Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 One evening for an hour before bed I watched a television special on starving children. The program was both explaining the problem and raising money for some permanent solutions. The cameras aimed from many perspectives at skinny, shrunken children with distended stomachs.
I went to bed, closed my eyes, and no matter what I thought of, I could still see those children. Whether I considered changing the oil in the car, phoning my parents, or reading a book, somehow the faces of these children were in my sight.
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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.