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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM CAFE SOZO! December 25, 2013

IsABIRTHDAYJESUS2aiah 9:6-7

New King James Version (NKJV)

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

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When We Just Don’t Understand Things! by E. Davenport September, 2013

It happens all the time, everyday..all around us. There are people walking around with a lack of understanding on what really goes on in the earth from a spiritual AFAITHperspective and they put their trust in man instead of God and guess what?   They get misled…offended…off track and worse. Do not let it happen to you!

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. Psalm 118:8

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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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Stick To Your Faith! April, 2013

 

Do not let anything or anyone knock you off of your faith stance.  You cannot go by what you see or hear.  Just believe God.  You win.  The bible says so!  The devil cannot defeat you!

 

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  John 10: 10

 

 

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The Grace of God! February, 2013

Acts 11:22-24 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

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Happy New Year 2013 From Cafe Sozo! January 1, 2013


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  1 Peter 1: 3

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And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.  Acts 4: 33

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POWER IS AVAILABLE! by Elaine Davenport July 15, 2012

I was in a desperate situation. I was a young woman out on my own.  Even though I was a good person, I made a simple decision which turned out to be a bad one and within minutes my whole life and my future was in danger!  There was nothing that I could do…and there was no one that could help…except God!  All that I could do was pray…and I had to do it so that no one would know.  I was in a dangerous situation.  The power of God came down to where I was and to many other places.  Angels were dispensed to guide and protect me.  The amazing thing is that the power never left.  I sincerely wish that I could tell you more…but the most important thing is that you know that when you pray…power is available to you…and it  will come forth.    I have no strength, but God can strengthen me to do whatever needs to be done!   Fact.

Analogy..(in the natural) .I was driving on an icy winter road this past winter.  I went to put on brakes…it seemed like my car was not responding…I could not see anything happening.  I actually wondered if the car would spin out.  But, everything was under control.  The car did not spin out.  I did not lose control.  The ice did not get the best of us.   However, I had to wait til it was all over to know this.

Same circumstance…I prayed…I asked God to protect us.  After all, I was driving across town to see about my 90 year old aunt who was dying.  The minute that I sent the prayer power was released.  All I had to do was ignore the circumstances and know that God had it all under control. 

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Psalms 62:11 God  has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs unto God.

Psalms 21:13 Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.

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The power of God has been present since the beginning of the world!  There can be no miracles, signs and wonders without the power of God.  My life can’t change, my prayers cannot be answered without God’s power.  It is critical.  No one else has this.  This power  is available to ever believer and follower of Jesus ChristPower from on high.  As you read through the bible and read of miracle after miracle…you better know that the POWER of GOD is at work.  That power is available for many reasons.  It is how God works.  So I invite you to egin to search the scriptures to know of the power of God beyond a certainty. 

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Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power: and he makes my way perfect.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.Power Separates Us!

Job 36:22 Behold, God exalts by his power: who teaches like him?

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Praying For Yourself Is Important by E. Davenport July 5, 2012

I’ve been assigned to pray for others.  But, it is also in my best interest to pray for myself as well. A lot of seasoned Christians (mature) think it is noble to pray for other people exclusively.  And it truly is; but some of these same people who may know that it is wise to pray for oneself may find themselves struggling with finding a balance.   I am not encouraging people to singularly
focus on themselves.  However, none of us can be equipped to complete our assignments or to follow the course that God has laid out for ourselves without very specific prayer.

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I’d like to mention a very specific prayer focus here that many of us have a tendency to overlook.  For some of us it is a little different; but it will be helpful.

*  First, let’s pray for consistency, discipline and sincerity…not showmanship.

*  On our jobs…let’s ask God to refine our hearts to be compassionate, more caring, full of wisdom and humility

* In our families ask God to allow us to be the shining light that people want to be around.  Let’s ask Him to remove all smugness, pride and false humility from us.

* In our neighborhoods, let us pray specifically for our neighbors and that God will do a work in us allowing us to excel in our helpfulness, in our good works, causing us to soar in such a way that is consistent.  That our faithfulness is these areas will cause people to want to take a God walk of their own.

* In our everyday lives as we intermingle with merchants, customer service professionals and strangers that our politeness, our words, our actions will be so impactful that people will want to know more about us and what we do.

* In our interactions with other Christians…let us pray to discard legalism and denominationalism am embrace our similarities; the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let our prayers be prayers to strengthen our faith, to trust God, to seek wisdom…to experience and show Hod’s love…to guard our heart and patrol (yes) our words….

IF WE CAN GET OUR FOCUS TOWARDS INTERNAL REFINEMENT; I AM SURE THAT WE CAN IMPROVE.

CONFESSION

I have to make a confession.  I had to repent recently for falling victim going along with another person’s opinion. It turns out that the opinion was not biblical.  I did not know because I wasn’t thinking and I did not check.  Perhaps, others have fallen victim to the opinions of others.  There is no better reference than the bible.

Finally….remember that Jesus not only prayed for others and for guidance, He also prayed for himself.  Have you read the Book Of Psalms?  There are tons of references to David searching himself, worshipping God, encouraging himself, praying for himself and giving thanks.    But remember, prayer brings us into an intimate place with God and that is the place where we
want to be!   Hallelujah!

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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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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!