“Significance!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Significance!”

“Death …where is your sting – Sting …where is your grave – Grave … where is your Victory?  He got Up! – God raised Him Up! – He got Up! – All Power in His Hands!” 

These words that were written in song by, Edwin Hawkins, and sung by people all over the world, has great significance – great meaning – great connotation –great momentousness. He got Up! This exclamation is significant, in itself. This significance started with the discovery by the women, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (mother of the disciple James).

It is significant that due to the diligence of the women – they got up early on the First Day of the week (on Sunday morning) and brought with them fragrant spices to prepare their Master for a proper burial. It is also significant that unbeknown to the women, their Savior had gotten up even earlier.    Significant Note: With all Power in His Hands!

It is significant that the women found the empty tomb, it is significant that an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven – calmly asked the women to not be afraid – told the women that Jesus had risen – told the women to run and tell Jesus’ disciples that they would soon see Him.

“Go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.’”  – Matthew 28:7 (NIV).

Diligent women (and men) on a mission cannot be stopped. Their diligence will not waver – they will not quit until their mission is complete.

“I can keep going because of the strength of my hope. My hope keeps me going. There is an empty grave – He has Risen!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Be the diligent woman on a mission – or be the diligent man on a mission. Never let your diligence waver. There will be moments that make you feel like quitting. Don’t quit! Don’t give up! Remain steadfast! Press on towards your goal!  Let the strength of your hope sustain you. Your hope, like your salvation, is a free gift from God. Let your hope be the magnet that draws others to Christ. Be a disciple of hope. Pass it on. Be the significance! He has His Hands on you!

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“Stand!”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Stand!”

This one word has multiple meanings. Stand: take a position – opinion – attitude – belief. Or  place – abide – lean – act. Moving forward, stand, got my attention during Pastor Brice’s teaching on: “How to Process Through the Pain?”

“In order to succeed, stand on God’s Word.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

When going through struggles we tend to focus on what we are going through instead of turning to the One Who can see us through. I’m guilty of this, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. We try to fix our situations ourselves because we are “fix-it” people. When unable to fix our situations we then turn to God.

Why not eliminate the middleman? Why not take yourself out of the equation? Why not go straight to God? We do things the hard way. Ooops! Me again! 

“Take a good look at my trouble, and help me.” – Psalm 119:153 (MSG).

This should be your go-to Scripture when going through something. Our pastor has told us time and time again to seek God first. Put Word on your situation. God has promised to “Never leave you, never forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5 (NIV). Praying Scripture gets God involved. Research Scripture, there is Word for every situation you may find yourself in.

“Stop letting folks co-sign your struggles.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Talking to your friends about your situation is just talk. They cannot fix your situation. However, it is nice to have friends who will listen and sympathize with you. But, as for me, when I’m going through struggles – situations – I would prefer to have them fixed. Time for intervention. Seek Him!

“Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise.”                           – Psalm 119:154 (NIV). 

Stand!  Pray for God to intervene in your situation. Give your situation over to God and patiently watch Him work. Stand firm on His Promises. You will always win with God.

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“Why Am I Here?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPE …

“Why Am I Here?”

As disciples of Christ, we are here to bring the non-believer to Him. Aside from remaining steadfast in the Word and steadfast in prayer, our main duty as Believers is to bring others into the fold. Make disciples. When we are making disciples, we are serving God. Serving God is pleasing God.

“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” – Mark 16:15 (NIV).

Some of us (the us includes me) have taken this Scripture literally and backed away because of the mindset of: “Preaching is not my job – I’m not a preacher – my Pastor does the preaching – not me. It is his job to lead others to Christ.” Well, this is a yes and no statement. Yes, it is your Pastor’s job to lead others to Christ. No, to the “not me” part. As a Believer, it is your job as well to lead others to Christ. Let that sink in – marinate!

We must stop taking Mark 16:15 literally. Remember, to preach is to teach – to teach is to tell – to tell is to share. We just had an “awe” moment. Yes, we are here to share the gospel – it is our responsibility to bring others to Christ. Yes, our Pastors have a major part in bringing others to Christ, but we have a duty as well.

“I didn’t come to be served – but to serve.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

This should be the mind-set of all Believers. We must get this in our spirits as well. The gospel should never be a well-kept secret among Believers. The gospel is meant to be shared and it is our duty as Believers to do just that.

“You must have faith in God. You must know Him for yourself.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

You can’t share what you don’t know. Get the Word in your heart – mind – soul. Know in your heart – mind – soul – that the Word is Truth. Then, you will easily by able to spread this Truth to others. Your praise report is their opening. Sharing what the Lord has done for you will open their hearts and minds to the goodness and mercy of Jesus Christ. They will then be acceptable to claiming what is theirs – Salvation – through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Now, did you have to preach? No. But you taught and brought someone to Christ by sharing your testimony. Why am I here? “I am here to serve – to share the Word!”

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“What Will You Do With Your Gift?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“What Will You Do with Your Gift?”

Pastor Brice is teaching a series on “I’m Available to Serve”.  During his teachings he gave us an impartation on how he reads the Bible. He will read a Bible passage over and over. Over and over – over and over. Then, he will wait on God to provide revelation.

“I pray – I look – I observe. I wait on God to provide revelation.” – “God provides gifts – guidelines – grace – glory.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”    – 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV).

We have all been given gifts, however, our gifts are not spiritual gifts until we use them in ways that praise and honor God. i.e., Singing explicit (vulgar) words in rap songs vs singing gospel songs of praise and worship. You may have the gift of singing a number one hit rap song, but it does not honor or glorify God. Whereas the gospel song you are singing is not a number one worldly hit, but it does give honor and glory to God. Singing is now your Spiritual gift.

Pray – ask God for His leading and guidance. Ask God to show you the way. He did it for me. He will do it for you. Follow God’s instructions. Remember….

“The glory is for His pleasure – to please God – not yourself.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Stop looking to please man – yourself – family – friends. Make pleasing God your goal because God will –Provide for your every need – Protect and shield you from all hurt, harm or danger – Heal your sick body, heart, mind, and soul – Comfort you when comforting is needed. 

“God provides guidelines and grace with your gift.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Guidelines? Where do I find these guidelines? (I’m glad you asked.) Go to your Manual. Go to God’s Word. Our Bible is our Manual for living. Stay in the Word and live the Word so that you can bring honor and glory to God.

Yes, it is that simple but it requires you to put the time in. It requires a daily walk and daily work on your part to stay true to the teachings of the Word. Remember, Jesus took the stripes for us, now it is up to us to continue what He started. Turn your gift into a Spiritual gift.

“Respect – Recognize – Revere the Wonders of God.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

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“What Happened?”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“What happened?”

“What happened?” or “What just happened?” These two or three words are usually applied to a situation that was a result of something out of the ordinary – something that does not occur daily. i.e. You drive by an accident and see smashed cars, ambulances, fire trucks, and the police. Or you get a phone call in the middle of the night from a relative calling from the police department. You may even be the victim of an injury accident. After the initial impact of whatever situation, you find yourself in, when all things have settled, you may find yourself asking God: “Why?”

“God allowed it to happen!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“…that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” – John 9:3b (KJV). 

During our Sunday sermon, Pastor Brice taught from John 9:1-4. He highlighted the above passage to encourage us to get it in our spirit that God will deliberately allow things to happen to us so that He can work it out for us.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”                         – Roman 8:28 (NIV).

“God works for our good and for His Glory.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Pastor Brice gave us a prophetic Word on Sunday and reminded us that Sunday is the first day of the week and that The Word he gives us on Sunday is meant to carry us through the week, no matter what situation we find ourselves in.

In other words, pay attention to what your pastor tells you on Sunday because it is meant for your good. Get the Word in your heart so that you can pull from the Word to stand against whatever situation you find yourself in. God will allow things to happen and He will also work things out for you.

Prayer and Word. Pray that the Work of God manifest in your situation. Pray that God has His Hands on your situation – pray that He has His Hands on you.  Prayer and Word will combat any situation you find yourself in.

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“Check Your Connection!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Check Your Connection!”

 We connect with God through prayer, the study of His Word, the activation (living) of His Word, and by obedience to His Word. At times though, especially when things are going well in our lives, we become complacent. We do not do what we know we should be doing as believers.

When things are going well in our lives, we tend to not praise God as much as when things are not going well. Is this You?

You are not alone! We sometimes forget to praise Him when things are going well because we assume that since God is blessing us our connection to Him is intact. Let us stop for a moment, keyword: assume. Exactly! Everything you’ve heard about the word, assume, is correct.  Time to evaluate your relationship with God. Time to check your connection!

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we are entering into a partnership with God. In a partnership, as in a conversation, there must be a coming together. The word, together, is the common denominator.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”    –  Matthew 18:20 (KJV).

 Working in partnership with God, as He blesses you, you in turn, should be blessing someone. You in conversation with God: pray, He will answer you. God in conversation with you: He talks to you through His Word (read and study) the Bible. Answer Him by being obedient to His Word – follow His Instructions. This is how we dialog with God.

“It is important to dialog with God. Connect your prayer life to your Word life.”                                                    – Pastor Victor S. Brice

You should be able to talk to God about anything and expect Him to answer you in everything. However, since complacency will creep into your life, stay alert. Stop complacency before it starts. Praise Him, through the good and the bad. Stay in the Word – be obedient to His Word – dialog with Him – connect your prayer life to Word life – and, from time to time check your Connection.

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” – John 14:6 (NIV).

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“Apply the Right Word!”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Apply the Right Word!”

The Word of God is the Right Word. Align yourself with God and His Word. While going through: trouble – trauma – pain – loss – sorrow, seek Him for comfort – healing – provision.   “Put Word on your pain!”   Our Pastor has been known to say: “Pray the Scriptures!”

“You can put Scripture on every situation in your life.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

How do I know which Scripture to use?

Diligently study the Word of God. Get His Precepts – Statutes – Ways – Commandments – imbedded in your heart. With Word in your heart, you will automatically know when to apply It – you will know when to pray It.

Pastor Brice has been diligently taking us on a spiritual teaching journey through Psalm 119 since early May of 2020 – starting with: “Diligence in Things of God”.

“Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.” – Psalm 119:4 (KJV). 

“Allow the Word of God to dictate your life. Your duties – desires – decisions will be different.”                          Pastor Victor S. Brice

When you apply the Word of God to your everyday living, you, as well as others, will notice a change in your conduct – a change in how you communicate with others – a change in your commitment – a change in how you live. The Word of God will change you. Strive for this change. Allow the Word of God to win over your sin. When He takes you across the finish line, thank Him for His Goodness and Mercy.

We were taught early in life that there is a right way and a wrong way to do something. i.e. I was taught the correct way to make my bed. Well, being a child with the spirit of: “I can do it by myself!” A child of not listening to instructions. I made my bed my way. Well ..… let’s just say, the bed was made – but it was a mess! Your life will also be a mess when you don’t listen to God and follow His Instructions. 

You may accomplish a task by doing it your way. You may even receive accolades for your accomplishment. However, to do something the Right Way – to apply the Right Word – will bring God the glory. Remember to praise Him for your accomplishments.

Whenever you are given a Word, rather it is through teachings or preaching, take it upon yourself to share that Word with your family and friends. Be a disciple for the Word of God. This advice is straight from our Pastor, Rev. Victor S. Brice.

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“Are You In Trouble?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Are You in Trouble?”

During our Bible class, “The Word of God Is Right”, Pastor Brice asked the question: “What do you do when trouble, anguish, pain, or trauma finds you?”

Using the slogan:  “Who you gonna’ call?”

“Trouble, pain, and anguish will find you. No one is exempt.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

We have the tendency to call upon the person or persons we are close to when we need something fixed.  i.e. We call our mother, father, husband, wife, sister, brother, etc. This is good – not a problem – but can they fix the problem, or will they put a band aid on it?

When your plumbing breaks down do you call one of your family members? Maybe, but the problem may or may not get fixed properly. The right thing to do is to call an expert. Call a plumber. When your car breaks down, do you call one of your family members to fix it or do you call a mechanic? You call a mechanic. Exactly!

So, why would you call an untrained person to fix your hurt – pain – or trauma?

“Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands are my delight.”                    – Psalm 119:143 (NIV).

Rely on the Word of God. Delight in the Word of God. Let God and His Word control your life. Delve deeper into His Word so that any time you experience hurt – pain – or trauma – you will automatically turn to God and His Word. Neither you, nor your family members can fix your hurt – pain – or trauma. God and His Word are the correct fix because His Spirit, which lives in our hearts, is greater than anything in or of this world. There is nobody greater!

“The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NIV).

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”                    – John 16:33 (NIV).

Get connected. Trouble will find you. When it does, make the call. He is waiting on you!

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“Chucks and Pearls”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Chucks and Pearls”

Chucks and Pearls are the best of two worlds. The world of chucks is a representation of a woman’s loving, caring, service and includes the ups and downs of daily living. The world of pearls is a representation of a woman’s thank you and praise to God for His Goodness and Mercy as she navigates through a life of loving, sharing, caring, for others.

See me in my chucks (tennis shoes) as I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors. Generation after generation of women from the early years of slavery (which officially ended with the signing of the 13th Amendment in 1865 freeing the slaves)  – through the Women’s Suffrage (which officially ended with the signing of the 19th Amendment in 1920 giving women the right to vote) – through the segregation years – which led to the march on Washington for jobs and freedom (August 28, 1963) – to the present day of rioting due to bigotry – police officers killing of the innocent – and the marches to bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Wearing chucks represent the work (serving) I do on a daily basis under God’s leading and direction.  Wearing pearls represent my appreciation for God’s gift of serving and in recognition of His Mercy and Goodness. I serve by the grace of God.

“If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 4:11b (NIV).

Pray that as you use your God given gift to help others they will see Jesus in you and glorify Him for the service you have provided. To God be the glory!

Join us on 5th Sunday (Women’s Sunday), January 31, 2021, at 10:00am. In recognition of our first woman vice-president, Kamala Harris, to whom we will now refer to as: Madam Vice-President, we have endorsed a phrase coined for her: “Chucks and Pearls” as our theme. Sis. Kitty Griffin is our speaker. Suit up in your chucks and pearls and join us as we celebrate the Year of the Woman.

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“Our Morning Prayer”

GOOD MORNING FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Our Morning Prayer”

Good morning everyone! We at Solomon Temple start our day with morning prayer. If you have not done so, please join us every morning from 6:00am to 6:15am. Call: (888) 633-1082. If you would like to put in a personal prayer request, Sis. Kitty Griffin will be there to take your request starting at 5:45am until the start of our prayer.

Our Pastor, Rev. Victor S. Brice, blessed us with the Word this morning, prior to our daily prayer. This made my heart sing! Yes, it made my heart sing. Hallelujah! Heart is an action word. Our emotions stem from our heart: love – joy – peace – patience – kindness – goodness – faithfulness – gentleness – self-control. Wow! Did I just name the “fruit of the spirit”?

Read: Galatian 5:16-26 at your leisure. The apostle Paul is teaching the Galatians (and us) to live by the fruit of the spirit.

Again, we were blessed this morning to have a Word from our Pastor prior to our morning prayer. Anytime we get a Word from our Pastor is a blessing. He encouraged us to keep praying. 

“Never stop praying.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT).

We can all participate in prayer by picking up the phone and calling in every morning. Continue praying short prayers for yourselves, interceding on the behalf of others, communities, local and federal government, and the world, throughout the day. End your day in prayer.

It only took a few moments for Pastor Brice to bless us with a powerful message. Stay the Course – Stay Connected – Don’t Cease – Keep Calling. Your benefits: God will…hear you – help you – hold you – and you will experience happiness.  Pastor Brice encouraged us to read Psalm 61:1-8 a Psalm of David. David is praying, crying out to God for help.

“O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.”                      – Psalm 61:1-2 (NLT).

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