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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 10 2020 02:00AM

The Feast of Tabernacles was the harvest festival, celebrating God's gifts throughout the year.


Three times a year there were major feasts when people crowded Jerusalem. Many of them had become ritual, but this occasion was joyful, everyone bringing a gift. People built booths from branches, and stayed in them. Everything pretty was brought from the woods, decorating the city until it looked like a beautiful forest.


Jesus is in Nazareth, home for a visit in Nazareth. His brothers urge him to go to Jerusalem and declare himself to the world. "You haven't even been to Jerusalem for a year and a half!" they say.


They aren't ready to acknowledge him as Messiah, but are now impressed by his works. Still, they are bothered that he does nothing to lessen the antagonism of the priests and rabbis, who are surely right.


"It's not time yet," answers Jesus, trying to help them understand, "our world doesn't hate you because you agree with it. But it hates me because I confront it's evil. You go ahead."


Every event of his life has an appointed time, and he waits patiently. After they leave, Ruach directs him to go down alone, avoiding the crowds, and any possible demonstration to stir the jealousy of the leaders.


In Jerusalem, everyone is talking about him. "Where is he?" people are quietly asking everywhere.


Suddenly, in the middle of the festival, he appears in the temple courts, teaching. His bearing is dignity and courage, silencing gossip that he was late because he is afraid of the priests.


John 7:1-14



By Arla, Jun 25 2020 01:00AM

Jesus' mother also knew of John's ministry; she remembered his birth and the prophecies about him. She wondered...but was glad to have Jesus with her, especially after Joseph's death.


Such mixed feelings come when he kisses her good-by to go find John.


Now she hears of his baptism and that he hasn't been seen since. She longs for word that he is okay. It helps to be involved in the wedding relatives are planning.


Then she gets word--"He will be at the wedding! Can he bring friends?"


She is overjoyed, and can't wait to see him again!


At the wedding they embrace, the bond between them as strong and tender as ever. But he is different, not just worn and thin, but with an understated power.


She loves listening to his friends share their experiences. They are convinced they have found the Messiah. Secretly, with a mother's love, she hopes there will be an opportunity for him to work a miracle, to prove himself as the Messiah.


And then it happens. A server says to her, "How embarrassing! They are out of wine."


Seeing her opportunity, she immediately goes to Jesus and tells him, hoping he will supply it.


His reply, "Your concern is not mine; it's not time yet," recalls to her mind a similar response when He was 12.* Again he respectfully sets a boundary. He knows what she wants, but she is not in charge of proving his identity or his ministry. God is in command, and she must recognize that she no longer has control.


John 2:1-4 *Luke 2:49



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