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Ep 94: The Formula For Prayer, Understanding God's Character and Counting Your Blessings with Chad Veach

10/3/2022 00:33:11
Ep 94: The Formula For Prayer, Understanding God's Character and Counting Your Blessings with Chad Veach
Have you ever wondered if there's a correct way to pray? Do you sometimes wish there was a cheat sheet for prayer? Are you waiting for God to answer a specific prayer? Chad Veach is the faith-filled, fun-loving pastor of ZOE Church LA who can speak to all thing's prayer. In this conversation, we talk about:

* Understanding what prayer is and why we should pray

* The ways God answers prayer

* How prayer changes us individually

* Embracing the blessings in our lives

Chad is a church leader, author and friend who has a refreshing perspective on prayer that's been cultivated through personal experience. During this episode, Chad lays out the formula for how to pray and reminds us why we should. He also speaks about the ways in which God responds to our prayers. Something I loved about this conversation was how practical it was - Chad shares ways in which we can be intentional with prayer in our daily lives.

My heart and my hope is that as you listen, you'll remember that prayer is simply communication with God. Whether it's through talking, journaling or walking, prayer changes us and makes us better. You can tag us @biancaolthoff and @chadveach, we'd love to see what prayer looks like in your life.

Love you,

B

RESOURCES/LINKS

Chad Veach Book - Worried about Everything Because I Pray about Nothing: How to Live with Peace and Purpose Instead of Stress and Burnout

Music by: Brad Tsushima, Instagram: @bradtsushima, email: bradtsushima94@aol.com, Spotify: "R.A.D."

Ep 93: Alcohol Addiction In The Church, Overcoming Shame and Hope Found In Recovery with Irene Rollins

9/26/2022 00:36:30
Ep 93: Alcohol Addiction In The Church, Overcoming Shame and Hope Found In Recovery with Irene Rollins
Why don't we talk about alcoholism in the church? Is there a way to overcome the shame we feel from addiction? Is there really a chance for wholeness and recovery? Irene Rollins is a pastor-turned-author who is shedding light on these topics and breaking the stigma around the church and its relationship with addiction issues. In this episode, I'm chatting with Irene about: 

* Dealing with alcoholism in the church 

* Identifying addiction issues and active recovery 

* Having a safe community to heal with 

* Supporting people impacted by addiction 

Irene is in recovery from an alcohol addiction and has been sober for a number of years. She talks openly about how unresolved trauma, insecurity and a hard season of life led to a dependence on alcohol. During our conversation, Irene shares her story and how her issues with alcohol impacted her personal and professional life. 

This conversation is shared with the intention of creating a dialogue around how the church deals with addiction issues. As you listen, I hope you'll see that help is available to those who need it and that recovery is possible with the right resources and support. So, whether you're looking for healing or trying to better understand how you can support someone through addiction, this episode is for you. You can tag us @biancaolthoff and @irenerollins, we'd love to find out how this podcast spoke to you.

Love you, 

B

RESOURCES/LINKS

Irene Rollins Book - Reframe Your Shame: Experience Freedom from What Holds You Back

Treatment / Therapy Programs: 

The Meadows Texas

Celebrate Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous


Music by: Brad Tsushima, Instagram: @bradtsushima, email: bradtsushima94@aol.com, Spotify: "R.A.D." 

Ep 92: The American Dream, Representing Mexican Food in Culture and The Beauty of a Family Business with Bricia Lopez

9/19/2022 00:37:14
Ep 92: The American Dream, Representing Mexican Food in Culture and The Beauty of a Family Business with Bricia Lopez
What does the American Dream look like? How does a family build a legacy? Is there a way to fulfill the desires God put in your heart? Bricia Lopez can speak to all of this as a chef, author and entrepreneur who is bringing a taste of Mexico to mainstream food culture. In this episode, I'm chatting with Bricia about:

· Her family and their American Dream

· Growing up in Mexico and immigrating to the U.S.

· Helping to establish a family business and building a legacy

· Bringing Mexican culture into the U.S. and attaining mainstream accolade

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on the podcast, I'm exploring the concept and realities of the American Dream with Bricia. During our conversation, Bricia shares the story of her family and how they established a successful Oaxacan restaurant in Los Angeles. She speaks openly about the challenges they faced along the way as well as the huge success they've attained for their authenticity. Something that's special about Bricia's perspective is that she continues to build her family's legacy alongside her siblings. My heart and my hope is that as you listen, you'll learn about a new culture and that you'd give yourself permission to dream. Ideating is a free gift given to us and if God's put a desire in your heart, chances are you're the person to see it through to completion. Below you'll find one of Bricia's favorite recipes, so I'd love for you to recreate it and discover a tasty new Mexican dish. You can tag us @biancaolthoff and @bricialopez, we'd love to see what food and dreams you cook up after this episode.

Love you, 

B

RESOURCES/LINKS 

Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico 

Salsa Borracha Recipe

Ingredients

· 1 pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed

· 6 morita chiles (you may substitute with ¼ ounce chipotle chiles), destemmed

· 2 cloves garlic, peeled

· 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

· 2 tablespoons mezcal

· 2 bay leaves

· Sea salt

Instructions

· Preheat your oven's broiler to its highest setting

· Place the tomatillos on a baking sheet with a rim, on your broiler's highest rack, and broil for 20 minutes, mixing them around at the 10-minute mark to make sure all of the tomatillos are cooking evenly. The tomatillos should be lightly charred and change color to a light yellow. Set aside.

· Meanwhile, in a comal or cast-iron skillet over medium heat, toast the dried chiles and garlic until slightly charred and fragrant. This should take about 30 seconds for the chiles and about 5 minutes for the garlic.

· Bring about a cup of water to a boil. Pour the boiling water into a bowl, add the toasted chiles, let them sit for about 20 minutes or until they are soft and tender. Drain and set aside.

· In a blender, combine the reserved tomatillos, chiles, and garlic with the apple cider vinegar, mezcal, 2 tablespoons of water, and the bay leaves. Blend until smooth. Taste for salt and serve.

· This salsa will stay fresh in the refrigerator for a week.

Pollo Enchipotlado or Chicken in a Creamy Chipotle Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

· 1 (2 pound) whole chicken, butchered into 8 pieces

· Sea salt

· Black peppercorns, freshly ground

· 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

· 5 ¼ cups chopped tomatoes

· ½ small white onion, chopped

· 4 cloves garlic, peeled

· 1 tablespoon olive oil

· 1 tablespoon butter

· 3 whole chipotles in adobo, plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (add an extra tablespoon of sauce for a spicier dish)

· 3 bay leaves

· Mexican crema, for garnish

Preparation

· Season the chicken generously with salt, pepper, and the Dijon mustard. Let sit for 10 minutes.

· Cook the tomatoes in a pot over medium-high heat with just enough water to cover them, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

· Preheat your oven's broiler to its highest setting. Place the chopped onion on a baking sheet and broil for 10 minutes on your oven's highest rack, until lightly charred. Add the garlic to the pan and broil for another 5 minutes. Set aside.

· Heat the oil and butter in a very large, deep skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat. When the fat starts to smoke, drop the seasoned chicken into the pan and brown it on each side for about 5 minutes.

· Meanwhile, in a blender, mix the charred garlic and onion, the cooked tomatoes, and the chipotle chiles and adobo sauce until finely pureed. Pass through a double-fine-mesh strainer for a velvety texture.

· Add the chipotle mixture to the skillet along with the bay leaves and mix well with the chicken. Bring to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 10 minutes. Once the sauce starts to change color and the texture resembles heavy cream, it is ready.

· Drizzle with Mexican crema.

Music by: Brad Tsushima, Instagram: @bradtsushima, email: bradtsushima94@aol.com, Spotify: "R.A.D."

Ep 91: Defining Truth, Living By Our Own Means and Being Aligned with God's Word with Jada Edwards

9/12/2022 00:31:52
Ep 91:  Defining Truth, Living By Our Own Means and Being Aligned with God's Word with Jada Edwards
Are you in a season of discovering God's plan for your life? Have you heard the term 'living by my truth' in mainstream media or on social media? Is the church struggling to clearly define God's will? Jada Edwards is a straight-shooting, truth-telling, speaker, Bible teacher and author. She can speak to defining truth from a personal and biblical standpoint. In this conversation, we talk about:

* Defining truth in culture and on social media

* The danger of using the phrase 'living my truth'

* How to define truth as a Christian and understanding God's will

* The importance of being led by the Holy Spirit

Jada's leadership and ministry have been a blessing to me and The Father's House OC. She has her ear to the ground and communicates in an honest, direct and loving manner. Jada shares her thoughts on truth in culture and in the church. Throughout this podcast, Jada provides context and shares personal experiences in defining truth.

As you listen, I hope you'll begin to see what God's truth is for your life. Jada is a friend and I trust that her thought leadership will encourage you to lean into what God wants for you. While it might not always be easy, there is peace and joy in fulfilling the call on your life friend! You can tag us @biancaolthoff and @jada_edwards on social media. We'd love to know how this conversation has impacted you.

Love you, 

B

RESOURCES/LINKS 

Books by Jada Edwards 

The Jada Edwards Podcast

Music by: Brad Tsushima, Instagram: @bradtsushima, email: bradtsushima94@aol.com, Spotify: "R.A.D."

Ep 90: Overcoming Lust in the Digital Age, Rebuilding Trust in Romantic Relationships and Redemption with Manda Carpenter and Matt Droguett

9/5/2022 00:51:25
Ep 90: Overcoming Lust in the Digital Age, Rebuilding Trust in Romantic Relationships and Redemption with Manda Carpenter and Matt Droguett
Have you ever grappled with lustful thoughts or actions? Do you struggle with intimacy and romantic connections? Are you wondering if there is redemption for you? Manda Carpenter and Matt Droguett have both walked through these exact things. While their experiences are different, they both found wholeness through faith (and therapy). In this conversation, we talk about:

* Male and female perspectives of struggling with lust and porn

* The impact lust has on romantic relationships and expectations

* Healing found through honest conversations and asking for help

* Struggles and reality of being a Christian in today's world

Manda walked through a season of seeking external validation which led to infidelity in her marriage. She talks openly about the web of guilt and shame that kept her entangled. Manda shares how one honest conversation, led to healing and restoration in her marriage. Matt spent a number of years silently struggling with a desire to look at explicit content. After breaking the cycle, he began to live in wholeness and now helps others do the same.

This conversation and space were created to shed light on a topic that so many struggle with. As you listen, I hope you'll feel less alone or better equipped to help someone you know who is going through this. Remember that there's freedom and grace found in the name of Jesus. You can tag us @biancaolthoff, @mandacarpenter and @mattdroguett on social media. We'd love to hear how this episode spoke to you.

Love you, 

B

RESOURCES/LINKS 

Manda Carpenter's book: Soul Care to Save Your Life

Matt Droguett's course: Ditch Porn and Reclaim Your Life & Use Code: TFHOC

Women's Conference at TFHOC - Breathe

Music by: Brad Tsushima, Instagram: @bradtsushima, email: bradtsushima94@aol.com, Spotify: "R.A.D."

We're Going There with Bianca Juarez Olthoff

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Author, speaker, and Christian leader, Bianca Juarez Olthoff invites guests to discuss relevant topics affecting all aspects of our lives. From relationships to race relations, faith to fashion, the conversations will leave you with practical tips, fun ways to talk about tough topics, and stories with amazing people to impact your life.

No topic is off the table and faith will always be at the forefront of the conversation. So... WE'RE GOING THERE!

For more on Bianca like her books Play With Fire and How To Have Your Life Not Suck, visit BiancaOlthoff.com

Reviews

Not very Biblical

not very solid in biblical teachings if that is what one is here to look for. Its hard for me to comprehend a Bible teacher saying she would love to have Jaylo and Beyonce on her podcast to interview. But to each their own. In one podcast she is promoting girls to be spirtually pure and waiting for marriage, then another by saying she wants to interview Beyonce is approving and endorsing Beyonces behavior on stage and her lifestyle. refering to the episode the millioneth download.

Fantastic

I love Bianca's podcast! She is so real and honest and helps me live out His teachings in the real world!