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Apr 4
Sam Crabtree
Last week I preached the memorial service for Millea Jean Hefner who was stillborn at full term. Her daddy (Jonathan) wrote the following poem, which was read by the mommy (Sarah) at the service. Sweet Millea We woke in tears this Monday morn...
Apr 3
Sam Crabtree
Just before Easter, Pastor Jason French and I traveled to another city to conduct a graveside service in a soggy cemetery where snow was melting and we had to watch our step to avoid mud. After the graveside service, we headed to the church...
Apr 2
Sam Crabtree
Joe & Julie Kreckelberg have taught the budget portion of Bethlehem’s Pre-Marriage class for as long as I have been on staff here (1997). More than teaching the class, they have met with individual families and couples to work on monetary...
Apr 1
Sam Crabtree
It’s nearly inconceivable to imagine a world in which Jesus is not risen from the dead, for we see the out-workings of his resurrection everywhere—in cemeteries, on calendars around the world (B.C. and A.D.), on the front page of every newspaper (...
Mar 27
Sam Crabtree
Pastor John has said that the Maundy Thursday service is perhaps the most beautiful of the church year. Consider attending this "service of darkness" at your campus at 7:45pm. Since there is only one service per location, be sure to come early, park...
Mar 27
Sam Crabtree
We see the sophistication, wisdom, nobility, and strength of our counterparts in a debate, and we seek to imitate them. We think that in order to win the debate, we need first to win their approval, to demonstrate to those outside the promises of...
Mar 26
Sam Crabtree
Jason Meyer’s sermon over the weekend has me pondering afresh Mark 11:16, “And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple.” Jesus was not merely cleansing the temple of unscrupulous practices. He was shutting it down! In the days...
Mar 25
Sam Crabtree
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.—John 13:13 Jesus makes clear that it is correct to address him, describe him, and think of him as both Teacher and Lord. Stop and ponder the “and” with amazement. It is one thing to be...
Mar 22
Sam Crabtree
I believe that God is sovereign but struggle with understanding how God ordains terrible suffering and not the sin. Sex trafficking of children is the most difficult category for me. Could you help me think biblically about this issue? I deeply...
Mar 21
Sam Crabtree
Question (asked to a Chinese Christian leader): What are some of the strengths of being a church under decades of persecution? Response: It has made us clear about what we preach and believe. If we are to be persecuted for these truths, then we need...
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