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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.


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By Arla, Jan 29 2019 02:00AM

Three times the Father has spoken endorsements of Jesus from heaven: at his baptism; at his transfiguration; and even now after Jesus describes doom on priests, temple, and Israel as a nation.

This last voice is for a much larger crowd including the Greeks and the religious leaders. God is validating Jesus' words as truth, and affirming him as Messiah and Son of God.

This time Jesus says, "The voice was for you. Now is the judgment of this world; now is the prince of this world cast out. If I am lifted up I will draw all to me." The significance of the cross goes far beyond human redemption--everyone in the universe is drawn to Jesus as God's Truth.

Spirit shows him the dreaded cross shining with glory as a symbol of triumph over evil. He sees Satan's power over the minds of men, broken. The whole universe sees God's self-sacrificing love and understands. Satan's accusations are seen to be lies, and the slander against God's government falls as nothing.

God is shown as clearly not responsible for sin or our suffering. The choice to be loved or turn against God is the opportunity given to everyone. Every question about God's selfishness or severity is answered before the universe.

Many humans now believe on Jesus, even of the ruling class who are afraid to admit it for fear of being separated from the synagogue. Truth and opportunity will be their judge. Separation from the synagogue is nothing compared to separation from God. If open to it, they will see.

John 12:30-50

By Arla, Jan 15 2019 02:00PM

When King Solomon's temple was being built, the stones were prepared for building at the quarry. No tools were to be heard on site. The stones were brought and fit seamlessly together in their places.

One unusually large stone was brought to the site that didn't seem to fit anywhere. It became annoying to the builders. It seemed always in the way, and they stumbled over it. It lay in the baking sun, the contracting frost, and the beating rain.

Then when the builders were looking for the stone to use as the cornerstone, to hold the weight of the entire building, they tried many stones that broke apart when they were put through various tests of atmospheric pressure and weight.

Finally someone noticed the huge rejected stone that had been laying around so long. The builders put it through one last test--severe pressure. It passed, was put in, and found to fit perfectly!

This story had become part of Jewish tradition, a prophecy of Messiah; and now Jesus refers to it, applying it to himself. He didn't fit their concept, wasn't what they wanted in a Messiah, and yet his suffering passed the test of extreme pressure, enough to redeem Adam's guilt and that of the whole broken world--conquering evil and the whole dark side.

Jesus is the Cornerstone for those wanting new life. Anyone who builds a future on him will never be disappointed. Just think of that! Never disappointed!

Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10-11, Luke 25:17-18, Psalm 118:22-23, Isaiah 28:16, 1Peter 2:6-7

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