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Pr. Mize’s Meditation for New Year’s Eve

December 31st, 2012 1 comment

Meditation on New Years Eve Scripture Reading: Romans 6:1-4: What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may have a new life. Meditation for New Years   More…

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ACELC — What About the “Koinonia Project?

December 31st, 2012 9 comments

Here is the email that the ACELC sent out two days ago:   “Every day that error is tolerated without challenge, the roots of that error deepen!” These words, spoken recently by a fellow pastor, reminded me of the Pastors’ Conference I had just attended in which First Vice-President Herb Mueller addressed us regarding progress on the “Koinonia Project.” In Draft 10 of the Summary of the “Koinonia Project” we find the following words in bold type: In the “Koinonia Project” several representative groups will meet together to work on a basis for agreement that includes the following: A clear   More…

A rose by any other name would not smell as sweet… Circumcision, Jesus, Joshua, and Baptism

December 31st, 2012 3 comments

And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. In Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Juliet laments the fact that Romeo belongs to her family’s rival family, the Montegues. ‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part Belonging to a man. O, be some other name! What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By   More…

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A Sermon for the Name and Circumcision of Jesus

December 31st, 2012 No comments

+ Name and Circumcision of Jesus – January 1st, 2012 + Text: Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 2:21 Theme/Outline: Jesus is circumcised, fulfilling the Law for those who are cut off from God by sin. Jesus is named, Savior (The Lord Saves) to place his name upon us and make us his children. THE NAMING AND CIRCUMCISION OF JESUS HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH YOUR SALVATION. “Savior Is As Savior Does” In the Name of the Father and of + the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. That’s no typo. You read the bulletin right. Today the church celebrates   More…

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The Third Use of the Law – A Historical Examination, pt.3

December 31st, 2012 32 comments

Part 1    Part 2 By the late 1570’s the dispute regarding faith and good works had been assumed into the broader political and theological discussions of the day but the issues addressed during the antinomian controversies had not. As the formulators [of what would eventually become the Formula of Concord] gathered, Jacob Andrea lobbied for a definition of the third use of the law in keeping with his belief that Christians were always suffering under the attacks of, “the old ass, the old Adam, who is not yet regenerate.” Thus Article VI defined the third use of the law as   More…

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Give the Koinonia Project Some More Time, by Pr. Rossow

December 31st, 2012 134 comments

Like most of the other conservatives, I am frustrated with the lack of progress of the Koinonia project but on the eve of a new calendar year, upon further reflection, I think it deserves some more time. There is more going on than the average person may percieve. It was never presented to be a quick fix. If it is to accomplish anything it is going to take a long time. Also, upon further reflection, it is not going to be as easy as one may have first thought. There are now in place at least three pilot district Koinonia programs. There   More…

Thank God for our Concordias!

December 30th, 2012 7 comments

I recently was trying to find a good exegetical treatment of the Bible’s doctrine of creation, when I found Joel D. Heck’s little booklet In the Beginning, God: Creation from God’s Perspective (Saint Louis: CPH, 2011) (available here for $3.99). I was pleasantly surprised by this book and can recommend it to anyone looking for a thoroughly Lutheran answer to the question “What does the Bible say about creation?”. The author reviews the basic texts, first in Genesis 1:1-31, then the other creation texts in the Old and New Testament. He gives seventeen reasons why the word “day” means 24   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Beginning Again with a Baby

December 30th, 2012 No comments

Christmas Morning In the Name X of Jesus.  Amen!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the first chapter (John 1:1-14). Beloved in the Lord, Our God, the God of creation, does not deal with sin, death or evil, as we would expect.  Therefore our God does not deal with us as we would expect.  Our great expectations never seem to pan out and so expecting God to be different, to act different, to speak different, we get confused.  Confused we despair. Despairing we double down the only way we know how.  We work   More…

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Christmas Eve Sermon: Matthew 1

December 30th, 2012 1 comment

The following sermon was preached by Pastor Jonathan Huehn, Associate Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Normal, IL.

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Beware “testimonies” of heaven from outside of Scripture

December 30th, 2012 11 comments

The fad of “Heaven is for Real” is starting to pass, but there is always more effort by the devil to distract people away from God’s Word and onto their own fancies.  FoxNews magazine reported recently that a neurosurgeon had a heavenly experience when he died and came back to life to tell us about it.  Here is the story. I am always leery and on edge of experiential arguments in our present day “spiritual” world.  How does a person deal with all of the stories (coming from folks as simple as children to as complex as neurosurgeons) as they   More…

“Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Sermon on Luke 2:22-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 29th, 2012 2 comments

“Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Luke 2:22-40) This month we have been spending the Advent and Christmas seasons in the Gospel of Luke. All of our sermons have come from there, particularly from Luke’s so-called “Infancy Narrative,” chapters 1 and 2, dealing with the events surrounding the birth of Christ. We’ve especially been looking at the canticles we find in Luke 1-2, those poetic, psalm-like pieces included there. We’ve looked at three so far: Mary’s song, the Magnificat; Zechariah’s song, the Benedictus; and the song of the Christmas angels, the Gloria in Excelsis. Now today we wrap up   More…

Continued loveless treatment of error ruins Witness, cheapens Mercy, and empties Life Together.

December 29th, 2012 219 comments

“A fellowship in which the Word of God is fundamentally falsified, or in which a fundamental falsification of it is tolerated, is not a true orthodox church, but a false, heterodox church or sect.” – C.F.W. Walther (Essays For the Church Vol I, “Communion Fellowship,” Concordia Publishing House, 1992, p.207) I just received the latest ACELC email which included a wonderful article written by Pr. Bruce Ley.  It is about the Koinonia Project and how long to let error remain in our midst as it grows deeper roots each day.  Think of just one false teacher out there in our   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Simeon’s Savior

December 29th, 2012 No comments

Christmas I — 12-30-2012 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 gospel account the second chapter (Luke 2:22-40). Beloved in the LORD, How did Simeon know? Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple of God to do for Him as was commanded in the Law of Moses.  All the firstborn, all those who open the womb, whether man of beast must be redeemed either with a lamb or two pigeons or turtledoves.  So how did   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — A Good Word for an Evil World

December 28th, 2012 No comments

Christmas Eve — Luke 2:1-20 In the Name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN Beloved in the Lord, Our God has good news for us tonight.  The Lord has a good word for each and every one of you, a word so good, so great and grand and glorious that this Word of His is given you to change your world, your life and your heart!  St. Luke reports, “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.”  That means counted and we know   More…

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — First Blood

December 28th, 2012 No comments

New Year’s Eve — Luke 2:21 In the Name of Jesus! AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, St. Luke records for us our Gospel reading.  It is only one verse, but it is a verse packed tight with theology, a theology no longer pregnant but now, the fullness of time having come, it is a theology wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.  The virgin has given birth.  The seed of Abraham has finally come. The Greater Isaac, God’s only Son, the Son whom He loves, is ready to bear the splinters of God’s wrath upon His shoulders, to   More…

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