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Word As Bond

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 24, 2015

A recent edition of the secular marketing magazine Cargill News quotes Senior Vice President Todd Hall as saying that one of Cargill’s foundational guiding principles is “Our word is our bond.”

This is good-sense practice for the sake of building a reputation of reliability. It echoes Jesus’ teaching to let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no (Matthew 5:37). Reliability and reputation are at stake.

 

 

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

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Partial, But Real

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 17, 2015

Pastor Dan Holst recently spoke at a fasting and prayer gathering at Bethlehem’s North Campus. He thanked God that 1) now our rapturous joy is partial, but is nevertheless real joy, 2) now our vision is only partial, but it is real, and 3) now our glory is only partial, but it is real.

 

 

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

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Reminders of Who You Are – Part 3 of 3

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 13, 2015

In Christ you are …

  • More than conqueror (Romans 8:37)
  • God’s dwelling place (1 Corinthians 3:16)
  • Joined to the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17)
  • A member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
  • A new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • A saint (Ephesians 1:1)
  • Blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
  • Forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)
  • God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Holy (Ephesians 4:24)

 

 

 

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

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Reminders of Who You Are – Part 2 of 3

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 12, 2015

In Christ you are …

  • Reconciled to God (Romans 5:10)
  • A recipient of abounding grace (Romans 5:20)
  • Dead to sin (Romans 6:11)
  • Alive to God (Romans 6:11)
  • A recipient of eternal life (Romans 6:23)
  • Not condemned (Romans 8:1)
  • Free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)
  • A co-inheritor with Jesus (Romans 8:17)
  • Protected from opposition (Romans 8:31)
  • Inseparable from God’s love (Romans 8:35)

 

 

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

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Reminders of Who You Are – Part 1 of 3

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 11, 2015

In Christ you are …

  • Salt (Matthew 5:13)
  • Light (Matthew 5:14)
  • A child of God (John 1:12)
  • A friend of Jesus (John 15:15)
  • Chosen (John 15:16)
  • The Father’s gift to Jesus (John 17:24)
  • At peace with God (Romans 5:1)
  • Hopeful (Romans 5:2)
  • A recipient of God’s love (Romans 5:5)
  • A recipient of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5)

 

 

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

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Sovereign Grace

Published by: Jonathon Woodyard
March 6, 2015

Though Karl Barth is not always helpful, his words about the grace of God are an exception. 

Sovereign Grace according to Karl Barth:

 

 

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16 Verses

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 4, 2015

Chris Bruno, a former TBI student at Bethlehem, is now a New Testament professor at Northland International University. He has condensed the whole story of the Bible into 16 verses. 

From time to time it can be a helpful exercise to condense the gospel, or the story of the Bible, into a handful of verses. Some have tried to do it in a single verse. Bruno unpacks the 16 verses he has selected in a compact 127-page paperback. I suspect this book will become a very helpful tool for evangelism, for Sunday School teachers, and for small group leaders.

 

 

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

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The Universe As Metaphor

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 3, 2015

The entire creation speaks about God in metaphor. That’s what N.D. Wilson and Douglas Wilson assert in The Rhetoric Companion, a 53-page booklet that took me about two years to get through (because I didn’t plow straight through, but read bits and pieces at a time).

Here are some excerpts:

 

 

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

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Envy

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 11, 2015

“Envy is the desire to possess what belongs to someone else, coupled with resentment that they have it and you don’t.” 

               —Sam Storms, speaking on freedom from sinning at the 2015 Desiring God Conference for Pastors

 

 

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

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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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