Awaken Kindness by DaRevsUSA

Awaken Kindness by DaRevsUSA

Take control of your own self-care! A weekly progressive podcast looking at the stories of the Bible that enhance self-care and wellness. Hosted by DaRevsUSA, Rev Dr Penny Taylor and Rev Dr Bill Ressl ... In Awaken Kindness by DaRevsUSA, clergy couple Penny and Bill offer simple, fun, yet profound, progressive theological commentary on scripture through reflections, prayer, and song. More than just reading a scripture verse … Penny and Bill prepare each episode to seamlessly weave together scripture, reflection, prayer, and song. You’ll be challenged to think theologically and clinically recognizing how your God walk and God talk impacts all parts of your life. Unlike any other Religious podcast, Awaken Kindness, by DaRevsUSA podcast, hosted by distinguished Protestant theologians and clinicians the Rev Dr Penny Taylor LCSW and the Rev Dr Bill Ressl LCSW, offers a ground-breaking simple, yet profound, progressive approach to understanding Christ’s love. In each episode, this clergy couple in the United Church of Christ (UCC) unpacks the contemporary relevance of scripture as well as how to apply it to daily life. Join as Penny and Bill, Co-Founders of the Center to Awaken Kindness, share scripture, prayer, song, and their reflections through experiences from family, work, and 30+ years of married life. The Awaken Kindness by DaRevsUSA podcast is from the Center to Awaken Kindness which is a division of the Penny & Bill Company, a faith-based online educational learning corporation. Begin to… + see the sacramental realities of life all around + start living your best life in a new God walk and God talk + experience the transformative power of God’s love, so that you can share it with others + feel and awaken kindness in life Listen as DaRevsUSA, Penny and Bill… + highlight significant stories from the Bible, in particular the New Testament + reflect on scripture through theology, theory, and life experiences + share in prayer + join in song + share some time together with you Each episode is about 15 to 20 minutes and includes… + a scripture reading from the Bible, in particular the New Testament + a reflection by DaRevsUSA, Rev Dr Penny Taylor, Rev Dr Bill Ressl, or both + time for prayer as we share together in the prayer Jesus taught us to pray + a song to enjoy ~ or sing-a-long with DaRevsUSA + some shared time together with DaRevsUSA and with God At times, scripture contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children, therefore parental discretion is advised.

Episodes

May 18, 2022 17 min

Penny talks about a special guest. The crowd is wild. Jesus is walking by. Let us share the story. It is time to celebrate our relationship with God. We are in a time of turmoil – and like the days of old we are invited to tell the story so each generation can hear it, share it, and live Christ’s love. Come, let your light shine!

Join DaRevsUSA, Penny and Bill, as they explore and reflect on the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 21, verse...

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Penny delves into life’s reality – it’s a choice… be bad or good. Each of us can do either. What would a Good Shepherd do? What does civility look like? What type of world do we wish to live in… to create… to leave to a future generation? Do we follow the model of the Good Shepherd or ??? Come – let’s explore. Let your life shine as an example of the Good Shepherd. Be present with Christ here and how – let your light, your love, th...

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May 4, 2022 21 min

Do you see? Penny examines blindness as Jesus heals a man born blind with mud made from his spit. Imagine seeing the world for the first time by breaking the barriers of blindness. The local community questions what is happening – who did it – why? They knew the blind man as a beggar, not part of their community - although he knew them. He lived with them, heard their stories, and had always been very present in the community. The ...

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“Peace be with you.” Penny explores the peace that healed the disciples who were in lockdown, paralyzed by doubt and fear. Have you ever experienced that type of fear and the peace that heals? The disciples were hiding in fear. Jesus had died on the cross. Doubt and fear filled their hearts - so they hid. Jesus appeared to them and said: “Peace be with you.” He was not angry. He was not filled with hatred that he had been betrayed ...

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Jesus is dead. His body is gone! At times gratefulness can be hard. Penny explores Mary’s gratefulness at the empty tomb of Jesus. …It was a dark morning. Jesus was dead. Mary visits the tomb and discovers it empty. Jesus’ body is gone! Who took it? Mary runs back to tell the other disciples. They run to the tomb. Upon entering the tomb, indeed Jesus’ body is gone. The disciples return home. Mary stays at the tomb. Weeps. Two angel...

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DRVS newscasters Penny and Bill report Breaking News, Jesus is alive after having been crucified. Not the traditional Easter/Resurrection Sunday story, this story examines the struggle that Jesus’ resurrection created for those who knew him personally including Doubting Thomas. Join the journey as Penny and Bill share the story of Jesus appearing after his death as told through the gospel of John and our reporter on the street Past...

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DRVS newscasters Penny and Bill report Breaking News, the story of Good Friday, Jesus is dead. Delve deep into the story of Good Friday through reports from four reporters who are on the street reporting the events as they unfold… Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Jesus is dead. It is finished. Or is it? Come see what God has planned. We’ll hear the stories of Good Friday from the four gospels, pray, and sing On that Same Day to the t...

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Penny and Bill share the story of Good Friday through prayer, singing, and scripture. Good Friday commemorates the day Jesus died. It is a time to reflect as well as imagine the complexities of that moment in time for those who unlike us did not yet know the rest of the story… that Jesus would raise from the dead a few days later. Join the journey as Penny and Bill share the story of Jesus’ last hours as told through the gospels of...

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Bill looks at free will, the choices we make that become our destiny, the legacy we leave behind. What we do or don’t do has consequences. What impact do our actions have for our life and those around us – destroy or nurture? Today we look at the story of a barren fig tree, the gardener, and the landowner. The landowner wants the barren fig tree cut down - the gardener suggests giving it one more year, one more chance. What happens...

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March 29, 2022 21 min

Bill examines the dynamics and forms of life leading to growth or destruction – which do we value? Today we meet Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and Judas who questions Mary’s actions of “wasting” expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet. Mary had an intentionality to her actions – focused on love and Jesus that at times can seem a bit strange to the forms of society then and now. Together we’ll share and reflect on scripture John 12:1-8, pray, and...

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March 23, 2022 26 min

Bill talks about the choices we make in life - how we are an individual in life and how we participate with others. Bill unpacks understandings of individuation and participation through the Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother offered by Jesus in Luke 15:1-3 and 11b-32. Courage from deep within opens possibilities of new life. Love offers a path of understanding through the most difficult moments. Renewal is possible. Come let ...

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March 16, 2022 27 min

Penny takes a trip on the wild side exploring life’s wild adventures and how God is always with us – we are not alone. Penny enjoys hiking and having adventures. It can be pretty wild out there when walking in nature. Like the time at Glacier National Park when Penny and Bill went off the pathway to see the snow field that was still melting down the mountain. What did Bill see? Tan in color… a mountain lion? Hear Penny explain how ...

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Penny and Bill explore taking time to smell the flowers – taking time to be with God. Do we take time for God? Jesus did. Take Time to smell the flowers, aka sabbath time. Explore the amazing story of Jesus taking some time to be with God and reading from the scroll of Isaiah. Learn how God’s grace is all around if we open our eyes. Let’s take some time for God. Together we’ll share and reflect on scripture Luke 4:14-21, pray, and ...

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Penny and Bill delve deep into wine – Jesus’ first miracle changing water into wine at the wedding at Cana. Concerns can often arise at a wedding – and it did at a wedding at Cana that Jesus was at when the wine ran out. At first, he simply wanted to continue enjoying the wedding, but his mother encouraged him to create some wine. Jesus made the finest wine out of water. Feeling a little low – and who doesn’t once in a while? Be fi...

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February 23, 2022 20 min

Bill focuses on the painful daily struggle… do we corrupt another day or work toward healing? Every day every person has a choice… do we continue to expand the ills of otherness made visible in the world through oppression, disenfranchisement, and disempowerment - or do we spend the next 24 hours working toward loving one another – our self, our family and friends, and our enemies. A new day is possible here and now – if we desire....

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Bill delves deep into solitude, the cousin of loneliness, recognizing that we are never alone. Loneliness can destroy us – solitude holds us together. For where two or three are gathered Christ is present – but how can that be if we are all alone? Bill looks to scripture for an answer… the Advocate is ever present with us. So what? Bill unpacks the Good News – in solitude Christ is present. Come join the journey exploring scripture...

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Penny highlights that doubt and anxiety messes with us. Don’t let it stand in the way of experiencing God’s peace and love. Today Penny looks at living in fear being filled with profound doubt and anxiety through the story of Doubting Thomas from the Gospel of John 20:19-31. Thomas, one of the disciples, was in deep doubt and filled with fear. See how peace and doubt inner connect and how God’s divine reassurance that is deep insid...

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Loneliness is very real. It can strip us of our humanness. Bill shares his thoughts on changing loneliness into solitude – a choice? Is it possible? Is there a difference? Expanding upon the theological thought of systematic theologian Paul Tillich, Bill looks at the difference between these two experiences and looks back to a story of an old Christian Brother from high school. Loneliness can take us down into places that destroy o...

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February 10, 2022 17 min

Death is painful. Penny focuses on where to find strength and support in difficult times, especially in the painful experience of the death of a bestie. Penny reflects on how Jesus shared time, had empathy, and consoled his besties – Mary and Martha. All were distraught at Lazarus’ death. Jesus reminds his besties that if you believe you need not worry about anything – then Jesus tells Lazarus: “Come out!” Lazarus rises from the de...

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February 5, 2022 19 min

Penny asks: “Have you ever asked someone you don’t know for a drink?” Jesus did. Faith blossomed. Jesus was thirsty and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink of water, breaking the cultural codes of his day. Jesus’ conversation with the woman about “living water” opened her eyes and the eyes of those in her community. “Living water” minimizes thirst and has the capacity to plant seeds of faith and create relationships across differen...

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