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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...
Jul 18
Sam Crabtree
As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord,...
Jul 18
Sam Crabtree
 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”—James 4:6 And a few verses later: Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.—James 4:10 God is the source of enablement....
Jul 17
Sam Crabtree
While on vacation I journaled 27 pages of reflections on Scripture. The next three days are some excerpts. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.—James 3...
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