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

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Jul 3
Sam Crabtree
I recently reread Calvin Miller’s 1967 book (I was a high school junior) Once Upon a Tree, in which Miller says, “History is nailed together! Literally it is!” He means that everything that came prior to the cross and everything that comes after are...
Jul 2
Sam Crabtree
I just finished reading Joe Rigney’s book The Things of Earth, which is aimed at helping us treasure God by enjoying his gifts. Here are 10 excerpts. The things of earth grow strangely bright in the light of his glory and grace. In losing my dad, I...
Jun 29
Sam Crabtree
Our God is both transcendent and immanent. That is, he is above creation, yet has condescended to be present in creation. Throughout Scripture, the Lord is present in creation in different ways at different times. He can be present to bless, or...
Jun 26
Sam Crabtree
Douglas Wilson’s book Easy Chairs, Hard Words contains “Conversations on the Liberty of God,” presented as a series of fictional conversations between a curious young Christian and a seasoned pastor. Here are 10 excerpts. Salvation is not a personal...
Jun 25
Sam Crabtree
Paul David Tripp authored 52  meditations on the Psalm 27. Here are 10 excerpts. Why would I pray to be taught again and again and again by the Lord? Because his wisdom is just that deep and vast. You and I will never understand and celebrate...
Jun 23
Sam Crabtree
David J. Randall invites 11 individuals to explain why they are not atheists, each taking a chapter to unpack how they face the inadequacies of unbelief. He notes, “Christianity needs to reassert its place not as a private pursuit for the...
Jun 22
Sam Crabtree
Here is what God permitted me to do during 10 days of vacation with my wife, Vicki: At our daughter’s house I painted a bedroom, disassembled furniture and reassembled it in three other rooms which were sometimes separated by two floors. I’m not...
Jun 19
Sam Crabtree
I recently had lunch with a couple who after five years of separation reconciled their marriage. Many people think such a thing is virtually impossible. That is, five years is too long to remain faithful to wedding vows after the relationship goes...
Jun 16
Sam Crabtree
That’s the title of Joe Thorn’s small volume containing forty-eight chapters, each a succinct two pages long. Here are ten excerpts. You must love God and your neighbor, but only one can give birth to the other.  The reason you do not...
Jun 16
Jonathon Woodyard
Vicki teaches piano lessons, and a single piece of sheet music can cost $10. But this Spring she found a yard sale hosted by retiring piano teacher. At the yard sale she was able to buy three boxes containing hundreds of pieces of music for a grand...
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