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Worship and Missions: The Great Connection

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Tom Steller
Date Given: 
October 3, 2015

May God be gracious to us and bless us
        and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
    that your way may be known on earth,
        your saving power among all nations.
    Let the peoples praise you, O God;
        let all the peoples praise you!
    Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

Reviewing on the Last Day of the Year

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 1, 2015

"Count that day lost (though you may have dispatched much business therein) in which you have neither gained some victory over your own evil inclinations and your self-will, nor returned thanks to your Lord for his mercies.”

—Lorenzo Scupoli (cited by Mary Wilder Tileson in Joy and Strength)




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Striving for Excellence & Humility Simultaneously

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 17, 2014

The Media Ministry of Bethlehem Baptist Church has a mission statement: “Media Ministries strives to be the most visible God-centered, Christ-exalting ministry at Bethlehem that you never see.”

Of course they are visible, for they provide all of our audio and visual related services. But they desire to remain invisible in the sense that they want us paying attention to the content and not to the delivery mechanisms, removing all glitches as the Lord enables.




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Cursing Jesus with Faint Praise

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 29, 2014

Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.

2 Corinthians 5:16  

Christ is still regarded through fleshly lenses today. He is considered to be a great teacher, a prophet, a moral model, and even a virtually untethered rubber stamp of tolerance to all things progressive.




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Thinking Ahead: The Women's Christmas Luncheon is Right Around the Corner!

Published by: Pam Larson
October 23, 2014

Women's Ministry invites you to a special time of worship and music, celebrating Jesus:

"Common Thread: A Garland of Carols"

December 6, Downtown Campus

Doors open at 8:45am, Program at 9:30am, Lunch at 11am



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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




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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?




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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.)




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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.




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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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