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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, Jan 11 2021 07:00PM

A crowd all but runs from the temple, meeting others who are looking for Jesus. Hearing the exiters' account, some turn back afraid, but others press on to see the one they've come to as their last hope.


Many had stayed in the temple also, hearts thrilling at the power of his majesty, so seldom shown like this.


Jesus heals the sick and dying, and takes the children on his lap receiving their grateful kisses. Everyone, especially the children, shouts praises to God which come alive, bouncing off of marble walls and floors.


What a different scene the priests and rulers witness as they slowly return! They fear Jesus will take the throne of David, but they find people rejoicing in new health and ability, their praises ringing. For a time they stare, stopped by the wonder, unable to move.


The priests recover themselves, and press forward, shushing the still-exuberant children; the sound of their unrestrained voices, their dancing, running feet, offends them. But their words have no effect at all, so they speak to Jesus.


"Do you hear this? Stop them!" they say to him.


"Haven't you read?" asks Jesus, "Out of the mouth of babes You have perfected praise," He quotes David. Prophecy is being fulfilled!* They know the prophecy, and he knows they know it.

The celebration of praise calms into little ones falling asleep in Jesus arms as he teaches the people seated around him. 

Matthew 21:14-,  Mark 11:18-,  Luke 19:47-   *Psalm 8


By Arla, Mar 31 2020 01:06AM

After the earthquake, unearthly stillness covers the crucifixion site.

Many who had joined the crowd from curiosity, and were caught up in crying for his death, now accused by their consciences, go home, strangely silent.

Five men are forever changed that day: three of them are the centurion, the thief, and the cross carrier.

But the priests are not changed. And strangely fearful now, they are not wishing the bodies to hang on their crosses over Passover, so they ask Pilate to break their legs to hasten death and take them down for the Sabbath.

Pilate gives the order; but the soldier fulfilling it, sees Jesus is already dead, and doesn't break his legs, fulfilling prophecy.*

The priests' uneasiness grows. They can't believe Jesus is dead, and feel more afraid of the dead Messiah than the living one. They suggest the soldiers make sure Jesus is dead, so a soldier puts his spear in his side and out comes two streams: blood and water, suggesting that he died from a broken heart. Another prophecy fulfilled.**

John and several women watch, agonizing over the thought of Jesus going into the graveyard made for criminals. Their faith in him is gone, but they have never loved him more. If only they had money, or at least influence with Pilate!

Now the other two changed men, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, come forward. Both have secretly been disciples of Jesus, hoping to protect him, and both are wealthy and know Pilate. Joseph goes to him and asks for Jesus' body. Convicted, they become bold; their faith secure.

Matthew 27:55-61, Mark 15:40-47, Luke 23:48-52, John 19:31-38, * Numbers 9:12 **Psalm 69:20

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