God's Providence

Acts 3:1-10 ~ Open My Eyes, Lord.

This week we closely examined Acts 3:1-10 which details the healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple in Jerusalem. Since archaeologists have yet to discover writings or inscriptions referring to a gate called “Beautiful,” we discussed the three most plausible theories for the location of the gate.

We also examined this section as a pericope (pronounced: pe-ri-ko-pee)a literary unit of thought, that was possibly a free-standing source Luke used in his history of the early church.

As we worked our way through the text, we observed certain ongoing activities intersecting in God’s perfect timing for the ministry of healing and the building of the Kingdom. God’s providence is just as active today as it was back then. 

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Acts 3:1-10 ~ Open My Eyes, Lord.

The Beautiful Gate, Everyday Activities, God’s Providence

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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission), and she is on the board of directors at Shield Your Faith (an apologetics ministry). She and her husband of 21 years have one son who is in the 10th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, and enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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  1. Cheryl - May 30, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply

    Usually when “God providentially” brings me to His time of witness is not when I have pre-planned an encounter. The question is are we sensitive and ready or are we so preoccupied with “our stuff” that we miss a God planned time of a “power given opportunity” to bring spiritual healing as the encounter directs….be on the alert our flesh/mind gets in the way all too often!

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