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 And please, stop in and see us sometime. We'd love to catch up with you.


  • Coming Apart

    Coming Apart

    03/09/2017 Duración: 29min

    Pastor Dan Chell fills in on this Labor Day weekend message, about taking the opportunity and "Coming Apart" in a positive way, so you don't come apart in a negative way. The message is based on Mark 6:30-32.

  • BuildingBlocks


    27/08/2017 Duración: 26min

    This week's message, taken from Matthew 16:13-18, recounts the exchange between our Lord Jesus and Simon, who had a name change to Peter. It's an exchange that Pastor Craig brings home to you and I: Who do YOU say that the Son of Man is? It's an important question built with the Building Blocks of those before. Lot's of great practical lessons here, that are built on previous lessons. Besides the Matt text, we also refer to Genesis 1:1, Revelation 1:8, 1 Corinthians 3:12, John 1:3 & 3:16 and Galatians 6:15.

  • Polluted Puddle

    Polluted Puddle

    20/08/2017 Duración: 24min

    This week, Pastor Craig takes a childhood story of playing in a mud puddle and relates it to Jesus' lesson of what actually pollutes us before God. He even relates it to a popular song from the 1960's, do you remember Crimson and Clover? Bible references used include Matthew 15:10-20, Matthew 11:29 Luke 12:48, 1 Peter 3:4, Numbers 5:2, 19:12-13, Deuteronomy 14, Leviticus 11, 15:31, 17:16, 18:25.

  • Mercy, Grace and One Final Act of Faith

    Mercy, Grace and One Final Act of Faith

    17/08/2017 Duración: 21min

    Pastor Craig brings an interesting message, delivered at the funeral of Bessie Jorgensen, who lived a full 102 years.

  • Unsinkable Faith

    Unsinkable Faith

    13/08/2017 Duración: 25min

    Many times we think we've heard a bible story before, and we already understand its lesson. But Pastor Craig brings a reversal, of sorts, in the old familiar story of Jesus walking on the water. Listen and get a completely different perspective. The main reading is from Matthew 14:22-33. Additional references referred to include: Matthew 28:20, Psalm 33:4, Psalm 130:7, Revelation 19:11.

  • The One and Only

    The One and Only

    06/08/2017 Duración: 28min

    Pastor Dan Chell from Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Minot, ND fills in as Pastor Craig takes a Sunday off.

  • Whats Of Worth To You?

    What's Of Worth To You?

    30/07/2017 Duración: 27min

    Those Parables of Jesus just don't seem logical, do they? This week, Pastor Craig addresses that concern as he continues the discussion of the meaning of the hidden treasure, the pearl of great value and the net that catches both good and bad fish. The main text is Matthew 13:44-52, but also referred to are these scripture references: 1 Corinthians 14:33, Matthew 13:36, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Genesis 1:26-27, Ephesians 2:10, Deuteronomy 30:19-20a.

  • Weed Control Formula

    Weed Control Formula

    23/07/2017 Duración: 26min

    It seems so many areas in our state are concerned about moisture. We've had such small amounts of moisture, but it seems that no matter what, the weeds always do well. In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about weeds: "Don't pull the weeds", the Farmer said, "for it might damage some of the good crop." What are the weeds in your life? What areas of life need to be weeded out? Pastor Craig explores this and some interesting observations about the reading. The main text is Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43. Look at other uses of the term "Kingdom of Heaven" and where they're found. Matthew 3:2, 4:17, 5:3, 10, 19, 20, 7:21, 8:11, 10:7, 11:11, 12, 13:11, 24, 31, 33, 44, 45, 47, 52, 16:19, 18:1, 3, 4, 23, 19:12, 14, 23, 20:1, 22:2, 23:13, 25:1, What's your reaction when you see that they are ONLY found in Matthew?

  • Old Fashioned Jesus

    Old Fashioned Jesus

    09/07/2017 Duración: 25min

    Pastor Craig examines a familiar passage of scripture where Jesus says "My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Are "Old-Fashioned" illustrations like this even relevant in a hi-tech world? Or does the world simply write them off as irrelevant? Listen and follow along in your Bible. The main text is Matthew 11:25-30, but Ecclesiastes 1:9-11, Genesis 6:5 and Jeremiah 17:9 are also referred to.

  • Mis-Take Jesus

    Mis-Take Jesus

    02/07/2017 Duración: 26min

    In this week's message, we see out how easy it is to misunderstand words and ideas. This week's reading from Matthew 10 is easy to Mis-Take as well. It sounds like Jesus is completely contradicting what He came for, and it appears He's picking a fight. Listen as Pastor Craig explains how slight changes in the way Greek words are translated can give us a whole new perspective. This encouraging and comforting message comes from Matthew 10:34-42. Other scriptures referred to in this message include 1 Timothy 4:1, James 1:22, Ephesians 6:10-18 and Hebrews 4:12.

  • A Heart For Ministry

    A Heart For Ministry

    25/06/2017 Duración: 24min

    Our guest speaker today is Geremy Olson. His ministry is called 241 Ministries, and Geremy brings the morning message to us as Pastor Craig takes a vacation week.

  • Fathers Day

    Father's Day

    18/06/2017 Duración: 22min

    Pastor Craig honors Fathers in this message about the life stages of every male. Just because you're young, or just because you're old, or even in between, it doesn't mean your not included in God's plan for your life.

  • Now Go

    Now Go

    11/06/2017 Duración: 25min

    Our Church just previously completed a week of Vacation Bible School, and today we read Jesus' Great Commission and consider 3 C's: Commencement, Commission and Commandment. We often hear them together, but they do not necessarily mean the same thing. Listen as Pastor Craig brings a message of how these three terms puts things into perspective as to how to live and obey as God's people. Scripture Passages include: Matthew 28:16-20, Matthew 11:29 (NIV & ERV), Joshua 24:24, Luke 11:28 and 1 Corinthians 4:1.

  • Pentecost Empowered People

    Pentecost Empowered People

    04/06/2017 Duración: 26min

    Pastor Craig begins with an experience of the tour of a electric power plant, and expands it to illustrate the benefits we gain from the massive power grid available to us as Americans. How foolish it would be to "shut it off." In comparison, this power is tiny compared to the infinite power of God, and yet as humans, it is our tendency to turn off the power of God for all kinds of reasons. How foolish! What must we do to be empowered by God's Holy Spirit and live Godly lives. We discuss this theme in this Pentecost Sunday message. The main text is John 7:37-39, but Acts 2:1-21 was read earlier in the service and reading it may give you some added perspective. Also: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 12:2, Philippians 2:3-4 and Matthew 5:3-10

  • Jesus Prays

    Jesus Prays

    28/05/2017 Duración: 17min

    Because of some technical difficulties at church this week, we are not able to bring you the recorded message, so Pastor Craig brings you this weeks message from his office. It comes from Jesus' "High Priestly Prayer" as recorded in John 17:1-11. We discuss "What Would Jesus Do?" and it's implications for us and OUR prayer life. Is it possible to pray the way Jesus did? Do you glorify God in your life and in your prayers? Just as Jesus talked to people about God, Jesus also talked to God about people, and it becomes a perfect model for us to follow. Other scripture verses used today include Ephesians 2:8-10, Psalm 8:5, Psalm 139:14 and 2 Timothy 1:9. We hope you enjoy today's message.

  • Love As I Do

    Love As I Do

    21/05/2017 Duración: 31min

    Pastor Craig discusses the practical side of two unusual words: "inextricable" and "paraclete". There's not really any word to replace either one, but they do have meaning for us in everyday life. We're getting ready for Pentecost, and Jesus is in His farewell discourse. How do we love like Jesus loved? Find out in this week's message. The main text is John 14:15-21, but we'll also refer to 1 John 4:19, Romans 8:26-27, Romans 8:34 and Psalm 19:1ff.

  • The Gate

    The Gate

    07/05/2017 Duración: 28min

    From John 10:1-10, Pastor Craig preaches from the pulpit of Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Rural Antler, ND. Having some fun with riddles and metaphors, Pastor Craig discusses how the message of Christ can be hidden behind a riddle that we just don't know the answer to; but once you understand the meaning behind the riddle, it actually makes a lot of sense.

  • He Is Risen Indeed

    He Is Risen Indeed

    16/04/2017 Duración: 29min

    In his Easter Morning message, Pastor Craig reminds us of the account of the empty tomb, Jesus' body is no longer in the tomb, and everyone wondered how and why. We address the times when we question whether the resurrection could have actually happened or not. Using the examples of Grandma's Homemade Bread, an Airline Flight and your own beating heart, we have far more faith in everyday life than we might realize. Text references: Matthew 28:1-10, Hebrews 12:28, Colossians 3:1-4

  • Whos This?

    Who's This?

    09/04/2017 Duración: 32min

    The Palm Sunday Message from Pastor Craig Schmidt poses an interesting question: "Who is this?" Jesus makes a triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and everyone in the crowd was asking that question. Have you considered yourself as part of that crowd. Who do YOU say this Man is? The text is taken from Matthew 21:1-11

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