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Krampus: A Better Law/Gospel Paradigm Than Santa Claus

December 6th is the day the Church remembers and gives thanks to God for the life and confession of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. This is from Concordia Publishing House’s Treasury of Daily Prayer: ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Daily Beginning Again

Sermon Text -- Mark 1:1-8 December 7, 2014 - Advent II Audio: http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/2014-12-07_09-46.m4a   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and ...

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The State of the Synod: A Confessional Response

In last month’s edition of the Lutheran Witness (LW) the LCMS Leadership released their “State of the Synod.” I encourage everyone to read either the online or hardcopy version that can be ...

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Great Stuff – Four things Lutherans believe about the Law that are false ... and true

Found over on Pr. Surburg's blog:   In our study of Scripture we return to the same texts, yet we often do not find them to be same.  Naturally the text hasn’t changed.  Instead we ...

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"Restore Us, O God" (Sermon on Psalms 80, 85, 126, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Restore Us, O God” (Psalms 80, 85, 126) We’ve just heard three psalms that are appointed for this Advent season, Psalms 80, 85, and 126. Did you happen to catch what they have in common? ...

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The Church Militant: A Confessional Cadence

For centuries, marching (drilling) in a formation has been the most fundamental training tool for any military. There’s a very good reason for this. Marching in a formation teaches unity and unity ...

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The LCMS: A Heterodox Church Body

Pastor Jeremy Rhode, being a theologian of the cross, calls a thing what it is in this recent Issues, Etc. 24 segment discussing, in part, FiveTwo and its ramifications for the Lutheran ...

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Sacer What?

There may be a few pastors in the Missouri—Synod who lord it over their flock. Some of those who have donned the mantel of CEO, as is often mandated by the Transforming Churches Network, come ...

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Sanctification: Losing for Lack of a Lord

Jesus saves us from sin. But we sin on. This sinning on bothers people. We are saved from the penalty of sin in justification. We will be saved from the presence of sin in the resurrection. For the ...

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Sermon – Pr. Martin Noland – Behold Your King

Text: Matthew 21:1-9 [First Sunday in Advent] Today the Christian church changes its colors from green to purple. Although some churches use the color blue during Advent, we retain the ...

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"A Prayer to the God Who Acts" (Sermon on Isaiah 64:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Prayer to the God Who Acts” (Isaiah 64:1-9) Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the first day of a brand new church year. And this season of Advent is a time of waiting, a time of ...

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ACELC – Recharging at the 2015 ACELC Conference

The last time I wrote one of these e-mail blasts, I called myself the "pet layman" of the ACELC Board of Directors. While that description remains frightfully accurate, my real job is to lecture ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Faith, Thanksgiving, and Worship, a Leper's Journey

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 ...

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"A Very Ferguson Thanksgiving" (Sermon on Habakkuk 1:2-4, 9-11; 3:17-19; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Very Ferguson Thanksgiving” (Habakkuk 1:2-4, 9-11; 3:17-19) I’m sure many of us were watching on our televisions the other night when we saw what was supposed to be a peaceful protest ...

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Rick Warren Provides Definitive Clarification of “Sacramental Entrepreneur”

It’s an old joke that the S.B.C. in Southern Baptist Convention stands for Slowly Becoming Catholic. Rick Warren, Founder of the Purpose Driven multinational, made it a concrete reality at last ...

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Martin Luther, Augustine and the Languages

Originally posted on my blog at wp.cune.edu:   “And, further, if I could bring it to pass among you, I should like to ask that you do not neglect the languages but, since it would not ...

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Great Stuff – Engage the Culture? Don’t.

Do you engage the culture? Are you culturally relevant? If not, then how can you say that you believe in sharing the Gospel? Or didn’t you know that “lost people matter to God”? I hear this ...

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There is no Greater Rush than Chanting Shalom at the 5/2 Wiki Conference, by Pr. Rossow

The attached video is part of a presentation by Ian Morgan Cron at the Five Two Wiki conference this fall. It has the feel of a youth convention. Here is a tweet on the video clip on the Five Two web ...

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"Separating the Sheep from the Goats" (Sermon on Matthew 25:31-46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Separating the Sheep from the Goats” (Matthew 25:31-46) Judgment Day is coming! Are you ready? This is an important question, because the Day of Judgment is indeed coming, and you will be ...

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

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, ...

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