barriers to connection

04 Oct The Importance of Connection

Technology seems to be taking over all areas of life, including connecting with people. A decade ago you would go into a coffee shop or airport and see people talking to each other, reading a book, or casually sitting and watching the world go by. Now, everyone is glued to a computer or their phones. In some ways, technology is great. It allows us to stay current with our faraway loved ones and keeps us connected to what is going on in the world. On the other hand, technology can be very damaging and create barriers to connection. It is partially creating a younger generation that struggles with interpersonal connection if technology is not included. Being so caught up in technology can sometimes prevent people from having true and intimate connection with God. Agave Sozo enjoys seeing people become empowered in who they are and gaining deeper freedom in Christ...

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Renewing Mind, sozo

21 Sep Renewing The Mind

On a daily basis, the world bombards us with messages telling us what we should look like, how we should act, and what we should think. Videos, tv shows, and magazines at the check-out line all inundate us with negative messages making us feel that we don’t “measure up.”  Guarding our minds is imperative for a powerful, positive life. At Agave Sozo, serving Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, we recognize the power of a renewed mind and the effect that the constantly invading negative messages can have on it.  How do these negative messages affect us, and what does it mean to renew our mind? Let’s have a look. What God Says One of the Bible's key passages discussing "mind health" and how it's important to God is Romans 12:2 (NKJV). "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what...

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How Your View of God Affects Your Life

07 Sep How Your View of God Affects Your Life

Agave Sozo is an inner healing prayer ministry seeking to serve those struggling with depression, sadness, pain, and other issues in the Chandler, Gilbert, and Phoenix areas. If you ask people who God is to them, you may get many different answers. A person’s perception of God can vary depending on their religious beliefs and personal experience. We may never know all there is to know about God, but we can certainly grow in our understanding of Him. Your view of God affects your life and your experience of Him.  Agave Sozo believes that the truth will set you free. Who is God? Who is God?  Traditionally, many of us have grown up with a view of God that is not necessarily Biblical. For example, we might believe He is angry, distant or quick to judge.  The wonderful news is that God is the very opposite. He is eternally loving, kind, patient and...

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love, sozo, forgiveness

28 Jul Scriptural Meditation: Love

Before I started my personal inner healing journey, I struggled to believe God loved me. I’m not alone; many people doubt God’s love, including quite a few who come to Agave Sozo for inner healing prayer counseling. One reason we tend to question God's love has to do with the messages we received during our childhood. Imperfect families and imperfect people have taught us love is conditional based on our performance, our actions, and our behaviors. Having grown up with a flawed human construct of love, it makes sense that we would interpret God’s love through the lens of our childhood heart experiences. There is hope! We’d like to suggest two ways to start apprehending the truth of God’s love. The first is Scriptural meditation. Try it. Take a moment to quiet your thoughts; choose one of the following verses; ponder what its message means and its implications in your own...

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inner healing prayer ministry

07 Jul Changing Our Negative Self Talk

We are not born with a negative view of ourselves. Negative self-perceptions develop as we encounter pain, neglect, rejection, or hurtful words. These and other unhealthy interactions with the human beings in our lives can cause us to begin hiding certain aspects of who we are, for fear that others might not accept us if we were to truly be ourselves. Another reaction to experiencing pain as we interact with people is to dislike ourselves. When we believe we’re the problem, it can cause us to decide not to “show up” in life. Agave Sozo (serving Phoenix, Chandler, and Gilbert) understands how negative experiences can affect a person’s self-perception. We’re a powerful inner healing prayer ministry that seeks to set people free to truly embrace who they were created to be and to live abundantly. Read on if you’d like to know more. Inner Messages Have you ever reflected on the...

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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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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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