The Buddhist approached a hotdog vendor and said, "Make me one with everything." The
Buddhist gave the vendor a $20 bill and waited. Finally he said, "Where's my change?"
The vendor replied, "All change must come from within."
That is the Buddhist philosophy -- that change comes from within, and at first glance, we
might agree with that. But, as Christians, we have discovered that an individualistic
attitude toward our ability to change is full of inadequacies.
We are not an independent people. We are dependent. It is a lie when we are told we can
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.