Archive for April, 2010

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

In this story, you will find that loving God or favoring or believing in Him is not enough.  He sent His Son to die for us.  He has a plan for each of our lives and it would be a shame to miss out on that plan.

I love the fact that the bible describes the trials and challenges that God’s people faced in the wilderness because I too was once in the wilderness.

That was when I stepped away from the church.  I wasn’t leaving God…I was just leaving a place that I wasn’t equipped to deal with at that time.  I learned so much there, but when the going got tough…I left.   I honestly don’t know if I was wrong because my heart was heavy and I needed more.  I just did not know how to go about getting the spiritual food that I needed.  It was there and the people were sincere, but I left quietly. There was a lot going on in my life and yet…I chose to be in the wilderness.

I was trying to to find my way back…but the devil provided so many distractions that before I knew it…I had forgotten about getting back.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

But God had a better plan.  You  see one day inside my hallway…I heard a voice telling me to go to college and the college turned out to be a Christian College which ultimately changed my life and led me back to God and to a great assembly of worshippers and people who wanted to know more about God.   It was Blessed!

It would have been a shame to have missed out on the journey that God had planned for me!

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)

When I was born, my family celebrated…but there wasn’t in truth much to celebrate.   You see, I was born into a life of hopelessness, of sin.  Every man has a sin nature and is destined for hell when they set foot upon this earth; whether born in royalty, wealth, poverty or oppression, in health, in sickness…whatever race, whatever ethnicity.  It doesn’t matter who your earthly parents are…it doesn’t matter what the color of your skin is or the size of your bank account or how well you dress, or talk or can persuade people.

You must be born again!

Man’s very nature is sin…he cannot help it and that sin will take him to hell no matter how good, how nice, how kind…he or she cannot help it…there must be an atonement for man’s sin and it is a high price that has already been paid by Jesus himself.

The price that Jesus paid when he died on the cross saved us from judgment and from spiritual death.  WHY SPIRITUAL DEATH IS VITAL TO US?   It is because we are all spirits…we live in a body which is the seat of our soul, our will, our emotions.  We are spirits living in a mortal body….a body that will one day wear out…but God’s intention is for us to live on forever.

You see…the price of sin is death of man ; any man who has not had that price paid.  Any man who has not had that sentence commuted.

The world defines Salvation as:  Preservation or deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil.

Christianity defines it as:

Deliverance from the power or penalty of sin; redemption.

Salvation interpreted came from the Greek VERB :  Sozo….it is a word of action which means:

to make new,  to protect, to preserve, to heal to save,  to love, to make joyous, to have control,  to worship, to be made pure…everything good that comes from God.

God wants to make you anew.  He wants to protect you.  He wants you to be preserved.  He wants you healed.  God wants you to be saved.    God loves you.  God wants you to have continuous joy.  God wants you to be whole in every way with nothing missing, no deficiencies.  God wants you to have control.  He wants you to worship.  He wants you to have everything good…His best.  This is salvation and if anyone has told you different…they have not understood His plan for your life.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

1 John 5:11-13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions”

It’s not a quote that can be attributed to anyone.  It’s more or less an expression of society that has been passed down.

But,…the funny thing is …it is true

I know a lot of good people.   I know of a lot of people doing good …but that’s not the criteria for getting into heaven.

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For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

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From All of us at Cafe Sozo…our prayer is that you and your family will have a Blessed Day!  Now is the time to take a stand in faith and love just like Jesus did!   All the best …and we humbly thank you for stopping by!

“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” – Matthew 28:5-6

Play Here:  End Time Medly   What You Gonna Do- Caught Up To Meet Him by Bishop Larry Trotter

With great regard…Cafe Sozo wishes you a Blessed Good Friday!   It is our prayer that you will take the time that is necessary to reflect on the Resurrection message.

Here is so music that will put you in remembrance

You’ve Won My Affection by Israel Houghton