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“The End of the World’s Coming” (Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, on Mark 13:24-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

November 24th, 2012 2 comments

“The End of the World’s Coming” (Mark 13:24-37) “In those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.” Mark 13:24-25. Sunday, April 14, 1935. Palm Sunday. Across the Great Plains of America–in Kansas, Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, Colorado, New Mexico–people awoke that day to a bright and clear morning. It looked like it would be a fine, sunny day. This came as a welcome relief. For several years, that part of the country had   More…

“How You ‘Mite Give’” (Sermon on Mark 12:38-44, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

November 10th, 2012 No comments

“How You ‘Mite Give’” (Mark 12:38-44) Today I want to talk to you about how you give. Notice, I said “how you give,” rather than “how much you give.” There’s a difference. How you give is much more important than how much you give–although, how you give will almost assuredly affect how much you give. I’m talking here about what you give in the offering plate and how you do it. What sort of attitude and motivation do you have in your giving? From God’s perspective, that is what’s most important when you put that envelope into the offering plate.   More…

“Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” (Sermon on Hebrews 4, Mark 10, and Ecclesiastes 5, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

October 20th, 2012 No comments

“Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” (Hebrews 4:1-16; Mark 10:23-31; Ecclesiastes 5:10-20) You’ve all heard the old saying: Early to bed And early to rise Makes a man healthy, Wealthy, and wise. And there’s some truth to that–although, right now, it’s a little hard to get “early to bed” when you’ve got three-and-a-half-hour playoff games to watch! Even so, the point remains: A good, self-disciplined routine of rest and work, each in its own proper place, can lead to an increased opportunity for the good life. But today I want to speak to you about something more than just “the good life,”   More…

“Today, If You Hear His Voice” (Sermon on Hebrews 3:12-19, Mark 10:17-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

October 13th, 2012 No comments

“Today, If You Hear His Voice” (Hebrews 3:12-19; Mark 10:17-22) What day is it? It is . . . today. And since it is today, that means that this is the most important day for you to hear God’s voice. To hear his voice means to receive it and respond to it in repentance and faith. And this morning we will look at a couple of examples of those who had the voice of God speaking to them, but they did not repent or believe. One was a nation that fell in the wilderness. The other was a man who   More…

“Let the Children Come to Jesus” (Sermon on Mark 10:2-16, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

October 6th, 2012 No comments

“Let the Children Come to Jesus” (Mark 10:2-16) A portion of the Holy Gospel for today, from Mark 10, reading as follows: “And they were bringing children to [Jesus] that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’ And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying   More…

“The Wisdom of Humble Servanthood” (Sermon on James 3:13 – 4:10 and Mark 9:30-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

September 23rd, 2012 No comments

“The Wisdom of Humble Servanthood” (James 3:13 – 4:10; Mark 9:30-37) Who among us here today would like to be regarded as wise and understanding? OK. Who among us would like to be regarded as great, as a great person? Well, who wouldn’t? I suppose all of us, if we had our druthers, would like others to praise us for our wisdom. All of us would like to have the advantages of being a so-called “great one.” We like it when we get the perks of prestige. Being first, getting the top prize, gaining the best position of power–these are   More…

“‘Ephphatha,’ That Is, ‘Be Opened’” (Sermon on Mark 7:31-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

September 8th, 2012 No comments

“‘Ephphatha,’ That Is, ‘Be Opened’” (Mark 7:31-37) “And they brought to [Jesus] a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’ And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.” This is our text. And thus our theme today: “‘Ephphatha,’ That Is, ‘Be Opened.’” The first thing we   More…

“Tradition! Tradition!” (Sermon on Mark 7:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

August 25th, 2012 4 comments

“Tradition! Tradition!” (Mark 7:1-13) In the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” the lead character, Tevye, sings out, “Tradition! Tradition!” And then he explains: “Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka we have traditions for everything: how to sleep, how to eat, how to work, how to wear clothes. For instance, we always keep our heads covered and always wear a little prayer shawl. This shows our constant devotion to God. You may ask: How did this tradition get started? I’ll tell you: I don’t know. But it’s a tradition. And because of   More…

“When a Prophet Speaks Truth to Power” (Sermon on Mark 6:14-29, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

July 14th, 2012 2 comments

“When a Prophet Speaks Truth to Power” (Mark 6:14-29) “Speak truth to power!” It is a phrase that has become a cliché, an overused, hackneyed expression of the political left in this country. The saying “Speak truth to power!” has lost whatever impact it may have once had. It’s become a mere slogan now, used, for example, by the Occupy movement, a bunch of rich white kids camping out to protest the terrible oppression they are suffering. And so “Speak truth to power!” has become almost a laugh line now, to satirize those who don’t have much truth to start   More…

“Talitha Cumi” (Funeral sermon on Mark 5:35-43, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Talitha Cumi” (Mark 5:35-43) So Jesus is ministering up in the region of Galilee, and here comes a synagogue ruler by the name of Jairus, coming to Jesus for help. “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” So Jesus goes with Jairus. While they’re on their way, somebody comes from Jairus’s house with a message for him: “Your daughter is dead.” “Your daughter is dead.” So you would think that would be it. Once somebody is dead, what can you do about   More…

“Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief” (Sermon on Mark 6:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief” (Mark 6:1-13) What was the last astonishing, amazing thing you’ve seen or heard about that caused you to marvel? Something jaw-dropping, eye-popping astonishing. Was it video of the tsunami in Japan last year? That was amazing. Was it the convoluted reasoning behind how a federal mandate can be considered a “tax”? That strained credulity. Or maybe it was something positive. A double rainbow can be an amazing sight. Well, frankly, at this point, rain–any rain would be astonishing! But if you want to know something that is truly amazing, there are three astonishing things   More…

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

February 5th, 2012 2 comments

“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 daughter-in-law Ruth. He’s given me permission to share this with you, by the way. His daughter-in-law, Ruth Webber, is 23 years old, and she is six months into her first pregnancy. However, she has been diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer, stomach cancer. Her chances for survival, Pastor Webber reports, are not good. Right now she’s up at the Mayo Clinic   More…

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

January 22nd, 2012 4 comments

“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 about people. Where are the fish, where are all the people? Why aren’t we seeing them in the church like we used to? Whose fault is it? Whom can we blame? Our numbers are down. Attendance, offerings–that’s what we’re fishing for, isn’t it? Maybe we need to try a different net. Why aren’t we seeing any (if you’ll pardon the   More…