Mrs. Thomas Alva Edison shared with the renowned minister Norman Vincent Peale this story. She said when her husband was dying it was evident that he very much wanted to speak. So she bent over and placed her ear next to his mouth. Thomas Edison, in a faint whisper, spoke his last words, "It is beautiful over there."
Reverend Peale noted the importance of this. Peale wrote, "Edison never reported as fact something he did not believe or see. He was not a dreamer or a poet but an exact scientist." From the vision of Thomas Edison, we know that heaven is a beautiful place.
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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.