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The Strange Choice of Jesus

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 12, 2012

Jim Anderson is a high school buddy of mine. We were in the same youth group, taught summer Bible classes for children together, and attended Minneapolis Symphony (now Minnesota Orchestra) concerts together. After decades of pastoral ministry, Jim now serves with the Evangelical Free Church, and has written a book entitled, For God’s Sake, Rest!

 

 

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

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What Did Pastor Bud Say to the Youth Camp Team?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 28, 2012

Upon returning home from Jr High Summer Camp, the team received a letter from Pastor Bud Burk from which I excerpt:

 

 

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

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2012 Women's Spring Conference- Tracy Cornish Testimony

Speaker: 
Tracy Cornish
Date Given: 
April 14, 2012

"God’s Word is powerful to comfort us in the midst of trials, but the time to prepare for the trials by immersing yourself in the Word is NOW, not when the trial comes. God does prepare us for the difficult times. He does this in a variety of ways – through His people, through experiences, through prayer, through worship, but MOSTLY, PRIMARILY He does it through His Word.

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April, 2003...."

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Satan’s Permission

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 10, 2012

When I was in the Arab world last year, I met an underground blogger (pen name: Al Edwards) who said this:

“Jesus informs his disciple, Simon Peter, that Satan has demanded permission to sift him as wheat. In Job chapter 1, we see Satan complaining that God has built a hedge of protection around Job so that Satan can do nothing to harm Job. Satan has to ask permission from God to harm Peter and Job, and it was necessary for God to remove his hand of protection from them both so that Satan could afflict them.

 

 

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

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What Dr. Dan Wickert Said at the Biblical Counseling Seminar

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 24, 2012

Last weekend Dan Wickert made this double statement: “God has a plan and he is in control.”

 

 

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

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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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