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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THE REST OF THE STORY
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THE POWER OF WHY
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Midnight Praise
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The Simple Recipe
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The Main Thing
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The Fix
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The Family
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The Master Craftsman
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Dynamic Duo
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The Glow

THE REST OF THE STORY

“When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.”  Acts 18:26  He had such a distinct voice and way of telling a story that could captivate his listening audience. For decades, Paul Harvey spanned the airwaves across America shedding a different light on topics, people and stories of interest. As a kid, I found myself listening intently, trying to figure out who he was talking about, which he would always reveal at the end of his one-to-two-minute segment with the phrase, “And now you know the[…]

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THE POWER OF WHY

“And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.”  Acts 17:11  Growing up, did you ever hear the words “because I said so?” Those were usually words from a parent or authority figure in your life and were most often preceded by the three-letter word “why.” Now I’m not saying that every time you asked the question “why” it was with good intention, but sometimes you’ve asked that question because you really wanted to[…]

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Midnight Praise

“Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.”   Acts 16:25  So, what is a “midnight praise” you may ask? A midnight praise is when you praise God even in a moment when everything’s gone wrong. In fact, a midnight praise is kind of an oxymoron, because it’s those moments that you feel the least like praising God, but you do it anyway.  After all, to “praise” means you’re celebrating something good or great that’s happened.  Paul and Silas were simply doing what they had been sent by God to do; to share[…]

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The Simple Recipe

“We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 15:11  Depending on where you’re from, the word “barbeque” can mean different things. To a Texan, BBQ is smoked brisket, but when a Missourian hears the word BBQ, they probably think of smoked ribs. Where I’m from in Eastern North Carolina, we’ve got our own brand of BBQ too, and some distant relatives of mine have gotten pretty famous by sticking with a simple recipe that’s been handed down for generations. In fact, they can trace the origin of their simple recipe[…]

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The Main Thing

“But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders.” Acts 14:3  Suppose you were invited to speak to a group; maybe a civic club, a local college, or a community group of some kind, and suppose that with this invitation to speak you were given a very limited amount of time to share with your audience. Maybe you would have within yourself the ability and expertise to speak on a variety of topics, but you knew[…]

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The Fix

“Everyone who believes in him is made right in God’s sight—something the law of Moses could never do.”  Acts 13:39  What was once so pristine, shiny and beautiful was now splattered and covered in blood. The Alter and Ark of the Covenant had the blood of sheep, goats and birds on them. It was a bloody mess, but that mess was necessary and saved lives. Hebrews 9:22 says that, “In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” All of this would change one day in the future[…]

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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 to[…]

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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 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! I[…]

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Dynamic Duo

“Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering!” Acts 10:4b Roman officers weren’t known for their acts of kindness and generosity, but Cornelius was a little different than the rest. I’m sure it wasn’t without hard work that he rose through the ranks to become a respected Roman officer, charged with an entire Roman regiment. He obviously had proven his allegiance to Caesar and the Roman government, or such a position of stature and authority would never have been granted to him. In spite of such allegiance, Cornelius had an even greater allegiance, and[…]

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The Glow

“You will show me the way of life,    granting me the joy of your presence    and the pleasures of living with you forever.” Psalm 16:11 I’ll never forget the shock when I stepped of the plane, into the airport and on the street in India. The though went through my mind, “this is what a nation without God looks like.” The streets were filled with trash and cows meandering around, and in the faces of the people there was a darkness. As we waited outside the terminal for a van to pick us up and take us to the mission we would be[…]

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