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“No Other Gospel” (Sermon on Galatians 1:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“No Other Gospel” (Galatians 1:1-12) Today is the first of six straight weeks in which the Epistle reading comes from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians. And so that is what I intend to use as the basis for a sermon series over these weeks, namely, Galatians. I think you will find this series helpful, because as we make our way through Galatians, we will gain great insight into some very important topics, for example: the exclusive nature of the gospel of Christ, that it alone saves; the proper distinction of Law and Gospel; the central doctrine of the Christian   More…

“Parthians and Medes at Pentecost” (Sermon on Acts 2:1-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Parthians and Medes at Pentecost” (Acts 2:1-21) One of the ironic things about the readings for the Day of Pentecost is when the lector–that is, the person reading the lessons–when the lector comes to Acts 2, verse 9, and has to read the following list of persons and places: “Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians.” Now that is a mouthful! It is like the tower of Babel come   More…

“Jesus Is Our Great High Priest–Now What?” (Sermon on Hebrews 10:11-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

November 17th, 2012 No comments

“Jesus Is Our Great High Priest–Now What?” (Hebrews 10:11-25) Today is the seventh straight Sunday when the assigned Epistle for the day comes from the Letter of Hebrews. We lost a couple of those readings due to observing Reformation and All Saints, but even so, we’ve been hearing a lot of Hebrews. I used Hebrews as a sermon text a couple of times back in October, once on the verse, “Today, if you hear his voice,” and the once on Jesus as our Sabbath rest. But there is a major aspect of this epistle I haven’t touched on yet, and   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…

“The Small But Powerful Tongue” (Sermon on James 3:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

September 15th, 2012 1 comment

“The Small But Powerful Tongue” (James 3:1-12) It is one of the smallest parts of the body, but it is also perhaps the most powerful. What am I speaking of? The tongue. Your tongue is a very powerful instrument. It can do a lot of damage, and it can do a lot of good. “The Small But Powerful Tongue.” To what shall we compare it? Let’s find out, shall we? To what does James compare the tongue, in our Epistle reading for today? St. James makes several comparisons in this passage, and they are instructive for our self-awareness as to   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…