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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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HIDDEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
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WHEN IT ALL COMES OUT
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DOUBLE SAVED
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HIS BATTLE
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HIS BATTLE
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The Salt Life
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SEASONED SPEAKING
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HIGHER THINKING
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BUILD ON HIM
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GROW IT

HIDDEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

“For, at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.” 1 Timothy 6:15  In 2 Kings 11, we see the story of Joash and how, as just a small child, God hid him and his caretaker away in a room in the Temple for “just the right time.” I can only imagine what it must have felt like in a dark room with no windows for seven whole years. Young Joash and his caretaker both must have wondered, “has God forgotten[…]

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WHEN IT ALL COMES OUT

 “In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.” 1 Timothy 5:25  For most of us, when we hear the phrase, “It will all come out eventually,” negative and fearful thoughts rush through our heads. We usually think of something we’ve done wrong, that we can’t even remember exactly, but are pretty sure we did. But 1 Timothy 5:25 sheds a different light on that phrase. Here, Paul’s is encouraging Timothy to keep on doing good things and even if others don’t know about it[…]

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DOUBLE SAVED

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16  When the flight attendant gives the safety briefing just before take-off, most people tend to look at their phone, a magazine, or stare out the window. But something struck me on a flight once that I’ll never forget. When she was giving instructions about putting on the oxygen mask, she said to first put on your own mask before helping the person next to you. The reality is, if you pass out, how can you possibly help[…]

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HIS BATTLE

“He said, ‘Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s’.” 2 Chronicles 20:15  In 2 Kings 6-7 and 2 Chronicles 6, we see three stories of God’s people facing overwhelming circumstances. From Elisha being surrounded by a vast army, to Samaria being besieged into starvation, to invaders coming to wipe Israel off the map, God’s people were outnumbered and out of options. Although these natural circumstances left some feeling hopeless, they were never without[…]

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HIS BATTLE

“He said, ‘Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s’.” 2 Chronicles 20:15  In 2 Kings 6-7 and 2 Chronicles 6, we see three stories of God’s people facing overwhelming circumstances. From Elisha being surrounded by a vast army, to Samaria being besieged into starvation, to invaders coming to wipe Israel off the map, God’s people were outnumbered and out of options. Although these natural circumstances left some feeling hopeless, they were never without[…]

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The Salt Life

“And the water has remained pure ever since, just as Elisha said.” 2 Kings 2:22 In my part of the country, there’s a popular brand that’s seen on car decals, but also on shirts, jackets, hats and all kinds of apparel. “Salt Life” appeals to folks who love being close to the saltwater which, for our area, is abundant. For me there’s nothing like the smell of the ocean breeze. Whether it’s a day spent at the beach or on the boat, “salt therapy” is a real thing and can make a big difference in one’s life. For me a day[…]

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SEASONED SPEAKING

“Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one [who questions you].” Colossians 4:6  One morning, on a recent visit to my in-laws, I offered to cook breakfast. As I was getting things going, I jokingly asked, “Where do you keep your jar of bacon grease?” Laughter followed. After all, we were in New Jersey and not North Carolina where seasoning food is a southern necessity. Every cook in the South knows that when it comes to cooking, everything’s got to be seasoned “really good!” Your choice of seasoning[…]

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HIGHER THINKING

 “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:1-2 Dr. Robert Schuller was known as the pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove California, a mega church before mega churches were even considered possible. Dr. Schuller cites many of his life’s accomplishments and successes to what he coined as “Possibility Thinking.” My new favorite TV show is the hit reality show, “The Profit,” with its[…]

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BUILD ON HIM

 “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7  As it opened its doors welcoming retail tenants and shoppers in 1968, The Vernon Park Mall was the pride of the East. As the first shopping mall east of Raleigh, in the rural farming town of Kinston, North Carolina, the mall bustled with commerce as folks drove from miles around to walk the corridors, shop the stores and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Many a shop[…]

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GROW IT

“Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:10 Bill and Bette had no idea what the little farm they had just purchased would one day turn into. The year was 1953 and the young couple couldn’t wait to start planting sweet corn in the fertile soil of Southern New Jersey. Bill started selling that corn from the back of a wagon, and as the family grew, so did the farm. […]

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