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Resilient Faith

Brentwood Presbyterian Church

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 ChurchHoward 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 SinnersBPC YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrentwoodPresbyterianChurchPlease consider supporting our show - https://www.bpcusa.org/financial-ministry/Support the show
May 18 2022
28 mins
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 SinnersBPC YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrentwoodPresbyterianChurchPlease consider supporting our show - Support the show
May 11 2022
30 mins
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-lewisCheck 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 SinnersBPC YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrentwoodPresbyterianChurchPlease consider supporting our show - https://www.bpcusa.org/financial-ministry/Support the show
May 4 2022
30 mins
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 MarshKaren 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 BookSaints 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 SinnersBPC YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrentwoodPresbyterianChurchPlease consider supporting our show - https://www.bpcusa.org/financial-ministry/Support the show (https://www.bpcusa.org/financial-ministry/)
Apr 27 2022
51 mins
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Psalm 27 NRSV1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;    whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;    of whom shall I be afraid?2 When evildoers assail me    to devour my flesh—my adversaries and foes—    they shall stumble and fall.3 Though an army encamp against me,    my heart shall not fear;though war rise up against me,    yet I will be confident.4 One thing I asked of the Lord,    that will I seek after:to live in the house of the Lord    all the days of my life,to behold the beauty of the Lord,    and to inquire in his temple.5 For he will hide me in his shelter    in the day of trouble;he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;    he will set me high on a rock.6 Now my head is lifted up    above my enemies all around me,and I will offer in his tent    sacrifices with shouts of joy;I will sing and make melody to the Lord.7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,    be gracious to me and answer me!8 “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”    Your face, Lord, do I seek.9     Do not hide your face from me.Do not turn your servant away in anger,    you who have been my help.Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,    O God of my salvation!10 If my father and mother forsake me,    the Lord will take me up.11 Teach me your way, O Lord,    and lead me on a level path    because of my enemies.12 Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,    for false witnesses have risen against me,    and they are breathing out violence.13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord    in the land of the living.14 Wait for the Lord;    be strong, and let your heart take courage;    wait for the Lord!Support the show (https://www.bpcusa.org/financial-ministry/)
Mar 16 2022
9 mins
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We are 1 week in the Lenten Season. What have you let go so that new growth can happen? Growth and faith help us during the season of Lent. Today we will ponder what tempts us ? Luke 4:1-13 KJVSatan Tempts Jesus1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.Create in us a clean heart, oh God.  AmenSupport the show (https://www.bpcusa.org/financial-ministry/)
Mar 9 2022
10 mins
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