“Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief” (Sermon on Mark 6:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief” (Mark 6:1-13) What was the last astonishing, amazing thing you’ve seen or heard about that caused you to marvel? Something jaw-dropping, eye-popping astonishing. Was it video of the tsunami in Japan last year? That … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Blood, Death, and Jesus All in a Day’s Word

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 (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 5th chapter (Mark 5:21-43).   … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Look You have No Arms!

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 4th (Mark 4:35-41) chapter.   Beloved in … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Two Parables, One God, For You

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 (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the fourth chapter. Mark 4:26–34 Beloved … Continue reading

Sermon — Pastor Jeff Caithamer — Omnipotent and Inexhaustible

This sermon is available in audio or video at St John Lutheran Church, Champaign IL (3rd Sunday after Pentecost).   Mark 4:26–34 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.   … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Proper 5

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. Mark’s gospel account the third chapter (Mark 3:20-35). Beloved in the Lord, … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — When Piety is Not Enough

  In the Name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit.   AMEN! John 3:1-17   Beloved in the Lord, Pious Nicodemus comes to our Lord by night.  The world is dark and the hearts of men are darker.  Hearing … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Pentecost Sunday

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 account of the Acts of the Apostles the second chapter (Acts … Continue reading

Sermon — Pastor Tony Sikora — It’s Been 50 Days!

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 account of the Acts of the Apostles the second chapter (Acts … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — A New Name, A New Life, and the World still Hates You

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 17th chapter (John 17:11b-19).   Beloved in the Lord, … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Ascension Day

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN Beloved in the Lord, Having opened their minds to understand the scriptures Jesus led His disciples as far as Bethany.  And with hands stretched over them in … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Houston, We’ve Got a Problem, a LOVE Problem

Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 15th chapter (John 15:9-17).   Beloved in the Lord, All love is rooted in the Father’s Love.  The Father loves the Son and … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Hacking, Hoeing, Digging, and Manuring – Our Life in Christ

  Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the fifteenth chapter (John 15:1-8). Beloved in the Lord, Christ is the true Vine.  You are the branches.  The Father is the vinedresser.  The … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — The Good Shepherd Loves His Sheep

Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia.  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 10th ( John 10: 11-18) chapter.   Beloved in the Lord, “All we like sheep have gone astray.  We’ve turned every one to … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Easter 3

Luke 24:36-49 Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Beloved in the Lord, It’s been a long weekend. Death has come. Death came for Jesus it will come for us, so think the apostles. It’s been a long weekend … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Easter Morning

St. John 20:1-18 Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!   Beloved in the Lord, We must all face death.  Death is everywhere about us and we must all face it in our loved ones and eventually in ourselves.  But unless we face … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Easter Vigil

St. Mark 16:1-8 In the Name X of Jesus.  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, Our enemies never cease to assail us.  The sight of our sin shames us.  The power of the grave frightens us.  Death’s pall hovers over us waiting for an opportune time to … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Good Friday

In the Name X of Jesus.  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, Behold Your God!  There upon the wood of the cross hangs your creator.  “All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made” including you.  Jesus unites Himself to death!  Though … Continue reading

Sermons — Rev. Tony Sikora — Maundy Thursday

Beloved in the Lord, The Lord moves toward us that we might drawn near to Him.  Therefore the Christian’s life is one of following and receiving.  When asked where they might celebrate the Passover, Jesus tells them to follow the man with … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Great Expectations

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 12th chapter (John 12:12-19).   Beloved in the … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Jesus is Going Where?  That’s Amazing!  But I’m Still Afraid.

  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. Mark’s gospel account the 10th chapter (Mark 10:32-45).   Beloved in … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Men Love Darkness But God Loves Men (and Women and Children too!)

  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 3rd chapter (John 3:14-21).   Beloved in the … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Who Needs Idols When the Lord Gives Jesus?

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 2:13-25).   Beloved in the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Peter’s Glory and Satan’s Delight in the Heart and Mind of Men

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. Mark’s gospel account (Mark 8:27-38) the eighth chapter.     Beloved … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Lent 1

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. Mark’s gospel account the first chapter (Mark 1:9-15)   Beloved in the … Continue reading