The Sojo Show

The Sojo Show

The Sojo Show makes Bible Study fun with spontaneous conversations between Arabah Joy and Jen Evangelista. Together we discover how the study of God's Word can impact our everyday lives.


November 21, 2022 18 min

Happy Thanksgiving! What are some of your spiritual growth goals for 2023? In relation to your Bible intake, what are your goals gonna be for the next year?

You probably are starting to think about the new year, what you're gonna do in the new year, and what your goals are. There's something magical about January 1st and starting new goals. Just kind of a fresh start.... but you really can do this at any time.

Today we are g...

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Today we are continuing our series on the book of Colossians. The podcast discussion is centered around Colossians 1:24-29 where Paul talks about rejoicing in suffering.

That’s a hard phrase!

We all have gone through periods of suffering in our lives. We live in a world where there is a lot of suffering. Having a solid, biblical view of suffering can help us weather the storms with humility, grace, and strength

And can we just say, if...

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November 7, 2022 29 min

Today we're gonna dive a bit deeper into two verses in Colossians chapter 1:

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”

After you read these 2 verses and listen to this powerful episode, the important...

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October 31, 2022 26 min

We're starting a series on one of Jen’s very favorite books of the Bible: Colossians, one of the richest, theologically, deep books on the supremacy of Christ that we have!

One cool thing about this particular letter is that Paul, who's writing this letter, had never actually been to Colossae. 

Tune in today and you’ll hear:

  • An intro to Colossians as a rich book full of all kinds of lessons.

  • About our foundation on Christ being...
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    On today’s episode, join Jen as she teaches on the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon of the Mount is one of the most well-known but often misunderstood and misapplied passages of Scripture. 

    Matthew's 5-7 is the longest recorded sermon of Jesus and often used unwisely as moral standards, maxims and teachings - if we live up to them, then Jesus will accept us.

    Tune in today and you’ll hear:

  • What is the purpose of the Sermon on the M...
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    Today on the show we’re talking about an idea central to the Lord's Prayer. Heads up: It’s a tough topic! 

    We want to show the world the beauty of submission to God’s authority with humility and grace. 

     In today’s episode you’ll hear:

  • Beautiful reminders for us not to allow all the noise to cause confusion and let God's word speak for itself.  

  • How the rejection of authority over time will affect the future. 

  • A contrast is made...
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    We have a very special guest joining us! You probably know Joanna Weaver and heard of her book “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” which sold over a million copies, right?! *fan*

    Joanna joins AJ for a beautiful discussion on:  

  • A little bit about Joanna’s book “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.

  • Discussion of Joanna’s new book, “Embracing Trust”, especially the chapter about the prayer warrior Reese Howell and how his trust a...
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    October 3, 2022 35 min

    In October, we are starting a new series called: The Lord’s Prayer: Learning to Pray How Jesus Taught.

    We kick off the series with today’s episode, in which you’ll hear: 

    - 8 different types of prayer.

    - How to see prayer as a way to process life with God.

    - Seeing God as our authority and sovereign over everything is foundational to our prayers.

    - Why having an attitude of receptivity is so important.  

    … and MUCH MORE! 

    God wants us to ...

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    September 26, 2022 16 min

    During the month of September, we’ve talked about some core spiritual disciplines we all should be practicing: journaling, prayer, Bible intake. And this week, we are talking about worship. 

    In today’s episode you’ll hear: 

  • How can we grasp the full scope of worship,
  • The importance of understanding what worship is
  • A snippet from guest Melanie Redd about how Worship Transformed her Perspective.

  • When we think about worship, we think of li...

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    September 23, 2022 15 min

    Join us for the 28 Days Spiritual Growth Accelerator:

    Today we are continuing in our series on “Back to the Basics” and talking about PRAYER.

    In today’s episode you’ll hear: 

  • How prayer can truly transform your life

  • Discussion about the power of prayer and talking to God in a unique way.

  • A snippet from our Spiritual Growth Accelerator (SGA) guest Rachael Adams about how walking forward in obedience in the areas o...
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    September 23, 2022 15 min

    {FREE} Spiritual Growth Companion Guide:

    Today we're talking about one of the basic Spiritual disciplines we think EVERYONE needs to get back to: journaling.  

    In today’s new extra episode you’ll hear: 

  • The reasons why we should journal.
  • The different styles/ways of journaling.
  • How journaling helps you process what's your deeper spiritual issues
  • A snippet from our Spiritual Growth Accelerator (SGA) gu...
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    Join us for the 28 Days Spiritual Growth Accelerator:

    There are many ways that we can get the word into our heart. A lot of people don't even realize that scripture reading is different from scripture study.  

    However really getting the Word of God in you is critical and one of the basic spiritual disciplines that we all need to be practicing because of its benefits. 

    In today’s episode you’ll hear: 

  • Differe...
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    {FREE} Spiritual Growth Companion Guide:

    To grow on a spiritual level, you need to go back to the simplicity of Christ!

    And that’s what the new series in September is about: BACK TO the BASICS! Back to the simplicity of the Word, the gospel, and Christ. 

    In today’s episode you’ll hear: 

  • Crazy analogy between football and this month's series! (Jen did a great job with it, it’s a must listen for sure!) 

  • About...
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    Today is our FINAL episode on the series “Overcoming Anxiety!” 😥

    In today’s episode you’ll hear: 


  • How Jen focused on her patients and family and took drastic steps to deal with her anxiety. (The circumstances did not change. But her heart changed. She replaced it with more intentional prayer and time in the Word.)

  • How  we can be proactive. Learn how we can take steps with intentionality to guard our hearts against anxiety. 

  • Wa...
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    Today we have a special guest joining Jen: Ann Swindell. Ann writes Christ-centered courses and she’s the author of The Path to Peace Book!

    With such a special guest, we are excited to share that in today’s episode you’ll discover:


  • What to do when you feel angry, afraid, and hurt by the fact you are living a life you didn’t sign up for. 

  • What to do when life seems too much to handle.

  • How God used a really painful season in Ann’s famil...
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    Simplify your Life ON SALE:

    In today’s episode, discover:

  • How we have all the tools at our disposal to overcome and work through anxiety because of Christ in us!

  • Bible verses that talk about anxiety and what to do with it, as well as things that aren't really healthy or good for us that we have a hard time letting go of

  • Some encouragement and examples from Scripture to help us address anxious thoughts....
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    In today’s episode, we dive into King David’s story, a good example of how he takes his anxiety, fear, and doubts, and works through them by adjusting his focus to God. 

    It’s a POWERFUL example we too can follow! When it comes to dealing with our anxious thoughts, we believe bringing a biblical example is where the most help is!

    Trust God and take a step of faith. Anxiety does not have the final word.


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    *This is a very raw and vulnerable episode with AJ, in which she shares about her childhood trauma. It comes with a trigger warning as it may be sensitive to some audiences.


    Just the word can produce negative feelings, can’t it?

    Well, during the month of August we are starting a new series on the podcast and will be discussing ANXIETY, how to overcome it and how to calm our souls in a chaotic world.

    In today’s very special ep...

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    In today’s episode, Jen and AJ had a special talk about the LAST fruit of the Spirit: SELF-CONTROL:

    - How sports help explain this fruit of the spirit (Paul uses this earthly example of what's going on in the spiritual realm);

    - How we practice self-control; 

    - The benefits of self-control;

    … and MUCH MORE! 

    Spoiler Alert! Self-control requires effort o...

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    In today’s episode, we are talking about the fruit of the Spirit, GENTLENESS/Meekness. 

    Jen and AJ had a special talk about:

    - Why this fruit is also known as meekness; 
    - What is the biblical definition of meekness (it's not the same as our understanding of the English word!);
    - How the word meekness is closely linked with the word humility! 
    - How humbling and su...

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