Rachel worked hard to establish a new support group. She telephoned, wrote to, and talked personally with many local officials and politicians for funding. She put out flyers in bulk mailings, ads in the paper, and put up cards in the local store calling for members. And it worked. By the sixth meeting the group was up to twenty members and growing. Funding was secured from several companies; meeting space was donated by the city. Rachel was ecstatic. But as the membership grew, they began to pull in another direction than Rachel.
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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.