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"But Deliver Us from Evil" (The Lord's Prayer; Luke 23:32-49)

“But Deliver Us from Evil” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 23:32-49)

“But Deliver Us from Evil”: The seventh and final petition of the Lord’s Prayer. And how appropriate that we should come to this petition on this particular day, Good Friday. For the greatest evil that has ever been perpetrated on this earth is the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. I mean, really, Good Friday could just as well be called “Evil Friday,” that is the magnitude of the evil committed against this…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on April 18, 2014 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

"Lead Us Not into Temptation" (The Lord's Prayer; Luke 22:1-46)

“Lead Us Not into Temptation” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 22:1-46)

During this Lenten season we’ve been doing a series on the Lord’s Prayer called “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And that’s exactly what our Lord does on this Holy Thursday evening. He teaches us to pray. That’s what he instructs us to do, that’s what he gives us an example of doing, and, even more than that, he prays for us.

In particular, on this night Jesus instructs his disciples to pray for strength in the…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on April 17, 2014 at 10:46pm — No Comments

"Who Is This?" (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66)

“Who Is This?” (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66)

“Who is this?” That would seem to be the question of the day for this day that serves as both Palm Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion. “Who is this?” That’s what the people of Jerusalem were asking about the man who came riding into town on a donkey. That’s the question that swirled around this same man later in the week when he stood before Pilate and the crowd and when he went to the cross to suffer and to die. Who is this? Who…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on April 13, 2014 at 1:31pm — No Comments

"And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . ." (The Lord's Prayer)

“And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . .” (The Lord’s Prayer)

Today we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer with the Fifth Petition, “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” By the way, since this is the last of our Wednesday midweek services, and we’re only up to the Fifth Petition, you may be wondering how we’re going to finish out the Lord’s Prayer. Don’t worry. We’ll do the Sixth Petition, “And lead us not into temptation,” next week…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on April 9, 2014 at 10:40pm — No Comments

"Raising Lazarus--and Other Things as Well" (John 11:1-53)

“Raising Lazarus--and Other Things as Well” (John 11:1-53)

Today we come to another one of those memorable chapters in the Gospel of John. So far during this Lenten season we’ve had: John 3, Jesus and Nicodemus; John 4, Jesus and the Samaritan woman; and John 9, Jesus heals the man born blind. Now today we have John 11, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. But that’s not all Jesus raises here in this chapter, as we’re about to hear. Thus our theme today: “Raising…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on April 6, 2014 at 6:50pm — No Comments

"Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" (The Lord's Prayer)

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (The Lord’s Prayer)

We continue with our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” Tonight we come to the Fourth Petition, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.”

So finally we get around to praying for our own needs! Remember, up to this point, the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer all have been about God’s concerns: “Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.” Those are Jesus’ top priorities…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on April 2, 2014 at 8:24pm — No Comments

"Thy Will Be Done" (The Lord's Prayer)

“Thy Will Be Done” (The Lord’s Prayer)

We continue in our series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And tonight we come to the Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, namely, “Thy Will Be Done.”

“Thy will be done.” Are we sure we really want to pray this? You know, sometimes we think of “Thy will be done” as just a resigned afterthought, after we’ve prayed for what we really want. “Lord, here are the things I really want you to do for me, but I know you…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

"The Samaritan Woman at the Well" (John 4:5-30, 39-42)

“The Samaritan Woman at the Well” (John 4:5-30, 39-42)

Have you ever felt like you’re a bit of an outsider? Like you didn’t belong? That maybe you’re being looked down upon by others--whether fairly or unfairly. Maybe you’ve done something to bring some shame upon yourself. And maybe you feel some guilt before God. If this is the case, then I’ve got good news for you today. And we’ll find it out at the side of a well, where a Jewish man has come and meets “The Samaritan…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 22, 2014 at 6:12pm — No Comments

"Thy Kingdom Come" (The Lord's Prayer)

“Thy Kingdom Come” (The Lord’s Prayer)

We continue our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer, a series that we’re calling “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” We come now to the Second Petition, “Thy Kingdom Come.”

I have three main points to make about this petition: 1) In this petition, our Lord is teaching us to seek first the kingdom of God. 2) In this petition, we are praying that God’s kingdom would come in our midst now. And 3) In this petition, we’re praying that God’s…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 19, 2014 at 9:12am — No Comments

"Hallowed Be Thy Name" (The Lord's Prayer)

“Hallowed Be Thy Name” (The Lord’s Prayer)

For our midweek Lenten services this year we’re doing a sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’m calling it “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” because that was the request of the disciples to Jesus, as you heard in the reading from Luke 11. And Jesus responded by giving them the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Notice, by the way, that the request was “Lord, teach us to pray,” not just “Lord, teach us about prayer.” And notice that Jesus’…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 12, 2014 at 8:40pm — No Comments

"If You Are the Son of God" (Matthew 4:1-11)

“If You Are the Son of God” (Matthew 4:1-11)

Apparently there is a movie out in the theaters now called “Son of God.” I haven’t seen the movie, and I don’t plan to, but it’s supposed to tell the story of Jesus. However, I understand that this movie doesn’t even include the account of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness--which is pretty ironic for a movie that calls itself “Son of God,” since a central issue in the account of the temptation is precisely Jesus’ identity as…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 8, 2014 at 8:16pm — No Comments

"Our Father Who Art in Heaven" (Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord's Prayer)

“Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer)

You know, during Lent there is a strong tradition to do a series on some part of the Catechism. And that’s what we’re going to do for this Lenten season. Today we begin a nine-part sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’m calling it “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” which is what the disciples asked Jesus to teach them. And Jesus responded by giving them the Lord’s Prayer, as well as other teaching about prayer.…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 5, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

"Full of Good Works, Dearly Missed, in Resurrection Hope" (Acts 9:36-42)

“Full of Good Works, Dearly Missed, in Resurrection Hope” (Acts 9:36-42)

Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on February 28, 2014 at 7:53pm — 1 Comment

"Jesus Really Means What He Says" (Matthew 5:38-48)

“Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48)

Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on February 22, 2014 at 9:07pm — No Comments

"Life and Blessing in God's Commandments" (Deuteronomy 30:15-20)

“Life and Blessing in God’s Commandments” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20)

I am going to say something that may surprise you today: There is life and blessing in God’s commandments. “What?!” you say. That’s right, I said there is life and blessing in God’s commandments. But you respond, “But, Pastor, I thought the Commandments were there to show us our sin, that God’s Law actually condemns us. How can there be life and blessing in that?” Spoken like a true Lutheran. And true enough,…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on February 15, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

"The Word of the Cross, the Power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:12)

“The Word of the Cross, the Power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:12)

As many of you know, these past two weeks I was at our seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to take a continuing education course on the life and work of Bo Giertz. Who was Bo Giertz, you ask? Let me tell you. He was a very important churchman, theologian, and author who lived in Sweden during the 20th century. He was born in 1905, and he died in 1998 at the age of 92.

When I was in seminary, I read a…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on February 8, 2014 at 9:06pm — No Comments

"On Us a Light Has Dawned" (Matthew 4:12-25)

“On Us a Light Has Dawned” (Matthew 4:12-25)

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth and was baptized in the Jordan, now it is time for him to undertake his public ministry. So the question arises: Where will he do this? What will be his base of operations? Now you might think that the Messiah, the king of Israel, would set up shop in Jerusalem, the most important city in the land, the religious and political capital, the city of kings, the city of the…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on January 25, 2014 at 9:02pm — No Comments

"Gifted Speakers" (John 1:29-42a; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9)

“Gifted Speakers” (John 1:29-42a; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9)

Have you ever heard of the St. Louis Speakers Series? Every year there’s a series of lectures, held in St. Louis, given by famous speakers from around the country. Well-known authors, politicians, broadcasters, and the like are brought in, and they’ll give an hour or so talk, followed by questions and answers. The event is held at Powell Hall, and people buy tickets to hear these famous personalities speak. Often in the…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on January 18, 2014 at 6:31pm — 1 Comment

"To Fulfill All Righteousness" (Matthew 3:13-17)

“To Fulfill All Righteousness” (Matthew 3:13-17)

The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ is an event recorded in, or referred to, in all four gospels. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the account of the baptism itself is recorded. In John’s gospel, it is referred to. Clearly God wants us to know that this is an important event in the life and career of Christ, an important event for us to know about. And so it is. Thus the church has set aside the First Sunday after the Epiphany…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on January 11, 2014 at 4:59pm — 2 Comments

"Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt" (Matthew 2:13-23)

“Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt” (Matthew 2:13-23)

“To us a child is born, to us a son is given.” And his name is Jesus, of course. This child born in Bethlehem at Christmas. This son--Son of God, son of Mary--this son given to us to be our Savior. But what happens when Jesus is born? What happens when God gives his Son to the world? A whole bunch of bad stuff, apparently. A king goes crazy. A family has to flee to Egypt. Babies are killed. Mothers are…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on December 28, 2013 at 3:55pm — No Comments

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