Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Consider This!

Whenever I hear someone say, “don’t worry” I start to worry. Maybe I wasn’t worried to begin with but now that someone said it out loud I worry that maybe I should be worried about something, maybe there’s something I don’t know, something I should know. Maybe there’s something I did or didn’t do or something I should or shouldn’t do. In our text this morning (evening) Jesus says, “do not worry.” Some translations have the word “anxious” instead of worry but you get the point. Jesus is identifying something that’s going on in our heart and mind that we might not be paying attention to. He’s is placing His Word on a sore spot. By saying it out loud He not only brings it to our attention but then sets out to remedy it.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — It’s His Office

Sermon Text — John 20:19-23 Installation of Pastor David Dodge at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Hope MI. July 31, 2016   In the Name ✞ of Jesus. AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, dear servants of Christ’s Church, David, … Continue reading

“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” (Sermon on Ecclesiastes 1-2, Luke 12, and Colossians 3, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26; Luke 12:13-21; Colossians 3:1-11) We all want to live the good life, don’t we? I mean, we want to have the best life now that we can have. Financial security, good … Continue reading

“Raised, Rooted, and Walking” (Sermon on Colossians 2:6-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Raised, Rooted, and Walking” (Colossians 2:6-15) “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is the rhythm of the Christian life. “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is God’s will for you, in your life. “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is how Paul describes … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Choosing the Good Portion

July 17, 2016 — Proper 11 Sermon Text — Luke 10:38-42 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Choosing the Good Portion Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Martin Noland — The Kingdom of God Comes Near

Sermon Text: Luke 10:1-20 [7th Sunday after Pentecost] In our Gospel lesson this morning, we see Jesus appointing the “seventy-two.”  These men, who went out two-by-two, were what we today call “evangelists” or “missionaries.”  Their job was not to serve … Continue reading

“Interdependence Day” (Sermon on Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Interdependence Day” (Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18) On July 4, 1776, the United States of America declared their independence from Great Britain. Ironically, just a few days ago, with its Brexit vote, Britain declared its independence from the European Union. What goes … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Our Unlikely Neighbor

We’re all like this lawyer. This lawyer isn’t just any civil lawyer. He’s not a partner for Sam Bernstein. He doesn’t have his own Television studio promoting himself to local sports fans as part of the first family of law. This lawyer is a church lawyer, a disciple of the law of Moses, one who knows the Old Testament inside and out. He knows what to do and what not to do and what happens if the law is transgressed. But even all of that doesn’t make him like us. What makes this man like all men is that he’s trying to justify himself.

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“Following Jesus to the Cross” (Sermon on Luke 9:51-62, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Following Jesus to the Cross” (Luke 9:51-62) Today Jesus says to us, “Follow me.” “Follow me,” he says. “Come, be my disciples.” “OK, we say. “Yes, Jesus I will follow you.” But do we know what we’re getting ourselves into? … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Gospel of God is on the Move

The gospel of our God is on the move.  It is mobile, going from place to place, village to village, house to house, home to heart.  Wherever Jesus goes there goes God’s Son, there goes God’s gospel.  He is the good news made flesh, “the radiance of the glory of God, the exact imprint of His nature and he upholds the universe by the Word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3)  With each step Jesus tramples underfoot the enemies of humanity; sin, death and devil.  …

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“Baptized Children of Our Heavenly Father” (Sermon on Galatians 3:23 – 4:7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Baptized Children of Our Heavenly Father” (Galatians 3:23 – 4:7) Today is Fathers’ Day, a day when we honor our fathers for the blessing that they are to us. And it is good and right that we do this. Now … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Proper 7

Stepping out of the boat Jesus is met by a man from the tombs.  He is a man unlike others, though very much like all.  He is possessed by the devil, under the rule of a legion of demons.  He is naked and his strength can break chains.  He is a man unlike many others.  But this man is also a gentile.  He is unclean to the Jews.  He is unclean because of unbelief.  He is unclean because of sin.  Together with his legion this man is the epitome of all men apart from God.  He is the most unclean, living in an unclean place, with an unclean people, surrounded by unclean animals.  He is a man unlike others but he is also very much like all people.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Debtor’s Gospel

June 12, 2016 — Proper 6 Sermon Text — Luke 7:36-50 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_Luke_7_36.m4a   Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this … Continue reading

“David’s Sin and David’s Son” (Sermon on 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:10, 13-14; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“David’s Sin and David’s Son” (2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:10, 13-14) Sin has its consequences. But sin can be forgiven. That’s what we learn today in the story of “David’s Sin and David’s Son.” First of all, though, I suppose … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Proper 5

June 4, 2016 — Proper 5 Sermon Text — Luke 7:11-17 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_Luke_7-11.m4a   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Our text for this morning’s … Continue reading

“Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith” (Sermon on Luke 7:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith” (Luke 7:1-10) It is hard to surprise or shock Jesus. It is hard to amaze him or cause him to marvel. It rarely happens. But today it does. It’s the story of the centurion asking for … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — VDMA

The children of men make much of words when it suits their agenda but men’s words often do little to save or heal. Kingdoms are built upon the words of the king.  Nations are established on the words of their leaders.  Our own nation is founded upon the words of the Constitution of the United States.  Men make much of words when those words suits their agenda but the words of men cannot liberate the conscience or heal the heart.  And the kingdoms of men, though established on words cannot help but enforce those words at the edge of a sword nor can they defend those words from enemies both domestic and foreign without the aid of guns and tanks.

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“St. Patrick’s Breastplate: I Bind unto Myself Today” (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“St. Patrick’s Breastplate: I Bind unto Myself Today” In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! “What??” you’re saying. “Pastor, have you lost your mind? St. Patrick’s Day … Continue reading

“Pentecost: A Firstfruits Harvest Festival” (Sermon on Acts 2:1-41, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Pentecost: A Firstfruits Harvest Festival” (Acts 2:1-41) What do you know about the Feast of Pentecost? If you’re like most people in the church today, I’m guessing not too much. Oh, maybe you know it has something to do with … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — God’s Promises for the Broken

May 15, 2016 — Pentecost Sunday Sermon Text — John 14: 23-31 Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_John_14.m4a   God’s Promises for the Broken Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  … Continue reading

“Behold, I Am Coming Soon” (Sermon on Acts 1:1-11 and Revelation 22:1-6, 12-20; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Behold, I Am Coming Soon” (Acts 1:1-11; Revelation 22:1-6, 12-20) Take a look at the picture over our altar. Of course, it’s a painting of the Ascension of Our Lord, that time when Jesus ascended into heaven. But if you … Continue reading

“Tribulation and Peace, Guaranteed” (Sermon on John 16:23-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Tribulation and Peace, Guaranteed” (John 16:23-33) There are very few guarantees in life, very few things you can be sure of. For instance, there are no guarantees about the success of your baseball team. The Chicago Cubs were riding high … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter 6

May 1, 2016 — Easter 6 Sermon Text — John 16:23-33 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_5-1-16.m4a   Don’t Run, Pray! Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter 3

April 10, 2016 — Easter 3 Sermon Text — John 21:1-14 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio for this sermon   Don’t be a Schwarmer Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this … Continue reading

“A Whole New World” (Sermon on Revelation 21:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Whole New World” (Revelation 21:1-7) “A Whole New World”: Aladdin may sing about it, but God will deliver it. Are you looking forward to it? You should be, and today I’ll tell you why. Yes, a whole new world. … Continue reading