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Sozo in Chandler

29 May Sozo Can Make An Impact

The mission of Agave Sozo in Chandler, Arizona, is to come alongside the ministry of Christian counseling to offer emotional healing and personal breakthrough. There are hundreds of testimonies of people meeting God on a deeper level through Sozo Ministry. Through these deep encounters with God, people have reported freedom from the hurts and pains of their past. Below is a testimony of the power of Sozo in the life of one of the founding leaders of Bethel Church in Redding California, Banning Liebscher. He’s currently the lead pastor of a church in Sacramento, called Jesus Culture. How Sozo Can Make An Impact “Having been in youth and young adult ministry for over 12 years, I cannot recommend strongly enough, the Sozo Ministry coming out of Bethel Church. I have experienced firsthand the impact this ministry has had on not only my own life, but for many of those I know closely....

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depression in Gilbert

18 May Living From A Place of Joy

Life is often filled with complications, interruptions, distractions, and frustrations that steal our peace and joy. The unsettling things of life don’t have to be major; they can be something as simple as choosing the wrong lane at the grocery store. At Agave Sozo (serving Phoenix, Chandler, and Gilbert), we believe that in every circumstance—even if we struggle with depression, or life is just plain hard—it’s possible to live from a place of abundant joy. One key to living this way is acknowledging that our circumstances do not dictate the truth. At the end of the day, we believe the Word of God is the manual where we find truth and clarity. The Bible Has a lot to say about joy in the midst of challenging emotional or situational circumstances. And while joy is a fruit of the Spirit, it doesn’t happen magically. Developing a relationship with the Holy Spirit...

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sozo prayer ministry

07 Apr Get to Know Agave Sozo

We are Sheryl & Paul Johnston, leaders of the Sozo prayer ministry  at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler, Arizona since March of 2014. Trinity Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational charismatic ministry center where God brings in, raises up and sends out supernatural, relational, outward-flowing disciples of Jesus Christ.   “I love nature & all of God’s creation! I like agave plants because each leaf has an imprint from the leaves that are next to it, especially those closest to the center, making me think about how when we pray and walk with God, He imprints our lives and we are never the same. In the Sozo session, through the wonderful Sozo tools, we have the unique opportunity to discover a new imprint of God’s love and goodness.” — Sheryl   Agave Sozo is a unique inner healing prayer ministry in which the goal is to get to the root of those things hindering your...

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Sozo Gilbert

04 Apr Sozo Gilbert: The Importance of Knowing God

  The gospels display how Jesus would go out by Himself to pray with God and the effort He would make to spend time with Him. For instance, we see examples of Jesus waking up early in the morning and going up mountains to find a secluded place to spend time with the Father alone. Clearly, this was a very important time to Jesus. When we examine Jesus’ ministry we can conclude that His relationship with the Father yielded great fruit in His life. If it was important for Jesus to spend time with God, then surely it is just as important for us to do so, as well. We at Agave Sozo believe that having a personal relationship with God is key to living a full, successful life. Below are verses that help us understand how important and beneficiary having a relationship with God is. All verses are NIV translation unless...

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Sozo Phoenix

07 Mar Does God Love Me?

Some people may have a hard time believing that God would love them. They may think that they are too “bad” of a person or that their actions cannot be forgiven. Here at Agave Sozo Phoenix, we will provide scriptural references supporting the idea that God loves you very much and has no problem forgiving you of anything and everything that you may have done in the past. All verses are in NASB translation Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” Notice here that everyone has fallen short. No exceptions. Nobody has ever been “worthy” of God’s love and nobody has ever earned redemption. God’s love and redemption are simply given to us as a gift, for free, because God loves us and desires for nothing to separate us from...

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Sozo Chandler

02 Mar Scriptural Foundation: Peace

Here at Agave Sozo Chandler, we believe that there’s nothing like spending time in the Word to reaffirm our faith and keep us steadfast in the peace of God. Below you will find some verses of Scripture regarding peace. Take time and meditate on each verse as you listen to what the Lord is speaking to you. Also, feel free to read the passages surrounding these verses if you want more context. All verses are in NASB translation   Philippians 4:4-9 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”   2 Cor 13:11 “Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be...

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Is a Performance Mindset Holding you Back? | Sozo in Phoenix

27 Jan Is a Performance Mindset Holding you Back?

In this world, if we don’t meet expectations or fail to rise to certain standards then we can be made to feel inadequate. Attitudes such as this can affect our thoughts and actions greatly and may shift us into what is commonly referred to as a performance mindset. A performance mindset can take over many areas of our lives and hinder us from experiencing the full love, freedom, and grace of God. For example, we may try to love our neighbors as ourselves simply because it is what the Word tells us to do instead of doing it because we care about the people we are helping. Or we can be found trying to earn favor/affection instead of living from the favor and affection we already have through Christ. When helping others, it can shift our desires to wanting something from people instead of wanting something for people. Part of what...

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Is Sobriety the Opposite of Addiction? | Christian counseling in Gilbert

24 Jan Is Sobriety the Opposite of Addiction?

Addiction can be hard a thing to understand for those who have never experienced it. And it can be even harder for those struggling with addiction to reach out for help. Shame, guilt, and depression often surround those who are fighting against it and overcoming it can seem insurmountable. Our Sozo ministry, similar to Christian counseling in Gilbert, Chandler, and Phoenix, can help with overcoming the lies of shame, guilt, and depression. However, some may think that addiction is another thing entirely. The common method/thought for fighting addiction is to simply get sober. This is easier said than done. “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” – Johann Harri Uplift.com has a powerful article suggesting that the root of addiction can often be linked to past trauma or emotional loss. The addiction is the result of attempting to fill a void made by, for example, a...

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I want to found out what’s holding me back

06 Jan I want to find out what’s holding me back. Can Sozo Help?

Some of us can feel in our daily lives a sense of emptiness or lack of meaning. This can manifest into more serious conditions like depression and anxiety. For some of us it manifests as a sort of fundamental dissatisfaction. Do you feel like there’s some part of you deep down that’s holding you back in life? Are you looking to strengthen your bond to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and get to the root of the elements of your past or present that might be causing you to feel this way? If you find yourself thinking, “I want to found out what’s holding me back.” Sozo can help. But you don’t have to take our word for it! Here are some great excerpts from actual testimonials that might answer some of your questions surrounding Sozo and how it can help you solve whatever emotional or spiritual issues might be...

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The Power of Arizona Sozo counseling

03 Jan New Year’s Resolutions: The Healing Power of Sozo

With Christmas cheer in the air and the new year just around the corner, now is the time that many people are more closely examining their connection with God and wondering how they can lead a healthier and more spiritually fulfilled life. We are all seeking to better ourselves and realize our true destiny--which is never more apparent than through the tradition of New Year’s resolutions. If any of the resolutions below are on your to-do list in 2017, Arizona Sozo counseling might be just what you need. Be a Better Husband or Wife Your faith and your family are the most important things in your life. We all strive to be the best husband, wife, mother or father that we can, but we all fall short. If you are facing marital problems, or simply want to realize your true potential to empower your marriage, Sozo can help. Be Closer with God Do you...

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