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Best Bethel LBC Antler podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best Bethel LBC Antler podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church is located at 10060 Hwy 256, in rural Antler, North Dakota. Setting almost literally in a northern prairie farm field 40 miles north of Minot, ND, this congregation has endured the test of time. Founded in 1903 from Norwegian Lutheran roots, our church still proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the faithful followers who call Bethel their church home. Please enjoy the current sermons below. If you can, let us know how you like them. Our email is bethellbc@s ...
 
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On this second Sunday of Advent, we once again avoid the temptation to celebrate the coming of our Lord, the Baby Jesus, and instead "prepare" for His coming. This week Pastor Craig ties together the readings from Isaiah and from Romans, written hundreds of years apart, and yet have the save cohesive message: the Lord is coming! Our Main readin ...…
 
We begin the New Year on the Church Calendar with the First Sunday in Advent. So often we get caught up in the busy-ness of the season, as if we are to be celebrating. In fact, the scripture readings for this time of year say nothing about celebration, rather preparation. Hear Pastor Craig put things into perspective as we find out how to deal ...…
 
Does your life as a Christian sometimes feel boring? From time to time, everyone may think that. Using the illustration of a restored automobile, Pastor Craig compares the life of the Christian to the old "beater" that submits to the Master Restorer. It's a delightful journey using an everyday example, to challenge us to be so "transformed". Ev ...…
 
This week, Pastor Craig recounts the persecution that was going on in 2 Thessalonians that caused P-S-T to write this letter (P-S-T is explained in the podcast). And it's a lesson for all of us who think the world is ripe and prepared for Christ's Second Coming. Listen and find out that tremendous trials don't necessarily mean then end of the w ...…
 
Hear Pastor Craig illustrate how any given scripture reading can be easy to understand, or other times, it can seem impossibly hard to grasp. But some simple steps can help us gain an understanding of the hard verses, and still gain a deeper understanding of the simple ones. With an introductory lesson reading from Revelation 7:9-17, our main s ...…
 
This week, Pastor Craig takes a look at a familiar section from the book of Romans, through the words of a 1960's quote from a Pop Music Rock Star. Considering the things that are Known to us, and also considering the things that are UNknown to us, there is an invitation to step between those opposing views through doorways. Listen to this inte ...…
 
This week takes us once again to Timothy, and Pastor Craig relates a humorous story of a lady who is looking for an equipped campground to vacation in. And the illustration points out how we are so eager to make sure things have the features we expect in something. Yet the Bible explains we already have everything we need. Learn more about it i ...…
 
When life gets us down, we can often benefit from the encouragement we receive from others: others in the church, but also, others in the world. This week Pastor Craig Schmidt will show us how a baseball player, a gymnast, a soldier, and a farmer can all give us encouragement. Using the example of Paul, and the ultimate Old Pro Encourager, and ...…
 
After some unexpected events in the life of our church, it caused Pastor Craig to stop and rethink a few things, and that became the theme for this week's message. Often times life seems crazy, out of control, and threatening. But using the Apostle Paul as an example, we learn that God might be using those crazy events to call us back to Him. T ...…
 
This week, we move to a message from Revelation, a book that is often confusing, but a book that is also very clear: the battle between good and evil exists, and we are in the midst of it. Learn what the battle means, and how each of us are involved that battle. The main reading comes from Revelation 12:7-12. We also refer to Matthew 10:39-40 a ...…
 
It seems like we live in a volatile world. Anything anyone says seems to blow up into an argument that nobody wins. It's with this in mind that we look at 1 Tim 2:1-15, which at first glance seems like some nice fatherly advice about how to live the Christian life. But it's riddled with explosive subjects that seem to cause more divisions. List ...…
 
This week, Pastor Craig uses a few personal experiences to illustrate how our tendency is to live as close to the line of sin as possible. Even in our attempt to stay clear of sin, we sin in other ways. It truly is "The Fine Line" that every believer experiences in life. Our main reading is from 1 Timothy 1:12-17. We also refer to the following ...…
 
Have you ever given someone a recommendation? Have you ever received a recommendation? If you have, you know how important they can be in one's future opportunities and one's forthcoming positions. This week, Pastor Craig tells us about a little "gem" of a lesson in a mostly unknown book of the Bible, and it's about a personal recommendation th ...…
 
As Pastor Craig was out of town this week, we heard a very practical way to disciple people, through something as simple as fishing. Geremy Olson is from Washburn, ND, and speaks of his life-long love for fishing, and the lessons we can all learn, as well as the lessons we can teach, in simple practical ways. The reading is from Luke 5:1-11.…
 
This week we had a special event. We left our country church and had services at "The Shack", a local gathering place north of the little town of Antler, very near the Canadian Border. Since we didn't have the luxury of the recording equipment, this episode was recorded in my office. The topic was "Discipline" and how God disciplines us as His ...…
 
Most all of us look up to certain people in our lives, we look up to our heroes. Whether it's a TV character, a sports figure or a close friend or relative, we love to look up to certain individuals as role models. Did you realize that there's a list of "Faith Heroes" in the Bible? Here's a list of people that we can look up to, and we realize ...…
 
Pastor Craig is on vacation this week, so our good friend, Pastor Dave Heintzleman from Newburg, ND fills in and refers to the gospel of John 20:30-31 for today's lesson. God has a purpose for our lives, and it's summarized in this passage.By Pastor Dave Heintzleman
 
In the last of our Three-Part series of messages from the Book of Colossians, Pastor Craig tells us how to take the garbage out. Using a fun poem from the 1970's as a backdrop, taking out the bad things in our lives is something we usually do not like to do. Here's the answer to why we should. . . . Take The Garbage Out. The Old Testament readi ...…
 
We all encounter various signs along the way when we travel on roads and highways. It's important for us to read the signs, but it's even more important to know what the signs are telling us and what they mean. This week, Pastor Craig compares highway and street signs with the warning signs the Apostle Paul was giving to the Colossian church, w ...…
 
This special edition of the podcast is excerpts from the funeral service for Delores Mattern. Delores was a lifetime member of our church, and recently passed away to be with the Lord. You'll note that only the spoken portion of the service is included since copyright laws forbid us from publishing performed music, which is unfortunate because ...…
 
In this first of a three-part series from the book of Colossians, Pastor Craig relates a childhood story of making a wrong connection, and the unfortunate consequences of that connection. We need connections of all kinds in today's world, and we especially need connection with our Creator God. Listen to the amazing lessons we learn about what w ...…
 
This week we take a little step back and look at the TV crime dramas that were so popular in the 1970's. Each detective had their own approach, each private eye had their own style, but every one sought after the real truth. Borrowing Colombo's favorite line "Just One More Thing" we compare and contrast Paul's letter to the Galatians where he a ...…
 
Using the idea of a simple road trip as a background, Pastor Craig reminds us that we tend to want to take the fastest route when we go most anywhere. But it just might be a good idea to slow down and enjoy the experiences along the way. So it goes with our faith. During this Independence Day Holiday, maybe we should consider what it is we have ...…
 
Pastor Dan Chell fills the pulpit as Pastor Craig takes a week off. Pastor Dan's scripture readings come from Deuteronomy 33:27 and Psalm 40:1-3By Pastor Dan Chell
 
This week, Pastor Craig is at the West Region Convention, but things were still happening back in Antler. Our guest speaker is Gideon, John Harvey. John has quite a testimony of how God lifted him out of a life in drugs, to a life in eternity. God has a plan for all of us, and John tells us how God's plan became evident in his life.…
 
Can you name the three things that happened on Pentecost? What does each thing mean to us today? Are you required to speak in tongues to be a real Christian? These issues are all addressed as Pastor Craig brings a simple and practical message so you can "get your bearings" about Pentecost. The main reading comes from Acts 2:1-21, and we also re ...…
 
As we conclude this Easter season, we refer to the conclusion of the Bible. This week, Pastor Craig helps us meditate through some of the most incredible verses in all of Scripture, the time "When the Lord Comes" again as He promised He would. Our reading is from Revelation 22:1-6, 12-20. We also refer to these passages, John 4:14, Genesis 3:17 ...…
 
For this Memorial Day weekend, Pastor Craig gave each person in attendance at stone to hold in their hand. It is a powerful demonstration of the great gift that is given to us, the gift of choice. What will you choose to do? Will you honor those who died for your freedom? Or will you condemn? The decision of what to do with your stone is up to you.…
 
This week's message reflects some thoughts after our congregation received the results of a Church Health Survey that we recently completed. Interestingly, Pastor Craig used some familiar pop-culture lyrics to illustrate the point of what our "Traditional Small Rural Church" faces as we move forward. It is clear, our church is exactly what the ...…
 
Pastor Craig uses some personal examples of a lunchbox and a baseball game to illustrate what the great final assembly will look like. This being Mother's Day, we learn a little bit more about what life was like when Mom made our lunch. The lesson this week is from Revelation 7:9-17.By Pastor Craig Schmidt
 
It's a special day at our church. Our confirmation students were asked a series of faith questions that based on our confirmation curriculum and is the topic of today's podcast. The beginning reading was from Deuteronomy 4:9-10, 6:5-9, 12-15.By Pastor Craig Schmidt
 
For the Second Sunday of Easter, Pastor Craig makes a comparison: how our perception of a journey looks different before we go, than it does after we return home. It's the same with Jesus. We see our Lord in a different way now that He is risen from the dead. The Bible says that the Lord is coming, but now it looks more credible after Easter. O ...…
 
On this Easter Sunday edition of the podcast, Pastor Craig uses a different passage of scripture than is normally used on Easter morning. True to our series on the "I Am" statements we focus on the resurrection of Jesus' friend, Lazarus. This is when Jesus said, "I Am the Resurrection". The reading is from John 11:17-27, but we also refer to Ma ...…
 
This year we did a unique service for Good Friday evening, and Pastor Craig includes some of his personal experiences, as well as a short history lesson on what the true and personal meaning of Easter is to us as individuals, as portrayed in various rites, rituals and practices of the church. Keep in mind, this service was conducted in a church ...…
 
As we near the end of the Lenten season, Pastor Craig tackles a section of scripture that you may have heard before about how Jesus goes to prepare a place for you, and Jesus said "I Am the Way" to get there. Using a story of a country boy who goes to war, and is not able to continue many of the long-honored traditions of his family after he ge ...…
 
In our series of the "I Am" statements of Jesus, we continue this week with the 5th in the series. Many people remember the illustration of Jesus saying He is the "Good Shepherd", and many times we may sit back (physically or spiritually) and think, "I already know this." But there are scriptures that support the idea that we should not just si ...…
 
As we continue on this Fourth Sunday in Lent, we are looking at Jesus' "I Am" statements from the Gospel of John. This week, we learn that our Lord Jesus was talking with His disciples at the Last Supper about the important things of life, and He explained that we need to stay connected to the "True Vine", that is Jesus Himself. It's an interes ...…
 
For the Third Sunday in Lent, this week's message addresses 7 of the ways we think we get to heaven, but we actually don't. Jesus says "I Am the Door" and through an illustration showing us we can actually be trying to enter heaven through the wrong door, we also find out that those 7 ways are still part of our faith. This is a refreshing and i ...…
 
In our second message in the series of "I Am" statements from the Gospel of John, Pastor Craig relates some interesting connections between the description of light, and Jesus who called Himself the "Light of the world". The number of similarities is not only impressive, it's enlightening as well. We read from John 1:1-5 and John 8:12. We also ...…
 
As we begin this season of Lent, we are doing a series of messages focusing on the "I Am" statements of Jesus. This week, Jesus said "I Am the Bread of Life", and we relate it with a couple of simple illustrations: as though we are running a race, and as though we are grabbing that first and best cookie from the tray of treats. These stories he ...…
 
As we conclude this Epiphany season, Pastor Craig uses yet another illustration of a famous architectural home, to illustrate our own affairs before God: the honor goes to the builder, not to the building itself and not to the owner. It's so applicable to our own lives. We read from Hebrews 3:1-6 and from Numbers 20:7-12.…
 
As we come to the close of our series from First Corinthians, we once again look for those "A-ah!" moments during Epiphany. Pastor Craig uses the old story of "The Princess and the Pea" to illustrate how even the smallest sin needs to be dealt with, and how we can be true royalty because of Christ. Our reading comes from 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, ...…
 
In the next message in our series from 1st Corinthians, Pastor Craig takes us on a journey of words. Using a popular song from the 1960's, a song you might just know, we find that the message behind the song, could also be "Words" sent to us from God Himself. We look at how our culture has let us down, and where we can find answers. Our reading ...…
 
As we continue in our series of messages from First Corinthians, Pastor Craig relates a story of a retiring house builder who misses an opportunity for his last house to be his best house. Comparing his experience with the ancient church in Corinth, we learn that it's a lesson we can all learn from, it applies even to us, today. Our reading is ...…
 
Love is something we all desire. However it seems to be in short supply these days. This week, Pastor Craig uses the simple story of a boy having a dish of ice cream to illustrate what love looks like. Our reading comes from 1 Corinthians 13, also known as "The Love Chapter". We also refer to 1 John 4:9 and John 13:34.…
 
Continuing in our reading from last week, the Apostle Paul makes some amazingly earth shaking comments to the church there in Corinth, and if we're completely honest with ourselves, they are just as earth shaking today. On average, Americans spend more money to make themselves look good than they do in support for the church. How about you? Our ...…
 
Why is church boring? What is it that causes us to be rather "ho hum" about going to church? Why don't we participate? This week, Pastor Craig answers these questions from Paul's letter to the Corinthians where the question is answered for us today, just as it was answered to the first century church. This message can change your entire outlook ...…
 
This week, Pastor Craig introduces us to little Elliot, and little boy that has a kitchen mishap that illustrates our tendency as Christian to think that since God is full of so much grace, we can just keep on sinning. The Apostle Paul addressed that very issue by saying, in essence, "Not so fast!". Learn the clear distinction between a sinner ...…
 
For Epiphany Sunday, Pastor Craig uses the story of a Christian family touring in a poor country. What new insight can you gain from this story? What new insight can you gain from the Christmas story? Listen to this week's message and hear about a pastor's many Epiphanies during this Christmastime. It may just challenge you! Our reading comes f ...…
 
On this, the first Sunday after Christmas, and just before the New Years Holiday, Pastor Craig helps us put on Jesus Fashions. What we wear says a lot about us. Are you worried about the label people will put on you if you aren't wearing the proper designer label? This message helps put it all into perspective. Be prepared for a simple children ...…
 
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