If you will, take your Bibles and turn to Acts Chapter 3. This morning I want to continue on in the Book of Acts. We have come now to chapter 3 and I want to draw your attention to verses 1-10 where we see a miracle, a miracle of healing done in the name of Jesus. Follow along with me if you will, silently, as I read aloud. ''One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer at 3 in the afternoon.
Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, ''Look at us.'' So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, ''Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.'' Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts walking and jumping and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.'' I don't know if you have ever been around many beggars.
Last year when I went to Poland with several men from our church, I encountered a beggar at one of the Catholic churches there in the old city of Warsaw. He stood, on that cold day, flimsily clothed and very haggardly attired. As he stood there at the door, he would shake very quickly and mumble something in Polish that I suppose was probably something asking for money. I couldn't help it, I was drawn to him. I immediately went over to him and put several zwolte, the Polish currency in his can as he stood ...
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