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22
Feb

A SozoLife Weekend at Hilton Head Island

A SozoLife Weekend at Hilton Head Island

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I want to invite you to A SozoLife Weekend at Hilton Head Island, SC March 7-9, 2015. I have had people ask can one week-end really change your life?

Yes!

A friend stopped by and told me His story, and now I want you to hear it.

“What do you do after you go to the altar and give your heart to Jesus? After I received Christ many years ago, I found myself without direction, and began to blow as a leaf in the wind. I did not know what to do. I asked many people during the years, “what do I do now?” They said, “Do you have a Bible?” “No.” “Then go get one.” So I went and got one, but did not understand what I read.

As a result, I had and kept a truckload of baggage. I did not know what to do with all of the garbage, so I began to be disillusioned with the churches I attended, because no one could tell me what to do with my sin, and how to change my life. As a result, I was caught between two worlds, between the bondages that were pleasurable, and I really enjoyed, and the life that I did not have any understanding of. Now, where were my friends? I didn’t have any.

“What do I do with this thing called Salvation?” I had concluded that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and the Savior of the world, but I was still chained, and in a prison. Here I am a so called christian, a brother in Christ, but I was feeling completely alone. No one put their arm around me and said, “Brother, here is what you do next, here is what God wants you to do.” And what do I do; with the urges to drink, go to strip bars, and  party with my old friends. I was in the “black bag” intelligence community and enjoyed the life-style of lies, missions, near death threats and life threatening experiences. A part of me wanted to die, but I didn’t want to commit suicide, a suicide mission however would have been welcomed. I wanted to die, but somehow I knew I wouldn’t because I had a call from God on my life.

After many years of breaking I moved to the mountains of western North Carolina and during the course of conversation with one of my oldest and dearest friends, I hear the word Sozo. The word was so silly sounding that it caught my attention. I said, “What is that?” And he said, “It is a process of how to deal with all of the baggage and garbage in your life, after you become a Christian.” In that moment, I knew I wanted to know more about it. And in that moment, I was pissed off and said, “How long has that been around?!” I drew out the word long to exaggerate my sense of frustration. I am sixty-one and have lived a life of pain, suffering, fear, anxiety, disappointment, and failure. It was like living hell on earth, because I had no idea about what to do next. I had been living in the misery of darkness and confusion, been through four wives, and have three sons that I haven’t seen in over twenty years. Because I did not know how to deal with all the garbage or how to live in my new life. There was no practical guide book.

This is the conclusion I had come to. I came to the altar of I AM SORRY, AND I DON’T WANT TO GO TO HELL, and got a fire escape, but I had no idea how to walk with God. Experientially, he still seemed as far away from me as he was before I made the decision to receive Christ. He was in heaven and I was here. I knew the Devil was real, but somehow I did not have the same assurance of God being real. As the days went by, my baggage was still there. I still had all of the problems that I had before I went to the altar of I AM SORRY… except it was worse now. I was confused with the life I was living, because I was suppose to have the answers now, but I did not have any answers. I needed someone to take me aside and say, “I am in the business of spiritual garbage recycling. Let me show you how to get rid of this crap and turn it into fertilizer.” I had a desire to walk with God, but I did not have the experience of knowing how, until SozoLife. Then I realized that I had always felt like an illegitimate son. I even had a voice that came to me and said, “God hates you and that is why your life went the way it did. He wanted you to be in pain.” But the Lord used the process of SozoLife to open me to the Lord’s eternal Love, give me a way to resolve past conflicts, and show me how to walk with God. Now, I know how to hear God, I am dealing with all of the garbage in my heart and life, and I am free. Now I know what to do after you give your heart to Jesus. God is not finished with me yet, but I have more hope than I can ever remember.

If you find yourself anywhere in this story, or you know someone who is, the process of SOZOLIFE will give you a life worth living, and show you how to deal with the refuse, the baggage and the garbage that we all face. This weekend will be a weekend to remember. Life is not measured only by moments that pass on the sundial. Life is measured by the moments that mark our heart for God. You can map your life with these memories.

A SOZOLIFE WEEKEND is planned to give you a new GOD WORLD VIEW, give you the tools to fight the good fight of faith, resolve the unresolved conflicts in your soul, and teach you how to walk with God and bring healing to others. YES, this weekend can change your life. There is no charge for the weekend, but a offering will be taken.

Choosing to see truth, believe from the heart, and open your understanding to the love and the presence of the Spirit of truth, will totally change your life. This event will give you God’s perspective and Holy Spirit empowerment.

I want to invite you to attend and learn. This weekend we will have a Friday evening Worship and Teaching Session; SOZOLIFE: FOUNDATIONS I – Opening God’s Love from the heart of the Father. Then Saturday Sessions One – SOZOLIFE FOUNDATIONS II – Mastering the Process, (from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light)  Session Two – SOZOLIFE MINISTRY – Activation in the Spirit, (Teaching / Anointing / Public SozoLife Session. A very exciting time of experiencing God through the power of His Spirit.

Meeting Information:
LOCATION: CHRISTIAN RENEWAL CHURCH = 95 Gardner Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC

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7:00 am – 9:00 pm – SOZOLIFE FOUNDATIONS I: Opening God’s Love from the heart of the Father / How to Walk in God’s Healing for Your Soul

SATURDAY SESSIONS:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – SOZOLIFE FOUNDATIONS II – Mastering the Process (from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light)

12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch on your own

1:00 – 4:00 pm -SOZOLIFE MINISTRY – Activation in the Spirit, (Teaching / Anointing / Public SozoLife Session).

SUNDAY WORSHIP CELEBRATION:

10:00 am Christian Renewal Church

17
Feb

The Coming Civil War in the Church

THE COMING CIVIL WAR IN THE CHURCH

tree of life hand and worldI love the smell of fresh apple blossoms in the crisp mountain air. Today, some friends and I are driving from Asheville, NC to Statesville, NC. This is my weekly trip to visit my mentor and prophet to the nations. When we arrived, Bob and Viola shared their love, revelation, and whatever sweet snack survived on the coffee table. I began, “Bob, I appreciate your faithfulness in discharging your gift and calling with us, and in our church. I am so thankful for the treasure of wisdom and knowledge God has given you to impart.” He responds, “Well, that is the least thing I do.” My brow furrowed,

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07
Feb

YOU ARE CHOSEN!

YOU ARE CHOSEN!Mother-and-baby

I didn’t expect to hear that. I was at a pool party changing my clothes in a stall when I heard a friend say you can’t trust what Steve says, he doesn’t tell all of the truth. And, he has so much to do; he doesn’t have time to be a good friend. But, I can help you and we can be really good friends. Of course, it is up to you. Although this was a lie, and the measurement of telling all the truth a personal judgment, it was rejection.

We had just walked out of the Junior High Cafeteria, who wants to be on my team? I heard from the crowd of friends. I said what are we going to play? I heard we are going to play flag football, and we are going to choose teams. John and Travis are going to be teaming Captains. A sick dread came over me. In Junior High I was skinny and awkward and short, and usually the last to be picked. This day, the picking happened and no one picked me. I was the odd man out. Although the captain has a right to choose whomever he wants, this was a public rejection of my individual performance, before I could mess it up.

What do you mean you can’t dance? My teacher in the fifth grade exclaimed loud enough for everyone to hear. She reacted to the note my parents sent to school. At that time, my family believed that dancing was a sin and caused one to compromise his convictions. I didn’t agree with that idea, but I had to obey. So, every year when the gym class was dancing, I was made fun of and rejected. This kind of group rejection brings humiliation, and challenges the heart.

One day during the early years of Pastoral ministry, I was counseling a young man. In the session, I shared some of my own struggles with the intent of building common ground with him. The next week, I heard murmuring in the youth group, and I was called into the Pastor’s office to be interrogated about the issue I shared. Although the issue was personal, it was not a moral issues or major sin issue, but more of a fault of character issue. This is what you could call a heart rejection.

What is Rejection?

Rejection is perhaps the most destructive social experience you will have on earth and it will be repeated. Although you must listen to what others think and say, does not mean that you should agree, believe, or take their words to heart. So you need a strategy for dealing with what others will say to you, say about you, and say about others.

At the very center of rejection is someone’s opinion given as judgment. When someone gives you their opinion, because they have a right to tell you what they think, you will have to decide how to receive those words. If you believe their words and they are positive, you will be encouraged and blessed. If you believe them and they are negative, you will feel rejection and this will cause discouragement, disappointment, and depression. You may consider what others say, but do not just accept whatever they say as truth or an accurate description of you or your personality. Everyone has an opinion, and they will always be different. Why would you evaluate your life and personality by another’s opinion? Can someone’s thoughts describe you or tell you who you are?

When rejection forms the paradigm through which you see yourself, there are devastating consequences in long-term mental health, social interaction, and basic physical health. I have seen many people suffer with a bitter and toxic soul, because they believed the toxic words of others. The environment you cultivate in your soul will determine your psyche’s health. The scripture says Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2  A prosperous, accepting, and generous atmosphere in your soul will bring prosperity and health to your physical body.

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God knew rejection was going to be a big issue in your life so he gave some specific instructions. I am going to take these instructions from scripture.

  1. Choose to believe what God says about you! There are many rejection messages on earth but God chose you before the foundation of the world. You are chosen before time, and you must agree with that truth.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. Ephesians 1:4

Believe God and say out loud, I AM CHOSEN! Say it again, I AM CHOSEN. Now say it one more time and add an application. I AM ACCEPTED, AND I HAVE BEEN BEFORE TIME BEGAN. NO ONE’S OPINION CAN TELL ME WHO I AM.

  1. When an individual says destructive words to you or about you, forgive them immediately. Forgiveness will cleanse the soul and make way for acceptance. God wants you to choose. It is a way to be like God.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. Mark 11:25-26

Believe God’s way, and say out loud if you need to I FORGIVE YOU FOR SPEAKING WORDS OF DEATH AGAINST ME. You may have to say this a few times. Let your heart agree with what you say. I FORGIVE YOU FOR SPEAKING DEATH, AND I BREAK THE POWER OF THESE WORDS IN JESUS NAME.

  1. Choose to believe what God says and think new thoughts. Take any negative word and turn it into a positive. Most people who speak words of death are being used by Satan to destroy your purpose. Man’s opinions can sideline you from your real purpose. Turn the death into life. Jesus does this over and over again.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

Now, this is a choice and an important one. Think things that are true. Think things that are honest. Think things that are just. Think thoughts that are pure. Think thoughts that are lovely. Think thoughts that are a good report. Focus your heart to believe these things. Arrest those negative thoughts and make them agree with the positive word of truth from God.

When someone would say you are ugly, and I don’t like you. You say I believe what God says that I am exceedingly beautiful. I forgive you for speaking words of death into my life. I choose to come into agreement with God’s truth, I am chosen and accepted before the foundation of the universe and I will be accepted after time is done. God knitted me together in my mother’s womb. My eternal Father chose me, He sent me here, and He is walking with me. Therefore, I choose to believe God.

Acceptance and rejection may have corroborating events and circumstances that will try to prove a point, but when you agree with God you will always overcome with truth, regardless of the evidence you may see in life. The Apostle Paul said Let God be true and every man a liar! Romans 3:4

Don’t let the opinion of man tell you that you are rejected! You are Chosen!

10
Jan

Meditation: the secret place of the Father

Meditation: the Secret Place of the Father

logo pic for SozoIt was a spring Saturday. The aroma of fresh cut grass hung in the air. It was still morning and I was wiping sweat. My family lived in a 1920-something two-story white farmhouse, built on a knoll called Holly Hill, at the end of the road that bears the family name. I was 14. I finished mowing the lawn, and laid back on the porch. The warmth of the sun drew me in, and I took a deep breath.

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23
Dec

Merry Christmas

It is His Life that Makes the Difference

It is His Life that Makes the Difference

In all of the hustle and bustle of the commercial Christmas season, the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the excitement of expected presents and the disappointment of empty dreams, I began to ponder The Advent when the Father sent his Son almost two-thousand years ago. When you lose the heart of something you have to go back to the beginning. So, I went back to the manger in my heart and mind, and wrote some thoughts about the first Christmas.

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There are few more intimate places, than a manger on a cold night in Bethlehem. Nothing worked out for him because the Father wanted his Son to be born in a manger, with the smell of earth, hay, dust, wind and animals. It must have been Joseph who was not expecting that minor detail. Then you see him again.

Joseph is carrying warm water and bringing rags to clean the baby when he arrives. Mary is screaming, pushing, bleeding, sweating, and delivering God, made flesh to dwell among us, as a vulnerable baby.

Angels herald his birth as eternity takes the lowest form among man. Shepherds living in the fields come to worship him, God swaddled in flesh. The mystery held in the heart of God is manifest in Spirit inhabiting the dust of the earth. This was planned from eternity, but manifested on earth. God touches you because he wants you.

Nothing and no one is outside what God knows and feels. What ever you are going through Jesus feels and knows. He is invested in the feeling of your infirmities. He feels you, your love, and your affection. The Father experiences every breath and  feels every hurt as Christ in you the hope of glory. He has felt this with you all of your life, because he chose you. Enter into him, he is waiting for you.

I feel his intimate love and joy for you, and he would have it, no other way. Love enters life where you are and helps you carry the load. “Thank you Jesus, that you are still personally involved in every life! Thank you for meeting us in a stable. We love you.”

HolyFamily_Soft_EdgeHave a beautiful and rewarding celebration of Jesus’ birthday.

Merry Christmas, the day God made it personal!

I want to personally thank you for your love and support this year! You are special to Melinda and I, and our heart reaches to you. For all of my human limitations and failures, I am sorry. May I ask for your forgiveness? I love you and want this year to be your best. And according to God’s word, 2015 will be the best you have known. You will walk in favor this year!

We Love you,

Steve and Melinda

Please take a minute and check out my new website, it was designed by Tim Scroggs. It is truly amazing!

www.stevescroggs.com, or you may contact me at steve@stevescroggs.com

19
Dec

The Season of Christmas

The season of Christmas shows us the focus of our heart.

HolyFamily_Soft_EdgeIn this season we celebrate the MIRACLE of Jesus’ birth, the Word of God that entered the earth and dwelled among us, almost two-thousand years ago. The change of time is dated with his birth and life ; B.C., – Before Christ, and A.D., in the year of our Lord. Remember, when God sent His son, He established it to be remembered. The eternal Father sent His Son, the seed of Eternity, born of a virgin, formed in flesh, as the Savior of the World. Since the first Adam sinned in the flesh by his will and brought an all consuming curse into the creation; the last Adam, the seed of God, had to come in flesh to make right all of the wrongs of the first Adam, to destroy all the works of the enemy, and to give his life’s blood on the cross. His sacrifice gives you the resource to live in your eternal inheritance, ultimate victory, and confident power. At Christmas the Messiah came to give you, your inheritance.

This season I want you to rejoice in three things:

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23
Nov

Does God want you in Meditation?

Meditation

…the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. – King David

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It was a spring Saturday. The aroma of fresh cut grass filled the air. It was still morning and I was wiping sweat. I was 14 years old, had just finished mowing the lawn. My family lived in a 1920-something two-story white farmhouse, built on a knoll called Holly Hill, at the end of the road that bears the family name.  I lay back onto the porch. The warmth of the sun pulled me as I take a deep breath. As the energy of the sun’s light penetrates my skin a thought surfaces, “If God is light and eternal, can I meditate on his infinite glory and power.” Time seemed to slow as I began to imagine light. I absorb the warmth and sense comfort. I collect the energy and grip strength. I feel the rays

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09
Nov

There is More to this Life than meets the Eye

Have you ever encountered God in a grocery store?

I was in a grocery store checkout line when my eyes caught the TIMELIFE magazine MYSTERIES OF THE UNKNOWN: inside the world of the strange and unexplained. “Psychic prophecies, ghost hauntings, and alien abductions. Are these eerie phenomena real, or a figment of the human imagination? The answers await in MYSTERIES OF THE UNKNOWN.”[1]

This 93-page magazine encapsulates a fierce controversy in the life and in the heart of every human being to live in this world. The questions that arise are numerous. You may have had some of these questions yourself: “Is there something beyond the physical realm, or is this all there is to life?” “Can the invisible realm that I cannot see effect me?” “Is there life after death?” “Is there a God that created the universe, loves me, and wants a personal relationship with me?” And, if there is all of this invisible stuff out there, what does that mean for me?” These questions and many more have literally haunted me for years. You know what I mean. Remember laying on your bed as a child and having the fears of a “monster” under your bed. The more I thought about it the more I felt fear coming on me. Armed with the determination to deal with such fear, I rigged a string from my bed to the light switch. I could turn the light on and off from my bed. Did that make the monster go awayContinue Reading..

01
Oct

A Story of Victory with SozoLife

Have you ever had a sense of darkness surrounding you… like a cold emptiness sucking the life out of you? This loneliness and depression can be paralyzing. Feelings may not tell you the truth, but they can weigh so heavy on your psyche that insanity seems just a few steps away. You have to tell yourself they are just feelings and you can beat them. Displaced emotions and demonic oppression are two culprits of dis-ease. If you have ever experienced these symptoms I have good news for you. This story will give you hope!

One day a lady came in with a list of symptoms. She said, “My life is falling apart! I ache inside for peace and love, but I do not know why I cannot have it. Does God really love me?” The overwhelming feeling was that her life was falling apart. I sat facing her with two other people on my team that day; and after I introduced the process I said, “How would describe the issue you are facing?”

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16
Sep

The Eternal Purpose of God in Christ

The Eternal Purpose of God in Christ

One day as I was sitting in my office, I heard my next appointment in the waiting room. She had made an appointment a week earlier. I wondered why would she need to talk to me? She had a successful marriage of 18 years, three teenage children, and what looked like a good life. Or so I thought…

The waiting was over and she stepped into my office. “Hi Sarah, please have a seat. How are you today?” I asked.

“Oh, I’m fine.” She said, with a hesitant and almost apprehensive tone.

Sensing the struggle in her, small talk was cancelled. I asked, “What is on your heart today?”

The Heart Issue

She hung her head, sat down in the chair and said, “I need your help. I need to forgive my father. . . . .For some reason, I am not able to do that.”

I sighed, and in a rather candid expression, “Well, you know what the scripture says about forgiveness?”

“Yes, and I have said ‘I forgive you’ over and over again. I have prayed it. I have spoken it out loud, but somehow feelings of anger and rage keep coming up inside me, and pain comes up with it.” Her hands scooped the air from her stomach and then over her head. She tried to brush it off, but it would not be denied. The flicker in her eyes was the inner conflict surfacing. In that moment Continue Reading..