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

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Apr 17
Sam Crabtree
Have you ever signed a contract to find something? On April 17 in 1492 Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain to find the Indies. His exploration and navigation led to a general European awareness of the American continents. Jesus said, “...
Apr 16
Sam Crabtree
This April marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, who wrote in King Henry VI,“And seeing ignorance is the curse of God,Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”—Lord Saye, Scene VII Knowing is a key to many good things, according to...
Apr 15
Sam Crabtree
This blog post recently described ways I go about Scripture memory. Becki Warnock sent a helpful reply, and here it is: Thanks for your inspirational and practical hints for memorizing. … My journey with the Lord into memorization has had a...
Apr 14
Sam Crabtree
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...
Apr 11
Sam Crabtree
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...
Apr 10
Sam Crabtree
… For the healing of the nations. Do the nations yet know they are sick? The human race is a race of self-justifiers. We insist we can heal whatever is wrong with us by inventing moralistic (even deistic) therapies. We think we are not wrong, but...
Apr 9
Sam Crabtree
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 staysAnd seldom goes.  It creeps in slowly and then explodesIn each fiber of every muscle fold.A single cell emits the callAnd soon it’s...
Apr 8
Sam Crabtree
When Joni Eareckson Tada and her husband, Ken, recently spoke at a luncheon at Bethel University, she said … One day when I was coming home from chemo to treat my breast cancer, my husband, Ken, and I were talking about “splash-overs” of hell. I’ve...
Apr 3
Sam Crabtree
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...
Apr 2
Sam Crabtree
John Piper once told me that serving the Lord with fear and serving the Lord with gladness do not contradict each other, because on one hand there is real danger, but meanwhile we are not robbed of joy because the fear drives us to Christ, where...
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