Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Escape to Which Mountain

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 St. Mark’s gospel account the 9th chapter. (Mark 9:2-9)     Beloved in the … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Martin Noland — The Least of These My Brothers

Text: Mark 1:40-45 [Sermon for Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, with commentary on the present abortion issue]   When Christians look at the many stories about Jesus in the Gospels, one of the questions they should ask themselves is, “What is … Continue reading

“And He Healed Many” (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“And He Healed Many” (Mark 1:29-39) Yesterday, on a pastors’ e-mail list that I’m a part of, one of the men, Pastor Jay Webber of Arizona, brought a prayer request to our group on behalf of his son Paul and … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Epiphany 5

Beloved, The sermon for this morning is based upon Mark 1:29-39. Blessings, Pr. Sikora     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 … Continue reading

“Net Growth” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Mark 1:14-20)

“Net Growth” (Mark 1:14-20) Where are the fish? Where have all the fish gone? This is the question on the mind of most every church in America these days. And no, I’m not talking about trout and catfish. I’m talking … Continue reading

“Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on John 1:43-51)

[This is a sermon of encouragement for all the “little churches,” the small, struggling congregations that seem to make up most of our synod (like the two that make up my dual parish). But I think it applies to big … Continue reading

Sermon — Pastor Tony Sikora — The Baptism of Our Lord

Beloved, St. Mark gets us right to Jesus in the Water. The sermon below proclaims Him in the Water. Blessings, Pr. Sikora   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pastor Tony Sikora – First Sunday after Christmas

Beloved, Happy New Year. Rather than preach once more on the Name and Circ. of Jesus I made use of the propers for the First Sunday after Christmas. This year the text is a continuation of Luke 2:22-40. In this … Continue reading

Sermon – Pastor Tony Sikora – Circumcision of Our Lord

Pastor Tony Sikora from Hope Lutheran Church in DeWitt, Michigan is one of our favorite preachers. BJS is going to post sermons by him; if you want to receive these in your email, send a message to him by clicking … Continue reading

“Home for the Holidays” (Sermon for Christmas Eve, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Home for the Holidays” (Luke 2:1-20) “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.” So goes the familiar Christmas song. And it is good to be home, with family, at Christmas time. Renewed relations, good food, smiles on all … Continue reading

Taking Up the Holy Cross, by Pastor Martin Noland

Sermon based on the text: Matthew 10:34-42 [2nd Sunday after Pentecost] for June 26, 2011: In our Gospel lesson this morning, Jesus talks about something that separates the mere church-goer from the true believer in Christ.  I am warning you … Continue reading

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (A sermon on Acts, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (Acts) “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is the threefold emphasis now being used for our national church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” has also served well as the … Continue reading

“Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 17)

“Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (Acts 17:16-31) “Witness” has been a major theme running through the readings from the Book of Acts that we’ve had this Easter season. We’ve heard the church bearing witness to the … Continue reading

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 6-7)

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60) “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is an emphasis right now for our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, since the work of our national church body can be gathered under these … Continue reading

“Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 2:42-47)

“Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (Acts 2:42-47) During this Easter season, we’re tracking the readings from the Book of Acts, under the theme, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” Witness: The church bearing verbal witness to Christ the Savior. Mercy: The church … Continue reading

“Witnesses Preach Law and Gospel” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 2:14a, 36-41)

“Witnesses Preach Law and Gospel” (Acts 2:14a, 36-41) Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t: The hymn we just sang, “He’s Risen, He’s Risen,” was written by C. F. W. Walther. Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was, of course, the first president … Continue reading

“Witnesses Worthy of the Name” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 5:29-42)

“Witnesses Worthy of the Name” (Acts 5:29-42) Today we begin a series of sermons based on readings from the Book of Acts. Recently many of you went through a several-month-long Bible study on the Book of Acts, and hopefully that … Continue reading

“O Emmanuel, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the seventh in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Emmanuel, Come” (Matthew 1:18-25) And now we come to the last of the seven O Antiphons, “O Emmanuel.” You see it there in your … Continue reading

“O King of the Nations, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the sixth in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O King of the Nations, Come” (Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Matthew 28:18-20) In our Advent series on the O Antiphons, today we continue with … Continue reading

“O Dayspring, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fifth in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Dayspring, Come” (Malachi 4:1-6; Luke 1:67-79; Revelation 22:16-20) The fifth of the seven O Antiphons is our theme for today, “O Dayspring, Come.” You … Continue reading

“O Key of David, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fourth in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Key of David, Come” (Isaiah 22:20-25; Revelation 1:12-13, 17-18; 3:7-13; Luke 1:26-33) O Wisdom, O Adonai, O Root of Jesse. And now today, O … Continue reading

“O Root of Jesse, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the third in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Root of Jesse, Come” (Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 1:1-17) Today we continue with the third of the seven O Antiphons of Advent, these … Continue reading

“O Adonai, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the second in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Adonai, Come” (Exodus 3:1-15; Revelation 5:1-14; John 8:48-59) Today we continue with the second of the seven O Antiphons of Advent, “O Adonai.” You … Continue reading

“O Wisdom, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the first in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Wisdom, Come” (Proverbs 8:12-31; Colossians 1:15-20, 28; 2:2-3; John 1:1-5, 9) The Advent hymn we just sang, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” goes back … Continue reading

“Justification: It’s What Holds the Reformation Together” (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Justification: It’s What Holds the Reformation Together” (Romans 3:19-28) Today is Reformation Day. It was on this day 493 years ago, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, … Continue reading