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Offense: Another Aids Virus! by Elaine Davenport 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.)

6.  YOU ARE FRIENDS WITH SOMEONE I DON’T CARE FOR.

7.YOU DID SOMETHING TO ME AND I DID NOT LIKE THE WAY THAT YOU WENT ABOUT  DOING IT.

8. SUSPICION:  I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT I  DIDN’T  LIKE. I JUST COULD NOT PUT MY FINGER  ON  IT.

9. NEGATIVE GOSSIP:   LISTENING AND PARTICIPATION CAN  HAVE THAT EFFECT. (offense)

10.  YOU USE WORDS THAT I DO NOT USE!

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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Making Scriptures Real! By Elaine Davenport August 31, 2013

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The scriptures are meant to be real.  I have heard some of the best Bible teachers and leaders talk about the importance of  making the scriptures come alive by reading them outloud.  Certainly there has been unified teachings on the power of the word of God.  I read an amazing testimony of a woman who stood on 1 SAmuel 2: 26 when she noticed that her young son was not growing.  He not only began to hrow, but he lived out that scripture!  Wow!

26 Little Samuel was growing in two ways—he was getting taller, and he was becoming everyone’s favorite (and he was a favorite of the Lord’s, too!).

 

WHAT A WONDERFUL PRAYER TO PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN!

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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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Not An ACT of God! by E. Davenport December 25, 2011

Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, 1 Peter 5: 8

A while back, in a nearby suburb considered to be very safe, some vicious dogs were roaming around loose and came upon a woman and did deathly harm!  I was unnerved just to hear it.    I was also deeply saddened.  I could not help but to have empathy and to be angry with the dog’s owners for being negligent and careless.  Too often, I have watched Court TV and listened to owner’s of deadly breeds defend them by saying:  “They play with my children.” As a side note, a friend of mine who has a pit bull that she called a “puppy,” confided that she never turns her back on him and never allows her young grandchild around the dog…at all.  That said, you can imagine my surprise when the media zoned in on the response of the woman’s son who said:    Why did God let this happen…I want to know why…or something along those lines.  I immediately began to pray for his comfort and his understanding at some point in time of the true state of things.

 

See, God has no plans for your demise.  In fact, He has plans for good things for each and every one of us.  But He is not the “god” of this world.  It is satan.   This is his turf.  It is as though we are on a strange planet loaded with mine fields,  and harmful entities and traps that we cannot see.  So, we have been given a set of instructions in the bible…to help us.  We have also been given Yeshua…Jesus.

Man has a sin nature and satan; a fallen angel likes that.   His only requirement to join his kingdom is that one be like him and oppose, shun, disobey, and disrespect God.    I am not implying that this is what happened to the woman or that she was not a believer.  I am saying that there are traps, and schemes set up by the devil; we are warned as believers and we see it play out on a regular basis where people are picked off for no apparent reason known to us.  This was not an act of God; quite the contrary. 

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Psalm 23

1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 

Psalm 91

1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

I consider the above two passages to be promises and I read them regularly to remind myself and strengthen myself in what God says and to be clear of His intentions for my life . 

King James Version (Jeremiah 29:11-13KJV)

 

11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

 13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

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Resolutions For 2012! by E. Davenport December 10, 2011

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Let me hang out my qualifier right now!  In other words…let me drop the gauntlet!!!

I just pulled down the list of my New Year’s Resolutions by Faith for 2011!!  Guess what?  Out of 16 things more than half had happened.   All of the truly impossible stuff!   The miracles!   The ridiculous stuff happened!  And I figured out why the other stuff did NOT happen.   Because I forgot about it and didn’t stay in faith about it until it did happen.

God cannot do anything with my unbelief!

So for next year….a surely different and powerful year!   I’ll just be in faith for my resolutions every day!

P.S.  And a note on prophecy….if you’re planning to lay hold of it…pay attention.

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Cafe Sozo Celebrates Two MIllion Hits!

Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all peoples.
1 Chronicles 16: 24

It’s been a great journey!  And we’re just getting started!   I wish that I could tell you exactly what day we crossed the TWO MILLION mark; but I cannot.  It was 80, 506 hits ago!   Really. 

 

This site is run by the Holy Spirit.  Our original  web designer had said we’d be “lucky” if we got 20,000 hits in the first two years.  Well, I suppose he was denying the power of God.

 

These are the last days and this is what God says in Acts 2:  17

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:American King James Version

 

WE PROMISE YOU THAT THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD WILL BE FOUND AT THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES AS WE ARE ABOUT TO KICK IT INTO HIGH GEAR!

 

Many many thanks to those who have supported us over these last few years with prayers, moral support, encouragement , wisdom, inspiration, teaching and ministering!  GOD KNOWS!