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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 17 2020 01:00AM

(continued from yesterday...)


A huge wave crashes over the boat. Hope fails as skill and strength are useless and the disciples' boat fills with water.


Several of them are fisherman; their whole lives have been spent battling the storms of this lake, but they are losing this one. Fighting the wind and the waves, they forget Jesus is with them.


Suddenly they remember, but their cries to him are drowned by the shrieking wind. Has he abandoned them? A lightening flash reveals him peacefully sleeping. Waking him they say, "Don't you care that we're sinking? We're about to die!"


Calmly he gets up, "Be still," he speaks to the storm, holding up a hand as if to stop it, and the wind dies, the waves drop. There is no fear in Jesus' face because there is no fear in his heart.


He turns to them saying, "Why were you afraid? You still don't have faith?"


Faith?


They have no idea what just happened! They see only peace and love in his face. In awe, they are  silent. Even Peter doesn't attempt words for his feelings. But soon the juxtaposition of awe and terror releases in joyful laughter, and they say to each other, "What kind of man speaks to wind or water, and it obeys?"


It wasn't his own power Jesus trusted. His Father's power stilled the storm. Jesus rested because of his confidence in God's care.


We, too, can have that peace! If we belong to God, He is with us, and there is no need to be afraid.*


Mark 4:38-41,   Matthew 8:25-27,   Luke 8:24-25    *Psalm 107:29-30,  Isaiah 32:17


By Arla, Sep 16 2020 01:00AM

Jesus has spent the day by the lake telling stories to a huge crowd. Day after day he has taught and healed, meeting their needs, answering their questions. The crowd pressed him until he barely had time to eat.


Today he told parables illustrating his work and the growth of his kingdom: the sower, the mustard seed, yeast in bread dough. He illustrated the value of knowing Him with the pearl of great price and the treasure in the field.


He even explained the natural consequences of rejecting goodness in the parables of the wheat and tares, and the fishing net.


Now he is tired. He loves teaching, but the antagonism and constant criticism of the Pharisees makes his work much harder, and by evening he is exhausted.


"Let's cross the lake to rest." He says to his disciples. He dismisses the multitude and the disciples quickly launch their boat. Even then other boats follow.


Hungry, tired, and finally relieved of the pressure of the crowds, Jesus lays down on a pile of fishing nets in the stern and falls into a deep sleep. The evening is calm and peaceful, for a while all is quiet.


Satan can't stand this peace. And God allows him to do his thing because He plans to make a teachable moment from it. Suddenly wind blows down from the mountains off the eastern shore, and the sky grows black. The little boats flounder amid high, powerful waves. The disciples struggle with the storm trying to keep their boat from sinking. Not until they despair of their own ability and ask, can Jesus give help.


Jesus sleeps peacefully undisturbed on their fishnets.


Mark 4:1-37, Matthew 8:23-24, Luke 8:22-23


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