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Welcome to Resilient Faith, a podcast to support your journey to live a fully present life, and a deeper understanding of the resilient power within you. Opportunities to find deeper resilience within ourselves can come when life seems most challenging. This podcast is to help you develop that resilience and connection with God. Being Resilient and having power starts with Faith. Resilient Faith is sponsored by Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA. Our Podcast is Produced by Janice McQueen and Cameron Ward Music composed by Cameron Ward Host - Lora East, Associate Pastor Special Thanks - Katherine Levin, Worship Arts Director and Dave Carpenter, Pastor. You can follow Resilient Faith on Facebook @bpcteam and on Instagram @bpc_usa Please consider supporting our ministry by giving here - https://www.bpcusa.org/financial-ministry/

Resilient Faith Brentwood Presbyterian Church

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Welcome to Resilient Faith, a podcast to support your journey to live a fully present life, and a deeper understanding of the resilient power within you. Opportunities to find deeper resilience within ourselves can come when life seems most challenging. This podcast is to help you develop that resilience and connection with God. Being Resilient and having power starts with Faith. Resilient Faith is sponsored by Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA. Our Podcast is Produced by Janice McQueen and Cameron Ward Music composed by Cameron Ward Host - Lora East, Associate Pastor Special Thanks - Katherine Levin, Worship Arts Director and Dave Carpenter, Pastor. You can follow Resilient Faith on Facebook @bpcteam and on Instagram @bpc_usa Please consider supporting our ministry by giving here - https://www.bpcusa.org/financial-ministry/

    The inside scoop with the Pastors of Brentwood Presbyterian Church

    The inside scoop with the Pastors of Brentwood Presbyterian Church

    Join Janice McQueen Ward, Worship Eder and Instrumental Director, as she interviews Reverend Dr. Tom Tewell, Reverend Dave Carpenter and Associate Pastor Lora East.

    Our pastors share their story and journey of faith, as well as why they chose the "saint and sinner" for their topics during the Sermon Series based on the book, Vintage Saints and Sinners.

    This is an episode you do NOT want to miss.

    Check out this article on our guest, Karen Wright Marsh - https://pres-outlook.org/2021/01/mentoring-with-the-communion-of-the-saints/

    Link to Karen's Book on Amazon - Vintage Saints and Sinners

    BPC YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrentwoodPresbyterianChurch

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    • 40 min
    Howard Thurman: Make the Heart a Swinging Door

    Howard Thurman: Make the Heart a Swinging Door

    Rev. Lora East speaks briefly with Karen Wright Marsh on Howard Thurman. The Sermon Series continues with the Saints and Sinners theme with a beautiful sermon about the author and leader.

    Here are some facts about Howard Thurman:

    Howard Washington Thurman (November 18, 1899 – April 10, 1981) was an American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. As a prominent religious figure, he played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century.
    Like many human stories, Howard Thurman’s story is one of resiliency, bravery, and hope. It began in Daytona Beach, Florida at the turn of the century on November 18, 1899—Thurman’s birthday. Though his family had little to no means, they loved him dearly, and throughout his life, Thurman (Hon.’67) would often attribute his success to his family’s courage and sacrifice. Young Howard was only fourteen years old when he left the comforts of home in pursuit of knowledge at boarding school (there was no high school for black children in Daytona Beach then). When he arrived at the train station to make his trek north to Jacksonville, he was shocked to learn that while he had enough money for the fare, he needed more to check his trunk. Thurman thought his adventure was doomed to end on that platform until an “anonymous stranger” approached him and asked him why he was crying. This stranger changed the trajectory of Thurman’s life, giving him the funds he needed to get to Jacksonville. Thurman never forgot that act of kindness, and dedicated his autobiography to the man on the platform who “restored his broken dreams.”


    More on Thurman: https://www.bu.edu/thurman/about-us/who-is-howard-thurman/

    Check out this article on our guest, Karen Wright Marsh - https://pres-outlook.org/2021/01/mentoring-with-the-communion-of-the-saints/

    Link to Karen's Book on Amazon - Vintage Saints and Sinners

    BPC YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrentwoodPresbyterianChurch

    Please consider supporting our show - https://www.bpcusa.org/financial-ministry/



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    • 28 min
    Mother Teresa : Dark Nights of the Soul

    Mother Teresa : Dark Nights of the Soul

    Reverend Dave Carpenter  preaches about Mother Teresa, a true saint!

    Mother Teresa was born in 1910 in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Little is known about her early life, but at a young age, she felt a calling to be a nun and serve through helping the poor. At the age of 18, she was given permission to join a group of nuns in Ireland. After a few months of training, with the Sisters of Loreto, she was then given permission to travel to India. She took her formal religious vows in 1931 and chose to be named after St Therese of Lisieux – the patron saint of missionaries.
    On her arrival in India, she began by working as a teacher; however, the widespread poverty of Calcutta made a deep impression on her, and this led to her starting a new order called “The Missionaries of Charity”. The primary objective of this mission was to look after people, who nobody else was prepared to look after. Mother Teresa felt that serving others was a fundamental principle of the teachings of Jesus Christ. 
    In 1952, she opened her first home for the dying, which allowed people to die with dignity. Mother Teresa often spent time with those who were dying. Some have criticised the lack of proper medical attention, and their refusal to give painkillers. Others say that it afforded many neglected people the opportunity to die knowing that someone cared.
    Her work spread around the world. By 2013, there were 700 missions operating in over 130 countries. The scope of their work also expanded to include orphanages and hospices for those with terminal illnesses.
    Mother Teresa never sought to convert those of another faith. Those in her hospices were given the religious rites appropriate to their faith. However, she had a very firm Catholic faith and took a strict line on abortion, the death penalty and divorce – even if her position was unpopular. Her whole life was influenced by her faith and religion, even though at times she confessed she didn’t feel the presence of God.
    The Missionaries of Charity now has branches throughout the world including branches in the developed world where they work with the homeless and people affected by AIDS. In 1965, the organisation became an International Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI.
    In the 1960s, the life of Mother Teresa was brought to a wider public attention by Malcolm Muggeridge who wrote a book and produced a documentary called “Something Beautiful for God”. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace.” She didn’t attend the ceremonial banquet but asked that the $192,000 fund be given to the poor.
    In later years, she was more active in western developed countries. She commented that though the West was materially prosperous, there was often a spiritual poverty.
    Mother Teresa was a living saint who offered a great example and inspiration to the world.
    She received a Nobel Peace Prize 1979 and was awarded an Honorary US Citizenship in 1996. 

    Check out this article on our guest, Karen Wright Marsh - https://pres-outlook.org/2021/01/mentoring-with-the-communion-of-the-saints/

    Link to Karen's Book on Amazon - Vintage Saints and Sinners

    BPC YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrentwoodPresbyterianChurch

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    • 30 min
    CS Lewis: Can Smart People Believe in God?

    CS Lewis: Can Smart People Believe in God?

    Reverend Dave Carpenter speaks on CS Lewis and how his work and life inspired so many!
    About CS Lewis (Wikipedia):
    Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963). He is best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, but he is also noted for his other works of fiction, such as The Screwtape Letters and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, including Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.
    Lewis wrote more than 30 books which have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies. The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularised on stage, TV, radio, and cinema. His philosophical writings are widely cited by Christian scholars from many denominations.
    In 1956, Lewis married American writer Joy Davidman; she died of cancer four years later at the age of 45. Lewis died on 22 November 1963 from kidney failure, one week before his 65th birthday. In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis was honoured with a memorial in Poets' Cornerin Westminster Abbey.



    Additional information on CS Lewis: https://www.biography.com/writer/cs-lewis
    Check out this article on our guest, Karen Wright Marsh - https://pres-outlook.org/2021/01/mentoring-with-the-communion-of-the-saints/

    Link to Karen's Book on Amazon - Vintage Saints and Sinners

    BPC YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrentwoodPresbyterianChurch

    Please consider supporting our show - https://www.bpcusa.org/financial-ministry/


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    • 30 min
    Behind the scenes with Karen Wright Marsh

    Behind the scenes with Karen Wright Marsh

    Join our Associate Pastor Lora East as she interviews Karen Wright Marsh, the author of the book that inspired our Sermon Series from early 2022. This podcast series will highlight 6 Christians that impacted many with their journey. We will also interview the pastors from our church and learn how they chose their vintage saint, and why and how they were called to the ministry. 
    About Karen Wright Marsh
    Karen Wright Marsh is executive director and cofounder of Theological Horizons, a university ministry that has advanced theological scholarship at the intersection of faith, thought and life since 1991. Karen directs daily programs, writes resources and curriculum, teaches weekly classes, mentors students, leads staff, and speaks at retreats, churches and campus ministries.
    She holds degrees in philosophy and linguistics from Wheaton College and the University of Virginia. Karen lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, Charles Marsh.
    Find Karen and discover abundant free resources at her author website, www.karenwrightmarsh.com, and at www.theologicalhorizons.org.
    About the Book
    Saints are people too.
    The word saint conjures up images of superstar Christians revered for their spectacular acts and otherworldly piety. But when we take a closer look at the lives of these spiritual heavyweights, we learn that they also experienced struggle, doubt, and heartache.
    In fact, we learn that in many ways they're not all that different from you and me.
    Narrating her own winding pilgrimage through faith, Karen Marsh reveals surprising lessons in everyday spirituality from these "saints"―folks who lived and breathed, and failed and followed God. Told with humor and vulnerability, Vintage Saints and Sinners introduces us afresh to twenty-five brothers and sisters who challenge and inspire us with their honest faith.
    Using the included conversation starters, you can join Karen on her journey with the likes of Augustine, Brother Lawrence, and Saint Francis, as well as Amanda Berry Smith, Søren Kierkegaard, Dorothy Day, Howard Thurman, Flannery O'Connor, and many more. Let their lives and their wisdom be an invitation to authentic life in Christ.
    Check out this article on our guest, Karen Wright Marsh - https://pres-outlook.org/2021/01/mentoring-with-the-communion-of-the-saints/

    Link to Karen's Book on Amazon - Vintage Saints and Sinners

    BPC YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrentwoodPresbyterianChurch

    Please consider supporting our show - https://www.bpcusa.org/financial-ministry/
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    • 51 min
    Unsubscribe to find new growth and resurrection

    Unsubscribe to find new growth and resurrection

    Luke 24:1-12
    Unsubscribe to find new growth and resurrection. Letting go of what no longer serves you allows you to receive in NEW beginnings. Enter into the next 50 days of Eastertide.


    The Resurrection of Jesus


    24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5 The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
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