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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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The Art of Play

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 6, 2013

“I will defend and defend the belief that the deepest reality of human life that we must impress upon children is NOT that life is hard and death is inevitable and they need to get used to sadness and darkness and make the best of it. The deepest reality is joy. The prize hidden under the scratch-and-win card of life is a beauty so big that no happy ending in a story can even come close to approximating it. War is a horrific stain on the floor of an extravagant ballroom. Tears are temporary; laughter is eternal.

 

 

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

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He Will Be a Risen King! Victorious Over the Last Enemy

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Speaker: 
Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
December 15, 2012

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you. As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips. The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.

Begin by Blowing Out All His Lamps

Subtitle: 
The Light in Rutherford's Prison
Author: 
John Piper
Date Given: 
August 13, 1996

Samuel Rutherford was a Scottish minister who was born about 1600. After teaching humanities at the University of Edinburgh for a season, he took a theology degree and became the pastor at Anworth in 1627. When the Episcopalians gained the power over the Scottish Church, Rutherford was imprisoned two years in Aberdeen for non-conformity. He survived to preach again and to serve on the Counsel that wrote the famous Westminster Confession.

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