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Loving the Brother Zealously Killed

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 11, 2014

Saul, prior to becoming Paul, approved of the stoning to death of Stephen.

And Saul approved of [Stephen’s] execution.—Acts 8:1

Today, those two stand shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm, worshiping the One who saved both of them. Paul has no more animosity toward Stephen, only love; and Stephen holds absolutely no grudge against Paul.

 

 

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

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Pain

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 9, 2014

It’s here, it’s there, it’s …
E v e r y w h e r e!
Where it comes from, only One knows.
But, it comes and stays
And seldom goes. 

It creeps in slowly and then explodes
In each fiber of every muscle fold.
A single cell emits the call
And soon it’s joined by one and all. 

 

 

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

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Hearing Jesus Speak Into Your Sorrow

Published by: Pam Larson
April 7, 2014

A heartfelt testimony from Liz Blom, a young mother at Bethlehem: 

 

 

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More Than You Imagine

Published by: Pam Larson
April 3, 2014

Caryn TurnerThis is a guest post by Caryn Turner, member of the Women's Ministry Leadership Team:

As I reminisce over the past six Spring Conferences that I have attended, I am full of joy! However, I am also saddened for the ladies that I have interacted with over those years who do not attend the conferences- the ladies who have said, "I'm not the Women's Ministry type" or "l don’t do Women's Ministry."

 

 

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Two Ditches

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 3, 2014

We are routinely drawn to slip into one of two ditches: legalism on one side and lawlessness on the other.

Our God is a commandment-giving God. Jesus said if we love him, we will keep his commandments.

So while we are saved by grace through faith apart from our works, we miss the point of grace entirely if we think it means that we can sin with impunity.

We are not saved by our works, but our works are evidence that we are saved.

 

 

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

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A Life Preserver to Those Who Are Suffering

Published by: Pam Larson
March 24, 2014

The Bethlehem Women's Spring Conference, Be Holy For I Am Holy; Growing in Holiness...How?, will be held April 25/26. Nancy Guthrie will be the guest speaker. We will also feature "testimoments" from three Bethlehem women; one of those sharing her story of God's grace in times of trial and loss will be Emily Thiel, who writes:

 

 

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Register now for 2014 Spring Conference - "Growing in Holiness...How?"

Published by: Pam Larson
February 14, 2014

This year's Women’s Ministry theme is very practical—how to grow in holiness.  And our speaker for our 2014 Spring Conference, Nancy Guthrie, will address the glorious truth that we are holy because of our position in Christ, and yet we have been commanded to be holy and to pursue holiness.  

 

 

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More From John Piper

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 12, 2014

Last week this blog posted a couple snippets of John’s remarks at the Desiring God Conference for Pastors. He spoke again, and here are a few other snippets:

There is more joy to be yours than you now have.

Union with Christ produces action!

Satan is servant, not master.

 

 

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

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What Did John Piper Say at the 2014 Pastors Conference?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 6, 2014

“Nothing in the universe is more important than union with Christ.

“God is more zealous for your fruit-bearing than you are.”

 

 

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

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What Did Matthew Westerholm Say at Staff Lunch?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 4, 2014

Last week in referring to how he speaks to his children about obedience, he said: 

Do it right away.

Do it all the way.

Do it with a happy heart.

 

 

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

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