YOU CAN MAKE A REAL CROSS-OVER IN YOUR LIFE
JESUS CHRIST impacted the lives of His contemporaries and can
influence yours constructively also. Peter is Exhibit A.
Peter and John were on their way to the Temple to pray, as was
their custom. Jews did this three times a day: 9:00 AM, 12:00
noon, and 3:00 PM.
They were confronted by a lame beggar to whom they responded. A
medical term is translated "lame." It was CHOLOS, which depicts
the base of his heel not being in the socket of his ankle.
"Look at us" they said. Already having their attention, he kept
calling out to others, not wanting to miss any potential
contributors. They wanted his attention.
Peter showed great faith. This was to be his first post-
"Silver and gold have I none..." (Vs. 6).
The word translated "leaping up" comes from the Greek medical
term HALLOMAI, meaning of the heel and ankle.
Peter quickly explained how this miracle happened (3: 12b). It
wasn't by his "own power or godliness." Many people are still
confused over God's working through human beings. They tend to
think it is because of the person's unblemished morality or
religious piety. Peter said it was neither. God did it.
For the first time since the resurrection, Peter uses the word
"faith" (3:16). It was faith that affected the healing.
In A.D. 1260, Thomas Aquinas was shown around the Vatican by
Pope Innocent IV, who delighted to show him the wealth of the
papacy. After the tour the Pope said, "So you see, good Thomas,
unlike the first pope, I cannot say, 'Silver and gold have I
none.'" Aquinas quietly nodded affirmation and softly said, "And
neither can you say, 'In the ...
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