The United States Secret Service, responsible for guarding the integrity of our nation's
currency, has time-tested ways of training its agents to recognize counterfeit bills. There
are many tricks of the counterfeit-hunter's trade, but what they all come down to is this:
the Secret Service trains its agents not by teaching them how to look for counterfeits, but
by teaching them how to look for the real thing. Agents who have become thoroughly
familiar with every characteristic of a genuine bill have little problem spotting a
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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.