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July 3, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 10 (ESV)

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.”When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa......Continue Reading

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  1. 15And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” 16This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.

    44While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. ❤️

  2. What really struck me in this passage (actually 2 things) is how much God did to make all this happen: a vision to Cornelious and Peter, and working in Peter and Cornelious’ heart to make them the best candidates to bring to the understanding that the Gentiles could be part of God’s kingdom as well. And certainly Peter needed the nudging more than the centurion. This speaks to barriers we might set up between others and God that God does not set up.

    The other thing that struck me is Cornelious: a God fearing centurion who prayed and was generous to the poor. The places God is and moves that we might not expect. But what is He always looking for: a responsive heart, faith and faithfulness that reveals that faith. It is interesting the Holy Spirit comes on them as Peter is preaching because their hearts were open and they believed the message as it came. May we be so open to the Word of God!

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