Author - Johnny Jones

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The Light
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Divine Protection
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Associate
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NEVER UNLUCKY IN LOVE
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DON’T STOP
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YOUR SOZO STORY
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The Family
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The Master Craftsman
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The Release
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The Plan

The Light

“At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s.”  Acts 6:15 Electric light is one of the all-time greatest inventions, but who does the credit actually go to; Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Edison? Certainly, Thomas Edison could not have invented the light bulb had it not been for Ben Franklin’s discovery of the fact that electrical power could be transferred through current.  Regardless of who should get the credit, one thing is for sure, light has been a game changer. Can you imagine what your life would be like without[…]

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Divine Protection

“See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you.”   Exodus 23:20  As the news became public about little 3-year-old Casey Hathaway, folks throughout Eastern North Carolina and beyond began to pray. He had wandered away from the backyard while out playing with young relatives and headed into the deeply wooded area of Ernul, a rural/farming community in north western Craven County.  A massive search party formed, and as nighttime temperatures plunged into the twenties, everyone was worried that Casey may not survive. By[…]

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Associate

“The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 A couple of definitions for the word “associate” are: to connect or bring into relation, as thought, feeling, memory, etc.: and to join as a companion, partner, or ally. That’s exactly what Peter and John had done. For three and a half years, they had “associated” themselves with Jesus and it showed. In fact, it showed in such a way that the leading priest and council were “amazed!”  They had associated with Jesus to the point[…]

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NEVER UNLUCKY IN LOVE

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13 The online dating site, eHarmony, has a set of ten rules for those feeling “unlucky in love.” One of these rules states the following: “If men aren’t interested in you, it probably isn’t because you aren’t a supermodel, it is probably because they can see how you feel about yourself. Think about how people are drawn to someone with confidence. A person with confidence seems to love life. … If you don’t feel confident, fake it until you do.” I’m not so sure about the “fake it[…]

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DON’T STOP

“Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.” Mark 6:56  Of all the places you would expect Jesus to be received in His calling and destiny, you would think that would be in His own hometown. He had played in those streets, studied in the local school, and I’m sure had gone with his mom to the market to shop many times. People around town knew Him as Mary and Joseph’s[…]

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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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The Family

“The cloud of the Lord hovered over the Tabernacle during the day, and at night fire glowed inside the cloud so the whole family of Israel could see it. This continued throughout all their journeys.”  Exodus 40:38 I look forward to Sunday afternoons when we all get together for lunch, usually around a big pot of spaghetti or chili. There’s nothing like family, and God made it that way. His desire from the very beginning was to create a family that He could love, protect, provide for, and most importantly, enjoy.  God wanted to be just a close as He could be[…]

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The Master Craftsman

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.    The skies display his craftsmanship.” Psalm 19:1 Recently, my wife called out to me from our sunroom and said, “Hey, come see this!” As I stepped from the kitchen and looked out the back windows, I could see the most amazing color- filled sky as the sun was setting. Clouds streaked to the left and right and were engulfed in bright colors of orange, yellow, purple and blue. Living in the Inner Banks of North Carolina, I get to see some amazing sunrise and sunset moments. Only God could craft something of such amazing beauty![…]

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The Release

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. Luke 23:34 No, they really had no idea what they were doing. As the religious leaders of Israel demanded that Barabbas be released, and Jesus be sentenced to death, they were, in fact, demonstrating, through that one act, exactly what Jesus came to earth to do. His main purpose was to be the “Once and for all sacrifice” for all mankind, so that all who were guilty and deserving of death could be set free. Barabbas was[…]

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The Plan

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.[ Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14 Have you ever been on a mission to do something you know God has called you to do, but instead of things going along as planned they seem to go in the wrong direction? Such was the case with Moses. He was just doing what God had called him to do, yet things went in the wrong direction fast.  Instead of Pharaoh receiving Moses’ request to let the Children of Israel go worship the Lord, Pharaoh cranked up the[…]

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