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Holman Christian Standard Study Bible for Women

October 5, 2015
I was online looking for a Bible to buy when I came across the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible for Women. The website allows bloggers to get a free copy of the book in exchange for a book review. Here are my thoughts:
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is one of the most literal interpretations of the Bible that I have ever encountered. It reads in a language similar to the New International Version of the Bible. For instance, one of my favorite verses of the Bible, Psalm 91, in the King James Version would read,” He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” In the HCSB the same verse reads, “The one who lives under the protection of the ‘Most High dwells in the shadow of the’ Almighty.” Most serious students of the Bible have more than one copy, and would rely on the Bible concordance and the Amplified Bible for a more literal interpretation. While this Bible doesn’t come with the Amplified Bible, it does come with a concordance in the back that allows for moving between the Bible pages with ease. However, for new students to God’s Word, people like myself, who are not quite as concerned with the exact wordage, this Bible works.  This is probably one of the easiest interpretations of the Bible that I have encountered, and even though it doesn’t have the exact wordage of the King James Version, this Bible stays close enough to the text for a close interpretation. 
Upon opening this Bible, one is struck by the details and thought that went into the making of this Bible. Included in the opening pages of the Bible is a Bible presented to page, the Ketubah, a page dedicated to writing down marriage details, and pages dedicated to family milestones and a list of women to include as spiritual mothers. In other words, this is a Bible made to preserve and keep for decades to come, and that’s just the beginning. The actual study Bible includes articles on women of the Bible. Each article includes the woman character’s background, her story, and life lessons.  The character sketches include just enough information to remember key points about the numerous women mentioned here, but to the point that allows for easy memorization. The Bible also includes maps, footnotes on specific passages, and articles on biblical womanhood, which goes further than the life lessons of the character sketches, and modernizes the lessons that might ask questions of the reader such as did God establish different roles for men and women? The articles rely on Scripture and wisdom for the answers.  Instead of answering the question with another question, the articles take a bold stance on the issues, drawing conclusions that are based on a God-given role as a woman. I found the articles to be helpful in relating the material of the article to my current role as a Christian woman.
The footnotes go in-depth and include the history of the passage and notes that one would be hard-pressed to find in a standard Bible. Though the print is small, certain words are highlighted to draw attention to the Biblical Womanhood articles. The Bible also comes with silver tabs that makes moving between chapters of the Bible with ease. I think if one can look past the tiny print of the footnotes, which allows for closer study, I think one can discover themselves spending hours upon hours in this Bible, reading the character sketches, and the articles, and finding themselves at ease with the text.  This Bible is written for the woman that wants to know about her place in God’s kingdom as a Christian woman with a little guidance. The tools included here for study will give the woman studying this Bible the confidence to go further in her exploration of the Bible, and the confidence to master the key to understanding God’s Word.  I would recommend this book for studying, reading and exploring.
Piper M. Davenport
Guest Blogger

I Want To Be Beautiful Fruit. By Elaine Davenport March , 2014

March 2, 2014

As we are about to enter into a time period where we “re-live”    the death, burial and Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…I want to move away from “religious” traditions.  Even without a name,  the 47 days before Easter Sunday are a time for self reflection, prayer, repentance, fasting, reliving the final days of Jesus and moving closer to God.

So, my plan is to clean myself up, to let God peel away all of my coverings so that He can get to the fruit; which is going to be the “me” at my best with my renewed mind.

I love the Book of Joshua…most especially Chapter One where God seems to be encouraging Joshua.  He seems to be saying:  “Don’t sweat it!  I will back you.  I will establish you.”    And then guess what?  He does just that!    (Read JoshuaAAABUNCHBANANAS Chapters 1-6)

Joshua 1

God’s Commission to Joshua

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

So is this my hope?  Well, yes…but that’s not all.  I’m here for a purpose…and I want to be the best fruit that I can be because there is work to be done, assignments to be completed, souls to be won, prayers to be prayed…and lots that I don’t know.

So…I am about to embark on a journey and it starts on Ash Wednesday…I’m not Catholic and I do not have any plans to be…we celebrated Lent in the Lutheran church…but I’m not there anymore…and have no plans for that…but my plans are to take a “non-religious” journey with Jesus and to come out unpeeled.

Stubborn Faith! by Elaine Davenport February, 2014

February 28, 2014

AGODSWAY11“Stubborn Faith” is a strange expression.

I’m going to think outside the box on this.

You know faith is based on our confidence in a God who can deliver, heal and do a plethora of things.  The main thing is that He is a God who loves.  To prove His love, He has designed a specific plan that is custom made at any given time for each of us.  Please understand that there really are people who pray  and take time to listen as God speaks back to their hearts and gives them the plan of action.  There are lots of other people who read the bible and let God lead them in their heart…maybe they do not hear a voice or maybe they do and they don’t know it’s God…but somehow they just get a determination that things must be done a certain way.

This post is meant to encourage you.  If God has put something on your heart…then do not be stubborn by putting it off or doing something else.  If God has spoken to you about implementing a plan of action for something you know you are supposed to do…do not drag your feet…do not talk yourself out of it…don’t do things your way.  Do them God’s way for guaranteed success!!!

Welcome 2014! Happy New Year’s From Cafe Sozo!

January 1, 2014

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.(NLT)



December 25, 2013


New King James Version (NKJV)

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Who Would Imagine A King?

December 6, 2013


I love the song:  “Who Would Imagine A King?”   Most especially the version sung by the Late Whitney Houston.  It has brought tears to my eyes so many times over the years…imagine…how much God loves us to create and implement our eternal salvation…just imagine…as you read these lyrics…would you in your wildest dreams have imagined such?  Well it’s real and Jesus said: “Blessed are those who believe and have not seen.” 

If that’s you….you are Blessed…

Who Would Imagine A King

Mommies and daddies always believe
That their little angels are special indeed
And you could grow up to be anything
But who would imagine a king?

A shepherd or teacher is what you could be
Or maybe a fisherman out on the sea
Or maybe a carpenter building things
But who would imagine a king?

It was so clear when the wise men arrived
And the angels were singing your name
That the world would be different ’cause you were alive
That’s why heaven stood still to proclaim

One day an angel said quietly
That soon he would bring something special to me
And of all of the wonderful gifts he could bring

Who would imagine?
Who could imagine?
Who would imagine a king?

Mmm hmm

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Cafe Sozo!

Offense: Another Aids Virus! by Elaine Davenport November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013

Offense is the opposite of 1 Corinthians 13,  aka … The Love Chapter. (Serious dude.)  Read it and tell me if you see it.

We used to play a game in gym at school.  It was called Dodge Ball.    The  object  of  the  game was

don’t get hit by the ball.    There are two teams and one ball.  They take turns throwing at the other team trying to hit them.  When you get hit by the ball; you are  out of the game!   Last one in…wins. Even though you can see the ball, there is no way that you can know that it will be thrown at you.  You have to stay alert and be agile.  Sounds easy but it was hard.  That is how offense is. It is like something that is thrown at you and  you usually  don’t see it coming.   BAMM!!!  The Bible equates it with strife…and it puts us in a position of hatred if we succumb to it!   Wow!!!

Offense in too  many cases can be the elephant in the room: in churches, in families, in workplaces…

as long as the church struggles with this; the world will “stay away.” It’s a turnoff.

OFFENSE IS A WORK OF THE FLESH AND SOME OF THE MIGHTIEST PEOPLE HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO IT; truth be told wars have started because of it.  Here are some examples  of things that can cause offense:

1. YOU SAID SOMETHING I DIDN’T LIKE. (harsh,judgment,opposite opinion)

2. YOU SAID SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW.(and didn’t like)   It made me feel: uncomfortable, threatened, pushed etc.)

3.  I DIDN’T LIKE YOUR TONE(bossy,  demanding, controlling, prideful, aggressive  etc.)WHEN YOU SPOKE TOME OR SOMEONE ELSE!

4. I DID NOT UNDERSTAND YOU, BUT I THINK I DON’T WANT TO  BECAUSE…(see  one of the other reasons)

5.  YOU IGNORED  ME. (talked over,  interrupted, walked past without speaking etc.)






11. YOU PUSHED  ME AWAY; YOUR FAULT.  (ignores the fact that I  let you;  so  I give myself permission to ignore you.)

If we find ourselves tangled in the deceptive WEB of offense we have to ask:DID I ENGAGE IN  LONGSUFFERING, KINDNESS, VANITY  OR PRIDE?

ImagePsalm 119: 165  Those who love your law have great peace. Nothing causes them to stumble [or be offended].

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all wrongs.

Proverbs 15:18
A wrathful man stirs up contention, But one who is slow to anger appeases strife.

Proverbs 16:28
A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 29:22
An angry man stirs up strife, And a wrathful man abounds in sin.

Proverbs 28:25
One who is greedy stirs up strife; But one who trusts in The LORD will prosper.

Proverbs 17:1
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.

Proverbs 17:9
He who covers an offense promotes love; But he who repeats a matter separates best friends.

Proverbs 17:19
He who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.

Proverbs 17:14
The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, Therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.



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