Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – God is Hiding Right Where He Said

Sermon Text: Matthew 13:44-52 July 27, 2014   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. Matthew’s gospel account the 13th chapter. Beloved in the Lord, A.      Acquiring the Kingdom  Thinking equality with God something to be grasped humanity follows the pattern of Adam’s behavior. Reaching for the wrong fruit from the wrong tree men, ...

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WON ME FROM ALL SINS, FROM DEATH, AND FROM WHO…?

            Perhaps you have heard the latest from Religious News Services reporting the recent decision of the Anglican Church of England which in the United States is called the Episcopal Church, USA. The Church of England has purged references to the devil and to sin in a new baptism ceremony, saying it is easier to understand compared to the older service. From the Ecumenical News we have: In the current wording, parents vow to ...

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Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine

Dr. Dale Meyer, current president of Concordia Seminary, relates that one of Dr. Dean Wenthe’s favorite stories was of a cab ride he shared with the president of another denomination’s seminary. Wenthe asked what the hottest debate was on his campus, and he answered “whether or not Jesus Christ was/is divine” (“Pedagogy for a Politicized Church,” Concordia Journal, Winter 2014, 6).  ...

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God, my loving Savior sends them...

Often the topic of how God governs all things comes up in parish life during suffering and struggles.  Questions will arise about God being the cause of something (sin is the cause of this damned mess), allowing something (as if He is distant from things and is often merely wordplay), or even sending something.  This is of course a difficult topic, and it deserves much attention in the lives of ...

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Can There Be Peace in the Summertime?

“They look so peaceful sleeping. Don’t they?” I remember speaking these words to my wife about our children. After praying, we lay them down to sleep and they sure look peaceful. It almost ...

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Steadfast on Campus – Why Remain a Lutheran in College? A Few Answers from Our Students

A couple years ago I began asking our college students to be featured in our church newsletter. This was to help the members of our congregation become acquainted with these fresh young faces. ...

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"The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat" (Sermon on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat” (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43) Last week we heard the Parable of the Sower, from Matthew 13. Today it’s the Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat, also ...

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Great Stuff – Book Review: Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession?

A book review by Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller found over on blogia:   Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church. By Rev. Lucas V. ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Dr. Montgomery Responds to Crossan

Dr. John Warwick Montgomery responds on Issues Etc. to the arguments in the interview with Dr. John Dominic Crossan of the Jesus ...

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Our Troops Armed with the Truth Thanks to Your Contributions

Many thanks from Ch. James Buckman and Deaconess Carolyn Brinkley to all of you who have so graciously and generously responded to the request for LSBs and Catechisms for AFCENT bases from the Horn ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Grace Reigns Over Wheat and Weeds Alike

Sermon text: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 July 20, 2014   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this ...

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WMLTblog – Dispute Resolution Meetings This Fall

Found over on WMLTblog:   It is quite unique among Christian denominations, in use since 1992 when the LCMS convention adopted Res. 5-01B “To Adopt New Process for Conflict ...

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Great Stuff – Mark's thoughts: Heaven is not home. Home is here.

Another post found over on Pr. Surburg's blog:   This creation – this earth – will be your home for eternity.  Many Christians do not recognize this fact. When they speak about their ...

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"Steadfast Throwdown" NOW available on iTunes!

It's official! Steadfast Throwdown is now available as a podcast on iTunes. Listen on-demand. Check it out and subscribe to the Steadfast Throwdown ...

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"When Sowing the Seed Seems Useless" (Sermon on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When Sowing the Seed Seems Useless” (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23) It can be very discouraging to be a Christian these days. It seems like our whole culture has turned against the Christian faith. ...

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That “Warm & Fuzzy” Feeling Must Die!

Over the past few years I have wanted to experience a special feeling during church. I wanted the sermon to hit me. I wanted to feel true repentance during confession and even wanted the pastor to ...

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Trinity: You'll Have to Draw Me a Picture

I almost flunked out of high school. The first time was in algebra, trying to solve polynomials. “Solving” means finding the roots of many terms. My translation? Trying to make sense of a heap of ...

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Hymn on the Carmen Christi

The Carmen Christi (Song of Christ) is a song (or hymn) that St. Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote in the second chapter of his epistle to the Philippians.  As a divinely inspired ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – A  Strange and Scandalous Grace

Proper 10 LSB A Sermon Text: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 July 13, 2014   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Dr. John Dominic Crossan

An interview with Dr. John Dominic Crossan on the resurrection of ...

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