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Play the Man 68

Fear Not Death

Mother and ChildIt is commonly understood that we need each other. Two people need to talk to one another for their own well-being. They need to share, encourage and build one another up by exchange. In terms of response, this is understood to mean, 'If you are not stroked, your spinal cord will shrivel up!'"

Encourage One Another

Reformer Martin LutherIn the early days of the Protestant Reformation, the Reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546 AD) who was a German professor of Theology and leading figure in the Protestant Reformation Movement was summoned to the city of Worms in the Rhineland to debate with the all powerful and much feared leaders of the Roman Church hierarchy. The streets were crowded. The multitudes were silent. The leader of the new faith pressed steadily, almost stonily on. Suddenly a voice, clear as a bell, rang through the air. "Luther, play the man. Luther, play the man. Fear not death. It can but slay the body. There is life beyond." In a moment, Martin straightened up renewed and encouraged. Like the Martyr Polycarp (c117-155 AD) who was one of the Apostolic Fathers a century before him, his spinal cord had been stroked and he had received the courage he needed!

"Reformer Martin Luther"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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