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Episode 12 - We Are the Empowered Ones

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God; 10 and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3:1-10

 

So many of us at some time have -- especially in the last 3 years -- have felt like the crippled man at the Beautiful Gate, helpless and with nothing to offer. But we are among the empowered ones.  We all have the ability to share hope and encouragement and empowerment because of the hope and the power that Christ has given us and empowers us with every moment through the Holy Spirit. So let us be ones who raise one another up, encourage and empower each other in the faith and in the noble work of taking back our state for the cause of freedom. We all have something to give.  


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