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Giving Thanks to God for Many Ways to Give Thanks

Published by: Gil McConnell
November 24, 2015

From Gil McConnell, Pastor for Children & Family Discipleship, North Campus

As we head toward Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks for Sam Crabtree and a little 25-year-old booklet he placed in my staff mailbox.





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Reminder to Buy Your Christmas Celebration Brunch Tickets Nov 14/15

Published by: Pam Larson
November 13, 2015

Don't forget to stop by the Women's Ministry tables THIS weekend, November 14/15, to get your tickets for the 2015 Women's Christmas Celebration and Brunch!

Women's Ministry Christmas Celebration: Immanuel, God With Us
Saturday, December 5, 9:30am–Noon 



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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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