Posts by Joe Skogmo

The Mystery and Promise of the Resurrection

Pastor Joe Skogmo St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 22 | 11.10.2019 | Luke 20:27-38 The Mystery and Promise of Resurrection In Jesus’ time there were two dominant groups of Jewish leaders—the Pharisees and the Sadducees with whom he often experienced resistance. Today we see a run-in between Jesus and the Sadducees. What is…

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Funeral and Visitation for Norm Johnson

https://www.andersonfuneral.net/notices/NormanNorm-Johnson Visitation: -Monday, October 28th from 5 – 7 p.m. @ Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria -Tuesday, October 29th from 10 – 11 a.m. @ St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lowry. Funeral -Tuesday, October 29th at 11:00 a.m. @ St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lowry (fellowship and meal to follow)

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The Blessed Struggle with Faith

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 19 | 10.20.2019 | Genesis 32:22-31 Today I am going to preach on the story from Genesis which involves a wrestling match and Old Testament figure, Jacob. I absolutely love this story. Some of you don’t know who Jacob is, and that’s okay. Meanwhile, most…

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Being Thankful – Not for Me…For You

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 18 | 10.13.2019 | Luke 17:11-19 In today’s story Jesus performed a miracle cure of ten people and only one showed gratitude. Jesus commended that cured man’s gratitude. That’s the general summary, but I don’t want this sermon to come off as a politeness lesson…

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Grace Interrupting

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 17 | 10.06.2019 | 2nd Timothy 1:1-14 Do you ever get stuck in a cycle of thought that something in your life or about your life isn’t enough?—feelings of lack, incompleteness, guilt, or shame? Do you ever get stuck in the feeling that there should…

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Luther League Jubilee 2019!

Based on the biblical practice recorded in the 25th chapter of Leviticus, and because our youth had a surplus in 2019, last night (9/29/2019) they celebrated their THIRD-ever ‘JUBILEE’! This year’s Jubilee totaled $2,900. After discussion and voting, they decided to disperse their excess funds to EIGHT DIFFERENT CAUSES (local, national and global). Donations from…

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Scolded and Strengthened to Remember the Poor

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 16 | 09.29.2019 | Luke 16:19-31 Well, Jesus is at it again. If you’re sick of hearing about misuse of wealth and/or our disregard for the poor, you can blame Jesus. He spends most of his time addressing these things. He’s done so for the…

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A Confusing Parable about Money

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 15 | 09.22.2019 | Luke 16:1-13 Well…how about that parable today? One scholar calls it “Jesus’ most confusing parable.”[1] So, if you’re normally confused by religion, today will be an even more fun day. Not only does that sound fun, the parable also has to…

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You are Found

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 14 | 09.15.2019 | Luke 15:1-7 My very first sermon here at St. Paul’s was on this very text on this very day six years ago. I went back and read it. It was ‘okay’. In it I asked if any of you had ever…

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Celebrating Jesus’ Party Rules

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 12 | 09.01.2019 | Luke 14:1, 7-14 Another day, another lesson from Jesus that flips things on their heads. There is something simultaneously inspiring and uncomfortable about what Jesus teaches in today’s gospel. Jesus was invited to a meal at the house of a religious…

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