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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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Day Away With God Training, Part 1

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 7, 2014

Last summer at a Bethlehem staff lunch I spoke on the subject of how to have a Day Alone With God (DAWG). Since then, several staff have reported with gratefulness the impact it has had on their prayer life, and I’ve been urged to share the core of what I said with blog readers.

Here goes ...

First a text: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5).

 

 

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

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He’s Expecting You

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 2, 2014

Bethlehem’s North Campus elders are reading together, out loud, Wesley Duewel’s Touch the World Through Prayer, in which he says, “The greatest privilege God gives you is the freedom to approach him at any time. You are not only authorized to speak to him; you are invited. You are not only permitted; you are expected.”

 

 

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

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Pray (Again) for Pastors

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 26, 2014

Tomorrow morning about 75 pastors from 50 churches in the Twin Cities will gather at Bethlehem’s Downtown Campus to focus on prayer. Pray for them.

William Cowper said poetically,
“Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.”

 

 

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

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