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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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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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How America Struggled With Thanksgiving! November, 2011

 

 

It’s amazing…Thanksgiving!   We all thought that it had been in place since the pilgrims.  Well, that just isn’t true.   You see, though the pilgrims did give thanks and have a feast and so forth; many colonists were not in agreement that it should be a “National holiday.”  There was a magazine editor by the name of  Sara Hale who embarked on a one woman campaign to make it a National holiday.   Abraham Lincoln agreed with her and almost one hundred years after the country was founded; Thanksgiving was made a National holiday.

Those days are gone…

I wish that I could tell you when masses of people began to recognize it not only as a National holiday and a spiritual holiday…but even I cannot assure you of that even today.  I just know that people all across the country recognize that it is not only a day to eat; but a day to give Thanks to God for who He is and what He has done!   Our prayer is that on that day; you will find a way to not only give thanks but to make a difference in the world around you.  Be Blessed!

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True Independence Day! By Elaine Davenport July, 2012

The American Revolution was just as much a spiritual movement as it was political.  “One nation under God” is interwoven in the American fiber.  There are a few, that claim discontent  over some of the things that have happened over the years, but I am not one of them. In fact, I am very glad that I am here in the USA  and I love my country!  I could fill a book with the things that I did not know about The Fourth of July.  For instance, I did not know or remember that The Declaration of Independence was written before the Revolutionary War!  It was ratified in 1776. The war lasted from 1775-1783.   I did not know about so many Women and African Americans who were so deeply involved; many of them heroes in the true sense of the word.    People like Deborah Sampson who disguised herself as a man and fought on the front lines.  People like American double spy James Armistead whose information greatly shortened the war.  

  I know some people who keep a long list of everything that the Christians have done wrong.  Some of the things are  valid; but that was them  (or then)  and not me or the believers that I know.   I do not mnimize it.  God is judge.  And that is a side note for somebody.   Name a group and I suppose if they are human, they have done something that we could dialog about…or we could PRAY.  That’s my preference.    

The 4th of July is such an important date in the United States.  It represents so much.  One significant thing that we need to remember is that  people of  dissimilar backgrounds came together to fight against oppression.  I think a lot of people rightfully so focus on those who fought and died for our country so that we enjoy the freedom from foreign control and oppression.  However, another critical  part that is not nor has been pointed out in most of our education systems is the fact that it was a movement firmly rooted with a spiritual base.

As one scholar so eloquently states : 

“Religion played a major role in the American Revolution by offering a moral sanction for opposition to the British–an assurance to the average American that revolution was justified in the sight of God. As a recent scholar has observed, “by turning colonial resistance into a righteous cause, and by crying the message to all ranks in all parts of the colonies, ministers did the work of secular radicalism and did it better.”

Ministers served the American cause in many capacities during the Revolution: as military chaplains, as penmen for committees of correspondence, and as members of state legislatures, constitutional conventions and the national Congress. Some even took up arms, leading Continental troops in battle.”  (SEE MORE) 

My point…this was a  movement and it was as much spiritually based as a movement fo independence.  I think it is sad that it’s seen solely as a political movement.    A great reference worth reading is:  “Resistance To Tyranny As A Christian Duty by Jonathan Mayhem. 

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Uncle John was not significantly educated, but because he could save money, was witty , believed in a good education(ironically or as a result of his experiences from life) and  fun to be around; everybody respected him.  At one of our family reunions in the midst of a few family folk who never talk the way Uncle John was about to speak; he proudly exclaimed:   “AMERICA IS THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND YOU COULD NOT GIVE ME ANOTHER ONE!     The only thing that he didn’t do was break out with Jennifer Holiday‘s song:   “I’m Gonna Love You…I’m Not Leaving…” 

Let the chips fall where they may.    As I said, everybody respected him and all of us either nodded or agreed out loud.

I certainly love my country the United States Of America.    And I have heard a lot of “politically religious folk say:   “America’s gonna get it for all of the dirt that she has done!”   WHAT? 

Obviously, these people do not have an insight on the Bible; God’s living Word and the power of prayer.  If America has missed it; God has heard the cry of prayer warriors and forgiven.   You see Noah asked God about sparing Sodom and Gomorrah for righteous men.  Well he kept going down on the numbers and Sodom and Gomorrah was ultimately destroyed so there must not have been any people who  were in right standing with God.  Again here we are talking about the ability of a person who  PRAYS  and their ability to touch the heart of God.  You see prayer is talking,  being in fellowship  and communing with God.

Also,  Moses,,,interceded on behalf of the children of Israel to ask God to give them mercy when they were in the wilderness.

As my pastor always says:  “Justice is when we get what’s coming to us.  Mercy is when we don’t.”

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  GALATIANS 5: 13

A wonderful site that you will enjoy is:  WALLBUILDER’S
I believe true Independence can be assured by knowing this history and retaining these values.  Faith in Jesus Christ.  I am not kidding you!


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Martin Luther King January 16, 2012

The most important thing to remember about Martin Luther King…is that he was a man of God!   Only someone who was backed by God and obedient to God could have been so successful in achieving a victory such as this!

The one thing that no article on Martin Luther King can really tell you is how it felt to be a citizen of the United States that was oppressed in the South.  Not even I, could tell you that.  In fact,  people who lived during that era *the 1960’s) still carry the scars of racism and have struggled to overcome them.     Please note some sections have been edited.

Martin Luther King Jr.: 8 peaceful protests that bolstered

civil rights

From 1955 until his death in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was the dominant leader of the US civil rights movement.  The Rev. Dr. King believed that nonviolent protest is the most effective weapon against a racist and unjust society. But it required rallying people to his cause. Here are some of the most revolutionary peaceful protests King led.

Andrew Mach, Contributor

A driver in an empty bus moves through downtown Montgomery, Ala., on April 26, 1956. African-Americans in the city continued to boycott the buses even after the bus company ordered an end to its segregation policy. City police, however, threatened arrest if black passengers sat in seats formerly reserved for whites. The ‘Ease that Squeeze’ sign refers to traffic problems, not seating on the bus. (AP/File)

1. Montgomery bus boycott, 1955-56

Lasting just over a year, the Montgomery bus boycott was a protest campaign against racial segregation on the public transit system in Montgomery, Ala. The protest began, on Dec. 1, 1955, after African-American Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. The next day, Dr. King proposed a citywide boycott of public transportation at a church meeting.

The boycott proved to be effective, causing the transit system to run a huge deficit. After all, Montgomery’s black residents not only were the principal boycotters, but also the bulk of the transit system’s paying customers. The situation became so tense that members of the White Citizens’ Council, a group that opposed racial integration, firebombed King’s house.

In June 1956, a federal court found that the laws in Alabama and Montgomery requiring segregated buses were unconstitutional. However, an appeal kept segregation intact until Dec. 20, 1956, when the US Supreme Court upheld the district court’s ruling. The boycott’s official end signaled one of the civil rights movement’s first victories and made King one of its central figures.

 

This is an excerpt from The Christian Science Monitor

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LED US OUT! January, 2011

I Have A Dream!

Today we have an opportunity to remember the past.  To remember the storm that God brought us through. To remember the Civil rights movement.  God used an ordinary man…a man of God to lead us out of harm’s way as a people regardless of your creed or race or color and as a nation.  God id it in an unusual way!  THIS IS A FACT!!!

I honor Dr. Martin Luther King because I believe that he was a man sent by God who through obedience and love ultimately changed the course of my life and many others irregardless of race, religion or creed in this country and ultimately around the world… for generations.

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“Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may spring up, and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also; I the Lord have created it” (Isaiah 45:8).

NOTED CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND MINISTER DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

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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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A Christmas Thank You From Us To All Of You! December 25, 2010

A   MERRY CHRISTMAS THANK YOU!  2010- WHAT A BLESSED YEAR! Tears of love came to our eyes this morning. We were thinking of you.    For the last month, John and I have been trying to reflect and write about this wonderful year and the wonderful friends  and family that we have; knowing that we could not fit it all into 2 pages.  People who really know us will say:  “Why didn’t they put this in or that in?  etc.?”


The Christmas cards came in this year and I already knew the names that would be on them… every now and then a pleasant surprise. Well, even though we’ve been sending 200-400 letters out since 1980 (only missing one year); last year strikingly fewer cards or letters were coming in; but the faithful few are always there.  We are humbled by your consideration and thoughts.   I remembered my childhood when cards, calls, cookies and visitors filled our home.   Despite the changes, we will not give up our traditions, we’ll keep writing to you guys no matter what!  I’m thankful.

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  Romans 11:  29

Imagine an assignment to set up websites for the ministry requiring ten or more hours of writing daily for nearly a year…just to set it up? Only God could sustain a person during that time and that’s what happened to me.  I needed it!  But, it’s far from over.


It has been such a Blessing Blogging on the Internet.   There was great darkness to overcome, but God sent fellow  Bloggers  Sharon from Australia, Bisi from England,   Sondan from DC, Marta from the United States…just up the road, Gladwell from Poland now England  and Yeap  Chee Seng from Singapore and many more new friends… from all over the world to support us as we reached out to all of the world to minister the Gospel.  At first, we wondered as we plowed the ground because maybe 50 people came..so we put up another site.  Well, that didn’t help much so we packed up and moved…on the Internet.  That was when we got our breakthrough.  That was 10 sites ago…now Café Sozo  has a readership of 1.7 million and we hear from people from the most populated to the most remote areas of the world!    Our greatest joy has not only been in ministering; but also in receiving prayer requests and praying them out.   The Glory of the praise reports  are only because of Almighty God!

I want to give a special shout out to our Guest Writers!  Many have come over the years.  But our current cadre  consists of  a powerful group of God’s front line workers:  Gene McGuire, Jeanniene Lee and Martin Cisneros.  And each of them has their own ministries!  They are very kind and faithful  people.

A heartfelt to Aaron and Julia Hobson  (The Battle Ready Prayer CD)  , Kim Brooks,    Jeanniene Lee ( Word Of Wisdom For Health and Healing CD)  Robin Anderson and to every writer that we’ve ever had the privilege of interviewing. We pray Blessings and much success on your walk of wisdom and obedience.  Truly you have allowed God to use you.

To our readership…you keep us going too!   God sent you.    Every year, God sends the most wonderful people to this site.  One year, when my health was challenged and my time was pressed; He sent two people…one from Traverse City and the other from Minneapolis and they literally took over the site and ministered in my absence…they did a fine job!


The people who have written in, well they’ve had such faith for miracles…that my faith was increased just by the interaction.

I admit that at first, nothing much seemed to happen…and then there was an explosion of traffic.  I’m sure that the lesson from all if this is to stay in faith and persevere when we start on a path…so I say THANK YOU.  We will soon celebrate 4 years of ministering and each day is action packed!  Each day we are God backed and ready for duty!


And then there’s our Facebook Family! Wow!    I love y’all!     I’m not gonna name names just yet…but you guys are the best…one of a kind…you sharpen!  Even when you don’t know it…  I love y’all!   I try to make it a point to know everyone in my network; even if I do not leave comments.  I’ve also  met a few of my Facebook family in person.

A special thanks to Kwame Onpoint Peterson, Christine Covington, Victor Davis and Derek Forney  for supporting our prayer events!  What can we say.    You guys inspire us…keep us going over at Café Sozo.  Originally, I wasn’t so sure that the Internet was a place that I wanted to minister; but God sent the technological expertise, the wisdom and the friends…to make it certain, peaceful and safe. We are so thankful for you.  We really do pray for you daily.   There are people that I talk to regularly and some I know and some I doo not.  But, you have Blessed me mightily with your comments, thumbs up, smiles  and encouragement.  THANK YOU!  There are people that I go to church with that I never knew before and now I do.  I’m thankful.  I’m humbled and it is an answer to prayer!

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

I have over 80 relatives  on Facebook.  Without that vehicle; I would not know them so well.  I truly love them and I thank God for each of them.    I could name names…but I’d leave out someone really important…because you all are and I do not want to be held accountable for that.  (smiles)

THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!


Thank you for your many kindnesses over the years, for opening your hearts to us, for compassion, kindness, Blessings, phone calls… Even if no one notices; God knows and He’ll be pleased with the good in you and the things you do for all of the people in your life.   However, you know…life is short…The bible says this life is but a vapor;  if you’ve ever lost a loved one…you know that’s true.

But God promises those who believe will live through all eternity. I work for God and my job is to tell all of the world about Jesus and the promise of eternity, the remission of sins, deliverance, peace and most of all the love that God has for every one of us. So, I’ll end this thank you note with a hope that no matter how far or how close that you are to God…that you will get closer.  That you’ll take time out to pray daily.   That God’s GLORY will shine through you.  And I give the GREATEST THANKS TO GOD FOR THAT HOPE!  Always remember that you were created to be Blessed; to be a Blessing…destined for GREATNESS in God’s eyes.    We Love you …The Davenport Family!  MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A JOYOUS NEW YEAR!

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