“Make A Fist!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Make A Fist!”

How do you make a fist? Start by opening your hand so that the fingers are fully extended – roll your fingers towards the middle of the palm of your hand – then place your thumb across your fingers to lock them in place. By bringing your fingers together and locking them in place with your thumb, you’ve made a fist and created a weapon. Take a moment – give this action some thought. The key word: weapon.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we enter into a spiritual realm with God. We have the gift of Salvation, along with the gift of His Power, which is our strength – His Provisions, when we’re in need – His Peace, during our storms. When we pray, we activate the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will be in our midst. Praying alone or together activates a Weapon. There is no greater weapon than God.

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

When we come together in His Name, we are inviting Him to enter into our midst – opening our hands so that He can lock our fingers in place with His Presence – thus making a Fist.

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV)

We are in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic – worldwide. How do we survive this pandemic? Come together – make a Fist!

How do you do this when we’ve been told to physically isolate ourselves from each other?

Technology. Today’s technology allows us to come together without being side by side. STMI uses technology to bring us together by: Live-streaming worship services – teleconferencing Bible study calls – teleconferencing prayer calls. God is in our midst through the use of latest technology which has allowed us to come together and make a Fist.

Continue to pray – praise Him – get locked in – make a Fist! Remain steadfast in the Word!

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“What’s Going On?”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“What’s Going On?”

Good morning family and friends of The Temple (STMI) – What’s going on? Is everybody all right? Coronavirus (COVID-19). Yes, we’re in the middle of a worldwide epidemic – pandemic – crisis. Ok, let’s stop sugar-coating what we’re going through and call it what it really is – a plague. Yes, a plague. God sent plagues to the Egyptians during Moses’ day because they were being disobedient, not following Gods commands, and worshiping idols. This is where we are today. Thoughts: “I’m not being disobedient!” “I’m not worshiping idols!” “What’s an idol?”

Idol defined: anything that you put more credence on than God. It can be an object of worship – adoration – it can be a person, place, or thing.

We must learn from our Biblical history so that we won’t repeat it. However, when we find ourselves repeating our history, we must fix it. How can we fix this? What’s the solution?

“Put your hand over your mouth when you cough, that’ll help the solution.” – Mavis Staples

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

Are you steadfast in your prayer life?

When the problem is bigger than you, turn to God in prayer. Turn to the only One who can fix what’s going on. Our God is a patient God, but we must stop being disobedient and follow God’s commands. Love one another and look out for each other just as God has commanded us.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34 (NIV)

Help the neighbor who is in need. Stop berating each other with unkind words and actions. Don’t you get tired of turning on the TV or going to social media and seeing where one neighbor or a person of authority has killed another – physically or verbally? Where is the love? Love is caring – love is sharing. When you love (care about) someone, you don’t hurt them.

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 2:4-5(NIV)

I encourage you to go to God in prayer – Remain steadfast in the Word – Share the Word – Be obedient!

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“Raise Your Hands!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Raise Your Hands!”

Raise your hands if you’ve had enough of these Coronavirus impactful situations. (My hands are raised.) Our medical professionals – facilities – workers and their associates have all tried to alleviate the current hysteria by giving sound and practical advice as to how to avoid and detect the Coronavirus (COVID-19). How many of us agree that this is a good thing? Raise your hands!

On another note: Employers, businesses, schools, churches, sports venues, entertainment venues; including those on television, are closing their doors, shutting down. How many agree that although social media – including radio and television – has been giving us sound and practical advice on how to detect and avoid contamination, you’re getting over-whelmed by seeing and anticipating more people succumbing to this virus?  Raise your hands!

“Coronavirus has gripped the whole world. I believe God is trying to get our attention.”                – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”    – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

Yes, there is a pandemic going on but, stop buying into the hype. Use your gift of power, love, and self-discipline that the Lord has given you. Somewhere along our Christian journey we’ve drifted away from loving, caring and praying for each other. We’re not seeking Him first and relying on Him. We’re not stepping out on faith.

Time to go to the Word. A good place to start is in the book of Exodus. Read about the plagues of Egypt. Understand that during the time of Moses, God sent plagues to His people as a consequence of their disobedience and idolatry. (Can we not relate to our Biblical ancestors?)

“There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” – Luke 21:11 (NIV)

If you haven’t already, it’s time to show your love, understanding, and compassion towards each other. Humble yourselves. Pray. Be a blessing to others – and be blessed. Remain steadfast in the Word. No weapon (Coronavirus) used against you will prosper. But it did get your attention!

“Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.’” – Isaiah 35:4 (NIV)

Raise your hands!

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“It’s Lent Season”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“It’s Lent Season”

Perhaps you’ve already heard the announcement from your local news station that it’s Lent season. Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, marked the beginning of Lent season. Lent started: Wednesday, February 26th – Ends: Saturday, April 11th. Ok, time for Q&A (question and answer time for me and others – who aren’t sure what Lent season entails).

Your questions might go something like this: “What is Lent season?” or “How does this affect me?”  If you know a little about Lent season from observing your friends, you might even say: “But, I’m not Catholic!”

Ok, teachable moment time. Everyone who already celebrate Lent season, or know what Lent season is about, please bear with me and others like me.

What is Lent season?

“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings.” – Philippians 3:10 (NIV)

Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter. Lent is a time of preparation and an opportunity to go deeper into the Word – to go deeper into your relationship with God. It’s a time for personal reflections which will prepare your hearts and minds for Good Friday and for Easter.

How does this affect me?

Lent season represents one’s repentance from sin as well as Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death to set followers free from sin and death. The purpose of Lent is to draw your focus to prayer, repentance, and renewal of your faith.

“Lent represents a time when I take a close look at myself.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

But, I’m not Catholic!

Many Christian groups take part in the Lent season, including Catholics and Protestants. Yes, this includes you (members of STMI). Therefore, since this is Lent season – time to repent – reflect – renew!  Give up something – fast and pray during Lent season. Get ready for Resurrection Sunday!

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“Think Faith”

 

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                                         February 20, 2020

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Think Faith”

Our church assignment this week was to work on affirming our faith. Pastor Brice gave us 7 affirmations of faith. We were to start and end each day meditating on the following Scriptures:

  • Day 1: Think faith. Philippians 2:5
  • Day 2: Hear faith. John 5:24
  • Day 3: See faith. Hebrews 12:2
  • Day 4: Talk faith. Psalm 105:2
  • Day 5: Work faith. James 2:18
  • Day 6: Walk faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7
  • Day 7: Remain in faith. Revelation 2:10

I was good with all of them, but for some reason, I kept coming back to Day 1: Think faith. How am I supposed to affirm my faith by just thinking about it? Ok, so our pastor, Rev. Victor S. Brice, just like Our Savior, won’t give you any task without giving you the means to complete that task.

Think faith. Philippians 2:5. Ok, time to go to the Scripture – time to open my Bible.

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” – Philippians 2:5 (NLT)

Wow! I must have the same attitude as Jesus! This one verse encouraged me to go back and read the entire chapter. Philippians Chapter 2.

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3 (NLT)

“No one is perfect in their faith except Jesus. Look to Jesus, He is the supreme answer.”                             – Pastor Victor S. Brice

I can do this – I can change my mind-set. I can put aside my selfishness and work towards considering the interests of others above my own. We must remember that Christ was a true example of humility. Like Christ, we must have a servant’s attitude and serve out of love for God and others. Think on that! Think faith!

Although, Pastor Brice gave us these affirmations for a week, lets keep going with them throughout 2020. Since this is a new decade, let’s just fill this decade with affirmations of faith.

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“Stop Hindering God!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Stop Hindering God!”

We do many things in our daily lives that are a hinderance to God. Lets all think on this for a moment. Ask yourself: “What am I doing that’s hindering God?” or “What am I doing that’s blocking God?” Let me narrow this down a little more. In our Thursday Teleconference Bible Study, we’ve been studying from the book: “God Cures”, by Damon Davis.

Pastor Brice has introduced us to this book so that we may take a serious look at our health life- style. For reasons unknown, many of us have developed the mind-set that we are not responsible for maintaining good health. As Christians, we tend to concentrate on our spiritual health while neglecting our mental and physical health.

“Your physical, mental, and spiritual health are connected. When one is out of whack, it will affect the others.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Are health principles really a part of the Bible?

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”       – John 10:10 (KJV)

The apostle John is referring to the rich and full eternal life that Jesus gives. It begins when you ask Him to come into your life. It covers your spiritual health, mental health, and physical health.

“You and I were not created for sickness. We were created to live an abundant life: healthy, happy, whole. God’s Will is for us not to be sick.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

You can’t live an abundant life while unhealthy – sick with disease – afflicted with addictions: food – drink – substances. We often over-indulge – become addicted to food – drink – and use substances while trying to cover our depressions – anxieties – and troubles. Over-indulging is the cause of many diseases and afflictions.

“Too much of anything is not good for you.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

I encourage you to tune in to our Bible Study Teleconference calls on Tuesday and Thursday nights 7:00pm to 8:00pm at (888) 633-1082 for a Word that will help you mentally – physically – and spiritually. Staying in the Word is fuel for your spiritual and mental health. Developing good exercise habits and good eating habits is fuel for your physical health. Maintain the right source with the right fuel. Stay in the Word – exercise – eat healthy. Stop hindering God!

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“Living in Victory!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Living in Victory!”

Victory! What does it mean to live in victory? Do you consider yourself to be victorious? What is victory? Questions – questions – questions? Let’s start with defining victory. Victory is a conquest – a triumph – a dominion – a defeating or winning over something. Can you relate to any of these? How about: mission accomplished or successful achievement? Now you have it.

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” – 1 John 5:4 (NIV)

A relationship with God changes our meaningless worldly endeavors into victory – we triumph over things of the world. By His grace and by His love we are overcomers –we’ve got the victory.

“It is not God’s Will for us to walk in defeat. It’s God’s Will that we live a life of victory.”     –  Pastor Victor S. Brice

Not only does our relationship with God give us victory, we must also have the mind-set and attitude of victory. Don’t even think about defeat or give it any consideration. God gave us the gift of victory through His Son, through the Blood of Jesus. Therefore, we must accept this gift of victory. We must think victorious and choose to be victorious.

“We must think victorious. You are who you think you are.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“But thanks be to God! He gave us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”       – 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

Now, are you ready for your Super Bowl recognition? Every win orchestrated by God is a Super Bowl win! Wow! Think about all your successes – victories. Think about all you’ve overcome. That was your Super Bowl! You got the victory! Where’s your trophy? Look in the mirror! Look harder! God created us in His own image. Do you see a living, breathing representative of God? In God we win. We are a living, breathing, victory. Keep on living in victory – keep on winning!

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“A Look at Precision Partnership”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“A Look at Precision Partnership”

Our Sunday Sermon was about: “The Power of Precision Partnership.” This decade will be defined by who we are attached to and we must make sure we’re attached to or partnered with the right one.

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.”      – Ecclesiastes 4:9 (KJV)

There are different partnerships. However, for this writing, I’m referring to your partnership or relationship, with your best friend, your “ride or die”.  Spouse, son, daughter, father, mother, sister, brother, co-worker, can all fall in the category of “best friend.”  I may have left someone out but, you get my drift. 

What does a precision partnership look like?

To define precision in this instance implies or relates to exactness or closeness. The right one.

“The right partner produces the right success.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Who do you have a close partnership or relationship with?

Before you answer this question, I’m going to bring up a series of questions for you to think about. Is this the someone who will catch you when you fall?  Who you can lean on when you’re at your low point? Who will help you get back on track when you go off track?  Can you depend on this person: emotionally, financially, spiritually?  Wow!  This should narrow down the field a bit.

“You can’t prevail by yourself – you’ll need a partner. You’ll also need a third party.”                                  – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Pastor Brice also said that we’d need a third party involved in our partnership. The Holy Ghost. Yes, the Holy Spirit is the Power in your precision partnership. There are some things you can’t do even in a partnership with another. Two will have extra strength but Three will be the Power behind that strength. You’ll need a Third Party.

Speaking of Three: The Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost! Your partnership will need The Three in order to succeed. Partner with God and allow Him to be the Precision in your partnership.

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“You Have The Power!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“You Have the Power”

The word has gone out. Pastor Brice has made the call. By now you should be in the middle of or nearing the end of your “7-Day 7-Hour Fast & Pray”. Your time schedule should be set. And while you are fasting and praying you should be interceding on the behalf of others.

“Take five or six people with you and fast and pray.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

We all need to be delivered from something that is personal to us. You may view it as a bad habit, but a worldly habit is a sinful habit. A sinful habit that, for whatever reason, you can’t seem to shake – drop – or conquer.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

“God put a power in you – speak to the Mountain.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Still not being delivered after fasting and praying? “O ye of little faith!”

“Then Jesus answered and said, ‘O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you?’” – Matthew 17:17 (KJV)

In our Sunday Leadership class, we learned that:

There are three reasons why we aren’t being delivered:

  • Lack of faith   2)   Lack of prayer   3)   Lack of fasting

2 Timothy 1:7 confirms that God has given us the spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. Combine these attributes with faith – prayer – and fasting. Believe that all things are possible with God. Believe that it’s getting ready to happen. Witness the miraculous results.

Followers of Christ, now is the time, tap into the spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline that the Lord has given you. Use it for Solomon Temple’s Mission:

Word – Worship – Witness – Winning souls to Christ.

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“Are You All In?”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Are You All In?”

Are you all in? Locked in? Do I have your full attention? Being a member of any team requires participation – motivation – dedication – concentration. It requires you to be in sync with all members of the team – be on the same page – have the same goal – the same mind-set.

Pastor Brice, being led by the Holy Spirit, has called on us, Solomon Temple, to join in a “Fast and pray”. We will focus totally on God – we will separate ourselves from everything except God. “Fast and pray” 7 hours a day for 7 days. You can pick the 7 hours. Our shepherd knows that if he picked the hours there would be some resistance: “I can’t!” “I have commitments!”  Therefore, to eliminate excuses, he has asked us to pick the hours. Will you be ready?

“If you want to be victorious, put faith on it. Faith puts a smile on God’s face.”– Pastor Victor S. Brice

Without hesitation we will step out on faith. We will seek Him first. Keeping God in it is the only way to win it! Keep your mind stayed on Jesus. He is the Fast in your “Fast and pray”. He is the Head of your life – He is Head of your team.

Quit trying to do things on your own. You are not alone – stop acting like it! You’ve heard from your shepherd, your coach. You have your instructions. Your next order of business is to go directly to the Head of the team. Go directly to God!

“A coach will represent the team by setting the tone for the team.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

You already know that our shepherd, coach, man of God has already prayed on it. Our coach will lead the team, God will see us through to the win. Put your whole heart into it. Trust and believe with your whole heart.

“I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.” – Joshua 14:8 (NIV)

Start now, go into prayer now because the “Fast and pray” is coming. God is Power – Cohesiveness – Winning – God is Fast!  Be all in! Fast and pray! It’s already done!

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