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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Transfiguration
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For Your Ears Only February 26, 2017 — Transfiguration Sunday Sermon Text — Matthew 17:1-9 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 Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN! Our text … Continue reading

“Best Picture: The Transfiguration of Our Lord” (Sermon on Matthew 17:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Best Picture: The Transfiguration of Our Lord” (Matthew 17:1-9) Tonight will be the Academy Awards ceremony coming from Los Angeles. Tonight they’ll give out the award for, among other things, Best Picture of the year. I don’t know which one will win, but I want to tell you, this morning … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Invocavit (the First Sunday in Lent)
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Lambs at Pasture for Invocavit (the First Sunday in Lent) and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the Daily Prayer meditation found in the Lutheran Service Book (page 295). … Continue reading

The Shack: A Journey from Pain to Truth to Error – Part 2: Pain to Truth
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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Shack: ...Pain to Truth to Error

In Part 1 of this series of articles, we saw that The Shack and its theology arise from two pressures: Pain, loss, and suffering. The perceived inadequacy of Calvinistic and Wesleyan-Arminian evangelicalism to heal pain. These two pressures – pain and the inadequacy of “traditional Christianity” – drive a person in … Continue reading

Restoring and Paying Forward the Lutheran Chorales
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Restoring and Paying Forward the Lutheran Chorales: An Item for Reformation Repentance Rev. John A. Frahm III When Luther nailed the 95 Theses up on the church door in Wittenberg, he nailed them not on someone else’s church but his own.   The Reformation is a call for repentance.   Sometimes I’ve wondered … Continue reading

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Gospel Notes for Invocabit and Ash Wednesday

The Gospel Notes for Invocabit (the First Sunday in Lent) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black … Continue reading

The Shack: A Journey from Pain to Truth to Error – Part 1: Pain

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Shack: ...Pain to Truth to Error

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Shack: …Pain to Truth to ErrorThe Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity[1] is a presentation of Trinitarian Theology and perichoresis[2] in the form of story, novel, and dialogue. This Trinitarian … Continue reading

2017 Conference Videos Available

Our 2017 National Conference concluded this past weekend at Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, Texas.  The general theme was “The Article” referencing justification as the article on which the the church stands or falls.  On top of great hospitality we … Continue reading

“God’s Word Does What God Wants” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, … Continue reading

God for us in Christ trumps it all

We as poor, miserable sinners are prone to let minor events and conditions dominate our thinking and morale rather than the Gospel.  To cite just a few of these challenger replacement to Christ crucified for us: declining health, relational problems, … Continue reading

Martin Luther Against Scholastic Theology

We saw that Martin Luther began his rediscovery of the Gospel during his lectures on Romans in 1515-16 (Cause of Salvation). Although Dr. Luther became famous because of the publication of the Ninety-Five Theses in November 1517, his scholarly activities since … Continue reading

Organization Update

Today, the attendees of our National Conference had a chance to receive this, and it is now here for you to read: Organizational Update 2016 was a big year behind the scenes for Steadfast Lutherans. We have finally regained both … Continue reading

“Be Who You Are, Children of Your Heavenly Father” (Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Be Who You Are, Children of Your Heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:38-48) The Holy Gospel for today can be a hard one to understand, much less a hard one to actually do. In it Jesus says things like “Turn the other … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture — Daily Devotions for the Family

Lambs at Pasture is a free educational offering designed to highlight the readings of the historic one-year lectionary. Each edition focuses on Sunday’s lessons and is divided into small, bite-size portions. Each weekday you will read the: Introit Assigned Bible … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Epiphany 7

You have heard that it has been said.   Many of you have watched it with your own eyes.  Recorded long ago our sinful nature found animation on Saturday mornings.  You have heard his name, Carnivorous vulgaris, that wiley creature of old.  You know his tune, his constant pursuit of the elusive Acceleratii incredubis.  Will all his might and all his resources the wiley one hunts his prey.  He chases.  He sets traps.  He devises plans with His never ending gadgets and inventions.  He was a prime member of Acme international before anyone ever heard of Amazon. 

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Monergism of the Third Article and Evangelism Methods

Monergism of the Third Article and Evangelism Methods Rev. John A Frahm III The modern history of the LCMS is rife with a sundry of evangelism programs, many of which look to be “Lutheranized” versions (or so it is said) … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Quinquagesima

The Gospel Notes for Quinquagesima of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Half-Page … Continue reading

Imagine My Surprise

I am a post-Evangelical adult convert to confessional Lutheranism, something I’m content to wear on my sleeve.  My journey out of Evangelicalism was a long, difficult road of seeking to make sense of some tough situations in life.  I resonate very … Continue reading

The Shack — It’s a Novel, but Not Just a Novel

  The novel, The Shack, is coming out as a movie. So it is time again for Christians to have discernment about this material. Many Christians have written previously about the false teachings in The Shack. Those who have defended … Continue reading

Lenten Devotional Released – A Christian Holy People

It’s ready.  Seven authors, three editors, a talented art director and our webmaster have been working through January and February to produce this year’s devotion, “A Christian Holy People”. The devotion teaches on the 7 marks of the Church as … Continue reading

Book Review — My First Exorcism

Book Review:   My First Exorcism:  What the Devil Taught a Lutheran Pastor about Counter-cultural Spirituality by Harold Ristau, Foreword by John W. Kleinig  (Eugene, OR: Resource Publications/Wipf & Stock, 2016) Review by Rev. John A. Frahm III Rev. Dr. Harold … Continue reading

CSL sends out a new cohort of SMP.

A new class has gone out for SMP.  Here is the intro of the CSL news announcement: Eleven Concordia Seminary, St. Louis students celebrated vicarage assignments in chapel and will serve congregations and ministries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Sexagesima

The Gospel Notes for Sexagesima of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Half-Page … Continue reading

A Poem to Comfort Grieving Mothers

Our God is He who hides himself beneath the cross of pain. His thoughts are not our own, and yet He gives it for our gain. For on the cross his Only Son fulfilled our Father’s will To cover all … Continue reading

The Cracked Foundation of Forde’s Radical Lutheranism

Gerhard Forde says, “Sanctification, if it is to be spoken of as something other than justification, is perhaps best defined as the art of getting used to the unconditional justification wrought by the grace of God for Jesus’ sake.”[1] There … Continue reading