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  • "The Passion of Our Lord: Anointed for Burial" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday, on Mark 14:1-11)

    02/14/2024 7:19:36 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | February 14, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Passion of Our Lord: Anointed for Burial” (Mark 14:1-11) This year Ash Wednesday happens to fall on Valentine’s Day. And I think that’s a happy coincidence. Because on Valentine’s Day, our thoughts are all about love. And there is no greater love than the love that God has for us in sending us our Savior Jesus Christ. As it says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Or in 1 John chapter 4: “In this is love, not that...
  • "Departing in Peace" (Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:22-40)

    12/30/2023 7:28:46 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | December 31, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Departing in Peace” (Luke 2:22-40) Are you ready to go? What I mean is, are you ready to leave? No, I don’t mean right now. It would be nice if you’d stick around until the end of the service. But then, at the end of the service, will you be ready to leave? Will you be ready to depart in peace, satisfied and content and ready for whatever comes next? What makes you ready to leave, to leave any situation? For instance, this year is coming to an end. Are you ready to put 2023 behind you and move on...
  • "Christ Will Build His Church" (Sermon for Reformation Day, on Matthew 16:13-20)

    10/28/2023 12:53:36 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies ^ | October 29, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christ Will Build His Church” (Matthew 16:13-20) “Will we have to shut the doors?” I’m guessing some of you at least have had that thought cross your mind recently. “Will we have to shut the doors of our church? Will our little congregation make it? Do we have enough people, do we have enough money, to keep the doors open?” And I can understand how you might think like that. Yes, our church is small. And on top of that, your pastor came down with cancer and moved out of state. And the guy filling in for him, the man...
  • VIDEO: Our Charles Henrickson Speaking at LCMS Convention 7/31/23

    08/01/2023 10:21:16 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    Rumble ^ | August 1, 2023 | DUmmie FUnnies
    VIDEOWe had a recent health alert for our friend, Pastor Charles Henrickson. However, as you can see in this video of Charles at the LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) convention in Milwaukee on Monday, he is alive and well and verrrrry informal. It was mentioned in the Free Republic that Charles was scheduled for a PET scan and I am happy to tell you that he has reported on Facebook that scan showed his cancer is limited to his lung and has not spread to the rest of his body. Perhaps we shall have more videos of informal Charles at...
  • Pray for Pastor Henrickson

    07/25/2023 7:27:02 PM PDT · by old-ager · 38 replies
    Personal Knowledge ^ | 2023/07/25 | Self
    For many years, Pastor Charles Henrickson has posted a good Scriptural sermon here on FR. Please pray for him. He has a health challenge; that's all I can say. Some laudable things about Pastor Henrickson: - he has posted a very good Confessional Lutheran sermon here every week for a long time - he uses his real name - he's openly being a member of Free Republic when so many, even in a conservative church body, would look down upon him for that. I don't know any other MO Synod pastor who does this, and I know quite a few....
  • Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Too White According To Professor

    07/14/2023 6:20:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    Evangelical Dark Web ^ | July 14, 2023 | Ray Fava
    Concordia Seminary is the affiliated seminary of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in two locations St. Louis, Missouri and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Like other denominations, the LCMS is not immune to wokeness. However they are reticent to stand up against wokeness and eager to crack down on young Lutherans who oppose the liberal drift in their denomination. As with liberal drift historically, seminaries are often where they start. A former professor of Concordia Seminary write an article on their blog titled “The Future of the Missouri Synod” which reads like an establishment Republicans strategy from 2013. The current Synodical demographics...
  • "The Blessing of Confessing the Augsburg Confession" (Sermon for the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, on Psalm 119:46)

    06/24/2023 12:52:09 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | June 25, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Blessing of Confessing the Augsburg Confession” (Psalm 119:46) Today Lutheran churches around the world are celebrating the 493rd anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. It was on June 25, 1530, in the city of Augsburg, Germany, that a group of Lutheran princes took a confession of their faith, composed by Luther’s associate Philip Melanchthon, and presented it to Emperor Charles V. This Augsburg Confession summarizes what Lutheran churches believe, teach, and confess, on the basis of Holy Scripture. And what a blessing this confession has proved to be! Not only did it confess the truth in 1530,...
  • "The One Man Adam and the One Man Jesus Christ" (Sermon on Romans 5:6-15)

    06/17/2023 9:08:33 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | June 18, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The One Man Adam and the One Man Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:6-15) As by one man all mankind fell And, born in sin, was doomed to hell, So by one Man, who took our place, We all were justified by grace. So we just sang, and so is the message of our Epistle reading today, from Romans chapter 5. As it says in verse 15 of our text: “For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.” In...
  • "Follow Me, the Doctor of Mercy" (Sermon on Matthew 9:9-13)

    06/10/2023 1:29:23 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | June 11, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Follow Me, the Doctor of Mercy” (Matthew 9:9-13) In the Holy Gospel for today, Jesus calls Matthew to follow him and be his disciple. Jesus calls him, even though Matthew was looked down upon as an obvious sinner. But Jesus is the great physician who has mercy on those who are sick with sin. And so, as Jesus calls us today also, he says to each one of us, “Follow Me, the Doctor of Mercy.” We know Matthew as St. Matthew the Apostle. But that’s not how he started out. For he had something in common with quite a few...
  • I Don’t Want To Boycott ‘The Chosen,’ But The Cast And Crew Are Forcing Me To Walk Away

    06/06/2023 8:41:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/06/2023 | Cheryl Magness
    According to several ‘Chosen’ actors, tolerance is apparently a one-way street.I have never been one to jump on the boycott bandwagon. Sure, if I have a choice between a seller that shares my values and one that doesn’t, I will choose to do business with the former. And if I turn on a program or walk into a store that assaults me from every side with the demand that I embrace something I can’t, I will turn around and leave.However, until recent backlash efforts like those against Bud Light and Target, I haven’t seen boycotts accomplish much. And I find...
  • "Baptized in the Name: Confidence, Belonging, Relationship, Identity" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, on Matthew 28:16-20)

    06/03/2023 2:13:21 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | June 4, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Baptized in the Name: Confidence, Belonging, Relationship, Identity” (Matthew 28:16-20) Sometime during the forty days between his resurrection and his ascension, our Lord Jesus Christ met with his disciples on a mountain in Galilee, and he told them: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” And that is what the church has done for all these many centuries. And that is what has happened to you, every one of you...
  • "Rivers of Living Water" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on John 7:37-39)

    05/26/2023 9:18:30 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | May 28, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rivers of Living Water” (John 7:37-39)Last weekend Susan and I went to Excelsior Springs, Missouri, to attend the wedding of Pastor and Mrs. Paul Flo. Excelsior Springs got its name and its fame long ago from the springs of water located there--healthful, healing waters, with restorative powers, it was said. Well, it so happened that when we went out there on that Friday, I wasn’t feeling so well. But when we returned on Sunday evening, I came back . . . with a bad case of acute bronchitis. I guess the healing waters of Excelsior Springs didn’t do me much...
  • "Thus It Is Written, Thus You Shall Preach" (Sermon for the Ascension of the Lord, on Luke 24:44-53)

    05/18/2023 8:34:46 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | May 18, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Thus It Is Written, Thus You Shall Preach” (Luke 24:44-53) During the forty days from Christ’s resurrection to his ascension, our Lord met with his disciples on a number of occasions. Jesus was preparing these disciples to be his apostles, his sent-out ones, who would preach and teach and begin to carry out the church’s worldwide mission. So he needed to instruct them, to make it clear to them what their mission would be. And that’s what we find going on in the reading today from Luke 24. Jesus makes clear what the content of their preaching and teaching will...
  • "I Perceive That You Are Not Very Religious" (Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, on Acts 17:16-31)

    05/12/2023 6:44:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies ^ | May 14, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “I Perceive That You Are Not Very Religious” (Acts 17:16-31) In our reading from the Book of Acts, Paul is in Athens, at the Areopagus, and he begins his address there by saying, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.” Now I wonder how Paul might begin a speech here, if he came to America in our day. He might just say, “I Perceive That You Are Not Very Religious.” Not very religious: Let me explain. If you track the views and activity of Americans over recent decades, you would have to say that...
  • "Our Identity as Church: Living Stones and a Holy Priesthood" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, on 1 Peter 2:2-10)

    05/06/2023 12:29:59 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | May 7, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Our Identity as Church: Living Stones and a Holy Priesthood” (1 Peter 2:2-10) There’s a lot of talk about “identity” these days. How do you “identify”? What do you identify as? A guy may be born as a male, but now he decides that he identifies as a woman. It doesn’t matter what the reality is, because that’s how he identifies. Whoops, I should watch my pronouns: If that’s how “she” identifies, then that’s who “she” is. And you have no right to say any different. Identity. How do you self-identify? How do you see yourself? “I’m an American!” “I’m...
  • "The Sheep Hear the Shepherd's Voice" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, on John 10:1-10)

    04/28/2023 1:53:47 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | April 30, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Sheep Hear the Shepherd’s Voice” (John 10:1-10) Today is the day in the church year we call “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Every year on this day we get a reading from John 10, the chapter where Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” Every year we hear Jesus talking about the relationship of the shepherd and his sheep. And so today Jesus says: “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know...
  • "On the Road and at the Table with Jesus" (Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, on Luke 24:13-35)

    04/22/2023 10:21:49 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | April 23, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “On the Road and at the Table with Jesus” (Luke 24:13-35) The painting I’m holding in front of you--and you can see it on your bulletin insert--is called, in German, “Gang nach Emmaus,” or in English, “The Road to Emmaus.” It’s by a 19th-century Swiss artist, Robert Zünd. And it’s one of my favorite paintings. Imagine putting yourself into this picture and getting to walk alongside Jesus as he opens up the Scriptures! And then when you get to Emmaus, to be right there at the table with Jesus! What a day! What an experience! “On the Road and at...
  • "Quasimodogeniti: Like Newborn Infants" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, on 1 Peter 1:3-9 and 2:2-3)

    04/15/2023 8:22:29 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | April 16, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Quasimodogeniti: Like Newborn Infants” (1 Peter 1:3-9; 2:2-3) Today is the Second Sunday in the Easter season, which means it’s the first Sunday after Easter itself. Like many of the Sundays in the church year, this one has an old and traditional title. The name of this Sunday, in Latin, is Quasimodogeniti. Sounds like the character Quasimodo in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” doesn’t it? That’s because Quasimodo was named after the day he was adopted as a baby, Quasimodogeniti. The word, Quasimodogeniti, is actually several words strung together: Quasi, meaning, “like” or “as”; modo, meaning, “just now”; and geniti,...
  • "Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!" (Sermon for the Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Day, on Matthew 28:1-10)

    04/08/2023 12:40:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | April 9, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!” (Matthew 28:1-10)“Alleluia! Christ is risen!” (“He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”) “He is risen indeed!” Why such a joyful response? Because of the glorious good news that Christ is risen from the dead. This good news of the resurrection of our Lord brings joy and gladness to troubled, weary hearts. His resurrection calls forth our joyous response. On this Easter Day, then, the whole church on earth--all across the earth--hears the good news, “Christ is risen,” and we respond, “He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” But first comes God’s word to us: “Christ is risen.” That’s what the...
  • "Why?" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Matthew 27:11-50)

    04/07/2023 10:30:40 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies ^ | April 7, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Why?” (Matthew 27:11-50) Why? That is the question of the day here on this Good Friday. We hear the question raised twice in our Gospel account. First, when the crowd is demanding that Jesus be crucified, Pontius Pilate asks, “Why, what evil has he done?” And then second, when Jesus is crucified, he himself asks, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These “why” questions are understandable, since none of this makes any sense--until we know the real reason for the “Why?” This whole entire episode--the trials, the beatings, the crucifixion: Why? Why did this take place? Why...