“Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken” (Sermon on John 19:31-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken” (John 19:31-37) It’s Friday, and darkness falls over the land. On a cross, a man who has been nailed there is dying a shameful and agonizing death. Yet this is no criminal. … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Annunciation to the Virgin Mary – Annunciation: The Virgin Shall Conceive

March 25 Luke 1:26-38 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of … Continue reading

“Love One Another, as I Have Loved You” (Sermon on John 13:1-17, 31b-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Love One Another, as I Have Loved You” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So said Jesus to … Continue reading

And Death Pursues me All the Way — Vespers Sermon on Luke 8:41-56

The following is the third sermon in a Lenten series on the hymn, “I Walk in Danger All the Way” (LSB 716): And death pursues me all the way, nowhere I rest securely.  Death turns us into beggars by giving … Continue reading

“He Humbled Himself” (Sermon on Philippians 2:5-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“He Humbled Himself” (Philippians 2:5-11) Have you ever been humbled? Yes, humbled, brought low. Maybe you were humbled when you got beat really badly in a game of Scrabble. Maybe you won that game of Scrabble, and you got the … Continue reading

“Love God, Love Your Neighbor” (Sermon on the Ten Commandments, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Love God, Love Your Neighbor” (The Ten Commandments) “Love God, Love Your Neighbor”: Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? And it is. It is simple. And it is good and right and holy. This is how life is meant to work. … Continue reading

“The Prodigal Celebration” (Sermon on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Prodigal Celebration” (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32) Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Luke 15. It is the famous and well-loved Parable of the Prodigal Son. But today I want to suggest to you that we might also call … Continue reading

“Loving God with Our Mouth and Ears” (Sermon on the Ten Commandments, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Loving God with Our Mouth and Ears” (The Ten Commandments) We started off this series on the Ten Commandments with, obviously, the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods.” There is but one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, … Continue reading

“Examples from the Exodus” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Examples from the Exodus” (1 Corinthians 10:1-13) Some good examples can be instructive for us on what to do. We learn from watching others. Children learn from their parents, about how to speak, how to tie their shoelaces, about how … Continue reading

The Secret to Church Growth

On one occasion after Jesus finished teaching in the synagogue, a number of his disciples were offended at His teaching and said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” and many of His disciples turned back and … Continue reading

Poem on the Introits for Lent

A good devotion for Lent, and really any time of the Church year, is to review the Introit for each upcoming Sunday. At Trinity and St. Paul we use the Historic Lectionary, and the following is a poem I have … Continue reading

“Our Citizenship Is in Heaven” (Sermon on Philippians 3:17 – 4:1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Our Citizenship Is in Heaven” (Philippians 3:17 – 4:1) Citizenship is a big deal in our country right now, especially since this is an election year. There is talk about how to keep non-citizens out, how to keep them from … Continue reading

“The First Commandment: Have No Other Gods” (Sermon on the Ten Commandments, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The First Commandment: Have No Other Gods” (The Ten Commandments) “You shall have no other gods.” OK, that sounds pretty simple. “Have No Other Gods”? Yeah, I can do that. After all, I don’t bow down to any idols of … Continue reading

“Father, Forgive Them” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Ash Wednesday February 10, 2016 “Father, Forgive Them” Luke 23:32-34 “There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the … Continue reading

Satan, the World’s First Feminist

Adam did battle with Satan in the Garden Paradise and lost. It was a no-contest, really. By the time round two came around, Eden had been a distant memory and Satan had home-field advantage. The desert wilderness couldn’t have been … Continue reading

“What Great Love!” – Homily for Good Friday

“What Great Love!” John 18-19 When we began the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, we prayed: “Almighty and everlasting God, You hate nothing You have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new … Continue reading

“Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani?” (Sermon for Good Friday, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani?” (Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12; Psalm 22; Mark 15:1-47) “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” This is one of the seven words from the cross, that is, one of the seven times Jesus spoke during his crucifixion. “Eloi, Eloi, … Continue reading

“Washed and Fed to Love” – Homily for Holy (Maundy) Thursday

“Washed and Fed to Love” John 13:1-15, 34-35 A new commandment I give to you, Jesus said, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (Jn. 13:34). That’s were we … Continue reading

“Blood of the Covenant” (Sermon for Holy Thursday, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Blood of the Covenant” (Exodus 24:3-11; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; Mark 14:12-26) “Blood” and “covenant” go together in the Bible pretty much all the time. Whenever God establishes a covenant with people, generally it is sealed with blood. And tonight is … Continue reading

“Ride On…to Die!” – Homily for Palm/Passion Sunday

“Ride On…to Die!” Philippians 2:5-11 & Matthew 27:11-54 St. Paul sums it up well. Jesus “made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:7). You see, the “likeness of men” comes … Continue reading

“Your Committed and Determined King” (Sermon on Mark 11:1-10; 14:12-26; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Your Committed and Determined King” (Mark 11:1-10; 14:12-26) Today is a Sunday that goes by two names, “Palm Sunday” and the “Sunday of the Passion.” As such, we get readings for both of these emphases. There is the Palm Sunday … Continue reading

The Most Dangerous Situation You’ll Ever Encounter: A Sermon for Wednesday of Judica on Psalm 130

Click here for a free, downloadable Bible study of Psalm 130 from Around the Word. Out | of the depths*      I cry to you, | O LORD! O Lord, | hear my voice!*      Let your ears be attentive … Continue reading

“The Tree of Life in the Paradise of God” (Revelation 21:22 – 22:5, 22:14)

“The Tree of Life in the Paradise of God” (Revelation 21:22 – 22:5, 22:14) And so we come full circle. One month ago, we began this series on “The Tree of Life” back there, at the tree of life in … Continue reading

Bible Studies That Don’t Ask You to Talk about Your Feelings

This Lent I began editing and co-authoring a weekly free, downloadable PDF Bible study with Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller on the Penitential Psalms (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143) for Around the Word. We’ve had a number of people tell us how useful they’ve … Continue reading

“To Serve and to Give His Life as a Ransom” (Sermon on Mark 10:32-45, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“To Serve and to Give His Life as a Ransom” (Mark 10:32-45) These boys just don’t get it. The disciples, I mean. There’s a whole lot of misunderstanding going on in our text for today, the Holy Gospel from Mark … Continue reading