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What Tim Johnson Does

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 15, 2015

Tim Johnson (former chairman of the Bethlehem elder council) recites and reviews all of the Fighter Verses each week as he drives to work. Last week, he stood before hundreds of people at Bethlehem’s Downtown Campus who were gathered to invest five hours worshiping and praying around the Bible. And here is one of the statements he made while there:

“Trusting the word of God and living like I trust the word of God are the same thing.”

 

 

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

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Set Your Minds, Part 2

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 10, 2015

Yesterday we considered how our minds often wander. Our thoughts are pulled in different directions at different times and by different people, projects, and problems. So how do I keep my mind on task?

Here is what I do:

1.     The key (and the point of the Colossians 3:2) is to value that which is most valuable. Die to lesser values. Live to the main thing.

 

 

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

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Good Cheer

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 2, 2015

A murmuring, grumbling, complaining spirit and true cheerfulness cannot simultaneously govern a heart. Which is governing will generally show in countenance and tone of voice. A mere look on the face or edge in the voice will betray it.

Forced cheerfulness does not spring up freely from a healthy heart. Genuine good cheer only rises from a heart truly at rest in God, satisfied with his promises and faithfulness to them.

God rest ye merry gentlemen and women, let nothing you dismay.

 

 

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

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Bird-Surpassing

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 22, 2014

I recently asked some leaders this (edited) question: If God blesses the birds, will he not bless us ... are we not much better than they? That's the rhetorical question that Jesus asked. What makes us a better thing for him to bless?

Here is how John Piper replied:

“While the birds are anxiety free, they are also free of faith and love for the word of God and devotion to his supreme worth and love for people. Those are four ways we ‘are of more value than the birds.’ Faith. Word. Worship. Love.”

 

 

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

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Habit As an Indicator

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 25, 2014

A sure indication of trust in God is whether one habitually complains or habitually praises.

 

 

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Touch the World Through Prayer

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 7, 2014

Last year the North Campus elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church invested time at each elder meeting reading together through Wesley Duewel’s book, Touch the World Through Prayer. Here is an excerpt:

Before meeting Queen Elizabeth, I was told, “You must never speak first; wait until you are spoken to. You never ask royalty anything; you answer royalty.” I was told, “In your first reply, you must add the words, ‘Your Majesty.’”

 

 

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

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Your Definition

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 30, 2014

“What you think of (what comes into your mind) when you think of Jesus, defines your Christianity.”

                  —Pastor Jason Meyer

This does not mean that each individual can define reality as though reality isn’t fixed and objective outside the individual’s perceptions. Rather, each individual exposes his understanding of Christianity—accurate or inaccurate—by his response to Jesus.

 

 

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

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Taps

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 22, 2014

Common is the tune, but few know the lyrics. Here are two of the verses:

 

Day is done, gone the sun

From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky

All is well, safely rest

God is nigh.

Thanks and praise for our days

‘Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, ‘neath the sky

As we go, this we know

God is nigh.

 

 

 

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

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Better Noise?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 29, 2014

We don’t need better, cleaner noise than the heathen. We need silence.

—R.C. Sproul Jr., from “The Silence of the Lambs” in Tabletalk, January 2013

 

 

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

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Three Devilish Elements

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 22, 2014

Jim Elliot (1927–1956) wrote, “The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds … Satan is quite aware of the power of silence.”

—Quoted by Burk Parsons in Tabletalk, January 2013

 

 

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

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