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Christian Young Adults Podcast

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Christian Young Adults Podcast

    Here’s Something Encouraging: Episode 660

    Here’s Something Encouraging: Episode 660

    Giving effective encouragement, plus managing your mental health in the election season, and dating when a successful business is in play. 

    Featured resource: Lighthouse Network  

    Featured musical artist: David Baloche

    Roundtable: Be Encouraged!

    What is encouragement? Is it being optimistic? Sharing a compliment? Biblical encouragement is much bigger, and there are great ways to both give and receive encouragement in all areas of life. We need true, soul-sustaining encouragement now more than ever. Our guests tell stories of how effective encouragement has made a big difference in their faith, their attitudes, and even in the small details of their days. 

    Culture: Your Mental Health and the 2020 Election

    Every day, a new headline threatens to derail us with anxiety, anger or depression. The polls change and our moods follow suit. Uncertainty about what life will look like in November has us on edge. How can we maintain any type of sanity? Psychiatrist Dr. Karl Benzio gives practical ideas for managing your mental health while still staying informed during this crazy election season.  

    Inbox: Business, Money and Marriage

    He’s the owner of a small but very profitable business. Now he’s ready to date again, but last time his relationship ran into problems because of his career. Can he find a balance between the demands of work and maintaining a healthy relationship? Counselor Geremy Keeton weighs in.

    • 56 min
    Find Your Bible Study Style: Episode 659

    Find Your Bible Study Style: Episode 659

    Finding quiet time strategies that work for you, plus a Q&A session on how to share your faith, and when your crush is out of reach. 

    Featured musical artist: Stu Garrard

    Roundtable: Study the Bible in a Way That Works for You

    Have you tried being more disciplined to read your Bible and pray, but still struggle to do it every day? You see people who seem so spiritual and into it, and you feel intimidated. In a world that keeps us busy and distracted, how can we effectively and joyfully make time for God? Our guests share their struggles of developing the habit, plus unique methods and personalized tips that ultimately brought success, not shame.

    Culture: Evangelism Q&A

    Sharing your faith in today’s world is tricky. Every situation and person is different, so how do you winsomely tell others about God? Our summer interns asked Dr. Mike Bechtle the practical questions around witnessing to others — and loving them in the process.  

    Inbox: Phantom Crush

    She only met him once, and fell hard. She got her hopes up, he went away, and now she heard he’s in a relationship. It’s the crush that never had a chance. Heartbroken, how can she move on? Lisa Anderson weighs in.

    • 45 min
    Roommate or No Roommate?: Episode 658

    Roommate or No Roommate?: Episode 658

    The pros and cons of having a roommate or living by yourself, plus using your personality to share your faith, and feeling invisible at church.

    Featured musical artist: Hollyn

    Roundtable: Having Roommates Vs. Living Alone
    It’s an important question: Should I find someone to help pay the rent, or embrace having my own space? Anyone who’s had a bad roommate experience will tell you that who you live with can make or break your housing situation. Living alone can be great, but there are huge benefits to doing life with others, too. Our guests tell their stories of having a roommate versus going solo, and how you can determine the living arrangement that’s best for you right now.  

    Culture: Evangelism and Your Personality 
    As an introvert, Dr. Mike Bechtle felt stuck in how to share his faith. Methods like walking up to complete strangers to introduce the gospel felt awkward and forced. But over time, Mike realized God gave him his unique personality on purpose, and being introverted still affords great opportunities to represent Christ. He learned evangelism is more about getting to know and love people, then having honest conversations. When we know how God wired us, sharing about Jesus comes more naturally. 

    Inbox: Feeling Forgotten at Church
    She’s been at her church for three years, and has even served on ministry teams. Yet she hasn’t made any close friends and wonders if people there know she exists. Even after a car accident, nobody from the congregation came to visit her. Is it time to find a new church, or should she continue trying to fit in? Lisa Anderson gives ideas for moving forward.

    • 54 min
    Christians and the 2020 Election (Part 2): Episode 657

    Christians and the 2020 Election (Part 2): Episode 657

    More on how Christians should approach the 2020 election, plus getting rid of toxic thoughts, and feeling trapped into marrying someone.

    Featured musical artist: Je’kob

    Roundtable: 2020 Voting Angst (Part 2)
    Election Day 2020 is approaching, and many American voters are uneasy, if not downright upset. In the midst of so much unrest and uncertainty, it’s easy for Christians to ask: “How should I vote? Should I even vote at all?” Our guests continue last week’s conversation regarding the tension they feel in anticipation of November, how they’re evaluating the candidates and issues, and how we can keep our eyes on Christ and our sanity intact despite the craziness.

    Culture: Mind Control
    Author Jennie Allen knows firsthand what it’s like to endure the darkness of toxic thoughts and overwhelming fear. After an incident at a speaking engagement a few years ago, she battled 18 months of intense anxiety. But in walking through that season, she learned that we’re not doomed to be a victim of our own minds. Instead, with God’s help, we can replace toxic thoughts with the truths of God’s Word, and with grace, move into spiritual and emotional wholeness.

    Inbox: Trapped in an Engagement
    He’s engaged, but there’s one problem — he’s feeling forced to marry the woman. He admittedly doesn’t find her attractive, but feels pressured by his parents to go through with it since she has many great qualities. Should he back out before it’s too late? One of our counselors will bring some perspective to this sticky situation.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Christians and the 2020 Election (Part 1): Episode 656

    Christians and the 2020 Election (Part 1): Episode 656

    How Christians should approach the 2020 election, plus rejecting the lies of self-love, and is disagreement on pandemic mandates a relationship dealbreaker?

    Featured musical artist: Darlene Zschech

    Roundtable: 2020 Voting Angst (Part 1)
    Election Day 2020 is approaching, and many American voters are uneasy, if not downright upset. In the midst of so much unrest and uncertainty, it’s easy for Christians to ask: “How should I vote? Should I even vote at all?” Our guests openly discuss the tension they feel in anticipation of November, how they’re evaluating the candidates and issues, and how we can keep our eyes on Christ and our sanity intact despite the craziness.

    Culture: OK, So You’re Not OK
    Our culture tells us that we are strong enough to solve our own problems. That we’re fine just the way we are. That we’re enough. But this culture of self-love hasn’t delivered on its promises. Author and podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey believed the empowerment lies until she went through a difficult breakup that left her feeling worthless. Through that season and beyond, she learned that only God is big enough to solve our problems, offer fulfillment, and provide true purpose and acceptance.

    Inbox: Pandemic Mandates and Dating Friction
    Mask or no mask? Churches open or closed? Government protection or overreach? She and her boyfriend disagree on some of the pandemic mandates and how they should be applied and enforced. Could this be a relationship dealbreaker? One of our counselors will bring balance to this tricky topic.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    When Life Scares You: Episode 655

    When Life Scares You: Episode 655

    Facing fear in uncertain times, plus hospitality for average people, and feeling the weight of past failures.

    Featured musical artist: Jeremy Rosado

    Roundtable: Overcoming Fear in Uncertain Times
    Many are afraid these days. With the amount of unrest in our world, it’s easy to let the headlines run your life. How do you find peace? Our guests share their stories of wrestling with fear and how they’ve learned to trust God in seasons of uncertainty. Whether your fears are around world events, job stuff, relationships — even the fear of not knowing what’s next — you’ll be encouraged to put your hope in God’s promises no matter how dark the world gets.

    Culture: Practicing Hospitality Wherever You Are
    When author Ashley Hales moved to Southern California, she was way outside her comfort zone. Making the move from an urban to suburban setting had her questioning whether she’d ever make true friends and be able to live out the gospel authentically. She quickly discovered the suburbs have their own unique challenges, but there’s a way to break through and show hospitality even in the intensely private environment of a picket-fence, garage-door world. Wherever you live, the joys of practicing hospitality are in studying the people around you, then opening your front door.

    Inbox: I Don’t Deserve Marriage
    A listener has been a Christian for years, but he’s feeling the gravity of past sin. Because of failures in past relationships, he struggles with shame and is wondering if he’s disqualified from marriage. One of our counselors will provide some hope and encouragement for our listener’s struggle.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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542 Ratings

542 Ratings

Rainbow Bubblegum ,

Love it

I just discovered this podcast a month ago and I wish I knew about it YEARS ago!! My favorite by far.

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Love the show!

Love this show’s relevance to my generation and to singles. This show gives me perspective on current issues and personal life matters. I’ve learned so much from it!

T.M. Russell ,

Thankful for its relevance

I’ve listened to the Boundless Show for years, across the arc of my single/dating/engaged/married seasons. This show had always been grounded in God’s Word, but I’ve noticed that it has become way more relevant for EVERYONE from any walk of life. They tackle major cultural, social, and political issues that make us all think deeper about applying the Gospel to our everyday lives. It’s no longer “that Christian dating podcast” - the show is so well-rounded, thoughtful, and articulate ! Well done.

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