Acts 3

June 20, 2008 at 1:25 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Hey guys, it’s time to discuss the third chapter in our saga. (read this what a novel idea if you don’t know what we’re doing)

Verse 1 in Chapter three already has us asking questions:
What was the three o’clock time of prayer that Peter and John were going to? We are assuming that it is a Jewish tradition. Wouldn’t it be cool if we had a set time of day that we worshiped/prayed? Laura and I are going to set our cell phone alarms for three o’clock. This can remind us to have a time of prayer in the middle of our busy day.

How cool would it be to be the crippled guy who is just expecting some money to get through the day, and instead he winds up being healed from his affliction?
He had never walked until that day. I feel like sometimes we go to church just expecting a message to help us get through the day, and yet God can do so much more. He is a God who can heal us of ALL our spiritual/physical needs. What was hard for us to understand is why he sometimes doesn’t.

“ Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “ People of Israel, “ he said, “ what is so astounding about this? And why look at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power and godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of all of our ancestors who has brought Glory to his servant Jesus by doing this.”

WOW. How often do we try to bring glory to ourselves when God is at work? How often do we see God’s “opportunities “ in situations? Do we act on them, or do we sit silent and let the moment pass us by?

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6 Comments

  1. Eric Lee said,

    A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks

  2. juliepersinger said,

    Jarrod: the Jews prayed at 9:00 AM, 3:00 PM and sunset, and often went to the temple to do it.

    Thanks for this reminder that God can meet ALL of my needs. I trust Him, but I need so much more faith.

  3. krista said,

    i liked this chapter. i really liked the part with the crippled man. he expected so little and got so much. it’s hard for me to understand when God doesn’t answer specific prayers/questions the way i want to hear, and sometimes instead of taking His word for it and just trusting Him, i try to fix it myself, my way. i usually end up in a mess of trouble for it, too. you’d think i’d learn, eh?

    thanks for doing this and sharing with us!!!!

  4. Phil Chalos said,

    Jarrod…I like the way this is tying in with SYNC we get so busy and in such a hurry that we don’t take time for the real important things like talking with God. I think the more we talk with him the more we expect from him and i believe he likes that. Keep up the great work , the awsome worship and the authenticity of all that you do.

    In His Grip

  5. Jenni Catron said,

    Great discussion Jarrod!

  6. ash said,

    I love how direct and clear Peter’s presentation of the gospel is. Repent, turn to God, receive His forgiveness, and then be refreshed. (vs. 19) I tend to get bogged down in the receiving forgiveness part and somehow keep myself from the “times of refreshing.”

    Thanks again for doing this! I love the idea of setting an alarm to take time out to be intentional about prayer.

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