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Bible: Acts of the Apostles #18

Paul makes his case in Jerusalem in the beginning of Chapter 22. He starts out by getting their attention. He is not getting attention just to glorify himself; his whole drive is to spread the good news about Jesus. He knows he needs to gain credibility for them to come to know Jesus, so he speaks in Hebrew (v2). My guess would be that he does not have a bad accent. Even when Peter speaks, the others comment on his accent right before he denies Jesus (Mt 26:73). My bet is that since Paul grew up in Jerusalem (v3), he was able speak well. He also drops the name Gamaliel. Gamaliel was a renowned teacher and was highly respected by most Jews at the time.   Continue reading


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Acts of the Apostles 3

Last week we looked at how the “Kerygma” (the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection) is the reason for conversion. This is how the Apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit converted so many people to the faith. We do not need eloquence or some high and lofty programs. All we need is to know the love of God, that He loved us so much, He was willing to come down to us and sacrifice Himself for us. Continue reading