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

“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

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

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” (Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” (Matthew 3:1-12) “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand”: That was the message of John the Baptist as he came preaching in the wilderness. “Repent, for the kingdom of … Continue reading

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

“The Mountain of the House of the Lord” (Sermon on Isaiah 2:1-5, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Mountain of the House of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:1-5) Today we’re beginning a series of sermons I’m calling “Isaiah’s Advent Prophecies.” We’re taking the Old Testament readings for this season of Advent, all taken from the prophet Isaiah, and … Continue reading

“‘Hosanna!’ Our Advent Prayer and Praise” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“‘Hosanna!’ Our Advent Prayer and Praise” (Matthew 21:1-11) Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the season leading up to Christmas. But you’ll notice that the Holy Gospel for this day is actually a reading about Palm Sunday. What gives? … Continue reading

“Thanking God for His First-Article Gifts” (Thanksgiving sermon on the Apostles’ Creed, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Thanking God for His First-Article Gifts” (Apostles’ Creed) Thanksgiving is a time for “Thanking God for His First-Article Gifts.” What do I mean by that? I mean all the good gifts our heavenly Father gives us that are summarized in … Continue reading

“Changing Kingdoms” (Sermon on Colossians 1:13-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Changing Kingdoms” (Colossians 1:13-20) Perhaps you recall, earlier this year there were a number of celebrities who said they would move out of the country if a certain candidate got elected. They were all going to move to Canada if … 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

“Signs of the End” (Sermon on Luke 21:5-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Signs of the End” (Luke 21:5-36) Tomorrow night, if the sky is clear, you will be able to see what is called a “Supermoon.” This Supermoon is a full moon, but it will appear about 15% larger than average, because … Continue reading

“The Greatest Victory Celebration” (Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Greatest Victory Celebration” (Revelation 7:9-17) On Wednesday night, late on Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. As I was sitting there watching it on TV, as soon as the ball went into Anthony Rizzo’s glove for … Continue reading

Sermon by Robert Preus Preached at CTS Chapel April 26, 1983

The following sermon was preached by my grandfather, who was a pastor, seminary professor and president of Concordia Theological Seminary. He died on November 4, 1995 and will be remembered by many this All Saints Day. This sermon is about … 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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“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Sermon on Revelation 14:6-7 and Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28) It was 499 years ago tomorrow, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, thus beginning the movement … Continue reading

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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“The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” (Sermon on Luke 18:9-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” (Luke 18:9-17) “The one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Now I don’t know if our Lord was talking about my Chicago Cubs there or not, but finally my humble Cubbies have been exalted. … Continue reading

“Continue in the Sacred Writings” (Sermon on 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Continue in the Sacred Writings” (2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5) In our Epistle reading today, St. Paul commends Timothy–and I would commend all of us–to the word of God. More specifically, I commend you to the continued study of Scripture, … Continue reading

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

“Remember Jesus Christ” (Sermon on 2 Timothy 2:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Remember Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:1-13) Do you ever get a little worried or fearful about what you might have to go through in order to live out your calling as a Christian? I mean, that your being a Christian … Continue reading