Isaiah43:16-21 When modern-day Israel first became a nation, most of its land was dry, arid desert. Thanks to the innovation and resourcefulness of its people, Israel has been able to construct desalination plants along their coastlines, plants which can remove the salt from sea water, providing the country with drinking water as well as water for agriculture. The Ashkelon plant alone, located at Israel's southern Mediterranean coast, can purify as much as 330,000 cubic meters of water per day, according to their website.
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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.