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A Dozen Bad Seeds

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 13, 2014

In yesterday’s post we cited Norm Andersen’s 12 “seeds” for producing fruitful relationships. He contrasts those positives with corresponding negatives, as follows:

1.     Respect / disrespect, rudeness

2.     Encouragement / discouragement, negativity

3.     Listening / inattentiveness, insensitivity

4.     Appreciation / ingratitude

 

 

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

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12 Texts for Fruitful Relationships

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 11, 2014

In his book entitled 12 Seeds for Successful Relationships, Norm Andersen launches each of his dozen chapters from a Bible text under 12 headings as follows ...

1.     Respect: Outdo one another in showing honor.—Romans 12:10  

2.     Encouragement: Encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.—Hebrews 10:25  

 

 

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

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Jared Wass Reads Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 10, 2014

Jared Wass underscores the following from Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

(The headings below are Jared’s).

 How Zeal for Community Can Kill It—The Need to Kill the Wish Dream

 

 

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

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Do you desire to reach out to neighbors with the love of Jesus this holiday season?

Published by: Pam Larson
October 20, 2014

Christmas Gatherings are parties hosted by believers in their neighborhood, with the goal of building relationships, extending hospitality, and sharing the gospel with the people God has placed around us (note: Speakers are available to help you share the gospel at your gathering). Studies have shown that Christmas and Easter are when people are most open to hearing about religious things, so let's use this opportunity to point people to the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us! (John 1:14)

 

 

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Drop in Bucket

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 16, 2014

Last week I received a letter from Crossway. My 2011 book, Practicing Affirmation, is published and distributed by Crossway, a significant publisher, though a relatively small publisher as book publishers go. I am one of 350 authors published by Crossway, who publishes 800 titles. 

Amazon sells hundreds of thousands of titles by myriad authors. I am small.

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:3  

 

 

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

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What Does Love Endure?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 14, 2014

Love bears all things.—1 Corinthians 13:7

Consider two broad categories of things love endures (“bears”):

1. Adversity. There is nothing to endure if it isn’t painful. Godly love endures not only ordinary pedestrian routine run-of-the-mill adversities, but deep adversity. It endures the excruciating anguish of things like betrayal and vow-breaking. That’s what God’s love does. It is what our love should do.

2. Time. Love places no deadlines on the end of suffering it is willing to endure.

 

 

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

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People As Mirrors

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 26, 2014

Walter Wangerin provides this insightful autobiographical sketch in As for Me and My House, a book on marriage that I highly recommend:

In the fifth grade, Alice Kleinhans whispered, as I walked through the classroom, “He walks like a girl!” Was she telling the truth? It didn’t matter. I heard her. I saw myself in the reflection of her giggled sentence. In my mind, I was one who “walked like a girl.” Alice Kleinhans, eleven years old, had given shape to another human being.

 

 

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

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Sermon Discussion Questions: The Hospitality of the Heart

Published by: Jason Meyer
August 8, 2014

The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on August 9/10, “The Hospitality of the Heart” (2 Corinthians 7:2–4). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

 

 

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‘Sweethearts for a Lifetime’

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 28, 2014

Into their sixth decade of marriage, Wayne & Carol Mack have written a helpful 290-page book on marriage. It contains scores of discussion questions—useful in personal counsel or small group discussions. The principles of the book are translated into dozens of exercises, inventories, and checklists that make for ready application to willing hearts. Carol’s section on submission is helpful, insightful, practical ... and written by a woman.

Here are some excerpts from Sweethearts for a Lifetime:

 

 

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

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Freedom, Part 5

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 27, 2014

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.”
—Abraham Lincoln, in Letter to Henry L. Pierce

 

 

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

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