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

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Feb 1
Sam Crabtree
Last week, Scott Rideout, president of Converge Worldwide, spoke to delegates gathered in California for the Transform meetings for church leaders. Speaking from Ephesians 2:20, he said, “The church is built on Jesus—not structures, not programs,...
Jan 29
Sam Crabtree
At the Converge Transform meetings in California last week, keynote speaker Efrem Smith spoke from Matthew 9 and said, “Community cannot be accomplished outside the agape love of Jesus.” That means true community is impossible, unless the Spirit of...
Jan 27
Sam Crabtree
At the Converge Transform meetings in California last week, President Scott Ridout highlighted three postures he would like people in the Baptist General Conference (Converge) to take: Be a learner. Study to exegete the Bible and our culture. Be a...
Jan 26
Sam Crabtree
A young couple in our church lost their baby, whereupon the husband wrote the following (excerpts): From within the cloud of grief, it can be difficult to see how God feels about your suffering. Unfortunately, the temptation can be to imagine that...
Jan 23
Sam Crabtree
To the sleepy or seared conscience, flaws can seem very small or invisible, which to the awakened conscience appear so large as to be horrific. Not one of our sins needed to take place, so none of them is excused by the awakened conscience. Pray for...
Jan 22
Sam Crabtree
Lives matter not only to those whose lives they are (i.e., my life matters to me and your life matters to you), but lives matter to those around them (i.e., your life matters to me and my life matters to you). They matter to those who are enriched...
Jan 21
Sam Crabtree
“Religious liberty is the mother of all true freedoms.”—Herschel Hobbs (cited by Al Mohler in Southern Seminary Magazine, Winter 2015) “Religious liberty is not merely a political issue; it is a theological issue.”—Al Mohler (ibid) “Erotic liberty...
Jan 20
Sam Crabtree
Today I am in California facilitating several days of meetings of executive ministers from across the country—a series of meetings I have served for a decade. As prompted by the Spirit, ask God to give me grace and to bless these gatherings as we...
Jan 15
Sam Crabtree
Tim Johnson (former chairman of the Bethlehem elder council) recites and reviews all of the Fighter Verses each week as he drives to work. Last week, he stood before hundreds of people at Bethlehem’s Downtown Campus who were gathered to invest five...
Jan 14
Sam Crabtree
The historical books of the Bible are historical. They are mostly eyewitness accounts of actual events. The movie Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus provides additional documentation to bolster a rational defense for the above assertion. Locally...
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