• Kevin Palau on finding belovedness amid performancism.

    Could there be an antidote to self-doubt and the need to prove ourselves?


    In this episode, Kevin Palau shares his journey of self-discovery and purpose, which resonates with many of us. He opens up about the profound impact of his father's passing on his life and how it led him to confront his self-doubt and performancism. Kevin's exploration of the concept of belovedness is a game-changer, as it completely transformed his perspective on success and worth. He also highlights the importance of silence and solitude in reconnecting with one's true identity and finding peace. Kevin's insights on the adverse effects of perfectionism and the need to be present with others are equally powerful. His story is a beacon of hope, inspiring listeners to embrace their belovedness and let go of the need to prove themselves.

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Grieving and Transition: The loss of a loved one, particularly a figure as significant as a father, can trigger a profound emotional journey. Even with a strong family bond and a legacy of ministry, the transition can be arduous, stirring up questions about one's identity and purpose.
    • Identity and Performance: There's a tendency for individuals to tie their sense of self-worth to their performance or achievements. This perfectionist mindset, coupled with anxiety and self-doubt, can lead to a constant striving for validation and success.
    • Belovedness: The profound realization of being beloved by God, irrespective of performance or external validation, can be transformative. This understanding offers a comforting foundation of love and acceptance that transcends accomplishments or failures.
    • Silence and Solitude: Engaging in practices like silent retreats or moments of solitude can provide opportunities for introspection and encountering the divine. In these quiet spaces, individuals may come to understand their belovedness and confront inner struggles.
    • Reorienting Priorities: Embracing one's belovedness can lead to liberating shifts in priorities and relationships. It may involve repentance for past behaviors driven by perfectionism and a renewed focus on loving others authentically, free from the burden of performance-based acceptance.


    Learn more about Kevin and his organization, the Luis Palau Association. Buy his book, Unlikely. You can also connect with him on Instagram.

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    E64 - 49m - May 15, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVEMore Mercy for Caregivers

    It's not easy to care for those most vulnerable. How do we acknowledge and care for our needs as we care for others? Listen to my conversation with Dr. Maureen Petersen for more on this idea. .https://www.mercycast.com/episodes/063-maureen-petersen



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    6m - May 10, 2024
  • Dr. Maureen Petersen on caring for ourselves as we care for others.

    Sometimes, when you care for the needs of others, you forget to care for yourself.


    Enter Dr. Maureen Michele Petersen. She is a physician, life coach, mom, and author of the new book Reclaiming Life: A Guide for Parents of Chronically Ill Children. She shares her journey in this episode as a mother of a chronically ill child and offers insights on caring for others while practicing self-care. She emphasizes the importance of gratitude, viewing challenges as gifts, and understanding the beauty of life's dichotomy. Dr. Petersen highlights the significance of emotional health and provides strategies for recognizing and processing emotions. She encourages journaling as a tool for self-reflection and suggests seeking help and support when facing difficult situations.

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Practice gratitude to shift focus from challenges to the goodness in life.
    • View challenges as opportunities for growth and learning.
    • Prioritize self-care to maintain emotional health and better care for others.
    • Journaling can help recognize and process emotions and identify self-limiting beliefs.


    You can get to know Dr. Maureen Petersen by connecting with her on LinkedIn and getting a copy of her new book, Reclaiming Life.

    Email us at info@mercycast.com. You can follow MercyCast on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    You can follow Raleigh Sadler on Twitter and Instagram.

    For more conversations like this one, check out my book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking.



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    E63 - 43m - May 8, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVEMore Mercy on Faith.

    In this episode of More Mercy, I reflect on my conversation with Michelle Cushatt, author of A Faith that Will Not Fail: 10 Practices to Build Up Your Faith When Your World is Falling Apart. She shares her transformative journey of maintaining faith amid suffering.


    https://www.mercycast.com/episodes/062-michele-cushatt



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    7m - May 3, 2024
  • Michele Cushatt on keeping the faith in a world falling apart.

    How do you trust when everything you experience tells you to do the opposite?


    In this episode, Michelle Cushatt, author of A Faith that Will Not Fail: 10 Practices to Build Up Your Faith When Your World is Falling Apart, shares her transformative journey of maintaining faith amid suffering. She discusses the challenges she faced when diagnosed with cancer three times and how it affected her identity as a communicator. Michelle's story is a testament to the power of faith, resilience, and hope. She emphasizes the importance of relinquishing control and trusting in God's faithfulness. She encourages listeners to remember God's past faithfulness and to find light in the darkness. Michelle also highlights the practice of waiting and the significance of lamenting in painful seasons. Her hope is contagious. You will enjoy this conversation. 

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Maintaining faith in challenging times requires relinquishing control and trusting God's faithfulness.
    • Remembering God's past faithfulness can provide hope and strength in suffering.
    • Finding light in the darkness involves looking for treasures and hidden blessings during pain.
    • Lamenting and grieving our pain is a valid and necessary part of the healing process.

    You can get to know Michele by starting at her website, michelecushatt.com. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify. Buy her new book, A Faith that Will Not Fail.

    Email us at info@mercycast.com. You can follow MercyCast on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    You can follow Raleigh Sadler on Twitter and Instagram.

    For more conversations like this one, check out my book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking.



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    E62 - 39m - May 1, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVEMore Mercy on Leadership.

    This week, I reflect on this week's episode of MercyCast with NY Times Bestselling author Gary Harpst. Gary gave us a gift this week, and in this short episode, I attempt to unpack it a little.



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    8m - Apr 26, 2024
  • Gary Harpst on leading through chaos.

    How do we grow as leaders?

    In this conversation, seasoned CEO and New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author Gary Harpst shares his experiences and insights on leadership, faith, and the power of relationships. He discusses the challenges of facing reality and making tough decisions, emphasizing the importance of perspective and learning from failures. Harpst highlights the role of faith and trust in leadership, stressing the need to define purpose and lead oneself before leading others. He also explores the power of relationships and the significance of embracing imperfection and dealing with failure. Harpst brings us back to the Gospel by discussing the supernatural love of God and its impact on leadership. If you are a leader, this episode is for you.

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Facing reality and making tough decisions is a crucial aspect of leadership.
    • Perspective and lessons learned from failures can shape personal growth and leadership effectiveness.
    • Faith and trust play a significant role in leadership, especially during challenging times.
    • Defining purpose is essential for effective leadership, both in leading oneself and others.
    • Building strong relationships and demonstrating love are key components of successful leadership.
    • Embracing imperfection and learning from failure are essential for personal and leadership growth.
    • Living out faith in leadership involves making decisions that align with one's values and beliefs.
    • The supernatural love of God has a transformative impact on leadership and relationships.


    Learn more about Gary and his organization, LeadFirst. Buy his new book, Built to Beat Chaos. You can also connect with Lead First on LinkedIn.

    Email us at info@mercycast.com. You can follow MercyCast on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    You can follow Raleigh Sadler on Twitter and Instagram.

    For more conversations like this one, check out my book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking.



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    E61 - 31m - Apr 24, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVEMore Mercy on the False self

    In this episode, I talk about my recent interview with Naghmeh Panahi.


    Listen to the full episode here. https://www.mercycast.com/episodes/056-naghmeh-panahi



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    6m - Apr 23, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVEMore Mercy on Social Anxiety

    Life is like a burrito. Yep. If you want to learn more, listen in. The Mercycast conversation with Tamara was one of my favorites, and I am thankful to reflect on it. 


    Here's the original episode. https://www.mercycast.com/episodes/055-tamara-pflug



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    5m - Apr 23, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVEMore Mercy on experiencing change.

    In this episode, we discuss how we experience change. To listen to the full episode, go here. https://www.mercycast.com/episodes/054-andi-andrew



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    6m - Apr 23, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVEMore Mercy on Despair

    Hey everyone, as you have noticed during my recent travels, I missed More Mercy episodes. Therefore, I will upload several here. Please feel free to listen to the original episodes, but these short episodes can also stand alone.


    In this four-minute episode, I discuss my conversation with Bradley Gray and how we can look at our despair differently.


    To listen to the full episode of MercyCast, check out the website. https://www.mercycast.com/episodes/053-bradley-gray





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    4m - Apr 23, 2024
  • Karis Meier on redeeming suffering.

    What happens when dawn tarries?

    Last week's episode discussed finding hope in trials and how God can heal. In this episode, I want to return to the idea of suffering and explore the question of what happens when you aren't healed and live with chronic pain or suffering with Karis Meier, author of 'Suffering Redeemed.' She shares her journey of living with chronic illness and finding joy and beauty amid suffering. We discuss the importance of vulnerability, receiving from God, and surrendering to His will. Karis encourages listeners to embrace the mystery of suffering and to focus on God's faithfulness and love. The conversation highlights the importance of faith and trust in God's plan, even when we don't understand it.

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Chronic pain and suffering can be a long and challenging journey, but it is possible to find joy and beauty in the midst of it.
    • Vulnerability and receiving from God are key in navigating the challenges of chronic illness and suffering.
    • Surrendering to God's will and having faith in His plan can bring peace and hope amid suffering.
    • Looking back on God's faithfulness and the growth that comes from suffering can provide encouragement and perspective.

    You can connect with Karis on Facebook, Instagram, and her website. Also, if you haven’t read her book, Suffering Redeemed, you can find it here. Email us at info@mercycast.com. You can follow MercyCast on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    You can follow Raleigh Sadler on Twitter and Instagram.

    For more conversations like this one, check out my book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking.



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    E60 - 37m - Apr 17, 2024
  • Gentry Colson on finding hope in trials.

    Where can you find hope in chronic illness?

    In this episode, Gentry Colson and I discuss suffering and finding hope in the midst of it. Gentry shares her journey with chronic Lyme disease and how she found purpose and faith amid her suffering. We explore the theology of glory versus the theology of the cross and the importance of shifting to an eternal perspective. Gentry encourages listeners to be vulnerable, seek community in times of suffering, and trust in God's faithfulness, even when healing doesn't come as expected.

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Suffering is a universal experience, and it's important to find hope and purpose in the midst of it.
    • Theology of glory focuses on the idea that everything will go well if God is for us, while the theology of the cross recognizes that suffering is a part of life in a fallen world.
    • Trusting in God's character and having an eternal perspective can help us navigate suffering.
    • Being vulnerable and seeking community can provide support and encouragement in times of suffering.
    • God's faithfulness depends not on our desired outcome but on His character and love for us.

    You can connect with Gentry on Facebook, Instagram, and on X. Email us at info@mercycast.com. You can follow MercyCast on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    You can follow Raleigh Sadler on Twitter and Instagram.

    For more conversations like this one, check out my book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking.



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    E59 - 38m - Apr 10, 2024
  • Eric Schumacher and Jessika Sanders on how to pray for others in crisis.

    How can we respond when we don’t have the words?

    In this episode, Jessika Sanders and Eric Schumacher discuss their book, In His Hands: Prayers for Your Child and Baby in a Medical Crisis. They share their personal experiences of going through a medical crisis with their child and how they found comfort and strength through prayer. The book contains prayers for various situations and offers support and encouragement for families facing similar challenges. They emphasize the importance of depending on God and trusting His faithfulness during difficult times.

    This conversation is not restricted solely to parents in crisis but to any of us facing difficulty.

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Prayer can provide comfort and strength during a medical crisis.
    • Writing prayers can be a spiritual experience that deepens faith and trust in God.
    • God sees and knows our struggles and invites us to ask Him for help.
    • Dependence on God in prayer allows us to experience His faithfulness and provision. Trusting in God's will and surrendering to Him can bring relief and hope in times of suffering.
    • God, who is well acquainted with suffering, is the perfect person to turn to in moments of pain.
    • Suffering can lead to a deeper and fresher relationship with God.
    • It is important to know how to respond to suffering, both in our own lives and in the lives of others.

    Learn more about Jessika’s ministry at her site, jessikasanderswriter.com. You can follow Jessika on Instagram and LinkedIn. Learn more about Eric and where to follow him here. If you haven’t already bought it, preorder their book, In His Hands. Email us at info@mercycast.com. You can follow MercyCast on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    You can follow Raleigh Sadler on Twitter and Instagram.

    For more conversations like this one, check out my book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking.



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    E58 - 42m - Apr 3, 2024
  • Michelle McKinney Hammond on navigating transitions.

    Should I avoid change or embrace it?

    In this episode, my guest, Michelle McKinney Hammond, author of When Shift Happens: Say Yes To Your Next, and I discuss embracing change, growth, Denzel Washington, and the Gospel.

    Michelle shares her experience of adversity and how it led her to write her first book. She explains the importance of shifting perspective and trusting God in times of transition. We also explore the role of creativity in navigating change and the need to let go and make room for new things. Overall, the conversation highlights the transformative power of recognizing our fear but embracing change and the opportunities it can bring.

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Change and transition are inevitable; embracing them can lead to personal growth and new beginnings.
    • Adversity and challenges can be catalysts for positive change and transformation.
    • Shifting our perspective and trusting in God's goodness can help us navigate transitions with hope and confidence.
    • Creativity plays a crucial role in embracing change and finding new opportunities.
    • Letting go of control and making room for new things can lead to unexpected blessings and growth. A different voice and perspective can inspire us to take action and overcome challenges.
    • Transitions can be scary because they require us to leave our comfort zones and face uncertainty.
    • Trusting God and embracing uncertainty can lead to positive outcomes and personal growth.
    • In times of transition, it is essential to focus on God's promises, remember His faithfulness, and embrace the lessons learned.


    You can contact Michelle at her site, MichelleHammond.com. You can follow Michelle on Instagram and Facebook. If you haven’t already bought it, buy her book, When Shift Happens.

    Thanks for listening. We want to hear from you!

    Email us at info@mercycast.com.Email us at info@mercycast.com. You can follow MercyCast on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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    E57 - 42m - Mar 27, 2024
  • Naghmeh Panahi on dying to our false self.

    Can you be real about your false self?

    She made international headlines as she advocated for the release of her husband from prison. However, she was in a prison of her own. In this conversation, Naghmeh Panahi shares her journey of self-discovery and recognizing and shedding the false self. She discusses the pressure to hold her marriage together and the fear of divorce. Naghmeh, author of I Didn't Survive: Emerging Whole After Deception, persecution, and Hidden Abuse, emphasizes the importance of caring for the vulnerable and the need to challenge cultural and religious norms that perpetuate abuse. She also highlights the transformative power of embracing change and renewal. At the heart of this conversation lies the importance of stripping away the false self and embracing suffering to find true freedom and redefine success.

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Adversity can reveal the false self that we project to the world, and it takes hitting rock bottom to become self-aware of who we truly are.
    • Recognizing and shedding the false self is a challenging and transformative process. It often involves facing adversity and allowing it to strip away the layers of pretense.
    • Caring for the vulnerable and challenging cultural and religious norms that perpetuate abuse is at the heart of following Christ.
    • Embracing change and renewal is essential for personal growth and living the authentic Christian faith. Adversity can lead to growth and renewal.
    • Helping the vulnerable is an essential aspect of living out the gospel.
    • Embracing vulnerability can make us more effective in reaching the vulnerable.
    • Stripping away the false self and embracing suffering can lead to true freedom and redefining success.

    You can follow Naghmeh on Instagram and X. If you haven’t already bought it, buy her book, I Didn’t Survive. Email us at info@mercycast.com. You can follow MercyCast on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    You can follow Raleigh Sadler on Twitter and Instagram.

    For more conversations like this one, check out my book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking.



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    E56 - 53m - Mar 20, 2024
  • Tamara Pflug on navigating social anxiety.

    Have you ever felt stressed at the thought of being around others?


    In this episode, I discuss social anxiety with Tamara Pflug, a fun and confidence coach. That's her role to help others embrace fun and confidence in their daily lives. So, I had to have her on the show to help us understand social anxiety and find a way forward. We explore the rise of social anxiety during the pandemic and the challenges of re-entering social situations. Tamara shares her personal experience of comparing herself to others and how she recognized that her thoughts were not reality. We discuss the life cycle of social anxiety and the importance of paying attention to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Tamara emphasizes accepting and embracing social anxiety as a part of our humanity.

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Social anxiety has increased during the pandemic as people re-enter social situations.
    • Comparing oneself to others can contribute to social anxiety.
    • Thoughts are not reality, and recognizing this can help manage social anxiety.
    • Accepting and embracing social anxiety can lead to personal growth and deeper connections with others.
    • It is essential not to take social anxiety too seriously and to embrace all emotions.


    Here are some ways to respond to this episode: Listen to Tamara’s podcast, have Tamara coach you, or follow her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Email us at info@mercycast.com. You can follow MercyCast on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    You can follow Raleigh Sadler on Twitter and Instagram.

    For more conversations like this one, check out my book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking.



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    E55 - 32m - Mar 13, 2024
  • Andi Andrew on embracing change.

    Do you like change?


    When I first met Andi in a church office in lower Manhattan, neither of us had any idea of the transition we would face in the coming year. In this conversation, Andi Andrew, author of the new book Braving Change: Release the Past, Welcome Growth, and Trust Where God is Leading You, and I discuss the challenges and opportunities of personal transitions. We explore the role of guides in navigating change and the importance of processing grief and loss. More than anything, we discuss the need to release the past and create a game plan for moving forward. As you listen, I hope you are encouraged to view change as an opportunity for growth and transformation, allowing it to shape and mold us into the likeness of Christ.

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Transitions can be challenging but also purifying, exposing hidden idols and self-sufficiency.
    • Processing grief and loss is essential for moving forward healthily.
    • Releasing the past and embracing change requires recognizing the need for obedience and integrity.
    • Creating a game plan and practicing gratitude can help navigate transitions and foster growth.
    • Rhythms of rest are crucial for maintaining balance and well-being during times of change.


    Discover more about Andi on her website, Andiandrew.com. Read her new book, Braving Change. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram. Email us at info@mercycast.com. You can follow MercyCast on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    You can follow Raleigh Sadler on Twitter and Instagram.

    For more conversations like this one, check out my book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking.



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    E54 - 46m - Mar 6, 2024
  • Bradley Gray on finding hope in despair and disappointment.

    Is it possible to suffer well?


    Before you turn away from this episode, I promise that if you listen, the answer will leave you more hopeful than when you started.

    In this installment, I pick the brain of Bradley Gray, pastor and author of the book 'Finding God in the Darkness.' We discuss the importance of suffering honestly and embracing vulnerability. As you know, we do not shy away from vulnerability on the MercyCast. Suffering is a part of the human experience, and grace is available to us in our darkest moments. We explore the law and gospel paradigm, highlighting the objective truth of the gospel and the freedom it brings.

    Highlights and takeaways from the conversation:

    • Suffering is a part of the human experience and should be embraced and acknowledged honestly.
    • Grace is available to us in our darkest moments and is not dependent on our achievements or ability to overcome suffering.
    • Vulnerability and connection are essential in navigating suffering and supporting others.
    • Understanding the objective truth of the gospel and the distinction between law and gospel can bring freedom and hope in times of despair.

    Discover more about Bradley here and read some of his articles on 1517.org. Read his book, Finding God in the Darkness. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

    Email us at info@mercycast.com. You can follow MercyCast on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    You can follow Raleigh Sadler on Twitter and Instagram.

    For more conversations like this one, check out my book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking.



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    E53 - 43m - Feb 28, 2024
  • EXCLUSIVEMore Mercy on grief and happiness.

    This week, I want to dig more into this idea of being happy while being sad. Listen in and let me know what you think.



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    6m - Feb 23, 2024
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