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  • Church Re-Imagined

    Pastor Dave Peterson|Jun 18, 2022

    Pastor Dave Peterson Northland Assembly Church Badger, Mn Recently I have been asked what I mean when I say "Church Re-Imagined." That is a very legitimate question and it can be taken in many different ways. I would like to take this time and try to explain my heart and vision for Church Re-Imagined. First of all Church Re-Imagined is not an indictment of how we used to do things. It is also not an endorsement of one worship style over another. It is definitely not saying to forget church... Full story

  • Memorial Day Sermon

    Pastor Dave Peterson|Jun 11, 2022

    Thank you for allowing me to share with you the message from the 2022 Badger Community Memorial Day Service. I hope it will be both challenging and inspiring for you. Greetings and thank you for once again allowing me to speak at this most important ceremony. I am truly honored to have your trust. Some of you know me. I bet most of you know of me, but let me introduce myself to you all. My name is Pastor David Peterson and I have the privilege to serve as Pastor at Northland Assembly here in Bad... Full story

  • Stay By The Stuff

    Pastor Dave Peterson|Jun 5, 2021

    This year I was once again asked to speak at the Badger Memorial Day Celebration. Last year due to COVID we had a closed service and my message was shared right here in the newspaper. Even though we had our regular ceremony this year, I still wanted to share some of my message with all of you. In preparation, while doing my devotions, I came across a story that I have read many times before. It is about a battle that most have never heard about. You see before he was king over Israel, David was a commander in the army. He commanded a group of 6...

  • Stay By The Stuff

    Pastor Dave Peterson|Jun 4, 2021

    This year I was once again asked to speak at the Badger Memorial Day Celebration. Last year due to COVID we had a closed service and my message was shared right here in the newspaper. Even though we had our regular ceremony this year, I still wanted to share some of my message with all of you. In preparation, while doing my devotions, I came across a story that I have read many times before. It is about a battle that most have never heard about. You see before he was king over Israel, David was a commander in the army. He commanded a group of 6... Full story

  • A Broken Option

    Pastor Dave Peterson|Apr 3, 2021

    Greetings!! As we get ready to celebrate Easter, I wanted to take some time and share what has been on my heart for awhile now. What a year it has been. Executive orders, lock-downs, riots, elections, and conspiracies more than enough for the average person to try to understand. I personally have to look back and thank God that I made it through. Few people know this but early on during the first rounds of executive orders, I had a major panic attack right in the middle of one of my sermons. Everything caught up to me all at one time and right... Full story

  • Shipwrecked

    Dave Peterson|Aug 1, 2020

    Welcome to another week and another foray into the realm of brokenness. It is my sincere prayer that this will be a blessing for you and that you will be able to find healing from whatever has left you broken. Let me start this with a question. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you were going in the right direction only to be blindsided? You know the situation I am talking about, the one where you take two steps forward only to find yourself falling back one. It seems like I end up doing that more often than not. Let me...

  • Memorial Day Speech

    Dave Peterson|May 30, 2020

    Submitted by Pastor Dave Peterson The following is the text from my speech for the Badger Memorial Day Celebration. We were unable to give this speech live due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering. I thank you for taking the time to read these heart felt words…. Greetings to you all on this day of Memorial. Memorial Day is the day we set aside to stop and remember, if but for a moment, the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great country. I want to say thank you for asking me to be a part of this solemn c...

  • Seven Wounds

    Pastor Dave Peterson|Apr 18, 2020

    Easter week is over but I want to share with you some of my message from Easter or as I call it, Resurrection Day. When you ask most people of faith they will surely be able to tell you the basic meaning behind Easter. Jesus was crucified, buried, then resurrected. All of this to take away our sins. I want to share with you a deeper viewpoint. Over the years I have heard hundreds of Good Friday/Easter messages that focus on the seven things said by Jesus while he was on the cross. I want to share with you something new; seven times Jesus bled....

  • The Broken Church, REVISITED

    Dave Peterson|May 12, 2018

    A little over a year ago I wrote about “The Broken Church.” That one little column really caused a buzz. When we spoke last, I focused on the church taking on more of an American identity than identifying with Christ, today we are going to jump even further into the deep end. Our churches will continue in brokenness as long as we continue in our sexist and racist ways. When leaders of major denominations counsel abused women to just “stay and pray” while enduring the abuse, we have a problem. In 2018 when every major polling group, both faith b...

  • Broken Process

    Dave Peterson|Jul 15, 2017

    I want to jump right into this weeks discussion. We have started a series at our church titled, “The PROCESS.” We are talking about how most often than not God takes us through a process instead of giving us an immediate answer. The process is the time between the prayer and the answer. It is the time between the promise and your purpose. Last Sunday we discussed an incident found in the book of 1Kings. The prophet Elijah was looking for his successor and came upon a young man named, Elisha. Elisha was most likely the son of a wealthy far...


    Dave Peterson|Jun 17, 2017

    I want to apologize for my lack of writing over the last few weeks. It has been very busy on our end and almost overwhelming, but we are back now. Everywhere you look you can see brokenness. Mental brokenness, spiritual brokenness, physical brokenness, and emotional brokenness are all around us. I am sure that all of us can point to ourselves and at least one other who have had to deal with brokenness. If not, just turn on the news and look at what is happening all around us; from terror overseas to suicides and overdoses in our own backyard....

  • Crushed

    Dave Peterson|May 13, 2017

    Hello, my name is Mephiboseth. I bet two things crossed your mind as you read that; one, who is this Mephiboseth guy and two, I thought the dude who wrote this is named Dave. So first let me say that, yes my name really is Dave and I am going to tell you about this dude named Mephiboseth. In the Biblical book of 2nd Samuel we meet a young 5 year old Mephiboseth. We are told that his father was Jonathan (the crown prince of Israel) and his grandfather was Saul (first king of Israel). Upon hearing of his dad and granddads death in battle,...

  • I'm Broken and I know it

    Dave Peterson|May 6, 2017

    Hello my name is Naaman. Well not really, it is David, but Naaman is someone I can relate to and I bet some of you can relate to him as well. In the Bible, 2 Kings chapter 5 and verse 1 we are introduced to this guy named Naaman. This one verse tells us that he was a commander, a great man and was highly regarded. He had won victories and was a valiant soldier. WOW if we stop right there that sounds pretty good. Who among us wouldn't like to have that type of resume? I know I sure would. The problem is there is more to the verse. The last line...

  • This Time it's Personal

    Dave Peterson|Apr 29, 2017

    My weekly writings and Sunday sermons all start from the same place. I pray and ask God what He would have me say and then I wait. Does God give me an audible answer? Most often than not it is no. What does happen is that someone contacts me with a question. They have something they are dealing with and are looking for an answer. I talk with them and show them what the Bible says and give them my advice. That encounter usually translates into this column or my message on Sunday morning. That now brings us to this week. I was approached and...

  • Care to Join Me for a Drink?

    Dave Peterson|Apr 22, 2017

    Beyond brokenness, it sounds so cliched and almost trivial but it is a point that 99.9 percent of us try to get to. A point that for far too many seems like a hopeless journey. Hopelessness coupled with despair are not the best of situations and in that climate too many of our friends and family turn to addictions, reckless relationships, and even suicide as their only way out of the brokenness. As for this week, let's take a look at what causes brokenness. Most psychologists agree that we are born with certain universal needs. Needs such as:...

  • All about the WHO

    Dave Peterson|Apr 15, 2017

    Palm Sunday. Good Friday. Easter Sunday. These are all days we know and most of us celebrate during what we call Holy Week. Churches all across America will see their attendance swell. People who haven’t been in church since Christmas will put on their best clothes and polish up their smiles. They will sit in their family pew with an ear toward the sermon and an eye on the clock. At the sound of amen they will rush to their cars and head home to watch their team play ball. They will sit down to their favorite holiday meal and eat way more t...

  • Dry Bones

    Dave Peterson|Apr 8, 2017

    Greetings everyone. WOW it has truly been a busy few weeks for me, but busy is good. Last Friday and Saturday I was able to attend a men’s retreat down in Alexandria and let me just tell you that it was amazing. I already can’t wait until next year. Last Sunday at church I started a new 3 week series on The Road to Resurrection. I want to briefly share some of that message with you today. I hope it blesses you. We started out by reading a passage found in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel. In chapter 37 we see God give Ezekiel a vision. In the...

  • Broken Dreams

    Dave Peterson|Apr 1, 2017

    I want to start this week by sending out a big thank you to my faithful readers. The last few weeks I have received some interesting feedback. It is refreshing to know that my little corner of the paper is helping people. As I write this it is 12:15 a.m. and I have spent the majority of my day thinking about a phone conversation I had about 12 hours earlier. This person is dealing with issues that they never thought they would. A common theme in our conversation was, “This is not how I pictured my life going.” Twelve hours later I am won...

  • The Main Event

    Dave Peterson|Mar 18, 2017

    This has been a very busy week to say the least. I want to start by sending my heartfelt condolences to all involved in the tragic house fire in Badger. All parties involved are overwhelmed by all that has happened. They are also grateful that they are part of a community that cares. I met with the owner and the renters and they have both lost more than the rest of us can imagine. Please continue to keep them in your prayers. On to this weeks musings……… So let me start off by saying, Never trust a Christain that doesn’t walk with a limp. W...

  • Broken Acceptance

    Dave Peterson|Mar 4, 2017

    WARNING: THE FOLLOWING MIGHT BE DEEMED CONTROVERSIAL AND IT MIGHT BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME READERS. THE OPINIONS ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHOR, YOU ARE FREE TO DISAGREE. Now that we got that out of the way, I want to get right into this weeks musings. The recent election has emotions stirred up to a fever pitch across this nation. We are seeing a steady bombardment from people from both sides of the spectrum. We are also witnessing the biggest divide between races, ethnic groups, and the faith/non-faith community (Yes I know it has always been there and...

  • Broken Days

    Dave Peterson, R3 Ministries|Nov 5, 2016

    So, we made it to another week. That is a good thing, right? Let’s jump right in, shall we. This week I want to talk about a dude named Elijah. He was a big-time preacher back in Israel and he was faced with an evil King and an even more evil Queen. This King and Queen had turned the nation away from God. Elijah made it his mission to bring the nation back. It finally came down to a showdown. Elijah called all the false teachers together and challenged them to call on their god, and if their god brought fire down then worship him. Elijah was go...

  • GET UP!!

    Dave Peterson, Beyond Brokenness|Oct 29, 2016

    Let’s start this week with a question. How many of you feel like you have missed opportunities in your life? Anyone, Anyone? I am quite sure that I am not alone in saying that I have missed more than one opportunity. I want to share an account from the Bible about a man that we may be able to relate too. In the Gospel of John we read that Jesus came to Jerusalem for one of the festivals. He was in an area called Bethesda where there was a pool. This pool was surrounded by sick people and legend said that an angel would come down and trouble t...

  • Beyond Brokenness - Brokenness Decisions

    Dave Peterson, R3 Ministries|Oct 15, 2016

    I am going to start this week by telling you a story. Oh and yes, it is a true story. There was a very affluent man and while the rest of the able bodied men were out fighting for their country, he found a way to stay home. It happened that one day as he was kicking back on his balcony, he glanced over and saw this drop dead gorgeous woman out sunbathing in her yard. He called his assistant over and asked about the lady he had seen. Well, come to find out she was married and her husband was deployed and off fighting. So the man had his...

  • Beyond Brokenness - Let It Go

    Dave Peterson|Oct 8, 2016

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about being shipwrecked. In it I spoke about the times when we feel like our plans have been “shipwrecked” and we are left to pick up the pieces. I also spoke about how we at times need to hold on to some of that brokenness because God has a plan for us to use it for His purpose. This week we are going the opposite way. This week we talk about letting it go. Let it go, sounds easy doesn't it? In fact I bet it would make for a great song, or so I have been told. Jesus tells a parable (story) about a man who own...

  • Beyond Brokenness - This One is for the Ladies

    Dave Peterson|Oct 1, 2016

    So I was meditating on what I should write this week and quite frankly I wasn't getting anywhere. So when that happens I find it is always best to go to the beginning. So I started reading the Gospel of Matthew and I noticed something odd. That is what I want to talk to you about today. Matthew was well versed on Jewish tradition and law, so much so that Jesus called him Levi in reference to the tribe of Levi (this is the tribe where the priests came from.) I said all of that to get to this point, in the first century women where not held in...

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