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Pastor’s Message for 2018 Annual Meeting

by jskogen

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 […]

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

by jskogen

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

by jskogen

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

by jskogen

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

by jskogen

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 June 2016 Tidings of Hope

by jskogen

The Doctrine of the Law In my last Tidings of Hope, you read about how doctrine is relevant to our Christian lives, how it is the basis for our blessed unity, and how it prepares us for the proper reception of Communion. These reasons are in addition to the important facts that biblical doctrine is […]

Pastor Skogen’s May 2016 Tidings of Hope

by jskogen

In my address to the congregation at the January Congregational Meeting, which is recorded in the 2015 Annual Report, I stressed the importance of doctrine, or teachings. I encourage you to read it again. Many people view Christian doctrine as simply a field of study for theologically trained people. They think that it is mostly […]

Pastor Skogen’s April 2016 Tidings of Hope

by jskogen

We’ve Just Celebrated Easter! Now What? It’s sometimes difficult when  your favorite day comes and goes. You go on an awesome vacation, but then it’s over, and it will be a long time until another one comes. Your favorite holiday or your birthday passes by, and you have to wait a whole year for it […]