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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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What Did Louie Giglio Say at the 2011 Desiring God Conference?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 28, 2011
  • When someone asks, “Who will go for us? Whom shall we send?” it is important to understand who’s asking.
  • The universe is [just] one of God’s thoughts.
  • God is being worshiped right now, because he’s God. Everything that has ever been made is coming back to him with praise.

 

 

 

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

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God of the Unlikely

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 20, 2011

“The Apostle Paul [Jewish zealot who persecuted Christians to death] was the least likely candidate in the universe to spearhead the spread of Christianity.”—Tom Steller, at the pastoral staff meeting last week.

The boy named David was an unlikely victor over the giant Goliath.

Trumpets and shouts were unlikely demolition equipment for the walls of Jericho.

An unlikely virgin girl mothered the Son of God.

 

 

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

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Inquisitiveness and Enjoying God

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 25, 2011

Lisa Clark wondered aloud in her letter to WORLD magazine, “I have often thought that the believers who are most curious, most inquisitive, wonder out loud the best, and enjoy his creation the most are the ones who enjoy him the best.”

So, Lord, while I admit that curiosity (especially of the idle kind) can get us into trouble, nevertheless help me be a life-long learner who ponders anew what the Almighty can do, has done, and might do if I ask him to.

 

 

 

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

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The Prison Gates Opened of Their Own Accord—Really?

Subtitle: 
Star Article
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 Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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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 Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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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 Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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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 Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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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.

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