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Filled with the Spirit

Peter and CorneliusI’m still trying to figure Peter out.

He got famous in Joppa by raising that lady from the dead, so you’d think he’d want to stay there because the people are probably giving him all kinds of treats and things.

But now these other guys showed up and asked Peter to come with him and he’s just going to go.

Leave all those treats behind.

Or maybe they offered Peter even more treats.

Okay, I’ll listen.

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The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went along.

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Now I get it.

Peter brought along some of the people who would give him treats.

I am listening.

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The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.

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A party?

There’s lots of food at a party.

I’ll listen. I’ll listen.

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As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence.

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Oh, I get it now.

Peter is even more famous in Caesarea.

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But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”

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Peter, you blew it.

You really should have taken advantage of that.

I would have.

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Talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with a Gentile or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?”

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Peter, they’re just trying to get your treats from you.

I am too listening.

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Cornelius answered, “Four days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.

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Peter, tell them to give you treats.

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Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.

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Does that include dogs?

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You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

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That must have been a safer place after Jesus got through with it.

I bet everybody was even nicer to the dogs.

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We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. The killed him by hanging him on a tree, …

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I don’t get it.

Jesus made that place safer and they killed him for it?

Alright, I’ll keep listening.

I think I ran out of things to say anyway.

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…but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen – by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

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So if I believe in Jesus I’m forgiven for all my mischief?

Woo woo!

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While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.

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I guess those Jewish believers thought they were special, but God showed them.

God thinks everyone is special.

Even us dogs.

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Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.

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I want to be baptized.

It’s kind of like swimming, isn’t it?

And then afterwards, we can celebrate with treats.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Hungry Vision

The vision painted by Domenico FettiI’ve been waiting all week to see if Peter is going to leave all his treats or not.

Those people were about to come and try to take Peter away from where he became famous for raising a lady from the dead.

So what is it?

Will Peter stay, or will he go?

I am listening.

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About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.

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If he’s up on the roof those people won’t find him and he can stay.

Yes I am listening.

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Peter became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared he fell into a trance.

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Peter, I’m on my way!

You are going to share some of that meal with me aren’t you?

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Peter saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

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I’ve never had food that fresh before.

I’m on my way Peter!

Okay, I’ll listen. This is getting good.

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“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

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I’ll eat it.

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The voice spoke to Peter a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

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Get that Peter?

That stuff’s good to eat.

I’m almost there!

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This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.

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Pretend you’re not there Peter.

They’re going to take away all your treats.

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While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.

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I hope the Spirit is going to give Peter some treats then.

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Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you are looking for. Why have you come?”

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I bet they just want to steal Peter’s treats.

Okay, I’ll listen.

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The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to have you come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say. Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.

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Peter, do you still have room for a dog?

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Go Get Peter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelius_the_Centurion#mediaviewer/File:Gerbrand_van_den_Eeckhout_-_Vision_of_Cornelius_the_Centurion_-_Walters_372492.jpgI bet Peter got lots of treats for what he did in last week’s story.

You know, when he raised Dorcas from the dead in Joppa.

He became a celebrity in Joppa after that.

That’s probably why he stayed there for awhile.

I bet everyone liked him so much that they were always giving him treats.

What do you mean, he was being obedient to Jesus and he didn’t care about the treats?

I’d care.

You want me to listen to more of the story?

Do I get treats for listening?

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At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.

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What does Cornelius have to do with Peter?

Okay, I’ll listen.

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Cornelius and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

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Did he give Peter treats?

Maybe he’ll give me treats.

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One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”

Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.

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That angel must not have had any treats with him.

Otherwise he wouldn’t have been scary.

I am listening.

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The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.

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Wait a minute.

If Cornelius makes Peter leave Joppa where he’s famous, then won’t Peter be going to a place where he’s not famous?

Who will give him treats then?

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When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.

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You mean I have to wait until next week’s story to find out if Peter is going to leave all those treats and go with Cornelius’ servants?

Oh, wait.

That means I still have a week to hang out with Peter and get some of his treats.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Peter Does It

Masolino da Panicale [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsWait a minute.

Last week Saul turned into a basket case and now you’re telling me Peter’s doing miracles like Jesus did?

What happened to the basket case?

The disciples in Jerusalem were afraid of him and the Grecian Jews wanted to kill him so the disciples who had stopped being afraid of him sent him to Tarsus?

Okay.

So what did Peter do?

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As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years. “Aeneas, Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up.

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Is it that simple?

All you have to do is say, “Jesus Christ heals you,” and they’re healed?

What do you mean, I can’t say that.

I can too talk—“Woof, woof woof.”

Doesn’t that sound like what Peter said?

I am listening.

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All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

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What if someone pretended to be paralyzed and get healed?

Would that work?

What do you mean, not in a small town?

Okay, I’ll listen.

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In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which when translated, is Dorcas) who was always doing good and helping the poor.

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I do good.

Why are you laughing person?

I’m always listening.

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About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

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I wonder if they offered Peter treats to come.

I’d come for treats.

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Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

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As long as they don’t make me wear any of those clothes.

I’m listening. I’m listening.

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Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.

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Boy was she obedient.

I hope Peter gave her some treats.

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Peter took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. The he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa and many people believed in the Lord. Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.

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So, if I bring someone back from the dead and many people believe in the Lord because of it, will Jesus give me treats?

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Greater Power

Sébastien Bourdon [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSo last week I was getting ready to give Saul what for because you said Philip wasn’t going to do it.

And you keep telling me I won’t have to.

I don’t get it.

What?

Philip is doing other things and I need to do other things to?

What do you mean like listening?

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Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is the divine power known as the Great Power.”They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.

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Magic?

Did you say magic?

Can he conjure up some treats for me?

Yes, I’ll listen.

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But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

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So does that mean that God’s power is greater than a sorcerer’s power?

I get it now.

I need to ask God for treats.

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When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.

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Peter and John!

They’re fishermen.

I bet they’d give me some fish if I went fishing with them.

I am too listening.

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When Peter and John arrived they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

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Do you think it would work if I placed my paws on them?

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When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostle’s hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

Peter answered, “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!”

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What about treats?

Okay, I’m listening.

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Peter continued, “You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.

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Okay. Never mind the treats.

I’m praying now.

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Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.

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Hey Peter, will you pray for me too?

And then give me some fish?

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When they had testified and proclaimed the word of the Lord, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many Samaritan villages.

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Did I learn something in this story?

Yeah. Don’t offer money for what you can get with prayer.

God might send treats and fish for free.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Who to Obey?

Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsI think that man that Peter healed in the last story still wants treats.

I know because he was hanging on to Peter and John.

If I hang on to you will you give me some treats?

I might get treats after I listen to the story?

Okay, I’m listening!

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While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade, so Peter began speaking to them.

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.

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Did they want treats too?

I am listening.

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They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.

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They got locked in jail too?

I wonder if it was anything like my dog jail.

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But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.

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If I could just get them to give me one treat each I’d be set for life.

Or at least for next week.

I’m listening.

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The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them. “By what power did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’”

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That’s telling them!

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Peter continued, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

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Those guys better listen to Peter or they’re going to be lost for sure.

And they won’t get any treats either.

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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.

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I bet all those fish they ate made them smart.

Hey person, you need to give me more fish.

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But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together.

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I bet they’re going to ask Peter and John for some fish.

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“What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

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They’re just upset because Jesus didn’t give them any treats.

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Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

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Those Sanhedrin guys ought to be nicer to Peter and John.

I bet Jesus would give them some fish if they were.

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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. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

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Forty years is a long time to be waiting for treats.

By the way, where’s my treats?

You said – if I listened.

I did not hear you say might.

When you put treats in a sentence, that’s the only word I hear.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Begging for Treats

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASaint_Pierre_et_saint_Jean_gu%C3%A9rissant_le_boiteux_-_Poussin_-_Metropolitan.jpgI’m still confused about all those different languages the people were speaking in the last story you told me.

Which people were speaking to the dogs?

The church grew after that day?

So I’m wondering – how many dogs joined the church?

Yes, I’m listening. I’m listening.

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One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer – at three in the afternoon.

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I thought you said a bunch of people joined the church.

Didn’t they have a great big church building by now?

Why were they going to the temple?

What do you mean, the church isn’t a building?

The church is people?

And dogs too. Right?

I am listening.

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Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.

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Did people give him treats?

That’s what I beg for.

Okay, I’ll listen.

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When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.

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What good is money?

You can’t eat it.

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Peter looked straight at him, as did John.

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I hate it when people do that.

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Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.

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Oh good. Peter must be giving him treats.

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Peter said, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

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Oh, I get it.

Peter wants to take him for a walk.

Walks are good.

I’m listening, but I think I’ll follow them on their walk.

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Taking him by the right hand, Peter helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

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That man sounds like he’s fun to go on a walk with.

I bet he’d play with me too.

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When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

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If that man isn’t begging anymore, will people still give him treats?

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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