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Aug 20
Sam Crabtree
After numerous centuries and generations recorded in the first eleven chapters of Genesis, we reach the character of Abram. Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you....
Aug 19
Sam Crabtree
As a token of appreciation for presiding at his daughter’s wedding, a friend and basketball buddy of mine gave me a nice pen, a limited edition collectible. I don’t collect pens. I lose pens. But it’s a very nice pen, and I am enjoying using it,...
Aug 18
Sam Crabtree
I presided at two outdoor weddings this past weekend. One was on a lakeside farm—under a heat index advisory, with blistering sun and tropical humidity. Everyone was dripping. Men were shedding their sport coats and loosening their ties. Women...
Aug 13
Sam Crabtree
Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD. Therefore it is said, "Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD." The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in...
Aug 12
Sam Crabtree
“The art of life consists in taking each event which befalls us with a contented mind, confident of good. This makes us grow younger as we grown older, for youth and joy come from the soul to the body more than from the body to the soul.” —James...
Aug 11
Sam Crabtree
Richard Dawkins, atheist of notoriety, writes in The God Delusion, “I have found an amusing strategy, when asked whether I am an atheist, to point out that the questioner is also an atheist when considering Zeus, Apollo, Amon-Ra, Mithras, Baal, Thor...
Aug 10
Sam Crabtree
Leading up to the 42nd anniversary of our wedding last week, I jotted down a list of books that I have read over the years about marriage. From memory I was able to list 36 books.  It has been my belief and practice for married persons—...
Aug 6
Sam Crabtree
It took me about a year to get this done, but I just re-read Getting Things Done, by David Allen. Ten years ago Kenny Stokes and I attended his one-day seminar when Allen was in town. Here are 10 excerpts from his book: Anything that can cause you...
Aug 5
Sam Crabtree
What does it mean to sin against your own body? Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.—1 Corinthians 6:18   Caution: Commentary below will...
Aug 4
Sam Crabtree
If you had to summarize Jesus’ three years of preaching in one single sentence, what would you say? That’s the question John van Gorkom asked his congregation when Vicki and I visited his church, Calvary Baptist, in Wisconsin recently: The epistle...
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