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GUARANTEED FIRST
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A HEART TO SEE
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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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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

GUARANTEED FIRST

“He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Mark 9:35 The Daytona 500 was kicking off the NASCAR season and I had looked forward to watching it all week long. I hadn’t watched a NASCAR race in years, and this one sure didn’t disappoint. As the field had been narrowed down to just a handful of cars due to so many crashes, Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag for his second Daytona 500 Championship. And, multi-car team owner, Joe Gibbs, celebrated[…]

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A HEART TO SEE

“Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.” Mark 8:25 IIn our modern age, texting and other messaging tools like email have become, for many, the preferred choice of communication. But, although convenient, these platforms make it hard to express one’s true feelings and heart in a conversation. So often, true sentiment and heartfelt meaning gets lost in translation. Without hearing one’s tone of voice and seeing their body language, it can be easy to miss what’s really being said.   Jesus often[…]

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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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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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