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

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Jan 1
Sam Crabtree
"Count that day lost (though you may have dispatched much business therein) in which you have neither gained some victory over your own evil inclinations and your self-will, nor returned thanks to your Lord for his mercies.” —Lorenzo Scupoli (cited...
Dec 23
Sam Crabtree
Bad news – Billions of people are not flourishing, but living on less than $2 per day. Good news – Since 2000, almost a billion have moved out of desperate poverty. Surprising news – That advance did not come from charity and aid, but from business...
Dec 22
Sam Crabtree
I recently asked some leaders this (edited) question: If God blesses the birds, will he not bless us ... are we not much better than they? That's the rhetorical question that Jesus asked. What makes us a better thing for him to bless? Here is how...
Dec 19
Jonathon Woodyard
Psalm 1:1–2 states, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night." Matthew...
Dec 18
Sam Crabtree
Eve and Mary are two women alike in many ways, yet very different in significant ways. Eve was created sinless, while Mary was born a sinner. At perhaps the most important moment of her life, one was governed by lust of the eyes and lust of the...
Dec 17
Sam Crabtree
The Media Ministry of Bethlehem Baptist Church has a mission statement: “Media Ministries strives to be the most visible God-centered, Christ-exalting ministry at Bethlehem that you never see.” Of course they are visible, for they provide all of our...
Dec 16
Sam Crabtree
All the religious systems in the world, natural (manmade) or revealed, can be reduced to one of two descriptions: either “do,” or “done.”
Dec 15
Sam Crabtree
… As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”—Romans 3:10–12 None of us is only partially or mildly spoiled...
Dec 12
Sam Crabtree
The devotional last week at the Desiring God board meeting focused on the phrase “spiritual wisdom” from Colossians 1: “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will...
Dec 11
Sam Crabtree
I just finished reading John Piper’s Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully, which blends his succinct biographies of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C.S. Lewis into an argument—namely, that in making the poetic effort to find fitting words for...
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