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

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Jan 9
Sam Crabtree
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.—Colossians 3:2 The mind can drift. Yet, the mind can be set, riveted, entranced, and captured. If minds can wander, how do we keep them from doing so? While writing these...
Jan 8
Sam Crabtree
Over the Christmas holidays I listened to a sermon in which the preacher extolled the potential virtues of Christmas traditions. According to this particular preacher, holding these traditions as “sacred memories” can lay a foundation for our faith...
Jan 6
Sam Crabtree
For Christmas Dan Holst (lead pastor of Bethlehem’s North Campus) gave me a copy of The Pastor’s Justification, in which Jared C. Wilson says, “The secret of pastoral confidence, pastoral competence, and pastoral power is: Jesus Christ.” [p17]...
Jan 5
Sam Crabtree
Homer Collyer apparently amassed every item they ever purchased. From newspapers to furniture, they crammed it all into their shared home from floor to ceiling, even setting traps to ward off potential crooks. They were hoarders. One day the police...
Jan 2
Sam Crabtree
A murmuring, grumbling, complaining spirit and true cheerfulness cannot simultaneously govern a heart. Which is governing will generally show in countenance and tone of voice. A mere look on the face or edge in the voice will betray it. Forced...
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...
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