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Advent 2017 Series from Steadfast in the Parish – “For unto us a Son is given” – Service Plan
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The start of a new church year is coming.  As has become custom here at Steadfast we are working up a series for Advent which will include a devotional (look for that early to mid-November).  This year’s series is titled “For Unto Us a Son is Given” borrowing the language … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: First Commandment
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Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,     for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 2 Why should the nations say,     “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in the heavens;     he does all that he pleases. 4 Their idols are silver and … Continue reading

“Rejoice in the Lord Always” (Sermon on Philippians 4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Rejoice in the Lord Always” (Philippians 4) “Rejoice in the Lord Always”: So says Paul in our Epistle reading today. Really? “Rejoice”? “Always”? Are you kidding me? “Rejoice always”? That’s easy for you to say, Paul. You don’t know what I’m going through. If you did, you wouldn’t be telling … Continue reading

“Invited to the Feast” (Funeral sermon on Isaiah 25:6-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Invited to the Feast” (Isaiah 25:6-9) There’s a big feast coming, and Bob is invited! In fact, his seat is already guaranteed. There’s a big feast coming, and you are invited too. That’s what I want to tell you about today, that we have been “Invited to the Feast.” What … Continue reading

Reformation 500 Pastoral Letter to the Congregation — Pastor Rolf Preus
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October, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: This month, we Lutherans celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. That event is regarded as the beginning of the Reformation. During the … Continue reading

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Lambs at Pasture for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part of 35 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 27 of 27 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Broadening Your Devotion With Lutheran Hymns

Sometimes I get the vibe that Lutherans are dissatisfied with their own devotion and piety, as if it were too narrow or restricting.  It makes me think of a phenomenon I’ve seen in our hymnals in several places – the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Preface to the Large Catechism

  Blessed are those whose way is blameless,     who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,     who seek him with their whole heart, 3 who also do no wrong,     but walk in his ways! … Continue reading

“Grace Alone” — Reformation 500 Sermon No. 1 by Pr Rolf Preus

“Grace Alone” The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity October 8, 2017 Romans 3:23—25a “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God … Continue reading

“The Joy of Knowing Christ” (Sermon on Philippians 3, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Knowing Christ” (Philippians 3) I noticed in the news about a week ago–maybe you saw it too–that Monty Hall died. He was the longtime host of the television game show, Let’s Make a Deal. You remember how … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 26 of 27 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 1 of 35 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Introduction to the Large Catechism

Note: This is the first in a series of posts providing commentary on the Book of Concord adapted from my Lutheran Essentials Class Notes.  I pray they are edifying and aid in the reading of the Book of Concord.  Scriptural … Continue reading

Democratic Church Discipline?

The Church is not a democracy. The Church has a King, Jesus Christ her head and Lord. In North American Lutheranism, we seem in some ways to be confused about that matter. The problem of the view of the Church … Continue reading

“The Joy of Being of the Same Mind, the Mind of Christ” (Sermon on Philippians 2, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Being of the Same Mind, the Mind of Christ” (Philippians 2) Today is the second in our four-week series on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. We’re going chapter by chapter through the four chapters of this … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 2 of 35 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 25 of 27 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

How to Make a Lutheran Choir in 10 Easy Steps

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Wessler, Kantor at First Lutheran Church of Boston.  Jonathan is a super awesome Lutheran organist who has a lovely wife and two wonderful children.  Along with being a consummate organist, he also enjoys good … Continue reading

“A Joyful Gospel Partnership” (Sermon on Philippians 1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Joyful Gospel Partnership” (Philippians 1) Today we start a four-week series of readings and sermons–and Bible classes, as well–on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. The official Epistle readings from the lectionary have big chunks of each of the … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 34 of 35 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 24 of 27 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Blessed Be Jael

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series The Book of Judges

Previously, we heard how Jabin king of Hazor had arisen, as if from the dead. A certain Jabin king of Hazor had suffered defeat about 180 years ago at the hands of Joshua, and now a man by the same … Continue reading

Athanasian Creed According to Scripture

Building on a guide I recently posted to the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed I now present a guide to the Athanasian Creed.  Sadly even among Lutherans the Athanasian Creed is neglected and misunderstood.  This is a shame as the Athanasian … Continue reading

“The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant” (Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant” (Matthew 18:21-35) Forgiveness doesn’t count. Oh, don’t get me wrong! I don’t mean that it doesn’t matter of that it’s not important. By no means. No, forgiveness counts for a lot in that respect. … Continue reading