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The Day My Back Reminded Me Who's In Charge

The Day My Back Reminded Me Who's In Charge...
After teaching a class at church, I was getting into my car and my back completely gave out...totally seized and spasmed. The pain took my breath away and the suddenness would have brought me to my knees had I not been holding on to the car door. I was standing in the parking lot bracing myself against the open back door and doorframe of my car almost literally frozen because every movement, even the smallest, screamed with pain like an angry two-year-old through my body. Had this happened a few minutes earlier, there would have been plenty of people, to call out to for some help, but now... No one...I just stood there bracing myself on my car frame looking down at my oils in the back seat juuuuust out of reach. My "Dr. Bombay Oils" as my friend likes to call them... then a car pulled in to the handicapped spot about 30 feet from me... An elderly man got out and I watched him head in toward the church. I stood awkwardly half …

Jesus - Best Brother

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From the Dwelling Richly Bible Study:
Hebrews 2:14-18

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Are you seeing the amazing compassion of Jesus here? Jesus did what he didn’t have to do – for me, f…

Ephesians 5:3-16

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What if we took the time today to consider letting only words of thanksgiving come out of your mouth today? Stuck in traffic? Thanksgiving. Someone cuts in front of you? Thanksgiving. A work issue remains unresolved? Thanksgiving. Friend or spouse is annoying? Thanksgiving.

Ephesians Read-Through (#4)

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Join the study and read through Ephesians with me today. This is our fourth read-through of the epistle of Ephesians, and if you've been with us since the beginning of this study, then you know that every time we've learned something new! Today we'll focus on the big picture ideas from the first and then second halves of Paul's epistle - the foundational truth of our faith (doctrine) and the way that we should live as a result of that truth (duty.) Follow the La Mirada Christian Church women's ministry - Faith and Fellowship - on Facebook and Instagram as well as right here on my YouTube channel and be sure to subscribe to the Dwelling Richly podcast on iTunes or any podcast app.
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Three things to know about yourself - Hint...it's not what you think.

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I suppose it’s possible, sadly, that the power and impact of this mystery feels diluted for us reading it today. I’ve known Christ as my Savior for over 40 years. But I don’t want to read this passage like an old news article. I want for myself, and I pray for you reading this as well, that we would embrace this exciting revelation as if we were reading it with fresh eyes. Paul’s prayer was that we would know “the hope...the riches...the power toward us who believe.” That’s what I want to know today. And all that is missed if I don’t see the fabulous news – that I am a fellow heir – along with Abraham! – in the promise of Christ. Abraham’s inheritance is mine. It’s sealed and guaranteed in the Holy Spirit. The promise to Israel is a promise to me as well. I want to be in a constant state of awe and for what has been done for me through Christ Jesus, and I want to live this day walking not as I could still be – “following the course of this world” – but as I now am: “blessed in Christ …

Ephesians 2:11-16 Once far...Now brought near.

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Ephesians 2:11-16 Jesus’ purpose in coming to this earth was not to oppose the law. He was not trying to keep it from being fulfilled. Instead, Jesus loved the law. He was the one who gave it at Sinai! “The Law of the Lord is perfect! Sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.” (Psalm 19). Like He said in Matthew, He came to fulfill it because we could not. In addition, Jesus broke down the barrier that the law had made between Jew and Gentile. The Law and all the ordinances established by God pointed to Him. Now that He has come and fulfilled the law’s prophetic utterances regarding Himself, He has made it unnecessary as a legally binding institution. He fulfilled it and in so doing, abolished the law of commandments as it was expressed in the ordinances. In Matthew 5:17 the word translated “abolish” is “καταλύω” (kataluo) meaning “to destroy, tear down.” In Ephesians 2:15 the word translated “abolish” is “καταργέω” (katargeo) which means “to make of no effect, separate from.” Because Jesu…

Ephesians 2:1-3 Who are we, really?

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Why do we love those extreme makeover programs? Whether its a shaggy, unkempt man, a tired woman stuck in the 80s, or a home in serious need of repairs, we love a before and after story because we are amazed at the transformation! If they just showed us the "after" we wouldn't be so excited, but in comparison to the before it's quite stunning. There's hope. There's awe. There's a sense that maybe we could transform our body, our hair, our home, our whatever too!  Today we'll go through a passage that lays out our "before." It's not pretty. It's pretty ugly actually.  Until we understand the reality of our situation, we cannot truly appreciate the grace of God. Unless we know our sin and to see it for what it is, and unless we who have given our lives to Jesus remember where we could have been, then we will never grasp the “riches of his glorious inheritance.” The lie, and perhaps the greatest lie, of Satan is that we don’t really ne…