“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

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Incarnate Promises

Jesus is on the move.  He has been ever since His descent from the Mount of Transfiguration.  He’s heading south, making His way to Jerusalem.  The bridegroom is coming.  This is His advent.  He is flanked by His attendants, friends of the bridegroom who delight in His voice, while He cries out to the highways and byways, to the crowds and multitudes, the scribes and Pharisees, to Jew and Gentile, sinner and tax collector in order to fill the wedding hall.  Thus our Savior’s steps are marked by love and the desire for your salvation.  So your God is on the move to redeem the world from sin, death, devil and hell.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Our Life Together

October 2, 2016 – Proper 22 Sermon Text — Luke 17:1-10 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_10-2-16,__Scandal_.m4a   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 … Continue reading

“Teach Your Children Well” (Sermon on Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; 3:14-17; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Teach Your Children Well” (Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; 3:14-17) I don’t know if you noticed it, but today we’re having a Christian education emphasis in our service. Four of our hymns today are from the Christian education section of … Continue reading

“Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps” (Sermon on Luke 16:19-31, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps” (Luke 16:19-31) This is the tale of two men. Which one would you rather be? It’s in a story that Jesus tells. It begins like this: “There was a rich man who was clothed … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Counting on Grace

September 18, 2016 Sermon Text — Luke 16:1-15 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora_09-18-2016.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 morning’s sermon is … Continue reading

“Faithful Stewards” (Sermon on Luke 16:1-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Faithful Stewards” (Luke 16:1-15) In the Gospel for today, Jesus tells the Parable of the Dishonest Manager. This story is also known as the Parable of the Unrighteous Steward. The terms are interchangeable: dishonest or unrighteous; manager or steward. But … Continue reading

“Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners” (Sermon on Luke 15:1-10 and 1 Timothy 1:5-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners” (Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:5-17) Jesus receives sinners. Do you qualify? If so, great, I’ve got good news for you today. Or do you think you’re not that bad of a sinner? Well, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Carried by His Word from the Wilderness to the Rail

Without words we would be forever lost. It is words that brought creation into being. It is words that condemned sin and the works of the devil. And it is words that restored Adam and His descendants through the promised Messiah. Without words, especially God’s Word we would be forever lost, forever hiding in the bushes, forever captivated and held captive by our sins. And so it is with Words that the God who made the heavens, the earth, and all therein, gives to us new life. Words give us life because God’s Word give us God’s life, the life of His Son, who comes to us and carries us along. The Word who was in the beginning with God has become flesh and dwelt among us. It is God’s Word in the Jordan sanctifying the waters of baptism as a lavish flood that washes away sin. It is God’s Word in the wilderness casting Satan away. It is God’s Word that heals the sick, enlightens eyes, opens ears and loosens tongues, even raises the dead. God’s grace comes to us through His Words and without His Words we would be lost forever.

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“When You Walk through Fire You Shall Not Be Burned” (Funeral sermon on Isaiah 43:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When You Walk through Fire You Shall Not Be Burned” (Isaiah 43:1-7) “When you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” This is the Lord’s promise to his people. You heard it … Continue reading

“Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water” (Sermon on Psalm 1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water” (Psalm 1) One of the delights of late summer is all the delicious fruit that we get to enjoy, fruit that the fruit trees have produced: peaches, apples, cherries. Juicy, ripe, sweet–the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Way of Discipleship

God’s Children are His baptized children.  Israel was baptized in the Red Sea, you were baptized in water and the word.  God’s children are His baptized children.  As His baptized children the Lord sets before you life and death, good and evil, not to tempt you – for the Lord tempts no one but to teach you that there is always a way from God and in the end that way leads to eternal death.  Jesus is the only way to God and wherever Jesus goes there is life and there is all good.  In the waters of Baptism is life because Jesus is in the waters of baptism.  All is good in Jairus’ home because Jesus comes to Jairus’ home.  There is life and there is all good in this place not because we are here, but because Jesus is here with His life-giving gifts.

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“Friend, Move Up Higher” (Sermon on Luke 14:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Friend, Move Up Higher” (Luke 14:1-14) Suppose you’re invited to a banquet–a wedding banquet, for instance–so you get dressed up in your best clothes, and you get there, and you see some seats that are open at the various tables. … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him

They were watching Him, but their eyes couldn’t see His heart.  There were listening, but their ears were deaf to His Word.  It is the Sabbath and the teacher has been invited to a ruler of the Pharisees house for the traditional “Sabbath meal”.  They were watching Him closely.  “Jesus was not invited as a friend, but how He might be sized up, trapped, used.”  They were watching Him closely when all of a sudden in walks a man with dropsy.  We would call it edema today.  He was bloated.  His flesh full of water.  His status “unclean.”

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — His Gifted Children

Every day it was right there in black and white except for Sundays, on Sunday’s it was in bright brilliant color.  Every day, a man named Gary Larson would give me and anyone who cared to look, a picture of the far side, a window, if you will into a world full of irony, humor, and flat out hilarious absurdities.  How many deer are born with a perfect bull’s eye for a birth mark?  How many poodles actually plot the death of their master and then lament that the pampering will end?

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“Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Sermon on Luke 13:22-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Luke 13:22-30) Suppose there’s a big party, a grand banquet that you’ve heard about, and you really want to go and be there for this great event. So you go to the banquet … Continue reading

“Fire, Distress, and Division: This Is the Gospel of the Lord?” (Sermon on Luke 12:49-53, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Fire, Distress, and Division: This Is the Gospel of the Lord?” (Luke 12:49-53) “‘I came to cast fire on the earth. How great is my distress! I have come to bring division on earth. From now on households will be … Continue reading

“Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear” (Sermon on Luke 12:22-34, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear” (Luke 12:22-34) “Do not be anxious. Do not be worried. Fear not.” That’s what Jesus says to his disciples in our Gospel reading for today. He says we shouldn’t be so worried about … Continue reading

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