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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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Who Would Imagine A King?

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I love the song:  “Who Would Imagine A King?”   Most especially the version sung by the Late Whitney Houston.  It has brought tears to my eyes so many times over the years…imagine…how much God loves us to create and implement our eternal salvation…just imagine…as you read these lyrics…would you in your wildest dreams have imagined such?  Well it’s real and Jesus said: “Blessed are those who believe and have not seen.” 

If that’s you….you are Blessed…

Who Would Imagine A King

Mommies and daddies always believe
That their little angels are special indeed
And you could grow up to be anything
But who would imagine a king?

A shepherd or teacher is what you could be
Or maybe a fisherman out on the sea
Or maybe a carpenter building things
But who would imagine a king?

It was so clear when the wise men arrived
And the angels were singing your name
That the world would be different ’cause you were alive
That’s why heaven stood still to proclaim

One day an angel said quietly
That soon he would bring something special to me
And of all of the wonderful gifts he could bring

Who would imagine?
Who could imagine?
Who would imagine a king?

Mmm hmm

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Cafe Sozo!

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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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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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Thirsty Faith ! by E. Davenport June, 2013

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I find myself in such a lovely position as of lately.  I know that I am not alone.  That is I am thirsty to know more of the things of God and craving breakthrough.  As I read through the bible; I stumbled across the story of Cornelius a very admirable man .  You se, Cornelius must have really gotten God’s attention.  He was not even a Jewish person; he was a Gentile  and yet his behavior, his heart and his diligence caused God to open a door to engraft the Gentiles into the faith.  As a result, generations of people who had no future…were ushered into eternity!   Hallelujah.

In these end times with so many things happening in  the news daily it would be easy to lose our focus.  The truth is:  people do it everyday.  I fight to make certain that I am not distracted.  It has caused me to live a joyful and peaceable life of separation and fellowship.  I hope that the story of Cornelius inspires you!  Have an amazing day!

Please do not read it just once…but soak it in…thanks!

Acts 10

King James Version (KJV)

1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:

He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;

And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.

On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate,

18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.

19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.

20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?

22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends.

25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.

26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.

27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.

28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?

30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.

33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

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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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Salvation For Entire Families In 2013 ! By Elaine Davenport January 1, 2013

 

A man once talked his neighbors into going to church.  He was believing that God would save them once they got there.  He had even prayed about it.  The family came:  the husband, his wife, the children.  The minister was Kenneth Hagin and he had agreed with the neighbor the night before.  As the service winded down…it looked like the man would not go forward to receive salvation.  As time ran out, the youngest child went forward.  She was soon followed by her sister.  Next, the mother came and she was followed by her husband.

A FAMILY WORSHIP

God wants to save our households.     This is a very tender subject matter.  In some cases historically men have not attended church in a majority of families.  It has always been acceptable.  However, it’s a prayer matter.  God wants to save entire households.  Once we have prayed, we must continue to Thank God for answering our prayers.    Here are some scriptural points:

1. Please Ask God to Soften Their Hearts
Ezekiel 11:19 – “And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh…”

Ask God to speak to their hearts.  Pray for the condition of their hearts to change.   You may recall a person or subject that they are tender hearted towards…ask God to make their hearts as tender towards Him as it is for whatever the other person or thing is.  You will know and if you do not…ask God to show you!

2.  Being Desperate!  I admire the African people because they are so focused when it comes to God.  They are not ashamed to say that they need help.  They are not ashamed to believe God for the impossible!  They have no problem in saying that they need help.  You see the average Christian in America is scared of a crowd.  If the pasror asks people to come forward for a matter, many concern themselves about what others might think.  This reluctance is unbelief  whether it’s doubt or what it is an inability to hear God and respond immediately.  For our families…we have to be desperate for their salvation and close walk…with God.  We cannot settle for our families to have a lukewarm life with God.

3. Ask God to release a spirit of conviction in their hearts:
Ask for the release of the spirit of conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come.
John 16:8 – “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment…”

People know right from wrong, however they sometimes procrastinate more often than they should.  Many of us do this in one area or another.

4. Pray for the EYES OF THEIR HEART to be opened and to see…

God works often through :people,  dreams, visions and  angelic visitations.
Ephesians 1:17-19 – “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might…”

5. Ask the Holy Spirit To help them.   Perhaps they have memories from their past that will help the situation.  Ask the Lord to stir it up in them.

1. John 14:26 – “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
2. Isaiah 55:11 – “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”

6. Forgiveness-   Forgiveness is the master key that unlocks the prison door to a stone heart. The model prayer of Jesus is not an individual prayer. It is a corporate prayer.

Matthew 6:9-15 – “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in Heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.)'”

7.  Pray that they will understand what eternity is.  

Ask the Lord to give them an awareness of the realities of both Heaven and Hell. Ask the Lord to reveal that none are righteous and that we each need to receive the free gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus!

8. Pray for the laborers…I always pray that God will send His brightest and best laborers!

Matthew 9:38 – “Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

9. Pray for a spirit of boldness:  Ephesians 6:19-20 – “…and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

10.  Get others to join you in prayer:  2 Corinthians 1:11 – “…you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed upon us through the prayers of many.”

11.  Ask God to pour out His love onto and into each and every family member of yours!  1. Romans 2:4 – “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and (forbearance) and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?”
2. Romans 12:14, 19 – “Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not…Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

Finally,  stand in unwaivering faith that they will soon walk into God’s loving arms joing the family of faith and please stay out of God’s way  instead of egging them on, admonishing, chastising them etc. because of their choices.  Let God do His work.

 

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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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Faith Is Simple Not Complicated By Elaine Davenport December, 2012

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Lots of people panic when a problem arises…they sort of say:  “I never exppected this to happen.”  Well, the truth is …things are going to happen…but help is available.  Our faith journey is a journey that we must take for victory. 

Faith has a supernatural component.  When there’s a problem, we are assured of a solution by our faith.  Faith is an experience of  a sure heart. That heart knows God and that He is the Master of all!     Faith says here God I am and I need You to step in and take this and I believe right now it’s done…no doubt about it.    It’s not a complicated math problem.  Ask God to show you how to increase your faith for that day when you will need it or to help some others. 

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Faith is a wonderful thing for those who understand it.  And let me tell you that it has been understood for hundreds of years.  The word “faith” appears in the bible 3, 215 times in the King James Bible.  It is the very fiber of our core; that is for believers.   God says it’s very simple, he says every man has been given faith.

Even non believers have faith in things or in people; until proven otherwise.  But, as believers our daily instructions, wisdom, solutions and strength are all found in the bible.  We have faith in God and His promises.  Every scripture is truth.  The bible contains so many promises and I am not certain just how many they are; I just know they are powerful and all true!

Every scripture in the bible is true.  We are not reading one of  Shakespeare’s novels;  full of fiction and imaginations.  It’s not the same.  It is not a dead book.

We were promised a Savior; and He came.  Even before Jesus went to the cross, He told us.  And that could have been the end of it.   But, it wasn’t.  He empowered us, told how to pray and left us the Holy Spirit to comfort and help us.  We are not powerless…because every single word in the bible is true.

We have the Word of God…it’s powerful, we just have to have an expectant hard!   Be assured…every scripture is true.

So the next time, you hear a voice that tells you that things are bad…pull out your bible and look for some faith scriptures.  Here are a few that will help you. 

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

2 Corinthians 5:6-7 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.

Ephesians 6:16 (KJV) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Matthew 8:26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (Jesus speaking to His Apostles)Matthew 14:29-31 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Jesus Speaking)

Now, this is a scripture that will really help you:

Matthew 8:26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (Jesus speaking to His Apostles)Matthew 14:29-31 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Jesus Speaking)

“Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, And looks to God alone; Laughs at impossibilities, And cries it shall be done.” ~ Charles Wesley

Use these scriptures…read them daily…they will become stringer in your heart and in your spirit!

Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak. 2 Corinthians 4: 13