“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

“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

“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

“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

“Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecy” (Sermon on Isaiah 7:10-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecy” (Isaiah 7:10-17) Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel! There’s that word “Emmanuel.” And … Continue reading

“He Comes, We Come” (Sermon on Isaiah 35:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“He Comes, We Come” (Isaiah 35:1-10) “You go, we go.” That’s what the Chicago Cubs told their centerfielder and leadoff man Dexter Fowler the last couple of years. “You go, we go.” In other words, “As you go, Dexter, so … Continue reading

“Be Patient until the Coming of the Lord” (Sermon on James 5:7-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Be Patient until the Coming of the Lord” (James 5:7-11) Advent is a season of waiting. We’re waiting for Christmas. This is a time of penitential preparation awaiting that festive celebration. The season of Advent always begins on the Sunday … Continue reading

“The Shoot and the Root of Jesse” (Sermon on Isaiah 11:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Shoot and the Root of Jesse” (Isaiah 11:1-10) Today we continue our series on “Isaiah’s Advent Prophecies.” Today’s prophecy comes from Isaiah 11, and it begins, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a … Continue reading

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” (Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” (Matthew 3:1-12) “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand”: That was the message of John the Baptist as he came preaching in the wilderness. “Repent, for the kingdom of … Continue reading

“The Mountain of the House of the Lord” (Sermon on Isaiah 2:1-5, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Mountain of the House of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:1-5) Today we’re beginning a series of sermons I’m calling “Isaiah’s Advent Prophecies.” We’re taking the Old Testament readings for this season of Advent, all taken from the prophet Isaiah, and … Continue reading

“‘Hosanna!’ Our Advent Prayer and Praise” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“‘Hosanna!’ Our Advent Prayer and Praise” (Matthew 21:1-11) Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the season leading up to Christmas. But you’ll notice that the Holy Gospel for this day is actually a reading about Palm Sunday. What gives? … Continue reading

“Thanking God for His First-Article Gifts” (Thanksgiving sermon on the Apostles’ Creed, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Thanking God for His First-Article Gifts” (Apostles’ Creed) Thanksgiving is a time for “Thanking God for His First-Article Gifts.” What do I mean by that? I mean all the good gifts our heavenly Father gives us that are summarized in … Continue reading

“Changing Kingdoms” (Sermon on Colossians 1:13-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Changing Kingdoms” (Colossians 1:13-20) Perhaps you recall, earlier this year there were a number of celebrities who said they would move out of the country if a certain candidate got elected. They were all going to move to Canada if … Continue reading

“Signs of the End” (Sermon on Luke 21:5-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Signs of the End” (Luke 21:5-36) Tomorrow night, if the sky is clear, you will be able to see what is called a “Supermoon.” This Supermoon is a full moon, but it will appear about 15% larger than average, because … Continue reading

“The Greatest Victory Celebration” (Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Greatest Victory Celebration” (Revelation 7:9-17) On Wednesday night, late on Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. As I was sitting there watching it on TV, as soon as the ball went into Anthony Rizzo’s glove for … Continue reading

“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Sermon on Revelation 14:6-7 and Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28) It was 499 years ago tomorrow, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, thus beginning the movement … Continue reading

“The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” (Sermon on Luke 18:9-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” (Luke 18:9-17) “The one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Now I don’t know if our Lord was talking about my Chicago Cubs there or not, but finally my humble Cubbies have been exalted. … Continue reading

“Continue in the Sacred Writings” (Sermon on 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Continue in the Sacred Writings” (2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5) In our Epistle reading today, St. Paul commends Timothy–and I would commend all of us–to the word of God. More specifically, I commend you to the continued study of Scripture, … Continue reading

“Remember Jesus Christ” (Sermon on 2 Timothy 2:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Remember Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:1-13) Do you ever get a little worried or fearful about what you might have to go through in order to live out your calling as a Christian? I mean, that your being a Christian … Continue reading

“Teach Your Children Well” (Sermon on Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; 3:14-17; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Teach Your Children Well” (Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; 3:14-17) I don’t know if you noticed it, but today we’re having a Christian education emphasis in our service. Four of our hymns today are from the Christian education section of … Continue reading

“Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps” (Sermon on Luke 16:19-31, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps” (Luke 16:19-31) This is the tale of two men. Which one would you rather be? It’s in a story that Jesus tells. It begins like this: “There was a rich man who was clothed … Continue reading

“Faithful Stewards” (Sermon on Luke 16:1-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Faithful Stewards” (Luke 16:1-15) In the Gospel for today, Jesus tells the Parable of the Dishonest Manager. This story is also known as the Parable of the Unrighteous Steward. The terms are interchangeable: dishonest or unrighteous; manager or steward. But … Continue reading

“Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners” (Sermon on Luke 15:1-10 and 1 Timothy 1:5-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners” (Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:5-17) Jesus receives sinners. Do you qualify? If so, great, I’ve got good news for you today. Or do you think you’re not that bad of a sinner? Well, … Continue reading