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On Irresistible Grace

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 3, 2014

“Irresistible grace never implies that God forces us to repent or believe or follow Jesus against our will. That would even be a contradiction in terms because believing and repenting and following are always willing, or they are hypocrisy. Irresistible grace does not drag the unwilling into the kingdom, it makes the unwilling willing. It does not work with constraint from the outside, like hooks and chains; it works with power from the inside, like new thirst and hunger and compelling desire.” (See Acts 16:14.) 

 

 

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

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In Your Fight Against Sin, Take Heart

Published by: Bryan DeWire
December 6, 2013

Note: This is a guest post by Pastor Sam’s assistant, Bryan DeWire.

 

 

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

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Playing God

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 23, 2013

Sinful man believes he is always sinned against, but never sinning. In thinking this way, he acts as though he is God, for God truly is sinned against, but never sinning.

If our problem is our fallen nature, the solution cannot lie anywhere within us.

 

 

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

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The Greater Glory of the Gospel

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Speaker: 
Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
August 24, 2013

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it.

Empty Envy

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 28, 2013

I have believed generally that we sin because we get (or imagine we will get) some benefit from the sinning.

But I recently read Michael Atchison say, “Envy is the one sin you gain nothing from.”

Is that true?

I thought that the person envying is gaining something, even if it is something ruinous. What does he get? Answer: He gets to stroke his ego, thinking he deserves something. He gets to applaud himself (as hollow as that is). He gets to stoke his murderous anger toward his neighbor.

 

 

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

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Beware the Majority

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 26, 2012
  • In Genesis only eight people entered the ark and were rescued from the Flood. The rest perished.
  • Of the 12 spies who spied out the land of Canaan, only two were confident that God would help them take the land.
  • Of the two million Israelite adults who fled Egypt at the exodus, only Joshua and Caleb lived to enter the Promised Land.

Jesus says, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

 

 

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

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Friday Q & A #51

Published by: Bryan DeWire
September 21, 2012

Do Christians still have a sinful soul? What is the relationship between the Holy Spirit and our spirit? What is the relationship between our spirit and our flesh?

This question was answered by Dave Zuleger, Pastoral Assistant for Jason Meyer.
 
Do Christians still have a sinful soul?
 
Yes and no.
 

 

 

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

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Do Not Harden Your Heart

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 12, 2012

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, 'They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ As I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.'"—Hebrews 3:7–11

 

 

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

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What Jason Meyer Said at the Pastors’ Pray & Plan Retreat

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 6, 2012

Grumbling is a sure sign of unbelief.

The heart must be shaped by the doctrines that the mind embraces.

Seeing the necessity and excellency of this truth overcomes grumbling in the heart.

 

 

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

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Consequences of Forgiven Sin

Author: 
John Piper
Date Given: 
August 26, 1991

I was again overcome by the story of David’s sin against Uriah (murder) and Bathsheba (adultery) and God’s response in 2 Samuel 11-12. David acknowledges that the one who has done such a thing deserves to die (12:5). But in the end Nathan says, “The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die” (12:13).

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