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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 1 2021 02:00AM

Jesus knows Judas. He knows his need for approval, and that any confrontation would slam shut the door to his heart. This is the strongest he has spoken to him and it is directed to them all.

But Judas chooses to take offense and to ferment wounded pride into wanting revenge. After dinner, he goes straight to the palace of the high priest, and surprised at finding the council convened, offers to betray Jesus. The priests are overjoyed at the ease this gives them.

Judas had let greed grow inside until it had taken over every good trait. He envies and begrudges Jesus a gift appropriate for kings. For far less than it cost, he sells him out.

The eleven aren't like Judas. They truly love Jesus; they just don't fully appreciate who he is, distracted as they are by their own desires. Mary's gift of love is a lesson they need. After his death, they blamed themselves instead of her.

Simon is embarrassed, perhaps his father-pride wounded. His ignorance of God leads him to worry, What are my guests thinking? If Jesus were a prophet he wouldn't let Mary touch him, he would know she is a prostitute and not allow her such freedom with him.

But Jesus knows even more--that Mary had been deeply wronged by Simon, who had started her down the path he now condemns her for. And yet not wanting to expose him, Jesus tells Simon a story.

(continued tomorrow)

Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 7:39-40

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