From Pastor Perry

11/25/2013 Acts 36-43

Acts 9:36–43 (ESV)
Dorcas Restored to Life
36 Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.

Miracles have a way of getting people’s attention.  In yesterday’s reading, Peter healed a man who had been paralyzed for eight years.  In today’s reading, the impossible happens.  Peter is summoned to come to raise Tabitha from the dead in Joppa.  Peter comes, clears the room, and raises her from the dead.  He speaks “Tabitha, arise.”  She arises and the people rejoice.  It is interesting that Peter refers to the believers as “saints”, and that is exactly what they are.  If you are a believer in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are a saint.  It is not based on miracles or works, or some church body voting to make you a saint.  It is by faith alone!  You either believe in Jesus Christ as your savior or you don’t.   Your are either a saint or a nonbeliever.

I pray: O Lord, I pray for all the saints, to keep their focus on you and to not fall away.  I pray that you work through me and all saints to share the Gospel.  I pray that as we tell the nonbelievers about the love of Jesus, that they will be convicted and converted by the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Write a new comment: (Click here)
Characters left: 160
DONE Sending...
See all comments

| Reply

Latest comments

09.10 | 11:35

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

24.01 | 10:13

we are not coming tonight and we coming tomorrow bible study well you do Phillip a favorite look for my ESV BIBLE FOR ME Please pretty Please my Dear My Bros

13.12 | 15:29

HI this is I Frederick Demond Wilson. I hereby am solemnly here to forebare witnessing of His witness, our Creator.

27.05 | 16:27

Pastor: on my e mails, a note said that you were trying to contact me. Now,
I am having trouble reaching you. Was it important? In Christ, daisy

You liked this page