Memorial Day…Is a Special Day! May, 2012

On rhe last day of May in the United States of America we celebrate Memorial Day.  It is a day that we celebrate our soldiers past and present.  It is  now officially observed on the last Monday in May.  At our church they ask anyone who is a Veteran to stand and every claps.  It is a warm robust moment.  It’s also a little teary eyed for many of us who have lost loved ones or whose heart strings are tugged just thinking about the love, faithfulness and sacrices of those who served our country and the depths of that service.

 

I am a patriot.  I love my country, but more than that I am proud of those who have and do love our country so much so that they would serve in any capacity in our Armed Forces!  It sure makes me thankful and grateful for their service.

 

I found the Following article ….it’s great….

 

 

Soldier of God

G.I.
God Incarnate
Saviour of the world

 


I am a soldier in the army of my God. The Lord Jesus Christ is my Commanding Officer. The Holy Scripture is my code of conduct. Faith, prayer and the Word are my weapons of warfare. I have been taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by experience, tried by adversity and tested by fire.I am a volunteer in this army, and I am enlisted for eternity. I will not get out, sell out, be talked out or pushed out. I am faithful, reliable, capable and dependable. If my God needs me, I am there. I am a soldier. I am not a baby. I do not need to be pampered, petted, primed up, pumped up, picked up, or pepped up. I am a soldier. No one has to call me, remind me, write me, visit me, entice me or lure me. I am a soldier. I am not a wimp. I am in place, saluting my King, obeying His orders, praising His name and building His kingdom! No one has to send me flowers, gifts, food, cards or candy, or give me handouts. I do not need to be cuddled, cradled, cared for or catered to. I am committed. I cannot have my feelings hurt bad enough to turn me around. I cannot be discouraged enough to turn me aside. I cannot lose enough to cause me to quit.

When Jesus called me into this army, I had nothing. If I end up with nothing, I will still come out ahead. I will win. My God has and will continue to supply all of my need. I am more than a conqueror. I will always triumph. I can do all things through Christ. The devil cannot defeat me. People cannot disillusion me. Weather cannot weary me. Sickness cannot stop me. Battles cannot beat me. Money cannot buy me. Governments cannot silence me, and hell cannot handle me. I am a soldier. Even death cannot destroy me. For when my Commander calls me from His battlefield, He will promote me to captain and then allow me to rule with Him. I am a soldier in the army, and I’m marching claming victory. I will not give up. I will not turn around.

I am a soldier, marching heaven-bound. Here I Stand! Will you stand with me?

The army of the Lord is an all volunteer force. No one will be drafted, and those who serve will do so eagerly rather than grudgingly. That army will make up “the body of Christ” (1Corinthians 12:25-27). We are to be “a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3-4). We are to “put on the whole armour of God” (Ephesians 6:10-11).

 

Romans 13:12, “…let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”

Know your enemy: The “wiles of the devil” is our enemy, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:11-12, 2 Corinthians 10:3). People are not your enemy, we are not to fight against one another. The things of the world are our enemy (James 4:4, Romans 12:2, 1 John 2:15, Luke 16:15).

A good soldier knows his weapon. We are to take the “helmet of salvation” and “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). When Jesus said, “…I came not to send peace, but a sword ” (Matthew 10:34), He didn’t mean a literal sword. He came to set men striving for a better world with a soldiers fervor and force of spirit.

Know your weapon: “study to show thyself approved unto God” (2 Timothy 2:15). Know your weapon: we are to “search the scriptures” (Acts 17:11, Luke 16:29, Isaiah 8:20; 34:16), and compare scripture with scripture (Isaiah 28:10) to come to the Truth. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God” (2 Corinthians 10:4). “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him” (Proverbs 30:5, Ephesians 6:16). We are to put on the “breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14), and our “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15).

A good soldier stays in step. We are to walk in the “same steps as Christ” (2 Corinthians 12:18, 1 Peter 2:21). And most important, our secret weapon: we are to be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18), so that you may “open your mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19). “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37). We are “fellowsoldiers” (Philippians 2:25, Philemon 1:2).

 

“A man may have to die for our country, but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God; himself.” C.S. Lewis.


 

 

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CAFE SOZO CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS!!! MAY 20, 2012

There was a demand for a Healing site on the Internet.  We have tried to meet that demand.  We have not been wildly successful due to lack of manpower and resources.  WE WILL NOT GIVE UP!!!!

 

Cafe Sozo began five years ago.  There was no budget.  There was only one plan.  That plan was to spread the Gospel.  The web designer who quit on us…said we’d be “lucky” to get 30,000 hits in 3 years.  Our site reached one million and began to decline.  What we’ve found is that we need to invest more in our sites in order to grab market share, draw steady traffic, minister, give feedback and to stay current.  We have seen people come and go and we have never quit.

Now, we find ourselves at an impasse…fighting stagnancy or making a choice to embrace growth!   WE HAVE DECIDED TO EMBRACE GROWTH TO FULFILL OUR VISION.

We need your support!

Please know that there must be a spiritual Christian presence on the Internet.  Certainly the Love of God, the mercy, the Wisdom, the grace and the peace is present. However, the dark side of things, the evil side of things, the deceptive, and confusing is also present as well as distractions.  So, though there aren’t many studies to give one statistics on the numbers of Faith Bloggers who have quit, changed their course or been distracted or disrupted through no fault of their own; I have seen it!  There are no statistics to tell you how many abandoned blogs there are on the Internet…thousands.

So we have persevered and now

It’s been over 6 years, since we opened up this website!   A lot has happened and a lot has changed.  We took the words of Jesus quite seriously…

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1And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Matthew 28

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Since we had no resources, we took to the Internet.  There is a long story that I have about a well meaning web designer who bowed out at the last minute.  Then, the Holy Spirit literally led me to a Blog and of course, the rest is proof of what God can do.  Not any of us.

Our original plan was to put up a website so that we could spread the Gospel and to raise funds to aid Christian writers (whom we have seen greatly struggle to fund their own books.)  The truth be told I would love to see MORE successful writers begin to fund the less fortunate.  On this journey, we discovered ministers, evangelists, ministries, prophets, teachers, intercessors;  with many struggling to fulfill their hearts desire to go into all of the world to preach, teach and baptize in the Nam of Jesus.

We still believe in that mission, but we have discovered on this journey a greater mission.  That mission is in meeting the needs of the readers who visit this site.  That is a fact.  People write for prayers, but we haven’t the staffing to answer them all.  The sites are not technically updated.  For ewexample we have not been able to upload mp3′s on all of our sites because it is not free.  In fact, the appearance of the site we would like to change, but the cost is TIMES EIGHT because we have 8 sites and we are working on doing that.  We would like to put the sites under an easier domain name and roll all eight sites into one; but right now we are working this out…slowly.

We ask for your support prayerfully, financially and by coming by to give us feedback.  We reached a pinnacle of over two million readership; which is tapering off because we have not offered the technological tweaks that fules activity at the sites.

So, in the grand  plan…we see ourselves moving towards increasing our readership and meeting all of our objectives.  We plan to add a PAY PAL Donation button and to begin a fundraising campaign for site maintenance and expansion.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 221 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Happy Mother’s Day! May 13, 2012

TODAY IS A DAY OF REST!   THANK YOU LORD!   IT’S BEEN GREAT!

I look up to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. He is the Maker of heaven and earth. He won’t let your foot slip. He who watches over you won’t get tired. In fact, he who watches over Israel won’t get tired or go to sleep.

“The Lord watches over you. The Lord is like a shade tree at your right hand. The sun won’t harm you during the day. The moon won’t harm you during the night. The Lord will keep you from every kind of harm. He will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your life no matter where you go, both now and forever.” (Psalm 121:1-8, NIRV)

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