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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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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?

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John Piper
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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.

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