forgiveness Archive


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20 Aug Freedom in Christ: Part 2 – Sin

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!  ~Romans 5:17 (All verses are in NIV) In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how one element of God’s plan in sending the Messiah, Jesus, was to free us from the law. This freedom from the law brought about freedom from sin at the same time.  The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, ~Romans 5:20 Out of context, this verse may be slightly confusing, but the point the Apostle Paul is making here is that sin existed before the law. However, when the law came about, it highlighted how much sin was rampant in their society.  While 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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16 Jan 5 Soul Care Intentions to Start the New Year

The most common New Year’s intentions revolve around physical health, and specifically around working out more and losing those pesky, few extra pounds. Other goals may include fulfilling certain passions and dreams, or choosing to budget well this year. However, soul care often gets tacked at the bottom of this list, or perhaps omitted altogether. As an inner healing prayer ministry in Chandler, Az, Agave Sozo would like to suggest a few soul care intentions you can set for this coming year. 1. Make Time for Daily Prayer & Meditation At Agave Sozo, we believe the Bible not only instructs us about how to live so we can be right with God, but it also offers the clearest pathway to Shalom, or a state of peace and wholeness. So when the Bible encourages us to pray and meditate, it does so because the Divine Wisdom in these practices prove to be...

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08 Oct It’s OK to Have Needs: Living in Community

In the beginning, humankind was created to live in community. It wasn’t good for Adam to be alone. It was good for him to have a partner and a family. One aspect of being created for community means that every individual has a desire for belonging and this belonging comes with the recognition that we can be interdependent with our tribe of people when it comes to getting our needs met in a healthy way. Shortly put, you were created with needs, and it’s OK that you have them. In fact, at Agave SOZO, an inner healing prayer ministry in Chandler, AZ, we believe those needs are biblical and that God often chooses to meet them through the people he puts around us. “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” Romans 12:10 (NIV). The problem is that our upbringing, culture and society, together, do a...

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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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How Your View of God Affects Your Life - man looking up

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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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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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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