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The Library of My Heart

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 27, 2015

Desiring God board member Peter Hedstrom at the recent board meeting prayed, “Lord, go to the library of my heart, and clear off the shelves where I have volumes of bitterness (etc.) so that I do not go back to them. Purge the library of my soul.”

 

 

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

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Eight Questions

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 22, 2015

The Desiring God board met for a day and a half recently, and during a board development portion of that meeting, the board members were asked individually to respond to the following questions.

 

 

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

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On Priorities

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 1, 2015

In accord with Christian hedonism (and even Martin Luther’s, Bondage of the Will), Dallin H. Oaks is quoted on Goodreads.com, “Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.”  

Stephen Covey helpfully states, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

 

 

 

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

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What Paul Bishop Said

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 29, 2015

Last week at Bethel University’s Pastors Prayer Council, Paul Bishop pointed out the inscrutability of God in that he is 1) immutable, yet 2) his mercies are new every morning.

 

 

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

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What Justin Irving Said

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 27, 2015

Sixteen leaders gathered last week at Bethel University’s Pastors Prayer Council. Justin Irving opened with a devotional about the 100,000 hours an individual typically invests of the course of his work life. 

He said:

 

 

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

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What Alistair Begg Said

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 23, 2015

Years ago Alistair Begg spoke at Bethlehem. From my notes ...

Preparation for preaching

·       Pray and read the text

·       Think yourself empty

 

 

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What I Said to Southern Baptist Shepherds

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 15, 2015

I recently spoke at the Shepherd’s Conference of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. Here is some of what I said on my assigned topic, “The Pastor and Caring for His Own Soul.” 

 

 

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

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Differences Between Man and Animal – Part 4

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 9, 2015

Here are more differences between people and animals.

 

 

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

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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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