If you have a dog, then you probably know the feeling of being greeted by a wiggly, jumpy, excited pup who's been eagerly awaiting your return. I sure do! Whether I’ve been gone for a day or half an hour, my Lucy is a blur of joy and relief when I get home. I think of this when I consider how glorious it will be to be face-to-face with the One who has for all this time been face-to-face with God for me. Jesus is face-to-face with God on my behalf right now. This is more personal than simply being in the presence of God, isn’t it? And one day, I will see Him and know Him even as I have been fully seen and known. What a great day that will be, one for which, if I had a tail, I would wag it in joy and eager anticipation! Maybe God gave us dogs to help us visualize that joy? Share a photo of your study today on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags: #lmccwomen and #DwellingRichly #lamiradachurch #biblestudy #facebooklive www.LaMiradaChurch.com
Today we honor the life of Billy Graham. He served Christ faithfully and is now Home and whole hearing from his Father, "Well done, good and faithful servant." His life touched yours in ways you probably don't even know. He led over 400 crusades across the world reaching literally millions of people. I was one of them. In 1985 I attended his 1985 Anaheim Crusade, and while I had already given my life to the Lord, it was at that Crusade that I felt the amazing power of the Holy Spirit and the affirming call on my heart to serve Christ with all my heart no matter what. You’ve heard it said, “The only sure things in life are death and taxes.” While that may be true for many, even if some try to find wiggle-room on the taxes part, there’s certainly no wiggling by our own will out of death. Nevertheless, this little statement is incomplete for those who follow Jesus Christ. Christians can add one powerful truth to this phrase: “sin has been put away.” Don’t miss that significant truth in today’s brief study. By the once and for all sacrifice of Jesus our sins have been put away, removed, done away with – treating it as if they no longer existed. Whose sins are treated like this? The Believers. For those who name Jesus as their Savior and their Lord. The one thing that could separate us forever from God has been nullified because of Christ – our better mediator has done exactly that - mediated a better covenant. We have a better deal. While death, taxes, and sin remain a sure thing for all humans – sin and its result (no not taxes!) death are done away with under the cleansing flow of the blood of Jesus. Our sins are cleansed, “if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” That’s a sure thing. The best sure thing. The only sure thing that ultimately matters. Billy Graham knew this and lived this truth as a testimony for us as well. God bless him. #lmccwomen #DwellingRichly #biblestudy #billygraham
Muslims don’t believe that Jesus died on the cross. They believe that He only appeared to die and that He was rescued from death. They don’t understand why Christians think that Jesus had to die. The author of Hebrews explained why Jesus did: “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” This is something no Muslim without the prompting of the Holy Spirit can grasp. We needed the death of Jesus. It wasn’t a tragic death. It wasn’t a senseless death. It was a heroic death. It was a reasoned death. The death of Christ fulfilled every covenant made between God and man since the first sin broke our relationship. The blood of Jesus poured out for us, reset everything. It made the Old Covenant obsolete and began the New. When you take communion next time, hold that cup representing the blood of Jesus more preciously than ever before and thank Him for purifying you through His blood. #lmccwomen #DwellingRichly #biblestudy
Join the weekday study "Live or Later" ...Live on Facebook or Zoom* at 7am or catch it later on YouTube.com/c/jenniferrichmond or the podcast search: "Dwelling Richly" What does your heart long for? Are you finding it in a way that will ultimately satisfy or eventually leave you needing and wanting more? In our study we're seeing that the Old Covenant and those practices - even though they may seem outwardly impressive and even meet a need for ritual and order - are empty in comparison to the reality of a saving relationship with Jesus Christ because He is a better priest. He has offered a better sacrifice, and He has shown the only way into true and eternal sanctification – the blood of Jesus. “Are you going to turn your back on that and go back to the crumbs of the foreshadowing which has now passed away?” I pray that we will each choose better – Jesus! - when faced with any tendency to add to the sacrifice of Christ. #lmccwomen #lamiradachurch #facebooklive #biblestudy * Zoom ID is 809-987-915
I wonder how many of us today are “first section holy place” Christians? We’re busy performing the external rituals of Christian looking activities: attending church, doing a Bible study, volunteering, tithing, etc., but we’re not embracing the internal Christian life. The way to true communion with God has been opened, and it’s just feet away, but we’re too busy with our heads down in all our rituals to truly commune with God who is now within reach in the second section – the MOST Holy Place! Lift up your head! See that God is there. Nothing you’re doing in the first section will perfect your conscience...only in drawing near and being in God’s presence will your internal life be cleansed and perfected. “Yes, but, doing my Bible study/attending church/volunteering draws me near to God!” Nope. No. Wrong. None of those things draw you near to God. They may give you a good feeling inside. They may encourage you, challenge you, steady you...but only one thing draws you near to God...Jesus. Jesus tore down that curtain, made the way, cleared out the need for the first section and gave you full access to God. That’s why it’s so important to truly center any and all activities we do on Jesus. Embrace life as a second section Christian today! Live in the Holy of Holies! Commune with God and everything else will find its purpose.
Take a moment to consider the detailed description of how God wanted His meeting place to be and compare that with the level of detail we’re given in the creation of the world. We know from reading these passages today that every aspect of what was to be included in the Tabernacle was measured to the smallest degree. What about the earth? Did we ever get the circumference of it? How about the sun? The moon? The stars? Any measurements, list of materials, or distances there? No. Why? Could it be because the world we inhabit – while “good” – is seriously insignificant as compared to what God provided as the way to have a a personal and intimate relationship with Him? The Tabernacle was a “copy and shadow” of the heavenly things. How exciting to have this detailed layout! God wanted it “just so” to show us a glimpse of heaven. How amazing to consider that the creator of the universe wasn’t finished when He rested from creation. God went on to provide a way for us to restore what we broke: relationship with Him. Let's be thankful for the minute details of creation and the details of this Tabernacle that point us to the Father. Join the Live study 7am weekdays on Facebook at LMCC Women. Watch the recorded session on www.YouTube.com/c/jenniferrichmond or on the Dwelling Richly podcast