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Philip went to the city of Samaria and told the people

about Christ. When the crowds heard Philip and saw

the signs he performed, they all paid close attention
to what he said and many people believed what Philip
told them about Jesus.

Then God sent an angel to

give instructions to Phillip.
The angel said, Go
south along the desert
road that leads from
Jerusalem to Gaza. So
Philip left.

An important Ethiopian official

happened to be going along that
road in his chariot. He was the
chief treasurer for Candace, the
Queen of Ethiopia. The official
had gone to Jerusalem to
worship and was now on his way
home. He was sitting in his
chariot, reading the book of the
prophet Isaiah.

Philip ran up close and asked him,

Do you understand what you are reading?
The official answered, Not really. I need
someone to explain it to me. He then invited
Philip to come up and sit beside him.
Philip explained the good news about
Jesus. The Ethiopian official believed what
Philip said and was baptized.

At Caesarea there was a man named

Cornelius, a centurion in the Italian Regiment.
He and his family were devout and God-fearing.
One day at about three in the afternoon he
had a vision. An angel of God came to him and
said, Cornelius, send men to Joppa to bring back
a man named Peter. He is staying with Simon the
tanner, whose house is by the sea.
When the angel had gone, Cornelius called
two of his servants. He told them everything that
had happened and sent them to Joppa.

The next day Peter went up on the roof

of the house to pray and had a vision. He
saw heaven open, and something came
down like a huge sheet held up by its four
corners. In it were all kinds of animals,
snakes, and birds. A voice said to him,
Peter, get up! Kill these and eat them.
Peter said, Lord, I cant do that! Ive
never eaten anything that is unclean and
not fit to eat.
The voice spoke to him again, When
God says that something can be used for
food, dont say it isnt fit to eat.

Peter was still wondering what all of this meant,

when the men sent by Cornelius came and stood at
the gate. They had found their way to Simons
house and were asking if Simon Peter was staying
While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the
Holy Spirit said to him, Some men are here looking
for you. Hurry down and go with them. Dont worry, I
sent them.

The next morning, Peter left with the men who

had come from Cornelius and arrived in Caesarea
where Cornelius was waiting for them. He had also
invited his relatives and close friends.
Peter said to them, You know that we Jews are
not allowed to have anything to do with other
people. But God has shown me that he doesnt think
anyone is unclean or unfit. God is pleased with
everyone who worships him and does right, no
matter what nation they come from.

Cornelius, his family and

friends believed what Peter
said and received Jesus.
God will speak to anyone who
has even only a little childlike
faithand He wants to speak
to you.

Dramatized Bible stories based on Acts chapters 8 and 10.
Art The Family International.

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