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The Emerald Coast Bahá'í Podcasts

 

These podcasts are intended to present the Bahá'í Faith to a Christian audience.  Of course folks from other religions will find the recent podcasts interesting as well.

 

While we try to keep the content in harmony with the Bahá'í Writings, please don't assume that we are presenting the Bahá'í Faith accurately.  This is an individual effort by a few people and should be considered our personal opinions.  

 

We encourage you to go to www.bahai.org for authentic Writings on various subjects, or go to www.bahaibookstore.com to purchase Baha'i books.

The contact info at the end of some of these recordings is obsolete. Phone the National Bahá'í Center at 800-22-UNITE, or go to www.bahai.us, if you live in the USA. In other countries, go to the bottom of our Home page to find links to the Bahá'ís in your country. To reach the producers of these podcasts, email contact@emeraldcoastbahais.org.

 

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In honor of the anniversary of the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, this is a 13 minute guided meditation based on the natural imagery in the prayer.


This is a production by "A World of Possibilities," not associated in any way with the Bahá'í Faith, but a balanced and informative series of one-hour programs about making our world better.  This program focuses on the work of groups of youth that are looking to heal the misunderstandings between religious groups.


Sandy and Ron Frazer read an excellent presentation about the Bahá'í Faith known as Anna's Presentation.  It's taken from Book 6 of the Ruhi Series.


50: Are you waiting for your minister to announce Christ's Return?  

Ron Frazer reads a section from the Book of Certitude in which God's Word tells us that it has always been the clergy who held people back from recognizing the new Messengers.  Consider how helpful the Jewish clergy have been in assisting the Jews to recognize their Messiah.


49: The Future of Human Rights 

Former judge James Nelson talks about how the concept of human rights has changed since the founding of the United States and speculates how it might change in the future.  The source of Judge Nelson's talk was a video downloaded from  www.BahaiVideo.com.


48:  The Emancipation of Women 

Layli Miller-Muro, the executive director of the Tahirih Justice Center, discusses the problems facing women today around the world.  Layli develops the theme of the bird of mankind having two wimgs, the male and female, which must be equally strong if the bird is to fly to its highest potential.  Quotes are included which state that the equality of women is a necessary prerequisite to world peace.  The source of Layli's talk was a video downloaded from  www.BahaiVideo.com.


48:  Baha'u'llah in The Bible 

Brian Whitcomb talks about the verses in the Bible that relate to Bahá'u'lláh and the Baha'i Faith. This is actually two separate talks that Brian gave, each about 20 minutes long--really good for seekers and Bahá'ís; he discusses a different approach to the words and themes in The Bible.  The source of Brian's talk was a video downloaded from  www.BahaiVideo.com.


47: A Few Bahá'í Writings 

Ron and Sandy Frazer read some favorite prayers and some of The Hidden Words.


46: What we've lost and found 

Five of the Emerald Coast Baha'is talk about what Christians give up when they become Bahá'ís.  This is a very frank discussion and it should be emphasized that this is just ordinary Bahá'ís talking--not the official position of the Bahá'í Faith.  The big question, of course, is "Do I give up my relationship with Jesus?"  The short answer is "No,"  The long answer is more interesting.


45: Why We're Bahá'ís - the soundtrack 

This is the soundtrack for the film, Why We're Bahá'ís that was just produced for our local cable TV system.  We interviewed about two dozen people and borrowed some video interviews from www.BahaiVideo.com to produce a 30 minute film.  We've included children, teens and adults for a wide variety of answers.  If you'd like to see an iPod version of the film, and can handle a 200MB download, it's  here.  


44:  Why I'm Still Excited About The Bahá'í Faith (Part 2 of 2) 

Four Emerald Coast Baha'is talk about what keeps them excited about being a Baha'i.  There are 5 songs from the CD, We Have Come to Praise Him! by the First Commandment Gospel Singers.  The music is used by permission from www.LiveUnity.com.  


43:  Why I'm Excited About The Bahá'í Faith (Part 1 of 2) 

Two long-time pioneers to Grenada and two Emerald Coast Baha'is talk about what keeps them excited about being a Baha'i.  There are 5 songs from the CD, We Have Come to Praise Him! by the First Commandment Gospel Singers.  The music is used by permission from  www.LiveUnity.com.  


42: Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati 

It's always a joy to talk to Swami J who lives about 20 minutes away from me. I think you'll enjoy this interview which nominally is about the oneness of religion--or the lack of it.  But it really goes much deeper.  He talks about the world religions in a multi-dimensional sense and through simple nature-based analogies helps us to see the reasons behind some of the conflicts among the various religions--and even within the same religion.  Explore Swami J's vast contribution to the world's understanding of the science of Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra at www.swamij.com.  For those of you that have sleeping difficulties, check out his Yoga Nidra CD at www.yoganidracd.info.


41:  Bahá'í Marriage: Susanne Alexander and Craig Farnsworth 

Susanne Alexander and Craig Farnsworth are the principals of a Baha'i SED project called the Marriage Transformation Project (see www.marriagetransformation.com).  Their recent books are Pure Gold, a book for married couples, and Can We Dance, a book for people who are looking for a marriage partner or investigating the character of a prospective partner.  They hold workshops around the world training couples to use this simple and effective system.


40: Rod Debs: Creating Loving Religious Communities 

Rod Debs is the minister at our local Unitarian Fellowship. This podcast is a condensation of an ongoing conversation that Rod and Ron Frazer have been having for the last two or three years. He continually strives to increase the religious experience of his congregation without, in any way, controlling their experience. He seeks only to stimulate thought, and to urge them to wholeness--whatever that would mean for them. He is a challenging person to listen to because he doesn't settle for conventional wisdom or platitudes; he tries to put each issue in a global context and treat the views of all people as worthy of consideration.  In this podcast we talked about the goals that are shared by both the Baha'i Faith and Unitarian Universalists and how the two religions take a different approach to achieving their goals.


39:  Fireside 4: Alan Halm and Joel Smith 

Alan Halm, Joel Smith and Ron Frazer discuss the evolution that each of the world great religions goes through from their inception to the present day--and how they can find unity among themselves.  


38:  Fireside 3: Michael Mathein and Timothy Alford 

Michael Mathein, Timothy Alford and Ron Frazer discuss the concept of a personal God as they understood it as Christians and how that concept evolved after they became Baha'is.


37: Health and Healing - Some Baha'i Writings 

Sandy and Ron Frazer discuss a few of the Bahá'í Writings on health divided into physical healing and spiritual healing.


36:  Fireside 2: Ernie Acavedo and Mike Whalen 

Ernie Acavedo, Mike Whalen and Ron Frazer discuss Ernie's process of becoming a Bahá'í from a Catholic and then born-again Christian background.


35:  Fireside 1: Gail Whalen on Baha'i Principles 

Gail Whalen of Henderson, Nevada discusses Bahá'í principles, joined by Linda Long and Robert Riley.


34:  The Attitude of Prayer 

Sandy and Ron Frazer discuss the Bahá'í Writings about developing an attitude of prayer


33:  The Series So Far 

Ron Frazer summarizes the podcasts posted so far to give new subscribers an idea of what they might want to listen to.


32:  9 Reasons to Become a Baha'i 

There's really more than that! Nine filled up a podcast nicely.


31:  Mormon Prophecies of Baha'u'llah 

Joel Smith describes some key Mormon prophecies that point to Baha'u'llah.


30:  Bahá'u'lláh and the Real Da Vinci Code 

Joel Smith talks about the popular book and movie and what SANGREAL might really mean.


29:  Hinduism - One Bahá'ís View 

A view of Hinduism from the standpoint of Sanatana Darma and Oneness of all religions.  For more detail on Sanatana Darma see www.swamij.com.


28:  Buddhism - One Bahá'ís View 

A personal view of Buddhism, the Four Noble Truths, and the Eight-fold path.  Find out why Buddhists are calm and pleasant people.


27:  Islam - One Bahá'ís View 

A personal view of Islam and the misconceptions that Christians often have.


26:  Can Science and Religion Agree? 

Sandy and Ron Frazer discuss creationism, evolution, and quantum physics from the Bahá'í Writings.


25:  Becoming a Baha'i 

Sandy and Ron Frazer discuss the simple process of becoming a Bahá'í and their own journey.


24: The Life of Bahá'u'lláh   Part 1   Part 2 

Sandy and Ron Frazer tell a few stories from the life of Bahá'u'lláh, the Messenger of God for today.


23:  Lionel Robinson 

Lionel talks about life in a FEMA trailer after hurricane Ivan and his struggles to accept Bahá'u'lláh as the Messenger from God for this millennium.


22:  Sin and Evil - Is it real? 

Sandy and Ron Frazer discuss sin and evil.  Are they real or just the absence of something divine.  In what way does the Devil exist?


21:  One World View 

Ron Frazer explores the future of mankind and the advent of world peace based on the Baha'i Writings.


20:  Christians who become Baha'is - or not 

Ron Frazer examines the beliefs of Christians who become Bahá'ís and those who don't.


19:  Robert Riley 

Robert, a life-long resident of the Emerald Coast, talks about the reasons he became a Bahá'í.


18: Proofs #1 

Ron Frazer discusses the proofs that Bahá'u'lláh is the Return of Christ using the Book of Certitude.


17:  Announcing Christ's Return 

The 1868 letter to the Christians that announced Christ's Return.  Why haven't you heard?


16:  Jesus and me 

Ron Frazer discusses his personal relationship with Jesus.


15: The Power of Prayer    Part 1   Part 2 

Jack McCants, a former Christian minister, discusses the power of prayer.


14:  The Oneness of Religion 

A 1912 talk by Bahá'u'lláh's son, `Abdul Bahá, discussing the fundamental unity of the major religions.


13: Why People Don't Become Baha'is 

Ron Frazer discusses the obstacles people face when investigating the Bahá'í Faith.


12: Life After Death 

Ron Frazer discusses the extensive Bahá'í Writings on this topic.  It's good news, by the way!


11:  The Essence of Religion 

What is the essence of religion?  What is the central eternal principle?  Ron Frazer discusses the questions based on Mark, Chapter 10 and the Bahá'í Writings.


10: Joel Smith on Biblical Prophecy    Part 8B 

The second half of Joel's explanation of why Bahá'ís believe that Bahá'u'lláh is the return of Jesus.


09: Joel Smith on Biblical Prophecy    Part 8A 

The first half of Joel's explanation of why Bahá'ís believe that Bahá'u'lláh is the return of Jesus.


08: Joel Smith on Biblical Prophecy    Part 7 

Joel Smith interprets the prophecies in Isaiah based on the interpretation guidance of St. Peter and St. Paul.


07: Joel Smith on Biblical Prophecy    Part 6 

Joel Smith investigates the Rapture based on the interpretation instructions of St. Peter and St. Paul.


06: Joel Smith on Biblical Prophecy    Part 5 

Joel Smith continues his investigation into the Resurrection of Jesus.


05: Joel Smith on Biblical Prophecy    Part 4 

Joel Smith uses the interpretation methods developed in Part 3 to investigate the Resurrection of Jesus.


04: Joel Smith on Biblical Prophecy    Part 3 

Biblical scholar Joel Smith describes the guidance provided by Paul and Jesus regarding the interpretation of the Bible.


03: Joel Smith on Biblical Prophecy    Part 2 

Joel Smith discusses the history of the early Christian Church.


02: Joel Smith on Biblical Prophecy    Part 1 

A excellent talk describing the problem that Rabbis had with accepting Jesus as the Messiah because of their literal interpretations of the prophesies about Elijah's return.


01: Podcast #1 was deleted due to copyright issues.