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The angel gave Zechariah the word: “Your wife, Elizabeth, is going to have a baby.” He answered, “How in the world? We’re both old!” Angel: “You will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words” (Luke 1:20).... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Meyer Minute
When you have your eyes on a goal, you’re annoyed by petty things. The busy-ness of these days before Christmas easily frays our nerves and we pop off against one another. Pause for perspective. What’s your goal this Advent? Try this: “Obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Meyer Minute
Every day millions of Christians begin the Lord’s Prayer. “Our Father who art in heaven…” but then get to the Sixth Petition, “Lead us not into temptation.” That’s puzzled Christians for centuries. James 1:13 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Meyer Minute
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39). Jesus was speaking about what we today call the Old Testament; the New Testament had not yet been written. Many people think Jesus is only... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
I return to Isaiah 64, a marvelous chapter for your meditation. “You have hidden your face from us” (Isaiah 64:7). Out of sight, out of mind? What can we see? Our sins. “In our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? We have all become... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down.” Do you resonate with that prayer from Isaiah 64:1? Dear God, the world is getting worse day-by-day. Crazed gunmen, religious bigots, partisan intractability, insane nuclear threats… “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down!” This falls, I think,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Tomorrow the Church will honor Andrew, a saint who knew it wasn’t about him. Saints increasingly learn it’s all about Jesus. One ancient father of the Church called Andrew the “Introducer” because he humbly brought people to Jesus. When Andrew faced martyrdom, tradition ascribes these words to him: “Hail, precious... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
On the walls of my office are several framed diplomas; seeing them always gives me satisfaction. I now have another piece of paper. “Certificate of Completion. This certifies that Dale Meyer completed the 2017 Preventing Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) course…. Certified by Concordia Seminary.” All Seminary employees are required to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
O God, who sets the lonely in families, we thank You for our family and home (Psalm 68:6). Unless You build the house, we labor to build it in vain (cf. Psalm 127:1). Renew the love of husbands and wives. Turn the hearts of parents to children and children to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
I fondly remember evening meals when I was growing up. Every meal started with grace, and then we dug into whatever Mom had prepared. We also dug into conversation. Most of the table talk was mundane, quickly forgotten. But you know, that’s when God did – and still does –... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
A tip of the hat to accountants, auditors, financial consultants, and anyone who keeps a calculator handy to crunch numbers. Or think of it this way: What if clergy ran the world? Some years ago I was invited to give a devotion for the annual conference of business managers in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Greetings from New Orleans, where I’ve come for some church meetings. “By meetings you shall be saved” sometimes seems to be our guiding verse. At any rate, I’m in a very nice room with a great view, but when I opened the bedside drawer, I found no Bible. I always... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
A reading in church yesterday is worth a sermon, or today at least a Minute. “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24). First question: whose justice? In today’s America the court returns a verdict but supporters of the losing side take to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Tomorrow is Veterans Day. With our military personnel deployed and in danger around the world, this day of respect comes at an opportune time. Originally it was called Armistice Day, so proclaimed by President Wilson in 1919. It was made a federal holiday in 1938 and in 1954 Congress named... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
In 1961, communist leader Erich Honecker ordered a wall built around the city of East Berlin. That infamous Berlin Wall separated families, prompted East Berliners to risk their lives for freedom, and became a hated symbol of the Cold War. “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” said President Ronald Reagan... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
About the time I was finishing my sermon yesterday in Sherman, Texas, farther south, deeper in the heart of Texas… Through the history of western civilization, church buildings have been places where people whose lives were in danger could find safety. Sutherland Springs is another indication that the civilization we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
I’ve heard this said, and from my own experience I know it is true. The minister visits a dying person and asks, “Are you ready for eternity?” “I hope so,” comes the answer; “I’ve tried to lead a good life.” Dear God, don’t let me, don’t let anyone approach that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Once again we hear public officials beginning their statements to the press saying, “The victims and their families are in our thoughts and prayers.” What does that really mean? Think about it. It is human-centered. Our thoughts. Our prayers. It’s not in any way a statement about God; beneath the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“Hi, Christian! Still got the boot on?” “Yeah, Opa. The doctor said a couple more weeks.” “That’s been a really bummer, fracturing your growth plate. I’m sorry.” “Your mom says you didn’t get to go to nationals?” “CCLS (Christ Community Lutheran School) qualified for the nationals in cross-country. I would... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
My cup of coffee this morning was in a new cup, a gift from St. Salvator Lutheran Church. It’s where Diane and I began in ministry 43 years ago, dear then and still dear to us today. St. Salvator is celebrating its 175th anniversary, and the coffee cup set me... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
This morning I’m getting in a van with eight seminarians and two professors to drive to western Iowa. It’s an “immersion trip,” future pastors getting out of the classroom to see first-hand how the mission of Jesus is moving forward in our world. Our first destination is “Mission Central.” This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
One of my favorite passages is Deuteronomy 33:27. “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” “The eternal God,” is says. Eternal – God has no beginning and no end. “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations” (Psalm 90:1). Through the centuries,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
You know, or at least have some deep down apprehension, that the world is spinning out of control. It is, and I read a disturbing damage report in yesterday’s “New York Times Magazine.” “Anxiety is the most common mental-health disorder in the United States, affecting nearly one-third of both adolescents... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“They can’t even see the stars,” said the local TV reporter. She was talking about smoke in the air from the fires in California. I believe it. I’m near Sacramento, here with our Seminary team to present the Gospel of Mark this evening at Town and Country Lutheran Church. We... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
The Meyer Minute for October 11, 2017 This morning Diane and I attend a prayer breakfast. While prayers are offered, smart phones are close, distracting us. Left your smart phone in the car? Good, but your mind may still be whirling; you’re flitting in and out of prayer to your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at The Meyer Minute