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Christians share what they have

Ananias and Sapphira try to deceive the church.
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All the believers were one in heart and mind. – Slide 1
No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. – Slide 2
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. – Slide 3
For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet … – Slide 4
… and it was distributed to anyone who had need. – Slide 5
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’) … – Slide 6
… sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. – Slide 7
Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. – Slide 8
With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. – Slide 9
Then Peter said, ‘Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.’ – Slide 10
When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. – Slide 11
Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him. – Slide 12
About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. – Slide 13
Peter asked her, ‘Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?’ ‘Yes,’ she said, ‘that is the price.’ – Slide 14
Peter said to her, ‘How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.’ <br/>At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. – Slide 15
Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events. – Slide 16
The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. – Slide 17
And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. – Slide 18
Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. – Slide 19
As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. – Slide 20
Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed. – Slide 21
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