Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $21,322
24%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 24% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: lutheran

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • "Chosen by God, Redeemed in Christ, Sealed with the Spirit" (Sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14)

    07/14/2018 6:51:52 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 15, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Chosen by God, Redeemed in Christ, Sealed with the Spirit” (Ephesians 1:3-14) Our Epistle reading today is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. In fact, this is the first of eight straight Sundays when the Epistle comes from Ephesians. And during this time, we’re studying Ephesians for our Bible class. I encourage you to stay after service for that. So this is an opportunity for you to dive in to this epistle and really explore it in depth. You may also want to read through Ephesians, perhaps even in one sitting--it’s only six chapters long--perhaps several times over the...
  • "Power Made Perfect in Weakness" (Sermon on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10)

    07/07/2018 10:03:11 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 8, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Power Made Perfect in Weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:1-10) The words that engage our attention this morning and that will bring comfort to our souls are these verses from our Epistle reading, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, where St. Paul writes: “But he [the Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am...
  • "Daughters Delivered from Death and Disease" (Sermon on Mark 5:21-43)

    06/30/2018 8:03:25 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 17 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 1, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Daughters Delivered from Death and Disease” (Mark 5:21-43) Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Mark 6, the account of Jesus healing the woman with the flow of blood and raising Jairus’s daughter from the dead. Today we will look at this text under the theme, “Daughters Delivered from Death and Disease.” “Daughters,” plural. For we see not one but two daughters in this text. One of them is fairly obvious. It’s the young girl we all know as “Jairus’s daughter.” She is the one delivered from death. The other daughter we don’t normally think of as a daughter,...
  • "The Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun" (Sermon on Luke 1:57-80)

    06/23/2018 8:28:32 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 24, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun” (Luke 1:57-80) Last week I opened the sermon by saying that we are in the “long green meadow” of the church year, that is, the non-festival half of the church year, when the liturgical color is green. But then, here we are today, and the color of the paraments is white! What gives? Well, today is a little exception to that rule, because today, June 24, is one of the more important of the minor festivals, and it happens to fall on a Sunday this year. Today is the day...
  • "How Does Your Garden Grow?" (Sermon on Mark 4:26-34)

    06/16/2018 4:10:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 17, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How Does Your Garden Grow?” (Mark 4:26-34)It’s June, and everything is green. We’re in the growing season, and everywhere you look, you see the signs of growth. It’s green all around. Oh wait, you thought I was talking about outside! No, I’m talking about in here, in the church! It’s growing season now, and everything is green. Look at the green paraments on the altar, on the lectern and the pulpit, and the green banners on the wall. Green is the color of growth, and it’s the primary color for this “Season after Pentecost.” This non-festival half of the church...
  • "The Gospel in the Garden" (Sermon on Genesis 3:8-15)

    06/09/2018 10:49:18 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 13, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Gospel in the Garden” (Genesis 3:8-15) Did you know you have an adversary out to get you? A very strong adversary, too strong for you to handle on your own? You do. He’s out to get you, to destroy you, body and soul. And you would be powerless to overcome him on your own. You need help--big help, the kind only God can provide. Or else you would be lost, damned and condemned forever. You need this help day by day, every day, for your enemy will never give up on trying to take you down. But the good...
  • "In the Presence of the Holy God" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, on Isaiah 6:1-8)

    05/26/2018 6:26:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 27, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “In the Presence of the Holy God” (Isaiah 6:1-8) What would it be like if you knew you were in the presence of the holy God? Try to imagine. Would it be cool, casual, awesome, inspiring, overwhelming? What would your reaction be? “Oh well, just another day in the park. Nothing to see here. Ho hum.” Or maybe you’d think: “Oh wow! I must be pretty special to be given this kind of revelation of God. Yay me!” Or would you be terrified and frightened, shaking in your boots, to be in God’s presence? Well, today on this Holy Trinity...
  • "Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on Acts 2:1-21)

    05/19/2018 7:03:09 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 20, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God” (Acts 2:1-21) It’s the Day of Pentecost. It’s nine o’clock in the morning. And the disciples are together in one place. It was true back then, and it is true today--yes, here, this morning. Back on the Day of Pentecost in the Book of Acts, it was nine o’clock in the morning--“the third hour of the day,” as our text puts it--and the group of disciples was together there in Jerusalem. Now today, on this Day of Pentecost, also at nine o’clock in the morning, this group of disciples is gathered here...
  • "God's Testimony: Eternal Life in His Son" (Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter; 1 John 5:9-15)

    05/12/2018 8:49:38 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 27 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 13, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “God’s Testimony: Eternal Life in His Son” (1 John 5:9-15) This week the Epistle reading once again is from First John. This has been the Epistle featured throughout this Easter season, and for good reason. The author, St. John, was an eyewitness of the risen Lord Jesus, and in this letter John bears witness concerning the life God has given us through the death and resurrection of his Son. John opened this letter by saying: “The life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life.” Now as we come...
  • "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 Spirit and the Water and the Blood" (Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, on 1 John 5:1-8)

    05/05/2018 9:50:31 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 6, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Spirit and the Water and the Blood” (1 John 5:1-8)Our Epistle today from First John includes a section that at first glance may seem a little puzzling. But when we look at it a little more closely, we’ll see how it really does make sense. Indeed, it makes quite clear the very heart of our faith and salvation. The passage in question is 1 John 5:6-8, as follows: “This is he who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because...
  • "Abide in the Vine" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, on John 15:1-8)

    04/28/2018 12:58:05 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 29, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Abide in the Vine” (John 15:1-8) “Stay where you are!” “Don’t move!” These commands sound rather restrictive. These imperatives can sound oppressive and limiting, like we’re being told what to do, and it’s to not to do anything. The idea of remaining where you are sounds kind of boring, like we’re stuck in a rut. But when it comes to the Christian life, nothing could be further from the truth. Far from being dull and lifeless, for the Christian, remaining where you are--that is, “abiding in the vine,” remaining connected to Christ--is dynamic, active, and very productive. And so our...
  • "The Love That Lays Down Its Life" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, on 1 John 3:16-24)

    04/21/2018 10:50:23 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 22, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Love That Lays Down Its Life” (1 John 3:16-24) “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” What a beautiful hymn to sing on this day in the church year known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”! How we need a good shepherd to lead and guard and guide us! That’s why we follow Jesus and listen to his voice. We sing his praises, because of his great love for us. He loved us so much that he laid down his life for his sheep. Today we want to see what the results are of Christ laying down his life for us....
  • "What We Are Now and What We Will Be" (Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, on 1 John 3:1-7)

    04/14/2018 6:12:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 15, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What We Are Now and What We Will Be” (1 John 3:1-7) Last week we began a series of six straight weeks of Epistle readings from 1 John. Our theme last week was “Fellowship through the Word of Life”: We have fellowship with God and with one another through the Word of Life, enfleshed and proclaimed. Now today we want to find out more of what this fellowship with God means for us, both for now and for the future. And in today’s lesson the apostle John tells us: “What We Are Now and What We Will Be.” What we...
  • "Fellowship through the Word of Life" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, on 1 John 1:1 – 2:2)

    04/07/2018 9:50:28 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 8, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Fellowship through the Word of Life” (1 John 1:1 – 2:2) Today on this Second Sunday of Easter, we begin six straight weeks of Epistle readings from First John. This is quite appropriate for the Easter season, since First John is all about a real crucified-and-risen, flesh-and-blood Savior for real flesh-and-blood sinners. In his epistle John is telling us that this is the only way to have fellowship with God and with one another: It is through Christ, the eternal Son of God, coming in the flesh, shedding his blood for us, and rising from the dead bodily, to give...
  • "He Is Risen: No Fooling!" (Sermon for Easter Day, on Mark 16:1-8)

    03/31/2018 3:36:16 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 1, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “He Is Risen: No Fooling!” (Mark 16:1-8) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, it’s true! This is no April Fools’ joke. Jesus really is risen from the dead! Just like he said he would. Just like the angel said he had. But who believed this? Do you believe this? This is no joke. This is the most serious--and yet at the same time, the most joyous--fact in the history of the world. And it is the most important reality for you, when I say, “He Is Risen: No Fooling!” No, this is no prank, this is...
  • "It Is Finished" (Sermon for Good Friday, on John 19:17-30)

    03/30/2018 12:27:28 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 30, 2018 | The Rev. 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 branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” This is our text. “It is finished”: one of the last words of Jesus on the cross. But just what kind of a statement was it, this “It is finished”? What...
  • "Love Received, Love to Give" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

    03/29/2018 12:52:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 29, 2018 | The Rev. 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, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” And so our message tonight is all about love: The love with which Jesus loved us, and then the love he would have us give to one another. “Love Received, Love to Give.” First of all, love received. Love his disciples received...
  • "Annunciation, Acclamation, Crucifixion" (Sermon for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion; Luke, Mark)

    03/24/2018 6:56:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 25, 2018 | The Rev. 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 rode into Jerusalem, and the crowd spread palm branches before him and acclaimed him as their coming king. But today also serves as the Sunday of the Passion, the first day of Holy Week, looking ahead to Christ’s suffering, which will culminate in his crucifixion on Good Friday. The Scripture readings we have had so far in the service today...
  • "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...