“Tribulation and Peace, Guaranteed” (Sermon on John 16:23-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Tribulation and Peace, Guaranteed” (John 16:23-33) There are very few guarantees in life, very few things you can be sure of. For instance, there are no guarantees about the success of your baseball team. The Chicago Cubs were riding high … Continue reading

“A Whole New World” (Sermon on Revelation 21:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Whole New World” (Revelation 21:1-7) “A Whole New World”: Aladdin may sing about it, but God will deliver it. Are you looking forward to it? You should be, and today I’ll tell you why. Yes, a whole new world. … Continue reading

“Our Guiding, Guarding Good Shepherd” (Sermon on John 10:22-30; Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Our Guiding, Guarding Good Shepherd” (John 10:22-30; Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17) Today is “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Every year on this Sunday in the Easter season we focus our attention on Jesus as our good shepherd. On this day every year … Continue reading

“Worthy Is the Lamb” (Sermon on Revelation 5:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Worthy Is the Lamb” (Revelation 5:1-14) In this presidential election year, we look around at the various candidates in both parties, and we ask ourselves, “Who is worthy? Who is worthy of holding the highest office in the land?” And … Continue reading

“If Christ Has Not Been Raised” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:1-26, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“If Christ Has Not Been Raised” (1 Corinthians 15:1-26) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, he is risen indeed! Risen from the dead! Risen bodily. And everything depends on this. Your faith, your forgiveness, your future. … Continue reading

“Confidence, Unity, and Joy: God’s Gifts to Our Church” (Sermon on 1 John 5 and John 17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Confidence, Unity, and Joy: God’s Gifts to Our Church” (1 John 5:9-15; John 17:11b-19) Today we are very happy to receive yet another family into our congregation. That makes seventeen new members added to our little church so far this … Continue reading

“Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying” (Sermon on 1 John 5:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying” (1 John 5:1-8) “Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying”: That’s the hymn we just sang (LSB 597). Listen again to the words of the first stanza: Water, blood, and Spirit crying, By their witness testifying To … Continue reading

“We Love Because He First Loved Us” (Sermon on 1 John 4:1-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“We Love Because He First Loved Us” (1 John 4:1-21) Love, love, love. How often do we hear that word “love”! We use it so freely, so loosely. We use it for McDonald’s hamburgers: “I’m lovin’ it.” We use it … Continue reading

“One Name, One Flock, One Shepherd” (Sermon on Acts 4:1-12 and John 10:11-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“One Name, One Flock, One Shepherd” (Acts 4:1-12; John 10:11-18) Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday,” the day in the church year every year when the propers–that is, the various parts of the … Continue reading

“To Understand the Scriptures” (Sermon on Luke 24:36-49, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“To Understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:36-49) Have you ever thought about what the Bible is all about? I mean, if you had to boil it down to just a few short sentences, what would you say is the main message … Continue reading

“Faith, Fellowship, and Forgiveness” (Sermon on John 20:19-31; 1 John 1:1 – 2:2; Acts 4:32-35; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Faith, Fellowship, and Forgiveness” (John 20:19-31; 1 John 1:1 – 2:2; Acts 4:32-35) Did you get any gifts for Easter? Maybe an Easter basket, filled with chocolate bunnies and jelly beans and Easter eggs that you open up and there’s … Continue reading

“Speaking of Life” – Homily for the Resurrection of Our Lord

“Speaking of Life” Mark 16:1-8   Other Holy Week sermons from Pastor Asburry: Palm/Passion Sunday Good Friday Maundy Thursday P: Christ is risen! C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Friday left us in the darkness of death, the valley of … Continue reading

“Just as He Told You” (Sermon on Mark 16:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Just as He Told You” (Mark 16:1-8) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) And you say that with such conviction! As you should. The announcement of Christ’s resurrection elicits from us a hearty response of faith and … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Easter, Eggs, and Nowruz

By now most Americans have probably heard of the Iranian/Persian New Year festival called Nowruz, or No Ruz. One of the more recent claims against Easter is that this Christian Holy Day is merely a hijacked version of the Persian … Continue reading

“Glorious Suffering” (Sermon on 1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Glorious Suffering” (1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11) Have you ever heard of the term “oxymoron”? An oxymoron is when you have two words placed next to each other in a phrase, but they really don’t belong together. For example, … Continue reading

“Baptized, Saved, and Ready to Speak” (Sermon on 1 Peter 3:13-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Baptized, Saved, and Ready to Speak” (1 Peter 3:13-22) Are you ready? Let me ask you again: Are you ready? And you say, “Ready for what? Ready to do what?” So I say, “Ready to speak.” “Ready to speak about … Continue reading

“Living Stones and a Holy Priesthood” (Sermon on 1 Peter 2:2-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Living Stones and a Holy Priesthood” (1 Peter 2:2-10) In the Epistle for today, St. Peter compares us Christians to, among other things, “living stones” and a “holy priesthood.” Both of these images are based on things that were realities … Continue reading

“Redeemed: From What? With What? Now What?” (Sermon on 1 Peter 1:17-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Redeemed: From What? With What? Now What?” (1 Peter 1:17-25) To introduce the sermon today I’d like us all now to open our hymnals to page 322, to the Small Catechism, the part on the Creed. And under the Second … Continue reading

“Born Again to a Living Hope” (Sermon on 1 Peter 1:3-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Born Again to a Living Hope” (1 Peter 1:3-9) Our reading today from 1 Peter 1 says a lot about your past, your present, and your future, and we can sum it up in this phrase from our text: “Born … Continue reading

“Amen” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer and 2 Corinthians 1:18-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Amen” (The Lord’s Prayer; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, “Alleluia” of course is the word of the day for Easter Day. We’ve been saving it up all Lent, and now today we … Continue reading

Redeeming Christian Holy Days: Another Bunny Attacks

A brief note on the misuse of Bodleian Library Manuscript Bodl. 264 Folio 21 This image is now being used to demonstrate pagan origins of the Easter Bunny: An example from California State University-San Marcos The drawing is from Prudence Jones … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies-Easter 2

This is a reposting of a pair of articles published last year on the origins of Easter and some Easter traditions. The sources are given so that the reader can better be able to debunk the popular “historical” nonsense about … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies-Easter 1

This is a reposting of a pair of articles published last year on the origins of Easter and some Easter traditions. The sources are given so that the reader can better be able to debunk the popular “historical” nonsense about … Continue reading

“Jesus Prays for Us” (Sermon on John 17:20-26, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Prays for Us” (John 17:20-26) Did you know you are mentioned in the Gospel reading for today? You are. Jesus is talking about you–in fact, he is praying for you–in the passage known as his “High Priestly Prayer” in … Continue reading

“In Jesus, Peace; In the World, Tribulation” (Sermon on John 16:23-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“In Jesus, Peace; In the World, Tribulation” (John 16:23-33) Hear again the words of Jesus at the end of John 16, verse 33: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world … Continue reading