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

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Jul 6
Sam Crabtree
Paul tells Timothy that he prayed night and day for him. Why pray “night and day”? Prayer is a sign of care; thanksgiving is a sign of contentment, even joy. Paul’s desire is that Timothy, who began well under Lois and Eunice, continue to move...
Jul 5
Sam Crabtree
That’s what MaryAnne Augustin—one of our global partners working with Wycliffe Bible Translators—called herself as one who is required to ask for funds to support her ministry. She was speaking to the church staff at a staff lunch, commenting upon...
Jul 3
Sam Crabtree
After enjoying these photos of the Bethlehem orchestra outdoors at Peavey Park a couple weeks ago, come out and enjoy a meal and some outdoor gospel preaching every Wednesday night this summer, including the Fourth of July.
Jul 2
Sam Crabtree
Tim Johnson, Chairman of the Bethlehem Elder Council, often closes his letters to the council with a selected Scripture verse. What verse did he use prior to the last meeting? John 19:30, “He [Jesus] said, ‘It is finished.’ ” In all of our labors,...
Jun 29
Sam Crabtree
At this week’s Adult Ministries team meeting, Pastor Jack Delk presented a devotional that highlighted two possible dangers that surprisingly lurk in the middle of making progress in your sanctification and growth in holiness: pride and forgetting...
Jun 28
Sam Crabtree
Upon returning home from Jr High Summer Camp, the team received a letter from Pastor Bud Burk from which I excerpt: Most of life is in the routine, in the normal. Most of life is found in things like doing the dishes, doing homework, cleaning up...
Jun 27
Sam Crabtree
At junior high summer camp last week we showed two pictures and asked the campers to indicate which one they thought might be Satan. Picture A was a gentle-looking angel in a peaceful-looking pose, and Picture B was a bony-fingered, angry-looking...
Jun 26
Sam Crabtree
The board members of Desiring God are appointed by the Elder Council of Bethlehem Baptist Church. What does the Board of Desiring God look like? Photo #1 – board in session (l to r – Peter Hedstrom, Mitch Pearson, Sam Storms, John Piper) Photo #2...
Jun 22
Sam Crabtree
Why has the Church historically given significant time and energy to corporate worship of God through song? Pastor Dan Holst, Lead Pastor, North Campus, offers a few reasons for why we sing: Old Testament precedent New Testament example New...
Jun 21
Sam Crabtree
He asked, "Why give a gift to someone?" To honor him. To please him. To do him good. Multiple times Jesus says God the Father gave a gift to his Son. The gift pleases the Son. The Father delights in the giving, and the Son delights in the gift....
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