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the fruit of the spirit - apple orchard

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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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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inner healing prayer ministry in Chandler, AZ - one woman's arms encircling another

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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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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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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