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Aug 5
Bryan DeWire
[Note: Pastor Sam is serving in Germany, so his assistant, Bryan DeWire, will be writing for this blog.] For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then...
Aug 2
Bryan DeWire
[Note: Pastor Sam is serving in Germany these upcoming days, so his assistant, Bryan DeWire, will be writing for this blog.] For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.—Philippians 1:21 Some statements peel back the layers of life’s...
Aug 1
Sam Crabtree
Just because you are gifted at something, doesn’t mean God has called you or authorized you to do that thing anywhere or anytime you want. God places restrictions on gifts.  Balaam is generally more gifted at speaking than his donkey, yet...
Jul 31
Sam Crabtree
That’s what Andrew Knight said when giving his testimony to the congregation last Sunday night before they voted him in as a new elder at Bethlehem. He was describing how he arrived at a point where he realized in the presence of a Holy God that he...
Jul 29
Sam Crabtree
Pastor Todd Rasmuson announces the theme for Global Focus 2013 (October 9–20) at Bethlehem, saying, “God’s global work will succeed. How do we know that missions will be successful when some days for our global partners it seems so hard? Here...
Jul 29
Sam Crabtree
Homosexuality has been in the news a lot lately. Many may not know that Bethlehem’s statement on homosexuality was co-authored by Joe Hallett who came out of the so-called gay lifestyle. (It killed him, making “gay” a misnomer.) This tribute to Joe...
Jul 26
Sam Crabtree
I recently answered the following question via email. My staff thought it would be useful on this blog. Does Bethlehem prohibit dancing? I know some Baptist churches are against dancing and some are not. Specficially, I am referring to modern,...
Jul 24
Sam Crabtree
Here is a peak into the interaction between an elder and a small group leader. An excerpt from the blog of Daniel Stanley… “Pastor Sam Crabtree and I sat down the other day to talk about the BBC Shepherd Group which I lead. Sam just became our...
Jul 22
Sam Crabtree
While on vacation I read Laurel Buckingham’s Seven Reasons Why I Love a Big Church, which I summarize here. A large church is Scriptural: The first church began with 3,000 members and grew daily. While they met in homes, they also...
Jul 22
Sam Crabtree
God gave him to us for 104 years. Shea was a gospel singer longer than I have lived, and I am in my sixties. As I was growing up, he was a fixture at Billy Graham crusades, widely known for singing to stadium-packed crowds such songs as “How Great...
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