“A Real Eye-Opener” (Sermon on John 9:1-41, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Real Eye-Opener” (John 9:1-41) Our text today is a real eye-opener. It’s the story of Jesus healing the man born blind, from John chapter 9. It’s an eye-opener in several senses. Just the fact that Jesus can heal the … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord’s Prayer” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord’s Prayer” So far in our series on the Catechism we’ve had the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed. The Commandments show us God’s good will for our lives, but the problem is, we … Continue reading

“The Samaritan Woman: A Well-Known Story” (Sermon on John 4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Samaritan Woman: A Well-Known Story” (John 4:5-26, 27-30, 39-42) Does God really accept me? I mean, I’m able to hide my faults and shortcomings from people–well, most of my faults from most people, at least. And I’m able to … 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

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Creed” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Creed” The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, in a big national survey a few years ago–the Pew Survey found that 92% of Americans say they “believe in God or a universal spirit.” … 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

“When the Tempter Comes Calling” (Sermon on Matthew 4:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When the Tempter Comes Calling” (Matthew 4:1-11) What are you going to do when the tempter comes calling? Oh, be assured, he will come. The tempter came for Adam and Eve. The tempter came for ancient Israel. He even came … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Ten Commandments” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Ten Commandments” Tonight we start a Lenten series on “The Catechism in Six Parts.” We’ll be following the six chief parts as Luther lays them out in the Small Catechism: The Ten Commandments, the … 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

“Best Picture: The Transfiguration of Our Lord” (Sermon on Matthew 17:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Best Picture: The Transfiguration of Our Lord” (Matthew 17:1-9) Tonight will be the Academy Awards ceremony coming from Los Angeles. Tonight they’ll give out the award for, among other things, Best Picture of the year. I don’t know which one … Continue reading

“Be Who You Are, Children of Your Heavenly Father” (Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Be Who You Are, Children of Your Heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:38-48) The Holy Gospel for today can be a hard one to understand, much less a hard one to actually do. In it Jesus says things like “Turn the other … 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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“Salt of the Earth, Light of the World” (Sermon on Matthew 5:13-16, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Salt of the Earth, Light of the World” (Matthew 5:13-16) Our text today is a portion of the Holy Gospel, reading again from verses 13-16 of Matthew 5: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost … Continue reading

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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“Your Blest Life Now” (Sermon on Matthew 5:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Your Blest Life Now” (Matthew 5:1-12) You’ve probably heard of a TV preacher by the name of Joel Osteen. He’s got a huge megachurch down in Houston, and he’s got a massive audience on television. He’s also written a number … Continue reading

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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“You Are My Servant, Israel” (Sermon on Isaiah 49:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“You Are My Servant, Israel” (Isaiah 49:1-7) Two weeks ago, for the Baptism of Our Lord, the Old Testament reading was from Isaiah 42, the first of four so-called “Servant Songs” in the second half of Isaiah. “Behold my servant,” … 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

“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

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

“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