“A New Day Is Dawning!”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“A New Day Is Dawning!”

A new day dawns. What are you going to do with this new day? What are your plans? Before you answer, make a list. Name your list: “Things Pleasing to God”. Then pray over your list. Did you include God in your plans? This will always be a “yes” answer because you put Him first and prayed over your list. (See how easy it is to include God in your plans.)

At the end of the day, pray again. Give God praise, thank Him for allowing you to accomplish the things (hopefully all) on your list. Wow! (You just became a prayer warrior?) You prayed at the beginning of the day, and you prayed at the end of the day.

Keep going, do this daily, make this a habit. Watch your list grow from being less about you to being more about God and others. As you grow your list, so will your relationship with God grow. This is progress, even if the growth is slow, it will still be pleasing to God. As you progress, your perception will change.

“What have you done lately that is pleasing to God?” – Pastor Victor S. Brice                                                (This quote from our pastor’s Sunday Sermon is the reason for this Blog.)

People – Prayer – Principles – Progress – Preachers – Perception.  Pastor Brice gave us these six considerations that matter in our lives, that we must take ownership of. Not a long list, but an essential one. Gear up – take a close, positive, look at this list – take ownership – grow!

Become a privileged member of STMI. Sit under the leadership and teachings of our pastor, Rev. Victor S. Brice. Be in the House when he delivers the Message. Yes, it is that simple. Your privileged membership is a no fee membership. Just be there! Hear the Word – get the Word in your heart – walk in the Word – pray – spread the Word (make disciples).

“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” – Colossians 1:10 (KJV).

Your worship experience will be elevated to a new level – a higher level. A new day is dawning and it’s a win – win!

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“Are You Going Against the Norm?”

 

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                   August 30, 2021

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Are You Going Against the Norm?”

We all have that friendly neighbor that greets us each morning with; “Good morning! How are you?”, although it may be a routine salutation from our culture, it does make you feel good knowing that someone is acknowledging your presence and cares. During our Sunday Sermon, “The Way I Move Matters!”, Pastor Brice brought out the fact that our western culture promotes an “anything goes” attitude. Think about that for a moment. Look around you, is he right, or is he right? He went on to say:

“Watch how you move!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Believers, it is easy to get caught up in what our culture promotes. However, we must remember that being saved puts us in an entirely different culture, Christian culture. We, as our pastor stresses time after time, are set apart once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. So, I ask this question: “Are you going against the norm?” Note: This question is pertaining to the western culture. To go against the character of the western culture is a good thing because, again, we are set apart to follow Jesus’ Footsteps, not anyone else’s.

“We are saved as sponsors!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Do not be afraid to go against what everyone else is doing, especially when you know in your heart that they are wrong. It doesn’t matter how many thousands of people are doing it. Wrong, is wrong. “Don’t get caught up!” I’m not even going to break it down, name the different sins of our western culture because you and I know what they are. Just turn on your daily news – social media – television shows – entertainers in music, theater – sports. They display and advertise their actions for the world to see. But this does not make it right. Believers, stick with your culture! Represent your culture! Make the right moves! We are sponsors of the Truth (Word).

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 (NIV).

Believers, you have a responsibility to make the right moves. Move in the Word! Your character is not of that of the world. Your character is that of God. Don’t be afraid to go against the norm of our western culture. Stick with the norm of Christian culture.

“Let the voice of God move you!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

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“Does It Really Matter?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Does It Really Matter?”

Pastor Brice has started teaching on, “The Way I Move Matters!”, from Colossians 1:9-10. This is a reminder to all believers that our Christian walk – our walk with Christ – matters. It matters to us, as well as, to the watchers of our walk. It, therefore, behooves us to stop being lackadaisical, sloppy, about our Christian walk. We must stand firm, be steadfast in the Word, in prayer, in our actions, and in our faith because we have a responsibility.

Responsibility? Yes! I remember a while back; Pastor Brice made the statement: “We are responsible for the Word we receive. What are you going to do with the Word you receive?” Yes, I heard him, but I must confess that I did not move into action after hearing him make this statement. (Now, after last night’s teachings, I’m saying: “My bad – sorry!”) I’m ready to move into action now.

“Our responsibility comes with accountability – our actions are tied to an assignment.”                              –  Pastor Victor S. Brice

I must admit that as the Word is going forth, I’m listening, paying close attention to Pastor Brice’s teaching. I’m getting the Word in my heart, remembering, sharing. Sharing? Let’s stop here! Who am I sharing the Word with? Exactly! I’m sharing the Word with other believers. Who needs it most? Where will the Word of God do the most good? Non-believers! Wow! I’ve been making disciples of disciples. Time to re-direct! Time to turn! Time to go forth and make disciples of non-believers.

“So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” – Colossians 1:10 (NIV).

 We must all account for our actions – do some soul searching – take responsibility. Remember, God has already saved the saved. It is our responsibility to reach out to the unsaved and be an advertisement to them.

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 (NIV).

Yes, it really matters how you move! The Right actions speak the Word and are tied to an assignment. So, let’s get moving!

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“You’d Better Recognize!”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

 

“You’d Better Recognize!”

This past year (after months of dealing with the corona virus pandemic) has left us questioning: “What’s going to happen next?” or “When will this end?” Yes, the pandemic is still on-going. Vaccinations are in place for those who choose to get them (this does limit the numbers catching the virus) but not everyone chooses to get vaccinated. People are still dying from the old strain of the virus and now, from a new strain. We are still dealing with sadness from the loss of our loved ones. There have been many disruptions, or fall-out, from the pandemic due to the guidelines set by the CDC, Center for Disease Control.

I think the most disruptive of all the CDC guidelines during this pandemic was the fact that our in-person worship services were limited. The CDC guidelines did not sanction large gatherings. Solomon Temple did the next best thing: Face Book, Live Streaming, and Teleconference calls. Although we were connecting through social media, I found myself wishing for a return to in-person worship service.

The pandemic is not over but, we’re baaa-ack! The CDC guidelines have been relaxed. In-House worship is back! We can now worship together in the House of the Lord. Where are you? Did your Face Book, Live Streaming, or Teleconference calling develop into a social media habit?

“Recognize the power of in-person worship!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Time to break your social media habit. Time to get back to your House of Worship and connect with God in person. God will meet you at your house, but there is Power in His House. He really wants to connect with you in His House where your focus is on Him and only Him. There are no outside distractions in His House.

While sitting in the church pews listening to God’s Truth, you will have a feeling of euphoria that can’t be explained. You will feel His Presence! Feel His Power! You will experience real worship. What is real worship? A spiritual act where your spirit connects with God’s Spirit. There is Power in this connection!  Recognize this Power. Worship Him in spirit and in truth!

“God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”        – John 4:24 (KJV).

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“No Doubt!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE  ….

“No Doubt!”

 Recently, Pastor Brice started teaching from Exodus Chapter 14 (The account of Moses leading the Israelites to the Promise Land. However, before they reached their destination, God told Moses to have the Israelites turn.) “Turn!” God sent them in a new direction where they encountered the “Red Sea Experience”. We are going through our “Red Sea Experience” right now, it’s called, COVID.

By the Grace of God, Pastor Brice has been doing what God put him in position to do, keep watch over (guard) our salvation. Our “turn” was to stay connected to God via the internet: Face Book – Live Streaming – Zoom – and via telephone (Tele-Conference).  We may have had to use different methods, but we have stayed connected to God during this pandemic. Once the numbers (sicknesses and death) from this pandemic lowered, we returned to our regular praise and worship in-church meetings. However, rumors, which may turn to fact, has us returning to our “pandemic mode” of worshiping. God may have us “turn” again.

 “God develops us through stress and trouble. Your stress and trouble will keep you in tune with God.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Now is not the time to start doubting that God has you. Struggles – trouble – stress – anxiety are a part of life. Everyone has them. You can’t navigate through life without them. Remember, God is developing you. Just like our parents, God will chastise you because He loves you. Therefore, praise Him through it all! Give Him the glory! Shout! There should never be any doubt that He still loves you. You will come through everything that is thrown at you. You will come out on the other side a winner.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.”    – Lamentations 3:22 (NLT).

Let there be no doubt – shout! God loves you! His goodness and mercy will never cease!

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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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