The Dwelling Richly Podcast
“Girl, Wait”

“Girl, Wait”

March 12, 2020

Do you doubt? Get stressed? Hurry God? Just me? Ok... of course we do...we all do. We doubt and we settle and we lose sight of the reality that our God is not just some distant disinterested lower case “g” god...our God, the God we sing to and about, the God we pray to and read about, that God is our God and he’s the creator of the universe.

When Ruth and Naomi returned to Bethlehem, I’m sure their plan was to survive. They just wanted to get what they could get from the edges of the harvest fields and hope for the best. But God had other plans. It may be the same for you today as well. Survive. You may find yourself in a dire situation at work, in your family, with relationships, even in your marriage...and making it work is the best you can hope for. Do right. Keep your head down. Just get through this. But God has other plans. I promise you. There is nothing in God’s Word that should ever leave us thinking that surviving is his will. God has blessing, abundance, grace, mercy, and more ready for us. Why should we doubt this for our situation today?

 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation 6 and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
    therefore I remember you (Psalm 42)

Listen to this message from Ruth and be encouraged. Join the Dwelling Richly Community Bible study group. Download the latest lesson at http://www.jennifergrichmond.com

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Fear? Not! - Living a Life in Bold Confidence

Fear? Not! - Living a Life in Bold Confidence

March 9, 2020

Take a deep breath and be encouraged, strengthed, re-centered...listen to this message and rethink fear and worry from the life of Nehemiah - the truth of God's Word. Learn the secret to a life truly centered and strengthed in lasting peace of mind and bold confidence no matter what your circumstances.

From Nehemiah 5:1-6:19

"Who is the least creative, least remarkable, least inventive person you can think of...I’ll save you some time...Satan. Satan is.

Solomon wrote, “there is nothing new under the sun” in response to his ponderings about the repetitive and seemingly meaninglessness of life – because aside from God’s creative power and inspiration, it’s always going to be business as usual and any of our efforts will eventually cycle into routine and meaningless pursuits outside of the newness and redemption that God brings.

God on the other hand – infinitely creative, original, awesome so much so that not only does God create the fascinating diversity of nature - from the massive 

He is intimately involved in our lives allowing for our personalities, blessing us with intelligence and creativity and giving us a never-ending supply of love attentive to our needs in the most effective ways possible.

His ways are not our ways – they are higher and more profound

His mercies are new every morning – they don’t wear out and repeat boringly

He supplies out of the abundance of his riches – which never end

Above all we could ask or imagine, God is making a way, providing, supplying, preparing, creating...

Are you with me?

Ok.

To the extent that God almighty, the creator of the universe is ingenious in new ways to love and draw us together Satan is cliché in his unoriginal tactics...and yet, over and again, we fall for them.

Like that fun uncle who gets you with his, “Hey, what’s that on your shirt...” (boops your chin) Maybe you had an uncle like this...maybe you are that uncle who says,

“Is that a giraffe...steals your fry.” “Shirt’s on fire...now it’s out!”

Only Satan isn’t fun and his schemes aren’t just a silly distraction. From our passage today I want us to get some perspective on this and what we can learn in the example from Nehemiah.

If we can be aware of Satan’s schemes we’re less likely to fall. If we are mindful that we have an enemy as Paul said, who is like a roaring lion and is set against us so hard that we need to be armed as if we were going into battle – then we can see defeat and distraction and difficulty for what it often times is – a scheme of Satan.

We’ve been making our way through this account in Nehemiah in this series “United” and if we’ve seen anything it is that life is a battle from beginning to end.

Nehemiah ran faced challenges the moment he set his heart to obey God's command to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem. He faced difficulty before he even got to the city.

Then, after he reached Jerusalem, enemies rose up to oppose everything he did. Which might feel surprising...I mean after all, wasn’t Nehemiah on a very clear mission inspired and blessed by God? And yet Nehemiah and the entire project – a noble, god-honoring project was tripped up repeatedly.

Like Nehemiah, we are confronted by the enemy of justice and peace when God’s plan is for love, community - and lasting peace.

But Satan comes at us with the same old tactics - and they are always are rooted in some kind of fear..." (Listen to the full message on this podcast)

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Subscribe to the Dwelling Richly podcast and get weekly messages of hope and encouragement from God's Word. www.jennifergrichmond.com This message was given on March 8, 2020, at La Mirada Church where Jennifer is one of the teaching pastors directing ministries to women and children. For more information about our church, check out www.LaMiradaChurch.com or www.Facebook.com/LaMiradaChurch 

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“God Will Make a Way Even If He Has to Kick Your Butt.” Acts 15:36-18:17

“God Will Make a Way Even If He Has to Kick Your Butt.” Acts 15:36-18:17

March 5, 2020

"God Will Make a Way Even If He Has to Kick Your Butt." Acts 15:36-18:17 Seriously though. Maybe you’re like me and you've bumped hard against people you love and serve alongside of. What happens when Christians disagree...like, really, really go at it? Maybe you struggle wondering if God’s going to just let people die without having heard about Him? I mean, what about all those people in the world who have never heard about Jesus? Maybe you have been feeling like God is not really hearing you or worse that He’s blocking your way in life. How does the Holy Spirit get us where He needs us to go? This account in Acts gives us answers to these and more questions. Connect with Jennifer and the Dwelling Richly Community Bible study on Facebook and Instagram. Jennifer blogs at www.JenniferGRichmond.com and posts fun ideas, delicious, recipes and encouraging devotionals along with the deep and faith-building Dwelling Richly Community Bible study. Studies are available to download, and you can go at your own pace on your own or with a small-group. Most studies also have an accompanying video series on www.YouTube.com/c/JenniferRichmond

“Satisfied” - Christ Lutheran Women’s Retreat

“Satisfied” - Christ Lutheran Women’s Retreat

March 1, 2020

God woos us, draws us, desires us, delights in us...sometimes that wooing is tender and sweet like a soft song enveloping our hearts...other times, and for me in this season, that song isn't so sweet - it's more like the rowdy, pounding beats of a heavy metal jam screaming for attention - God woos softly when we need that tender touch, but he woo-hoos us and even Hey, YOU-s!! us when we need a jolt of truth. This is my story of finding true satisfaction in God and how finding satisfaction in Him first and God fully changed everything. It’s not that I had left Jesus – It’s that I was treating him like a social media friend following Him for what I could find interesting and motivational instead of surrendering every corner of my heart, mind, and soul to Him and finding ultimate satisfaction in Him first and Him fully.

Be encouraged, laugh, think, and enjoy this message from Jennifer given at Christ Lutheran Church women's retreat.

Connect with me and the Dwelling Richly Community Bible study on Facebook and Instagram. I blog at www.JenniferGRichmond.com and I post fun ideas, delicious, recipes and encouraging devotionals along with the deep and faith-building Dwelling Richly Community Bible study.

Studies are free to download and you can go at your own pace on your own or with a small-group. Most studies also have an accompanying video series on www.YouTube.com/c/JenniferRichmond

“Restored” - Christ Lutheran Women’s Retreat

“Restored” - Christ Lutheran Women’s Retreat

February 29, 2020

"Restored: Found, Saved, Loved by God" -Where do you go when the platitudes are meaningless, your heart is empty, your hope is gone? This is my story...so far. I'ts a story of Dittos, Christmas ornaments, broken vows and healing. When you ask, "Why me?" or "I just want this to be over"... Whether the season you're in right now is refreshing and simple or hard and complicated, you have a God who sees - and more than that - seeks and finds and loves you. Be encouraged, laugh, think, and enjoy this message from Jennifer given at Christ Lutheran Church women's retreat.

Connect with Jennifer and the Dwelling Richly Community Bible study on Facebook and Instagram. Jennifer blogs at www.JenniferGRichmond.com and posts fun ideas, delicious, recipes and encouraging devotionals along with the deep and faith-building Dwelling Richly Community Bible study.

Studies are free to download and you can go at your own pace on your own or with a small-group. Most studies also have an accompanying video series on www.YouTube.com/c/JenniferRichmond

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Redeemed Past. Blessed Present. Hopeful Future.

Redeemed Past. Blessed Present. Hopeful Future.

February 28, 2020

You may *feel* hopeless...but your feelings are not God's truth. Listen to this hopeful message and be encouraged on this beautiful 1st day of Spring. 
#dwellingrichly #hope

Connect with Jennifer and the Dwelling Richly Community Bible study on Facebook and Instagram. Jennifer blogs at www.JenniferGRichmond.com and posts fun ideas, delicious, recipes and encouraging devotionals along with the deep and faith-building Dwelling Richly Community Bible study.

Studies are free to download and you can go at your own pace on your own or with a small-group. Most studies also have an accompanying video series on www.YouTube.com/c/JenniferRichmond

 

 

Why Does God Allow Evil?

Why Does God Allow Evil?

February 28, 2020

Why is there so much pain and evil in this world? From petty annoyances to crushing burdens. Why doesn't God do something about it?

Probably one of the greatest challenges facing each person, even Christians, is the reality of evil and suffering. Maybe you’ve gone to God in times of desperate hurt and deep loss only to feel that your prayers have not been heard.

These are important questions and while we cannot solve them all neatly in one short message, we can address evil and suffering and point to the answers found in God’s Word.

No pat answers...no, “just have faith” responses.

The full video version of this message is available at www.YouTube.com/c/JenniferRichmond

Connect with Jennifer and the Dwelling Richly Community Bible study on Facebook and Instagram. Jennifer blogs at www.JenniferGRichmond.com and posts fun ideas, delicious, recipes and encouraging devotionals along with the deep and faith-building Dwelling Richly Community Bible study.

Studies are free to download and you can go at your own pace on your own or with a small-group. Most studies also have an accompanying video series on www.YouTube.com/c/JenniferRichmond

 

 

When God Restarts Your Life

When God Restarts Your Life

February 27, 2020

When your plans are completely redirected. Suddenly. Maybe you get it at the moment...maybe you're confused and discouraged...maybe you will never understand...but you can still trust. Trust God's plan. Listen and be encouraged today to this message from Acts 8:1-9:43 

Connect with Jennifer and the Dwelling Richly Community Bible study on Facebook and Instagram. Jennifer blogs at www.JenniferGRichmond.com and posts fun ideas, delicious, recipes and encouraging devotionals along with the deep and faith-building Dwelling Richly Community Bible study.

Studies are free to download and you can go at your own pace on your own or with a small-group. Most studies also have an accompanying video series on www.YouTube.com/c/JenniferRichmond

 

“If You’re Happy and You Know It” Acts 13:13-15:34

“If You’re Happy and You Know It” Acts 13:13-15:34

February 19, 2020

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Refresh: “Joy Now?”