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Don’t Fret the Numbers
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We live in a world obsessed with numbers. We count everything. The year just rolled over from 2016 to 2017, as we count years after the birth of Christ. This New Year, we may decide to sit down and look at our wage or pension change for the year and … Continue reading

“Three Evangelism Pointers: Point, Invite, and Find” (Sermon on John 1:29-42a, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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[Note: The Divine Service at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri, for January 15, 2017, has been iced out. So I am posting the sermon for the equivalent Sunday, the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Series A, from January 20, 2008. CH] “Three Evangelism Pointers: Point, Invite, and … Continue reading

Our Faith Needs Baptism — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus
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The Baptism of Our Lord St. Matthew 3:13-17 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, say­ing, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Je­sus answered and said to him, … Continue reading

The Augsburg Confession: Its Formation
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Originally, the Augsburg Confession was not the core of catholic (universal) doctrine which we possess today. The original plan, named the Torgau articles, was to treat the following subjects: Human doctrines and ordinances, Marriage of Priests, Both Kinds, Mass, Confession, Power of Bishops, Ordination, Monastic Vows, Invocation of the Saints, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Second and Third Sundays after the Epiphany
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The Gospel Notes for the Second and Third Sundays after the Epiphany from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. The Second Sunday after the Epiphany   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal Color, B/W. The Third Sunday after the Epiphany   PDF’s: Color, B/W, … Continue reading

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The Baptism of Christ and Miscarriages (A Sermon)

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. The Baptism of Jesus is an integral part of the season which we call Epiphany. Epiphany means “manifestation.” While Christmas … Continue reading

“Behold My Servant” (Sermon on Isaiah 42:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Behold My Servant” (Isaiah 42:1-9) “Behold my servant,” the Lord says to us today. Who is this servant, you ask? It’s Jesus, of course. The Christ, the Anointed One, baptized as the Lord’s servant, to do the will of the … Continue reading

“Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come” (Sermon on Isaiah 60:1-6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come” (Isaiah 60:1-6) “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” “Arise and shine”? Are you kidding me? On a Friday night? In January? On … Continue reading

The Cause of Salvation

“In human teachings the righteousness of man is revealed and taught, that is, who is and becomes righteous before himself and before other people and how this takes place. Only in the Gospel is the righteousness of God revealed (that … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Baptism of our Lord

January 8, 2017 — The Baptism of our Lord Sermon Text — Matthew 3:13-17 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this semron.   The Rogue One Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Epiphany

The Gospel Notes for Epiphany from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are three separate sets that have been prepared as follows: The Epiphany of our Lord (Jan. 6th)   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, … Continue reading

“On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus” (Sermon on Luke 2:21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus” (Luke 2:21) On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . the circumcision and name of Jesus? Huh? What? Yeah, well, that’s … Continue reading

Celebrity Deaths and Simulated Relationships

2016 has been a bad year for celebrities. The deceased include legendary musicians Prince and David Bowie, Hollywood icons Alan Rickman and Carrie Fisher, and iconic boxing champion Muhammad Ali. But death isn’t shocking, at least to the Christian. What … Continue reading

Register for the Conference Soon — Conference Schedule!

There are only a couple of days left to save on the registration fee for The Article — the 2017 Steadfast Lutherans conference in Tomball, Texas on February 17-18th!   Register now to save some money — the early bird … Continue reading

Only days left to save some money on Registration! Steadfast Conference 2017.

We only have a few days left on our “early bird” discounts for our conference coming to Tomball, Texas on February 17-18.  Not only will there be great food, drinks, and speakers – but if you register before the new … Continue reading

The Angels’ Sermon is the Christian’s Song – Christmas Day Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men! Luke 2: 13- 14 Is it a hymn or … Continue reading

The Government of God Incarnate — Christmas Eve Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.” Isaiah 916a Paul Gerhardt asks the question: If our blessed Lord and maker hated men, Would He then be … Continue reading

“And the Government Shall Be upon His Shoulder” (Sermon on Isaiah 9:2-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“And the Government Shall Be upon His Shoulder” (Isaiah 9:2-7) About 26 days from now, we’re going to have a change in our government. A new president will take the oath of office, and a new administration will take over. … Continue reading

“Isaiah Foretold It, Jesus Fulfilled It” (Sermon on Isaiah 7:10-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[Note: Isaiah 7 is a reading both for the Fourth Sunday in Advent and for Christmas Eve. Since my congregation did not get to hear Sunday’s sermon due to weather, and since I’ve been doing a series on the Isaiah … Continue reading

Gospel Notes — The Circumcision of our Lord

The Gospel Notes for Christmas from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are two separate sets that have been prepared as follows: Eve of the Circumcision   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal … Continue reading

Threatened with Loss of the Word

Holly Marie Scheer recently wrote an article titled, “Why ‘Mary Did You Know’ Is The Most Biblically Illiterate Christmas Tune.” The digest at the head of the article says, Anyone who has even a slight familiarity with the biblical account … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Christmas Morning

December 25, 2016 — Christmas Morning Sermon Text — John 1:1-18 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Back to the Beginning In the Name ✞ of Jesus.  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, Back … Continue reading

God With Us and Our Children — Sermon for Children’s Christmas Service, by Pastor Rolf Preus

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Christmas Eve

December 24, 2016 — Christmas Eve Sermon Text — Luke 2:1-20 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_Christmas_Eve_2016.m4a   Coming Home for Christmas Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  … Continue reading

Official Transcript: Kloha-Montgomery Debate on the Philosophies of Biblical Textual Criticism

Brothers of John the Steadfast is pleased to make available the full transcript of the recent debate between Dr. James Warwick Montgomery and Dr. Jeffrey J. Kloha. The debate took place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Chapel of Our Lord Concordia … Continue reading