Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.  

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Jan 12
Sam Crabtree
Wisdom and character spring from the heart. See 1–3 hearts and 4–6 hearts on 11 hearts. 7. A circumcised heart vs. a fleshly heartAnd the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your...
Jan 11
Sam Crabtree
Wisdom and character spring from the heart. See yesterday's post for an introduction to this series on 11 hearts. 4. A broken and contrite heart The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.—...
Jan 10
Sam Crabtree

More important than wisdom and more important than character is the condition of the heart, from which wisdom and character spring:
 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.—Proverbs 4:23
 What is in the...
Jan 9
Sam Crabtree
Keith Anderson observes the following: Bethlehem has approximately 1,400 baby boomers. 159 persons are age 70 and older. 68% of them are official members. 48% attend Downtown. 40% attend North. 11% attend South. If you don’t die, you’ll be...
Jan 6
Sam Crabtree
How should we pray for the salvation of someone we love, knowing that God has already chosen or not chosen him? This question was answered by Bud Burk, Pastor for Child & Youth Discipleship, Downtown Campus I pray for someone very close to me...
Jan 5
Sam Crabtree
Tim Blackmon makes the following observations in his article “The Dangerous Act of Hospitality” (from Modern Reformation, Sept/Oct 2011): “True hospitality is different. It is deeply Christian and at times is even dangerous.” “Hospitality was...
Jan 4
Sam Crabtree
Our political process is as transitory as the issues it addresses, and to define the church’s power by its political influence is to overvalue the power of politics and to undervalue the church’s real power. —Ken Jones, from “Can Politics Save?” in...
Jan 3
Sam Crabtree
I’m dreaming of an orange Christmas. On Christmas Day, Vicki and I went caroling in the Kandiyohi County Jail, and I recited the Christmas Story from Luke 2 to orange-clad occupants. Pray for them, that God’s word would not return void.  
Dec 30
Sam Crabtree
As of today (December 30, 2011), Bethlehem contributions are still about $500K under where we'd like to be to meet anticipated 2011 expenses (another $225K has come in since Sunday). If we end the year without much more in contributions, the...
Dec 29
Sam Crabtree
Dr. Henry M Morris III connects two verses of the Bible: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1) “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since...
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