"Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is," goes a couplet most of
us learned in childhood. In this passage, the flowers and vines bloom, the fig tree buds,
and the sound of the turtledove is again heard in the land. Spring rightly is called "The
Queen of Seasons," and in springtime, as Tennyson put it, "a young man's fancy lightly
turns to thoughts of love." Scripture celebrates not only the joys of nature but also
natural, healthy attraction and affection between a man and a woman. As believers so
should we -- and not just in springtime, but all year.
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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.