| UPDATED MARCH 25th | Given the restrictions announced by the Center for Disease Control to limit gatherings to 10 people as a necessary measure to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, and given the measures taken by area schools, churches, and counties, we are joining in this public health effort and CANCELLING ALL CHURCH…

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Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Lent 2 | 03.08.2020 | John 3   John 3:16…from the face-paint on athletes, to sign holders at major sporting and political events, to devotional favorites, John 3:16 is easily among the most famous verses in the Bible. But why? Why is it so famous? I think…

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Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Lent 1 | 03.01.2020 | Genesis 2-3  The Forbidden Fruit story with Adam and Eve is one of the most famous in Scripture. Thousands of pages have been written on the many meanings and lessons we can draw from this epic story. So although there are…

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Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Transfiguration | 02.23.2020 | Matthew 17:1-9 Today’s gospel story is commonly called the Transfiguration and it is the hinge point between the season of Epiphany (the beginning of Jesus’ ministry) and the season of Lent (the beginning of the end of Jesus’ ministry), and the Transfiguration…

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Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Epiphany 6 | 02.16.2020 | Matthew 5:27-32 We are going to talk about something quite difficult today. Today we are going to talk about divorce…because today Jesus talks about divorce. This is not the most sensitive subject on Valentine’s Day weekend…but maybe it’s the perfect subject…

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Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Epiphany 5 | 02.09.2020 | Isaiah 58:1-7, 10 *DISLCAIMER: This sermon will read less like a usual manuscript as it was preached with light notes and somewhat ‘off the cuff.’ The book of focus, Isaiah, is a historically complicated book, so a large part of the…

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Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Epiphany 4 | 02.02.2020 | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 The Apostle Paul in his letter to his Corinthian congregation is claiming that God is no stranger to weakness and suffering. I am going to repeat that: God is no stranger to weakness and suffering. That is Paul’s…

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Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Epiphany 3 | 01.26.2020 | Matthew 4:12-23 An important detail about the sequence of events in the life of Jesus is revealed in today’s gospel. That important detail is this: in every one of the gospels, Jesus is baptized shortly before he begins his Galilean ministry,…

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Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Epiphany 2 | 01.19.2020 | John 1:29-42 Today, based on our passage from John, we are compelled to reflect upon a potentially scary word – evangelism. Yes, you humble, reserved, rural Minnesota people…we are going to talk about evangelism today. But, first, many of you might…

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