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Better Noise?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 29, 2014

We don’t need better, cleaner noise than the heathen. We need silence.

—R.C. Sproul Jr., from “The Silence of the Lambs” in Tabletalk, January 2013

 

 

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

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What If?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 25, 2014

How would the mindset of modern day worshipers be shaped if on their way into the worship services they had to pass between rows of headstones, as was the case in certain times and places where the church cemetery was just outside the church door?

 

 

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

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Make Me Sing

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 7, 2014

Pastor Gerrit Dawson is a theologian. He reads books on theology. That’s his job and his passion. He says, “Every time I pick one up, I raise a silent challenge: Make me sing.”

He also goes to a lot of worship services. That also is his job and passion. There, his challenge is: “Take me deeper.”

(Adapted from the January 2013 edition of Tabletalk.)

 

 

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

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Even the Darkness

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 21, 2014

If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.––Psalm 139:11

David states the obvious: The God who speaks light into existence (and who by speaking it into existence brings the entire material universe into being) cannot be blinded by darkness.

 

 

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

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Why Go to East St Louis?

Published by: Robert Gangnon
June 21, 2014

This weekend we will hear from Kempton Turner, who currently serves as Bethlehem's Pastor for Young Adult (Sr High) Discipleship, Downtown. We have prepared the following questions to accompany his June 21/22 sermon, “Why Go to East St. Louis?” (Isaiah 6). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

 

 

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Worship God

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 14, 2014

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” —Revelation 22:8–9

What is worship

 

 

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

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Pure Praise

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Speaker: 
Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
April 12, 2014

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

Sermon Discussion Questions: Pure Praise

Published by: Jason Meyer
April 11, 2014

The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on Palm Sunday weekend, April 12/13, "Pure Praise" (Matthew 21:1–17). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

Sermon Outline

  1. Poisoned Praise (vv. 12–13)
  2. Pure Praise (vv. 14–16a)
  3. Prepared Praise (v. 16b)

Discussion Questions

 

 

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Salvation, Glory, and Power

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 14, 2014

It is right to praise one who saves. Local heroes who pull victims from fires, rescue potential drowning victims, and even fetch lost dogs from flooded rivers receive honors and awards from local mayors, police departments, and citizens groups. Military medals of honor are awarded to soldiers who rescue fallen comrades at great personal risk. This is fitting.

 

 

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

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Parenting By Psalm 34:3, Part 2

Author: 
Bud Burk
Date Given: 
February 20, 2014

Parenting by Psalm 34:3, Part 2
by Bud Burk, Pastor for Child and Youth Discipleship, Downtown

This is a follow-up and closing word to last month’s article in which I encouraged parents to join David in living out Psalm 34:3 by calling their children to magnify God’s name with them, to be worshipers together in the home. 

Paul narrows this glorious call in Galatians 6:14, saying, “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” 

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