Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Eighth through Tenth Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church on 1 Kings 21:1-29. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Every one of the Ten Commandments protects a gift that God has given, as we’ve been … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Sixth and Seventh Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church on 2 Samuel 11:1-27. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Sixth and Seventh Commandments protect gifts of God. The Sixth Commandment protects the gift of … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Second and Third Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church in North Liberty, IA on 1 Kings 18:20-40. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Second and Third Commandments flow from the First. In the First … Continue reading

“It Is Finished” (Sermon on John 19:17-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“It Is Finished” (John 19:17-30) “Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’ A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop … Continue reading

“Love Received, Love to Give” (Sermon on John 13:1-17, 31b-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Love Received, Love to Give” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” Yes, Jesus did that. And he also tells his disciples: “A new commandment I give to you, … Continue reading

“Annunciation, Acclamation, Crucifixion” (Sermon on Luke 1:30-33; Mark 11:1-10; 15:1-39; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Annunciation, Acclamation, Crucifixion” (Luke 1:30-33; Mark 11:1-10; 15:1-39) Today is a day in the church year that goes by two names, “Palm Sunday” and the “Sunday of the Passion.” This is Palm Sunday, the day when our Lord Jesus Christ … Continue reading

“The Real Jesus Is All You Really Need” (Sermon on John 1:1-18 and Ephesians 1:3-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Real Jesus Is All You Really Need” (John 1:1-18; Ephesians 1:3-14) In Sunday morning Bible class, we’re doing a study based on the book, “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? 12 False Christs.” And in these midweek Lenten … Continue reading

“Set Free to Serve” (Sermon on Mark 10:32-45, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Set Free to Serve” (Mark 10:32-45) I want to start out our message today with a little quiz. Multiple-choice. Which of these two statements is true: a) “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none,” or … Continue reading

“It’s a Gift!” (Sermon on Ephesians 2:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“It’s a Gift!” (Ephesians 2:1-10) You are a Christian. You are saved. You believe in Christ. You are heading for heaven. And in your Christian life, you do good works. Now the question arises: How did all this come about? … Continue reading

“One Option or the Only Way?” (Sermon on John 14:1-6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“One Option or the Only Way?” (John 14:1-6) We live in an age of religious pluralism. Religious pluralism is the belief that there are a plurality of religions, many religions, that can work. No one religion has a corner on … Continue reading

“Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:18-31) Every so often an organization called the American Religious Identification Survey conducts a national survey to find out how Americans are identifying themselves by their religion. And so we have data to … Continue reading

“Who Is the Real Jesus?” (Sermon on Matthew 16:13-23, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Is the Real Jesus?” (Matthew 16:13-23) In Bible class on Sunday mornings, we just started a study based on the book, “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?” In this book, the author discusses twelve false christs that are … Continue reading

“Passion Prediction, Passion Production” (Sermon on Mark 8:27-38 and Romans 5:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Passion Prediction, Passion Production” (Mark 8:27-38; Romans 5:1-11) Most of you probably remember a movie a few years back called “The Passion of the Christ.” It was about Jesus’ suffering and death. That’s what the word “Passion’ means in that … Continue reading

“Out of the Water, into the Wilderness” (Sermon on Mark 1:9-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Out of the Water, into the Wilderness” (Mark 1:9-15) Today is the First Sunday in Lent, which means that the Holy Gospel is an account of the temptation of our Lord. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record this episode that … Continue reading

“Hearts and Ashes” (Sermon on Joel 2:12-19, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hearts and Ashes” (Joel 2:12-19) Today is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day for sending your love a box of candy and a Valentine’s card. Something like this: Roses are red, Violets are blue; Sugar is sweet, And so … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: Preparing for Lenten Prayer

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon introduces the theme of prayer, preached on Quinquagesima (Luke 18:31-43), and largely influenced by The … Continue reading

“The Suffering, Sacrificing, Saving Servant” (Sermon on Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Suffering, Sacrificing, Saving Servant” (Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12) “Behold, my servant,” says the Lord. Yes, behold him today. Behold the servant of the Lord serving in a most unexpected way: serving by suffering. Today on this Good Friday we … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of the Altar” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of the Altar” Tonight we conclude our series on “The Catechism in Six Parts.” So far in the Catechism we’ve looked at the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of … Continue reading

“Holy Week: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11 and 27:11-66, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Holy Week: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66) “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Have you heard that saying before? It refers to the month of March. The idea is that March usually … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: Confession” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: Confession” Tonight we come to the part of the Catechism that is probably the least known to us today, and that is Confession. The practice of Confession may be unfamiliar to you. Confession is unfamiliar … Continue reading