From Pastor Perry

10/24/2013 Acts 3:1-10

Acts 3:1–10 (ESV)
The Lame Beggar Healed
3 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

A lame man begs and gets more than he asked for.  He was begging for money, but Peter and John gave him none.  Their response is a popular children’s song:

Peter and John went to pray;
They met a lame man on their way.
He asked for alms and held out his palms,
And this is what Peter did say:

“Silver and gold have I none,
But such as I have give I thee.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
Rise up and walk! “

He went walking and leaping and praising God;
Walking and leaping and praising God.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
Rise up and walk.

Yes, Peter took him by the hand,
And entered the temple with him.
The people wondered and were amazed
At what had happened to him.

Peter said, "It's not our power.
It's Christ's whom you crucified.
He’s made this man strong whom you see
Walking and praising God."

Yes, he was walking and leaping and praising God.
Walking and leaping and praising God.
In the name of Jesus Christ,
Leaping and praising God

"Now brethren you were ignorant
And all of your rulers too.
By repenting and turning - to God
You can be cleansed too."

And go walking and leaping and praising God;
Walking and leaping and praising God;
In the name of Jesus Christ,
Praising and Thanking God.

If you know the children’s song, then you were singing it as you read it.  If you don’t know it... then to understand this passage... all you need is the lyrics to the children’s song.  So simple, even a child can understand it.  That’s why the people were so amazed.

I pray: O Lord, help me to understand your word so that I can tell it in ways that even children can understand it.  I WILL need your help, that is the help of the Holy Spirit.  Help open the ears of the ones I plant the seed and I pray that they grow to know Christ.  Use me Lord.  Amen.

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09.10 | 11:35

I really love v.13 in this passage. It is both encouraging and comforting.

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