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Happy Memorial Day from Cafe Sozo! May, 2012

On rhe last day of May in the United States of America we celebrate Memorial Day.  It is a day that we celebrate our soldiers past and present.  It is  now officially observed on the last Monday in May.  At our church they ask anyone who is a Veteran to stand and every claps.  It is a warm robust moment.  It’s also a little teary eyed for many of us who have lost loved ones or whose heart strings are tugged just thinking about the love, faithfulness and sacrices of those who served our country and the depths of that service.

 

I am a patriot.  I love my country, but more than that I am proud of those who have and do love our country so much so that they would serve in any capacity in our Armed Forces!  It sure makes me thankful and grateful for their service.

 

I found the Following article .Image…it’s great….

 

Soldier of God

G.I.
God Incarnate
Saviour of the world

 


I am a soldier in the army of my God. The Lord Jesus Christ is my Commanding Officer. The Holy Scripture is my code of conduct. Faith, prayer and the Word are my weapons of warfare. I have been taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by experience, tried by adversity and tested by fire.

I am a volunteer in this army, and I am enlisted for eternity. I will not get out, sell out, be talked out or pushed out. I am faithful, reliable, capable and dependable. If my God needs me, I am there. I am a soldier. I am not a baby. I do not need to be pampered, petted, primed up, pumped up, picked up, or pepped up. I am a soldier. No one has to call me, remind me, write me, visit me, entice me or lure me. I am a soldier. I am not a wimp. I am in place, saluting my King, obeying His orders, praising His name and building His kingdom! No one has to send me flowers, gifts, food, cards or candy, or give me handouts. I do not need to be cuddled, cradled, cared for or catered to. I am committed. I cannot have my feelings hurt bad enough to turn me around. I cannot be discouraged enough to turn me aside. I cannot lose enough to cause me to quit.

When Jesus called me into this army, I had nothing. If I end up with nothing, I will still come out ahead. I will win. My God has and will continue to supply all of my need. I am more than a conqueror. I will always triumph. I can do all things through Christ. The devil cannot defeat me. People cannot disillusion me. Weather cannot weary me. Sickness cannot stop me. Battles cannot beat me. Money cannot buy me. Governments cannot silence me, and hell cannot handle me. I am a soldier. Even death cannot destroy me. For when my Commander calls me from His battlefield, He will promote me to captain and then allow me to rule with Him. I am a soldier in the army, and I’m marching claming victory. I will not give up. I will not turn around.

I am a soldier, marching heaven-bound. Here I Stand! Will you stand with me?

The army of the Lord is an all volunteer force. No one will be drafted, and those who serve will do so eagerly rather than grudgingly. That army will make up “the body of Christ” (1Corinthians 12:25-27). We are to be “a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3-4). We are to “put on the whole armour of God” (Ephesians 6:10-11).

 

Romans 13:12, “…let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”

Know your enemy: The “wiles of the devil” is our enemy, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:11-12, 2 Corinthians 10:3). People are not your enemy, we are not to fight against one another. The things of the world are our enemy (James 4:4, Romans 12:2, 1 John 2:15, Luke 16:15).

A good soldier knows his weapon. We are to take the “helmet of salvation” and “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). When Jesus said, “…I came not to send peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34), He didn’t mean a literal sword. He came to set men striving for a better world with a soldiers fervor and force of spirit.

Know your weapon: “study to show thyself approved unto God” (2 Timothy 2:15). Know your weapon: we are to “search the scriptures” (Acts 17:11, Luke 16:29, Isaiah 8:20; 34:16), and compare scripture with scripture (Isaiah 28:10) to come to the Truth. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God” (2 Corinthians 10:4). “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him” (Proverbs 30:5, Ephesians 6:16). We are to put on the “breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14), and our “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15).

A good soldier stays in step. We are to walk in the “same steps as Christ” (2 Corinthians 12:18, 1 Peter 2:21). And most important, our secret weapon: we are to be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18), so that you may “open your mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19). “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37). We are “fellowsoldiers” (Philippians 2:25, Philemon 1:2).

 

“A man may have to die for our country, but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God; himself.” C.S. Lewis.


 

 

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THE CASE FOR CAFE SOZO: Cafe Sozo Broadens It’s Mission! May 20, 2012

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Cafe Sozo began five years ago.  There was no budget.  There was only one plan.  That plan was to spread the Gospel.  The web designer who quit on us…said we’d be “lucky” to get 30,000 hits in 3 years.  Our site reached one million and began to decline.  What we’ve found is that we need to invest more in our sites in order to grab market share, draw steady traffic, minister, give feedback and to stay current.  We have seen people come and go and we have never quit.

Now, we find ourselves at an impasse…fighting stagnancy or making a choice to embrace growth!   WE HAVE DECIDED TO EMBRACE GROWTH TO FULFILL OUR VISION.

We need your support!

Please know that there must be a spiritual Christian presence on the Internet.  Certainly the Love of God, the mercy, the Wisdom, the grace and the peace is present. However, the dark side of things, the evil side of things, the deceptive, and confusing is also present as well as distractions.  So, though there aren’t many studies to give one statistics on the numbers of Faith Bloggers who have quit, changed their course or been distracted or disrupted through no fault of their own; I have seen it!  There are no statistics to tell you how many abandoned blogs there are on the Internet…thousands.

So we have persevered and now

It’s been over 6 years, since we opened up this website!   A lot has happened and a lot has changed.  We took the words of Jesus quite seriously…

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1And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Matthew 28

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Since we had no resources, we took to the Internet.  There is a long story that I have about a well meaning web designer who bowed out at the last minute.  Then, the Holy Spirit literally led me to a Blog and of course, the rest is proof of what God can do.  Not any of us.

Our original plan was to put up a website so that we could spread the Gospel and to raise funds to aid Christian writers (whom we have seen greatly struggle to fund their own books.)  The truth be told I would love to see MORE successful writers begin to fund the less fortunate.  On this journey, we discovered ministers, evangelists, ministries, prophets, teachers, intercessors;  with many struggling to fulfill their hearts desire to go into all of the world to preach, teach and baptize in the Nam of Jesus.

We still believe in that mission, but we have discovered on this journey a greater mission.  That mission is in meeting the needs of the readers who visit this site.  That is a fact.  People write for prayers, but we haven’t the staffing to answer them all.  The sites are not technically updated.  For ewexample we have not been able to upload mp3’s on all of our sites because it is not free.  In fact, the appearance of the site we would like to change, but the cost is TIMES EIGHT because we have 8 sites and we are working on doing that.  We would like to put the sites under an easier domain name and roll all eight sites into one; but right now we are working this out…slowly.

We ask for your support prayerfully, financially and by coming by to give us feedback.  We reached a pinnacle of over two million readership; which is tapering off because we have not offered the technological tweaks that fules activity at the sites.

So, in the grand  plan…we see ourselves moving towards increasing our readership and meeting all of our objectives.  We plan to add a PAY PAL Donation button and to begin a fundraising campaign for site maintenance and expansion.

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In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  Please Consider Donation …our Donation button s on the right.   Thank you.

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Fire, Fervor and Faith! by Elaine Davenport May 19, 2012

But if I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!ut if I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!  Jeremiah 20: 9

For many years, many of my friends seemed to have a fervor that I lacked!   Oh, I loved the Lord and I loved (and still do) church; but I lacked a certain fervor.  I knew them well enough to know that they were not faking, it was not for show, it wasn’t any think that they personally orchestrated.  They had it; I didn’t.

I wrote for God, I served with a passion, but my fire was seldom seen.  It usually was when I faced a challenge that no one knew about except me.  And it often came at the back end of a self invoked pity party.  I was immature spiritually , I wished at the time that I could do better and other times, I just did not realize it.

One day while in prayer I was inspired to start a Prayer Library.  So, I did.  At first, it wasn’t that easy.  I handled it incorrectly instead of trusting God.  Finally, I did and  with little out of pocket expenses ( i.e.; gas money) , the books began to pour in.  In fact, I got a call today.

More prayer days later and I really got inspired!  I was inspired to read some of the books that had been sent.  They are too many to name, but I am still amazed at the plethora of faithful servants who write for God and many I had never heardof. 

As I began to read the books, I soon realized that their was fire in those books and it began to get in me!   I changed.

All of a sudden I was filled with fire, fervor and faith!    It is a super sized combo meal and I love it! 

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The Truth About Prayer by E. Davenport May 19, 2012

 

“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.” ~ John Bunyan

 

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-prayer-20-important-scripture-quotes-2/#ixzz1vNHyQ2QN

Some years ago, I found out that I had cancer.  I was devastated.  I thank God that my doctor had no bedside manners.  I had no problems leaving him behind.  Now, I do believe in doctors; however I have no problem getting a third opinion.  God has the first as far as I’m concerned.  And I “lightly” regard all after that.

Well, I heard this friend on email say that she could send the light to people and they were healed.  I should have played twenty questions with her to find out what she meant.  I thought it was a life raft and I was up for that.  Well, unfortunately, she got busy and never sent it.  Based on further inquiries; I am doubtful that it would have helped me.  So, I turned to the true source of life…God…Jesus…The Holy Spirit

After the above mentioned experience; I decided I would pray for myself and move closer to God.  In my heart deep down, I knew that I would find the answer there.

You see, the truth about prayer is that it works.  As I have told people over the years…God doesn’t come down and say:  “See, I did it!  I answered your prayers!”  And because of that people easily take Him for granted which is a huge mistake.  That’s walking on a mountain covered with ice with gym shoes.  Think I’ll pass on that approach. 

In developing a prayer life, I became excited to talk and listen as God spoke back into my heart.

The truth about prayer is that it is the one way to bring God on the scene, while speaking to Him and listening to what He has to say.

It’s fun, it is easy, it is serious.   God is so talkative sometimes…I’m amazed!

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY FROM CAFE SOZO May 13, 2012

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If you follow my teachings and keep them in mind, you will live. Be wise and learn good sense; remember my teachings and do what I say. If you love Wisdom and don’t reject her, she will watch over you. The best thing about Wisdom is Wisdom herself; good sense is more important than anything else.

“If you value Wisdom and hold tightly to her, great honors will be yours. It will be like wearing a glorious crown of beautiful flowers.” (Proverbs 4:4-9, CEV)

I cannot say that it was hard being a mother; but I can say that it has been a faith walk.  Early on, I had to trust God and He has never failed any of us.  He gave us His love and it was the foundation of our faith producing many miracles.

OH WHAT JOY!   I’D DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN IF IT WERE POSSIBLE!

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Failing Jesus May 5, 2012

Missing church….judging people…getting offended…being selfish….yelling…being impatient…prideful…snobbish…overeating…procrastinating…( I never saw Jesus procrastinating…having it my way…stubbornness…missed opportunities to Bless others and to give offerrings….be more thoughtful…cheer up others…get over stuff from the past…little things…taking more time to pray…vanity…ugh…self-pity..no room…

And yet…YOU trust me God.  You love me that much.   (My hands spread out wide)

The other night driving in a storm, vision goes out…I said a prayer…only YOU could save me…YOU did…but, for a fraction of a second…I forgot.

I repent. 

I know how Peter must have felt.  No, I don’t….but I can  imagine.  Jesus have felt.  He loved Jesus so much.   However, Jesus knew what the road ahead would hold.  He warned Peter, that he had prayed for Peter.  He explained that satan desired to sift Peter like wheat.  He even told Peter that in the future to be coming, Peter would betray jim three times.  Peter absolutely did not believe that.  For to him…the very thought of failing Jesus was not an option.   But, remember that Jesus had prayed that in the end…Peter would be strengthened. 

No, I do not have proof that Jesus prayed that.  But…he must have because that is exactly what happened.

Let’s look at the betrayal:

Peter’s First Denial

15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.

He replied, “I am not.”

18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.

20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”

22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.

23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter’s Second and Third Denials

25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “I am not.”

26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

Jesus Before Pilate

28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. 32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.

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JESUS I WILL NOT FAIL YOU>>>I COMMIT TO YOU!   LOVE ELAINE