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  • "Receive the Kingdom of God like a Child" (Sermon on Mark 10:2-16 and Hebrews 2:1-18)

    10/04/2015 2:34:52 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | October 4, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Receive the Kingdom of God like a Child” (Mark 10:2-16; Hebrews 2:1-18) How would you like to enter the kingdom of God? I know I would. After all--literally, after all--the kingdom of God will be the only thing going. It is an everlasting kingdom, filled with peace and joy and life and blessing, and it will last forever. So who would not want to enter it? You’d have to be a fool not to. No, the kingdom of God--it’s the best thing going, and there’s nothing else like it. So the question arises: How do you get in? How do...
  • "It Is Better for You" (Sermon on Mark 9:38-50)

    09/27/2015 2:08:48 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | September 27, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “It Is Better for You” (Mark 9:38-50)You don’t hear a lot of people talking about hell. It’s not a very popular topic. Modern ears are too sensitive to hear any talk of God actually judging people and sending them to hell. How dare he! Who does he think he is, God? Well, yeah. He can make that call. He is the almighty Judge, who is always righteous in his judgments. But the Bible does speak of God’s judgment and eternal damnation. Even so, you don’t hear a lot of sermons that even mention hell. Well, today you will. Because Jesus...
  • "The Rhythm of the Christian Life: Repentance, Faith, and Servanthood" (Sermon on James 3-4, Mark 9)

    09/19/2015 11:36:03 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | September 20, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Rhythm of the Christian Life: Repentance, Faith, and Servanthood” (James 3:13 – 4:10; Mark 9:30-37)As I was reading through the lessons for this day, I was thinking, “What would make a good message for us to hear today, something timely and fitting and that would apply to us all? What is God’s word saying to us through these readings?” And as I mulled those questions over in my mind, what began to emerge from the lessons--particularly from the Epistle of James and the Gospel of Mark--what I began to see is this: These readings portray very vividly and plainly...
  • "Taming the Tongue" (Sermon on James 3:1-12 and Isaiah 50:4-10)

    09/13/2015 1:38:42 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Taming the Tongue” (James 3:1-12; Isaiah 50:4-10)Maybe you’ve seen it in the news this past week: There are wildfires raging throughout California, burning out of control. Large stretches of forests are being destroyed; homes are being threatened. What started these fires? Who knows? In one case, it might have been a lightning strike, starting with just one or two trees catching on fire and then spreading rapidly. In another case, it may have just been a careless campfire, left unattended. Something small like that can start and spread and cause untold damage. That’s how wildfires go. But did you hear...
  • "The Deaf Hear and the Mute Speak" (Sermon on Mark 7:31-37)

    09/05/2015 10:06:18 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | September 6, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Deaf Hear and the Mute Speak” (Mark 7:31-37)Maybe you’ve seen the videos on YouTube or through your Facebook feed. They’re videos of deaf people who hear sounds for the first time. It’s really quite remarkable. You see, there are implants now that doctors can put into people’s ears, called cochlear implants, and when these devices are activated, the deaf person can immediately hear sounds for the first time. And so these videos record the reactions of these people who are hearing for the first time in their lives. They show babies who are hearing their parents’ voice for the...
  • "Marriage, God's Way" (Sermon on Ephesians 5:22-33)

    08/22/2015 9:53:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | August 23, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Marriage, God’s Way” (Ephesians 5:22-33)News story from this summer: Jared Fogle, former spokesman for Subway sandwiches, pleads guilty to criminal sexual charges, and now his wife is filing for divorce. News story from this summer: Josh Duggar, one of the stars of the reality program, “19 Kids and Counting,” is discovered to have an account with a web service designed for arranging extramarital affairs. News story from this summer: The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, strikes down state laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, thus allowing same-sex “marriage” in all fifty...
  • "Wisdom for Your Walk" (Sermon on Proverbs 9:1-10; Ephesians 5:6-21; John 6:51-69)

    08/16/2015 1:15:29 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies ^ | August 16, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Wisdom for Your Walk” (Proverbs 9:1-10; Ephesians 5:6-21; John 6:51-69)If I had to sum up a theme running through our lessons for today, and one that will be helpful for you, it is that here you will find “Wisdom for Your Walk.” You see, the Old Testament lesson from Proverbs is the call of wisdom to walk in the way of insight. The Epistle reading from Ephesians calls us to walk as children of the light and to look carefully how we walk, not as unwise but as wise. And in the Holy Gospel for today, from John 6, we...
  • "The Bread of Life" (Sermon on John 6:35-51)

    08/08/2015 11:30:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | August 9, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Bread of Life” (John 6:35-51)Today is the second of three straight Sundays in which the Holy Gospel is a portion of Jesus’ “Bread of Life” discourse from John chapter 6. “I am the bread of life,” Jesus declares, several times in John 6, and that is the motif running through this chapter. Last week we heard Jesus say, “My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” And then he said, in the verse that concluded last week’s reading and also...
  • "Receiving God's Gifts: Grumbling or Grateful?" (Sermon on Exodus 16, John 6, Ephesians 4)

    08/01/2015 11:00:05 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | August 2, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Receiving God’s Gifts: Grumbling or Grateful?” (Exodus 16:2-15; John 6:22-35; Ephesians 4:1-16)There is a theme that runs through all three of our lessons today. Did you spot it? It is the theme of God’s gifts. In the reading from Exodus, in the reading from Ephesians, and in the reading from John--in each of those readings, God is busy giving gifts to his people. Our God is a gracious and giving God, there is no doubt about that. But how God’s people receive his gifts--how we receive the gifts God gives to us--now that can be quite another question. Do we...
  • "God's Building Project" (Sermon on Ephesians 2:11-22)

    07/18/2015 10:51:01 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | July 19, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “God’s Building Project” (Ephesians 2:11-22) “Built on the Rock the Church shall stand.” “Christ is our cornerstone.” “The Church’s one foundation.” These hymns that we’re singing this morning--they’re all drawing on the imagery of our text today, the Epistle reading from Ephesians 2, specifically, from verses 19-22: “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in...
  • "Blessings in Christ: Past, Present, and Future" (Sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14)

    07/11/2015 8:01:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | July 12, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Blessings in Christ: Past, Present, and Future” (Ephesians 1:3-14)Today is the beginning of eight straight weeks in which the Epistle reading is a portion of St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. And at the same time, as soon as we wrap up our study of Mark, I plan to start Ephesians for our Bible class on Sunday mornings. So I encourage you to read through this wonderful epistle, perhaps even a couple of times, over these coming weeks. If I had to choose my favorite epistle in the New Testament, I just might pick Ephesians. There is so much here,...
  • "Prophets without Honor" (Sermon on Ezekiel 2:1-5; Mark 6:1-13; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10)

    07/04/2015 10:26:45 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies ^ | July 5, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Prophets without Honor” (Ezekiel 2:1-5; Mark 6:1-13; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10)“Prophets without Honor.” That’s what we see in our readings today, in the lessons from Ezekiel, Mark, and 2 Corinthians. “Prophets without Honor.” That’s what we see in our world today--that’s what we see in our nation today. And who are these prophets who do not receive the honor befitting the message that they bring? Well, guess what? It’s us, we in the church, who bring the word of God. So it behooves today to listen now, as we consider the trials--and the blessing--of being “Prophets without Honor.” Scene 1, 600...
  • MD Priest calls out unfaithful Catholics homosexuals in priesthood that set stage for USSC decision

    06/29/2015 5:43:52 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 83 replies
    Listen to Sermon-Its worth it ^ | 6/28/2015 | Christ the King Catholic Church
    Feeling down about the Catholic Church and the homosexual marriage ruling? Give a listen to this Maryland priest's sermon. He goes after homosexuals in the priesthood, Martin Omally, and unfaithful Catholics. He speaks about the truth of marriage being one man andone woman. Pray for him as he said what needed to be said and may pay the price for it.
  • "A Flow of Blood and a Rising from the Dead" (Sermon on Mark 5:21-43)

    06/27/2015 9:37:02 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | June 28, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Flow of Blood and a Rising from the Dead” (Mark 5:21-43)Two women, forever bound together in Holy Scripture. Two women, one an adult, suffering from a flow of blood for twelve years; the other a young girl, twelve years old, dead, but then rising from the dead. Two women, afflicted by disease and death as we all are. And yet two women, both saved, delivered, and healed, in the same way that we are. And so our theme this morning, “A Flow of Blood and a Rising from the Dead.” Our text is the Holy Gospel for today, from...
  • "Keep Calm, Jesus Is in the Boat" (Sermon on Mark 4:35-41)

    06/20/2015 6:51:00 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies ^ | June 21, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Keep Calm, Jesus Is in the Boat” (Mark 4:35-41)“Be still, my soul.” Oh, really? You don’t know what I’m going through! My life is a wreck! My finances are in free-fall. My health--oh, don’t get me started! It’s just one thing after another. First it’s this, then it’s that--I get one thing fixed, and then something else goes wrong. Relationships gone wrong, too. Loneliness, despair, depression. Well, and then there’s what’s going on in the news. A shooting in South Carolina, nine innocent people killed--in a church yet! Where was God in this? Asleep at the switch? Doesn’t he watch...
  • "Different Opinions about Jesus--and His Followers" (Sermon on Mark 3:20-35)

    06/07/2015 1:30:16 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | June 7, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Different Opinions about Jesus--and His Followers” (Mark 3:20-35)In the Holy Gospel for today we encounter people expressing a couple of different opinions about Jesus. One is a temporary misunderstanding about him. The other is a hardened rejection of Jesus. Both opinions are negative. Now by extension what people think about Jesus will also shape what they think about his followers. And so today as we see people expressing these negative views about Christ, realize that people will have similar negative views about his Christians. And we need to be prepared for this. People will say this stuff about us. But...
  • "The Loving Father, the Lifted-Up Son, and the Life-Giving Spirit" (Sermon for Holy Trinity; John 3)

    05/30/2015 9:39:06 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | May 31, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Loving Father, the Lifted-Up Son, and the Life-Giving Spirit” (John 3:1-17)The triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for our salvation. That’s what this Feast of the Holy Trinity is all about. This is not an occasion to strain our brains to try to figure out what for us, with our finite reason, is ultimately incomprehensible, namely, how there can be one God in three persons and at the same time three persons and only one God. That would blow out our circuits, if we even could comprehend it. Rather, the thing to do on this day is simply,...
  • "The Helper: The Paraclete of Pentecost" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15)

    05/24/2015 12:34:01 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | May 24, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Helper: The Paraclete of Pentecost” (John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15)“To You, O Paraclete, we raise / Unending songs of thanks and praise.” Did you catch that last line of the hymn we just sang? And did you wonder who or what this “Paraclete” was? Well, it seems to be a reference to the Holy Spirit, because earlier in that stanza we’ve been praising the Father and the Son, so this must be the Holy Spirit. But why call the Holy Spirit “Paraclete”? Is that because the Spirit came down in the form of a parakeet at Jesus’ baptism? No, wait, that...
  • "Confidence, Unity, and Joy: God's Gifts to Our Church" (Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter)

    05/16/2015 10:06:50 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | May 17, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Confidence, Unity, and Joy: God’s Gifts to Our Church” (1 John 5:9-15; John 17:11b-19)Today we are very happy to receive yet another family into our congregation. That makes seventeen new members added to our little church so far this year. Seventeen! That is remarkable. From out of the blue, quite unexpectedly, God has gifted us with these brothers and sisters in Christ, who are joining our church. Thanks be to God! Yes, today we give thanks to God for the gift of these new members, who already are being a real blessing to our church. But now I want to...
  • "The Past, Present, and Future of the Ascension" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord)

    05/14/2015 9:31:15 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | May 14, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Past, Present, and Future of the Ascension” (Luke 24:44-53; Ephesians 1:15-23; Acts 1:1-11)“He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.” That’s what we just confessed about our Lord Jesus Christ, isn’t it? This portion of the Apostles’ Creed captures what this day, Ascension Day, is all about. These three things: He ascended into heaven. He sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again. A past act. A present reality. And a future hope. And all...
  • "Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying" (Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, on 1 John 5:1-8)

    05/09/2015 10:17:58 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | May 10, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying” (1 John 5:1-8) “Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying”: That’s the hymn we just sang (LSB 597). Listen again to the words of the first stanza: Water, blood, and Spirit crying, By their witness testifying To the One whose death-defying Life has come, with life for all. The One to whom the Spirit, the water, and the blood are testifying is, of course, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who has defied and defeated death for us, who comes with life for all, and whose Easter victory we are celebrating during this season. But now where...
  • "We Love Because He First Loved Us" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, on 1 John 4:1-21)

    05/02/2015 9:35:41 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | May 3, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “We Love Because He First Loved Us” (1 John 4:1-21) Love, love, love. How often do we hear that word “love”! We use it so freely, so loosely. We use it for McDonald’s hamburgers: “I’m lovin’ it.” We use it for clothing and cars and hairstyles and lots of things we like, but instead of saying “like,” we say “love.” I found myself doing that just the other night: Lance Lynn struck out a batter with the bases loaded and two outs, and I said, without thinking, “Love it!” Well, a step up from that very loose use of “love”...
  • "One Name, One Flock, One Shepherd" (Sermon, Fourth Sunday of Easter; Acts 4:1-12, John 10:11-18)

    04/25/2015 10:44:09 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | April 26, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “One Name, One Flock, One Shepherd” (Acts 4:1-12; John 10:11-18)Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday,” the day in the church year every year when the propers--that is, the various parts of the service--revolve around Jesus as our Good Shepherd. The Holy Gospel is always a portion of John 10, in which Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd. The Psalm is always the 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is my shepherd.” The Hymn of the Day, which we just sang, is “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” And so on. This theme of the...
  • "To Understand the Scriptures" (Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, on Luke 24:36-49)

    04/18/2015 9:07:36 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies ^ | April 19, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “To Understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:36-49)Have you ever thought about what the Bible is all about? I mean, if you had to boil it down to just a few short sentences, what would you say is the main message of the Scriptures? You know, a lot of people have a lot of different opinions about the Bible and what it is saying. They pull this verse or that verse out of context and twist it like a wax nose to make it suit their purpose. People approach the Bible with their presuppositions and then find in the Bible what they...
  • "Faith, Fellowship, and Forgiveness" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, on John; 1 John; Acts)

    04/11/2015 9:36:14 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | April 12, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Faith, Fellowship, and Forgiveness” (John 20:19-31; 1 John 1:1 – 2:2; Acts 4:32-35) Did you get any gifts for Easter? Maybe an Easter basket, filled with chocolate bunnies and jelly beans and Easter eggs that you open up and there’s a coin inside? Well, I can think of some Easter gifts that are even better than that. And today I want to tell you about them. They’re right there in our readings for today, and they are these Easter gifts, three of them: “Faith, Fellowship, and Forgiveness.” Faith, fellowship, and forgiveness: three Easter gifts that we have because of the...
  • "Just as He Told You" (Sermon for Easter Day, on Mark 16:1-8)

    04/04/2015 10:39:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | April 5, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Just as He Told You” (Mark 16:1-8) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) And you say that with such conviction! As you should. The announcement of Christ’s resurrection elicits from us a hearty response of faith and joy. And rightfully so. This is the heart of our great hope as Christians, that Christ our Lord has conquered sin and death for us and has secured for us the sure and certain hope of our own resurrection and everlasting life. Which makes our Gospel reading today a little strange. It doesn’t end the way we would like it...
  • "Blood of the Covenant" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on Exodus 24; 1 Corinthians 10; Mark 14)

    04/02/2015 7:56:40 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | April 2, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Blood of the Covenant” (Exodus 24:3-11; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; Mark 14:12-26)“Blood” and “covenant” go together in the Bible pretty much all the time. Whenever God establishes a covenant with people, generally it is sealed with blood. And tonight is no exception. In fact, tonight is the culmination of this connection between blood and covenant. It’s Holy Thursday, the night in which our Lord Jesus Christ establishes a covenant with us and says, “This is my ‘Blood of the Covenant.’” I suppose we should start by explaining what this word “covenant” means, biblically speaking. In the Bible, a covenant is a...
  • "Your Committed and Determined King" (Sermon for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, on Mark 11; 14)

    03/28/2015 10:23:49 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | March 29, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Your Committed and Determined King” (Mark 11:1-10; 14:12-26)Today is a Sunday that goes by two names, “Palm Sunday” and the “Sunday of the Passion.” As such, we get readings for both of these emphases. There is the Palm Sunday Processional Gospel at the start of the service, the account of Jesus riding into Jerusalem with palm branches spread before him. And there is the longer reading of the Passion of Our Lord, giving us an overview of the events later in Holy Week, through Jesus’ suffering and death. And as I looked over these two readings, something jumped out at...
  • "The Tree of Life in the Paradise of God" (Sermon on Revelation 21:22 – 22:5, 22:14)

    03/26/2015 2:44:25 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | March 25, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Tree of Life in the Paradise of God” (Revelation 21:22 – 22:5, 22:14) And so we come full circle. One month ago, we began this series on “The Tree of Life” back there, at the tree of life in the garden. Now tonight we end up back where we started, once again at the tree of life. This is the story of the Bible, how we got away from the tree of life in the beginning, and how we end up at the tree of life in the end. The opening chapters of Genesis and the closing chapters of...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/24/2015 5:59:16 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 1 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 24 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 24, 2015 Morning Reading He was heard in that he feared. —Hebrews 5:7 Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that He was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? "See," said Satan, "Thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of His compassion against Thee. Not an angel in His courts will stretch out his hand to help Thee. All heaven is alienated from Thee; Thou art left alone. See the companions with...
  • God's Role in Regeneration

    03/23/2015 12:03:17 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 9 replies
    Grace to You ^ | January 27, 2013 | John MacArthur
    For this morning, I want you to open the Word of God to the third chapter of John, back to the third chapter of John and the opening ten verses. Now, you who have been with us the last couple of weeks know how important and critical this portion of Scripture is. You know something about it now that we’ve sort of penetrated it at least as far as verse 3. The good news, we’ll finish all the way down to verse 10 this morning. I can’t exactly tell you when but we will finish verse 10. Now I’m going...
  • "To Serve and to Give His Life as a Ransom" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, on Mark 10:32-45)

    03/22/2015 1:57:26 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | March 22, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “To Serve and to Give His Life as a Ransom” (Mark 10:32-45) These boys just don’t get it. The disciples, I mean. There’s a whole lot of misunderstanding going on in our text for today, the Holy Gospel from Mark 10, and it’s the disciples who don’t get it. They don’t understand what Jesus is telling them about why they’re going up to Jerusalem. They don’t understand about glory or greatness. They don’t understand suffering or servanthood. You know, maybe we don’t understand these things fully, either. But fortunately for the disciples--and for us--there is one person in this story...
  • "A Growing Tree" (Sermon on Ezekiel 17:22-24; Matthew 13:31-32)

    03/20/2015 7:55:59 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | March 18, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Growing Tree” (Ezekiel 17:22-24; Matthew 13:31-32)The image of a tree, which may have started out rather small and insignificant, but which grows and expands until it becomes a very large tree, with branches and leaves where the birds of the air come to make their nests--this is an image that is used in a number of places in the Bible. And it is generally used to signify the rise and growth of a kingdom, a kingdom that grows and expands to include many nations in its empire. For example, in the Book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has...
  • The Blueprint for Being Born Again

    03/19/2015 1:35:47 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 29 replies
    Grace to You ^ | January 20, 2013 | John MacArthur
    “Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, ‘Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one can do these things that You do unless God is with him.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s...
  • "By Grace You Have Been Saved" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on Ephesians 2:1-10)

    03/15/2015 4:31:57 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | March 15, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “By Grace You Have Been Saved” (Ephesians 2:1-10) Our Epistle reading for today is one of the outstanding passages in all of Scripture for putting together in one package several important realities. And they are: man’s natural condition; God’s great love and kindness in saving us; how that salvation comes to us as a gift; and then the result of what God has done for us in how we lead our lives. And there’s a key phrase that is repeated in this passage and that sums all this up, and it will serve as our theme this morning: “By Grace...
  • "A Fruitful Tree" (Sermon on Galatians 5:16-25; John 15:1-5; Psalm 1)

    03/14/2015 12:32:33 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies ^ | March 11, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Fruitful Tree” (Galatians 5:16-25; John 15:1-5; Psalm 1)We just heard a bunch of readings from a variety of places in the Bible--Psalm 1, Proverbs, Jeremiah, Paul’s letter to the Galatians, and words of Jesus from the gospels of St. Luke and St. John--and all of these readings, about trees bearing fruit. This is an image of course of people and the fruits or works that they produce in their lives. Now the first thing to recognize is that we all bear fruit. We all produce works in our lives. The question is, though: What kind of fruit are we...
  • A Tender Word for Pharisees

    03/13/2015 9:21:29 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 11 replies
    Desiring God ^ | February 18, 2014 | John Piper
    This Sunday I preached at Watermark Church in Dallas under the title “A Tender Word for Pharisees.” There are not many tender words for Pharisees in the mouth of Jesus. Mainly his words to Pharisees are tough, even terrifying (see Matthew 23). The most moving words of tenderness for Pharisees are in Luke 15:25–31, the words of the father to the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son. Luke 15 begins with Jesus eating with “tax collectors and sinners.” The Pharisees grumbled, “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:2). Jesus explains what he is doing...
  • "The Cross of Christ, the Tree of Life" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, on 1 Cor. 1:18-31)

    03/08/2015 3:06:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies ^ | March 8, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Cross of Christ, the Tree of Life” (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)What a joy it is to be back here in the house of the Lord! Because of the snow and ice, we lost four out of the first five services we had scheduled this Lent: Ash Wednesday; the First Sunday in Lent; the Second Sunday in Lent; and then this past Wednesday, what was to be our second midweek service. But we were able to have the first midweek service, in our series called “The Tree of Life.” And since we didn’t get to do the second message in that...
  • "A Tale of Two Trees" (Sermon on Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; 3:1-24)

    02/26/2015 8:27:03 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies ^ | February 25, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Tale of Two Trees” (Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; 3:1-24) This is “A Tale of Two Trees.” Oh, there were a whole bunch of other trees besides, lots of them, but this story will focus on just two. Our story begins back in the garden, the garden of Eden, that is. There the Lord God had formed the man from the dust of the earth, and he gave the man the authority and the responsibility to take care of it. The Lord was very generous toward the man, withholding nothing, providing him with everything he needed, in abundance. There were lots...
  • "The Transfiguration: The Bridge between Epiphany and Lent" (Sermon on Mark 9:2-9)

    02/15/2015 12:37:28 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | February 15, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Transfiguration: The Bridge between Epiphany and Lent” (Mark 9:2-9) Today is the Festival of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, remembering that day when our Lord Jesus Christ was transfigured, that is, his appearance was changed, up on a mountain. This was a key event in our Lord’s life, and it marked a turning point, a pivot point, in his ministry. So, likewise, does this festival mark a turning point, a pivot point, in the church year calendar. Transfiguration comes at the end of the Epiphany season, just a few days before the beginning of Lent. The church year mirrors...
  • The Sermon That Shocked Everyone. UNFORGETTABLE ENDING!

    02/09/2015 9:36:42 PM PST · by Zeneta · 38 replies
    Apologia Church ^ | Apr. 22, 2014 | Pastor Jeff Durbin
    Pastor Jeff Durbin was a keynote speaker at the 2014 IGNITE Conference. He was asked to speak about proclaiming the Gospel. What happened in the sermon shocked everyone in the room and there wasn't a dry eye in the place. This sermon will challenge you to your core and we hope you would feel led to share it with everyone you know. This has never been done before. Watch it to see.
  • "Jesus Comes Today with Healing" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, on Mark 1:29-39)

    02/07/2015 6:37:30 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | February 8, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Comes Today with Healing” (Mark 1:29-39) Well, look at all those people Jesus healed! On a Sabbath afternoon, Simon Peter’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and Jesus healed her. And then that evening at sundown, after the Sabbath was ended, people brought a whole bunch of sick people to Jesus, and he healed them. So it didn’t matter if you had a Saturday Day Fever or a Saturday Night Fever, Jesus could heal you. “They brought to him all who were sick,” our text says, “And he healed many who were sick with various diseases.” Boy, it would...
  • "The Amazing, Astonishing Authority of Jesus" (Sermon, Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Mark 1:21-28)

    01/31/2015 9:34:07 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies ^ | February 1, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Amazing, Astonishing Authority of Jesus” (Mark 1:21-28)Authority. What is your reaction when you hear that word, “authority”? I’m guessing that many of us would have a negative reaction to it. We Americans, in our culture, tend not to like authority. Especially since the 1960s, all forms of authority at every level of our society have been torn down. We don’t like anyone having authority or exercising it over us. And to a degree, that’s understandable. We don’t like anyone telling us what to do. “You’re not the boss of me!” we would say. But now today I would like...
  • Are You Criticizing God?

    01/30/2015 10:27:10 PM PST · by redleghunter · 23 replies
    Sermon Index ^ | Early 20th century | R.A. Torrey
    THESE WORDS ought to awaken anyone who is not utterly beyond hope. Notice the first two words and the last word. "0 man" and "God." "0 man, who art thou that repliest against God?" Here God and man are put in sharpest contrast, God in His infinite greatness and wisdom and man in his infinitesimal smallness and ignorance. And in the Greek there is also a strong emphasis on the "thou." "0 MAN, who art thou that repliest against GOD?" It will be a happy day for some of us if God will brand that text upon our memories so...
  • Not Ashamed of the Gospel

    01/28/2015 1:13:20 PM PST · by redleghunter · 10 replies
    desiringGod ^ | June 14, 1998 | John Piper
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Today we will take the "gospel of God" and our praises of God and go to the streets. We will walk and sing and pray and shout our faith and our love to all who will listen. Which will raise for many the question: Am I ashamed to do this? So the Lord seems to have ordered the timing of our series of messages in Romans so that today's text...
  • "Repent, Believe, and Follow" (Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, on Mark 1:14-20)

    01/24/2015 11:40:28 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | January 25, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Repent, Believe, and Follow” (Mark 1:14-20)In the early chapters of the gospels, we track Jesus’ early ministry, as he goes about Galilee, preaching, teaching, and healing. As sort of a subset of his healing ministry, Jesus also casts out demons. And interspersed among these accounts, Jesus also gathers disciples to himself. And so it is that today and for the next two weeks we get such accounts of Jesus’ early ministry from the first chapter of Mark. Today we get a sample of Jesus’ preaching and his calling disciples. Next week we will see Jesus casting out an unclean spirit....
  • "Glorify God in Your Body" (Sermon for Second Sunday after the Epiphany; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20)

    01/17/2015 9:25:54 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies ^ | January 18, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Glorify God in Your Body” (1 Corinthians 6:12-20)“Flee from sexual immorality.” “Glorify God in your body.” Now those are two direct quotations from today’s Epistle reading, 1 Corinthians 6. “Flee from sexual immorality.” “Glorify God in your body.” Two imperatives, two commands, telling us what to do. Are they true? Yes, of course. This is what we should do, both things. One is stated in terms of what we should flee from. The other is stated in terms of what we should positively do. But now suppose this was all that Paul had to say to us here. “Flee from...
  • "Something in the Water" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord; Mark 1; Romans 6; Genesis 1)

    01/10/2015 5:14:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies ^ | January 11, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Something in the Water” (Mark 1:4-11; Romans 6:1-11; Genesis 1:1-5)I don’t listen to pop music or country music on the radio, but recently I read that there is a song that’s popular on the airwaves right now that makes some references to baptism. That caught my attention, naturally, so I looked it up and listened to it online. It’s a song called “Something in the Water,” by a singer named Carrie Underwood. I don’t know if you’ve heard it or not. But it does have to do with baptism. Now very likely it’s coming from a theological perspective on baptism...
  • Faith

    01/09/2015 11:41:56 AM PST · by redleghunter · 16 replies
    Sermon ^ | William MacDonald
    There can be no true discipleship without profound and unquestioning faith in the living God. He who would do exploits for God must first trust Him implicitly. “All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God being with them”—Hudson Taylor. Now true faith is always based upon some promise of God, some portion of His Word. This is important. The believer first reads or hears some promise of the Lord. The Holy Spirit takes that promise and applies it to his heart and conscience in a very personal way. The Christian...
  • Preparing to Know Christ Deeply Through Suffering

    01/09/2015 8:58:53 AM PST · by redleghunter · 19 replies
    Desiring ^ | March 2, 2014 | John Piper
    We are focusing in this message on the need to prepare for suffering. The reason for this is not just my sense that the days are evil and the path of righteousness costly, but the promise of the Bible that God's people will suffer. For example, Acts 14:22 says that Paul told all his young churches, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom." And Jesus said, "If they persecuted me, they will persecute you" (John 15:20). And Peter said, "Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some...