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  There was a centurion living in Caesarea whose name
was Cornelius. He and his family were sincere in their worship of God. Although they didn’t know anything about
Jesus, Cornelius gave some of his money to help the poor, and he was a man of prayer.
One day about three o’clock in the afternoon, while he was praying, an angel of God came to him in a vision. “Cornelius, God hears your prayers and sees the good things you have done to help the poor,” the angel said. “Now send men to Joppa to get Simon, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging with a man named Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.”
When the angel left, Cornelius called for two of his servants and a loyal soldier who was with him all the time. He told them the message from the angel. Then he sent them on their way to look for Simon Peter in Joppa.
It was nearly a full day’s journey for the servants of Cornelius. They probably had to stay somewhere for the night, but the next day they hurried on their way, nearing the city of Joppa about noon.
Meanwhile, Peter was at Simon the tanner’s house waiting to eat the midday meal. He went up on the rooftop to spend some time in prayer, and God sent him a vision. In the vision he saw heaven opened and something like a big sheet tied at its four corners coming down to earth. In the sheet were all kinds of
wild animals, creepy-crawly things, and birds.
Suddenly Peter heard a voice say to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” Now, that must have seemed like a very strange thing for Peter to hear.
“Who would ever want to eat such unclean, smelly creatures?” he must have thought to himself as the vision ended.
“I can’t do that, Lord!” Peter
There was a centurion living in Caesarea whose name was Cornelius. He and his family were sincere in their worship of God.
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