by Andrew McQuitty

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In The Name of Jesus (6 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
Acts 3:26

And the greatest miracle. . . is the transformation of a person from self-centeredness to Christ-centeredness and then to a person-centered ministry (Lloyd Ogilvie). And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man. . . and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health. . . (Acts 2.16).


Introduction (Read 3.1-10, Prayer, then. . . ): When a lame man leapt

For forty years he'd never experienced the simple pleasures of life that most of us take for granted. Lame from birth, he'd never toddled back and forth from mom to dad with shaky steps and irrepressible smiles. He'd never climbed the tree out back, never played tag or cried Red Rover Red Rover! or danced the two-step. He'd never strolled on the beach or straddled monkey bars or browsed through the new Jerusalem mall! He couldn't. He was crippled. Had been from birth.

Compassionate friends carried him faithfully to his place beneath the Beautiful Gate where daily he begged his bread. The middle eastern sun glanced off the Corinthian bronzed gate giving it the radiant appearance of solid gold, while beneath it sat a man whose body was withered, whose hope was evaporated, whose life was bankrupt and seemingly worthless. Cut off from others by physical and emotional barriers, he sat outside the gate, outside the Temple, outside the fellowship, outside the blessing. Long ago this man had given up on the possibility that things would get better. His only hope was to keep them from getting worse. So he became a beggar.

He was working the crowd for the last time that day. Business had been slow, so there was an urgency in his voice when he called out to the two Galileans. They seemed vaguely familiar to him. Hadn't they been with that Nazarene carpenter the Romans had crucified? Look at us! the big one com ...

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