June 26

To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 1 Corinthians 6:7

Unfortunately in this world, we have lawsuits.  It would be better if there were none.  But God allows them to exist in order to avoid greater evil.  He permits lawsuits because people are imperfect.  When someone takes something from people, they don’t want to let go of it and give it back to God.

Nevertheless, we should strive toward the goal of keeping God’s name holy.  We should learn from day to day how to give God’s honor and goods back to him.  This includes giving back to God anything that is taken away from us.  In this way, we are made completely holy.  The Lord’s Prayer was given to us to help us remember that we should always want to keep God’s name holy.

It shouldn’t surprise Christians if they have everything taken away from them—all of their property, honor, friends, health, wisdom, and so on. For ultimately all their possessions will be destroyed, and they will be separated from all things before they can be made holy and keep God’s name holy.  For if something exists, its name also exists.  So everything must be taken away so that only God, the things of God, and the names of God remain.

Martin Luther’s Here I Stand (Audio CD)

In the late afternoon of April 18, 1521, in the city of Worms, Germany, Martin Luther, a 37 year-old Catholic monk was called to defend himself before Charles the Fifth, the Holy Roman Emperor. The speech he delivered that day, Here I Stand, marked the beginning of the Reformation, a critical turning point in Christian history that decisively altered the spiritual map of the world. In this recording, Max McLean introduces the events leading up to the Diet of Worms; Martin Luther’s prayer the night before he delivered his speech; Luther’s stirring defense; the Catholic church’s rebuttal; and, Luther’s final heartfelt response.

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