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Fighting Depression in 2020

host Adriel Sanchez aired October 8, 2020

Episode 549 Show Notes 

From the Show

There is nothing wrong with scheduling an appointment with your doctor to share how you are feeling. Another practical step is this: I do not know how much you read the news or are on social media, but maybe it would be a good idea to take a step back from media for a while. Research is showing that that is really having a negative effect on us. During the pandemic, use of social media has skyrocketed rocketed. It is really overwhelming and it is important to get away from all of that and spend time with Jesus by studying his word and being committed to prayer. There is something stabilizing about that because it enables us to have an eternal perspective.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. How do we reconcile the Lord’s Prayer, where it says, “Lead us not into temptation,”with James 1, where it says, “no one should say, ‘God is tempting me’”? 

2. Recently I refused to give money to a panhandler, and I feel guilty about it. Should I feel this way, or was I justified in refusing him?

3. Did Peter teach Jesus delivers to us the Spirit, forgiveness, and salvation in Acts 2:38 and 1 Peter 3:21? Didn’t the earliest Christians in church history hold to baptismal regeneration?

4. 2020 has felt like a really emotionally exhausting year. It seems like in every area of life there is a conflict between people, and though I have never dealt with depression before, that is the only thing that makes sense of what I am feeling throughout this year. How can people like me persevere and hang on when it feels like one thing after another is weighing life down?




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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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