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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 3 2019 01:00AM

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"Don't be afraid; it 's me!" Jesus says, just as they recognize him. They can't believe it! He walked to them across the water? Within the storm?


Peter, overjoyed at seeing Jesus, says, "Lord, if it is you, let me come to you on the water."


"Come," says Jesus.


Peter gets out of the boat, and looking at Jesus, walks on the water! But he turns to smile at his friends behind, and then turning back, a wave hides Jesus. Fear grasps Peter and he begins to sink into the water.


"Lord, save me!" he cries, reaching up.


Immediately, Jesus grabs his hand and pulls him up, smiling and hugging him. "Why did you doubt?" he asks.


Together they walk on the water to the boat, Peter holding onto Jesus.


There is no self-sufficiency in any of them now, least of all Peter. They acknowledge Jesus to be the Son of God--the Messiah.


Immediately they arrive at Capernaum and it is dawn.


They had failed to trust him. They took their eyes off of who he was. But he never took his eyes off of them. He knew where they were and what they were going through the whole time--like a caring, but non-interfering parent watching precious children. These are the men who will light the world when he is gone.


At the moment their hearts were humbled and turned toward him, asking for help, returning to faith; he came and rescued them.


And that is all it has ever taken or ever will take for us to get rescued, too.


Matthew 14:27-33, Mark 6:50-52, John 6:19-21


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By Arla, Oct 2 2019 01:00AM

The people leave, frustrated.


Jesus gets much-needed alone time with God. The misunderstanding of people, especially his closest friends, is painful to him. He knows how hard his coronation of suffering will be for them. Plus the pain and temptation their misperception will bring on them. Their hopes are based on popular opinion, and they will soon be dashed--rocked by the opposite and almost impossible test of his crucifixion. He prays for them with tears. Without Ruach's eyes, they won't get through Satan's deceptions.


The disciples had left Jesus impatient with him, complaining to each other. Imagine their conversation, "We shouldn't have let him down. If we had been stronger we could have made him king. We had all that support!"


"We may never have another crowd like that! Will He never assert his authority and show the rabbis who he really is?"


And at least one doubtful voice asks, "Is he really the Messiah?"


Negativity is poisoning their perspective with unbelief, bringing on themselves spiritual darkness. They so want him honored, and them with him. Disappointment swallows the heaven-like joy of the day. They are unreasonable and God allows something real to focus their minds. A storm, they haven't noticed approaching, strikes suddenly with them unprepared.


They struggle against the wind and walls of water, getting way off course, and finally about 4 a.m. give themselves up as lost. They long for Jesus presence and of course, then he comes to them, walking across the water.


They see a light, think he's a ghost, and terrified, cry out in fear.


Matthew 14:22-29, Mark 6:45-49, John 6:14-19



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