Death is ugly from the outside no matter how life ends, but God looks upon our ugliness and says, “This is mine.”
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Christmas carols invite us—and through them we invite others—to the place where Jesus is sure to be found: in His Word read and preached, the Word with water, bread, and wine, the Word sung by choirs and children.
Advent gives us the hope of a King who not only came to us in a dingy stable, but comes to us now in Word and Sacrament and will come again in glory on the Last Day.
The main thing that makes our death blessed is faith in Jesus Christ.
We do not learn about God primarily through our experiences, emotions, or imaginations, but by listening to Him (P. 25:4–5).
When it comes to the questions of “Who should teach?” and “When should it begin?” the answers are clear.
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