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Advent/Christmas Devotional from Steadfast in the Parish

Brothers of John the Steadfast is pleased to announce the availability of a devotional, Cause for Great Joy, from Steadfast in the Parish! This Advent and Christmas devotional was written by the pastors at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is focused on the Advent and Christmas hymns … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Undoing the Powers that Be

Jerusalem is the seat of power in the land of Canaan.  Herod resides there. Pilate has his quarters there.  The Sanhedrin gather there.  The temple with her priests are there in its midst.  Whoever controls Jerusalem controls Canaan.  Whoever controls Canaan controls the trade routes.  As with all things where there is money to be had there is power to be exercised.  Power and money govern Jerusalem, her temple and her people.  And power and money require more power and money to maintain themselves.  There is always someone vying for more of each.  Herod, Pilate, the Sanhedrin, the Herodians, the scribes, priests, zealots, the pilgrims all struggle against each other each looking for an advantage against the others, each plotting, planning, maneuvering, manipulating.  Wherever there is power there is conflict and struggle.  And wherever there is conflict and struggle there is fear and anxiety.

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Supporting Pastors in Need at Christmas

We have often reported of the horrid conditions that many men find themselves in on Candidate status.  Here is an opportunity for anyone who wants to help these men at this time of the year. This effort is being headed up by Rev. Ken Kelly, who has also worked very … Continue reading

“Blessed is the King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!” (Sermon on Luke 19:28-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Blessed is the King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:28-40) As you can tell from the change in the color of the paraments and from the presence of the Advent wreath and from one candle being lit on the Advent wreath, today is the First Sunday … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Day Sermon (Sermon on Deuteronomy 8:1-10 by Pr Rolf Preus)

That portion of Holy Scripture that we shall read and consider, the Holy Spirit has caused to be recorded in Deuteronomy 8:1-10, reading these words in Jesus Name: “Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in … Continue reading


Americanized Christianity: What is Love?

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Populus Zion (Advent 2)

The Gospel Notes for Advent 2 of the Historic One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, or the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF. The bi-fold version is … Continue reading

“Thanking God for This Good Land” (Sermon on Deuteronomy 8:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Thanking God for This Good Land” (Deuteronomy 8:1-10) Today is the Day of National Thanksgiving. This is the day set aside for Americans to go to their churches and give thanks to God for his many blessings on our nation–which … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: First Sunday in Advent – Jesus, our Coming King

Matthew 21:1-9 New King James Version 1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30th)

November 30th, 2015 St. Andrew’s Day John 1:35-42 New King James Version 35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” 37 … Continue reading

The Freedom of the Christian

“To make the way smoother for the unlearned—for only them do I serve—I shall set down the following two propositions concerning the freedom and the bondage of the spirit: A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to … Continue reading

Wiki III: Let’s Just Talk about this

This conclusion to my experience with the Wiki15 conference is extremely delayed. One of the reasons is because I didn’t know where to go from here. The men and women gathered at the conference are not terrible people, nor do … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

The Gospel Notes for Advent 1 of the Historic One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF or the Black and White PDF. Additional one-year lectionary Gospel Notes can be found here. If you would like to … Continue reading

Gospel Notes – A New Weekly Resource for Parish Lay Catechesis!

Laymen: Would you like to be able to focus on the content of your pastor’s sermon without being distracted by the dozens of questions that pop into your mind about what the text is about? Pastors: Would you like a … Continue reading

Praise Due Where Praise is Deserved – The Positive Harrison Effect. by Pr. Rossow

I have not seen nearly as much doctrinal leadership or supervision from the Harrison administration in the LCMS as I expected there would be. (If you disagree prove me wrong by listing confessional accomplishments from the administration in the last … Continue reading

Who’s Minding the Store at CPH? by Pr. Rossow

On a recent stop in St. Louis at the anchor store of Concordia Publishing House on Jefferson Avenue I was shocked to notice that the heretical book of spiritist author Sarah Young was for sale in the store. The title … Continue reading

Tuesday with Luther: Our Pesky Tongue

Tuesday with Luther this week covers the Eighth Commandment, You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor, and is titled “Our Pesky Tongue”. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not tell … Continue reading

Thoughts by a Concerned Layman on the Diaconate…

Here’s a submission from a Concerned Layman: Before I begin in earnest, let me say that I am not a pastor, nor am I an expert in theology, Lutheran or otherwise. I am simply a layman in the Lutheran Church … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Word Remains Forever

“Those days” in our text are the “end of days”, the “last days”, these days.  For in many and various ways God spoke to His people of old by the prophets, but now in these “last days” He has spoken to us by His Son.  The Bible teaches us that the end of days, the last days, are marked by God’s revelation, God’s speaking through His Son.  Those days began 2000 years ago.  The last days are these days.  And because Jesus is speaking about “these days” He is speaking about “our days”.  Nothing could be more important for us to hear these days than the Word of God’s Son in our text this morning.

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Help Fill the Bag

When missionaries are selected by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Synod doesn’t hand them a bag full of cash and send them out the door. They train them, and then expect them to solicit funds for their mission. Where do … Continue reading

Steadfast in Worship: Why Doesn’t Contemporary Worship Sing the Psalms?

Christian worship has always made significant use of the Psalms, which have always been meant to be sung.  No matter what your approach to Biblical instruction in the area of music in worship, from strict “regulative-ist” to libertine “normative-ist,” there … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Last Sunday (Trinity 27) – Eternal Life

Last Sunday of the Church Year Trinity 27 Heaven’s Eternal Joy: The Bride of Christ Matthew 25:1-13 New King James Version 25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out … Continue reading

“Therefore Let Us Draw Near, Hold Fast, and Stir Up” (Sermon on Hebrews 10:11-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Therefore Let Us Draw Near, Hold Fast, and Stir Up” (Hebrews 10:11-25) Last week we looked at Hebrews 9, where we are told that Christ is our high priest. Today we continue on into Hebrews 10, where the writer expands … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Watch out for “Sheep” with Bad Breath

Though most are unawares, it is a sad day in the midst of a holy week.  While pilgrims stream through Zion’s gates in order to celebrate the coming Passover, Jesus departs.  He leaves the city and her temple and in so doing leaves her desolate. For no matter how busy her priests, no matter how full her borders, no matter how pious and fervent her rituals, without Jesus, both the time and the space are empty.  Without Jesus the city is but a gathering of clanging cymbals.  There is much noise but there is no dirge – the Baptist calls no more.  There is no dancing – Simeon’s song is but a faint memory.  There is no sad song of repentance nor festal celebrations of God’s grace and mercy.  Without Jesus all is meaningless.

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The No-Name Evangelistic Association, or How the Faith Came to My Grandchildren

How did the Christian faith come from my grandparents to my grandchildren? It came by mission, but not by missionalism. If this mission were given a slogan, it would be, “Start true to reach true.” Truth was the first thing. … Continue reading