There is a great deal of moral exhortation in the lessons for today, with a strong focus on the difference that a grounding in faith makes for a community's life in the world. The first lesson is negative, lamenting the loss of this grounding by those who once knew better. The second lesson makes for a startling contrast. For those who do possess the confidence of faith, who know the Lord is with them (Hebrews 13:6), the possibilities seem endless -- the lesson spills over with enthusiasm detailing the manifold implications of faith for the individual, the community, and society at large.
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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.