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Twain Brain

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 24, 2010

Mark Twain was profoundly mistaken about many things, but he grasped something about grace when he said, “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

 

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Waiting As a National Winner

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 23, 2010

Roger Grothe, a Bethlehem member, was named national Landscaper of the Year in 2009. 

Roger, how have you been involved at Bethlehem?

I have taught elementary Sunday School and I am involved in Racial Harmony efforts.

How does your being a Christian play out in the operation of your business?

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Handymen Glistening Before God

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 22, 2010

“There is no work, however vile or sordid, that does not glisten before God.”—John Calvin

Bethlehem is one of several churches that shares ownership of Ham Lake Baptist Camp in the northern metro where God-glorifying ministry takes place in the facilities and on the grounds there.
 
The camp has a list of improvements needing workers and materials:

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Jubilee Communitee

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 21, 2010

This past Sunday a new work of liberation, belongingness, holiness, restoration, and hope took another step as Jubilee Community Church launched their public services in South Minneapolis with John Erickson as pastor.

In the Bible, the sounding of the ram’s horn meant good news of liberty, belongingness, holiness, restoration, and hopes fulfilled—it was called jubilee.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Blindness and Will

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 20, 2010

“Our ultimate goal is to bring the willfully blind and the blindly willful captive to Christ, so that they may see with biblical clarity and live in thankful obedience to him.”—Paul David Tripp (who was here recently to consult with a subcommittee of Bethlehem elders)

 

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Missed the Fair?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 17, 2010

If you weren’t around for the Ministry Fair last weekend, you can pick up a packet of the Ministry Fair contact cards at your campus Information Booth. You can also pick up a Ministry Giftedness Survey—or take it online.

 

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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The Church Is Like the Mafia

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 17, 2010

“The church is like the mafia in one way—you must be a confessed cosmic criminal to join. To eat at His table you must be unworthy in order to be worthy.”—Rev. John P. Sartelle

“Unworthy confessed criminals” will gather in small groups this Fall to gaze upon unspeakably precious treasure set before them in Christ Jesus in the Bible, to encourage each other in the amazing grace that accomplishes their pardon and makes it possible to be transformed from their old ways.
 

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Bethlehem and the Pakistan Flooding

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 16, 2010

I’m pondering the words of John Wesley:

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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This Coming Sunday Night

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 15, 2010

This weekend, the Laparra brothers will lead worship singing at the new weekly Sunday night service, authorized by the elder council after evaluating the monthly Sunday night services held through the summer.

Consider the following excerpts from John Piper’s sermon, “Worship God!”:

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Burning the Quran

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 14, 2010

Last week an American pastor announced plans to burn Qurans on 9/11.

Christians persuade. Christians go into all the world and make disciples, teaching and baptizing.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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