Pastor’s Message for 2018 Annual Meeting

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On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod… Last year we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. This year we celebrate another significant anniversary. 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. In 1917, the Norwegian Synod had 351 pastors, 986 […]

Thy Will Be Done – Pastor’s Tidings of Hope for August 2017

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In the first petition, we ask God that He would hallow His name among us, which means that He would preserve among us the pure doctrine of Scripture, and that as bearers of Christ’s name, Christians, we would live holy lives to His honor and glory. In the second petition, we ask that God would […]

You Are Consecrated By the Holy Spirit (Easter 7 – 2017)

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Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 10:1-9 1 Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, “Has not the LORD anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the LORD and you will save them from the […]

March Tidings of Hope (The Person and Work of the Christ)

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Lent has begun. While we repent of our sins and ponder Christ’s suffering and death all year round, we especially emphasize these things this time of year. So it is fitting that we have arrived at the Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed in our walk through Luther’s Small Catechism. All the six chief parts […]

God Preserves Us In The New Year – February Tidings of Hope

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Since I did not write an article for the January newsletter, I’ll say it now, “Happy New Year!” It is another year under God’s grace. Continuing the “Catechism” theme I have been using for my newsletter articles of late, it is fitting to focus on the First Article of the Creed this month. I believe […]

Doctrine Is Life – Pastor Skogen’s Tidings of Hope for November 2016

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Shortly, we will be finding out we will be stuck with for our next president. As the government is showing itself to be more and more corrupt, becoming increasingly anti-Christian and impeding more and more into our freedoms to live as Christians, we are concerned about what the future holds for us in this country. […]

Pastor’s Tidings of Hope for July 2016

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We continue our examination of the 10 Commandments. Remember that these commandments are very relevant to our daily lives. They are God’s will for us as to how we are to live our lives as His people and as neighbors to one another. These commandments also show us our sins, giving us reason to repent […]

Pastor Skogen’s August 2016 Tidings of Hope

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The Fourth and Fifth Commandments and God’s Will for Our Lives In the last article I wrote about the first table of the law, which deals with our relationship to God. This article is about the first two commandments of the second table of the law, which deals with our relationship to our neighbor. These […]