Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Pointing on King to the King of Kings

King Herod has his trophy.  “Herod Himself sent for and seized John and bound him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother, to whom he is now married.”  John sits behind iron bars because it pleased Herodias.  And Herod, ever wanting to keep the marriage bed secure has triumphantly brought home his bride’s nemesis.  Such is the way of the kings of this world.  For they are more concerned with the passions of their flesh and the security of their indulgences than the observance of truth and the laws of nature, ignoring therefore nature’s God.

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America the Christological

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug…” Isaiah 51:1 I’m assuming almost right away that folks will … Continue reading

Bible Study on Marriage & Homosexuality

As the world gets further and further away from God’s design for marriage and human sexuality, the more important it becomes for Christians to know what God has to say about these things. Pornography, pre-marital sex, adultery, divorce, and same-sex marriage … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 6 -Sin and Righteousness

Matthew 5:20-26 New King James Version 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 21 “You have heard that it … Continue reading

“Prophets without Honor” (Sermon on Ezekiel 2, Mark 6, and 2 Corinthians 12; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Prophets without Honor” (Ezekiel 2:1-5; Mark 6:1-13; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10) “Prophets without Honor.” That’s what we see in our readings today, in the lessons from Ezekiel, Mark, and 2 Corinthians. “Prophets without Honor.” That’s what we see in our world … Continue reading

American Idolatry

Though the First Amendment has established what is commonly referred to as the separation of church & state, the state nevertheless promotes its own brand of civic religion—a religion which is fundamentally incompatible with the Christian faith. American civic religion features … Continue reading

Keep the Lutheran Church Catholic

My family has had the opportunity to attend Lutheran churches in Denver, St. Louis, Johannesburg, London, Las Vegas, and Capistrano Beach, California. In our prior Fundagelical existence we attended many more churches in many more places. The contrast between the … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 5 -Discipleship

Following Christ Luke 5:1-11 New King James Version 5 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the … Continue reading

Three Examples of How Lutherans Deny Justification by Faith Alone: A Response – Part Two of Two

This is the second part of my response to the blog article, “How Lutherans Implicitly Deny Faith Alone in Christ Alone.” Three Examples of How Lutherans Deny Justification by Faith Alone: A Response – Part Two of Two 3) Loss … Continue reading

Responding to Legalized Sin

Today the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Unless you’re under the illusion that America is a Christian nation, this decision should come as no surprise. This isn’t the first time our country has ignored God’s will … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Visitation

July 2 Luke 1:39-47 New King James Version Mary Visits Elizabeth 39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted … Continue reading