Archive - 2019

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YOUR SOZO STORY
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SHINE
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THE DIFFERENCE
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DADDY’S HOME
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ABLE AND WILLING
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FOLLOWING
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WHAT DAVID KNEW
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BLESS YOU
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The Substitute
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A SPECIAL CLASS

YOUR SOZO STORY

“But Jesus said, ‘No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been’.”  Mark 5:19 Mark chapter five tells the story of three different people with four different needs. The man from the region of Gerasenes had been bound and tormented by a legion of demons for years. He was undoubtedly the worst possible case around and no one could do a thing for him. That was until Jesus stepped onto the shore and brought instant deliverance to this man, forever changing his life. This man encountered the pure grace[…]

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SHINE

 “Then Jesus asked them, ‘Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine’.” Mark 4:21 In Mark chapter four, Jesus talks a lot about small things becoming big. From the story of the seeds that fell on d ifferent kinds of ground, to the illustration of the mustard seed, Jesus wanted His listeners to know that if the atmosphere is right and the heart is willing, then small things can grow into big things.  One key that Jesus mentions[…]

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THE DIFFERENCE

“Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:31 In Numbers 14 through 16, the rebellion of the Israelites had reached a new watermark. From their refusal to enter into the Promised Land; to the outright rebellion led by Korah, Dathan and Abiram; the Children of Israel were pushing God to His limit. If it had not been for the constant intersession by Moses, the entire camp would have been utterly destroyed. There was, however, a remnant of followers who were willing to do exactly what God commanded and go where He would lead. That[…]

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DADDY’S HOME

“Lord, through all the generations  you have been our home!” Psalm 90:1 As a kid, what thoughts went through your mind and heart when you heard the words, “Daddy’s home?” That probably depends on what your father was like. For some, those two words could have brought feelings of joy and happiness.  For others, those same two words may have brought instant feelings of dread, unease, and even fear. If your father was over-demanding and a hard, overbearing disciplinarian, you may not have looked forward to the sound of his vehicle pulling up in the driveway. That sound alone may have put[…]

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ABLE AND WILLING

“Moved with compassion,Jesus reached out and touched him. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be healed’!”  Mark 1:41 In the first chapter of Mark, John the Baptist appears preaching a different kind of message. It was a message that was quite different from the message people had been accustomed to hearing for hundreds of years. For all those years, mankind had mostly known of a Holy and Righteous God who seemed to have little tolerance for man’s faults and shortcomings.  This is seen in the Book of Numbers, when Israel’s complaints were met with God’s wrath. Yet, the message that John the Baptist began to[…]

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FOLLOWING

“So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses.”  Numbers 9:23 We didn’t give a lot of thought to it at the time, but our Marine Corps Drill Instructor’s (DI’s) were following a proven system that had been used for over 200 years. Their goal was to turn young, regular civilians into United States Marines. We just knew that from the moment we stepped on those infamous yellow foot prints, we better follow to a tee everything that sharply dressed drill instructor told us. I later realized that what often seemed like games to[…]

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WHAT DAVID KNEW

“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23:6 We’ve all had those seasons in life when we were going through something and it seemed as if God was a million miles away. Maybe a health battle, a battle with depression, a personal or business financial crisis, or even a strained relationship that brought us great concern. Sometimes in those seasons, even if we never verbalized it, we may have thought “Where is God in all of this?” David was one who could certainly[…]

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BLESS YOU

“Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.”  Numbers 6:27  I had a recent conversation with Siri and here’s how it went:  ME: “Siri, where does the tradition of saying “bless you” when someone sneezes come from? SIRI: “Many people have become accustomed to saying “bless you” or “gesundheit” when someone sneezes. Wishing someone well after they sneeze probably originated hundreds of years ago. The phrase “God bless you” is attributed to Pope Gregory the Great, who uttered it in the sixth century during a bubonic plague  epidemic (sneezing is an obvious symptom[…]

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The Substitute

 “Look, I have chosen the Levites from among the Israelites to serve as substitutes for all the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. The Levites belong to me.” Numbers 3:12 The word “substitute” is defined as “to put or use in the place of another” and substitution is something we commonly see in sports. When one player is injured, a substitute takes his place. But, in the life of the believer, we can give thanks for an even greater, more important substitute.  In the last plague to hit Egypt, God claimed the firstborn for himself. By doing so, all the[…]

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A SPECIAL CLASS

“Do not include the tribe of Levi in the registration; do not count them with the rest of the Israelites.” Numbers 1:49  Because of his amazing talent on the field and his ability to lead his team to an NCAA National Football Championship, Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been described by many in the sports world as a “Special Class” of player. Others have called Lawrence a “special person,” not because of his athletic ability, but because of his rootedness in his faith and outspokenness for Christ.   Of the twelve tribes of Israel, the Levites were placed in a special class[…]

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