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What a Future!

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 21, 2010

At staff prayer meeting last Thursday, Jon Grano, Lead Pastor for Operations, recited Romans 15:13. 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

God gives us incentives, offers rewards, and exhorts us to stay with hard things because there will ultimately be happy outcomes if we do.

 

 

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

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Advice to Fathers, Part 5

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 18, 2010

I thank God for my father, Samuel William Crabtree, aware that one father is more influential than a score of schoolmasters. The son of a preacher (also Samuel William Crabtree—my grandfather), Dad was one of five siblings and is now deceased.

As an ordinary instrument in the hands of an extraordinary God, my dad ...

 

 

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

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Advice to Fathers, Part 4

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 17, 2010

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.—Matthew 6:21

Matthew 6:21 is a reality that governs all of life—and is certainly true in fathering.

At home, as I live out my “fatherhood” 24x7, my wife and children know where my treasure is. My desire is that they would know through experience that Dad treasures the Lord, he treasures Mom, and he treasures us. I fall short in many ways, and my family knows it well. My counsel, then, is really more of a strategy for my heart, and that is to pray Psalm 37:4 ... 

 

 

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

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Advice to Fathers, Part 3

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 16, 2010

I received fatherly advice one time as I was struggling a bit with our daughter. The advice went something like this: “Daughters are not problems to solve but adventures to discover. Take the time to tend to their hearts, for this is what God does.”

Bud Burk, father of 2

 

 

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

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Advice to Fathers, Part 2

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 15, 2010

I think I heard it from Howard Hendricks first … When talking about how to be the best dad your kids can have, he said, “Love their mother.” The idea of the priority of the marriage relationship in parenting has been repeated in various forms over the years, but that is the phrase I like and remember best.
 
The next best advice is, “Imitate Sam Crabtree.” Okay, I made that up, but I think many could benefit from it, including me.
 
Dick Dahl, father of 3

 

 

 

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

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Advice to Fathers, Part 1

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 14, 2010

Father’s Day is coming up, so I invited several Bethlehem dads to share the best counsel they have received on fathering. This week we are posting some of their responses.

 

 

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

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Remembering Buzz Sawyer

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 11, 2010

The softness of his heart could be gauged by the hardness of his calluses. His hands turned many a wrench. He did not waste his life or his “retirement,” but served as a church volunteer with countless hours of automotive mechanical work. For how many people at Bethlehem did he replace brakes, change oil, or listen to “that strange noise” offering a free-of-charge diagnosis? Hundreds. He located and purchased all the church vans, and maintained them for the last couple of decades. Over the years, he drove vanloads—young and old—thousands of miles to events near and far.

 

 

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

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That Great Shepherd of the Sheep: Leader

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 10, 2010

Finally, Jesus is the great shepherd not only because he protects and tends to our practical needs, but he is the greatest leader of all time.

A good shepherd leads.

 

 

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

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That Great Shepherd of the Sheep: Practical Needs-Meeter

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 9, 2010

Jesus is the great shepherd not only because he protects as we saw yesterday but because he tends to our practical needs.

A good shepherd satisfies the sheep.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.—Psalm 23:1

A good shepherd attends to cleanliness.

 

 

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

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That Great Shepherd of the Sheep: Protector



Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 8, 2010

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.—Hebrews 13:20-21

If we think of pastors and elders as shepherds, how can Hebrews call Jesus “that great shepherd of the sheep” when he did not pastor a church?

 

 

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

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