Reflections on Acts – chapters 8 & 9

Reflections on Acts – chapters 8 & 9 Acts 8: 1 – 8 The first thing I personally have to come to terms with is that God allowed Stephen to be brutally murdered. That’s not to say God was responsible, because he wasn’t; the responsibility lies firmly with those who killed Stephen. But God, knowingContinue reading “Reflections on Acts – chapters 8 & 9”

Acts 28: 1 – 10 Paul ashore on Malta

Acts 28: 1 – 10 Paul ashore on Malta Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on theContinue reading “Acts 28: 1 – 10 Paul ashore on Malta”

Acts 19: 11 – 22 Paul in Ephesus – part 2

Acts 19: 11 – 22 Paul in Ephesus – part 2 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to those who were ill, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits triedContinue reading “Acts 19: 11 – 22 Paul in Ephesus – part 2”

Acts 14: 8 – 20 In Lystra and Derbe

Acts 14: 8 – 20 In Lystra and Derbe In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, ‘Stand upContinue reading “Acts 14: 8 – 20 In Lystra and Derbe”

Acts 9: 32 – 43 Aeneas and Dorcas

Acts 9: 32 – 43 Aeneas and Dorcas As Peter travelled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralysed and had been bedridden for eight years. ‘Aeneas,’ Peter said to him, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and rollContinue reading “Acts 9: 32 – 43 Aeneas and Dorcas”

Acts 5: 12 – 21 The apostles heal many

Acts 5: 12 – 21 The apostles heal many The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared to join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in theContinue reading “Acts 5: 12 – 21 The apostles heal many”

Acts 4: 23 – 31 The believers pray

Acts 4: 23 – 31 The believers pray On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. ‘Sovereign Lord,’ they said, ‘you made the heavensContinue reading “Acts 4: 23 – 31 The believers pray”

Acts 4: 1 – 22 Peter and John before the Sanhedrin

Acts 4: 1 – 22 Peter and John before the Sanhedrin The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.Continue reading “Acts 4: 1 – 22 Peter and John before the Sanhedrin”

Acts 3: 11 – 26 Peter speaks to the onlookers

Acts 3: 11 – 26 Peter speaks to the onlookers While the man held onto Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. When Peter saw this, he said to them, ‘Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at usContinue reading “Acts 3: 11 – 26 Peter speaks to the onlookers”

Acts 3: 1 – 16 Peter heals a lame beggar

Acts 3: 1 – 16 Peter heals a lame beggar One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer – at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every dayContinue reading “Acts 3: 1 – 16 Peter heals a lame beggar”