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 Promise
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The Ark
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Ponder
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Finding Favor
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HIGHER THINKING
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BUILDING ON HIM
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GROW IT
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THINK ON IT
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PRESS ON
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GOD’S TWO-STEP

The Promise

 “And the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” Luke 4:19 I get excited every time I see a rainbow in the sky. When conditions are right and the rays of the sun pierce the clouds, a rainbow can be seen for miles. Many consider it good luck when sometimes a double rainbow is seen. As Genesis tells us, the rainbow is a symbol of God’s everlasting covenant with the earth that it would never be completely destroyed by flood again. I also get excited when I see another symbol from God; the “bread and wine” of the New Covenant[…]

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The Ark

“But Noah found favor with the Lord.” Genesis 6:8 Wickedness and lawlessness had taken over to the point that God had regretted, for a moment, that he had even made mankind. A re-do was in order, but for the sake of a covenant, He could not destroy all of mankind. He needed at least one that He could consider righteous and that one was Noah.  Noah’s salvation would be found in an ark, and just like that, our salvation would be found in an ark too. But not an ark made of wood and tar, but an Ark made of flesh and[…]

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Ponder

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 From that first angelic encounter where she was told she had been picked by God to deliver the Messiah, to the visit from the shepherds, Mary had experienced a lot in such a short time. I’m sure at times it must have seemed overwhelming, yet Mary never dismissed any of these memorable moments, but instead treasured and pondered them. She didn’t consider any of these moments to be insignificant or coincidental, but instead she counted each encounter as extremely valuable and she stored these treasured[…]

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Finding Favor

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!” Luke 1:30 Doubt and fear swept the hearts of both of them,Zechariah, who would become the father of John the Baptist, and Mary, who would become the mother of Jesus. This fear was evident in both of their responses to the Angel Gabriel at the announcement of these two unexpected births. Zechariah expressed his doubt by saying “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” Mary’s response was similar; “But how[…]

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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 main character[…]

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BUILDING 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 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.  Today,[…]

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THINK ON IT

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 Some time ago I came across a book that I’ve known about for years, but something occurred to me that I had never thought about before. The book, “Think and Grow Rich,” was written by Napoleon Hill in 1937 which was the era our nation went through what’s known as “The Great Depression.” I’ve had the opportunity to talk to some folks who were around during those times, and from everything[…]

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PRESS ON

“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  Philippians 3:14 If you’ve ever seen the movieSecretariat, you know how inspiring it is. One friend of mine has seen it so many times that he almost has every line in the movie memorized. Secretariat, a race horse that overcame incredible odds, set race horse records that still stand to this day, and in his time, he inspired Americans and the world with his tenacity to press on toward the finish line, often leaving his competitors far,[…]

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GOD’S TWO-STEP

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:13 I may have a few moves, but I wouldn’t consider myself much of a dancer. Dancing, however, has been around for ages and, in scripture, we even see dance as a means of worship that pleases God.  The “two-step” has been called the “most popular couples dance” in the US, and most dance authorities believe it’s because of its simplicity. With just two basic moves the two-step gives dancers the basis for a variety of different dancing genres. The more a[…]

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