Archive - May 2019

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A CLEAR PICTURE OF SOZO
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BREAKTHROUGH
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PRESCRIBED PRAISE
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PLANTED IN THE PROMISE
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THE WINNING SIDE
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SUPER ON YOUR NATURAL
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PROTECTING THE SEED

A CLEAR PICTURE OF SOZO

“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.”  Psalm 105:1 I have to admit the struggle was real. Because I had never heard the word, “Sozo,” before, my first thoughts were, “This couldn’t possibly be true.” Surely having grown up in church my whole life someone; some pastor, some Sunday School teacher, some deacon, someone would have told me the complete meaning of what it means to be saved. Even today, as passionate as I am about the full gospel and message of Sozo Salvation, it perplexes me when I share this message[…]

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BREAKTHROUGH

“So Israel came up to Baal-perazim, and David defeated the Philistines there. Then David said, ‘God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like the breakthrough of waters.’ Therefore they named that place Baal-perazim.” 1 Chronicles 14:11 Have you ever noticed that in the moment God is doing something new and big in your life, the enemy comes right in with an attack? It seems that just as God is bringing increase, promotion, or blessing in an area that our adversary comes in simultaneously with an attack to cause distraction and defeat.  We see in 1 Chronicles 14 that just as[…]

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PRESCRIBED PRAISE

“Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds.His name is the Lord—rejoice in his presence!”   Psalm 68:4 Praise wasn’t new to David. He had learned how to praise the Lord way back in the day as a shepherd boy tending his father’s sheep. And now, as the Ark of the Lord came through the gates of Jerusalem, David praised the Lord with full abandon. Someone not used to praise like that could have thought David was being foolish, and his wife actually did, but that didn’t stop David from praising the Lord[…]

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PLANTED IN THE PROMISE

“You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” Psalm 139:5 In 2 Samuel chapters 4 and 5 we see that what David had, for so long, believed God for had finally come to pass. As all the leaders of Israel and Judah came together, they gathered around David and made him their king once and for all. For David, the long struggle was finally over. Some estimate that the wait between the time David was anointed to be king until the time he began his combined reign over Israel and Judah was somewhere[…]

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THE WINNING SIDE

“Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed. Matthew 15:28  Wouldn’t you hate to one day discover that the side you had been on the whole time was actually the wrong side? That’s exactly what many men from Israel began to discover as they realized that David’s side was indeed the right side and not King Saul’s. Bit by bit, group by group, they began to leave Israel and join David’s side in the wilderness until, as 1 Chronicles 12:22 says, “Day after day more men joined David until he had[…]

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SUPER ON YOUR NATURAL

“They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.”  Matthew 14:20 Anything “superhero” is all the rage and has been for decades. In the early days, superhero comic books would fly off the shelves almost as fast as store managers could get them out, and now, even today, superhero movies continue to set box office records. So why so much interest in the world of superheroes? Could it be there’s something in us that just simply loves the idea of man being enabled to do something superhuman? Scripture is full of superhuman[…]

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PROTECTING THE SEED

“The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Matthew 13:23 I have this one area in my yard where it seems, no matter what I do, I just can’t get grass to grow. Soon after we purchased our home, we had a rock driveway installed. The work crew noticed an area near the house that was very unstable. It turned out there was a section of ground, where a septic tank had once been, that[…]

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