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November 16, 2017

 

 

“When God Isn’t There”

 Hello from the Temple…….

Do you sometimes feel like God isn’t there?  This will be a yes answer, for most Christians, even if the feeling was fleeting or momentary. A no answer, you’ve never questioned your trials, tribulations, sadness, or troubles of any kind.

 

“Don’t equate your position, with God’s Ability!” This is a quote from Pastor Brice during our Sunday morning worship service. (Read Isaiah 40:27-31)  God is Aware, God is Able, and God is Available.  Let The Word govern your life.

 

Reasons 5 & 6 for, “Why you shouldn’t miss church?”   5) Fellowship with other believers.

6) Provides accountability to your Spiritual leaders. Reasons 7 & 8 when we connect again.  Blessings!

 

Solomon Temple Ministries International  –  Blogger  –  Othella Hill-Jordan

“Don’t Waste Grace”

  November 8, 2017

 

“Don’t Waste Grace!”

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …..

As promised, 2 more of the 8 reasons: “Why you shouldn’t miss church?”  3) Spiritual cleansing on a systematic basis. 4) Scripture dictates attend church the first day of the week. (Acts 20:7)

At Noon Day Bible Study, Pastor Brice said, “Don’t waste Grace!”  Wasting grace is something that is not intentional but is something we may have all done at one time or another. The grace that God freely gives us requires action on our part. When we don’t act, we are wasting our gift.  What action can you take?  Pass it on! Proclaim! Evangelize! It is our responsibility to share testimonies and teachings about God and how He works. (1 Corinthians 15:3)

Let’s connect again! Reasons 5 & 6 coming up for “Why you shouldn’t miss church?”  In the meantime, “Don’t waste Grace!”

Solomon Temple Ministries International  –  Blogger  –  Othella Hill-Jordan

 

“Why You Shouldn’t Miss Church?”

 

WELCOME TO THE TEMPLE …..

Have you missed church recently? Pastor Brice has been teaching a Bible study series on: “Why You Shouldn’t Miss Church?” He has led us through several Scripture based reasons why we should attend church and made the statement that, “We sometimes are in church but still missing church.” Thought provoking! Read Ephesians 4:11-13

Pastor Brice gave us 8 reasons why we shouldn’t miss church. 1) Attending church builds up our spiritual strength.  2) Obedience to God.  Stay connected to Solomon Temple Ministries International and receive the remaining 6 reasons.

Until we connect again: Why have you missed church?  Looking forward to your responses. Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International  –  Blogger  –  Othella Hill-Jordan

“Why the Devil is Interested in You”

DOWN AT THE TEMPLE…..

“Why the Devil is Interested in You”

 Have you ever wondered why the devil just won’t leave you alone?  During our Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Sunday service on last Sunday, Pastor Brice enlightened our hearts in preaching from the topic: “Why the Devil is Interested In You” – Luke 22:31-33 – a transforming word!  Three thoughts from the text were given that offered insight:

  • Simon’s Presumption
  • Simon’s Confidence
  • Simon’s Arrogance/Ego
  • Satan’s Plan
  • Jesus’ Protection/Plan

When you get a moment, I encourage you to take a look at Luke 22:31-33 as Simon expressed that he would follow Jesus until the end.  In that moment, Jesus reminded Simon to be careful in his overestimation of himself, and that the enemy is there to sift him like wheat, when given the opportunity.  Pastor Brice reminded us on Sunday, that the moment we begin to put our confidence in ourselves and rely on the flesh and not Christ, the enemy is there to lead us off the path that God has given us, and get us off track with God.   But thank God, that Jesus is there every time, praying for us, that we would be strengthened in Him.  We were admonished to keep our faith and trust in Christ….always, for He never fails.  Until then, be encouraged to keep the faith, and look always to Him “who is able to keep us from falling”.

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Kitty Griffin

 

“Redeem the Time”

At the Temple…..

Time is so precious these days. Pastor Brice, in his series on “Seizing the Times” brought a life-changing word from Ephesians 5:16, sharing with the listener to “make the best of the time that God has given us”.   He continued in stating that “God is the center of time, and He’s greater than time” encouraging us to take advantage of every second of time that God gives to us. A few more nuggets to study regarding time:

  • Time is short (Job 9:25, 26).
  • We don’t know when time will run out (Proverbs 27:1).
  • We can NEVER get time back.
  • How we use our time has consequences – both now, and in eternity (Matthew, 6th Chapter).

And finally, never forget, time equals opportunities. Make the most of each day and the time God has given. Until then, we’ll see you down at the Temple……

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger Kitty Griffin

 

Today at the Temple | Nov 29

Today at the Temple, November 29, 2015

My, my, my!!! What a high time we had at The Temple today! It is always a blessing to experience the worship and praise service and incredibly touching to see mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews praising the Lord together. We are truly a family! The women’s choir raised the roof with their rendition of I Need Thee and by the end had brought the roof down!

On this 5th Sunday of the month, God spoke to us in dynamic fashion in a powerful and impactful sermon through Minister Kitty Griffin. We all had to search within ourselves and determine where we stand and who we are in Christ. So, what are you? Are you a goat or a sheep? Are you truly a servant of the Lord? Minister Griffin reminds us that as Christians, we are supposed to be all about serving the Lord. She reminds us that God is an orderly God and has specific structure to all things. As Christians in the body of God’s church, the Master places us under the leadership of a shepherd – our Pastor. God gives the pastor His vision to carry out and it is up to us to be obedient and follow the direction of our Pastor. This is a huge part of our service to the Lord. Being a servant and slave to the Lord is the very foundation of our Christianity. Do you willingly submit to your Pastor’s requests? Do you follow your Pastor’s vision for the church? A sheep knows his place is to follow and be led. A goat challenges, fights and resists being led. I loved how Minister Griffin put it to us that we cannot and should not be “Burger King Christians.” As Christians, we need to understand that we cannot order up our Christianity like a burger – We cannot be “have it my way” Christians.” Whatever role you are called to play in the body of Christ, it is your duty to do it. We’re not supposed to pick and choose – and be standoffish in our service. God, through your pastor, places who He needs and wants in positions and in roles that will maximize and grow the Kingdom of God. Let us be faithful to God’s plan. To be faithful servants of the Lord, we need to follow the leadership and direction of our Pastor. We are to be under the submission of God, The Shepherd – The Pastor, and one to another. We should strive to develop an attitude of serving. What are you? A Sheep? A Goat? Self-reflect. Adjust your behavior and attitude to be in line and in accordance with the Word of God and His plan, given to you by your Pastor.

The Holy Spirit led a large mass to the altar to ask God’s forgiveness, strength, courage and the spirit of obedience and servitude. Several more were led to give their lives to the Lord and to follow the leadership of Pastor Victor S. Brice.

If you are in the Pittsburg, CA area, I encourage you to join us on Sunday mornings. If you are not in the area, I invite you to join is on our livestream. God Bless.

Blog Written By: Sister Delores Walker

Approved and Posted By: Reverend Samuel Brice

Today at the Temple | Oct 22

What a Mighty God We Serve!!! Praise be to God! Today at the Temple, we celebrate Solomon Temple’s 65 Year Anniversary. We give thanks for the support of the membership through the years, our current Pastor Victor S. Brice, and acknowledge the Temple’s past pastors. We pray that our latter days will continue to shine bright, increase and be greater than our former days. We pray that Solomon Temple continues to be a beacon for the Greater Pittsburg community.

For God’s Glory we will do anything because we want to be where He is. The Praise team led us in a Spirit filled worship and praise service and we were regaled with a dynamic dance presented by Solomon Temple’s WOW Praise Dancers. The Men’s Choir blessed our souls with their rendition of Oh, Lord I Need You to Hold My Hand. The Holy Spirit showed up we all had a glorious time in the Lord! You could say we went “Prazy”! Which was the theme of our sermon, brought to us by Reverend Joseph Bryant,, Jr. of Calvary Hill Community Church of San Francisco, California.

Instead of going “crazy” when life gets you down, instead of worrying and fretting over our trials and tribulations, we need to remember to Praise God. Praise God when things are good and praise God when things are not so good. For we know that when praises go up, blessings come down. We should set our minds on Praise Mode. Be “Prazy” for the Lord!

The Reverend reminds us to rejoice in the Lord. We are to be anxious about nothing, but to trust in God and praise Him at all times. The path to emotional and mental health begins when we decide to have an attitude of gratitude. No “stinking thinking.” Dear hearts we need to stay away from “stinking thinking” – negative thinking – and stinking thinking folk. If you dwell in a stinking thinking environment, you can become immune to the stink.” It will drain you and keep you down. Stinking thinking will sink you into turmoil, despair and no hope. It can make you crazy. It will prevent you from rejoicing, which can block your blessings.

There is nothing or no one in our lives that should stop our praise. Praise God through everything, even through adversity. Adversity gives us saints a testimony because we KNOW God will bring us through. We don’t have to wait until the storm is over. We can shout now!!! Hallelujah. GO PRAZY! Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving, and enter His court with Praise! Rejoice in the Lord always. I’ve got a feeling everything’s going to be alright.

Three saints were led by the Holy Spirit to partner with Solomon Temple. Praise be to God!!! If you are in the Pittsburg, California, please join us on Sunday mornings. You will surely be blessed. If you are not in the area, I invite you to join us on our livestream. God bless.

Blog Written By: Sister Delores Walker

Approved and Posted By: Rev. Samuel S. Brice

Today at the Temple | Aug 28

Hello Saints! What a glorious time we had in the Lord at the Temple today. The praise team led us in praise with their beautiful rendition of Peace Be Still, I Need Thee, All I Need Is You and a medley of other soul stirring praise songs. The choir continued the worshipping spirit singing Tell It written by the

Temple’s own Leon Johnson after which the Solomon Temple Praise Dancers blessed us with a spirited praise dance to Turn Up, Can’t Help Myself.

The Lord spoke to us through Pastor Victor S. Brice, when he reminded us of the “The Line” and cautious us: Don’t cross the line. What line, you may ask. Where is it? It’s in His Word – The good old “B I B L E.” That’s right saints — The Word of God draws the line. It tells us how to live right, how to be right, how to stay right, and how to get right when we fall. God has drawn a line for every aspect of our lives. There is a line for everything. We must be diligent; stay focused on His Word and learn it so that we will recognize the line when we come upon it. Pastor reminds us that some of the adversities in our lives and some of the circumstances we find ourselves in is because we have “crossed the line” and are being disciplined. We chastise our children here on earth because we love them. Do you not think our Heavenly Father will chastise us when we are disobedient? God the Father loves us just as much we love our own biological children. We say we love the Lord right? Then, the Love of God should be our motivation to act right — to not disappoint Him. Pastor uses the story of Moses to illustrate that there are consequences to disobedience. Moses was a holy man. One of God’s chosen. Instead of doing what God told him to do, Moses got out of character, acted in anger and “did his own thing.” He led the people out of Egypt and yet, he did not enter the Promised Land because he disobeyed God. Let us remember the Moses story when feel like doing our own thing instead of what God has instructed us to do. There will be consequences if we “act out.”

Dear hearts, let us remember that although God is a generous, loving, forgiving and merciful God, even He has his limits – just as our parents – and we as parents — have a line that we set for our children. God the Father — because He loves us, sets rules and guidelines for us to live by. We are to be obedient to His Word. Don’t be Johnny Cash – Don’t Walk the Line. Don’t Cross the line.

The Holy Spirit added another soul to partner with Solomon Temple today. The Lord is good. If you are in the Pittsburg, CA area, I encourage you to join us on Sunday mornings. If you are not from the area, I invite you to join us on our live stream. May God continue to bless you. Peace.

Blog Written By: Sister Delores Walker

Approved and Posted By: Rev. Samuel S. Brice

Today at the Temple | Jan 25

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Game Time. Hut! Hut!!! Out of position. Out of place. Out of line.

Out of bounds. I know I’m not the only one that’s been there: Out of position with God. Sometimes, we operate in the flesh instead of the spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, Pastor Victor S. Brice delivered a dynamic message to the saints today. Pastor reminds us and shows us in the Bible that sin will cause us to stumble. It will cause us to lose. Sin is the epitome of being out of position with God. It is like a cancer. It spreads. It not only affects you, but it can affect those around you – your loved ones – your relatives and friends. As saints, sometimes we go through trials and tribulations.

It seems like nothing is going your way. It feels like your plans keep falling through, money is funny, your marriage is rocky, your children are acting up – all at the same time. You’re losing. Are you out of position? Is God throwing blessings your way but you’re not in the right position to receive them? Saints, if you find yourself out of position with God and feeling down about it, don’t give up! Never quit. Stay in the game. Ready yourself for the Great Come Back because you’re on the winning team! You will always win with God on your side. To get back in position with God, uncover the source of your defeat – confess your sins and/or shortcomings to the Lord — and get back in the game! Never give up. Stay on your mark and listen for God’s plays for your life. Remember that God is in control. He calls all the shots, and makes all of the plays. It is our position to run the plays that God has set out for us. Don’t deviate from His Word. Hearken to His voice in all things and run to the end-zone with it. You will surely win every time! That is how to experience the thrill of victory instead of the agony of defeat!

Don’t let the adversary steal the ball. Dear hearts, don’t miss your blessings by not being in the correct position to receive them.

Confess, get back in the game, listen to the Master and watch Him turn losing into winning. Touch Down!!! Then go ahead and kick that field goal with another testimony of God’s grace and mercy. Hallelujah!

How wondrous is it to know that we will always win by being in the right position with the Lord? It fills my soul to the brim to know that I am His. There are so many perks to being on God’s team. I win. Satan Loses! I can’t encourage you enough to give your live to God if haven’t already done so. Seven souls were added to the Kingdom after the Word went forth. Glory be to God! If you’re in the Pittsburg, CA area, please join us on Sunday mornings. If you’re not in the area, I invite you to join us during our Live Stream Broadcast.

Blog Written By: Delores Walker

Posted By: Rev. Samuel Brice – Assistant to the Pastor

Today at the Temple | Jan 11

“Wait! Wait! I can’t see! Move all of this stuff out of my face.” I

need to see my Father’s face. Have you ever had the feeling that you

can’t see the forest because there were too many trees in the way?

God is good to us. He is good every day. He watches over us. He

protects us — and He blesses us. So much so that sometimes, we let

our blessings get in the way. We’ll get so hung up on the blessings

that our focus shifts from the Lord and on to “The Stuff.” Pastor

Victor S. Brice reminds us to be careful and not let The Stuff get in

the way of praising and acknowledging the Lord. We can’t let

blessings pull us away from growing our relationship with God for He

is the One that blesses us. As we are being blessed, we mustn’t

distance ourselves from the Lord. When you get blessed with a new

car, don’t stop going to church and bible study so you can ride around

in your new car. When you get blessed with that beautiful new home,

don’t sit home on Sunday mornings “enjoying” your new home instead of

going to worship and praise God. When you are blessed to have free

time, volunteer at your church. Give some of that time to serve Him.

When God blesses you with a new job or a raise in pay, be sure to be a

good steward of that blessing and for certain please don’t be a robber

of God – pay your tithes or adjust them according to your new pay

scale. Stand firm and stay focused on the Lord, dear hearts.

Increase your praise to God. Continue to give thanks in all things.

Continue to learn the Word of God and apply it to your life. This is

how you maximize your blessings. As long as you continue to sincerely

seek the Lord and stay focused on Him, the Lord will continue to bless

you – and bless you even more abundantly – because you have shown Him

that you can handle it. Key word: Sincerely. Don’t just go through

the motions.

Let us not get distracted by our blessings – The Stuff — move the

trees out of the way. Our true reward is not here on earth.

The presence of the Holy Spirit was definitely in the Temple today.

We had an awesome praying service today as the Spirit moved Pastor

Brice around the sanctuary to pray for and with several individuals.

Let the Church Say Amen. The Holy Spirit led three souls to the altar

for prayer and one soul was led to surrender their life to Him,

Withholding Nothing. If you’re in the Pittsburg, CA area, I encourage

you to join us on Sunday mornings. For those that are not in the

area, I invite you to join us on our Live Stream broadcast.

Blog Written By: Delores Walker

Submitted/Posted By: Rev. Samuel S. Brice – Assistant to the Pastor