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

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Feb 9
Sam Crabtree
In digging through an old file on the subject of forgiveness, I came across a little scrap of paper on which I had scribbled the following unattributed line: “One aspect of forgiveness is assuming the consequences of somebody else’s sin.” I’d give...
Feb 6
Sam Crabtree
“Nothing in the universe is more important than union with Christ. “God is more zealous for your fruit-bearing than you are.”
Feb 5
Sam Crabtree
Speaking to hundreds of pastors at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Paul Tripp said, “Faith isn’t natural to us.  “Divine power + divine compassion = everything you need.” It occurs to me that Tripp’s statement echoes the sound theology of...
Feb 4
Sam Crabtree
Last week in referring to how he speaks to his children about obedience, he said:  Do it right away. Do it all the way. Do it with a happy heart.
Feb 3
Sam Crabtree
“Irresistible grace never implies that God forces us to repent or believe or follow Jesus against our will. That would even be a contradiction in terms because believing and repenting and following are always willing, or they are hypocrisy....
Jan 29
Sam Crabtree
“All extreme sensitiveness, fastidiousness, suspicion, readiness to take offense, and tenacity of what we think our due, come from self-love, as does the unworthy secret gratification we sometimes feel when another is humbled or mortified.” —Jean...
Jan 29
Sam Crabtree
A writer asks, “My question for Sam is if he has any tips or suggestions for consistent affirmation of a significant other when you can’t physically see them very often.”  Long-distance affirmation happens every day, as evidenced by the dating...
Jan 28
Sam Crabtree
Speaking to about 400 delegates at the Converge Worldwide meetings in Tampa, FL, last week, the church planter (with experience in 35 nations) said, “Perhaps if we had more weepers, we’d have more reapers.” Psalm 126:6 says, “He who goes out weeping...
Jan 27
Sam Crabtree
A few years ago Converge Worldwide of the Baptist General Conference established a goal of planting 352 churches in five years. That’s one church planting every five days. After more than three years we are on pace. The conference is gearing up to...
Jan 23
Sam Crabtree
In a Converge seminar on “The Place of Rest in the Life of the Second Chair Leader,” the executive pastor from Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Ken Geis, posed this question: When rest is one of the “top 10” commands of God, is rest even one of...
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