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

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Aug 28
Sam Crabtree
This week this blog honors four of our pastors who have been on staff at Bethlehem 15 years or more. For each colleague I have highlighted five Christlike character qualities. David Livingston (25 years) Sincere – David is eager to serve (just...
Aug 27
Sam Crabtree
Love will never be replaced with something better. Love is the best there is. God is love. Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), and yet Paul says love is greater than faith (1 Corinthians 13:13). God is greater than faith....
Aug 24
Bryan DeWire
While statistics like the ones below don’t guarantee a church’s health, they are indicators for how God is moving in a local body. So, rejoice with us over God’s gifts to Bethlehem Baptist Church: Number of elders = 45Number of employees (full-time...
Aug 23
Sam Crabtree
See Part 1 of this post. 13.  Construct a series of points, questions, observations. Enumerate your points. Count them aloud. Such numbering fosters a sense that we are going somewhere, this has been thought through, we know where we are in the...
Aug 22
Sam Crabtree
After a recent Wednesday Connection gathering I spoke at for the North Campus at Long Lake Park, one of our pastors asked about how I held the attention of those gathered. “Coach us,” he said. So, with the start of school just around the corner,...
Aug 21
Sam Crabtree
Those who argue against the importance of doctrine are using a smoke screen. To such people, doctrine is “someone else’s Christianity” while their emphasis is “the Christian life.” But this is not simply a rejection of doctrine, it is merely a...
Aug 20
Sam Crabtree
  My wife, Vicki, lives with pain. She found this statement by C.S. Lewis: “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” —cited in A Light in the Window, by Jan...
Aug 17
Sam Crabtree
What one book besides the Bible would you recommend that a member of Bethlehem who wants to grow as a leader and servant in the body should read? This question was answered by 13 of our leaders on staff. David Mathis: The Master Plan of Evangelism...
Aug 16
Sam Crabtree
Eight excerpts from an address originally delivered in London on June 17, 1932 … Every true revival is born in controversy, and leads to more controversy. Every really great Christian utterance, it may almost be said, is born in controversy....
Aug 15
Sam Crabtree
Though we don’t wish to bombastic ruffians, it seems to me that our culture is more alarmed about controversy than error, more chagrined about gridlock in the legislature than lack of godly conviction in the legislators, more inclined to consider...
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