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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, Jul 11 2019 01:00AM

As Jesus' friends walk up, the woman leaves.


Forgetting Jesus' thirst, what she was doing, and her water jug, she runs to the leading men of the city with her discovery, "Come and see a man that told me my life, could this be the Messiah?"


Only looking at her they perceive a change; she looks different.


At the well, the disciples see Jesus' face and hesitate to interrupt his meditation. But remembering how He needed food, they urge him, "Master eat."


He loves their concern, and reassures them that he's been nourished.


They wonder did the woman give him something to eat?


He catches the teachable moment and shares with them the effect he feels from having one person respond to him in faith. As a mother delights in the smile of recognition from her baby, so he delights when we "get" who He is.


Jesus knows the woman believes in Him, and as he sees the sun reflecting white on green fields, he comments, "You think there's four months to harvest, but there is one ready here now."


The Samaritan men come to the well and crowd him with questions, begging him to stay and teach them. What a difference from the skepticism at home!


For two days Jesus and his friends stay, eat, and sleep as guests of Samaritans, who don't even need miracles to believe.


The disciples are stretched--extremely uncomfortable, but years later are so grateful for the experience and Jesus' example to them.


John 4:27-42


By Arla, May 22 2019 01:00AM

These Magi entering Jerusalem on their camels, decked out for royalty, look spectacular and make the news of their questions and their mission spread like fire. They are scholars, honest-hearted men, but the priests in Jerusalem cannot concede that God would pass by them and tell these "heathen." They won't be taught by them! They won't even go to Bethlehem to investigate!


The vivid account of the shepherd's angelic vision had also reached them and was discounted. The priests label it "fanaticism," feeling slighted and unwilling to believe, forgetting that God had given them the first sign in Zacharias' son, John, (the Messiah's forerunner.)


But Herod is not derailed by the priests' dismissive attitude. His road to the throne was paved with the blood of murder. He takes every threat to his rule seriously. When he questions the priests, he thinks they are purposely hiding information and goes straight to the Magi.


"Messiah is born?" he questions eagerly, "How wonderful! Please find him and come and tell me so I can worship him too!" Pretending to be truly seeking and joyful like they are, his act fools even these wise men.


Disappointed, and questions growing, they leave Jerusalem at evening. This is not at all what they expected.


Little do they know what kind of king they seek. Then as the sky darkens, they see the star and their joy and confidence revive. The stars they know. They are being guided by God!


Sometimes God's guidance doesn't bring what we expect.


Matthew 2:1-10


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