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The Core Christianity radio program was created to address a growing problem in the United States—people do not understand what the Bible teaches. Seminary professor, author, and theologian Michael Horton helped launch the show that is now hosted by Pastor Adriel Sanchez and Dr. Bill Maier.

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as the host of the Core Christianity national radio broadcast.

Dr. Bill Maier is a veteran broadcaster with a background in both general market and Christian radio. He also holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Biola University in Southern California. Many listeners may be familiar with Bill's work for the national media ministry Focus on the Family, where he hosted the “Weekend Magazine” program and the “Family Minute with Dr. Bill Maier."

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The Core Christianity radio program was created to address a growing problem in the United States—people do not understand what the Bible teaches. Seminary professor, author, and theologian Michael Horton helped launch the show that is now hosted by Pastor Adriel Sanchez and Dr. Bill Maier.

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as the host of the Core Christianity national radio broadcast.

Dr. Bill Maier is a veteran broadcaster with a background in both general market and Christian radio. He also holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Biola University in Southern California. Many listeners may be familiar with Bill's work for the national media ministry Focus on the Family, where he hosted the “Weekend Magazine” program and the “Family Minute with Dr. Bill Maier."

    Will Those Deceived by False Prophets Still Enter the Kingdom of God?

    Will Those Deceived by False Prophets Still Enter the Kingdom of God?

    Episode 535 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.
    Show Notes
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    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
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    Does God Judge Those Who Take Communion Without Repentance?

    Does God Judge Those Who Take Communion Without Repentance?

    Episode 534 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.
    Show Notes
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    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
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    Why Do the Ten Commandments Sound So Negative?

    Why Do the Ten Commandments Sound So Negative?

    Episode 533 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.
    Show Notes
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    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
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    Is Prosperity the Promise of the Gospel?

    Is Prosperity the Promise of the Gospel?

    Episode 532 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.
    Show Notes
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    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
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    How On Earth Was the Bible Composed and Compiled?

    How On Earth Was the Bible Composed and Compiled?

    Episode 527 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.
    Show Notes
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    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
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    What Can God Do With My Emptiness? with Special Guest Nancy Guthrie

    What Can God Do With My Emptiness? with Special Guest Nancy Guthrie

    Episode 530 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.
    Show Notes
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    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
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