Commemorate Luther as Catechist

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. Historians mark the beginning of the Reformation from Luther’s publication of them. Many organizations have planned commemorations of Luther and the Reformation. Maybe these commemorations will have an impact. … Continue reading

Don’t Fret the Numbers

We live in a world obsessed with numbers. We count everything. The year just rolled over from 2016 to 2017, as we count years after the birth of Christ. This New Year, we may decide to sit down and look … Continue reading

“Three Evangelism Pointers: Point, Invite, and Find” (Sermon on John 1:29-42a, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[Note: The Divine Service at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri, for January 15, 2017, has been iced out. So I am posting the sermon for the equivalent Sunday, the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Series A, from … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Second and Third Sundays after the Epiphany

The Gospel Notes for the Second and Third Sundays after the Epiphany from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. The Second Sunday after the Epiphany   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal Color, B/W. … Continue reading

“Behold My Servant” (Sermon on Isaiah 42:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Behold My Servant” (Isaiah 42:1-9) “Behold my servant,” the Lord says to us today. Who is this servant, you ask? It’s Jesus, of course. The Christ, the Anointed One, baptized as the Lord’s servant, to do the will of the … Continue reading

“Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come” (Sermon on Isaiah 60:1-6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come” (Isaiah 60:1-6) “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” “Arise and shine”? Are you kidding me? On a Friday night? In January? On … Continue reading

The Cause of Salvation

“In human teachings the righteousness of man is revealed and taught, that is, who is and becomes righteous before himself and before other people and how this takes place. Only in the Gospel is the righteousness of God revealed (that … Continue reading

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

Gospel Notes for the Epiphany

The Gospel Notes for Epiphany from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are three separate sets that have been prepared as follows: The Epiphany of our Lord (Jan. 6th)   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, … Continue reading

“On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus” (Sermon on Luke 2:21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus” (Luke 2:21) On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . the circumcision and name of Jesus? Huh? What? Yeah, well, that’s … Continue reading

“And the Government Shall Be upon His Shoulder” (Sermon on Isaiah 9:2-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“And the Government Shall Be upon His Shoulder” (Isaiah 9:2-7) About 26 days from now, we’re going to have a change in our government. A new president will take the oath of office, and a new administration will take over. … Continue reading

“Isaiah Foretold It, Jesus Fulfilled It” (Sermon on Isaiah 7:10-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[Note: Isaiah 7 is a reading both for the Fourth Sunday in Advent and for Christmas Eve. Since my congregation did not get to hear Sunday’s sermon due to weather, and since I’ve been doing a series on the Isaiah … Continue reading

Gospel Notes — The Circumcision of our Lord

The Gospel Notes for Christmas from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are two separate sets that have been prepared as follows: Eve of the Circumcision   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal … Continue reading

Threatened with Loss of the Word

Holly Marie Scheer recently wrote an article titled, “Why ‘Mary Did You Know’ Is The Most Biblically Illiterate Christmas Tune.” The digest at the head of the article says, Anyone who has even a slight familiarity with the biblical account … 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

Official Transcript: Kloha-Montgomery Debate on the Philosophies of Biblical Textual Criticism

Brothers of John the Steadfast is pleased to make available the full transcript of the recent debate between Dr. James Warwick Montgomery and Dr. Jeffrey J. Kloha. The debate took place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Chapel of Our Lord Concordia … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Christmas

The Gospel Notes for Christmas from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are three separate sets that have been prepared as follows: Christmas Eve   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal Color, B/W. … Continue reading

“Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecy” (Sermon on Isaiah 7:10-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecy” (Isaiah 7:10-17) Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel! There’s that word “Emmanuel.” And … Continue reading

“He Comes, We Come” (Sermon on Isaiah 35:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“He Comes, We Come” (Isaiah 35:1-10) “You go, we go.” That’s what the Chicago Cubs told their centerfielder and leadoff man Dexter Fowler the last couple of years. “You go, we go.” In other words, “As you go, Dexter, so … Continue reading

Conversion: Trusting God’s Word for Your Regeneration and Resurrection

We must trust Christ to raise us from death to life. We must trust him for this twice: regarding our resurrection, and regarding our regeneration. These two cases are alike. In both cases, we are dead, and because we are … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Sermon for Gaudete

A sermon by Pr. Lincoln Winter that was recommended to us by a reader — found over on Predigtamt. Thanks Helen! We appreciate when our readers suggest topics or suggest items for the “Great Stuff on the Web” section of … Continue reading

“Be Patient until the Coming of the Lord” (Sermon on James 5:7-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Be Patient until the Coming of the Lord” (James 5:7-11) Advent is a season of waiting. We’re waiting for Christmas. This is a time of penitential preparation awaiting that festive celebration. The season of Advent always begins on the Sunday … 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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“The Shoot and the Root of Jesse” (Sermon on Isaiah 11:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Shoot and the Root of Jesse” (Isaiah 11:1-10) Today we continue our series on “Isaiah’s Advent Prophecies.” Today’s prophecy comes from Isaiah 11, and it begins, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a … Continue reading