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Habit As an Indicator

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 25, 2014

A sure indication of trust in God is whether one habitually complains or habitually praises.

 

 

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Have a Crabby Thanksgiving?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 24, 2014

It is virtually impossible for gratitude and bitterness to dominate the same heart at the same moment.

Gratitude is an antidote to bitterness. If God is working all things (emphasis on all) for the good of those who love him, then awareness of that reality releases the heart to fulfill Ephesians 5:20. 

giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.—Ephesians 5:20  

 

 

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

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How Ken Currie Praised God

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 18, 2014

During a season of prayer last week at the organizational elder meeting, Ken Currie praised Jesus that his ...

Person is great.

Power is great.

Promises are great.

 

 

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

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Three to One

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 28, 2014

At the Pro-Life Action Ministries annual banquet we were informed that women’s life centers in America now outnumber abortion centers at a ratio of three to one.

Care for women is widely available. 

Spread the word. And give to these non-profit centers.

 

 

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

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Circle of Chalk

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 23, 2014

Gypsy Smith (1860–1947) was a British evangelist who made an estimated 45 ocean crossings and was invited to the White House by two presidents. When asked how to bring about revival he gave these instructions: 

1.     Take a piece of chalk into your bedroom and close the door.

2.     Draw on the floor a circle large enough to kneel in.

3.     Kneel.

 

 

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

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Converge Quotes

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 21, 2014

Mark Batterson spoke at the biennial meeting of Converge Worldwide (the association of churches of which Bethlehem is a part) on the campus of Bethel University last week where he said the following:

When God shows up, he shows off.

When you pray regularly, irregular things occur regularly.

We often want God to reveal the second step before we take the first step that he has already revealed.

 

 

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

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Touch the World Through Prayer

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 7, 2014

Last year the North Campus elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church invested time at each elder meeting reading together through Wesley Duewel’s book, Touch the World Through Prayer. Here is an excerpt:

Before meeting Queen Elizabeth, I was told, “You must never speak first; wait until you are spoken to. You never ask royalty anything; you answer royalty.” I was told, “In your first reply, you must add the words, ‘Your Majesty.’”

 

 

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

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O God, Preach!

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 10, 2014

“Preach your purposes to our hearts.” 

That’s what Jacque Straka prayed at the First Tuesday Fast prayer gathering at the North Campus last week.

 

 

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

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Emerging Adults

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 8, 2014

Incoming college freshmen are in a chapter of life called “emerging adults,” a season of significant change, which can be disorienting. They face pressures related to school, work, family, finances, eating & sleeping, keeping up with homework, friends, social media … how are they to stay grounded? Faith can become merely private, making no demands on one’s public life, but becoming subjective and in many ways irrelevant. The result can include giving up Christian roots altogether.

 

 

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

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Cry

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 14, 2014

“You shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’”—Isaiah 58:9  

“The ‘cry’ is not long, connected, thoughtful prayers, a cry is just an unworded dart upwards of the heart, and of that ‘voice’ he will be very gracious.” —Francis Havergal

—In Joy & Strength, by Mary Wilder Tileson

 

 

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

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