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Executive Ministers Gather

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 20, 2015

Today I am in California facilitating several days of meetings of executive ministers from across the country—a series of meetings I have served for a decade.

As prompted by the Spirit, ask God to give me grace and to bless these gatherings as we look at the Bible together and discuss best practices for our churches.

 

 

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

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Teach Us to Pray

Published by: Jason Meyer
January 2, 2015

The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the Prayer Week sermon on January 3/4, “Teach Us to Pray” (Luke 11:1–13). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.


 

 

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Teach Us to Pray

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Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
January 3, 2015

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
    “Father, hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come.
    Give us each day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our sins,
        for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

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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