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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 20 2019 01:00AM

Just then someone from Jairus' house approaches. Jairus pales as he gets the message, "Your daughter has died. Don't bother Jesus to come."


Jesus hears and reassures him, "Don't be afraid, just believe, and she will be all right." He picks up the pace for Jairus' sake.


Jairus has just seen someone healed by touching Jesus, he is faced with the choice to believe Jesus or give into fear and despair. With the stakes so high he presses closer to Jesus.


They soon arrive; the customary hired mourners have already begun their wailing to the mournful notes of flutes. Jesus cringes, saying, "Why are you carrying on like this? The girl is not dead but asleep."


They are shocked at his seeming insensitivity, they know she is dead and nervously scoff and laugh at him.


With authority in his voice he requires, "Leave here at once."


He leads her parents and Peter, James, and John into the girl's room. Taking the dead girl's hand, he speaks softly, "Little girl, I say to you arise.


A tremor passes through her body as her breath returns. Her lips smile and her eyes open as if from sleep, and the twelve-year-old looks wonderingly at the group around her bed. She sits up as her mother and father reach to hold her and weep for joy.


"Give her some food," says Jesus before leaving. "And by the way keep this to yourselves." He knows what a problem this will make for the church leaders--and then for him.


Luke 8:49-56, Mark 5:35-43, Matthew 9:23-25



By Arla, Sep 5 2019 01:00AM

The next morning Jesus and many followers leave for Nain, a mountain village about 20 miles from Capernaum. Spirit is sending him there. All along the way people join them, wanting to be in Jesus' presence, bringing their sick for healing.


This joy-filled crowd nears the gate of Nain and meets a funeral procession coming out on the way to the cemetery. In front is the body, followed by a weeping mother, accompanied by the whole town and their wailing. She is a widow, and this was her only son, her comfort and only means of support.


Even though Jesus knows he has been guided here to raise her son, and that he is about to turn her pain into joy, he can't resist comforting her. "Don't cry," he says tenderly, as he touches the coffin. (Nobody touches coffins for fear of defilement! But Jesus isn't afraid.) The pall bearers stop. And in a clear voice of authority Jesus says, "Young man, wake up!"


The son opens his eyes!


Jesus takes his hand and he sits up and sees his mother's tear-stained face beside him. "Mother!" he cries as Jesus unites them in a long embrace. A hush falls on both crowds, awed at feeling the presence of God.


Soon the silence turns into expressions of joy, as in triumph they turn back to Nain, saying, "God has visited us!"


Satan can't hold you in spiritual or physical death if Jesus says, "Wake up!"* His word is just as powerful today if you want it.


Luke 7:11-16 *2Thessalonians 4:15-17, Hebrews 2:14-15, Ephesians 5:14



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