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Cafe Sozo Receives The Versatile Blogger Award!!! January, 2012

Please know this is all said  with GREAT humilty!   Cafe Sozo Faith Center is please to announce that we are the recipient if the Versatile Blogger’s Award!  And we received it from people that we do not know…in the natural.   But…God makes the connections; none of us can ever do what He does! 

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.  Phillipians 4: 4

At first we were in shock about it…but we woke up! 

First of all, we give a hearty THANK YOU to those faithful and talented administrators who Blog over at the Pure

Glory Blog!

They nominated us…wowee!  I mean this!   Hazel Straub and Apostle Gabriel Cross work in the vineyards for the lost and for those in God’s army.  There job is too keep us all supplied; a daunting task!      Their writings are so powerful.  In the early morning hours God in His great Wisdom and Majesty has led me to read their prophetic and on time messages!   I know that the ministry of Apostle Cross is in Alaska.  I got a chuckle out of it because all of my Blogger friends have been in faraway places like:   Sharon in Australia, Yeap Chee Seng in

Singapore, Bisi in London, Gladwell was in Poland at one point and there were more; but they all stopped (with the exception of Bisi who still continues on and actually does a lot of kingdom work; incuding another Blog and an Onlune Radio station with the most beautiful Christian music ever!)   and moved on. 

It is so nice to get recognition; though truth be told none of us do this work for that reward for great is our reward in heaven, and yet it is nice to get earthly awards.  Few understand that Blogger’s generally work long and hard.  We’ve got to study, set up, organize, write, pray and often start over again!   So it is nice to be recognized!   THANKS!!!!

THE RULES TO FOLLOW FOR THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:

1. Add a picture of the award to your blog post.

2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other Bloggers and inform those 15 they have been nominated.

HERE ARE SEVEN SERIOUS  RANDOM FACTS ABOUT CAFE SOZO; FAITH CENTER:

 

1.  Cafe Sozo has 8 different Blogs; but Faith Center is the largest one!  Cafe Sozo was born out of two prior Blogs that were not receiving traffic.  When we moved to WordPress our traffic quadrupled times two.   (smiles)    During this jouney, we’ve been strengthened and we’ve been rekindled!   We are open to moving closer and to God at all times and to receive the manna that He has for us to sustain us and strengthen us as we joyfully carry out His work with willing hearts! 


2.  Cafe Sozo is about to celebrate 5 years of writing and ministry on the Internet.  Those first few years were mostly 12 to 14 hours of Blogging and tech support stuff.   The Holy Spirit is truly the best teacher.  I can’t say that I was as on fire as I am now; I was more compelled; I thought I was more radical…but I am now!

3.  Cafe Sozo has over 700,000 hits just to the Faith Center Blog alone; all eight Blogs have received over 2 million hits! 


4.  Only one person runs Cafe Sozo, Faith Center…that is God.  I am His humble trustworthy assistant.  It’s the best work I’ve ever had.    I was a little girl in a family that did not attend church.  At the Lutheran Church; I heard from God at the age of 10.  I now am non denominational.  

  ” For in like manner, because the body is one and there are many members in it, while all of them are many members, they are one body; thus also is The Messiah.” 

     1 Corinthians 12: 12

God has sent a host of people to write for Cafe Sozo; but there are only two writers who contribute to Faith Center regularly and they are Elaine Davenport, a prayer Intercessor who lives in  the Midwest  and Gene McGuire,  a man of God who has a huge international network who lives in the D.C. area.  .  They met when Elaine sought to be put on Gene’s mailing list a list he has maintained over Twenty-Five years!  (Gene’s niece  is a neighbor of Elaine and her husband. )  Please note that Gene writes at  WISDOM OF GOD

5.  Cafe Sozo prays for every reader, person who visits, persons who comments and all of their Internet Divine Connections on a daily basis.   What we pray for ourselves…we also pray for you!  We also pray for every current, past and future  Bloggers because we have seen many come and go.   We pray for people everywhere most especially those on the Internet given the challenges that they face!   We take authority over strongholds that would prevent any of them from experiencing victory in their lives.

6.  We have always reached out to others…this online ministry was born from a personal ministry to 3 young women with cancer.  We expanded to sending letters to people’s houses and to distributing letters to those that wanted them.   We did this on a monthly basis for three years until we were led to come Online and minister to the world.   We have adopted a ministry in India; and our Prayer Team holds and annual fundraiser where we sponsor needy ministries.     We hope to expand our efforts.

7.  We are on fire for God!   We admit that we have been unable to answer all of our prayer requests on an individual basis!  We view all of our readers with bowels of mercy and hearts of compassion.  You have strengthened us dear readers and we thank God for you!  We have veyr big dreams and plans for the future and we want you to be a part of it!

I admit; that I did not even know 15 Bloggers who have stuck around. (smiles)    The fact is that most Faith Bloggers do not do so!   I had to pray and trust God to show me who  purely have a heart for Him.  These people are presented with the Highest Recommendation!   Bisi  Oladipupo who lives in the UK and I have Blogged together for a few years and I count her as an honorable friend as well as  Gene McGuire who has so often supplied an overflow of God’s FRESH ammunition at a time of need …and there are many that I do not know personally only by the spirit but their faithfulness, sincerity, anointing and purity of heart as well as obedience deserve recognition!   THANK YOU ALL!!! 

As a bonus here are 7 Brief  things I should have included above; but I’m a Blogger and we throw in extra words   (that have meaning…)  :

1. I’ve had over 100 jobs; this is my fave!

2. I’m in leadership over 40 Prayer Warriors…who taught me how to pray.

3.  Gave up meat, cake, pie, cookies etc for Lent last year…but continued on…I’m still alive!

4.  God healed my feet last yeat…nothing hurts worse than when your feet hurt; if so…I don’t want to know.

5.  Our kids won’t leave…

6.  Prayer changes everything…

7. Jesus wants to meet with you.

   I heartily to encourage you to visit  all of the sites…it will Bless you!  Here are the nominations for the Versatile Blog in no particular order:

1.   Gene McGuireWisdom Of God

2.  Bisi Oladipupo, Inspired Word’s Weblog

3.  Daniel Lyons  Soul Blind Ministries

4.  Admin., Bound 4 Grace

5.  Vernon Weiss, 5  G’s And A Cup Of Joe

6.   Prayson Daniel, With All I Am 

7.  Administrators, Mcrtbcrew

8.  Dillon Burroughs, Activist Faith

9.   John Acuff, Stuff Christians Like

10.  David Qaoud, Stuff That’s Relevant

11.  Kelly, A Disciple’s Steps

12.  Dawn, The Gentle Art Of Learning

13.  Admin., A Day In The Life Of A Woman After God’s Heart

14.  Karen Twombly, Peaceful Gatherings

15. Demetria Matthews, Being A Better U

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God Is Not Your Problem! by E. Davenport January, 2012

In the Book Of Ruth which I rarely go without reading it…Naomi and her husband and two sons came to live in a foreign land.  And I know that they were well off…when they left and I;ll explain later.

Naomi’s husband Elimilech died and she was left with only her two sons who soon married two women of the country of Moab.   After ten years, Naomi’s two sons both died.  Now, that must have been so painful for Naomi.   She had heard that God was Blessing the people in Bethlehen, so she decided to move back because Moab had a famine…and she had no huband nor sons.

Naomi headed back to Bethlehem with her 2 daughter’s in law and then something made her stop.  Her thoughts.  She decided to tell them both to go back to their land and to their people.  She felt they still had an opportunity to get a husband, but she felt that all was basically lost for herself.  Orpah one of her daughters in law decided to turn back after a good cry.     Ruth however, would not leave her.  She loved her too much and would not abandon Naomi.

When Naomi  returned, it says that the people were gathering to meet her.  But her response was :

20And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

 21I went out full and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?   Ruth 1

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But Naomi, if you read the story was a very wise woman and she guided her daughter in law and it became well for both of them.  Ruth and Naomi gleaned from the fields of a Rich relative of Naomi’s husband and ultimately he bought the land of Elimilech and according to custom, married Ruth the Moabites woman and made her his wife.

As you read the story, things are steadily happening for Ruth and Naomi in their favor.  I saw a continuing increase in Naomi’s faith.  In the end, she heard this from  her neighbors:

14And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

15And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

16And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

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And it was all true.  Naomi realized that God was not her problem.  Her problem was faith and trust.  God does not take away husband’s or sons….He is in the Blessing business and in the business of restoration.  It gave me great joy and inspiration to hear this story og unconditional love!

GOD IS NOR HAS EVER BEEN YOUR PROBLEM!   HE IS HOWEVER, YOUR SOLUTION AND IF YOU WILL LET HIM HE WILL GUIDE YOU OUT OF THAT PLACE OR SITUATION THAT YOU WANT TO BE GONE FROM!!!

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The One Message We Do Not Want To Give! by E. Davenport January 31, 2012

With all the praying I do, with all the preaching I hear, with all of the good works, with all of the faith…1 Corinthians has bitten me far too often!

 

Father God, I repent…for today in the most stressful circumstances…I failed You.  No, I didn’t blow up, I didn’t act badly, I thought badly in my heart.  No, it was not about hurting anyone; yet when I thought less of people who had a chip on their shoulder’s or people who were under stress or people who do no0t understand You…ir judged them…I failed.  Give me another opportunity to make it right.  I put my whole trust in You in the Authority and Love and image of Jesus Christ my Savior.  Amen

 

I am admitting it.  Here it is:

 

1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

We cannot ever afford to miss an opportunity to love…or show compassion…lest we hinder people and leave them blind.  Next time, I will not miss it! 

 

You see…the world expects the Christians to miss it.  They see us as hypocrites!   We talk the talk but too often we don’t walk the walk!  One of the thing that hurts us as a group is that there are a lot of “nice and good people who DO NOT go to church and there are a lot of not so nice and “sometimes” bad people who DO GO to church.  So this challenge has t be included in our prayers!  Please…

 

My dear friend Valerie Hutchinson has a ministry focused on Love and she teaches it to the Body of Believers!   That’s an on time message!

The one message that we do not want to give is that our love IS NOT unconditional!

 

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Be Mentally Tough! by Gene McGuire January 31, 2012

“……forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13b,14)
COMMENT: To many of you, the name Warren Spahn will not ring a bell in your head. However, avid baseball fans or some “seasoned citizens” would readily recognize that name. Warren debuted in the big leagues in 1942 and ended his career in 1965. He won a total of 363 games while losing only 245, winning 11 seasons of twenty victories or more. I understand that this gentleman had a great attitude regarding his profession. He said that he started each game with the determination that he was going to pitch a no-hitter. If a batter got a hit off of him, he would concentrate on pitching a one-hitter.. . . . .and so on and so forth. Maybe we could use Mr. Spahn’s mental outlook in our daily lives. Have you ever started the day off with the firm desire to follow the Lord closely and then, lo and behold, you blundered and then your entire attitude goes downhill and you fall into a state of despair? Instead, why not “Spahnize” your mind set, repent, confess you sin and go on and live the rest of your day with the same vigor and enthusiasm you started.  
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Psalm 32:5 and Romans 6:4
WISE SAYING:IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, TRY, TRY AGAIN!
POST SCRIPT 1: Today’s Thought was spawned from a 30 second radio message by Lon Solomon, Pastor of McLean Bible Church in Virginia. Pastor Solomon regularly leaves these excellent messages on a secular radio station in Northern Virginia
 POST SCRIPT 2: I must confess that I pilfered the ending of my Thought for Today from Pastor Solomon. He ends his radio messages with this: NOT A SERMON, JUST A THOUGHT. I just switched it around.
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THE QUESTION IS: WILL YOU BE READY? by Gene McGuire January 29, 2012

“But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Peace, Joy, Patience . . . ” (Galatians 5:22)

 
COMMENT: As I have mentioned in previous messages, I attend Gold’s Gym on a somewhat regular basis. Now my biceps, triceps and deltoid muscles are in fairly good shape, but there is one set of muscles that are out of control. . . .those pesky abdominals! It is not just the fact that, being a male, I don’t want to walk around looking like I am 6 months pregnant, but that excess fat in the stomach area can lead to health problems for us men. Therefore, I have been diligently exercising my ABS. The progress is slow and each time I look into a full length mirror sideways, I don’t see a whole lot of progress but I’m “keeping the faith”. That is the same determination we must have as we go through the process of being molded into the image of Jesus. Our culture has gotten us use to “instant gratification”. Microwave ovens can produce our dinners within minutes. ATM machines belch out cash at our command and we enjoy “instant messaging” on our computers. There are times when it seems as if our spiritual growth is at a standstill or, even worst, going backwards. We need to remind ourselves that God is continually working in us to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Phil. 2:13) Keep your faith; your transformation is a lifetime process. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day!
SCRIPTURE STUDY: 2 Cor. 3:18 and Phil. 2:12
WISE SONG LYRICS: “HE’S STILL WORKING ON ME, TO MAKE ME WHAT I OUGHT TO BE. IT TOOK HIM JUST A WEEK TO MAKE THE EARTH AND STARS, THE SUN AND MOON AND JUPITER AND MARS. OH HOW PATIENT HE MUST BE, HE’S STILL WORKING ON ME.”    
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The Devil Says: “Give Up!” by Gene McGuire January 28, 2012

  “. . . .the proving of your faith works [employs] patience…” (James 1:3 The Interlinear Hebrew, Greek, English Bible)
 
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COMMENT: When we are believing God for any of His promises, it would be to our advantage to employ the twin spiritual  forces that will insure victory: faith and patience. Without patience, people have a tendency to give up right when they are on the brink of victory. It is true in the natural as well as the spiritual. During America’s “gold rush”, I heard about a prospector who had labored long and hard to find that precious metal; he finally gave up and sold his stake. It wasn’t but a few days later when the new owner struck it rich. Spiritually speaking, the devil comes to tell us that “nothing’s happening”; he wants us to give up. When you plant a flower seed, you don’t see any activity above ground for a long time, but there is plenty of activity going on below the surface. If you continue to water it and give it sunshine, you’ll soon see the glorious promise blossomed forth. God’s law of seed, time and harvest never fails. 
 
SCRIPTURE STUDY:Genesis 8:22, Hebrews 11:1 and James 1:4
 
WISE SAYING: THERE’S NO “IF” REGARDING GOD’S PROMISES . . . THERE’S ONLY “WHEN”!
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Martin Luther King January 16, 2012

The most important thing to remember about Martin Luther King…is that he was a man of God!   Only someone who was backed by God and obedient to God could have been so successful in achieving a victory such as this!

The one thing that no article on Martin Luther King can really tell you is how it felt to be a citizen of the United States that was oppressed in the South.  Not even I, could tell you that.  In fact,  people who lived during that era *the 1960’s) still carry the scars of racism and have struggled to overcome them.     Please note some sections have been edited.

Martin Luther King Jr.: 8 peaceful protests that bolstered

civil rights

From 1955 until his death in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was the dominant leader of the US civil rights movement.  The Rev. Dr. King believed that nonviolent protest is the most effective weapon against a racist and unjust society. But it required rallying people to his cause. Here are some of the most revolutionary peaceful protests King led.

Andrew Mach, Contributor

A driver in an empty bus moves through downtown Montgomery, Ala., on April 26, 1956. African-Americans in the city continued to boycott the buses even after the bus company ordered an end to its segregation policy. City police, however, threatened arrest if black passengers sat in seats formerly reserved for whites. The ‘Ease that Squeeze’ sign refers to traffic problems, not seating on the bus. (AP/File)

1. Montgomery bus boycott, 1955-56

Lasting just over a year, the Montgomery bus boycott was a protest campaign against racial segregation on the public transit system in Montgomery, Ala. The protest began, on Dec. 1, 1955, after African-American Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. The next day, Dr. King proposed a citywide boycott of public transportation at a church meeting.

The boycott proved to be effective, causing the transit system to run a huge deficit. After all, Montgomery’s black residents not only were the principal boycotters, but also the bulk of the transit system’s paying customers. The situation became so tense that members of the White Citizens’ Council, a group that opposed racial integration, firebombed King’s house.

In June 1956, a federal court found that the laws in Alabama and Montgomery requiring segregated buses were unconstitutional. However, an appeal kept segregation intact until Dec. 20, 1956, when the US Supreme Court upheld the district court’s ruling. The boycott’s official end signaled one of the civil rights movement’s first victories and made King one of its central figures.

 

This is an excerpt from The Christian Science Monitor