Bethel Lbc Podcast



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.


  • The Holy Spirit Teaches

    24/05/2021 Duración: 18min

    Today we observe The Day of Pentecost which marks the end of the festive season on the Church Calendar, and we begin the long season of Pentecost. We've heard the story before, the rushing wind, the tongues of fire, people speaking in foreign languages that everyone could understand as everyone is filled with the Holy Spirit. But this lesson is actually Jesus, at the Last Supper, teaching the Apostles (and us) what it will be like when the Holy Spirit comes. Learn how the world has it all wrong, and learn how the Holy Spirit is our Advocate and our Counselor. The scripture text is from John 15:26-27 & John 16:4b-15.  We also refer to Ephesians 2:8 and Joel 2:27-32.

  • The Other Lord's Prayer

    16/05/2021 Duración: 23min

    After a couple of weeks off because of other events at church, this week Pastor Craig encourages us once again with a prayer that Jesus prayed. We might call it "The Lord's Prayer" except this title is already given to "the prayer that Jesus taught us", so we'll have to call this one, "The Other Lord's Prayer".  It IS from the Lord, and it is another prayer, but what makes this one so interesting is that Jesus is praying about US, you and I.  What would Jesus pray for, with you and I in mind. That's the topic and the focus of this week's message. The main text comes from John 17:11b-19. We also refer to Hebrews 13:14 and 1 Peter 2:11.

  • The Shepherd

    27/04/2021 Duración: 20min

    We don't often hear about shepherds in our world today. So when the Bible uses a those references to sheep and shepherding, it's sometimes hard to relate to. This week's message is to put it all into perspective. We learn what a shepherd is like, what they do and, surprisingly, what we are supposed to be like in our Christian lives. With Christ as our example of the Shepherd, we too are called to help, guide and serve the church, each of us as shepherds. The main reading is from John 10:11-18, and we also refer to 1 Corinthians 14:33; Psalm 23; Ezekiel 34:2-6, 16; and Isaiah 40:11. 

  • Key Witness Testimony

    19/04/2021 Duración: 30min

    Many people enjoy courtroom dramas on TV and in movies, but some have never considered that the many people who wrote the Bible are giving their testimony.  Just like a courtroom scene, the authors of the Bible are giving their first-hand accounts of what they saw happen. In this episode, Pastor Craig shows us Luke's 'key witness testimony' of what he saw that day when the risen Christ showed up before the Apostles. We are also challenged to give our own testimony of how God is working in our world today, in your church, in your family, in your job . . . . in your life.  Our reading comes from Luke 24:36b-49

  • Believe It

    11/04/2021 Duración: 22min

    As we proceed into the joyous Easter Season, we can explore our faith with the Lord's assurance. Today, we look at the apostle Thomas, also known as "doubting" Thomas, as though we should not have doubts like he did. But don't we have doubts exactly like him? Of course we do, but we look to our Lord Jesus for faith, not to Thomas. Today's scripture reading is from John 20:19-31. We also refer to Hebrews 11:1-2 and the verses that follow. 

  • Turn of Events

    05/04/2021 Duración: 20min

    Most all of us can tell stories about how something unexpected happens in life. Whether it's a small inconvenience or a major life-changing event, we all experience a "Turn of Events".  Well the Easter Story is the most unlikely "Turn of Events" in all of human history, and this Easter message from Pastor Craig points out that even at the time, there were times during the resurrection story that we could all relate to as totally unexpected.  Our main reading is from Mark 16:1-8. We also refer to Mark 14:28, 2 Corinthians 6:2b and Matthew 10:32-33.

  • The Death That Leads to Life

    30/03/2021 Duración: 26min

    The Palm Sunday edition of the podcast, and Pastor Craig uses an ambulance illustration to show us an example of "The Death That Leads to Life." Read along in John 12:12-33. We also refer to James 1:3 and 1 Corinthians 6:19.

  • Know Your Position

    21/03/2021 Duración: 21min

    As we continue in our Lenten Series, we hear a Bible lesson wrapped around the High School Basketball Season which is just wrapping up for this year. Pastor Craig tells a story when he was part of his High School Basketball team, not as a player, but as a trainer. A trainer is an important position, just as any position on the basketball team, and Pastor Craig, got reprimanded by the coach, because an error was made. Likewise, Jesus has to reprimand a couple of the Apostles, because they made an error as well.  It's a lesson if you're a sports fan or not, it's a lesson if you're a disciple or not, it's a lesson if you're Christian or not. The reading is from Mark 10:35-45, and we also refer to Jeremiah 31:34.

  • What's Love Got To Do With It

    18/03/2021 Duración: 31min

    This week, Pastor Craig is out on assignment, and our guest speaker is Geremy Olson, an author, speaker and outdoorsman from Washburn, North Dakota. Geremy brings home an old familiar passage of scripture that includes John 3:16. The reading is John 3:14-21 and we hear Geremy do what he does best, living out Christianity in every-day life. He tells us about a great outdoor fishing challenge that every Christian can conquer.  Learn more about Geremy here:

  • When You Have A Hard Time

    07/03/2021 Duración: 28min

    We included three scripture readings for today's episode.  All three of them tie together to help us understand what God and Jesus is up to. Today we continue in the season of Lent, when we confess and repent from our sins in preparation for Easter. Sometimes, people have a hard time understanding just what God is saying to us in various readings, so today, we included all three, and Pastor Craig helps tie them together for us. The readings include Psalm 19:1-14, Exodus 20:1-17 and John 2: 13-22. We also refer to Romans 3:20. 

  • Concerns of God

    27/02/2021 Duración: 24min

    We continue in the season of Lent as we examine our own heart: do we really trust in the Lord Jesus? This week, we look at this important topic, citing a Harvard research study that brings the point home. Our reading is from Mark 8:27-38. We also refer to 1 Timothy 5:8

  • The Kingdom Is Near

    21/02/2021 Duración: 23min

    It's a new season in the Christian Calendar! We've entered the season of lent. In today's reading, we hear of three major events that happen in rapid fire, one after another.  And as these events lead into the first words our Lord Jesus speaks as He begins His ministry on earth, He speaks the phrase "The Kingdom Is Near".  Does it have any meaning at all? Does it have any relevance for us today? Listen for the challenge and listen for the answers as Pastor Craig relates this pandemic world to this familiar phrase of the church. Star Wars fans, we especially have some fun recollections for you as well. Our main reading comes from Mark 1:9-15. We also refer to Ephesians 4:5-6 and Genesis 3:19.

  • What To Do?

    14/02/2021 Duración: 24min

    As the season of Epiphany comes to a close, we observe the Transfiguration of Our Lord and this week, Pastor Craig makes an attempt to describe this mountaintop experience. You get to decide if it's an adequate description: how do you describe something so glorious. The reading today comes from Mark 9:2-9

  • Fever to Serve

    07/02/2021 Duración: 24min

    We continue in our mini-series of messages during Epiphany from Mark's Gospel, and this week there are a few unexpected twists and turns in the story. What did Jesus do to cure the woman of her severe fever so she could get right up and wait on the others? Why did Jesus keep the demons from speaking? And why didn't Jesus go back to serve the people that were looking for Him? Instead, Jesus said, "Let's go someplace else." That's rather odd! These twists and turns in the story are what Pastor Craig explores for us this week. The main reading is from Mark 1:29-39. We also refer to Psalm 150:6, James 1:2 and we cross reference several versions of the Bible for today's study. 

  • Change Your Ways

    31/01/2021 Duración: 24min

    This week, we hear about Jesus teaching in the Synagogue, and a certain man didn't like what Jesus was saying.  The man was possessed by an impure spirit, and it reminds us how many people are also turned-off by Jesus, while at the same time, other people are amazed by Jesus. This week, Pastor Craig challenges us, by posing the question, "What are your bad habits?" Are you willing to "Change Your Ways".  The main reading is from Mark 1:21-28, and we also refer to James 2:19. 

  • Fishing For Men

    24/01/2021 Duración: 18min

    As we begin a Mini-Series in the Gospel of Mark, we set the stage by hearing once again the story of the beginning of Jesus' ministry. Our Lord called average workers in the area of the Sea of Galilee and said "Follow Me." It's a call for us as well. How do you and I follow that call? Pastor Craig tells a fishing tale of someone he knew who was good at fishing, and in the process, becomes an example for us all. The reading is from Mark 1:14-20

  • Who's Calling

    17/01/2021 Duración: 21min

    We read an unlikely Epiphany story when the Apostle Philip calls Nathanael to come see the Lord Jesus. It's an Epiphany moment story that all Christians can learn from: the Epiphany of knowing exactly Who the Lord Jesus is, and What He is to me.  Pastor Craig puts our modern world and all it's struggles into their proper perspective in this message. The reading is from John 1:43-51, and we also refer to John 12:26

  • Well Pleased

    10/01/2021 Duración: 20min

    This week we commemorate "The Baptism of Our Lord", and for some reason we read the story of John the Baptist once again. In the past few weeks, we've heard some part of the story, no less than four times. And we wonder,  if we are assigned to read from the story multiple times, is there something we're missing? Let's take a look. The deeper meaning we get from the tale of John the Baptist is that our Heavenly Father is overjoyed. He even says so. Our main reading is from Mark 1:4-11.  We also refer to Ephesians 2:8-9, 10 and Matthew 28:19-20.

  • Parallel Stories

    03/01/2021 Duración: 25min

    On this, the Second Sunday after Christmas, we take a look at a literary form of telling different stories that each intertwine with the other, in order that we might have a deeper understanding of what is going on. Sure, Simeon and Anna are not often included in the Christmas saga, but they are none-the-less different parts of the bigger story.  Telling a parallel tale helps us make the story applicable and understandable in our own lives. John's Gospel doesn't seem to be at all part of the Christmas Story, but after a second look, it is totally part of Christmas. Our main reading is from both the NIV and the ERV versions of John 1:1-13. We also refer to Isaiah 55:8-9 and Psalm 5:11-12

  • Big Enough

    27/12/2020 Duración: 20min

    Here's a story we don't hear much of: Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple to be dedicated to God. For Simeon and Anna it was a definitive moment for both of them. They each realized the incredible meaning this infant had personally on them: for Simeon, his own personal salvation was now real, for Anna, she thanked God and talked about the Child (Jesus) to everyone looking for deliverance. Plus, Pastor Craig's personal story ties it all together. The reading this week is from Luke 2:25-40. 

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