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Bethel Covenant Church

Bethel Covenant Church

By Bethel Covenant Church
Welcome to the Bethel Covenant Church sermon podcast. We are an Evangelical Covenant Congregation that meets outside Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Join us LIVE Sundays 10am on our Facebook Page (
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The Spirit of Leave Go
Philip stands before the Sanhedrin and retells the story of Isreal around the way God's spirit calls us again and again to leave some things behind on the way to new freedom, new calling, and new purpose. 
June 14, 2021
The truth is Satan is broke and God is a grizzly check it out in acts!
June 8, 2021
The 3 Word Gospel
When Peter stands up filled with the spirit he has one 3-word message.  We need it.
June 3, 2021
Little Red Wagon
What if God has more for us than we want.  Acts 2 shows us what that looks like.
May 24, 2021
Staring at our Feet
Peter stands up in Acts, looks straight at the painful reality of Judas' betrayal, and reminds the other disciples foundational principal of what it means to follow Jesus.  If you are in a time of change or uncertainty this is for you.
May 18, 2021
Staring at the Sky
We begin our summer long focus on the Book of Acts with Jesus closest friends staring at the sky wondering what they are going to do now that their leader, teacher, and Lord has left them on Earth. 
May 13, 2021
Share God's Story Sunday
Five of our confirmation students shared passages from scripture.  Its worth a listen!  Where are we fixing our eyes these days?
May 4, 2021
UnStuck: What About Them?
Sometimes the greatest barrier to a life of discipleship is our fixation on comparing ourselves with, criticizing, and trying to control others.  When Peter tries to point the focus onto someone else, Jesus calls him right back to his and our call.
April 26, 2021
UnStuck: It's Too Late
Jesus shows up to unstick Peter from yesterdays mistakes.  What it's too late are you stuck in?
April 19, 2021
UnStuck: Doubt
The presence of doubts and difficult questions silently frustrate and discourage many Christians.  They can even lead to a brittle kind of faith focused on winning arguments instead of encountering Jesus, but what if there is more to faith than thinking perfectly?
April 13, 2021
He is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed! Once a year on Easter we celebrate the ressurection with a call and response, but that is with hindsight.  On the first Easter morning, no one was ready to answer back just yet it was met with joy, but also fear.  We look at not only the miracle of the Empty tomb, but the miracle that it is STILL good news for cowards, failures, and enemies of Christ like us.
April 6, 2021
When Jesus walked into Jerusalem everyone shouted Hosannah it means "Save!"  And people are still shouting it today.  What if we are right to cry out, but wrong about what we need saving from most?
March 29, 2021
Lamentations ends without resolution.   When Jesus comes only a few people are able to see him as the answer to Lamentations 5 because they are so busy trying to make it on their own.  What are we missing when convince ourselves we have the answer instead of looking for what God is really doing?
March 21, 2021
What is Revealed
We continue our series in Lamentations with chapter 4.  Often a crisis or a disaster doesn't change us as much as it reveals what is below the surface.  After a year of let downs where can we plant our feet?
March 15, 2021
Real Hope in the Ash Heap
When everything fails what can we hold on to?
March 10, 2021
The Responsible Party
When things go wrong we go looking for someone to blame. Lamentations 2 offers another way. Its the same one Christ chose and it leads to freedom.
March 1, 2021
The Closet and The Wall
The book of Lamentations is NOT fit for a verse a day calendar, but neither are our lives.  Join this lent as we dive into how God is present in more than the beautiful pictures of life we try to paint for others.  What is in your closet?
February 22, 2021
Deliver Us
We finish our series on the Lord's Prayer.  Jesus offers a response to the world's darkness that transforms the way we can respond to evil.  
February 15, 2021
Forgive us our Debts as we forgive our Debtors.
Jesus invites us to take a look at a bill we cant pay. 
February 8, 2021
Give us today our daily bread
We dig into three big ways praying the Lords Prayer challenges the way humans tend to understand the world.
February 1, 2021
On Earth as in Heaven
We move on to the second line of the pray Jesus taught.  What if Jesus came not save the earth by subtraction but addtion?  Do we have our direction backwards?
January 25, 2021
Our Father in Heaven Hallowed
The way you pray says a lot about the God you pray to.  In the Lord's Prayer Jesus invites us to pray in a new way that reflects what's true about our world and our God.  Over the next few weeks we will break down this prayer line by line to get a better picture of who God is and what it means to live like he arrived in the person of Jesus.
January 18, 2021
Guest Preacher: Leanne Peterson
Leanne Peterson our missionary's to Ukraine shared some updates on ministry and really brought the word!  Its worth a listen!
January 11, 2021
New - 1 Corinthians 5:11-21
Everybody has a story about what kind of world this is, who is right and who is wrong.  God's story turns those on their head.
January 11, 2021
Deep Darkness: Them
We turn to the most unlikely heroes in the Christmas story.  Why on earth would God choose unreliable characters like shepherds to be amoung the first to hear word of the coming new king?
December 23, 2020
Deep Darkness: Empire
Jesus was not the first to be called son of god, prince of peace, and bringer of good news. What does it mean to really believe that the baby in the manger is God, and the most powerful men and women on earth are not?
December 14, 2020
Deep Darkness: Irrelevance
We focus on Mary this week.  Every single aspect of Mary's biography suggest she should be far away from anything important that happens in the world. The bottom of every ladder that matters, but God chooses her for the most important role any human has ever had before her.  She is not surprised, why not?
December 7, 2020
Light in Deep Dark: The Impossible
We look at how God shines impossible light into the lives of Zechariah, Elizabeth, and all those longing for something better.
November 30, 2020
The Test: Temptation
We hear the story of Jesus facing off in the desert against the devil.  In this strange story he confronts three of the greatest ways human beings get pulled away from what God wants for us, how Jesus passed the test on our behalf, and what it looks like to live like that is true. 
November 23, 2020
The Test: Water
How will we respond when God offers us something?
November 16, 2020
The Test: Fire
No one wants to face loss, uncertainty, and tragedy but what if the flames that we face aren't the end of the line? What if they are the one place we are most likely to meet God?
November 9, 2020
Living a Life of Charis
We look at 2 Corinthians and the role the Greek word Charis plays in living our lives like people who have received much!   note: in the beginning of the sermon I incorrectly refer to Charis as a Hebrew word but really its Greek the language of most of the New Testament.  Whoops!
October 26, 2020
The Week: How to Vote
Join us as we dive into Mark 12.  The bible may not tell us WHO to vote for but it has a lot to say about HOW we should approach the issues, causes, and politics of our day AND the people in our lives in light of God's perspective on the world.
October 19, 2020
Still Standing: Receive
We look at Paul's last words to the Ephesians and what they mean for people who want to stay standing.
September 15, 2020
Still Standing: Reactions
These days it feels like everything is going off the road, how do we respond?
September 8, 2020
Still Standing: Y'all Put on God's Armor
How do we make sure we are still standing at the end?
August 23, 2020
Still Standing: Your Enemy
Life is a battle but what if the enemy isn't who we think it is?
August 20, 2020
Showdown: Who's Story are you Telling?
We conclude our series in the life of Elijah with one last Showdown. When a message comes that turns Elijah's life upside down he is forced to confront the ways his story about himself is different from the one God is telling.
August 10, 2020
Showdown: Elijah's God
What kind of God does Elijah follow? 1 Kings reveals something essential about God's character and how he responds to people when they walk away. 
August 5, 2020
Showdown: Choose or Collect?
We witness an epic showdown between Elijah and the Prophets of Baal and Asherath.  Elijah stands alone and challenges everyone to stop collecting things to worship and make a choice.  In our world today we are pulled in all directions by all kinds of values, ideas, and demands.  Elijah gives us a picture of the freedom that comes when we faithfully serve ONE master instead of "the collection."
July 27, 2020
Showdown: Finding the Source
Have you ever met someone whose seems to not get phased by anything? Who even on bad days is able to care for others and make a positive impact on the places they go?  In the first of three in a series we explore the life of a person named Elijah and the way that God teaches him (and maybe us) to be sustained at the SOURCE of life, rather than our fickle circumstances.
July 21, 2020
ONE: Hand in Hand when were not Eye to Eye
We conclude our series on Our Relational covenant. What does it mean to UNITE in a world that says DIVIDE?
July 13, 2020
ONE: Grace, Forgiveness, and Repentance
We will never be able to FORGIVE others until we admit what we have BEEN FORGIVEN.
July 3, 2020
ONE: Build Up
As we continue our sermon series on finding UNITY through our diversity as the body of Christ we spend some time talking about what it means to Build Up and what it means to pursue the call God has on us.
June 15, 2020
ONE: Unity not Uniformity
We begin a new series on what it means to be ONE body with people who aren't like us.
June 11, 2020
Share your Story
People of Hope tell the story of their encounters with Jesus. Its not a book, a video, or an argument that draws people to faith.  It is the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of regular people. Person to person all the way back to Jesus.
May 24, 2020
Hope People Serve
What does it look like to look to the interests of someone else over myself?  Jesus' life paints a picture for us.
May 17, 2020
Eat Across Lines
In Acts 10 God answers the question, "who is Jesus for?"  May we be know for Eating Across Lines because God is at work in the people we would least expect!
May 10, 2020
Hope People Listen
We tend to think of sharing faith to be all about what we say or do. The story of Phillip reveals how we LISTEN to God and people in all kinds of circumstances speaks louder than even the most well formulated arguments.
May 3, 2020
Hope People Pray
Take a listen as we explore what it means to be people of hope in a difficult time. Hope People start in Prayer.
April 26, 2020
Down the mountain one last time
We FINISH our series in Matthew with one last conflict between the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth. Jesus Gives his disciples something to help them prove the empty tomb in the world they live in. It's a very different kind of evidence.
April 20, 2020
Not Suprised
Jesus' disciples were not surprised by how Jesus died, but something else turned their world upside down. May it turn ours upside down too.
April 12, 2020
Save Us
As we continue through the gospel of Matthew, Jesus enters in to the city of Jerusalem and he is greeting with the cry Save Us.  What were they looking for? What are we looking for when we cry out save us to God?
April 5, 2020
Who Matters?
We walk through Matthew 19-20 and find one point coming through again and again. ALL PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD. Not because of what they do, accumulate, or achieve. But because of what they ARE. PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD. If you are a PERSON you have IMMENSE, undeniable, uncountable, and practically INFINITE value to God. If you know any people even the ones you aren't so sure of, they MATTER TO GOD.
March 29, 2020
2 Things True
As we continue in Matthew. Peter struggles to believe in a savior who has to suffer and die.  Take a listen.
March 22, 2020
Matthew 11-13 is all about the first reactions to Jesus teaching and actions. Is there room in our soil for what God is up to?
March 8, 2020
Do you ever wonder you are capable of more than you think?  We take a look at Matthew 10 where Jesus sends his followers on a impossible seeming mission.
March 1, 2020
In Matthew 8-9 Jesus walks down the mountain and starts living out the upside down kingdom he has been talking about.  First he encounters a leper and does something that would have shocked everyone.
February 23, 2020
look at them
Matthew 7. Jesus finishes out the sermon on the mount with one last warning about where we put our focus.
February 16, 2020
Look at the Birds
We look at Matthew 6:19-43. What do we do with fear, worry, and anxiety?
February 9, 2020
to be seen
We continue in our walk through Matthew. Jesus invites us to take a look at how we practice our faith.  Matthew 6:1-18
February 2, 2020
Expectations - Matthew 5:13-48
Our series in Matthew continues into the Sermon on the Mount. What does God expect from us? What can we expect from him?
January 19, 2020
The Happiest Place on Earth - Matthew 5:1-10
Jesus begin's his longest recorded teaching by talking about who ought to be the happiest that a new Kingdom is on its way.
January 12, 2020
Guest Preacher - Leann Peterson
Leann has been serving in Ukraine since 2003. During that time she has witnessed the Holy Spirit touch a multitude of people, bringing them salvation, healing, freedom, and deliverance. Ukraine has seen it’s fair share of hardships: hopelessness, corruption, alcoholism, high divorce rates, addictions, depression, and poverty. But God can change all of that! He has given Leann a heart for the people of this nation. She believes that the Holy Spirit will be poured out upon Ukraine and that there will be a mighty move of revival all around the land! Leann gave us an update on what God is doing in Ukraine and encouraged us all to draw closer to the God that made and deeply loves us in 2020!
January 8, 2020
Guest Preacher - Michele Arndt
Michele Arndt is the Pastor of The Crossing Covenant Church our most recent church plant. She is a phenomenal preacher with an passion for seeing people develop real relationships with Jesus Christ and live them out in every aspect of their lives. Pastor Michele continued our series in Matthew focusing on Jesus as he is tested in the desert. When we follow Jesus all of us will be tested and "Our Fitness for ministry depends on our ability to STAND FIRM when the stakes are high." Pastor Michele also updated us on what God has been doing in Houlton, WI at The Crossing. 
January 8, 2020
Turn Around
Even the people closest to God are surprised by the new kingdom in Matthew.  What do we do when God's story doesn't line up with the stories we are telling ourselves?
December 23, 2019
Christmas Card Christmas
We focus on the end of Matthew 2. A difficult part of the Christmas story that rarely makes into the carols and Christmas cards.  What happens when Christmas look a lot more like darkness than light?
December 16, 2019
#herodwasright - Matthew 2:1-12
Matthew describes how Jesus' true identity disrupts the lives of astrologers, kings, and regular people. Are we willing to wrestle with what the Bible claims Jesus is?
December 8, 2019
God With Us
Our guest preacher Rev. Julie Capel explored Matthew 1:18-24 what it really means for God, to be WITH us.
December 2, 2019
Quilt - Matthew 1:1-17
We begin our series in Matthew. What do you do with the stuff of your life that you would rather keep in the back of the drawer?
November 25, 2019
More Like Jesus: Nobodies, Takers, and Bullies
If being a disciple is about being More Like Jesus, what do disciples do?
November 18, 2019
More Like Jesus: a bigger slice
Part 2 of our 3 part series on what it means to follow Jesus and become more like him.
November 11, 2019
More Like Jesus: The Ball
This is the first episode in our More Like Jesus series. What things are you chasing in pursuit of being who you think you need to be?
November 5, 2019
The Family Buisness
We conclude our series with the greatest Gift God gave his people and what it means to join God in his work on Earth.
October 28, 2019
Making a Name
We explore the story of the tower of Babel and what it looks like when we use God's gifts to make our own names.
October 21, 2019
The Other Side
We continue our series on God's abundance with a focus the story of Cain.  Envy has this way of making God's gifts feel more like curses. What would it look like to be set free from that?
October 13, 2019
Missing Out
We continue our series on God's Abundance and our responses to it.  (FYI: We had a technical issue this morning and got a recording but the quality is a little rough.)
October 6, 2019
Finding Enough
What would you do with 800 million dollars? Would it be enough?
September 29, 2019
Praying when...
We conclude our series on Talking with God. It is one thing to come to our father in times of crisis, but what about the times in-between?
September 22, 2019
The Way We Pray
There are LOTs of different ways to talk to God but there is something underneath all that that we need to get straight first. What lies at the heart of how we talk with God?
September 15, 2019
Talking with God: The God we talk to.
Were starting a new series this week on prayer. The way you picture God, determines how you pray to him.
September 8, 2019
Ancient Question, Timeless Answer
This week our worship leader Will Droogsma dives into the story in Luke 18 of a young man who has always tried to do the right thing but comes up short. What does it take to make it?  
September 5, 2019
Life Under the Sun
We finish our series on wisdom in the book of Ecclesiastes.  What happens when wisdom falls short?
August 25, 2019
What can I do?
Proverbs gives us a picture of what living with wisdom looks like. 
August 18, 2019
The Plus One Factor
Guest Preacher: Keith Johnson
August 16, 2019
The God Who Saves
Guest preacher Leah Everson.
August 16, 2019
Words of Wisdom: The Fear of the Lord
Today we dive into the strange concept of "The fear of the LORD." Does God really want us to fear him? 
July 14, 2019
Join us as we begin a new sermon series on Wisdom in the Old Testament. What does it look like to live our lives along the grain of God's world?
July 7, 2019
Praying in Valleys
This is our last sermon in our series on times of suffering. In it we look to Psalms of Lament as a guide for praying in dark valleys.
June 30, 2019
Suffering Well
Today we hear stories of learning to suffer well from three different people. Thanks to Rick Nelson, Wanda Nelson, and Molly Perkins for sharing God's word and their experiences of walking through valleys.
June 23, 2019
When That Day Comes - Will Droogsma
Today we have Will Droogsma our worship leader preaching about what we can hold on to not if, but when tragedy, suffering, and pain turn our world upside down. I took a lot out of it and I hope you do too.
June 9, 2019
Walking With Others
How do we walk with people when valleys come.
June 2, 2019
The Main Thing
So often we leave the most important things in life on the back burner in order to deal things that feel urgent. What would it look like to say yes to the main thing, so we can say no to the distractions?
May 26, 2019
Last the long haul
The third part in our three part series on living lives of discipleship in the everyday moments of life. We focus on Hebrews 12:1-3 and look at what it takes to walk the long road of faith.
May 19, 2019
Love the one before you
Part two of our three part series about what it means to be a disciple. Paul writes one of the first churches about what matters more and lasts longer than just about everything else.
May 12, 2019
Bonus Episode: Self Care is Soul Care - Leah Everson
Last Saturday our Women's Ministry welcomed Leah Everson who spoke on the crucial importance of REST not just for having a healthy life. But for our relationship with God and the pursuit of our life's call. I had the privilege of overhearing her teaching and it was just too good not to share. I hope you like it! Leah Everson: Leah is a Minnesota girl, a washers rookie, a book addict, and a messy mama. She divides her time between encouraging new mothers in their walk with God and taking care of her own busy boys. Loved by Jesus, Leah is learning to rest in Him. Leah received her MDiv from Denver Seminary and was the founding director/teacher of The Scum Study Center at Scum of the Earth Church in Denver, CO for five years. Leah is a member of Redbud Writers Guild and participates in the Five Minute Friday community.  Connect with Leah: Instagram: @LeahDEverson
May 8, 2019
LIVE where you LIVE
This is part one of a three part series about following Jesus where we are, with those in front of us, and for the long haul. How do we let go of the past and the future and life faithfully in the present?
May 5, 2019
PT2: the rest of the story
The second half of the story the bible tells all hinges on one key moment and its something Jesus disciples wanted to forget as soon as it happened.
April 21, 2019
The Story of the Bible Part One
The bible was written over 2,000 years, in three languages, by 40 authors, and it tells one story. What is it?
April 14, 2019
bible. Read Together
We talk a look at Deuteronomy 11 and how important it is to come to scripture together.
April 7, 2019
bible. What is it? Why does it matter
The first episode in a series exploring the bible. Where did it come from and why does it matter? Great bible reasources mentioned in the episode: YouVersion Bible App
March 24, 2019
You Good?
This is the conclusion of our series on Hearing God. 
March 18, 2019
Fill My Cup
How do we make sure we have enough? Luke 6:27-38.
March 3, 2019
Jesus Speaks
We are continuing a series on hearing from God by looking at some difficult words in Luke 6:17-26.
February 25, 2019