Jesus' Resurrection Affects our Life

What if Christ has not been raised? What difference would it make for your life? Have you ever considered that question? The great resurrection chapter, 1 Corinthians 15, spends several verses playing out that scenario. “If Christ has not been raised,” what disastrous results would ensue! “If Christ has not been raised,” Paul explains, the apostles’ preaching and our faith are useless. “If Christ has not been raised,” the apostles are false witnesses. “If Christ has not been ...

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C.S. Lewis and the Grand Miracle of Easter

Note: Although there certainly are many more, here are a few of my favorite quotations from the writings of C.S. Lewis that only add to the joy and supreme gladness of this day. On Miracles In the Christian story God descends to reascend. He comes down; down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity; down further still, if embryologists are right, to recapitulate in the womb ancient and pre-human phases of ...

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Tolkien and the Great Easter Eucatastrophe

Note: When J.R.R. Tolkien couldn’t find a word to express precisely what he was thinking, or trying to convey in his writing, he would simply invent a word. As he was a philologist, this is not difficult to imagine. So, when conveying the supreme purpose of the fairy story, what Tolkien calls the Eucatastrophe in his essay On Fairy Stories, he could find no word that suited his definition. This ...

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"Amen" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer and 2 Corinthians 1:18-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Amen” (The Lord’s Prayer; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, “Alleluia” of course is the word of the day for Easter Day. We’ve been saving it up all Lent, and now today we finally get to let it loose. And what a day to do so! Our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead on this day, winning the victory for us over death and the ...

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Church Constitution and Bylaws – what works, what doesn't?

I'm on the Constitution and Bylaws committee of my church. We've had many issues over the past 5-10 years with a set of legal documents that are too complex and detailed in some areas, and don't say ...

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"But Deliver Us from Evil" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 23:32-49, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“But Deliver Us from Evil” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 23:32-49) “But Deliver Us from Evil”: The seventh and final petition of the Lord’s Prayer. And how appropriate that we should come ...

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ACELC – Can There Be Koinonia in Worship?

This came in an email from the ACELC and can also be found on their website:   "Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!" ... Psalm 96:9 If you ...

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Steadfast Lutherans Status

We apologize for the problems that we've been having with the BJS site over the past week or so; our host first replaced the disk system, and now has replaced the computer that it was hosted on ...

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Another Reason to Have the Corpus on the Cross, by Pr. Rossow

The Processional Cross at Bethany Lutheran, Naperville[/caption] We have all heard it from our protestant friends and sometimes even from our Lutheran acquaintances – “Why do you have Jesus ...

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Good Friday Sermon: "Deliver Us From Evil"

  Text: St. Matthew 6:13b. But deliver us from evil. (KJV) Prayer: My heavenly Father, I pray that You would save me from every evil of body and soul, property and honor, and that at the ...

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Hiding Life in Death

Quoting Rev. William Cwirla from his article “Suffering, Death, and the Hidden God” in Modern Reformation, Sept/Oct 2002, v. 11, no. 5., pp. 22-31,     The theology of the cross it the ...

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"Lead Us Not into Temptation" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 22:1-46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Lead Us Not into Temptation” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 22:1-46) During this Lenten season we’ve been doing a series on the Lord’s Prayer called “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And that’s ...

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We're already home – a great article from Blogia (Logia's blog)

Take a look today at this wonderful article by Pastor Christopher Neuendorf on recent events of a pastor converting from confessing the Lutheran faith to the Eastern Orthodox one.  Here is a start ...

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Redeeming Christian Holy Days: Another Bunny Attacks

A brief note on the misuse of Bodleian Library Manuscript Bodl. 264 Folio 21 This image is now being used to demonstrate pagan origins of the Easter Bunny: An example from California State ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Seriously Folks, Christ is Risen!

St. Matthew 28:1-10 Easter, April 20, 2014 Christ is risen!  (He is risen indeed!)  Alleluia! Beloved in the Lord, Going to the Tomb (in sadness) We’ve all walked where these ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora

St. Matthew 27:45-50 Good Friday, April 18, 2014 In the Name X of Jesus.  AMEN! Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth ...

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One Word in Absolute Darkness

With the Bakken oil boom, it seldom is dark anymore at our farm. There is usually some light from gas flares. [caption id="attachment_35539" align="alignright" width="300"] Bakken gas flaring year ...

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Jesus Picks a Fight (Homily for Lent 5 - Judica)

Jesus sure knows how to pick a fight! Of course, He does so without sin, because He “knew no sin” (2 Cor. 5:21); His every thought, word, deed, and motivation were “without sin.” (Heb. 4:15). ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – The Exultation of Christ

    The Exultation of Christ Dr. Normal Nagel discusses the exultation of Christ using Philippians 2:9 as his starting ...

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Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies-Easter 2

This is a reposting of a pair of articles published last year on the origins of Easter and some Easter traditions. The sources are given so that the reader can better be able to debunk the popular ...

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