Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Maundy Thursday

April 13, 2017 — Maundy Thursday Sermon Text — Matthew 26:17-30   Is it I?  Is it for Me? In the Name of X Jesus.  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, Jesus with His Twelve It is evening and the day … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: Two Kinds of Comfort

The dogmaticians often distinguished between the comforts of the world sought through the law, or philosophy, and the comforts given by the Christian cross. Melanchthon started this trend, and other dogmaticians, such as Hutter and Selnecker continued to compare the … Continue reading

“Holy Week: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11 and 27:11-66, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Holy Week: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66) “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Have you heard that saying before? It refers to the month of March. The idea is that March usually … Continue reading

The Word and Christian Unity – Wisdom from Dr. Luther

“For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” 2 Corinthians 13:8 “This is so great a good that no human heart can grasp it (therefore it necessitates such a great and hard fight). It must not … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Palm Sunday

April 9, 2017 — Palm Sunday Sermon Text — John 12:12-19 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 taken from … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for The Resurrection of Our Lord

Lambs at Pasture for The Resurrection of Our Lord 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 … Continue reading

A Plea to LC-MS Pastors

Editor’s Note:  This article was prompted by this picture and the conversation taking place here. God forbids women to speak the lessons in church.  1 Timothy 2:11-15 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-38. Those who say that God doesn’t forbid women to … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: Confession” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: Confession” Tonight we come to the part of the Catechism that is probably the least known to us today, and that is Confession. The practice of Confession may be unfamiliar to you. Confession is unfamiliar … Continue reading

Israel’s Musical Inheritance

“Hosanna!” the crowd cries out on Palm Sunday. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” The people had sung these words before. They’re right out of Psalm 118:25-26. “Hosanna” is a transliteration of two Hebrew words … Continue reading

Lutheran Reflections on The Benedict Option

Lutheran Reflections on The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher Rev. John A. Frahm III Rod Dreher is senior editor of The American Conservative magazine.   He was an adult convert to Roman Catholicism … Continue reading

“The Raising of Lazarus” (Sermon on John 11:1-53, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Raising of Lazarus” (John 11:1-53) Our text today is the account of “The Raising of Lazarus,” from John chapter 11. In this chapter, Jesus does three things: He raises the dead. He arouses faith. And he rouses the opposition. … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Palmarum (Lent 6)

The Gospel Notes for the Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palmarum) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the readings for Matthew 21:1-9 for Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Palmarum — Palm Sunday

Lambs at Pasture for Palmarum — Palm Sunday 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 … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: Christ’s Cross and the Christian’s Cross

The dogmaticians make a distinction between Christ’s cross and the Christian’s cross.  Christ’s cross is propitiatory while the Christian’s cross is disciplinary. Christ’s cross alone takes away the guilt of sin.  The Christian’s cross teaches him to commend himself to … Continue reading

Sons of Luther

Martin Franzmann wrote, “Preach you the Word and plant it home and never faint; The Harvest Lord who gave the sower seed to sow will watch and tend His planted Word” (LSB 586:6). I remember singing this hymn in the … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” So far in our series on the catechism, we’ve covered the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. Tonight we come to the sacraments. We begin, fittingly enough, with … Continue reading

Cleansing from Death: A Brief Study of Hebrews 9 and Numbers 19

Hebrews 9:13-14 is an example of arguing from lesser to greater: For if the blood of goats and calves, and ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have become unclean, sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more … Continue reading

“A Real Eye-Opener” (Sermon on John 9:1-41, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Real Eye-Opener” (John 9:1-41) Our text today is a real eye-opener. It’s the story of Jesus healing the man born blind, from John chapter 9. It’s an eye-opener in several senses. Just the fact that Jesus can heal the … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Judica (Lent 5)

The Gospel Notes for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (Judica) 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

Lambs at Pasture for Judica — The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Lambs at Pasture for Judica — The Fifth Sunday of 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 … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord’s Prayer” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord’s Prayer” So far in our series on the Catechism we’ve had the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed. The Commandments show us God’s good will for our lives, but the problem is, we … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: External and Internal

This week our series on the Cross in the life of the Christian continues with the distinction between the external and internal cross.  Paul makes this distinction in 2 Corinthians 7:5.  This is a lot like the visible and invisible … Continue reading

“God Bearers” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” But He said, “More than … Continue reading

Catechetical Questions in the Torah by Pastor Andrew Richard

I recently read an excellent article by Pastor Ryan Loeslie entitled, “Say It!” Says the Little Girl.  In it he noted the childlike nature of Luther’s catechism question: “Was ist das?” meaning, “What is it?” or “What is that?”  Luther’s … Continue reading

The Life of Christian Holy People

You have perhaps read or heard someone say that the life of a Christian looks exactly the same as the life of an unbeliever. Some even say that the life of pagans is often externally more righteous than that of … Continue reading