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  • "Passion Prediction, Passion Production" (Sermon, Second Sunday in Lent; Mark 8, Romans 5)

    02/24/2018 3:39:51 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 25, 2018 | The Rev. 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 sense, the things that were done to Jesus, his being betrayed, arrested, beaten, crucified, and killed. Well, our Gospel reading today is about the Passion of the Christ, his suffering. To be more precise, it is a prediction of it--the first prediction of his Passion that Jesus makes. In the gospel narrative, the early ministry of Jesus in Galilee leads...
  • "Out of the Water, into the Wilderness" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, on Mark 1:9-15)

    02/17/2018 10:56:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 18, 2018 | The Rev. 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 took place right after Jesus’ baptism. This year we hear from Mark, who tells it the most briefly. Just two verses, as follows: “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.” Mark gets...
  • "Hearts and Ashes" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday, on Joel 2:12-19)

    02/14/2018 4:28:47 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 14, 2018 | The Rev. 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 are you. Yes, it’s a day for hearts and flowers. But by coincidence of calendar, today is also Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a day for recognizing our sinful heart, repenting of our sin, and remembering our mortality: Roses are red, Ashes are gray; Remember you’re dust-- You’ll return there one day. But Ash Wednesday is also a day for...
  • Washington Redskins Art Monk's Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech (Inspiring)

    02/04/2018 3:29:07 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 5 replies
    Pro Football Hall of Fame ^ | 2008 | Arthur Monk
    Getting here did not come without controversy--But in all due respect, as great as this honor is, it's not what really defines who I am or the things that I've been able to accomplish in my life. I'll always be known as a Redskin... And even now as a Hall of Famer, the one thing I want to make very clear is that my identity and my security is found in the Lord. And what defines me and my validation comes in having accepted his son Jesus Christ as my personal savior. And what defines me is the word of...
  • "Where Is the Healing?" (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39)

    02/03/2018 7:02:07 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 4, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Where Is the Healing?” (Mark 1:29-39) Every year during the Epiphany season, we get Gospel readings in which Jesus is doing the activities of his public ministry. We see Jesus busy with things like preaching, teaching, and healing the sick. For example, take the readings from Mark 1 we’ve had these last few weeks. Two weeks ago we heard Jesus preaching, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Last week Jesus was in the synagogue teaching, and “he taught them as one...
  • "The War of the Worlds" (Sermon on Mark 1:21-28)

    01/27/2018 4:54:47 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 28, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The War of the Worlds” (Mark 1:21-28) Have you ever heard of “The War of the Worlds”? No, I’m not talking about H. G. Wells’s classic novel about Martians invading Earth. Nor am I talking about Orson Welles’s radio version of “The War of the Worlds,” which had some people thinking it was an actual news broadcast. And I don’t mean the movie versions that have been made, either. No, “The War of the Worlds” I’m talking about today is no piece of fiction. It is very real, and it has been going on for a very long time. It...
  • "Hold Lightly to the Things of This World" (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 7:29-31)

    01/20/2018 7:12:07 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 21, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hold Lightly to the Things of This World” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31) Are you married? Some of you are, some of you aren’t. OK, so let’s broaden the field. How about these questions: Are there times when you mourn? Are there times when you rejoice? Or how about these: Do you ever buy goods? Do you ever have dealings with the world? OK, now I think I’ve got everybody covered. Well, here’s what I want you to do today. Two words: Stop it. That’s it: Stop it. Stop doing those things! Live like you’re not married. Stop mourning. Stop rejoicing. Live...
  • "Philip and Nathanael: A Story of Witnessing" (Sermon on John 1:43-51)

    01/13/2018 8:01:49 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 14, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Philip and Nathanael: A Story of Witnessing” (John 1:43-51) The Holy Gospel for today, from John 1, takes place very early in Jesus’ ministry, when he was first gathering his disciples. It’s the story of Philip and Nathanael, how they came to be disciples and follow our Lord. It’s the story of “Philip and Nathanael: A Story of Witnessing.” Now today let their story become your story also. The story begins with Jesus finding Philip and saying to him, “Follow me.” Notice that: Jesus finds Philip. Just like he finds us. He seeks us out, even when we were not...
  • "The Heavens Being Torn Open" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Mark 1:4-11)

    01/07/2018 11:57:07 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 7, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Heavens Being Torn Open” (Mark 1:4-11) How many of you know when your baptismal birthday is? Mine is September 10. What’s yours? It’s good to take note of and remember the day of your baptism, that happy day when all your sins were washed away and you became a child of God. So if you don’t know your baptismal birthday, you might want to go ahead and find out when it is and then celebrate it. But did you know there’s a baptismal birthday going on today? And that it’s one all of us can celebrate? Because today is...
  • "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...
  • "And the Word Became Flesh" (Sermon for Christmas Day, on John 1:1-18)

    12/25/2017 12:00:41 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 25, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “And the Word Became Flesh” (John 1:1-18) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Christmas marks a dividing line between truth and error. The reality of what happened at Christmas--namely, that the Word became flesh--that reality is so shocking, so utterly unreasonable and offensive, that it drives people crazy. It causes them to deny the truth and to promote error in its place. Most all the classic heresies that have been around...
  • "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/24/2017 4:33:08 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” (Luke 2:1-20) For our Christmas Eve homily tonight, I thought I’d let Luther lead the way. This is the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, after all, and Martin Luther wrote and preached much on the wonder and the mystery of Christ’s birth. It was a favorite theme of his. So tonight we’ll use Luther’s great Christmas hymn, “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come,” as the basis for our meditation. You’ll find it as Hymn 358 in your Lutheran Service Book. Luther wrote the text of this hymn in 1534, it was...
  • "Gabriel's Gracious Greeting" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:26-38)

    12/23/2017 8:30:58 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Gabriel’s Gracious Greeting” (Luke 1:26-38) Every year on the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the Holy Gospel is a reading about Mary. Last year it was the message to Joseph that Mary would bear a son. Next year it will be Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth. This year it is the Annunciation to Mary that she will conceive in her womb and bear a son. So each year on this Sunday there’s something about Mary becoming the mother of our Lord, which is most fitting on the Sunday closest to Christmas. As I say, our text today is the Annunciation, the announcement...
  • "He Will Surely Do It" (Advent sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)

    12/20/2017 8:05:08 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 20, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “He Will Surely Do It” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24) This has been an Advent series about the Second Advent, the Second Coming of Christ. Each Wednesday we’ve looked at the Epistle reading from the previous Sunday, and the connecting theme that runs through all of them is the idea of “Waiting for the Day of the Lord.” We began two weeks ago by unpacking the biblical teaching about the day of the Lord, that it is “A Day of Judgment and Salvation.” Last week we saw that when the Day of the Lord finally comes, God will bring about “New Heavens...
  • "When the Messiah Gives You a Makeover" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent, on Isaiah 61)

    12/16/2017 2:15:24 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 17, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “When the Messiah Gives You a Makeover” (Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11) Have you ever seen one of those makeover shows on TV? My daughter used to watch one. It was called “What Not to Wear.” The idea of the show was that they would select a woman whose wardrobe and appearance wasn’t that great. Then they would help her pick out some new clothes that would look better on her. They would give her a nice haircut and do up her makeup. So this woman, who at the start of the program was looking all drab and dowdy, by the end...
  • "New Heavens and a New Earth" (Advent sermon on 2 Peter 3:8-14)

    12/14/2017 6:20:50 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 13, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “New Heavens and a New Earth” (2 Peter 3:8-14) This year’s theme for our Advent midweek services is “Waiting for the Day of the Lord.” We’re looking at the Epistle readings for the first three weeks of Advent, all of which are about looking forward to the second coming of Christ and, in view of that, how to live now while we’re waiting for that day. Last week we began by looking at the biblical background of the term, “The Day of the Lord.” We saw it as a day of both judgment and salvation--judgment for the unbelieving world, but...
  • "A Baptism of Repentance for the Forgiveness of Sins" (Mark 1:1-8)

    12/09/2017 10:29:59 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 10, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Baptism of Repentance for the Forgiveness of Sins” (Mark 1:1-8) Well, here comes John the Baptist again. He always shows up around this time of year. Always with kind of a depressing message: “Repent! Get your life straightened out!” John the Baptist is like the Denny Downer of December. Everybody else is having a good time getting ready for Christmas--going shopping, listening to Christmas music, watching specials on TV, having Christmas parties--and here comes John, telling us to repent. John, is that any way to get ready for Christmas? I mean, listen to this part of our text today...
  • "A Day of Judgment and Salvation" (Advent sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:3-9)

    12/06/2017 8:46:01 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 6, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Day of Judgment and Salvation” (1 Corinthians 1:3-9) In thinking about a theme for our three midweek Advent services this year, I decided to go with the Epistle readings for the first three Sundays in Advent. For there is a common theme that you can see in all three. There is a phrase, a connecting thread, that runs through these readings. See if you can notice what it is. First, from the Epistle for the First Sunday in Advent, 1 Corinthians 1, the part where it says: “as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who...
  • "Oh That You Would Rend the Heavens and Come Down" (Sermon, First Sunday in Advent, Isaiah 64:1-9)

    12/02/2017 11:11:05 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 3, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Oh That You Would Rend the Heavens and Come Down” (Isaiah 64:1-9) The Old Testament Reading for today, from Isaiah 64, is an intense prayer. The prophet is begging God to intervene on behalf of his people. As such, it is a fitting prayer also for God’s New Testament people, the church. And so, on this First Sunday in Advent, as we enter this season of waiting for the Lord’s coming, we cry out with Isaiah, “Oh That You Would Rend the Heavens and Come Down.” What is the situation for which Isaiah writes? With prophetic foresight, Isaiah looks ahead...
  • "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...