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

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Jan 27
Sam Crabtree
As an evangelical Christian, how active should I be in supporting and promoting “social” issues, specifically an amendment to ban gay marriages? Pray for all those that are in authority (1 Timothy 2:1–2). Be informed. (Proverbs 18:13) Use your...
Jan 26
Sam Crabtree
“For a marriage to have any chance, every day at least six things should go unsaid.” —Unknown When I encountered that anonymous citation, my first thought was a question: “What are the six things that should go unsaid?” But none were attached. They...
Jan 25
Sam Crabtree
At the last all-elder meeting, Pastor John took us to Matthew 10:24–31 and drew out five arguments for having no fear. Being maligned and reproached is evidence that you are in the Master’s house, not evidence that he has abandoned you. When you...
Jan 24
Sam Crabtree
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.—1 Thessalonians 1:1 For some reason, I customarily think of the twin letters to the Thessalonians as being written by...
Jan 23
Sam Crabtree
Next week will be the 2012 Desiring God Conference for Pastors. If any church ... 1) has an upcoming missions trip and 2) is sending a delegation to the Conference for Pastors, Desiring God will equip them with a free case of books to take along...
Jan 20
Sam Crabtree
While holed up in my room at Shalom House during the Pastors’ Study Break I finished my (first) reading of Dennis Rainey’s new book, Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood. Some excerpts: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the...
Jan 19
Sam Crabtree
In reading John Owen’s The Mortification of Sin, I arrive at chapter eight, “God Requires Universal Obedience,” where Owen says ... You cannot mortify a specific lust that is troubling you unless you are seeking to obey the Lord from the heart in...
Jan 18
Sam Crabtree
When I taught in the public schools, I encouraged students to take advantage of their civil liberties before they graduate by getting involved with some particular moral issue in some public way—a letter writing campaign, demonstrating with signage...
Jan 17
Sam Crabtree
The end for which God created the world: His own glory.The God that created the world for his glory: Jehovah.The man for whose glory God created the world: Jesus.The world for which God created a glorious end: Earth.
Jan 15
Sam Crabtree
Wisdom and character spring from the heart. See 1–3 hearts, 4–6 hearts, and 7–9 hearts in the series on 11 hearts. 10. A blameless heart 
May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame!—Psalm 119:80 

11. A joyful,...
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