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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. 



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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Merry Christmas From Cafe Sozo! December 25, 2011

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)   Old Testament

An angel tells Mary about Jesus In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:26-38)   New Testament

Oh…The Christmas Story is a miraculous story of a supernatural event that changed people’s lives for generations and hundreds of years and thousands of years.  It marked a season of miracles; it’s truly a miracle season!
Christ the precious little baby grew to be a man of love and compassion; upon whom the Glory of God still does shine. 

Our prayer is that the joy of the Season and the light of God shines upon you and your family as God reveals Himself to you in the coming days like never before and that you allow Him to use you for the purpose for which He hath called you.  For Christ’s sake…Amen.

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Merry Christmas From Cafe Sozo! December 25, 2010

It’s All About Jesus!

Luke 2

1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.


Jesus is the reason for the season.  As the year winds  down, we find ourselves reflecting on the joy of walking with God.  And we are thankful.  We are thankful for your support and we are humbled by your many kindnesses and your friendship.  More people than ever before have began to subscribe to our blog posts.  We express gratitude to WordPress for the wonderful technological advances that you have provided.

It is our aim to reach higher levels, to make dramatic site changes and to make more inspiring materials available to our readership.  Please be assured that we pray for every prayer request that comes in!  We receive thousands of prayer requests, praise reports and comments .

This is a time that we would like to thank so many of our guest writers; Bisi Oladipupo Pastor Martin Cisneros, Gene McGuire, Gladwell Musai and Jeanniene Lee Maki.    TO YOU ALL WE SAY:  THANK YOU! BRAVO!  CHEERS!

We have experienced growing pains; but  then again…that’s been our dream!   Thank you Jesus.



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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.

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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!