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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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THE ROCK THAT REMEMBERS
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SIX SCOOPS
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A PLACE CALLED HOME
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THE NEW WAY
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REAL CHANGE
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DIVINE OPPORTUNITIES
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YES AND YES!
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THE ULTIMATE CURE-ALL
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A REMINDER
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THE NAME HE SEES

THE ROCK THAT REMEMBERS

“No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”  1 Samuel 2:2 It was one of those beautiful, spring nights here in Eastern North Carolina. My wife and I had just enjoyed a nice dinner at one of our favorite water view eateries and were now enjoying the sunset scenery at the riverfront park across the street. As we walked out to the end of a pier, I commented about the beautiful orange sunset colors that were dancing off the river and then I said to her, “You see that spot[…]

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SIX SCOOPS

“For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you. Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 Sometime ago, a picture posted on Reddit showing a bowl Kellogg’s famous Raisin Bran cereal with only a sparse supply of raisins caused an uproar among some cereal lovers. In response, BusinessInsider.com set out to investigate, leaving those same cereal lovers feeling a lot better. What they discovered was that although Kellogg has never really made it clear on just exactly how big their “scoop” is, BusinessInsider.com felt that[…]

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A PLACE CALLED HOME

“Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!” Psalm 61:4  One of, if not the most famous line from the movie, Wizard of Oz,would be, “There’s no place like home.” Dorothy definitely got that right as most would agree that, although there are many places you can be in this world, there really is no place like home.  In the Old Testament story of Ruth, Ruth made the choice to cling to a place called home, which for her was more about a person than a place. After her husband’s death, she could have easily stayed in[…]

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THE NEW WAY

“Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.” 2 Corinthians 4:1   If you travel up and down the barrier islands of North Carolina, you’re likely to see some amazing and beautiful sights, one of which may be wild horses. It’s a common occurrence in coastal NC to see these magnificent creatures, and if you’re gentle enough, they’ll come pretty close. These horses are the ancestors of those horses that were brought to the Americas on Spanish trading ships during the 16thcentury, with more than a few of these ships finding themselves wrecked[…]

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REAL CHANGE

“Your unfailing love will last forever.Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.” Psalm 89:2  How many times have you thought to yourself, “That really needs to change.”?  Maybe you saw a change was needed in the life of someone close to you like a loved one, a child, a coworker or friend. Maybe you’ve felt that way about yourself, knowing that within yourself things needed to change. At the point of frustration, you may have asked yourself, “When will this area of my life ever change?” You know right from wrong, yet no matter how hard you’ve tried, with every attempt,[…]

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DIVINE OPPORTUNITIES

“But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.”  2 Corinthians 2:14 If you’re like most believers, you’ve prayed a prayer at some point in your life, if not often, saying “God please use me.” And in answer to that prayer, we often know without any doubt just what God is doing through our lives and exactly how He’s using us. But sometimes, and sometimes often, we may not realize in the moment just what God[…]

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YES AND YES!

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.2 Corinthians 1:20 In the book of Judges, we see that over and over the Children of Israel continually disobeyed the Lord. Every time, God would deliver them from one enemy and before you knew it, they were right back into their idol worship, forsaking the God who had brought them out of Egypt’s slavery and blessed them with the Promised Land. But each time, as they would cry out in repentance and[…]

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THE ULTIMATE CURE-ALL

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.” 1 Corinthians 16:23 In the days before modern medicine, “cure-alls” were the rage. In particular, during the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s there were all kinds of brands of “cure-alls.” From “Drakes Universal Pill” to “Doctor Thackery’s Miraculous Cure-All,” these potions promised results for healing from every ailment imaginable. To this day, despite the horrible taste, Castor Oil is still used by many as a cure-all for various health issues. I still remember hearing old-timers talk about getting a dose of Castor Oil on a regular basis, and especially[…]

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A REMINDER

“Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.”1 Corinthians 15:1  If you’re like most folks, you need a lot of reminders. In fact, as I’ve been sitting here writing this post, I’ve received two reminders from my phone about an upcoming appointment. My “catchall reminder” is my wife. I’ll often end a text sharing some info with her and asking her “don’t let me forget…”. Just recently she responded to me with, “I don’t know that I can remind[…]

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THE NAME HE SEES

“I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done, I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people.” Psalm 52:9 What’s in a name? A lot, depending upon who, and why the name is given. In Bible times for example, “last names,” which really weren’t last names in the way we think of them, were given to people based on where they were from. For example, when we say, “Jesus of Nazareth,” Nazareth was the name given to Jesus that let everyone know where He was from. In more modern times, like the[…]

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