“Are You Bonded?”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Are You Bonded?”

No, I’m not speaking to a group of people who arrange bail or a group of contractors. As we all know, to be bonded is to be connected – cemented – glued – secured. I’m speaking to Christians who attend church on a regular basis. Therefore, a better question: Are you bonded to a church? Are you bonded to Christ?

Our Sunday Leadership class was about: “Bonding People to The Church”. Did you know that we are all responsible for bonding people to the church?

“A healthy church member bonds with people.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Pastor Brice gave us a list of signs of a healthy church member: Read: Philippians 1:3-8

  • You think of other members often. (Philippians 1:3)
  • You pray for each other. (Philippians 1:4)
  • You fellowship often. (Philippians 1:5)
  • You have confidence in God that He is bonding us together. (Philippians 1:6)
  • You love one another. (Philippians 1:7)
  • You long to be with the church. (Philippians 1:8)

Think on this for a moment. We often leave the bonding of people to the church up to others. You may even have a hospitality group in your church that does this. However, everyone associated with the church has the responsibility to bond with each other – to share the goodness of God with each other. Whether a new member or an established member of the church.

“And don’t forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” – Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)

Smiling – saying: “Good morning!” – giving Christian hugs or handshakes – just breaks the surface of fellowshipping and bonding. Why? Do you even know the name of the person you just gave a hug or handshake? Their status: single – married – children – grandchildren – or if students: school – college, etc.? How can you be of encouragement to someone if you don’t really know them? Yes, I’m speaking to me also, because I’m guilty of this.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

Stop being a back-seat driver – get in the driver’s seat. Be the one bonding. Get behind the helm of the ship – don’t let the ship sail without you. You’re the captain – let God direct you! Follow His instructions. Embody the signs of a healthy church member. Read: Philippians 1:3-8. Bond!

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“Have You Looked in The Mirror Lately?”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Have You Looked in The Mirror Lately?”

When is the last time you’ve looked in the mirror? Take a moment …. look in the mirror…. I mean really look at yourself. What do you see? How would you describe yourself? How would others describe you?

Does your outer personality match your inner – dormant – personality? Yes, we all have two personalities. One we display – the other lies dormant. Be aware of your dormant personality. Your personal goal as a Christian should be to bring your dormant personality up to par with your outer personality. Ok, wait for it ..…… wait for it …….. How would God describe you?  My – my – my!

As a people, our opinions of ourselves will lean towards the higher end of friendliness and goodness. Whereas, others may not see you at that level. But, God!  During our Thursday Night Bible Study, Pastor Brice used the mirror as an analogy for God’s Word.

“The Word of God is a Mirror – stay in the Mirror of God’s Word.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Our actions should mirror God’s Word. Can others see the Mirror in you? Our pastor has been diligently teaching us the Word – patiently leading us through Scripture with explanation and illustration. Are you getting It?

“God’s Word will show you things – will reveal who you really are.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

“So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.” – 1 Corinthians 4:1 (NIV)

We are servants – stewards – and God has entrusted us with much. Everything – and I do mean everything, belongs to God. Every place – every possession – every provision. We are simply His managers.

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

– 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)

Let His Light illuminate your faithfulness – loyalty – trustworthiness. Give Him your “hallelujah” praise – give Him your, “Yes, Lord!”   Share your time – talent – treasure with Him – with others.  Stay in the Mirror – ensure a reveal of a faithful follower of Christ.

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“Do You Need an Upgrade?”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Do You Need an Upgrade?”

An upgrade can be in the physical, mental, or spiritual. Although most of us, myself included, might be due for an upgrade or renewal in all three categories this writing is centered on spiritual upgrade.

Pastor Brice is taking us through a series of teachings on witnessing – winning souls to Christ – spreading the gospel. Although this may seem simple – easy enough – there are barriers that may make it difficult or may even prevent you from spreading the gospel – from witnessing to the unsaved.

“If we don’t see the need for God in others, we’ll never share the gospel.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

This is a barrier in the form of apathy and lack of compassion. Other barriers include but are not limited to lack of gospel knowledge and fear. Before you can rid yourself of these barriers you must first acknowledge them. Then move on to upgrading your walk with Christ.

  • Lack of gospel knowledge: You must go through the process of reading – studying – understanding the Word. You can’t share the Word until you’ve processed the Word.
  • Apathy: Stop being apathetic. Some of us don’t care enough about others therefore we don’t share the gospel. Get to know your neighbors, care about them. Share!
  • Fear: We’re afraid that we might quote the wrong Scripture and by doing so, turn others away from rather than towards the gospel. Learn Scripture that will capture the heart of the unsaved: John 3:16 (“God so loved the world….”)   Romans 3:23 (“For all have sinned…..”)    Romans 10:9 (“That if you confess with your mouth ………..”)   Romans 10:13 (“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord…”)   Revelations 3:20 (“To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me…….)   Get rid of the fear. Make your witnessing Scripture based.
  • Lack of compassion: We’ve lost the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes” – to feel his hurt – to feel his pain. Again, get to know your neighbor. This will allow you to walk in his shoes – to feel compassion. Then you will freely share the gospel.

“By the renewing of our minds we get transformed from the inside out.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Upgrade your spiritual walk with the Lord

  1. Upgrade your confessions – words. Psalm 19:14 – “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight…”
  2. Upgrade your conscious – mind. Keep you mind stayed on Jesus – stayed on the Word.
  3. Upgrade your commitment. Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
  4. Upgrade your confidence. Staying committed to the Word will build your confidence. Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
  5. Upgrade your connections. Watch the company you keep. Stop fooling with people who have a worldly mind-set. 2 Corinthians 6:17 – “Therefore come out from them and be separate.”

Connect with STMI. Get under the teachings of Pastor Victor S. Brice. Upgrade your spiritual walk: confession – conscious – commitment – confidence – connections.

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“Why Are You Holding The Word Hostage?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Why Are You Holding the Word Hostage?”

If you’re not sharing the Word of God, you’re holding the Word hostage. What will it take for you to commit to sharing the Word of God?

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11 (NIV)

Keeping God’s Word in your heart is a deterrent to sin. What’s in your heart will be at the forefront of your actions. Let God’s Word be your guide. God has called us to share His Word with others.

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.’” – Mark 16:15 (NIV)

“We must stop concealing the Word.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Sinning comes easy to us because it’s in our nature to sin. Sharing the Word of God should come easy to us as well, because that is what we are called to do. Don’t be afraid, as I’ve been, of quoting Scripture incorrectly. Personally, I’m now committed to memorizing Scripture that will help in my witnessing to others.

“How many of us can quote 10 Scriptures?    5 Scriptures?” – Pastor V.S. Brice

“But the word of God continued to increase and spread.” – Acts 12:24 (NIV)

Members of the early church worked diligently in spreading the gospel. It is now our time to work diligently in sharing the Word along with our gifts (treasures) – talents – time.

“The Word is meant to be shared!   The Word is waiting on us to release It.”  – Pastor V.S. Brice

Do you need a hostage negotiator for the Word?

Pastor Victor S. Brice, STMI preacher – teacher, son – father, brother – friend, will share a Word with the weak – strong, sick – healthy, old – young, that will prick your heart – enter your soul – lift you up! Let the Word go forth! Don’t doubt It – Shout It!  Don’t spare It – Share It!

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“What Kind of Fruit Are You?”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“What Kind of Fruit Are You?”

Pastor Brice is teaching on: “Repentance”. Repentance is change – a change of heart – a change of mind-set – a change in your attitude. Your change should show in your actions. Others should be able to see the change in you.

“The evidence of your repentance should show in your fruit.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Let your known actions precede you into a room. Although as Christians we are not here to show-case (so to speak) but our actions should say a lot about our Christian way of life. Our actions will take a “hit” when they don’t match our beliefs.

“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” – Matthew 3:8 (NIV)

“Repentance produces fruit – We should be change-making fruit.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

What kind of fruit are you?

Your immediate thoughts were on fresh produce. Right? Or your thoughts may have gone wild and rested on: fruit cake. Don’t even go there! We’ve all heard the term: “Nutty as a fruit cake!”  Although humor is a way to relax and have fun with any situation, lets stick to the Spiritual.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

The Fruit of the Spirit – beneficial Fruit – life sustaining Fruit – Fruit to live by. Do you see where I’m going with this? Fruit is the Word of God. Let Fruit be your sustenance! Let repentance – your change – be evident as you live by the Fruit of the Holy Spirit!

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“A Win – Win Sitution”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“A Win – Win Situation”

In our Sunday Leadership Class, we are studying from the book: “Winning the Winnable: Friendship Evangelism” – by Elmer Towns. This past Sunday our discussion was on “Targeting Receptive-Responsive People”.

Our goal as disciples or evangelist is to communicate the gospel – share the Good News with those who need it –and win souls to Christ. When communicating the gospel, we must get everyone to understand that:

  • God loves them. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)
  • We all have a need for the gospel. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (NIV)
  • We all must be saved. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:13 (NIV)

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.’” – Mark 16:15 (NIV)

Our most likely converts will be the people we are close to or have daily contact with. Such as: friends – relatives – associates – neighbors. Why? Because these are the groups of people who know you and will most likely trust what you have to say.

“Win the person – they win the Message.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

When someone is receptive to you, they will more than likely be receptive to or have a willingness to consider the Message. This puts you in a “win-win situation”. You will win them while they win the Message. Their souls will be saved! Trusting – believing – and obeying God is a win-win situation.

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“Do You Need Any Help?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Do You Need Any Help?”

How often do you hear this question: “Do you need any help?” What were your immediate thoughts prior to answering the question? I can do this – I know what I’m doing – I got this!   Your actual response: “No thank you, I’m good!”

It’s human nature for us to take on a task and complete that task without any help from anyone. Our perception is that to ask for help or to acknowledge that we need help may make us appear weak, needy, or inept.

Pastor Brice is taking us through a series of teachings on repentance. Repentance is turning away from your old life of sin and turning to a new life of righteousness.

“Repent for the Kingdom of God is near.” – Matthew 4:17b (NIV)

Repentance is an action that is easier said than done. It’s easy to say you’re going to repent and not so easy to repent. Rev. Seymore Brice, during our Noon-Day Bible Study: “We do a 180-degree turn when we repent but sometimes it turns into a 360-degree turn and we end up right back where we started.” Why?  Because we need help.

“He will help us in every area to do what He wants us to do.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Asking God for help is not a show of weakness – it’s a show of strength – an acknowledgement –   a realization of where your help comes from.

“I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10b (NIV)

“Lord, help me to do everything you want me to do.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Pastor Brice gave us this prayer. Pray before you start to work on your repentance. Always include God in your plans. God will quietly help you with all your endeavors. Be humble – confess – repent – acknowledge! Convicted: Righteousness – peace – joy! Ask for help!

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“What Side of The Field Are You On?”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“What Side of The Field Are You On?”

As in most sports you have a winning side and a losing side. Just as in life: You have winners and losers. Taking it a step further. In life we have the Godly and the worldly or ungodly.

When you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior you join the winning team. You begin a new relationship with God – you move to the right side of the field and your jersey changes from the worldly to the Godly.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

Pastor Brice has been teaching on repentance. Sin is a part of your daily life and will place you on the wrong team – the wrong side of the field – wearing the wrong jersey. You will be on the losing team.

“Therefore, come out from them and be separate.” – 2 Corinthians 6:17 (NIV)

What side of the field are you on?

“Repentance begins when we have a heartfelt conviction of sin – an eye-opening awareness of sin.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

“Are you looking at God from the wrong side of the field?” – Pastor Ryan Moore, Christian Worship Center, San Diego, California

When we are looking at God from the wrong side (sin side) of the field we are losers! Ok, so you don’t want to be called a loser – how about a non-winner? A little less harsh? Ok, but sin is nothing nice – sin is ugly – sin can be harsh!

“To enjoy the benefits of God’s Kingdom we must follow His Rules.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” – James 1:22 (NIV)

It’s up to you to decide: winner or loser? Get on the right side of the field – the winning side. Be doers of His Word. Hear His Word – do what His Word says. Godly or worldly? Recognize and admit to your sins – be convicted of your sins. Ture repentance will follow.

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“Thy Will Be Done!”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Thy Will be Done!”

As a child I never quite understood what my mother meant by saying: “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” I took it to mean that if I’m willing to do something, then it can be done. Pastor Brice has been teaching on: “The Will of God!” Now, “where there’s a Will there’s a Way” has a whole new meaning.

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:10 (KJV)

“His Will is for us to stop conforming to the world.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

God’s Kingdom is comprised of: His Will – His Purpose – His Intentions – His Territory. God’s Kingdom exists wherever His Will is done. God’s Will is the Way!

“You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NIV)

“You hold the key. Stop running from situations designed to take you out of the Will of God.”    Pastor V.S. Brice

What is the key?

The power of the Holy Spirit, which is in you, is the key. Are you using this power? What good is power if you don’t use it? Are you a part of His Kingdom?

“You cannot be a part of His Kingdom without repentance.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Ezekiel 18:30 (NIV) “Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.”

Do not conform to the ways of this world. Repent – turn away from sin. He Who is in you has authority over the enemy. Stand firm in the Word – make the Devil flee. Let His Will be done!

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“Allergies and Stuff”

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Allergies and Stuff”

It wasn’t until Pastor Brice took us through this series on prayer that I finally realized the true power of prayer. I’ve heard testimonies of how God works – I’ve even been a witness as to how God works. Yet, it never dawned on me until now that I, me, when I prayed, was activating God’s Power.

“Prayer creates movement of the Holy Spirit!”

“God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.” – Romans 8:26 (MSG)

You’ve probably heard these comments at one time or another: “Prayer works!” “He is Able!” “Won’t He do it?” “By the grace of God!” “With God, all things are possible, if you only believe!” “There is Power in the name of Jesus!” “He’ll make a way out of no way!”  

Believe – Pray – Activate!

Knowing this: Why doesn’t everyone adamantly pray – without ceasing? Why are we not activating the power of the Holy Spirit on a regular basis? This is spiritual power that we can use to help make our lives better and this world a better place to live.

“We’re allergic to prayer.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Wow! You have an allergy – God has a remedy: Medication (the Word of God) – Expectation (faith-believe) – Dedication (pray constantly) – Determination (resolve to do His Will). Let’s create an acronym for this: MEDD. Have you taken your MEDDs today?

You cannot overdose on these MEDDs. In fact, the more you take, the stronger, wiser, healthier you’ll become. No more feeling down, depressed, anxious. Get high on your MEDDs – be the one walking around smiling through your trials – trouble – pain.

Radiate – let your light shine! Be the one that people look at and say: “She’s on that stuff!” She’s Saved – Transformed – Undeterred – Faithful – Fruitful.  STUFF.  She’s on her MEDDs.

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