One of the first Bible verses my mother taught me when I was a little boy was "Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord," words that had a particular connection at that age to things like cookie jars. After I grew up, Mom and I were in conversation about some of the events in the news including the deception and prevarication that the stories often featured. I mentioned to her that some wag had said, "Lying lips may be an abomination to the Lord but sometimes they are a very present help in time of trouble."
Mom replied, "Who said that? Nobody you know!"
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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.