Gospel Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (Middle Third)
While persons were working on the White Pass Yukon Route Railroad near Skagway, Alaska, on August 3, 1898, a great tragedy occurred. During the blasting of rock to clear a passage for the laying of ties and track, a one hundred-ton granite boulder worked loose from where it had rested. This enormous rock came down upon two railroad workers, burying them between itself and the hard terrain beneath them. Having died instantly, and because of the immensity of the stone, any attempt to recover the men's bodies was not an option.
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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.