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"Raised, Rooted, and Walking" (Colossians 2:6-15)

“Raised, Rooted, and Walking” (Colossians 2:6-15)

“Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is the rhythm of the Christian life. “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is God’s will for you, in your life. “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is how Paul describes it in our Epistle lesson for today, from Colossians 2. Let’s take a look.

Paul writes, in Colossians 2:6-7: “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on July 23, 2016 at 11:59pm — No Comments

"Interdependence Day" (Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18)

“Interdependence Day” (Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18)

On July 4, 1776, the United States of America declared their independence from Great Britain. Ironically, just a few days ago, with its Brexit vote, Britain declared its independence from the European Union. What goes around comes around, I guess. But the point is independence. We don’t like other people, or nations, telling us what to do. “You’re not the boss of me!” we think about others.

No, I’m not your boss. In…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on July 2, 2016 at 12:03pm — No Comments

"Following Jesus to the Cross" (Luke 9:51-62)

“Following Jesus to the Cross” (Luke 9:51-62)

Today Jesus says to us, “Follow me.” “Follow me,” he says. “Come, be my disciples.” “OK, we say. “Yes, Jesus I will follow you.” But do we know what we’re getting ourselves into? What all will following Jesus entail? Shouldn’t we know that before we answer too fast, “Yes, Lord”? Well, today we will hear what it will involve. For the truth of the matter is, we are “Following Jesus to the Cross.”

That’s where Jesus himself…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on June 25, 2016 at 9:37pm — No Comments

"Baptized Children of Our Heavenly Father" (Galatians 3:23 – 4:7)

“Baptized Children of Our Heavenly Father” (Galatians 3:23 – 4:7)

Today is Fathers’ Day, a day when we honor our fathers for the blessing that they are to us. And it is good and right that we do this. Now for many of us, our fathers are long gone. But that does not mean we don’t have a Father to honor today. In fact, I want to suggest to you that this is a great day to thank and praise our Father, that is, our heavenly Father. For you and I, we are “Baptized Children of Our…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on June 19, 2016 at 2:35am — No Comments

"David's Sin and David's Son" (2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:10, 13-14)

“David’s Sin and David’s Son” (2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:10, 13-14)

Sin has its consequences. But sin can be forgiven. That’s what we learn today in the story of “David’s Sin and David’s Son.”

First of all, though, I suppose we should review who this David fellow was. We’re talking about King David, the king of Israel, one of the most important figures in the whole Bible. If you can think back to your Sunday School days, you probably remember some things about this David.…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on June 12, 2016 at 2:09am — No Comments

"Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith" (Luke 7:1-10)

“Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith” (Luke 7:1-10)

It is hard to surprise or shock Jesus. It is hard to amaze him or cause him to marvel. It rarely happens. But today it does. It’s the story of the centurion asking for a healing for his servant, and how he asks it. This centurion causes Jesus to marvel. But it’s not just the story of the man’s faith. More so, it’s the story of what prompts this faith, what it is about Jesus that calls forth this faith. And so our theme…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on May 29, 2016 at 1:58am — No Comments

"St. Patrick’s Breastplate: I Bind unto Myself Today" (The Holy Trinity)

“St. Patrick’s Breastplate: I Bind unto Myself Today”

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! “What??” you’re saying. “Pastor, have you lost your mind? St. Patrick’s Day was back on March 17. This is now May something. What’s up with this ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day’?”

Well, alright, I’ll tell you, since you asked. This day is not really St. Patrick’s Day. But it is a day on which St. Patrick can teach us…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on May 21, 2016 at 9:23pm — No Comments

"Pentecost: A Firstfruits Harvest Festival" (Acts 2:1-41)

“Pentecost: A Firstfruits Harvest Festival” (Acts 2:1-41)

What do you know about the Feast of Pentecost? If you’re like most people in the church today, I’m guessing not too much. Oh, maybe you know it has something to do with the coming of the Holy Spirit. And you would be right. But there’s more to it than that. OK, let’s see. Maybe you’ve heard that Pentecost is called “the birthday of the church.” Well, alright, there’s something to that. Maybe somewhere along the line…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on May 14, 2016 at 9:33pm — No Comments

"Behold, I Am Coming Soon" (Acts 1:1-11; Revelation 22:1-6, 12-20)

“Behold, I Am Coming Soon” (Acts 1:1-11; Revelation 22:1-6, 12-20)

Take a look at the picture over our altar. Of course, it’s a painting of the Ascension of Our Lord, that time when Jesus ascended into heaven. But if you didn’t know that, and you just look at Jesus there midway in the sky, you might wonder: Is he going up or is he coming down? It looks like it could be either. For just as Jesus ascended into heaven on Ascension Day, so too will he come down from heaven when…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on May 7, 2016 at 7:57pm — No Comments

"Tribulation and Peace, Guaranteed" (John 16:23-33)

“Tribulation and Peace, Guaranteed” (John 16:23-33)

There are very few guarantees in life, very few things you can be sure of. For instance, there are no guarantees about the success of your baseball team. The Chicago Cubs were riding high in April, but who knows if they will be shot down in May? No guarantees. You have no guarantee that you’re going to be rich, or, if you are, that you’re going to stay that way. Things could go south in a hurry. You have no guarantee about…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on May 1, 2016 at 5:20am — No Comments

"A Whole New World" (Revelation 21:1-7)

“A Whole New World” (Revelation 21:1-7)

“A Whole New World”: Aladdin may sing about it, but God will deliver it. Are you looking forward to it? You should be, and today I’ll tell you why.

Yes, a whole new world. That’s what John sees in our reading today from Revelation 21. A new heaven, a new earth, a new Jerusalem. And he who is seated on the throne says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” We’re coming into the last two chapters of the Bible now, and we get a…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on April 23, 2016 at 11:57pm — No Comments

"Our Guiding, Guarding Good Shepherd" (John 10:22-30; Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17)

“Our Guiding, Guarding Good Shepherd” (John 10:22-30; Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17)

Today is “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Every year on this Sunday in the Easter season we focus our attention on Jesus as our good shepherd. On this day every year our psalm is Psalm 23, “The LORD is my shepherd.” On this day every year the Holy Gospel is a portion of John 10, the chapter in which Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, and I lay down my life for…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on April 16, 2016 at 11:24pm — No Comments

"Worthy Is the Lamb" (Revelation 5:1-14)

“Worthy Is the Lamb” (Revelation 5:1-14)

In this presidential election year, we look around at the various candidates in both parties, and we ask ourselves, “Who is worthy? Who is worthy of holding the highest office in the land?” And we look at the candidates, and we examine and scrutinize their various failings and shortcomings, and we say to ourselves, “I’m not sure if any of them are worthy! Is there no one out there I can put my confidence in, someone I can trust to…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on April 9, 2016 at 8:48pm — No Comments

"Death Is Swallowed Up in Victory" (1 Corinthians 15:51-57)

“Death Is Swallowed Up in Victory” (1 Corinthians 15:51-57)

Chuck, and the friends and family of our sister Gwen: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

First I want to say that you have our sympathy upon your loss. It is always tough to lose someone you have known and loved for many years. It is painful. It feels like we have a hole in our heart. And so we want to be with you at this time and give you our support. And certainly it is…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on April 2, 2016 at 9:09am — No Comments

"If Christ Has Not Been Raised" (1 Corinthians 15:1-26)

“If Christ Has Not Been Raised” (1 Corinthians 15:1-26)

Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!)

Yes, he is risen indeed! Risen from the dead! Risen bodily. And everything depends on this. Your faith, your forgiveness, your future. Your eternal future. The future of your loved ones who have died in the Lord. Everything hinges on this great and glorious fact: that Christ has indeed risen from the dead.

But what if Christ has not risen from the…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 26, 2016 at 9:59pm — No Comments

"Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken" (John 19:31-37)

“Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken” (John 19:31-37)

It’s Friday, and darkness falls over the land. On a cross, a man who has been nailed there is dying a shameful and agonizing death. Yet this is no criminal. This is the most righteous and innocent man who has ever walked the earth. Indeed, this is the very Son of God, come in the flesh. Why is this happening? Why is God allowing this to happen? And couldn’t this man Jesus, who displayed such amazing power on other…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 25, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

"Love One Another, as I Have Loved You" (John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

“Love One Another, as I Have Loved You” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So said Jesus to his disciples on the night when he was betrayed. “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So says Jesus to his disciples here on this night, as we are gathered in his name and he is here with us. Thus our theme for tonight, Jesus’ commandment to his…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 24, 2016 at 11:17pm — No Comments

"He Humbled Himself" (Philippians 2:5-11)

“He Humbled Himself” (Philippians 2:5-11)

Have you ever been humbled? Yes, humbled, brought low. Maybe you were humbled when you got beat really badly in a game of Scrabble. Maybe you won that game of Scrabble, and you got the big head, so God had to humble you in some other way. Or think about the March Madness that’s going on right now. Sometimes there is an occasional upset, but usually, when a #16 seed has to face a #1 seed in the opening round, it can be pretty…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 20, 2016 at 12:25am — No Comments

"Love God, Love Your Neighbor" (The Ten Commandments)

“Love God, Love Your Neighbor” (The Ten Commandments)

“Love God, Love Your Neighbor”: Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? And it is. It is simple. And it is good and right and holy. This is how life is meant to work. This is how God created us to live. Love God and love your neighbor. If everybody operated like this, life would go along pretty swimmingly. If I operated like this--in every decision, in every situation, in every thought, word, and deed--being guided by these…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 9, 2016 at 6:23pm — No Comments

"The Prodigal Celebration" (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

“The Prodigal Celebration” (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Luke 15. It is the famous and well-loved Parable of the Prodigal Son. But today I want to suggest to you that we might also call it the Parable of “The Prodigal Celebration.”

More on that later. But first we should set the scene for this parable in the ministry of Jesus. Thus far in his ministry Jesus has been preaching the good news of the kingdom. He has been calling sinners to…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on March 5, 2016 at 9:44pm — No Comments

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