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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, Sep 6 2019 01:00AM

Jesus' brothers are indignant. They don't believe he is the Messiah. His patience and kindness aren't lost on them. But these stories! "He doesn't take time to eat, spends whole nights in prayer, defies the Rabbis..."


"What will people think? Something must be done." They urge their mother to help them do an intervention.


"Jesus will listen to you," they say, convincing her to go to Capernaum... but a surprise awaits.


He has returned from two days in Galilee, and has just cast out a demon when they arrive.


His exorcism kindles anger from church leaders who accuse him of casting out demons by Satan, so He turns to them with logic.


"If I cast out Satan by Satan, his kingdom is doomed, but if you are speaking against God's Spirit, beware."


Jesus explains God's boundary. "Every resistant word you speak, against even Messiah, can be forgiven, but resisting the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven because He gives you the desire for forgiveness." Essentially, you cut off your heart from God, from help.


"Be careful, words have power," says Jesus. "You create good or evil in your own hearts through words, thoughts, and choices."


Jesus is told his family is asking for him.


He knows why, they want control; and he draws another boundary, stating that the closest tie to him is a chosen relationship of faith in God and acceptance of him as Messiah.


They understand his message--no control party today.


He likes being where his critical brothers aren't. Sometimes His only relief from doubt and criticism comes in getting alone with God.


Matthew 12:22-50, Mark 3:20-35



By Arla, Jun 21 2019 01:00AM

Jesus' mother also knew of John's ministry; she remembered his birth and the prophecies about him. She wondered...but was glad to have Jesus with her, especially after Joseph's death.


Such mixed feelings came when he kissed her good-by to go find John.


Now she hears of his baptism and that he hasn't been seen since. She longs for word that he is okay. It helps to be involved in the wedding relatives are planning.


Then she gets word--"He will be at the wedding! Can he bring friends?"


She is overjoyed, and can't wait to see him again!


At the wedding they embrace, the bond between them as strong and tender as ever. But he is different, not just worn and thin, but with an understated power.


She loves listening to his friends share their experiences. They are convinced they have found the Messiah. Secretly, with a mother's love, she hopes there will be an opportunity for him to work a miracle, to prove himself as the Messiah.


And then it happens. A server says to her, "How embarrassing! They are out of wine."


Seeing her opportunity, she immediately goes to Jesus and tells him, hoping he will supply it.


His reply, "Your concern is not mine; it's not time yet," recalls to her mind a similar response when He was 12.* Again he respectfully sets a boundary. He knows what she wants, but she is not in charge of proving his identity or his ministry. God is in command, and she must recognize that she no longer has control.


John 2:1-4 *Luke 2:49



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