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The Prison Gates Opened of Their Own Accord—Really?

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Author: 
John Piper
Date Given: 
August 2, 2011

One of the great benefits of vacation is that there are no deadlines for being done with devotions. I can start and go as long as I want. If the Bible plan says four chapters (which it does), I can read eight. If it takes 20 minutes to read four chapters, I can take two hours. That’s the way I really like to read the Bible. Roll it around in the mouth of your mind before you swallow it down into your soul.

God's Right to Do As He Pleases

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 28, 2011

From ‘Others May, You Cannot’

“Make up your mind that God is an infinite sovereign, and has the right to do as He pleases with his own. He may not explain to you a thousand things which puzzle you in his dealings with you. But if you absolutely sell yourself to be his slave, he will wrap you up in jealous love, and bestow upon you many blessings which come to those who are in the inner circle.

 

 

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

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Our Paradoxical God

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 20, 2011

Like Tim Johnson’s prayer posted yesterday, several people have also asked for copies of Aaron Davitch’s prayer from a recent service at the South Site. Here it is:

Highest praises, honor and glory be unto your name, and to your name alone. For there is none like you!

 

 

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

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Father-Honoring Post #6

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 17, 2011

My Daddy died when I was a little girl, but what I do remember of him reminds me so much of the heavenly Father I now know. My Daddy was BIG.

My Daddy had big hands that enveloped mine. I thought those hands could fix anything that was broken. I felt secure and protected when holding onto one of those big hands.

My Daddy had a big lap. He always had time to take me in his lap and read or talk with me. His lap was big enough to hold all three of us squirmy kids at once. Daddy’s lap was a safe place.

 

 

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

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A Three-Part Series on Golden Principles for Pastors: Part 1

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 7, 2011

This post is the first of three in this series. 

Golden Principle One
(from my journal)

It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved.—2 Corinthians 12:19

Remember that all things are done in the sight of God who judges every word and every heart motive.

 

 

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

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Why Was This Child Born Blind?

Speaker: 
John Piper
Date Given: 
May 22, 2011

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva.

Big Winds, Big God

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 26, 2011

Tornadoes remind us that we are small. In the Minneapolis StarTribune, a map showing the path of Sunday’s tornado in North Minneapolis placed the arrow of the path directly over our daughter and son-in-law’s house.

I have spent parts of three days in clean-up, insurance appeals, re-roofing arrangements, and humble worship of the God who makes the storm and calms the storm.

 

 

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

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Do You Love Your School Principal?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 3, 2011

For the first twenty years of my Christian journey, loving God was about as foreign to me as loving the school principal would have been when I was a student. The principal was in charge, so I respected and obeyed him. I submitted to his authority, but I certainly didn’t feel close to him.
—Wayne Hobbes, in Discipleship Journal, January/February 2008

The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying him forever. Love of God is not embraced until his goodness is tasted.

 

 

 

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

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Rendering Unto Caesar

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 15, 2011

I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States; I could be just as proud for half the money.
—Arthur Godfrey

Part of the freedom of democratically free societies is the freedom to joke about taxes, like have you noticed when you put the word “the” together with “IRS” it spells “theirs”?

I hoping a little light-hearted levity on income tax deadline will be helpful.

 

 

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

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Where Was God on the 96th?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 1, 2011

Earlier this week, on the morning of my wife Vicki’s 59th birthday, I went to the gym and as part of my regular routine—after riding the stationary bike and working several of the weight machines—I went out on the basketball court to shoot baskets. A number of folks who know me have been asking how I’ve been doing at my sabbatical goal of making 100 consecutive free throws. My personal record is 87. That is, my previous personal record.

Wednesday morning somewhere around 7:00am I reached 95 in a row.

 

 

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

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