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  • "The Ascension: Past, Present, and Future" (Sermon for the Ascension of our Lord, on Eph. 1:15-23)

    05/10/2018 12:27:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 10, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Ascension: Past, Present, and Future” (Ephesians 1:15-23) Today we’re having church on a Thursday. That’s because we’re celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord, a major festival in the church year that always falls on a Thursday. And that’s because the event it celebrates came forty days after Easter. It was that marvelous occasion when our Lord Jesus Christ, after his resurrection, ascended into heaven. And tonight we will see that this great event connects, ties together, the past, the present, and the future work of Christ. Because it does, our Lord’s ascension has great importance for us, for our...
  • "The Real Jesus Is All You Really Need" (John 1:1-18; Ephesians 1:3-14)

    03/21/2018 6:01:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 21, 2018 | The Rev. 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 services, we’ve been picking up on themes from the book, as well. “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? 12 False Christs.” The premise of the book is that in our society people come up with false christs to fit their own presuppositions and desires. The real Jesus does not fit their idea of what he should be like, so...
  • "It's a Gift!" (Lenten sermon on Ephesians 2:1-10)

    03/14/2018 2:10:24 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 14, 2018 | The Rev. 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? To what extent does all of this, or any of this, depend on you? The salvation, the faith, the good works: Which parts are a gift, by grace, God’s doing? And which parts are up to us, our doing, our contribution to the equation? That’s what we’re going to explore today. Now these are important questions. A lot can be...
  • "Epiphany: Mystery Made Known" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Ephesians 3:1-12)

    01/06/2016 8:40:17 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Epiphany: Mystery Made Known" (Ephesians 3:1-12)I love a good mystery. Whether it's Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, it's fun to track with the detective as he discovers the clues and uses his "little grey cells" and eventually comes to the solution of the mystery. What had long been hidden now is revealed, and we the readers finally know "whodunit." I love a good mystery. And tonight, on Epiphany, we have one. A good mystery, I mean. A very good mystery, full of good news for you and me. What was long hidden has now been revealed. It was there all...
  • "Born a Priest, Made a Pastor" (Sermon on Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16)

    11/11/2015 2:10:39 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 10, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Born a Priest, Made a Pastor" (Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16)Circuit Pastors' Conference, November 10, 2015Today is Martin Luther's birthday. He's 532 today, although I'd say he doesn't look a day over 490. Yes, it was on this day, November 10, in the year 1483, that Hans and Margaretha Luther had a baby boy, in the town of Eisleben, Saxony. The next day, November 11, that little squirming baby was taken to the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, there in Eisleben, and he was baptized. Since it was November 11, the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, the boy...
  • "Marriage, God's Way" (Sermon on Ephesians 5:22-33)

    08/22/2015 9:53:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 23, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Marriage, God’s Way” (Ephesians 5:22-33)News story from this summer: Jared Fogle, former spokesman for Subway sandwiches, pleads guilty to criminal sexual charges, and now his wife is filing for divorce. News story from this summer: Josh Duggar, one of the stars of the reality program, “19 Kids and Counting,” is discovered to have an account with a web service designed for arranging extramarital affairs. News story from this summer: The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, strikes down state laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, thus allowing same-sex “marriage” in all fifty...
  • "Wisdom for Your Walk" (Sermon on Proverbs 9:1-10; Ephesians 5:6-21; John 6:51-69)

    08/16/2015 1:15:29 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 16, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Wisdom for Your Walk” (Proverbs 9:1-10; Ephesians 5:6-21; John 6:51-69)If I had to sum up a theme running through our lessons for today, and one that will be helpful for you, it is that here you will find “Wisdom for Your Walk.” You see, the Old Testament lesson from Proverbs is the call of wisdom to walk in the way of insight. The Epistle reading from Ephesians calls us to walk as children of the light and to look carefully how we walk, not as unwise but as wise. And in the Holy Gospel for today, from John 6, we...
  • "Receiving God's Gifts: Grumbling or Grateful?" (Sermon on Exodus 16, John 6, Ephesians 4)

    08/01/2015 11:00:05 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 2, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Receiving God’s Gifts: Grumbling or Grateful?” (Exodus 16:2-15; John 6:22-35; Ephesians 4:1-16)There is a theme that runs through all three of our lessons today. Did you spot it? It is the theme of God’s gifts. In the reading from Exodus, in the reading from Ephesians, and in the reading from John--in each of those readings, God is busy giving gifts to his people. Our God is a gracious and giving God, there is no doubt about that. But how God’s people receive his gifts--how we receive the gifts God gives to us--now that can be quite another question. Do we...
  • "God's Building Project" (Sermon on Ephesians 2:11-22)

    07/18/2015 10:51:01 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 19, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “God’s Building Project” (Ephesians 2:11-22) “Built on the Rock the Church shall stand.” “Christ is our cornerstone.” “The Church’s one foundation.” These hymns that we’re singing this morning--they’re all drawing on the imagery of our text today, the Epistle reading from Ephesians 2, specifically, from verses 19-22: “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in...
  • "Blessings in Christ: Past, Present, and Future" (Sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14)

    07/11/2015 8:01:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 12, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Blessings in Christ: Past, Present, and Future” (Ephesians 1:3-14)Today is the beginning of eight straight weeks in which the Epistle reading is a portion of St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. And at the same time, as soon as we wrap up our study of Mark, I plan to start Ephesians for our Bible class on Sunday mornings. So I encourage you to read through this wonderful epistle, perhaps even a couple of times, over these coming weeks. If I had to choose my favorite epistle in the New Testament, I just might pick Ephesians. There is so much here,...
  • "The Past, Present, and Future of the Ascension" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord)

    05/14/2015 9:31:15 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 14, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Past, Present, and Future of the Ascension” (Luke 24:44-53; Ephesians 1:15-23; Acts 1:1-11)“He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.” That’s what we just confessed about our Lord Jesus Christ, isn’t it? This portion of the Apostles’ Creed captures what this day, Ascension Day, is all about. These three things: He ascended into heaven. He sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again. A past act. A present reality. And a future hope. And all...
  • "By Grace You Have Been Saved" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on Ephesians 2:1-10)

    03/15/2015 4:31:57 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 15, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “By Grace You Have Been Saved” (Ephesians 2:1-10) Our Epistle reading for today is one of the outstanding passages in all of Scripture for putting together in one package several important realities. And they are: man’s natural condition; God’s great love and kindness in saving us; how that salvation comes to us as a gift; and then the result of what God has done for us in how we lead our lives. And there’s a key phrase that is repeated in this passage and that sums all this up, and it will serve as our theme this morning: “By Grace...
  • Reply To Michael Eric Dyson: No, Loving Jesus Is Not Homoerotic

    12/26/2013 9:42:51 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Boxing Day, 2013 | Michael Collender
    On Monday, Michael Eric Dyson appeared on The ED Show on MSNBC, this time hosted by Joy Reid. He was introduced as someone knowledgeable in American history and Biblical theology. Dyson, a professor at Georgetown, then insinuated that the Bible's teaching regarding loving Jesus is “interestingly homoerotic.” Dyson said: Look through the Bible, there's a lot of interesting things. The same men who sat up in a church of all men -- 'I put my God, Jesus over all women, I love Him more than I love her!' -- Hmmm... do you really? That sounds interestingly homoerotic to people who...
  • "Singing and Making Melody to the Lord" (Sermon on Ephesians 5:18b-20)

    08/11/2012 5:18:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 12, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Singing and Making Melody to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:18b-20)For our sermon text today I’m using a portion of one of next week’s readings, actually. But since I won’t be here next week, and the reading has what I want to preach on today, and it flows right of this week’s reading from Ephesians, I’ll exercise a little liberty now and use part of next week’s Epistle for our text today. It’s printed there in your bulletin, Ephesians 5:18b-20, as follows: “Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to...
  • "Rooted and Grounded in Love" (Sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21)

    07/28/2012 4:28:05 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 29, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rooted and Grounded in Love” (Ephesians 3:14-21)On this day when we have the confirmation of our two adult catechumens, I want to take this opportunity to remind all of us of how we have been “Rooted and Grounded in Love.” “Rooted and grounded in love.” This phrase comes to us from our Epistle lesson for today, from Ephesians chapter 3. It describes what it true for all of us who have been baptized into Christ and instructed in the Christian faith. We are rooted and grounded in love, God’s great love for us in Christ, that “love divine, all loves...
  • Behind the Michele Bachmann 'submissive' question (Byron York provides dithering justification)

    08/16/2011 6:21:14 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 62 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 8/15/11 | Byron York
    "Whatever the case, Bachmann's answer in Ames Thursday night was by far the most human moment of her appearance in the debate -- a far cry from her tough exchanges with former Minnesota Gov. (and now former candidate) Tim Pawlenty. At their best, debates tell us new things about candidates and allow us to learn more about aspects of their personalities we haven't seen before. Is there any doubt that moment in Ames on Thursday night did just that for Michele Bachmann?"
  • "Adopted as Sons" (Sermon for the Second Sunday after Christmas, on Ephesians 1:3-14)

    01/01/2011 6:17:56 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 2, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Adopted as Sons” (Ephesians 1:3-14)It is a terrible thing to be rootless, family-less, fatherless, not having a father. I can tell you from personal experience. My father died when I was one year old, and I can tell you that growing up without a father was no fun. All the other kids had dads; why didn’t I? There was this big gap in my life. This state of fatherlessness always weighed on my mind, and I’m pretty sure it held me back in life. On the other hand, one of the greatest joys I’ve had in life is being a...
  • Your Authority

    04/19/2010 10:30:17 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies · 275+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 04/19/2010 | Kip Davis
    Not so long ago, I noticed something very strange. Each day about the same time, I would start to get a feeling of fear. I would begin to worry and no matter how good of a day I was having, I would find myself feeling down until the feeling finally passed. Sometimes it passed quickly; sometimes it went on for the remainder of the day or night. The only way I can describe it is that it felt as though chains were being wrapped around my chest and slowly tightened. The fear and worry I was experiencing was not allowing...
  • Catholic Bible Study, Ephesians 1: 13-14

    09/02/2009 2:17:48 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 185+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 09/02/2009 | Rich Maffeo
    In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God's possession, to the praise of his glory. (1:13-14) For a moment, paint the picture in your mind of Golgotha's hill. Our Blessed Lord and the two criminals hung for hours on their respective crosses, ravaged by thirst, and mocked by the mob. And for hours, the two watched the One in the middle. Nothing escaped their notice. They heard His...
  • "Prepare for Battle!" (Sermon on Ephesians 6:10-20)

    08/29/2009 4:31:00 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies · 1,167+ views
    Charles Henrickson's blog at the Wittenberg Trail ^ | August 30, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Prepare for Battle!” (Ephesians 6:10-20)Today I get to speak to the troops in the midst of a battle. And guess what? You are the troops, and the battle is on! The battle is raging, and there are no deferments, there is no going AWOL, if you are a Christian. No, you are in the battle, automatically, and it is a fight to the finish, a life-or-death conflict. So the wise thing now is to heed the cry, “Prepare for Battle!” Today as we wrap up our eight-part series on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians, our text is the famous...