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

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Feb 6
Sam Crabtree
John Henderson, a biblical counseling trainer, recently arrived from Texas to deliver three seminars at Bethlehem: To staff – “Crisis Care.” (By the way, did you know that the word “crisis” is not in the Bible?”) To Elders & Wives – “Domestic...
Feb 5
Sam Crabtree
I recently finished Jared C. Wilson’s book The Pastor’s Justification (a gift from Dan Holst, the lead pastor at Bethlehem's north campus). Here are some excerpts. A cheap man is just as much an idolator of money as the wasteful man. A holy man is a...
Feb 4
Sam Crabtree
On a recent vacation, Vicki and I visited Twin Cities Church where Pastor Lawrence Simmons ... 1.     Referred to God’s love as “incorruptible.” 2.     Drew an analogy, as follows: Assume your basement has...
Feb 3
Sam Crabtree
That’s part of the title of a book by Bradley R.E. Wright. The rest of the title is … and Other Lies You’ve Been Told. Here are six of the lies he exposes. 1. The divorce rate among Christians is as high as that of nonbelievers. It isn’t. 2....
Feb 1
Sam Crabtree
Last week, Scott Rideout, president of Converge Worldwide, spoke to delegates gathered in California for the Transform meetings for church leaders. Speaking from Ephesians 2:20, he said, “The church is built on Jesus—not structures, not programs,...
Jan 29
Sam Crabtree
At the Converge Transform meetings in California last week, keynote speaker Efrem Smith spoke from Matthew 9 and said, “Community cannot be accomplished outside the agape love of Jesus.” That means true community is impossible, unless the Spirit of...
Jan 27
Sam Crabtree
At the Converge Transform meetings in California last week, President Scott Ridout highlighted three postures he would like people in the Baptist General Conference (Converge) to take: Be a learner. Study to exegete the Bible and our culture. Be a...
Jan 26
Sam Crabtree
A young couple in our church lost their baby, whereupon the husband wrote the following (excerpts): From within the cloud of grief, it can be difficult to see how God feels about your suffering. Unfortunately, the temptation can be to imagine that...
Jan 23
Sam Crabtree
To the sleepy or seared conscience, flaws can seem very small or invisible, which to the awakened conscience appear so large as to be horrific. Not one of our sins needed to take place, so none of them is excused by the awakened conscience. Pray for...
Jan 22
Sam Crabtree
Lives matter not only to those whose lives they are (i.e., my life matters to me and your life matters to you), but lives matter to those around them (i.e., your life matters to me and my life matters to you). They matter to those who are enriched...
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