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Matthias Had No Luck

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 11, 2015

After Judas killed himself, the remaining disciples cast lots to choose between Matthias and Joseph (also called Barsabbas and Justus). Really? Toss a coin? Why?

Perhaps it was to demonstrate the sovereignty of God. Consider Proverbs 16:33, “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.”

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Thar She Blows!

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 18, 2015

God often uses obvious blessing and sometimes apparent catastrophic events to bring about sudden developments. He is the God of stability and the God of catastrophe, using them both for his good purposes.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Nothing Too Small or Too Hard

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 13, 2015

On occasion, God asks rhetorical questions. He posed one to Abraham.

The LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?' Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.—Genesis 18:13–14

 

 

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Sovereign Grace

Published by: Jonathon Woodyard
March 6, 2015

Though Karl Barth is not always helpful, his words about the grace of God are an exception. 

Sovereign Grace according to Karl Barth:

 

 

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Grace Is Vast

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 2, 2014

That’s what John Piper said a week ago at the ordination service for Kempton Turner. Grace is vast. 

Grace is the deepest foundation. It is the bottom; there is nothing below it. God and God alone is the decisive cause of your election, your new birth, your justification, and your daily life.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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It’s All on His Leash

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 24, 2014

All things were created for Him—for his possession, his pleasure, and for his honor.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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The God Who Comforts the Downcast

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Jason Meyer
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August 16, 2014

I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy. For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within.

Freedom, Part 4

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 26, 2014

“If the truth be mighty, and God all-powerful, his children need not fear that disaster will follow freedom of thought.”
—Francois de Salignac de La Mothe Fenelon

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Freedom, Part 3

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 25, 2014

“Man is really free only in God, the source of his freedom.”
—Sherwood Eddy, quoted by Frank S. Mead in 12,000 Religious Quotations

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Let It Snow, Let It Blow, Let It Throw

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 25, 2014

When February snow comes down
Preceded by wet rain,
The sticky stuff beneath the snow
Makes moving it a pain.

It sticks to shovels, blowers clog …
And O my aching back!
It’s heavy! O so heavy;
It can cause a heart attack.

But wait a second. You complain;
You murmur, gripe, and whine,
When God ordained each mushy flake
To join the salty brine.

“A frowning Providence,” you say
When dumps the winter storm
A million tons of alabaster
Windy blizzard storm.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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