“Are You Caught Up?”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Are You Caught Up?”

How often do you go along with what is popular – with what the majority thinks or feels about a particular situation? Ok, we have all been victim to the majority rule or the majority opinion. We go along with the group, even though, something in our psyche is trying to get our attention. Yet, we ignore it and go along with the majority. Stop!

“Everything outside of the Word of God is wrong. The majority does not make it right.”                                 Pastor Victor S. Brice.

Pastor Brice has started a series of teachings on: “The Word of God is Right.” Psalm 119:137-144 are the guiding Scriptures.

“Righteous are you, O Lord, and your Laws are right.” – Psalm 119:137 (NIV).

Knowing that God’s Word is Right, it behooves us to put everything else to the test. Be careful not to let the crowd or group lead you into something that is outside of God and His Word. This includes simple things like deciding on what movie to watch as well as the major choice of a mate.  Give this a thought.

i.e. An explicit pornographic movie vs a family oriented movie. Test: Is the movie centered around God and His Word?  Would I watch the movie with my mate, children, pastor, or any of my fellow congregation members? Choosing a mate. Test: What does the Word say about marriage?

“Not aligning with the Word of God is wrong.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

The Word is your Guide to living. Live by the standards of God’s Word. Seek the things that are of Christ. Anything less will get you caught up in worldly living. Worldly living will get you caught up in going along with the majority. You’ll go along with what feels right or seems right.

“Don’t let your feeling determine what is right.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.”                              – Proverbs 14:12 (NIV). 

God and His Word are right. God’s Way is the Right Way! Live to obey God – Live to please God! Don’t get caught up! Live the Right Way! Ask God to order your steps in His Word.

“Christ is all, and is in all.” – Colossians 3:11b (NIV).

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“Are You Available?”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Are You Available?”

Pastor Brice has started teaching a series titled: “Are You Available to Serve?”  He started teaching from Mark Chapter 10.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45 (NLT).

Jesus came to earth to serve others and to give His life as a sacrificial ransom for us. He died for our salvation. We could never do enough – share enough – give enough – to be deserving of this gift of life – a truly, Good and Perfect gift.

“Every gift that God has given you is good and perfect.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“Every good and perfect gift is from above.” – James 1:17 (NIV). 

Pastor Brice elaborated further on this Scripture and said: “Every gift from God comes with a goal attached.”  To God be the Glory!  This is God’s goal for us. Give Him the glory! Acknowledge Him and thank Him for your gifts: career – house – car – treasure – essential needs. Lift your voice and praise Him – acknowledge Him – because it is not about you making it on your own – having victory over your adversaries – succeeding in your endeavors. It is all God! He made a way for all that you have now, all that you had in the past, and all that you will have in the future.

As we move forward in 2021, make the declaration that is in your heart verbally known to God. Show Him by serving. To serve others is to serve Him! Get away from the cliché of always thinking that God knows what is in your heart. Yes, He knows, however, He wants you to act on what is in your heart. Demonstrate your love for Him by doing – serving – giving – helping others. While you’re at it, do your serving willingly – cheerfully – without grudge or malice. Without expecting something in return.

“Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’”  – 2 Corinthians 9:7b (NLT).

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“Reflect!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Reflect!” 

The apostle Paul wrote two letters, 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy, to his close friend, Timothy, to encourage him in his ministry to the people of Ephesus. One of the key points to take from these letters is found in 1 Timothy 1:13 & 1 Timothy 1:16. 

“I obtained mercy.” – 1 Timothy 1:13 (KJV). “I obtained mercy.” – 1 Timothy 1:16 (KJV). 

“Reflect on this past year and thank God for His Mercy!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Reflect on any one of your personal situations – occurrences. Or the situations – occurrences of our nation – of the world. Realize that God has not forgotten you. He has not forgotten His people. God was in the middle of everything that went on during 2020 and the outcome is by His Mercy! God has kept us through it all.

Now it is time to redirect, refocus, revisit and reclaim. Look back on 2020 as a detour. We have all had to deal with a lot during this detour year. Pain, heartache, sicknesses, losses. Redirect your feeling of depression – your “woe is me” attitude to God and His Goodness and Mercy. Refocus on God – focus on His Word – focus on spreading His Word. Revisit the Old Testament of the Bible. Revisit the beginning. Learn from God’s prophets – judges – kings. Revisit the New Testament of the Bible. Jesus – Salvation. Reclaim the Word of God – settle the Word in your heart – mind – soul. 

God sent us on a route different from the one we, ourselves, had planned for 2020 for a reason. He sent a pandemic (COVID-19) that had us making adjustments to our normal routines. We literally had to stock-up, mask up, and stay away (social distancing) from each other. How did we survive? What kept us?

God!

“God’s Mercy is the glue that held us together.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

God’s Mercy is always at work, but sometimes God waits on us to look back – reflectrefocus – our heart – mind – soul – on Him. Focus on His Word. God’s Mercy is available to everyone. Reach-up and grab It – reach up and hold on to God’s Unchanging Hands.

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“Tis the Reason!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE…

“Tis the Reason!”

Tis the season! This phrase is often heard during the winter holidays (Christmas and New Year). Well, since I’m going there, let’s hear the rest of the phrase written in a song about the season. Deck the Halls: Deck the halls with boughs of holly – Fa-la-la-la-la – la – la – la – la. ‘Tis the season to be jolly – Fa-la-la-la-la – la – la – la – la.

It may be the season to be jolly – happy – cheerful – festive, but none of these words depict the true meaning or reason for the Christmas season. If you did not tune in to our Sunday sermon you missed it. Pastor Brice broke it down to us. He preached from 1 Timothy 1:15-17. He also used the Message Bible transliteration so we could clearly understand the meaning of Christmas.

“Merry Christmas!” This phrase is heard quite often during this winter holiday season. Yet, we still miss the true meaning of Christmas.

“Could the “Merry” in Christmas cause us to miss it?”Pastor Victor S. Brice

“Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” – 1 Timothy 1:15 (MSG)

“Tis the Reason!” Yes, Jesus is the Reason for the Christmas season. “Christ the Savior is born.” This should be our focus: Christ the Savior. It is not about money – shopping – traveling – partying. None of these things are able to save you. Jesus is our Savior – Jesus is our Gift.

“The gift of Jesus Christ is a gift of Mercy.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Where would we be without God’s Mercy? We wouldn’t!

Through the years we have all, yes all, gotten out of touch with the true meaning of Christmas. This is due to commercial advertising. We want to be “merry”, so to speak, so we go about our shopping, using festive decorations, planning festive dinners, and forget about the reason for celebrating Christmas. We forget about Christ in Christmas.

I challenge you: When you see the word Christmas, focus on Christ. The latter part of Christmas (mas) is an adverb that means “more” or “most”. Used as an adjective it means “but”. Ok, where am I going with this?

Christmas! But, God! We are here only because of God’s goodness and mercy. The birth of His Son was for our Salvation. So, hearing the word, Christmas should make you shout! Hallelujah!

Jesus is the Reason for the Christ-mas Season. During this Season focus on wanting more of  Christ – more of His Word – more of Him.

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“Thank God For His Mercy”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Thank God for His Mercy!”

We have all been victim, in one way or another, to this COVID pandemic. For some of us, our family members, close friends, or associates, have been afflicted with the disease. Listening to the daily news reporting on the number of people who have tested positive, gotten the disease, and/or have succumbed to the disease, has affected us also.

“We’re fortunate we have an Awesome God! In the midst of this COVID, He is still God and He is still Good!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

These past nine months have been filled with grief, heart ache, depression, and despondence due to personal losses or hearing about the losses of others.  Yet, there are family and friends that seem less affected by this pandemic than others.

Ever wonder why?

“Crisis will come, but it is how we respond that matters.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

What is the correct response?

Believers will not allow a crisis to consume them. Believers know that God has a plan for them – they know that He will eventually reveal His Plan. While waiting, put your trust in Him. Lean on Him for comfort and guidance. Turn to His Word – turn to Him. Praise Him during your storms – struggles – heartaches. Focus on His Goodness and Mercy which has brought you this far.

“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have Him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven – and the future starts now!”           – 1 Peter 1:3 (MSG).

 Thank God every day, for His Goodness and Mercy, seen or unseen. No pouting allowed! Connect with the Lord – connect with His Word – connect with your prayers – connect with your patience – connect with your service. Wait on the Lord! God’s plans for you are better than anything you could ever fathom. Praise Him! Give Him the glory! Thank God for His Mercy!

“Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (NLT).

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“STMI Cyber Month”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“STMI Cyber Month”

 Connect with Solomon Temple Ministries International during our cyber month. Our Pastor, Victor S. Brice, has designated the month of December as “Cyber Month” for STMI. During our “cyber month” we would like as many people as possible to commit – log-on – to Facebook and connect with the Word of God through the teachings of our Pastor. You will be blessed with a powerful and inspirational Word.

Start your week on Sunday mornings, 10:00am to 11:00am, by logging on to Facebook live with Solomon Temple Ministries International. Continue your week with STMI via Facebook live on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, 7:00pm to 7:30pm for Bible teachings. We also have our free teleconference line: (888) 633-1082 as an added incentive for anyone not on Facebook live.

Start your mornings with prayer. Call our teleconference line: (888) 633-1082 every morning from 6:00am to 6:15am and receive a word of prayer. The line is open for prayer requests from 5:45am – 6:00am. Mute your phone before the prayer starts to eliminate interruptions.

Pastor Brice is blessing us with a series of Sunday morning teachings on “Making It by God’s Mercy”. Our Tuesday and Wednesday night teachings have been from Psalm 119. Pastor Brice has been diligently taking us through Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible. He is currently teaching from Psalm 119:129-136.

I encourage you to either log on or dial in to STMI sermons, teachings, and prayers.  You will leave with a Word that inspires – motivates – captivates – connects you to God. We are going through a pandemic time of depressions – financial losses – unemployment – families being separated (torn apart) – sicknesses (some unrelated to COVID). The solution is to draw closer to God. Seek God and His comfort – healing – provisions – righteousness – and peace. We cannot win this battle by ourselves. We need God to win. We need to feel His Presence.

What happens when you cannot sense His Presence? 

“You can always rely on His Promises which are found in His Word.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“You cannot win without God’s Word. Believe It and apply It.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Seek the peace of God and live in peace with God. Get an inspiring spoken Word from our Pastor, a true man of God.

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“Prayer of Thanksgiving”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                     November 25, 2020

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Heavenly Father,

We just want to thank You!

Thank You for

Touching us with your healing Hands

Thank You for sending your

Angels to lead us – as we Navigate

through your Word.

We Kneel before you in prayer, Father

To thank You!

Thank You for Saving us O’ Lord!

Thank You for

Giving us your blessing while

We Intercede in prayer for others.

Victory is ours because of Who You Are.

Let Your Word Intensify us –

Nurture us – Guide us

We give you all the Glory

Thank You Father!

In Jesus’ Holy Name we pray

Amen!

by: Othella Hill-Jordan – 11/25/2020

May you all enjoy a Blessed Thanksgiving!

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“Have You Been Playing Hopscotch?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

Have You Been Playing Hopscotch?

Hopscotch? Depending on your generation, you may not know what hopscotch is.

Wikipedia: hopscotch – a popular game in which players toss a small object into numbered triangles or a pattern of rectangles outlined on the ground and then hop or jump through the spaces and retrieve the object. A game that can be played with several players or alone.

Hopscotch is a game where you hop from start to finish while trying not to land in an occupied space.  Ok, where am I going with this? “Have you been playing hopscotch with the Word of God?” “Have you been hopping from Scripture to Scripture before really understanding what you are reading?”

Remember, hopscotch is a game, therefore: “Have you been playing games with the Word of God?” Think, before you answer! A new believer can easily get caught up in hopscotching without even realizing it because they get excited about the Word and try to take everything in all at once.  How do I know? Because this used to be me. It took me a while to realize what I was doing. I was jumping from Scripture to Scripture and not getting the meaning of One before going on to the next. I was reading my Bible without really understanding what I was reading nor was I letting the Word settle in my heart. Hopscotching!

But I can tell you about a pastor and his brother, who changed all that – who fixed all that. Pastor Victor S. Brice, and his brother, Rev. Samuel S. Brice, Solomon Temple Ministries International. To be under the teachings of either one is a blessing. Both men of God will steadfastly give you a Word that you will understand and are willing to make sure you understand their teachings.

Hopscotching in the Word of God can be detrimental to your spiritual health. Your spiritual walk is called a “walk” for a reason. Slow your pace. Take a steady and sure walk in the Word. A sure Walk is to understand the Word. You cannot possibly take-in all the Word at once. Our brains do not have the capacity nor has God designed us that way. The Word is the only gift that keeps on giving so enjoy what God has given you and keep on living His Word.

No more hopscotching around. Let the Word come into your heart – mind – body – and soul at a steady and even pace. Know the love of the Lord – know the peace of the Lord – know the goodness of the Lord – know the mercies of the Lord and thank Him for all He has done.

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7 (NLT).

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“How May I Be of Service?”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“How May I Be of Service?” 

How may I be of service or how may I help you? These are welcoming words. Have you had the opportunity to say these words lately? Believers, these words should flow from our mouths on a regular basis.

As children, when we were given a treat, our mother or father would say: “Share with your sister.” (or) “Share with your brother”. We were taught at an early age to share with each other. As we grew older, we realized that to share with someone was to bless someone. Think back – how old were you when you realized this? As believers (servants/slaves) we must follow the Word of God and His teachings wholeheartedly. Serve God and others.

“God is not unjust, he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” – Hebrews 6:10 (NIV).

It may not always be easy to serve (help) others, but your reward awaits in the eternal. God has blessed all of us with much. What you may have thought was all you: family – children – home – car – college – career – was all God. Praise Him!

“Sharing is caring!”  (I don’t know who I’m quoting but, there it is.) Sharing is also blessing! Wake up each morning ready and willing to bless someone. “Who can I bless today?” Make this your everyday attitude and follow through with it. Be a blessing to someone and benefit from the return. God’s Goodness and Mercy!

“How may you be of service?”  Inundate yourself with the Word of God and share what He has gifted (blessed) you with. You will experience joy when you activate (participate) in Word – Worship – Prayer. Be willing to let His love for you lead you to love – care – encourage – support – help each other.

“In humility, consider others better than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3b (NIV).

Word – Worship – Prayer – Love – Care – Encourage – Support – Help.  Let us do this!

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“Are You Full?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Are You Full?”

This is the 11th month of the year, November. Praise God! He has brought us through a lot this year and He is still bringing us through. As Thanksgiving Day approaches: “Are you full?” may take on a different meaning than was originally meant. This question is not pertaining to food. This question is pertaining to your intake of the Word of God. How much of the Word have you partaken in the past 24 hours? Did you start your day in Word? How did you finish your day?

“We should be so full of the Word that our language should make reference to the Word.”                             – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Language. Language may include the words we speak – our expressions – our actions – our interactions – our lifestyle. Let us explore these as they relate to the Word of God.

The words we speak and our expressions: When in conversation with someone, remember Who your Father is?  “Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.”  Name above all names. The Name we call during our trials – troubles – sorrows. He is always with you – waiting to protect – to heal – to provide His Goodness and Mercy. This should automatically make you clean up your language and expressions.

When you disagree with someone don’t let your expressions show distaste or the words you speak be unkind. Instead, remember Who your Father is and carry yourselves accordingly. Also, remember these Words from Scripture:

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”                – Ephesians 4:29 (NIV).

As believers, our actions and interactions with others should be like those of Christ Jesus. Jesus came to earth to save us (sinners) – to do the Will of His Father – and to serve. (Jesus came to earth to do much more, but for this writing I will stop here.)

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45 (NIV).

Serving must be a part of our actions and interactions with each other. Our serving must also go outside of the church. We tend to keep our serving confined inside the church walls. God wants more from us. God commands us to go out and make disciples, this includes serving. We can’t make disciples of others without serving others. While serving act on Scripture:

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32 (NIV). 

Serving should become our lifestyle – our way of life. We must not conform to the ways of the world. Our lifestyle must conform to God’s expectations.

“Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”                           – Galatians 5:16 (NIV).

We must indulge in God’s Word daily – have a daily intake of God’s Word. Start your day in Word and end your day in Word. Nope! I’m not letting you off that easy! The time in between the start of your day and the ending of your day must be filled with living by the Word and serving by the Word of God. Once you develop an appetite for the Word of God, you can then eat and be Filled.

Are you full yet?

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