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According to tradition, in 1357 a Swiss man named Konrad Mueller killed another man named Heinrich Stucki. Part of the punishment was the Mueller and all subsequent owners of a farm had to give a local church 70 Swiss francs ($76 US) a year to cover the cost of candles and oil to keep an eternal lamp shining. The current owner of the land refused to keep paying the yearly fee, and took the matter to court to prove his case. The court in the northeastern part of the country agreed with the landowner stating mortgage reforms instituted over 100 years ago made the yearly installments unnecessary. Finally, after more than 700 years, the penalty for the crime was abolished. —Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Swiss court wipes slate clean for farmers paying debt to church for crime 655 years ago, http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/swiss-court-wipes-slate-clean-for-farmers-paying-debt-to-church-for-crime-655-years-ago/2013/01/08/1d36712c-59bd-11e2-b8b2-0d18a64c8dfa_story.html, Accessed January 8, 2013

Colossians 3:12-13 (NRSV) (12) As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. (13) Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

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