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Love Search! by E. Davenport June 25, 2012

Apprehensive on an airplane flying down to Texas….I sat back in my seat and I heard a whisper:  “I’m holding you in my arms.”  There is no Love greater than this.  The Love of God.  

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Last year people were searching the Internet for the Word “Jesus” and they were landing at this site right here (and likely many others.)   This year the top search Word that we have received is “Love.”  You have to ask yourself why that is.  I know…and I found out the answer in my time of need.

I was ten years, I was twenty, I was thirty-five and so forth.  The older I got, the more I needed to understand if ANYONE could love me unconditionally.  It turns out that that this question which I had never put in words and the “search” for the answer in my life had led me  down some dark trails and ultimately some bright and shining trails.  

I knew that God loves me all my life.  Every single day.  Every problem.   Every trial…He got me out!  I am not making this up.  He started answering my prayers from the moment I sent them up.    I remember all the way back to age five years old.  And He has never failed.

I hear people saying:    “We are all God’s children.”   That’s the devil’s lie and it is ignorance.    We are all God’s creation…but we are not ALL God’s children.   The God that I serve is the only God.  He is a God of Love.  He gave His only son…to die for us that our sins would not be held against us that we might have…our choice…eternal life.

So the next time that you want to do a LOVE SEARCH…stop…what you’re doing and say a prayer…God will here you and you can talk plainly.

 

Write in and let me know how you are doing.  I care. 

 

 

 

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Kenneth Hagin Had It Right! by E. Davenport June 22, 2012

If you go to Google and type in the words “God‘s Medicine,” and then click on images…fasten your seat belt.  Some of the images were amazing (ly off track).  Go and see for yourself.  I even saw the words: Tobacco….lol…I will admit that I did not read it.  Perhaps, a little taken aback by how that single ingredient has affected one too many family members near and dear to me.  To say that in my opinion was as bad as saying that a storm is an “act of God.”  Don’t get me started!

Kenneth Hagin often referred to as the “Father of Faith,” taught long before everyone else realized many truths about God’s word.  Most especially he proclaimed that the Healing scriptures in the bible have the power to heal.  I for one know that this is true along with thousands or perhaps millions of others.

Out of all of the sites here at CAfe Sozo this should be the most read; yet it isn’t.  While over 1,000 people per day will go to the faith site; only 100 per day come to this site.  Yet, the hospitals are doing a booming business!   That is crazy.  I believe in going to doctors and hospitals.  However, I do strongly believe that the Word of God when meditated upon can bring forth VICTORIOUS OUTRAGEOUS results!    If you are a believer and even if you are not…you have a DUTY to tell people the good news.  That is Jesus heals!!!!

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Reluctant Faith! by E. Davenport June 22, 2012

People have a tendency to fall into different categories when it comes to faith.

1.  They have enough faith for  themselves and others.

2.  They have faith at certain times, but it leaks out and “thoughts of doubt” creep in and they really don’t know if their current situation can get any better.

3. They have very little faith…but they want to have it;   Often if they know someone who has what they think is more faith than they have…this will suffice.  I’m not poking fun at anyone…I was like that.   It was my starting point at a time of despair. 

4.  NO faith at all…do not even believe in it.

And I imagine there may even be more subgroups. 

Even if you have a whole lot of faith…you gotta work to keep it.  Having a lot of faith takes discipline.  I am not talking about obedieence.  Obedience for some people is keeping a checklist and scratching things off.  It’s very close to forms of legalism and if one is not careful; they might be doing tasks for duty’s sake instead of because they love God.  It can spill over into other things and mess us up if we aren’t careful  Let me givbe you a greaT EXAMPLE:

WHEN TWO PEOPLE FIRST FALL IN LOVE, THEY DO NOT TAKE EACH OTHER FOR GRANTED.  iN FACT, THEY WILL GO TO GREAT LENGTHS TO COMMUNICATE AND EXPRESS THEIR LOVE.  tHEY WILL EVEN WORK HARD TO KEEP COMMUNICATIONS OPEN AND TO DO WHAT IS PLEASING IN THE SITE OF THEIR MAYE. 

A  HONEYMOON IS CONSIDERED TO BE A PERIOD OF bLISSFUL HARMONY.  iT’S USUALLY A VACATION AWAY FROM REALITY.  pEOPLE TAKE EXPENSIVE VACATIONS THAT THEY OFTEN CANNOT AFFORD AND THEN HAVE TO RETURN TO “REAL LIFE.”

When many of us come to God, we are so on fire!  It’s a blissful much needed time of peace and solace.  We will do anything to please God and we are full of energy doing things from our hearts and NOT out of a sense of duty.  But, then life’s troubles or storms arise and if we are not careful we can become less committed, less fired up, less full of faith. 

Our walk of faith must be strong and decisive!  One of the main ways that we can stay sharp is to keep the Word of God before us and to open it, read it, think on it and act on it.  We can develop a strong consistent life of prayer.  Nothing beats having a heart and a habit …a natural one…of praise. 

When you pray…ask God to strengthen you in this area.  Some of the ways that He will answer you will definitely surprise you; but out of the experience your faith will be strengthened!  Image

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To A Great Dad! June 17, 2012

With God…”NO CHILD IS LEFT BEHIND!”   Even if a child has no earthly Father, our heavenly Father can and will step in…and no child has to lead a life feeling left out.   That said, I encourage every parent to  raise your child knowing God.

I would like to say that a “father” does not have to be biological.  Mine wasn’t.  But, I may sound old fashioned, but I pray that every child will have a Godly male role model who is able to substitute or mesh into a role of a principled, honorable father.

It does not cost a lot to be a great dad…all you have to do is care.  I want to take this moment to wish every deserving Father a Happy Father’s Day!   You noted that I used the word deserving?  Hey, I’m like Planet Fitness…  this is a “no judgement” zone.   You see.

This will either be a day that dads ignore or that they humbly sit back to be celebrated.  It is tough to be a dad.  There is a ton of responsibility.  Society, the world, your family expects a lot from you.  And for a lot of dad’s …they may be thrust into the role before they are ready and that is kind of tough.

I WANT TO SAY HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO MY SWEET HUSBAND AND TO EVERY FATHER WHO STOOD BY AND DID THE RIGHT THING!

HERE ARE SOME STATISTICS WHICH REFLECT THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A FATHER IN THE HOME…

The Bible says:

A Father’s Discipline

My son, do not hate the Lord’s training.
Do not object when He corrects you.
The Lord trains those He loves.
He is like

A Father’s Leadership

“Don’t fail to correct your children.
You won’t kill them by being firm,
and it may even save their lives.”
(Proverbs 23:13-14, CEV)

a father
who trains the son he is pleased with.”
(Proverbs 3:11-12, NIrV)

Children with involved Fathers are more confident, better able to deal with frustration, better able to gain independence and their own identity, more likely to mature into compassionate adults, more likely to have a high self esteem, more sociable, more secure as infants, less likely to show signs of depression, less likely to commit suicide, more empathetic, boys have been shown to be less aggressive and adolescent girls are less likely to engage in sex.

63% of teen suicides come from fatherless homes. That’s 5 times the national average.

SOURCE: U.S. Dept of Health

90% of all runaways and homeless children are from fatherless homes. That’s 32 times the national average.

80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes. 14 times the national average.

SOURCE: Justice and Behavior

85% of children with behavioral problems come from fatherless homes. 20 times the national average.

SOURCE: Center for Disease Control

71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. 9 times the national average.

SOURCE: National Principals Association Report

75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. 10 times the national average.

SOURCE: Rainbow’s for all God’s Children

85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes. 20 times the national average.

SOURCE: U.S. Dept. of Justice

Daughters of single parents without a Father involved are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, 711% more likely to have children as teenagers, 164% more likely to have a pre-marital birth and 92% more likely to get divorced themselves.

91% of 701 fathers surveyed by the University of Texas at Austin agreed that there is a “father-absence crisis in America.” What were the 4 major obstacles for fathers to overcome? 1) Work demands 2) The media 3) Pop Culture 4) Finances

Researchers of Columbia University found that children living in two-parent households with a poor relationship with their father are 68% more likely to smoke, drink or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households. Moreover, teens in single-mother households fared much worse. They had a 30% higher risk than those in all two-parent households.

“Without two parents, working together as a team, the child has more difficulty learning the combination of empathy, reciprocity, fairness and self-command that people ordinarily take for granted. If the child does not learn this at home, society will have to manage his behavior in some other way. He may have to be rehabilitated, incarcerated, or otherwise restrained. In this case, prisons will substitute for parents.”

SOURCE: Morse, Jennifer Roback. “Parents or Prisons.” Policy Review, 2003

Children with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school.

SOURCE: National Household Education Survey

Children with Fathers who are involved are 70% less likely to drop out of school.

Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to get A’s in school.

Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities.

Even in high crime neighborhoods, 90% of children from stable 2 parent homes where the Father is involved do not become delinquents.

SOURCE: Development and Psychopathology 1993

Adolescent girls raised in a 2 parent home with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active than girls raised without involved Fathers.

SOURCE: Journal of Marriage and Family, 1994

If you have a great dad  or father of your children……we would love to hear his story…and please tell him Happy Father’s Day!

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FATHER’S DAY TWIST! by E. Davenport June 4, 2012

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This morning before I awoke, I realized that I had been hearing this song  over and over again.  It was amazing because I had not heard it in years.  I wasn’t sure which of my childhood churches I had heard it.  You see, I was a LutheranBaptist.  As a result of that journey…I learned two really important things:   1. God s real and 2. Faith is amazing!

I SURRENDER ALL by Judson W. Van De Venter 1896

  1. All to Jesus I surrender;
    All to Him I freely give;
    I will ever love and trust Him,
    In His presence daily live.

    • Refrain:
      I surrender all,
      I surrender all;
      All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
      I surrender all.
  2. All to Jesus I surrender;
    Humbly at His feet I bow,
    Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
    Take me, Jesus, take me now.
  3. All to Jesus I surrender;
    Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
    Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
    Truly know that Thou art mine.
  4. All to Jesus I surrender;
    Lord, I give myself to Thee;
    Fill me with Thy love and power;
    Let Thy blessing fall on me.
  5. All to Jesus I surrender;
    Now I feel the sacred flame.
    Oh, the joy of full salvation!
    Glory, glory, to His Name!

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I woke up with the sweet thought of the Father on my heart. 

YOU SEE…God the Father, the maker of heaven and earth created us.  We choose to be His children.  I’m so glad that I did.  Without trying to sound churchy…I want to say that God The Father…has always been there for me.  He gave us Jesus and The Holy Spirit.   So, it is with great humility, reverence and love that  say to Him….so today like everyday… say to God the Father with all thanksfulness…

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!