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

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Sep 21
Sam Crabtree
Below is a photo of staff member Rob Meysembourg on lift while washing ground floor windows at our Downtown Campus. While the lift is actually used to reach the upper stories, this photo looks like an exercise in the ridiculous. With typical sense...
Sep 20
Sam Crabtree
“The Apostle Paul [Jewish zealot who persecuted Christians to death] was the least likely candidate in the universe to spearhead the spread of Christianity.”—Tom Steller, at the pastoral staff meeting last week. The boy named David was an unlikely...
Sep 19
Sam Crabtree
“Jesus must be more than an idea to be understood. He must be a person to be loved.” —Carl Lundquist (1916–1991), president emeritus of Bethel College in his newsletter for the Evangelical Order of the Burning Heart, November 1984
Sep 16
Sam Crabtree
Do we as a church have a target ministry? Are we targeting a specific group of people (i.e., 20 something males)? Why or why not? This question was answered by Vince Johnson, Pastor for Outreach, North Campus. I would say it’s relative. On the one...
Sep 15
Sam Crabtree
“If we mean a religion that emphasizes the heart to the relative neglect or disparagement of the mind, then we have a problem. God does not honor mushy-headedness, and it soon leads to mental confusion and heresy anyway. A lobotomized spirituality...
Sep 14
Sam Crabtree
Know their children. Demonstrate loyalty to their children. Invest in their children over the long haul. Fit God’s authority structure. “You shall teach [these words] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,...
Sep 13
Sam Crabtree
Speaking on the mystery of marital oneness at a recent Bethlehem wedding, Pastor Tom Steller said, “The beauty of Christian unity is that it is not uniformity.” Christians are not all carbon copies or clones. The Spirit of God works in such a way...
Sep 12
Sam Crabtree
“One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.”—Paul Nitze (American negotiator with Soviets regarding arms control) Speaking of purpose and objectives, a different Paul said this:“For we aim at what is...
Sep 9
Sam Crabtree
In Christ, the ultimate Victor, a believer is more than an overcomer. This past weekend, September 3/4, I mentioned in the sermon on all Bethlehem campuses the story of Victor Watters, the cancer-ridden 14-year-old at our South Campus who was a...
Sep 9
Sam Crabtree
Massive security systems have been put in place in the international airport system, not because some box-cutters got on an airplane, but because a certain jihadist ideology got on an airplane. You can remove the box-cutters, but if the ideology is...
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