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From the Confessions: The Small Catechism
You should also urge officials and parents to rule well and to send their children to school. Show them why it is their duty to do this, and what a damnable sin they are committing if they do not, for by such neglect they overthrow and destroy both the kingdom of God and that of the world, acting as the worst enemies both of God and of men.
Pulling It Together: One more verse in today’s Scripture, and it reads, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Pro 1:7). As we “should fear, love, and trust God above all things,” we should not learn only his commandments and acts. We should learn about God, his character, his inclination toward us. This is difficult to do without the ability to read and reason. Therefore, one of the primary ways Christians might be involved in a kind of local mission is by volunteering to read to elementary students, and providing one-to-one tutoring in the schools for students who need help with reading.
Prayer: Use me, Lord, to advance the cause and ability to read the Holy Bible. Amen.
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