“The Transfiguration: The Bridge between Epiphany and Lent” (Sermon on Mark 9:2-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Transfiguration: The Bridge between Epiphany and Lent” (Mark 9:2-9) Today is the Festival of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, remembering that day when our Lord Jesus Christ was transfigured, that is, his appearance was changed, up on a mountain. … Continue reading

“Jesus Comes Today with Healing” (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Comes Today with Healing” (Mark 1:29-39) Well, look at all those people Jesus healed! On a Sabbath afternoon, Simon Peter’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and Jesus healed her. And then that evening at sundown, after the Sabbath … Continue reading

“The Amazing, Astonishing Authority of Jesus” (Sermon on Mark 1:21-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Amazing, Astonishing Authority of Jesus” (Mark 1:21-28) Authority. What is your reaction when you hear that word, “authority”? I’m guessing that many of us would have a negative reaction to it. We Americans, in our culture, tend not to … Continue reading

“Repent, Believe, and Follow” (Sermon on Mark 1:14-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Repent, Believe, and Follow” (Mark 1:14-20) In the early chapters of the gospels, we track Jesus’ early ministry, as he goes about Galilee, preaching, teaching, and healing. As sort of a subset of his healing ministry, Jesus also casts out … Continue reading

“Glorify God in Your Body” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Glorify God in Your Body” (1 Corinthians 6:12-20) “Flee from sexual immorality.” “Glorify God in your body.” Now those are two direct quotations from today’s Epistle reading, 1 Corinthians 6. “Flee from sexual immorality.” “Glorify God in your body.” Two … Continue reading

“Something in the Water” (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Something in the Water” (Mark 1:4-11; Romans 6:1-11; Genesis 1:1-5) I don’t listen to pop music or country music on the radio, but recently I read that there is a song that’s popular on the airwaves right now that makes … Continue reading

“What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” (Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” (Matthew 2:1-12) “What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” I mean, what’s so special about this festival that we should have a special service for it, and on a day other than Sunday? In January, … Continue reading

“Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48) Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But … Continue reading

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Seventh Sunday after The Epiphany

Click here to listen to this week’s show. This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Brian Kachelmeier, who serves at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Los Alamos NM, and also hosts the Redeemer Theological Academy, joined our conversation on the lessons for the Seventh … Continue reading

“Life and Blessing in God’s Commandments” (Sermon on Deuteronomy 30:15-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Life and Blessing in God’s Commandments” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20) I am going to say something that may surprise you today: There is life and blessing in God’s commandments. “What?!” you say. That’s right, I said there is life and blessing in … Continue reading

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Sixth Sunday after The Epiphany

Click here to listen to this week’s show. This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Tom Albertson, who serves at Peace Lutheran Church in McCook NE, and Pastor Kevin Schnakenberg, who serves at St. John Lutheran Church in Ash Creek NE … Continue reading

“The Word of the Cross, the Power of God” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Word of the Cross, the Power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:12) As many of you know, these past two weeks I was at our seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to take a continuing education course on the … Continue reading

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Fifth Sunday after The Epiphany

Click here to listen to this week’s show. This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Tim McCall, who serves at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Atwood, KS, joined our conversation on the lessons for the Fifth Sunday after The Epiphany, which are: Isaiah 58:3–9a Psalm 112:1–9 … Continue reading

“On Us a Light Has Dawned” (Sermon on Matthew 4:12-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“On Us a Light Has Dawned” (Matthew 4:12-25) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth and was baptized in the Jordan, now it is time for him to undertake his public ministry. So the question arises: … Continue reading

“Gifted Speakers” (Sermon on John 1:29-42a and 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Gifted Speakers” (John 1:29-42a; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9) Have you ever heard of the St. Louis Speakers Series? Every year there’s a series of lectures, held in St. Louis, given by famous speakers from around the country. Well-known authors, politicians, broadcasters, … Continue reading

“To Fulfill All Righteousness” (Sermon on Matthew 3:13-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“To Fulfill All Righteousness” (Matthew 3:13-17) The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ is an event recorded in, or referred to, in all four gospels. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the account of the baptism itself is recorded. In John’s … Continue reading

Rejoice, O Gentiles: An Offertory for Epiphanytide

Here’s my setting of the offertory “Rejoice, O Gentiles”, from the 1969 TLH Worship Supplement. Feel free to reproduce for congregational use. Audio: … Continue reading

“The Vision and the Voice of the Transfiguration” (Sermon on Luke 9:28-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Vision and the Voice of the Transfiguration” (Luke 9:28-36) Today is the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, the day we observe the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The Transfiguration is that event when our Lord Jesus Christ was transformed in … Continue reading

“His Word Possessed Authority” (Sermon on Luke 4:31-44, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“His Word Possessed Authority” (Luke 4:31-44) In today’s Gospel, we catch a glimpse of what the public ministry of Jesus was like. We follow Jesus on what might have been a fairly typical day for him, a very busy day … Continue reading

“Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing” (Sermon on Luke 4:16-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing” (Luke 4:16-30) The Holy Gospel for today is the account of Jesus at the Nazareth synagogue, right as he was starting his public ministry. Jesus gets up to read one of the … Continue reading

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 128:1-6; John 2:1-11) The readings for today–the Old Testament Reading, the Psalm, and the Holy Gospel–these readings are filled with references to marriage and the family. … Continue reading

“The Gentile Christmas” (Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Gentile Christmas” (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6) It is often called “the Gentile Christmas.” I’m talking about Epiphany, of course, the festival we are celebrating today. The Epiphany of Our Lord is one of the major festivals in the church … Continue reading

Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh — Of What Value?

            The Gentile Christmas fast approaches on January 6th when the Church celebrates Epiphany. Here, Wise Men came from the East bearing gifts for the Christ child (Mt 2:11). Gold, frankincense, and myrrh are thought to symbolize the intercessory work … 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 2

Beloved, John 1:43-51 serves as our text for the Second Sunday after Epiphany. 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 … Continue reading