Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups at our North Campus.  

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Jul 29
Sam Crabtree
The following letter illustrates some of the challenges faced by many of our global partners (i.e. missionaries).  (Used by permission and edited to conceal identity.) Praying Friends, Most of you know that whereas Western cultures tend to be...
Jul 28
Sam Crabtree
My talented wife is a fine musician, and teaches piano at a studio and at home. She received an oboe scholarship to attend college. She also has a sense of humor. Here are some tidbits I picked up from her that she picked up in her music circles....
Jul 24
Sam Crabtree
This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.—Genesis 5:1 In this text, which is a reprise of Genesis 1:27, the Hebrew word for Adam and for man are the same word in the Hebrew text. That word...
Jul 22
Sam Crabtree
And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.—Genesis 7:24 While the ark bobbed around on the waters like a cork the size of a stadium, the waters were doing something. What were they doing? They were “prevailing.” The text doesn’t explicitly...
Jul 21
Sam Crabtree
While on vacation, I read Less Is More Leadership (with the subtitle Eight Secrets to How to Lead and Still Have a Life), by H. Dale Burke. Here are some excerpts: In the future, everyone will have to LEARN a living.  The leader’s dilemma...
Jul 20
Sam Crabtree
God knows what we need before we ask. (Matthew 6:8) God works all things together for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28) God will graciously give all things to the same people to whom he has given his Son. (Romans 8:32) God will not...
Jul 16
Sam Crabtree
On the Sunday following the Friday on which the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling on so-called gay marriage, Bethlehem member John Baumgartner prayed the following at the Sunday morning prayer gathering at 8:45 (the public is always...
Jul 15
Sam Crabtree
“The character of Jesus has not only been the highest pattern of virtue, but [it’s been] the strongest incentive to its practice and has exerted so deep an influence that it may be truly said … the ample record of three short years of active life...
Jul 14
Sam Crabtree
Founded in 1899, the Gideons International placed their first Scripture in the Superior Hotel in Montana in 1908, aiming to help Christian traveling men. Within 30 years they had placed over a million copies, distributing free Bibles and new...
Jul 7
Sam Crabtree
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.—Genesis 1:1–2 In the very first sentences of...
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