Pastor Tony Sikora

About Pastor Tony Sikora

Pastor SIkora serves Hope Lutheran Church in DeWitt Michigan.

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter II

April 23, 2017 — Easter II Sermon Text — St. John 20:19-31 “These things did Thomas count as real: The warmth of blood, the chill of steel, The grain of wood, the heft of stone, The last frail twitch of … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Resurrection of Our Lord

April 16, 2017 — The Resurrection of Our Lord Sermon Text — Matthew 28:1-10   Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed Alleuia! Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Matthew’s gospel account the 28th chapter. Beloved … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Good Friday

April 14, 2017 — Good Friday   Bringing to Nothing the Things that Are In the Name X of Jesus.   AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, Smitten with Glory They couldn’t contain themselves.  A riot was fomenting within their ranks.  Pilate … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Maundy Thursday

April 13, 2017 — Maundy Thursday Sermon Text — Matthew 26:17-30   Is it I?  Is it for Me? In the Name of X Jesus.  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, Jesus with His Twelve It is evening and the day … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Palm Sunday

April 9, 2017 — Palm Sunday Sermon Text — John 12:12-19 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 … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Lent 2

March 12, 2017 — Lent II Sermon Text — John 3:1-17   Be a Baby! 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 … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Lent 1

March 5, 2017 — Lent 1 Sermon Text — Matthew 4:1-11 Felling the Dragon 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 … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Ash Wednesday

March 1, 2017 — Ash Wednesday Sermon Text — Luke 18:31-34 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Washing Away the Dust Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Transfiguration

For Your Ears Only February 26, 2017 — Transfiguration Sunday Sermon Text — Matthew 17:1-9 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Epiphany 7

You have heard that it has been said.   Many of you have watched it with your own eyes.  Recorded long ago our sinful nature found animation on Saturday mornings.  You have heard his name, Carnivorous vulgaris, that wiley creature of old.  You know his tune, his constant pursuit of the elusive Acceleratii incredubis.  Will all his might and all his resources the wiley one hunts his prey.  He chases.  He sets traps.  He devises plans with His never ending gadgets and inventions.  He was a prime member of Acme international before anyone ever heard of Amazon. 

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Epiphany 5

Who are you?  That’s a good question isn’t it?  As a nation we’re going through a bit of national identity crisis, aren’t we?  Who are we as Americans? Who are we as men? Who are we as women?  Who are we as children?  Who are we?  Who are you?  Our culture doesn’t want to respond to most of those questions with definitive answers?

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Seeing the crowds our Lord takes His seat upon the mountain.  Like Moses long ago our deliverer is set to teach, that teaching they may hear and hearing they may believe that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has seen their plight, heard their cries, and seeks their eternal redemption through the giving of His Son.  And, it is not Sinai upon which the Savior sits.  The Law came through Moses but grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Baptism of our Lord

January 8, 2017 — The Baptism of our Lord Sermon Text — Matthew 3:13-17 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this semron.   The Rogue One Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Christmas Morning

December 25, 2016 — Christmas Morning Sermon Text — John 1:1-18 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Back to the Beginning In the Name ✞ of Jesus.  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, Back … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Christmas Eve

December 24, 2016 — Christmas Eve Sermon Text — Luke 2:1-20 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_Christmas_Eve_2016.m4a   Coming Home for Christmas Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Advent 3, Facing Mortality

John is prison.  The Lord’s prophet is in the dungeon.  Darkness encompasses all around him.  The Light’s warmth is far from him.  His cell has become his tomb. He lives, yet he is destined to die.  His king has fettered his ankles so as to bind his tongue.  For John has committed no crime against humanity.  He has not stolen.  He has not murdered.  His hasn’t rebelled.  No hand was lifted up against another.  No, John is in prison for preaching about marriage, Herod’s marriage.  And if there’s one thing fallen humanity cannot bear both then and now, is someone pointing out the sin of sexual immorality. 

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Advent 2

December 4, 2016 — Advent II Sermon Text — Matthew 3:1-12 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of the sermon.   Our Daily Exodus Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Christ the King Sunday

The Savior has taken up His cross for you.  Will follow Him?  The Savior walks into death for you?  Do you grieve for Him?  “Do not weep for Me,” He says, “Weep for yourselves and or your children.”  Behold the Man who would be your king.  He stammers through the streets of Jerusalem bearing a burden that is not His own.  He is condemned, a condemned King, because humanity would have no king but Caesar and those in Caesar’s likeness.  For all politics is the exercise of power and humanity covets power, worships power.  But, it is not Caesar’s throne Jesus desires, for Caesar sits on a throne of lies.  It is not the armies of Rome with whom our King battles.  His is not a kingdom of power as the world desires.  His is a kingdom of grace.  No, our King is not of this world, nor is His Kingdom.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Proper 28

November 13, 2016 — Proper 28 Sermon Text — Luke 21:5-35 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_11-12-16,_Luke_21_5-36.m4a   Change is Coming November 13, 2016 Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — All Saints

With the eyes of faith and the Word of God we are given this morning to see what the apostle sees.  Like Moses standing atop Mt. Nebo we gaze in one direction and we see mighty Israel gathered for war.  12,000 from each tribe.  144,000 from the 12 tribes; Christ’s mighty Church symbolically portrayed as an army arrayed for battle, the Church militant.  Clothed with the whole armor of God they wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12 ESV).   Theirs is a righteous battle, a just war, a good fight for whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,  (Phi 4:8 ESV).

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Reformation

Four hundred ninety nine years ago when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church doors in Wittenberg he wasn’t just making a statement.  He wasn’t just stating an opinion or putting forth some pious idea about how things should be in the church.  No!  Luther was making an assertion the first of which read, “when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said, ‘repent’ He willed that the whole life of the Christian be one of repentance.”   He was following the Savior’s pattern.  For when Jesus said, “If you abide in my Word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”  Jesus made an assertion.  That’s what truth does. That’s what truth is.  Truth is an assertion of reality in the face of its denial.  Jesus was asserting the truth of His Word and the power of the gospel to set captives free and He was asserting that truth in the face of those who would justify themselves.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Hope in His Vindication

Proper 24 — October 16, 2016 Sermon Text — Luke 18:1-8 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Incarnate Promises

Jesus is on the move.  He has been ever since His descent from the Mount of Transfiguration.  He’s heading south, making His way to Jerusalem.  The bridegroom is coming.  This is His advent.  He is flanked by His attendants, friends of the bridegroom who delight in His voice, while He cries out to the highways and byways, to the crowds and multitudes, the scribes and Pharisees, to Jew and Gentile, sinner and tax collector in order to fill the wedding hall.  Thus our Savior’s steps are marked by love and the desire for your salvation.  So your God is on the move to redeem the world from sin, death, devil and hell.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Counting on Grace

September 18, 2016 Sermon Text — Luke 16:1-15 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora_09-18-2016.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 … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Carried by His Word from the Wilderness to the Rail

Without words we would be forever lost. It is words that brought creation into being. It is words that condemned sin and the works of the devil. And it is words that restored Adam and His descendants through the promised Messiah. Without words, especially God’s Word we would be forever lost, forever hiding in the bushes, forever captivated and held captive by our sins. And so it is with Words that the God who made the heavens, the earth, and all therein, gives to us new life. Words give us life because God’s Word give us God’s life, the life of His Son, who comes to us and carries us along. The Word who was in the beginning with God has become flesh and dwelt among us. It is God’s Word in the Jordan sanctifying the waters of baptism as a lavish flood that washes away sin. It is God’s Word in the wilderness casting Satan away. It is God’s Word that heals the sick, enlightens eyes, opens ears and loosens tongues, even raises the dead. God’s grace comes to us through His Words and without His Words we would be lost forever.

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