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Aug 1
Sam Crabtree
“Satan loves disorder and error, both schism and heresy. One weakens the body by amputation, the other by poisoning. By both he keeps the church in constant turmoil. But polemics (rigorous defense of the truth) is never the problem.”—from “How to Be...
Jul 31
Sam Crabtree
Zippers that don’t workHot foods served lukewarmWasting leftoversBeing misunderstoodSloppy journalismDisobedient children left uncorrected by their parentsCranky tone of voice Things God HatesChild sacrifice (Deuteronomy 12:31)Haughty eyes (...
Jul 31
Amanda Knoke
Highlights from July 29 Strategy Meeting include the affirmation of Todd Rasmuson as our Minister for Global Outreach and the election of two new elders, a membership report, a Treasurer’s Report, a report on the recent closing of our South Campus...
Jul 30
Sam Crabtree
It is virtually impossible to exaggerate the importance of love. Nothing is more basic to true spirituality that this singular virtue. Nothing is more central to Christian living. At the very heart of authentic discipleship is love. Without love, we...
Jul 27
Sam Crabtree
As an Elder Council and staff, what do you make of the global economic crisis (e.g. in Greece), especially as it may be a prelude to America's financial demise? Our unfunded government entitlement programs make our economy exponentially worse over...
Jul 26
Sam Crabtree
Mark well the distinction between the love of the Father for the Son and love of the Son for the Father. Not once is there any hint that the Son commissions the Father. Not once is there a hint that the Father submits to the Son or is dependent on...
Jul 25
Sam Crabtree
God is love, and love never fails because God never fails. Love cannot be separated from God and cannot exist without him. Just as God defines God, God defines love.            —from “True Love,” by...
Jul 24
Sam Crabtree
Jack Donaldson, an 18-year-old leader at Bethlehem, writes, “Several young men from Bethlehem are gearing up for the second 4:12 Conference taking place August 10–11. While all of the 4:12 team members know and believe that God operates outside of...
Jul 23
Sam Crabtree
John G. Miller sent me a copy of his book Flipping the Switch, in which he asserts that when we ask better questions, we get better answers. Here are some questions he recommends that we routinely ask: What can I do? What action can I take? What...
Jul 21
Pam Larson
Have you wanted to attend a Precept Bible study here at Bethlehem but wonder if it is “too hard?” Do you feel lost when you open your Bible, not even knowing where to begin?  Or do you read a few chapters in your Bible and find that only...

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