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

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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...
Jun 11
Sam Crabtree
After Judas killed himself, the remaining disciples cast lots to choose between Matthias and Joseph (also called Barsabbas and Justus). Really? Toss a coin? Why? Perhaps it was to demonstrate the sovereignty of God. Consider Proverbs 16:33, “The lot...
Jun 10
Sam Crabtree
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven”—Matthew 19:14 One of the ways to “let them come” is to welcome them personally. Talk with children. And they don’t have to be your own...
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