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 Unseen Side

    The Unseen Side

    02/08/2020 Duración: 21min

    As we continue in Romans, Chapter 9, the Apostle Paul explains that he is upset over the fact that his fellow Israelites (otherwise known as the Jews) did not fully appreciate the many favors they received by virtue of the fact that they were God's chosen people. The lesson applies to us today, and Pastor Craig lays it out for us. Our main reading is from Romans 9:1-5. We also refer to Deuteronomy 7:7-8, John 4:14, Romans 8:38-39 and 1 Timothy 1:15.

  • I Chose You

    I Chose You

    26/07/2020 Duración: 23min

    Pastor Craig uses an illustration of a couple who went on a dance date together back in the 1950's to illustrate how we can assume we are the person who makes a decision, but later on, we find out, there was other factors in play that we didn't know about. It applies in our relationship with the Lord Jesus, just as it applied to that couple's dance date so long ago. There's an interesting surprise at the end as well.  Our main Bible reading is from Romans 8:28-39. We also refer to 1 Peter 2:9, John 15:16, 1 Thessalonians 1:4, Ephesians 1:4, Hebrews 12:2 and Psalm 119:133.

  • Moaning  Groaning

    Moaning & Groaning

    19/07/2020 Duración: 25min

    This week, Pastor Craig shows us how the Apostle Paul is so totally relatable to today's world. There are so many things in the world that cause us "Moaning & Groaning" and yet an ancient writing from Paul's letter to the Romans tells us exactly how we should take all the negativity in the world. Our main reading is from Romans 8:18-27, and we also refer to these Bible verses: Psalm 46:1, Ephesians 6:12 (both ESV & ERV) and Galatians 5:22-23.

  • A Different Kind of King, Pt 2

    A Different Kind of King, Pt 2

    12/07/2020 Duración: 28min

    Building on his previous message to us, Pastor Dave Heintzleman adds to what he preached to us a couple weeks ago, and helps us see the Lord Jesus in more depth. 

  • Cant Stop

    Can't Stop

    05/07/2020 Duración: 24min

    This week, Pastor Craig gives a lighthearted and interesting message about a rather serious subject. It brings a chuckle to think about the many ways in which we sin, but never-the-less, there it is. In this lesson, we learn the extent of our tendencies, and we look at the solution as well. We read from Romans 7:14-25a, we use several different versions to help understand, and we also refer to Hebrews 4:12 and Romans 2:15

  • A Different Kind of King

    A Different Kind of King

    30/06/2020 Duración: 29min

    This week we have a Guest Speaker, Pastor Dave Heintzleman.

  • Fathers Day

    Fathers Day

    21/06/2020 Duración: 25min

    This week we take an interesting pair of parallel journeys, one from the Apostle Paul, the other from a Father Figure. Pastor Craig uses some common illustrations to tell us how our earthly father's teach us and seek our allegiance, just as God, our Heavenly Fathers teach us and seek our allegiance. We hope you honor the father figures in your life in this message, and we hope you enjoy the lighthearted stories of everyday life that Pastor Craig tells us today. The main Bible reading is from Romans 6:12-23. We also refer to Deuteronomy 30:19-20.

  • Contrasts  Comparisons

    Contrasts & Comparisons

    14/06/2020 Duración: 25min

    As we enter the long season of Pentecost, Pastor Craig helps us explore a New Testament illustration of someone who is willing to sacrifice their life for someone else.  Would you die in order to save the life of another? In this message, we examine that idea, and come to the conclusion that as Christians, we live in a very unlikely situation. Listen to find out more. Our Bible references include Romans 5:6-15, John 19:30, and we refer to various versions of Romans 5:6 in CEV, ERV, NASB and NLT. 

  • God of Unity

    God of Unity

    07/06/2020 Duración: 32min

    We have a unique opportunity to examine one of the foundational doctrines of the Christian Faith, and that is the Trinity. Pastor Craig uses some simple every-day illustrations to help us understand a bit better what the Trinity is about, and what God is about. The main reading is from 2 Corinthians 13:11-14, and we read the creation story from Genesis 1:1 - 2:4. You can also have these Bible references in mind as Pastor Craig refers to them in his message Genesis 1:26; Mark 12:29, 32; Galatians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 6:12 

  • Spirit of Comfort

    Spirit of Comfort

    31/05/2020 Duración: 30min

    Pentecost Sunday marks the half-way point in the church calendar, a time when the holiday season is over, and now "life in Christ" begins. Pastor Craig uses the illustration of the gift of a specially made quilt (a comforter) to help grasp the idea that God's Holy Spirit comes to us to give us a Comforter (notice the capitalized 'C'). The scripture reading comes from Acts 2:1-21, and we also recall some other verses from the King James Bible that use that term "Comforter": John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7.

  • Greater Suffering

    Greater Suffering

    24/05/2020 Duración: 35min

    On this, the last Sunday of the Easter season, we wrap up the "Greater" series by concentrating on "Greater Suffering".  Pastor Craig gets into his own personal testimony, and puts "suffering" in a new light. Bible passages used in this episode include: Acts 1:12-26; Psalm 19:14; 1 Peter 4:12-19, 5:6-11; Romans 5:8, John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Psalm 100:3, Romans 14:8; 1 John 3:1 and 1 Corinthians 6:19. 

  • Greater Reason

    Greater Reason

    17/05/2020 Duración: 33min

    As we progress through the Easter Season, we focus again on the Resurrection and the "Greater Reason" we have for our existence and for our faith. Pastor Craig brings a two-part sermon this week, concentrating on lessons from Acts and 1 Peter. This week we examine the idols we set up in our life, and we are challenged to explain the "Greater Reason" we have for the hope we have as a believer. The scripture references this week include Acts 17:16-31, 2 Corinthians 2:16-17b, 1 Peter 3:13-22 and 1 John 4:8.

  • Greater Growth

    Greater Growth

    10/05/2020 Duración: 29min

    On this Mothers Day Edition of the weekly message, we are challenged with two different scripture stories with a common lesson, the Christian is called to "Greater Growth" in our life as a believer. First we hear about the story of Stephen, who was busy doing his work for the Lord, and was stoned to death. Then, we hear Peter talking to a "disbursed and diverse" audience that even includes us, today.  Whether we work in ministry like Stephen did, or we live as a body of believers that is truly different from, but serving the world, either way, we are called to an eternal task. Today, Pastor Craig helps us contemplate and consider that call. The Bible readings come from Acts 6:1-9, Acts 7:2a, 51-60, Acts 8:1a - and then 1 Peter 2:2-10.

  • Greatly Commendable

    Greatly Commendable

    03/05/2020 Duración: 31min

    The first week back in church after COVID-19 isolation, it is truly great to be back in the church sanctuary. This week, Pastor Craig puts the current church in perspective against the backdrop of today's Bible readings and it is clear that we are truly blessed because of what God has done for us. It's just like the early church. Listen for a challenging and uplifting message. Bible references used in this message include: Acts 2:42-47, 2 Timothy 2:9, 1 Corinthians 9:22, Romans 5:3, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Psalm 19:14 and Luke 23:46.

  • Greater Respect

    Greater Respect

    26/04/2020 Duración: 39min

    Today's Bible references used in this service so you can look them up on your own study time: Psalm 116:1-14; 1 Timothy 4:13; Acts 2:14, 36-41; 2 Corinthians 4:18; 1 Peter 1:17-25; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Jude 25, Hebrews 13:20-21.

  • Greater Worth

    Greater Worth

    19/04/2020 Duración: 31min

    Just as the Apostle Peter spoke to a distressed audience, so Peter speaks to us, a distressed audience as we continue to be in voluntary isolation from the coronavirus. But our reading today doesn't give us reason to whine or grumble, instead it reminds us of things that are of far greater worth.  This week, Pastor Craig uses the comparison of an expensive home, a high-priced car and an unique wristwatch to illustrate what is of real value, what is of far "Greater Worth". The Bible references used in today's podcast are: Psalm 148; 1 Timothy 4:13; 1 Peter 1:3-9; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Timothy 4:10; Colossians 3:24; Ephesians 2:1, 12; Mark 4:19, John 16:33, 19:30, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Jude 25, Hebrews 13:20-21 

  • Unexpectedly Empty

    Unexpectedly Empty

    12/04/2020 Duración: 30min

    It's Easter Sunday, and for many people today, our world seems "Unexpectedly Empty". In the midst of isolation and quarantine during the Coronavirus pandemic, our world just seems so different. This week, Pastor Craig examines the various ways in which we live our lives, and how God speaks to us in each of them. Even in this time of COVID-19, God is speaking to us. The question is, why is the church building empty? Why are schools, restaurants and store shelves empty too? Hear how it all makes sense at Easter. Bible references used in today’s message: Psalm 16: 1-11, John 20:1-18, 2 Kings 7:1, Psalm 19:14, Matthew 26:14-16, 27:3-5, Luke 22:32-34, 54-62, Mark 14:32-41, 55-59, 15:12-15, Isaiah 53:1-5a, Matthew 27:31-43, Luke 23:44-46, Matthew 28:1-10, Philippians 2:9, Jude 25, Isaiah 43. 

  • Changed View

    Changed View

    05/04/2020 Duración: 23min

    On this Palm Sunday "Special Edition" of the podcast, we look at those who witnessed Jesus as He rode into Jerusalem. They needed a "Changed View".  Their perception of the Savior, though it was happy and enthusiastic, wasn't fully correct. Our perception of Jesus is much the same way, we might be one to give Christ a pointing finger of approval, but that isn't really what He's after. He's after something more significant. Find out more in this week's podcast. Scripture references used today include: Psalm 31:9-16, John 12:12-19, Zechariah 9:9, Psalm 19:14, Romans 8:28–29, Psalm 46:10, Jude 25, Numbers 6:24-26. We also had some fun with a certain young lady who sang an old favorite song with some sound effects. Check it out.

  • No Condemnation

    No Condemnation

    29/03/2020 Duración: 34min

    Due to the coronavirus, this is our second week that we didn't meet in person, but we still proclaim God's Word. This special edition of the podcast, we look at a familiar "No Condemnation" verse. During this season of Lent, we look at another aspect of why we need Christ. This week's Bible references include Psalm 130:1-8, Romans 8:1-11, Psalm 19:14, Romans 8:38–39, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 3:26, Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 1:7, 2 Timothy 1:9, 1 John 1:9, Philippians 4:3, Hebrews 12:21ff, Jude 25, Numbers 6:24-26 

  • Viral Faith

    Viral Faith

    22/03/2020 Duración: 35min

    This Special Edition of the podcast breaks from our usual format, in that, like thousands of other churches, we are not meeting this week because of the coronavirus. So this podcast becomes a substitute. Our main reading is from Ephesians 5:8-14. We also refer to 1 John 1:7, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Romans 12:2, Matthew 25:45, Romans 13:1-2, Matthew 6:19, Psalm 23:4, 2 Chronicles 7:14-16, Psalm 122:1, Jude 25 and Psalm 19:14.  And check out these youTube links for the songs referred to in the message. #1 Wake Up O Sleeper  Psalm 23  The House of the Lord 

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