Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - August 20, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning as we continue our Summer Series on the Lord’s Prayer with a sermon entitled, “Forgive Our Debts.

From this next petition in the Lord’s prayer we learn two significant truths, first that we are debtors to God because of our sin and second that we are not the only ones in debt. We have debtors of our own, people who owe us something because of what they have done to/against us. 
Jesus has freed us from the debt of our sin, and because of that, we must freely forgive others.Picturing sin as a debt owed to God, points us to the heart of the Christian faith—forgiveness. I hope to see you all tomorrow morning!


Pastor Dan 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - August 13, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning as we share communion and continue our Summer Series on the Lord’s Prayer with the conclusion of last week’s sermon “Daily Bread.

If you missed Part 1 of this message it is available here:



Pastor Dan 

Friday, August 04, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - August 6, 2017

Please join me Sunday morning as we return to our Summer Series on the Lord’s Prayer with a message entitled “Daily Bread.

In the early days of DCC there were many times when money was scarce and pastoral paydays occurred more like pleasant surprises than regularly-scheduled events. I wish I could tell you that I handled those times with graceful patience and a deep trust in the Lord - but to do so would be worse than a lie! I grumbled and complained - A LOT. I did things I should not have done. At times I endured mistreatment, not for godly reasons, but for fear of losing someone and their offerings. A close friend used to frequently listen to my griping and attempt to lift my mood by  telling me that all my problems would end as soon as I could get my hands on some “Forget you”* money. 
{*Not his exact phrase.}

It may surprise you to learn that when I look back on those difficult days now my heart swells with gratitude to the Lord for each of them. They are among the most precious of God’s gifts to me. Each one was an effective tool, crushing foolish pride, stripping away the drive for sinful independence, and opening my eyes to my deep need of daily bread.


Pastor Dan 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - July 30, 2017

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

The morning begins at 9:30 with pre-service prayer and then coffee time.

The service will begin at 10:30 during which we will enjoy our usual time of worship, fellowship, and finally, Joel Cormie will be continuing his sermon series with week eight in the book of Colossians. 

If you 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, July 20, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - July 23, 2017

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

The morning begins at 9:30 with pre-service prayer and then coffee time.

The service will begin at 10:30 during which we will enjoy our usual time of worship, fellowship, and finally, Pastor Dan Van De Laar will be continuing the sermon series he has 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, July 14, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - July 16, 2017

A Google search of the phrase, “How can I know the will of God?” returns nearly 48,000 responses in just over half a second. Of the 10 links on the first page I was pleasantly surprised to discover that 9 of them directed me to the Bible as the primary source for the answer to my query. 

In teaching us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus is revealing some significant spiritual truth. In one brief sentence we understand that God is a king, that he rules according to His will, that in heaven His will is always obeyed and that we are to desire His will to be obeyed in the same way here on earth. Going to the Bible I soon discover that much of the will of God seems to run contrary to my will, in fact it often appears that to submit to it will result in an immediate end of my personal happiness. 

God wants His children to be happy, doesn’t He?
Please join me Sunday for more on the Lord’s Prayer in a message entitled “Thy Will Be Done”.


Pastor Dan 

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - July 9, 2017

Those of you who have been listening to my sermons for any length of time will already know that I am a member of that elite Canadian social group known affectionately by its members as “Military Brats.” What you may not be aware of is that I was born to Canadian parents who were stationed “abroad” and that means I enjoy the privilege of dual citizenship. I carry two passports and I am free to make my home either in Canada or in the land of my birth. 

In the late fourth century Augustine of Hippo spoke of a city of God and a city of man as a way to explain that all Christians are in fact dual citizens. We are citizens of the Kingdom of God and at the same time citizens of the kingdom of man. The city of God is eternal while the city of man is temporary, however, because God made the city of man for His glory we cannot despise or abandon it. Each of these two cities are characterized by a love of their own so Jesus taught Christians to pray for the coming of God’s Kingdom on earth.

Please join me Sunday morning for a message I have entitled “City of God”. 

Pastor Dan