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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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Words and Reality

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 23, 2014

The Minnesota legislature’s actions have no bearing on whether nature will be what it is. The moon faces the earth no matter how many might like it to not be so. No matter how many decry how unfair it is that only astronauts get to see the back side of the moon, the moon is not altered by our legislations, as if the moon should follow a “proper” or politically trendy rotation.

But this is not about the moon. Let me bring it down to earth.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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What Is It Like to Be an In-Law?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 19, 2014

At a recent pastoral staff meeting, Pastor Jon Nowlin compared the dynamics of marrying and suddenly becoming an in-law to being plopped in somebody else’s fish tank. There are some interesting things floating in there. But that’s where you now live.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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More Pure Pleasure

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 29, 2014

A thousand men gathered a year ago to be reminded by Kempton Turner of the hazards and damage of pornography, to flee the bondage of sexual sin, and to seek a pure heart. This weekend, at Pure Pleasure 2014, Kempton will pick up where he left off last year and offer added practical helps in overcoming the foolishness and bondage of pornography. 

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Fidelity

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 21, 2014

I recently finished reading Doulas Wilson’s book by that title. Here are 10 excerpts.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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The Next Generation

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Speaker: 
Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
March 15, 2014

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.—Matthew 19:13–15

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Reforming Marriage

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 12, 2014

I recently read Douglas Wilson’s book Reforming Marriage: Gospel Living for Couples—150 pages of quintessential Wilson mix: Bible, barbs, and humor. Here are 10 excerpts.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Weddings and Marriages

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 9, 2013

In the U.S., 2.3 million couples wed every year. That amounts to an average of nearly 6,200 weddings a day.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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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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So-Called Gay Marriage Legislation

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 22, 2013

Here is what I wrote to the Minneapolis StarTribune:

One of the secondary outcomes of marriage legislation like that recently passed in Minnesota is that lexicographers will search for new vocabulary to distinguish between different kinds of marriages.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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