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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, Dec 4 2019 02:00AM

"Which do you think was a neighbor to the wounded man?" Jesus asks the lawyer questioning him.

The man won't even say the word Samaritan, but answers, "The one that had mercy on him."

Jesus simply says, "Go and do the same."

Who is my neighbor? stands forever answered: it is anyone who needs your help, without thought of class, color, or religion. Everyone is the property of God by origin, and everyone has been robbed by His adversary.

Jesus is also giving a picture of himself and his mission. We were robbed of identity, beaten and bruised by Satan's lies, and left to die without hope. Jesus left heaven to come and pick us up, put his robe on us, and take us to safety, tenderly caring for us at his own expense until we are well.

Sin is being separated from God with no identity, no hope. It is the worst of all evils.*

His object is to restore us and empower us to help others find their true selves.

Many are discouraged in their struggle with life. They need hope. If you've felt God's comfort, you can offer it with kind words, assuring them of His love and encouragement. Speak faith and courage that will bring healing strength into them.

Knowing God's compassion, we cannot pass by suffering thinking this doesn't concern me. Push back the enemy, no matter what kind of suffering.

Luke 10:36-37

*The Worst Evil-- Losing Yourself: How Evil Robs us of True Self, a book by Arla Caraboolad

By Arla, Aug 12 2019 01:00AM

A paralyzed man in Capernaum is completely helpless and dying. Friends tell him of the healing power of Jesus, but he doubts Jesus would want him in his presence. He knows his illness came from his sin and so refuses hope.

Finally, his friends convince him to let them carry him to Peter's house where Jesus is teaching.

When they get there, the crowds are so large and dense they can't get near Jesus. They attempt to push through in different places, but can't.

Hope rises in him feeling this close to Jesus. If he could just tell me I'm forgiven! he thinks. It would be enough.

Now motivated, he suggests they go up to the roof, break up the tilesof earth, and let him down in front of Jesus.

What friends! They actually do it! Tear up Peter's roof! Debris and dust falling on those below. Imagine Peter's surprise! It's a wonder he didn't say something.

But Jesus is not disturbed. Ruach has shown him this man's desire to be forgiven; drawing him to Jesus who understands this need.

"Son, you're free, your sins are forgiven," He says to the man.

Relief floods the paralyzed man, who rests on his stretcher, serene and happy, his face glowing.

The Rabbis, who pronounced God's curse with the diagnosis, are there watching, and exchange he-can't-forgive-sin glances, thinking, Thls is blasphemy.! Only God can forgive sins; something must be done!

Many diseases begin in guilt, shame, and worry. Jesus heals his mind and then his body, destroying Satan's work.*

Luke 5:17-23, Mark 2:1-9 *1John 3:8

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