Who Goes with You into Surgery?

One of my vain ideas was to reach 60 without being an inpatient of a hospital. Didn’t work. Two Januaries in a row, I was hospitalized. I was a suffering puppy, though still nothing like many around me. My condition … Continue reading

Slow and Steady Wins the Catechetical Race — by Pastor Ryan Loeslie

The following is a guest article by Rev. Ryan Loeslie, Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Merna, Nebraska. Most of us are familiar with Aesop’s Fable of the tortoise and the hare.  The hare boasted of his speed repeatedly.  But tiring … Continue reading

A Jubilate Sonnet

    What is this joy that none can take from me? Is there a happiness that has more pow’r Than pain, than guilt, than life’s sad final hour? Could eyes that earth can grant such heaven see? Or could … Continue reading

“The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep” (Sermon on 1 Peter 2:19-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep” (1 Peter 2:19-25) I’m guessing by now you’ve picked up on the theme of the day. You’ve heard it throughout the service so far. For example, in the Introit, the words of … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Cantate (Easter 5)

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 6 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Cantate) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Cantate — The Fifth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 12 of 14 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for Cantate — The Fifth Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization … Continue reading

A Poem on Revelation 20

A thousand years is longer than The calendars of mortal men; When faith beholds a three-year trial, She hears of Christ’s “A little while.” The devil can alone be bound By what is in the Scriptures found, The preaching of … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter IV

May 7, 2017 — Easter IV Sermon Text — John 10:1-10   A Shepherd for Thieves 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 chapter. … Continue reading

The Lord Jesus is Our Shepherd — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Ezekiel 34:11-16 The most popular psalm in the Psaltery is Psalm 23 where David begins with the words, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.”  Jesus calls himself the good shepherd.  St. Peter calls Jesus the shepherd and … Continue reading

Christ and The Church Marriage Devotion is Now Available

I’ve already written a review of this magnificent devotion here. It is now available through Lulu in its final form for only $4.37.  Here’s the description from Lulu: “Christ and the Church” is a thirty-day devotional book for husbands and wives. It … Continue reading

Judges 1:1-20, Grizzled Grasshopper Stamps Out Giants

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 2 of 5 in the series The Book of JudgesJudah – O you! – your brothers shall give thanks to you. Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies. The sons of your father shall … Continue reading

“Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread” (Sermon on Luke 24:13-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread” (Luke 24:13-35) One of my favorite paintings is one we happen to have hanging in the hallway here at St. Matthew’s. I’ve brought it forward this morning, because it goes with the Gospel reading … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Jubilate — The Fourth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 11 of 14 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for Jubilate — The Fourth Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization … Continue reading

A Friend of Steadfast needs help.

The Brothers of John the Steadfast started out by supporting Confessional Lutheran media (thanks be to God for Issues Etc.) and continues to do so.  Along the way we have found lots of new Lutheran media startups as well as … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter III

April 30, 2017 — Easter III Sermon Text — Luke 24:13-35   Blinded by Unbelief Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia.  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Luke’s gospel account the 24th chapter. Beloved … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Jubilate (Easter 4)

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 5 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Jubilate) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and … Continue reading

WELS president on the two versions of the Luther movie

Great Stuff found over on patheos.com:   April 18, 2017 by Gene Veith Not only did the writer/producer of the new Luther movie, Mark Trinklein, weigh in to explain why there are two versions. So did the president of the … Continue reading

Introduction to Judges: Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 1 of 5 in the series The Book of JudgesThis post introduces a commentary on the Old Testament book of Judges; I will put it up in weekly installments here at Steadfast Lutherans. But Jeshurun grew fat … Continue reading

“Easter Joy Continues!” (Sermon on John 20, Acts 5, and 1 Peter 1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Easter Joy Continues!” (John 20:19-31; Acts 5:29-42; 1 Peter 1:3-9) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, he is risen indeed! And guess what? He is still risen! Christ didn’t stop being risen once Easter Day was … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Misericordias Domini — The Third Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 10 of 14 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for Misericordias Domini — The Third Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Misericordias Domini (Easter 3)

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 4 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Third Sunday of Easter (Misericordias Domini) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter II

April 23, 2017 — Easter II Sermon Text — St. John 20:19-31 “These things did Thomas count as real: The warmth of blood, the chill of steel, The grain of wood, the heft of stone, The last frail twitch of … Continue reading

LCMS Roped Into Deportation Evasion Scheme

There would be Twitter-worthy convulsions if a Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) affiliated agency was giving aid and comfort to Planned Parenthood. By contrast, there is almost total indifference to a Synod partner helping illegal aliens to evade deportation. … Continue reading

Conference at Iowa East on the Lutheran Confessions: June 1-2

Iowa District East Symposium 2017 June 1-2 “Popular Lutheran Themes” Io-Dis-E-Ca 3271 Sandy Beach Rd NE, Solon, Iowa 52333 Do you ever hear someone use a Lutheran phrase but suspect he doesn’t know what it really means? Have you heard … Continue reading

“Raised with Our Risen Lord” (Sermon on Colossians 3:1-4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Raised with Our Risen Lord” (Colossians 3:1-4) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, indeed Christ is risen! And because he is, guess what? You are risen too! That’s our message this morning on this beautiful Easter … Continue reading