“The Joy of Names Written in Heaven” (Sermon on Luke 10:1-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Names Written in Heaven” (Luke 10:1-20) President Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” And, in the civil realm, that’s fine. But is it … Continue reading

Polycarp and the fire which only burned for a season — A sermon by Rev. Eric Andersen

Associate Editor’s Note:  With this posting we welcome Pastor Eric Andersen to our regular writers.  He will usually be writing in the category of Steadfast in the OT.  Rev. Eric Andersen of Faith Lutheran Church in Johnstown, CO wrote this … Continue reading

“Jesus’ Take on Mass Tragedies: ‘Repent or Perish'” (Sermon on Luke 13:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus’ Take on Mass Tragedies: ‘Repent or Perish’” (Luke 13:1-9) Whenever there’s a mass tragedy in the news–a building collapse or a mass murder, for instance—it’s become customary in our society to get opinions and comments from various high-profile individuals, … Continue reading

Asking Questions and Bearing Fruit — Jesus in the Midst of Tragedy

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 St. Luke’s gospel account (13:1-9) the 13th chapter. Beloved in the Lord, Asking Questions: “Why?” … Continue reading

“The Joy of Persecution” (Sermon on Luke 6:20-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Persecution” (Luke 6:20-36) Two weeks ago, on Ash Wednesday, we started this series on “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” And you may have thought that the theme that night, “The Joy of Repentance,” was a little strange. … Continue reading

“A Man on a Mission, a Man of Compassion” (Sermon on Luke 13:31-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Man on a Mission, a Man of Compassion” (Luke 13:31-35) In the Holy Gospel for today, we see two aspects of Jesus’ character come to the forefront: 1) He is a man on a mission. And 2) He is … Continue reading

Steadfast Sermon — Pr. Bruce Timm on Lent 2 (Year C)

We receive submissions for articles from time to time and this time Pr. Bruce Timm of Redeemer Lutheran in St. Cloud, MN submitted this sermon for your encouragement.  Pr. Timm is the pastor of one of our newest regular authors, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Unstoppable Jesus

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior X Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Luke’s gospel account the 13th (Luke 13:31-35)chapter.   Beloved in the Lord, Pharisees seek … Continue reading

“The Joy of Christmas” (Sermon on Luke 1:39-56 and 2:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Christmas” (Luke 1:39-56; 2:1-14) Our theme for our midweek Lenten services this year is “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” What we’re doing is going through the Gospel of Luke and tracing the motif of joy that runs … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Shallow Promises of a Defeated Devil

This is the sermon that was preached at the Saturday Divine Service at the BJS 2013 5th Annual Conference at Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL.   In Jesus’ Name.  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, The glory of “now”, that’s … Continue reading

“One Little Word” (Sermon on Luke 4:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“One Little Word” (Luke 4:1-13) The incident in today’s Gospel, the temptation of Jesus, occurs early in his ministry. In fact, it happens more or less right away, even before he begins his public preaching and teaching. It was immediately … Continue reading

“The Joy of Repentance” (Sermon on Luke 15:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Repentance” (Luke 15:1-10) Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent. And today we begin a series of six midweek services under the theme, “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” Let me explain. This … Continue reading

“The Vision and the Voice of the Transfiguration” (Sermon on Luke 9:28-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Vision and the Voice of the Transfiguration” (Luke 9:28-36) Today is the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, the day we observe the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The Transfiguration is that event when our Lord Jesus Christ was transformed in … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Transfiguration

The Transfiguration:  Shedding New Light on Jesus and the Crosses We Bear 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 St. Luke’s gospel … Continue reading

“His Word Possessed Authority” (Sermon on Luke 4:31-44, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“His Word Possessed Authority” (Luke 4:31-44) In today’s Gospel, we catch a glimpse of what the public ministry of Jesus was like. We follow Jesus on what might have been a fairly typical day for him, a very busy day … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Love’s Incarnate Son

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 St. Luke’s gospel account the 4th (Luke 4:31-44) chapter. Beloved in the LORD,   … Continue reading

“Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing” (Sermon on Luke 4:16-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing” (Luke 4:16-30) The Holy Gospel for today is the account of Jesus at the Nazareth synagogue, right as he was starting his public ministry. Jesus gets up to read one of the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Chasing Jesus Away to Keep Adam Alive

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 St. Luke’s gospel account the fourth chapter (Luke 4:16-30). Beloved in … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Good Weddings Serve the Best Wine

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 St. John’s gospel account the second chapter (John 2:1-11). Beloved in … Continue reading

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 128:1-6; John 2:1-11) The readings for today–the Old Testament Reading, the Psalm, and the Holy Gospel–these readings are filled with references to marriage and the family. … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Baptism that fills Every Baptism

In the Name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN.  Our text for this morning sermon is taken from St. Luke’s gospel account the third chapter (Luke 3:15-22). Beloved in the Lord, Jesus … Continue reading

“Christ the Baptized and Baptizer” (Sermon on Luke 3:15-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Christ the Baptized and Baptizer” (Luke 3:15-22) Today in the church year is the Baptism of Our Lord, which we always celebrate on this, the First Sunday after the Epiphany. The Baptism of Our Lord is that auspicious occasion when … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Said One Magi to Another, “It just feels Like we Should be in Jerusalem”

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 St. Matthew’s gospel account the second chapter (Matthew 2:1-12).   Beloved … Continue reading

“The Gentile Christmas” (Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Gentile Christmas” (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6) It is often called “the Gentile Christmas.” I’m talking about Epiphany, of course, the festival we are celebrating today. The Epiphany of Our Lord is one of the major festivals in the church … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Beginning Again with a Baby

Christmas Morning In the Name X of Jesus.  Amen!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the first chapter (John 1:1-14). Beloved in the Lord, Our God, the God of creation, does not deal … Continue reading