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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, Nov 13 2020 02:00AM

The Sanhedrin, frustrated in their plans and silenced by Nicodemus, leave and go to their homes.

Jesus turns to the quiet of the olive orchards on Olivet needing time alone with God. Spies have dogged his steps every day of the festival looking to trap him in a word or action. He's exhausted.

Early the next morning he is back in the temple. People gather around him and he teaches them. But before long he is interrupted by a commotion.

"We caught this woman in the very act of adultery" says the hard, triumphant voice of one Pharisee.

"Moses says we should stone her." Adds another. "What do you say?"

Seeing through their disguise, and knowing they set her up themselves, Jesus gives no sign he has heard them, but kneels and begins to write in the dust on the marble.

Impatiently they move closer, urging him to respond. But as their eyes follow his finger, their faces pale, seeing he has written how they got her there, who set her up, and that according to Moses, her husband should have accused and brought her.

Then rising, he fixes his gaze on the posers who know the law--that the one wronged begins the stoning. Jesus knows they have wronged her, and he says, "The one who hasn't sinned may throw the first stone."

Hoping against hope that he won't expose them, one by one they slink away, defeated again.

Religion was not intended for condemning. If you want to know what God is like, read tomorrow's blog...

John 8:1-9

By Arla, Nov 2 2020 02:00AM

As Jesus and the three come down the mountain the sun is rising. They have been on the mountain all night. Each is wrapped in his own thoughts, they are silent and awed, processing.

Then Jesus says, "Don't tell anyone what you saw until I am risen from the dead."

Why does he keep talking about death? they wonder. Finally one of them gets up his courage and asks, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah comes first?"

Jesus answers, "Elijah does come. Actually, he has already come, and they did what they wanted to him. Like him, the Messiah will suffer at their hands."

They realize he is talking about John the Baptist. More confusion. The reference is clear, but then what was that on the mountain? What did it mean?

As they reach the bottom, they see a large crowd gathered. Scribes are there questioning and taunting the other nine. One look at them, and Jesus asks, "Why are you harassing my followers?"

A man steps forward, "I brought you my son who has a mute spirit. It makes him grind his teeth and foam at the mouth and cut himself, but your disciples couldn't cast it out."

Jesus sighs, his eyes piercing through the hearts of the sporting scribes, but comforting his confused disciples. The contrast between Moses and Elijah, and the attitude of these Pharisees jars Jesus' spirit, "Oh faithless generation, how long do I have to stay and put up with you?"

Embracing the father, he says, "Bring your son to me."

Mark 9:9-19, Luke 9:37-41, Matthew 17:9-17

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