Sermons from 2016 (Page 2)

Passing the Temptation Test, Part 1

James 1:13-15 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it…

Trouble: A Required Course

Readings: Acts 15:12-21; James 1:1-4, 12-18; Matthew 13:54-58 Family and Friends of Salem Lutheran Church, We have begun another school year.  Children, youth, and some adults are back to school.  They are studying.  What they are studying depends on their courses.  One course that should be taken by every Christian is: “Trouble.”  That’s why I…

The Master Manipulator

Romans 8:28 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. Dear Friends in Christ, If you were to go into my office and sneak a peak under the pad that sits on my desk, you would find this…

The Cure for Spiritual Anorexia

Matthew 4:4 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Dear Friends in Christ, If you hang around the Meyer household very long and watch any television with us, sooner or later you are going to see one or more…

The Hard Work of Peacemaking, Part 2

Romans 12:17-21 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It…

The Hard Work of Peacemaking, Part 1

2 Corinthians 5:18 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: Dear Friends in Christ, I’m going to start my sermon this morning with a video from the Skit Guys that is much more serious than most of the ones they make. It’s entitled…

If Truth be Told

1 Timothy 2:3-4, 7 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the…

Why You Need a Church Family

Ephesians 2:19-20 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Dear Friends in Christ, What do you think of when you hear the word “togetherness”?  That…

There’s a War Going On

Mark 12:30 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Dear Friends in Christ, There’s a war going on in America’s churches today.  Now a statement like that probably doesn’t surprise you.  But when I tell you what the…