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May 2

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Reading 1 - Deu 19

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Reading 2 - Ecc 11:6

"Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle" (Ecc 11:6).

"The evening of life has also its calls. Life is so short that a morning of manhood's vigour, and an evening of decay, make the whole of it. To some it seems long, but a four-pence is a great sum of money to a poor man. Life is so brief that no man can afford to lose a day. It has been well said that if a great king should bring us a great heap of gold, and bid us take as much as we could count in a day, we should make a long day of it; we should begin early in the morning, and in the evening we should not withhold our hand... Age may instruct the young, cheer the faint, and encourage the desponding; if eventide has less of vigorous heat, it should have more of calm wisdom, therefore in the evening I will not withhold my hand" (CH Spurgeon).

Reading 3 - Acts 10:5

"Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter" (Acts 10:5).

The first prospective convert from among the Gentiles calls on Peter (or Simon son of JONAH: Mat 16:17) at JOPPA, the very place where the original Jonah had boarded a ship to run away from his call (Jon 1:3). This "son of Jonah", though, does not ignore the call, and so the sign of Jonah (Mat 12:39-41) is finally and completely fulfilled in the repentance of the Gentiles.

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