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

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Nov 4
Sam Crabtree
I have seen enough hollow or false professions over the course of my life, that I am hesitant to label something as a conversion too soon. Meanwhile, my heart sincerely and eagerly desires to give benefit of the doubt; I want to believe that every...
Nov 1
Bryan DeWire
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many...
Oct 31
Sam Crabtree
A carload of Bethlehem staff attended a daylong Religious Freedom seminar in St. Paul last week at which the following two statements were made: Government cannot compel people to express the government’s preferred viewpoint [though it can try]....
Oct 29
Sam Crabtree
This is the 75th anniversary of the panic-inciting airing of Orson Welles radio drama which catapulted him into worldwide fame, though no real Martians really landed. Members of the believing public became nearly hysterical, though there was no real...
Oct 29
Sam Crabtree
Last weekend was the MIBCAM—Minnesota Iowa Baptist Conference Annual Meeting. (Bethlehem is affiliated with this conference.) Here are some statistics of interest under the heading of “what matters gets measured.”  78% of the 248 churches sent...
Oct 27
Sam Crabtree
One way to meditate on Scripture is to write it in your own words. To be a multilingual genius who can converse fluently with representatives from many nations and even interact with angels, minus love, is to be merely flapping one’s gums, a...
Oct 24
Bryan DeWire
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.—1 Corinthians 10:31 God created the world to display his power and his patience, his glory and his grace (Romans 9:22–23). Therefore, he commands his creatures to do...
Oct 24
Sam Crabtree
That’s what Jason Meyer said in his brief address to global partners at the luncheon last Saturday. The Scripture’s account of the truth is truer than your eyes. In other words, trust the Scriptures more than your own eyes, when your own eyes lead...
Oct 23
Sam Crabtree
Sinful man believes he is always sinned against, but never sinning. In thinking this way, he acts as though he is God, for God truly is sinned against, but never sinning. If our problem is our fallen nature, the solution cannot lie anywhere within...
Oct 22
Sam Crabtree
Philip Graham Ryken’s 48-page booklet by that title is part of the Basics of the Reformed Faith series. Here are eight excerpts. Whenever we bump into the world, our worldview comes spilling out. We all have basic beliefs. This is unavoidable. Our...
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