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Peter part 2

"Stories about Peter"

Peter part 2

Week 1523.....Before the Sanhedrin

Acts 4:1-31
Chapter 4 Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin

1. And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
2. Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3. And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.
4. Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
5. And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
6. And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
7. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
8. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9. If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10. Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
14. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
15. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
16. Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.
17. But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
18. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
21. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.
22. For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was showed.
The Believer's Prayer
23. And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
25. Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
26. The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered
together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed,both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
28. For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
29. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30. By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together;
and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Week 1536.....Peter's Vision
Acts 10:1-23

Chapter 10
1. In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment.
2. He was a devout man who feared the God of Israel, as did his entire household. He gave generously to charity and was a man who regularly prayed to God.
3. One afternoon about three o'clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. "Cornelius!" the angel said.
4. Cornelius stared at him in terror. "What is it, sir?" he asked the angel.And the angel replied, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have not gone unnoticed by God!
5. Now send some men down to Joppa to find a man named Simon Peter.
6. He is staying with Simon, a leatherworker who lives near the shore. Ask him to come and visit you."
7. As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants.
8. He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa.
9. The next day as Cornelius's messengers were nearing the city, Peter went up to the flat roof to pray. It was about noon,
10and he was hungry. But while lunch was being prepared, he fell into a trance.
11. He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners.
12. In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds.
13. Then a voice said to him, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat them."
14. "Never, Lord," Peter declared. "I have never in all my life eaten anything forbidden by our Jewish laws."
15. The voice spoke again, "If God says something is acceptable, don't say it isn't."
16. The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was pulled up again to heaven.
17. Peter was very perplexed. What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found the house and stood outside at the gate.
18. They asked if this was the place where Simon Peter was staying.
19. Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, "Three men have come looking for you.
20. Go down and go with them without hesitation. All is well, for I have sent them."
21. So Peter went down and said, "I'm the man you are looking for. Why have you come?"
22. They said, "We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout man who fears the God of Israel and is well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to send for you so you can go to his house and give him a message."
23. So Peter invited the men to be his guests for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some other believers from Joppa.

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