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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CAUGHT IN PROVIDENCE
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THE PERFECT SACRIFICE
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TRUTH WINS
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THE FATHER’S HEART
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PRICELESS PRAISE
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FOREVER LOYAL
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KISSED BY THE KING
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MERCY AND RESTORATION
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UNDER YOUR FEET
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COME TO THE TABLE

CAUGHT IN PROVIDENCE

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.    You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.”Psalm 30:11 There’s a Rhode Island judge who’s become pretty famous, but not for his harsh sentences, but rather for his mercy. Judge Frank Caprio is the Chief Municipal Judge in Providence, Rhode Island. Someone took note of Judge Caprio’s bent toward mercy and decided to create a You Tube channel and Facebook page. His philosophy, as seen from the bench, differs from the typical “tough on crime” approach and instead leans heavy on mercy. Not only do defendants often leave his[…]

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THE PERFECT SACRIFICE

“God’s way is perfect.    All the Lord’s promises prove true.    He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.” 2 Samuel 22:31  In 2 Samuel 21, a severe drought hit the land and David needed answers. He knew that, as God’s chosen people, they weren’t supposed to live in lack, so he sought the Lord. The Lord showed David that, because of the previous king, Saul’s, failure in breaking a covenant that had been in place long before him to live at peace with the Gideonites, a curse had come upon Israel. Saul, in his anger, had mercilessly killed many[…]

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TRUTH WINS

“Cast your burden on the Lord,And He shall sustain you;He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 Have you ever been betrayed and wanted to get even? Or, at least maybe you’ve felt like you needed to get the word out in your defense? Through the years, I’ve discovered that in those moments I can trust in and rely on my Heavenly Father to take care of it. I know it’s hard, in those moments, when you feel as though you’ve been misjudged, mistreated, or misunderstood, but the truth is our Father is big enough and good enough to make every[…]

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THE FATHER’S HEART

“For you have rescued me from death;    you have kept my feet from slipping.So now I can walk in your presence, O God,    in your life-giving light.” Psalm 56:13 Everyone could finally breathe a sigh of relief. At the cost of twenty-thousand lives, the rebellion was over. But not everyone was celebrating. As we see in 2 Samuel 18, instead of shouting and dancing in victory, David walked away in great sadness. Despite Absalom’s open betrayal and effort to kill him, in David’s eyes, Absalom, “young Absalom,” was still his son and David’s heart ached at the news of Absalom’s death. While everyone[…]

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PRICELESS PRAISE

“Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens.You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God?”  Psalm 71:19 Have you ever found yourself doing the very thing, or things, you swore you’d never do? Such was the case for Peter. On their last night together, just before His crucifixion, Jesus warned His disciples that one of them would betray him. They all looked around among themselves trying to figure out just who it could be. It was then that Peter spoke up and told the Lord he would never betray Him. He swore that even if it[…]

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FOREVER LOYAL

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.    I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8 In the age of the “selfie,” true loyalty has become harder and harder to find. The Apostle Paul defined it at “perilous times” as he wrote to his young protégée Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:1-4, which says; “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult (perilous)times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money (own interest.) They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider[…]

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KISSED BY THE KING

“So Joab told the king what Absalom had said. Then at last David summoned Absalom, who came and bowed low before the king, and the king kissed him.” 2 Samuel 14:33  Family tension can be the worst. When one family member won’t speak to another, or even come around, it can put a damper on everyone. Being forced to pick sides isn’t easy either, especially when you see things from both sides. That’s exactly the situation David’s family was in.  In 2 Samuel 13-14, we see the whole story of how Jonadab became fixated on and obsessed with the beauty of[…]

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MERCY AND RESTORATION

“Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7 In 2 Samuel 11-12, we see that David committed the two “biggies.” Not only did he commit adultery, which is pretty bad, but he also committed murder. According to the Levitical Law, David should have been drug out to the center of the city and stoned to death. There was no ambiguity in the law when it talked about an “eye for an eye.” And, when David finally did repent for these heinous sins, it wasn’t like he did it[…]

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UNDER YOUR FEET

“The Lord said to my Lord,Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.” Matthew 22:44  David was indeed a mighty warrior. As kingdom after kingdom rose up against David, he defeated them one after another. No matter how many kingdoms collaborated together to defeat Israel, they just simply couldn’t do it. In 2 Samuel 10, one such king rejected David’s kind gesture when ambassadors were sent to express sympathy during his father’s passing and, instead of welcoming them, the ambassadors were sent home in disgrace and humiliation. David returned the rude gesture of the[…]

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COME TO THE TABLE

“Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, ‘Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven’!” Matthew 21:9 In 2 Samuel 9 we see the story of Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan and grandson of King Saul. As a young child, Mephibosheth was dropped by his caretaker as she fled Israel at the news of Saul and Jonathan’s deaths, and now he was crippled and lived in constant fear in Lo-debar. He lived in fear because of the assumption that if[…]

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