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Bumper stickers. Greeting cards. Home décor. During Advent and Christmas, it’s not hard to find any of the above outfitted with phrases like “Keep Christ in Christmas!” or “Jesus is the reason for the season!” But how do we do that? And is He really?

This issue of The Lutheran Witness answers those questions, starting with the Rev. Gregory Alms’s “Wanting, Waiting, Welcoming,” which explains why Advent causes us to repent and wait on Christ, while the Rev. Jim Roemke’s “The CamelHair-Covered John” encourages us to hear the words of “our brother, St. John the Baptizer, who prepared the ways of the Lord.”

Getting flack for your Christian understanding of Christmas while at college? In “Making the Incarnation Case,” Christian Boehlke helps you articulate why Jesus is both God and man, the one who takes away the sin of the world. Unsure of why Jesus cares for you in the first place? The Rev. William Weedon comforts you with the assurance that “He is born because He willed to bear your sin and be cursed that in Him you might be blessed, made a child of God and given the very gift of His Father’s home to be your own.”

Tensions running high as you prepare for the Christmas season? Read the Rev. Tim Paul’s “The Christmas Doll,” which may just give you a chuckle in this “season of high expectations,” while Deaconess Kristina Paul’s “A Present King” outlines the tangible hope Christ gives, especially in the middle of a season that brings with it stress, fear and anxiety.

Still wondering how to keep Christ in Christmas? The Rev. Mike Burdick explains that Christ comes to us in His Supper, that “the same Jesus of the lowly manger, the cross and the resurrection is present on Christmas morning in our churches.” And let’s not forget: Who exactly is the reason for the season? Well, you are, and that’s why the Rev. Matthew Ruesch reminds us that “the true celebration is the birth of Christ for you.”

Christ is still in Christmas, in His Word and Sacraments. And He does it all, gives it all, forgives it all, for you. And that is a merry Christmas!

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Adriane Heins, Managing Editor

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adriane.heins@lcms.org

Special Note | State of the Synod District Pledge Update

photo2351The district pledge information in the November “State of the Synod” issue of The Lutheran Witness was assembled based on the Synod’s fiscal year, rather than on the districts’ pledge year. Because of this, the LCMS English and Northwest Districts pledge totals caused some confusion.

We are pleased and thankful to report that the LCMS English District pledged $200,277 for FY 2013, that the LCMS Northwest District gave $158,845 to Synod (instead of the $15,845 that was reported in error) in FY 2013 and that the latter has pledged $170,000 for the current fiscal year.

An updated chart, representing both pledged and received amounts based on the districts’ pledge year, can be found here.

Download District Pledge Update

Additionally, the notation on page 11 of the November issue should have indicated that amounts are stated in thousands.


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God Grant Us a Blessed End

The main thing that makes our death blessed is faith in Jesus Christ.

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What God Does through Scripture

We do not learn about God primarily through our experiences, emotions, or imaginations, but by listening to Him (P. 25:4–5).

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Youth and Religion

When it comes to the questions of “Who should teach?” and “When should it begin?” the answers are clear.

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Advent Isn’t a Baby Shower

Advent isn’t a baby shower. We aren’t getting ready for a baby to be born in Bethlehem. That train has already left the station.

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Joy and Delight

[The angels] wish that there will be peace on earth, and that the kingdom of Christ, which is a kingdom of peace, will flourish on the earth.

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December 2014 Notices

The “official notices” are published for a single purpose only: giving notice of a result, namely, changes in the Synod’s membership rosters by the addition or deletion of the names of individuals and congregations. It is not always appropriate that reasons for the changes be identified in the published notices. Since a change can occur […]

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