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Earth Day: April 22

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 19, 2012

April 22, 1970, was dubbed the first Earth Day as organized protesters drew attention to patterns of resource consumption and the production of pollutants. Every year since then Earth Day has been marked on April 22.

These days, rather than saying “The earth is the Lord’s,” radical environmentalists seem more inclined to say, “The earth is the Lord.” Confusing creation with God is a simple definition of idolatry.

 

 

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

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Big Hairy Audacious Prayers

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 12, 2012

(The following was excerpted from a post on “Rurality Bytes,” blog of Jeff Gaus, a Minnesota Iowa Baptist Conference pastor in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.)

 

 

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

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Tozer on Providence

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 2, 2012



Here’s what A.W. Tozer said about sovereignty:



“God is moving with infinite wisdom and perfect precision of action. No one can dissuade him from his purposes; nothing can turn him from his plans. Since he is omniscient, there can be no unforeseen circumstances, no accidents. As he is sovereign, there can be no countermanded orders, no breakdown in authority; and as he is omnipotent, there can be no want of power to achieve His chosen ends. God is sufficient unto himself for all these things.”

 

 

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

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What Did Sam Storms Say at BCS Chapel?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 28, 2012

Speaking on the subject of distress, Bethlehem College and Seminary board member Sam Storms, Senior Pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, spoke at a recent chapel from 2 Corinthians 1:8–9, and asked, “To what lengths will God go to ensure that we do not trust in ourselves, but in him? Undermining our self-confidence is an act of love on God’s part.

 

 

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

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On Fortune Cookies

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 21, 2012

Over the past several months Vicki and I have eaten at a couple restaurants that offer fortune cookies at the end of the experience. In general, fortune cookies are laughable. If you’re looking for a chuckle, that’s one thing, but if you’re looking for wisdom, look elsewhere.

One recent “fortune” said, “Your luck has been completely changed today.” I tucked it in my shirt pocket to save for later. The shirt got washed. I now have a barely legible, wrinkled “fortune” wad. My fortune apparently changed for the worse?

 

 

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

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Miraculous and Providential

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 6, 2012

From a recent newsletter from Bobby Parks, who is with the Christian Medical Ministry of Alabama: “God works in two general ways: 1) miraculously, and 2) providentially.

 

 

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

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Five Things John Piper Showed the Elders About Fear

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 25, 2012

At the last all-elder meeting, Pastor John took us to Matthew 10:24–31 and drew out five arguments for having no fear.

 

 

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

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Heart Pumping in the Manger

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 15, 2011

Little heart … holy heart … pumping the blood of life through the universe: How many times will we break you?

—From “Mary’s Prayer,” by Max Lucado, in God Came Near

 

 

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

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Joyfully Uniting

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 21, 2011

Sunday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center roughly 2,500 worshipers from Bethlehem’s three campuses gathered to thank God for 140 years of ministry through Bethlehem Baptist Church.

worshipers at the 140th Anniversary Service

 

 

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

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The Hope, the Promise, the Future

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 8, 2011

I received a letter from Steve DeNeff, a pastor from Indiana, concerning the hope, the promise, and the future of the people of God. Regarding the people of God, he says (adapted):

 

 

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

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