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  • "Jesus and the Church: Inseparable" (Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20)

    08/23/2014 10:55:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 24, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus and the Church: Inseparable” (Matthew 16:13-20) “I love your Christ, but I dislike your Christianity.” That is a quote that has been attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, the leading figure from India of the 20th century. Sometimes it’s quoted as “I like your Jesus. I don’t like your Christians.” Or something like that. Whether Gandhi actually said this or not, the point is the same: Some people want to have Jesus--or at least the Jesus of their imagination--they want to have Jesus, but without the church. They try to pit the two against each other, Jesus and the church. Now...
  • "Jesus and People on the Fringe" (Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28)

    08/16/2014 8:25:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 17, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus and People on the Fringe” (Matthew 15:21-28)People on the fringe. That’s what you might call them. People on the fringe of respectable society. Sometimes beyond the fringe. These are not the good, upstanding people who have their act all together and are living their best life now. No, these are people with problems in their life. People who have gotten off track and maybe now are regretting the bad choices they have made. Perhaps they’re looking for a better way, but they don’t know where to find it. People on the fringe. And guess what? Jesus specialized in dealing...
  • "The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat" (Sermon on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

    07/20/2014 11:10:46 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 20, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat” (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43) Last week we heard the Parable of the Sower, from Matthew 13. Today it’s the Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat, also from Matthew 13. In fact, Matthew 13 is a chapter full of parables, seven of them altogether. Some of these parables are shorter, some are longer. Some are explained by Jesus, some of them are left unexplained. Today’s parable is one of the longer ones, and Jesus does explain it. So now let’s consider this parable and what Jesus is saying to us in it, in...
  • "When Sowing the Seed Seems Useless" (Sermon on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23)

    07/12/2014 9:35:52 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 13, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “When Sowing the Seed Seems Useless” (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23)It can be very discouraging to be a Christian these days. It seems like our whole culture has turned against the Christian faith. It can be very discouraging to be a member of a congregation these days. It seems like every church all across the country is having to deal with lower attendance and financial difficulties. It can be very discouraging to be a pastor these days. It seems like all your work is falling on deaf ears, and you wonder where the zeal for the gospel is, even among your own...
  • "Rest for the Heavy Laden" (Sermon on Matthew 11:25-30; Romans 7:14-25a)

    07/05/2014 2:03:24 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 6, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rest for the Heavy Laden” (Matthew 11:25-30; Romans 7:14-25a)In New York Harbor there stands a famous statue, the Statue of Liberty. In her one hand, Lady Liberty is holding a tablet bearing the date July 4, 1776, the day of America’s founding. In her other hand, she is holding aloft a torch, symbolizing liberty enlightening the world. In the harbor, the Statue of Liberty stands right next to Ellis Island, our nation’s largest immigration station for many years. Millions of immigrants made the long sea voyage from Europe in those days and came through Ellis Island, passing the Statue of...
  • "St. Peter and St. Paul: Losing Their Lives for Jesus' Sake" (Sermon on Matthew 10:38-39)

    06/28/2014 10:44:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 29, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “St. Peter and St. Paul: Losing Their Lives for Jesus’ Sake” (Matthew 10:38-39)Today is the Third Sunday after Pentecost, but it is also June 29. And June 29 is the day in the church year for observing the Festival of St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles. So that is what we are doing today. We just sang the hymn “By All Your Saints in Warfare” with the stanza for St. Peter and St. Paul. We heard lessons from Acts, 2 Timothy, and the Gospel of John that prominently feature Peter and Paul. We used those readings in place of the...
  • "Have No Fear of Them" (Sermon on Matthew 10:5a, 21-33)

    06/21/2014 9:19:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 22, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Have No Fear of Them” (Matthew 10:5a, 21-33)Today is the start of the long green season in the church year. The festival seasons have passed--Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter--those months when we tracked Jesus’ birth, his baptism, his transfiguration, his suffering, death, resurrection, ascension into heaven, and his pouring out the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Now today we begin the non-festival half of the church year, with several months ahead of us of more general teaching, much of it dealing with the life of discipleship that we Christians are called to live. This is not an easy life, this life...
  • Up To 14 Years For Undocumented Immigrant In Milford Dragging Death

    05/19/2014 10:25:29 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    A man from Ecuador convicted of dragging a Milford motorcyclist to his death under his pickup truck has been sentenced to up to 14 years in prison. A judge Monday sentenced 37-year-old Nicolas Dutan Guaman after clearing him of a second-degree murder, but convicting him on other charges including vehicular manslaughter in the August 2011 death of 23-year-old Matthew Denice.
  • "Who Is This?" (Sermon for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, on Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66)

    04/13/2014 1:47:39 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 13, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who Is This?” (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66) “Who is this?” That would seem to be the question of the day for this day that serves as both Palm Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion. “Who is this?” That’s what the people of Jerusalem were asking about the man who came riding into town on a donkey. That’s the question that swirled around this same man later in the week when he stood before Pilate and the crowd and when he went to the cross to suffer and to die. Who is this? Who is this man, Jesus of Nazareth, the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BEATITUDES, 03-27-14

    03/27/2014 7:49:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BEATITUDES The promises of happiness made by Christ to those who faithfully accept his teaching and follow his divine example. Preached in the Sermon on the Mount, they are recorded in St. Matthew (5:3-11) and in St. Luke (6:20-22).?26? In Matthew there are eight (or nine) blessings of a spiritual nature, applicable to all Christians; in Luke there are four blessings of a more external character, addressed to the disciples. Luke's version also includes four maledictions threatened on those who do the opposite. In both versions, the beatitudes are expressions of the New Covenant, where happiness...
  • "If You Are the Son of God" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, on Matthew 4:1-11)

    03/08/2014 8:27:24 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 9, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “If You Are the Son of God” (Matthew 4:1-11)Apparently there is a movie out in the theaters now called “Son of God.” I haven’t seen the movie, and I don’t plan to, but it’s supposed to tell the story of Jesus. However, I understand that this movie doesn’t even include the account of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness--which is pretty ironic for a movie that calls itself “Son of God,” since a central issue in the account of the temptation is precisely Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. Well, I haven’t seen the movie, but I have read...
  • "Jesus Really Means What He Says" (Sermon for Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany; Matthew 5:38-48)

    02/22/2014 9:18:37 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 23, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48)Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would...
  • "On Us a Light Has Dawned" (Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, on Matthew 4:12-25)

    01/25/2014 9:22:50 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 26, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “On Us a Light Has Dawned” (Matthew 4:12-25)After Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth and was baptized in the Jordan, now it is time for him to undertake his public ministry. So the question arises: Where will he do this? What will be his base of operations? Now you might think that the Messiah, the king of Israel, would set up shop in Jerusalem, the most important city in the land, the religious and political capital, the city of kings, the city of the temple. But if you’re thinking Jerusalem, you would be wrong. Jerusalem will...
  • "To Fulfill All Righteousness" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Matthew 3:13-17)

    01/11/2014 5:07:04 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 12, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “To Fulfill All Righteousness” (Matthew 3:13-17)The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ is an event recorded in, or referred to, in all four gospels. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the account of the baptism itself is recorded. In John’s gospel, it is referred to. Clearly God wants us to know that this is an important event in the life and career of Christ, an important event for us to know about. And so it is. Thus the church has set aside the First Sunday after the Epiphany every year for us to focus on the Baptism of Our Lord. As...
  • "Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt" (Sermon for First Sunday after Christmas; Matthew 2)

    12/28/2013 4:09:13 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 29, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt” (Matthew 2:13-23) “To us a child is born, to us a son is given.” And his name is Jesus, of course. This child born in Bethlehem at Christmas. This son--Son of God, son of Mary--this son given to us to be our Savior. But what happens when Jesus is born? What happens when God gives his Son to the world? A whole bunch of bad stuff, apparently. A king goes crazy. A family has to flee to Egypt. Babies are killed. Mothers are weeping. And this is a gift?? Some kind...
  • "Where Is God? Answer: Immanuel" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Matthew 1:18-25)

    12/23/2013 8:17:34 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 12 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Where Is God? Answer: Immanuel” (Matthew 1:18-25)Where is God in the midst of all of this? You hear this question all the time these days. Whenever there is a tragedy in the news, you hear people asking this question. “Where is God,” and then fill in the blank. Where is God when a tornado levels Moore, Oklahoma, or a typhoon devastates the Philippines? Where is God when there is a terrible school shooting--in Connecticut, in Colorado--and innocent children die? Where are you, God? Why did you let this happen? Or let’s bring it closer to home. Where is God when...
  • "Who Is This Jesus?" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent, on Matthew 21:1-11)

    11/30/2013 5:03:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 1, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who Is This Jesus?” (Matthew 21:1-11)Today is the First Sunday in Advent. As it’s the beginning of Advent, and the word “Advent” means “Coming,” our readings today--particularly the Holy Gospel--focus our attention on the one who will be coming to us at Christmas, namely, the one who comes to us now in every church service, and who will come again on the last day at the end of time. So who is this one who comes to us in these ways? That’s what our text today gets at. And because today is the First Sunday in Advent, it is also...
  • Judge Rules Illegal Alien DUI Killer Incompetent to Stand Trial, Cites 'Unique Cultural Background'

    04/12/2013 6:21:47 AM PDT · by montag813 · 47 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 04-12-2013 | John Hill
    Monster: Illegal alien DUI killer Nicolas Guaman.- by John HillStand With ArizonaWebsite | Facebook | Twitter It was one of the most brutal DUI deaths we've seen at the hands of an illegal alien - and we've seen a lot (here, here, here and here, for starters). In 2011, Ecuadorean illegal Nicolas Guaman, drunk at nearly three times the legal limit, ran through a stop sign in Milford, Mass., striking 23-year old Matthew Denice on his motorcycle. Denice was not killed by the impact, but died as Guaman tried to flee the scene, dragging Denice's body nearly 1/4 mile under...
  • "The Gentile Christmas" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6)

    01/05/2013 4:45:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Gentile Christmas” (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6)It is often called “the Gentile Christmas.” I’m talking about Epiphany, of course, the festival we are celebrating today. The Epiphany of Our Lord is one of the major festivals in the church year, one of the biggies. It’s a fixed-date festival, meaning it always falls on a certain date, regardless of the day of the week--like Christmas is always on December 25. Epiphany is always January 6, right after the twelve days of Christmas. So if January 6 happened to be on a Friday or a Tuesday, for example, we’d be having service....
  • "And Mary brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus." Matthew 1:25

    12/25/2011 10:16:11 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coachis Right ^ | 12/25/2011 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    A young quarterback who dropped to his knee after humiliating the Chicago Bears in an unbelievable overtime win is doing more to exemplify his faith in God to our young people than a president’s dismissive Sunday golf games. The example of Tim Tebow’s mother refusing to abort him when her doctors told her to do so is in stunning contrast to Barack Obama’s actions in the Illinois State Senate when he voted against the Baby Born Alive bill. Remember when he said soon upon entering the White House that America is no longer a Christian nation? Just go to tebowing.com...
  • Baptist John Albert Broadus (1827-1895) on the Implications of Matthew 16:18 ("Rock")

    11/27/2011 1:41:12 PM PST · by narses · 25 replies
    As Peter means rock, the natural interpretation is that 'upon this rock' means upon thee. No other explanation would probably at the present day be attempted, but for the fact that the obvious meaning has been abused by Papists to the support of their theory. But we must not allow the abuse of a truth to turn us away from its use; nor must the convenience of religious controversy determine our interpretation of Scripture teaching. . . . Some hold that such a play upon words, "thou art Rock, and on this rock," is unworthy of our Lord. But there...
  • Call No Man Father?

    'Call No Man Father': Why do Catholics call Priests ‘Father‘? By Matt1618 I want to look at a passage that is often used to say that Catholics are unbiblical because we refer to the priests as Father. Matthew 23:9 is the passage where Jesus says 'Call no man Father'. How can we call priests Father, when Jesus explicitly says we shouldn't use such language except of God the Father? I want to start off by looking at the passage in the larger context with the Revised Standard Version, Matthew 23:1-10: 1 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his...
  • "Then Comes the End" (Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, on 1 Cor. 15 and Matt. 25)

    11/19/2011 2:03:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 12 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 20, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Then Comes the End” (1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Matthew 25:31-46)Today is the Last Sunday of the Church Year. The church year mirrors the life of Christ and the course of history, and so, naturally enough, as we come to the end of the church year, the lessons and themes of the last few Sundays concern the last things, the end times, and the return of Christ the King. So it is today. The Propers of the Day, the Introit, Collect, and Gradual; the Readings, the Old Testament, Epistle, and Holy Gospel; the hymns, “The Clouds of Judgment Gather” and the rest--all...
  • Lost Syriac Text Gives Magi's View of the Christmas Story

    11/07/2011 7:10:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | Nov/Dec 2011 | unattributed
    The Bible tells us very little about the magi. Their story appears but once, in the Gospel of Matthew (2:1-12), where they are described as mysterious visitors "from the east" who come to Jerusalem looking for the child whose star they observed "at its rising." After meeting with King Herod, who feigns an intention to worship the child but actually plans to destroy him, the magi follow the same star to Bethlehem. There, upon seeing the baby Jesus and his mother Mary, the magi kneel down and worship him, presenting him with their three famous gifts -- gold, frankincense and...
  • "Blessed Are the Hungry and Thirsty" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Matthew 5:1-12)

    11/05/2011 9:15:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 6, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Blessed Are the Hungry and Thirsty” (Matthew 5:1-12)Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? Yes? Good. That’s a good place to be. Blessed, in fact. That’s what Jesus says in our Gospel for today: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” And so our theme this morning: “Blessed Are the Hungry and Thirsty.” Now it may sound strange to hear Jesus say that the hungry and thirsty are actually “blessed.” It doesn’t sound like any kind of a blessing to be suffering from hunger or thirst. But strangely enough it is. Because Jesus says...
  • "Sour Grapes in the Vineyard" (Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16)

    09/12/2011 6:33:01 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 13, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Sour Grapes in the Vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16)When someone expresses negativity about a situation after the fact, only after they’ve been disappointed about the outcome--we call that kind of a reaction “sour grapes.” A candidate loses an election, and then afterward he says some nasty stuff about those dumb voters who chose the other guy. That’s “sour grapes.” A man loses out on a job, and then he speaks behind the back of the employer he was just flattering to his face. Again, sour grapes. It’s not a very becoming or noble characteristic, this sour-grapes attitude after a disappointment. But it...
  • "Jesus Raises the Debt Ceiling" (Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35)

    09/10/2011 8:35:31 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 11, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Raises the Debt Ceiling” (Matthew 18:21-35)We’ve heard a lot lately about “the debt ceiling” and “raising the debt ceiling.” Now when our government does this, raising the debt ceiling way beyond our ability to repay--and the bill will come due--many people think this is not such a good thing to do. But in the government of God, that is, in the kingdom of God, raising the debt ceiling is the only way that you and I will ever live. And that same principle applies, then, to how we treat our brothers and sisters within the kingdom. We’re all here...
  • "All Authority in Heaven and on Earth Has Been Given to Me" (Sermon for Holy Trinity, Matthew 28)

    06/18/2011 11:44:54 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 19, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “All Authority in Heaven and on Earth Has Been Given to Me” (Matthew 28:16-20)“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’” If you had to vote on “What is the most puzzling statement in Scripture?” this might be it. What in the world is Jesus saying when he says, “All authority has been given to me?” “Given”? I mean, didn’t we just confess in the Athanasian Creed: “The Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal”?...
  • Matthew 24:1-35 and Modern Times [Vanity]

    03/14/2011 11:30:13 AM PDT · by camerongood210 · 17 replies
    1. Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” 3. As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4. Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives...
  • "Do Not Be Anxious, Your Heavenly Father Will Take Care of You" (Sermon on Matthew 6:24-34)

    02/26/2011 5:47:29 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 14 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 27, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Do Not Be Anxious, Your Heavenly Father Will Take Care of You” (Matthew 6:24-34)Today we conclude five weeks of Gospel readings from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The theme of today’s reading, if you had to sum it up, would be something like this: “Do Not Be Anxious, Your Heavenly Father Will Take Care of You.” “Do not be anxious, your heavenly Father will take care of you.” “Do not be anxious about your life,” Jesus says, “what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.” “Do not be anxious about...
  • "Just Like Your Father" (Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48)

    02/19/2011 5:25:06 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 20, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Just Like Your Father” (Matthew 5:38-48)“He’s just like his father.” So people will say when they see the son of someone they know. Usually they’re talking about the boy’s appearance. “He’s got his father’s eyes,” or some other distinctive feature. And to some extent that can apply to girls, too. Daughters can share certain features with their father--eyes, hair color, tall or short, that sort of thing. Children can be like their fathers also in their mannerisms, their speech patterns, and so on. “He’s just like his father.” This becomes even more important when we begin to talk about a...
  • "A Different Kind of Righteousness" (Sermon on Matthew 5:1-37)

    02/12/2011 8:25:09 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 13, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Different Kind of Righteousness” (Matthew 5:1-37)“For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” So said Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Listen to that again: “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Now this saying of Jesus assumes a couple of things: 1) that entering the kingdom of heaven is something to be highly desired; and 2) that it takes righteousness to enter it. So let’s start there, with those two points. First,...
  • "Lord, What Are You Doing Here?" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Matthew 3:13-17)

    01/08/2011 11:30:26 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 9, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Lord, What Are You Doing Here?” (Matthew 3:13-17)You know, so far, both at Christmas and at Epiphany, we’ve found Jesus in places you wouldn’t expect. The shepherds were told to find the newborn Messiah lying in a manger, not in a palace. Then, when the wise men come looking for the one born king of the Jews, they find him in the little town of Bethlehem, rather than in the royal city of Jerusalem. Not where you would expect for such a glorious king. And now, when we fast-forward to Jesus as an adult, once again we find him where...
  • "The Now and Not Yet of God's Baptized Saints" (Sermon for All Saints' Day)

    11/06/2010 10:52:24 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 7, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Now and Not Yet of God’s Baptized Saints” (Matthew 5:1-12; 1 John 3:1-3; Revelation 7:9-17)On this day when we have a baptism in our midst and we commemorate the faithful departed from our midst, on this All Saints’ Day observed, I want to talk to you briefly about “The Now and Not Yet of God’s Baptized Saints.” We’ll be looking at aspects of this theme from all three of our lessons today. First, when I say, “God’s baptized saints,” I’m talking about us. You and I are God’s baptized saints, the people he has made his own in Holy...
  • Tropical Storm Matthew

    09/23/2010 1:54:28 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 53 replies
    NOAA/NHC ^ | 23 September 2010 | NOAA/NHC
    Tropical Storm Matthew has formed in the South Central Caribbean Sea. The forecast path and intensity is dependent upon future interaction with terrain in Central America. Current NHC forecast indicates a northerly turn toward the Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday. Hurricane Watches and Tropical Storm Warnings were issued for Nicaragua and Honduras Thursday afternoon. NHC Public Advisories NHC DiscussionsForecast Model Plots Buoy Data:West CaribbeanFlorida & Eastern GOMWestern GOMSatellite Images & Loops:Atlantic Floater 1 (Visible, Infrared, WV images and loops) Intellicast Caribbean ImageGOES East Infrared Image
  • "St. Matthew: Called to Follow, Called to Serve" (Sermon on Matthew 9:9-13)

    09/18/2010 4:24:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 19, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “St. Matthew: Called to Follow, Called to Serve” (Matthew 9:9-13)On the church year calendar, the Festival of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, falls on September 21, which is this Tuesday. But since our congregation is named in honor of St. Matthew, we have decided to observe that commemoration today, on the Sunday closest. We’re calling it “St. Matthew’s Sunday,” a day to celebrate the ministry of our congregation and to rally support for our life and work together. Because whether we’re talking about St. Matthew the Apostle or St. Matthew the Congregation, in each case we’re talking about “St. Matthew:...
  • Court Upholds Navy Lawyer's Convictions For Releasing GITMO Names to Civil Rights Attorney

    07/20/2010 9:39:03 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 5 replies
    New York Lawyer ^ | July 19, 2010 | By Marcia Coyle
    WASHINGTON - A federal appellate court has upheld the convictions and sentence of a Navy lawyer who, in January 2005, mailed the names of Guantanamo Bay detainees to a lawyer at the Center for Constitution Rights in a Valentine’s Day card. In U.S. v. Diaz, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Thursday unanimously affirmed Lt. Commander Matthew Diaz’s convictions for conduct unbecoming an officer and for removing and communicating classified information. Diaz was sentenced to six months’ confinement and dismissal from the Navy. From July 6, 2004, to January 15, 2005, Diaz was assigned to Joint...
  • Is the Church of Matthew Chapter 16 Operating on Earth Today? -- Part VI

    01/27/2010 10:02:51 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 6 replies · 329+ views
    My Own Writings | January 27, 2010 | John Leland 1789
    THE CHURCHES OF GOD - CHURCHES OF CHRIST 1 Corinthians 11:16; Romans 16:16; Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 1:2; and many, many other passages We are never directly commanded in Scripture to "plant" these. There are no Scriptures to support the concept of "mother" churches. There are no Scriptures that mandate "organizational meetings." There are certainly no Scriptures that require the purchase of properties or the construction of physical church facilities (Please remember that a missionary to communist China is writing this. Bible-believing churches there must be underground and usually in secret—no dedicated facilities are possible...
  • Is The Church of Matthew Chapter 16 Operating On Earth Today? -- Part V

    01/26/2010 1:07:34 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 1 replies · 296+ views
    My Own Writings | January 26, 2010 | John Leland 1789
    THE CHURCH WHICH IS HIS BODY; THE FULLNESS OF HIM Ephesians 1:23; Colossians 1:18, 19 Could any pastor of any local church stand and say the following?: "The church which I pastor is ‘the fullness of Christ.'" We know of only a handful of churches (no more than that, though there are probably more) which are what may be described as "Philadelphian churches in the Laodicean age." Not one of their pastors would have the gall or intrepidity to declare that the church that he pastors is "the fullness of Christ." No single local church in history has ever been...
  • Is The Church of Matthew Chapter 16 Operating on Earth Today? - Part IV

    01/25/2010 10:35:24 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 2 replies · 266+ views
    My Own Writings | January 25, 2010 | John Leland 1789
    A GAP At present, we are in a "PROPHESY GAP," which began with Israel's final rejection of her King (Acts 7-28). As examples (among very many).... A GAP of centuries exists between "And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:"- GAP -"But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of...
  • Is the Church of Matthew Chapter 16 Operating on Earth Today? - Part III

    01/24/2010 4:52:11 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 3 replies · 460+ views
    My Own Writings | January 24, 2010 | John Leland 1789
    THE CHURCH BUILT UPON THE ROCK Matthew 16:18 The church of Matthew 16:13-20 is Davidic Israel; redeemed Israel, under her King and His Kingdom principles (i.e. Matthew chapters 5 through 7), and under the New Covenant (Matthew 16:16-19; Hebrews chapter 8; Jeremiah 31:31). The church of Matthew chapter 16 (since Acts chapter 28 especially) should now be viewed as the Israelitish church of future (Millennial) prophecy. As far as its earthly presence and position, it is in abeyance. There is no scriptural warrant to suppose that Jesus' disciples understood anything more in Matthew chapter 16 than the fulfillment of the...
  • Is The Church of Matthew Chapter 16 Operating On Earth Today - Part II

    01/24/2010 6:30:58 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 7 replies · 355+ views
    My Own Writings | January 24, 2010 | John Leland 1789
    THE CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS Acts 7:38 The first "church" in the Bible consisted of the Children of Israel; an assembly which was called out of Egypt into the wilderness for definite purposes (e.g. Deuteronomy 4:1-13). This is the church in the wilderness, led by God's servant Moses (Acts 7:38). Israel was corporately God's firstborn son (Ex. 4:22) and God called that son out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1). Yes, Hosea prophesied of God's only begotten Son, Jesus (Matthew 2:15), because Israel itself, as a corporate Nation, was an Old Testament type of Christ, according to the flesh. The fact that...
  • Is The Church of Matthew Chapter 16 Operating On Earth Today?

    01/23/2010 7:50:21 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 30 replies · 851+ views
    My Own Writings | January 23, 2010 | John Leland 1789
    Over the past 33 years I have heard members of various groups of professing Christian people cite Matthew 16:13-19 and apply it either to their specific denomination or to the Body of Christ in general. There are more, probably, but the ones I have direct knowledge of are as follows: 1. Roman Catholics; to them the church mentioned in the passage is the Catholic, or the Roman Catholic Church, depending on who I might have been speaking to. My own dad was a Catholic until 1975, and he almost always used the expression “Roman Catholic” (until 1975 always defending it)....
  • THE PROSTITUTE IN THE PULPIT

    07/05/2009 1:51:48 PM PDT · by Tamar Rush · 11 replies · 958+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | July 5th 2009 | David Ryser
    THE QUESTION that CHANGED MY LIFE -by David Ryser A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school of ministry. My students were hungry for God, and I was constantly searching for ways to challenge them to fall more in love with Jesus and to become voices for revival in the Church. I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this:
  • English Standard Version Verse of the Day

    06/07/2009 2:45:35 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 144+ views
    Matthew 6:1 6:1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
  • English Standard Version Verse of the Day

    06/01/2009 3:58:20 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies · 158+ views
    Matthew 5:9 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
  • TAKE UP YOUR SWORD AND FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT

    06/01/2009 9:52:07 AM PDT · by Psion · 5 replies · 471+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | May 30th, 2009 | Dr. Paul L. Williams
    TAKE UP YOUR SWORD AND FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT Dr. Paul L. Williams SUNDAY MEDITATION: “For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear,...
  • English Standard Version Verse of the Day

    05/22/2009 4:40:19 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 1 replies · 175+ views
    Matthew 6:6 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
  • English Standard Version Verse of the Day

    05/19/2009 3:39:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 1 replies · 201+ views
    Matthew 28:18-20 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  • The Sheep and the Goats [Jesus' Final Didactic in Matthew]

    03/11/2009 6:11:54 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 13 replies · 386+ views
    Bible Gateway ^ | circa 60 A.D. | St. Matthew
    "When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left. "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. And here's why: I was...