Confession, Instruction, And Forgiveness P: Holy God, in whose name we gather, we ask you to give us life and to free us from the evil that causes us to hurt the ones you love. C: What is evil? What shape does it take in our sins? P: For every sinful act there is an outer dimension and an inner one. There is what our families, neighbors, and colleagues feel when we act inappropriately, and then there are the intentions, the motives, and the fears that lie deep in our hearts.
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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.