When I was a kid I thought I knew everything, so I was always complaining when my folks thought they knew better. "Don't play in the street!" they shouted, but it was so much fun. "You just got over your cold so don't go out without your coat!" "Don't complain about your test in school if you want to make anything of yourself someday." Their excuse for all my complaints was "Who brought you into this world? Who gives you something to eat? Who gives you a house to live in and a bed to sleep in?" How much more does God give us! So why don't we quit complaining?
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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.