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  • "What Epiphany Tells Us about Worship" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12)

    01/06/2018 5:50:59 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What Epiphany Tells Us about Worship” (Matthew 2:1-12) The Festival of the Epiphany of Our Lord always falls on January 6, regardless of the day of the week. In that respect, it’s like Christmas, which always falls on December 25. Both are what are called “fixed-date festivals.” And so right after the twelve days of Christmas comes Epiphany. This year Epiphany, January 6, falls on a Saturday, and that’s why we’re here today. Epiphany has long been part of the church’s worship. In the early church, Epiphany was observed perhaps even more than Christmas. This was because, while at Christmas...
  • "The Sheep and the Goats" (Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, on Matthew 25:31-46)

    11/25/2017 9:43:36 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 26, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Sheep and the Goats” (Matthew 25:31-46) Are you a sheep or a goat? You will be one or the other, you know. When? When Christ comes again. Listen again to today’s Gospel reading: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.” Dear friends, you...
  • "Faithful Stewards of Our Master's Talents" (Sermon on Matthew 25:14-30)

    11/18/2017 10:03:29 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 19, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Faithful Stewards of Our Master’s Talents” (Matthew 25:14-30) Our text is the Holy Gospel for today, from Matthew 25. It’s the story known as the Parable of the Talents. A master gives his servants talents, varying amounts of money, to manage on his behalf. When he comes back, we see what they have done with those talents and what the master says to them about their stewardship. This parable has real application to us, for you and I have been gifted by God with varying talents and abilities, as well as money, to be used faithfully for God’s purposes. You...
  • "Render to Caesar, Render to God" (Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22)

    10/21/2017 11:20:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 22, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Render to Caesar, Render to God” (Matthew 22:15-22) Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Matthew 22, the passage that includes the famous saying, “Render unto Caesar.” But as we’ll find out, that is only half of the verse. The other half is about rendering unto God, and really that is the main point of the passage. So today our theme: “Render to Caesar, Render to God.” We’re in Jerusalem in the days leading up to the Passover. Jesus has just come into town a couple of days ago. His enemies have been trying to figure out a way...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (Gueranger)

    09/20/2017 10:19:28 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Red Double of the Second Class The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the son of Abraham. The Eagle and the Lion have already risen in the heavens of the holy Liturgy; today we salute the Man; and next month the Ox will appear, to complete the number of the four living creatures who draw the chariot of God through the world and surround his throne in heaven. These mysterious beings, with their six seraph-wings, are ever gazing with their innumerable eyes upon the Lamb who stands upon the throne as it were slain;...
  • "The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant" (Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35)

    09/16/2017 10:59:20 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 16 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 17, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant” (Matthew 18:21-35) Forgiveness doesn’t count. Oh, don’t get me wrong! I don’t mean that it doesn’t matter of that it’s not important. By no means. No, forgiveness counts for a lot in that respect. In fact, it’s everything. We’d be lost without forgiveness. But when I say, Forgiveness doesn’t count, I mean it in the way that Jesus teaches it, which is to say, forgiveness doesn’t keep score. Forgiveness doesn’t count. It doesn’t keep score or keep track of how many times it has to forgive or how much sin it has to have...
  • "Dealing Drastically with Sin" (Sermon on Matthew 18:1-20)

    09/08/2017 8:26:42 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 10, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Dealing Drastically with Sin” (Matthew 18:1-20) How seriously do we take the matter of sin? Our own sin? The sin of others? I think that is the theme running through the teachings of Jesus today in the Holy Gospel from Matthew 18: the seriousness of sin and our need to treat it as such. And so our message this morning: “Dealing Drastically with Sin.” I think, generally speaking, in our culture today people do not treat sin as a serious matter, and we certainly do not deal drastically with it. We let it slide. We excuse it. We rationalize it....
  • "Who Is This Man?" (Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20)

    08/26/2017 10:49:00 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 27, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who Is This Man?” (Matthew 16:13-20) “Who is this man?” Who is this man Jesus? This is the most important question that has ever been asked. How will you answer it? The question comes up in the Holy Gospel for today, from Matthew 16. Our text begins: “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’” Who is this man? Who is this Jesus? That is...
  • "Jesus and the Canaanite Woman" (Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28)

    08/20/2017 1:18:07 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 20, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus and the Canaanite Woman” (Matthew 15:21-28) What kind of faith do you have, in what kind of God? That is the question that our text today will help us to answer. For what we will see in our text is this: What kind of faith? A persevering faith. In what kind of God? In a merciful Lord. Persevering faith in a merciful Lord--that is the story of “Jesus and the Canaanite Woman.” The story begins with Jesus going up to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Tyre and Sidon are cities outside the boundaries of Israel--they’re up north, along...
  • "Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest" (Sermon on Matthew 11:25-30 and Romans 7:14-25a)

    07/08/2017 9:12:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 9, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest” (Matthew 11:25-30; Romans 7:14-25a) “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Here in this verse from today’s Gospel, Matthew 11:28, Jesus issues a gracious invitation and makes a wonderful promise. “Come to me” is the invitation, and “I will give you rest” is the promise. And to whom does he address this invitation and promise? To “all who labor and are heavy laden.” What is it, then, to labor and be heavy laden, to be weary and burdened? What does Jesus mean...
  • "A Sword, a Cross, and a Life" (Sermon on Matthew 10:34-42)

    07/01/2017 10:35:25 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 2, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Sword, a Cross, and a Life” (Matthew 10:34-42) Today Jesus tells us that he came to bring us three things: “A Sword, a Cross, and a Life.” Are you sure you want these things? Let’s find out. Our text is the Holy Gospel for today, from Matthew chapter 10. Jesus has been instructing his disciples in this chapter, preparing them for what they’re getting themselves in for. And it’s not going to be a bed of roses. Because some of these roses are going to have thorns. Are you ready for this? Yes, are you ready for this? Because...
  • "When the Tempter Comes Calling" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, on Matthew 4:1-11)

    03/04/2017 4:34:56 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 5, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “When the Tempter Comes Calling” (Matthew 4:1-11) What are you going to do when the tempter comes calling? Oh, be assured, he will come. The tempter came for Adam and Eve. The tempter came for ancient Israel. He even came for Jesus. So what are you going to do “When the Tempter Comes Calling”? Who is this tempter? It is the devil, of course. Satan, the accuser, the adversary, the evil one, the enemy of our souls. His goal is to destroy you, to do you evil, to tear you away from your faith in God, to doubt God’s word...
  • "Best Picture: The Transfiguration of Our Lord" (Sermon on Matthew 17:1-9)

    02/25/2017 11:57:07 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 26, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Best Picture: The Transfiguration of Our Lord” (Matthew 17:1-9) Tonight will be the Academy Awards ceremony coming from Los Angeles. Tonight they’ll give out the award for, among other things, Best Picture of the year. I don’t know which one will win, but I want to tell you, this morning here in the church, we get to see a far better “Best Picture,” and it is none other than “The Transfiguration of Our Lord.” The picture we see at the Transfiguration had its share of special effects--lighting, sound, and so on. And there were a couple of guest stars making...
  • "Be Who You Are, Children of Your Heavenly Father" (Sermon, 7th Sunday after Epiphany, Mt. 5:38-48)

    02/18/2017 7:10:40 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 19, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Be Who You Are, Children of Your Heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:38-48) The Holy Gospel for today can be a hard one to understand, much less a hard one to actually do. In it Jesus says things like “Turn the other cheek,” “Give somebody the shirt off your back,” and “Go the extra mile.” Oh, Jesus, really? Those things sound hard! Maybe you don’t really mean that. Is there a way we can explain those things away? But then Jesus goes further. He not only says we should love our neighbor--that can be hard enough--he even says we are to love...
  • "Salt of the Earth, Light of the World" (Sermon, Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Matthew 5:13-16)

    02/04/2017 5:04:12 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 5, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Salt of the Earth, Light of the World” (Matthew 5:13-16)Our text today is a portion of the Holy Gospel, reading again from verses 13-16 of Matthew 5: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light...
  • "Your Blest Life Now" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, on Matthew 5:1-12)

    01/28/2017 4:17:09 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 29, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Your Blest Life Now” (Matthew 5:1-12) You’ve probably heard of a TV preacher by the name of Joel Osteen. He’s got a huge megachurch down in Houston, and he’s got a massive audience on television. He’s also written a number of best-selling books, the most famous of which is called “Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential.” What Mr. Osteen does that has made him so successful is to dish out some warmed-over self-help pabulum, and people are lapping it up. He says things like this: “Your best days are not behind you, they’re still...
  • "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand" (Sermon, Second Sunday in Advent; Matthew 3:1-12)

    12/03/2016 3:15:48 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 4, 2016 | The Rev. 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 heaven is at hand”: That is the message of John the Baptist as he comes preaching in our midst today. Let’s listen and take heed to what he is saying. “Repent”: That’s the big word that comes through in our text today. What does this call to repentance mean for us and for our lives? What shape will it take?...
  • "Advent Trees" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, on Matthew 3:1-12 and Isaiah 11:1-10)

    12/07/2013 4:37:17 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 8, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Advent Trees” (Matthew 3:1-12; Isaiah 11:1-10)You’ve heard of Christmas trees. But have you heard of “Advent trees”? No? Well, I hadn’t either. In fact, I just made that term up as I was thinking about our lessons for today. For in both the Holy Gospel and the Old Testament Reading, there’s quite a lot of “tree” talk going on: “tree,” “root,” “fruit,” “shoot,” and so on. It’s like an Advent arboretum. So let’s see what we are to make of all this, under the theme, “Advent Trees.” We’ll start in the Holy Gospel from Matthew 3. There John the Baptist...
  • "'Hosanna!' Our Advent Prayer and Praise" (Sermon for First Sunday in Advent, on Matthew 21:1-11)

    11/27/2016 2:23:40 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 27, 2016 | The Rev. 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? Why do we get a Palm Sunday reading here at the beginning of Advent? Well, if you think about it, there is a good reason for this selection. Think about what those crowds were doing on Palm Sunday. They were welcoming Jesus as their coming king. “Behold, your king is coming to you,” our text says, quoting from the prophet Zechariah....
  • Governor: Matthew blamed for 10 deaths in NC, active rescues in Lumberton

    10/10/2016 6:46:32 AM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 15 replies
    WTVD-11 News - ABC11.com ^ | October 10, 2016 | Assorted Reporters
    RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Governor Pat McCrory said Monday there have been 10 deaths in North Carolina from Hurricane Matthew. Five people are still missing. Officials say most of the dead died when rushing flood waters swept their cars off roads. During a news conference, the governor also said a levee has breached near Lumberton and some 1,500 people are stranded. There are active rescues using helicopters and boats.