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How Painful Will It Be?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 20, 2012


My wife, Vicki, lives with pain. She found this statement by C.S. Lewis: “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”




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Toss Away Failed Obligations

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 20, 2012

Annually, the third Saturday in July is unofficially dubbed “Toss Away the ‘Could Haves’ and ‘Should Haves’ Day.”

On this day people write down their failed obligations, their “could haves” and “should haves,” on a piece of paper and then throw that list into the trash. Then they make this resolution: “From this day forward, I choose not to live in the past—the past is history that I can’t change. I can do something about the present—I choose to live in the present.”




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Three Things About God

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 18, 2012

Bethlehem’s Fighter Verse to memorize this week is this:

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.—Psalm 91:3–4

Notice what God does:
1.    He delivers.
2.    He covers, gives refuge.
3.    He remains faithful.

When it seems God has not delivered, he is being faithful to deliver at the right time and in the right way.




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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!




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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:




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2012 Women's Spring Conference- Tracy Cornish Testimony

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.




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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.”




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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.




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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.)




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