“You Will Have Treasure in Heaven” (Sermon on Mark 10:17-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“You Will Have Treasure in Heaven” (Mark 10:17-22) Today we have the story of the rich young ruler. It’s a story of idolatry, repentance, and faith–the declining of repentance and faith, actually, even though Jesus lovingly calls this young man … Continue reading

“Receive the Kingdom of God like a Child” (Sermon on Mark 10:2-16 and Hebrews 2:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Receive the Kingdom of God like a Child” (Mark 10:2-16; Hebrews 2:1-18) How would you like to enter the kingdom of God? I know I would. After all–literally, after all–the kingdom of God will be the only thing going. It … Continue reading

“It Is Better for You” (Sermon on Mark 9:38-50, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“It Is Better for You” (Mark 9:38-50) You don’t hear a lot of people talking about hell. It’s not a very popular topic. Modern ears are too sensitive to hear any talk of God actually judging people and sending them … Continue reading

“The Rhythm of the Christian Life: Repentance, Faith, and Servanthood” (Sermon on James 3:13 – 4:10, Mark 9:30-37; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Rhythm of the Christian Life: Repentance, Faith, and Servanthood” (James 3:13 – 4:10; Mark 9:30-37) As I was reading through the lessons for this day, I was thinking, “What would make a good message for us to hear today, … Continue reading

“The Deaf Hear and the Mute Speak” (Sermon on Mark 7:31-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Deaf Hear and the Mute Speak” (Mark 7:31-37) Maybe you’ve seen the videos on YouTube or through your Facebook feed. They’re videos of deaf people who hear sounds for the first time. It’s really quite remarkable. You see, there … Continue reading

“Prophets without Honor” (Sermon on Ezekiel 2, Mark 6, and 2 Corinthians 12; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Prophets without Honor” (Ezekiel 2:1-5; Mark 6:1-13; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10) “Prophets without Honor.” That’s what we see in our readings today, in the lessons from Ezekiel, Mark, and 2 Corinthians. “Prophets without Honor.” That’s what we see in our world … Continue reading

“A Flow of Blood and a Rising from the Dead” (Sermon on Mark 5:21-43, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Flow of Blood and a Rising from the Dead” (Mark 5:21-43) Two women, forever bound together in Holy Scripture. Two women, one an adult, suffering from a flow of blood for twelve years; the other a young girl, twelve … Continue reading

“Keep Calm, Jesus Is in the Boat” (Sermon on Mark 4:35-41, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Keep Calm, Jesus Is in the Boat” (Mark 4:35-41) “Be still, my soul.” Oh, really? You don’t know what I’m going through! My life is a wreck! My finances are in free-fall. My health–oh, don’t get me started! It’s just … Continue reading

“Different Opinions about Jesus–and His Followers” (Sermon on Mark 3:20-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Different Opinions about Jesus–and His Followers” (Mark 3:20-35) In the Holy Gospel for today we encounter people expressing a couple of different opinions about Jesus. One is a temporary misunderstanding about him. The other is a hardened rejection of Jesus. … 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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“The End of the World’s Coming” (Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, on Mark 13:24-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The End of the World’s Coming” (Mark 13:24-37) “In those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the … Continue reading

“How You ‘Mite Give'” (Sermon on Mark 12:38-44, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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 … Continue reading

“Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” (Sermon on Hebrews 4, Mark 10, and Ecclesiastes 5, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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 … Continue reading

“Today, If You Hear His Voice” (Sermon on Hebrews 3:12-19, Mark 10:17-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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. … Continue reading

“Let the Children Come to Jesus” (Sermon on Mark 10:2-16, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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 … Continue reading

“The Wisdom of Humble Servanthood” (Sermon on James 3:13 – 4:10 and Mark 9:30-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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? … Continue reading