King David is in the hot seat this week—week six of our series on salvation history. He's the most important figure in the Old Testament. David's "a man after God's own heart" after all. His life had many triumphs and some big falls. But of these vignettes, do we recall the covenant God made with him? Or that he was the first to live the role of Son of God since Adam—we're talking since creation here? Listen as Richaél Lucero answers these questions and more. Like, what about the blessing that came with being the Son of God and who it's supposed to benefit?
Week five of our series on salvation history is here. And Moses is our man. I say Moses, you say? Ten Commandments. Ten plagues of Egypt. The golden calf. Parting of the Red Sea. Wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. What do all these pieces of his story have to do with the covenant God made through him? What was the covenant even about? Find out today with Richaél Lucero. Plus! Learn why the freed Hebrew slaves of Egypt weren't actually free. And how that damaged the covenant. Throughout the series Richaél Lucero will examine one of the six key figures, the covenant they made with God and its meaning.
Abraham is the man of the hour during week four of our series on salvation history. And there are a lot of moving parts to his story: Before he was Abraham he was Abram. He was called out into the wilderness by God. He's responsible for the practice of circumcision. He sent his illegitimate son away. And was asked by God to slay his only-begotten (legitimate) son as a sacrifice. Are all these events random or do they fit together, and how? Richaél Lucero connects the dots to show the bigger picture at work. Throughout the series Richaél Lucero will examine one of the six key figures, the covenant they made with God and its meaning.
We're on week three of the series on salvation history. This week's Old Testament figure, Noah. And there's more to his story than a cute children's tale. It's a story that puts the rumors of a mean, angry, and eager to smite God to bed. Through Noah, God redeems and renews the covenant Adam broken. [...]
Welcome to week two of the series on salvation history. This week Richaél Lucero covers the first key player in salvation history, Adam. The same Adam who brought original sin into the world. Listen as she focuses on his pre-sin condition—which will give us the blueprint of a true Child of God. As well as whom we're called to be. Richaél also shares some struggles from the past 6 months.
What is the overarching plot of the bible? Who are the key players? And what are their roles? When we have a firm grasp on *salvation history,* these questions are easily answered. This is the first episode in a series on just that—salvation history.
Every week, Richaél Lucero will examine one of the six key figures, the covenant they made with God and its meaning. This week, get the rundown on the plot, the main players, and catch up with Richaél about how God convicted her over Christmas/New Year's break.
What has the Church been praying every December 17th-23rd since the eighth century? The O Antiphons—seven prayers, full of prophetic titles and Old Testament imagery of the Messiah, Jesus the Christ. Plus! From first to last, they climb climatically through salvation history. Listen as Richaél Lucero delves into the hopeful anticipation of the O Antiphons. You'll also get some pointers to help you lean into them this Advent and a free downloadable sheet.
Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. Jesus is the New Covenant. To appreciate this more deeply, Richaél Lucero explores the Ark of the Old Covenant. More importantly, what was held inside and its significance. She'll also point out the scriptures that identify Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant. As well as, how Christ is the fulfillment of each of the cherished items in the Ark of the Old Covenant.
Indulgences. A *get out of hell free* card? Money grab by the Catholic Church? Outdated and no longer in existence? No, nope, and negative. A beautiful practice in charity? A means for spiritual discipline? A gift from the Church to spur Christians on to holiness? Yep, yes, and you betcha. Listen as Richaé Lucero explains the role of indulgences in the Church today. As well as, what they are, why you’d want them, how to get them and more.
The Psalms are more than a collection of prayers. They tell the story of the Davidic Kingdom. In fact, they are the underpinning of the story—the inner thoughts, emotions, and movements of the heart of kings David and Solomon. Richaél Lucero reveals their story in the Psalms—all 150 of them. You'll find a wealth of human experiences put in words through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Listen and you'll learn how to navigate the Psalms and use their words, in your conversations with God.
Icons beautifully adorn our churches and homes. But make no mistake about it, their purpose is spiritual. Icons can be both windows into heaven—means of a spiritual encounter and dialogue. At the same time, they can be mirrors reflecting holy characteristics present in you. Listen to Richaél Lucero identify common features in iconography. You'll learn what icons can tell you about yourself.
How many times have you heard *your body is a temple*? Of all things to be compared to, why a temple? Yes, it’s holy. But there's more to it than that. From the Garden of Eden to a heavenly dwelling—Richaél Lucero identifies the prolific symbolism of the Jerusalem Temple. Listen now and you'll finish this episode with an exciting perspective of who God created you to be. Think: worship, sacrifice, unfathomable beauty, and endless Friendship with God.