“How We Must Pray”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

 

“How We Must Pray”

“After this manner therefore pray ye:

‘Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11  Give us this day our daily bread.

12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power , and the glory, forever. Amen’”

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV).

In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray. Our parents also taught us this prayer. Do you clearly understand the significance of this prayer? Do you clearly understand that all our prayers must be patterned after this prayer? This morning during our STMI prayer call,  Pastor Brice addressed six facets of prayer.

  • Always address Him, as Our Father.
  • Always praise Him for Who He Is.
  • Remember, God’s Plan is in control – not yours.
  • Always ask God for what you need.
  • Always confess – repent – in your heart.
  • Request God’s Protection and Support.

He also said that prayer must be paramount, super important, in our lives and should always be vertical. To couple pride with prayer will always be problematic.

“Walking in pride allows your spirituality to become your worst enemy.”                                                            – Pastor Victor S. Brice

The above quote is from Pastor Brice’s teaching series on: “Problem with Pride: The Silent Killer”. To allow pride to enter any relationship, is to experience a slow but sure death because “pride operates outside of God”. (Also, a quote from our pastor.)You are allowing Satan to take control. To get a clear picture of what pride does, think of pride as Satan. When you interchange these two words you get a good picture of what pride can do. Simply put, “Pride kills!”

Pray in humility. Remember, it is not about you. It is all about God. Yes, we sometimes let pride enter our relationships, but when this happens, check it. Put pride in check! Pride starts out small and grows, before you realize it, pride has taken over. (This is Satan in action.) Stop giving Satan (pride) a foothold in your lives.   “Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV).

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“Juneteenth – Freedom Day!”

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“Juneteenth – Freedom Day!”

Hello, my sisters and brothers! Juneteenth! We have another federal holiday that is nationally celebrated and recognized. We have the month of February (Black History month) – we have January 15th (MLK Day) – and now June 19th (Juneteenth).

President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19th as a federal holiday on June 17th  , 2021.

We keep getting recognition for our history, but do we all celebrate and honor these holidays? Do we even know what each of these holidays and the month of February represent?

They all represent our Black history (African American history). MLK Day is recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a leader in the civil rights movement, February (Black History Month) represents the struggles and achievements of African Americans from slavery to present. It is significant that our name changed from “negro” – “colored” – “Black” to  “African American”.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemorative on ending slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, an estimated 250,000 slaves in Galveston, Texas received word of their emancipation from General Gordon Granger. This was two months after the Civil War ended and 2 ½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation – dated, January 1, 1863 – had gone into effect.

It is significant to note the time frame between the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the date General Gordon Granger advised the slaves that they were free. Slavery had ended but discrimination was still in full effect. As it is to this day. So, why give us another holiday to celebrate freedom from slavery if discrimination is still being practiced?

“Freedom is never really won; you earn it and win it in every generation.” – Coretta Scott King

We can honor and celebrate each holiday by reflecting on its history and its importance. When we reflect on our past we can learn from our mistakes and use what we’ve learned to work towards a better future. Believers, lets get to work, individually and collectively.

“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory, or an acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful of our history, change is possible, and there is still so much work to do.” – Barack Obama

Share the Word – make disciples – spread love – remember our history – Juneteenth!  Rise Up!

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“Share!”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                                   June 9, 2022

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Share!”

To share is to give a portion of what you have: money – goods – knowledge – blessings, etc. to others. We were taught as children to always share with others. “Share your toys –share who leads (your games) – share your treats (cookies, candy, ice cream, etc.).”  Yes, I can still hear my mom and dad telling us to share everything we had, even though  (a large family) we had very little to share. But shared, we did. I even remember the time I asked my mother: “Why we always giving our stuff away?” Her answer: “Because they need it more than we do.”  Yes, I was my parents “why” child.  “Why this? Why that? How come?” My mother would answer me up to a point, then she would finally say: “Because I said so!”  Ooooo…kay!!

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”                               – Proverbs 11:25 (NIV).

Sharing is an act of worship. God promises blessings to those who use their resources to help those in need. Sharing with others is promoting God’s agenda of building up the saints and spreading the gospel.

During our Tuesday Word Connection Pastor Brice called on us to give a blessing to the Pentecostal church that burned a couple weeks ago. Rev. Elias Limones and his parishioners have, since the fire, been using local venues to hold their worship services. Since their church was destroyed by fire they will eventually have to rebuild.

Individually and collectively, we can contribute something towards this church in need. No matter how small the contribution, when combined it will be huge. Most importantly, this is what the Word tells us to do.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Mark 12:31 (NIV).  This is the second greatest command.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with  all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30 (NIV).  This is the greatest command in Scripture.

Love God, follow His commands. Seek God first, pursue His glory with your total being. When we share, we are treating others as we want to be treated. By sharing we are loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. By sharing we are following God’s command to love one another.

“God is love.” – 1 John 4:8 (NIV).

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“If My People”

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“If My People…”

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV).

 Raise your hands if you think this Scripture is about you. No! Then, why not you? This Scripture is about all of us. We all sin and we all need forgiveness. Our sins are different, but sin is sin – big or small – often and not quite so often – horrific and non-horrific. This is reason to pray and ask for forgiveness daily.

Our worldly nations have been going through a lot these past couple of years. It all seemed to start with the COVID pandemic. Truth, it started well before the pandemic. Racial inequity – bias – pride – hatred – harassment – homosexuality – murder. Yes, the ultimate sin, the taking of one’s life by another. As a human race, we have all become complacent in thinking that because something is done (accepted) by a majority it is okay to be done. (No, the majority does not rule in everything.)

Of the 7.9 billion people in the world, Roman Catholics number approximately 1.2 billion – Protestants number approximately 800 million – Orthodox Christians number 260 million – Other denominations number 2.8 million. Do you see where I’m going with this? Believers are the minority citizens of this world. So, what does this mean for Christians?

“… teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

Discipleship: following Christ; modeling and teaching Christians the precepts of the Bible – prayer – doctrine – Christian living – worship.

Participate in discipleship; bring others to Christ. Make it your personal mission to seek God first in all that you do. Live according to His Word. Live and breathe the Word of God, others will see the God in you and seek a relationship with Him as well. This must be the goal of every believer. Just think, if every believer brought at least one person to Christ, God’s people would have doubled in size. There would be twice as much worship – prayers – praises going up.

God will have twice as many people seeking Him – praying – turning from their wicked ways. This is what it really means to have: “Strength in numbers.”

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“God Is Good!”

 

“God Is Good!”

 

“God is Good!”  “All the time!” “All the time!”  “God is Good!” We hear this phrase quite often, but what does it really mean? Exactly what it says! Can this be said of you? Of any human? No! “Of course, not!” Simply because we are human. No human will be always the same.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 (NIV).

We, humans, like the blowing wind, will change with the flow. Whether changing from good to bad or bad to good, change is inevitable. We live in a competitive world and will always strive to achieve more or do better than our parents – neighbors – family members – associates. However, we must be on guard because not everyone wants to see you succeed. We must watch  for the people who try to change our successes into failures.

What would happen if God was forever changing and changed His Mind about our Salvation? Exactly! Trust (faith) is the foundation of our relationship with God. We are saved by acknowledging (agreeing) that Jesus is the Son of God – that Jesus died, and God resurrected Him three days later. We are saved by inviting Jesus into our hearts – by calling on Him for divine assistance (intercession on our behalf). Only Jesus can take our requests directly to God.  Our faith allows us to receive the righteousness of God.

“For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” – Romans 10:10 (NIV).

“We have a guarantee of our salvation through the Word of God – by the Work of Christ – and by the Witness of the Holy Spirit. – Pastor Victor S. Brice

God  – Christ – Holy Spirit. Word – Work – Witness. Pray, ask God His Plans for you – be attentive to what God wants you to do – walk (live) in the change He wants you to make.  He, without a doubt, wants you to succeed – He wants you to win – He wants good things for you. God is Good and He won’t change – “He’ll do again what He did before – He’s the same today yesterday and forever more.”

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“Trust Me!”

 

BLESSINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

 

“Trust Me!”

“Trust me!” What is your immediate thought when you hear someone say these words? While you are thinking about your answer …. oh! You don’t have to think about your answer! Why is that? Ok, I guess I’m not the only one who immediately get suspicious of the person uttering these words. Why? Because I’ve had to learn through experience, and I’m sure you have too, that you can’t trust any person who leads with this statement. But God!

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.” – Psalm 40:4 (NIV).

We are strong-willed, independent people. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good to stand on your own two feet and not have to depend on anyone else. However, we can sometimes carry our independence too far. This happens when we live independent of God – when we don’t include God and acknowledge Him in all that we do.  All that we have and will ever be is because of God. Yet, when we are succeeding, we place our trust in ourselves and our possessions. (i.e., Our jobs – bank accounts –degrees: science, arts, business, medicine – our homes, cars, and other material possessions, etc.)

“Those who trust in themselves are fools…” – Proverbs 28:26 (NIV)

“Those who trust in their riches will fall…” – Proverbs 11:28 (NIV)

 These past few weeks, Pastor Brice has been teaching a series on, “Fellowship”. To summarize his teaching: “Your fellowship with God  affects your life. We all sin and our sins cause a rift between us and God. We’ve missed the mark of God’s Standards and we must confess our sins to Him. When we confess, we release God to forgive us. God will forgive your sins, and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. He will re-instate you in fellowship with Him. Being in fellowship with God is a premium package. Don’t let anything interfere with your fellowship with God.”

Trust God! Stay in fellowship with Him! Grow your relationship with Him. Remember:  “You can’t grow your relationship with God when out of fellowship with God.” Stay in fellowship!

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him.”  – Romans 15:13 (NLT).

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“Fellowship Unmerged!”

 

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“Fellowship Unmerged”

In my “Fellowship” blog yesterday I merged fellowship with relationship. Please accept my apologies! Fellowship and relationship, although they work together, are two separate entities and must be looked at as such. So, lets separate them.

“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” –  1 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV).

We are called to be in fellowship with God. To be in fellowship with God is to be in communion with God (to have something in common with God) such as companionship – friendship –and partnership. All of these “ships” add up to fellowship. They are also found in your relationship with God. Your Christian walk must include both fellowship and relationship.

Therefore, I encourage you to spend time in Jesus’ Presence, spend time in worship, in prayer, and in the study of His Word. Believe in Jesus and accept His gift of Salvation because fellowship with God is synonymous with salvation. You must get to know Him and be known by Him. Stay in fellowship with Him and grow your relationship with Him. However, despite your relationship with God, your actions may cause you to fall out of fellowship with Him.  (May cause your fellowship to unmerge with your relationship.).

“Relationship with God is not necessarily in fellowship with God.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).

When we are not operating in God’s Plans we are out of fellowship with God. We do this to ourselves. (We must stop blaming our missteps on others and on our circumstances.) We all may fall out of fellowship with God from time to time, but it behooves us to return. Just like the prodigal son returned home to his father, who wanted him back, our Father, in Heaven, wants us back too. When out of fellowship with God, a dark cloud exists over your love, peace, and joy. Get back in fellowship with God – come back into the Light – live in the Light! Let His Light shine – let His Light illuminate – your love, peace, and joy! Stay in fellowship!

“Operate in agreement with God’s Plans.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

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“Fellowship!”

 

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“Fellowship!”

Fellowship. What exactly is fellowship? Our Pastor, Rev. Victor S. Brice, has been taking us through a series on “God Has Your Back” for the past few weeks. He has been stressing the fact that we must be in fellowship with God. Our Almighty God – Creator of mankind – our Way out of no way – our Provider – our Comforter – our Healer.

Does Who He Is make you feel you can’t live up to His expectations?

“God wants us to hang out with Him.”  –  “He wants continued fellowship with Him.”                                                – Pastor Victor S. Brice

To be in fellowship means to be in alliance with – in comradeship – in friendship – in companionship – in relationship with. This brings to mind the song: “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”. Although He is our Almighty God, He wants us to be friends. Can you just accept this fact and be a friend?

A friend knows all about you. God knows all about you, but do you really know God? Do you really know Who He Is? I’m not talking about what you were taught about God when you first became a Believer. I’m talking about your relationship – your fellowship – with Him which should be on-going. Your relationship with God must be one that shows constant growth.

How do you grow in your relationship with God?

Stay in His Word. Meditate on His Word. Research Scripture to determine what God is speaking to you about. Your Bible is The Book! It should not be sitting unopened, unread.  Stay in worship. Stay in fellowship with other Believers. Attend church (yes, you can Facebook or livestream our worship service) but you must sit with other Believers so you can feel the Spirit enter the building as the Word is being delivered by our Pastor. Stay in prayer. Pray for yourself and intercede in prayer for others. Stay in discipleship. You can be in discipleship mode and not even realize it. When you are true to the Word, others will see God in you. You don’t have to advertise that you are a Believer, others will see God emanating from you. You can make disciples without uttering a single Word.

“You can’t be part-time with God.” – Rev. James W. Brice

Always stay in fellowship with God. Be consistent – fervent – compassionate. Your testimony on the goodness and mercy of God should continuingly be on your mind and His praises should always come from your mouth. Praise the Lord!    Psalm 150:2 (KJV) comes to mind.

“Praise him for his mighty acts., praise him according to his excellent greatness.”                                                  

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“Holy Week”

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“Holy Week”

We’re in the middle of Holy Week. Will you be doing anything different during Holy Week? Well, you may say: “What do you mean by something different?” Well, for example…My normal daily routine is to wake up praising God – thanking God for another day. I also go into prayer. But, in recognition of Holy Week, I will make my prayers more intense – fervent. I will also give thanks to Him in the same way. Why?

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” – Matthew 21:9 (NIV).

I recognize that on Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey – the people were praising and cheering and placing garments and tree branches along His path as He rode. (Although, I don’t have the exact quote, but I distinctly remember Pastor Brice saying that: “before the end of the week, some of these same people would be plotting to kill Jesus.) Read: Matthew 21:1-11 also Matthew chapter 26. 

“As you know, the Passover is two days away – and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” – Matthew 26:2 (NIV).

Jesus, knowing of His pending sacrifice, went to the Mount of Olives and prayed for God to let His Will be done. This is reason enough for all of us to remain steadfast and fervent in prayer. To make it personal, “Would you be willing to accept your fate in the same way?”

Yes, prayer is the only way to give the control over to God. When God is in control the outcome is always the correct outcome – the winning outcome. To pray is to say: “Yes, Lord!” Saying “yes” to the Lord is the greatest acknowledgement you can give the Lord. Our all Powerful – Faithful – Reliable – Dependable God.

Let Holy Week prepare you for Resurrection Sunday. Spend extra time in prayer – spend quality time in the Word – meditate on the Word (meditate on the Scriptures given to us by our Pastor during his Sunday morning sermon). 1 Corinthians 1:1-10. Wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning with a hallelujah praise in your heart – with praise on your mind. Keep your mind stayed on Jesus!

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“How Are You Doing?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“How Are You Doing?”

How Are you? We may hear this question daily, in this form or another (meaning the same). We mostly give a generic answer to this generic question. “I’m fine, thank you! How are you?”  Then we go about our daily lives, never giving a second thought to whether the person answering with a “Fine, thank you!” is really doing just that. Are they really doing fine? If not, why then did they say so?

My generation and culture were taught to acknowledge everyone with a “Hello – how are you?”. This was respect. This is what we do. Now, lets get real. When you ask this question of someone, do you really expect them to tell you exactly how they are doing? (No, not really because we expect or want everyone to be doing just fine.) Why? Because we have the mind-set (which was driven into us at an early age) “What goes on in this house, stays in this house. Don’t put our business in the street.” “Yes, Maam!”  The mold was set!

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.” – Hebrews 4:13 (NIV). 

Mental health. We will  prioritize  our physical health while neglecting our mental health. We may eat the right foods, and get plenty of exercise, but we make the mistake of thinking physically fit means mentally fit. Again, a generational and cultural attitude. An aunt or uncle who exhibited mental illness was not helped. Instead, they were subjugated to being different and  their mental deteriorations were excused.

Façade. We smile – say all the right words – sing – dance (get jiggy with it) but this is just a façade. We are hurting inside. We are dealing with long suppressed issues that will surface from time to time. These issues won’t go away on their own. We are a human time bomb – ready to be ignited – ready to explode. We are hanging on the edge of a cliff – waiting for that strong wind – waiting to be pushed. In all actuality, we are waiting to be rescued. When that human time bomb moment or that cliff hanging moment comes, we may act in a manner that is inappropriate to our norm. We may act out in a way that surprises our family, friends, relatives, co-workers.

A cry for help. My mental break is a cry for help. “Help me!” Now is not the time to punish – condemn – discipline – oppress – or blacklist me. I need help! My mental stability depends on it. Believers, we know Who our Healer is. We know Who we can count on. God – the Word – our Counselor – our Comforter – our Provider –  our Advocator. We know that He will make us whole again. But what about the non-believers?  Disciples, we have work to do!

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses.”          –   Hebrews 4:15 (NIV).

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