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The Art Of Self Control! by Elaine Davenport March 19-26, 2010

Have you ever said something and regretted saying it?  I have.  But, it’s funny because those moments are always embarassing and yet it takes something like that to teach us a lesson.

Years ago, my mother had some extra money.  I was a young teenage girl and I did hear her say to keep it a secret.  I was filled with excitement and in front of the person she did not want to know; I blurted out:

”  I’m so glad that you have all of this money!     I’m so excited!”

I wish that you could have seen my mother react; she was shocked and just glared at me.

Then, I made things worse  …(as if they could);  I began to throw out the “cover up ” story.

“I mean, I’m so glad that Uncle Melvin called you and told you about that money that he received.”

By then, my mother was rolling her eyes at me. I quietly slivered out of the room.  Truly I did!

Well, this is a great example of lacking self control, not controlling my mouth, not thinking first and a lack of self discipline.  I suppose someone else might have said that it was a symptom  of immaturity.  I had become one minded.  I was thinking about me.


Jesus did not lack self control.  In fact, he certainly had the opportunity to do so.  In Mark 15; as they sought to bring charges against him…let’s look at what happens and remember…there was no innocent until proven guilty.  Jesus knew exactly what he was facing and he controlled himself living in the Spirit until the time of his death; when he cried ot…Matthew 27:46 tells us that about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Here, Jesus was expressing His feelings of abandonment as God placed the sins of the world on Him – and because of that, God had to “turn away” from Jesus. As Jesus was feeling that weight of sin, He was experiencing a separation from God for the only time in all of eternity. This was also a fulfillment of the prophetic statement in Psalm 22:1.

The persecution begins… MARK 15 READ HERE

These are some of the things that they did to him before taking him to the cross; it was a time of the great persecution..and he said nothing: If you read about the journey of Jesus and all of the trials it should be very clear that He was (also ) the Master of Self Control which is an art; an ability.  Since Jesus is  Love remember that when we are told to love above all else that love not only represents the ability to forgive but also the ability to have self control!

17And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,

18And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!

19And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

20And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

(MARK 15)

If you are unable to control yourself or your mouth or your ability to pay your debts, work or whatever it is.  Ask the Lord to give you that ability and please stand in faith until it happens!

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Cleaning House For 2009! (Author Unknown) Saturday, January 17, 2009

Last Week I threw out Worrying,
it was getting old and in the way.

It kept me from being me;

I couldn’t do things God’s way.

I threw out a book on MY PAST
(Didn’t have time to read it anyway).

Replaced it with NEW GOALS,

started reading it today.

I threw out hate and bad memories,
(Remember how I treasured them so)?

Got me a NEW PHILOSOPHY too,

threw out the one from long ago.

Brought in some new books too,


Threw out I might, I think and I ought.
WOW, you should’ve seen the dust.

I ran across an OLD FRIEND,

I hadn’t talked to in a while.

His name is GOD the Father,
and I really like His style.

He helped me to do some cleaning

and added some things Himself.

Yes I placed them right on the

I picked up this special thing and

placed it at the front door.

I FOUND IT- its called PEACE.
Nothing gets me down anymore.

Yes, I’ve got my house looking nice.

Looks good around the place.

For things like Worry and Trouble

there just isn’t any space.

It’s good to do a little house cleaning,
Get rid of the things on the shelf.

It sure makes things brighter;

maybe you should TRY IT YOURSELF.

May the Lord open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing

that you will not have room enough to receive it all.
Malachi 3:10.

May the Lord bless you exceedingly abundantly above all you could ever hope for.
Philippians 4:19.

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Merry Christmas from Cafe Sozo! December 25, 2008


Some music for you to hear as you read our message to you.

This Coffee house is open 24-7


Blessings to you and your family this Christmas Season

Our prayer for you is to see you take a closer walk with God and to put Him first.  Our prayer is to be able to be a Blessing to you by giving you the unfiltered truth of God’s Word, to urge you to prayer, to build your faith, to grow spiritually with you, to sow into your lives, to love you, to consider your need to be our greatest priority in prayer.

We pray for you  to have joy in abundance and laughter beyond measure, for laughter cures our ills and heals our hearts

and joy makes our spirits soar.

My servants shall sing for joy of heart.

Isaiah 63:14

We pray for you  relief when you need it,,

for relief is a release which clears the heart as a cough clears the throat,

and all beyond that we give to God!

Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You.

Psalm 5:11

We pray for you wisdom, for our priceless gift is the gift of choice –

and we should use it well every day, in word and deed.  The Word of God can give us the wisdom that we need.

He who heeds the word wisely will find good.

Proverbs 16:20

For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

We pray for you patience, for most troubles pass if we wait them out,

and success comes with patience.  Faith works with patience.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.

Psalm 37:7

We pray for you courage, for there may be many pitfalls and dangers ahead

and problems can only be solved when they are faced in faith.  Be strong my friend…no matter what and be confident that God keeps His word.

Be strong and of good courage, so not fear nor be afraid.

For the Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

We also pray for your compassion, for we cannot help others until we understand them,

and we cannot understand them until we try; that may come many ways…but we urge you to have compassion  We must have compassion for the weak, the poor, the downtrodden.

Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother.

Zechariah 7:9

We pray for you a willingness to work, for work turns dreams to reality –

whether the dreams are ours or belong to those we can help.  Working hand in hand with God should be our very desire in our hearts!

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings.

Proverbs 22:29

We pray for you unwavering faith, for faith shapes our morals

and our destiny and draws us closer to God.

The just shall live by faith alone

Habakkuk 2:4

We pray for you a mind full of hope, for hope determines our attitudes,

sets our goals, and creates our ideals.

You are my hope, O Lord God, You are my trust.

Psalm 71:5

We pray for you a heart so full of love that every day

you must give some away to those whose paths you cross.

Now abide in faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13


Merry Christmas from Cafe Sozo


So many of you have supported us from our early beginnings and we cannot thank you enough!

To our Blogging buddies:   Sharon Pert, Chee, Bisi, Joana,  Tyson and Marta, Sondan, Belinda, Peggy and Rev. Billy…we are so thankful that God sent you to be our friends!  In 2009; we look forward  to establishing new milestones together.  We love you all!

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Are You A Love Hero? by Elaine Davenport Thursday, November 12, 2008


1 John 3:14-17 (Amplified Bible)

14We know that we have passed over out of death into Life by the fact that we love the brethren (our fellow Christians). He who does not love abides (remains, is [a]held and kept continually) in [spiritual] death.

15Anyone who hates (abominates, detests) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding ([b]persevering) within him.

16By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [[c]in Him].

17But if anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and [d]fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him?

Are you able to say that in every action that you take or every word that you speak…or in every discussion that you are involved in that you are a “Love Hero?”

Can you actually say that you literally went down in the trenches and saved a life, went beyond the call of duty, reached out and showed affection to someone that didn’t deserve it, respected someone whom you feel does not deserve your time and attention; let alone your respect? Can you kick bitterness to the curb without letting it rise up in you when things don’t go your way?

To me …love is an action word…it requires action on your part …

Do you see the good in everything without letting politics or religion get in your way? If you do…God can use you.

Do you truly love the way that God wants you too? I’m talking about the unconditional love. The Jesus kind of love. The Martin Luther King Jr. kind of love. The Mother Theresa type of love. I could give many examples because there is a long list. The bad news is that other people can tell when you don’t. The good news is that …you can do something about it. More bad news: “if you’re not in denial.”

Love is a choice and a command. In other words we can choose to love our neighbor or not but if we choose not…then we are not disciples of Christ.

I had a family member that treated me horrible and whenever I prayed about it; I was led to show them more love. That didn’t make sense at first, it didn’t seem fair…after all I was the one who had been treated unfairly. I had to overlook all of that and begin to pour on the love. I did but could have done better. The little was received greatly by the intended party and their life has dramatically changed! So much so…that they came out of the darkness into the light.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34, 35

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Two of you! by Elaine Davenport Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Good and bad

Heads and Tails

Up and Down

Before and After

First and Last

Spiritual and Carnal…



Within each person is the ability to be ruled from two different directions. The draw yo either side is very strong. The outcome is very much within our control. Because of that; God holds us responsible.

Everybody is two-faced; but I don’t mean that in a bad way. All humans have two sides. Each person gets to choose which nature is important to them. We all have a carnal (or fleshly nature). We all have a spiritual side. Ever wonder why most people are greatly touched by an inspirational song or message? That’s because it promotes the spiritual side to alertness.

We are all speaking spirits; but since most people aren’t aware of this they suppress it. A lot of times, in church I see people running down front to join or I see them crying. That’s the spiritual side bursting through. Sometimes, when people pray they are greatly moved emotionally…yes, the spiritual side is moved.

Have you ever seen someone lose their temper and blow their cork? Yes, well that’s not the spiritual side. That’s the flesh.

The bible gives us a wonderful list of the “fruit” of the spirit. Of course, the carnal side is the opposite.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)

” We ask God to direct our lives. He generates the fruit. And people around us harvest the benefits.

God wants to be our leverage in living, empowering us to feel better about ourselves, more excited about our future, more grateful for those we love and more enthusiastic about our faith.

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, God has given you His Holy Spirit to help you live life according to His perfect plan. Why not pray this simple prayer and by faith invite Him to fill you with His Spirit.” Jennifer Apegg

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Let God Give You CPR! by Elaine Davenport Tuesday, September 16, 2008

***The purpose of this article is to take medical terms and to compare them to spiritual perspectives to allow the reader to envision what’s going on supernaturally.


CPR is not a joke. That is the procedure to be implemented immediately to save a person from a heart attack. Imagine that in a big city like Boston, Massachusetts; three years ago they reported a CPR survival rate of only 40%…and they were second in the country! Seattle was first. Bluntly speaking, don’t condemn Boston. They had a turnaround in their emergency medical procedures that caused that figure to be a significant improvement. If one lives in any metro area; stories abound about a lack of promptness, apathy and confusion regarding getting emergency help. On the other end; to their credit…Emergency Medical teams are generally understaffed and underpaid. We haven’t even talked about politics and turnover yet. Hmmm?


CPRan emergency procedure consisting of external cardiac massage and artificial respiration; the first treatment for a person who has collapsed and has no pulse and has stopped breathing; attempts to restore circulation of the blood and prevent death or brain damage due to lack of oxygen.



A lot of people simply put have old fashioned, ungodly, personally influenced, wrongful and confused thinking when it comes to God. Society has long believed that God only wanted to be close to ministers or priests when the Bible is a clear example that God had personal relationships with ordinary people. He wants us to have a heart relationship with Him; he wants to renew our minds.

CPR (Spiritually)- is internal pouring of Love and Life into the heart of a person from the Father of Lights of whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning. It will provide protection, healing, deliverance, provision, faith, wisdom, peace, guidance and answered prayers. It is developing an innate ability to trust God the Father, accepting Jesus Christ as our great High Priest and an acceptance of The Comforter, The Holy Ghost; God as a personal ambassador with power beyond human comprehension.



When I was growing up there were no cordless phones or cell phones, no ipods or mp3’s. Truth be told; I had left home before microwave ovens and VCR’s which are nearly obsolete. Anybody got one? (hold onto it)

With all of that advancing technology; it shouldn’t be hard to grasp that spiritual understanding has grown too. Yet, a lot of people don’t want to advance. They want things to stay the same. They do not wish to grow in the knowledge of God. My own brother said to me yesterday: “God sends the hurricanes!”

“Where did you get that notion from? ”

was my response.

When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of you. God spoke to me long before I ever acknowledged it to anyone including myself. It sounded so normal that I didn’t know it was God. Yet, I was comfortable with the guidance and I felt safe.


A lot of people are just intimidated by the notion of talking to God. Not knowing that He’s a merciful and forgiving God…they are afraid to have a close personal relationship with him.


Then, there’s another group of people who just believe it’s a bunch of mumbo jumbo that people can really talk to God. They are held in bondage by their unbelief…and they could even be Christians influenced by the world.


Some folks just feel guilty about all they’ve done. They don’t want to talk to God. Why, they are avoiding God as much as is humanly possible. Their theory is: “out of sight, out of mind.”


There is another group who thinks following God is too hard. They are having fun doing evil or just hanging out there in the world. They know they aren’t living right and that works for them. It certainly doesn’t “look” like life would be any easier moving closer to God. Church costs money and God has too many rules for them. They are clueless to the things of God and that’s okay with them.