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 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - July 2, 2017

It is popular in our time to avoid clear delineation in favour of less-offensive generalizations. The oft repeated “I’m spiritual, not religious” is a prime example of this. “Spiritual” is hard to nail down, it’s blurry around the edges and could mean almost anything. Picture Oprah smiling and nodding her approval. “Religious”  on the other hand is easily defined. Which religion do you practise? At once a concise understanding emerges; sanctuaries, bibles, worship styles, prayers, and observances all come clearly into view. 

In teaching the disciples to pray, Jesus was precise regarding Who we are praying to and how His name is to be treated. Our prayers need to reflect that precision.

I hope you will all join me this holiday weekend as we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer with a message entitled “Hallowed Be Your Name”.


Pastor Dan 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - June 25, 2017

This Sunday morning at DCC we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer with a message entitled “God Our Father”. 

The Bible has much to say about the human condition and the various ways that sin has permeated and perverted it. “Incurvatus in se” is the Latin phrase used perhaps first by Augustine of Hippo and later by Martin Luther to describe our sinful state as “man curved inward on himself" rather than outward toward God and others. 

In teaching His disciples to pray, Jesus confronts this selfish tendency head-on by directing them/us to pray “Our Father” rather than the more-natural-feeling “My Father”.  All alone in my prayer closet it seems silly to be using the plural form. Am I not seeking forgiveness for my sins, deliverance from my temptations, and most importantly the provision of my daily bread? Isn’t it Jesus who instructs us to secure our own breathing apparatus before trying to help others in the event of a loss of cabin pressure? Like it says, “God helps those who help themselves”, right? 

Pastor Dan

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - June 18, 2017

This Sunday morning at DCC we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer with a message entitled “Hypocrisy vs. Humility”.

In the parable of the Pharisee and tax collector in Luke 18 Jesus ignites a religious revolution with the utterance of a single sentence. “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other.”

From our vantage point 2000 years later the tendency is to view the Pharisees as the New Testament equivalent of the Axis of Evil from the modern war on terror. We forget that these men took the law most seriously, were trying hard to live righteously and saw themselves as worthy of God’s acceptance, especially when compared to the common folk.

Besides the shocking truth presented regarding justification this passage also illustrates two types of prayer, one correct and effective, the other not so much. 


I hope you will join me as we investigate this revolutionary teaching. 

Pastor Dan 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Do You Pray?

By: J.C. Ryle in 1850
Point Number 6 of message entitled: “Call to Prayer

VI. I ASK WHETHER YOU PRAY, BECAUSE NEGLECT OF PRAYER IS ONE OF THE GREATEST CAUSES OF BACKSLIDING

There is such a thing as going back in religion after making a good profession. People may run well for a season, like the Galatians, and then turn aside after false teachers. People may profess loudly while their feelings are warm, as Peter did, and then in the hour of trial deny their Lord. People may cool down in their zeal to do good, like John Mark the companion of Paul. People may follow an apostle for a season, and like Demas go back to the world. All these things people may do. 

It is a miserable thing to be a backslider. Of all unhappy things that can befall a person, I suppose it is the worst. A stranded ship, a broken-winged eagle, a garden overrun with weeds, a harp without strings, a church in ruins, all these are sad sights, but a backslider is a sadder still. A wounded conscience-a mind sick of itself-a memory full of self-reproach-a heart pierced through with the Lord's arrows-a-spirit broken with the inward accusation-all this is a taste of hell. It is hell on earth. Truly that saying of the wise man is solemn and weighty, "The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways." Proverbs 14:14

Now what is the case of most backslidings? I believe, as a general rule, one of the chief causes is neglected private prayer. Of course the secret history of falls will not be know until the last day. I can only give my opinion as a minister of Christ and a student of the heart. That opinions, I repeat distinctly, that backsliding generally first begins with neglect of private prayer.
Bibles read without prayer; sermons heard without prayer; marriages contracted without prayer; journeys undertaken without prayer; residences chosen without prayer; friendships formed without prayer; the daily act of prayer itself hurried over, or gone through without heart: these are the kind of downward steps by which many a Christian descends to a condition of spiritual palsy, or reaches the point where God allows them to have a tremendous fall.

This is the process which forms the lingering Lots, the unstable Samsons, the innocent Asas, the pliable Jehoshaphats, the over-careful Marthas, of whom so many are to be found in the church of Christ. Often the simple history of such cases is this: they became careless about private prayer. 

You may be vary sure people fall in private long before they fall in public. They are backsliders on their knees long before they backslide openly in the eyes of the world. Like Peter, they first disregard the Lord's warning to watch and pray, and then like Peter, their strength is gone, and in the hour of temptation they deny their Lord.

The world takes notice of their fall, and scoffs loudly. But the world knows nothing of the real reason. The heathen succeeded in making a well-know Christians offer incense to an idol, by threatening them with a punishment worse than death. They triumphed greatly in the sight of their cowardice and apostasy. But the heathen did not know the fact of which history informs us, that on that very morning he had left his bed-chamber hastily, and without finishing his usual prayers.


If you are a Christian indeed, I trust you will never be a backslider. But if you do not want to be a backsliding Christian, remember the question I ask you: DO YOU PRAY?

Friday, June 09, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - June 11, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning at Dakota Community Church as we begin our Summer Series for 2017 entitled “The Lord’s Prayer”.

I'm wondering what went through your mind when you first heard that the summer series at DCC this year is going to focus on the Lord's prayer? Was there any kind of stirring toward excitement? Did you immediately begin to anticipate a time of growth or maybe a rekindling of passion for what was once a central part of your life as a believer? No? Then perhaps your mind drifted back to that popular teaching on the subject from Larry Levy in the 1980s as you moaned, “Not that again?" I sincerely hope that you did not experience a rush of guilt followed by an angry bristling against memories of religious legalism and the accompanying manipulations.

Whatever your presuppositions, please choose to set them aside. 
Salvation does not come because we pray, nor does it come apart from it.


Pastor Dan 

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - June 4, 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.

Adult Sunday School is being taught by Pastor Dan V. at 9 AM followed at 9:45 with pre-service prayer, coffee and fellowship time.

The actual service begins at 10:30 with worship, more fellowship, and finally, Joel Cormie will be continuing his current sermon series with week seven in the book of Colossians. 

If you missed any of the previous messages in the series they are available along with all our past messages on the church website at www.dakotacommunitychurch.com

Hope to see you all there! 


- Pastor Dan 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - May 28, 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 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - May 21, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning at Dakota Community Church as we wrap up our study of the reasons the Apostle Paul gives for his writing of this first epistle to the church in Thessalonica.

In these concluding paragraphs Paul seeks to defuse tensions within the community by exhorting the believers in the basics of life in a Christian Church. Respect leadership, live at peace, admonish the idle, help the weak, and be patient with one another.

There is a treasure trove of sound teachings in these few short sentences and we will endeavour to fill ourselves up on them before taking a break for the summer to focus on growing as a community, especially in the area of prayer. 


Pastor Dan 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - May 14, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning at Dakota Community Church as we continue to work on better understanding a particularly controversial passage in the book of 1 Thessalonians.

The young congregation has expressed some concerns regarding life after death and, in particular, the fate of believers who die before the return of the Lord. Paul assures them that they have absolutely nothing to worry about, that their loved ones, though gone from this world, are still very much alive. More than this, they will return with the Lord when He comes to enjoy the celebration with us. 

This reassuring news, he explains, is based upon the fact that Jesus died and rose from the dead, and upon a sure word from the risen Christ. 

I hope to see you all Sunday morning as we look further into these amazing truth claims.


Pastor Dan 

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - May 7, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning at Dakota Community Church as we continue to work on better understanding a particularly controversial passage in the book of 1 Thessalonians.

We have already determined that it was not Paul’s intention in this writing to establish a comprehensive eschatological overview of end time events.  The young believers in Thessalonica have heard that Jesus will soon be returning to judge the world and to gather His followers for a great reunion celebration. While this is an exciting prospect and an important part of the gospel message it has also caused concerns about the fate of Christians who have already died. Will they be included? Have they missed out by some fault of their own? What happens to the bodies of those whose spirits are with the Lord?

Paul puts all fear to rest when he reveals the historic event that secures our hope and comfort regaurding life after death. I hope to see you all Sunday morning.


Pastor Dan 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - April 30, 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 Adult Sunday School, this time we mean it!) 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, April 20, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - April 23, 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 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, April 13, 2017

Easter Weekend at Dakota

I am hoping you will all be present this weekend for the most important of all of our Christian “Holy days”; the annual celebrations of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.

The Good Friday Inter-church Communion service is being held at St. Vital EMC, 2005 St. Mary’s Road at Warde. This years speaker will be Your’s Truly and the team from New Beginnings Church will lead us in worship. The service will begin at 10:00 am.

On Easter Sunday we will meet at our usual time and location for an encouraging message I have prepared which is in keeping with the season entitled; “Easter Changes Everything.”

Pastor Dan


Please Note: This Sunday will be a “family service” which means no Sunday School will be provided

Friday, April 07, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - Palm Sunday 2017

A day of joy and victory, the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, voices shout “Hosanna” and “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” 

The King had arrived and the disciples rightly rejoiced in the moment — but this was also a day of great misunderstanding. Only Jesus himself would have had any idea of the events that were about to unfold; of just how this King would be crowned and how He would ultimately rise to take His throne. 

I hope you will join me this Sunday morning as we consider the King’s arrival; who He really is, and how we must respond to Him.

See you Sunday at 10;30! 


Pastor Dan 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - April 2, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning at Dakota Community Church as we continue our study of 1 Thessalonians. This next passage is one of the most dissected, discussed, debated and denied of the entire Bible.

The focus of all the debate is Paul’s reference to the “catching up” of the church in chapter 4:17; an event that is more popularly known as the rapture. The controversy has much to do with issues that spill over from different passages scattered throughout the Bible; however, a simple reading of the passage in context proves that Paul was not writing this text to provide a comprehensive eschatological overview of end time events.

We will not walk away from this passage having answered all of the questions that we may have concerning the last days, we will identify several essential truths that the passage emphatically teaches!


Pastor Dan 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - March 26, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning at Dakota Community Church as we continue our study of 1 Thessalonians.

We have been working our way through a list of reasons given for the writing of this epistle to the church at Thessalonica. To date we have seen that Paul wants: to encourage the church, to answer false allegations about his motives for ministry, to comfort the persecuted, to express his joy regaurding the young church’s faith and to remind them of the importance of moral purity. 

Next on the list is a condemnation of laziness; so… please, feel free to grab your hard hat, roll up your sleeves and join me this Sunday morning for what is sure to be a wonderful time in God’s word.

Pastor Dan 


[Audio of previous messages in the series is available on the church website: www.dakotacommunitychurch.com ]

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - March 19, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning at Dakota Community Church as we share communion & continue our study of 1 Thessalonians.

The plan is to spend a little more time covering the topic of moral purity as it is a major concern of the Apostle Paul in this epistle and an important theme in the entire New Testament. 

What does it mean to live a life of moral purity? Does the passage of time or the shifting of cultural norms have any effect on what constitutes holiness? Who decides what is sinful and what is pure?

 [Audio of previous messages in the series is available on the church website: www.dakotacommunitychurch.com ]

Hope to see you all Sunday morning,

Pastor Dan 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - March 12, 2017

Please remember that DST begins tonight - set clocks ahead one hour before going to bed.

This Sunday we are excited to welcome  a Teen Challenge team to minister at DCC. They will be handling the worship and message time; we will postpone communion until next Sunday.

Teen Challenge of Central Canada is a 12-month Christian discipleship program for men & woman struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction.

Teen Challenge of Central Canada began in 1995 with a small 10-bed trailer in Hadashville, Manitoba. Today they run men's homes in Winnipeg, Denare Beach and Thunder Bay as well as a woman's home in Brandon. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - February 19, 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 9:45 (No Adult Sunday School) 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! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - February 12, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning at Dakota Community Church as we continue our study of 1 Thessalonians with a further look at the various concerns the Apostle Paul expresses regarding this fledgeling congregation.

This week we will cover one of the most encouraging aspects of this epistle - Paul’s expressions of overwhelming joy at what God was doing with this young assembly. 

 [Audio of previous messages in the series is available on the church website: www.dakotacommunitychurch.com ]

Hope to see you all Sunday morning,


Pastor Dan 

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Sunday Morning Preview - February 5, 2017

Please join me this Sunday morning at Dakota Community Church as we continue our study of 1 Thessalonians with a further look at the various concerns the Apostle Paul expresses regarding this fledgeling congregation.

Last Sunday the Annual Business Meeting went a little longer than usual so we did not get to 1 Thessalonians; we will resume where we left off on January 22.

 [If you missed week one or two the audio is available on the church website: www.dakotacommunitychurch.com ]

Hope to see you all Sunday morning,


Pastor Dan