Pride

Pride (superbia) was the foundation of all sin in medieval piety and theology.  A concept well-established on the Bible and the Church Fathers, pride was the devil’s original sin. Augustine of Hippo explained that pride was the original sin of … Continue reading

Married in the Eyes of God But Not the State?

Married in the Eyes of God But Not the State?: A Casualty of Casuistry Rev. John A. Frahm III 13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or … Continue reading

“Confessing the Faith with the Augsburg Confessors” (Sermon on Psalm 119:46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Confessing the Faith with the Augsburg Confessors” (Psalm 119:46) Today Lutheran churches around the world are celebrating the 487th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. On June 25, 1530, in the city of Augsburg, Germany, a group of … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Third Sunday after Trinity

Lambs at Pasture for the Third Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

“A Kingdom of Priests” (Sermon on Exodus 19:2-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Kingdom of Priests” (Exodus 19:2-8) “You shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” What did this mean for … Continue reading

“Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God” (Funeral sermon on the Apostles’ Creed, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God” (Apostles’ Creed) Bob, Karen, Michele, friends and family of our dear sister Dottie: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christian funeral service is … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Pentecost 2

June 18, 2017 — Proper 6 — Pentecost 2
Sermon Text — Matthew 9:35-10:1-20

God’s Mission of Love

The Mission of Jesus– Preach, Teach, Heal

The savior is on a mission.  His face is set.  His eyes are fixed.  His hands are outstretched.  His voice is lifted high.  The Savior is on a mission and His mission is the salvation of the world.  He is no Moses – though many would prefer Moses to Jesus.  Moses gives you something to do, something to work for, something measurable.  The Law came through Moses.  Jesus is no Moses.  Jesus gives you something to believe.  The Law measures what you deserve.  Faith on the other hand receives what the heart knows we don’t deserve.  With Jesus it’s not about what you deserve.  With Jesus is all about what He has to give and what we are to receive by faith.  It’s not about deserving, it’s about believing.  God is love.  Jesus is God made flesh.  Jesus is love incarnate.  We are given to believe this, to believe in Love made flesh for us.

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Lambs at Pasture for the Second Sunday after Trinity

Lambs at Pasture for the Second Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the … Continue reading

Hymn for the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This year, the 500th anniversary year of the Lutheran Reformation (1517), the commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (1530), June 25, falls on a Sunday. Here is a hymn I wrote that is appropriate for the occasion (or … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Second Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 11 of 11 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Second Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White … Continue reading

“The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?” (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?” Today is Trinity Sunday–or, more properly called, the Feast of the Holy Trinity–and as such, this is the one day in the year when we confess the Athanasian Creed. Actually, we believe, teach, and confess the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Trinity Sunday

June 11, 2017 — Trinity Sunday
Sermon Text — Matthew 28:16-20

All Authority has been given to Me

Some worshipped and some doubted.  All were gathered on the mountain.  All saw the resurrected Jesus yet some worshipped and some doubted.  Why did some doubt?  Why, do you doubt?  What they saw with their eyes we are given to behold by faith, to see with our ears so to speak.  Yet some worship and some doubt.

While some are worshipping and some are doubting the Lord of all creation knows their hearts.  Your Lord knows your heart.  Knowing the hearts of men, women and children, our resurrected Jesus speaks.  He addresses our doubts with His Word.  His Word gives us what we need and eases our doubts intending to quicken and stir up faith.

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Second Annual B.I.B.E.L. Symposium, June 22nd

  BIBEL (Bethany Institute for Biblical & Ecclesiastical Languages) will have the 2nd Annual BIBEL Symposium at Bethany Lutheran College on Thursday, June 22nd. Major presentations by Pastor Joe Abrahamson: Hebrew Readings in Exodus, and “The Language of Probability and … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the First Sunday after Trinity

Lambs at Pasture for the First Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the … Continue reading

Prioritize this Book: Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

My to-read-soon stack of books is an embarrassment of riches. So many great Christian books already bought, paid for, and waiting to be read when Rev. Dr. Matt Richard sent me an advanced reader copy of his new book, Will … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The First Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 10 of 11 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the First Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White … Continue reading

“From Tabernacles to Pentecost” (Sermon on John 7:37-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“From Tabernacles to Pentecost” (John 7:37-39) Today is the Feast of Pentecost, a major festival in the Christian church year. Today we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit, whom our ascended Lord Jesus Christ poured out on his church, … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Feast of the Holy Trinity

Lambs at Pasture for the Feast of the Holy Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Holy Trinity Sunday

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 9 of 11 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for Holy Trinity Sunday from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the … Continue reading

“Our Anxieties and God’s Care” (Sermon on 1 Peter 4-5 and John 17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Our Anxieties and God’s Care” (1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11) What are your anxieties? What are you worried about? Anxiety is really another way to say worry. They pretty much mean the same thing. To be anxious, to be … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Feast of Pentecost

Lambs at Pasture for the Feast of Pentecost and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the Daily … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Day of Pentecost

The Gospel Notes for the Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter VII

May 28, 2017 — Easter VII Sermon Text — John 17:1-11 In the Name X of Jesus.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 17th chapter. The Glory Road Beloved in the … Continue reading

“Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Sermon on Luke 24:44-53 and Acts 1:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11) Welcome to the Forgotten Festival! Today is Ascension Day, or, as it’s more properly called, the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. But there is reason to call it, as … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Ascension of our Lord

The Gospel Notes for the Ascension of our Lord from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading