United Pentecostal Church Mannheim
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Message from the Monthly Flyer from January 2010

They took their city as if they were one man!

Act 3:1-8 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, "Look at us." So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them; walking, leaping, and praising God.

The disciples of Jesus had received the order and full power from Jesus Christ to proclaim the whole gospel to everyone. They were supposed to begin in Jerusalem and work with all their might to reach the whole of Jerusalem with the good news. They were a light in the spiritual darkness. Shortly after the Holy Spirit was poured out and they were filled with power from above, John and Peter went to the temple. There they see a lame men sitting at the gate who is begging.

He is hanging his head down and when Peter approaches him, he says to the lame man, "Look at us!" There is something about these words. Here is someone who wants to give me something. Peter makes it clear to him, " We don't have any silver nor gold, but we've got something that is much better." What could be better for me than silver or gold?

Of course, healing. He did not think about that until he hears Peter say to him, "In the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth arise and walk!" In that same moment he is healed! He gets up, runs around and jumps up and down, full of enthusiasm in the temple. He can hardly believe what had happened to him. There was no therapy, no hypnosis, meditation or psychology - no, it was faith in the name of JESUS which healed him.

The religions of the world are like the lame cripple, they beg and earn their means thereby. However, they are like the sick man. He has no hope until he meets Peter. Many have had enough of the church and religion; it is understandable, what they really need is healing and, that which is even more important, salvation. They can have these things! Look upon us, we have been set free from the power which is ruling this world. It was by His name! Jesus is able to set you free, for He has risen from the dead. We will tell you how. Then you will be glad like the lame man was and will know how to please God. We are looking forward to seeing you when you come. Until then, goodbye and may God bless you. rw

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