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  • "Rejoice in the Lord Always" (Sermon on Philippians 4)

    10/14/2017 6:11:24 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 15, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rejoice in the Lord Always” (Philippians 4) “Rejoice in the Lord Always”: So says Paul in our Epistle reading today. Really? “Rejoice”? “Always”? Are you kidding me? “Rejoice always”? That’s easy for you to say, Paul. You don’t know what I’m going through. If you did, you wouldn’t be telling me to rejoice always. I mean, come on! Look at all these bills I’ve got to pay! Rent, groceries, gasoline, maintenance on the car. Insurance: car insurance, health insurance, insurance on my insurance. Taxes: federal, state, local, and sales taxes, plus the fee for my tax preparer. Paying off the...
  • "Invited to the Feast" (Funeral sermon on Isaiah 25:6-9)

    10/13/2017 7:44:25 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 13, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Invited to the Feast” (Isaiah 25:6-9) There’s a big feast coming, and Bob is invited! In fact, his seat is already guaranteed. There’s a big feast coming, and you are invited too. That’s what I want to tell you about today, that we have been “Invited to the Feast.” What is this feast I’m referring to? It’s the one spoken of by the prophet Isaiah. You heard this prophecy in the reading from Isaiah 25. It begins: “On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of...
  • "The Joy of Knowing Christ" (Sermon on Philippians 3)

    10/07/2017 6:10:04 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 8, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Joy of Knowing Christ” (Philippians 3)I noticed in the news about a week ago--maybe you saw it too--that Monty Hall died. He was the longtime host of the television game show, Let’s Make a Deal. You remember how the show worked? Monty would pick out a member of the studio audience and offer that person, say, $200 for the tennis shoes she was wearing. Then Monty would suggest a deal. Do you want to keep the $200 you have in your hand, or do you want to trade it in for what’s behind the curtain, where Carol Merrill is...
  • "The Joy of Being of the Same Mind, the Mind of Christ" (Sermon on Philippians 2)

    09/30/2017 10:46:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 1, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Joy of Being of the Same Mind, the Mind of Christ” (Philippians 2) Today is the second in our four-week series on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. We’re going chapter by chapter through the four chapters of this letter. Last week we introduced the series by noting that Philippians is often called “The Epistle of Joy,” because of the recurring theme of joy running through the letter. We saw it last week in Philippians 1. There Paul describes his relationship with the Philippians in what we called a “Joyful Gospel Partnership.” Through the message that Paul had preached...
  • "A Joyful Gospel Partnership" (Sermon on Philippians 1)

    09/23/2017 8:30:50 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 24, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Joyful Gospel Partnership” (Philippians 1) Today we start a four-week series of readings and sermons--and Bible classes, as well--on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. The official Epistle readings from the lectionary have big chunks of each of the four chapters over these four weeks, but since we’re diving in whole-hog, as it were, I decided I’d read the whole chapter each week, as you just heard. So today we begin with Philippians chapter 1. In trying to come up with a theme for this message--and really, for the whole book--I thought back to a sermon I heard long...
  • "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....
  • "How to Understand--and Do--Christian Exhortations" (Sermon on Romans 12:9-21)

    09/01/2017 10:10:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 3, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How to Understand--and Do--Christian Exhortations” (Romans 12:9-21) Take a look again at the Epistle reading for today, as printed on your Scripture insert. It’s Romans 12:9-21, and it starts out as follows: “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” What do you notice about all...
  • "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...
  • "The Last Enemy to Be Destroyed Is Death" (Funeral sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 51-57)

    08/14/2017 5:37:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 14, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Last Enemy to Be Destroyed Is Death” (1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 51-57) Over 25 years as a pastor, I have had a number of World War II veterans as members of the congregations I have served. Homer Rouggly was one of them. In fact, Homer Rouggly might well be the last one that I will have the honor of laying to rest. That “Greatest Generation” is quickly passing away, and they were quite a crew. By the way, for a number of years I had two World War II veterans sitting near each other in the pews at St. Matthew’s:...
  • "The Word Is Near You, in Your Mouth and in Your Heart" (Sermon on Romans 10:5-17)

    08/12/2017 2:01:10 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 13, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Word Is Near You, in Your Mouth and in Your Heart” (Romans 10:5-17) There is a wealthy author and art dealer in New Mexico by the name of Forrest Fenn. A lover of adventure, Mr. Fenn decided to fill a chest with gold nuggets, rare coins, jewelry, and gemstones, and to hide this treasure somewhere in the American West. He gave out clues, so that other adventure-seekers could search for the treasure chest and hopefully find it. The hidden treasure is said to be worth about two million dollars. Well, in the seven years since this began, dozens and...
  • "Come and Be Satisfied!" (Sermon on Isaiah 55:1-5)

    08/05/2017 9:53:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 6, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Come and Be Satisfied!” (Isaiah 55:1-5) Today the Lord is extending an invitation to you. He is saying to each one of us today: “Come and eat!” “Come and drink!” “Come and Be Satisfied!” “Come and be satisfied!” This is the message God is speaking to us today through his prophet Isaiah. Our text is the Old Testament Reading from Isaiah 55. Listen again to the first part of this text: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why...
  • "Inseparable!" (Sermon on Romans 8:28-39)

    07/29/2017 7:15:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 30, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Inseparable!” (Romans 8:28-39) Do you ever worry that God has given up on you? That he’s finally had enough and is ready to kick you to the curb? It’s like God is thinking: “Oh, my goodness! There he goes again! Haven’t I told him often enough not to do those things? What am I going to do with this one?” Yeah, how could God put up with a supposed Christian as lousy as I am? So I wonder if I’m going to make it with God all the way to the end. Or maybe you think God has forgotten about...
  • "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...
  • "Confessing the Faith with the Augsburg Confessors" (Sermon on Psalm 119:46)

    06/24/2017 9:53:18 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 65 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 25, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Confessing the Faith with the Augsburg Confessors” (Psalm 119:46) Today Lutheran churches around the world are celebrating the 487th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. On June 25, 1530, in the city of Augsburg, Germany, a group of Lutheran princes presented a confession of their faith, composed by the theologian Philip Melanchthon, Luther’s right-hand man--they presented their confession to Emperor Charles V. That document, called the Augsburg Confession, summarizes what our Lutheran churches believe, teach, and confess, on the basis of Holy Scripture. Today then we want to consider what it means for us to be “Confessing the...
  • "A Kingdom of Priests" (Sermon on Exodus 19:2-8)

    06/17/2017 10:27:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 18, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Kingdom of Priests” (Exodus 19:2-8) “You shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” What did this mean for Old Testament Israel? What does it mean for the church today? What does it mean for you in your life? That’s what we’re going to explore now as we consider the Lord’s calling for us to be “A Kingdom of Priests.” Our text is the word that the Lord spoke to Israel at Mount Sinai, shortly after he had brought...
  • "Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God" (Funeral sermon on the Apostles' Creed)

    06/16/2017 3:20:06 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 17 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 16, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God” (Apostles’ Creed)Bob, Karen, Michele, friends and family of our dear sister Dottie: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christian funeral service is both a time of sadness and a time of hope. It is a time of sadness, because we will miss our dear loved one. And so we grieve. However, as St. Paul tells the Thessalonians, we grieve, but not as those who have no hope. We do have hope, the only hope that works. For the Christian, our hope is firmly...
  • "The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity)

    06/10/2017 6:05:06 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 11, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?”Today is Trinity Sunday--or, more properly called, the Feast of the Holy Trinity--and as such, this is the one day in the year when we confess the Athanasian Creed. Actually, we believe, teach, and confess the Athanasian Creed 365 days a year; it’s just this is the one day in the year when we speak it aloud in church during the service. You see, the church confesses three ecumenical creeds: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. They are called “ecumenical” creeds, because they are held all across Christendom. The Apostles’ Creed is the...