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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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Day Away With God Training, Part 5

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 11, 2014

 

 

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

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Day Away With God Training, Part 4

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 10, 2014

See Part 1Part 2, Part 3

 

 

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

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Day Away With God Training, Part 3

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 9, 2014

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In the fourth segment of a DAWG, I ingest large chunks of Scripture and read entire books of the Bible in one sitting. Then I pray it back to God with thanksgiving, worship, application, or even questions.

 

 

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

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Day Away With God Training, Part 2

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 8, 2014

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There are many ways to structure a Day Alone With God (DAWG), but here is how I do it, owing to some influence by Dick Eastman and his Change the World School of Prayer.

I suggest bringing the following tools and resources with you:

 

 

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

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