LifeSpiritual Growth

Pain Is a Megaphone

Of course, he was only joking, but in all seriousness, why does birth pain hurt so much? “Why? Why all this pain?” a laboring woman sobbed in my arms in a delivery room. Various world religions...

BibleGodGospelLifeSpiritual Growth

Has God Turned Me Over to My Sin?

Episode 541 | Pastor Adriel Sanchez and Dr. Bill Maier answer questions about the book of Revelation, good works, if God allows us to struggle in sin, and what it means to break the 10 Commandments.

Spiritual Growth

The High Stakes of a Hard Heart

You know what’s terrifying? A hard heart. It’s something I...

Spiritual Growth

What is True, Saving Faith?

How do you know if you are really a Christian? How do you know if your faith is true? The answer is not “get busier for Jesus.” The answer is found in the...

Spiritual Growth

Why We Can’t Lament Without Listening

I want to help you take some first steps toward reconciliation through listening. We’ll examine the connection between lament, spirituals, and racial harmony. The spirituals provide rich history and important truths.

Spiritual Growth

Do You Orient Yourself Toward Others?

Being a disciple of Jesus means orienting our lives toward others, just as Jesus did. It means laboring for the sake of others. This love for others is at the heart of discipling.

FamilySpiritual Growth

How to Enjoy the Messy and Beautiful Life of Motherhood

These pandemic days have me reliving my early years of motherhood. Though my children are older now, their never-ending company leaves me freshly aware of how much motherhood requires of me. As I try to pound out coherent thoughts on the keyboard, I do so with the sound of sibling arguments echoing in the background.

ChurchSpiritual Growth

The Blessing of Peacemaking

The world needs peacemakers. Sometimes our cities look like war zones. Even when we aren’t literally on fire, digital media invites the spreading of incendiary words.

Spiritual Growth

5 Things to Remember When Your Faith Is Weak

When life is hard and trials seem to flood over us, we can easily feel like we are useless— maybe even worse than useless. Temptation loves to strike us in these moments.

Spiritual Growth

Help! I’m Struggling to Strike a Work/Life Balance

The holy grail of modern life is to achieve work/life balance. But despite millions of ‘new decade resolutions’ to that effect, the vast majority will fail miserably in 2020, making this year as miserable as last year for themselves and for those around them.