Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Getting Jesus' Gifts in this Deserted Place

August 3, 2014 -- Proper 13 Sermon Text: Matthew 14:13-21   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 (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Matthew’s gospel account the 14th chapter. Beloved in the Lord, Departing to a Lonely Place Word has reached Jesus’ ears.  John is dead.  The last of the Old Testament prophets has surrendered himself to the will of God and in so ...

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Trinity: Sitting in the Biggest Corner Ever

A mother ordered her naughty son to sit in a corner. After a few minutes, he told his mother, “I’m sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside!” He obeyed, but he didn’t submit. The conflict of wills between two different persons remained. In Gethsemane, the Father told his Son to go and sit in the biggest corner ever, the corner of the sins of the whole world. He was to sit, not for any naughtiness of his own, ...

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Steadfast Throwdown – Round 20

Round 20 of Steadfast Throwdown has now been published! It includes the following:   CATECHISM SERIES, PART 8 (link) In this part of our Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson, we discuss the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. According to the Bible, what is Baptism and what does it actually deliver? Why do some Christians actually make Baptism a work of us humans rather than God’s ...

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Just who should come to teach at our Seminaries?

See the press release which mentions that Dr. Daisy Machado teaches at Union Theological Seminary, but fails to mention the fact that she is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Click here for her biography courtesy of Union Theological Seminary.  Her biography also mentions that she is "co-editor of A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice" . ...

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BJS Holds Church Growthers Ransom for One Million Comments, by Pr. Rossow

“Church Growthers, release your home spun creeds and liturgies, your felt needs, your sermons on ten keys to do this or that and your missional minded leader or we will unleash one million comments ...

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What is a "Confessional Lutheran"?

Simple Answer: Someone whose religion is in congruence with the canonical Scriptures and the Lutheran confessions found in the “Book of Concord.” The adjective “confessional” comes from the ...

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The Eight-Letter, Four-Letter Word

When I was in seminary, I went to dinner with some family friends. The conversation eventually turned to what I was learning in school, and I went through my course schedule, which included one of ...

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Great Stuff – Does Greater Church Attendance And Communion Reception Make A Better Christian?

Great Stuff found over on Pastor Matt Richard's blog:   Question:   Are Christians who advocate for faithful church attendance and advocate to receive the Sacrament of the Altar more ...

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A Fat and Lazy Church

I recently returned from Madagascar where I, Professor John Pless, Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, and Rev. Evan Goeglein, taught a group of Malagasy pastors the theology of Dr. Martin Luther. I was ...

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Church Art Glorifies God and Serves Christians

Faith Lutheran Church in Wylie recently commissioned the artist Ken Spirduso to paint an altar painting for our congregation. We decided on a painting of Jesus pulling Peter out of the water, ...

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Press Release – New Mission Plant – Tradition is the New Innovation

Here is a "press release" that just came across my desk that shows a new mission congregation in Moscow, Idaho. This mission plant could use your prayers and support .. read below for more ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan I thought the study of "The Good Samaritan" with Dr. Lane Burgland this week was interesting. I've also added some other studies on this ...

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Great Stuff – I wish the liturgy were more accessible. . .

Another great post over on Pastoral Meanderings by Pastor Peters:   "Wow! That is a lot to take for someone who has had only a passing association with church before!" So said one ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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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