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

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Dec 28
Sam Crabtree
In his final editorial as the retiring General Director of Global Partners (mission arm of the Wesleyan Church), H.C. Wilson observes ... “‘The Scandal of Particularity’ is under increasing attack. This belief—this particular belief—holds that there...
Dec 27
Sam Crabtree
At the most recent meeting of the board of Desiring God, John Piper brought some devotional reflections from 2 Chronicles 16. At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did...
Dec 26
Sam Crabtree
In this first post after Christmas, a word about traditions: Avoid two extremes. First, trashing all traditions.Second, enshrining all traditions. Tradition is the living faith of those now dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of those now living...
Dec 23
Sam Crabtree
Christmas means leaving home, not going home. —Bernie May, former Director, Wycliffe Bible Translators
Dec 22
Sam Crabtree
The event of Christmas is so pivotal, so significant that we ask the wrong question when we ask what Christmas means. Without Christmas, we should ask, what would anything mean? The birth that is Christmas does not orbit history. History, once...
Dec 21
Sam Crabtree
Separate Christmas Day from Good Friday, and Christmas is doomed—doomed to decay into a merely sentimental or superstitious or sensuous “eat-drink-and-be-merry” festivity in December. Bethlehem and Golgotha, the Manger and the Cross, the birth and...
Dec 20
Sam Crabtree
The first thing the angel said was, “Fear not.” He didn’t come to frighten us. —Charles Swindoll, in The Finishing Touch
Dec 19
Sam Crabtree
Michael Horton (Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California) says, “The great tragedy of our age is not that our culture has forgotten the real meaning of Christmas, but that the church has.” So this week we...
Dec 16
Sam Crabtree
This week, several of our pastors answer the question, What is your favorite Bible verse and why? Kenny Stokes, Lead Pastor, Downtown Campus2 Corinthians 12:9 is one of my favorite verses because it calls me to live by faith in future grace, and...
Dec 15
Sam Crabtree
Little heart … holy heart … pumping the blood of life through the universe: How many times will we break you? —From “Mary’s Prayer,” by Max Lucado, in God Came Near
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