Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Seeing the crowds our Lord takes His seat upon the mountain.  Like Moses long ago our deliverer is set to teach, that teaching they may hear and hearing they may believe that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has seen their plight, heard their cries, and seeks their eternal redemption through the giving of His Son.  And, it is not Sinai upon which the Savior sits.  The Law came through Moses but grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.

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Steadfast Lent 2017 – “A Christian Holy People”

As is tradition here at Steadfast, we have had some excellent pastors working on coming up with a Steadfast in the Parish Lenten series for this year.  This year, tying in with the Reformation 500 occasion we are offering a … Continue reading

“You Are My Servant, Israel” (Sermon on Isaiah 49:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“You Are My Servant, Israel” (Isaiah 49:1-7) Two weeks ago, for the Baptism of Our Lord, the Old Testament reading was from Isaiah 42, the first of four so-called “Servant Songs” in the second half of Isaiah. “Behold my servant,” … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany 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, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the … Continue reading

The Revelation of God’s Glory — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.” St. John 2:11 When God appeared to Moses on Mt. Sinai, Moses asked to see his glory. God refused.   … Continue reading

Commemorate Luther as Catechist

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. Historians mark the beginning of the Reformation from Luther’s publication of them. Many organizations have planned commemorations of Luther and the Reformation. Maybe these commemorations will have an impact. … Continue reading

Don’t Fret the Numbers

We live in a world obsessed with numbers. We count everything. The year just rolled over from 2016 to 2017, as we count years after the birth of Christ. This New Year, we may decide to sit down and look … Continue reading

“Three Evangelism Pointers: Point, Invite, and Find” (Sermon on John 1:29-42a, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[Note: The Divine Service at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri, for January 15, 2017, has been iced out. So I am posting the sermon for the equivalent Sunday, the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Series A, from … Continue reading

Our Faith Needs Baptism — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Baptism of Our Lord St. Matthew 3:13-17 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, say­ing, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You … Continue reading

The Augsburg Confession: Its Formation

Originally, the Augsburg Confession was not the core of catholic (universal) doctrine which we possess today. The original plan, named the Torgau articles, was to treat the following subjects: Human doctrines and ordinances, Marriage of Priests, Both Kinds, Mass, Confession, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Second and Third Sundays after the Epiphany

The Gospel Notes for the Second and Third Sundays after the Epiphany from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. The Second Sunday after the Epiphany   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal Color, B/W. … Continue reading

The Baptism of Christ and Miscarriages (A Sermon)

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. The Baptism of Jesus is an integral part of the season which we call Epiphany. Epiphany means “manifestation.” While Christmas … Continue reading

“Behold My Servant” (Sermon on Isaiah 42:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Behold My Servant” (Isaiah 42:1-9) “Behold my servant,” the Lord says to us today. Who is this servant, you ask? It’s Jesus, of course. The Christ, the Anointed One, baptized as the Lord’s servant, to do the will of the … Continue reading

“Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come” (Sermon on Isaiah 60:1-6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come” (Isaiah 60:1-6) “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” “Arise and shine”? Are you kidding me? On a Friday night? In January? On … Continue reading

The Cause of Salvation

“In human teachings the righteousness of man is revealed and taught, that is, who is and becomes righteous before himself and before other people and how this takes place. Only in the Gospel is the righteousness of God revealed (that … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Baptism of our Lord

January 8, 2017 — The Baptism of our Lord Sermon Text — Matthew 3:13-17 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this semron.   The Rogue One Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Epiphany

The Gospel Notes for Epiphany from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are three separate sets that have been prepared as follows: The Epiphany of our Lord (Jan. 6th)   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, … Continue reading

“On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus” (Sermon on Luke 2:21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus” (Luke 2:21) On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . the circumcision and name of Jesus? Huh? What? Yeah, well, that’s … Continue reading

Celebrity Deaths and Simulated Relationships

2016 has been a bad year for celebrities. The deceased include legendary musicians Prince and David Bowie, Hollywood icons Alan Rickman and Carrie Fisher, and iconic boxing champion Muhammad Ali. But death isn’t shocking, at least to the Christian. What … Continue reading

Register for the Conference Soon — Conference Schedule!

There are only a couple of days left to save on the registration fee for The Article — the 2017 Steadfast Lutherans conference in Tomball, Texas on February 17-18th!   Register now to save some money — the early bird … Continue reading

Only days left to save some money on Registration! Steadfast Conference 2017.

We only have a few days left on our “early bird” discounts for our conference coming to Tomball, Texas on February 17-18.  Not only will there be great food, drinks, and speakers – but if you register before the new … Continue reading

The Angels’ Sermon is the Christian’s Song – Christmas Day Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men! Luke 2: 13- 14 Is it a hymn or … Continue reading

The Government of God Incarnate — Christmas Eve Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.” Isaiah 916a Paul Gerhardt asks the question: If our blessed Lord and maker hated men, Would He then be … Continue reading

“And the Government Shall Be upon His Shoulder” (Sermon on Isaiah 9:2-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“And the Government Shall Be upon His Shoulder” (Isaiah 9:2-7) About 26 days from now, we’re going to have a change in our government. A new president will take the oath of office, and a new administration will take over. … Continue reading

“Isaiah Foretold It, Jesus Fulfilled It” (Sermon on Isaiah 7:10-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[Note: Isaiah 7 is a reading both for the Fourth Sunday in Advent and for Christmas Eve. Since my congregation did not get to hear Sunday’s sermon due to weather, and since I’ve been doing a series on the Isaiah … Continue reading