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May
26
2022
Episode 975 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. When everyone has heard of Jesus, is that when the end will come? 2. Is the mark given to Cain in Genesis a sign of grace? 3. A report about the Southern Baptist Convention was just released that shows that not only has sexual abuse from SBC pastors been shockingly common, but that SBC leadership stonewalled the victims to protect itself from legal liability instead of removing those pastors from authority. Should all believers shun or expel all of the pastors involved with this tragedy? 4. What does the curse and promises in Genesis 3:16 mean? 5. Why did God allow Satan to continue to live after the fall? Today’s Offer The Parables of King Jesus – Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can Christianity Be True if God Allows Evil and Suffering?
May
25
2022
Episode 974 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Adriel and Bill takes time to talk about the idea of “thoughts and prayers” after shootings and how Christians can respond after such tragedies. 2. Are there some things in the Bible that God did not put in and did not intend? 3. What is Covenant Theology? 4. Does James 2 teach that we are justified by works? 5. What is Sola Scriptura? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can Christianity Be True if God Allows Evil and Suffering?
May
24
2022
Episode 973 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Are we permitted to translate God's name into our own language? 2. Are there any signs of the second coming occuring now that indicate we are close to the "end times"? 3. My brother is abusive and struggles with narcissism. How can I pray to God to help him? 4. I have a child with my boyfriend and we live together, but I don't want to get married because it would remove me from my parent's insurance. What should I do? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life?
May
23
2022
Episode 972 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why don't most churches and Christians keep the Saturday Sabbath? 2. How can I avoid offending my brother while not attending his same-sex wedding? 3. How can I other's needs about my own without being taken advantage of? 4. I want to tithe but my spouse doesn't. What should I do? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Why Did the Sabbath Day Change to Sunday?
May
20
2022
Episode 971 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do I know when God is testing me? 2. Why did Jesus allow demons to possess pigs? 3. Is Proverbs 22:6 a promise or a guideline? 4. Who is the Harlot of Babylon in Revelation? 5. How are Gentiles a "law unto themselves"? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Can I Lose My Salvation?
May
19
2022
Episode 970 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do I lovingly engage with my daughter who left the faith? 2. How do I share the gospel as an introvert? 3. Why don't we take warnings about the dangers of gossip seriously? 4. Is the Golden Rule the greatest rule in the Bible? 5. Does true forgiveness require me to tell my offender that I forgive them? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life?
May
18
2022
Episode 969 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Can we pray to the Holy Spirit? 2. How should we understand the 144,000 thousand in Revelation? 3. Can I skip church for soccer? 4. What are Christophanies? 5. Can Christians receive IVF treatments to have children? 6. Should Christians focus on personal holiness instead of current events? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life?  
May
17
2022
Episode 968 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What is significant about the measurements and design of the tabernacle? 2. Why doesn't God work in signs and wonders the way he did in the Old Testament? 3. My spouse and I disagree theologically. What should I do? 4. How do I receive Jesus Christ? 5. How do I talk about the gospel and justification by faith with my Roman Catholic family? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Can I Share My Faith?
May
16
2022
Episode 967 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Must we use real wine and bread in communion? 2. Is it wrong to be cremated? 3. Why do we call the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as "persons" of the trinity? 4. Did Jesus Break the Sabbath in John 5? 5. Should higher education and formal theological training be a requirement to be a pastor? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Why Did the Sabbath Day Change to Sunday?
May
13
2022
Episode 966 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I am reading Deuteronomy 14, and it is going over the Israelite diets. I see that God allows non-Israelite sojourners to eat food that has died naturally but Israelites cannot eat this food. Why is that? 2. Why do Christians reject same-sex marriages but accept heterosexual remarriages? 3. How does God save the mentally disabled? 4. Why do Christians stand before God’s judgment if they are already saved? 5. Can I confess my sin of adultery to God alone and not to my spouse? Today’s Offer Bible Study – The Parables of King Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What’s the Difference Between Justification and Sanctification?
May
12
2022
Episode 965 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is the “age of accountability” a biblical doctrine? 2. How do you know the voice of the Holy Spirit versus another voice? Is it a gut feeling? 3. Will we remember our non-believing loved ones in heaven? 4. Is it a big deal if we have an incorrect understanding of the trinity? 5. Is the judgment of the sheep and goats based on works? Today’s Offer Bible Study – The Parables of King Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today?
May
11
2022
Episode 964 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What is the prayer language that Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians? 2. Did the Apostle Paul ever speak with Jesus face to face? 3. Is it biblical to dance before the Lord in a worship service because David danced before the Lord? 4. If we agree on how we are saved, why can’t we agree on our views of the end times? Today’s Offer Bible Study – The Parables of King Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What Are the Main Views of the End Times?
May
10
2022
Episode 963 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do I truly repent? 2. Did God condone all of the polygamy in the Old Testament? 3. Does the 8th commandment include gossiping? 4. What is the significance of the apostles laying on hands in Acts 8? Today’s Offer 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life?
May
9
2022
Episode 962 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What can you do when you are in a marriage and you want to grow closer to God but your husband continues to grow distant from God, even after being saved? 2. How do I interact with negative and ungodly people around me? 3. What does 1 Thessalonians 4 mean that the “dead in Christ will rise first”? I thought people who died in Christ would be with the Lord immediately? Who are the dead in Christ? 4. I know I’m saved, but why can’t I break my alcohol addiction? Today’s Offer 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex Core Question – What Are the Main Views of the End Times?
May
6
2022
Episode 961 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is it ok to attend a church that has a female pastor? 2. How do I explain the trinity to my kids? 3. Are men a helpmate for women the way women are for men in Genesis? 4. How do I navigate having a transgender coworker? 5. What posture should Christians have in their relationship with Jesus? Today's Offer 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide - 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex
May
5
2022
Episode 960 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Will the angels who fell with Satan have a chance to be forgiven or redeemed? 2. Can Christian pastors officiate same-sex weddings? 3. How can I grow as a leader so that I can better serve my wife? 4. What is the proper way to explain the doctrine of the trinity? 5. How do I share my faith with my non-believing spouse? Today's Offer 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide - 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex
May
4
2022
Episode 959 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Does God send temptations into your life? I’m married, but I have had thoughts about getting together with other women. Just tonight a woman asked me for my number. I said I was flattered but that I was married. But now I can’t stop thinking about this and if things in life were different. 2. What are ways the church can step in to care for women who feel like the only way to deal with their pregnancy is by getting an abortion? 3. How can I continually resist and flee from sin on a daily basis? 4. How do I navigate gender fluidity and the use of preferred pronouns in the workplace? 5. Is baptism a requirement for taking communion? Today’s Offer 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex
May
3
2022
Episode 958 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do I become a better Christian? I have not always lived a straight and narrow Christian life. What do I do to forgive other people that judge me for who I am and how do I move forward in my life? 2. As Christians, should we no longer consider ourselves as “sinners”? 3. It seems like in genuine efforts to Biblically distinguish between the sexes, some churches subjugate women in ways that seems to quench their gifts, especially anywhere outside the home. I want to avoid falling into this situation. So, how can I distinguish between Christian men and communities that practice Biblical gender roles from those that more closely resemble male chauvinism? 4. How long did it take Noah to build the ark? 5. Would you be able to answer why so many preachers I listen to tell Christians to drop everything and follow the Lord with their money and time when they practically swim in wealth themselves? I’m struggling with this and hope you can help me. Today’s Offer Faith & Family Connection Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life?
May
2
2022
Episode 957 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What does Jesus mean in John 16 that he has overcome the world? 2. Why does Jesus teach the disciples “not to lead us into temptation,” as if God is the one who tempts us? 3. A preacher warned me before taking communion that if I had sinned and taken holy communion, that my soul would be condemned. Is this true? 4. How can I prove that the stories in the Bible aren’t a bunch of fairytales? Today’s Offer Faith & Family Connection Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation? Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Apr
29
2022
Episode 956 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. When Jesus was born, did he have his full mental capabilities as an adult, or did he grow in knowledge and wisdom like a normal human? 2. Does the Bible address who and administer and serve the Lord’s Supper? 3. Does the Bible teach us to pray the Rosary? 4. Someone asked me about Adam and Eve. I didn’t know what to tell him because he asked me about neanderthals. I didn’t know what to say other than what was in the Bible. What should I have said? 5. When we are in heaven, will we be able to fall like Satan did? Today’s Offer Faith & Family Connection Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Do I Have to Attend a Church to Be a Christian?
Apr
28
2022
Episode 955 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Who are the branches that are cut off in John 15? 2. How can I know I am really a Christian? 3. There are churches near me that try to do healings, deliverences, and being slain in the spirit. Is this biblical? Should we be doing things the apostles did in the New Testament? I don’t want to join the church if these things aren’t right. 4. How do I make sure that my conversations are not consumed with politics and other philosophies? 5. Was the Holy Spirit working prior to pentecost? Today’s Offer Faith & Family Connection Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 9 Ways to Know You Are Really a Christian
Apr
27
2022
Episode 954 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why did Christians stop reciting historical Jewish prayers, like the Shema? 2. Who were the Nicolaitans in Revelation 2? 3. I have been studying the Bible a lot lately and I am feeling more comfortable speaking about Christ and the Bible. A problem I am struggling with is why Christianity is right and other religions are wrong. Do I need to study other religions in order to defend Christianity? 4. Does Matthew 5 prohibit me from defending myself in court? Today's Offer 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - What are the Parables?
Apr
26
2022
Episode 953 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is it ok for me to serve communion to my family around dinner? 2. Is it sinful to get a tattoo to memorialize my friend who died? 3. I have heard that when a believer sins we are separated temporarily from God. I don’t think people mean we have lost our salvation when they say this, but this seems confusing and maybe unhelpful. Is the language of being separated or losing God’s presence appropriate in light of the New Covenant realities we have as Christians? 4. What did Jesus mean in John 14 that the disciples could not go with him? 5. How can I know which tradition or denomination in Christianity is right? Today's Offer 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Why Are There So Many Denominations?
Apr
25
2022
Episode 952 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Does God give people a second chance after they die? 2. What does Isaiah 45:7 mean? “I make peace and create evil” does not sit well with me. Can you explain that? 3. Does the Bible every reference something like the rapture? 4. Is speaking in tongues today the same as it was in the New Testament? 5. Can a true Christian lose their salvation? Today’s Offer 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation?
Apr
22
2022
Episode 951 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How can Jesus be impeccable? James 1:13 says God cannot be tempted. If it was impossible for Jesus to sin and fall, does this diminish his work of keeping the law? 2. What is the biblical difference between justification, salvation, and sanctification? 3. Why do Christians believe in the trinity if Deuteronomy 6 says that God is “one”? 4. Did the trinity separate or break when Jesus died on the cross? 5. How do Protestants defend their views about communion against the Roman Catholic view? Today’s Offer Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection by Thabiti Anyabwile Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What’s the Difference Between Justification and Sanctification?
Apr
21
2022
Episode 950 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. If Jesus is God, why doesn’t he know the time of his return? 2. How do you know if you really want Jesus and it’s not just your emotions? I am dealing with thoughts saying, “I don’t want to follow Jesus or repent.” Is that my heart or my flesh? Is it me being a sinner and being lost? I don’t see any fruit in my life and feel unstable in my Christian walk. I believe I have a lot of head knowledge but am not sure what to do. 3. Does John 1:1 say that Jesus is God or A god? 4. How do I know if God is answering my prayers? 5. Why does the prophet Ezekiel refer to god as the “Son of Man”? Today’s Offer Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection by Thabiti Anyabwile Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton Core Question – Who Are the Prophets?
Apr
20
2022
Episode 949 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What constitutes as a good prayer? 2. What is blasphemy, and if you blaspheme the Holy Spirit are you not also blaspheming the Father and the Son since they are one God? 3. I recently spoke to a man who actually said that he hits his wife to “chasten her.” He seemed to be happy about it and he said, “well we are supposed to love our wives as Jesus loves the church and He chastens those He loves.” That made me angry and so sad. I was shocked. I know he is misusing scripture for his purpose, maybe something is wrong with him. I simply said that if you beat your wife you are not a man or a Christian. What do you say to such a “man”? 4. My friend’s husband is verbally and mentally abusive. I think the Bible speaks of adultery as being the only grounds for divorce so how can I help her? She has spoken with our pastor and he told her “remember your vows” and I do understand that, but I feel it’s abuse even if it isn’t physical and I’m worried for her. 5. How does the Bible define “election”? Today’s Offer 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Have I Committed the Unpardonable Sin? Core Question – What Do I Do When I’ve Been Hurt by the Church?
Apr
19
2022
Episode 948 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. We believe that the OT saints were saved by looking forward to Christ. But were they regenerated, were they what we would call “born again”? 2. How can I put sin to death in my life? 3. Is it ever ok to use explicit language in our prayers with God? For instance, there is a Christian band called Kings Kaleidoscope and they use the f-word in one of their songs. I have heard defenses for using this language because the writer was in a time of grief after the loss of his son. I bought this for a while, until I found a YouTube video of a concert where they sang this song, and there were a lot of young people belting out the f-word. Is it okay to publicize, publish, and repeat an explicative just because it is genuine and heartfelt? 4. If you accept Christ on your deathbed, can they be truly saved? 5. Does Ezekiel teach that the sacrificial system will be renewed? 6. Why didn’t the disciples notice any of Jesus’s other words? Today’s Offer 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Who Are the Prophets?
Apr
18
2022
Episode 947 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. In Mark 13:32-37, it says to stay awake because no one knows the day or the hour. Is the direction here a metaphor or a literal command? 2. Did Jesus ever go to hell after the resurrection, did he descend to the dead? 3. I know the Bible includes verses on how to deal with anxiety. But why is it so hard to cast our burdens to him? When I do that I still have a fear that overpowers me. I really don’t like medicine, it doesn’t make me feel safe. I am trying to give my life to God but I fall short. I just want to overcome my anxiety. Is there any solution? 4. I suspect my pastor of immoral behavior, what do I do? Today’s Offer 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 9 Things Everyone Should Know About Depression
Apr
15
2022
Episode 946 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Did Jesus’s crucifixion actually take place on Thursday? 2. One of my favorite hymns is “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us,” but I recently heard that the line in it that says “the Father turned his face away” is controversial to some. What is your view on that? 3. How can I make sure that I’m interpreting the Bible correctly? 4. How can I build my faith up? 5. Is doctrine worth debating about with other Christians? Today’s Offer Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection by Thabiti Anyabwile Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Why Did the Sabbath Day Change to Sunday? Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton
Apr
14
2022
Episode 945 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why do we still use the name “Easter” instead of Resurrection Day, and why don’t Christians celebrate the biblical feast days today? 2. What does the Apostle’s Creed mean when it says Jesus “descended into hell”? 3. What does Ecclesiastes 3 mean when it says that God “put eternity into man’s heart”? 4. I’m raising young kids and I wonder how I can help them distinguish between the truth of the miracle of the resurrection and fairytales that they also read about every day? 5. Is there anything special I should be doing to prepare for Easter? Today’s Offer Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection by Thabiti Anyabwile Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Why Did the Sabbath Day Change to Sunday?
Apr
13
2022
Episode 944 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What does God do in baptism? 2. Is there a difference between hades and hell mentioned in the Bible? 3. My husband and I strongly disagree on how to or how to not participate in the cultural traditions of Christmas and Easter as a family (i.e. Santa and the Easter bunny.) How should I address this? We want to be on the same page, especially since we are new parents, but neither of us can convince the other that their point of view is correct. 4. Can I have assurance of salvation if I struggle with sin? I am wrestling through the various views of Lordship Salvation and Antinomians about how we can have assurance. Today’s Offer Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection by Thabiti Anyabwile Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What’s the Difference Between Justification and Sanctification? Core Question – Why Do You Talk About the Difference Between Law and Gospel?
Apr
12
2022
Episode 943 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How should I pray for the elderly who are nearing the end of life? 2. How will we recognize the antichrist? My friend has bought into a lot of conspiracy theories about how Bill Gates is the antichrist, what can I say to him? 3. What should I do when my pastor loses focus on the story of Easter? 4. What is the rapture? 5. Was Jesus omnipotent as a baby? Today’s Offer Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection by Thabiti Anyabwile Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Why Are There So Many Denominations? Core Question – How Do I Choose a Church?
Apr
11
2022
Episode 942 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Does the Bible help us discuss the ethics surrounding organ donation after death? 2. My daughter was baptized and professed faith in Christ, but died from a drug overdose. Is there any hope that she is in heaven? 3. Is Job the oldest book in the Old Testament? 4. How do we "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness"? 5. How can I learn to share the truth of Scripture with those who aren't Christians? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Can a Christian Be Cremated?
Apr
8
2022
Episode 941 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How should we think about the false prophecies about former President Trump's reelection? 2. Is God using the culture's current discussion on racism to correct the church? 3. What would you say is the greatest sin of America and the church today? 4. Why is Easter on Sunday? Today's Offer Easter Devotional: Meeting the Risen Christ Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Who Are the Prophets? Core Question - What Do I Do When I’ve Been Hurt by the Church?
Apr
7
2022
Episode 940 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do I share Christ with those in my family who are resistant to the gospel? 2. How does God view those who repent but still sin habitually? 3. Can pastors require their members to keep rules not listed in the Bible? For instance, can a church forbid its leaders and members from drinking alcohol? 4. I think my friend is a "false prophet," what should I do? Today's Offer Easter Devotional: Meeting the Risen Christ Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Why Do You Talk About the Difference Between Law and Gospel?
Apr
6
2022
Episode 939 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Who is it that is "taken" in Matthew 24? 2. Are the false teachers we see today a sign of the last days? 3. How do I honor my parents if 1 Corinthians 5 calls us to sever ties with certain people? 4. Why weren't the gnostic gospels included in the Bible? 5. I struggle with anxiety and guilt. How do I know I'm forgiven? Today's Offer Easter Devotional: Meeting the Risen Christ Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Can I Lose My Salvation?
Apr
5
2022
Episode 938 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. When is it helpful to express our views and opinions on non-core doctrines? 2. What will happen to those who are not Christians when Jesus returns? 3. Hebrews says that Jesus prays for us. In what sense does he pray for us? I pray to Jesus so how does he pray for us if he is God? 4. How frequently should we take communion? 5. Who are the spirits in prison in 1 Peter 3:18? 6. Will my obedience on earth affect my rewards in heaven? Today’s Offer Easter Devotional” Meeting the Risen Christ Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question – Why Are There So Many Denominations? Core Question – How Do I Choose a Church?
Apr
4
2022
Episode 937 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do I share the gospel with someone who is Jewish who just lost their loved one? My family friends are Jewish and their mother just passed away. 2. Is it worse to sin against the Holy Spirit than it is against the other persons of the Trinity? 3. If you’re saved, why would you have to be judged when judgment time comes? 4. Does the New Testament say anything about tithing? 5. Does the Bible condemn alternate forms of sex in marriage? Today’s Offer Easter Devotional” Meeting the Risen Christ Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can I Share My Faith? Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex
Apr
1
2022
Episode 936 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Does God ever heal non-Christians? And if someone has unconfessed sin, does that hinder God from doing a miracle in their life? 2. How can I deal with grief? I lost my fiance last summer and I am still struggling with her death. 3. I have a question about the things happening at Hillsong church where leaders being exposed for sin in their lives. Some christians tell me that Jesus said, “let him who is without sin cast the first stone” – that we shouldn’t judge anybody. And some draw parallels to King David and how he committed horrible sins but he is remembered as a man after God’s heart and how God has throughout history used broken sinful people for his kingdom. How do I balance this with the standard the New Testament puts on leaders in the church? 4. It doesn’t seem like many pastors teach on Revelation. What do you think? 5. When Christians die, do they immediately go to heaven? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What are the Genres of the Bible and Why Do They Matter?
Mar
31
2022
Episode 935 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Are generational curses still occuring in families today? 2. If I rejected Jesus all of my life, can I still ask for forgiveness on my deathbed? 3. Does modern Christianity really teach the same things Jesus taught? 4. If the last days will be like the days of Noah, will the Nephilim also reappear during the last days? 5. Why did God have to cover Adam and Eve with animal skins after the fall? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - What are the Genres of the Bible and Why Do They Matter?
Mar
30
2022
Episode 934 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Are Roman Catholic views of Mary based in Scripture? 2. Did the disciples receive the Holy Spirit twice? 3. My child claims to be transgender and is demanding that we use their preferred pronouns, what should I do? 4. Is cremation a desecration of God’s image? 5. How can I lovingly correct the members of my small group? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Can a Christian Be Cremated?
Mar
29
2022
Episode 933 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Does God depend on us to save other people? 2. What are your thoughts on replacement theology? What does the Bible say about if the church has replaced Israel? 3. If God doesn't depend on us to evangelize, are we obligated to do it at all? 4. Did Jesus commit suicide by allowing himself to die on the cross? 5. Do Christians become guardian angels when they die? Today's Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide - 9 FAQs About Angels and Demons Core Question - Who Are the Prophets?
Mar
28
2022
Episode 932 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Who are the 24 Elders in Revelation? 2. Does going to church make me a Christian? 3. Are altar calls a mark of a true church? 4. My wife and I got married before we became Christians. Is our marriage valid in God’s eyes? 5. Will we see our pets in heaven? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 5 Things You Should Know About the Bible’s Final Book Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven
Mar
25
2022
Episode 931 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Can the mentally ill be saved? I have schizophrenia, bipolar, and PTSD. 2. I wanted to know what you consider to be the right eschatology. I lean amillennial and that Christ has fulfilled it all. What is your view? 3. My son is struggling with the idea that an all-knowing God would allow evil and suffering. What should I say to him? 4. How can I witness to my anti-semitic family member? 5. How should we understand predestination? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Mar
24
2022
Episode 930 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. As a woman trying to choose a doctor, does my gynecologist have to be a woman? Is there a line, even if they are a really good doctor? 2. Matthew 5:21-22 says that anyone who is so much as “angry” is guilty of murder. I can’t believe that I am interpreting that right. I get angry with people all the time but it doesn’t mean I murdered them. I would appreciate your insight on this. 3. Did the Serpent in the garden have legs before the fall? 4. If a woman preaches, is she exercising spiritual authority? 5. Why did God demand animal sacrifices in the Old Testament? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Question – What are the Genres of the Bible and Why Do They Matter?
Mar
23
2022
Episode 929 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I think I want to believe in God, but I am not sure if I can believe in something I can’t see. What do I do? 2. I was hurt by my church. Is it time to look elsewhere or should I go back to the same church? 3. Is it ever God’s will for his people to be under spiritual attack? 4. If I continue to struggle with alcoholism, is that a sign that my faith is too weak?
Mar
22
2022
Episode 928 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Do I have to tithe my inheritance? 2. I used to be a leader in a church, but my church dissolved. I have done some terrible things since then. Am I still saved or am I past that point? 3. If I attend church virtually, can I also take the Lord’s Supper and be baptized virtually? 4. Will I recognize my family and friends in heaven? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Choose a Church?
Mar
21
2022
Episode 927 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is all sin equal in God’s eyes? For example, is a white lie the same as a murder? 2. I am trying to decide which church I should start tithing to. We don’t really have an established Christian church here. Things have not gone back to in person here yet it is still virtual. Then I thought of Core Christianity. I love the show. But I am not sure if it is a church. Do you consider Core Christianity to be a church? Would it be acceptable to tithe to the Inner Core? 3. How should we understand 1 Corinthians 15:54 mean? 4. Why are Christians so worked up about the war in Ukraine rather than abortion? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Choose a Church?
Mar
18
2022
Episode 926 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is the sinner’s prayer biblical? 2. When the disciples cried out for comfort in the storm, Jesus was there. I have heard many preachers say that Jesus will comfort us when we cry out to him and others say that we won’t get that comfort until heaven. Unfortunately I am going through a divorce process that I desperately do not want. My prayers have not been answered. One prayer I pray every day is that I want to feel the comfort of Christ and honestly I have never felt that. What is the biblical idea behind this? Is he there? Is he not always there, may he never be there for me? 3. I feel called to preach but I already have a family and don’t make much money, so I won’t be able to take theology courses. What are resources you recommend to help equip me to preach? 4. What is the sect The Assemblies of Yahweh? What do you think about them? 5. In Leviticus 5 it says that anyone who touches a leper becomes unclean. But in Matthew 8 Jesus touches a leper and isn’t considered unclean. Why is that? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Question – What’s the Difference Between Justification and Sanctification?
Mar
17
2022
Episode 925 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What do you think the gospel is? I hear the word used a lot without a definition and I am not sure if everyone who uses it is on the same page. 2. I came across the idea that angels look at humans in wonder and find us to be amusing to a degree. Do you know where this teaching is and what do you think about it? 3. Who did the prophet see seated on the throne in Isaiah 6? 4. Can Christians attempt to be magicians? 5. Is the Dead Sea the location of Sodom and Gomorrah? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 9 FAQs About Angels and Demons
Mar
16
2022
Episode 924 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Recently in my Bible study we have been talking about how Jesus had fulfilled the law. But we are wondering about how in the Psalms we are to “meditate on the law day and night.” What is the difference between what David is saying and what Jesus has said? 2. Do you have to be considered “Catholic” or “Christian” in order to go to heaven, or can you not claim a type of religion and just believe in Jesus? 3. What makes a church mainline or evangelical? What is the difference? 4. Can a cheating spouse maintain a “friendly” relationship with the person they cheated with? 5. When did the doctrine of the trinity become a core belief of Christianity? 6. Am I being too nit-picky if I am having a hard time with my Bible study leader because they think we can lose our salvation? Today’s Offer 8 Things Everyone Should Know About Church Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 7 Things Everyone Needs to Know about Repentance Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation?
Mar
15
2022
Episode 923 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why don’t we see God intervening and helping those in Ukraine? 2. I know the Bible says to “love your enemies,” but when do we get to pray the Imprecatory Psalms? I am very angry with Putin for what he has done. I have prayed for his salvation, but I am not sure what to do right now. 3. Does 1 Timothy 4:1-16 imply that we can lose our faith? 4. I have family that I know believes in Jesus, but only go to church when we ask them to join us. It seems like they believe but there seems to be very little relationship with Jesus and doesn’t appear that they hold onto Him with trust for everything in their lives. I know we can’t judge their hearts, but I worry that I won’t see them in heaven. 5. I have heard you say that Paul’s comments about head coverings in 1 Corinthians 11 are only for for the Corinthian church in the Bible. But if God inspired all of Scripture, how can it’s passages not be universal commands? Today’s Offer 8 Things Everyone Should Know About Church Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation?
Mar
14
2022
Episode 922 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I am almost 18 and I am wondering, how can I focus on growing and maturing into being a godly man? 2. When I sin, I feel guilty for a long time even after repenting from it. I know that that feeling is a selfish desire, as if I am able to take care of my own sin without Jesus, and then I feel guilty about that as well. I don’t know how to rest in my forgiveness. Do you have any suggestions? 3. Why is the church not crying out against the war in Ukraine more? 4. Is the Spirit seated in heaven? 5. How should I think of pastors who say they have “received a word from the Lord”? Today’s Offer 8 Things Everyone Should Know About Church Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today?
Mar
11
2022
Episode 921 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. My son was baptized this past summer. One of his friends is reaching out to him and trying to talk to him about the World Missions Society Religion and is persuading him about this new religion about "God the mother." I was doing bible study with my son and he invited his friend to join us and he continued to undermine me and what I was saying about God and the Bible. What passages can I share with my son? 2. What does it mean when Jesus calls us to abide in him? What does this look like in regards to being in the Word and in prayer? 3. I have an apologetic question for you: Surely you've encountered folks who say that it's foolish to believe the Bible. One of the big arguments they make is that the Bible, being thousands of years old, was written for people thousands of years ago. Applying it to the 21st century is putting it out of context and that some of it simply isn't relevant anymore. How do you respond to these people? 4. Is God pleased by the good-deeds of non-believers? 5. My church has made the policy that a couple living together cannot get married in the church until they live apart first. My friend believes Jesus would be welcoming and allow people to get married even if they are living together. What do you think? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - What’s the Difference Between Justification and Sanctification?
Mar
10
2022
Episode 920 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. If Jesus is God, was his crucifixion a form of self-murder or suicide? 2. I am wondering how do I honor my parents when I have strong disagreements with my parents about their beliefs in conspiracy theories about the vaccine, political views that are more estreeme, as well as prosperity gospel-type beliefs. How do I honor them while disagreeing very strongly on these issues? 3. If God is all powerful, why does he allow evil and suffering? 4. Mary seems to put her faith in Jesus. Don’t Catholics put their faith in Mary? The basis of Christianity is to put our faith in Jesus, and during Jesus’s first miracle it seemed that she put her faith in her son as well. I don’t understand how Catholics can call themselves Christians if they put their faith in her. Can you explain that? 5. Could you please explain Jesus's statement, “I never knew you,” in the parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 7? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Can Christianity Be True if God Allows Evil and Suffering?
Mar
9
2022
Episode 919 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Do we have to preface our prayers with, "if it is your will"? Or can we just pray for something like healing to happen? 2. If Jesus is "returning soon," why doesn't it feel like it, why is it taking so long? 3. Did the Jewish leaders lose their authority when Jesus began his ministry? 4. How should we understand Daniel 9:27? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - What Are the Main Views of the End Times?
Mar
8
2022
Episode 918 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why hasn't God answered my prayers to get married? 2. How do I know if I am called to be a pastor? 3. Did Jesus descend into hell like the Apostle's Creed says? 4. How do we know that the Bible is still relevant for our lives today? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Mar
7
2022
Episode 917 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. My husband and I divorced years ago but have reconciled and are together again. Do we have to be legally married once again or is our reconciliation good enough? 2. Is paedocommunion biblical, and should more Christians practice it? 3. Is the saying, “God helps those who help themselves" biblical? 4. How can the average believer be greater than John the Baptist? 5. Before the Holy Spirit revealed to me biblical theology and good teaching, I was into prosperity churches. At that time I went to an event and I had pain in my back. The speaker touched me and I felt like I blacked out and fell down. But my pain was gone after I woke up. Is this sorcery? What do you think? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Why Do You Talk About the Difference Between Law and Gospel?
Mar
4
2022
Episode 916 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is it sinful to get tattoos? 2. I know that Jesus calls us to share the gospel in the Great Commission, but how can I do this while struggling with terrible social anxiety? 3. Were Moses and Elijah in their resurrection bodies at the transfiguration? 4. Did Joseph's brothers really repent in Genesis 50? 5. Is expository preaching the best way to preach through the Bible? 6. Who are some Christian theologians every Christian should know and read? Today's Offer Galatians Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Can I Share My Faith? Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Mar
3
2022
Episode 915 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. It seems like God spoke very clearly to Moses and people in the Old Testament and I don't understand why I can't hear from God in the same way. 2. Does 1 Corinthians 14 teach that women should be ordained to the ministry? 3. Do angels literally have wings? 4. Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? That seems uncharacteristic of him. 5. Which Gospel in the Bible gives the most accurate depiction of Jesus? 6. How much of an impact does the devil have on our society today? How do we determine the difference between act of Satan and our sinful behavior? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Booklet - Can the Devil Read My Mind? Core Guide - 9 FAQs About Angels and Demons
Mar
2
2022
Episode 914 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. If the Bible was written by men, how can it truly be considered God’s Word? 2. With Ash Wednesday coming up, I am wondering why it has become a sort of debate and topic of discussion for evangelicals. Catholics seem to have always observed Ash Wednesday and Lent, and some evangelicals see observing it as cool and hip, while others think it’s entirely unbiblical. What are your thoughts are on the merits of observing or refusing to observe Lent? 3. Where in the Bible does it teach about the sovereignty of God? 4. What is the significance of the cleansing of the unclean animals in Mark 7? Today’s Offer 7 Things Everyone Needs to Know about Repentance Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Mar
1
2022
Episode 913 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Are there biblical guidelines for sharing the gospel and making disciples? 2. I have struggled with homosexuality my whole life. I have wondered, even if I repent, can I be forgiven since I have engaged in these things? 3. Can we command God to answer our prayers? 4. Why does Jesus question the woman who touched his garment to receive healing? 5. How should I understand James 4:8? Today’s Offer 7 Things Everyone Needs to Know about Repentance Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality Core Question – How Can I Share My Faith?
Feb
28
2022
Episode 912 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Would I be perpetually sinning if I marry an unbeliever? I know that we are not to be unequally yoked. 2. Is Gog and Magog rightly interpreted as Russia in Ezekiel 38? Is this proof that Russia will one day invade Israel? 3. What is true repentance? Is it making a confession or does it mean changing our behavior? Today’s Offer 7 Things Everyone Needs to Know about Repentance Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources True vs. False Repentance: What’s the Difference? Core Guide – 5 Things You Should Know About the Bible’s Final Book
Feb
25
2022
Episode 911 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I have thinking about the holocaust recently and I am really struggling with the idea that these people not only suffered so much but may not be in heaven. Is there any hope for them? 2. As a parent, how do we make sure that we are setting our children up to have an authentic Christian life with God? I feel like I missed out on a lot growing up until now and I don’t want me kids to be 40 like me before they get this gift. 3. My church is moving to a closed communion and some are upset because they see it as discriminatory. What are your thoughts? 4. My boyfriend is trying to get into Christianity, and he is always asking me, what is the difference between Christianity and Catholics? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide - 6 Ways to Help Your Kids As They Go Back to School Core Guide - 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep the Faith
Feb
24
2022
Episode 910 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How should we pray for those affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? 2. Does God still give us new revelations? 3. Do Christians worry too much about the Mark of the Beast? 4. Can you defend your view that the Mark of the Beast is spiritual and not physical? 5. How do I love my gay friend and share the gospel with them without alienating them? Today’s Offer Bible Study – Galatians Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What Are the Main Views of the End Times? Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World by Rosaria Butterfield
Feb
23
2022
Episode 909 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. In Mark 16:15-18, Jesus talks about the signs accompanying those who believe and mentions tongues and snake handling, it seems. This seems very odd and today's skeptic could point to this and say, “here, Christian, drink this poison and you should be fine, right?” What is the context and explanation I should be aware of here? 2. As a follower of Christ I run across many others who believe we are living in the last days. For some, this gives them hope and others it gives them a sense of "gloom and doom." How do you communicate this to non-believers without making it seem like its a message of “gloom and doom"? 3. If God cares about his creation, why does he allow humans to tortue and mistreat animals every day? 4. Are our good works proof of our faith and salvation? Today's Offer Bible Study - Galatians Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - What Are the Main Views of the End Times? Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Question - What’s the Difference Between Justification and Sanctification? Core Question - Why Do You Talk About the Difference Between Law and Gospel?
Feb
22
2022
Episode 908 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Who was Jacob wrestling with in Genesis 32? 2. Is there truth to Joe Rogan’s claim that Jesus was influenced by psychedelics? 3. Some people are speculating that the new microchip that Elon Musk is working on may be the Mark of the Beast. How should we respond to these ideas? 4. How should I discern when to donate to a ministry or not? 5. I am struggling to connect to and understand the role of the Holy Spirit. What should I do? Today’s Offer Booklet – Why Would Anyone Get Married? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today?
Feb
21
2022
Episode 907 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I am a pastor at a small non-denominational church. We are growing and attracting people from different backgrounds and some are asking about our stance on spiritual gifts. How do we articulate a position without alienating certain members of the church? 2. My 5 siblings and I ran away from home because of the conditions there. I want everyone to pray that God impacts my mom and step dad’s hearts. I hope one day we can all reconcile our relationship and God grabs ahold of all of our lives. 3. Is saying, “Oh my God” taking the Lord’s name in vain? 4. How do I make sure I disciple people in the way of Jesus? 5. Is it a sin to not be assured of one’s salvation? 6. If Jesus died for my sins, why must I keep repenting? Today’s Offer Booklet – Why Would Anyone Get Married? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question – What’s the Difference Between Justification and Sanctification?
Feb
18
2022
Episode 906 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What are your thoughts on the Roman Catholic church? 2. I have been diagnosed with incurable cancer and would like to know, how can I be sure that I will endure dying in a way that glorifies the Lord? 3. Why are strange teachings so prevalent among various Christian teachers and ministries? 4. Is it biblical for women to become deacons? 5. If I don’t biblical grounds for divorce, can I remarry? 6. What advice or guidance would you give someone who feels a calling to ministry of some kind? After attending a ministry conference, I feel that I may be called to some sort of ministry, but I’m not sure what kind. The elders of my church are praying over this call but I am just looking for some additional guidance. Today’s Offer Creative God, Colorful Us by Trillia Newbell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can God Use All Things for Good?
Feb
17
2022
Episode 905 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. When you try to explain to children who Jesus is, they get confused because Santa isn’t real, the tooth fairy isn’t real, and then they think Jesus isn’t real either. How do you approach this problem? 2. My work supports LGBTQ groups and other progressive communities, but never religious ones. How do I remain faithful in this kind of work environment? 3. I have heard you refer to Satan being bound on the show. I am curious, how do you explain this being in the same world as Satan being described as a “roaring lion” walking about “seeking someone he may devour”? Is it all metaphorical? How do these things relate to his status right now? 4. Is my heart too hard to reconcile with God? 5. Could you explain Hosea 3:2? The text says that Gomer was worthless yet Jesus paid the ultimate price for her. What are your thoughts? Today’s Offer Creative God, Colorful Us by Trillia Newbell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Booklet – Can the Devil Read My Mind? Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation?
Feb
16
2022
Episode 904 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. My atheist friend is dying of cancer, is there any hope for his salvation? 2. After reading Romans 9-11, I am wondering if there are still unfulfilled promises for ethnic Israel? 3. How can I endure the narcissism of my spouse? Today’s Offer Why Would Anyone Get Married? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What Are the Main Views of the End Times?
Feb
15
2022
Episode 903 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Should a church place a greater emphasis on ministering to shut-ins? 2. In Mark 4:9-12, Jesus says he does not want certain people to understand his parables, “lest they should turn and be forgiven.’” I thought that God does not desire that anyone should perish? 3. Is the indwelling of the Spirit the same in the Old and New Testament? 4. Can miscarried children go to heaven? 5. Did Paul seek the approval of the other apostles to validate his ministry? Today’s Offer Why Would Anyone Get Married? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can Christianity Be True if God Allows Evil and Suffering? Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation?
Feb
14
2022
Episode 902 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I have children with someone outside of marriage. I am trying to get back into the faith but she is not a believer and we’re not together. What should I do? I have heard from others that we should get married and from others not to try and get married and to try to find a Christian woman instead. 2. James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” I have been praying to God to give me a godly wife to curb my passions in light of 1 Corinthians 7:9, “But if they can not exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than burn with passion.” But James 4:3 seems to imply that God won’t answer my prayer because I seek to fulfill my passion. Is that right? 3. My adult children have cut me out of their life. I have cancer and am going through chemotherapy now and I am wondering how I can re-establish those relationships? 4. Did David have faith that God would protect him when he faced Goliath? 5. Does Jesus prefer a particular political wing or party? Today’s Offer Why Would Anyone Get Married? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex Core Question – How Does the Church Relate to the Government?
Feb
11
2022
Episode 901 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How does Satan accuse us? How can the Spirit help us when we are accused? 2. My hair is falling out and I may cut it all off, but when I read 1 Corinthians 11, it seems like this may dishonor God. Does this text teach that women shouldn’t cut their hair and wear head coverings? 3. Does 1 Timothy 5:8 teach that men should be the sole providers for their homes and families? 4. Can our loved ones see us from heaven? 5. Where in the Bible does it teach that we go to heaven when we die? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex Core Question – What are the Genres of the Bible and Why Do They Matter?
Feb
10
2022
Episode 900 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. When Paul says that the law is dead and we are no longer bound to it, does he mean “man’s law” or “God’s law”? I know the 10 commandments were written by God’s hand and that other ceremonial laws were written by human hands. Which one are we bound to? 2. Should God be addressed with “she” and “her” pronouns to accommodate for God’s “feminine attributes”? The church I currently attend believes God is not solely patriarchal because of some verses in the Old Testament that describe Him as a “mother hen.” This doesn’t make sense to me because Jesus, who is fully God, is a man and also refers to God in heaven as “Father.” 3. I struggle with severe anxiety and my friend was trying to comfort me by saying that, “God will never give you something you can’t handle.” Is this biblical? 4. Should Christians practice foot washing like Jesus did? 5. Can you have a hard heart and still be saved? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Feb
9
2022
Episode 899 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. My friends only believe in the Old Testament and do not hold to the New Testament at all. I don’t understand why they would do that. What do you think? 2. A few prominent pastors have either left the faith or have rejected biblical teaching on a number of topics. I believe that once we are saved we are always saved, but how do I make sense of when leaders apostatize? 3. Is the “Sinner’s Prayer” biblical? 4. Does baptism require full immersion? 5. In Job 1 Satan walks into heaven and speaks with God. Can he still do this? 6. Why is it necessary to pray for a person to be born again if it’s already been determined? Today’s Offer Creative God, Colorful Us by Trillia Newbell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 9 Ways to Know You Are Really a Christian Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation?
Feb
8
2022
Episode 898 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I am struggling to find a church. I don’t want to be in a church that is in a denomination. But there are no churches around me that are not in a denomination. What steps do you take when you move to find a church? 2. In Acts 13:48, it seems to teach predestination and election. Is that right? 3. I’d like to know if you think Christians Obligated to Follow Government COVID Mandates? 4. Could Satan ever repent? 5. Are there Bible prophecies about the Mormon church? 6. If vaccines become mandatory in the US, will we have to submit to those mandates? Today’s Offer Creative God, Colorful Us by Trillia Newbell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Do I Have to Attend a Church to Be a Christian? Core Question – How Do I Choose a Church? Core Question – How Does the Church Relate to the Government?
Feb
7
2022
Episode 897 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. The LDS church claims that we need prophets and apostles today. Are they right? 2. I have strong faith, my husband does not object to me being a Christian, but he does not engage in any spiritual conversations. How do I start those conversations? He always changes the subject. I don’t want to push but I feel this need to witness to my husband. 3. In Genesis 1 it says that God made man, male and female, in his image. Is this referring to people who may have been created before Adam and Eve? 4. If prophets are not for today, why are they mentioned in Revelation? Today’s Offer Creative God, Colorful Us by Trillia Newbell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question – Do I Have to Attend a Church to Be a Christian?
Feb
4
2022
Episode 896 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Can a Christian date two people at once? 2. If Jesus is the Second Adam, is Mary the Second Eve? 3. How were people in the Old Testament given eternal life if Jesus had not come yet? 4. Do you believe in deliverance today as it was in Jesus’s ministry? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex
Feb
3
2022
Episode 895 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I am witnessing to my coworkers and am beginning to read the Bible with them. They are asking me which book of the Bible they should start reading so that they might avoid being confused. Can you help? 2. I feel like I am withdrawing from my friends and my job and am becoming more focused on the Word and my understanding of the Scriptures. Is there an issue with this? Is it a bad thing to separate yourself from others in order to study? 3. Will we really recognize our loved ones in heaven if our bodies will be completely transformed? 4. What does Paul mean in Galatians 2:17-19 when he says, “For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God”? 5. I’m a man living alone in his later years and am tempted by lust. I keep going to this sin, asking for forgiveness, and then sinning again. It grieves my assurance. I need to hear from other men of faith how they overcame it, and are they just lying to themselves? Today’s Offer Tough Questions Answered Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do Christians Relate to the Law? Core Question – What’s the Difference Between Justification and Sanctification? Core Question – Why Do You Talk About the Difference Between Law and Gospel?
Feb
2
2022
Episode 894 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. If a Muslim in another country converts to Christianity and has multiple wives, must he divorce all of his wives except for his first wife? 2. I have a desire to go into the Marines but am the only spiritual leader in my family. Is it selfish to leave my family to pursue this career? 3. My father died while committing a crime. Is there a chance that he is in heaven? 4. When is the right time to leave the church and what are the biblical reasons to leave a church? 5. If all of the many purity laws and rituals in Leviticus are fulfilled, how do we know that Leviticus 18:22, where it talks about homosexual relations, is not also outdated? Today's Offer Tough Questions Answered Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide - 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality Core Guide - 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex
Feb
1
2022
Episode 893 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is the grace of God only effective for those who have faith in Christ or can it influence non-Christians as well in their everyday lives? 2. Why did it take Jesus two tries to heal the blind man? 3. If God is all knowing and omnipotent, didn’t he know what Adam and Eve would do? It appears to me that God would know about the fall. Adam and Eve might have been obedient for millions of years but it seems as though God wanted them to fall and that is why he wanted Satan to tempt them. Why would God want us to fail and sin? 4. What is the difference between speaking and praying in tongues? 5. I have been reading about Noah in my studies, and one of the phrases noted comes from Matthew 24:36-39. Marriage is brought up in this text and I know that marriage is something God smiles on and blesses, but why would that be something to be pointed out in Noah's day? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question - What Are the Main Views of the End Times?
Jan
31
2022
Episode 892 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do I comfort those who have lost someone in from COVID-19? 2. I learned about the doctrines of grace a couple years ago, and have been struggling with great fear about not being one of God's elect. It has really made me scared, and question that maybe I can't approach Christ, even though I know He is the only one who can save us. Can Jesus reject someone coming to Him for mercy? What should someone struggling with this do or think about? 3. What does it mean that the "first shall be last"? 4. What comes first, faith or regeneration? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Can I Share My Faith? Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Jan
28
2022
Episode 891 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What is your interpretation of the new wine skins in Luke 5? 2. In 2 Timothy 1:7, it says, “for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love.” I know that. What I am struggling with is I don’t know how this applies to COVID. I want to be cautious and not harm others, but how should we apply this verse today? 3. I know that it says that we won’t have sorrows in heaven, but if we know that some family members aren’t there and are separated from God, how can we not feel sorrow? 4. My wife and I are separated and I am wondering if there really is biblical grounds for divorce as Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 7. 5. What is the difference between evangelical theology and Reformed theology? Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible Study) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex
Jan
27
2022
Episode 890 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Do our spirits go to heaven when we die, or do they fall asleep? 2. My wife is involved with conspiracy theories. Should I be concerned about this? I am praying about it every day. It has been going on for a year now and it is all she wants to look at on Facebook. I am not sure if it is harmful but it is disturbing me. What should I do? 3. Should Christians try to keep the Sabbath or has that law completely been fulfilled? 4. Why did the apostles baptize only in the name of Jesus instead of the trinity? 5. Does Matthew 5:13 teach that Christians can lose their salvation?
Jan
26
2022
Episode 889 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Did God or the angels destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? 2. If Jesus spoke to Paul on the road to Damascus, why would he not speak to us today? 3. A friend of mine has been performing baptisms for his friends on his own in his bathroom tub. He is not an elder of a church and this isn’t in a home church. Do these baptisms hold any validity? 4. What should I know about the difference between law and grace and where or what should I be reading to get good handle on this subject? 5. Should we call out and rebuke those who do street preaching and who are preaching ‘fire and brimstone’? Today’s Offer Tough Questions Answered Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can I Share My Faith? Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today?
Jan
25
2022
Episode 888 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I know that fornication is a sin. But I am wondering if Christians have to be married by the government or if we can just come to God and be married in his eyes? 2. What does 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 mean? Does it mean that there will be second class citizens in heaven? 3. My friend is a Unitarian who doesn’t believe that Jesus is also God, one with the Father. How do I minister to him and what Scriptures can I point to? 4. My mother is in the ICU with COVID and pneumonia. Can you pray for her? Today’s Offer Tough Questions Answered Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Seeing Jesus by Adriel Sanchez
Jan
24
2022
Episode 887 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I think that God and Jesus aren’t the same entity, but I also have heard that Jesus was also God, even as he came down as man. I hope that is right. Can you explain this? 2. My youth group leader was talking about speaking in tongues and how these gifts are given to us. I saw that she was using the Passion Translation and referring to 1 Corinthians 14. Who were the Corinthians and how do I explain their context to my youth leader? My understanding is that the apostles were the only ones with these spiritual gifts. 3. Should Christians try to convince non-Christians to convert? Why should someone become a Christian? 4. How do I love my friend without condoning and affirming her in her sin? Today’s Offer Tough Questions Answered Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Can I Trust the Resurrection? Core Guide – 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality
Jan
21
2022
Episode 886 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. The Bible says that God is light, but in Genesis it says that light was created after God. Is this contradictory? 2. I am a Messianic Jew and I pastor a church in a town that used to notably be white supremacist. Thank you so much for your ministry. 3. Recently I heard a pastor call out the current administration. It sounded very divisive. I don’t remember Jesus calling out the Roman government. Is the pulpit a place for politics? 4. Have you ever been told that the stories in the Bible are just fables to teach us morals or do you believe stories such as the Woman at the well and the Good Samaritan for example really took place? 5. Why do we still keep the Old Testament if Jesus fulfilled the law of the Old Testament? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Does the Church Relate to the Government? Core Question - How Do Christians Relate to the Law? Core Question - What are the Parables?  
Jan
20
2022
Episode 885 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. My roommates in college find it weird when I have quiet time and read the Bible. Sometimes I feel insecure about their remarks and some of their questions, which makes me think that the Bible can’t really stand up to their scrutiny. I know that’s not right, but I’m not sure how to respond when that happens. 2. How do we respond to atheist critics who say that, “because Jesus said he was going to return 2,000 years ago, and he did not, it’s safe to say that he will not be returning”? 3. In 2 Timothy 2:8, it refers to Jesus as being the offspring of David. But Joseph was from David’s line, how he is the b 4. What does 2 Peter 2:10-11 mean? Will there ever be a time when we God has had enough with the the world and turn his back on us? 5. A pastor at a new church in town keeps trying to recruit my husband for his worship team. I feel very uncomfortable with that. I love my current church. Is it right that that other pastor keeps trying to recruit my husband, knowing very well that he belongs to another already? Today’s Offer Tough Questions Answered Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 9 FAQs About Angels and Demons Core Question – Can I Trust the Resurrection?
Jan
19
2022
Episode 884 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode Can we apply the verses about the promised land in Isaiah 43 to us today or were they exclusively about Israel? My question is about sin. If you stole money when you were younger, do you have to pay it back, or is it just the same if we ask God for forgiveness? What does Peter mean when he calls women the weaker vessel in 1 Peter 3:7? Is it worth praying for someone who is almost like Satan? For example, is it God's will to pray for a figure like Adolf Hitler or Kim Jung-Eun and for their salvation? In Revelation it talks about the 7 eyes, 7 horns, and 7 hills. What do these mean? And who are the 24 elders? Today's Offer Tough Questions Answered Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Guide - 5 Things You Should Know About the Bible’s Final Book
Jan
18
2022
Episode 883 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I am a trustee at my church and the leaders here are encouraging me to get ordained, but that idea makes me uncomfortable. What should I do? 2. I have always felt that I have had a strong walk with God since childhood, but recently I find myself struggling with ideas of eternal judgment and even some of the ways doctrines and spiritual things are put so bluntly. Instead of receiving God’s word without question I find myself having to examine it, which makes me think God may see this as a lack of faith. Can you help me with this? 3. What did Jesus do between age 12 and 30? 4. Does the New Testament negate the Old Testament? 5. Our grandson is Muslim and he is coming to live with my husband and I. How do we be hospitable while not being ashamed of Jesus’s name? Today’s Offer Tough Questions Answered Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can I Share My Faith? Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Jan
17
2022
Episode 882 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why is it that in Matthew Jesus is said to come from Joseph’s genealogy? Shouldn’t he be said to come from Mary’s line since Joseph is only his adoptive father? 2. I am an Assistant Pastor and since 2020 our church has focused on topics of diversity and social issues involving race and how those playout in the church. We have organized book clubs around this topic and have gotten a lot of push back. Multiple families have even left the church, they have accused me and the other pastors that talking about matters of racial diversity like this are a part of a leftist agenda. I have heard similar things happening in other churches and it grieves my heart. Why is this such an issue in churches today? 3. What do you think of about preterist theology? Is there some truth that some of the prophecies in Revelation have already taken place? 4. Is the rapture biblical? 5. Are we still bound to Levitical food laws? 6. If I don’t speak in tongues does that mean that I am not saved, is it the only sign of salvation, as preached by many pastors I hear today? Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible Study) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Does the Bible Condone Slavery? Core Question – What Are the Main Views of the End Times?
Jan
14
2022
Episode 881 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. My brother and his wife are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Is it actually a cult? 2. In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus seems to speak a lot about the Kingdom of Heaven, how important is it for us Christians to know what the Kingdom of Heaven is and is it here now? 3. I am wondering how I should express myself when I am writing about the Bible. Passages in Timothy and Corinthians warn against clever words and departing from the teaching of the Bible. Does this mean it’s wrong to say things in a memorable way? 4. Can angels still rebel against God? 5. When is the right time to leave the church? 6. How do we know which son Abraham really took up to the mountain to sacrifice—Isaac or Ishmael? Why does Genesis 22:2 say “take your only son” to be sacrificed? That is why Muslims believe it to be Ishmael as he was the first born. Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible Study) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What Do I Do When I’ve Been Hurt by the Church? Core Question – What are the Parables?
Jan
13
2022
Episode 880 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why does God command the Israelites to invade Canaan, doesn’t this contradict the command not to murder? 2. I have heard that anyone who adds or subtracts from the Word of God will be punished. I know that Mormons and Catholics have added to the Bible with other books, so why hasn’t God punished them, why are their churches growing? 3. In Genesis 6, it talks about giants in the land and how they saw the daughters of man. Are these fallen angels or just giant human beings? 4. Does the curse in Genesis 3 mean that we lost the freedom that Adam had to choose God for salvation? 5. Is the Apostolic Church a biblical church? 6. What Jesus was trying to explain to the disciples in Mark 8:18-21? Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible Study) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can God Be Loving and Wrathful? Core Question – How Do I Choose a Church? Core Question – Why Are There So Many Denominations?
Jan
12
2022
Episode 879 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. With so many well established pastors teaching different doctrines from the Bible, how am I to discern the truth from the many different pastors and sermons I listen to on the radio and podcasts? How do I know who is right? 2. I wonder if Jeremiah 17:9 contradicts Ezekiel 36:22-32? Does Jeremiah’s passage still apply to believers, are our hearts still deceitful above all things? Because Ezekiel says we have a new heart now. 3. How do I know if I am truly forgiven? I fall into sin regularly and I pray for forgiveness but I don’t feel forgiven. 4. I have been a member at my church for a few years now but I am wondering if I should leave. The pastors at my church talk about things that I find crude. Should I leave because of this? 5. Did the Holy Spirit dwell in Jesus as he was fully man (and fully God) on earth, similar to the way he lives in all Christians today? Today’s Offer All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 9 Ways to Know You Are Really a Christian Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation? Core Question – How Do I Choose a Church?
Jan
11
2022
Episode 878 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about a woman married to seven different men, Jesus told them no one would be married or given in marriage in the resurrection. If that is so, why does God make such a big issue about marriage to nullify it in the heaven? 2. How come we as Christians don’t boldly condemn wrong doing anymore? Even the Apostle Paul didn’t mince words when it came to Alexander the Coppersmith among other wrongdoers. Is it still okay to condemn without reservations like Paul did? 3. I am going through your Romans Bible study and enjoying it. On page 73, it states, “When God justified us, we were declared innocent of all our sins once and for all.” Are we declared “innocent,” as in never having committed the sins or are we declared “forgiven” in that Christ has paid the penalty for our sins? 4. In Revelation 1:1, it seems to indicate that God is giving a revelation to Jesus that he was not aware of. Is that right? 5. In 2015, my son died in a motorcycle accident. How do I move on from the grief I have about this because I still think about him every day? Today’s Offer All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What’s the Difference Between Justification and Sanctification? Core Christianity – Romans Bible Study
Jan
10
2022
Episode 877 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. If God can hear our prayers, can Satan also hear them? 2. Is the belief that human evolution occured a heresy? 3. My friend is having a hard time with the story of Jacob and Esau. How can Isaac and Jacob be counted in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 when they are so awful? 4. If we are eating and drinking in the New Creation, will we need to use bathrooms too? 5. Since 2020, there are a lot of people who claim to be prophets. They are on YouTube foretelling events in the end times and its gotten me really scared. What do you think about these so-called prophets? Today’s Offer All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What’s the Difference Between Justification and Sanctification? Core Question – Who Are the Prophets?
Jan
7
2022
Episode 876 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I have not been too worried about the vaccine, but now that I am getting the vaccine I am beginning to be more concerned. I know you have said that it is not the Mark of the Beast, but can you give me Scripture as to why and how I am to know this for sure? 2. What does it mean in 2nd Corinthians 5:21 that Jesus “became sin” for us? 3. Should Christians be more involved in social issues like those who are more politically liberal? 4. Did the Father really forsake Jesus on the cross? 5. Why doesn’t God just open the heaven above and show himself to everyone at once so we know he’s real? Today’s Offer All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What are the Genres of the Bible and Why Do They Matter?
Jan
6
2022
Episode 875 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Can I still take communion if I smoke cigarettes? 2. I have a question about Exodus 21:20-22. What do you think about what the Bible says about slaves being someone’s property? 3. Does 1 Corinthians 15 teach that our bodies will be spiritual or natural at the resurrection? 4. Should Christians refer to Jesus as ‘Yeshua’? 5. What does James 5:13-16 mean and should we practice this with those who are sick? 6. Please explain the unforgivable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. What exactly is it and why is it the only unforgivable sin? Today’s Offer All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Does the Bible Condone Slavery?
Jan
5
2022
Episode 874 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why don’t I hear pastors preach on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John? Can Christians go to heaven if they are described as being prejudice? 2. Is there a pattern for worship or a set of laws for how we should carry out our worship services? 3. I’ve never been attracted to fasting, but I want to be obedient to God’s Word. Does the Bible explain to us how to execute a fast? 4. In Genesis 1, it says that God makes man, male and female, in “our” image. Who is “our”? 5. I’m reading through the Old Testament. Numbers 15:27 speaks of unintentional sin. Between intentional and unintentional sin, I can’t imagine how many times I would be at the altar with another goat to sacrifice. Is the sacrificial system a massive burden that we just can’t fathom today? Today’s Offer Beginner Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton
Jan
4
2022
Episode 873 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Someone called in recently and said that they saw Jesus in person. But Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit upon his ascension. Why would he be here and make appearances to others if he has already sent us the Holy Spirit? 2. Starting in the pandemic I saw a lot of people watch church virtually and then some of them try to take communion at home with things other than bread and wine. Does it matter what things we use when we take communion? 3. Growing up, my mother-in-law gave my wife and her sister to a man and he abused them. My wife has gotten saved and found significant healing, but her sister is still suffering immensely from her time with him. How can we minister to her? 4. In Genesis 1, what is being discussed when it talks about God separating the waters and making a firmament? 5. If Jesus had to die to atone for sin, why was it a sin for men to crucify him? Today's Offer Beginner Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Does Jesus Work Today? Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault by Justin Holcomb netgrace.org - Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments
Jan
3
2022
Episode 872 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. There is a girl at church that I would like to approach and ask out. How do I go about doing this biblically? 2. Is it true that “God loves the sinner, but hates the sin”? I’m struggling to see this distinction in Scripture. For example, in the opening verses of Malachi, God says “Esau have I hated, Jacob have I loved”. Would it be more accurate to say that God hates the sinner in their sin? 3. I know Jesus was without sin, but was Mary also sinless? 4. Is humor and jokes mentioned anywhere in the Bible? I have heard that God does not like humor or jesting. Is this true? 5. Which covenants in the bible have ended and which are still in effect? 6. Will the Holy Spirit ever depart near the end times? Today’s Offer Beginner Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – What Are the Main Views of the End Times?
Dec
31
2021
Episode 871 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How can God be good if he also created sin? 2. Do the Old Testament laws regarding remarriage apply to Gentiles in the church today? 3. Was the biblical canon decided at the Council of Nicaea? 4. When you say that you don't believe in the rapture, what resources do you have to support that view? 5. I was taught growing up that God only hears our prayers if we are clothed while we pray them. Can we really not pray in the shower? Today's Offer Philippians Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN CHRISTIANITY BE TRUE IF GOD ALLOWS EVIL AND SUFFERING? 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX WHAT IS PRAYER?
Dec
30
2021
Episode 870 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Don't we all have our own type of theology? Why is theology spoken of as one person's view on the Bible? 2. The Bible says that we won't be given in marriage in heaven, but Christ has his bride, the church, in heaven. How is this not contradictory? 3. What should we do if we sense that our pastor has Covert Narcissist Personality Disorder? We're concerned for him and his young family, but we have several members leaving our church and refusing to serve on committees and council with him. 4. Why aren't churches today keeping the sabbath on Saturday anymore? 5. What is "The Great Delusion" mentioned in 2 Thessalonians? 6. In 2 Chronicles 7 it says that God will heal his people's land if they seek his face. However, in Daniel and Revelation it speaks about devastating things that must happen in order for prophecy to be fulfilled. How do we reconcile these ideas? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse by Chuck DeGroat Core Question - Why Did the Sabbath Day Change to Sunday? Core Question - What Are the Main Views of the End Times?
Dec
29
2021
Episode 869 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What do you think about the Azusa St. Revivals and how those events impacted the modern church today? 2. I was formerly brought up in the Prosperity Gospel and the Word of Faith movement. In these movements they claimed that God never wants us to be sick and that we have the power to rebuke sickness. Now that I am out of that movement I am wondering do I pray for healing from sickness in a biblical way? 3. I am a backslidden Christian and want to get plugged back into the church, but my wife is not interested in going back to church. What should I do? 4. There is a bishop in my denomination who is gay. The congregation that I attend does not affirm this practice and preaches the gospel, but because the denomination is compromising in this way, should I leave the church? 5. What is the teaching of Sola Scriptura? Today's Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality
Dec
28
2021
Episode 868 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What does Mormonism teach about Jesus and his identity? 2. How should a Christian think about and respond to preferred pronouns? 3. Is it sinful for a parent to allow their teenager's boyfriend or girlfriend live with them if their home situation is unhealthy? 4. How do I avoid becoming apart of a false church? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO I CHOOSE A CHURCH? Core Christianity: Find Yourself in God's Story by Dr. Michael Horton
Dec
27
2021
Episode 867 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Are people with mental disabilities still able to understand the gospel in some way? 2. Before I came to the faith I was living with someone, we are still dating but we are not living together any longer, but we plan to be married. However, he is not a Christian, but he is open to Christianity. We are even attending a Bible study together. Is it ok to pursue marrying this man if he is open to Christianity but is not a Christian yet? 3. How do I lovingly admonish friends who are living in sin? 4. Should churches be promoting progressive social agendas? Today's Offer Beginner Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide - 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex
Dec
24
2021
Episode 866 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Was Jesus actually born on Christmas Day? I have heard theories that he was born sometime in October. 2. Do you know that Christmas song, “Mary did you know?” I know some people make fun of that song, but I thought that that question was pretty good. In Luke 1 it doesn’t quite seem to allude to the fact that Mary knew her son was going to bear the sin of his people. So, did she know or was it a surprise to her? 3. Is it ok to tell my kids that Santa is real? 4. Does the Bible command or forbid us to celebrate traditions like Christmas? I have heard both views from various churches. I know Catholics are big on celebrating Christmas and I have heard some protestant groups and even Jehovah’s Witnesses say that we shouldn’t. Today's Offer Philippians Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Dr. Michael Horton  
Dec
23
2021
Episode 865 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do I love my family members who have invited me to their same-sex wedding while maintaining biblical teachings about sexuality? 2. I wanted to know if there is any other historical evidence that Christ was really born other than the Bible? I have heard some atheists claim that he might have entirely been a myth. 3. I am old now and can’t go to church. Why does my mind bombard me all the time with the things that I have done wrong with things I have done in my past? I know I am saved, but how do I stop this? 4. I have many friends in the Charismatic Church who delight in giving me books about the prayer of faith for healing and everything else in life. I see so many verses taken out of context in their teachings. My question is: do I attempt correcting my friends, or do I just say, "thank you," pray for them, and move on? 5. What do you think of Messianic Judaism? Today's Offer Philippians Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Dr. Michael Horton
Dec
22
2021
Episode 864 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I am seeking God's will for my life. I am looking through the Scriptures to look for confirmation for what to do with my life. Can you help me with that? 2. I just got out of the military and have relocated into my in-laws home. How can I minister and witness to them during this time? 3. I have heard that Jesus was never born on December 25th. If that is right, then why do we celebrate Christmas on this day? 4. What is your view on the Calvinist and Arminian debate? 5. Is Seventh-Day Adventism a cult? Today's Offer Philippians Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Why Did the Sabbath Day Change to Sunday? Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Dec
21
2021
Episode 862 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I have heard it said that because Eve was deceived in Eden and not Adam, men should be pastors and not women. Is that right? 2. Someone brought to my attention that Christmas is a pagan holiday. Are we as Christians adhering to pagan practices when we celebrate Christmas? 3. What is the relationship between repentance and confession? 4. Does Isaiah 30:21 confirm that we should hearing from God audibly? 5. I am really struggling with understanding how to deal with a particular situation, would love some help. A bunch of friends and I are planning on going on a trip this next summer and we are renting a house for a week. Most of us are Christians but there is one girl and her boyfriend who aren’t. They are most likely wanting a room for themselves and as a Christian I am struggling with whether or not we should let that happen. On one note, yes I can’t force them to do what I believe as a Christian is wrong since they aren’t a married couple, but on the other hand I do wanna minister to them well. How can we as Christians walk biblically and wisely in this situation? 6. What does it mean that Jesus is the "only begotten Son of God"? Today's Offer 5 Reasons Christmas Is Not a Pagan Holiday Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Dec
20
2021
Episode 861 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What does it mean to say that Jesus in "the only Begotten Son of God"? 2. What does the Bible say about body embalming, burial, and cremation? 3. I was reading Jeremiah this year in my devotions and came across what it says about trees in pagan worship in chapter 10:1-16. This passage seems to describe what Christmas trees look like around this season. Does this prove that the critiques from some people against celebrating Christmas and having the seasonal decor are valid? 3. Why do a lot of Christians pray for their country and their country's recovery? If it's all going to be burnt away anyway, why are we trying to do something like "save America"? 4. I am a new Christian and my fiance is not a believer. I just learned about what it means to be "unequally yoked." Should I call off the wedding? 5. I was being ordained at my church and the current pastor invited a guest preacher to come up and speak in tongues. I'm not sure how I feel about this. What do you think? Today's Offer 5 Reasons Christmas Is Not a Pagan Holiday Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Can a Christian Be Cremated?
Dec
17
2021
Episode 861 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is Advent the same as Christmas? I thought Advent was in preparation for Christmas. What is the difference? 2. My question is regarding David and his sin toward Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. Was it adultery or was it sexual assault? 3. Does Psalm 51 imply that David only sinned against God and not Bathsheba? 4. Will believers still be married in heaven? 5. Is playing some sports professionally the same as gambling, and is that a sin? 6. Which types of abuse are grounds for divorce? Today’s Offer Philippians Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Question – What Do I Do When I’ve Been Hurt by the Church?
Dec
16
2021
Episode 860 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. If people found reasonable evidence for UFO’s, would that somehow undermine Christianity and the Bible? 2. What is the correct view toward books about fantasy and science-fiction like The Lord of The Rings, Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter? I am struggling with knowing if it is ok to indulge in reading and watching these shows. 3. Which Scriptures talk about the days where Christ was on earth after his resurrection? 4. When the Bible mentions “widows and orphans,” does that actually refer to single moms who have been abandoned by their husbands? 5. When reading the Old Testament, how can you tell which parts are descriptive and which parts are prescriptive? Today’s Offer Philippians Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Dec
15
2021
Episode 859 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What does Psalm 85 mean when it talks about mercy and peace meeting and righteousness and peace kissing? 2. How do you love and treasure Jesus more than anything in the world? I feel like my love for him is cold. 3. Should we break fellowship with those who hold heretical views about the trinity? 4. How should understand the “thousand generations” in Deuteronomy 9? 5. How can I faithfully love and support my lesbian friend who is no longer a Christian? Today’s Offer 5 Reasons Christmas Is Not a Pagan Holiday Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Guide – 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality
Dec
14
2021
Episode 858 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Should I concerned if my daughter becomes a Jehovah’s Witness? 2. Is it possible to over-preach to someone? My sister is trying to share the faith with our parents and at times it comes across being too pushy. 3. What is the law of Christ? 4. How do I learn to be content like the Apostle Paul? 5. How do I share the gospel with my 6-year-old? Today’s Offer 5 Reasons Christmas Is Not a Pagan Holiday Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can I Share My Faith? Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton
Dec
13
2021
Episode 857 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why is the label, “the Word” used for so many different things? I’ve always understood John 1:1 as referring to Jesus. But I’m curious why we also refer to the Bible as “the Word.” 2. I was raised as a Roman Catholic, but I am learning a lot more about what I believe the Bible teaches regarding doctrine and things like praying the rosary. My Roman Catholic family members are concerned for me because they see this as me leaving the faith. How do I address the concerns of my family members and assure them that I am not leaving Christianity? 3. Why was God silent for 400 years in between the Old and New Testaments? Is this hyperbole and is this silence between the Old and New Testaments something we don’t have to believe in? What is its significance? 4. The Gospel accounts are often based on eyewitness testimony, but there were no eyewitnesses to Jesus’s temptation in the desert with Satan. How do we really know what transpired in those accounts? 5. When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about a woman married to many men and asked which husband she would be betrothed to at the resurrection, Jesus said, “no one will be given to each other in heaven.” If that’s right, then why does God make such a big deal about marriage in the Bible? 6. If Peter was forgiven 3 times for denying Christ, why wasn’t Judas? Today’s Offer 5 Reasons Christmas Is Not a Pagan Holiday Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question – Why Are There So Many Denominations?
Dec
10
2021
Episode 856 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why aren't we writing new books of the Bible, why did it's books and writings have to cease? 2. What does it mean to be a man after God's own heart? 3. In Matthew 24:40-41, what is this referring to regarding the End Times? 4. My nephew is in a gay relationship. My husband and I are struggling with knowing what to do as far as attending a gay marriage ceremony. We believe the Bible teaches that this lifestyle is sinful. Do we attend even though it's sinful, or not attend, and risk losing our relationship with our nephew and his family? 5. Why is it that the pastors preach, “thank God that you’re still on earth and you’re not dead,” as if it's a blessing not to be with the Lord. Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Have I Committed the Unpardonable Sin? Core Question - How Does Jesus Work Today?
Dec
9
2021
Episode 855 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. In Isaiah 65:17, it says that the God will create the new heavens and earth. I have heard that we will remember our lives on earth and I find this disheartening because there are things that I don't want to remember. What do you think? 2. I would like to know, what is God’s punishment to priests and clergy who sexually molest children? I am sure that some victims would like to know that not everyone is forgiven of their sins, but maybe they are. What do you think? 3. Is the Roman Catholic view of Mary biblical? 4. Why wasn't Adam included in the hall of faith in Hebrews 11? 5. The scripture says in 2 Peter 3:11-12 that we are to hasten the day of The Lord. Another translation says to “speed its coming”. How are we to do this? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) Core Question - Have I Committed the Unpardonable Sin?
Dec
8
2021
Episode 854 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Does Pastor Sanchez believe that this married same-sex couples should divorce? Isn’t divorce also a sin, except in very specific circumstances? 2. What is the significance of the apostles in Acts 8 going to Samaria to bring the Spirit to the people there? 3. My husband and I have had 7 miscarriages and I have been dealing with a lot of fear and anxiety for the future. I am aware that children may not be in God’s will for us, but if anyone can help me with encouragement or truth, I would greatly appreciate it. 4. Why does the angel tell Mary to name her son “Jesus” and then tell Joseph to name him “Immanuel”? 5. My wife has left me for another man, but I feel as if I should still wait for her to come back to me. Does the Bible say anything about this? Today’s Offer Philippians Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Dec
7
2021
Episode 853 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why doesn’t forgiveness equate to reconciliation? 2. I am from Southern California and we’ve been hearing a lot of pastors telling people that they should leave the state and let it be judged by God. They say that the church is the one thing preserving the state from total judgment. How do you feel about that living out here? 3. Can there be demonic influence in the church? 4. Is Jesus the only one with a resurrection body? 5. How is grace given to us in sanctification? Today’s Offer Philippians Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Can the Devil Read My Mind? Core Question – How Does the Church Relate to the Government?
Dec
6
2021
Episode 852 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Did God create evil? Isaiah 45:7 seems to say that he did. 2. What is Eternal Sonship? Was Christ always the Son or did he become the Son in the incarnation? According to the creeds he was always the Son. So what does it mean that he is eternally begotten but not made? 3. Should we really mourn when a believer dies if it means they are in heaven? 4. If I doubt my salvation am I really a Christian? 5. How can I find joy in the midst of trials? Today’s Offer Philippians Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can Christianity Be True if God Allows Evil and Suffering? Core Question – Can the Devil Read My Mind? Core Guide – 9 Ways to Know You Are Really a Christian
Dec
3
2021
Episode 851 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. When I consider the sovereignty of God in salvation, it feels presumptuous to claim to be a Christian. And when I read of the evidences of a person saved by grace, I feel like I never measure up. How can I cultivate trusting in Christ rather than myself? 2. I believe I had a holy visit by an angel. Do these things happen to us today? 3. In Matthew 10, Jesus speaks of the importance of acknowledging him in front of others. Later Peter denied him in front of others. Doesn't that mean that Peter will be denied before the Father? 4. What does the cursed water in Numbers 5 mean? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Question - Can I Lose My Salvation?
Dec
2
2021
Episode 850 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Does the Bible say anything about UFOs? 2. In 1 Kings 17, Elijah prays for a boy who had died and he rises from the dead. Elijah does a few things leading up to the boy's healing that are strange. What do you make of this passage? 3. How do I know that I am really filled with the Spirit? 4. How should we deal with the fact that we have friends and family that are going to hell? 5. I am looking forward to professing my faith at church. I recently slipped up in regards to sexual purity. Should I refrain from making a profession of faith because of this? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Can I Share My Faith? Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Question - Can I Lose My Salvation?
Dec
1
2021
Episode 849 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Do you think that people who celebrate Christmas are practicing a kind of idolatry? 2. If there are same-sex couples who are married and they start going to church, how should congregations and pastors respond to them? 3. Is it biblical to tithe and give to charity if we are in debt? 4. My pastor committed adultery. What should I do? 5. What does Romans 8 teach about condemnation and justification? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Can I Share My Faith?
Nov
30
2021
Episode 848 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. In 1 Samuel 28:12, it says that Saul had someone conjure up Samuel's spirit from the dead. Did this actually happen? 2. Should I prevent going to yoga and working out in public if it might cause someone to stumble? 3. Some folks think that because we shouldn't be afraid of death that we shouldn't mourn when a loved one dies. Is this a biblical response? 4. I read the Bible and it doesn't really signify what the promises are exactly and how do we connect God's word with the promises of God?  Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide - 9 Ways to Know You Are Really a Christian Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Nov
29
2021
Episode 847 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. It seems as though every time I try to get my life together and commit my life to God again, things in my life begin to fall apart. How do I know God's plan in these seasons of life? 2. I am trying to wrap my mind around the views about the millennial kingdom and Satan's rebellion during these times. Can you help make sense of these things? 3. If angels are made perfect, why was Satan thrown out of heaven? 4. Why do Christians need things like creeds and confessions when we have the Bible? Today's Offer Christmas Devotional - The Promised Seed Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - What Are the Main Views of the End Times? Core Question - Why Are There So Many Denominations? Core Guide - 9 Ways to Know You Are Really a Christian
Nov
26
2021
Episode 846 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do you reconcile the Christus Victor and Substitutionary Atonement views? 2. I've heard that when helping to hold believers accountable, or help others heal and walk through personal struggles, we should be "calling in" as opposed to "calling out." What are some biblical examples for us to model this type of support after and do you have any practical advice for this in the life of the church? 3. On a previous episode, a woman called in asking how to honor her mother who seemed abusive. In Matthew 12:50 it seems as though the people in the church are our spiritual mothers and fathers. Are we also to honor them in the same way the 5th commandment tells us to honor our biological parents? 4. In Genesis 15:9, Abraham is told to cut and divide animals in the covenant the Lord makes with him. Why was the covenant made this way? 5. If God is a spirit, how are we made in his likeness if we are made out of flesh? Today's Offer Christmas Devotional - The Promised Seed Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Question - Can I Lose My Salvation?
Nov
25
2021
Episode 845 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes Questions in this Episode 1. I want to exercise through yoga but I know that some people think any practice of yoga is an act of worship to other gods. What do you think? 2. I feel completely condemned and that God has given up on me. What should I do, how do I know that I have surrendered my life to the Lord? 3. I know that in the Psalms it says that we should give thanks to the Lord, and I know that this isn’t just good advice, but I often feel uncomfortable giving thanks in prayer because I honestly don’t feel very thankful. Is this a form of paying lip service and going through the motions or should we practice giving thanks even if we don’t feel like it? 4. Is Jeremiah 29:11 only a promise to the nation of Israel or does it apply to us as well? Today's Offer Christmas Devotional - The Promised Seed Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Question - Can I Lose My Salvation?
Nov
24
2021
Episode 844 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. If Adam and Eve sinned by eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and Good and Evil, is it a sin to pray about knowledge, to gain knowledge? I know there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. 2. The church I grew up in was extremely aggressive in the way it talked about judgment and the truth of the Bible as opposed to the ways of the world. I left the church for a time mainly because of this but am plugged into a church now and the teaching is very different. They still teach the Bible but things just aren’t as strict or demanding. I’m just wondering which form of Christianity is true, and do you have to be aggressive towards the world in order to prove that you are really a Christian? 3. My son is asking me if God created evil and if he used it for his own purposes? 4. What does the Bible say about conspiracy theories? 5. How can I bring someone to God who is afraid of him without pushing them away? 6. My son is incredibly smart and while he agrees that there is a God, he is having a hard time figuring out Jesus. How do I share the truth of the gospel with him when he seems too smart for his own good? Today’s Offer 5 Biblical Reminders for Thanksgiving Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can I Share My Faith? The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Greg Koukl
Nov
23
2021
Episode 843 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What is your opinion on in-person seminary vs. online? What is a good reason for a seminary student to move to campus rather than go online, is the time with the professors and classmates worth it? 2. My 18yo son studies a lot, and he is adamant about not doing Thanksgiving this year. He says, “how can you be a Christian and be thankful that these people slaughtered so many Native Americans?” 3. How can I share Jesus with my friend who is interested but also skeptical about Christianity? 4. How can I overcome my sinful nature? 5. The Gospel of John includes the account of Lazarus being raised from the dead, why don’t the other Gospel account include this? Today’s Offer 5 Biblical Reminders for Thanksgiving Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Can I Share My Faith?  
Nov
22
2021
Episode 842 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. My coworker listens to demonic heavy metal music, to the extent that the bands are encouraging listeners to go to hell and embrace it. He said that he accepts and is content with the fact that he is going to hell. How would you recommend talking to this guy? 2. How important is worship in service? I live in NYC & finding a church sound in doctrine is quite a feat. I found a church with great reaching, but the worship is dreadful. I am convinced the singer’s voice is a joy only to the Lord. I am visiting and trying to determine if I want to become a member of this fellowship, but the singer’s screeching both depresses and aggravates me. Should I look elsewhere for fellowship, time my arrival for right before the preaching begins, or wear earplugs during the singing? 3. If Jesus is in heaven at the right hand of the Father, what work is he doing for us now? 4. Is Melchizedek a prefiguration of Christ? 5. Did God create the serpent in the God? 6. Can Christians be pro-choice? Today’s Offer What Every Child Should Know About Prayer by Nancy Guthrie Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question – How Do I Choose a Church?
Nov
19
2021
Episode 841 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I’ve heard that the Bible says that the rapture would come soon, but why hasn’t it happened yet? 2. If one of the 10 commandments is to not murder, how do we reconcile this with those in the military, and what is the difference, as Christians, in how we apply this commandment? 3. How can we apply 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 in our lives? “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 4. Is the “sinner’s prayer” biblical? 5. My daughter is 11 years old and she has a good relationship with her dad who doesn’t live with us. He has told her he doesn’t believe in God and many of my daughter’s friends at school are also non-believers. She has expressed to me that she would like to be a Christian and enjoys reading her bible and I want to help nurture her relationship with God. I just wondered if you have any words of wisdom for me on this particular subject? 6. Can I disagree with some of the Bible and still consider myself a Christian? Today’s Offer What Every Child Should Know About Prayer by Nancy Guthrie Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation?
Nov
18
2021
Episode 840 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Someone on the show recently asked about receiving signs from God. Gideon asked for signs to prove God’s will, was he wrong to do this? If not, should we still do this in the Christian life? 2. If the Garden of Eden was perfect, why was there something that could cause sin in the garden? 3. If I disagree with some of the theology that is taught in my church, should I look for a new place to worship? 4. How do you explain the trinity to muslims? 5. How should we understand the reference to angels in 1 Corinthians 11:10? Today’s Offer 5 Biblical Reminders for Thanksgiving Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Why Are There So Many Denominations?
Nov
17
2021
Episode 839 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do I share with friends and family that they should find their answers for help in the Bible instead of tarot cards, crystals, and astrology? 2. Why did God give us free will if we keep on sinning, and why do we sin all the time even though Jesus died on the cross to prevent sin? 3. Is Lucifer actually the devil’s name? 4. I need help understanding God’s providence and sovereignty. As a family we have experienced a great deal of grief. Five years ago our young adult niece died in an accident. A few days ago her brother died. All of us are broken-hearted. I am wrestling, particularly for my niece and nephew’s mother. Please share any thoughts that might help us. 5. Will people in other religions who are sincere and devout going to be in heaven? Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional: The Promised Seed Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question – Can the Devil Read My Mind?
Nov
16
2021
Episode 838 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is the baptism of the Holy Spirit different than being filled with the Holy Spirit? 2. If God chooses political leaders, why does he choose leaders that also do evil? And should we obey them? 3. How do I honor a dishonorable parent, is it wrong to put up boundaries? 4. How can I help others see the truth of Christianity in relation to other religions? 5. I believe Jesus is the Son of God. My question is: did God, the Father, create Jesus, the Son, or has the Son always existed forever in eternity past? When we think of parents and children, the parents existed first. Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional: The Promised Seed Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton
Nov
15
2021
Episode 837 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I am following up on what you said about “not forsaking the assembly” in Hebrews 10. I want to go to church, but what if you are crippled and can’t get to a church on your own and no one seems to want anything to do with you? I love the Lord but I have no one who wants to pick me up and take me to church. 2. I would like to ask a question about some of the recent statements by Owen Strachan on the trinity. He says that the Son if Eternally Subordinate to the Father, not just submissive to the Father in his earthly ministry. What do you think? 3. How do I parent my adult children while respecting their boundaries? 4. Why should we bother praying if God is sovereign over everything? 5. I notice that people who practice witchcraft or play with ouija boards seem to get answers to their questions almost immediately. But when I pray, it seems as though I don’t get answers by God until months, sometimes years later. Why is that? Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional: The Promised Seed Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton Core Question – Can the Devil Read My Mind?
Nov
12
2021
Episode 836 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I have been going to a non-denominational church but I was raised as a Roman Catholic. I am struggling between idolizing Jesus and Mary and on the other hand just being devoted to the Word. What should I do? 2. I am a single woman who has never been married but I have always longed to be married. I love the Lord with all my heart. I am going to be 63 in a couple weeks, is it wrong that I am not content in my singleness? As I get older this desire is only growing. 3. Does Galatians 2:20 refer to baptism, or something more spiritual? 4. In what ways can a congregation support their pastor, particularly in these times that we are currently living in? 5. In a previous episode Adriel said that there is no indication in the Bible that Satan hears us. But in Acts 16:18, Paul spoke to the slave girl who was possessed by an evil spirit and Paul commanded that spirit to leave and it departed. And in Mark 16, Jesus said that he has given us authority to cast out demons in the name of Jesus Christ. Christians do have an authority to cast out demons, so we can speak to the devil to cast him, right? 6. Luke knew that crucifixion was a Roman form of execution by placing someone on a cross. So why would Luke refer to it as Jesus being hung on a tree in Acts 5:30; 10:39? Today’s Offer What Every Child Should Know About Prayer by Nancy Guthrie Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Nov
11
2021
Episode 835 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Do Christians still need to keep Old Testament laws like eating kosher and keeping the Sabbath? 2. What’s the difference between social justice and biblical justice? It seems these are being intertwined and social justice is replacing biblical justice. Are there any good resources out there that speak to the differences of these things? 3. Will Jesus literally return from “the east” as it says in Revelation 7? 4. Does John 15:13 apply to veterans? 5. Are Christians required to keep a sabbath on some day during the week? Today’s Offer What Every Child Should Know About Prayer by Nancy Guthrie Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources What is the Relationship Between Justice, Justification, and Black Lives Matter? With Special Guest, Dr. Michael Horton Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Dr. Michael Horton Core Question – How Does the Church Relate to the Government?
Nov
10
2021
Episode 834 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What do you think of house churches? 2. 2 Corinthians 10:5, the verse that says we must take our thoughts “captive to obedience to Christ,” seems to often be taken out of context. Why is that? 3. I tend to avoid confrontation—is this counter to such a thing as biblical manhood? 4. What is evangelism in its most simple form? 5. What is the difference between soul and spirit mentioned in 1 Thessalonias 5:23? ​6. How should we explain the doctrine of the Trinity in light of monotheism? How should we respond to a non-Christian who claims that Christians believe in three gods? Today’s Offer 5 Biblical Reminders For Thanksgiving Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation? Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Dr. Michael Horton
Nov
9
2021
Episode 833 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is it ok for married Christians to decide not to have kids? 2. Is a Christian who attends Sunday service faithfully but does not attend midweek small groups or other church activities throughout the week considered “forsaking the fellowship of the saints”? As a business owner, my business requires a lot of my time and members from our church are telling my wife and I that we are forsaking the fellowship of the saints because we do not attend other church activities outside of Sunday morning Bible study and the main service. Their position seems very legalistic to me. Could you bring clarity to the situation for me? 3. What does 2 Thessalonias 2:11 mean? 4. Is it too late to be saved on our deathbed? 5. How should you respond when someone says that they’ve forgiven you but continue to bring up past sins again and again? 6. Could you please unpack Mathew 13:38-39? Are the people mentioned here the Sons of Perdition? Today’s Offer 5 Biblical Reminders For Thanksgiving Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation?
Nov
8
2021
Episode 832 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What does it mean that God is not the author of sin? 2. I believe I saw a vision of Jesus walking with my minister one day as my minister was taking his dogs for a walk. I think about this every day and was wondering if it was possible, and if it is, why did I get to see Christ when the minister didn’t? 3. Is the Sabbath on Sunday or Saturday? I’ve seen so much from Seventh-Day Adventists that say I’m doomed if I worship on Sunday. I don’t know why I’m so uncertain about this but it’s weighing heavily on my heart. 4. I have a family member who keeps talking about how the earth is not a globe but is flat. He makes a lot of convincing arguments for this. Is there anywhere in Scripture where it talks about the earth being a globe or being flat? 5. When you have younger kids, there are some things in the Bible that are tricky to talk about with them. The Song of Solomon is specifically difficult to talk about with them. Should we avoid talking about this until they are older? Today's Offer What Every Child Should Know About Prayer Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question - Why Did the Sabbath Day Change to Sunday? Core Question - How Can I Share My Faith?
Nov
5
2021
Episode 831 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. With my kids getting older, I know I am responsible as a parent to teach them about the Christian Life and to raise them in the Lord and teach them how to pray. But it now is starting to feel somewhat daunting because I have always struggled with prayer myself. Any advice on how to pray and teach my kids? 2. If we are predestined, why do we still have to be “delivered out of the domain of darkness” as it says in Colossians 1:13? 3. Why is it so important for people who are suffering to know the deep things about God and his Word? Today's Offer What Every Child Should Know About Prayer Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources I'm Praying for You: 40 Days of Praying the Bible for Someone Who Is Suffering by Nancy Guthrie Nancy Guthrie's Biblical Theology Workshops Core Question - How Can I Share My Faith?
Nov
4
2021
Episode 830 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Do you have to speak in tongues to truly be a Christian? 2. I am a new Christian and my husband isn't. How can I get him to see that I'm trying to serve and live for Christ rather than putting on a show? The church has become a family to me, which is why I volunteer to truly help, not to put on a fake face. My husband and I are now unequally yoked and are really struggling in our relationship. Any advice? 3. If the Bible teaches that the office of pastor is for qualified men, when and how should women teach the Bible? 4. My husband is my best friend, but I do have other friends that are male and I was wondering if that was appropriate. I do wonder if it is truly platonic, on my end I know it is, but I wonder what the Bible has to say about this. Thank you. 5. Am I my pastor’s disciple or am I Jesus’s disciple? Today's Offer What Every Child Should Know About Prayer Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide - 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex Core Guide - 9 Ways to Know You Are Really a Christian
Nov
3
2021
Episode 829 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Can people commune with Satan and demons? 2. How do I know if I am breaking the 2nd commandment? 3. The word sacrament means mystery and in Ephesians Paul calls marriage a mystery—is this the same word used in each instance? 4. Is it ok for Christians to visit mediums? 5. As a Christian, we know we should have assurance, but if I feel like I have assurance of salvation, how do I know that I am not deceiving myself? 6. Can we see the Lord physically today? Today’s Offer 5 Biblical Reminders For Thanksgiving Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex Core Guide – 9 Ways to Know You Are Really a Christian
Nov
2
2021
Episode 828 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do you know if you have ever blasphemed God? And if you have, can you ask for forgiveness? 2. I was raised in a Christian household. After going to college, I lost my religion because of problems with the way that “Christians” were acting around me and the lack of love they showed others. I have now started to reintroduce Christianity into my life, in a new light that some people would consider Progressive and Liberal, for instance, I am Pro-Choice, LGBTQ+ rights, etc. I really just believe it’s all about loving one another no matter what and protecting others’ rights to be happy. Is this actually Christianity the way the Bible states or should I try to find a religion that better suits my beliefs? 3. Are there any examples in the Bible of someone losing their salvation? 4. Why should people wait until after marriage to have sex? Today’s Offer 5 Biblical Reminders For Thanksgiving Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality
Nov
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2021
Episode 827 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I would like to know what you believe about what happens to us after we die. It is my understanding that our bodies are buried and then our souls are asleep until Christ comes again. 2. Does God exist outside of space and time? 3. What is the Abrahamic covenant mentioned in Genesis 17? What aspect of the Abrahamic covenant is everlasting? Why don’t Christians practice circumcision if the Abrahamic covenant is everlasting? Is it because the Hebrew word for ‘everlasting’ can mean ‘long time’ rather than ‘forever’? Or is there another reason? 4. I am having a difficult time living with my elderly mother. She is very cruel and this makes it hard for me to obey the 5th commandment. What should I do? 5. What are the parts of a human person? Can you expound upon the differences between body, soul, and spirit? 6. Is the Lord’s Supper simply a remembrance of what Christ has accomplished or is it efficacious in some way that aids in our sanctification? Today’s Offer 5 Biblical Reminders For Thanksgiving Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton
Oct
29
2021
Episode 826 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I found out that someone died in the home I live in. I know that “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world,” but sometimes I get nervous. Should I be concerned about this? 2. Our church hosts a Halloween trunk or treat. As a Christian, how should I respond as I don’t believe we should celebrate a man-made holiday associated with such an occasion? 3. When churches host fall festivals, are they just compromising? 4. My pastor is encouraging the church to show up on Sunday wearing Halloween costumes. Don’t you think that this crosses the line, isn’t church supposed to be sacred? 5. I work on Sundays. Is it ok to worship on a different day of the week? Today’s Offer Romans – Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Why Did the Sabbath Day Change to Sunday? Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life?      
Oct
28
2021
Episode 824 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Should I listen to family and friends vent about other people in their life, or should I correct them when it broaches on gossiping? 2. What does in mean in Philippians 2 that Jesus “emptied himself,” when he became man did he stop being God? 3. Can Christians use curse words when they speak? 4. What are the different views of the millennium? 5. If Jesus is God, why did he pray to the Father? 6. Do people who “practice witchcraft” have real powers? Today’s Offer Romans – Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Bible Study – How to Read the Bible
Oct
27
2021
Episode 824 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Must all Christians hold to the teaching of eternal conscious punishment, or can they hold to annihilationism? 2. In the Old Testament, there are people who never knew the law like the Mayans. They also never had a chance to come to Christ. Even if they were good people, because they never knew Christ, are they destined for hell? 3. If a Christian tells me they speak in tongues, how should I respond if I don’t believe tongues are for today? 4. Is heaven just like the Garden of Eden? 5. Why are churches so divided? Today’s Offer Can the Devil Read My Mind? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Bible Study – How to Read the Bible
Oct
26
2021
Episode 823 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. In Psalm 51, David pleads, “remove not your Spirit from me.” Was he worried about losing his salvation? 2. Why is it a problem to go to multiple churches? I go to one particular church on Sunday but I also do Bible studies from other churches and occasionally visit others as well. I am also still involved with online groups from churches I have been a member of in the past. Aren’t we all one big family? 3. Where in the Bible does it address transgenderism? 4. Do Mormons worship the same Jesus as Christians? Today’s Offer Can the Devil Read My Mind? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question – Why Are There So Many Denominations?
Oct
25
2021
Episode 822 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is baptism of the Holy Spirit biblical? Is it different from being baptized? I am getting mixed messages from different people and am not sure what to believe. 2. Should my local church sponsor my Bible study? 3. Is it possible to seek reconciliation with my daughter even after I have done 19 years of damage? 4. Did Jesus die for my physical and spiritual healing? 5. Are the Jews today still God’s chosen people? Today’s Offer Can the Devil Read My Mind? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question – Why Are There So Many Denominations?
Oct
22
2021
Episode 821 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How should we understand “Lady Wisdom” in Proverbs 8? 2. What do you think of cryptocurrency? 3. I am calling because I want to know the difference between Catholics and Christians are. Both of my parents are Catholic. Not sure how I would identify myself. 4. What does it mean to be the “salt of the earth”? 5. A pastor is telling me that I need to be able to speak in tongues in order to be saved. Is this true? 6. Can the devil hear our thoughts? Today’s Offer Can the Devil Read My Mind? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Oct
21
2021
Episode 820 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Should we practice church covenants and promise things to God before we take communion? 2. How do we as Christians get back on the path toward Jesus if we stray away? 3. What does mean to “take up my cross”? 4. Fellowship or doctrine: what’s more important in a church? 5. After reading Hebrews 6, I feel as though God is done with me. How do I know if I am a Christian anymore? Today’s Offer Can the Devil Read My Mind? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation?
Oct
20
2021
Episode 819 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How should Christians think about profanity? 2. I have been listening to you and get mad sometimes at some of your answers. When you talk about the “elect,” you refer to everyone as if they are all saved. I have heard you say that God loves everybody—God does not. God is mad at the wicked. Isn’t it right that only a remnant will be saved? 3. Should couples tithe together or individually? 4. Did Saul lose his salvation? 5. A Rector visits my workplace and I found out that he does not believe in the rapture. What do you think about the rapture? Today’s Offer Can the Devil Read My Mind? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation? Revelation Bible Study
Oct
19
2021
Episode 817 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Can you provide me some scriptures to reflect on to help me get through the days where I have to deal with those who seem to intentionally want to harm me? How do I turn the other cheek and accept their shortcomings? 2. In 1 Kings 10, why aren’t the answers to questions of the Queen of Sheba recorded? 3. Where in the Bible does it say that Adam repented and had eternal life? 4. Does the Great White Throne judgment signify that mankind will be judged twice? 5. Was the event in 2 Chronicles 26:16-21 a judgment or a correction? 6. If God’s people and church are one, why are there so many denominations? And will all of these churches be united one day? Today’s Offer Can the Devil Read My Mind? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Why Are There So Many Denominations?
Oct
18
2021
Episode 817 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Our middle-schooler was going to our church’s youth group until I found out that the entire group time is only spent playing games and entertaining. I expressed my concern to the youth pastor that I wished they would talk about spiritual things as well and he encouraged me to have our child go to a different church’s group instead: my questions is, should we as a family split our time between various church events or should we be all-in and invested in one church? 2. Where can I go in Scripture to find out about adultery? My wife is repenting for committing adultery 35 years ago near the beginning of our marriage. 3. In Matthew 28, Jesus commissions the apostles to baptize in the triune name; in the book of Acts, we see the apostles baptizing only in Jesus’s name. Why is that? 4. Is tithing required today? 5. Is infant baptism legitimate, or should baptism only be administered to those who make a credible profession of faith? Today’s Offer Can the Devil Read My Mind? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex ARTICLE: Should Infants Be Baptized? by Adriel Sanchez
Oct
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2021
Episode 816 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Are people with mental disabilities still able to understand the gospel in some way? 2. Before I came to the faith I was living with someone, we are still dating but we are not living together any longer, but we plan to be married. However, he is not a Christian, but he is open to Christianity. We are even attending a Bible study together. Is it ok to pursue marrying this man if he is open to Christianity but is not a Christian yet? 3. How do I lovingly admonish friends who are living in sin? 4. Should churches be promoting progressive social agendas? Today’s Offer 9 FAQs About Angels and Demons Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex
Oct
14
2021
Episode 815 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. You have said that the Trinity was not torn apart at the cross, but how is this possible when Jesus cried out, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” 2. How do you feel about taking a religious exemption for the Covid vaccine? 3. Why don’t the Jewish people still offer animal sacrifices? 4. In Revelation 21, it says that in the New Jerusalem there will be no more death, but in Isaiah 65 it alludes to the idea that there may still be death in the New Creation. Can you explain this? 5. How do I defend my theological positions when talking to Seventh-Day Adventists? 6. I was reading 2 Kings and in chapter 2:23-25 there is the strange incident of Elisha cursing a group of boys and 2 bears killing them. I do not know how I could explain this if someone asked me about this disturbing incident. It seems very random and cruel to punish the boys for calling him “bald-head”? Please can you help me understand it? Today’s Offer 9 FAQs About Angels and Demons Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Why Did the Sabbath Day Change to Sunday? Core Question – How Does the Church Relate to the Government?
Oct
13
2021
Episode 813 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What do I do when I don’t feel saved? 2. My friend is saying that you have to believe in election and predestination to be a true Christian. What do you say to that? 3. In Leviticus 16, the sacrifice of the scapegoat is mentioned. God commands the Israelites to send the scapegoat out to “Azazel.” All of the research I have done makes it seem like Azazel is a demonic spirit. If that’s right, why did God command Israel to make a sacrifice to Azazel? 4. Were any of the people in the flood believers, and if so, what happened to them? Today’s Offer The Screwtape Letters Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Guide – 9 Ways to Know You Are Really a Christian Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation?
Oct
12
2021
Episode 812 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How do I know that God hears and answers my prayers? 2. I have been an alcoholic and struggled with addiction nearly all of my life. Can I still be a Christian if I struggle with this? What do I do? 3. Did Pharaoh’s magicians perform actual signs and wonders, or were they allusions? 4. If my family member is an addict, what should I do? How should I counsel people in these situations? 5. Jesus often uses the phrase “outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Is he referencing Hell in each of these cases? Today’s Offer The Screwtape Letters Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - How Do I Live the Christian Life?
Oct
11
2021
Episode 812 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. My boyfriend asked me, “what is the proof that you know that you have the Holy Spirit”? My answer was that you have a helper that equips you to interpret the Bible. But I am not 100% sure about this. Is there a better way to know if you have the Holy Spirit? 2. With Halloween approaching, what does the Bible say about Halloween and how a person should handle their little ones around such an occasion? 3. I have heard people say that the Mark of the Beast is spiritual, not physical. If that’s the case, how could it be used for buying or selling, as Revelation says, if it is not physical? 4. Do saints in heaven see what is going down on earth? 5. I wanted to know, is it possible for someone to separate after they’ve been together for so long because they don’t agree with the other person’s views on Christianity? Should I be with someone who is more godly? Today’s Offer The Screwtape Letters Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation? Core Question – What Are the Main Views of the End Times?
Oct
8
2021
Questions in this Episode 1. When we die are we conscious that we are in heaven, or are we unconscious until the resurrection? 2. Is being slain in the spirit biblical? 3. My mom is a Roman Catholic and has been trying to follow every prescription of that tradition. I am curious what your take on this is. I am sure she is saved. But what do you think of someone following these practices who is trying to get into heaven? 4. My son is an adult who is living at home and he sometimes stays the night at his girlfriend's house. We don't want to create a rift in our relationship with him, or have him think we're overstepping our bounds as parents, but what should we do in this situation? 5. Do the Desert Mothers and Fathers have any place in our Protestant theology? I have heard them spoken of recently by Catholics and evangelicals. 6. Can God not go where he is not invited? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Dr. Michael Horton
Oct
7
2021
Episode 810 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is it a sin to get the COVID vaccine? 2. I was listening to a recent program where you spoke about Mormonism. By the grace of God I have been brought out of that religion and now believe in the true gospel and am thriving in a new church. Most of my family are devout Mormons. What verses and biblical passages have been most important to you when witnessing to Mormons? 3. I was reading Ecclesiastes and I’m troubled at how it depicts life. It almost seems to contradict the other parts of the Bible when it talks about so many things being vain and meaningless. Why is it in the Bible? 4. Is the command for wives to submit to husbands, is that a domineering command? And what does it mean when conflict arises and you both disagree about something? 5. I heard a teacher on the internet that I listen to and respect say that our names were written down in the Lamb's Book of Life from the beginning of time. He was saying that all we have to do is humbly come to Jesus and accept that gift. I do believe we have to go to Jesus for Salvation, but I thought it was at that point our names were written down. What do you think? Today's Offer The Screwtape Letters Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question - Why Are There So Many Denominations?
Oct
6
2021
Episode 809 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. In the Apostle’s creed, it refers to Jesus as descending into hell. Is this a reference of him being separated from God? Or is it something else? 2. Where in the Old Testament did God command Israelites to divorce their wives, and how is that command reconciled with God hating divorce as mentioned in Malachi 2:16 3. Does the biblical command for baptism require literal water, or is it spiritual? 4. Does leaving a common-law “marriage” qualify as a divorce? 5. Do people in the Old Testament go to hell? Like Ananias and Safari? Or do they go to Hades and have opportunity to believe in Christ the Messiah? Today’s Offer The Screwtape Letters Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Guide – 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex
Oct
5
2021
Episode 808 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What does Revelation 5:6 mean? 2. What is true faith, how do you know if you are a fan or a follower of Jesus? 3. In Matthew 14, what is the significance John the Baptist and his interaction with Herod? 4. How should we pray and minister to those who are near death? 5. Do Christians help to usher in Christ’s return? Today’s Offer 9 FAQs About Angels and Demons Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Revelation Bible Study Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question – How Does the Church Relate to the Government?
Oct
4
2021
Episode 807 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. My family member was in the Freemasons. Is this secret society incompatible with Christianity? 2. In 2 Timothy 2 and Titus 3:9, Paul address quarrelling in the church. When we are fellowshiping with people of different theological views, for instance someone who venerates and worships Mary, is this a matter of salvation? The Bible also speaks of not arguing over lesser matters. Is this like those lesser cases of ideas? 3. Why don’t pastors today focus on the Jewish origins of Jesus? 4. Where does Jesus say that faith is required in him for salvation? 5. If you don’t practice the gift of tongues, do you think that those who have the gift of tongues are in error? 6. In a “government of the people, by the people and for the people” what guilt attaches to the people for the sins of the government? Today’s Offer 9 FAQs About Angels and Demons Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Does Jesus Work Today? Core Question – How Does the Church Relate to the Government?
Oct
1
2021
Episode 806 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Can the Holy Spirit leave us? 2. Did those who were in the flood in Genesis have a chance to repent? 3. Why aren’t churches preaching the true gospel of Paul and instead are preaching things from the other apostles? 4. What is your position on open or closed communion? 5. Should we bother tithing to churches that are large and wealthy? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton      
Sep
30
2021
Episode 805 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Don’t we all have our own type of theology? Why is theology spoken of as one person’s view on the Bible? 2. The Bible says that we won’t be given in marriage in heaven, but Christ has his bride, the church, in heaven. How is this not contradictory? 3. What should we do if we sense that our pastor has Covert Narcissist Personality Disorder? We’re concerned for him and his young family, but we have several members leaving our church and refusing to serve on committees and council with him. 4. Why aren’t churches today keeping the sabbath on Saturday anymore? 5. What is “The Great Delusion” mentioned in 2 Thessalonians? 6. In 2 Chronicles 7 it says that God will heal his people’s land if they seek his face. However, in Daniel and Revelation it speaks about devastating things that must happen in order for prophecy to be fulfilled. How do we reconcile these ideas? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse by Chuck DeGroat Core Question – Why Did the Sabbath Day Change to Sunday? Core Question – What Are the Main Views of the End Times?
Sep
29
2021
Episode 804 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What is the significance of the dove in Noah’s ark? 2. I am really sick of your theological nonsense. You’re supposed to be preaching God’s word. All I hear is a bunch of garbage about theology but you don’t ever speak God’s word on the radio. 3. Should we talk about different views of the creation days when we are trying to evangelize? Or should we just share the gospel? 4. Was the Garden of Eden on earth, and can we find it today? 5. What does 2:3-8 mean when it says that a thousand years is as a day to God? 6. How can I lovingly abstain from a family member’s same-sex wedding? Today’s Offer Core Coffee Mugs Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Question – How Can I Share My Faith? Core Guides – 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality
Sep
28
2021
Episode 803 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What does Paul means in Romans 12 when he talks about our bodies being a “holy” and “living” sacrifice? 2. I was reminded that in the Old Testament that God said that he will curse Israel with rulers who are like children. I wondered where this was, because I think we are living it. 3. If someone acknowledges that Christ rose from the dead, does that mean that they are truly a Christian? 4. Is sickness a sign that God is displeased with me? 5. How can a prodigal feel reconnected with God? Today’s Offer Core Coffee Mugs Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-8255 Core Question – How Can I Share My Faith? Core Question – How Do I Live the Christian Life? Core Question – Can I Lose My Salvation?
Sep
27
2021
Episode 802 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. In Ezekiel 47:12, it makes it seem that we will need healing in the New Creation. What does this mean? 2. We had a mass shooting a couple of days ago at a Kroger in Tennessee. My oldest son was walking in right in front of the shooter and had no idea he was coming in behind him. By God’s grace he wasn’t shot first, but the man next to him was. My son is not a born again Christian yet. He knows everything mentally but he just hasn’t accepted Jesus yet. My question and request is for everyone listening to pray for him, that he is convicted on the HS doesn’t quit pestering him until he is saved. And also if you have any suggestions how to help him, not only with his counseling, but so that he will beloved in the next few days? Thanks so much I really appreciate you and your show. 3. Why did God “send” an evil spirit in 1 Samuel 16:14? 4. Matthew 6:14-15 makes it seem like our forgiveness is dependent upon us forgiving others. Is that the case? 5. I’m working my way through Leviticus chapter 16 and I’m wondering how to reconcile the commandment to abstain from eating blood with the similar restraint shown in Acts chapter 15? Should Christians refrain from eating blood in their food? Today’s Offer Core Coffee Mugs Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO I LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE?
Sep
24
2021
Episode 801 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What does Mormonism teach about Jesus and his identity? 2. How should a Christian think about and respond to preferred pronouns? 3. Is it sinful for a parent to allow their teenager’s boyfriend or girlfriend live with them if their home situation is unhealthy? 4. How do I avoid becoming apart of a false church? Today’s Opportunity Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO I CHOOSE A CHURCH? Core Christianity: Find Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton
Sep
23
2021
Episode 800 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. My daughter was born in the 1980s and she died when she was only 7 weeks old. In heaven, is she still be a baby or is she in her thirties now? 2. What does 1 Corinthians 1:18 mean when it says that God’s word is “foolishness” to unbelievers? 3. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 talks about the voice of the archangel. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus is Michael the archangel. Is that right? 4. Do babies in the womb have a soul? 5. Did the second coming of Christ already happen? 6. What is the Great Delusion in 2 Thessalonians 2? 7. I know Jesus is sinless. But please help me understand his being angry yet not sinning. I.e., the cleansing of the temple. Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT ARE THE GENRES OF THE BIBLE AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?
Sep
22
2021
Episode 798 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. My question is about your previous statements about the once and for all sacrifice in Hebrews 10. Did you mean that you cannot ask for forgiveness after you have received the knowledge of Jesus Christ? 2. I am struggling consistently following God and praying and reading my Bible. What should I do? 3. In Genesis 3:17, it says that, “the ground is cursed because of you.” What does that and the rest of this passage mean? Is this the reason we have to work our entire lives? 4. Should we refrain from working and do any kind of recreational activities on the Sabbath? Today’s Offer 7 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT REPENTANCE Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources CAN I LOSE MY SALVATION? HAVE I COMMITTED THE UNPARDONABLE SIN?
Sep
21
2021
Episode 797 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I used to look forward to the second coming of Christ, but now, with all of the doomsday discourse I hear, I am finding myself being fearful. How can we better talk about the end times? 2. Why would God allow Lot to offer up his two daughters to the crowd in Sodom and Gomorrah to be assaulted? Why didn’t God also judge him? 3. What does it mean to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling”? 4. How can I witness to my non-believing and atheist friends? 5. Is preterism biblical? 6. Does the Holy Spirit give contradictory advice? Today’s Offer 7 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT REPENTANCE Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN I SHARE MY FAITH? HOW CAN GOD BE LOVING AND WRATHFUL?
Sep
20
2021
Episode 796 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I have a friend who says that they're a Christian, but that they also are practicing witch? Can Christians practice witchcraft? 2. My friends have deconstructed their faith and have walked away from God because they believe that if God was truly love, then everyone would be in heaven. What can. I say to them? 3. I happened to catch a prior broadcast where a question about baptism came up. This was a great opportunity to take the focus off of baptism, as there are many Catholics and non-catholics that think you need to be baptized in order to be saved, or that some sort of grace is attained through the act of baptism. Unfortunately, I think Pastor Sanchez muddied the waters at best. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone. No acts are required, including baptism. There is no storehouse of grace that we gain access to through sacraments. Nor does baptism draw us closer to the Lord. I pray you get an opportunity to clarify this on air. 4. I know that Jesus and the Father are co-equal, but in some Bible passages it seems like Jesus is subordinate to the Father. How do we make sense of these? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources CAN I LOSE MY SALVATION? HOW CAN GOD BE LOVING AND WRATHFUL?
Sep
17
2021
Episode 795 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How can God be good if he also created sin? 2. Do the Old Testament laws regarding remarriage apply to Gentiles in the church today? 3. Was the biblical canon decided at the Council of Nicaea? 4. When you say that you don’t believe in the rapture, what resources do you have to support that view? 5. I was taught growing up that God only hears our prayers if we are clothed while we pray them. Can we really not pray in the shower? Today’s Offer Jonah Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN CHRISTIANITY BE TRUE IF GOD ALLOWS EVIL AND SUFFERING? 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX WHAT IS PRAYER?
Sep
16
2021
Episode 795 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is the church under the curse that Paul mentions in Galatians 1? 2. Does 3 John 1:2 teach that God will prosper our health and finances? There are different translation that make it seem like this is something we should expect from God. 3. Are the Sons of God in Genesis 6 spiritual beings or are they descendants of Seth? 4. How can I minister to my secular friend who is bitter at God because his two children died. How can I help him? 5. I know the Bible says we are not to eat meat sacrificed to idols. And I think that these vaccines are filled with stem cells. How do Christians feel about this? Today’s Offer Jonah Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN I SHARE MY FAITH?
Sep
15
2021
Episode 794 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. My friend is a full preterist and he was saying that Christ actually came back in 70 AD and all of the prophecies in Matthew 24 and Revelation have all been fulfilled. How do I answer him? 2. What is the significance of the robed man in Mark 14? 3. This might be childish question, but do we really have guardian angels, and if we do are they family members or friends that have passed on? 4. Are Gospel tracts biblical? 5. You said that the church will go through the tribulation? If that is your feeling, why would Christ do that to his bride? I find it hard to believe he would be his church through the judgments of the tribulation. 6. Is the church downplaying the power of the Holy Spirit? Today’s Offer 7 Things Everyone Should Know About Repentance Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN I SHARE MY FAITH? 9 FAQS ABOUT ANGELS AND DEMONS
Sep
14
2021
Episode 793 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What does Matthew 10:22 mean where Jesus says, “you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved”? 2. I saw a meme on Facebook about abortion, and there is a lot of controversy right now about the new new anti-abortion laws in Texas. This meme said that because God gave up his only begotten Son that he is pro-choice. That really upset me cause I know it’s not true. What are some scriptures you can point me to to show that this is not accurate? 3. Do the means of burial matter for a Christian? 4. My fiance died a few weeks ago and I am struggling with grief. Is there a healthy way to grieve? 5. How do I trust God with the salvation of my children who are not walking in faith right now? 6. In 1 Corinthians 14:33, it says, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” And in Genesis 11:7, it says, “Come, let us go down and confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”‭‭ I wanted to know the difference between the word “confuse” and how it is being used in these passage. Today’s Offer 7 Things Everyone Should Know About Repentance Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources CAN A CHRISTIAN BE CREMATED?
Sep
13
2021
Episode 792 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What does Hebrews 10:26 mean? Does it mean that we can resist God and he lets us have our way? 2. I’m just struggling with the parts of the Old Testament where it’s said God is talking directly to someone and there are no eye witnesses. And God tells us not to be jealous, but then tells Moses that he’s a jealous God. Jesus is so loving but God seems so harsh. I still believe in God and Jesus, but I need to figure out a way to reconcile my faith in the Old Testament scripture. 3. What will prevent people from sinning in the new creation? 4. Who decided which books are in the Bible? 5. How do I continue to love a difficult or “toxic” family member? Today’s Offer 7 Things Everyone Should Know About Repentance Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT ARE THE MAIN VIEWS OF THE END TIMES?      
Sep
10
2021
Episode 791 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Did God command genocide in the Old Testament? 2. My brother-in-law says he believes it’s unfair that all the people who died before Jesus was born didn’t have a chance for salvation. I know there are old testament people who are in heaven but I don’t know how to answer him. 3. Is Jesus the true passover lamb? 4. What does 1 Corinthians 7:39 mean when it talks about remarriage? 5. Is the makeup of man a dualism of body and soul? Or are the body and soul one and the same? I ask this question because I would like to know how best to help my dad who has various mental illnesses diagnosed by his doctor (he has PTSD, bipolar disorder, and OCD). Should my dad take just take medication or does he need to repent, or both? What is the relationship between his body or mind and his spiritual side? 6. What happens to the souls of unbelievers immediately after death? Today’s Offer Jonah Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX
Sep
9
2021
Episode 790 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What is the rapture? 2. The Bible says that if people remarry that it’s adultery, but the church seems to welcome remarried couples all of the time as if it’s not a big deal. But the church would never welcome a homosexual couple. Isn’t that hypocritical? My best friend is gay and I am not sure he would ever be welcome in a church. What is a gay person’s place in the church community? 3. Galatians 5 speaks of the Fruit of the Spirit, but I see unbelievers also display some of these fruits in some way. So what separates a Christian and an unbeliever when they can both exhibit this kind of behavior? 4. I don’t want to judge others for speaking in tongues, but what is your view on this spiritual gift? 5. What does Jesus mean in John 6 when he says we must eat his body and drink his blood? Today’s Offer Jonah Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Revelation Bible Study
Sep
8
2021
Episode 789 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. When Christ was tempted, it says that he was “led up to the high place.” Was he physically taken to a high place to look at the kingdoms of the world? 2. In 2 Peter 2:4, he talks about fallen angels being locked up until the final judgment. What does Peter mean by that? 3. Why are teachings about the rapture and the end times so confusing? 4. In my Bible study someone brought up the idea of Calvinism and predestination. What do you think of these things? 5. Over the past 18 months I went through an extreme amount of physical and emotional pain. So much so that when I read about the sufferings of Christ I think that I suffered worse than he did. I know this isn’t right and could be a demonic attack. But it is really frustrating my connection with God. Could you talk about Christ’s suffering and help remind me of how insignificant my suffering is in comparison? Today’s Offer Jonah Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Revelation Bible Study
Sep
7
2021
Episode 788 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I was reading my Bible and I am wondering why the books are not listed in alphabetical order. Why are the books ordered the way they are, because they’re not easy to find? 2. My mother was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness and doesn’t have much time to live. She is very close to my young son. We have never experienced anything like this before, I am not sure how to even tell him that Nana will not be with us anymore. What should I say or do? 3. To what extent do I have to forgive someone? 4. My husband left me and remarried. If I get remarried am I committing adultery? 5. Should I leave a church if it only talks about politics instead of the gospel? 6. My wife has a hard time believing that the Bible is God’s word. I’m always hearing that the Bible is the Word of God, but I know that the Bible was also written by man. How do I make sense of these two points? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN CHRISTIANITY BE TRUE IF GOD ALLOWS EVIL AND SUFFERING?
Sep
6
2021
Episode 787 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Are the days in Genesis 1 literal 24-hour days? 2. What are the “skins” given to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3? 3. My daughter’s wedding is being officiated by a gay man. I am struggling with this and think I may not be able to attend the wedding. What should I do? 4. What is the best way to correct your pastor when he is not expounding a passage correctly? 5. How do you reconcile Proverbs 16:7 and 2 Timothy 3? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources How to Read the Bible (Bible Study)
Sep
3
2021
Episode 786 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. A family member is really into Q’Anon and conspiracy theories. I tried to tell her the truth but she’s very combative, so I chose not to continue responding, even though she is mixing a lot of these theories and ideas with Scripture and even the identity of Jesus and his mission. Should I just delete these kinds of people from my social media feeds even though they are my family members? 2. How do we deal with family members who are emotionally abusive? 3. There is a lot of division and disagreement over issues like masks and vaccines, but very little of it has to do with the Bible and doctrines. Why is the church so caught up in these kinds of things? Today's Offer Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Dr. Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Recovering Our Sanity: How the Fear of God Conquers the Fears that Divide Us by Dr. Michael Horton
Sep
2
2021
Episode 785 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I agree with 1 Timothy 3 where Paul says women should refrain from being elders and pastors in the church, but I am wondering if this means women should also avoid going to seminary? 2. In 1 Timothy 2:15, Paul says, “Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.” Surely women aren’t saved this way, what does Paul mean here? 3. My church is going through Luke. And this past week the passage on Luke 5:39 really stumped me. What does the new wine and old wine and new garments and old garments represent? 4. Are Christians required to speak in tongues? 5. In my city, some people are saying that they are the “true Israelites” and they are condemning other ethnic groups. My question is, is the church the true spiritual Israel? 6. Follow up about speaking in tongues: my friend who is a preacher says that the original greek in John 3 teaches that the baptism of the Holy Spirit means that we have to speak in tongues. How would you respond to that? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources CORE CHRISTIANITY 101 BIBLE STUDY
Sep
1
2021
Episode 784 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I have a very difficult time accepting God’s forgiveness. How do I do this? 2. Do you think people on the earth who get raptured are going to be put on the new earth, and do you think that they’ll be responsible for repopulating the new earth? 3. Why should we even evangelize if God has already chosen who will be saved? 4. Should we only rely on God to heal us or should we pursue healing through other means? 5. What should Christians do in retirement? 6. Should Christians refrain from taking CBD oil? Today’s Offer 6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KIDS AS THEY GO BACK TO SCHOOL Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION?
Aug
31
2021
Episode 783 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Psalm 139 says I am “wonderfully and fearfully made.” What does it mean when it says, “fearfully made”? 2. Which parts of evolutionary theories are compatible with Christianity? 3. Why would God kill his own son? If he is all powerful, why would he kill his own son? I don’t understand that. 4. My ex-wife and I plan to be remarried but we are also currently living together. Are we sinning by doing this? 5. When did B.C. switch to A.D. and what do they mean? 6. What does the Bible say about profanity and cursing? 7. Has the church replaced Israel? Today’s Offer 6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KIDS AS THEY GO BACK TO SCHOOL Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
Aug
30
2021
Episode 782 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I have been baptized, but my church still says I have not received the Holy Spirit because I have not spoken in tongues. I am confused about if I need two baptisms or if I don’t need the Holy Spirit to get into heaven? 2. Should we pray to Jesus or should we pray to God the Father, as we are taught to in the Lord’s Prayer? 3. In Psalm 37:11, it says the meek will inherit the earth. Can you help me understand what this means? Is it talking about when Jesus comes back? And does meek mean “submissive”? 4. I don’t believe that Revelation should be in the biblical canon. It seems as though John of Patmos is like Joseph Smith, where he went away by himself and had wild visions that Jesus doesn’t mention in the Gospels. What do you think? 5. My husband prays the rosary but I don’t see this practice in the Bible. Is it biblical? Today’s Offer 6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KIDS AS THEY GO BACK TO SCHOOL Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
Aug
27
2021
Episode 781 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Ephesians 2 says that the prophets and apostles were the foundation of the church. If these offices are just for the foundation of the church how does prophecy operate today? 2. I am wondering if we connect with God through the church or within yourself. Do you have to go to church to get that or does it only depend on your personal relationship with God? 3. Since the Bible tells us to submit to our governing authorities, and they’re telling us to get the vaccine, if we don’t get the vaccine are we sinning against God? 4. My daughter has a hard time worshipping on Sunday instead of Saturday since the law of God tells us to keep the sabbath on the 7th day of the week. How should we think about this? 5. Between now and the resurrection, what happens to our bodies when we die? 6. Why does the bible use symbolic numbers in scripture? In Mark 5, Jesus heals a woman who had been sick for 12 years. Then he goes on to raise a 12 year old girl from the dead. These constant numbers used in Scripture make doubts creep into my head about the authenticity of the story. 7. Some pastors call cremation “sub-Christian,” what do you think? Today’s Offer How Do We Know That Christianity is Really True? by Chris Morphew Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEAVEN
Aug
26
2021
Episode 780 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. When we stand before the Lord at the judgment, will all of our iniquities and sin be broadcast for all to see? 2. We hear that currently in Afghanistan, Christians could possibly be killed. My question is: In such a situation, what is the Biblical view of attempting to defend oneself? Is it a sin to kill people who are trying to kill you? 3. People seem to be afraid about being in “the last days.” Are there any passages you recommend us looking at? 4. There are a lot of different religions in the world. From Judaism, Hinduism, Jehovah’s Witness, etc. Because these religions do not recognize Jesus as the Son of God, does that mean their adherents will not be in heaven? 5. In Romans 6, it says that Christians are supposed to be “dead to sin.” But I still struggle with habitual sins that I have not been able to completely leave behind. This makes me doubt the assurance of my salvation and wonder if I really am saved. Today’s Offer How Do We Know That Christianity is Really True? by Chris Morphew Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources GALATIANS BIBLE STUDY
Aug
25
2021
Episode 779 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. How does someone have a relationship with a spiritual being who you can’t see, touch, or hear? I don’t even know if my prayers get through. People say they hear God but do they really hear him? 2. Does a true Christian have to go through the Great White Throne judgment? 3. I was raised Catholic and was baptized as an infant. I’m now a Protestant. And was told I can’t be saved until I’m baptized again with a “Christian baptism.” Is that true? 4. The person I am in a relationship with is rejecting God because he blames him for letting his mother die. How do I convince him of the truth? 5. Is there a difference between the judgment for Christians in 2 Corinthians 5 and Revelation 20? 6. Isn’t baptism just a profession of faith? Today’s Offer 6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KIDS AS THEY GO BACK TO SCHOOL Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DOES JESUS WORK TODAY?
Aug
24
2021
Episode 778 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Psalms 118:8 says it is better to put confidence in the Lord rather than man. I was wondering how you can square this in regards to the Covid vaccine? 2. What is the prayer of faith in the book of James? 3. I was wondering if Buddhist’s theories could still be divinely inspired. I practiced Buddhism for a long time and it seems like he said a lot of things Jesus said and I’m not sure if he got it from the Bible. That seems doubtful. Do you think some of his writings might be divinely inspired, and if not are they satanically inspired? 4. What does Paul mean in Ephesians 5:3 when he says, “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints”? 5. How do we disciple someone with a mental handicap? 6. Why did God free the children of Israel only to let them wander in the desert for 40 years and then punish them for complaining? That seems cruel to me. Today’s Offer 6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KIDS AS THEY GO BACK TO SCHOOL Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN GOD USE ALL THINGS FOR OUR GOOD?
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2021
Episode 777 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I have been reading in Romans 12 about spiritual gifts. Paul seems to say that our spiritual gifts are given in accordance with the amount of faith we have. What does that look like in our lives? 2. Does God favor men over women? Seems to me that God created Eve as an afterthought in the creation process and that he created a woman to give to Adam like she was just some kind of object to help alleviate Adam’s boredom. 3. What does it mean to pick up our cross and follow after God? 4. I am wondering what your thoughts are about Christian heavy hardcore and metal music. Psalm 150 says, “everything that has breath, praise the Lord.” Some bands call this aggressive-worship, but some people think it’s the devil’s music because of all the screaming, etc. What do you think? 5. In Mark 4:11-12, Jesus says His speaking in parables is so those “outside” may not understand, otherwise they would turn and be forgiven? Why does He say this? Isn’t God’s will that none should perish? 6. Did Jesus go to hell after the crucifixion? And were the people in Abraham’s bosom, were they people who were getting a second chance at salvation? 7. Was Jesus Michael the archangel and was he made after Satan? I have a friend who is suggesting this but I can’t find it anywhere in the Bible. Today’s Offer 6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KIDS AS THEY GO BACK TO SCHOOL Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 8 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CHURCH
Aug
20
2021
Episode 776 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What is the significance of the 42 months mentioned in Revelation 11 and 12? 2. My husband has a rare disease and it has caused to think about the ethics of donating his organs after his death. Do you think that this is an acceptable practice for Christians to do? 3. I am confused about Matthew 5:30 The Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith, not of works, but in this passage it sounds like works because if I don’t stop sinning by lusting after a woman, I’m going to hell—so I have to do things to stop myself going to hell? 4. There are some famous pastors who have private jets and mansions. Is there any justification for this, especially with all of the poverty we see in the world and how there are people who have yet hear the gospel? 5. Before becoming a Christians I borrowed large sums of money from friends that I have yet to pay back. Can God forgive me? Today’s Offer 10 Ways God Reveals Himself as Father Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Revelation Bible Study WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION?
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2021
Episode 775 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. I believe God walked with me in person and taught and trained me how to be an apostle, taught me the protocols of the temple of my soul, how to enter his presence and what not to do in his presence and so much more. Why are there so few churches who teach that there are still apostles today? 2. What does Genesis 1:2 mean? 3. When I hear on the news about war, terror, and devastating things happening in other countries, where people are being slaughtered by terrorists, it sometimes leads me to think about the Old Testament passages where God ordered Israel to take over the land and sometimes kill the people who lived there, both men, women and children. I have a hard time seeing that this killing of, especially children, was something that God was behind. Could you help me understand this more? 4. If the vaccine is not the Mark of the Beast, is it a way of conditioning to one day take the mark? 5. How do you conquer lust? Today’s Offer 10 Ways God Reveals Himself as Father Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Skeletons in God’s Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War by Joshua Ryan Butler
Aug
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2021
Episode 774 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Have the events in Matthew 24 already happened? 2. I’m wondering how you would respond to someone who points to the longer ending of Mark to prove that they should be casting out demons? 3. I’ve lost the habit of reading Scripture daily sand I am feeling distant from God. I can’t seem to focus because of personal circumstances. How do I get back into it please? 4. In the story of Hagar and Sarah, Hagar seems to be the one who is treated poorly, yet in Galatians 4, Paul associates Hagar with the old covenant. Likewise, in that story Sarah seems to be the perpetrator of Hagar’s misfortune, yet Paul associates her with the new covenant. Why is that? 5. If you marry someone and then find out they are a eunuch or are gay, does this fall in line with biblical grounds for divorce? Today’s Offer How Do We Know That Christianity is Really True? by Chris Morphew Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT ARE THE MAIN VIEWS OF THE END TIMES?
Aug
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2021
Episode 772 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. What happens to those people at the Final Judgment who have never heard the gospel? 2. I was a vet that served in Afghanistan. It’s so heartbreaking and frustrating to see the devastation of what is going on there. And while I wanted to thank you for your prayer on the program that you gave for the people suffering in Afghanistan, is prayer the only bit of hope we can offer these people? We have no idea what it’s like to suffer this way, and I just am at a loss for words. It seems that there is no sense of comfort whatsoever. What do you think? 3. Scripture says that we should not “love the world,” but Jesus said that he came so that we may have life “more abundantly.” Is this a contradiction? Should we hate our life or enjoy it? 4. It seems that if someone receives the Mark of the Beast that they will know it. But after being vaccinated, I am fearful that I accidentally have taken the mark. What do you think? 5. I don’t believe in purgatory, but my Catholic friend does even though she seems very fearful and bothered by the idea of being there forever. How can I respond and what scriptures should I refer to on this matter? Today’s Offer How Do We Know That Christianity is Really True? by Chris Morphew Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
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Episode 772 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. A question on Christians in the workplace 2. How do I honor my mother and father when their behavior is really ungodly and destructive? 3. I have been trying to get out of porn for a longtime. I have been addicted to it since I was 18, now I’m 37. I recently was re-baptised and I have been trying to stay away from it but I still mess up. I know God is still listening to me and I trust him. I installed a program called covenant eyes and got some church friends to talk to about this. What’s your advice or thoughts? 4. What is your view of the book of Revelation? 5. Will I be able to fellowship with my loved ones in heaven? 6. In Mark 4:14, how does Satan take away the “word that is sown”? How does he still do this to potential elects? Today’s Offer WHAT ARE THE MAIN VIEWS OF THE END TIMES? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
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Episode 771 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. There’s a quote from a famous Christian author that basically says, ‘If you could have all the good things in heaven except for Jesus, could you be satisfied with heaven?’ Some people use this as a test for whether or not a person is a Christian. Sometimes I’m afraid that I could be satisfied with a Christless heaven, since I don’t love Jesus enough. Should this make me question my salvation? 2. What does Paul mean in 2 Corinthians 12 when he talks about being taken up to the third heaven? 3. How do we know when God answers our prayers when we pray to grow in wisdom? I know James talks about how we are to ask for wisdom and that we are to believe and not doubt, but where does the fruit come in that we recognize, “oh, that was God giving me wisdom”? 4. Does God have a deadline, where we can no longer turn to him in repentance? 5. What does Isaiah 42:3 mean when it says that God will not break a bruised reed? 6. What does it mean in 1 Corinthians 5:9 not to company with fornicators? Today’s Offer 10 WAYS GOD REVEALS HIMSELF AS OUR FATHER Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION?      
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Episode 770 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Is it ok for Christians to model professionally? 2. I can’t imagine singing worship songs for all eternity. Honestly, it seems boring. Is that wrong of me to think? 3. I wrote to you a few months ago about having had a sex change and you gave me hope in Christ. But now I read in 3:16-17 that our bodies are “the temple of God,” and to defile it is cause for destruction of the body. Does this mean that I will be destroyed, body and my soul? I have tried to live continuously for the Lord since being converted, but what does it matter if I live, pray, and obey the Lord if I’m going to hell? 4. Does the Bible specify an age for adulthood? 5. Is the COVID vaccine an issue of morality or Christian liberty? Today’s Offer 10 WAYS GOD REVEALS HIMSELF AS OUR FATHER Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DOES THE CHURCH RELATE TO THE GOVERNMENT?
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Episode 768 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. In the Triumphal Entry in Matthew 21, why does Jesus tell his disciples to get him a donkey? Is it only to fulfill prophecy? 2. My wife recently died and I am wondering if she will be with her loved ones who have also died before her? 3. If God is one, why does Jesus pray to the Father? 4. I am struggling with homosexuality. I have heard a lot of conflicting advice on the issue from a variety of people. What should I do? Today’s Offer 10 WAYS GOD REVEALS HIMSELF AS OUR FATHER Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE AND HOMOSEXUALITY
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2021
Episode 767 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Why don’t protestants make the sign of the cross before praying, and why are crosses in protestant churches bare, without the body of Christ on them? 2. If we are new creations in Christ, should we still refer to ourselves as “sinners”? 3. Why did God make the world? 4. Did Jonah die in the whale and then resurrect like Jesus? 5. Is it ok to pray for God to provide for me financially? 6. I have a question about Philippians 4:19. I’ve heard that verse being used as a promise that God will meet all of our physical needs if we have enough faith in Him. Does God actually promise that somewhere in the Bible? In 2nd Corinthians chapter 11 Paul talks about his sufferings and how he experienced lack of food, water, and clothing and I don’t understand why God allowed that. Today’s Offer Galatians Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN GOD USE ALL THINGS FOR OUR GOOD?
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Episode 766 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. If John 7-8 are not in the original manuscripts, should we consider them canonical? 2. I am a young mom with three young children. My question is, what happens if the Lord comes back when my kids are still too young to fully comprehend the gospel? What happens if the Lord comes back while I’m still pregnant? Will I have my baby in heaven? 3. Should Christians be more familiar with the Book of Enoch? 4. I am a nurse and am resisting my state’s mandatory vaccine requirement. I think it may be the Mark of the Beast. What do you think? 5. I was in a Bible study when someone asked about the actual meaning of repentance. Vine’s expository dictionary says that it means “to perceive afterwards”, “to have a change of mind.” When I studied “repent” and “repentance” in Englishman’s concordance, it seems like all the verses refer specifically to the act of salvation, as opposed to a Christian ‘repenting’ of sin after they’re saved. Can you please help me out in understanding the correct idea and meaning of repent and repentance? 6. What is the correct interpretation of the verses John 14:26 and John 16:13? Do they apply to Christians in general or do they only apply to the apostles (and the direct associates of the apostles) in relation to the the inspiration of the New Testament?
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Episode 766 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode The Bible says that, "no one has seen the face of God." But is that the case for Adam and Eve, didn't they see God in Eden? How should we respond when someone says that they have “received a Word from the Lord”? My pastor only talks about how the "election was stolen" instead of talking about Jesus. What should I do? Does Paul contradict himself in Romans 8? What do you make of the "lost books of the Bible" that have become a hot button topic, like the Gospel according to Judas? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO I CHOOSE A CHURCH?
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2021
Episode 765 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Will Christians also be judged at the Final Judgment? 2. I am a middle aged Christian man who struggles with homosexual attractions though I am not engaging in relations with men due to my faith and convictions. I am not sexually attracted to women. I want to be an active member of a church community, but I can't handle the bombardment about getting married. I wonder if I should now get married anyway? I think I am prepared and would be okay living alone till death or my heart is changed miraculously. What should I do? 3. How can we be sure that we are not in the group of people in Matt. 7:21-23—how can we be sure of our salvation if those who confess in his name and do miracles in his name won’t also be in heaven? 4. I am a new Christian and I haven't found a church home yet. Is it ok to tithe to a parachurch ministry in the meantime while I look for a church? 5. In Proverbs 19:3, it reads: “When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord.” How should we interpret this? I don’t think it brings God glory to be angry with him when he lovingly disciplines and chastises us for foolish or sinful choices we’ve made, but if that’s true, then what this verse is saying? Today's Offer 5 Things to Pray for Your Parents Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE AND HOMOSEXUALITY
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2021
Episode 764 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. If we are going to be resurrected before we go to heaven, where are the people who have already died? Are they just waiting to go to heaven? 2. Can you define "election," and why would we carry out the Great Commission if we know that there are some people who are not "elected"? 3. We know some Old Testament scriptures symbolically foretell Jesus and his ministry. But is it possible to read too much into these parallels? 4. Is the 10% tithe still required today? 5. In the Bible, there are scriptures that often suggest that monuments are "still standing today." Does that mean these things are still standing in our day or when the scriptures were written? 6. Can our names be blotted out of the Book of Life? 7. In Luke, 22 and 23, Jesus is taken before the assembly. When he is asked “are you the son of God?” He doesn’t say, "Yes." Instead, he responds with “you say that I am?” Why does he do that? Today's Offer Galatians - Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources DID GOD PREDESTINE OUR SIN? ARE CHRISTIANS REQUIRED TO TITHE? Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Dr. Michael Horton
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Episode 763 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. I have often struggled with the assurance of my salvation. If I believe in the name of Jesus and believe in his resurrection, is that enough in order to be saved? Or is something else required? 2. What does Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 when he says “women should remain silent”? 3. Does John 2 teach that everyone has the anointing of the Holy Spirit? And what does it mean to receive the power of the Holy Spirit, as it says in Acts 2:8? 4. What exactly is the unforgivable sin and how do I know if I actually have committed it? 5. In regards to your answer about what we need to do to be saved, how does belief relate to Peter’s command in Acts 2:38? 6. In 1 John 2:3-6, it says that we will know we are Christ’s if we obey his commandments. Why is this so often missed by people today when talking about eternal security? Today’s Offer Galatians – Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION?
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Episode 762 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. What is dispensationalism and what is its opposing view? 2. I am going to a new church with my sons and we love it: the teaching is solid, everything about it seems exactly what we need. However, I noticed that they promote a Bible study called, “Beer and Bible.” And those two don’t seem to go together. I seem to have a check in my spirit about it, especially since this can be an issue that people struggle with and are coming out of addiction. So should I stay at the church or leave because I feel this way about this event? 3. If Satan cannot hear our thoughts, how does he tempt us? 4. How would you respond to those who claim that the Law-Gospel Distinction is not biblical? Today’s Offer Galatians – Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT ARE THE MAIN VIEWS OF THE END TIMES? The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
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Episode 761 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. If there is war in your country, should Christians take a side and fight or should they stay away from politics altogether? 2. For years my sister struggled with infertility, but it was only when I stopped praying for her to have kids that she actually conceived and now I have two nephews. But I was wondering, does something in the universe need our prayers, and if God is going to do what he wants to anyway, why bother praying? 3. Can we remove ourselves from salvation? 4. Should I be concerned about the influence of unbelieving family members on my children and grandchildren? 5. Some Christians are worried about taking medications for mental health issues. Why is that? 6. In 1 Corinthians 6:3, what does Paul mean when he says, “Do you not know that we will judge angels?” Is he talking about us, and how are angels going to be judged? Today’s Offer 5 Things to Pray For Your Parents Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION
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Episode 760 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Is the Leviathan in the book of Job a dinosaur? 2. How does God view the marriages of unbelievers? 3. Why is it that when I’m angry or sad or feeling any emotion, the emotion immediately floods my heart, but often when I’m praying or reading the Bible, my heart doesn’t experience any feeling. I wouldn’t say it’s empty, but it kind of feels that way. I find this troubling. Is this normal for most Christians? 4. How should Christians parents talk to their kids about sex? 5. Why don’t more pastors talk about the end times? 6. If I don’t love other Christians, can I lose my salvation? Today’s Offer 5 Things to Pray For Your Parents Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT ARE THE MAIN VIEWS OF THE END TIMES? God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies God’s Design for Sex Series, 4 Books: Revised and Updated Edition By: Stan Jones, Brenna Jones
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Episode 759 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Can Satan hear our prayers? 2. How do we serve our father as he is dying from cancer? 3. How do we know that Jesus is equal with the Father? 4. Is it wrong for Christians to be apart of secret societies? 5. Is it immoral to euthanize pets? 6. I know that the Bible says there is only one sin that is unforgivable, but Jesus seems to be pretty stern and direct about causing someone to stumble in their faith, how would you explain Matthew 18:6? What comfort does someone have if they cause a teenager to walk away from the church and act as though they want nothing to do with God anymore? 7. Question about the millennium Today’s Offer 5 Things to Pray For Your Parents Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources What are the Main Views of the End Times?
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2021
Episode 758 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Should Christians be concerned about getting vaccines? 2. I have heard some politicians and church leaders say that some Christians should repent of the sin of “whiteness.” Is there anything in the Bible that supports this? My understanding is that all people are equally sinful and worthy of God’s judgment, so what is a Christian supposed to make of this idea? How do we respond when someone says we should repent of “whiteness”? 3. What does the Bible say about cremation? 4. If people keep writing books about Christianity, doesn’t that complicate its simple message? 5. Does God promise to keep us immune from COVID and other sicknesses? Today’s Offer Core Christianity 101 – Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DOES JESUS WORK TODAY?
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2021
Episode 757 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Does Jesus disrespect his Mother in John 2:4? 2. I am the mother of adult children who have wandered from the faith. One of them is going to marry someone who isn’t a Christian. How can I witness to my future son-in-law and my daughter in a way that is honest and winsome? 3. Are eating disorders sinful? 4. Does Revelation 6 teach that the saints in heaven know what is going on here on earth? 5. Should we cut out toxic relationships with family members? Today’s Offer Core Christianity 101 – Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KIDS KEEP THE FAITH      
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2021
Episode 756 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Are Christians required to keep Old Testament dietary laws? 2. What does the Bible say about Karma? 3. I understand that scripture is to be understood as the sole source of divine revelation; the only inspired, infallible, final, and authoritative norm of faith and practice. However, I have heard a theologian say that while this is true, scripture is to be interpreted in and by the church. Doesn’t this give the church more authority than scripture alone? 4. Follow up question: if Christians are not required to keep Old Testament dietary laws, are Jews who believe in Jesus required to? 5. Does the Bible say anything about Marxism? 6. What does it mean to be under the law? Today’s Offer 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep the Faith Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO CHRISTIANS RELATE TO THE LAW?
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Episode 755 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. I have been doubting my salvation for years now and I want to know what’s keeping me from Christ. I am also bipolar, does that have anything to do with what I’m struggling with? 2. In John chapter 2, why does Jesus answer his mother Mary with a question, and why is this first miracle him turning water into wine? What does that mean? 3. I am in an abusive home and I am not sure if the Bible condones me leaving my husband. What should I do? Today’s Offer 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep the Faith Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 WAYS TO KNOW YOU ARE REALLY A CHRISTIAN
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2021
Episode 754 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. What are the biggest differences between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism? 2. Is there a difference between Saints and ordinary Christians? 3. Is it a biblical teaching to sow financial seeds in order to reap bigger rewards? I heard a pastor say this recently. And if it is biblical, why do these “seeds” always have to be financial? 4. Is it legalistic to require Christians to wear certain kinds of clothing? 5. Does God view marriages of nonbelievers differently than he views the marriages of Christians, or are they the same? Today’s Offer Core 101 – Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX
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2021
Episode 753 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. A family member recently came out as gay and this has been incredibly difficult for him. I am confused on how to respond to him in a Christian way. What should I do? 2. A friend of mine is thinking of starting his own church and installing himself as the pastor. Is this something we should be comfortable with? 3. Does the Bible mean something entirely different to its original audience than it does for me? 4. Does Christianity require a dress code? 5. In Isaiah 65, when it speaks about the new heavens and the new earth, it seems to say that people still die there. But in Revelation 21 it says that there will be no more death. Can you explain this? Today's Offer Core 101 - Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE AND HOMOSEXUALITY
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Episode 752 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. In regards to the 2nd Commandment, I understand that it prohibits us from making images of God the Father. But is it wrong for us to imagine and image of God if the Bible visually describes him? 2. My sister believes in soul-sleep. I wanted to share some scriptures with her to tell her that our family members that have died are in heaven now. What are some scriptures you would point me to? 3. Over the 4th of July weekend I went to a church service where they did an American flag salute. I told my pastor about this and he said he doesn't want to include the American flag in our church services. What do you think about including flags and political statements in our church services? 4. I have noticed that Abraham often practices deceit in his life as it is recorded in Genesis. Why do you think he did this? 5. I have been a Christian all my life. I am now in my forties and I've been dealing with a long illness that has caused anxiety and depression. I've been through many tragedies and other illnesses in my life, but this has caused me to feel such an absence of God and His promises. How do I experience God's presence and the comfort of his promises without these feelings and comfort? Why does God draw himself from people for so long and let them fend for themselves? Today's Offer Core 101 - Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DOES THE CHURCH RELATE TO THE GOVERNMENT?
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Episode 751 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Why are we told in the New Testament to not eat the meat of animals who were strangled? 2. Is there any difference or preference between cremation and burial? 3. When Cain was exiled after killing Abel, who was he so afraid of hurting him? Were there other people in the world at that time? 4. I grew up in an apostolic pentecostal church but I am now going to a Bible-centered church. My question is: is it normal to experience spiritual warfare as you transition out of church traditions? 5. What are the "Days of Mercy" mentioned in the Bible? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO I CHOOSE A CHURCH?  
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2021
Episode 750 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Does Revelation 3:5 indicate that Jesus does blot some names out of the Book of Life? 2. My brother is in a church that says we shouldn't celebrate birthdays or holidays. What do you think of this? 3. We know that God is all knowing but how God could create so many people who ultimately will not be saved? 4. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says that he has "overcome the world." But if that is the case, why is the world such a mess? Today's Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN CHRISTIANITY BE TRUE IF GOD ALLOWS EVIL AND SUFFERING?
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2021
Episode 749 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. In a previous episode someone asked about Isaiah 53 as it relates to sickness and healing. But how do we understand Matthew 8:15-16 in regards to our physical health because in that passage Jesus is quoting from Isaiah 53? 2. My wife and I were praying so that we could buy a home and we ended up closing on a home really smoothly. However, we keep uncovering more and more problems with the house now living here for 3 or 4 months. We prayed that God would prevent us from being able to buy the house if there were things wrong with it, and he didn't do that and there are a number of issues with the home. So how should we think about this house now? Is it really the blessing we prayed for? 3. If God made everything good, where did evil come from? 4. I have heard from some Christians that even though Jesus rose from the grave on Sunday that this doesn't change the day of the Sabbath. Is that true? 5. I feel as if many of today’s churches give the entirety of their attention to Jesus and Jesus alone. And while I completely and fully accept Jesus’ rightful and truthful claim as Divine, my question is, how are we as Christians to properly appropriate the persons of God - Father, Son & Holy Spirit - in our daily walk, particularly with regard to worship, prayer and when encountering the very presence of God?  Today's Offer 9 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN CHRISTIANITY BE TRUE IF GOD ALLOWS EVIL AND SUFFERING?
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Episode 748 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Should Christians have pictures of the Nativity and Jesus throughout their homes? 2. Is the Equality Act a sign that the church has now entered the period of persecution? 3. I have a hard time believing the stories in the Old Testament, like Jonah and the Whale. Did those really happen? 4. I am struggling with lust. What advice can you share with me to help prevent me from falling in this area? 5. John and Paul as authors of scripture sound very boastful and bragerdly at times. John says that he is the “most loved disciple,” and when Paul talks to the churches that he establishes he also sounds boastful of himself. What do you think of this? Today's Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE AND HOMOSEXUALITY HOW DOES THE CHURCH RELATE TO THE GOVERNMENT?
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2021
Episode 747 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. Before I was baptized I had to take a 6 week course to make sure I knew what I was doing. Where I go to church now they do baptisms through alter calls only. Which way is right or wrong? 2. How can I convince someone that God cares about the intimate details of our lives? 3. If God knew who would and would not choose to follow him, why did he create so many people who separated from him for eternity? 4. I wonder what the Bible says about tattooing your body. Is it mentioned anywhere in the Bible? 5. My son recently left his wife because he says he is gay. I am not sure how to respond to him or view, I know there is a lot of debate about homosexuality. Do you have any advice? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE AND HOMOSEXUALITY  
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2021
Episode 746 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. How do you admonish those in the church who are adopting unbiblical ideas about sexuality and other things? 2. How can I pursue reconciling my relationship with my adult son? 3. Outside of the qualifications for eldership in 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1, which qualities are most important? 4. What does it mean to pray in the Spirit? 5. Can Satan read our thoughts, and is that how he tempts us? Or is it all external? 6. Why do people feel angry at God when tragedy strikes them? Doesn’t he say he will “work all things together for our good”? Today’s Offer 7 Things Children Teach Us Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN GOD USE ALL THINGS FOR OUR GOOD?
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2021
Episode 745 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Is ‘Homosexual’ mistranslated in the Bible? 2. Does the 2nd Commandment apply to depictions of other biblical figures other than Jesus? 3. I saw recently that well known pastors are using other pastors’ sermons without crediting them. Should a pastor just use his own material or can he use other material as long as he gives credit for it? 4. Is emotional abuse grounds for divorce? Is it a sin to remarry? 5. How do we make sure we are praying God’s will? 6. I was wondering what resources you’d recommend for apologetics on the validity of the resurrection and the validity of scripture? Today’s Offer 7 Things Children Teach Us Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT IS PRAYER?
Jul
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2021
Episode 744 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. I have heard a preacher say that people who are in politically correct churches may not be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. What do you think? 2. I started attending a Seventh-Day Adventist church, what do you think of the church’s claim that they alone are the remnant of the 144,000 in Revelation? 3. Even though Jewish people are still waiting for a Messiah, are they still God’s chosen people? 4. Are Creeds and Confessions helpful or important today? 5. In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul talks about women and men and head coverings. Do these statements still apply to us today? 6. What was the purpose of God putting a tree in the Garden of Eden to test Adam and Eve? Today’s Offer 7 Things Children Teach Us Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO I CHOOSE A CHURCH?
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2021
Episode 743 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Must I attend the same church as my spouse? 2. Do all dogs go to heaven? 3. Must I abandon earthly possessions to truly follow Christ? 4. Should Christians give approval to political candidates? 5. How can I strengthen my prayer life? Today’s Offer 7 Things Children Teach Us Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO I CHOOSE A CHURCH?
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2021
Episode 742 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   Questions in this Episode 1. Why do pastors so often neglect Jesus's command to get baptized in their preaching? 2. I have always been told that America is a Christian nation built on Judeo Christian teachings. But I recently heard a pastor say that America isn’t a Christian nation and that we shouldn’t refer to it like that. What do you think? 3. Where is the tower of Babel in the Bible and what does it mean? What am I supposed to take away from that story? 4. I grew up Catholic and a couple years ago started going to a protestant church. My question is, what are the names of the Apocryphal books and why don’t protestants use them in their Bibles? Today's Offer 7 Things Children Teach Us Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DOES THE CHURCH RELATE TO THE GOVERNMENT? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION?
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2021
Episode 741 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What does Paul mean in Romans 10:6-7 when he talks about Jesus’s ascending and descending? 2. Should our national flag have a place in the church sanctuary? 3. Where did John the Baptist get the idea of baptism from? Was it in the Old Testament? 4. If the COVID vaccine somehow changes DNA, would that mean that it can distort the image of God we are made in? 5. How do I witness to my friend who has cancer? 6. What does it mean for the Holy Spirit to dwell in us? Today’s Offer How Do We Know that Christianity is True? by Chris Morphew Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DOES THE CHURCH RELATE TO THE GOVERNMENT?
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1
2021
Episode 740 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I heard your question about if a protestant should marry a Catholic, but I’m going to a Nazarene church and am wondering about my relationship with a woman who is a Seventh-Day Adventist. Is this wise or unwise? 2. In Colossians 2:15, it says Jesus disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to shame. I was wondering, who are these authorities? 3. I am a Catholic and I know that my Protestant friends disagree with us on Holy Communion, so what is the Protestant view on communion exactly? 4. I’ve been struggling with anorexia for 3 years and was wondering if the Bible ever speaks about eating disorders. Additionally, what is a Biblical response or course of action to take in order to combat them? 5. I am wondering if it is sinful to want to be done with this life and go away and be in heaven? Today’s Offer How Do We Know that Christianity is True? by Chris Morphew Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-8255 UNDERSTANDING THE MOTIVES OF AN EATING DISORDER HOW CAN CHRISTIANITY BE TRUE IF GOD ALLOWS EVIL AND SUFFERING?
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2021
Episode 739 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Does God will all people to be saved? 2. How do we correct our friends who believe in a bad theology with love and respect? 3. I want to walk in God’s will for my life, but I don’t want to wait around to figure out what it is before doing something with my life. What should I do? 4. Can a Protestant Christian marry a Catholic Christian? 5. I had an opportunity for sharing the gospel with someone who doesn’t believe in God and I didn’t and I feel guilty. What should I do? Today’s Offer How Do We Know that Christianity is True? by Chris Morphew Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DOES JESUS WORK TODAY?
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2021
Episode 738 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I heard that you are preaching through Genesis. Because of that I thought that you might help me answer a question in Genesis chapter 6. My husband and I are reading Genesis and in verse 2, it says, “the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive,” who are the “sons of God” in the plural here? 2. You have said before that God alone makes the choice of who is saved. So my question is, why doesn’t God choose to save everyone? 3. In Jeremiah 31, it speaks about the New Covenant. How is the New Covenant different from the old one and does it allude to the idea that another person’s sanctification is not my problem, but the Holy Spirit’s? 4. I’m concerned with the politicization of the evangelical church. Do you feel that politics is forming our theology? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Today’s Offer REVELATION BIBLE STUDY Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Jun
28
2021
Episode 737 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Is it important to remember when you are born again? 2. Has Satan already been bound? 3. Can you truly be saved if you struggle with addiction? I know you can’t lose your salvation, but can you lead a double life where you go to bible study and church and yet still struggle with certain addictions? 4. What does it mean that for the Lord, “one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” My brother has become a member of the LDS church and says that Satan and Jesus were spirit brothers. But Satan was a created being and Jesus is God. When my brother said this it led to us being upset and a lot of conflict between us. I am very frustrated and concerned for him. I am not sure what to say. Today’s Offer 10 VERSES TO MEMORIZE AS A FAMILY THIS SUMMER Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton
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2021
Episode 736 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Does God only hear prayers prayed in the name of Jesus? Would a Jew or Muslim prayer be heard or not since its not in the name of Jesus? 2. Will Jews be saved purely based on their ethnicity? 3. A biblical counselor told me that anyone who disagrees with us is our enemy? I thought Satan, sin, and the flesh were our enemies? 4. Where is the line between biblical lament, such as crying out to God in severe suffering, and unbiblical complaint like the Israelites in the wilderness? 5. After being saved, can Christians still be possessed in some way by demonic spirits? 6. In Luke, Jesus tells his disciples to sell what they have in order to buy a sword, but in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus tells Peter to put his sword away. Why? Today’s Offer REVELATION BIBLE STUDY Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 FAQS ABOUT ANGELS AND DEMONS
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2021
Episode 735 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If someone receives the Mark of the Beast, can they repent of that or is it unpardonable? 2. I am reading a Christian book where the author says that Christians experience heaven differently based on their good works. What do you think about this? 3. What do you think about astrology, should Christians use this as a way to guide themselves through life? 4. How do I fight lust and sexual sin? Today’s Offer 10 VERSES TO MEMORIZE AS A FAMILY THIS SUMMER Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX 7 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT REPENTANCE
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2021
Episode 734 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If God cannot be in the presence of sin, why is Satan allowed to stand in God’s presence in the book of Job? 2. Do you know anything about the supposed letters about Jesus’s childhood? These stories are from other Gospels not in the Bible, and in them, Jesus’s father, Joseph, tells Jesus to stop using his powers because he was making living sparrows out of clay. What do you think of these stories? 3. God tells us not to lie or bear false witness, but isn’t this what Moses does when he tricks Pharaoh in Exodus 5? 4. An atheist friend of mine is getting a heart defibrillator put in and I am wondering if God blesses those who do not believe in him? If I prayed for him would God bless his health procedure? 5. I noticed in Luke 15-16 that Jesus says Satan inflicted an individual with a disease. How do we know when Satan is the one inflicting illnesses and which ones come about through other means? Today’s Offer REVELATION BIBLE STUDY Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DOES JESUS WORK TODAY?
Jun
22
2021
Episode 733 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have heard a pastor say that Christians should not take offense to things they see in the culture. Is this right? It seemed that Jesus was offended in the temple where he turned over the tables. 2. My coworker is not a Christian and yesterday his son passed away from cancer. His son wasn’t even three years old. What kind of biblical advice and comfort can I give him? 3. I read in the news that some bishops in the Catholic church are considering barring President Biden from taking communion because of his pro-choice political policy. I just wanted to get your general thoughts on this. Do you think the practice is legitimate? 4. I have been a smoker for a long time and would like advice on how to quit? Today’s Offer 10 VERSES TO MEMORIZE AS A FAMILY THIS SUMMER Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Jun
21
2021
Episode 732 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have heard an explanation that, in Mark 8, Jesus was telling his disciples not to ask for signs and miracles like the Pharisees, but I fail to see how that is the case because no matter how many signs Jesus performed, the Pharisees still never accepted him. So what is Jesus really telling his disciples here? 2. Will non-Christians regret their unbelief at the Final Judgment? 3. My friend has been told that she has 3 to 6 months left to live. I was hoping to get advice on how to share the gospel with this person amidst their circumstances. I want to do it in a way that doesn’t take advantage of their emotional distress but I also want to acknowledge that Jesus is the only hope we have. How would you advise I go about doing this? 4. Could you explain what John the Baptist meant in Matthew 3:8 when he said that the Pharisees must “bear fruit keeping with repentance”? 5. My son lost his faith when he went to college. One question he has asked me that I can’t answer is this: “Why would a loving God create man knowing millions of them would go to hell”? I am not sure how to answer that. Can you help? Today’s Offer 10 VERSES TO MEMORIZE AS A FAMILY THIS SUMMER Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW CAN CHRISTIANITY BE TRUE IF GOD ALLOWS EVIL AND SUFFERING?
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18
2021
Episode 731 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Every time I make the conscious decision to get right with God it seems like everything in my life slowly begins to fall apart and I’m really confused by that. Is there a lesson God is trying to teach me here? 2. Is it ok for a Christian to be hypnotized? 3. What is the Abomination of the Desolation in Daniel 9? Does it have a double fulfillment? 4. Life seems so incredibly difficult that I tend to focus on the life to come. Is it wrong for me to do this? Today’s Offer 10 VERSES TO MEMORIZE AS A FAMILY THIS SUMMER Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION
Jun
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2021
Episode 730 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I work with first responders and sometimes they have to respond to tragic calls. There is not always a chaplain to help the community members, so what passages in scripture would you recommend first responders to share with people in those scenarios? 2. In John 6:52-53, Jesus says talks about eating his flesh and drinking his blood. This doesn’t seem to be a metaphor, so why don’t you accept Jesus’s words here that this is “truly” my flesh and blood as his real presence in the eucharist? 3. What are your thoughts about Christians working with their gay neighbors, how should we approach this? 4. When I read all the evidences of fruit that Christians are supposed to have, I know I lack in them, so it causes me to worry if I’m saved. Should we examine the fruit in our lives this way? 5. Are Christians allowed to drink alcohol? Today’s Offer 10 VERSES TO MEMORIZE AS A FAMILY THIS SUMMER Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources How Do Christians Relate to the Law? What’s The Difference Between Justification and Sanctification?
Jun
16
2021
Episode 729 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why is it that Jesus commands us in Matthew 28 to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but in Acts 8, 10, and elsewhere, the early church is shown to baptize in the name of Jesus? 2. What is prevenient grace and is it biblical? I have heard this said from the pulpit but am not sure what it means. 3. Is it healthy for an individual whose husband has been gone 15 or 20 years for them to continue to pray for reconciliation? 4. In a previous episode, you answered a question about Genesis 1 and you made it seem like we are not only made in God’s image but in the image of angels as well. Can you clarify this? 5. A follow up question about the baptismal formula. 6. If there are greater rewards in heaven for others, how does this square with the parable of the workers in the vineyard? 7. What does it mean to abide in Jesus? Today’s Offer Evensong by Keith and Kristyn Getty Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton      
Jun
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2021
Episode 728 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What was God doing before he created the universe? 2. I am wondering, what does the Bible say about suicide? 3. In 2 Peter 2:20, it seems like Peter is saying people can lose their salvation, but in John 6 and 10 it seems like Jesus says we can’t lose our salvation. How do we make sense of these verses? 4. Following up to a previous answer you gave about the “us” in Genesis 1:26. Doesn’t the “us” in Genesis also indicate the presence of the Holy Trinity? 5. How and why did people divide the Bible into its books, chapters, and verses? Today’s Offer Evensong by Keith and Kristyn Getty Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Available 24 hours – 1-800-273-8255
Jun
14
2021
Episode 727 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I know in the Bible that it says that marriage is supposed to be one man and one woman, but where does it say we have to have a written document to legitimize a marriage? 2. If we promote or condone stories that use sorcery, aren’t we encouraging the practice of sorcery and suggesting that one should emulate the protagonists in these stories? After all, the authors are holding these characters up as examples of good and noble character. 3. Why and how did the translators of the Bible separate the verses and the chapters? What was the purpose and process behind that? 4. When God made Adam and Eve, knowing that they would sin, why didn’t he stop them in the first place? 5. Thank you for the show. What should my life look like on a daily basis if I am putting God first, as it says in Matthew 6:33. For example, is it ok to buy something I don’t need like a coffee or should I take the money I would spend on that and use it to help others? 6. Can a family legitimize a marriage, why does the government need to be involved? Today’s Offer Evensong by Keith and Kristyn Getty Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX
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2021
Episode 726 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Lots of people talk about the topic of God’s sovereignty as it relates to if we choose God or if God chooses us, but I am wondering if this truth is good news to those who are suffering or does it add to their pain, knowing that God allowed it to happen? Should we not mention it at all to those who are experiencing suffering? 2. What does the term “unconditional election” mean? 3. Is purgatory still taught and preached in the Catholic Church? If it is, does it exist and is that taught in the Bible or is that a false teaching and is there no existence of purgatory? Could you point me to the scriptures on this? 4. In John 6:53, when Jesus talks about eating his flesh and drinking his blood, can you explain what this means, and if it is symbolic or literal? Today’s Offer Evensong by Keith and Kristyn Getty Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton      
Jun
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2021
Episode 725 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What do Jesus’s warnings in Matthew 24:20 mean? 2. How do I find rest when I feel like I am experiencing spiritual warfare? 3. My wife and I have stopped attending church and I don’t feel that bad about it and this surprises me. Do I have to be apart of a church? 4. Is it ever wrong to keep praying for something to happen? There are a couple things that I have been praying for for years now and I’m wondering if God just wants me to stop praying for those things and just be content with my current life circumstances or is it okay to keep praying for those things to happen? 5. Have Old Testament promises that God made to the nation of Israel been fulfilled by the New Covenant, or are there promises yet to be fulfilled to this group identified as “God’s chosen people”? If so, what are some examples? Today’s Offer 10 Verses to Memorize as a Family This Summer Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources DO I HAVE TO ATTEND CHURCH TO BE A CHRISTIAN? HOW DO I CHOOSE A CHURCH?
Jun
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2021
Episode 724 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What does it mean that Jesus “emptied himself,” as Paul says in Philippians 2:7? 2. There are so many different denominations, and even within those no one agrees on everything 100%. I am having anxiety about if I don’t agree with a certain pastor or elder about everything. Is this ok or what should we do when experiencing these tensions? 3. In Luke 9:23, what does Jesus mean when he says that we must “deny ourselves” and “take up our cross”? 4. It seems like Paul often refers to Jesus as “Lord” but he refers to the Father as “God.” Why doesn’t Paul explicitly refer to Jesus as “God”? John seems to make it clear that Jesus is God, but Paul doesn’t. Is there something special about the title “Lord,” and that is why he mainly calls Jesus “Lord”? 5. For children who die in the womb, what is their status in heaven? Today’s Offer 10 Verses to Memorize as a Family This Summer Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW TO READ THE BIBLE (BIBLE-STUDY WORKBOOK)
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2021
Episode 721 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Folks like to say, “if it’s good enough for Paul, it’s good enough for me.” But Paul says that he puts a curse on anybody in the church that doesn’t preach the gospel, he says that twice in Galatians quoting from Deuteronomy. And he says in Acts 28 that the gospel he preached was the Gospel of the kingdom and that Jesus is the Messiah. I don’t hear anybody talking about the kingdom and the Messiah. Could you comment on that? 2. Is speaking in tongues for today, if so, what is its purpose? 3. Will there be husband and wife relationships in heaven? If yes, what will it be like for a person who has been in more than one marriage? 4. What is the role of the antichrist in the end times? I see a lot of people trying to rebuild the temple in Israel, but is this the work of the antichrist? 5. How do you respond to a Christian who expects unbelievers to ask them questions about Christ because they do not live like the world but are not always willing to initiate the conversation first. Today’s Offer 10 Verses to Memorize as a Family This Summer Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
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2021
Episode 721 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com If I still sin, am I truly repentant? What was the purpose of God’s threat to Moses’s life in Exodus 24? How do we know that all of the New Testament epistles are God’s inspired word? I was told by a ‘reformed’ theonomist that the fact that I am a Mexican man and am married to a white woman-with whom I have a son, makes for a big problem. It seems like he was advocating for racial purity. He called his beliefs biblical and historical. What do the scriptures say about interracial marriage between two believers? Do our souls also die when we die, or do they go on to be with the Lord between our death and the resurrection? Today’s Offer 10 Verses to Memorize as a Family This Summer Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven
Jun
4
2021
Episode 721 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com I called in a few days ago to ask you about if Christians should give money to homeless people. I wanted to let you know that I took your advice and I bought multiple gift cards to hand out to different people who are homeless. I really appreciate your work and ministry—thank you! On a previous program you said that when believers die, they are immediately in the presence of God. So why does the Roman Catholic church teach that there is such a thing as purgatory? How did Jesus take our punishment on to himself if our punishment is eternal separation from God? Also, how could Jesus be eternally separated from God when he in fact is God or the second person of God’s triune nature? God could have made the entire world good instead of having evil in it. In your thoughts, why do you think that is? How does one differentiate between essential doctrines, doctrines of lesser importance, and traditions, which can be very helpful but lack biblical authority? Today's Offer Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Dr. Michael Horton
Jun
3
2021
Episode 720 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Is there a correlation between the scapegoat going to Azazel in Leviticus 16 and Jesus? Or is that too much of a stretch to connect those things? 2. Does the Bible teach that we are assigned guardian angels? 3. Is “Jesus” the real name if the Messiah? 4. What does it mean that Jesus came to “divide” and “not bring peace”? 5. I have a question from Revelation 6:2 about the man that comes on a white horse wearing a crown and carrying a bow. I have heard that “crown” in Latin means “Corona” and “bow” in Greek means toxin, and I’m just curious if this could be the coronavirus? 6. With so many megachurches spending money on their facilities, is it wrong to skip tithing and donate to missional ministries instead? Today’s Offer Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
Jun
2
2021
Episode 719 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. I am a new Christian and recognize that women are not qualified to be pastors. But how do we talk to family members who are female pastors and do so lovingly and biblically? 2. When we die, do we go immediately to heaven or do we wait in some kind of soul sleep until Jesus returns? 3. Does 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 teach that we can lose our salvation? I have done many things that I regret and this passage troubles me. 4. Where exactly does the Bible state that women should not hold the office of pastor? 5. 1 Corinthians 15:29 says, “Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?” Is Paul saying we should get baptized for the dead, what does this mean? 6. Why is Jesus’s pronouns capitalized and God’s pronouns in the Bible in lowercase? Today’s Offer Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEAVEN
Jun
1
2021
Episode 718 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. If what we deserve is eternity in hell, how does Jesus’s payment on the cross cover our debt to God since he did not spend eternity in hell? 2. If we are rewarded in heaven, does that mean some will receive more rewards than others and that there will be different levels for believers in heaven? 3. How do you go about counseling people in your church? 4. Before someone has faith in Jesus, do they first need to acknowledge that they are a sinner and have broken God’s law? Or can someone just hear about Jesus, have faith in him, and figure out the part where they’re sinners later? 5. Can you explain what Acts 2:38 means? Does it mean that we cannot be saved unless we have been baptized? Today’s Offer Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
May
31
2021
Episode 717 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How do we make sense of John’s vision of Jesus in Revelation 1? 2. Is Jesus still living among us today? 3. Recently my wife and I were talking about Christ on the cross and how he said to the thief that, “today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23). But then in John 20 Jesus says to Mary, “don’t touch me yet because I have not ascended to the Father.” How do these work together with the apparent conflict? 4. I used to be very charismatic but am not anymore. With that, how do I understand the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12? 5. The nearest school within 30 miles of where I live has “Demons” as their school mascot. I have kept my kids out of school because of this; yet I feel guilty because they are not getting the socialization they need. I’ve been praying about this and I’m not sure what God wants me to do. So I would like to speak to another fellow in Christ who can give me some guidance. Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW TO READ THE BIBLE (BIBLE-STUDY WORKBOOK) REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
May
28
2021
Episode 716 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What is theological liberalism? 2. Is God’s love conditional in some way? 3. How are those with mental illness judged? 4. Why is Bartimaeus, the blind man the Jesus heals, named in the Gospels and other people Jesus healed not named? Is there some special about Bartimaeus? 5. In Genesis 32 it says that Jacob was wrestling with God and saw his face, but in John chapter 1 it says no one has seen the face of God but Jesus. How do you make sense of that? 6. Why isn’t David’s practice of polygamy condemned in the Bible? Today’s Offer CHRIST AND CALAMITY: GRACE AND GRATITUDE IN THE DARKEST VALLEY Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW TO READ THE BIBLE (BIBLE-STUDY WORKBOOK)
May
27
2021
Episode 715 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Where can we read the original texts of scripture? 2. Should Christians support Israel in modern military conflicts? 3. What is replacement theology? 4. Are there scriptures that speak to losing a child and adoption? 5. What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Does it mean we have to speak in tongues? 6. What are your suggestions for staying connected to faith, when you are unable to attend church services? I made some horrible mistakes and disqualified myself from ministry several years ago, and now several churches have told me I am not a good match or too risky to have me in their fellowship. Today’s Offer CHRIST AND CALAMITY: GRACE AND GRATITUDE IN THE DARKEST VALLEY Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT REPENTANCE
May
26
2021
Episode 714 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What does it mean to live in a “fallen” world? 2. How can we understand the relationship between predestination and free will? 3. Should Christians tithe from all forms of income? 4. In Galatians 5:24, Paul says that, “those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” How do we crucify the flesh with its passions and desires? 5. Is Jesus the same as the Father? 6. If John is the best of the prophets, why is it that the least in the kingdom of heaven are greater than him? Today’s Offer 9 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WORSHIP Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION?
May
25
2021
Episode 713 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Can we accidentally blaspheme against the Holy Spirit? 2. In Matthew 16:27, it speaks about rewards being given to those in heaven according to what they’ve done. How does this relate to the truth that we are not saved by our good works? 3. Is the second commandment violated even if images of Jesus are used in children’s books or on pieces of art? 4. What are soul ties and are they mentioned in the bible? I see Christian influencers and pastors warn against sex outside of marriage by using this concept. I don’t see them in the bible anywhere, are they real? Should we be weary of them? 5. What should the church’s posture be to immigrants and refugees? Today’s Offer 9 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WORSHIP Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION?
May
24
2021
Episode 712 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. A question about Isaiah 37:36 2. In 1 Kings 17, where Elijah meets the poor woman with the dying son, were these circumstances in her life tests of her faith? 3. Do laws in the Old Testament concerning theft still apply to us today? 4. In light of Romans 13, who qualifies as a “governing authority” today? 5. I go to a great church but there are singles my age. Is it OK to go to other churches to seek out singles groups? Is singleness an affliction for those who have the desire to be married? 6. I find myself struggling with the same sin over and over again. What should I do? Today’s Offer 9 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WORSHIP Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO CHRISTIANS RELATE TO THE LAW? HOW DOES THE CHURCH RELATE TO THE GOVERNMENT?      
May
21
2021
Episode 711 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Are home churches biblical? 2. What is the meaning and significance of Jesus being raised from the dead? 3. Our church is receiving a new pastor, how should our church handle this transition? 4. How should I study the book of Revelation in the Bible? 5. Who was it that called out to the Lord in Sodom in Genesis 19? 6. My extended family members started a church. My family and I were excited to begin attending but it seems as if the focus is always to grow in size rather than shepherd the people who are already there. We are about to leave because we don’t feel spiritually nourished. What do we do? Today’s Offer 9 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WORSHIP Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT DO I DO WHEN I’VE BEEN HURT BY THE CHURCH? 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE’S FINAL BOOK REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
May
20
2021
Episode 710 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. In the Old Testament, sometimes the word “everlasting” is used to describe laws given to Israel. Therefore, some Messianic Jews say we should keep these laws. Why is the word “everlasting” used to describe these ordinances? 2. Is the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth literal, or is this describing the church age? 3. I am a part of a church where the pastor came out and said that he had an affair. Is there a biblical method on how to proceed? If he comes back to pastoring how long should he wait before he re-enters the ministry? 4. Must I be formally ordained in order to pastor a church or plant a church? 5. The Bible says that Jesus is a the right hand of the Father, so does that mean that there are two different gods? 6. Should communion, the Lord’s Supper, be open to anyone visiting the church or should it be closed for members only? 7. I had a pastor say we shouldn’t label ourselves as sinners but saint. What are your thoughts on this? Today’s Offer 9 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WORSHIP Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHY DO YOU TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAW AND GOSPEL? 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE’S FINAL BOOK REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
May
19
2021
Episode 709 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How should we interpret Revelation 12:7-9? 2. What does Galatians 6:4-5 mean? 3. Is Michael the Archangel actually Jesus? 4. Does Israel need to rebuild the temple or would this be a denial of the way God wants to be worshipped now that Jesus has come? 5. Will some Christians be outside the gates of heaven? Today’s Offer Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE’S FINAL BOOK REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
May
18
2021
Episode 708 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How do you prepare sermons and Bible teachings? 2. What is the proper understanding of Romans 8:1? 3. In light of the story of the thief on the cross, why shouldn’t we wait to the end of our lives to convert? 4. There have been several recent reports of UFO sightings by both civilians & military officers. Is there any mention of extraterrestrial life in scripture? To my knowledge, the answer is not readily found in scripture, which causes me anxiety. 5. Should Christians give money to homeless people if they suspect it to be used sinfully? Today’s Offer Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION?
May
17
2021
Episode 707 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How was Jesus proving the truth of the resurrection in Matthew 22? 2. What is the Christian response to my spouse leaving me? 3. Are Christians still required to keep Old Testament dietary laws? 4. Is there a quick and clear definition of the gospel? I feel like I get a different answer depending on what church or Christian I ask. 5. How do we respond to pastoral moral failure? Today’s Offer Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton
May
14
2021
Episode 706 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What should Christians know about Freemasonry? 2. How do we build trust in Christian leaders again after so many high profile Christian figures have been caught in scandals? 3. When will we receive our glorified bodies? 4. In 2 Corinthians 10:5-6, the latter part of the verse talks about punishing “all disobedience.” What does that mean? 5. Is schizophrenia a kind of demonic possession or is it purely a mental disorder? 6. I have in the past asked a Mormon friend to pray for me or others that are on my heart. I don’t believe LDS Scriptures are from God or that my friend believes in the triune God. But he believes he is praying to God. Where do his prayers go? Are they powerless? Today’s Offer Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE’S FINAL BOOK REVELATION BIBLE STUDY
May
13
2021
Episode 705 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How can someone be a Christian and still be so unforgiving and cruel? Can they be afflicted demonically as well as have the Holy Spirit within them? 2. Does the fact that I sometimes doubt that God has forgiven me mean I’m not really saved? 3. Which doctrines are primary and which ones are secondary? 4. Did God create Satan good, as an angel, or did he make him already evil? 5. How will Christians be judged if we are already justified? 6. Why do we worship on Sunday instead of Saturday? Today’s Offer Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION?
May
12
2021
Episode 704 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. I understand that it is preferable for the men to preach, but in my church no men are actually interested in speaking up. That is what I am wrestling with. What should I do? 2. Who is the “Bright and Morning Star” referring to in the Bible? 3. Can you explain a simplified idea of predestination vs. responsibility and our choice? I know that God is sovereign, but the Bible also says that ‘if you believe and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, then you will be saved.’ Can you help clarify this? 4. My friend is currently in seminary and our church hopes to partner with her once she is done with her studies to so that she can be a biblical counselor at the church. However, I recently heard an argument against this saying that women cannot counsel a man because of what Paul says in 1 Timothy 2. So, can women serve as biblical counselors in the church and counsel men, or is this unbiblical? 5. It feels as if my family is under a curse. Misfortunes and countless other ailments continue to plague us, what should I do? Today’s Offer Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO I CHOOSE A CHURCH?
May
11
2021
Episode 703 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Where should I go in the Bible to address alcoholism? 2. Is it a sin to be cremated? 3. Does the New Testament say that we do not need the laws of the Old Testament? 4. I recently saw that one of the biggest churches in America ordained 3 women to pastoral ministry. This is the first time the church has done this. Did the church leaders just change their mind, or do you think this is a practice that more churches should begin doing? 5. Can we donate our bodies to science when we die? 6. Augustine and Luther taught God regenerates via water baptism, and that regeneration can be lost. Is this true?  Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO CHRISTIANS RELATE TO THE LAW? WHY YOU DON’T HAVE TO OBEY ALL THE RULES IN THE BIBLE      
May
10
2021
Episode 702 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. We were talking with a Catholic couple who said that Eve was Adam’s second wife. They say that this is taught in the Talmud and in Isaiah 34:14. Can you explain why we do not accept this teaching or hold to the Talmud? 2. In the Old Testament, it says that God hates the wicked. So, does this mean that God hated us before we were saved? 3. What happened to the aquatic animals during the time of Noah’s ark? 4. Why do people think that doing good works mean you’re saved, and why do people think that they are saved if they are baptized or say the sinner’s prayer? 5. How do Christians lead family members and coworkers to Christ? 6. With the recent news regarding the arrest of Josh Duggar, I do not understand how and why churches are able to have these kinds of predators in their midst. Why do these kinds of stories and scandals keep coming out? Shouldn’t churches be difficult places for these kinds of figures to hide instead of easy ones? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHY DO YOU TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAW AND GOSPEL? GRACE – Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb
May
7
2021
Episode 701 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Is baptism by sprinkling legitimate? Is infant baptism legitimate? 2. How can we avoid adding to the gospel? 3. Does God forgive repeated sins, even after you repent of these sins but fall back into them? 4. I know that Christians are not supposed to be fearful, but due to my traumatic upbringing, I find it very difficult to not be fearful. Does this affect my salvation and mean I am not a Christian if I continually find myself being fearful? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT DID GOD PROMISE? BIBLE STUDY      
May
6
2021
Episode 700 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Is Melchizedek the preincarnate Christ? 2. Should I find a church that helps me serve in my gifts? 3. How should we address false teachers? 4. A question about divorce and physical abuse. 5. Can Christians be given up to a “debased mind,” as Paul says in Romans 1? Or are these scriptures only for non-believers? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO I CHOOSE A CHURCH? God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb      
May
5
2021
Episode 699 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How do you witness to teenagers who are not receptive to the gospel? 2. When Jesus healed people, did he use oil? 3. I am a new Christian and am finding a hard time finding fellowship with other believers. Do you have any advice? 4. I live in Romania and am a member of the Russian Orthodox church, but I don’t agree with much of their teaching. For instance, recently on Easter I heard a priest share that all humanity will be saved. But is universalism even biblical? Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus being the truth and the life, and repentance all make no difference if we all are eventually saved. What are your thoughts? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton
May
4
2021
Episode 698 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Are Christians commanded to go to church and gather together for worship? 2. Are the promises for Old Testament Israel for Christians today? 3. Should Christians study other religions and philosophies for apologetics purposes? 4. Was the Apocrypha illegitimately removed from the canon of scripture? 5. Why did God create all the ethnicities if he knew these differences would lead to prejudice? Today’s Offer REVELATION BIBLE STUDY Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
May
3
2021
Episode 697 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How should we consider vows in light of Judges 11? 2. Will there be a 1,000 year reign of believers with Christ on earth? 3. There seem to be different translations of Romas 8:1, which one is correct? 4. Is it a sin to disobey your parents if it means following God? 5. Should I be concerned about false teachings be spread through contemporary worship music? 6. Is it ok if I do not pray out loud in group settings? Today’s Offer REVELATION BIBLE STUDY Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE’S FINAL BOOK
Apr
30
2021
Episode 695 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Will those in heaven be aware of those suffering in hell? 2. Is it ok for Christians to watch movies about Jesus? 3. If a family member is argumentative regarding religion, should I stop witnessing to them? 4. Should we be baptized in Jesus's name or in the Triune name? 5. I need to know about generational curses. Someone in my family keeps mentioning it and it sounds like they’re excusing other family members of their sin because its just due to a generational curse. What do you think about this? 6. What is the Christian view on abortion? 7. What scripture should I go to to persevere in the Christian life? Today's Offer 9 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Greg Koukl The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Greg Koukl
Apr
29
2021
Episode 695 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Did Judas repent before he died? 2. How do we discern God’s will? Is God’s will spoken of differently in Romans 12 and 1 John 2? 3. What are the differences between Presbyterians and Lutherans? 4. Can someone who has a mental illness, but it is well managed through regular medication, can they become leaders in the church? I have heard some say these people should not lead and I think that is unfair. What are your thoughts? 5. Is Jesus actually Jehovah? 6. How involved should the church be in politics? Today’s Offer 9 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton      
Apr
28
2021
Episode 694 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Are there varying rewards in heaven for believers in heaven? 2. Can Christians cast out demons using “Jesus’s name”? 3. How does the Spirit help us preach the gospel? 4. I work at an assisted living nursing home and what I see most are people suffering and dying and when I see someone in a terrible condition who is bedridden, I pray for them to die peacefully. I wonder if it’s wrong to pray that? 5. What do you think of sounds of affirmation in prayer groups? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT DID GOD PROMISE? BIBLE STUDY
Apr
27
2021
Episode 693 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Do Christians have authority over demons? 2. I have heard you speak about forgiveness and reconciliation, but I as a former criminal, I have caused an immense amount of harm to others. It would not be wise for me to go to the people I have hurt in the past because my mere presence would these people. How should people like me seek forgiveness? 3. How should we discipline our children when they sin? 4. Does God still speak to us in our dreams? 5. Are Christians required to keep the sabbath? 6. My husband and I are losing health insurance through work, and I was just offered a part time job that has health insurance, but the job takes place only during school hours. I have two younger children that my family, who are Christians, can babysit during these hours, but my mother recently told me not to go to work after hearing another pastor say that Christian mothers should only stay home and raise children. What am I to do? Am I being responsible by taking the job? I’ve had cancer issues twice and I’m only 30. Does taking the job mean that I am just not trusting God? Is it going against his word getting into the working field at all? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton      
Apr
26
2021
Episode 692 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Is persecution a litmus for being faithful to Jesus? 2. Is Isaiah 53 speaking of our physical healing? 3. Does Ephesians 1:4 speak of God planning to save mankind before the world was formed? 4. Is there a prayer language found in scripture? 5. Can Christians heal like the apostles did? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Ordinary by Michael Horton
Apr
23
2021
Episode 691 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Can a Christian work in a casino? 2. If only God can forgive sins, why does he say that we can we can forgive one’s sins in John 20:23? 3. What is the proper way to tithe? 4. In Exodus 3:18, it seems like God is telling Moses to lie to the leaders in Egypt. Is God practicing a kind of deception here? 5. When did God recognize Jesus as the true Lord? 6. What does it mean to be a lukewarm Christian? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton
Apr
22
2021
Episode 690 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. When God says in Genesis 1, “let us make man in our image,” who is the “us” that is being referred to here? 2. If someone has ignored God their entire life and then are later diagnosed with dementia, is it too late for them to follow the Lord? 3. If Jesus said “this is my body” and “this is my blood”, then why do we say the bread and wine are representations and symbols? Is salvation at stake if we misunderstand or misuse the Lord’s Supper? 4. I carry a lot of bitterness from past pains and it creates anger which I seem to carry into all my relationships. How do I forgive and reconcile with people who are not aware or who don’t acknowledge the pain they have caused me? 5. Why do pastors focus more on the writings of Paul in the Bible rather than the Gospels? 6. Is there a difference at the resurrection for those who were buried or cremated? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT REPENTANCE
Apr
21
2021
Episode 689 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. I have been praying for healing and my prayers have not been answered. What are the best scripture passages that I should go to to help me? 2. Are there apostles and prophets today? 3. Is “Hashem” a true name of God? 4. I have only had failed relationships throughout my life. I now realize I was unequally yoked in those relationships. I am now speaking with a man who is Jewish. Is that still considered unequally yoked, having a relationship with someone who believes in God but who is not a believer of Jesus? 5. Are the scripture passages that address homosexuality only for their specific historical contexts? Does the word translated as “homosexual” in the bible really more accurately represent pedophilia? 6. My husband is a Roman Catholic. How would you advise me to speak with him on issues concerning the second commandment and Mary? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE AND HOMOSEXUALITY      
Apr
20
2021
Episode 688 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. If I am to pursue forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration with those I have sinned against, must I pursue reconciliation with everyone I have ever wrong, even in my youth? 2. Did Jesus really descend into hell? 3. What is the best way to briefly share the gospel with people I meet in my everyday life? 4. I live close to the border and I often hear people speaking disparagingly of immigrants. Doesn’t the Bible tell us to welcome the foreigner and sojourner? 5. Is the Apostle’s Creed in the bible? 6. What is the nature of the resurrected body of Christ? Does it take up physical space? How does it differ from our physical bodies? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton      
Apr
19
2021
Episode 687 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Are we required to forgive those who not only don’t ask for forgiveness, but openly mock us? Should we apply Psalm 109 to them? 2. How can I learn how to fast? 3. Should we contextualize the gospel? 4. I still find myself practicing Roman Catholic rituals even though I am a new Evangelical Christian. Sometimes I pray at and kneel before a picture of Jesus. Is this wrong? 5. How do I reconcile with family member? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Seeing Jesus 9 Things Everyone Should Know About Depression      
Apr
16
2021
Episode 686 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What should I look for in a good Bible study? 2. How do I love toxic family members? 3. I have prayed the Sinner’s Prayer many times, but I have never had much confidence for if I am saved or not. What should I do? 4. People say they love the Lord, but in Leviticus 23, it says that, “these are the feast of the heavenly Father,” not the feasts of the Jews or anyone else. So, why don’t people keep the feasts? I believe Jesus would have wanted us to do this. 5. Did Jesus die on Passover or the Day of Preparation? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW TO READ THE BIBLE (BIBLE-STUDY WORKBOOK) 9 WAYS TO KNOW YOU ARE REALLY A CHRISTIAN
Apr
15
2021
Episode 685 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What is the cultural mandate in Genesis 1 and 9? 2. Are the Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost different persons? 3. My ex-husband has left me and his children and refuses to stay in contact with us. How am I supposed to move forward in this situation? 4. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the church? 5. Apparently Jesus’s name is actually “Yeshua,” but I have heard that someone changed it to “Jesus” 600 years ago. Why would we call him by a name that isn’t his? 6. Is speaking in tongues a sign of being born again? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DOES GOD TALK TO US? WHAT IS THE TRINITY? BIBLE STUDY
Apr
14
2021
Episode 684 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Can Christians “rescue” America? 2. What does it mean to turn the other cheek? 3. What scriptures are there that speak to our purpose in life? 4. Is there a difference between the “book of life” and the “Lamb’s book of life”? 5. I was caught in the storm in Texas this past February and barely survived. Now, there are utility companies trying to charge me large sums of money unjustly for that time. I know the bible says we should not hate our enemies, but I feel as though I hate these people. What should I do? 6. When Revelation speaks of different “tribes, tongues, and nations” worship God around his throne, does that mean parts of our own cultures are retained in heaven? If so, how much? Today’s Offer Revelation Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton
Apr
13
2021
Episode 683 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Does the bible say anything about dinosaurs? 2. Where does it say that we must repent in order to be saved? 3. Are parachurches biblical, or are they taking talented individuals away from the local church? 4. When was Satan cast out of heaven and where does the bible talk about this? 5. Can you explain the difference between the bible and other religion’s holy books, like the Quran? 6. Does the bible say anything about ghosts and hauntings? 7. Is “election” the same as “salvation”? 8. How often should churches take the Lord’s Supper? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT REPENTANCE
Apr
12
2021
Episode 682 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What do you think Matthew 24:13 means when it talks about “enduring to the end”? 2. Did Satan know that he was defeated when Christ was crucified on the cross? 3. Can I wash away my own sins? 4. I am from the Philippines and many of the churches here are having a heated discussion online about the bible. There are pastors here that say that the final authority for Christians is Jesus’s spirit testifying in us, not the bible. So, is the bible infallible? Is it right to refer to it as the word of God? 5. In 1 John 5:13, it speaks of a sin that “leads to death.” What is that sin? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton
Apr
9
2021
Episode 681 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Is God the author of sin? 2. Does the story of Jonah prove that God changes his mind? 3. If God is not the author of sin, why did he create the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? 4. What does it mean to be “caught up with the Lord” in 1 Thessalonians 4? 5. In Matthew 11, Jesus says that his burden is light, but in Matthew 16:24 he says to his disciples that, “whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” How can these two things be reconciled? 6. While on her death bed, my friend wasn’t receptive to Christianity because she she didn’t believe in a “blond hair blue-eyed Jesus.” After I pled with her and read Isaiah 53 to her, she seemed more receptive. Is she in heaven? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE’S FINAL BOOK
Apr
8
2021
Episode 680 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. The government in Ireland still lists churches as non-essential. Other churches are able to meet outside, but my church has refused to even meet outside. What should I do? 2. I am having trouble reconciling what Paul says in Romans 9 about predestination and 1 Timothy 2 where he says that God wishes that “all would be saved.” 3. What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? I know some speak of this as when you are given the gift of tongues, but what do you think it means? 4. Recently a friend of mine shared that they have been having suicidal thoughts. I was taken back and wasn’t sure how to respond. What should I say to my friend? 5. I am wondering when it is and isn’t appropriate to share the gospel with my friends and family who don’t know Jesus? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you are someone you know is thinking about suicide: 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website: Suicide Prevention Lifeline 9 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION
Apr
7
2021
Episode 679 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Where in the scriptures does it say that Satan was cast out of heaven? 2. What are the “groanings of the Spirit” mentioned in Romans 8:26? 3. If my heart grew cold to God when I walked away from him for a season, does that mean I committed the unpardonable sin? 4. Was Samson forgiven for disobeying God? 5. Can Christians anoint themselves with oil when they are sick? 6. Is there a limit to God’s forgiveness? 7. How can I share the gospel with love and grace to a transgender person? Today’s Offer 5 Things You Should Know About the Bible’s Final Book Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT REPENTANCE
Apr
6
2021
Episode 678 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Do believers sin and break different commandments differently than we did before our conversion? 2. Can Christians practice Yoga? 3. If God does not have a body, how are we made in his image? 4. How do we get different races out of one man and one woman? 5. How do I find out what our spiritual gifts are? 6. What should I do to help me pray and read the bible more consistently? Today’s Offer 5 Things You Should Know About the Bible’s Final Book Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Unfolding Word: The Story of the Bible from Creation to New Creation by Zach Keele
Apr
5
2021
Episode 677 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Does God love all people the same? Or does he only love his people? 2. What passages say that we can be forgiven of any sin? 3. Is the use of pornography by a spouse a legitimate cause for divorce? 4. Since America is not mentioned in Revelation, is it in the End Times? 5. What does it mean to “judge not, lest you be judged”? It seems that in 1 Corinthians 5 that Paul is judging others when he tells the church not to even associate with certain people. Today’s Offer 5 Things You Should Know About the Bible’s Final Book Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE AND HOMOSEXUALITY
Apr
2
2021
Episode 676 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How do we overcome our sin and move past the discouragement that it causes in our lives? 2. What does the bible have to say about homosexuality? 3. I have a friend who believes that Jesus was really crucified on a Wednesday and he rose on Friday or Saturday, contrary to the idea that he rose on Sunday which would imply that we should worship on Sunday as well. How should I answer them? 4. If Jesus is God, then would it be right to say that God died on the cross? Today’s Offer 5 Things You Should Know About the Bible’s Final Book Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE AND HOMOSEXUALITY      
Apr
1
2021
Episode 675 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. I feel like I don’t know how to love God. How do we love God rightly? 2. How were people’s sins forgiven before Jesus was crucified? 3. What does the title “Son of Man” mean? 4. How should I respond to the books and TV specials that come out around Easter that say Jesus never wanted to found a religion? 5. Do you think animals go to heaven? Today’s Offer 5 Things You Should Know About the Bible’s Final Book Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources JESUS IS GOD BIBLE STUDY
Mar
31
2021
Episode 674 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How should we interact with those who are undergoing church discipline or who have been excommunicated? 2. Which Mary was it that washed Jesus’s feet in Luke 7? Was it Mary Magdalene or the Mary of Martha and Lazarus? 3. I have heard a lot of folks say that Easter actually has pagan origins and that its not biblical. What would you say in response to the folks who make these claims and what evidence or proof texts would you use? 4. There is a longer ending to Mark 16 that in some bibles say they are not in the original manuscripts. How should we think about these? 5. Was Jael justified in killing Sisera in Judges 4? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Unfolding Word: The Story of the Bible from Creation to New Creation by Zach Keele
Mar
30
2021
Episode 673 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What does it mean for Jesus to also “give us glory,” as he says so in John 17? 2. Did God physically appear to Solomon? 3. If God is good, why does he allow people to suffer and even experience abuse? 4. Should Christians use the Enneagram? I have heard that it has origins in the occult, is this something Christians should be concerned about? 5. Will we have free will in heaven or will we essentially be slaves? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources GRACE – Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb    Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb
Mar
29
2021
Episode 672 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Can God promise miracles in exchange for financial donations? 2. What books do you recommend for new believers? 3. How should we understand Leviticus 25 where it speaks about letting the soil rest? 4. I am having a hard time obeying the 5th commandment, because my mother and I have always had a tumultuous relationship. How can I honor her while moving on with my life and removing myself from that pain? 5. What does 1 Corinthians 13: 8-10 mean? 6. What should we do when we are reminded of our past sins? Today’s Offer Easter Devotional: Sayings From The Cross Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl
Mar
29
2021
Episode 672 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Can God promise miracles in exchange for financial donations? 2. What books do you recommend for new believers? 3. How should we understand Leviticus 25 where it speaks about letting the soil rest? 4. I am having a hard time obeying the 5th commandment, because my mother and I have always had a tumultuous relationship. How can I honor her while moving on with my life and removing myself from that pain? 5. What does 1 Corinthians 13: 8-10 mean? 6. What should we do when we are reminded of our past sins? Today’s Offer Easter Devotional: Sayings From The Cross Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl
Mar
26
2021
Episode 671 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Why was David forgiven but Saul wasn’t? 2. How can we understand the doctrine of the Trinity? Are there three different gods, how are they “one”? 3. Can Christians who are dating share a hotel room? 4. What do we do with passages in our bibles that are not in the originals, like John 8? 5. Why are both Jesus and Satan referred to as the “Morning Star”? 6. Is the Torah only for the Jews or is for Christians as well? 7. Where did Jesus go when he was crucified? Today’s Offer Easter Devotional: Sayings From The Cross Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT IS THE TRINITY? BIBLE STUDY
Mar
26
2021
Episode 671 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Why was David forgiven but Saul wasn’t? 2. How can we understand the doctrine of the Trinity? Are there three different gods, how are they “one”? 3. Can Christians who are dating share a hotel room? 4. What do we do with passages in our bibles that are not in the originals, like John 8? 5. Why are both Jesus and Satan referred to as the “Morning Star”? 6. Is the Torah only for the Jews or is for Christians as well? 7. Where did Jesus go when he was crucified? Today’s Offer Easter Devotional: Sayings From The Cross Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT IS THE TRINITY? BIBLE STUDY
Mar
25
2021
Episode 670 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. My husband and I divorced, but we are now thinking of pursuing reconciliation. How should we go about doing this? 2. How should we understand Old Testament verses on prosperity? 3. I was recently in a dark place in my life and I cried out against God. Did I blaspheme him? 4. What did Jesus mean when he called himself the resurrection? 5. Can IVF be an option for Christians who are struggling with infertility? Today’s Offer Easter Devotional: Sayings From The Cross Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX
Mar
25
2021
Episode 670 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. My husband and I divorced, but we are now thinking of pursuing reconciliation. How should we go about doing this? 2. How should we understand Old Testament verses on prosperity? 3. I was recently in a dark place in my life and I cried out against God. Did I blaspheme him? 4. What did Jesus mean when he called himself the resurrection? 5. Can IVF be an option for Christians who are struggling with infertility? Today’s Offer Easter Devotional: Sayings From The Cross Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX
Mar
24
2021
Episode 669 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. As a new Christian I find myself ashamed of myself for turning my back to Christ. How does one returning to the faith overcome the sense of shame and accept the love of Christ once again into my life? 2. How do you comfort someone whose teenage son died unexpectedly and the parent has no assurance of their son’s salvation? 3. Does Jesus show some kind of prejudice to the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15? 4. Because of Covid-19, my daughter does not want me to attend church. If I attend I cannot see my grandchild. I have not been going to church so that I can see him. But then I think about Jesus saying that we are not worthy of Him if we are not willing to give up relatives for Him. Am I sinning by choosing visits with my grandson over church attendance? 5. When I go to church I feel like I am constantly made to feel guilty and convicted. Should I just stay home and read my bible? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton
Mar
23
2021
Episode 668 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Do Christians have to get married through the state? 2. How do I know if God is sending me a sign? 3. I am a new Christian and I am having a hard time hanging out with my old friends who are not believers. I am not sure if I should stop seeing them or try to minister to them? 4. If we will be transformed and glorified at the resurrection, does that mean we won’t recognize our loved ones in heaven? 5. How do we “rightly divide the word of truth,” as Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:15? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton
Mar
22
2021
Episode 667 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. In Matthew 12, what is the difference between the blasphemy that “will be forgiven” and the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? 2. Are Christians in the New Covenant required to tithe? 3. Since Paul was not one of the 12 apostles during Jesus’s ministry, are his writings still inspired by the Holy Spirit? 4. What are the best scriptures about physical healing? 5. Weren’t the scribes and the Pharisees the priests from the tribe of Levi, what happened to them to make them so far from Jesus during his time on earth? Today’s Offer More Than a Carpenter Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity’s, “Jesus is God: Bible Study”
Mar
19
2021
Episode 666 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What do you say to someone who is dealing with spiritual warfare? 2. What does Hebrews 10 mean when it speaks of sinning “willfully” and “presumptuously”? 3. Do I have to agree with my church on everything? 4. I heard on a different Christian radio program a pastor who is well-known say that we don’t really have our old sinful nature anymore, we just have vestiges left over. That bothered me because I still sin. Can you clarify this? 5. Do you believe that we can speak in tongues today? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Mar
18
2021
Episode 665 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What is the correct mode of baptism? 2. What does putting my trust in Jesus look like? How can I know if I am truly a Christian? 3. Were the saints in the Old Testament saved by works of the law? 4. How do we pray for non-believing friends? 5. How should the church respond when church members commit hate crimes? Is this something that sinners just do or is there something that the church can do to prevent these types of things from happening? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 WAYS TO KNOW YOU ARE REALLY A CHRISTIAN
Mar
17
2021
Episode 664 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. I desperately want to go back to church, but my wife has multiple sclerosis and the medication that she is on makes her immune-compromised. I don’t want to force her to go back to church, so what do I do? 2. Can we change God’s mind through prayer? In Genesis 18 it seems to suggest that we can change God’s mind. 3. Is the idea that Christians are “once saved, always saved” biblical? 4. How do we love our enemies? I see some many horrific things on the news and I find it unfathomable to love the people doing horrible things. Today’s Offer Easter Devotional: Sayings From The Cross Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 WAYS TO KNOW YOU ARE REALLY A CHRISTIAN      
Mar
16
2021
Episode 663 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Was Jesus really in the tomb for three full days? 2. Does John 3:36 teach that we are partly saved by obedience? 3. In Luke 4, how did Jesus walk through a crowd who wanted to kill him? 4. Can a pastor be restored to ministry after adultery? 5. Do you believe it’s a sin to continually ask for forgiveness for something you’ve already repented over? For example, I have committed an affair in my past, and when I’m reading about adultery or something stirs my heart to remember the seriousness of my sin, I tend to ask God to forgive my past again. Is this wrong? Today’s Offer Easter Devotional: Sayings From The Cross Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Mar
15
2021
Episode 662 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Is there a difference between the Old Covenant law and the Law of Christ? 2. Did Jesus literally go to hell after he was crucified? 3. How do I talk to a loved one who is marrying someone who is not a Christian? 4. Can Christians experience demon possession? 5. I recently have heard a lot of Christian leaders and writers warn against empathizing with other people. They warn that empathizing, feeling another person’s pain, leaves you open to being manipulated emotionally. I don’t really understand this, is empathy really a sin and should Christians be concerned about this? 6. Why was Jacob blessed instead of Esau? Today’s Offer Easter Devotional: Sayings From The Cross Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 FAQS ABOUT ANGELS AND DEMONS POWER WITH EMPATHY: THE BEAUTY OF JESUS
Mar
12
2021
Episode 661 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Are Christians required to tithe? 2. What is the significance of Jesus being “at the right hand of God”? 3. What happens to those who have never heard about Jesus? 4. Romans 14:12 says that, “ So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” If we are already saved and forgiven, why do we have to give an account before God? 5. Can we command blessings from God? Today’s Offer The Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT DID GOD PROMISE? BIBLE STUDY
Mar
11
2021
Episode 660 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Who are the “spirits imprisoned” in 1 Peter 3? 2. A lot of my friends express that they feel the presence of God in their life. However, I do not necessarily feel this, which makes me doubt if I am truly “elect.” What are your thoughts? 3. How do pastors decide what they preach on each week? 4. Are short-term missions trips effective? 5. It seems that I am in a continual cycle of sinning and repenting. How do I get out of it? 6. How should Christians date in the church? Today’s Offer More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Honest Evangelism by Rico Tice 7 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT REPENTANCE
Mar
10
2021
Episode 659 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Does the gospel impact my life in any practical way, or is it just about me getting to heaven? 2. When God was giving Cain his punishment after he murdered his brother Abel, who were the people he was afraid would kill him? 3. What is the origin of demons? 4. My husband died a year ago and I have met someone whose spouse also died not so long ago. Is it wrong or insensitive to think about remarriage this soon? 5. How do you explain what it means to be made in the image of God? 6. When we refer to God or pray to him, how should we address him? Should we refer to him as God or the Father only, or can you name the other persons of the trinity? 7. I have been to churches that dance and clap during the worship service. What is your opinion on these kinds of postures in worship? Today’s Offer More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton 8 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CHURCH
Mar
9
2021
Episode 658 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Why is it that traditional Christians seem to disparage women from holding a professional career? 2. If God ordains all things, how is he not also the author of sin? 3. I know that the bible says that we should love God and love neighbor. I am wondering how I can love my homsexual neighbors? I have a couple of good friends who are gay and lesbian. They know what I believe and I talk to them about God, but I still have a relationship with them. Is that ok? 4. Can women be pastors? Today’s Offer More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World by Rosaria Butterfield
Mar
8
2021
Episode 657 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. If Jesus had not been crucified, would he have died naturally? 2. Does Romans 8:19-21 say that the current world will be reborn and restored, or destroyed and then remade? 3. How do we encourage friends who have left the faith to come back to Christ? 4. What do you think about the NLT translation of the bible? Is it accurate and reliable? 5. Is there a difference between lust and sexual desire? 6. At what point is a child accountable for their sins? Today’s Offer More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX
Mar
5
2021
Episode 656 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How do I encourage a believer who has not been going to church because they were deeply hurt by the church? 2. Is it ok to ever get remarried? 3. Can a true Christian ever apostacize? 4. Why are there so many protestant denominations? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 8 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CHURCH
Mar
4
2021
Episode 655 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What does it mean to “walk in sin,” and how is this different from sinning occasionally as Christians? 2. Can you elaborate on a biblical view of justice and social justice and how it relates to those who are marginalized? 3. Are the miraculous gifts of the spirit for today? 4. Is Replacement Theology biblical? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Episode 459: How Should Christians Respond to Racism?
Mar
3
2021
Episode 654 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Where in the bible does it say the Sabbath changed from Saturday to Sunday? 2. Can I split my tithe between two churches? 3. My friend is in a so-called “open marriage,” how do I tell them that this is wrong without destroying our relationship? 4. Can Christians commit the unforgivable sin and blaspheme the Holy Spirit? 5. What does Romans 1:18 mean? Is it referring to certain historical events? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX
Mar
2
2021
Episode 653 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Is there a problem with Christians being cremated? 2. How should Christians think through climate change and things like Earth Day? 3. In 1 Timothy 1:20, Paul tells Timothy that he has handed certain people over to Satan for blasphemy. What does that mean? If he loved them why would he hand them over to Satan? Does he trust that he will get them back? I am really confused about this verse. 4. Does Hebrews 6 teach that true believers can fall away from Christ? 5. Who wrote the bible and where did it come from? 6. How should Christians think about social justice? Today’s Offer More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Mar
1
2021
Episode 652 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Why do pastors and people today avoid talking about end times prophecies? 2. It seems as if God forsook Saul in the bible. If a king like Saul can be forsaken by God, what is stopping that from happening to us? How can we avoid being forsaken by God? 3. What should a church member do if their pastor refuses to open their church? 4. How should Christians think about online dating? 5. Can a Christian lose their salvation? 6. How can we make disciples, and how does this relate to the Great Commission? Today’s Offer More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX
Feb
26
2021
Episode 651 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How do you grow in the spiritually and keep from falling into sin? 2. I normally talk to God like I am in a normal conversation. Is this prayer, or is prayer something that is more technical? 3. How does repentance play into salvation, it seems integral, but it also seems like a work that we do?  4. What is the millennium in the end times? 5. I've seen a lot of people saying things to prove the bible is not real. I really want to be closer to God but I'm worried that can't happen if I don't fully believe in the bible—is there proof? Today's Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 4 THINGS TO REMEMBER AFTER YOU HAVE SINNED TRUE VS. FALSE REPENTANCE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton
Feb
25
2021
Episode 650 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am discipling someone who says they have a prayer language and speak in tongues. How should I work through this with them? 2. What is the difference between the synagogue and the temple? Do they have different regulations? Did the religious leaders break the law in order to try to trap Jesus at the synagogue? 3. How should the church respond to the Equality Act? 4. In Mark 14, there is a strange incident where another young man is nearly arrested along with Jesus. Who was this person and what was his significance? 5. Follow up question on the Equality Act: what are the incentives behind those trying to pass this legislation? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality
Feb
24
2021
Episode 649 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. It seems to me that this vaccine could be a gift from God to help us defeat a disease. Why are so many Christians speaking so ill of it and of those who are working on it, claiming that it is the Mark of the Beast? 2. Can God be disappointed? 3. Can Christians read Romance Novels that include explicit scenes? 4. How can I help encourage my teens to attend church? 5. What do you think of the phrase, “preach the gospel to yourself”? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions by David VanDrunen
Feb
23
2021
Episode 648 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What does Revelation teach about heaven? 2. Are there any scientific proofs for the resurrection of Jesus Christ? 3. My daughter and husband died, why would God allow this to happen and not give me a sense of urgency to make much of the time I had with them? 4. I feel as though I receive signs from God, but I am not sure how to find out if they are from him or not. What should I do? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT DID GOD PROMISE? BIBLE STUDY The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Greg Koukl
Feb
22
2021
Episode 647 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What do you think about the Azusa St. Revivals and how those events impacted the modern church today? 2. I was formerly brought up in the Prosperity Gospel and the Word of Faith movement. In these movements they claimed that God never wants us to be sick and that we have the power to rebuke sickness. Now that I am out of that movement I am wondering do I pray for healing from sickness in a biblical way? 3. I am a backslidden Christian and want to get plugged back into the church, but my wife is not interested in going back to church. What should I do? 4. There is a bishop in my denomination who is gay. The congregation that I attend does not affirm this practice and preaches the gospel, but because the denomination is compromising in this way, should I leave the church? 5. What is the teaching of Sola Scriptura? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 Thing You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality
Feb
19
2021
Episode 646 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. With how long the Coronavirus pandemic has gone on, is it time now for all churches to open up in defiance of the government orders? 2. In 1 John 4, John says that we should “test the spirits.” What does this mean and look like? 3. How was David a “man after God’s own heart” when he was also a murderer? 4. How was Jesus in the line of David when he was not biologically related to Joseph? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 Things Everyone Should Know About Worship
Feb
18
2021
Episode 645 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How would you explain the doctrine of the Trinity to a young child? 2. I know that the Lord forgives us but I often feel regret and have memories of my past life and previous sins. When I think of these past sins and feel condemned, does that count as spiritual warfare? 3. What do you think of the New Apostolic Reformation movement? Is it biblical or potentially heretical? 4. My brother has schizophrenia. He has read the bible, he prays, and believes that he is born again, but he has a hard time understanding the bible. How do you know when a person with a severe mental illness is saved? 5. Why did God need blood sacrifices in the Old Testament in the first place? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them: Schizophrenia through a Mother’s Eye by Simonetta Carr
Feb
17
2021
Episode 644 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do you leave a legalistic church? 2. My husband is struggling with sexual addictions, including pornography. How do I show grace to him without enabling his sin? 3. As a former Roman Catholic, how do other Protestant denominations observe or practice Lent? 4. Why are Christians so quick to throw Ravi Zacharias under the bus, especially when David, Moses, and Paul and other biblical figures were great sinners? Why are we so quick to turn our back on those who need forgiveness? 5. Did sin enter the world through Adam and Eve or through Satan? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb
Feb
16
2021
Episode 643 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Jesus proclaimed that he was the Son of God, and yet in Mark 1:25, Jesus rebuked the demons and told them not to say who he was. Why did he do that? 2. What does it mean to be saved and what does that look like? 3. Doesn’t God require us to obey him rather than man? I know Romans 13 says we should obey the governing authorities, but there seems to be a double-standard enforced by the government regarding which things can be open amidst the pandemic and which cannot. What should the church do? 4. I am a registered nurse and cannot imagine how men can tell women what to do with their bodies. I am not for abortion but I would never foist my beliefs onto others. There are lots of elderly people being mistreated in the nursing homes, why don’t “pro-lifers” care about them?  5. I take communion at my home every day. Am I “heaping judgment” upon myself? 6. I am fifty-eight and have never been married. Should I seek out a spouse or should I just wait for God to answer my prayers? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller
Feb
15
2021
Episode 642 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have heard that Paul’s guidelines for taking communion in 1 Corinthians 11 is about the need for brothers and sisters to get-along with each other in the church. After studying the passage, it seems that it is addressing people in Corinth who took all of the communion before everyone was able to receive it. So, is Paul’s warnings mainly about how to get along with our brothers and sisters or is it about not treating certain people in the church with contempt? 2. In Matthew 13, Jesus talks about the Parable of the Sower. He identifies different kinds of soil, and says that the good soil receives the seed of the word of God. How do I know if in my heart that I am counted as “good soil”? 3. Is it wrong to worship alongside someone and have fellowship with them if they deny the deity of Christ? 4. How do I address Christian who believe that we can connect with Muslims and Jews and unite together under God? 5. I was baptized Roman Catholic but recently became a Protestant Christian. Should I get re-baptized, if so, when should I get re-baptized? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton
Feb
12
2021
Episode 641 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why did God place the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the garden? 2. Is purgatory a biblical doctrine? 3. Is having a prayer language biblical? 4. Does fasting have to be from all food? In our church we say fasting can be giving up anything that we think we can’t do without. I am a diabetic on insulin so I just fast from all junk food & wheat. 5. Did God know that man would fall into sin? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Unfolding Word: The Story of the Bible from Creation to New Creation by Zach Keele
Feb
11
2021
Episode 640 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. A friend of mine has bought into the teachings of a New Age guru who has told her that she is the reincarnation of Mary Magdalene and that Jesus is her husband. I was reminded when you spoke about 1 John and our need to use discernment when testing the spirit. I am wondering if I need to take a break from this relationship because she is saying hurtful things. What should I do? 2. My son died when he was 14. I miss him greatly and I am wondering if he is in heaven? 3. Why is the Song of Solomon so often neglected in the church? 4. My son is a Freemason and is asking my husband and I to join him. How should we respond? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Walking with Jesus Through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures by Dennis Johnson
Feb
10
2021
Episode 639 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I’m still relatively new to the faith. Recently I’ve been confused about the meaning of 1st John chapter 3 verse 4. There are a lot of discrepancies regarding that verse, and many are using it to say that we must uphold God’s law, including the sabbath. I ended up going deep down the rabbit hole of the internet a couple weeks back and I’ve discovered that there are some groups claiming that our salvation is contingent upon our obedience to the Mosaic Law. I know that we aren’t justified by the law, but all the conflicting information online has been making me really overwhelmed, confused and stressed. What should I do? 2. How should we respond to Messianic Judaism? 3. In Matthew 7, Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” This sounds like one of the scarier passages in the bible, what is your interpretation of this? 4. In Luke 22, Jesus says that one should sell their cloak and buy a sword. What does this mean? 5. In 1 Timothy 2, Paul says that God desires all to be saved, if this is true, why aren’t all people saved? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton      
Feb
9
2021
Episode 638 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How should the church observe communion and take the Lord’s Supper? 2. Must a born again Christian be extremely zealous about the things of the Lord? 3. Should pastors perform special prayers just for men in the worship service? 4. In Mark 11:24, Jesus says, “I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Doesn’t this contradict the idea that God has ordained things to happen prior to our praying for them? What is the purpose of praying if God has already ordained something? 5. Can man be holy and righteous, and even if we are not perfectly holy and righteous Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
Feb
8
2021
Episode 637 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am a convicted felon. I know that Jesus has forgiven me for my past sins, but even after paying my due to society, it seems that I am forever marked by my past. How can I find rest when every day society reminds me of my past sins? 2. What is Lent, and why do some churches practice it and others do not? 3. When did Israelites become Hebrews? 4. How do I deal with regret? Sometimes it can feel overwhelming and prevent me from seeking the Lord. 5. I am friends with a Messianic Jew who is challenging me by saying that Christians must observe a Saturday Sabbath and other Jewish rituals, how should I respond? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT REPENTANCE
Feb
5
2021
Episode 636 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Does the story of Judas prove that suicide is the unpardonable sin? Help is available – Speak with someone 24/7 at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 2. I would like to tithe, but my spouse does not want to. Should I tithe out of my own paycheck? 3. How do I address my pastor when I think he has gossipped about someone in the church? 4. Why do we so often give up on people instead of give grace to them? 5. According to recent polls, many folks do not trust pastors. Why is that? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 8 Things Everyone Should Know About Church
Feb
4
2021
Episode 635 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. As a new Christian I find myself ashamed of myself for turning my back to Christ. How does one returning to the faith overcome the sense of shame and accept the love of Christ once again into my life? 2. How do you comfort someone whose teenage son died unexpectedly and the parent has no assurance of their son’s salvation? 3. Does Jesus show some kind of prejudice to the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15? 4. Because of Covid-19, my daughter does not want me to attend church. If I attend I cannot see my grandchild. I have not been going to church so that I can see him. But then I think about Jesus saying that we are not worthy of Him if we are not willing to give up relatives for Him. Am I sinning by choosing visits with my grandson over church attendance? 5. When I go to church I feel like I am constantly made to feel guilty and convicted. Should I just stay home and read my bible? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions by David VanDrunen
Feb
3
2021
Episode 634 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I struggle with pornography. I know it’s wrong and a sin and I hate that I am so weak. When I fail I stay away from God for a little while because I am ashamed and am not worthy. Even though I know I am forgiven, my brain just cannot comprehend that God can forgive me over and over again for the same sin. It doesn’t seem fair to Him. 2. I am not receiving care from my elders and deacons at my church. Is this a sufficient reason to leave this church? 3. Are there apostles today? What are the characteristics of apostles? 4. What does Paul mean when he says that Christian’s children are holy in 1 Corinthians 7? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KIDS KEEP THE FAITH Sacred Bond by Zach Keele and Michael Brown
Feb
2
2021
Episode 633 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What are the marks in a church we keep an eye out for when we are looking for a new church to attend? 2. I have heard some people say that the true Sabbath is on Saturday, and if we do not observe the Seventh-Day Sabbath then this does not make us eligible for salvation. Is this true? 3. The Old Testament and New Testament seem to contradict themselves at times. Why is it that in the Old Testament, God says that lepers are not to be touched, while in the New Testament Jesus touches lepers? 4. Can a Christian be oppressed by demonic spirits? 5. Is it biblical to say that the Holy Spirit makes us one with God? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 8 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CHURCH
Feb
1
2021
Episode 632 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If John was administering baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and Jesus was sinless, why did Jesus get baptized? 2. Should Christians be cremated or buried when they die? 3. I run a 12 step program and I use 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 where Paul talks about temptation to help those in the program. Am I applying this passage correctly? 4. I grew up being sexually abused by a family member. I want to forgive him, but I do not want to be in the same room as him. When Jesus says that we should forgive seventy times seven, does that mean I should force myself to include him in my life? I am struggling with knowing what to do. 5. What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb      
Jan
29
2021
Episode 631 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am naturally interested in studying the bible and theological books. I also have a young family and while my wife is not uninterested in these things, I also know it would not be ideal for us as a family to read and discuss the types of things I am naturally drawn to, theologically speaking. I think it would be too much for them and unhelpful. What are ways that I can better help my family learn about the faith together? 2. Does Jesus serve only as the intermediary between us and the Father, or can we also pray to Jesus as well as the Father? 3. Recently I had a mini debate with some followers and disciples of a very intense charismatic leader. In our conversation they used Acts 2 as their self-defense on personal revelation or dreams. What do you think would be a good response to these interpretations? 4. Does everyone that goes to hell suffer equally? It would seem reasonable to think that someone like Hitler would suffer more than an ethical, moral person who perhaps had never been exposed to the Word or perhaps kept putting off a decision or was led into a less than real salvation experience. Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
Jan
28
2021
Episode 630 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What book or character in the bible is most underrated or glossed over in our churches? 2. In Luke 9, Jesus sends out His apostles to proclaim the Kingdom of God, yet a few verses later after Peter confesses Jesus as the Christ, Jesus commands them not to tell this to anyone. What were the apostles tasked to speak then if they were told not to say anything concerning Jesus’ identity and mission? 3. Can angels marry? 4. Can a Christian lose their salvation? 5. The scripture is clear about taking the Lord’s name in vain. But what about swear words? As a person in the military I’m around swearing a lot, and it struck me that what we consider bad words often have synonyms that aren’t considered bad at all. In the end swear words seem an arbitrary construct of man. 6. I have struggled greatly with the temptation of lust. I have a Bible study group with close guys that I share my struggle with and I also have an accountability partner within that group yet it is still a daily struggle for me. I know that this sin is deeper than bad behavior and it’s a matter of the heart. I was wondering if you guys had any advice on how to fight this temptation and pursue holiness and godliness? Today's Offer Gospel of John Study (Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges
Jan
27
2021
Episode 629 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do you explain the doctrine of the Trinity to young children? My kids understand that Jesus is God but have a hard time understanding the idea of other persons in the identity of God. 2. Do we have to keep forgiving someone who keeps sinning against us? 3. Jesus say He will send the Holy Spirit after He went to the Father. But in John 20 Jesus say to His disciples, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” But in Acts it look like the day of the Pentecost was the first indwelling of the Holy Spirit into believer. How can you understand these two event without contradiction? 4. In the Apostle's Creed, it says that Jesus descended into hell. If Christ took the punishment of man on the cross, why did he have to "descend" into hell? 5. How do you understand the baptism of the Holy Spirit? 6. In Ephesians, it says that we are not judged by our works, but by the blood of Jesus. However, in 2 Corinthians, Paul says that we will be judged by our works. I know that we are ultimately saved by the grace of God but this is confusing to me. Today's Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton  
Jan
26
2021
Episode 628 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.   CoreChristianity.com   1. What generation is passing away in Matthew 24:34? 2. How should the church view cultural changes in regards to homosexuality? 3. In Genesis 9, it says that "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image." Does this mean that the bible condones capital punishment? 4. How do I pray through the psalms? 5. If Jesus is God, why does he call himself the Son of God? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Jan
25
2021
Episode 627 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Are there certain scripture passages you can point me to that helps us find God’s will for our lives? 2. In Deuteronomy 32:52-53, it seems as if God is being vengeful toward Moses. Is God vengeful? 3. I have recently gone through multiple traumatic experiences and I am having trouble find joy in my faith again. What should I do? 4. In the Old Testament, how did Israel know that the prophets were receiving real revelation from God? Why exactly did Israel believe the prophets? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton
Jan
22
2021
Episode 626 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If God knew that Lucifer was going to betray him, why did he create him in the first place? 2. Are there any biblical principles to handle conflict in marriage? 3. Should I leave my church if I disagree with the political endorsements of my pastor even though he is doctrinally sound? 4. I don’t feel spiritual enough. What feelings of the supernatural should a Christian have, like during spiritual disciplines or congregational worship? What does the Bible command and say we should experience? 5. In Matthew 27, it says that many people other than Jesus were resurrected and appeared to others. Was this a figurative or literal event? 6. Can we forgive sins or can only God forgive sins?
Jan
21
2021
Episode 625 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In Colossians 1:24, Paul says, “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions….” What does he mean by Christ’s afflictions lacking? 2. What kind of future awaits for us in heaven, what will heaven be like? 3. I fully believe in the assurance of salvation and eternal security, however, how should we view Christians who have continued certain sin patterns in their life all the way to their death bed? 4. What is the biblical teaching regarding the miraculous gift of tongues? Is tongues a prayer language? 5. Does God speak to us in dreams? Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven How Does God Talk to Us?
Jan
20
2021
Episode 624 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In James 1:2, it tells us, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” How does joy help us face life’s trials? 2. In Esther 4, when it says that Esther has been born for “such a time as this,” does this apply to our lives as well? 3. How can we help non-believers come to faith? 4. I was always taught that the church service is for unbelievers, and it is a place where conversion happens, but I recently heard someone say that church is for Christians only. Which is it? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton
Jan
19
2021
Episode 623 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Is it a contradiction when it says “faith without works is dead” when faith is a gift and works are things that we do? 2. Lately I have felt a strong call to start fasting, but I do not know much about fasting. How do I draw close to God as I fast and how do I determine how long and how often to fast? 3. In Luke 10, why does Jesus tell Martha to stop serving and to be more like her sister, Mary? 4. In Hebrews 9:7, it speaks about the “unintentional sins of the people,” is there a difference in how God forgives intentional and unintentional sins? 5. What would you say to someone who has suffered a miscarriage and what hope do they have that their child is saved? 6. How do we love people who exploit our kindness and love for them? Should we do everything for such people out of the commandment to love your neighbour as yourself. If not, how do we respond to their demands. Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton
Jan
18
2021
Episode 622 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why do Christians need the church when our own bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? Didn’t the tearing of the veil signify that God could not be contained by a building? 2. In Matthew 27, it says that other people other than Jesus were raised from the dead. Do we know anything about who these people were or what happened to them? 3. What is the biblical teaching on whether women can be pastors or not? 4. In Nehemiah 3, the entire chapter speaks about small details about the building of the wall. What things should we take away from these types of passages of scripture? 5. What book in the bible would you go to to help deal with division in the church? 6. Should we pray the imprecatory psalms even though Jesus says that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith
Jan
15
2021
Episode 621 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am a family man and a faithful member at my church. However, I have lingering feelings of discontentment in my life. Because of this I then find myself feeling guilty that I am not always fully and completely satisfied with the blessings I have—I want to be grateful and thank the Lord for every good blessing, but it really seems difficult for me. How should I think about contentment and my everyday life? 2. What role does repentance play in our salvation?  3. How do I apply 2 Corinthians 5:21 in my day to day life knowing that I am forgiven but I still sin? How does God view me? 4. I am wondering if Ezekiel’s vision of the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37 is literal or something that is figurative? 5. When Jesus came into Jerusalem and the crowd was cheering and singing “Hosanna in the highest” what exactly did they understand about Jesus when they were singing this? Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Jan
14
2021
Episode 620 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am going through the bible with my 12yo son, and there are strange instances in the bible like the Sons of God in Genesis 6 and the witch of Endor in 1 Samuel that really trip him up when reading scripture. So much so that it is hard for him to focus on the bigger picture of scripture and the important pieces of it that point to Christ. How can I help him from getting too distracted with the minor details of scripture and focus on the bigger and more important parts? 2. Should a Christian hold a job that might hurt other people like working for the military or doing retail knowing that what is being sold comes from sweat shops? 3. Which aspects of the law should we still keep, specifically should we still try to keep the holy day feasts in the bible, or were those fulfilled in Jesus as well? 4. If someone in your family is heterosexual but because of a bad relationship decides to try homosexuality…how is the family to respond..especially when we see each other at holiday get togethers, birthdays, and those types of events. I keep praying for them and would appreciate prayers for this person in my family who is very confused and also has severe depression. Today’s Offer Romans Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources
Jan
13
2021
Episode 619 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am wondering if you have any advice on when and when not to bring up current events or pop culture into your bible teaching? I am a bible teacher and note that some preachers bring up current issues and make pop-culture references non-stop while others never mention these things. Any advice on how to do this well without watering down the biblical message? 2. I remember learning in 6th grade how humans evolved from hominids, so I am wondering how the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible may or may not fit together with findings in human evolutionary biology? 3. I am out of college living at home with my mother and grandmother and they believe that the miraculous sign of tongues is still in use for Christians today. I do not think this is the more accurate biblical view. How do I speak with them about this topic but be respectful about it? I love both my mom and grandmother and do not want to disrespect them. 4. The last few years I have chosen an attribute of God in which to meditate during the year. This year I’m meditating on God’s Providence. Please tell me what the distinction is between God’s Sovereignty and God’s Providence. Today’s Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl
Jan
12
2021
Episode 618 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I know that it has been said on the program before that Christianity isn’t about us living our best life, but does that mean that it does not help us live a better life at all? I know you are trying to avoid teachings like the prosperity gospel, but the book of Proverbs, for instance, seems to tell us how to live better lives in certain ways. Would you still say that Christianity is only about our place in heaven? 2. How do I know the warning passages in Hebrews 6 and 10 are not talking about me? I have been in a bad spiritual place for about a month now and don’t know what to do. How do I know that these are not talking about me? 3. Jude seems like a very strange epistle in the New Testament. What is its significance in the canon, and why do you think it touches on topics of angels and things that Paul and others don’t normally focus on? 4. During the protests against the election results, there were many flags being waved by the protestors with Jesus’s name on them, at one point even a cross was raised outside the capitol building, all while people were pushing themselves through police barricades and breaking into the building. Why do you think the name of Jesus is being invoked in these acts? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
Jan
11
2021
Episode 617 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I was wondering if you could offer some scriptural advice on whether or not believers should watch shows like The Chosen. On the one hand, I think that it’s a faithful representation of the character of Jesus and the disciples. And while it does take creative liberties, I don’t think any of the creative liberties contradicts what Scripture teaches. I think it does well to help us expand our imagination, about the reality that Jesus Christ was God who took on flesh and was man. On the other hand, I’m hesitant to watch something, maybe it’s my theological roots that make me concerned about something that has an image or picture of Jesus. Although I know that a lot of theological traditions do allow for visual portrayals of Jesus because He was a man, whereas, a portrayal of the Father may be transgressing. I’m curious what advice you might offer in such cases. 2. I have just recently graduated from college with a degree in Youth Ministry. I am at home right now and I get to see many friends and acquaintances from high school. Most of them, however, are not Christian. When I am around these people, I find myself being influenced by them and tempted to do and say things that are disobedient to God. I am a person who hates to miss out on things with friends, but I don’t want to be influenced by them and tempted to dishonor God. What should I do? Should I leave my old friends behind and move on? Should I still hang out with them and trust in God to keep me strong so that they may see the light of Christ living within me? 3. What do you all think of New Year’s Resolutions? I have seen some Christians say we should only desire to grow in holiness and not worry about improving our practical life, body image, finances, etc. I am just wondering if these resolutions are things we should avoid or should be encouraged to engage in? 4. I was recently in a church Bible study where the question came up of whether Jesus was tempted TO sin, that is, if he ever desired to give IN to sin, or was simply tempted BY sin, that is he was tempted in all ways—for example experiencing true, physical hunger in the wilderness—but never even considered giving in to the devil’s temptation to turn stones into bread. I hold the latter view, that scripture seems beyond a shadow of doubt that God abhors all sin—that there is nothing “attractive” about sin to him. Do you believe Jesus was ever tempted to give in to sin? Today’s Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Unfolding Word: The Story of the Bible from Creation to New Creation by Zach Keele
Jan
8
2021
Episode 616 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why does Paul say that those who have faith are children of Abraham when Hebrews says Jesus mediates a better covenant than the old one? These seem to me like two opposing attitudes toward the Old Testament. How can I make sense of this? 2. I am a believer, and I’m wondering whether I should have a traditional burial or if I can get cremated when I die? Cremation is much cheaper than a traditional burial,  but I know someday I will be resurrected. Will God be angry at me for taking the cheaper option financially? I don’t have an answer when I pray. 3. Approximately when do you think Christ will return? 4. I accepted Jesus many years ago, but I still sin. How will I make it to heaven when I still sin? What if I am not close enough to God? What if I don’t read my Bible and pray enough? Or have enough good works?  5. Is the Kingdom of God something that exists today, or is it something that we are waiting for in the future? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Future of Everything: Essential Truths About the End Times by William Boekestein Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Jan
7
2021
Episode 615 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. My family and I have begun a year long plan to read through the Bible and we thought it would be encouraging and edifying to reach out to Core Christianity as questions arise in our daily readings and our first question came from Genesis chapter 4, and it's twofold: In verse seven God tells Cain that “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” First, this sounds a lot like works-righteousness. But we know that the first signs of the gospel were delivered to Adam and Eve back in chapter three, could you help us make sense of God's statement here and how it relates to Cain and Abel sacrifices, and then God's plan for salvation? And secondly, the phrase, “its desire is for you, but you must rule over it,” is very similar to what we read God said to Eve in Genesis 3:16, when he says your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you. Is there a connection that we should draw from these similarities, and if so, what is that connection? 2. I have been so confused about the end times Mark of the Beast. I’ve read that it’s a vaccine or a microchip or that it’s not even a literal mark but instead the mark on the forehead is actually representative of a changed mind and the mark on the hands are our actions after we have been saved. Could you please go into detail about what scripture says about this subject. I’ve had plenty of nights where I’ve just been kept awake thinking about this and praying that I won’t be deceived.   3. What are the 5 Solas? 4. I'm thankful that we, as Christians, believe Jesus is the way and the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except by him. But sometimes I get a little upset when I hear there are so many denominations. We have one Holy Spirit. Why can't we agree on all the teachings? Today's Offer How to Read Your Bible Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton
Jan
6
2021
Episode 614 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I recently heard a pastor say that for anybody to speak against him would be speaking against The Father. Is speaking against a pastor speaking against God?  2. I have heard some say that the Apostle Paul was still performing Jewish ceremonies and even sacrifices after his conversion to Christianity. For example, in Acts 21:26, it says that “Then Paul took the men, and the next day he purified himself along with them and went into the temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled and the offering presented for each one of them.” What is your take on this? 3. I just learned in Sunday School class about the illicit sexual conduct that Ravi Zacharias had. I don’t keep up with the daily news so I hadn’t heard any of this.  It hit me in the gut pretty hard. We’ve been studying Romans and specifically have parked on Romas 5:20 that talks about ‘where sin abounds, grace abounds more’.  Last night this played over and over in my mind as I tried to sleep and think about Ravi.  How can someone defend the Gospel so well, as he did, and do the things he did?  Does he qualify as a false teacher now? What do I do with this information? I have so many questions and deep disheartening emotions. Trust is waning. Do I even trust you?  Who do we trust now?  I know we all fall and none of us are without sin.  I know that grace abounds so that forgiveness covers all sin that also abounds.  How does one keep on sinning at the same time they are defending the Gospel? Today’s Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault by Justin Holcomb
Jan
5
2021
Episode 613 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In the Gospel of John it seems like some people “believed” but really didn’t, according to Jesus. How do we understand this, particularly in reference to ourselves or our friends who may “believe” but might not be saved? How can we discern whether someone is in that state, or is that something only Jesus can see? 2. It seems like in every job there is some form of complicity we share with unethical practices, whether it is selling products made in sweatshops or being in politics or the armed forces where, for better or for worse, you have other people’s lives or livelihoods in your hands. Are there some jobs that Christians should avoid entirely, or how should we practice wisdom when choosing our careers? 3. In Genesis 9, why does Noah curse Canaan after he awakens from his drunkenness and not Ham? What is the significance of Noah’s nakedness being uncovered and covered? 4. What do you think the state of the church is right now, is it good or bad? Are we compromising to the culture and world around us? Today’s Offer Gospel of John Bible Study (workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
Jan
4
2021
Episode 612 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Are God's promises conditional on our actions? If we don't forgive others, will he not forgive us? Do I fall out of God's favor every time I sin? 2. Does God control governments, history, and policies in order to fulfill all that he promises to do? 3. Can Christians have the Holy Spirit in the same way the early disciples did at Pentecost?  4. What is the difference between the soul, the spirit, and the flesh, which is like our body? What is the difference between those three, and are the soul and the spirit the same thing? 5. A pastor recently said that there is a difference between knowing that you are a sinner and actually mourning over your sin. God has shown me that I am a sinner, that I cannot make myself good enough for him, and that I need Jesus. But I don't remember mourning my sin, and I feel like I'm mentally torturing myself to see if I am truly saved. What does it mean to mourn your sin? What makes it true mourning? Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Consider joining the Inner Core. Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jan
1
2021
Episode 611 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. What do you say to people who claim that Christian doctrines like the trinity and the miracles in the bible are merely myths and fairytales? I believe and trust in Jesus, but when I start to spell out the things Christians believe it does honestly sound strange sometimes. Curious to hear your thoughts. 2. What's the difference in bible translations? The one I use is a Roman Catholic bible which contains additional books not found in other Bibles, but even so, isn't the word of God going to be mirrored in each and every Bible? Therefore, whether I read my Bible or the Gideon Bible at a hotel room, won't the same message get across? Or is it sometimes different per Bible? 3. People are telling me that "All you have to do is believe," but even the demons believed but did not follow him. In my opinion believing does not give total salvation because of that. I would like to hear your thoughts on that. 4. My son is 5 years old and recently acted out against his siblings and hurt them. While he reconciled with them and my wife and I forgave him, he is still struggling with guilt. At such a young age, how should we encourage our kids, especially when they fail? Today's Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God by Timothy Ward
Dec
31
2020
Episode 610 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. I have heard a pastor say that he has never once had someone come to him and repent of being greedy, even though Jesus talks about greed more than any other sin. My question is then, has anyone ever confessed to you that they struggle with greed, and if not, what do you think about this? 2. In Mark 13:30, Jesus says, "Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place." How do we correctly interpret this passage? It seems to say all of those things have already happened since that "generation" has already passed away. Or, who is this "generation" referring to? 3. Please explain what Jeremiah 48:10 means, "Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed" This is very confusing to me—why do the books of the prophets often speak in these dark and confusing ways? 4. What is the word of God, Jesus, the spirit behind the word, the bible itself? And do pastors quote the bible, and instead of saying, "God says this," they say, "Paul says this," etc. Today's Offer How to Read Your Bible Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Introducing Covenant Theology by Michael Horton
Dec
30
2020
Episode 609 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. I am naturally interested in studying the bible and theological books. I also have a young family and while my wife is not uninterested in these things, I also know it would not be ideal for us as a family to read and discuss the types of things I am naturally drawn to, theologically speaking. I think it would be too much for them and unhelpful. What are ways that I can better help my family learn about the faith together? 2. Does Jesus serve only as the intermediary between us and the Father, or can we also pray to Jesus as well as the Father? 3. Recently I had a mini debate with some followers and disciples of a very intense charismatic leader. In our conversation they used Acts 2:17-18 as their self-defense on personal revelation or dreams. What do you think would be a good response to these interpretations? 4. Does everyone that goes to hell suffer equally? It would seem reasonable to think that someone like Hitler would suffer more than an ethical, moral person who perhaps had never been exposed to the Word or perhaps kept putting off a decision or was led into a less than real salvation experience. Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
Dec
29
2020
Episode 608 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. How do you appeal to a person who claims to be a Christian without being part of a local church; without taking the sacraments, and sitting under the regular preaching of the Word of God? 2. I want to ask a question. How do I get to know more about the word of God? 3. What was the blessing that Abraham would be to all the nations from Genesis 12:1-3? 4. Is it possible to be saved and not know it? I am aware of the verse that says the Spirit of God testifies with our spirit that we are the sons and heirs of Jesus Christ, but I am wondering if it is also possible to not know that you are saved? 5. I’m liking distributing gospel tracts as good work for the Kingdom of God. My parents, who are unbelievers, are frustrated with me because of it. My mom told me to stop distributing and printing as long as I’m under their roof. Should I obey? I need advice. Today's Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J. I. Packer Honest Evangelism by Rico Tice
Dec
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2020
Episode 607 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. When I remember bible verses, can I trust that that is God’s voice talking to me? Is that what the bible refers to as the “still small voice”? 2. Who made God? 3. After reading a parable that Jesus told in Luke 19:11-27, I found myself a little confused about what it means. What is Jesus wanting us to understand here? 4. I don’t know if you saw that movie Batman v. Superman that came out a few years ago, but in that movie, the villain, Lex Luthor, makes a comment about God. He says that God allows evil because he either doesn’t care, or is not powerful enough to stop it. I know this is a movie but this seems like a good point, especially when you think of senseless suffering, like with children dying. How would you answer Lex Luthor’s question? Today's Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton
Dec
26
2020
Episode 606 | In this special episode of Core Christianity, Adriel Sanchez speaks to President and CEO, Mark Green, regarding highlights from 2020 and an exciting announcement for the future of Core Christianity. READ AND SHARE OUR PRESS RELEASE HERE! CoreChristianity.com Show Notes   1. How has Core Christianity grown in 2020? 2.  What were Core Christianity's Top 3 listened to shows of the year? 3. What new resources is Core Christianity working on for our listeners? 4. What big changes are happening at Core Christianity in 2021? Today's Offer Partner with Core Christianity through a donation of any amount! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Dec
25
2020
Episode 605 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. Who were the Three Magi or Wisemen that came to see Jesus when he was born? They don’t seem to be referenced again in scripture. Is their involvement in the story important or is it random? 2.  Can you explain what Matthew 11:11-15 means? 3. When it comes to salvation, do we respond to God or does God respond to us when we choose him? 4. A family member who is not a Christian asked me what Christians have against reincarnation since we believe that God was incarnate as Jesus. I couldn’t really answer him. Does the incarnation mean that reincarnation is a possibility for humans? Today's Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Child in a Manger: The True Meaning of Christmas by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Dec
24
2020
Episode 604 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. My wife and I were at a baptismal service recently where the pastor said that when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist all of the sins of the world were placed on him at that time and he then carried them with him until he went to the cross. We believe this is incorrect and that the sins of his people were placed on him at the cross and not at his baptism. What do you think? 2.  I have a 5 year old grandson who is very smart. I started reading Bible stories to him but when he sees Adam he asks, “is this God?” or Noah, he asks, “is this God?” Any male he associates with God. How can I explain an abstract concept as He cannot touch or see I am stumped can you help me? 3. I have heard for the first time folks say that St. Nicholas was a real historical figure who fought against heretics in the ancient Christian church. Does this give us reason to celebrate the Santa Clause folklore during Christmas? I am not sure how the myth and this figure are related in the first place. 4. I want to ask about the Spirit’s voice as it relates not quite to prophesy, but when people “hear the voice of the Lord” when they pray, read the bible, or when they are at church, etc. Oftentimes this will happen and folks will feel inspired to say something to someone to encourage them and they will interpret that as the voice of the Spirit, prodding them to do so. This does not quite fit with “prophesy,” and people who claim to feel this voice of the Lord wouldn’t claim this to be prophesy, and I am not aware of anything in scripture that contradicts this notion. Am I just too stubborn with my cessationist opinions? Today's Offer How to Read Your Bible Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Child in a Manger: The True Meaning of Christmas by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Dec
23
2020
Episode 603 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. I want to be a Christian, but I am not sure how. Can you please help me? 2. Could you explain Mark 2:21-22 for me please? 3. I know in my head that God is good and uses things for His Glory, but both myself and my daughter have learning disabilities that make life very difficult. Why would God allow that and how can it possibly be used for His Glory? Thank you. 4. In Hosea 11:1, where it says, “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son,” is it referring to Jesus or Israel? I have heard pastors argue for both interpretations. It seems that if all of these Old Testament texts were only about Jesus than the Israelites in the Old Testament would not have actually known what they were about. What do you think?   Today's Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Child in a Manger: The True Meaning of Christmas by Sinclair B. Ferguson  
Dec
22
2020
Episode 601 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. Fear is very real these days and how do we as Christians, believers in Christ, keep our faith in these uncertain times. How can we connect our faith to very real and palpable fear that we feel in the world around us? 2. What is the "gospel of the kingdom" that Jesus preached in Matthew 4:23? It sounds as if it is something different from the common use of the phrase "the gospel" or "the gospel of Jesus Christ" as it is used today. 3. I am scared to death that I have committed the unforgivable sin. I heard one explanation of this saying that the unforgivable sin is simply denying Christ and then I heard that it is saying the same things that the religious leaders said about Jesus. Can you help clarify this for me? 4. I love and appreciate Core Christianity, thank you both for all that you do. My question is: Is it true that Christmas is rooted in a pagan holiday? And if we want to celebrate the incarnation, then why does our celebration often look like the world's celebration of Christmas? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Child in a Manger: The True Meaning of Christmas by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Dec
21
2020
Episode 601 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. I have a family member who will not forgive someone. Does unforgiveness affect their salvation in any way? 2. What does "according to his works" mean in Romans 2? Is Paul contradicting himself when he talks about salvation being rendered "according to works"? 3. What do I say to my pastor who only preaches about holy living and not the gospel? 4. Can churches that recite creeds and sing hymns be attractive to the younger generation? Today's Offer How to Read Your Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Dec
18
2020
Episode 600 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. Why are the four beasts in Daniel’s dream different than what is explained in Revelation? 2. Since God is all-knowing, and since He also sent His Son for us, for whom or for what, precisely, is Jesus interceding? 3. If I had spiritual mentors who led me the wrong way, and told me to do things that were wrong, did I sin too? At the time I was very naive, and still am because I have Asperger Syndrome. But now I know it was wrong, and I wonder about verses like Mark 9:42 and Leviticus 5:17. 4. If the purpose of the cross was to redeem man and forgive sins, why do we see Jesus in the gospels forgiving people’s sins? Why did Jesus need to go to the cross at all if he could forgive sins on earth? 5. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins and was raised from the dead. My life is full of testimony, but I struggle with whether or not I have been made new. I do not have an awe-inspiring origin story of when I initially gave my life to Christ. I started to volunteer with youth, and I want to be positive and careful with what light I can shine. Today's Offer How to Read Your Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
Dec
17
2020
Episode 599 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes
Dec
16
2020
Episode 598 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. How do I deal with a Christian friend who has fallen for a lot of false teaching and is absolutely not teachable and gets offended if I don't agree with them? 2. If God will blot out our sins, why do we have to give an account for every word that we speak? 3. What is the biblical distinction between the spirit and the soul? What role do the heart and mind play in this relationship or distinction? 4. My daughter told me about a lecture she heard in her college class where the professor said that God the Father in Christianity functions as a way to maintain patriarchalist structures in society, which causes harm to women. My daughter doesn?t seem convinced by her professor?s analysis, but I am wondering if there is a way to encourage her and affirm that God being a good Father doesn?t have to mean what the professor seems to be saying. Today's Offer Child in a Manger by Sinclair Ferguson Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Dec
15
2020
Episode 597 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. I grew up in a church that would go into a lot of details about the book of Revelation trying to discern if we were living in the last days and what it all meant, but in all those years I never understood the point or the big picture of what the book is about. What is the main thing I should get from reading the book? 2. What role do good works play in a Christian's life as it relates to the final judgment? 3. Does God sometimes leave us to struggle in our own sin? I've struggled with a certain sin for a long time, and I have prayed countless times that God lead me from the temptation and that the sin wouldn't have the hold on me that it has, and I still feel the same. I feel almost as if God is purposely having me struggle through it. Can you give me any advice? 4. If we find ourselves breaking the 10 Commandments, does that mean we need to try harder to put our trust in Christ and simply repent more often? Today's Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Triumph of The Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis Johnson
Dec
14
2020
Episode 596 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. When Jesus said from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” were those people forgiven, did Jesus die for their sins? Should we assume that all of the people in the crowd were eventually saved because Jesus forgave their sins? 2. Between the time of Jesus' death and his resurrection, Jesus spoke with “those in prison.” Who would they be, and what would have been the result of that? 3. I'm really confused about discipleship. What is it, and what does it look like practically? 4. When, if ever, is it okay to lie?   Today's Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dec
11
2020
Episode 595 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes 1. I am wondering how Christians use the idea of "faith" to justify their beliefs. It seems that many other views and religions also tell their followers to just have "faith" to believe in their teachings. Is there anything else Christians can do to talk about their beliefs other than appealing to slogans like, "you just gotta have faith"? 2. What do you think if Judas Iscariot, after returning the 30 pieces of silver and committing suicide, did Jesus die for his sins? Was he forgiven and taken to Heaven? God uses Judah's sin to play a huge and important, although unfortunate role, in our saving through the blood of Christ. Judas even regrets his actions. Does God save him? Does Jesus forgive him?  3. Someone told me that repentance is no longer required for Christians because to repent we must look back to the law to find out what we are even repenting of and since the law is fulfilled that this is no longer necessary. What do you think? 4. I am in a discussion with a person who has bought into Theological Liberalism: What's the ultimate, most concise resource for comprehensively addressing these issues? I love this person, and I long to see them come to rest in Christ. Today's Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen
Dec
10
2020
Episode 594 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. Why did God choose Jacob over Esau or David over Saul when they were all moral screw-ups? 2. I heard your answer to Jade about there not being any shame at the judgment seat of Christ for believers. I was wondering, what does that mean, then, for our works to be tested, and what we build on Christ will last, but what we build of hay will be burned and our souls will be saved but only as through fire? What does that mean that there is no pain at the judgment of believers before we reign with Christ? 3. What do Paul and Jesus mean when they say that the bread and wine are Christ’s body and blood? Is this metaphorical? 4. Why are the 10 commandments all about telling us what we shouldn’t do? Doesn’t this focus our attention on negative traits instead of what we should be doing for one another and for God? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton How We’ve Misunderstood “Do This in Remembrance of Me” by Adriel Sanchez
Dec
9
2020
Episode 593 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. My parents have recently converted to the Russian Orthodox church and they say that every other denomination has apostatized. I am not sure if I should believe them or if I should believe what everyone else seems to say. Can you help? 2. What does the bible mean when it talks about the anti-Christ. Is it a spirit or a person?   3. Ananias and Sapphira got the "death penalty" from God, but Moses, David, Paul, and others who seem to have actually murdered did not get this judgment. Why is that? 4. Do exorcisms still happen today? I have heard that certain miraculous things have ceased to take place after the ministry of Jesus and the apostles. Are exorcisms included in those things that have ceased?  Today's Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption by Dennis Johnson
Dec
8
2020
Episode 592 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes 1. In First Peter, it says, "For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does." As far as I understand, there is no opportunity for salvation once people have died, but in the passage above, what does it mean that the "gospel was preached to those who are even dead"? 2. Do you think it is right for the church to pay pastors? Wouldn’t it be better for pastors to earn their living at a job rather than asking other people to support them? Isn’t this just using God’s name to guilt people and take advantage of them?  3. Why do some Bibles have more books in them than other ones? Who decided that those other books, the Apocrypha, shouldn’t be in some Bibles? 4. What makes the prosperity gospel so bad? Why wouldn’t I want God’s blessings in my life? 5. I was driving to Las Vegas and saw a couple of billboards that said, "Jesus saves, repent, the end is coming," etc. Is this really an effective way to share our faith? Today's Offer 9 Things You Should Know About Depression Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Honest Evangelism by Rico Tice
Dec
7
2020
Episode 591 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier, with special guests, Keith and Kristyn Getty, answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. The two of you have been writing hymns and songs for worship for many years now. In fact, we sing many of those hymns in the congregation that I pastor each Sunday. n light of all of that, what inspired you to write an album of hymns and lullabies for children? 2. Are we supposed to lift our hands up as we sing praises or is that a preference?  3. Is worship exclusively about music? I know that the bible says that we should glorify God with all of our lives. Is there a difference between worshipping on Sunday and worshipping God throughout the week in our daily lives? 4.  Many parents struggle with sharing resources with their kids that help build up their faith. Some resources, on the one hand, can feel cheesy, and on the other, might feel too uptight. I know you and Keith have children, how have you both cultivated an appreciation of worship in their lives? 5. Does worship music in church foster appreciation for diverse cultures, and should a church incorporate different worship music styles to attract diversity in members? Today's Offer Evensong: Hymns and Lullabies at the Close of Day(the new album by Keith & Kristyn Getty) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Dec
4
2020
Episode 590 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Is it okay for a Christian to get a plastic surgery?  2. I’ve always been told that Jesus was God, but some Jehovah’s witnesses showed me Philippians 2 where it says that Jesus didn’t consider himself equal to God. Now I am doubting. How do I make sense of this passage? 3. If God’s love is unconditional, why does he get so angry with Israel that he judges them by sending them into exile? 4.  I keep hearing competing ideas about sanctification. One side says it is just like justification: by grace alone through faith alone. The other side says we need to pursue it, and even though it ultimately depends on the Spirit, we still contribute something to the process. But if I contribute something, isn’t this salvation by works? But if I don’t need to pursue holiness, it sounds like it is optional. Can you help me sort this out? Can we pursue sanctification in a way that isn’t trying to earn it by works? 5. In Numbers 21, God sends down the fiery serpents to bite the complaining Israelites. As I was reading, I thought to myself, does God get frustrated? Is frustration a sin? There is no sin in God and neither does He sin, I understand this, but how would one properly explain these passages in regard to His holiness? I see that Jesus uses this story in regards to looking to Him for salvation. Is this the reason this incident took place, just so Jesus would use it during His earthly ministry? Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Dec
3
2020
Episode 589 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am concerned about my repentance and whether it is genuine repentance. I have attended church all my life, but only truly understood the gospel and received Christ last year. I know I should hate sin, but there are many instances when I find myself loving the sin that I struggle with. Often, I just instinctively run to my sin, especially the ones I have been committing most of my life. Sometimes I also wonder to myself, “If I am truly born again, would I be committing so much sin?”  2. I’m reading through the Bible this year and right now in the Books of the Chronicles and am once again struck with all the names that are recorded. Knowing that all Scripture is God-breathed and edifying,  what can I can take away from these lists of names as I read them? 3. Just how important is baptism? Must it be done immediately after repentance? Do I have to be baptized in order to be saved?  4. If repentance is necessary for Christians, and repentance means to turn from sin, then does that make repentance a work that is necessary for our salvation? If so, how does this agree with the claim that we are saved by free grace through the body and blood of Christ? How do we know if we are truly repentant if we continue to commit the same sins?   Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional – Jesus Christ: The Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources True vs. False Repentance: What’s the Difference?      
Dec
2
2020
Episode 588 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If Jesus had limited knowledge due to his human nature, does he now have full omniscience being seated at the right hand of the Father? 2. Why is David allowed to eat the Bread of Presence in 1 Samuel 21? Leviticus 24 sounds pretty straight forward that only the priests and their family could eat the bread. I understand that Jesus makes reference to this event in Luke 6 in order to show the Pharisees that they were incorrect about how to interpret the Law, and that he, being God, knew and applied the proper interpretation of the Law. Still, I don’t understand why David was allowed to eat the bread in the first place. 3. Can you follow a false prophet into the kingdom of God? 4. If we are born in sin, how could Jesus not be a sinner in that he was born to a sinner? 5. I hear the word love used so many different times, and it seems like everyone has a different interpretation. How can it be interpreted so many different ways? Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional – Jesus Christ: The Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Knowing God by J. I. Packer God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies by Costi Hinn Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton
Dec
1
2020
Episode 587 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Sometimes I feel like the most inspirational verses in the Bible actually leave me feeling hopeless. Like 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I’m not always happy, I don’t always pray, and I often forget to be thankful. If this is God’s will for me, why do I have such a hard time living it out? 2. I heard a TV pastor talk about the bible verse, “God is no respecter of persons.” He went on to say that this meant that God does not respect people, only Jesus. Is this correct? I know God loves people, perhaps everyone, but does he respect them? 3. I know the Bible talks about Scripture being God-breathed, but who was the first person that started writing the Bible, and how has everything been compiled into one book? 4.  How can I reach out, on a spiritual level, to a friend and fellow Christian who has fallen away to drugs and alcohol and has seemingly lost his love for the Lord?  Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller
Nov
30
2020
Episode 586 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I recently was reading to my children a new children’s book about the bible and the book described sin as loving things more than God. It warned the kids that if they love anything too much, like their parents and friends, then this is the definition of sin. Is that the entirety of what sin is? I understand that we need to love God supremely; however, I don’t necessarily want my children insecure or afraid if they love me or their father too much. Is there a better way to talk to the kids about sin or is this how we really should talk to them?  2. I have always struggled with my faith. I have been through a lot of rough experiences, from being in prison, to drug addiction, to seeing family members die, and I have earnestly and sincerely asked God to speak to me during these situations, lots of other people believe God speaks to them, but I have never ever heard God speak to me. Not once. Does he speak to anybody today? 3. In Matthew 1:18 it says before Joseph and Mary came together she was found to be pregnant and verse 19 says that because Joseph “resolved to divorce her quietly.” And then right after that in verse 20 it says “don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife.” My question is, was Mary and Joseph married before she was pregnant or after she became pregnant? 4.  I’m having trouble knowing how to feel unified with the body when there is so much bad theology out there. I spent my childhood in a charismatic, prosperity gospel church and it has made me very sensitive to those things. I now feel that teaching should be exegetical and Christ focused, but it seems to be very hard to find people who agree with me. I see churches taking a topical approach to scripture that often avoids the subject of sin and feels more like a self help guide. I’ve been told I’m being too skeptical. I know that many of my friends believe the gospel so I consider them my brother or sister in Christ, but it’s hard for me to feel unified when our beliefs and focal points are so far apart. How can I keep from being too critical of immaturity or a difference of beliefs, while staying sensitive to false teaching? Today’s Offer Christ Devotional: Jesus Christ – Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton
Nov
27
2020
Episode 585 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Are God’s promises conditional on our actions? If we don’t forgive others, will he not forgive us? 2. Does God control governments, history, and policies in order to fulfill all that he promises to do? 3. Can Christians have the Holy Spirit in the same way the early disciples did at Pentecost? 4. What is the difference between the soul, the spirit, and the flesh? Which is like our body? What is the difference between those three, and are the soul and the spirit the same thing? 5. A pastor recently said that there is a difference between knowing that you are a sinner and actually mourning over your sin. God has shown me that I am a sinner, that I cannot make myself good enough for him, and that I need Jesus. But I don’t remember mourning my sin, and I feel like I’m mentally torturing myself to see if I am truly saved. What does it mean to mourn your sin? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton
Nov
26
2020
Episode 584 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have a couple of friends who say that Jesus has come to them and spoken to them in their dreams. Most recently, they said that Jesus came to them and said UFO’s were real. I kind of cringe any time I hear that. I wanted to know, what are your thoughts on Jesus coming to people in their dreams? 2. As an introvert, I’ve actually enjoyed being at home more these days. I actually worry about when life goes back to normal because I don’t want to lose the joy and contentment I’ve been experiencing. Is this wrong? 3. Is thinking about our Triune God as an egg Modalism? The egg, egg white, and shell are three separate things but still one egg, like how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three separate things but all God. Is this a valid way of thinking or not? 4.  I asked Jesus Christ to be my savior a while back, but I can’t stop drinking, smoking, and cussing. I’ve tried everything. What can I do? Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional – Jesus Christ: The Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources How Does God Talk To Us? What Is the Trinity? The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story by Kelly M. Kapic Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Nov
25
2020
Episode 583 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have a cousin and aunt and they said that the Catholic church was started by Jesus through the apostles, and I said that that was the catholic “universal,” but they disagreed and said that church was the Roman Catholic church. So why do Catholics believe that they are the only true church and how can I answer this claim from the scriptures? 2. What does it mean to be a child of God? Are all people children of God including non-believers? Or Is it our relationship with Jesus, the son of the Living God, that determines this? Thank you and I listen every day! 3. I’m in a small group that seems to be growing more divided recently. I am in the susceptible demographic for the Coronavirus because of my age. Our small group used to Zoom but now have moved to in-person meetings, but the hosts of our small group seem put out by having to have precautions in place for me and another member who is a diabetic. At our last study, a good portion of our time had segued into allegations surrounding the election. I have quoted from Romans and 1 Peter to respect our authorities but since there is a divide between federal and state authorities, which one should be followed? How can these divisions be worked out? We are quite entrenched in our views about the virus it seems. I feel compelled to leave the group seeing how divisive things are getting. I want to just go back to studying God’s word but I can’t ignore that it has its application to our current divide. 4.  If evangelism is so important, why aren’t many churches preparing their community for evangelism? Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional – Jesus Christ: The Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Bill’s Good News Story A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton
Nov
24
2020
Episode 582 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In Hebrews, where it says those have tasted the things of the Lord were not saved, what does that mean? I backslid and got caught up with alcoholism but the Lord brought me back and was curious if I lost faith and regained it, or if I always had it and the Lord just called me back? 2. How do we obey God if we don’t know the whole Bible? Wouldn’t we have to memorize every command to truly be obedient? 3. Matthew 7:21 says that “not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven. What does this mean? It sounds somewhat scary to me that not even saying “Lord, Lord” will allow us to enter the kingdom. 4. Is the Bible appropriate for children? Are all passages of the Bible appropriate for children? Or are some inappropriate? If there are some inappropriate passages, how can parents know which passages are appropriate to read to their children and which passages are not? Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional – Jesus Christ: The Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 Ways to Know that You are Really a Christian
Nov
23
2020
Episode 581 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Are there discrepancies and contradictions in the bible? 2. In John 1, it says that Jesus is the Word, and I accept that, however, could you please elaborate on Jesus being the Word? 3. Is it possible to know what sins are unless we have a list of rules to to go off of, or is that why we have the 10 Commandments? 4.  What does it mean to count the cost of being a disciple? Today’s Offer 8 Things Everyone Should Know About Church Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Nov
19
2020
Episode 579 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Can you please give me some scripture references on if someone can or cannot lose their salvation? 2. In 1 Corinthians 8, it talks about the “strong” and the “weak” as groups within the church in Corinth. These groups had differences of opinion over various issues, but Paul specifically encouraged “the strong” group to put the needs of the “weak” above their own. My question is then: why is it so difficult for us to do this? Why can we in the church be so preoccupied with our group’s views on various issues that we forget to love those around us? 3.  I have a friend who doesn’t believe in the “universal Church” because the word “ekklesia” means “the gathered ones” and therefore she states that the Church is only a local body. What we call the universal Church, she calls the family of God. Where can I turn to show her that the “family of God” can be called the universal Church? 4. I am wondering what you think about there being similarities between 1 Kings 1, where Adonijah is replacing David as king, and today’s political climate. Is there a parallel? Today’s Offer Romans Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Nov
18
2020
Episode 578 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. When can I be a witness for Jesus and evangelize, do I have to wait until the Spirit descends on me and anoints me? 2. What does the Bible say about fasting? Is it just about giving up food for awhile to draw closer to God? Is it something we can do to unlock some form of holy power like the apostles did in the New Testament? I hear about it on Instagram a good bit but I just don’t fully understand it. 3. Me and my friend were talking about if miraculous signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts have ceased. He said “there’s no way a person can read through the entire New Testament and come to that conclusion.” So, is there a way? 4. I have become more conscious of trying not to shame and alienate others for their faults, especially in this contentious year, but I have gotten pushback by others saying that no matter how kind I am my belief that we are all inherently sinners means that I am teaching others to hate themselves, especially those who have experienced abuse or trauma who already struggle with self-hatred and feeling ashamed. How can I answer these responses and tell people that even though they are sinners that God loves them? Today’s Offer Is God Great and Good? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb
Nov
17
2020
Episode 577 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What do you do when the truths of the gospel and the bible and everything we believe as Christians sometimes just do not feel real? What do you do when the experiences of your life seem more random than guided by a loving God? 2. In another episode you mentioned that one must believe to be saved. While I believe that this is right, the Bible also says that we need to be born again. Can you elaborate on how salvation is God’s work in us while we are also required to believe? 3. My atheist father asked me the question the other night, “if God exist, then who created God?” I didn’t know how to answer him. How would you answer this? 4. I saw in the news that a famous pastor was recently fired for committing adultery. I then wondered if pastors should be allowed to come back and pastor a church again after committing adultery? I know that Christians sin and fail, sometimes in horrific ways, but should they lead in the same capacity that they once did? Today’s Offer Join the Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray
Nov
16
2020
Episode 576 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Do you know of any helpful ways to bring up faith in a conversation that is not awkward or abrupt, or should we always try to evangelize even if it makes regular conversation awkward? 2. How do you pray “in the spirit”? I always thought prayer was good enough, but I am realizing praying “in the spirit” is something totally different. 3. Is the story of Jonah and the Whale historically true, or was it a myth that was handed down through the generations? 4. As Christians, how should we respond if the second amendment, the right to bear arms, were ever to be removed? From a biblical perspective of “live by the sword die by the sword,” is there still a biblical mandate that implies the right to protect yourself and your brothers in such a scenario? Today’s Offer 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep the Faith Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton
Nov
13
2020
Episode 575 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In the Gospel of John it seems like some people “believed” but really didn’t, according to Jesus. How do we understand this, particularly in reference to ourselves or our friends who may “believe” but might not be saved? How can we discern whether someone is in that state, or is that something only Jesus can see? 2. It seems like in every job there is some form of complicity we share with unethical practices, whether it is selling products made in sweatshops or being in politics or the armed forces where, for better or for worse, you have other people’s lives or livelihoods in your hands. Are there some jobs that Christians should avoid entirely, or how should we practice wisdom when choosing our careers? 3. In Genesis 9, why does Noah curse Canaan after he awakens from his drunkenness and not Ham? What is the significance of Noah’s nakedness being uncovered and covered? 4. What do you think the state of the church is right now, is it good or bad? Are we compromising to the culture and world around us? Today’s Offer Gospel of John Bible Study (workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
Nov
12
2020
Episode 574 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. A friend of mine recently suggested that my wife and I stop seeing a family therapist that we have been meeting with and instead only receive biblical counseling since it is based on scripture instead of other things. We have found meeting with this therapist really helpful, but are willing to meeting counselors in the church as well, but I am unsure if we had to choose between one or the other. 2. How could Elijah and Enoch ascend into heaven when atonement had not been made yet? 3. What is the difference between begotten and “not made” when referring to Jesus? 4.  What is it that makes a Christian cult a cult? Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Nov
11
2020
Episode 573 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have heard that in prayer we can be totally honest with God, even cry and yell and demand for help when we need it. I recently have seen videos of prosperity preachers screaming in prayer and demanding things of God that seem strange. So how should we model ourselves in prayer? 2. What does Hebrews 12 mean when it says that “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses”? Who are these witnesses, angels, believers who have died, or something else? 3. Philippians 2:4 says that I should put the needs of others ahead of my own. Matthew 5:40 says that if someone asks me for my shirt, I should give them my coat also. So, if someone approaches me with a need and I have the resources to help I almost always help them. I do, however, have Christian friends who criticize me because they think I’m letting other people take advantage of me. Are they right? 4.  Since Muslims actually admit that Jesus is an anointed messenger and messiah, and in light of Matt. 10:32, where Jesus says that, “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven,” do Christians do well to condemn Muslims just because they do not confess the Christ of the creeds?   Resources The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story by Kelly M. Kapic Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Nov
10
2020
Episode 572 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What can pastors and the church do to help people live through various aspects in life that are not addressed in the Bible without binding their consciences? 2. Does Revelation 3:5 teach that we are once saved, always saved? 3. The bible seems to say that we have eternal souls. But we clearly did not have the bodies we have until we were born. So, where were our souls before we were born? 4.   What is the motivation to live godly when we suffer the same persecution as non-believers? Why does God allow suffering for believers?   Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Triumph of The Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis Johnson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Nov
9
2020
Episode 571 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have noticed that over the last few years a number of Christian worship leaders and artists have renounced the Christian religion and say that they have “de-converted” or “deconstructed” their faith. In light of this, what do you think of singing artist’s songs who have since left the faith? 2. What does the word “elect” mean in scripture? 3. For 30 years I struggled with pornography and alcohol addiction. I know that the Bible says to love your enemies, but I have a hard time loving the people that manufacture these two things that destroy lives every day. How do I handle this if I am to love and forgive them for what they are doing? 4.  I really want to be conformed to the image of Christ, and I know it’s only by the power of God that this happens, but I understand that I also have a responsibility as well, but when does law-keeping cross over to legalism?   Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Nov
6
2020
Episode 570 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In the news cycle and on social media, misinformation is often a topic of discussion. What do you think are some of the most misunderstood or misinformed ideas about Christianity? 2. It is my understanding that Enoch and Elijah were taken directly to heaven without experiencing physical death. If so, do they now have glorified and resurrected bodies, and did Elijah appear to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration in a glorified body? 3. What is the point of praying for things if God already knows what the outcome for everything is going to be?  4. Why did God choose to reveal himself in big and fantastic ways in the Old Testament (e.g., the burning bush, the parting of the Red Sea, etc.), but today he does not reveal himself in those ways?   Resources The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Nov
5
2020
Episode 569 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do I know without a doubt that a choice I am making is God’s choice for me? It really feels like I am talking and listening to a wall 99% of the time. 2. I believe in the Trinity and in Jesus Christ, but what confuses me is that the Bible also says that “no one knows the day or hour” of Jesus’s return except for the Father. If Jesus is God, wouldn’t he know? 3. Does the bible say anything about the mistreatment of wild or domestic animals? I see so much of that going on today and was wondering if the bible addresses this. 4. I recently have become visually impaired. I have also heard that Jesus’s miracle of giving sight to the blind man was only symbolic of giving the man understanding to the gospel. What do you think?   Resources The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything by Fred Sanders Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.      
Nov
4
2020
Episode 568 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What is the ministry of reconciliation in 2 Corinthians 5? Is it a specific kind of ministry or is it more broad than that? 2. I am an athlete and I am getting older in age and am wondering if the bible has anything to say about hormone therapy or other forms of supplementation? 3. When Jesus is tempted by Satan in the desert, his answers to Satan’s questions do not really seem like answers. Could you explain what Jesus’s answers mean? 4. I was wondering about why it’s so hard to live the Christian life? It is one thing when you first really submit your life to God, you’re walking with the Lord, and you’re seriously loving Him for the first time, but then you begin to feel mentally attacked and you feel discouraged. How do we live through those attacks? It’s hard to live like that. When you want to try to do what’s right– and I’m doing what’s right, I stay in the Word– but the discouragement keeps coming. How do you keep going?
Nov
3
2020
Episode 567 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. As a pastor during COVID and an election year, what are some of the biggest challenges facing the church right now? How are you facing these challenges? 2. In Ephesians 2:8, is it grace or faith that has been gifted by God? 3. Is there any truth in the idea that “the ends justify the means”? If so, does it every apply to the Christian life? 4. Based off of Israel invading Canaan, were the colonists justified to conquer the natives in the Americas? 5. If you are without transportation, is it acceptable to baptize oneself?   Resources The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It by Jamin Goggin Introducing Covenant Theology by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.      
Nov
2
2020
Episode 566 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Should pastors preach on current events more? I have seen some pastors not mention current events in their sermons and others seemingly construct their sermons around what is happening in the news. What are your thoughts? 2. The parable of the unjust steward in Luke 16 is difficult for me to understand. Is God applauding the unfaithful servant’s shrewdness? 3. How can Christians sometimes be so unkind? 4. I know that God is sovereign, and in light of the upcoming election I know that he will not be surprised by who wins. My question is about if God really chooses who is going to win. Daniel 2:21 says that, “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” It seems here that God appoints rulers over nations, but was this specific to the kings of the nations only during the time of the Old Testament, or does this verse apply to the world and its rulers today? 5. Is Allah just another name for God?   Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
30
2020
Episode 565 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. There is a church in our town that has an alternative event for kids to attend instead of trick-or-treating. What do you think about these types of alternative events? 2. Is it ok for Christians to eat pork now, or is it something we should still refrain from like in the Old Testament? 3. What does the word “repent” really mean? Does it mean to ‘stop sinning,’ or does it mean, ‘a change of mind leading to a changed life’? 4. Are the Sons of God in Genesis 6 angels? In the Gospel of Matthew it seems to indicate that angels cannot participate in things like marriage and sex. I do not put too much thought or stock into this, but I am wondering what you all think about this view of angels being the “Sons of God” in Genesis 6.   Resources True vs. False Repentance: What’s The Difference? by Adriel Sanchez Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
29
2020
Episode 564 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In Deuteronomy 29, when it says that Israel served and worshiped “gods whom they had not known and whom he had not allotted to them,” does this suggest that there are other spiritual beings that are lower gods? 2. Should we repeatedly ask for the same things in prayer? 3. Does God ever say thank you in response to us when we are obedient to walk in good works, or is God too awesome and important to say ‘thank you’ to his servants? 4. In 1 Samuel 28, Saul has a strange encounter with the “Witch of Endor.” From my understanding, Saul consults this woman to summon the spirit of prophet Samuel in order to receive advice against the Philistines in battle. Does this sequence prove that there are ghosts or spirits of dead people that can actually be summoned?   Resources 9 FAQS About Angels and Demons Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
28
2020
Episode 563 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. When did the Catholic teaching of purgatory come into existence? 2. When Paul talks about “principalities and powers” in Ephesians 6, is he only referring to spiritual warfare, or is he also referring to worldly forces of power? 3. Lately people have been saying that the word “homosexual” was never in the bible and was translated to pedophile but was later changed. Meaning that being gay isn’t a sin and the bible was actually talking about pedophelia the entire time. How would you address this argument? 4. When the Bible says that a deacon/pastor can only be the husband of one wife, does that mean he cannot be divorced and remarried or does that mean he should only have one wife at a time?   Resources 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality by Michael Horton On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts by James K. A. Smith Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
27
2020
Episode 562 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. My parents have recently converted to the Russian Orthodox church and they say that every other denomination has apostatized. I am not sure if I should believe them or if I should believe what everyone else seems to say. Can you help? 2. What does the bible mean when it talks about the anti-Christ. Is it a spirit or a person? 3. Ananias and Sapphira got the “death penality” from God, but Moses, David, Paul, and others who seem to have actually murdered did not get this judgment. Why is that? 4. Do exorcisms still happen today? I have heard that certain miraculous things have ceased to take place after the ministry of Jesus and the apostles. Are exorcisms included in those things that have ceased?   Resources The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton Can Christians Celebrate Halloween? by Adriel Sanchez Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
26
2020
Episode 561 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I’m relatively new in my serious walk with Christ and I’m working on figuring out this new belief system. With that said, I’m not too sure what the scriptures say about man-run politics, how do Christians navigate engaging with those aspects of life, or is the area of church and state only a gray area? 2. A few questions about Luke 6:6-12. This was another “set-up” by the Pharisees about working on the Sabbath who were trying to catch Jesus working. Why did the Pharisees consider healing as a “work” of Jesus? Was this an occupation that had to be refrained from? 3. How do we get our names written in the Lamb’s book of life? 4. With Halloween and other autumnal festivities approaching, I am specifically wondering about the celebration of “The Day of the Dead,” or “Día de Muertos.” I can see why some Christians would be upset by some of the rituals associated with the celebration, but on the other hand it doesn’t seem like special remembrance of family members who have died is such a bad practice. I am curious what you all think about the celebration, and what your advice to Christians is as we encounter Día de Muertos decorations. 5. Does Hebrews 6:4-6 teach that someone who has apostatized cannot come back to the faith?   Resources Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
23
2020
Episode 560 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Can we take communion at home, and are we meant to do this once a week? 2. Is there a biblical mandate to be a single-issue voter? It seems that neither political party cares about all image bearers and we end up having to choose between one or the other. 3. I know I should forgive, but how do I forgive? What is that process like? 4. Based on Matthew 6:15, is the forgiveness of our sins conditional on whether we forgive others?   Resources We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry Book by Gregory K. Beale You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
22
2020
Episode 559 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am feeling really burnt out serving in ministry. I am an elder in my church, I work full time, and I feel like I am constantly giving and giving to others without any break or time to regroup. I know scripture commends us to sacrificially serve the church, but I am just feeling exhausted by it all. Any practical and spiritual advice? 2. What was God’s very first created being if it wasn’t Jesus Christ? 3. I have many friends who are involved with the “deliverance movement,” where folks are said to be delivered from oppressive and demonic forces. According to the scripture I do not see anything in regard to this need in the church. Why is this taught, what are your thoughts? 4. I am not sure what is meant by “if you break one commandment you have broken them all. If that is the case, then what exactly is the significance of the 10 commandments?   Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton Conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses: A Friendly Approach to Sharing the Truth about God and the Bible by Ron Rhodes The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story by Kelly M. Kapic Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
21
2020
Episode 558 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Can you help me understand how God’s Sovereignty fits into the story of King Saul? The Bible says that if he would have obeyed, then his kingdom would have been established forever. But instead God “sought out another.” Doesn’t that seem like an argument against God’s sovereignty? It looks like Saul could have gone either direction, but if I understand sovereignty right, shouldn’t Saul’s fall be set in stone by God’s decree? 2. What is “Christendom”? I see that word used but am not sure what others mean by it. 3. I am worried about conflict between family, friends, and church members after the election next month, especially since it has already been a stressful year. I know that Jesus says, “blessed are the peacemakers” in the Sermon on the Mount. How can I prepare myself now to be a peacemaker? 4. Does the bible have anything to say about out of body experiences?   Resources None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God by Matthew Barrett Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
20
2020
Episode 557 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In 1 Samuel 21, David pretends to be insane in front of the king of Gath so he wouldn’t be recognized. Was this sinful since he was concealing the truth and trying to deceive the king with his actions? I’ve always thought he was just using his wit to get out of a bad situation, especially since he later claims in Psalms 34 and 56 that he was trusting God to rescue him in that moment. Is it possible for certain kinds of deception to not be rooted in sin but instead simply be shrewd and timely wisdom? 2. Is the bible only true in the original languages, and are subsequent translations tainted with error? 3. My cousin is 16 and her parents are going through a divorce. I believe now would be a good to time to reach out and start sharing with her about Jesus and the gospel, but I don’t know how to start. Any advice? 4. I have family members who are telling me that the doctrine of hell has been added to the bible, and that the original meaning of hell was about refinement and that all religions and spiritualities are mere attempts at trying to get to God. Any idea how to respond to this?   Resources The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton Honest Evangelism by Rico Tice Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
19
2020
Episode 556 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do I answer objections against the supposed violence in the Old Testament? 2. Do bishops and elders have to be married people, or can you be single and still be an elder or deacon in a church? 3. What would you say to a Christian who has been waiting years for an answer to a specific prayer about pain and suffering? I know about verses like Romans 12:12, Psalm 27:14, Isaiah 40:31, etc. I know Job probably suffered for years before his trials came to an end, but personally, it’s been 5 years and I am still waiting. 4. I ran across this question the other day: Are Christians always meant to be pacifists? Do we have the ability to defend ourselves from physical violence, or must we always turn the other cheek?   Resources Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
16
2020
Episode 555 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What book of the Bible should I introduce to the youth group that I am a leader in? 2. I know as a Christian we should read the bible ourselves but what do you do when you’re scared that you will interpret it wrong? What do you do when you have trouble navigating your bible for answers as well? 3. Did Jesus mean for us to repeat the words of the Lord’s Prayer, or is the Lord’s Prayer merely a guideline for the things we ought to pray about? 4. I have encountered people who accuse Christians of not knowing their Bible when they are pro-life “because Exodus 21:22 only calls for a fine if a baby is aborted” — obviously they are mistaken in interpreting “miscarriage” as being anywhere equivalent with abortion. But my question is: in the Hebrew, is there grounds for some of these Bible translators to use the word “miscarriage” instead of something like “premature birth” — as translations like the NASB do?   Resources GOSPEL OF JOHN: LEADER’S EDITION (WORKBOOK) Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
15
2020
Episode 553 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? 2. Is Islam a false religion? 3. Is the 3rd-use of the law legitimate? It seems that if people have a good sense of justification by faith alone that the 3rd use of the law is not necessary. 4. If Moses’s sister Miriam received leprosy from God in the Old Testament, does that mean God can punish people with sicknesses today?   Resources Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
14
2020
Episode 552 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Does John 9:2 teach that it is possible to sin in the womb? 2. Do denominations matter? I’m a Christian that trusts in Jesus alone but I can’t decide on a church because of so many different beliefs, which scares me because I’m worried about being misled. 3. Is it a sin to enjoy alcohol? 4. How can God be just when folks who have never heard about Jesus are not able to have the opportunity to respond to the gospel?   Resources None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God by Matthew Barrett Are People Who Have Never Heard the Gospel Doomed? Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
13
2020
Episode 552 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Reading 2 Timothy 2:15, how do I rightly “divide the word” and handle it rightly when it seems so easy to take scripture out of context? 2. I recently have been laid off due to COVID. I realize that God generally promises to save and redeem us and that that does not mean we will live successful and comfortable lives, but when I began the job I was laid off from, it seemed like it was a huge answer to prayer. I really felt that God had me where I was supposed to be, and now that is taken away. I am sure God cares for us in these times but is the only comfort we have that we will be with him in heaven? That is comforting, but it seems like we are on our own as we are looking for work. Do you have any thoughts on this? 3. How do you approach your pastor when he is shifting the message and turns it into a political ad or a hate speech towards people that doesn’t have the same belief as we Christians do? 4. Are Christians today required to pay tithes? Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
12
2020
Episode 551 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Did the Pharisees reject Jesus because he did not meet what they were expecting or because they did not have the ability to see Him as the Son of God? 2. What happened to the Tree of Life in the garden after the Fall? Did it die, or just go away, what was its significance? 3. Can you go more in detail about Leviticus 19:28? I enjoy getting tattoos, am I sinning? 4. In Isaiah 3:12, it seems to say that God laments that women are ruling over Israel. If this is the case, does it mean that we should lament when women are appointed to positions of political power? 5. The Bible seems to speak of the Sabbath being on the 7th day, Saturday, so why do most Christians worship on Sunday?   Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
9
2020
Episode 550 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. When someone becomes a Christian, at what point should they be baptized, immediately after conversion, or should there be a long process? 2. What resources do you recommend I use to share with my friends who are Roman Catholic? 3. Recently people have shared that they are not going to come back to in-person services at church even after COVID restrictions are lifted because they enjoy live-streaming more than going to service. How can I encourage them to come back?   Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
8
2020
Episode 549 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 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?   Resources 9 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
7
2020
Episode 548 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What does Deuteronomy 29:29 mean when it says, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God”? 2. How do we harmonize John 19:14 when Jesus stood before Pilate at the sixth hour and the timing of Christ’s crucifixion commencing at the third hour in the synoptic gospels? 3. If someone is being excommunicated from a church, is it a problem if the other members of the church are not allowed to know why that person is being excommunicated?  4. Romans 14 admonishes us not to cause our weaker brother to stumble in matters of food. Yet, during Lent, should I eat fish when I eat with my Roman Catholic friends on Fridays or Ash Wednesday? Should I follow my conscience that tells me I can eat all of what the Lord provides no matter what time of year?    Resources The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It by Jamin Goggin Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
6
2020
Episode 547 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do I deal with a Christian friend who has fallen for a lot of false teaching and who is not teachable and gets offended if I don’t agree with them? 2. If God will blot out our sins, why do we have to give an account for every word that we speak?  3. What is the biblical distinction between the spirit and the soul? What role do the heart and mind play in this relationship or distinction?  4. My daughter told me about a lecture she heard in her college class where the professor said that God the Father in Christianity functions as a way to maintain patriarchal structures in society, which causes harm to women. Is there a way to encourage her and affirm that God being a good Father doesn’t have to mean what the professor seems to be saying?   Resources The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
5
2020
Episode 546 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In Mark 9, after Jesus freed a boy from a demon that his disciples couldn’t command, he tells them that it would only come out through prayer and fasting. Can Christians really get rid of demons through prayer and fasting? 2. If God is sovereign over all things, how can we not also say he is sovereign over the circumstances that push someone to suicide? 3. If God is love, why do so many of his prophets warn about his fierce judgment and fiery wrath? Did they not speak for him?   Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
2
2020
Episode 545 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have many good Christian friends who say that the mark of the beast is an actual physical mark of your body. My view is that it’s simply a figurative way of speaking about the devil’s ownership, much like being sealed with the Spirit refers to our security in belonging to Jesus. I tried to explain my view to a friend recently and her angry response was: “Well, I believe what the Bible says.” I wanted to retort, “Well, so do I.” How can I lovingly present a balanced Biblical view on this matter? 2. Can you explain John 6:65? 3. I am currently moved and I’m looking for a new church. I really don’t like the term “church-shopping” because our family in Christ isn’t something we buy for ourselves, but I also wonder if I don’t reflect this idea when I compare the different churches I visit. I like this one’s preaching, that one’s music, that one’s location, or the people in this other one. How can I wisely choose a church without feeling like I’m shopping for a new car? 4. Recently I have been struggling with some doubts about the bible, particularly with the historicity of Noah’s ark. The Bible paints this event as an event that happened in real space-time history, but what do we do when it seems like modern science says that this has been “proved false”? Is our faith in vain if Noah’s ark didn’t actually happen? Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
1
2020
Episode 544 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Could you explain to me what it means to pray in the Holy Spirit? 2. Will people in an ongoing homosexual relationship go to heaven, even if they confess that they are Christians? 3. Why are churches still separated by race? We all say we are Christians, so why don’t we go to church together? 4. I like the book of Acts for its history of the early church, but I don’t really know why Luke wrote it. It seems like a loose collection of stories to me, especially with its abrupt ending. Do you think Luke had a bigger goal than just recording history? If so, why do you think he wrote Acts? Resources The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop Bill’s Good News Story: Dog Surfing Competition Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
30
2020
Episode 543 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have a coworker who is an atheist. I invited her to church, but she said that she had bad experiences as a child because she is also lesbian. She said Christians told her God hates gay people and gay people aren’t welcome in church. How do I continue to show Jesus to her without seeming too pushy or turning her off to God even more? 2. I struggle with my salvation and the fruits of obedience. I used to think it was as simple as just trusting in Jesus, but it doesn’t seem that way anymore. How do I know that I have the right fruit or enough evidence to prove that I’m saved? 3. Who are the 144,000 in the book of Revelation? Resources Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
29
2020
Episode 542 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I find myself struggling with the balance between being dedicated to growing in my faith and recognizing that I cannot fix myself. I’m wondering, how can I find peace in that tension that I am still growing? 2. I go to a church where a lot of people speak in tongues. I don’t understand it, and because I don’t, it makes me feel like I’m not a good a Christian. Why would God give a gift to some people and not to others? 3. Everywhere I look, there’s always a solid argument against the existence of God, or the reliability of the Bible, whether it’s logical or scientific. How can I combat these as a believer? 4. Where did Paul go to church, since he was always moving back and forth so much? Resources The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Timothy Keller The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
28
2020
Episode 541 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I grew up in a church that would go into a lot of details about the book of Revelation, trying to discern if we were living in the last days and what it all meant, but I never understood the point or the big picture of what the book is about. What is the main thing I should get from reading Revelation? 2. What role do good works play in a Christian’s life as it relates to the final judgment? 3. Does God sometimes leave us to struggle in our own sin? 4. If we find ourselves breaking the 10 Commandments, does that mean we need to try harder to put our trust in Christ and repenting? Resources Triumph of The Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis Johnson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
25
2020
Episode 540 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I was wondering why it is that I always feel unsaved? How do I rely on the promise that I have been redeemed? I also struggle with sin very much. How do I find a good balance between resting on the idea that I’m already saved but I still live in the flesh and to fight sin to death? 2. Where does the doctrine of the Trinity come from? I don’t see the word, “Trinity” anywhere in scripture. 3. If Christians all have the same Holy Spirit, why do we have so many disagreements and interpretations on doctrine? 4. Will people with mental illness be judged differently for their actions since they are not in their right minds? Resources Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
24
2020
Episode 539 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I’ve noticed a lot of books in the Bible are named after people who supposedly wrote them even if the books never claims that. The gospels are an example of this. I’m wondering why this wouldn’t affect our trust in Biblical inerrancy? 2. How do we respond to movies that are promoted as Christian and Biblical, but contain things that are obviously not Biblical? 3. In Genesis 11 we are told that God confused the language of the peoples who were trying to build the Tower of Babel up to heaven. Does this mean that cultural and ethnic diversity resulted from God’s curse? What would this mean for heaven when God sets everything right again? 4. Should my vote change depending on what a candidate’s religious beliefs are? 5. I’ve heard a lot about salvation by grace that excludes our good works, but if God didn’t want our good works, why did he give us the law? In Leviticus 18:5 we read, “I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.” Doesn’t this mean that life comes through fulfilling the law? Resources The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
23
2020
Episode 538 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. We’re struggling to decide whether we should go to a church where we don’t feel as comfortable or to one that we can agree with theologically. Do you have any advice? 2. If God exists, does that mean we have to assume everything that happens is what he wants to happen? 3. How do you understand Revelation 18:11–13? I have seen this section of Scripture floating around and people saying that it teaches that the Bible is against slavery because it associates the end of slavery with the fall of Babylon. Does this passage condemn slavery? And if it does how do you make sense of the bible allowing for slavery in the Old Testament? 4. What does Hebrews 12:22 mean? Did that church have a vision of heaven or something? Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
22
2020
Episode 537 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why does Paul say that those who have faith are children of Abraham when Hebrews says Jesus mediates a better covenant than the old one? These seem to me like two opposing attitudes toward the Old Testament. How can I make sense of this? 2. I am a believer, and I’m wondering whether I should have a traditional burial or if I can get cremated when I die? Cremation is much cheaper than a traditional burial,  but I know someday I will be resurrected. Will God be angry at me for taking the cheaper option financially? I don’t have an answer when I pray. 3. Approximately when will Christ be returning? In how many years?  4. I accepted Jesus many years ago, but I still sin. How will I make it to heaven when I still sin? I do not always perfectly obey. I am still sinful. What if I am not close enough to God? What if I don’t read my Bible and pray enough; or have enough good works? 5. Is the Kingdom of God something that exists today, or is it something that we are waiting for in the future? Resources The Future of Everything: Essential Truths About the End Times by William Boekestein Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
21
2020
Episode 536 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I accepted Jesus many years ago, but I still sin. How will I make it to heaven when I still sin? I do not always perfectly obey. What if I am not close enough to God? I am still sinful. What if I don’t read my Bible and pray enough; or have enough good works? 2. What does Paul mean by “my gospel” in 2 Timothy? 3. In Ephesians 6:4, Paul tells fathers not to provoke their children. What does this look like? How do I know I’m provoking my child instead of disciplining and instructing them?  4. In 2 Corinthians 5:21, what does it mean that Christ became sin? Other places in Scripture affirm Jesus was sinless, and that he was God, so I am having a hard time understanding what Paul is trying to say here. Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
18
2020
Episode 535 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If Jesus had limited knowledge due to his human nature, does he now have full omniscience being seated at the right hand of the Father? 2. Why is David allowed to eat the Bread of Presence in 1 Samuel 21? Leviticus 24 sounds pretty straight forward that only the priests and their family could eat the bread. I understand that Jesus makes reference to this event in Luke 6 in order to show the Pharisees that they were incorrect about how to interpret the Law, and that he, being God, knew and applied the proper interpretation of the Law. Still, I don’t understand why David was allowed to eat the bread in the first place. 3. Can you follow a false prophet into the kingdom of God? 4. If we are born in sin, how could Jesus not be a sinner in that he was born to a sinner? 5. I hear the word love used so many different times, and it seems like everyone has a different interpretation. How can it be interpreted so many different ways? Resources Knowing God by J. I. Packer God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies by Costi Hinn Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
17
2020
Episode 534 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If only the Father knows when Christ shall return, why does Revelation say that the Bride has made herself ready for Christ? 2. When Paul warned the Corinthians that “whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord” in 1 Corinthian 11, does that mean we need to prepare ourselves ahead of time so that we can take the Lord’s supper in a worthy manner? 3. What did Jesus mean he said, “Woe to the Pharisees for they devour widow’s houses”? 4. I was wondering in what order should the third use of the law be preached in a sermon? Does preaching it out of order risk turning the gospel into law?  Resources How We’ve Misunderstood “Do This in Remembrance of Me” by Adriel Sanchez A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core
Sep
16
2020
Episode 527 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why did God choose Jacob over Esau or David over Saul when they were all moral screw-ups? 2. I heard your answer to Jade about there not being any shame at the judgment seat of Christ for believers. I was wondering, what does that mean, then, for our works to be tested, and what we build on Christ will last, but what we build of hay will be burned and our souls will be saved but only as through fire? What does that mean that there is no pain at the judgment of believers before we reign with Christ? 3. What do Paul and Jesus mean when they say that the bread and wine are Christ’s body and blood? Is this metaphorical? 4. Why are the 10 commandments all about telling us what we shouldn’t do? Doesn’t this focus our attention on negative traits instead of what we should be doing for one another and for God? Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton How We’ve Misunderstood “Do This in Remembrance of Me” by Adriel Sanchez Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
15
2020
Episode 532 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have a question on 1 Peter 4:6 which says “For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.” As far as I understand, there is no opportunity for salvation once people died. but in the passage above, what does that mean “gospel was preached to those who are even dead”? 2. Do you think it is right for the church to pay pastors? Wouldn’t it be better for pastors to earn their living at a job rather than asking other people to support them? Isn’t this just using God’s name to guilt people and take advantage of them?  3. Why do some Bibles have more books in them than other ones? Who decided that those other books, the Apocrypha, shouldn’t be in some Bibles?  4. What makes the prosperity gospel so bad? Why wouldn’t I want God’s blessings in my life? 5. I was driving to Las Vegas last weekend and saw a couple of billboards that Jesus saves, repent, the end is coming, etc. Is this really an effective way to witness?  Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Woman Designs Sturdy Cardboard Beds For Overrun Hospitals in India – And Her Proud Family Sells Them At Cost Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
14
2020
Episode 527 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Sometimes I feel like the most inspirational verses in the Bible actually leave me feeling hopeless. Like 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I’m not always happy, I don’t always pray, and I often forget to be thankful. If this is God’s will for me, why do I have such a hard time living it out? 2. I heard a TV pastor talk about the bible verse, “God is no respecter of persons.” He went on to say that this meant that God does not respect people, only Jesus. Is this correct? I know God loves people, perhaps everyone, but does he respect them? 3. I know the Bible talks about Scripture being God-breathed, but who was the first person that started writing the Bible, and how has everything been compiled into one book? 4. How can I reach out, on a spiritual level, to a friend and fellow Christian who has fallen away to drugs and alcohol and has seemingly lost his love for the Lord? Resources God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible by J. I. Packer Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
11
2020
Episode 530 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Adriel: As you know, Nancy, writing a book is a lot of work. What did you see in the church and the lives of believers around you that made you feel that this book needed to be written? 2. I’m getting really burnt out as a parent right now. I already have a full-time job, and now I have to be a homeschool teacher to my 3 kids due to schools not opening. Finding time and space for devotions was hard enough before! Can you give me any advice to navigate this season in life? 3. When things are going well in my life, I feel like it’s clear that God is working in and through me. But sometimes I don’t feel God’s presence at all. My prayer life feels dry and it seems like no one is listening. How do I get back to that place where I feel like I am being used by God? 4. Adriel: I’m curious, Nancy, as you studied the idea of emptiness throughout Scripture, what did you learn about the nature and character of God? Resources God Does His Best Work with Empty by Nancy Guthrie Request, "God Does His Best Work With Empty" here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
10
2020
Episode 529 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Could you explain what Jesus means in Matthew 18:18 when he says, “whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”? 2. How do I position a conversation regarding someone who is an atheist or a Buddhist about Jesus, without them getting upset with me? And how do I do so effectively in such a short amount of time? 3. My wife and I haven’t been able to conceive, and we are thinking about pursuing in vitro fertilization. Is this an option for Christians? 4. I’ve heard some Christians defend the use of Creeds and Confessions in the church because they teach orthodox interpretations of Scripture. How is this any different than the Roman Catholic view that elevates Sacred Tradition to the same level as Scripture? Resources Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions by David VanDrunen Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
9
2020
Episode 528 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am concerned about my repentance and whether it is genuine. I have attended church all my life, but only truly understood the gospel and received Christ last year. I know I should hate sin, but there are many instances when I find myself loving the sin that I struggle with. Often, I just instinctively run to my sin, especially the ones I have been committing most of my life. Sometimes I also wonder to myself, “If I am truly born again, would I be committing so much sin?” 2. I’m reading through the books of the Chronicles and am once again struck with all the names that are recorded. Knowing that all Scripture is God-breathed and edifying, what can I can take away from these lists of names as I read them? 3. Just how important is baptism? Must it be done immediately after repentance? Do I have to be baptized in order to be saved? 4. If repentance is necessary for Christians, and repentance means to turn from sin, then does that make repentance a work that is necessary for our salvation? Resources TrueVs. False Repentance: What’s the Difference? by Adriel Sanchez Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
8
2020
Episode 527 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do I enter into a relationship with Christ? 2. In the book of Malachi, we read that God told the Israelites to test him in regard to offerings. However, in the books of the law, He told them not to test Him. I realize that these verses are not part of the same context, but how should we reconcile them? Is there a time when I should test God? 3. In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, the master tells his two faithful servants, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” I’ve always heard our salvation is through faith, like trust, but when I read these words, it almost sounds like a reward for faithfulness. Is faith the same as faithfulness? Is our faithfulness more important than our faith? How should we understand this parable? 4. Why do Christians have an Old Testament in their Bibles if we’re supposed to live according to the New Testament? 5. Recently I have been thinking about forgiveness And when it should be implemented, should we as Christians forgive people before they ask or wait until they ask for it? Sometimes people never ask for forgiveness. Resources Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
7
2020
Episode 526 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What is the second death talked about in Revelation? If there is a second death, would it follow that there is a first death and a first resurrection? How can this be explained? 2. Where was Adam when Eve was being deceived? 3. If a mother committed sexual sins while her child was growing up and later repents, will those consequences still have an effect on her adult daughter now? David was forgiven, but none of his children went to heaven according to the Bible. Was it because of the consequences of his sin of murder and adultery? 4. A visiting preacher said in his sermon that if we continue committing the same sin over and over, that our salvation should be in question. This struck me as being wrong biblically, but I could not come up with a specific passage of scripture as to why. Was this person correct in telling us this? 5. When it comes to fighting addictions, what role does our willpower play in our restoration? Does it play any role? Or is the work all God’s? Resources Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
4
2020
Episode 525 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have a friend who has questions about the Christian faith, and I don’t always feel like I have good answers. I get a lot from your show but don’t always know how to relay that to my friend. Do you have any advice on how to become better at sharing my faith? 2. My son is taking a Religious Studies class in College. Is it ok for Christians to study other world religions, or is that something I should warn him against? I’ve really done my best to help him be grounded in the Word of God but I’m nervous that his Professors might lead him astray. 3. I believe I am a sinner, but what if I don’t feel its wretchedness? Or the feelings of joy and happiness overflowing because of the forgiveness in Jesus Christ, like what I hear described in hymns? Resources Why Should I Believe That Jesus Rose From The Dead? by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
3
2020
Episode 524 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Sometimes at church, my pastor will say things that really rub me the wrong way. How can I tell if my Pastor is preaching a false doctrine? 2. Should our children call God “Father” in the Lord’s prayer if they are not baptized? Are they part of the visible church or covenant community? 3. I believe I am a sinner, but what if I don’t feel its wretchedness? Or the feelings of joy and happiness overflowing because of the forgiveness in Jesus Christ, like what I hear described in hymns? 4. In 2 Timothy Paul writes, “If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” When Paul writes of the faithfulness of Christ, does this mean his faithfulness to forgive us even when we fail? Or his faithfulness to judge justly if we disown him? Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
2
2020
Episode 522 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com
Sep
1
2020
Episode 522 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Do we have to confess our sin to the person we sinned against to be forgiven, even if we have confessed it to God repeatedly and asked for forgiveness? 2. I have a question about Matthew 7:13–14. It talks about “the way that is broad leads to destruction.” What does that word destruction mean in the original language, because we think of it as being completely destroyed, nothing left?  3. Growing up, I never fit in with people my age. This remains true. I’ve always fit in better with older adults, but they don’t share my struggles. I feel invisible in the church and in the world. I don’t know why I’m here and why the only things I’m successful at are being alone and a failure. Every step I take forward doesn’t seem to matter or pushes me back a mile. Is God punishing me? Is everything I’m constantly going through because of some sin I or my family has committed? If I’m not being punished, then why is my life miserable? I know I’m a sinner, and God is just, but there has to be more to life than this. What is God asking from me? Am I asking too much by wanting the basic happiness that everyone else my age has instead of being forgotten? Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
31
2020
Episode 521 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a really close friend who I have been sharing my faith with for years. He is very open-minded when I share with him but every time we get into a deep conversation about this, he always gets stuck on all the war and violence that has been attached to Christianity such as the Crusades and slavery in America. How do I respond to my friend in those moments? 2. What is your opinion of the King James Version? I’ve always understood it to be the most accurate as far as the original Scriptures go, but nobody seems to use that Bible anymore. Why do so many people prefer another translation that maybe isn’t as accurate?  3. How should we pray to the Triune God? It seems like prayer is only ever directed towards God the Father in the New Testament, and never towards Jesus or The Holy Spirit. Should The Father alone be addressed in our prayers or is it okay to pray directly to the Son and Spirit also? 4. Over the last few months, we have been trying to decide whether to leave the church we have attended for the past 9 years. We wouldn’t consider our church heretical, but there are songs and sermons that we believe don’t always line up with the Word of God. We know the importance of being in a solid church that teaches the Bible, and I guess my question is this: Is the search for more solid Bible teaching reason enough to change churches? Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton What is the Trinity? Offers Reserve your free copy of the Gospel of John Bible Study today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
28
2020
Episode 520 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What does Jesus mean in John 3:5 when he says that “unless one is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God,” or Peter when he says baptism “now saves us” in 1 Peter 3:21? It sounds like Jesus is saying water baptism is necessary for receiving the promise of salvation. I guess what I’m wondering is, if we are baptized and sealed by the Holy Spirit the moment we believe in Christ for our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14), why is water baptism necessary? 2. How do I respond to sexual dreams that seem to happen somewhat regularly? I feel as if I have no control over it as I sleep and when I wake up I just feel guilty. 3. How do you share the gospel with someone who grew up in a Christian home but turned away from the faith due to a parent using Christianity as a weapon against them? 4. We often talk about heaven as a place where there is no sadness, no shame, and no pain. And we talk about our sin as something we can take to Jesus now, and he bears our burden. So I’m wondering, on the day of judgment, when we are held accountable for our actions on earth, will we feel shame and guilt? 5. What does Jesus mean in Matthew 11:12 that “the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force”? How can violence come into God’s kingdom? Why would God allow it to be taken by force? Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Get your copy of the Christ and Calamity today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
27
2020
Episode 519 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Do you have a guide on how to discuss salvation for Grandparents to use with Grandchildren various ages 4 to 16? I want to present to them on their level so I don’t blow my opportunity. 2. I wonder why God let certain things happen in my life that make me want to go further away from God—why does he let that happen? 3. Is holiness something that is imputed to us in the same way as righteousness is imputed or is there even any difference between the two? 4. Can we take Isaiah 43:1 personally or is it just for the nation of Israel? Resources Show them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids by Jack Klumpenhower 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep the Faith by Pastor Adriel Sanchez 9 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Depression Offers Reserve your copy of the Gospel of John today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
26
2020
Episode 518 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. The Bible mentions that God is our Shepherd, Refuge, Fortress, etc. In Psalm 28:1, it says, “O Lord my Rock.” Why is a “rock” that significant? I don’t know Palestine, but I would think that there are rocks all over the land. 2. What was the good news of the kingdom of God being preached by John the Baptist in Luke 3:18, and by Jesus in Luke 5:43, if Jesus had not yet died? Jesus even warned his disciples not to tell anyone of his identity and impending death and resurrection in Luke 9:22. I thought that that was the heart of the gospel? Could you please clarify my understanding on this? 3. You said the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one and should be worshipped. How do you explain John 16:12–15? Which says that the Holy Spirit will speak of me, and that he is the Spirit of truth, but I don’t see anywhere that it has to be worshipped or that we have to pray to it. Could you please clarify that for me? 4. I’m going to a ministry, and we are studying the Shema. What are your guys’ take on the Shema and what does it mean to you? Resources Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton Offers Why Is the World A Mess? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
25
2020
Episode 517 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What book I can recommend to a friend of mine who is a Christian but all over the place in their beliefs? I would like to share the gospel with her, and where she can understand the truth of God’s Word and His Gospel. 2. In a recent program, you explained why Jesus called the rulers gods. Related to the same passage, my question is, why did Jesus tell them that they would die like men because they unfairly judged the people? I assume these were just men like us, so wouldn’t they have died even if they had judged fairly? 3. I have come to the conclusion that Paul’s teachings contradict those of Jesus. Paul’s message has elements of truth and righteousness, but over time it seems like the message of Jesus, as it was switching hands, became something else. My question to you is, how can I reason with my sisters in Christ? 4. My husband’s uncle says that he doesn’t believe in God, but he keeps asking us questions. Recently he asked why God, if he exists, doesn’t just make everything right and get rid of all the suffering and sinfulness in the world? He is the one who brings these topics up, and I was wondering, how I can represent God properly? Resources Core Christianity by Dr. Michael Horton Knowing God by J. I. Packer Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl The Prodigal God by Tim Keller Offers Reserve your copy of Christ and Calamity today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
24
2020
Episode 516 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Is it God’s will for His saints to be poor, or to live paycheck to paycheck? I felt God lead me to go back to school since I lost my job during the COVID shutdown. I don’t feel that God wants me to work and go to school full-time on top of caring for my family, but my husband only makes enough money to cover our very basic needs. Should I get a job even though I don’t feel like that’s what God is telling me to do, or is it God’s will for my husband to make more money? 2. I have a friend who is really into the affirmation cards. It seems like a New Age belief. They are a Christian, but I’m not really sure how to talk to them about that. Do you have any Bible expertise or guidance on the topic of affirmations? 3. I am a social worker working in child protection, and I also work in my local church as their safeguarding advisor. Sometimes we have people attend the church who have historical offenses against children or vulnerable adults. While we encourage them to be part of the church, they are not allowed to take on positions of responsibility or work in parts of the ministry where they would come in to contact with children or vulnerable groups. This often causes a lot of tension as they feel that they are a new creation and should not be judged on their past sins. Am I correct in insisting that they do not take on these roles, or am I going against God’s will and what forgiveness really means? 4. My five-year-old daughter asked me, “How was the Serpent able to enter the Garden of Eden if it was for perfect creatures like our first parents? Was the garden of Eden only for sinless creatures?” How can I help explain this to her? Resources Have you experienced or witnessed abuse and looking for guidance? Check out G.R.A.C.E. (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) Offers Reserve your free copy of Gospel of John Bible Study today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
21
2020
Episode 515 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How is a person really saved? I hear preachers tell others to say a prayer, receive Christ into your heart, and then God will save you, and I don’t find any of that in the Scriptures. Could you help me out and show me where they get that from? When God saved me I didn’t do any of that. He just let me know I needed a savior and I surrendered to that tugging and pulling of the Holy Spirit on my heart. So, I don’t know, help me with that so I won’t lead people astray or be led astray myself. 2. In view of Black Lives Matter, what is the Biblical relationship between justice and justification? 3. Does how I vote matter, religiously? Does God care if I vote one way or the other? Does it matter what my reasons for voting are? Does the Bible say anything that can be applied to the topic of voting? 4. I appreciate how you distinguish between the law and the gospel on your show. I’m wondering if there are ways that we think and speak that support law rather than gospel. I blanch at taking on the mindset that within Christendom, everywhere I look there’s duties, callings, and obligations. Am I being too sensitive here? Resources A Biblical Theology of Justice by Zack Keele Redeeming Justice by Michael Horton Offers Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Reserve your free copy of Gospel of John Bible Study today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
20
2020
Episode 514 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Should Christians practice the Passover Seder? If we do, do we go back under the law? 2. In Bart Ehrman’s recent book, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife, he claims that the Old Testament does not reference Hell at all, and in the New Testament, Jesus spoke of it only in terms of annihilation, not in the language of eternal suffering. Is this an accurate picture of the Old and New Testament teaching on Hell?  3. Why would we be rewarded for good works if we have Christ’s righteousness imputed to us? 4. If an unexpected expense comes, and you have to reduce tithing, do you pay the expense or tithe? Is it okay to help somebody in need instead of tithing when you run across someone in need? Resources 3 Things to Remember When Thinking About Hell by Silverio Gonzalez What Did Jesus Teach About Hell by Michael Allen Rogers Offers Reserve your free copy of the Gospel of John today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
19
2020
Episode 513 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Since the start of this COVID pandemic, my husband and I have not attended church. He has health issues which makes him high-risk, and I don’t want to bring this disease home to him. I still support my church with my tithes and offerings, and I’m listening to services and Bible studies through Bott Radio. But I am fearful of bringing this disease home and hurting my family, and I fear my not going to church is showing a lack of faith in God. I love the Lord and am doing what I can to stay in the Word and in prayer. My heart is grieved over this. I would appreciate your insight. 2. How did Judas Iscariot, who Jesus called a son of perdition and a devil, cast out demons if Jesus said Satan cannot cast out Satan? 3. If you have tattoos, is that looked down on in this day and age that we live in? 4. What does the bible mean in Hebrews 12:6 when it speaks of God disciplining those He loves? How does God discipline us today? Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Offers Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
18
2020
Episode 512 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why do Christians argue about the gift of speaking in tongues, saying that you don’t have to speak in tongues to have the Spirit? Scripture clearly teaches that we cry, “Abba Father” when we have the gift of the Spirit. Can you explain that? 2. I heard Adriel state that church pastors or ministers “must be above reproach” in reference to why pastors or ministers cannot be gay. But isn’t it true that none of us are above reproach? 3. Are there different levels of punishment in hell? Along with that, was hell created only for Satan? I know I am thinking of human fairness. If God is just, will everyone feel the judgment they receive is fair? 4. What’s the difference between the soul and the spirit? They are always talked about as being separate and different. I would like to hear a definition. 5. What does it mean to abide in Christ? How can I tell if I am abiding in Christ? What does it look like today? Resources Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges Journeys with Jesus: Every Path in the Bible Leads Us to Christ by Dennis Johnson Offers Gospel of John Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
17
2020
Episode 511 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Is it possible to have sins unpaid for? In other words, when Jesus said from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” were those people forgiven, or did Jesus die for those sins? Should we assume that all of the people in the crowd were eventually saved because Jesus forgave their sins? 2. Between the time of Jesus' death and his resurrection, Jesus spoke with “those in prison.” Who would they be, and what would have been the result of that? 3. I'm really confused about discipleship. What is it, and what does it look like practically? 4. When, if ever, is it okay to lie? Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton Offers What Did God Promise? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
14
2020
Episode 510 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How come God hasn't destroyed Satan already? 2. I’ve been with the Lord for almost 30 years. When I was younger, I committed adultery. I did repent, but to this day I hurt so much. Yes, for the things I have done, but mostly because I was already a born again Christian. And I keep asking myself why! I had children. What happens to a person who commits adultery? 3. In view of the truth of election and the reality that we contribute nothing to our salvation, except sin. Without clouding the gospel with human effort, what does a gospel presentation look like? 4. I’m calling about the idea that Jesus comforts us when we are in trouble and going through spiritual difficulties. I’ve been a Christian for over 20 years, and I certainly believe that Christ is my only hope of being united to the Father. But one thing I have difficulty understanding and accepting is when people say, run to Jesus to give you comfort. What does that even mean, to run to Jesus? Obviously, he’s not here in person, so we can’t run up to him, and then sometimes when you ask for said comfort, it doesn’t come. What are we supposed to do with that? Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Glad You Asked: Answers To Core Questions On Assurance Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
13
2020
Episode 509 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why are the four beasts in Daniel’s dream different than what is explained in Revelation? 2. Since God is all-knowing, and since He also sent His Son for us, for whom or for what, precisely, is Jesus interceding? 3. If I had spiritual mentors who led me the wrong way and told me to do things that were wrong, did I sin too? At the time I was very naive, and still am because I have Asperger Syndrome. But now I know it was wrong, and I wonder about verses like Mark 9:42 and Leviticus 5:17. 4. If the purpose of the cross was to redeem man and forgive sins, why do we see Jesus in the gospels forgiving people’s sins? Why did Jesus need to go to the cross at all if he could forgive sins on earth? Doesn’t this diminish the meaning of the cross if Jesus had this authority all along and could have just forgiven everyone? 5. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins and was raised from the dead. My life is full of testimony, but I struggle with whether or not I have been made new. I do not have an awe-inspiring origin story of when I initially gave my life to Christ. I started to volunteer with youth, and I want to be positive and careful with what light I can shine. Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Core Christianity's Gospel of John Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
12
2020
Episode 508 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Are God's promises conditional on our actions? If we don't forgive others, will he not forgive us? Do I fall out of God's favor every time I sin? 2. Does God control governments, history, and policies in order to fulfill all that he promises to do? 3. Can Christians have the Holy Spirit in the same way the early disciples did at Pentecost?  4. What is the difference between the soul, the spirit, and the flesh, which is like our body? What is the difference between those three, and are the soul and the spirit the same thing? 5. A pastor recently said that there is a difference between knowing that you are a sinner and actually mourning over your sin. God has shown me that I am a sinner, that I cannot make myself good enough for him, and that I need Jesus. But I don't remember mourning my sin, and I feel like I'm mentally torturing myself to see if I am truly saved. What does it mean to mourn your sin? What makes it true mourning? Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Consider joining the Inner Core. Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
11
2020
Episode 507 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. When Christ died on the cross was he in hell for 3 days? 2. Should we pray for healing to escape our suffering, or strength to endure it? 3. Did God write the law to save us? Did Jesus break the law when he healed on the sabbath, or his disciples when they plucked grain in the fields? 4. In the parable of the lamp in Luke 8:18, why does Jesus say to "give more" to "the one who has" and to "the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away”? 5. In Psalm 73 says, “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.” Is God only good to those who are pure in heart? How can I ever find God’s goodness knowing that I still commit all kinds of sin? Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller Offers Gospel of John (limited time) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
10
2020
Episode 506 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How should I pray for immediate healing? 2. Are we sinful because we’re evil, or are we evil because we’re sinful? 3. I have a question about 1 John 4:18. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” What does it mean that there is punishment in fear? I was recently diagnosed with cancer and I’m finding myself very fearful. I’m just wondering what the punishment part has to do with my situation? 4. I have a question concerning 1 Corinthians 5:5. What does Paul mean when he says he is delivering the sinning member of that church over to Satan for the “destruction of his flesh”? Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
7
2020
Episode 505 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Can a Christian get their faith back after losing it? 2. Truthfulness is an important matter. No one wants to believe in something that is not true. How can we defend and proclaim the truthfulness of our Christian faith and the Bible? 3. In 1 Corinthians 11:34–35, it says women must be silent in the churches. This verse just really bothered me when I first read it. I know Paul is speaking to the Corinthian church, but I was wondering if you could clear this up? 4. When Christians die, do we remain “asleep” until the glorious return of our Savior, Jesus, or do we go to heaven to be with Him immediately upon our death? It seems to me like the Bible teaches both. 5. As I was reading the book of Mark I noticed that it said 16:9–20 is not included in some of the earliest manuscripts. What do you think of this section? Is this an important piece of scripture that we must read? Resources The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
6
2020
Episode 504 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a couple of friends who say that Jesus has come to them and spoken to them in their dreams. Most recently, they said that Jesus came to them and said UFO’s were real and angel’s chariots. I kind of cringe any time I hear that. I wanted to know, what are your thoughts on Jesus coming to people in their dreams? 2. As an introvert, I’ve actually enjoyed being at home more these days. I actually worry about when life goes back to normal because I don’t want to lose the joy and contentment I’ve been experiencing. Is this wrong? 3. Is thinking about our Triune God as an egg Modalism? The egg, egg white, and shell are three separate things but still one egg, like how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three separate things but all God. Is this a valid way of thinking or not? 4. I asked Jesus Christ to be my savior a while back, but I can’t stop drinking, smoking, and cussing. I’ve tried everything. What can I do? Resources How Does God Talk To Us? What Is the Trinity? The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story by Kelly M. Kapic Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
5
2020
Episode 503 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What book do you recommend to best start a study on the book of Revelation? 2. If God forgives all our sins when we put our faith in him, what about our future sins? Are they also forgiven? 3. My question is from Matthew 11:19. It says the Pharisees called Jesus a glutton and a drunkard. So did Jesus actually get drunk, because why would someone call someone else a drunkard if he didn’t drink alcohol? And just to be clear I’m 100% Christian, my faith and hope are in Jesus Christ, I’m just asking from a secular point of view. 4. Are Christians today called to perform the same miracles as the disciples did in the Scriptures? Preach the word, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, that kind of stuff. Resources Triumph of The Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis Johnson Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
4
2020
Episode 502 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Did Old Testament believers experience the new birth? I mean, were they born again? 2. I’ve dealt with pornography since I was probably 7 years old, and I can’t let it go. I want to. How can I? I’ve gone to God and asked for forgiveness more times than not. I need help. I call myself a Christian, but I can’t get past that, so I can’t move. 3. I’m a high school teacher in Canada, and one of my goals is to treat my students as Jesus would treat them. One of the struggles I face is that I’m receiving some pressure to use gender pronouns that students would prefer. This means that students who identify as transgendered who are born with female anatomy might be asked to be referred to with the pronoun he or him. In the past, I’ve been taught that using pronouns that deviate from a male and female identity will ruin my Christian witness. How can I respond in a godly way to this issue, while still treating my students with love and respect? Do you have any advice for me? Resources 4 Things to Remember After You Have Sinned by Adriel Sanchez What Gender Problems Reveal About Our Hearts by Michael Horton What Caitlyn Jenner Reveals About American Religions by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
3
2020
Episode 501 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In Matthew 12, Jesus said that an evil and unfaithful generation asked for signs. But in the previous chapter, when John the Baptist doubted if Jesus was the Christ, why did Jesus point to his miraculous works? And why would he perform so many miracles if only the wicked and faithless desire them? 2. Is there a doctrine or something that churches have that we can call or check online to see if they study or believe in the same way that we do, as each of us believes differently? 3. What happens if I die before I’m baptized? Are there rules on who exactly can baptize you? 4. I recently heard a sermon on justification and it mentioned the active obedience of Christ. I hadn’t heard the term before, but one of my friends said it wasn’t biblical but part of a man-made theology. Is there any biblical or historical evidence for this teaching? Resources The Gospel of John Bible Study What to Look for When Choosing a Church 3 Things Baptism Teaches Us About the Christian Life Why the Sacrifice of Jesus Isn’t Enough Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
31
2020
Episode 500 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What would you say is at the core of the answers you give us? What is the heart of your show? 2. I’ve been a life-long Christian, and I believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I know that He sustains me, but there’s one place in my life right now that I’m fighting: loneliness. How can I seek solace in my loneliness? 3. Is there a biblical basis for preferring that heads be bowed and eyes closed when praying? In corporate prayer, when asked, “Let us bow our heads in prayer,” is it disrespectful to instead raise one’s face heavenward (which is how I like to pray)? Resources Core Christianity by Michael Horton A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
30
2020
Episode 499 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Getting to church with our children is often stressful. This last Sunday I said some harsh words to my kids, threatening them with discipline. In the moment I felt justified, but I also know I spoke out of anger, not love. I really want our family to be at church to hear the call to worship, but I am terrified that my behavior is only making my kids despise going to church. What can I do? 2. Whether I pray right or pray wrong, will God always hear my prayer? 3. Does Ephesians 2:8-9 contradict Revelation 22:12? Is Jesus returning with a reward that is something other than salvation that can be earned by works? Or is the “what they have done” in Revelation 22:12 simply the act of believing in Christ? 4. Matthew 22:30 says, “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” If God instituted marriage for us on earth, why would he remove it in the afterlife? Resources The Gospel of John 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep the Faith 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven The Future of Everything: Essential Truths About the End Times by William Boekestein Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
29
2020
Episode 498 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Can we pray for repentance? 2. I know Hebrews 6 comes up regularly on your show. I have a slightly different question, I think. I’m wondering, how can someone who isn’t saved be said to “partake” of the Holy Spirit? 3. I am a nurse in a nursing home. In every facility I’ve worked, it is mandatory to work every other weekend. Is it sinful to work on Sundays?  4. Is the office of evangelist still for today? Is it included in the office of elder or is it an independent office? Resources The Gospel of John The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton Why You Need to be In Church this Sunday By Adriel Sanchez Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
28
2020
Episode 497 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In John 14:28 why does Jesus say, “I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I?” if Jesus is God, wouldn’t he be the same as God the Father? Could you please explain this? 2. I was baptized as a newborn at a Presbyterian church when I was a child. I recently came to repentant faith in Christ, and I was just wondering what your thoughts were on getting rebaptized? 3. Being that I’m not Catholic, how necessary is it to confess our past sins to other people? I know it’s not required for salvation because only Jesus forgives our sins once we repent, but is it necessary or even at all important to confess the sins of our past to a pastor, or just other believers? 4. My arm hurts really bad, and I keep praying and fasting, but it still hurts. A lot of people are telling me I need to draw closer to God to get healed. But when I read about Job and Paul, it seems like God allows some hardships to happen so we can get closer to him without being healed. How can I know what God’s will is? Resources Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
27
2020
Episode 496 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Pastor Adriel, what is your favorite book of the Bible, and why? 2. Is there a doctrine as to what a church should do with its offerings?  I just wonder if a church should be giving regularly to the community that it is in? 3. In light of everything going on in our world today (politics, racial division), I’ve actually lost quite a few friends for speaking out against some of the things going on. My question is: How can you be sure that you are being a true light for Christ when speaking out against things I think are wrong? 4. I’m reading through The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, and I can’t help but inject myself into the text. I feel like the strategies outlined by the main character, the devil named Screwtape, are things that I have experienced. However, I also tend to read the Bible with myself at the center as well. How do I shift from reading and studying theology with myself at the center to reading and studying with Jesus at the center? Resources Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
24
2020
Episode 495 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. The COVD-19 crisis has touched every aspect of our society, including those in the church. Our church has kept its eyes on the Word and promises of God through this, but there is an attitude with some members that perplexes me. Some people have been openly ribbed for not wanting to shake hands by those who don’t think the virus is very dangerous. Others seem to mock members’ caution and cooperation with civil authorities by staying home and wearing masks, even though we all agree that the Lord is in control. Where is the balance of following our civil authorities’ orders with faith in the Lord? It seems like some Christians think that, since we are people of faith, we should not fear the reality of the danger of the virus at all. 2. How should modern-day Christians respond to those events in the past where people were killed in God’s name, or leaders have used the Word of God to crimes or take advantage of others? Things like the slave trade, the crusades, the Spanish conquistadors in South and Central America. Is murder not the greatest sin? Is this a stain on the image of the church? 3. Why do I find myself constantly asking for the Lord to save me? It is very important to me. I do believe. I believe I’m a sinner, and that Jesus paid for my payment on the cross, a debt I couldn’t pay. I’m just wondering, why am I always looking for that assurance? Resources Why Is the World A Mess (Student’s Edition) by Core Christianity Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
23
2020
Episode 494 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How can I grow in my desire to pray in a group? I struggle with others’ approval so much that, when I get together with my brothers and sisters in Christ, my anxiety grows and I struggle to pray from my heart and my thoughts get clouded. I don’t like this about myself, but desire to grow in courage and confidence. How can I grow in this as a believer? 2. When someone profanes our Savior and takes God’s name in vain, what should be our response? 3. It’s hard to be the light in a dark world with all the fear and hate being spread around. We have one side exaggerating the truth, while the other makes false accusations, pitting the people against one another. How should Christians “watch for the signs” as Jesus commanded with all the fake news out there? 4. In Matthew 6:9, Jesus taught his disciples to pray to the Father, and for the Father’s name to be glorified and sanctified. Why wouldn’t he reveal his Father’s name? What could be that Name? Resources Why Is the World A Mess (Student’s Edition) by Core Christianity The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
22
2020
Episode 493 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a question that has kept me wondering about my salvation. It is about the verses from Revelation 3:15-16. It talks about lukewarm Christians, and it states that the majority of the Christian community is not going to be saved. Could you please explain this? 2. In Numbers 21, God sends down fiery serpents to bite the complaining Israelites. As I was reading, I thought to myself, does God get frustrated? I know that God does not sin, but how would one properly explain these passages in regard to His holiness? Is frustration not a sin? I see that Jesus uses this story in regards to looking to Him for salvation. Is this the reason this incident took place, just so Jesus would use it during His earthly ministry? 3. Jesus taught us to love our enemies, but we’re also not to cast our pearls before swine lest they trample on us. Can you shed some light on this gray area? Where do I draw the line? 4. Is lordship salvation biblical? When I think about it I get so depressed because I don’t understand.  From what I read you have to do certain things to be considered a true believer, but that just makes me feel hopeless. Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
21
2020
Episode 492 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What did Jesus mean in Matt 6:23 when he said, “Be sure that the light that is in you be not darkness?” How could it be both? 2. Does Baptism confer faith or grace upon an individual? Or is Baptism a confirmation of personal faith in Christ? 3. I’ve been reading and listening to the book of Romans, and in chapter 14, the heading in the ESV Bible says, “Do not pass judgment on one another.” Though it is talking mainly of food, could this mean more than food? I have passed judgment on others, which is such a struggle for me, because I am reminded of what Christ did on the Cross and that there is no condemnation for those that are in Him. But yet, as I judge, am I not condemning? Could you please help me understand? 4. My friends and I got into a debate the other day about worship. Some of them were saying we shouldn’t do anything that isn’t commanded in Scripture. But none of our churches sacrifice bulls and goats like they did in the Temple, and I don’t see a worship service outlined anywhere in the New Testament. They attend more traditional churches that seem outdated to me. With so many people leaving the church, shouldn’t we do what works best for our culture? Resources Introducing Covenant Theology by Michael Horton A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
20
2020
Episode 491 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why does God say that it is an abomination to eat shellfish? I saw on Facebook that God hates shellfish. The person I’m talking about is an atheist and looks for opportunities to make the Bible look ridiculous. 2. What do we do when we find a book where the author claims to have a grasp of Christianity, but only seems to be confusing the truth? I really just want to be able to read without such an author trying to distract me. most important thing? 3. How do you really seek God with your whole heart and how do you trust him with all your understanding? 4. Has Jesus given each and every Christian authority in the sense of doing miracles? The context is a verse from a song my church sang this past week: “When I open up my mouth / miracles start breaking out / I have the authority / Jesus has given me.” Resources Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
17
2020
Episode 490 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I’m not married yet, and sometimes I wonder if it is worth all the trouble. My parents went through a really difficult divorce, and I keep hearing similar stories from my friends. My boyfriend wants us to move in together, and sometimes it seems like the idea of marriage is just a stressful burden on our relationship, especially when we’re already committed to each other. Marriage wouldn’t change any of that, so why do it? 2. I would like to get married, but I’m having an identity crisis of who I am and who I want my spouse to be. I know I should prioritize my faith and his faith, but I identify with being Ukrainian-American very much. Do you have any advice for me as to what I can do to convince myself that finding a Godly man, no matter what nationality, is the most important thing? 3. A word from Pastor Adriel and Bill on Divorce and Remarrige. 4. How can my fiance and I prepare ourselves for a godly marriage? Resources Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex by Adriel Sanchez The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
16
2020
Episode 489 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I heard that you use the NIV Bible. Someone told me that the NIV Bible is missing verses throughout it. Is this true? 2. In light of Matthew 4:17, I wonder if there is a need to repent every day. And sometimes I wonder about salvation and if you can lose it if you sin too many times. 3. I’ve been in seminary now for 2 years, feel called to ministry, and I’m an intern at my church. However, I still struggle with lust and pornography. I delved into porn at a very young age, before I was a Christian, and I’m still working through the damage it caused to this day. I have begged God to take it away, and it has become less over time, but still, if I am called into the ministry, I’m supposed to not even have a hint of sexual immorality in my life. Do I have to have 100% total victory over my inclinations before I can be a minister of the word? Why won’t God totally change my heart and take it away? I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve asked him to take it away. Any help would be appreciated! 4. If a person did something wrong, by that I mean break the law, and then later got saved, but before they were able to be accountable to the law on a worldly level, they died. Would they still be separated from the Lord if they could not make it right according to human law? Resources Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
15
2020
Episode 488 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a friend whose grown children show no interest in God, church, the Bible, or prayer. He says that he’s trusting the baptismal covenant that his children will return to the Faith. Is that a correct view of baptism? It almost sounds like baptismal regeneration to me. 2. It seems to me that the law is different from the Gospel because the law is something we do while the Gospel asks nothing from us. But 1 Peter 4:17 speaks of “those who do not obey the gospel of God.” Can you help me distinguish between the law and the Gospel? 3. I’ve recently been studying Genesis 3:16. I know the common interpretation of the verse is that a woman’s desire for their husbands is about wanting to usurp their husband’s authority. Some newer interpretations suggest this view is incorrect and it’s more about the post-fall loss of the unity and harmony that the Lord intended for marriage. Is it right to assume Genesis 3:16 presumes that women just want to usurp authority? I feel like this view has some dangerous implications, particularly in regards to misogyny and abuse, but I want to follow Scripture correctly. 4. I have a question which nags me because I have so many unsaved relatives. How often do I present them with the gospel? They never come to me to ask a question of any kind that might lead to a gospel conversation. I’ve gone to them over the years, they’ve all heard the gospel from me, and I pray for them all the time. It hit me this week that I don’t see Jesus or the apostles running after anybody once they’ve heard the truth and turned away. Is that my example, too? Resources 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep the Faith by CORE Christianity Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
14
2020
Episode 487 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. When Jesus called God Father in John 5:18, was this a new concept for the Jews, or did they have something like this in the OT? 2. I thought I was a Christian, but then I got caught up in the lie that I was supposed to be the opposite sex. I went through with a sex change, but now I have realized it was all a lie. Am I an abomination unto God? Can I return to him? 3. I have a question about two parables: Jesus describes himself as the good shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine to find the one sheep who went astray. How does this match with the parable of the prodigal son? Does Jesus seek us out or do we have to come to him of our own accord? 4. When I read about Paul in the NT and how his whole purpose was to spread the gospel, it inspires me to be a better Christian. But I find myself with this almost selfish intention. I want to be seen as a superior Christian, almost like people in the Bible were. I want God to be so pleased with what I’m doing, not just like regular Christians, but someone willing to die for him. And so when I sin, I get mad at myself because I think God will look at me like a regular Christian, and that is such a selfish thought. And I just started crying in my car because of how selfish that is. Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton What Is the Trinity? by Core Christianity Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
13
2020
Episode 486 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why do we have denominations? Why can’t we just worship as one? 2. Will we be raised bodily like Christ was raised? If so, does this mean we’ll have scars from our past as Jesus had? Will our burial grounds and casket be opened like Jesus’ tomb was? Or was Jesus’ bodily resurrection representative of our spiritual resurrection? 3. How do I live out Romans 8:13 in everyday life? 4. I’m 17, and I’ve been having lots of homosexual thoughts lately. I don’t know what to even do. I pray about this issue more than nearly any other thing in my life, yet I feel like nothing has changed. I don’t want to be like this for the rest of my life. How do I get rid of this temptation? What will happen to me if I become gay? Could you give some advice or biblical wisdom to help? Resources 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality by CORE Christianity Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
10
2020
Episode 485 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I am a Christian who goes to church every Sunday, but I want to start gymnastics and most of the competitions are on Sunday morning. I’m wondering if it is okay if I miss a day of church (even though I don’t want to)? 2. I have a question about Genesis 6. I believe you would call them the Nephilim, or the sons of God, uniting with the daughters of men. That passage perplexes me. 3. Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” I am now coming to understand that our ultimate grounds for assurance is in what Christ has objectively done for us. How are we to look at this verse in light of our present reality? 4. How can there not be apostles today if we still have pastors? Resources We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry by Gregory K. Beale You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton   Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
9
2020
Episode 484 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why should I trust radio pastors? They ask people to put 100% of their trust in God, and then ask us to give our money or time to fill their coffers as they wear $1,000 suits! Does the Holy Spirit work better in expensive suits? 2. How important do you believe it is to include a dedicated slot specifically for the public reading of Scripture in our worship service liturgies, and could you elaborate as to what most informs your thoughts? 3. How, when, and what made God decide to have a specific group of people to call His own (Israel), especially when in the first place he created each and every person in his image? Why did he choose Israel and call other tribes his enemies and actually fight them using his chosen people? 4. I am not happy with the direction my home church is going in. We have made several changes over the last year to become a more contemporary place. Could you provide me with some guidance on how to deal with these changes? online each Sunday and get connected with some friends each week?  Resources God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies by Costi Hinn A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton   Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
8
2020
Episode 483 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In the Psalms, I’ve noticed that a lot of times that when the psalmist is praying, they seem to be making demands of God. For example, do this or that to my enemies. It seems quite disrespectful to me to talk like that to God, instead of using manners. Maybe this is justifiable? 2. Why did Jesus tell all those whom he healed to not to tell anyone about Him? 3. My son was a great kid growing up. When he went off to college, he got himself involved in things he had no business doing: alcohol, smoking. It has spiraled down from one thing to another and he admits he needs help. How can you help us? 4. Is corporate worship commanded, and how is the church gathering together on Sunday morning different from and necessary in addition to personal and small group worship? If corporate worship is commanded, and if there is a particular purpose and benefit unique to corporate worship, then why has the church been so quick to allow healthcare to replace its worship of God as the driver in our obedience? If we can accomplish all the same things via zoom for example, then why not just join online each Sunday and get connected with some friends each week?  Resources Teen Challenge – https://teenchallengeranch.com/ Al-Anon – https://al-anon.org/ Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
7
2020
Episode 482 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I was in a discussion with my friend about our beliefs. According to her, women are not able to cut their hair or wear pants. She sent me Deuteronomy 22:5, which talks about women not wearing men’s clothes and 1 Corinthians 11:6, which talks about women not cutting their hair. Are we supposed to follow these commands as Christians? If not, how do we make sense of these commands in the Bible? 2. What version of the Bible do you use on your show? 3. I’ve heard the phrase “faith is like a muscle, the more we use it, the stronger it gets” very often in the Christian community. While it sounds like a great analogy, I just don’t see it in the Bible. In Romans 12:3 Paul says God has assigned a measure of faith. Am I missing something? 4. Jesus taught us not to worry about what we shall eat or wear. Philippians 4:19 promises that God will supply all our needs. Yet, believers in other countries starve to death because they didn’t get the food they needed. I know the Bible is true, so there must be something wrong with my understanding. I desire to reconcile things I see with what I want to believe so that I can be confident in my trust of the Lord. He is certainly able to provide the basics for Christians, yet it seems like sometimes He doesn’t. Please help! Resources Knowing God by J. I. Packer  Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
6
2020
Episode 481 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have been told by some people that Jesus Christ is a fake name; therefore, I am following a fake Jesus Christ. Can you please clarify for me if it is wrong to call the Son of God, Jesus Christ? 2. Was Saul similar to Judas, who walked with Jesus but never put his faith in him? 3. What is the difference between John’s baptism and Jesus Christ’s baptism? Are these really two different baptisms? Does John’s baptism confer to us the benefits of Christ? Could the believers in Acts 19 have repented and believed and still not have received the Holy Spirit in regeneration? 4. What Is Justice According To The Christian Faith? Resources Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
3
2020
Episode 480 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In the Lord’s prayer, I understand how the Father would deliver us from evil, but why would God lead us into temptation? What is meant by “Our Father…lead us not into temptation”? 2. What are your views on the Lord’s Day, and what are biblical ways to honor God with my Sunday? 3. As Christians, should we pledge allegiance to a flag when our allegiance is to Christ and His Kingdom? 4. Shouldn’t people be looking for Jesus Christ, the church of God the Holy Spirit, and not a man-made church building? Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel Of The American Church by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
2
2020
Episode 479 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have heard some Christians claim that Acts 16:6 proves that God does not want to save everybody since Paul was forbidden to speak in Asia. Yet Paul and those with him were not the only evangelists. Sometimes it seems like the church in the US acts like the rest of the world doesn’t exist, and I’m wondering if this tendency can be traced even to how we read the Bible?  2. How can Stephen call the Jews stiff-necked people if it is God that changed his heart? 3. I know someone who is believing and accepting as truth this book entitled “The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross.” I wonder if you could steer me in a good direction in order to properly address this book and its contents with knowledge and grace. 4. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the promised seed of the woman, the seed of Abraham, to whom belongs the everlasting throne promised to David. A lot of work went into preserving that seed, but then in Matthew 1, we are told that Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, even though it was Joseph who was connected to the royal line of David. How does this work? Resources Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
1
2020
Episode 478 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Should people or pastors call themselves prophets or “man of God” today? If so, what does it mean to not touch the anointed ones and do prophets no harm? 2. In Genesis, in the Hebrew language, the creator of the universe is referred to in the plural form of Elohim. If God is triune, and one within the Trinity, why does the Hebrew word, Elohim, refer to the plural gods? 3. Is it okay to wish God was here physically with us even though I know it won’t happen? I was told this is idolatry, which makes me so sad because often I am pushed away, judged, or ignored because I’m autistic. None of the promises God made about church come true for me. Sometimes I wish I could touch, hug, hold, or smell God as my loving, affectionate Father. I especially long for this now that people are difficult to see with the Coronavirus restrictions. I wonder how orphans long for these basic needs but can’t get them. Do they think about God in the same way? 4. When will churches across the United States of America open to full capacity? So that way we can go back to what we used to do: shaking hands, hugging one another, that would be great. That way, all of us believers could attend that very first church service since March. Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
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