"The Great Christmas Gift Exchange" (Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Great Christmas Gift Exchange” (Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11) There is a game that is played at this time of year at Christmas parties all across the land. The game goes by several names, but I think most often it is called “Rob Your Neighbor,” and I’m sure many of you have played it. The rules may vary from place to place, but generally I think it goes something like this. Each person brings a gift that could go to anyone in the group, depending on how the game turns out. The gift is ...

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Sermon – Pastor Tony Sikora – Mary's Bundle of Joy

Advent III, Dec 21, 2014 Sermon Text: Luke 1:28-36   Audio: Come back later for audio of this sermon.   Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Luke’s gospel account the 1st chapter. Beloved in the Lord, Carried Along by the Word Scripture teaches that “no prophecy was ever produced ...

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Great Stuff - Reformation of Suffering

Suffering. The many explanations are pretty much a pile of rubbish. People suffer on without consolation. The explanations more or less just pile on, making suffering worse. Think of Job’s comforters; and let’s not be too harsh on them. Do you have three friends who will sit on the smoldering ash heap with you for seven days without saying a word? They were his friends, and good ones. But ...

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Eighth Commandment Cluster Bombing

Love is the best construction for same-sex marriage. Faith is the best construction for the existence of the ELCA. Hope is the best construction for holding to reincarnation. Charity is the best construction for Somali pirate ransoms. Joy is the best construction for Pentecostalism. Peace is the best construction for appeasement of tyrants. Kindness is the best construction for abortion. Goodness ...

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"Inviting Some and Keeping Back Others": Who is Welcome to the Lord's Table?

Christ established His Church on earth so that sinners might receive His gifts of Word and Sacrament. Put another way, the Church exists to give sinners Jesus. The last thing we want to do is to ...

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Christ Myth Theory [Jesus is a copy-cat]

This particular claim toward pagan sources for Christianity and Christian Holy Days goes under various names: Jesus Myth Theory, Jesus Mythicism, Mythicism, Copy-cat Theory, and probably other ...

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Warm up at the Lutheran Concerns Association Annual Conference

The Lutheran Concerns Association Annual Conference is right around the corner on January 19, the day before Concordia Theological Seminary’s Symposia begin in Fort Wayne. Come hear an all-star ...

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"Who Are You, John?" (Sermon on John 1:6-8, 19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Are You, John?” (John 1:6-8, 19-28) How would you like to be defined in terms of someone else? I mean, who you are, your life and identity--when people think of you, they always compare ...

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Did Jesus Claim to be God?

Soon we will be celebrating the season of Christmas where the Second Person of the Trinity by the working of the Holy Spirit took up residence in Mary’s womb to be our Savior. This miracle is ...

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Why We Don’t Create Pastors Willy-Nilly

This past Monday, Issues Etc host Pr. Todd Wilken interviewed Pr. Paul McCain of Concordia Publishing House on "The Smalcald Articles: Excommunication, Ordination, The Call and the Marriage of ...

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Elsie Moe Went To Church

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's official and historical position on the Lord's Supper is that she practices close[d] communion.  The practice of close[d] communion is a key component of our ...

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It's Party Time!

The 2015 Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference is coming up! The one pious bone in my body thinks the best thing about the Conference is the seeker-challenged Matins and Vespers Services. The ...

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Why I joined the ACELC.

Last night I received a phone call from Rev. Dan Bremer informing me that the ACELC has accepted my associate membership to the organization (associate membership is for individuals; membership is ...

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Sermon – Pr. Martin Noland – The Beginning of the Gospel

Sermon Text -- Mark 1:1-8 December 7, 2015 -- 2nd Sunday in Advent, Series B There is always something exciting and auspicious about beginnings.  Today we baptized John Smith [fictional names], ...

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Smiley Face - Official Newspaper of the LCMS

“Official newspapers” are breeding grounds for pride in their publishers, and cynicism in their readers. We rightly ridicule the likes of Granma, “Órgano oficial del Comité Central del ...

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Eggnog isn’t for Unbelievers.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s what the song says so it has to be true…right? I do enjoy the holidays, though mostly for selfish reasons. I get to overeat and overdrink. I get ...

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"Comfort, Comfort My People" (Sermon on Isaiah 40:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Comfort, Comfort My People” (Isaiah 40:1-11) “Comfort, comfort my people.” Yes, comfort. A word so nice, they said it twice. Who did? Why, Isaiah did. Well, actually God said it, through ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Cross Defense

  Cross Defense I haven't paid a whole lot of attention to KFUO AM since the dark days (or the bright and giggly days if you put the best construction on it), but they've added a lot ...

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Let us Not Bear a Self-imposed Cross

“Bearing the Cross in a Lutheran Synod” was the title of a recent blog published by the ACELC.  My congregation and I are founding members of the Association of Confessing Evangelical Lutheran ...

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First Sermon on the Magnificat – Let It Be To Me According To Your Word

I am doing my sermon series for midweek Advent Services on the Magnificat.  The first week's readings are 1 Samuel 1:1-20 and Luke 1:26-45.  The following is based off of the second reading, with a ...

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