Holy Spirit. “Don’t get caught up!”

 

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“Who Are You Inviting to The Party?”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                                        May 24, 2021

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Who Are You Inviting to The Party?”

When planning a party, the most important part of the planning is the guest list. Depending on your circle of family and friends, a particular guest can either make or break a party. Your goal is to create a list of people who are amicable with each other or at least share common interest. i.e., When giving a Super Bowl party you will invite football fans – when giving a Warrior’s play-off party, you will invite basketball fans, preferably Warrior’s fans.

“When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward.” –  Luke 14:12 (NLT).

God will reward you when you invite those who cannot repay you.

This past Sunday, Pastor Brice’s sermon, “I Can’t Miss the Party – God’s Party!”, was about love for the Lord. He wanted us to look at our level of love for the Lord.

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – I John 4:8 (NIV).

“The Lord has never let me down. My love for Him overrule all other levels of love.”                                             Pastor Victor S. Brice

Do you love the Lord? At what level? (In my mind I can see three levels of love, with Level-One being the greatest love, Level-Two being a greater love than Level-Three which is great love.) Remember, when you know God, you know Love. As you increase in Word – worship – prayer – in your relationship with the Lord, your love level will increase. When you love the Lord, you will, without hesitation, come when He says: “Come!”

“Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” – Luke 14:15 (NIV).

God’s Party is held every Sunday, 10:00am, morning worship service at STMI, and Facebook screening. God’s Party is held every morning at 6:00am (888) 633-1082, during morning prayer. God’s Party is held every Tuesday, 7:00pm, Facebook screening and call (888) 633-1082. God’s party is held every Wednesday, 7:00pm via Zoom screening and call (888) 633-1082.

You are invited to God’s Party!  Come!

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“Have You Received Any Gifts Lately?”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                               May 21, 2021

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Have You Received Any Gifts Lately?”

Think for a moment about the gifts you’ve received recently. Were they something you really wanted? Were they useful? Practical? Lasting? What did you do with them? Even the gifts that we want for ourselves are not always useful – practical – or lasting.  Why? Because we usually ask for things that are worldly. Worldly things, compared to things of God, are not meant to last.

“What Jesus leaves us is lasting, grab on to it!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“The best things in life are free!” has always been a debatable statement. The pros and cons of this statement are all valid. Free vs not free. Think about it. Our salvation: was paid for by the Blood of Jesus. Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected so that we may have forgiveness of our sins and salvation – life after death – life with God in eternity. Although, Jesus paid the price for our salvation, there is still work to be done on our part. “Faith without works…or…you must work for everything you want in life, etc.”

“And the peace I give you is a gift the world cannot give.” – John 14:27 (NLT).

God gives us His Peace which is totally different from world peace. This is not debatable.

“World peace is meant to eliminate trouble – Jesus’ Peace will invigorate you while you’re in trouble.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

What will you do with the gifts God gives?

God’s Gifts are not meant to be put on a shelf and forgotten. Each gift we receive from God comes with instructions that must be followed. Read – study your Bible – act on God’s Word. Be diligent in the Word – be diligent in your prayers. His Word will show you the Way – His Word will show you what to do with your gifts. When going through trials – trouble – stress – His Word will sustain you – invigorate you – lift you.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7 (NIV).

“To have real peace you must be in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

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“What Are You Going To Do?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“What Are You Going to Do?”

 

“What are you going to do with the Word you received today? – Pastor Victor S. Brice

This question is specific and requires a specific answer. Pastor Brice went on to say that every Word God gives us requires action on our part. Think on this a moment. God’s Word is meant for us to perform – to act on. Reading His Word is not enough. Get the Word in your heart – mind – soul. Walk by faith – in Word – in prayer. Be steadfast and consistent. Your relationship with God will grow. This is pleasing to God.

“Pleasing God, is critical.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“Thus, saith the Lord, ‘The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.’”                        – Isaiah 66:1 (KJV). 

God has placed our pastor in a position to lead – guard – watch over our Salvation. Remember, he has been given the Living Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit. We must receive the Word in the Spirit it was given. Listen to the Word as he delivers it – listen to his prayers, as he prays for us. Our pastor is a selfless man of God who cares for us. Follow his lead and put the Word to work in your daily lives. Do something with the Word you receive. Share what he gives you. Key words: work and share.

We praise His Holy Name and beseech His Goodness and His Mercy! We lift our eyes, our hands, our voices, upward to where our help comes from. Our help comes from the Lord.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.” – John 14:27 (KJV). 

“Whatever Jesus leaves for us is lasting – durable – sustainable.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

The peace that God gives us is sustainable and unmeasurable. During your pain – trouble – turmoil, pray for Jesus to give you His Peace which will lift you above what you are going through. His Peace will lift you – invigorate you through your pain – trouble – turmoil.

Every Word we receive is meant to inspire, motivate, us to move on It – to act on It. Let the Word permeate your heart – mind – soul. We have been given the Living Word – keep Word alive by walking in It – living It – sharing It – by making disciples. Receive His Peace!

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“Coming and Going”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                                May 7, 2021

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

Coming and Going – Honoring and Remembering!

 

John 16:21 (NIV) “A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born, she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.”

This is our Scripture for our coming into the world and for honoring our mothers while they are still living. Give your mother her flowers now. Watch her smile as she enjoys the sweet fragrance. Although, her smile is not because she is enjoying the flowers, her smile is because she feels your love for her.

Proverbs 31:31 (NIV) “Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

 This is our Scripture for remembering our mothers that are now resting in Heaven. Note: You never miss your water until the well runs dry.

This is where we are (those of us who have lost their mothers). Actually, we have not lost them and our well has not run dry. Our mothers have had a change of address. They can be found in Heaven – resting with our Lord and Savior. We can rejoice because of this.

There have been many poems – works of art – movies – books – stories – about ways to celebrate our mothers on Mother’s Day. I’m not going to give you any suggestions or a “how-to” on ways to honor or remember your mother because the above two Scriptures says it all. Read them again! Reflect on them! Then, tell your mother that you love her! If she is still on this side of Heaven, give her a hug! This is all she wants and all she expects from you. (How do I know this?) Because I am speaking from experience.

To all the mothers – biological – adopted – spiritual – and fathers (taking on both roles of mother and father) – enjoy this special day set aside in recognition of mothers everywhere. Much love and many blessings!

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