There’s nothing like starting your day with a fresh Word. 
I hope that Sozo Today will be a source of inspiration and
rejuvenation for your soul and spirit.

...Blessings -Johnny Jones

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WHO’S YOUR MOTHER
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THE PERFECT SACRIFICE
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HAPPY FEET
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ALL IN
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THE REAL GOSPEL
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EMBRACE THE GRACE
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PRIDE AND PRAISE
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BETTER THAN NEW
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SETTLED
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MOST LOYAL

WHO’S YOUR MOTHER

“So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.”  Galatians 4:31 There’s a catchy, popular phrase I hear from time to time, and it’s usually shared among guys who are close friends. The phrase, “Hey, this is my brother from another mother,” is said by one or the other in a fun, slang way, again as a gesture of close friends. One day a friend told me that we were “brothers from the same mother,” to which I responded with a half smiling, sort of confused look. So I[…]

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THE PERFECT SACRIFICE

 “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14 Have you ever considered how there has never been a people group more prized and accomplished that the Jewish people? In spite of horrific persecution, the Jewish people have garnered more success in science, engineering, discovery, medicine, business, the arts and more. Also, more millionaires, billionaires and wealth creation have come from[…]

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HAPPY FEET

“The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.” Galatians 3:7 Within less than 24 hours, Tucker knew exactly what feet were the “go-to feet.” Just after one night of being with us, Tucker, our new yellow lab pup, knew what feet to follow. It’s hard to imagine what it must feel like for a pup when it’s taken away from the familiar surroundings of its mom and siblings. We felt sad for him that first night, watching him roam aimlessly around the living room, searching for anything that looked familiar. It was cute, but[…]

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ALL IN

“I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”  Galatians 2:21 Although I’ve played cards before, in particular Spades back in my Marine Corps days, I’ve never played Poker. I have no real concept of the game, but I’ve always thought it was cool when in a movie, particularly a western, one player slides all of his chips to the center of the table and says, “All in!” I’ve always waited with anticipation to see just what would happen[…]

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THE REAL GOSPEL

“Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.” Galatians 1:4  “Will the real Melvin Purvis please stand up?” That was one of the final lines from an episode of the game show, “To Tell the Truth,” that featured ex-FBI Agent, Melvin Purvis, who was made famous for catching the infamous John Dillinger. “To Tell the Truth” was a popular show that garnered one of the largest viewing audiences on television and aired from 1956 through 1978. From a series of questions, four[…]

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EMBRACE THE GRACE

“For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10b Most folks can remember right where they were the moment they learned the US was under the biggest terrorist attack in our nation’s history. We all stood there in shock, glued to our TV’s, as we saw the first tower fall, and then in complete disbelief as we saw the second tower collapse. As we heard the stories of those trapped in the buildings, and of those on Flight 93 and their last-second phone calls to family, our hearts ached. Then, as a nation, we fell to our[…]

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PRIDE AND PRAISE

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.” Isaiah 6:1  One can only imagine what Isaiah must have saw. It’s not until crossing over to Heaven that one can behold the beauty and magnificent splendor of God in all His Glory. Yet, Isaiah was privileged to get a sneak peek of God’s glory, awe, and majesty, all of which came about after something left the scene. What was that “something” you may be wondering? It was pride! And that pride was in the form[…]

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BETTER THAN NEW

“Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When God restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.” Psalm 53:6 The TV show Overhaulin’ had great success on both TLC and the Discovery Channel for several seasons. In each episode, the “mark” would be an unsuspecting antique or classic car owner who would make the list to have their car fully restored. Family members would be in on the ruse, coming up with some story as to why the car was missing long enough to be restored. But it would all be worth it for[…]

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SETTLED

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18  There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you pay off a bill or debt. It can be as small as a credit card balance or as large as a mortgage, but either way you feel a little bit lighter. A weight, big or small, has been lifted off your shoulders and it’s great! Then you get that “PAID IN FULL” receipt in[…]

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MOST LOYAL

“For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die.” Psalm 48:14 Most would agree that loyalty is becoming harder and harder to find. It seems that in this age of self-gratification, the only true loyalty we often see is the loyalty people have to themselves, and this shouldn’t surprise us. The Apostle Paul tells us, in 2 Timothy 3, that we will know we are living in perilous and dangerous times when people are “lovers of themselves.” Even in the business world, companies find “brand loyalty” becoming[…]

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