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10 Sep Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” ~Glatians 5:22-23 (NIV) As we read this list, it’s quite clear that these traits should be descriptive of those who follow Christ. But living them out in daily life is much easier said than done. Unfortunately, it can be easy to put these qualities on our Christian-living “to-do” list without actually realizing that they flow from a deeper source: the Spirit. Now, that might seem obvious since they’re called “the fruit of the Spirit,” but sometimes the obvious is worth exploring.  The Water Cycle: Receive Imagine that your Christian life as similar to the cyclical pattern of water that connects the atmosphere, land, and oceans. Rain falls and fills bodies of water and runs off into the earth. Water then evaporates from the surface of the earth, rises into...

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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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11 Feb Psalm 16: Contentment and the Path of Life

The 17th-century French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Catholic theologian Basiel Pascal, once said: “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object.” Obviously war is not an ethical or Biblical way to pursue happiness, but I find this perspective interesting nonetheless. Every move we make and action we take, even if it’s deferring happiness in the moment for a greater, future fulfillment of happiness, is somehow in an effort to satisfy our desires. And depression, which would seem like a lack of happiness altogether, is still a symptom of this desire for happiness, but a failure at finding it. In a previous blog post we discussed the Christ-centered...

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20 Jan The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Happiness

In today’s culture, happiness is a primary goal. Everyone wants happiness. And historically, it’s woven into the very fabric of our American society: the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Perhaps you’d like to be happier this year than you were in 2018. At Agave Sozo in Chandler, we strongly support that goal. There is a subtle distinction between joy and happiness. It’s good to be both joyful and happy as a Christian, but for the sake of this discussion, we’ll focus on happiness. As believers going after happiness, it’s important that our pursuit revolves around the right things. What Do We Mean By ‘Christ-Centered Pursuit of Happiness’? A Christ-centered pursuit of happiness does not mean that your happiness revolves solely around spiritual or religious practices. Giving honor is an important part of finding God-centered happiness. In fact, everything in your life is spiritual and is deserving of...

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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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Sozo in Chandler

09 Jun When Faith is Hard

In your spiritual journey, you may have experienced seasons where your faith was strong and seasons where it felt weak. At Agave Sozo in Chandler, we believe time spent in God’s Word, meditating on its meaning and implications for our lives, is an invaluable tool to cultivating a deeper relationship with God. Contemplating the Word regularly will strengthen our faith. What Does the Bible Have to Say About Faith? The bible has a lot to say about faith! It’s basically on every page you turn. But one verse that describes faith succinctly is Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” As this verse says, faith involves confidence and hope for something we do not see. Another verse that speaks about this concept is found in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by faith, not by sight.” What Happens...

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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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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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