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Today Vicki Is Married 41 Years

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 4, 2014

I have found favor from the Lord. How can I say such a thing? Answer:

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.—Proverbs 18:22

It is not nepotistic fawning over my wife for me to praise her. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30). A woman who fears God is to be praised. Praise is what you do with a woman who fears God.

So indulge me, while I give three reasons to praise the woman with whom God has favored me.

 

 

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

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Dangerous Demeanor of ‘Deserve’

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 31, 2014

There is danger for our souls in thinking we deserve roles for which we are gifted. 

Our skills are gifts. So are our opportunities. We don’t deserve either of them.

Gifts are not deserved.

 

 

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

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Dick Dahl Days

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 9, 2014

Dick suggests a way to take a stab at measuring God’s immeasurable mercies. He writes …

A friend of mine at work, who happened to be born six days before me, pointed out to me that he was 20,000 days old on Tuesday, and that I will be 20,000 next Monday.

It made me think about Psalm 90:12 in a new way. “Teach us to number our days.”

 

 

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

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Learning to Love the Dance of Grace

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Speaker: 
Joe Rigney
Date Given: 
November 17, 2013
Context/Location/Campus: 
North Campus (campus specific)

For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.

Kenny Stokes’s 15th Anniversary on Staff

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 16, 2013

Fifteen years ago, Kenny Stokes was elected to be on the pastoral staff of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

He is a bridge-builder in ways that include the following:

Persuasiveness (not contentious) – He guides the collective group around roadblocks to reach consensus on where the bridges should be located and out of what they should be constructed.

Alertness – He picks up on aspects of each situation that matter.

 

 

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

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A Photo a Day

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 24, 2013

Brittany McCoy makes a practice of daily taking a picture of something for which she is thankful—a friend, dental floss, something new each day. Cool! What a healthy and creative practice.

(Brittany attended and volunteered at Bethlehem when she was a student at the University of Minnesota. She has since graduated and moved to Chicago.)

 

 

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

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Glorifying God With Somebody Else’s Money

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 2, 2013

Joe & Julie Kreckelberg have taught the budget portion of Bethlehem’s Pre-Marriage class for as long as I have been on staff here (1997). More than teaching the class, they have met with individual families and couples to work on monetary matters, contentment issues, principles of frugality & generosity, and self-discipline aimed at helping people glorify God by living within the means he has supplied. Joe is also a profound help to the Helping Hand committee that assists Bethlehem folks in financial crisis.

 

 

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

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Keith Anderson’s 5th Anniversary on Staff

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 14, 2013

Having grown up at Bethlehem and married at Bethlehem, Keith Anderson now serves as Coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries.

 

 

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

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Words of Appreciation for the Pipers

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 28, 2013

We would like to present Pastor John and Noël Piper with a gratitude book at their April 14 Thanksgiving Service. If you would like to write a note to be included, please send your submission following these guidelines:

 

 

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

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Mitch Pearson Resigns From Elder Council

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 12, 2013

At a recent elder council meeting, Mitch tendered his openly anticipated resignation after first leading us in devotions. Since widowed by the passing of Mary 2½ years ago, Mitch has sensed a growing desire and need to give more focus to family and business. We regret to accept his resignation.

I thank God for Mitch’s …

 

 

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

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