From the Pastor’s Desk,                                                                            February 2018

 

In Acts 3 the bible tells us of an event that was a direct miracle from God. The chapter starts with Peter and John going to the temple to pray. As they are on their way there, a man that was a crippled from birth that sat daily at the entrance to the Temple. As those that went into the temple would walk by this man, he would ask for help.

As Peter and John went on this particular day, all seemed to be going according to the normal course of things. But something miraculously happens. Acts 3:6 “Then Peter said, 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.”

This cripple man was looking for something that would satisfy him temporarily; but Peter gave him something that went a lot further than that. Act 3:7 “And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”

This miracle of healing came from God through Peter. It shows us that it takes more than temporal things like money and goods to get someone back on their feet. They need healing; they need help; and they need hope! It wasn’t through silver and gold that this man would have received these things; it had to be something greater.

There’s nothing wrong with giving someone in need a little piece of money to help them on their way, to get some food or necessary means to keep living. But what do you have to give that will go beyond that? Can you give them healing, help, and hope that will cause them to do as this man did? What did he do you ask? Act 3:8 “And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.”

What this man received was far greater than any medical healing, hand out of help or false hope. He received a life changing miracle that not only changed him physically, it changed him emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Do you have something like that you can give to someone in need? All you have to do is tell them about Jesus! He can heal them, help them and give them hope that no man can provide! Peter said “...but such as I have give I thee...” – Peter possessed the salvation of Jesus Christ, he was born again. Is that something you have to give?

If you don’t, then may I encourage you to get it today; get saved right now by the grace of God! And if you are already saved, then find someone crippled by sin and give them the good news that Jesus Saves!

 

Because of Jesus,

Pastor Ken Stanley

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