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The religious leaders were truly clueless. They really thought that the authority of the office was truly greater than the power of God.  These were stinking fishermen, after all.  What did they know of matters of God.  Well, after blustering and blowing on about how much trouble Peter and John faced, the Sanhedrin was astonished by the amazing and direct answer given By Peter and John. “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” It was no longer a hobby for the men to grow the body, it was a mission—compelling and forever driving them to share the great news of Christ’s resurrection.  That compulsion was contagious.  It drew this church to pray, to share and to be a community that was undaunted by religious oppression.

 

Today’s church needs to be similarly compelled.  We need to be compelled to speak, compelled to pray and compelled to share and serve one another.  Our culture is literally one election away from completely forsaking the God of our fathers. Once separate, the freedoms to speak, worship and honor God will disappear.  When that happens, it will be critical for the community of believers to pray, share and speak boldly of the Kingdom of God. We must not be afraid. Instead, we must stand firm and follow closely.  If we do, we could see revival in our land and peace in our lifetime—what seems impossible to men is completely possible with God!

 

God Bless You

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God…31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.