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A lame man is healed

Peter and John are arrested after a lame man is healed.
Contributed by Nadine de Boer
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Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple by the Beautiful Gate, they saw a man who was lame from birth begging. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. – Slide 1
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Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, ‘Look at us!’ The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. – Slide 2
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But Peter said, ‘I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ, get up and walk!’ <br/>Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. – Slide 3
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The man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them. <br/>People saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! – Slide 4
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Peter began to tell the crowd about Jesus. <br/>‘Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes. … Repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. (Acts 3:12-26) – Slide 5
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While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. They were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead. <br/>They arrested them and, since it was already evening, put them in jail until morning. – Slide 6
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The next day, the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. They brought in Peter and John and demanded, ‘By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?’ – Slide 7
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Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, replied, ‘The lame man was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. … There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:8-12) – Slide 8
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The council conferred together. ‘What should we do with these men?” they asked. “We can’t deny that they have performed a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it.’ <br/>So they commanded Peter and John never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. – Slide 9
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But Peter and John replied, ‘Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than Him?  We cannot stop telling everyone about everything we have seen and heard.’  <br/>The council then threatened them further, but they finally let them go because they didn’t know how to punish them without starting a riot. – Slide 10
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As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. They all gave thanks and praise to God. <br/>As they prayed the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:23-31) – Slide 11
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All the believers were united in heart and mind and shared everything they had.  <br/>The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. – Slide 12
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There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. – Slide 13
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