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.

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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.

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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.

Spiritual Growth

How Can I Get My Thoughts to Match What I Believe in My Heart?

Episode 438 |  Pastor Adriel Sanchez and Dr. Bill Maier answer questions about anxiety over raising children to trust God, predestination, losing your salvation, the difficulty of faith, and how to make sense of Jesus' words about persecution.

Spiritual Growth

Is It Normal for Christians to Worry About Eternity?

Episode 437 |  Pastor Adriel Sanchez and Dr. Bill Maier answer questions about praying in the Spirit, witnessing to Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, worrying about eternity, whether we will have work in heaven, and blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.