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History tells us that the story of Valentine’s Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor, Claudius II, and a humble Christian martyr, Valentinus. We of course, do not know for certain if this is the case, but this version has lasted through countless years and has been repeated from generation to generation.

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If you follow my column regularly (and I appreciate those who do), you may remember that we met Mary Magdalene, the person I believe received the most important message ever given: “Go and tell My disciples that I am alive.” These words came from the Lord Jesus after He had risen from the dead as He said He would. We then met Peter, also called Son of Jonah, the Apostle Peter, Simon Peter and “the Rock.” (Yes, I know we have a modern day wrestler named the Rock, but he has little strength compared to the man Jesus called the Rock).

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When Jesus first spoke to the brothers Andrew and Peter, who were fishermen by profession, he told them to follow Him and He would make them fishers of men. Andrew and Peter might not have grasped exactly what those words meant at the time, but in the coming months and years, they would see the Lord’s words come to fruition.

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Ahhh, Peter, the loudmouth, the out front one, the oft spokesperson for the disciples, the leader, and the one to get into major trouble while serving the Lord – we can learn from him. He, perhaps, was an unlikely candidate for Christian service, but his life should serve as an example of forgiveness to those of us who would follow in his footsteps.

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I enjoy and appreciate things that make me think. I don’t always come to a concrete conclusion right away, but I do enjoy the challenge of trying to come to an agreement (or disagreement) with things I have heard or read. Nothing causes quite so much controversy as Bible passages, political promises, or childrearing advice.

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