Welcome to “Life in the Word,” the podcast ministry of Bethel Church. Feel free to contact us for any questions or needs you may have. You may also call 715-835-8866. In order to listen to the sermons, you will need to click on the link and download it. Please contact us if you find a broken link.
A Different Gospel Aug 3, 2014
Is the current “gospel” really a Gospel at all? According to the Apostle Paul, “NO!”
Crossroads Aug 10, 2014
Follow Peter’s decisions in the pivotal days and hours of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.
The Privilege of Choice Aug 17, 2014
Americans like to boast about their “right” to choose. God says choices are a privilege that can ONLY be exercised properly through a life surrendered to God.
The Wonderful Word Aug 31, 2014
The Word of God is powerful as we yield to its life-giving power.
Forms and Reality Aug 31, 2014
Religion has “forms & phrases;” Jesus says REALITY is in Him.
The Truth Claims of Jesus Sept 7, 2014
Jesus declared on seven occasions, “I Am…” Chief among them was, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” The certainty of our eternity can be authenticated by embracing that TRUTH.
Does God Have a Voice? Sept 7, 2014
Our culture has no problem believing that demons and the dead can talk to us, but they think we’re strange because we say God talks to us.
Follow ME! Sept 14, 2014
The call to “follow” Jesus seems pretty simple. The truth is that will not be fully completed until we stand before Jesus whole and holy. A POWERFUL message.
In Defense of Orthodoxy Sept 14, 2014
The “new gospel” wants to throw out anything of longevity and tradition. But what will its harvest be in the coming generations? There’s much to be said for the “ancient paths” and orthodoxy. Jer 6:16
Pleasing God Oct 19, 2014
Some would say pleasing God is a piece of cake! Others would say it’s impossible! Well, both are wrong. Pleasing God is simply a decision of the will to do anything that God asks of us.
From Glory to Glory Nov 2, 2014
God’s plan for the believer is one of advance, depth, and strength. In fact, drawing from the Psalmist, the Bible declares we’re to have a passionate love for our Creator and Redeemer.
OS X Excelling Nov 9, 2014 (Broken Link)
Have you upgraded your OS to “Excelling?” Excelling will revolutionize you AND your world.
Renewing Your Mind Nov 9, 2014
If we’re to get into the flow of the Holy Spirit, then our minds must be renewed. You WILL eat the fruit of your thoughts.
God has a Divine plan for sickness, disease, and ailments: Healing. A masterful message
The Miracle of the Silence Dec 7, 2014
Zechariah & Elizabeth were the first to hear from God in 400 years. What a message they received!
The Wonder of the Christ Dec 14, 2014
The birth of Christ is far more than a sweet Christmas story. It’s the ushering in of the providence, passion, and provision of Christ to our lives.
Behold I Make Everything New Jan 4, 2015
Sometimes, the seemingly SMALL things are actually the GREAT things in God’s Kingdom
The Great Gift Of Conviction Jan 4, 2015
One of the greatest gifts given to a Believer is the gift of conviction by the Holy Spirit
Conviction: The Giving of Grace Jan 18, 2015
Conviction from the Holy Spirit is never pleasant, but if yielded to, will release the grace necessary for change.
Because God Is God: Jan 25, 2015
Because of the SOVEREIGNTY of God, we can completely trust God’s character and nature as well as being able to put our full trust in His word.
What Do You Wish? Feb 22, 2015
Most of us “wish” God would grant our “wish.” The truth is, that would destroy us due to our carnal nature. God’s “wish” is that we DO HIS WILL, which will be our ticket to heaven.
Abounding In Hope Feb 22, 2015
True hope is anchored in the person and character of Jesus Christ and spring forth from faith and love. You can be filled with hope in a hope-less culture.
The Power Of An Invitation March 1, 2015
YOU…are the answer to someone else’s prayer. Will you rise up to answer the call that God is placing for you to be an anointed vessel to impact someone for heaven? A powerful message.
It’s The Heart March 1, 2015
One of the oldest and most effective tools that the devil uses against Christians is OFFENSE, resulting in fractures in the Body of Christ as well as personal loss for the offended….sometimes ETERNAL loss.
Blessed To Be A Blessing March 15, 2015 (Broken Link)
PART 1 Because we have the DNA of the Living God in us, then we’re to emulate His nature. God is a GIVER, and He calls us to become like Him and EXCEL in the grace of giving.
Blessed To Be A Blessing Part 2 March 15, 2015
Your giving is the “Compass of your heart.”
My Feet, My Hands, My Mouth, My Heart April 12, 2015
The Holy Spirit earnestly seeks to find Believers who’ll “choose what He chooses” and embrace the ultimate purpose of God.
A Heart for Heaven April 26, 2015
Jesus has prepared a dwelling place for His children in heaven. Will we prepare and guards our hearts to insure that they stay right?
A Heart for Humanity May 31, 2015
As Believers who have RECEIVED the Gospel, it’s our obligation to GIVE the Gospel to a lost and dying world so that the “chain of evangelism” isn’t broken.
The Significance of a Nobody May 31, 2015
The radical new birth that the Apostle Paul experienced propelled this relative “nobody” into one of THE most significant people to ever walk the earth, especially as it pertains to the Christian faith.
Bruce or Catlyn: Terrific or Tragedy? June 7, 2015
Bruce Jenner, male Olympic gold medal winner, say he’s now a woman. Is gender fluid to our choosing? Is he to be commended or pitied? Is he courageous or mentally unhealthy?
The Longest Day of your Life June 21, 2015
For the true Believer, there’s coming a day without end…HEAVEN.
The Call to Action June 21, 2015
When the Jesus saved the Apostle Paul, there was NO DELAY in Paul’s life. He got right after the call of God and hit the ground running.
Strength Beyond Bitterness July 12, 2015
Great disappointmens can become toxic bitterness if not addressed. Joseph wouldn’t allow the injustices of his life strangle his devotion to God.
God’s Greatness July 19, 2015
God’s greatness sparks His plan of love & salvation for humanity
Strength While Waiting July 19, 2015
The 4th message in the series on Joseph. Sometimes WAITING for our miracle to unfold is the greatest challenge we’ll face
Love July 26, 2015
Far more than a sentimental feeling, God’s love is the power to perform total trnsformation
Strength In Light of Sovereignty July 26, 2015
A very simple question: Can we trust the Sovereign God that He knows what He’s doing in our lives?
When The Foundations August 2, 2015
When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? Practical & positive.
Disciples August 2, 2015
The first message in the new series, “Disciples.” What are the character traits of a servant?
Disciples: Stay Focused August 9, 2015
In the “storms of life,” it’s easy to lose focus and begin to sink. What are the key elements to maintain focus?
Disciples: Intentional August 9, 2015
When the call of God comes to our lives, it’s a call of INTENTIONALITY, instead of simply “floating” through life.
Traps, Timing, & Plans August 16, 2015
The devil has traps of destruction but God has PERFECT timing for His plans
Our Father’s Love August 23, 2015
The greatest love ever known has the capacity for the greatest transformation
Above All August 23, 2015
Because Jesus Christ is preeminent over all the universe, nothing and nobody is beyond the reach of His touch
Exceptional Examples September 6, 2015
A tribute to Pastor & Mrs. Palser’s 45th anniversary as Pastors of Bethel Church
Under the Sun September 13, 2015
The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, experienced all that life had to offer “under the sun”…and it was a pretty bleak assessment. What can we draw on from his experiences that are beneficial in our journey?
Are You…More Than…YOU? October 4, 2015
Is your vision of YOU in sync with God’s perspective of you?
Power Principles for Success—Part 1 October 11, 2015
If we’re to fulfill God’s calling for our lives, several principles will need to be put into place
Power Priciples for Success—Part 2 October 11, 2015
Unusual word associations, but powerful truths
What Does God Want Us To Do? October 25, 2015
It’s a pretty simple answer at first sight, but often difficult to put into practice
The Times of Our Lives October 25, 2015
God is a God of timing, plan, and purpose
The Ultimate Exchange November 1, 2015
Lives that were heart broken and devastated at the Crucifixion were totally transformed after encountering the resurrected Savior
The Great Gift of Grace November 1, 2015
To many, the word “grace” is a basic religious term. But to the true believer, grace is the power of God for any and all areas necessary
Laying Hold of Your Destiny November 8, 2015
God has a “God-sized” destiny that was designed for each of His children before the foundations of the earth
Defining Moments November 22, 2015
There are moments in time that can DEFINE our lives forever
The Greatest Love Ever Known November 29, 2015
The sending of the Christ child can certainly seem like a sweet religious story. But it was far more; it was the greatest love that the earth has ever witnessed
Receiving the Greatest Gift Ever Given December 6, 2015
Does saying a prayer or adding Jesus to the mix of life make us a Christian?
Good News Out of the Silence December 13, 2015
After 400 years of silence to a nation, God sends an angel with GOOD NEWS to break that silence. A must hear for those waiting for their miracle to unfold.
Snapshots of the Greater Picture December 27, 2015
As we step back a short distance from the “Christmas Story,” what are some lessons we can draw out?
Planted By The Rivers January 3, 2016
“Godly Roots,” the 1st message in a multi-week series, begins to look at the “Roots” that have been put down through the 45 years that Pastor & Mrs. Palser were pastors at Bethel Church
Scandal of Grace January 17, 2016
The 2nd message in the series “Planted by the Rivers.” For the Gospel to truly be “good news,” it must be overflowing with grace and mercy
Prayer Root January 24, 2016
The 3rd message in the series, “Planted by the Waters.” One of the deepest taproots a Believer can have is a vibrant prayer life. It keeps the, “Not my will, but yours be done,” mindset front and center
Are You A Disciple? January 24, 2016
In an age of “Pluralism” and dissenting opinions as to the way to heaven, what does the Bible say a disciple consists of?
The Glorious Church January 31, 2016
The 4th message in the series, “Planted by the Waters.” Jesus said He would build His Church and that she would be invincible. How are we functioning in relation to her?
The Growing Root February 7
The 5th message in the series, “Planted by the Waters.” Jesus stated that we can’t live on the “bread of the world” but only on the Word of God.
The Generous Root February 14, 2016
The 6th message in the series, “Planted by the Waters.” Our giving is our heart’s reflection
The Generational Root February 21, 2016
The 7th message in the series, “Planted by the Waters.” God is pleased when ALL the family is ministered to
God’s Great Faithfulness February 21, 2016
Hope for the most hopeless circumstances
Becoming A Person of Excellence February 28, 2016
The final message in the series, “Planted by the Rivers.” God wants His children to be people of excellence, mirroring His character
God IN Our Struggles February 28, 2016
The feeling of being alone in our darkest hours is completely false; God PROMISES to be NEAR the brokenhearted
The Passion of Christ March 6, 2016
The 1st message in the series, “Living in the Wonderful.” The Passion of Christ propels us to our God-ordained destiny that we MUST fulfill
What’s On Your Mind? March 6, 2016
Our minds are powerful, especially yielded to the will and word of God
Making Time Count March 13, 2016
We’re each given 86,400 seconds each day; what will we do with them
God’s Greatness & Man’s Frailty March 20, 2016
How does an adoring crowd cheer for Jesus one day and then ask for his death the next
Believing, Conceiving, and Receiving March 27, 2016
Follow Abraham & Sarah’s journey to receive their miracle
The Predicament, The Payment, & The Promises March 27, 2016
What an amazing Savior we have
What Now? April 3, 2016
What happens after Good Friday & Easter?
Receiving Your Miracle April 3, 2016
Do you need a miracle? Practical & powerful message
Living in the Wonderful April 17, 2016
Can we believe to lift our eyes for MORE in Jesus?
It’s All About ME…Not!!! April 17, 2016
The brother of Jesus, James, identifies the root and remedy for sin
Destiny PROPELLING Valleys April 24, 2016
Don’t bemoan your “valleys.” They may be the very thing God is using to advance you
Destiny DESTROYING Valleys April 24, 2016
The antithesis of the previous message
The Great God of Salvation May 1, 2016
Can we lift our eyes to believe for WHOLE FAMILY SALVATION?
Mr. Know It All June 5, 2016
There is one and only one Person who knows everything and is actively working on our behalf
Decisions: The Doorway to our Future June 12, 2016
Who we are and what we are is determined by the dominant thoughts that occupy our minds
God has declared His purposes and plans for us; will we embrace them?
Always Faithful June 26, 2016
We celebrate a momentous day; Pastor & Mrs. Palser’s 70th wedding anniversary, with a powerful message on God’s faithfulness to us
America the Beautiful July 3, 2016
Part patriotism, part culture, and part inspiration to celebrate our Independence Day
Go Up To Bethel July 10, 2016
The 1st message in the series, “A Place Called Bethel.” When you’re not right with God, you’ve go to “go up to Bethel” where God will meet you
No More Confusion July 10, 2016
The 1st message in our Sunday evening services called, “So If The Son Sets You Free,” a study of the book of Galatians
Stay At Bethel July 17, 2016
The 2nd message in the series, “A Place Called Bethel.” Why did Jacob’s train “jump the tracks?” He left “Bethel” and needed to get back
Being Real & Authentic July 17, 2016
The 1st message in our Sunday evening services called, “So If The Son Sets You Free.” Paul confronts Peter’s hypocrisy and calls for authenticity
Bethel Changes Everything July 24, 2016
The 3nd message in the series, “A Place Called Bethel.” Once Jacob got to Bethel, the changes he and his family so desperately needed, took place
Freedom From Works July 24, 2016
The 2nd message in the series, “So If The Son Sets You Free.” Paul clarifies the difference between “works & grace”
The Blessings of Bethel July 31, 2016
The 4th message in the series, “A Place Called Bethel.” Though blessings shouldn’t be the main reason we serve God, the truth is: There ARE blessings when we walk in obedience
Our Common Faith July 31, 2016
The 3rd message in the series, “So If The Son Sets You Free.” In a very contentious culture, it’s easy for that to slip into the church. How do we combat that?
Consecration at Bethel August 7, 2016
The 5th message in the series, “A Place Called Bethel.” When we pour out our lives as an offering to God, God is pleased
The 4th message in the series, “So If The Son Sets You Free.” Our confidence before God isn’t based on what WE do but on Who God IS
There’s Victory at Bethel August 14, 2016
The final message in the series, “A Place Called Bethel.” What are the steps to obtaining and maintaining victory in the Christian walk?
Our Identity in Christ August 14, 2016
The 5th message in the series, “So If The Son Sets You Free.” Who we are is more important than what we do
Our Promise Keeping God August 21, 2016
Activating the unchanging promises of God
The Issue Of MY Heart August 28, 2016
Due to an “upload” issue, this message is unavailable online
Life By The Spirit August 28, 2016
The 6th message in the series, “So If The Son Sets You Free.” The power for change comes by the Holy Spirit
The first message in the series “RESET” We proclaim that “We’re All In”
The 7th message in the series, “So If The Son Sets You Free.” Are you self absorbed or others focused?
RESET: Practices Sept 18, 2016
The 3rd message in the RESET series. God has specific practices that will keep us on the straight & narrow
Proclamation: Here I Am Send Me Sept 25, 2016
The final message in the RESET series. God wants us to boldly declare Who He is to world desperate for truth
Only One Person Was There October 9, 2016
As we encounter a cynical, non-believing culture as it concerns Creation, we can point them to the only person who was the…the big G O D
The Advantage of Adversity October 9, 2016
Can you believe that the struggles you’re facing are actually GOOD for you? A life changing message
Life Ain’t Fair October 16, 2016
It is true….life isn’t fair. But God is good
Where Is God In My Struggles October 23, 2016
Talk about the ultimate question. Job gives us the answers to this question
The Forging of Character October 23, 2016
The incredible account of Joseph and his years of mistreatment gives us great courage for our troubles
Who Is Jesus? October 30, 2016
Was Jesus just a good teacher or simply a popular Jew? Is He one of many gods that we can choose?
The Worth of Waiting October 30, 2016
Joseph languished in slavery & prison for 13 years, seemingly forgotten by his father and God. But in a moment’s time, all that changed!
The Skeletons of Our Past November 6, 2016
Everyone…has skeletons. Joseph certainly did and it put him at the crossroads of decision
The Road That Leads to Heaven November 13, 2016
Jesus is looking for any and every person who wants to get to heaven
The Power & Authority of Forgiveness November 13, 2016
When Joseph revealed himself to his brothers as Pharaoh, he could have squashed them like a bug…but didn’t
The Awesomeness of God’s Sovereignty November 20, 2016
When God is “IN” something, it’s a sweet thing to behold
The Millennial Reign of Christ November 27, 2016
The 1,000 year reign of Christ is just around the corner, full of peace, longevity, and productivity
Strength from Grace November 27, 2016
The concluding message from the series, “The Advantage of Adversity,” the life story of Joseph
O Little Town of Bethlehem December 4, 2016
An ordinary town and an ordinary couple produced the most EXTRAORDINARY person even to walk the earth
The 2nd Coming of Jesus December 4, 2016
The greatest event that the current generations will ever witness is just around the corner
Character on Display December 11, 2016
Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, was a man of immense character
Woman of Complete Faith December 18, 2016
Mary was a REMARKABLE woman, full of faith and commitment
Jesus, Baby of Ultimate Hope December 25, 2016
This newborn baby, born in the most humble of settings, is able to offer ALL of humanity the hope they need
The Holy Spirit has strongly impressed this message for our church. Though we’re only 2 weeks into the new year, we’re already hearing multiple confirmations of this taking place!
Heaven Coming to Earth January 8, 2017
What will the attributes be of the Millenial Reign of Christ?
The Beautiful Body January 15, 2017
What defines the church?
The Call to Follow January 22, 2017
What does Jesus mean when He says “Follow Me?”
Walking in the Light January 22, 2017
Living in a wicked culture requires that we are FULL of light
The Bigger Picture January 29, 2017
Legendary missionary to South Africa, Rev. David Haag
The Power of Hope February 5, 2017
Hope is the spark plug to believe for the favor of God
Love, Love, Love February 12, 2017
Love, the hallmark of a Christian’s life
The Tracks of Transformation February 19, 2017
Grace & Truth: The power transformers
True Religion February 19, 2017
How do you escape a wicked culture & become a genuine Christian?
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit February 26, 2017
The title tells it all
Divine Equality February 26, 2017
The Gospel was never meant for a “select” group; it’s to WHOSEVER
A real message for real life issues
Genuine Faith March 5, 2017
James challenges us to examine the genuineness of our faith
Winning In Life March 12, 2017
Far more than a simple catch-phrase, God wants us to win in life
Maintaining Focus March 12, 2017
Paul had an extraordinary focus that saw him through many difficulties. An epic message
The God of Miracles March 19, 2017
The Miracle Working God wants to burst into our world and show himself strong
The Words I Speak March 19, 2017
James says that the “fountain” within us needs to produce words of life
Loss, Loyalty, Love & Lineage March 26, 2017
How does a dread enemy of Israel wind up in the lineage of Jesus Christ?
Wisdom: The Great Gift of God March 26, 2017
There’s an earthly wisdom and a heavenly wisdom. Which do we possess?
The Culture, The Cross, and the Christian April 2, 2017
Part 1 of a 3 part series entitled: “Ultimate Victory”
It’s Not About Me April 2, 2017
When we stop thinking of ourselves, life can become pretty sweet
The Reality of the Resurrection April 9, 2017
Seeing the resurrected Savior transformed Thomas & Peter’s lives
Put Down the Remote…You Don’t Control the Universe April 9, 2017
When we stop trying to control others, we’ll begin to be freed from a critical spirit
The ULTIMATE Exchange Easter Sunday April 16, 2017
The Resurrected Savior provides the only remedy for our sins. Here an INCREDIBLE true story of a life snatched from hell
Grace, Beautiful Grace April 23, 2017
Grace is the power of salvation
What Will the “Dash” Say About Your Life? April 23, 2017
The dash on your tombstone is the real you
Walking in the F.O.G. April 30, 2017
The heart of God wants us to walk in the F.O.G.
Mystery Revealed! April 30, 2017
The 1st message in the study of the book of Ephesians
BROKEN NO MORE May 7, 2017
God is calling us to be people of compassion
Who we Are May 7, 2017
The 2nd message in the series; “Mystery Revealed”
A Remarkable Woman May 14, 2017
Hannah was a woman who wouldn’t let go of God until she received what she ASKED FOR
Prayer Points May 14, 2017
The 3rd message in the series; “Mystery Revealed”
Live Like There’s No Tomorrow May 21, 2017
Celebrating Pastor Palser’s 92nd birthday
The Missing Third…Person May 28, 2017
Who is the Holy Spirit?
But Now In Christ Jesus May 28, 2017
The “Soreg” has been demolished, giving us access to the throne of grace
The Holy Spirit & Our Prayer Life June 4, 2017
The Holy Spirit, the gift from the Father, will teach us how to pray
Coming From Way Out There June 4, 2017
Jesus calls and commands us to be co-laborers in the harvest fields
The Face in the Mirror July 30, 2017
Sometimes we look in the spiritual mirror and see that we’re “less than all that Christ wants us to be.” So, what do we do?
Shining the Light July 30, 2017
Because….Christ has shined His light into our dark world, we’re called to do the same in our world
Carrying On A Great Work August 6, 2017
Lessons from Nehemiah
Walking in Unity in the Spirit August 6, 2017
Paul gives a prescription for TRUE unity…it’s the Holy Spirit
Because of the Message August 13, 2017
Because of what Christ has done FOR US, we’re compelled to impact others with that same message
A Very Tough Assignment August 13, 2017
Being a parent isn’t for wimps
Genuine in the Midst of Wannabes August 20, 2017
Jesus said there would be wolves in sheep’s clothing