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Indestructible Joy

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Speaker: 
Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
April 4, 2015

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Cloud of Grief, Symphony of Joy

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 26, 2015

A young couple in our church lost their baby, whereupon the husband wrote the following (excerpts):

From within the cloud of grief, it can be difficult to see how God feels about your suffering. Unfortunately, the temptation can be to imagine that he either doesn’t care or, even worse, is actually enjoying it.

 

 

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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Shaking in Our Happy Boots

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 2, 2014

John Piper once told me that serving the Lord with fear and serving the Lord with gladness do not contradict each other, because on one hand there is real danger, but meanwhile we are not robbed of joy because the fear drives us to Christ, where there is all the safety we need.

Furthermore, the fear does not compete with the joy, but is part of the joy, because the fear awakens vigilance to daily flee to Jesus.

The only safe place from God’s terrible wrath is in God. This is not a game. He will be our highest treasure, or he will be our invincible enemy.

 

 

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

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What Is Happiness?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 2, 2014

“Happiness is nothing but that inward sweet delight, which will arise from harmonious agreement between our wills and the will of God.”

—Ralph Cudworth

 

 

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

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The Hope of Glory

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Speaker: 
Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
September 28, 2013

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.—2 Corinthians 4:16–18

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Patiently Wait for the Joy to Come

Published by: Bryan DeWire
August 23, 2013

Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.—Psalm 30:4–5

When I first started meditating on the Fighter Verse for this week, it struck me with a note of dissonance.

 

 

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

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Worship: Gladness in the Greatness of God, Savoring the Sweetness of Our Salvation

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Speaker: 
Dan Holst
Date Given: 
July 28, 2013
Context/Location/Campus: 
North Campus (campus specific)

    Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
        O LORD, make haste to help me!
    Let them be put to shame and confusion
        who seek my life!
    Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor
        who delight in my hurt!
    Let them turn back because of their shame
        who say, “Aha, Aha!”

Friday Q & A #71

Published by: Bryan DeWire
July 12, 2013

How can we prepare for the possibility that active persecution of believers in the U.S. may be a reality in the near future?

This question was answered by Pastor David Livingston.

 

 

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

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The Aim of All Ministry

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Speaker: 
Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
May 25, 2013

But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.—2 Corinthians 1:23–24

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