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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!

 

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Eyes of Faith by Elaine Davenport January 3, 2011

The most beautiful eyes that I ever saw…were eyes of faith.  I did not see them with my own two eyes…I saw them with my heart!  I hope that you’ve seen them too.

God can see them immediately!


 

Faith is something that is made real just by the power of believing or knowing the power and the will of God Almighty… the more you hear it…the stronger it becomes…Faith  must initially be  in your heart and not in your head…Faith must be put in a vision…if the heart can believe it…the mind can see it…

 

Just walk up to someone and ask them what are the signs of faith. You will get a myriad of answers and only a few of them will be convincing. It’s not because people don’t know. It’s because no one really ever thought about it that way!

Faith is one of the simplest things; yet people make it complicated. There’s a whole lot of faith on the receiving end or the back end, but on the front end…there’s usually not as much.


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The Real Deal On The Holy Spirit! by Elaine Davenport Sunday, August 31, 2008

I hope that you’ll just let me be real for a few minutes. I was not raised to know much about the Holy Spirit or as some say: “The Holy Ghost.” Though certainly, I was comfortable with the idea of the Holy Trinity.

Jesus loves us so much!

As a teenager; I attended church with my grandmother. I was under the impression that The Holy Ghost only came on very emotional people. It seemed like he only came in church services and only to a very few. After a while, the people came back to normal. That was my take on it. I never wanted The Holy Ghost under those circumstances. The people passed out, lost their hats and wigs, messed up their hair and worse off everybody in the whole church knew it. That was at the Baptist Church that we attended. Other than that, I loved the service.

I was literally raised in two churches and in my mom’s Lutheran church they called him The Holy Spirit and the services were always quiet and without incident though I will say that there was just as much of an anointing in that church as my grandmother’s church. (just in a different way)

Now, some years later; I attend a non denominational church in which the bible is taught and faith is known and spoken. Faith speaks…I’ve come to know more about The Holy Spirit. While many may come to call him The Holy Ghost; I call him the Holy Spirit and I’ll explain why. It just comes natural to me. Jesus prayed to the Father and asked Him to send us The Holy Spirit and God granted his petition.

Listen to this:

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John 14:16-17 (King James Version)

16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Now Look At The Amplified Bible explanation:

John 14:16-17 (Amplified Bible)

16And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever–

17The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.

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WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

He’s:

Counselor,

Helper,

Intercessor,

Advocate,

Strengthener,

and Standby

He’s a real person and God sent Him to live on the inside of me to talk to me, guide me, lead me, to meet my needs and to bring my Words into action. I need the Holy Ghost; but it wasn’t until I began to really study the Word of God that I began to understand. I’d love to talk more about my journey with The Holy Spirit for indeed it has been so beautiful that I’d rather not ever be without Him …ever. I look forward to speaking on this subject a lot more.

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ARTICLE OF INTEREST: DAILY AFFIRMATIONS

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS!

Emergency Telephone Numbers
These are more effective than 911
When –
You are sad, phone John 14
You have sinned, phone Psalm 51
You are facing danger, phone Psalm 91
People have failed you, phone Psalm 27< /A>
It feels as though God is far from you, phone
Psalm 139

Your faith needs stimulation, phone < /B>Hebrews 11
You are alone and scared, phone Psalm 23
You are worried, phone Matthew 8:19-34
You are hurt and critical, phone 1 Corinthians 13
You wonder about Christianity, phone 2 Corinthians 5:15-18
You feel like an outcast, phone
Romans 8:31-39
You are seeking peace, phone Matthew 11:25-30
It feels as if the world is b igger than God, phone Psalm 90
You need Christ like insurance, phone Romans 8:1-30
You are leaving home for a trip , phone < /I>Psalm 121
You are praying for yourself, phone Psalm 87
You require courage for a task, phone Joshua 1
Inflation’s and investments are hogging your thoughts, phone M ark 10:17-31
You are depressive, phone Psalm 27
Your bank account is empty, phone Psalm 37
You lose faith in mankind, phone 1 Corinthians 13
It looks like people are unfriendly, phone John 15
You are losing hope, phone Psalm 126
You feel the world is small comp ared to you, phone Psalm 19
You want to carry fruit, phone John 15
Paul’s secret for happiness, phone Colossians 3:12-17

With big opportunity/ discovery, phone Isaiah 55
To get along with other people, phone Romans 12
ALTERNATE NUMBERS
For dealing with fear, call Psalm 47
For security, call Psalm 121:3
For assurance, call Mark 8:35
For reassurance, call Psalm 145:18
ALL THESE NUMBERS MAY BE PHONED DIRECTLY.
NO OPERATOR ASSISTANCE IS NECESSARY.
ALL LINES TO HEAVEN ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY.
FEED YOUR FAITH, AND DOUBT WILL STARVE TO DEATH

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Noah’s Ark Monday, May 12, 2008

Working Replica of Noah’s Ark opens In SCHAGEN, Netherlands

The massive central door in the side of Noah’s Ark was thrown open Saturday for the first crowd of curious Pilgrims and townsfolk to behold the wonder.

Of course, it’s only a replica of the biblical Ark , built by Dutch
Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.

The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That’s two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house. Noah’s Ark as described in the Bible was five times larger than Johan’s Ark.

Life-size models of giraffes, elephants , lions, crocodiles, zebras,
bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold.

A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine –
Biblical Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been

Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools
and with occasional help from his son Roy. Construction began in
May 2005.

On the uncovered top deck – not quite ready in time for the opening
– will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs and chickens, and goats,
and one camel.

Visitors on the first day were stunned.

‘It’s past comprehension, ‘ said Mary Louise Starosciak, who
happened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation
when they saw The ark looming over the local landscape.

‘I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big.’

There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film
theater where kids can watch a video that tells the story of Noah
and his ark.

Huibers said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in
the Netherlands, where churchgoing has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.

”If You Need Help, Ask God. If You Don’t, Thank God”….