Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - November 19 and 26, 2017

As we study our way through Malachi, we encounter some passages that are not directly applicable to New Testament believers. Obviously we are no longer concerned with correct procedure where sacrificial offerings are concerned because Christ “entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:12)

There are still, however, many issues presented that do speak directly to us, a few of which we will spend time examining:

  • Priestly responsibilities, which are also required of faithful pastors and teachers,
  • God’s expectation that correct belief be followed by correct practice, and
  • Healthy (as opposed to unhealthy) fear of the LORD.

I hope you will join me November 19 and 26 for a pair of messages I have entitled “YUCK”. 
(Read Malachi 2:1-9 if you are curious about the title.)


Pastor Dan

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - November 12, 2017

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 under way at 9:45 with pre-service prayer and then coffee time.

The service will begin at 10:30 with our usual time of worship and fellowship, followed by Pastor Dan Van De Laar with the continuing sermon series which 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! 

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - November 5, 2017

Perhaps it's the cold weather or the short days. It could be poor nutrition or a sedentary lifestyle.Maybe it’s just the same old, same old routine, but most likely it’s just another effect of the fall, further evidence of the sin nature. 

Whatever the cause, we all experience what could be described as seasons of apathy. We haven’t quit, we aren’t throwing in the towel or walking away, it’s just … our hearts aren’t in it. We are just going through the motions, just biding time, just hoping for change. 

If the topic at hand is our work place, we may be able to go on like this for a very long time with minimal consequence, if it is marriage or family life things get a little more complicated, but what if we are talking about God? What happens when our faith becomes a wearisome burden?  

I hope you will join me this Sunday for a message I have entitled “Polluted Offerings”.


Pastor Dan

Friday, October 27, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - October 29, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning at DCC for Part two of “Oblivious

If were absent last week please check out the previous SMP and listen to the podcast:



Pastor Dan

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - October 22, 2017

Sometime around the middle of 2008 my sermon preparation process underwent a radical transformation. Until then the routine had mostly involved seeking God’s will and writing down whatever came to mind. On the weeks when nothing was coming I’d mine a host of resources; hot cultural issues, church problems, or perhaps relationship challenges. If I still had nothing I’d start desperately scanning the books in my personal library hoping that something would “pop”. 

The change came with the realization that this system was causing at least two serious problems. I was twisting scripture in order to make my points seem biblical and I was avoiding difficult topics by sticking to my own passions and preferences. Switching to the current exegetical model goes a long way to correcting the first of those problems and it virtually eliminates the second.

This Sunday we begin the Book of Malachi with a sermon entitled “Oblivious”. 
I am not excited! 

If you wonder why, please read the first five verses to see if you can figure it out.


Pastor Dan

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - October 15, 2017

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 begins at 9:00 (Joel is teaching from “Pilgrim’s Progress” at Adult Sunday School) Followed by pre-service prayer and then coffee time.

The service will begin at 10:30 with our usual time of worship and fellowship, followed by Pastor Dan Van De Laar with the continuing sermon series which 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 

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - October 8, 2017

Let me begin by wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
This Sunday morning at Dakota Community Church we will be celebrating the holiday and sharing Communion. 

Please join me as we examine the difference between genuine heartfelt gratitude and the vain lip service we often offer instead. 
My sermon is entitled simply; “Thankful.”  

Over the next few days I want to encourage all of you to be reflecting on the many good things that we have to be thankful for in Christ. Our God is gracious! 
Come and give thanks this Sunday morning!


Pastor Dan