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Spinal Cord

Mother and ChildIt is commonly understood that we need each other whether we like them or not. Two people need to talk to one another for their own well-being no matter how hard that may seem. We need to socialize, share, encourage and build up 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!'"This means that if you are not encouraged you will not be able to stand strong!✞

Encourage One Another

Reformer Martin LutherIn the early days of the Protestant Reformation, the Reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) 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 but the multitudes were silent. The leader of the new faith pressed steadily, almost stonily on through the people. 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.The martyr Polycarp (c117-155 AD) who was an Apostolic Fathers in the second century, who faced martyrdom for his faith was similarly renewed at the point of his greatest need. His spinal cord was stroked and he received the courage he needed! Even so he was bound up and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire amazingly failed to touch him. We too need to be encouraged as Christians to play the man!✞

"Martin Luther"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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