Friday, November 02, 2018

Sunday Morning Preview - November 4, 2018

This Sunday morning we return to the Gospel of Matthew for a study of the life and message of John the Baptist.

From his miraculous birth to his to his shocking execution John the Baptist looms large on the biblical landscape because his mission from God is to proclaim the arrival of the Christ. 

John lives in the wilderness, he dresses and eats unconventionally, he harshly rebukes sin and he is fearless in the face of religious/political persecution, more important than any of that though, he makes THE history-altering declaration, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

I hope everyone will be able to join me. 

Pastor Dan C.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sunday Morning Preview - October 28, 2018

Please join us at DCC this Sunday morning for what is sure to be a wonderful time in fellowship and in the Word of God.

The morning gets underway at 9:45 with pre-service prayer and then coffee time.

The service begins at 10:30 with our usual time of worship and fellowship, and then Pastor Dan van de Laar will be continuing his current sermon series entitled; A Study Through the Epistle of Hebrews. 

After the sermon please hang around for Pizza and Board Games!

If you’ve missed any of the earlier messages in the series they are available on our website at www.dakotacommunitychurch.com

Hope to see you all there! 


- Pastor Dan 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sunday Morning Preview - October 21, 2018

Please join us at DCC this Sunday morning for what is sure to be a wonderful time in fellowship and in the Word of God.

The morning gets underway at 9:45 with pre-service prayer and then coffee time.

The service begins at 10:30 with our usual time of worship and fellowship, and then Pastor Dan van de Laar will be continuing his current sermon series entitled; A Study Through the Epistle of Hebrews.

If you’ve missed any of the earlier messages in the series they are available on our website at www.dakotacommunitychurch.com

Hope to see you all there! 


- Pastor Dan 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sunday Morning Preview - October 14, 2018


The holiday-shortened week and several time-consuming meetings have left me feeling inadequately prepared to launch into the next section of our Gospel of Matthew Series. In addition to that, as I was reviewing last weeks sermon I realized that I would very much like to add some further exposition of Galatians 6:1-3.

I hope everyone will be able to join me this Sunday for Communion and a message I have entitled, “If Anyone is Caught”.


Pastor Dan C.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Sunday Morning Preview - October 7, 2018

The air is cool and crisp, the leaves have turned, the days are becoming noticeably shorter, and shelves everywhere are full of tomatoes, pumpkins, and jars of pickled everything! The summer of 2018 is behind us, and the wonder of fall in Manitoba explodes at every turn in all it’s (snowy?) panoramic glory... our thoughts can’t help but turn once again to the faithfulness of our God.

For believers thanksgiving is an every day occurrence, not merely a once a year event; nevertheless the Holiday is a special time of reflection with family and friends in the Body of Christ.

Please join me this Sunday morning to rejoice together with grateful hearts.

Pastor Dan C.


P.S. Don’t forget your thanksgiving toques, mittens and snow shovels! (*Sigh*)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sunday Morning Preview - September 30, 2018

“There's no such thing as bad publicity” is a phrase often associated with P.T. Barnum, the 19th century American showman and circus owner. To say that the idea expressed has gained a foothold in modern society would be an understatement of colossal proportion. 

For many in the age of monetized social media the chance to “go viral” far outweighs any antiquated sense of morally appropriate conduct or fear of scandal. Some of my younger readers may be surprised to learn that for most of human history there has existed a concept known as “infamy”, a kind of fame which was not to be desired, and a corresponding emotional state known as “shame”  that the vast majority of people felt was the correct way to feel after the exposure of shameful behaviour. Of course on a fallen planet every family has always had its fair share of notorious skeletons in the proverbial closet; until recently it was thought best to leave them there.

The idea of putting ones best foot forward, or of saving face, leads to one of the surprising revelations contained in the genealogy of Christ. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit Matthew does not show Jesus this courtesy. 

Please join me this Sunday morning at DCC as I ask the question: Why not?


Pastor Dan C.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sunday Morning Preview - September 23, 2018

It was a warm August evening in 1983 when a nervous 19 year old version of myself left the safe confines of the balcony at Rock Church to stand before a visiting preacher and a crowd of some 800 witnesses to be officially welcomed into the family of God. After a brief time of prayer I was escorted into a side room for more prayer and a discussion concerning what it meant to be a Christian and how my life had just been forever changed. A kind man named Bill Hanson shared many things about relationship with God and the power of the Holy Spirit, but what stood out to me the most was an encouragement to read the Bible, to pray, and to faithfully attend a local church. By the grace of God that encouragement has been my anchor and my joy ever since.

Things got off to a bit of a rocky start however, when against Bill’s advice to begin in John, I decided to start on page one of my KJV Gideon Bible in the "Gospel According to Saint Matthew". 

… Aminadab? Naasson? Salathiel? And so, so much begatting. 

I was no authority on best selling literature but I knew that this was no way to bait a perspective reader. My journey in the scriptures nearly crashed and burned on day one.

I hope you will join me this Sunday morning as we mine the genealogy of Jesus Christ for the rich truth once hidden from my novice eyes. 

Pastor Dan