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God is no respecter of persons!

Scripture reading for May 19th:  Acts 10

Peter, now a Christ follower, had been a well-trained Jew.  He had been taught that Jews should maintain separation from Gentiles.  Gentiles were not to be associated with because they were not “God’s people” or “Abraham’s offspring.”  But God was interested in reaching Gentiles as well as Jews and making them all His children!

Cornelius was a Roman centurion stationed in Judea.  He was a man of prayer who feared God and helped the poor. An angel appeared to Cornelius and told him to send for Peter to come to him from Joppa.  At the same time, God gave Peter a vision of a large sheet with unclean animals on it.  “Get up, Peter, Kill and eat”  was what he heard.   Peter responded back, “Surely not Lord, I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”  (Acts 10:13-14)   After three exchanges like this, men from Cornelius appeared on the scene looking for Peter.  The Holy Spirit told Peter to go with them, even though they were Gentiles.

When Peter arrived at the centurion’s home, he found a large group of people waiting for him.  Cornelius told him how God had given instructions to send for him and now they were ready to listen.  “Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.  You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.””  Acts 10:34-36

As Peter preached the message, the Holy Spirit came on the Gentiles and they began to speak in other tongues and praise God.  Peter ordered that they all be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ!

 

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Gentile Pentecost

Scripture reading for November 10th: Acts 10-12

Have you ever struggled to understand what God was doing? In this section of Acts, the Apostle Peter needed a vision from the Lord to help him overcome an area of prejudice that came from his Jewish upbringing and religion.  Sometimes we have been taught bad doctrine but God knows how to straighten us out again.

A man named Cornelius had a vision of an angel of God who spoke his name plainly!  (Acts 10:3)  The angel told him that his prayers and gifts to the poor had come before the Lord.   He was told to send for a man named Simon Peter.  God also gave a vision to Peter while he was on the roof praying.  In this vision he saw a sheet with all kind of animals, reptiles, and birds of the air.  A voice told him to get up, kill, and eat!  Peter protested to the Lord that he had never eaten anything unclean.  The voice spoke a second time warning him not to call anything impure that God had made clean.  This had happened three times when the men who came from Cornelius knocked on the door. The Spirit told Peter to go with them.

The next day, Peter entered the house of a Gentile, something a good Jew would never do.  Cornelius told him about his vision and why he sent for him.  He invited Peter to speak to them all.    As Peter shared the Gospel, the Holy Spirit came upon them and they all began to speak in tongues just like on the day of Pentecost!  Peter and all the Jews with him were amazed at what God had done and they baptized these new believers in water.

God knows how to reach people who are hungry for more!  He will work with sincere believers to help them with truth.  He recognized these Gentiles for their prayers, gifts to the poor and seeking of God.  Their works came before the Lord and He acted to send them a person who could help them understand Him more fully.  He gave the same Holy Spirit to the Gentiles as those on the day of Pentecost.  Spend time in prayer today seeking the Lord for clarity and new direction!  You can have a new Pentecost today!

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Gentile Pentecost!

Scripture reading for November 8th: Acts 10-12

Have you ever struggled to understand what God is doing and wants to do?  You are in good company!  In this section of Acts, the Apostle Peter needed a vision from the Lord to help him overcome an area of prejudice that came from his Jewish upbringing and religion.  Sometimes we learn things wrong and God knows how to work with us to get us straightened out again.  Thank God for His mercy and patience!

Cornelius, a Gentile centurion, feared God and gave generously to those in need as well as praying regularly.  One day Cornelius had a vision and an angel of God spoke his name plainly!  (Acts 10:3)  The angel told him that his prayers and gifts to the poor had come before the Lord and that he must send for a man named Simon Peter.  God also gave a vision to Simon Peter at the same time.   He saw a sheet with all kind of animals, reptiles, and birds of the air.  A voice told him to get up, kill, and eat!  Peter protested to the Lord that he had never eaten anything unclean.  The voice spoke a second time warning him not to call anything impure that God had made clean.  This was repeated three times before men who came from Cornelius knocked on his door. The Spirit told Peter to go with them.

The next day, Peter entered the home of Cornelius, something a good Jew would never do.  Cornelius told him about his vision and invited Peter to speak to them.  Peter began to preach the Gospel and the Holy Spirit came upon them.  They all began to speak in tongues and praise God just like on the day of Pentecost!  Peter and all the Jews with him were amazed at what God had done and they baptized them in water.

God knows how to reach people who are hungry for more!  He will work with sincere believers who have prejudice to help them with truth.  He recognized these Gentiles for their prayers, gifts to the poor and seeking of God. God is no respecter of persons.  He gave the same Holy Spirit to the Gentiles as those in that upper room on Pentecost!  What a wonderful Savior!  Spend time in prayer today seeking the Lord for clarity and new direction!  You can have a new Pentecost today!

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