“Are You Making It?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Are You Making It?”

How are you making it during this pandemic? Our lives – daily routines – work habits – personal habits – leisure habits – have been disrupted. Some people have gotten sick but, survived, while others have gotten sick and not survived. In the matter of employment and finances: some people are being paid to work from home, unless considered essential workers and must work outside the home.  Some people are depending on unemployment benefits, others are working odd jobs to make ends meet, while others are out of a job. Depression – anxiety – worry – civil unrest –drug use – alcohol use – crimes against persons and property are all on the rise. We are in battle with more than just a virus.

“We need consolation. We find consolation in God.”  – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Pastor Brice has given us a series of teachings on, “Making It by The Grace of God”.  Some of the highlights: God’s mercies never change – will always cover you – are always current (we get new mercies every day) – and His mercies are always constant. His Mercy will follow you all the days of your life.  So: Are you making it?   “Yes, by the grace of God.”  You are still here, and you are making it by the grace of God. God’s Mercy has kept you. Never lose sight of this.

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

This Scripture brings to mind the gospel lyrics: “Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness, my God – That is who You are I worship You – I worship You.”

I always listen for the Message in gospel music. Why? Because the writer is either going through something or has gone through something that was made right by the grace of God. “When I think of His Goodness!” Yes, this is me. Most mornings I wake up either praying or praising. I love to praise Him in song. “I love to praise His Holy Name.”

Start your morning in prayer and praise. If you are not already doing this, give it a try! Also, end your day the same way: in prayer and praise. Wow! See how your days and nights play out. You will feel like you’re living in a different world. Why? Because you just gave God priority over your day and your night. Not just on Sunday or during Bible Study. Your whole day and night.

“His mercies complete me. Ask God for His Mercy over your children and family. Thank God for His Mercy.”     – Pastor Victor S. Brice

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“Is It Well With Your Soul?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Is It Well with Your Soul?”

Is it well with your soul? This is a question Pastor Brice asked our Bible Study class a couple weeks ago. He was teaching on: “How to Safeguard Your Soul.” Psalm 119:65-72

Summary: We can safeguard our soul by praising God and testifying to His goodness (this combats anxiety and depression). By letting God teach us His Way (He leads and guides – we must follow and participate). By not resisting the testing that God will put us through (expect trials and lean on His Word). By experiencing the rewards (pass the tests – reap the rewards).

When you hear: “Is it well with your soul?”  Pause a moment. Your spiritual health is based on how you read the Word – heed the Word – and lead using the Word of God.

“May the Lord bless the readers – hearers – and doers of His Word.”

How many times have you heard this blessing? Have you ever given this blessing a second thought? I realize that we are all individuals and are all on different levels of our Godly Walk. Though, we have been brought out of the world, our spiritual health, like our physical health, will fluctuate throughout our lives and will sometimes take a hit, so to speak. However, ….

“Every believer is equipped.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver.”                             – Psalm 119:72 (NLT)

Be committed to following God’s instructions. There will always be choices to make – two roads to travel. The Wrong Rd. and the High Wy. During our life’s journey we sometimes will make turns leading onto the Wrong Rd. Life happens. Persevere! God has you! Work your way back to the High Wy. Work your way back to God’s Way. Be God centered – keep God involved.

“No matter what you do, make sure you get the Hand of God involved.” – “To get the Hand of God involved is to get the Word of God involved.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“Thy hands have made me and fashioned me.” – Psalm 119:73 (KJV)

“That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty; that ye might fear the Lord your God forever” – Joshua 4:24 (KJV)

God’s Hand is waiting on you. Reach up – grab – hold on to God’s unchanging Hands. Singing: “Build your hopes on things eternal – Hold to God’s unchanging Hands.” Sing, shout, praise!

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“Good Trouble”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Good Trouble”

 While watching the “Home-Going Services” for Congressman John Robert Lewis, some of the speakers kept referring to him getting into ‘good trouble’.  I’m sitting here thinking: How do you get into ‘good trouble’?  Of course, my Christian background led me to our Pastor Victor S. Brice’s teachings on: “Stability”.  Now you’re thinking: “How does stability correlate to ‘good trouble’?”   I’m glad you asked.  Whether good or bad trouble, you will encounter pressures – demands – tensions – stress. You will need perseverance and stability to get you through them.

Stability: free from change or variation – endurance – steadfastness. Good trouble: ‘good trouble’ was the necessary trouble or actions used by Rep. John R. Lewis to accomplish his agenda. Though his actions may have been troubling for some, as well as for him, they were for the good of everyone. Rep. John R. Lewis taught about, and demonstrated against, civil disobedience and injustice using old and new tactics which sometimes resulted in ‘good trouble’.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28 (NLT)

Our Righteous Able God will turn everything around, in order, to fulfill His purpose. He will turn your dark days into light – your wrong into right – your heartaches into joy – your bad trouble into ‘good trouble’.

“God is shaking us out of our complacency.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“All of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.”    –  Hebrews 12:27 (NLT)

There are four unshakable things that will remain: God’s Throne – God’s Word – God’s Church – God’s Child. Stay firmly anchored in God and in His Word. When trouble finds you – and it will – you will be unshakable and experience the ‘good trouble’ that He will provide.

“Get in a hurry about God and the things of God.”  “Pattern your life based on the Word of God. To not do so will create a deficit in your life.”  – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they will follow me.” – John 10:27 (NLT)

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“Have You Forgotten?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Have You Forgotten?”

Have you forgotten? This is definitely a question that needs to be clarified. Have I forgotten what?  I’m glad you asked.   “Have you forgotten Who I Am?” Sounds like God talking!

“Have you forgotten where your help comes from? Have you forgotten what I have done for you?”

“Yet, how quickly they forgot what he had done!” – Psalm 106:13 (NLT)

“Forgetting God leads to rebellion – makes us do foolish things.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Just one more question: Why is it when we are healthy, happy, and successful: good job, nice home, money flowing in, etc., that we forget where it all came from? Because we get the “bighead” and start thinking we did that! We forget Who has blessed us with everything we have.

The thought process of a person who has forgotten: “Look at me! I’m moving in a circle of friends that include the mayor, judges, and celebrities.” Or, it could go something like this: “I just bought a new home, I’m driving a new car, I have a good job. Look at me, I’m successful and intelligent. I’ve got this!”

Whoa! Stop! Hold up! Stop walking around popping your collar! Now ask yourself: “Where did it all start? Where did it all come from? Who brought you up when you were at your lowest? Who healed you when you were sick? Who made it possible for you to get that job – put food on your table – a roof over your head – a car to drive?”

Do you need a minute? “God!” What? I can’t hear you! “God!”  Exactly! Give Him all the glory – praise – and honor! Everything you have started with and belongs to Him! Praise Him!

“So, he declared he would destroy them.” – Psalm 106:23 (NLT)

“Forgetting God ignites God’s anger.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Read: Exodus Chapter 32 (The Golden Calf Incident.) The people had forgotten God and turned to worshipping a golden calf (an idol). God was angered and ready to destroy them. However, Moses interceded on behalf of the people. He begged God to turn from His anger and not destroy them.

How can you get someone to intercede on your behalf?

I encourage you to get under the leadership and guidance of our shepherd, Pastor Victor S. Brice – Solomon Temple Ministries International. He is being led by God. Teaching us to obey the Word and to walk (live) according to His Word. He is also showing us how to reach out to others by sharing the Word, thus drawing them to Christ.

We welcome you to connect with us, STMI, and connect with God. Put God first and foremost in your life.  Don’t forget!  God’s got you!

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“Adding and Subtracting”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Adding and Subtracting”

Our recent teachings, from our pastor, Rev. Victor S. Brice, has been on hope. Last Wednesday he took us through a related topic: “Distractions”. We have learned that to have hope is to wait on the Lord, to trust in Him, to hold on to His Promises. However, there are distractions that will cause you to lose your trust – that will cause you to lose your hope in the Lord.

“Keep holding on to God’s Promises – there are benefits in God’s Promises.”                                                            – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Benefits of God’s Promises:

Peace: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.” – John 16:33 (NIV)

Protection: “I will never leave, nor forsake you!” – Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

Power: “But with God, all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26b (NIV)

Perseverance: “We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance.” – Romans 5:3 (NIV)

Poise/Self-Composure: “When the earth quakes, and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm.” – Psalm 75:3 (NLT)

What is distracting you from the benefits of God’s Promises?

God graces us with His Promises, and it behooves us to take advantage of every good promise that God graces us with. Beware of distractions! Distractions are subtractions and will cause you to lose your benefits – will cause you to lose out on God’s Promises. Identify your distractions and work toward not letting them get in the way of His Promises.

“Be committed to getting rid of distractions – acknowledge them – ask God to remove them.”                              – Pastor Victor S. Brice

The Devil’s joy is in blocking the Word of God by distracting you. Stop allowing the Devil his joy. Get rid of all distractions and block the Devil! Let your praise song be: “God has smiled on me – He has set me free”.  Praise His Holy Name!

Adding and subtracting. Add to your knowledge of knowing what is distracting you – what is hindering you from receiving the Word of God – then subtract those things. To God be the glory!

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“Nothing Can Stop Me!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Nothing Can Stop Me!”

Lately, we have been witnessing and participating in protests, against the injustices directed at Black Americans by the police – citizens – laws – and the actions of local and state government officials that are contrary to the rights of Black Americans. It is a fact that the laws that are in place are not being utilized appropriately or proportionally when it comes to Black Americans. The police, for example, knowingly go beyond their scope of authority because, though they may have killed someone, they have been deemed innocent in a court of law.

Oh, let me be perfectly clear on this, the someone I am referring to, in this writing, is a Black American.  Black Americans are being killed – ambushed – beaten – systemically harassed because of their ethnicity – the color of their skin. The common phrase made by the suspect in each case:  “I feared for my life!”   (Not acceptable!)

Murders – Hate Crimes – Aggravated Assaults – Morality Crimes: are all barriers – instant roadblocks – to the Word of God.  However, God has said: “Nothing can stop Me!”

“The word of God stands forever.” – 1 Peter 1:25 (NIV)

“So do not fear, for I am with you.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

“When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.” – Psalm 43:1 (MSG)

There is nothing that can stop the Word of God from going forth. No pandemic (COVID-19) – no shelter-in-place – no social distancing – no hand sanitizing – no wearing of face masks – nor social injustices.

“Whatever God starts, He will finish.”  “The God I serve has got me!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Are we being punished during our trials – troubles? I don’t have an answer to this question, but let’s look at Biblical history.

We know that God punished His people in the Bible. Mostly in the Old Testament. Adam and Eve (disobedience) – Sodom and Gomorrah (unrighteous living) – Lot’s wife (disobedience) – Moses (didn’t make it to the Promise Land) – Egyptian army (swallowed up by the Red Sea). That was then. What about now? Are we still being disobedient? Living unrighteous? Not following God’s commandments -instructions? Not loving one another? A yes answer to any one of these questions puts us in line for punishment from the Lord.

“We are a holy nation of peculiar people who have been sent, started, secured, and selected by God.”    –  Pastor Victor S. Brice

“So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”                                      – Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

Whenever we stray from righteous living is a good time for us to repent – call on God to forgive our sins – live righteously – love one another. I may be preaching to the choir, but not everyone reading this is in the choir stand. Therefore, lets all try to be imitators of Christ. Walk in love, as Christ loved us. Remember, Christ sacrificed Himself for us. We can never make that big of a sacrifice, but we can try harder to love one another – be kind to one another – and treat each other as we would want to be treated.

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”   – Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)

We must stop listening to man and keep standing on the true and infallible promises of God.

“I will never leave nor forsake you.”  “You can do all things through Christ, who gives you strength.”  “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”  His Word is Truth!  Believe!

We must value each other, just as Christ valued us. We must hold each other up and hold each other accountable. Stay in the Word. Absorb the Word in your heart. Live the Word by putting the Word into action. Finally, share the Word. Nothing can stop the Word of God.

“Nothing can stop Me!”

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“Wait vs Weight”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Wait vs Weight”

 Wait vs weight. I’ll start by defining wait: to wait is to pause, delay, anticipate, hold on, or look forward to. Weight, on the other hand, can be described as a measurement, an anchor, a load, a burden, or pressure.

A couple nights ago, I had the privilege of attending a virtual cyber class taught by Pastor Larry W. Brice, Sr., of Dallas, Texas, on: “Wait Management”. Wait vs Weight. Two words, same sounding, but different meanings. I heard the word, weight, and immediately was anticipating a class on how to manage my weight. I was excited to take the class because, like so many others, I have not been active during this pandemic, COVID-19, and have gained a few pounds.

I was not disappointed. I received some valuable information on how to manage my wait while waiting on the Lord. Pastor Larry W. Brice, Sr., also gave us an acronym for wait: Watch and intentionally trust God.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”      Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

“Wait on God – Walk with God – Step with God – Stay with God. He knows the Way you should go.”     – Pastor Larry W. Brice, Sr.

Also, later, on that same night, my dear pastor, Rev. Victor S. Brice, expounded on Pastor Larry W. Brice’s teaching on “Wait Management”, with:

“Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope.” – Psalm 119:49 (NLT)

Pastor Victor S. Brice clarified the meaning of hope using the Hebrew definition: wait. Yes, our hope is in the Lord. Our wait is our hope in the Lord. Read and meditate on Isaiah 40:31 and Psalm 119:49. Then, read the Word some more. Get inundated in the Word. Get weighted with the Word. And then ….. Wait!

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“Black Lives Matter!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Black Lives Matter!”

“Black lives matter!” How many of you know the true meaning of this statement? No, we are not saying that Black lives mean more than lives of others. We are saying that Black lives are just as important as the lives of all ethnicities.  This, “Black lives matter!” statement, came about because Black Americans are being targeted and killed by police officers at an alarming rate.

Now, we have police officers and their families saying: “Blue lives matter!” What??  A police officer is a man/woman holding down a job. It’s a career choice, not a life. Now, why do you suppose they feel the need to say: “Blue lives matter!”? Not all police officers wear the color blue, yet they want to create a movement using the color blue. Their career choice is not a life. So, why make this “blue lives matter” statement? Envy – jealousy –wanting to be noticed!

“For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and evil of every kind.” – James 3:16 (NLT)

I think that with the last few incidents of violence, murder, by police officers against Black Americans, the message we are trying to convey is finally sinking in. After witnessing, on TV and Facebook, a police officer slowly suffocating George Floyd, people are starting to realize what we have been saying for years. Police are killing Black Americans at an alarming rate and are simply given a slap on the wrist, a suspension from their jobs with pay. What’s going on?

“Mother, mother, there’s too many of you crying. Brother, brother, brother, there’s far too many of you dying.” – Marvin Gaye

Pastor Brice’s Sunday sermon was on: “No Justice – No Peace!” He stressed the fact that justice is a part of who God is – that God wants us to treat people right – and that God wants more justice in the world. He also posed the question: How are we going to fix this?

“With the Word of God. Exercise the righteousness of God and emulate the mercies of God.”                            – Pastor Victor S. Brice

God has been patiently waiting on us to get in a right relationship with Him. He has gotten our attention with this pandemic and now this killing of an innocent Black man by a policeman who was sworn to protect and to serve. How do we heal our land – country – society – people?

Seek Him first – Seek His Word – Exercise His Righteousness – Emulate His Mercies!

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“Black Lives Matter!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Black Lives Matter!”

“Black lives matter!” How many of you know the true meaning of this statement? No, we are not saying that Black lives mean more than lives of others. We are saying that Black lives are just as important as the lives of all ethnicities.  This, “Black lives matter!” statement, came about because Black Americans are being targeted and killed by police officers at an alarming rate.

Now, we have police officers and their families saying: “Blue lives matter!” What??  A police officer is a man/woman holding down a job. It’s a career choice, not a life. Now, why do you suppose they feel the need to say: “Blue lives matter!”? Not all police officers wear the color blue, yet they want to create a movement using the color blue. Their career choice is not a life. So, why make this “blue lives matter” statement? Envy – jealousy –wanting to be noticed!

“For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and evil of every kind.” – James 3:16 (NLT)

I think that with the last few incidents of violence, murder, by police officers against Black Americans, the message we are trying to convey is finally sinking in. After witnessing, on TV and Facebook, a police officer slowly suffocating George Floyd, people are starting to realize what we have been saying for years. Police are killing Black Americans at an alarming rate and are simply given a slap on the wrist, a suspension from their jobs with pay. What’s going on?

“Mother, mother, there’s too many of you crying. Brother, brother, brother, there’s far too many of you dying.” – Marvin Gaye

Pastor Brice’s Sunday sermon was on: “No Justice – No Peace!” He stressed the fact that justice is a part of who God is – that God wants us to treat people right – and that God wants more justice in the world. He also posed the question: How are we going to fix this?

“With the Word of God. Exercise the righteousness of God and emulate the mercies of God.”                            – Pastor Victor S. Brice

God has been patiently waiting on us to get in a right relationship with Him. He has gotten our attention with this pandemic and now this killing of an innocent Black man by a policeman who was sworn to protect and to serve. How do we heal our land – country – society – people?

Seek Him first – Seek His Word – Exercise His Righteousness – Emulate His Mercies!

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Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Should’ve – Would’ve – Could’ve”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Should’ve – Would’ve – Could’ve”

How often have you started a phrase with the following words or heard someone start a phrase with these words: “I should’ve… I would’ve… I could’ve…”? These words come to mind after the fact. Should’ve – would’ve – could’ve is hindsight (an understanding of something only after it has happened).

Pastor Brice recently gave a two-part sermon on: “Under the Influence”. From this sermon we learned that we are all under some type of influence. An influence can be a person, a place, a thing, or substance. Most common of the worldly influences is to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Other influences can be geographical – environmental – or genetic.

“There is one influence that is greater than them all, the Holy Spirit.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

There are also spiritual influences, The Holy Spirit, and the evil spirit. (The Good and the bad.) Before we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we were, most likely, on a path of letting the evil spirit influence us.

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

Due to the actions of Adam and Eve in The Garden, we were born into sin and have a sinful nature. However, we must stop using Adam and Eve as an excuse to be under the influence of the evil spirit. You can choose which influence to be under.

“Let us get under the influence of the Lord – the Holy Ghost. – the Holy Spirit.” – Pastor Brice

“Those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.”        – Romans 8:5b (NLT)

When we allow the Holy Spirit to live in our heart – guide our actions – our thoughts – our minds – we have already won – we have the victory! Success in our relationships – marriage – children. Success in our endeavors: intellectual pursuits – career (job) choice – civic duties. Being led by the Holy Spirit will make you want to please Him in all that you do because there is nothing greater – no better feeling – than the joy, peace, comfort, and love that He provides.

Get under the influence of the Holy Spirt! Make right decisions. Get the right answers from the start.  Follow His guidance. No more, “should’ve” – “would’ve” – “could’ve” in your life.

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