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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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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What Did Paul Tripp Say Monday?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 5, 2014

Speaking to hundreds of pastors at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Paul Tripp said, “Faith isn’t natural to us. 

“Divine power + divine compassion = everything you need.” It occurs to me that Tripp’s statement echoes the sound theology of the child’s table prayer:

 

God is great.

 

 

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

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What Is Happiness?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 2, 2014

“Happiness is nothing but that inward sweet delight, which will arise from harmonious agreement between our wills and the will of God.”

—Ralph Cudworth

 

 

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

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Counsel for a New Year

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 1, 2014

“The minds that are alive to every word of God, give constant opportunity for his divine interference with suggestion that may alter the courses of their lives; and, like the ships that turn when the steersman’s hand but touches the help, God can steer them through the worst dangers by the faintest breath of feeling, or the lightest touch of thought.”

—Richard Holt Hutton, from Essays Theological and Literary

 

 

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

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Let It Snow

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 3, 2013

Understatement: Man is not omniscient.

 

 

 

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

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That All May Go Well With You

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 1, 2013

Why go to God with a request that all go well with someone you love? Answer: Because God is sovereign over, supportively under, and pre-eminently involved in every aspect of your loved one’s life—every moment, every episode, every molecule, every waking thought, or every intersection with another being.

 

 

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

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God First

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 26, 2013

We love because he first loved us.—1 John 4:19

God is always the initiator. He is always first. No one and nothing comes prior to God.

 

 

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

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The Life of John Brown

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 16, 2013

I read The Life of John Brown because it was recommended to me by a dad who had recently buried his little girl. I have read it with tears, and shame, and profound hope.

 

 

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

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