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The same, but not the same

While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand.


The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. ~ Acts 4:1-10


Do you see it?

Are you reminded of something?

Can you remember Peter when this happened to Jesus?

Does he seem like the same person?

Are you the same person today as you were yesterday?

Are you being made new daily?

Are you feeling braver about something today that yesterday scared you to death?

Are there times you want to cry "Yes" to God in gratitude and thanksgiving?

Is there something God is moving you toward?

Is there a place God wants you to be?

Is there someone who needs to hear from you about God's love?

The book of Acts is the book of early Christian witness.

What would our book of Acts look like today?

Holy One, you give me courage. You give me what I need. Open my mouth, my arms and my heart to use what you've equipped me with to spread your word of love. Amen.


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