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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 27
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...
Jan 22
Sam Crabtree
The president of Converge Worldwide of the Baptist General Conference preached a message from Joel 2:28 where the prophet says the old men will dream dreams. Sheveland explored why a prophet might associate the dreaming of dreams with old...
Jan 21
Sam Crabtree
During a lecture on Christian apologetics at the Converge denominational meetings in Florida this week, the renowned apologist Norm Geisler paraphrased Charles Spurgeon as saying we are entertaining the goats, but not feeding the sheep. Jesus pitied...
Jan 20
Sam Crabtree
Tuesday, February 4, is precinct caucus night in Minnesota, an important part of the grassroots political system. Picture this: A small group of Christians shows up at a caucus, swaying the caucus and carrying the vote on nominees for office as well...
Jan 17
Sam Crabtree
Bethlehem’s pastors met for about 17 hours over 2½ days at Trout Lake Camp, owned and operated by Converge (Bethlehem’s denomination). Their agenda included waking up to the coldest air temperature Ken Currie had ever experienced in his life,...
Jan 16
Sam Crabtree
The following lines were included in the agenda packets for the Pastors Prayer & Planning retreat. The pastors pray. The pastors plan.The pastors do the best they can.But they can’t do a single thingUnless the Lord—our God and King—Decides to...
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