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.

The ORIGINAL Affordable Health Care Nov 16, 2014

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

Living In Your Destiny     June 19, 2016

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

Our Confidence Before God   August 7, 2016

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

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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

RESET: Proclamation Sept 4, 2016

The first message in the series “RESET”  We proclaim that “We’re All In”

Inward or Outward?     Sept 4, 2016

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

2017: The Year of God’s Favor    January 8, 2017

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

Life Sometimes Stinks     March 5, 2017

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

Mystery Revealed!

The Harvest     June 11, 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


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