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

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Apr 24
Sam Crabtree
Last weekend Dan Wickert made this double statement: “God has a plan and he is in control.”
Apr 23
Sam Crabtree
Jason Meyer is the candidate for Associate Pastor for Preaching & Vision to be voted upon May 20. Last week we received the following wonderful inquiry: “My small group has decided to take four Tuesdays (including last night), to fast and pray...
Apr 20
Sam Crabtree
As more questions about John Piper’s possible succession by Jason Meyer come in, we’ll try to supply answers. Here are a few more questions with answers. Q: Transitional overlaps in ministry have sometimes created difficulties; how do you...
Apr 19
Sam Crabtree


God invites us to ask him for favor. "

And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us" (Malachi 1:9). Since he invites us to ask him for favor, here is something specific about which to ask for favor: At the April 15 All-Church...
Apr 19
Sam Crabtree
April 22, 1970, was dubbed the first Earth Day as organized protesters drew attention to patterns of resource consumption and the production of pollutants. Every year since then Earth Day has been marked on April 22. These days, rather than saying “...
Apr 18
Sam Crabtree
Thirty-six years ago this month, Apple was founded. Forty-five years ago this month the Department of Transportation began operation. Persons reading this blog will likely travel highways developed by one or both of those entities in the coming week...
Apr 17
Sam Crabtree
Vicki and I recently viewed the movie October Baby, the story of a women reunited with the mother who tried to abort her two decades earlier. If the thought of crying in a theatre is distasteful to you, don’t go. Vicki and I were both puddles. If...
Apr 16
Sam Crabtree
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.—1 Timothy 3:1 Many desires—even if not wicked—are not noble. To read great books, to hug your grandchildren, to take a nap … all are good and fine. But...
Apr 13
Sam Crabtree
One hundred years ago April 14 marks the infamous and tragic sinking of the unsinkable RMS Titanic. In overweening pride, the designers, builders, and sailors ignored general cautions and failed to heed specific explicit warnings of peril. As a...
Apr 12
Sam Crabtree
(The following was excerpted from a post on “Rurality Bytes,” blog of Jeff Gaus, a Minnesota Iowa Baptist Conference pastor in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.) Last night after the Saturday night service, I had the privilege of talking with a young...
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