We read Acts 10:9-23 and talked about Peter’s vision.  Peter went up on top of the roof and prayed.  He was taught how to pray by Jesus.  Luke 11:1, “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.  When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.'”  And by example, Jesus taught them where to pray.  Luke 5:16, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

I said, “We have to get away from all the distractions around us.  I need to get up early and spend time with the Lord because I know all of you are asleep and it’s just our Lord and me.  I am sure there weren’t very many people on top of the roof with Peter.  While he was up there, Peter had a vision.  A big sheet filled with ‘four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air.’  A voice said, ‘Get up, Peter.  Kill and eat.’  Peter answered, ‘Surely not, Lord!  I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.’

“Why are these animals considered impure?  God told His people what animals they may and may not eat.  It is law.  Deuteronomy 14:3-20.  So the question is, Is God changing His law?  The answer is ‘No.’  We have to look at the bigger picture and understand what is going on.  It is about Cornelius.  It is about the Gentile people.  The Jewish people considered Gentiles unclean.  John 18:28, ‘Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of he Roman governor.  By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.’

“Peter thought about the significance of the vision and the Spirit revealed it to him.”

Happy Birthday, Mike!  I made some cupcakes and after dinner, all of us went over and wished Mike a Happy Birthday.  He’s 74 and still strong.  Maybe not physically, but strong where it counts… spiritually.  “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

I am so proud of our boys.  Their behavior in school is so much better this week.  When we got back from Mike and Dottie’s house, I told them how proud I am of them and decided to reward them with an ice cream.  I pray for a hedge of protection around our dorm.  It is a spiritual battle.

All His,

Lee and Candy

 

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