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

July 11th, 2014 1 comment

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 text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Matthew’s gospel account the 13thchapter. Beloved in the Lord, The Way of Salvation is not the Way of Success It is a strange and scandalous thing the grace of our God.  Strange because it is contrary to the ways of men, scandalous because it does not seem to work.  For the ways of men are bound to reason.  There is a   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — It’s all in the Name

St. Matthew 10:21-33 June 22, 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 10th chapter.   Beloved in the Lord, A.      The Gift of the Name As Christians we bear a holy gift, one which the unbelieving world does not have.  In Holy Baptism, our God had gifted us with His Name; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It is perhaps the greatest gift He could give.  For with the giving of His Name He has given us   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday Sermon Text: Acts 2:1-21 June 8, 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. Luke’s account of the Acts of the Apostles the second chapter. A.      Fifty Days – Giving of the Law Beloved in the Lord, Fifty days after wiping Egyptian door posts with the blood of the Lamb, the God of Israel’s deliverance filled Sinai with thunder and lighting.  His voice howled through the air as He gathered His people under the promises of His covenant, as   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Departing then to be Near Now

Ascension Day St. Luke 24:44-53   In the Name X of Jesus.  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, The work of our salvation began in the Old Testament.  Moses, the Psalms and the Prophets set before us the Christ who was to come.  And this Christ of God, this one coming into the world, was coming for the world.  His coming for the world required His suffering, dying and rising from the dead.  To suffer, die and rise from the dead necessitated the incarnation.  Jesus came to the world, for the world, and immersed Himself in our human condition.  He, who from eternity was one with the Father and the   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Jesus is Enough!

Sermon Text: John 14:1-14 May 18, 2014   Christ is Risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 14th chapter. A.      Doubt in the Upper Room Beloved in the Lord, It was not the most festive upper room in Jerusalem.  Four days earlier Jesus entered Zion to shouts of Hosanna.  All looked well then. The rise of Jesus to David’s throne soon would be fulfilled.  But then He overturned the tables in the temple.  Then the Pharisees tested Him time and again.  And time and again Jesus handily dealt with their hypocrisy. All looked well and fine on Sunday.  But now it   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — What Do You Know When You Don’t Know Anything?

Sermon Text: John 10:1-10 (11-18) May 11, 2014   Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 10thchapter. Beloved in the Lord, What do you Know when you don’t know anything What do you know when don’t know anything?  What do you know when you don’t know yesterday and you don’t know tomorrow? What do you know when you don’t know your parents or your children or your brothers or your sisters, or your husband or your wife, or your pastor?  What do you know when you don’t know whyyou are where you are?  What do   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Seeing without Knowing and Knowing without Seeing:  An Emmaus Event

Sermon Text: Luke 24:13-35 May 4, 2014   Christ is risen!  (He is risen, indeed!)  Alleluia! Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Luke’s gospel account the 24th chapter. Beloved in the Lord, Leaving Jerusalem in Despair The road to Emmaus from Jerusalem is not a long road – about 7 miles, a 2 to 3 hour walk – but for these two is seems to go on forever.  Cleopas and another disciple of Jesus are slowly leaving Zion, holy Jerusalem to return home.  Their steps are dusted with despair.  Their hearts drag along the way.  Their heads are hung low, rising only to   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Reality confronts Delusions:  Jesus meets His Disciples

April 24th, 2014 2 comments

April 27, 2014 Sermon Text: John 20:19-31   Christ is risen!  (He is risen, indeed!) Alleluia! Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 20th chapter. Beloved in the Lord, Jesus’ Disciples Our God will not allow His dearly loved children to waste away in a delusion.  He will not allow us to continue as though nothing happened when He sent His Son.  No, the God of the heavens and the earth loves His children, He loves you and me and the whole world – even though who hate Him.  And because He loves He sends.  Sending He gives.  Both His   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Seriously Folks, Christ is Risen!

April 17th, 2014 No comments

St. Matthew 28:1-10 Easter, April 20, 2014 Christ is risen!  (He is risen indeed!)  Alleluia! Beloved in the Lord, Going to the Tomb (in sadness) We’ve all walked where these women in our text have walked.  We’ve watched the men carry the casket and set it in place. We’ve gathered round about the pit with family, friends and loved ones. We’ve wept and we’ve prayed and we’ve longed for more; more time, more words, more smiles, more hugs.  We’ve faced the grave and walked away leaving our loved ones behind. We’ve looked at death through teary eyes and wondered when the curse will be   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora

April 16th, 2014 1 comment

St. Matthew 27:45-50 Good Friday, April 18, 2014 In the Name X of Jesus.  AMEN! Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the   More…

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