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02 Aug Freedom in Christ: Part 1 – The Law

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” ~Galatians 2:21 If you’ve been a Christian for very long, you’ve probably heard the phrase “Freedom in Christ” used often. But what does it really mean? In this two-part series we’ll look at what the Bible has to say about it and how we can fully live out our freedom in Christ.  Freedom from The Law In the early days of the expansion of Christianity, the apostle Paul made missionary trips to spread the gospel in different regions of the ancient world. One of those regions was Galatia, an area where Gentiles lived (non-Jewish people). Whenever Paul returned to his homeland of Israel, he would give testimony to the believers back home about his journeys. When he shared about these new believers in Galatia, some people in the new, Christ-following churches...

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18 Jul Do You Know What God Thinks about You?

At Agave Sozo in Chandler, AZ, we have the privilege of creating a space where people can encounter God and hear his voice. In our ministry, we’ve seen people set free from depression, fear, anxiety, unforgiveness, anger, and so much more. While every testimony and story is sweet, one of our favorite aspects of this ministry is when people get a chance to hear what God actually thinks about them, through revealing a special name, an identity or even an image.  When Sin Becomes Our Identity, We Shrink  Due to the guilt and shame culture that can (unfortunately) be present in the church, many people struggle with believing God thinks negatively about them—that He’s constantly judging their performance and keeping track of where they come up short. And while it’s important to have accountability in our lives, it’s also vital to not make an identity of our sins and shortcomings.  In addition, many...

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27 Jun Bible Verses for Depression & Hopelessness

Mental illnesses in the United States are on the rise. 16.2 million adults (6.7%) in the U.S. have experienced a major depressive episode. And it’s not uncommon for those with depression to also deal with an anxiety disorder, which affects 40 million adults (18.1%) in the U.S. Those who wake up every morning to face their depression or anxiety often feel shame and self-hatred, which only serve to worsen their condition.  While the root cause behind these disorders can be important when seeking treatment, at Agave Sozo in Chandler, we believe that for the believer, God’s Word is an integral part of healing from these mental illnesses. In it, we can find hope and truth that set our minds and hearts free. In the Psalms, David declares God’s word is sweeter to him than honey and that it is a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path. As a...

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10 Jun Upcoming Sozo Training in Arizona (June 2019)

Have you ever had a deeply meaningful or poignant experience that led you to pursue training in how to offer to others that same experience? That’s what happened to us when we received Sozo prayer ministry: we wanted to be able to offer this powerful healing ministry to others. At Agave Sozo in Chandler, we’re a group of people whose passion and mission is in working to minister healing to others in the Phoenix Valley. If you've had a similar experience with Sozo prayer, or you're one who carries a passion to minister healing to others, we are excited to invite you to join us for our upcoming Basic Sozo training in Arizona. Who We Are Agave Sozo in Chandler is a partner of the Bethel Sozo Network across the United States. As a part of this network, we are under the covering of Bethel Church and the Transformation Center in...

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Understanding the Spiritual Season You are In - barley field with sun rising

30 May Understanding the Spiritual Season You are In

As creation reveals, all of life is cyclical. The sun rises and sets; the human body deteriorates and rebuilds; the planets orbit around the sun, the growth of spring follows the death of winter. Through observing the handiwork of the Creator, we can also recognize that our human lives are filled with seasons and cycles. And at times we may feel as though one season will never end, but we only have to look to God’s creation and recognize, “this too shall pass.” So in order to live an intentional life, an important key is understanding the spiritual season you are in. What are the spiritual seasons and how do I flourish in each one? When we don’t understand the spiritual season we are in, we may find it difficult to embrace the season’s gifts or challenges and make the necessary adjustments to thrive and move on in a healthy...

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20 May Do You Ever Feel Stuck in Life?

Feeling stuck in life is an extremely common human experience. As the Bible testifies in Ecclesiastes, there are seasons in life. There is a time to weep and a time to laugh. A Time to plant and a time to uproot. A time to search and a time to give up. A time to keep and a time to throw away. The difficulty we face is when it’s time to move on to a new season, but we feel lost and unsure about how to reorient towards a new path. At Agave Sozo in Chandler, AZ, we believe every season holds guidance and wisdom for us, and that freedom is our ultimate trajectory. So how do we move on when we feel stuck in life? Moving from Stuck to Free In a culture that celebrates progress, achievement, and moving forward, when we feel stuck in life it can feel like...

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01 May My Sheep Hear My Voice – How Can I Hear God’s Voice?

As Christians seeking to please God, we are dependant on His guidance. But many of us might feel like prayer is us speaking while God silently listens, instead of a vibrant back and forth conversation. You may know that God wants to speak to you, but there are a few questions rolling around in your head: How can I hear God’s voice and how can I be sure the voice I’m hearing is God’s voice? At Agave Sozo in Chandler, AZ, we strongly believe every Christian can learn to decipher the voice of God. Just as sheep discern the voice of their master and listen to his commands, so can we believers hear the voice of God. And when we tap into this conversation with God, it brings a level of clarity to our lives we may have never experienced. Does God really speak to us? From cover to cover, the...

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23 Apr The Best Question You Can Ask God

Praying without ceasing doesn’t mean you have to be in a contemplative state or a quiet place in order to do so. Prayer can be as simple as a continuous conversation that flows throughout the day. When moments arise that require guidance or wisdom, a silent internal prayer can be all it takes to discern the right steps forward. Or when you find yourself happy or thankful for something in your life, a moment of silence and gratitude can instantly connect you to the Source of all things. Bringing God into these daily moments opens a world of intimacy, connectedness and clarity. Prayer is a Two-Way Street God not only enjoys listening to us, but He also loves to respond back to us. You may have grown up in an environment that didn’t encourage you to listen for the voice of God. And while God certainly communicates through His Word, His...

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08 Apr Memorizing and Praying the Psalms

Memorizing and praying the Psalms is a tradition that has been practiced since the Psalms came into existence. In fact, some of the Psalms were written specifically for the purpose of communal prayer and worship. If you’re looking to take your prayer life to a deeper level, we highly recommend joining the saints from all ages and making the practice of memorizing and praying the Psalms a daily habit. The Benefits of Memorizing and Praying the Psalms The richness of this tradition shows that there are numerous benefits to memorizing and praying the Psalms. As pastor Tim Keller says, “There is no better way to meditate on a verse and draw out all the aspects, implications, and richness of its meaning than to memorize it.” In the New Testament, we’re urged to pray without ceasing. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in...

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08 Mar What are Emotional Triggers and How Can You Respond?

What’s Going on When You Feel Emotionally Triggered? Maybe you’ve heard the term before, or maybe it’s a new concept to you. But one thing is certain, we all have emotional triggers. You’re having a casual conversation with a friend or family member, and suddenly—BAM! Your heart rate skyrockets, your muscles tense, and you feel overwhelmed with anger or with some other heavy emotion. It might have been a simple passing comment that threw you into this tailspin, but here you are in this unexpected emotional place, and now it’s your turn to respond or react. What you choose to do or say next often feels instinctual, as though you barely have control over your reactions. That’s because these situations send signals to your brain which release a cascade of chemicals that are known as your fight or flight hormones. Because their goal is pure survival, once released, these hormones begin to...

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