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  • Uploading My Matthew Outlines & Notes

    07/05/2021 12:59:09 PM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    The reason For My Faith ^ | 7/5/21 | Chuck Ness
    I am in the process of uploading all my outlines and notes for the Gospel According to Matthew. In the process I must first convert my word files to pdf, while editing them to be more presentable. Converting them to a pdft makes it easier to get the file to work in the blog. Not all of the outlines will be the same, since the original files were created over a span of a couple of years from 2006 to 2008 using a couple different programs. I originally did them as I prepped for my Study Nights and Sermons I...
  • "Why Have a Special Epiphany Service?" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12)

    01/06/2021 2:54:38 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Why Have a Special Epiphany Service?” (Matthew 2:1-12) So here it is on a Wednesday. And we’re having the Divine Service. How come? It’s not Sunday. “Pastor, why are you dragging us out here in the middle of the week, in January, to have church? What’s the big deal about Epiphany that we should come out on a non-Sunday?” In other words, “Why Have a Special Epiphany Service?” Well, that’s what I’m going to tell you now. There are a number of reasons, which I will explain. But first, what are not the reasons for having a special Epiphany service?...
  • "The Genealogy of Jesus Christ: From the Deportation to the Christ" (Advent sermon on Matthew 1:1, 12-17)

    12/16/2020 10:35:49 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 16, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Genealogy of Jesus Christ: From the Deportation to the Christ” (Matthew 1:1, 12-17)During this Advent season, we are preparing to meet and greet our coming king. The king is coming--to us, for us--coming at Christmas, coming at the end of time, coming now into our midst through Word and Sacrament. So we prepare to meet him--in repentance, in faith, in holy joy. That’s what Advent is all about. But this king we are preparing to meet--this king who comes to us--this is a lowly king. Lowly, not high. Lowly, humble, coming in a way you might not expect. Our...
  • "The Genealogy of Jesus Christ: From David to the Deportation" (Advent sermon on Matthew 1:1, 6b-11)

    12/10/2020 8:50:34 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 9, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Genealogy of Jesus Christ: From David to the Deportation” (Matthew 1:1, 6b-11) Last week we began looking at how Matthew begins his gospel. He begins with a genealogy, a genealogy that takes in much of Old Testament history. It is the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. But Jesus was, first of all, the Savior of Israel. He is the promised Messiah, who fulfilled the promises given to Israel’s forefathers. Jesus came into the world as the culmination, the climax, of Israel’s history. And so Matthew writes: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the...
  • "The Genealogy of Jesus Christ: From Abraham to David" (Advent sermon on Matthew 1:1-6a)

    12/02/2020 9:35:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 2, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Genealogy of Jesus Christ: From Abraham to David” (Matthew 1:1-6a) I am interested in family histories and genealogies. My own, for example. I am a direct descendant of Peter Gunnarsson Rambo, one of the first Swedish settlers in America back in 1640 and one of the founders of the colony New Sweden along the east coast. Peter Rambo’s name, by the way, was the inspiration for the movie character Rambo. My maternal grandmother was Grace Rambo Clark, and, through that Clark connection, I am related to William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and governor of Missouri. So...
  • "The End Is Coming" (Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, on 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 and Matthew 25:31-46)

    11/21/2020 3:00:54 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 20, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The End Is Coming” (1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Matthew 25:31-46) The end is coming. The end of the church year, I mean. In fact, today is the Last Sunday of the Church Year. Next week we’ll begin a brand-new church year with the First Sunday in Advent. But the thing is, the church year mirrors the life of Christ and the course of history. That’s why, in these darkening days of November, our readings and hymns deal with the last things, the end times, and the return of Christ on the Last Day. Think of the hymns we’ve been singing this...
  • "Living as Children of the Day" (Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30; Zephaniah 1:7-16)

    11/14/2020 11:31:36 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 15, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Living as Children of the Day” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30; Zephaniah 1:7-16) “Christ has brought us out of darkness, made us children of the day.” The hymn we just sang was written to go with the three Scripture readings assigned for this day. Each stanza corresponds to one of the readings. The point of the lessons and of the hymn is this: The day of the Lord--that is, the return of Christ--the day of the Lord is drawing near, a day of both judgment and salvation. For us it will be a day of joy, because of what Christ...
  • "The Parable of the Ten Virgins" (Sermon on Matthew 25:1-13)

    11/06/2020 7:37:50 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 8, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Parable of the Ten Virgins” (Matthew 25:1-13) Today we are entering the last three Sundays of the church year. And, appropriately enough, the readings these weeks all have to do with the end times and the second coming of Christ. You see, the church year mirrors the life of our Lord, culminating in his return on the Last Day. And so the last things of this age are emphasized in the last days of the church’s calendar. But while we know exactly when the church year will end, we do not know when our Lord Jesus Christ will return....
  • "Jesus Answers a Gotcha Question" (Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22)

    10/17/2020 6:56:36 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 32 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 18, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Answers a Gotcha Question” (Matthew 22:15-22) If you’ve been following the news lately, and you watched the presidential debate, the vice-presidential debate, the Judiciary Committee hearings, or the dueling town halls, you heard a lot of “gotcha” questions. I’m guessing most of you have heard that term before, a “gotcha” question. But in case you haven’t, let me explain. A “gotcha” question is one in which the questioner asks someone a question designed to trap or embarrass the person being questioned. It’s designed to cast that person in a negative light, no matter how he might answer the question....
  • "Living by Forgiveness" (Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35)

    09/12/2020 12:41:02 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 13, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Living by Forgiveness” (Matthew 18:21-35)Living by forgiveness: That’s the message God has for each one of us here today. Living by forgiveness is the way life goes in God’s kingdom. There’s no other way. You and I live on the basis of God forgiving us when we have sinned against him. And you and I are called to live the same way toward our brothers and sisters who sin against us. We receive forgiveness from God, and we extend forgiveness toward others. That’s “Living by Forgiveness.” Jesus tells Peter and us about this way of life in the Holy Gospel...
  • "On This Rock I Will Build My Church" (Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20)

    08/22/2020 8:06:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 23, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “On This Rock I Will Build My Church” (Matthew 16:13-20) Everyone is interested in building the church, growing the church. Uh, let me rephrase that. Everyone who is already in the church, who is active and involved in the church, is interested in building and growing the church. People on the outside, as well as those with only a loose connection to the church--they don’t give a rip. They couldn’t care less. But those of us at least who are here regularly in church, we care about the church being built up and growing. Nobody wants to see the church...
  • "The Great Faith of the Canaanite Woman" (Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28)

    08/15/2020 12:16:58 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 16, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Great Faith of the Canaanite Woman” (Matthew 15:21-28) How would you rate your faith? Is it a strong faith or a weak faith? If you think your faith is weak, that it’s in need of some strengthening, well, you’ve come to the right place. For today we’re going to hear about “The Great Faith of the Canaanite Woman.” But now here’s a little secret, right from the outset: If you want a great faith, don’t focus on your faith. Rather, focus on the object of your faith, namely, our Lord Jesus Christ and his great mercy. Our text is...
  • "Lord, Save Me!" (Sermon on Matthew 14:22-33)

    08/08/2020 12:52:40 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 9, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Lord, Save Me!” (Matthew 14:22-33) Who is this Jesus fellow? That is the central question in all four of the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Who is this Jesus? As we read the gospels, we are discovering the same thing the disciples were learning: that there is something very special about this man named Jesus. And so it is, again today, in our reading from the Gospel of Matthew. The disciples are learning more about Jesus, and so are we. And knowing who Jesus is, knowing who he is for us--not only that he is God’s Son, with all...
  • "Masks of God" (Sermon on Matthew 14:13-21)

    08/01/2020 8:21:39 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 2, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Masks of God” (Matthew 14:13-21) The other day I went to the grocery store, and of course when I went in, I put on a mask. The other shoppers were wearing masks, the store’s workers were wearing masks, the cashiers--everybody was wearing a mask. Well, I had just paid for my groceries and was finishing loading my cart, when I heard the cashier greet the lady behind me. It was obvious he knew who she was, but at first she did not know who he was. She said, “Oh, I didn’t recognize you behind your mask.” And I thought to...
  • "Not Peace, but a Sword" (Sermon on Matthew 10:34-42)

    06/27/2020 11:55:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 28, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Not Peace, but a Sword” (Matthew 10:34-42) You are in a battle. It is a battle every Christian is called upon to fight, from the time we are baptized till the day we die. There is no opting out. You are engaged in this battle whether you realize it or not. So the thing to do is to fight it well. And that means we need help. For on our own we would not be strong enough to prevail. What is this battle? The one I’m referring to today is a battle from without, that is, from the world attacking...
  • "Fear Not, for Your Father Cares for You" (Sermon on Matthew 10:5a, 21-33)

    06/20/2020 9:13:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 21, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Fear Not, for Your Father Cares for You” (Matthew 10:5a, 21-33) In many of the Gospel readings during this time of the church year--as is the case in today’s reading--Jesus teaches his followers about the life of discipleship that we Christians are called to live. And this is not an easy life, this life of following Christ. For one thing, the world will be against us. And so, many of the Gospel readings this summer will describe the opposition we will get from the unbelieving world. And that opposition can be brutal, even deadly. But the amazing thing is, even...
  • "Jesus Extends His Compassionate Authority” (Sermon on Matthew 9:35 – 10:8)"

    06/13/2020 7:32:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 14, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Extends His Compassionate Authority” (Matthew 9:35 – 10:8)“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.” So we heard in the Holy Gospel for today from Matthew. And that particular verse, Matthew 9:35, sounds an awful lot like a verse from five chapters earlier, Matthew 4:23, where it says: “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” Those two verses are almost...
  • "The God of New Beginnings" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity; on Genesis 1; Acts 2; Matthew 28)

    06/06/2020 10:04:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 7, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The God of New Beginnings” (Genesis 1; Acts 2; Matthew 28) Today is Trinity Sunday. It is on this day every year that we call special attention to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. This teaching is true every day of the year, of course, but on this particular Sunday, we call special attention to it. The Scripture readings for today bring out the nature of God as being triune, that is, one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The hymns we sing on this day are trinitarian in their content. And Trinity Sunday is the one...
  • "Alleluia! Christ Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!" (Sermon for Easter Day, on Matthew 28:1-10)

    04/11/2020 8:34:27 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 12, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Alleluia! Christ Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!” (Matthew 28:1-10) “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” “He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” “He is risen indeed!” Over many centuries, this is how the church has joyfully responded to the great Easter proclamation. Why such an exuberant response? Because of the glorious good news that precedes it, the news that Christ is risen. This good news of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ brings reassurance and restoration to troubled, weary hearts. His resurrection calls forth our joyous response. On this Easter Day, then, on this most glorious of mornings, the whole church...
  • "Hand-Washing Won't Do--Blood Is Needed" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Matthew 27:11-50)

    04/10/2020 8:22:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 10, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hand-Washing Won’t Do--Blood Is Needed” (Matthew 27:11-50) Right now in the news we’re hearing about governors making life-or-death decisions. Should we be open? Should we be closed? How far can I go to protect people’s health? What about the loss of freedom? What about the loss of jobs? Governors are feeling pressure from all sides to make a decision one way or the other. And these decisions do affect people’s lives and their livelihood. No governor has ever made a more momentous life-or-death decision than the one we read about in today’s text, on this Good Friday. And that governor...