“Are You Incognito?”

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

 

“Are You Incognito?”

Pastor Brice is taking us through a series of teachings on prayer and witnessing – bringing others to Christ. He recently preached: “Christian Camaraderie – How We Interact With Each Other.” He stressed the point that we have social deeds as well as spiritual deeds or responsibilities that we need to practice. Our social deeds are: 1) Honesty 2) Love 3) Being Humble 4) Diligent 5) Helpful 6) Kind   and 7) Compassionate.   Refer: Romans 12:9-15 for confirmation.

Pastor Brice also gave us a list of spiritual deeds that we should put into practice. We’ll talk about those another time. Right now, with social deeds in mind, we’re going to talk about being incognito. To be incognito is to conceal your identity. Who does that? People with fame (a word I use loosely) athletes – entertainers: music – movies – comedy, etc.

We routinely practice the majority of the 7 social deeds at some point in our daily lives. But, did you know that when you do not speak up – speak out – or share who God Is, you’re being incognito – you’re concealing your identity? Sharing the Good News should be your mantra.

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.’” Mark 16:15 (NIV)

Picture this: You and your daughter are standing in line at the airport and the woman in front of you strikes up a conversation and tells you all about her daughter who is out of control. She’s at her wits end not knowing how to handle the situation. As she is talking you sympathize with her, and maybe even blame the daughter’s actions on her generational mindset. After the woman walks away, your daughter: “Mom who was that? Where do you know her from?” You: “I’ve never met her before today.”

“God don’t need any incognito saints – undercover agents!” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Missed opportunity? Did you just miss the opportunity to share the gospel – to share the Good News? Yes! This was the perfect time to inquire if she knew about the power of prayer – or if she knew the Lord? Most important: “Can I pray for you and your daughter?” and “I know a place where you can go to get healed –a place where you can get the right mindset – a place where you can get in alignment with God!”

Declare It – from the roof-tops, if you must! Shout! The Good News is to be shared boldly! Share – what He has done for you – what He will do for you – and what He is doing for you! Speak up – speak out! Let His Light reveal your true, identity! Don’t be incognito! Witness!

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Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“How Is Your Lifestyle?”

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“How Is Your Lifestyle?”

If you’re asked the question: How is your lifestyle? Would your answer be worth repeating? Can it be written in a book worth reading? Will it reflect the lifestyle of a follower of Christ? During our Tuesday night Bible Study, Pastor Brice made the statement:

“The only Bible some people will read is your lifestyle.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Think about your lifestyle. Is it one where others can see God in you? Is it representative of His Son, Jesus Christ? We must be careful how we carry ourselves. Sometimes the only way to witness to others is by the way we carry ourselves.

“For the word of God is living and active.” Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

Since God’s Word is living and active, we should live and act according to His Word. We’re being watched. We must remember that the way we carry ourselves as Christians, is the way others may perceive God.

Don’t let your guard down during times of trouble. God uses your trouble. He will: direct inspect correct protect and perfect you. – Pastor V.S. Brice

“My troubles turned out all for the best – they forced me to learn from your textbook. Truth from your mouth means more to me than striking it rich in a gold mine.” – Psalm 119:71-72 (MSG)

“Teach through your lifestyle. Make your lifestyle line-up with your verbal teaching.” – Pastor Brice

When your lifestyle line-up with God’s Word you’ll be successful in winning souls to Christ. You’ll be successful in witnessing to others through His Word and through your actions.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Now Is The Time”

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Now Is the Time” 

Pastor Brice has shared his vision of getting 1,000 people saved. He has given us (STMI) the mission of bringing 1,000 people to Christ. Pray and then contact! Pray before you start your mission of expanding the Kingdom of God.

As we’re embarking on our prayer journey of witnessing and bringing others to Christ. Pray for 7 minutes each day during a 7-Day week, asking God to connect you with 7 people so you can share the Good News.

Be consistent in doing this. Once the 7-Day week is up, then pray some more. Start over, keep doing this. After you do this for 3 times (21 days) this will develop into a habit. Once your habit is formed it will lead you to keep on praying.    1 Thessalonians 5:17 (pray without ceasing) –  Luke 18:1 (pray and not give up) – Colossians 4:2 (devote yourselves to prayer)

Pray what’s on your heart. However, I’m posting two examples of witnessing prayers that’ll give you a head start. Both prayers are from our pastor’s shepherd. Pastor Larry S. Brice, Sr.

“Lord, discipline me to shine my light and help lead a lost soul out from the night.” –  Pastor Larry S. Brice, Sr.     Matthew 5:16 & 1 Peter 2:9

“Lord my sincere plea is to win souls for Thee!” – Pastor Larry S. Brice, Sr. Proverbs 11:30

Leading souls to Christ will honor Him. You can do this while shopping: groceries – clothes –furniture. Getting your car washed – waiting at the BART station – walking your dog. Every time there is contact with another person is the perfect time to share your testimony. Share how God is working in your life. Then invite them to visit Solomon Temple.

Don’t forget that the way you carry yourself will also attract others to seek you out wondering why you’re so happy – cool – and calm during world turbulence and stressful situations.

“Actions don’t always speak louder than words – sometimes they speak instead of words.” – Rev. Seymore Brice.

Now is the time to reach out to others and bring them to Christ. Don’t miss your opportunity!

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Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

 

 

“Reach Out!”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Reach Out!”

During our Sunday morning Worship Service, Pastor Brice issued a challenge to everyone:

Pray for 7 days. Pray for 7 minutes each morning. Pray to be a witness to 7 people. Pray for boldness to connect with 7 people so you can share the Good News. Also: Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon you.

“… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)

God has called us to witness to one another, but we must do it by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray! Ask the Lord to guide you – ask the Lord to help you with your witness to others.

“We are all an intricate part of the body of Christ – the church.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Pastor Brice preached from: Romans Chapter 12 – A guideline from the apostle Paul on how to please God. 3 ways to please God. 1) As a believer. 2) As the body of Christ. 3) In your relationship with others. Make sure you have a good relationship with your fellow Christians.

“We all have responsibilities – deeds (social and spiritual) – and actions that need to be practiced.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Our social deeds should include but should not be limited to the following: honesty – love – humbleness – helpfulness – kindness – compassion – and being diligent. Romans 12:9-15

Can your social deeds match your Christian walk?

Search your heart for the answer to this question. You may have work to do in these areas. If so, include them in your prayers. Ask God to grow you in these areas. Pray!

Don’t feel like you must be perfect before reaching out to others. Reach out as you are and let them know that they can: “Come as they are!” No pretense – no dress uniform – no perfect speech – no perfect citizen. Be ready to share God’s Word, your testimony, or a testimony of someone you know that shows how God is working. Your testimony may be the line they need to get connected to God. Start with prayer. Then, reach out and share!

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“Access Denied!”

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Access Denied!”

Being denied access to something can be awkward – humiliating – embarrassing. However, you can correct it or put it to rights. But, what if you’re in line at the gates of Heaven and you hear:  “I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evil-doers!” (Luke 13:27)

“You’ll have a rude awakening too late!” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Now you are frantically trying to remember His Word. Didn’t He say: “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” – John 11:26 (KJV)

Yes, this is true, but He also said: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21 (NIV)

This is key: “but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Have you prayed recently to let His Will be done in your life? Did you know that by His Will you’ll have access to Heaven?

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” – 1 John 5:13 (NIV)

In reality- access into God’s Kingdom will be denied to many because we don’t know how to handle our gift of salvation. We tend to treat our salvation just like any other gift we receive. We’ll say thank you but may or may not use the gift – we may even put it on a shelf and forget about it. Do – not – treat – your – salvation – this – way!

“Jesus come into my heart – I’m a sinner – save me! Salvation is not about a feeling – it’s about a knowing.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Our salvation is a gift from God. Sincerely ask the Lord to come into your hearts – believe with your whole hearts and minds – believe intensely – totally – know Who Jesus is – then act like it!

  • Acknowledge in your heart that Jesus is Lord
  • Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord – Repent of your sins
  • Believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised three days later

Our relationship with God matters and what we do must match what we believe in our hearts. Acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior – confess – repent – believe!    Access granted!

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Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

 

“Get Your Priorities Straight!”

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Get Your Priorities Straight!

“Put the things needed for your growth first.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Commonly the ones close to you have top priority in your life. Family and friends. Employment: you must provide for your family – house: you’ll need a roof over your head –transportation: you’ll need a car to get to work – food: you must have food to sustain you in order to get that job – buy that house – buy that car – entertainment: you can’t have all work and no play.

What place does God have in your priorities?

“But, seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

God should be first and foremost in everything. Everything started with God. All that you are and ever will be comes from God. Also, all that you have and all that you ever will have comes from God. Pastor Brice has been teaching on how to prioritize. Are you ready to prioritize?

“You’ll become a product of what you prioritize. What you put in front of you, you’ll become.”                           – Pastor V.S. Brice

What should I prioritize?

  • Prioritize the Bible, the Word of God. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16 
  • Prioritize prayer. Prayer is a discipline that needs to be learned, practiced and developed. “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” – Luke 11:1 (NIV)
  • Prioritize your community – church of Bible believers. Growth into maturity is through a Jesus centered community. “God ministers to us through us.” – Pastor V.S. Brice
  • Prioritize your mission – your purpose in life. Walk in purpose – peace – and tranquility. “Your mission is to share the goodness of God in your life.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Why should I prioritize? “Prioritization will get you to the right destination.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Pastor Brice is giving us the message he has received from God. It’s up to us to pay attention to the message and act on it. Don’t risk being denied by God.

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Access Granted!”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Access Granted!”

Pastor Brice gave a spiritual analogy during Sunday’s sermon for accessing our private worldly data vs accessing our spiritual data. In this 21st Century we store our private information on computers: bank accounts – creditors – charge accounts – bill paying activity – programs – correspondence, etc. However, we must select a username and a password to access it.

The key: you must remember your username and password in order to retrieve your information.

God treats everyone the same way. Your access to Him is granted by acknowledging that you’re a sinner saved by the Blood of Jesus. Username: Sinner – Password: The Blood of Jesus

“You’ll have access to an awesome experience. Access: the bread of life – living water – hope – life and life more abundantly.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:14 (NIV)

Our very approachable God wants us to have a relationship with Him. Therefore, He has provided easy access to Him. You can approach Him at any time and from anywhere. You don’t have to worry about a computer crashing – no cellphone service – or someone trying to steal your identity. He knows who you are.

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

“God is faithful, loving, merciful. We have a forgiving God – a God of another chance. We’re sitting here because He is a God of another chance.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Access! He is waiting on you to open that closed door of self. Let Him in! Stop fighting! Let the Blood of Jesus wash you clean – give you hope – life, and life abundantly – drink the living water! Secure eternal life! Connect with Jesus!

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Make It Personal”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Make It Personal”

“Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 (NIV)

Pray for each other, commit to intercessory prayer. This is one of God’s commands. When you look back over your life, you’ll realize that you are where you are today because somebody somewhere prayed for you. Praise God! Thank Him for His grace and mercy! Thank God, that somebody prayed for you!

“But your iniquities have separated you from God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2 (NIV)

When is the last time you prayed for yourself?

Time to pay it forward and “make it personal!” Your relationship with God is personal. We have all sinned however, only you and God know exactly what sin you’re guilty of. Go directly to God in prayer. Ask Him to remove that specific sin from your life. It may not happen over-night, but it is something you can pray for consistently, adamantly and fervently.

“To advance to the next level we must get rid of some stuff. Remove the barriers that hamper or hinder your relationship with God.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

What’s hindering your relationship with God?   What has separated you from Him?

“Come clean with your confessions. Check-in with God on a regular basis.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

You will get to know God through His Word. He reveals Himself through His Scriptures. God wants to hear from you. He wants you to grow in your relationship with Him.

Make a serious effort to grow in the Word and you will grow your prayer life. Also make a serious effort to get rid of sin stuff in your life. Grow in Word – grow in prayer – remove sin. Move to the next level. Make it personal!

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

 

“Turn to Your Neighbor”

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Turn to Your Neighbor”

“Turn to your neighbor!” How often do you hear this statement, yet, when you turn to your neighbor you don’t even know their name? Guilty? Yes, I am guilty! I’m open and friendly towards everyone. I see everyone week after week – speak to everyone week after week – yet, I don’t know everyone by name. Shame on me!

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”  – Romans 12:10 (ESV)

One of God’s greatest commandments is that we love one another. However, you can’t really love someone until you get to know them.

This past week I attended a retreat that a team, under the direction of Pastor Brice, organized for our membership. This retreat was so that we could fellowship and get to know each other. Our retreat, in Occidental at the Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds, accomplished its purpose. I can honestly say that I’ve gotten to know more about my neighbors – their names included.

There were a lot of planned activities: Team building – Archery Tag – Redwood Express Zipline – Sky Swing – Kayaking – Naturalist Hike, just to name a few. You could also gather your own team for basketball – volleyball – swimming or go on your own nature hike.

“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” – 1 Corinthians 10:24 (ESV)

At this retreat we were challenged, and we prevailed as we connected with each other while enjoying a fun-filled weekend. Our mission: A time to come together to rest, relax and play together in nature and God’s great creation – was accomplished!

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Communication – Communication – Communication!”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Communication – Communication – Communication!”

When looking to buy a house a realtor will tell you that the most important feature to look for is: “Location – location – location!”

In our relationship with God it is of utmost importance to acknowledge Him – acknowledge His presence through prayer. What is prayer? Communicating with God. Communication – Communication – Communication!

“Am I only a God nearby, and not a God far away?” – Jeremiah 23:23 (NIV)

Reality, we are always in His presence. He is a God that is always near – always close by. Acknowledge Him – talk to Him – pray – overcome your stumbling blocks while building your relationship with Him. Your relationship with God should be built on the solid foundation of prayer. Prayer is vital. Before making your next decision communicate with God.

“Every decision without God you’ll end up on a dead-end street.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

His Word is also vital to your relationship with Him. Get anchored in His Word – grow in His Word. Your relationship with Him will become more intimate and personal. Getting to know Him – believing – confessing – repenting – acknowledging His presence is our salvation. As you grow in His Word – your prayer life will follow.

“I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” – John 17:26 (NIV)

“Decisions determine your destiny. Don’t delay your destiny.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Make the decision to communicate with God – trust – obey – talk to God at every opportunity. Talking to God is life-changing – it will change your perspective – it will change your life. It will change your destiny. Take your relationship with God to the next level through communication!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan