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"Friend, Move Up Higher" (Luke 14:1-14)

“Friend, Move Up Higher” (Luke 14:1-14)

Suppose you’re invited to a banquet--a wedding banquet, for instance--so you get dressed up in your best clothes, and you get there, and you see some seats that are open at the various tables. You figure you’re a pretty important person, or you’d like to be seen as such, so you go up and take a seat up front, maybe even at the head table. But then some other guy comes in, and he doesn’t look all that impressive, and the host or the…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on August 27, 2016 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

"Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door" (Luke 13:22-30)

“Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Luke 13:22-30)

Suppose there’s a big party, a grand banquet that you’ve heard about, and you really want to go and be there for this great event. So you go to the banquet hall, and you see a door there, and you walk up to it and try the handle. It doesn’t budge. The door seems to be locked. “Okay, no problem, I’ll try another door.” Which you do. You pull on the handle, it doesn’t move, same thing. Hmm. What’s the problem? “Oh,…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on August 20, 2016 at 9:59pm — No Comments

"Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear" (Luke 12:22-34)

“Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear” (Luke 12:22-34)

“Do not be anxious. Do not be worried. Fear not.” That’s what Jesus says to his disciples in our Gospel reading for today. He says we shouldn’t be so worried about our stuff, to not seek after more and more, like we’re obsessed about it. “Do not be anxious. Do not be worried. Fear not.” Well, OK, Jesus, I guess I’ll try. I’ll try not to be anxious. I’ll try not to be worried. I’ll try not to be afraid. And maybe I…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on August 6, 2016 at 10:56pm — No Comments

"Eat, Drink, and Be Merry" (Ecclesiastes 1-2. Luke 12, Colossians 3)

“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26; Luke 12:13-21; Colossians 3:1-11)

We all want to live the good life, don’t we? I mean, we want to have the best life now that we can have. Financial security, good health, no worries about our future, a nice place to live, happy family life, good friends and neighbors--who doesn’t want all that? Your best life now. Ah, wouldn’t that be sweet! A steak on the grill, a margarita in your hand, relaxing on the patio…

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Added by Charles Henrickson on July 30, 2016 at 9:52pm — No Comments

"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 — 1 Comment

"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

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