But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Steak and a Bible - Apologetic Report

imagePerhaps this sounds like a strange admission, but there have been times in my life when I had no church home. While I believe those were legitimate absences, upon reflection, I may have learned more about the need to be part of a church when I didn’t have one than the many years I did.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 04:00

Church of Wimps

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I read Luke chapter 9 this morning where Jesus reacts to three people who claim they would “follow him” anywhere. A modern mindset would probably expect a reaction along the lines of “Great you have you, buddy!” Jesus instead lays each one of them bare and exposes where...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:05

Compassion – Pillar Number Nine

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Working through the Pillars of Christian Character series from Grace to You, the next character trait Pastor MacArthur examines is compassion.

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 12:04

The Word: Galatians 6:7-10

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“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 21:14

Sermon: Character Trait – Thankfulness

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This week’s sermon from Grace to You is focused on thankfulness. This is sermon eight in the series on the “Pillars of Christian Character.” Just two more to go!

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Friday, 03 March 2017 03:05

Joy!

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Sermon number seven from the Grace to You series I’ve been working my way through, “Pillars of Christian Character,” is about joy. We know from Galatians that joy is one of the fruits of a spirit-filled and spirit-controlled life. It also may be my favorite character trait.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 02:06

Pillars of Christian Character: Forgiveness

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The sixth sermon in the Grace To You series that I’ve been listening to once a week is all about forgiveness.

Speaking for myself, forgiving others can be a struggle at times. I’m glad I was reminded and chastised through this message. You can listen to it here.

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Following last week’s love sermon, the next in the Grace to You series of sermons from Pastor John MacArthur is focused on unity.

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:53

Pillars of Christian Character: Love

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Last week some things in my life sort of felt like they were imploding, so I failed to post sermon number three here. It was a sermon about humility.  I did share it on Facebook, but couldn’t find time to write up a post here. Sorry about that.

On to sermon four: Love. And just in...

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Sunday, 29 January 2017 15:45

Weighing in on the refugee matter

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Screenshot from a video about a UNHCR refugee camp.

 

I try very hard to stay away from politics here at Steak and a Bible. That isn’t because I don’t have strong political opinions, I do. I avoid it because I do not want my political opinions to get in the way of God’s truth....

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:50

Pillars of Christian Character: Obedience

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I’m continuing to listen to this Grace to You sermon series “The Pillars of Christian Character,” once a week, for ten weeks.

The second message is about obedience. That word sure can make our rebel hearts want to run away or start rationalizing behavior, can’t it? And yet,...

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Monday, 23 January 2017 12:42

Music Monday: Give You Glory by Jeremy Camp

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:43

GTY Sermon Series: Pillars of Christian Character

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While I was browsing programs at Grace to You the other day I came across this 10-message series on Christian character. And I had an idea to listen to one each Wednesday for the next 10 weeks.

Will you join me?

I’ll be sharing those messages in order here and on my Facebook page each Wednesday...

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Doctors Without Borders update from Serbia

This update from Serbia about the refugee and migrant crisis there is gut-wrenching and needs to be read. DWB has been treating people including children for injuries, including many sustained by border control authorities. Now many in Serbia are also...

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Monday, 16 January 2017 05:30

Music Monday: One Step Away by Casting Crowns

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Sunday, 15 January 2017 11:23

There is a cost …

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Matthew 16:24-27 “Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the...

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:35

Christmas Links: Theology of Carols and more

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image It is December 21st. Four more days to Christmas. Are you ready?Given the nearness of the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, I am short on time to share some of the advent messages and readings I’ve found in the past week or two.

Is the Virgin Birth Essential?

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Yesterday, my pastor preached on the necessity and miraculousness of Jesus’s virgin birth. Cribbing from my sermon notes I just wanted to share some relevant Bible passages with you.

Isaiah 7:13-15 “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God...

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Friday, 02 December 2016 09:56

Don’t Miss List: Hello, December Edition

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image I picked up our Christmas tree last night, so I’m in a Christmas-y mood. That might be obvious with some, but not all, of this Don’t Miss List:

Rev. Kevin DeYoung pleads with pastors: Don’t cancel Sunday services for Christmas!

I LOVE THIS! As someone who loves Christmas Eve...

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Thursday, 01 December 2016 18:46

Sermon: Thankfulness is Essential

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In this short message, Pastor John MacArthur explains how thankfulness is an “essential attitude” of Christianity.

A great message for this time of the year.

 

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 06:30

The Word: Galatians 2:15-21

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We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no...

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Sunday, 27 November 2016 13:54

The Word: 1 John 4:7-21

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Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through...

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Sunday, 06 November 2016 09:26

IDOP 2016

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Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).

Hebrews 13:1-3 states, “Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember the...

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Monday, 31 October 2016 05:30

Remembering Reformation Day 499 Years Later

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Four hundred and 99 years ago, Martin Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation by nailing his 95 Theses to the doors of the church at Wittenberg. But what led to that was his wrestling with the biblical text, particularly Romans 1 and the phrase “the just shall live by faith.” In this...

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Sunday, 30 October 2016 06:30

The Word: Romans 1:14-20

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I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;...

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