Joy!

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.

This sermon looks at how it should be a part of church life, the command to rejoice regardless of circumstances, what sin does to joy and other biblical passages about this essential character trait.

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. The Bible and the truth it contains is essential. It is non-negotiable. That is my focus and it will remain so.

But occasionally a political issue (or current event) bleed so much into my faith that I feel compelled to say something.

This is one of those days. Continue reading

Pillars of Christian Character: Obedience

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, the Bible makes it clear that we are saved not to continue sinning, but to love the Lord and to obey him. Continue reading

GTY Sermon Series: Pillars of Christian Character

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 beginning today. I would love to have some company to discuss the content either in the comments section, on Facebook or via email if you prefer. Continue reading

Don’t Miss List: Updates on refugees, persecution and more

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 suffering frostbite or dying from the cold. Whatever your stance on the immigration issues and politics of this, I think it’s essential to remember that these are all humans.

Doctors without Borders stated it well, “Whatever you think about their right to travel to and within Europe, they deserve to be treated as human beings, with dignity. And right now, they’re not.”

Fellow Christians, please remember to keep praying for these people and this crisis as a whole.

New World Watch Lists Catalogs Worst Nations for Christians

Open Doors released its annual World Watch List last Wednesday showing another increase in persecution and deteriorating situation in many countries. Here’s the story I wrote about that for WORLD online.

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