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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Faith, Thanksgiving, and Worship, a Leper’s Journey

November 26th, 2014 1 comment

Sermon Text: Luke 17:11-19 November 27, 2014   Audio: Come back later for audio of this sermon.   In the Name X of Jesus.  AMEN!   Crossing over in Humility There’s not much good you can say about the life of a leper.   No one clamors to live in isolation from family and friends, God and neighbor.  No one covets the life of leisure because one is unable to work.  No one longs to sing the leper’s dirge – unclean, unclean everywhere they go.  The leper’s life is a life of perpetual loss, loss of love, loss of kinship, loss   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — There Will be an End:  Thank God!

November 22nd, 2014 No comments

Sermon Text: Matthew 25:31-46 November 23, 2014 AD Audio: Come back Monday for the 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. Matthew’s gospel account the 25th chapter. Beloved in the Lord, A. The Advent of Judgment There will be an end. With each step the Savior of the World marches towards the passion of His

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Giver of Good Things

November 13th, 2014 1 comment

Sermon Text: Matthew 25:14-30

As the great Day of the Lord approaches we who bear the burden of Adam’s sin are prone to suffer Adam’s curse.  Adam’s sin produces in us all sorts of ungodliness, the most vexing of which is fear, fear of God and fear of one another.  Such a frightening condition manifests itself in many and various ways but one particular aspect of fear is that it is always one of retreat.  In fear, humanity retreats to the bushes.  In fear humanity retreats from one’s neighbor.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — No Oil No Fire: Why Johnny Can’t Love

November 6th, 2014 3 comments

Sermon Text: Matthew 25:1-13
November 9, 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 25th chapter.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Gazing Beyond the Grave

November 1st, 2014 No comments

Sermon Text: Revelation 7:2-17
November 2, 2014

In the Name X Jesus. AMEN!

Introduction – The Image of Death

Looking around this world we live in we see, hear, and feel death everywhere. We see it in our movies, we hear it in so much of our music,

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — God’s Cosmic Assertion in the Cross

October 31st, 2014 No comments

Sermon Text: John 8:31-38
October 26, 2014 AD

In the Name X of Jesus. AMEN! Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 8th chapter.

Beloved in the Lord,

With the swing of the hammer and the pounding of a nail, “out of love for the truth and with the object of eliciting it,” Martin Luther made an assertion – 95 assertions to be exact, better known as the 95 theses.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Render unto God

October 20th, 2014 1 comment

Sermon Text — Matthew 22:15-21 October 19, 2014 AD   NOTE: Pastor Sikora’s sermons are now available in audio format; since he normally posts them the prior Thursday, these posts normally go up before the audio is available. We received this sermon late, so the audio is available. For those interested you might check back later to hear the sermons. For example, those who already read his Oct 2nd sermon may want to revisit it to hear the audio. http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/Dr._Sikora,_10_19_14__Render_Unto_God_.m4a   Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!    More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Words on the Loose in the Vineyard of the Lord

October 2nd, 2014 No comments

Israel was a vine out of Egypt brought forth by her beloved and planted in the land promised to her fathers.  She was planted in good land, land flowing with milk and honey, land tilled by the Lord Himself.  The rocky soil was turned over, the gentiles with their gods of stone cast out.  There was nothing she lacked.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — A Foolish, Silly, Stupid Little Word really Does Save You

September 11th, 2014 1 comment

Holy Cross September 14, 2014 Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 A Foolish, Silly, Stupid Little Word really Does Save You   http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/Dr._Sikora,_John_12_20-33.m4a   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. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 1. Beloved in the Lord, Words Really do Hurt Some of my favorite TV commercials are those Gieco commercials.  Those commercials tell me things I didn’t know before. Not only can I save 15% on car insurance but I’ve also learned that owls are   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Little Ones Follow in Faith with Love

September 4th, 2014 No comments

Sermon Text: St. Matthew 18:6-14
Sept 7th, Proper 18

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 18th chapter.

The Christian life is always one of faith and of love. As Christians we are bound to the Word

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — A Pebble in the Savior’s Sandals

August 28th, 2014 2 comments

Sermon Text: Matthew 16:21-28 August 31, 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 /evening’s sermon is taken from St. Matthew’s gospel account the 16th chapter. Beloved in the Lord, Peter the pebble has spoken.  He confessed Jesus as the Christ.  He got it right.  Hi fives all around.  Dance a jig around the campfire and let everyone kumbaya around the campfire.  Even the Savior Himself lends him His praise.  “Blessed are you Simon bar-jonah.”  Surely good times are coming.  The Christ is here.  The Messiah is with us and we know it,   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Wind and Waves for Faith’s Sake

August 7th, 2014 No comments

August 10th — Proper 14 Sermon Text: Matthew 14:22-33   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, A.     He set them in the Boat and On the Water Jesus is and will be King for us, but He will not be the kind of King we want Him to be nor is His kingdom the kind of kingdom we fashion in the imaginations of our hearts.  Having received the bread and   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Getting Jesus’ Gifts in this Deserted Place

July 31st, 2014 2 comments

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 doing also his life.  John was not only a prophet but also a disciple, an attendee at the banquet as well as a   More…

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

July 24th, 2014 2 comments

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, women, and children establish in their heart of hearts the wrong gods.  This is the way of our nature, fallen and depraved as it is.  It is the way of   More…

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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 morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Matthew’s gospel account the 13thchapter. Beloved in the Lord,   Sowing Sons of the Kingdom Things will not always be the way they are today.  Sin will not always infect.  Death will not always approach.  There will be an end to both and the end of both has already begun.  The reign of God is happening, has been happening.  The Kingdom of God is now, today, in   More…

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