And the man sprang up

About Philip E Jenks

Philip, a synodical deacon in the ELCA Metropolitan New York synod, is a retired communicator for American Baptist Churches USA, the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches, the U.S. National Council of Churches, and two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. He and his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Martha M. Cruz, are the parents of six adults and are members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rye Brook, N.Y. They live in Port Chester, N.Y.
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3 Responses to And the man sprang up

  1. anfearfaire says:

    Mr. Jenks…obviously a typo on your part.
    You are quoting from Acts Ch. 3:
    1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
    2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
    3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
    4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
    5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
    6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
    7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

    John was also with Peter. Scripture does not state, “seeing that he had faith to be healed.” The text states he was asking for alms…not a healing. Also, Scripture states that Peter lifted him up…he did not spring up on his own.

    Again, Mr. Jenks I am befuddled as to why you are fond of altering Scripture in order to put your own “spin” on the text. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in its confession of faith states: *C2.03. This congregation accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.
    Why do you find it necessary to alter the inspired Word of God????

    It is the faith of the healer that results in the miracle and not he/she who is healed. This is evident from 1Kings 17: 17 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.
    18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?
    19 And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.
    20 And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?
    21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.
    22 And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.


  2. anfearfaire says:

    Mr. Jenks, obviously a typo on your part.

    Acts 13:9-10 states:
    9 Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?

    Mr. Jenks, it seems you are quoting from Acts 14:9-10

  3. anfearfaire says:

    Mr. Jenks. I noticed you corrected the Chapter and verse in St. Paul’s church bulletin. You ought to have given me credit and acknowledged my input.

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