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We hope this becomes a dependency. Strange thing for a therapist to say. But we are dependent on God for life and peace and joy. Spending time with Him every day (imagining these vignettes) will enhance your life and growth as nothing else can.

 

Misinformation about God is rampant out there today. This is good stuff--agreeing with the best interpretation you can put on Scripture.

 

  Below, Love's Playbook, Arla's new series, is the first interpretive version of the Bible -- it's God's love story like you've never read it--written to keep you reading! (Images are Amazon linked )

 

By Arla, Oct 7 2019 01:00AM

Disappointed people will turn against you.


Jesus knows that not fulfilling Israel's expectations of him will cause a turning point, changing their praises to curses. But it can't be avoided. Their misperceptions of his kingdom have to be corrected, they must be undeceived. Their desires are for power, wealth, and greatness. He came to give new hearts.


The next day the people cover the area looking for Jesus, knowing he had stayed behind. They finally find him at Capernaum in the synagogue and ask how he got there.


And even though the disciples recount their whole story of the storm with Jesus walking to them across the water, they want to hear it from Jesus.


He doesn't oblige. He wants them to seek spiritual food rather than miracles. Sadly, he confronts them, "You follow me for what I can do for you. Don't work for physical food, but for food that provides spiritual life."


"What work does God want us to do?" they ask, for the moment interested in how they can gain God's approval.


"The work of God is to believe me, the One He sent." God's favor comes through recognizing God's character in Jesus. Heaven's price is believing that God is like Jesus.


The people don't choose to accept this as coming from God. It doesn't fit their picture of who the Messiah will be, and what he will do for them.


They think, If he is our Messiah why doesn't he provide health and riches for all his people and freedom from oppressors? We don't need love!


John 6:22-29



By Arla, Feb 13 2019 02:00AM

Jesus sees their confusion over hearing that he is leaving--they are baffled--don't even know what to ask. He knows discouragement and depression make an easy target for Satan, so he draws them out. "You know where I'm going and you know the way."


Thomas speaks the doubt he struggles with, saying, "Lord, we don't know where you're going, so how can we know the way?"

"I AM the Way... If you knew me, you'd know my Father also. Now you know Him because you've seen Him; He is just like me. If you're drawn to me, you come to Him. If you don't like me, you won't like Him either."


They can't comprehend his words. How can the ruling, mighty warrior God of their scriptures and history be the same as their friend--this man who has taught them what love is?


"Lord, show us the Father, and we'll understand," Philip is sure his request will clear it up.


"You still don't know Me, Phillip? If you've seen me, you've seen the Father. I've been showing you Him for three years."


Philip looks confused, so Jesus speaks plainly, "The Father and I are one. We think exactly alike."


He needs them to see who he really is--God in human form--come to show us what God is truly like with no interpreters. If he can raise their low level of faith to experiencing this reality, their belief will soar, and they will have an anchor to get through the ordeal of grief ahead.


John 14:4-11


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