“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

“When You Walk through Fire You Shall Not Be Burned” (Funeral sermon on Isaiah 43:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When You Walk through Fire You Shall Not Be Burned” (Isaiah 43:1-7) “When you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” This is the Lord’s promise to his people. You heard it … Continue reading

“Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water” (Sermon on Psalm 1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water” (Psalm 1) One of the delights of late summer is all the delicious fruit that we get to enjoy, fruit that the fruit trees have produced: peaches, apples, cherries. Juicy, ripe, sweet–the … Continue reading

“Friend, Move Up Higher” (Sermon on Luke 14:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Friend, Move Up Higher” (Luke 14:1-14) Suppose you’re invited to a banquet–a wedding banquet, for instance–so you get dressed up in your best clothes, and you get there, and you see some seats that are open at the various tables. … Continue reading

“Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Sermon on Luke 13:22-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Luke 13:22-30) Suppose there’s a big party, a grand banquet that you’ve heard about, and you really want to go and be there for this great event. So you go to the banquet … Continue reading

Lutheran Church or 7-Eleven? A Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

In today’s Holy Gospel (Mark 7:31-37), our Lord shows us how profoundly our hearing affects us. Before he’d heard God’s Word, the man in our text was deaf and had trouble speaking. But then he heard God’s Word and his … Continue reading

“Fire, Distress, and Division: This Is the Gospel of the Lord?” (Sermon on Luke 12:49-53, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Fire, Distress, and Division: This Is the Gospel of the Lord?” (Luke 12:49-53) “‘I came to cast fire on the earth. How great is my distress! I have come to bring division on earth. From now on households will be … Continue reading

“Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear” (Sermon on Luke 12:22-34, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear” (Luke 12:22-34) “Do not be anxious. Do not be worried. Fear not.” That’s what Jesus says to his disciples in our Gospel reading for today. He says we shouldn’t be so worried about … Continue reading

“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” (Sermon on Ecclesiastes 1-2, Luke 12, and Colossians 3, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26; Luke 12:13-21; Colossians 3:1-11) We all want to live the good life, don’t we? I mean, we want to have the best life now that we can have. Financial security, good … Continue reading

“Raised, Rooted, and Walking” (Sermon on Colossians 2:6-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Raised, Rooted, and Walking” (Colossians 2:6-15) “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is the rhythm of the Christian life. “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is God’s will for you, in your life. “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is how Paul describes … Continue reading

“Interdependence Day” (Sermon on Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Interdependence Day” (Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18) On July 4, 1776, the United States of America declared their independence from Great Britain. Ironically, just a few days ago, with its Brexit vote, Britain declared its independence from the European Union. What goes … Continue reading